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Already widely regarded as his best work, the legend of JAY-Z’s The Blueprint continues to grow. Today the National Recording Registry announced that Hov’s 2001 LP is being archived in the Library of Congress alongside other iconic records including Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly, Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam,” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.”

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Meek Mill and Amazon have joined forces to create the upcoming documentary series, Free Meek. Executive produced by Jay-Z, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, and Paul and Isaac Solotaroff, the six-part original is set to debut later this year, focusing on the Philadelphia rapper’s much-publicized battle with the criminal justice system.

Free Meek is an upcoming documentary series that will follow Meek and his fight for exoneration while exposing flaws in the criminal justice system,” says a summary posted with the first released trailer. “The series will give viewers unprecedented access to the star’s life, career, and criminal justice odyssey, while demonstrating the negative effects long tail probation is having on urban communities of color.” Watch the docuseries trailer below.

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In news that should make any Roc Boy throw their diamonds in the sky, a Roc-A-Fella Records biopic is officially in the pipeline. That’s according to the label’s co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke, who announced in a new interview with REVOLT that he’s “working on it right now.”

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Missy Elliott is set to receive an honor of a lifetime. After being nominated back in November of last year, the Virginia native will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The four-time GRAMMY Award winner leads the 2019 inductee class that includes Dallas Austin, John Prine, Tom T. Hall, Yusuf Islam and Jack Tempchin. “I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 “Song Writers Hall of Fame🙌🏾🙌🏾 also those who were nominated because their body of work is AMAZING🙌🏾 I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL & crying tears of Joy to now be inducted also thank you God🙏🏾 and I love all of you so much! I will forever be HUMBLED & GRATEFUL #SHOF2019 ✍🏾#VA,” said Missy in a post on Instagram.

Known for breaking barriers and going outside the norm with her music and music videos, Elliott becomes the first female hip-hop artist to achieve the accomplishment. Missy joins Jermaine Dupri (2018) and JAY-Z (2017), as the only hip-hop acts to be inducted. The 50th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame induction and awards dinner takes place on June 13 in New York City.

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To promote his new album Evil Genius, Gucci Mane stopped by Streetz 94.5 in Atlanta to spread the word and sit down for an interview. At one point during the conversation, Gucci Mane revealed that any past differences with Waka Flocka have been put aside and the two have reconciled. The news comes a month after Waka posted a video on Instagram, where he reaches out to Gucci to work things out.

We spoke one time after that, I reached out to him,” said Gucci, referring to the video posted by Waka. “We had a conversation. Everything’s in the past now.” During their rise in Atlanta’s trap scene, Gucci and his former protégé worked together under 1017 Records. The relationship started to dissolve in 2010, and tension between the two eventually lead to them parting ways.

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Eminem and long-time manager/Def Jam CEO Paul Rosenberg serve as executive producers of the newly released battle rap film, Bodied. As hip-hop lovers enjoy the movie, Eminem decided to take it back to where it all started. Inspired by the film, Slim Shady drops a ten-minute freestyle called “Kick Off.” For the performance, Marshall heads to The Shelter at St. Andrew’s in his hometown of Detroit, the very place the ‘Rap God’ took part in various battles in the early stages of his career. As expected, Eminem goes off touching on Islamic regime, the Manchester bombing after an Ariana Grande concert, and his status when it comes to the greatest MCs.

Since the day Dre gave me beats, I was made elite…that’s basically what makes me me/ Creating stink till these tats are fading ink/ Who’s the greatest? Think…we’re still debating. Wink.”

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Hip-Hop icon Snoop Dogg received his just due on Monday afternoon (Nov. 19), as the Long Beach native was the 2651st honoree to be enshrined on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony took place in front of the El Capitan Entertainment Center on Hollywood Boulevard, where Jimmy Kimmel Live! is taped weekly.

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The Wu-Tang Clan are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their culture-shifting classic LP, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). On the exact date it released back in 1993 (Nov. 9), the legendary rap group appeared on Good Morning America. All members of the iconic Staten Island collective including Young Dirty Bastard, the son of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, performed the song “Protect Ya Neck.” Wu-Tang’s recent promo run also included a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, all leading up to the release of their 36 Chambers documentary thats out today.

Watch Wu-Tang Clan invade GMA below.

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Its been nearly two months since the sudden death of Mac Miller. The beloved Pittsburgh rapper, who passed away in early September, is being honored with a tribute concert on Halloween night. Organized by Miller’s family, “A Celebration of Life” is a benefit show celebrating the life of Malcolm James McCormick with a star-studded list of performers that had ties to the 26-year-old. Chance the Rapper, John Mayer, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Travi$ Scott, Thundercat, Ty Dolla $ign, Vince Staples, Miguel, Anderson. Paak, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, J.I.D, Domo Genesis, Njomza and more are set to hit the stage at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (Oct. 31).

Fans of Mac Miller who could not make the trip to L.A. can enjoy the tribute concert via live stream on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and TIDAL. Benefitting the Mac Miller Circles Fund, which supports youth arts & community-building programs in Mac Miller’s memory, donations can be made by clicking here. Set to start at 9:30 p.m. EST, watch the emotional show below.

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The 12th annual BET Hip-Hip Awards made its network premiere on Tuesday night (Oct. 16), taped earlier thsi month at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Florida. Hosted by Deray Davis, the 2018 edition featured performances by Cardi B, T.I., YG, A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, Lil’ Pump, Yo Gotti, Lil’ Baby, Gunna, Lil’ Duval and more. Along with Lil’ Wayne being honored with this year’s “I Am Hip-Hop Award,” many were tuned in to watch the BET Hip-Hop Awards cyphers. Lead by DJ Premier providing the beats on the 1s and 2s, up-and-coming stars, seasoned juniors, and veterans stepped up to the light, letting off sharp lyrics and wordplay for listeners to take in.

Vic Mensa, G Herbo, Erykah Badu, YBN Cordae, Casanova, TDE’s newest signee Reason, Taylor Bennett, lead the list of artists who participated in this year’s Hip-Hop Awards cypher. Watch all the action on the mic below.

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