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Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, and The Underachievers, aka the titanic supergroup known as Beast Coast, have a collaborative album on the way. After releasing records like “Left Hand” and “Coast/Clear”, it was confirmed earlier this week by Pro Era head honcho Joey Bada$$ that joint project is finished.

In the nostalgic mood, Beast Coast brings back BET’s famed Rap City for a classic cypher. Backed by DJ Powers Pleasant, watch Big Tigger, Zombie Juice, Issa Gold, Meechy Darko, Joey Bada$$, AK, Kirk Knight, CJ Fly, Erick Arc Elliott and Nyck Caution go off on a handful of beats below. The session ends with Tigger announcing Beast Coast’s album arrives on May 24th, entitled Escape From New York.

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JAY-Z delivered a night to remember on Friday (Apr. 26), returning with his sequel ‘B-Sides’ concert. Taking place at the newly renovated Webster Hall, JAY-Z re-opened the popular Manhattan venue with a two-hour performance of deep album cuts from his extensive discography. Backed by a full band and DJs Young Guru and Just Blaze, the rap icon gave the intimate crowd a 39-song set that includes records like “The Prelude,” “People Talkin,” “Allure,” “D’Evils,” “Dear Summer,” and his most recent stellar guest appearance on Meek Mill’s “What’s Free.”

Along with two ‘B-Side 2’ freestyles, one dedicated to the late Nipsey Hussle, JAY-Z brought out a few major surprise guests. First up was Nas, who joined his fellow NY heavyweight for “Success,” before performing a medley of “The World Is Yours” and “NY State of Mind.” Soon after a shocking moment took place as long-time foe, Cam’ron appeared in a suit joining JAY-Z to perform their 2002 collaboration “Welcome to New York City” for the first-time ever. Dipset’s Jim Jones would later join the pair, backing Cam’ron for their rap classic “I Really Mean It.” Watch some fan captured highlights below.

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As if his impact isn’t already felt in his neighborhood, Nipsey Hussle’s name will forever live on in Los Angeles. Yesterday, South Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson announced that the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue will be renamed Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square, in honor of the late rapper and entrepreneur.

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J. Cole headlined the inaugural Dreamville Fest on Saturday (Apr. 6), featuring additional performances by SZA, Big Sean, Teyana Taylor, Nelly, 6LACK, Dreamville Records and more. Closing out the night in front of 40,000 people, Cole World took a moment to pay respect to the late Nipsey Hussle. “And this moment right now, I gotta take time on stage and acknowledge someone who had a huge effect on the fu**ing world…on the community, on the neighborhood,” said the Roc Nation MC. Seated on a stool and as various images and moments of Nipsey Hussle were project behind him, J. Cole dedicated the song “Love Yourz” to his fallen compatriot.

Watch below.

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In the wake of his tragic death on Sunday (Mar. 31), tributes have been pouring in far and wide for Nipsey Hussle — from fellow artists, celebrities, athletes and politicians to residents of his beloved neighborhood. Nipsey was loved and respected across the board, not just for his motivational music (including last year’s GRAMMY-nominated Victory Lap), but for the very important work he did to uplift and inspire his local community.

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Meek Mill is one step closer to securing the criminal justice reform he’s been fighting for. Yesterday, Meek appeared outside the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building to unveil new legislation aimed at reforming Pennsylvania’s probation and parole system.

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After a successful 2018, Dreamville Records is ready to takeover and reach new heights in the new year. Ahead of the inaugural Dreamville Fest next month, the label covers XXL‘s new spring issue. Shot by famed photographer Jonathan Mannion, the cover story and shoot was done with Atlanta during the label’s Revenge of the Dreamers III sessions that brought out many of today’s heavyweight artists and hot producers to work on the upcoming compilation album. Lead by J. Cole, the spring issue features individual Q&A’s with Dreamville’s full roster that includes Bas, Cozz, EarthGang, J.I.D, Lute, Omen and Ari Lennox.

The Revenge of the Dreamers III recording sessions, individual solo projects, the path each artist took leading up to joining Dreamville, and plans in 2019 are all discussed. Read each artist’s individual interview by clicking here and check out some J. Cole excerpts and behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot below.

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Despite featuring two of his beats, it’s fair to say that Tha Carter V could’ve used more Mannie Fresh. Thankfully, the old Cash Money cohorts have got something up their sleeves.

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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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