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From being properly recognized by the Grammys to getting played on FM radio and MTV, hip-hop has always had to fight to get it dues. And as we approach its fourth decade in existence, the genre is finally receiving its own Hall of Fame.

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As many as 60,000 people gathered in the streets of New York City on Saturday (December 13) in support of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two cases that have come to epitomize the racial injustice that has forever existed in the American judicial system. With cameras handy, REVOLT managed to pick out two of hip-hop’s most recognizable faces — Nas and Russell Simmons — in the massive crowd.

“This is beautiful, man,” Nas said. “We need justice, that’s why we here.” Russell, meanwhile, was hopeful that a change will soon come: “It’s the culmination and beginning of — at the same time — a lot of hard work and the beginning of a shift, and I know for sure that there’ll be a change in the way the police police the police.”

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J. Cole gave music lovers an early Christmas gift with his 2014 Forest Hills Drive LP, and the fans have returned with a present of their own. The 29-year-old’s third solo album is set to debut No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album charts on Wednesday.

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Jay Z may have been criticized for not wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt like the Brooklyn Nets players he posed with during Monday night’s game against the Cavs, but as we should know at this point, Hov’s actions speak for themselves.

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Monday night’s showdown between the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center drew extra attention thanks to a royal visit from Prince William and Kate Middleton, but the game also earned headlines due to players from both sides wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts before tip off, in honor of Eric Garner. Unbeknownst to many, however, the process of actually getting those T-shirts in the hands of the players was more complex than any of us could have imagined.

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After months of bad blood, Migos and Chief Keef have buried the hatchet. The Atlanta trio posted a photo with the Chicago rapper on Twitter last night, taken from their recent trip to L.A., where Keef resides. The war of words between the two camps, which included a very public death threat from Fredo Santana, culminated in a brawl at a Washington, D.C. strip club last month, where Quavo allegedly had his chain snatched by one of Keef’s boys.

It’s not entirely clear why Migos and Chief Keef started beefing in the first place, but it sounds like Atlanta Gangster Disciple OG KK helped make peace between the two sides. “See what yall really wanted to see was #migos and #ChiefKeef kill each other but this what happens when a real og steps in,” he tweeted. Now, can we please get a “MiGlo” anthem before New Year’s Eve?

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New Mixtape: Migos ‘Rich Ni**a Timeline’
New Mixtape: Chief Keef ‘Back From the Dead 2′
New Video: Migos feat. Rick Ross “Black Bottles”

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Pharrell Williams received a lifetime milestone in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon. The Grammy Award-winning artist-producer, designer, and philanthropist was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Getting the accolade in the Category of Recording, The Neptunues hit-maker was introduced by good friend Ellen DeGeneres, who handed the Virginia-native his award through a thoughtful poem. Dignitaries from L.A. Council, along with Pharrell’s mother, father, brothers, wife Helen Lasichanh, and their 6-year-old son Rocket were on hand for the ceremony.

The 41-year-old thanked those throughout his life including every teacher he’s learned from, people that have assisted in his career growth, and Ellen DeGeneres for first playing his 2014 smash-hit “Happy” first. Pharrell becomes the 537th star and fourth rapper to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Find the star at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the W Hollywood Hotel.

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Yes, we all love his albums, know his production discography and own a “J Dilla Changed My Life” t-shirt, but now you can really prove your Dilla standom with this dope figurine of the late, great producer. The 7.5 inch doll, made entirely out of vinyl, features a removable cap, sampler and donut chain. The figurine is the work of a whole gang of geniuses, having been conceived by Detroit artist Sintex, sculpted by Seoul-based toy artist P2PL and eventually manufactured by Pay Jay Productions, with Stussy licensing the finished product.

The J Dilla figurine drops February 2015 and is currently up for pre-order at RappCats, but act fast — there’s only 2,000 available.

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Meek Mill released from jail

Christmas is coming early for the Philly rapper, who is reportedly set to be released from Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility some time today. Meek was sentenced to jail time in July for a parole violation, and despite numerous efforts from his legal team, wasn’t due to be released until January 11, 2015.

Update: Meek Mill has been released.

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Killer Mike appeared on CNN to discuss the Ferguson decision with Brooke Baldwin. The Atlanta rapper and activist opened up on his emotional speech following the decision, the moments after hearing officer Darren Wilson will not be tried in court, his thoughts of President Barack Obama’s comments on the situation, and what he would say to Darren Wilson if he stood in front of him.

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