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the cool kids reunite

How’s this for a Throwback Thursday? After making a brief comeback a few years ago, Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael Rocks, aka The Cool Kids, are reuniting for good. “I called Mikey and realized nothing would feel better than us being the originators again,” Chuck announced on Twitter last night. “The Cool Kids are back forreal.”

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The 2016 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors praised one of hip-hop’s most valuable and oft underappreciated figures: the wonderful ladies. Honorees Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, Salt & Peppa and more were given their just due in the moving event.

Along with speeches from artists who were influenced by the pioneering women in rap, tribute performances were assembled by rap’s finest. We witnessed the likes of Remy Ma, Nelly Furtado, Trina, Fantasia, Monica, Monie Love, Da Brat, Mia X, YoYo, Ms Jade, The Lady of Rage, Suga-T, Rah Digga, Nikki D, Sha Rock, We Tee, Heather B and more all participate in the concert.

Hosted by Eve, the men of rap — Diddy, Pharrell, Timbaland, Busta Rhymes and more — also came out to pay homage to our queens.

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The Game and Snoop Dogg are calling for crips and bloods to come together and (peacefully) combat a mutual enemy: police brutality. The two OGs, rocking their respective gang colors, are leading a march through the streets of L.A. today in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men who were unjustly gunned down by cops this week.

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A Tribe Called Quest are set to be honored with a mural in their hometown of Queens, New York. A commemorative painting of Tip, Ali, Jarobi and the late Phife Dawg will decorate the walls of Nu-Clear Cleaners on Linden Boulevard, where the group shot the video for “Check the Rhime” back in ’91. Councilman Daneek Miller’s office says the paperwork was submitted last month and the mural is expected to be green-lit in the next few weeks, according to TMZ.

Linden Boulevard (represent, represent) between 192 Street and 193 Street is also close to being renamed A Tribe Called Quest Boulevard after a petition received over 5,000 signatures following Phife’s passing earlier this year.

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Rapper Tru Life is a finally free man after serving over six years in prison.

Born Roberto Guzmán Rosado, Jr., Tru was originally sentenced to eight years for a fatal stabbing in 2011. At the time, the Lower East Side rapper spent some time signed to Jay Z’s short lived Roc La Familia record label, but eventually left — and was widely known for his rap feuds.

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During the kick off weekend of Coachella 2016 last week, Ice Cube called on Snoop Dogg, Common, and N.W.A. to join him on stage. During N.W.A.’s set, once member was noticeably missing as Dr. Dre was nowhere to be found. On Saturday night (Apr. 23) during the second weekend of Coachella, Dr. Dre joined Cube and the living members of N.W.A. to perform for the first-time in over 20 years. The mogul-rapper joined his former group-mates, rocking the live crowd with the classics “Still D.R.E.” and “California Love.”

Ice Cube kept the L.A. theme strong on the main stage, as The Game and Kendrick Lamar make special appearances.

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mtv unplugged 2016

MTV is bringing back two of our favorite shows, along with a host of new programs, this year.

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TIME Magazine returns with its annual TIME 100 issue, highlighting the 100 most influential people ranging in different fields including entertainment, politics, sports, philanthropy, and more. A select few of the nominees were given their own covers this year: Leonardo DiCaprio, actress Priyanka Chopra, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Priscilla Chan, Christine Lagarde, and Nicki Minaj.

For Nicki Minaj’s cover story it was written by none other than her mentor Lil’ Wayne, the person who discovered her seven years ago. Read Lil’ Wayne’s words and watch Nicki Minaj’s interview with TIME below.

Click here for the full TIME 100 list that also includes Kendrick Lamar, Stephen Curry, and more.

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In honor of Record Store Day 2016 this Saturday (Apr. 15), Mobb Deep will be re-releasing their 1995 LP The Infamous via All City Music. The re-issue, limited to 2000 copies, will be available for the first time on 180 gram, translucent blue and orange vinyl at record stores worldwide this weekend. The promote it, All City Music has teamed up with Beat Junkies member J-Rocc for a special mix dedicated to the Queensbridge duo.

The mix includes original songs and samples that made the classic LP. Online, the 2 LP vinyl can be purchased on Amazon and Discogs.

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The legendary career of Kobe Bryant will come to an end this week, as the future NBA Hall of Famer will play his final game on Wednesday night versus the Memphis Grizzlies. The sports icon has been on a farewell tour during his 19th and last NBA season. Growing up in Los Angeles, Kendrick Lamar has had a first-hand look at the 37-year-old’s long storied run, and now the TDC MC tributes the 18-time All-Star in ESPN’s Kobe Bryant: Fade To Black.

Written by Scoop Jackson, the short narrated by Kendrick includes various highlights of the Los Angeles Lakers guard’s long career, soundtrack by Lamar’s untitled, unmastered. single “untitled 07.″

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