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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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After much speculation and vigorous negotiations, Joe Budden has finally reached an agreement with REVOLT TV for his forthcoming ‘State of The Culture’ show. In an official statement, Diddy stated “[Revolt] is excited to produce next-level content with him.” The critically acclaimed rapper-turned personality will be joining the network as host and producer.

Watch the official announcement after the break and expect the new series to kick off this Summer.

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Meek Mill is out of prison and a free man after a ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday (Apr. 24). Soon after the news broke, many took to social media to support the now free MMG rapper, as #MeekFree became a trending topic on Twitter. Rihanna, Rick Ross, T.I., Kevin Hart, YG, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and more celebrated with various posts on Twitter and Instagram.

Today, Meek Mill, a son of Philadelphia, is a free man,” said JAY-Z in a statement posted on his Facebook page. “He was incarcerated unjustly and caught in a probation trap for years by a broken system. Now we can celebrate his release. We thank every individual that has supported and fought alongside Meek every step of the way.”

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Meek Mill is a free man. The MMG rapper has been released from prison on Tuesday (Apr. 24), after a ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. “We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has directed Judge Brinkley to immediately issue an order releasing Meek on bail,” said Meek’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina in a statement. “As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail.”

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good kid, m.A.A.d city was turned into a short film that was shown at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art, To Pimp a Butterfly was archived in Harvard’s Loeb Music Library, and now DAMN. has earned its own unique accolade after winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for music.

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Earlier this year David Letterman launched his Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Former U.S. president Barack Obama, George Clooney and Malala Yousafzai served as the first three guests on Letterman’s new show. Next up is JAY-Z, who appears on the upcoming fourth episode set to debut on April 7. Before it airs this Friday, a preview of their conversation has been released online. In the clip, the Roc Nation mogul discusses the greatness of peers, Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

You can have a great voice and you can just almost say anything,” Jay says. “I think Snoop Dogg has a great voice. Like, he can say, ‘One, two, three, and to the four,’ and it’s like, ‘Oh my god.’ It just sounds good, right? It just sounds really good.” The Brooklyn MC would later praise Slim Shady. “Or you can be someone like Eminem and just have amazing cadence,” he says, speaking of his “Renegade” collaborator. “It’s percussion inside the music.”

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Sony Pictures To Produce Dapper Dan Biopic
 

In a culture where living legends rarely ever get to have their flowers while they can still smell it, Harlem hustler turned fashion icon Dapper Dan’s life story is coming to the big screen. Sony Pictures will produce the film, which was inspired by Dan’s upcoming memoir, in conjunction with Jerrod Carmichael. Described as a “high-stakes coming-of-age story,” Ange Giannetti and Maia Eyre will oversee the project for the studio.

More details are set to be released soon. In the meantime, watch Life + Times intimate interview with the streetwear pioneer and childhood friend Pee Wee Kirkland after the jump.

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Rick Ross is back home and on the road to recovery. This afternoon, the MMG boss broke his silence on Instagram after suffering a major health scare last week, writing, “Ain’t nothing like home 🙏🏼. I love y’all – WLR” (his initials: William Leonard Roberts II, aka the Bawse). Naturally, Rozay posted a picture of himself holding a bottle of Belaire Rosé and promoting his Black Bottles Boy brand. No shame in the game.

On March 2, Ross was reportedly on life support in hospital after being found in his home “breathing heavy, unresponsive and slobbing out the mouth,” suffering a suspected heart attack. Thankfully, four days later, Ross was released from hospital and arrived home under doctor’s care on Monday.

Rest up and get healthy, Bawse. The game needs you.

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Common, Robert Glasper and Karrien Riggins started 2018 off by announcing the formation of their group,
August Greene. The musical trio have dropped the singles “Optimistic” featuring Brandy and “Black Kennedy,” both off August Greene’s self-titled debut album dropping on March 9. Recently, August Greene appeared on NPR’s popular Tiny Desk Concert series for a live 5-song performance.

Along with the songs “Black Kennedy” and “Optimistic,” the trio also performed “Practice” and “Let Go” off the album. Common also did the song “Stand Up for Something,” from the film Marshall. Joined by special guests Brandy, Andra Day, Samora Pinderhughes and Maimouna Youssef, watch the full performance below.

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Snoop Chainz Allstar
 

Snoop Dogg will host his inaugural ‘Hip Hop All-Star Game,’ with the help of 2 Chainz, this upcoming Friday (Feb. 16th). The Longbeach legend will spearhead one team, while Tity Boi will man another group of talented celebs for the Adidas sponsored competition.

Peep the line up after the break and if you’re in LA for NBA All-Star Weekend pull up to the function.

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