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Beyoncé’s surprise album may have rewritten a few rules in the music industry, but J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive campaign is affecting the people who really matter: the fans. Not only has he sent out an open invitation to his childhood home in Fayetteville, NC for the exclusive listening session at the end of the month, but Cole decided to surprise one fan at her house in Dallas last night to play her his new album.

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j cole 2014 forest hills drive

As reported, J. Cole will be playing his new album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, for the very first time at his recently-bought childhood home at the end of the month, but it won’t be like any other industry listening session. Staying true to the grassroots theme of the project, the Roc Nation rapper is giving his fans the chance to join him at his old/new crib in Fayetteville, NC and be among the first to hear the album in full before its official release on December 9.

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tyler the creator interviews pharrell

One of the realest moments of last weekend’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival was seeing Tyler, The Creator break down and cry as he watched Pharrell reunite with N*E*R*D before his very eyes — at the festival he threw — but here’s one moment that might just trump that. Immediately after the performance, Mass Appeal seized the golden opportunity and handed Tyler a microphone so he could interview his lifelong idol. However, as you probably already guessed, this didn’t go down like any other boring interview.

Pharrell: For me, to have these moments…the stories you used to tell me about listening to our albums, and then to see you have a show and we’re out there performing and it’s your show: that means more to me than it does to you…because I would have died to have that with Q-Tip. Died. But we never did that, and you’re a different generation. I love that this generation has its anchor: that’s Odd Future. So I’m not worried about…we’ve got a lot of help now; it’s not just us…. As long as you stay where you are and stay loyal to your beliefs, and secondly your curiosity, no one can touch you.

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common

Recently, Common appeared at the White House to perform “This War We Fight,” a poem written for this year’s Veteran’s Day celebration. With the U.S. holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces arriving today, the Chicago MC returns, bringing the spoken-word piece to life through a visual. Watch below as Common’s Nobody’s Smiliing LP is available now on iTunes.

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With their SHADY XV compilation LP arriving November 24, Shady Records continue their 15-year anniversary celebration by partnering with VEVO to present the SHADY CXVPHER. Lead by Eminem, watch as the label’s flagship artists of Yelawolf, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I give a no-holds barred 18-minute lyrical exercise below.

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Almost a decade since his last posthumous release, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation is aiming to keep the late rapper’s legacy live with more new material. According to AllHipHop, the foundation — established in 1997 by ‘Pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur — is planning to release a new single featuring an as-yet-unknown cast of “several hip-hop stars” for a small price of $0.99, with the proceeds going towards the upkeep of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

In addition to the single, fans will also receive a free download of a bonus mixtape, which features additional guest rappers along with production from Dame Grease and Kamil “Muszamil” Beale. The new music is set to be released on 2Pac.com; when, exactly, has yet to be announced.

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Add another title to the steller resume Jay Z has built. The Brooklyn rapper-mogul has acquired Armand de Brignac (better known as “Ace Of Spades”) from Sovereign Brands.

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King Kendrick is returning to 30 Rock. During this weekend’s episode of SNL hosted by Chris Rock, it was announced that Kendrick Lamar will appear as musical guest, alongside host Woody Harrelson on November 15. It will mark Lamar’s second visit to Saturday Night Live, previously in 2013 and again as a guest of Imagine Dragons earlier this year.

For his SNL debut last year, the TDE MC performed the songs “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Poetic Justice.” Along with the song “i,” will a new song make its debut in two weeks?

Previously:
Kendrick Lamar Performs “i” at Cleveland Cavaliers Season Opener

2pac poems

In a Throwback Thursday to top all Throwback Thursdays, Noisey got their hands on a bunch of previously unreleased handwritten poems by a 17-year-old Tupac Shakur. Courtesy of ‘Pac’s first manager, Leila Steinberg, the nine poems — titled “A Love Unspoken,” “Things That Make Hearts Break,” “Cupid’s Smile II,” “So I Say Goodbye,” “When I Do Kiss U,” “What I See,” “And Still I Love You,” “The Sun and the Moon” and “Untitled” — were written over a three-year period during the rapper’s adolescence. But more importantly, they provide an early glimpse at the artist that would become one of the most inspiring writers of his generation. R.I.P. 2Pac.

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juve cash money

Cash Money Records’ current incarnation is almost unrecognizable from its original lineup, but the legendary label has welcomed back an old face. Over 10 years since his last release on the label (2003’s Juve the Great), Juvenile has rejoined the Cash Money army (again).

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