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Talib Kweli is the latest rapper to make the trip down to Ferguson, Missouri to mourn the death of Mike Brown and show support to the community. Never one to bite his tongue, the Brooklyn MC made an appearance on CNN earlier today, where he took Don Lemon — who isn’t exactly wildly popular among black viewers — to task.

Right off the bat, Talib put the media on blast for presenting an inaccurate narrative of events in Ferguson. Naturally, Lemon disagreed with him and claimed that his network have “done really great coverage here,” which is when Kweli took the safety off and let the chopper fly. At one point, while being continuously interrupted by Lemon, Kweli even walked off camera and threatened to leave the interview.

#Arewegood?

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Killer Mike has never been one to bite his tongue when it comes to social issues and larger injustices going on in the world. Yesterday (Aug 19), Mike penned an Op-Ed piece on what he feels are the real problems with all the chaos and continued violence happening in Ferguson. He addresses the police conduct, Mike Brown’s murder and more in his own words.

This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them.”

I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope-filled insight to deliver. I only have this warning to all Americans: Whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.

The police are paid by the public and carry a public trust, and they take an oath to protect us as citizens. The police have lost sight of that and must be reminded that we pay them to protect us, not to simply engage and cage us.

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As the community in Ferguson, Missouri and worldwide still mourns and protests the murder of Michael Brown, J. Cole took time to visit the spot where the 18-year-old was gunned down by local police last Saturday. Arriving with members of his Dreamville Records label, the Roc Nation MC spoke with local residents and activists, as they all mourned the loss of Brown during a chaotic time where a community is still shaken following the incident.

J Cole at #mikebrown’s final resting place. #ferguson,” says Deray McKesson, who captured this photo of J. Cole paying his respects in the exact spot Michael Brown was killed. On Friday, the North Carolina rapper released the song “Be Free,” inspired by the tragic moment, pleading an end to violence. “Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black. I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free.”

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Chris Brown gathered some of his celebrity friends for a charity flag football game in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon. Hosted at Jack Kemp Stadium at Occidental College, Brown faced off against’s Diddy’s step-son Quincy in friendly team game. When the final whistle was blown, Team Breezy which included Tyga, The Game, Trey Songz, Bow Wow, and Omarion, beat Team Quincy 42-21.

Brown, who was spotted together with on-and-off again girlfriend Karrueche, gathered all the participants for a moment of solidarity, protesting the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown dead in Ferguson, Mississippi last Saturday. Everyone rounded up with their hands raised, showing support to the Brown family and city of Ferguson as they’re going through a tragic time. Check out footage of Nelly’s heartfelt speech below.

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A surprise reunion went down in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon. Playing at the Palms Casino Resort Ditch Fridays pool party, DJ Jazzy Jeff was joined on stage by his former music partner and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Will Smith. An unannounced appearance, Smith and Jazzy Jeff took party-goers back to the 90s as they performed the perfect song for the Sin City vibe, “Summertime.”

In Vegas at a pool party with Jazzy. This dude is RIDICULOUS on the tables!!!!! STILL,” Smith posted on his Facebook page, along with a selfie photo and video. It was a family affair as Will came out to support his eldest son Trey, who also DJ’s under the name DJ AcE.

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Drake and Lil’ Wayne “Vs.” battle tour pulled into the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut on Wednesday night. For the first time on the U.S. trek, the YMCMB artists brought a surprise guest on stage as G-Unit’s own 50 Cent joined his fellow rap heavyweights to perform the song “In Da Club.”

With 26 more dates left, who knows what else Tunechi and Drizzy have up their sleeves. Watch the moment below.

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Drake took over the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in his backyard of Toronto for the fifth year running as he closed out OVO Fest 2014 in style last night. The guest list was star-studded as ever as J. Cole, Usher, G-Unit (50 Cent and Lloyd Banks), Lauryn Hill, Trey Songz, PARTYNEXTDOOR, YG, Jhene Aiko, DJ Khaled, Majid Jordan, Tinashe and OB O’Brien all hit the stage throughout the second and final show.

However, it was the host himself who made some of the best moments of this year’s OVO Fest happen, from flying above the crowd on a “stripper pole” to squashing the supposed beef between himself and Kendrick Lamar by crowning him “one of the hardest n***as alive.”

Check out the top 10 moments of Drake’s OVO Fest 2014 below…

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18 years after its release, 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me has finally been certified Diamond by the RIAA. The legendary West Coast rapper’s fifth LP inched past the five million shipped units mark this week, but with it being a two-disc album, that figure gets doubled, earning the classic record another plaque. Yep, a fairly dubious rule, but who are we to strip ‘Pac of another historic achievement?

All Eyez On Me joins OutKast’s SpeakerBoxxx/The Love Below, Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show, MC Hammer’s Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em and Biggie’s Life After Death, as well as 2Pac’s Greatest Hits, as some of the other rap albums to sell over 10 million copies. And yes, as you can see, many of these are also double-disc releases.

[Props HHNM]

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(Fat Joe with Jennifer Lopez and his wife Lorena at J.Lo’s 45th birthday party last week in the Hamptons)

Tonight, Funk Flex opened up the show with a series of Bronx classics, Fat Joe with Big Pun, Fat Joe with Remy Ma, and more…giving listeners a history lesson and instant mood-enhancement at once. Then he premiered in a brand new song from Fat Joe that fit in just fine with the classic. The song, “Stressin’,” may features some sparse vocals from Jennifer Lopez but it’s definitely not the usual J.Lo pop song…sounding grittier and harder and, frankly, more Bronx, than what you may have expected recently from the pair.

Flex played it at least 6 times in a row…and we weren’t mad at all.
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Kendrick Lamar is bringing his critically-acclaimed good kid, m.A.A.d city LP to film. The Compton rapper and award-winning director Kahlil Joseph will debut m.A.A.d, a 14-minute short-film based on Lamar’s platinum-selling 2012 album, at the first-annual Sundance NEXT Fest. The mini-film festival, which showcases fresh new upcoming directors and rising artists, will take place in Los Angeles next month.

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m.A.A.d stars a fresh-faced cast plucked from L.A. corners, and is described as “a kaleidoscope of storylines and ideas that defy typical categorization to explore new languages and new forms.” Kendrick and Joseph will be on site for a panel discussion, followed by a screening of Sundance winner Imperial Dreams and a performance from Tinashe.”

Tickets can be purchased here, while you can check out the event flyer below.

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