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Recently in NYC on a promo run introducing his new artist Royce Rizzy’s “Gah Damn” single, Jermaine Dupri spent some time with HOT 97′s own Juan Epstein. An in-depth 75-minute conversation, the legendary rapper/producer/entrepreneur spoke on his storied career which has spanned over two decades. Starting with the early days, Dupri spoke on his beginning as a break dancer, hitting the legendary Fresh Fest tour at a young age, the overnight success with Kris Kross’ 90s-hit “Jump,” discovering TLC before their first deal with LaFace Records, and fashion risks such as backwards clothing in the 90s.

The Grammy Award-winning producer would move further into the history of his So So Def label, discovering such acts like Da Brat, Jagged Edge, and Xscape. JD talks about his relationship with The Notorious B.I.G., love for battling as a DJ, creating “Money Ain’t a Thang” with Jay Z, and The Jacksons. Listen to the interview below and click here for Jermaine Dupri’s new single “Pull-Up” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Migos.

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MissInfo: When I get fed up by all the passive aggressive boasting on twitter, all the crap that gets wrapped up and presented like “creative” writing genius, and all the holier-than-thou post-racially-correct how-dare-you thinkpieces… I find a happy place with a song of anti-social, often ignorant, “aggressive content” (c) 50 Cent. For the past month or so, that song has been “(Bitch) U Guessed It” by Atlanta’s OG Maco. (Prior to that it was Stitches “Brick In Yo Face” which was totally terrible and embarrassing…and of course, young Bobby Shmurda.)

But right now…it’s all about OG Maco. This song sounds like a 2014 Mystikal on a syrup bender with a jumbo side order of demonic possession. Yet another voice out of what I’ve been calling ALT-lanta. Maco released an EP with Key! last month called and now there’s a video!

Watch OG Maco (with an appearance from his boy Rome Fortune) tear the telly up in “U Guessed It”…
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andre 3000 interview

Although he’s graced stages across the world on OutKast’s 20th anniversary reunion tour for the best part of the year, André 3000 has remained as reclusive as ever — until now. In a rare and revealing interview with New York Times’ Jon Caramanica, the legendary MC opens up about how the Jimi Hendrix biopic helped him out of his depression, that “horrible” Coachella performance and the advice he received from Prince afterwards, and being a “total dad” to his 16-year-old son, Seven.

Naturally, the conversation touches on the topic of new material, and while 3 Stacks sounds painfully reluctant to properly re-enter the rap game, he leaves us with a glimpse — just a glimpse — of hope: “The biggest thing about the tour is momentum. It’s helpful, because it makes me want to do music.”

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Sometimes a song drops out of the sky and splits you right in two. That’s this song.
“A Kiss Goodbye,” is written and produced by superproducer Emile Haynie, featuring quite the combination of heavy collaborators…guitar by Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange, vocals by Charlotte Gainsbourg, who is basically de facto French royalty–a singer, actress, and fashion muse who happens to also be the daughter of music and arts legend Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin (yes, as in…the Hermes Birkin. #headcrack). But it’s the second half of this unexpected song that will do you in….
Sampha‘s trembling voice and these lyrics about the bitter burning aftertaste of a love left to rot…

did it ever occur that you forgave yourself before I did.
did it ever occur that you forgave yourself before I could.
So I’m not cool with you.
I’m done and done and done…

Far too real for anyone who’s felt that same hurt.

Now we already know Emile Haynie’s work with Lana Del Rey, Bruno Mars, Kid Cudi, and most recently, Eminem’s new single with Sia “Guts Over Fear”…he’s long fine-tuned the blend of melancholy and hip hop aggression. But this song is much more personal. Is it part of a larger compilation? Well, I’ve heard more than I can speak on yet…but the future looks quite bright for those who love music about the darkest moments.

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Talib Kweli is the latest rapper to make the trip down to Ferguson, Missouri to mourn the death of Mike Brown and show support to the community. Never one to bite his tongue, the Brooklyn MC made an appearance on CNN earlier today, where he took Don Lemon — who isn’t exactly wildly popular among black viewers — to task.

Right off the bat, Talib put the media on blast for presenting an inaccurate narrative of events in Ferguson. Naturally, Lemon disagreed with him and claimed that his network have “done really great coverage here,” which is when Kweli took the safety off and let the chopper fly. At one point, while being continuously interrupted by Lemon, Kweli even walked off camera and threatened to leave the interview.

#Arewegood?

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Killer Mike has never been one to bite his tongue when it comes to social issues and larger injustices going on in the world. Yesterday (Aug 19), Mike penned an Op-Ed piece on what he feels are the real problems with all the chaos and continued violence happening in Ferguson. He addresses the police conduct, Mike Brown’s murder and more in his own words.

This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them.”

I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope-filled insight to deliver. I only have this warning to all Americans: Whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.

The police are paid by the public and carry a public trust, and they take an oath to protect us as citizens. The police have lost sight of that and must be reminded that we pay them to protect us, not to simply engage and cage us.

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J. Cole Speaks Candidly About Mike Brown’s Death and the Situation In Ferguson (Video)
Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Nelly & Wale Pay Respect to Mike Brown

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As the community in Ferguson, Missouri and worldwide still mourns and protests the murder of Michael Brown, J. Cole took time to visit the spot where the 18-year-old was gunned down by local police last Saturday. Arriving with members of his Dreamville Records label, the Roc Nation MC spoke with local residents and activists, as they all mourned the loss of Brown during a chaotic time where a community is still shaken following the incident.

J Cole at #mikebrown’s final resting place. #ferguson,” says Deray McKesson, who captured this photo of J. Cole paying his respects in the exact spot Michael Brown was killed. On Friday, the North Carolina rapper released the song “Be Free,” inspired by the tragic moment, pleading an end to violence. “Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black. I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free.”

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Wale, Chris Brown, Nelly, Lil' Mama, Bow Wow

Chris Brown gathered some of his celebrity friends for a charity flag football game in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon. Hosted at Jack Kemp Stadium at Occidental College, Brown faced off against’s Diddy’s step-son Quincy in friendly team game. When the final whistle was blown, Team Breezy which included Tyga, The Game, Trey Songz, Bow Wow, and Omarion, beat Team Quincy 42-21.

Brown, who was spotted together with on-and-off again girlfriend Karrueche, gathered all the participants for a moment of solidarity, protesting the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown dead in Ferguson, Mississippi last Saturday. Everyone rounded up with their hands raised, showing support to the Brown family and city of Ferguson as they’re going through a tragic time. Check out footage of Nelly’s heartfelt speech below.

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A surprise reunion went down in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon. Playing at the Palms Casino Resort Ditch Fridays pool party, DJ Jazzy Jeff was joined on stage by his former music partner and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Will Smith. An unannounced appearance, Smith and Jazzy Jeff took party-goers back to the 90s as they performed the perfect song for the Sin City vibe, “Summertime.”

In Vegas at a pool party with Jazzy. This dude is RIDICULOUS on the tables!!!!! STILL,” Smith posted on his Facebook page, along with a selfie photo and video. It was a family affair as Will came out to support his eldest son Trey, who also DJ’s under the name DJ AcE.

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Drake and Lil’ Wayne “Vs.” battle tour pulled into the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut on Wednesday night. For the first time on the U.S. trek, the YMCMB artists brought a surprise guest on stage as G-Unit’s own 50 Cent joined his fellow rap heavyweights to perform the song “In Da Club.”

With 26 more dates left, who knows what else Tunechi and Drizzy have up their sleeves. Watch the moment below.

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