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Pharrell has been running around New York City this week, promoting the Hidden Figures film and sountrack that’s out now. The Grammy Award winner took time out of his busy schedule to make a surprise appearance at The Equity Project (TEP), a Manhattan charter middle school on Thursday afternoon (Dec. 8).

The Neptunes hitmaker was called on stage as a group of kids were performing his Hidden Figures single “Runnin.” As expected, the audience and kids on stage screamed and broke down in tears when Pharrell popped up. “The emotional intensity that I saw on that stage, I don’t remember seeing before in my life,” Pharrell told the NY Daily News after the show. “It was really special.”

Pharrell would later join the kids as they performed another song off the soundtrack, “I See A Victory.” The concert was put together with Amp Up NYC, a nonprofit partnership between Berklee College of Music and Little Kids Rock dedicated to music education. “It’s amazing because you’re hearing the next generation who are being mentored and being taught by a school whose sole purpose is to build a future one lesson at a time,” said the 43-year-old, who took time to shake hands and pose for photos with kids from TEP.

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For years, talk of a Clipse reunion has been swiftly shut down by No Malice, who has since traded in his coke raps for a clean slate with Jesus Christ. “This is just a new time in my life, and like I said, I’ve grown,” he told Noisey in 2013. “So I don’t want to be attached to anything negative like that.”

However, it appears Gene Thornton has since come around to the idea of making music with his younger brother again. In a new interview with GQ celebrating the 10th anniversary of the duo’s Hell Hath No Fury album, both No Malice and Pusha T sound hopeful for a new Clipse LP.

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It’s been a tough old week for Mr. West, but here’s some good news for Ye stans. Fellow Chicago rapper and activist Rhymefest has announced he’s purchased Kanye West’s childhood home and plans to convert it into a “community arts incubator.”

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Vince Staples is bringing his charisma, intellect and hilarity to the airwaves. The Long Beach artist is getting his own show on Apple Music’s Beats 1. The show, called “S E A B S (Section Eight Arthouse Broadcast System),” will premiere on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m EST. Hosted by Staples, “S E A B S” will broadcast on the third Thursday of every month following its debut this weekend.

What can listeners expect? According to the press release “S E A B S” will be a “pirate radio-style broadcast full of music and interviews curated by Vince and designated to illuminate and distract the mind.”

Watch the trailer below.

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Earlier today, it was announced that Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) had been granted permission to leave South Africa after “unreservedly” apologizing to the Government for breaking immigration laws. In January, the rapper was arrested at Cape Town International airport for trying to leave the country using a “world passport,” and has been detained ever since (after leaving, he will not be allowed to re-enter South Africa, however).

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A special and highly-anticipated episode of Saturday Night Live finally arrived this weekend. SNL turned into The Chappelle Show, as host Dave Chappelle was a hit from the opening monologue to various comedy sketches. Serving as musical guest was the legendary Queens-based group, A Tribe Called Quest. Lead by Q-Tip, Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, ATCQ’s first performance of the night was a song fitting for the times in America, the standout “We the People.” During the moment, ATCQ paid tribute to the late Phife Dawg, as a gigantic art piece came down from the sky during his verse on the song which appears on the group’s final album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.

For their second performance, A Tribe Called Quest were joined by Busta Rhymes and Consequence for an energetic live rendition of “The Space Program.” Watch all the action from ATCQ live on SNL below.

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From social media to last weekend’s Hillary Clinton rally, Chance The Rapper has been one of the leading voices in hip-hop this year urging people to go out and vote. But he’s isn’t all talk. Last night, Chance threw a free “Parade to the Polls” concert in his hometown of Chicago. After wrapping up his set, Chance literally marched thousands of fans to an early voting site to cast their ballot. According to Cook County officials, more than 284,000 people voted early, smashing the record set in 2008.

Who says conscious rap is dead?

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Back in August, Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid revealed that a new album from A Tribe Called Quest would arrive this year. Triggered by the legendary group’s reunion performance on The Tonight Show and the Paris bombing last year, the project was recorded before the untimely death of ATCQ founding member Phife Dawg in March.

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Oh man, I can’t wait to hear what Gene Simmons has to say about this.

Today Tupac was announced as one of 19 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2017, alongside the likes of Pearl Jam, Kraftwerk, Janet Jackson, Depeche Mode and Chaka Khan. There’s only five spots up for grabs, though, so ‘Pac faces tough competition.

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of JAY Z’s timeless debut album, Reasonable Doubt. Various celebrations and events have been occurring throughout the year to tribute the 1996 release. FOX 5 News joined the fun on Wednesday night (Oct. 13) with the broadcast of their Reasonable Doubt documentary. Directed by Byron Harmon, the 20-minute piece features commentary from former Roc-A-Fella CEOs Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke, other appearances also comes from DJ Premier, DJ Clark Kent, Pusha T, Emory Jones, and more.

Kareem “Biggs” Burke will be bringing the Roc-A-Fella pop-up shop to New York City on Oct. 20-23. Located at 347 West Broadway, fans in the tri-state area can visit the shop for exclusive merchandise each day from 11am-7pm.

Watch the documentary in full below.

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