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’90s rap radio heroes Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia are back like they never with a new podcast on NPR. Unlike their legendary show on WKCR, What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito isn’t about breaking future rap stars or even necessarily about hip-hop; instead, Stretch and Bob will be weighing in on art, music, sports and politics while interviewing cultural influencers.

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Tributes have been pouring in since Prodigy’s tragic death a little over two weeks ago, and it was only a matter of time before New York’s graffiti writers got to work. On Thursday (July 6), Jeff Henriquez and Eli Lazare joined forces to create a mural of P on the side of a building opposite Queensbridge Houses (where else?). The mural is based one of the most iconic photos of Prodigy and features incredible detail, right down to his tattoos — not too dissimilar from the vivid pictures P painted in his rhymes.

“His deep and meaningful lyrics inspired and influenced many young rappers and followers,” Henriquez and Lazare told DNA Info of their tribute. The pair are also helping to plan a candlelight vigil for the site on Thursday, July 13.

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JAY-Z’s new album 4:44 is out now, available exclusively on TIDAL and Sprint before arriving to other streaming services this Friday (Jul. 7). Physical copies of the Brooklyn MC’s 13th studio LP are also expected to hit stores on the same day. On Monday (Jul. 3), JAY-Z released Episode 1 of Footnotes For The Story Of O.J in support of the new album.

The 8-minute clip features commentary from JAY-Z, Will Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Rock, CNN’s Van Jones, Trevor Noah, Mahershala Ali, Michael B. Jordan, and more discussing race relations and social injustice across the nation. The clip ends with a teaser of the upcoming “4:44″ music video, set to premiere on Friday at 4:44 p.m. EST.

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Sonny Digital To Start Producers Union
 

Earlier this week, Sonny Digital took to social media to vent about producers, songwriters, engineer’s and other behind the scenes creatives not getting proper recognition. In efforts to provide an immediate solution, the multi-platinum sound architect is going to start a producers union.

Watch the talented multi-artist voice his frustrations after the jump.

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Last year’s reports of a new album and tour with Quasimoto, aka Madlib’s rapping alter-ego, may have been a prank, but Eric B. and Rakim are reuniting this summer for real (just the two of them, of course).

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Jay Z was set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York City on Thursday night (Jun. 15). The Roc Nation mogul is making history, becoming the first rapper ever to be inducted, joining follow 2017 nominees Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, James Pankow, Peter Cetera, Chicago and Max Martin. Sadly, the Brooklyn MC was not able to make the ceremony due to his wife Beyoncé expecting to give birth to twins at any moment. In a classic moment, Hov took to Twitter to thank a list of fellow rappers that have inspired him over two decades in music.

Legends like The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Mobb Deep, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Grandmaster Caz were mentioned, along with current stars like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Rick Ross, and Kid Cudi were named dropped. Jay even shined the light on the young generation, shouting out artists like Chance the Rapper, Travi$ Scott, Quavo of the Migos, Playboi Carti and Detroit up-and-comer Tee Grizzley.

Ending his rare interaction on social media, Jay Z tweeted a video of former U.S. President Barack Obama, who inducted the icon into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Between calling him “a toupee wearin’ liar” on Robin Thicke’s “Deep” and dubbing Celebrity Apprentice a “devil show” on DJ Khaled’s “Nas Album Done,” Nas, like most sane people with a moral compass, isn’t exactly a fan of Donald Trump. But in a powerful open letter he penned for Mass Appeal, the Queens rapper calls out the President for being a racist.

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Rick Ross x BSITH
 

In episode 5 of ‘Best Seat In The House, presented by Fancy, MMG Founder Rick Ross joins Hovain to discuss everything from his White House visit to the grind that led up to his break out smash “Everyday I’m Hustlin’.”

Watch the intimate conversation after the break and pick up Rozay’s Rather You Than Me LP via iTunes here.

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Will & Jeff
 

Yesterday, DJ Jazzy Jeff took to Twitter to reveal that he is joining Will Smith on stage this summer for a pair of European festival dates. The first show will take place on August 26th during the Summerblast Festival’ in Croatia, while the other has been confirmed for August 27 at ‘Livewire Festival’ in the UK.

The last time the legendary hip-hop duo shared a stage together was last year’s ‘Roots Picnic’.

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With the trilogy already dubbed a cult classic, Ice Cube & DJ Pooh’s Friday franchise is set for another chapter. Confirmed by seasoned actor and famed comedian John Witherspoon, who plays the role of Willie Jones, the film is currently in the preliminary stages.

John also informed fans that a new guy at Warner Bros. is the person to hank for helping the next sequel gain traction this month. Hopefully, more information about the 4th installment of the highly anticipated movie series will be revealed soon.

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