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The Wu-Tang Clan are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their culture-shifting classic LP, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). On the exact date it released back in 1993 (Nov. 9), the legendary rap group appeared on Good Morning America. All members of the iconic Staten Island collective including Young Dirty Bastard, the son of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, performed the song “Protect Ya Neck.” Wu-Tang’s recent promo run also included a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, all leading up to the release of their 36 Chambers documentary thats out today.

Watch Wu-Tang Clan invade GMA below.

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Its been nearly two months since the sudden death of Mac Miller. The beloved Pittsburgh rapper, who passed away in early September, is being honored with a tribute concert on Halloween night. Organized by Miller’s family, “A Celebration of Life” is a benefit show celebrating the life of Malcolm James McCormick with a star-studded list of performers that had ties to the 26-year-old. Chance the Rapper, John Mayer, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Travi$ Scott, Thundercat, Ty Dolla $ign, Vince Staples, Miguel, Anderson. Paak, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, J.I.D, Domo Genesis, Njomza and more are set to hit the stage at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (Oct. 31).

Fans of Mac Miller who could not make the trip to L.A. can enjoy the tribute concert via live stream on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and TIDAL. Benefitting the Mac Miller Circles Fund, which supports youth arts & community-building programs in Mac Miller’s memory, donations can be made by clicking here. Set to start at 9:30 p.m. EST, watch the emotional show below.

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The 12th annual BET Hip-Hip Awards made its network premiere on Tuesday night (Oct. 16), taped earlier thsi month at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Florida. Hosted by Deray Davis, the 2018 edition featured performances by Cardi B, T.I., YG, A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, Lil’ Pump, Yo Gotti, Lil’ Baby, Gunna, Lil’ Duval and more. Along with Lil’ Wayne being honored with this year’s “I Am Hip-Hop Award,” many were tuned in to watch the BET Hip-Hop Awards cyphers. Lead by DJ Premier providing the beats on the 1s and 2s, up-and-coming stars, seasoned juniors, and veterans stepped up to the light, letting off sharp lyrics and wordplay for listeners to take in.

Vic Mensa, G Herbo, Erykah Badu, YBN Cordae, Casanova, TDE’s newest signee Reason, Taylor Bennett, lead the list of artists who participated in this year’s Hip-Hop Awards cypher. Watch all the action on the mic below.

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Rap stars took over the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Florida, for the 2018 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Taped earlier this month, the 12th annual show made its television premiere on Tuesday night (Oct. 16). Hosted by comedian/actor Deray Davis, this year’s party got started by Lil’ Pump and Gucci Mane, who opened the show with a medley of songs including their “Kept Back” collaboration. T.I., YG, A$AP Rocky, Yo Gotti, Lil’ Duval with Ball Greezy, Lil’ Baby and Gunna, Flipp Dinero, and Pardison Fontaine hit the stage, plus a special performance by Cardi B filmed at South Beach’s popular LIV Nightclub at Fontainebleau.

Lil’ Wayne received the biggest honor of the night, receiving this year’s “I Am Hip-Hop Award” for his run as one of Hip-Hop’s top artists for two decades. Watch all the performances below.

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The music industry received a devastating blow last month with the sudden death of Mac Miller. In tribute to the late Pittsburgh rapper, Miller’s family announced on Tuesday (Oct. 1) “A Celebration of Life.” Taking place on October 31 at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the concert will benefit the Mac Miller Circles Fund. Many of Mac’s close friends and well-known collaborators are all set to perform at the event. Chance the Rapper, John Mayer, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Travi$ Scott, Thundercat, Ty Dolla $ign, Vince Staples, Miguel, Anderson. Paak, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, J.I.D, Domo Genesis, Njomza and more make the bill.

The support we’ve experienced is evident in this amazing line-up and is a testament to Malcolm’s incredible life,” says Mac’s mother Karen Meyers, in a statement. “His father, brother, and I are beyond thankful to everyone who is working to make this concert happen along with every fan and every friend for continuing to support Malcolm and his vision. He was a caring, loving human with a smile that could light up the sky and a soul that was out to make the world a kinder place and the MMCF will continue to do just that.” Tickets for the event go on-sale this Friday (Oct. 5) via Ticketmaster.

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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.

Watch below.

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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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