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This week’s episode of Open Late with Peter Rosenberg is dedicated entirely to Mac Miller, who tragically died last Friday (September 7) from a suspected overdose. Rosenberg sits down with Smoke DZA, Eric and Jeff Rosenthal (aka ItsTheReal) and Craig Jenkins, who penned an excellent profile on Mac that was published shortly before his passing, to share their favorite memories of the beloved rapper.

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The music industry is reeling over the sudden death of Mac Miller, who passed away late last week due to a reported drug overdose. The Pittsburgh rapper’s passing is a crushing blow to the hip-hop community, as hundreds of artists continue to mourn the loss of a positive person and one of today’s major stars. J. Cole recently paid respect to the 26-year-old in a series of tweets, even offering up his own personal time to other artists going through struggles who needs someone to speak to.

During his own “KOD” tour over the weekend, Cole World broke down in tears speaking on the struggles people go through and trying to find a way to cope. The emotional moment lead into J. Cole dedicating the song “Love Yourz” to Mac Miller. Watch it below.

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Drake and Meek Mill have buried the hatchet. The two rap stars officially ended their four-year beef on Saturday night (Sept. 8), as the pair appeared together on stage at Boston’s TD Garden during Drake’s “Aubrey & The Three Migos” tour stop. The Philadelphia spitter surprised the sold-out crowd, performing his classic “Dreams & Nightmares” intro with Drizzy backing him. Drake and Meek’s much-publicized beef started in the summer of 2015, after the MMG rapper accused Drake of using ghostwriters, specifically Quentin Miller for a bulk of his If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late project earlier that year.

Their soured relationship lead to Drake dropping the diss songs “Charged Up” and “Back to Back,” the latter receiving a Grammy nomination in 2016. Since then their beef seemed to have fizzled down as Meek dealt with legal issues and eventually went to prison. During that time, the Canadian superstar has expressed support for his former foe. TMZ reported the reunion minutes before Meek hit the stage, as his friend and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin posted a photo of Meek’s wrist with credentials to tonight’s show.

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This summer has been loaded with huge album releases from some of Hip-hop’s biggest stars like JAY-Z (with Beyoncé), Drake, Nas, Kanye West, YG, Jay Rock, Mac Miller and more. On Thursday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a new segment of Mean Tweets returned starring a lot of today’s stars in rap music. Lil’ Wayne, 50 Cent, A$AP Rocky, Tyler, the Creator, and Big Sean read off random disrespectful comments in their Twitter mentions. T-Pain, Eve, Pusha T, Remy Ma, Rae Sremmurd, Anderson. Paak, DJ Khaled, Trippie Redd, Logic, Lil’ Yachty, Wale, Ty Dolla $ign and Yo Gotti also guest appear in the hilarious segment.

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After more than a decade in business, Low End Theory — the influential L.A. club night that helped launched the careers of Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, TOKiMONSTA and many more — put on its final show in L.A. last night. Thanks to a surprise mini Odd Future reunion, it went out with a bang.

Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt performed early OF favorites like “Orange Juice,” “Sandwitches” and “Rella” while Syd and Hodgy Beats (who, three years ago, called Tyler a “fraud“) also hit the stage. During his appearance, Tyler reflected on his first time performing at Low End Theory back when Odd Future were still building their buzz. The $500 Daddy Kev paid him was the most money he’d ever seen at that point, he said.

It’s not like Odd Future officially broke up — since dropping OF Tape Vol. 2 in 2012, they kinda just went their own ways creatively — but it’s still good to see (some of) the gang back together again, if only for one memorable night.

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After an epic Hip-Hop moment last year going up against Just Blaze, Swizz Beatz and rap fans have been wanting another beat battle between production legends. Following playful talk and challenges over the past year, the follow-up beat battle finally went down on Sunday night (Jun. 10) during HOT 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Swizz Beatz, who made up this year’s lineup alongside Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, A$AP Ferg and more, used the large stage to bring out Timbaland.

For fifteen minutes, the two legendary producers went back-and-forth of classic hits from their respective catalogues over the past two decades. Watch Swizzy and Timbo go to battle with gems from Beyoncé, Aaliyah, JAY-Z, DMX, Eve, Missy Elliott, LL Cool J and more.

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Lil Wayne’s legal nightmare may finally be over.

According to The Blast, who obtained (but have yet to share) court documents, Lil Wayne has scored a huge settlement in his lawsuit with Birdman and Cash Money, which was dismissed by all parties involved on May 23.

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To fill the need for more live concert experiences rooted in hip-hop origins, the creators of Team Backpack have come together once again to launch their inaugural ‘WRLD UNDGND’ festival in August. The 3-Day event will take place in Long Island at Melrose Ballroom and set to include but not limited to Ghostface and Azealia Banks as well Raekwon and Dave East.

Purchase your tickets here and see the full line up after the jump. What a time to be alive!

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A day after performing a thrilling sold-out show at Madison Square Garden as a part of TDE’s “The Championship” tour, Kendrick Lamar attended a luncheon at Columbia University on Wednesday (May 30) to accept his Pulitzer Prize. While the event honored the winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, Lamar was the clear star of the day, as many attendees stopped to take selfies and congratulate the Grammy Award-winning artist. “It’s an honor,” said Lamar, who kept his acceptance speech short. “Been writing my whole life, so to get this type of recognition is beautiful.”

The Pulitzer board announced Kendrick Lamar as a winner of the the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music for last year’s DAMN. album. The board previously called the project a “virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.”

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Beastie Boys’ long awaited memoir is finally dropping this year. Written by Mike D and Ad-Rock — the two surviving members of the group following MCA’s death in 2012 — the aptly titled Beastie Boys Book chronicles the group’s groundbreaking journey from teenage punks to rap stars to social activists across an epic 592 pages.

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