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I’ve never been good at acknowledging the passing of time. We’ve never celebrated an anniversary here at MissInfo.TV. I’ve never felt comfortable doing week-long, self-congratulatory birthday tours. I have no idea how long I’ve worked at Hot 97. And I’m terrible at corroborating albums and release years. Is it a fear of change or a symptom of a disorganized mind? Yes, yup. But as a result, yesterday can feel like ancient history, and what I felt 20 years ago… is a room right next door.

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With the 20th anniversary of Illmatic only six days away, Nas celebrated the 1994 rap classic on Saturday night during the Coachella Music & Arts Festival. Closing Day 2, Nasty Nas and DJ Green Lantern took the packed crowd of hip-hop lovers down memory lane with a few special friends.

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A once in a lifetime performance went down on Friday night at The FADER Fort during SXSW in Austin, Texas. Closing Day 3, was Blur frontman and Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn.

This is the first-time ever this song is being performed in its purest form,” said Albarn, who brought out Dan the Automator and Del tha Funkee Homosapien for a live rendition of their 2001-collaboration “Clint Eastwood.” If that wasn’t enough, De La Soul and Snoop Dogg, who both have appeared on alternate versions, joined the stage for one unforgettable moment.

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Juicy J is the true modern day hip-hop philanthropist. Which other rapper holds a twerk-for-a-scholarship competition to then award the check to a girl who didn’t even bounce it once? (Because that’s crucial social commentary). In another argument for being the rap game Bill Gates, Sir Juice of the J decided to give away a pair of signed Air Yeezy 2 Red Octobers (which cost him $5,000) during his show at New York’s Irving Plaza last night. How can you possibly hate this guy?

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It’s been three years since Kanye West famously debuted G.O.O.D. Fridays, a weekly music series that brought us bangers like “Christian Dior Denim Flow,” “Lord Lord Lord” and “Don’t Stop” in the lead up to his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy LP. According to G.O.O.D. Music member CyHi The Prynce, the crew are looking to bring it back this year. At least he’ll make sure they do. Here’s what he told MTV in a recent interview:

I’M doing it. I’M making sure it’s coming back. See now, he’s my partner long enough to where I can say, “Ye, we doing this, we doing this and we doing this.” I wanna motivate him to do that too, because Ye got a lot of stuff that I’m like, “Yo, no one’s ever gonna get to hear this Ye!” I hear the fans, I understand what they want from the G.O.O.D. Music family. I talked to Sean, I talked to Pusha to kinda get them to do it too, because I like them guys and lyricists and artists, and I wanna hear more from them, too.

Despite his optimism, let’s not forget this is the same guy that repeatedly said the Cruel Winter album would drop last year. But hey, a man can hope, can’t he?

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Steve Stoute and VH1′s Tanning of America documentary has been absolutely phenomenal. Most of us who were born in the ’80s or earlier pretty much know a lot of the story, but for the young’ns and even for old folk like us (joking!), the story of how hip-hop turned pop culture upside down has been so captivating in this four-part series.

As an extra bonus, VH1 courted some notable journalists and tastemakers for added commentary on what effect the culture has had on their lives. Our very own Miss Info was tapped to talk about her first experiences with rap, and we also hear from Rob Markman (MTV) and Joe La Puma (Complex Magazine). Make sure you don’t miss the final episode tonight at 11pm ET on VH1.

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The fans are showing their support for ScHoolboy Q. The Cali-native’s Oxymoron album released on Tuesday, and early projections have the project selling 150,000 to 160,000 units opening week. Q’s first joint-venture release under Interscope Records should debut No. 1 on Billboard‘s album charts next week. Another milestone for Top Dawg Entertainment, where Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city debuted at No. 2 in 2012, and went on to sell 1.2 million copies.

Kid Cudi, who released his Satellite Flight album as a surprise on iTunes, is estimated to sell 90,000 copies opening week, which would score the No. 2 spot on Billboard. Purchase both Oxymoron and Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon on iTunes.

Previously:
ScHoolboy Q & BJ the Chicago Kid Perform “Studio” on Conan (Video)
Kid Cudi Releases Satellite Flight Album on iTunes

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Out of nowhere, Cam’Ron posted a photo on Instagram of a recent encounter with Nas. “#QB #HARLEM #UwasntThere,” the caption reads. It appears their famous beef from the early aughts is officially over. A win for New York hip-hop.

UPDATE: Our own Miss Info has details of how this moment happened below.

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It is six months away, but Drake is getting a jump start on this year’s OVO Fest. The Canadian superstar announces the 5th annual event will be co-headlined with OutKast. The two-day concert, taking place at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Ampitheatre, features André 3000, Big Boi, and special guests on Sunday, August 3, with Drake closing out the final night on Monday, August 4.

Starting in 2010, Drake’s OVO Fest has brought out the biggest names in music. Jay Z, Eminem, Nas, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, TLC, Stevie Wonder, Diddy, Ma$e, Rick Ross, Jeezy, and more have appeared in previous years. Tickets for the two-day festival goes on sale this Friday, February 21 via Live Nation.

Previously: Drake Celebrates 4th Annual OVO Fest with Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Diddy, Ma$e, TLC, & More

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Oh wow. My face is still hurting from laughing at Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon running through all of hip hop’s greatest dance trends from the “Kid n Play” dance to the “Dougie” and even “Superman that Ho.” So glad that on the opening night, the very first show of Jimmy Fallon’s run as the host of the historic Tonight Show…he brought along one of the best reoccurring features of his Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show, “The History of Rap” Tonight, he switched it up a bit and called it, “The Evolution of Hip Hop Dance.”

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