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“And so it begins…”

I’m a Cudi stan to the grave, but I’ll admit it’s been tough supporting Scott Mescudi recently. His last three projects — WZRD, Indicud and Satellite Flight — felt like Space Camp raps compared to his Man on the Moon series. It’s clear he’s more intent on breaking Hollywood than shaping hip-hop these days. And then there’s the Twitter beefs: in the last month alone he’s threatened to sue Chuck Inglish over a record he didn’t even leak and threw shade at Lupe Fiasco, one of the few artists “who really cared about [Cudi’s] well being when this biz was ripping you apart.”

With that said, this is still the same guy who made Man on the Moon and Man on the Moon II — two albums that soundtracked both the highs and lows of my adolescence — so I’ll always have that sweet spot for Cudi. He’s kinda like the Jackie Aprile Jr. to my Tony Soprano: Jackie dropped out of college, messed around with drugs and broke Meadow’s heart, but he was still the kid of one of Tony’s closest friends and colleagues, so he was always there for him (until a certain straw finally broke the camel’s back, of course).

All this is to say that Kid Cudi needs Man on the Moon III. He needs to get back with Plain Pat and Emile. He needs to surround himself with those positive influences that helped him become our big brother in the first place. He can do without the drugs and the desire to produce an album all by himself. He just needs to get back on that spaceship with his old co-pilots and tell us what it’s like to live on the moon again.

Read Kid Cudi’s tweets about his next album below…

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killer mike martin luther king

Killer Mike was undoubtedly one of, if not the, most important voices in hip-hop last year, not only because of his rhymes on Run The Jewels 2, but for his powerful and heartfelt commentary on the Ferguson tragedy.

Commemorating Martin Luther King Day yesterday, the Atlanta rapper put pen to paper once again as he wrote an inspiring essay on the civil rights icon for OkayPlayer. In it, Mike paid tribute to MLK’s courage, philosophy and ideals while calling for all Americans to come together and continue to fight for his dream.

Killer Mike for President (in case you didn’t hear us the first time).

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2pac grammy exhibit

Though he was never recognized with an academy award while he was alive, 2Pac is finally getting his props from the Grammys from beyond the grave.

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The accolades continues to pour in for Common and John Legend. Just days after winning a Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song” on Sunday, their “Glory” collaboration is now Oscar nominated.

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Following in the footsteps of Ariana Grande and Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow was the latest star on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in the mood for Broadway sounds.

Paltrow, a big fan of rap music, showed off her singing skills as she covered Drake’s “Started from the Bottom,” Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” and Big Sean’s “I Don’t F*** with You” with a Broadway twist. Watch the hilarious moment below.

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It’s been a tough few years for Beanie Sigel — first incarceration, then a shooting incident last month that reportedly forced him to have his lung removed — but 2015 is finally looking up for the former Roc-A-Fella star. As part of their upcoming In The Lab feature on the Philly producer, Jahlil Beats tells Nah Right he’s working on Mack Mittens’ comeback mixtape, which is called Still Public Enemy. Serving as the official follow-up to Beans’ 2004 street album, Public Enemy #1, the project will be largely produced by Jahlil and draw heavily from ’90s classics (including this “Kick In the Door”-sampling banger).

While he couldn’t provide a release date for the project just yet, Jahlil Beats says he hopes to get back in the studio with Beanie Sigel once he’s fully recovered. The rapper is currently resting up at the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Pomona, New Jersey following the shooting.

Read what Jahlil Beats had to say about the mixtape below…

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It was a celebration for a hip-hop legend on Friday night, as many made their way to the Brooklyn Bowl in New York City for Slick Rick’s 50th birthday bash. Among the many in attendance to tribute Rick the Ruler was Nas, who presented Slick Rick with a large cake shaped as a crown. The two MCs, known as rap’s greatest storytellers, would perform the classic 1988 record “Children’s Story.” “HAPPY BDAY SLICK RICK THE RULER!!!!!!!!,” posted Nas on Instagram, seen wearing Rick’s trademark multiple big chains.

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j dilla 2015

Dilla Day Weekend, the annual three-day celebration of the life and legacy of J Dilla, will be held in a slightly warmer climate this year. Leaving the usual spot of Jay Dee’s hometown of Detroit, Ma Dukes and co. are taking the party down to Miami next month, where Joey Bada$$, Madlib, Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Slum Village, ESTA, Black Milk and Camp Lo will all be giving performances. In addition to the tribute concert, there will also be producer panels, BBQs, artist meet and greets and various other Dilla-related events throughout the February 5-8 weekend.

Early bird tickets are available here.

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danny brown childrens book

Some of Danny Brown’s songs may not be very family-friendly (you ever accidentally played “Handstand” in front of your grandparents?), but there’s no denying that his music carries an important message for kids, especially those who don’t have it all. Taking his talents outside of the studio, the Detroit rapper is trying his hand at writing a children’s book that he hopes will improve self-confidence and promote a positive body image in young black girls.

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The Grammys rarely get it right when it comes to the rap categories, but there was an especially glaring omission in this year’s nominations for Rap Album of the Year: YG’s My Krazy Life. While the rapper himself has already let the academy know how he feels, a group of young fans decided to hold a small but no less impassioned protest outside the Grammy Museum in Downtown Los Angeles over the weekend.

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