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JAY-Z has already spoken out against Meek Mill’s harsh prison sentencing on stage and social media, but today he’s taking his gripes to the pages of The New York Times. In an op ed titled The Criminal Justice System Stalks Black People Like Meek Mill, Hov calls out Judge Genece E. Brinkley’s unjust sentence while tackling the lengthy, severe and racist nature of probation.

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J. Cole Expresses Support For Colin Kaepernick In GQ Open Letter
 

In conjunction with Colin Kaepernick covering GQ Magazine as their “Citizen of The Year” for 2017, J. Cole wrote a fitting open letter to express his support for the quarterback and his noteworthy yet career damaging decisions.

Check out the free-form message after the jump and pick up your copy of the issue here.

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In light of Meek Mill’s recent sentencing to prison after violating probation, a rally was held outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia to protest the ruling and showcase how important the Dreamchasers’ CEO is to the community.

Leading the charge alongside Rick Ross and Meek’s mother, 76er’s basketball legend Dr. J also attended the gathering, calling the punishment “excessive” and “cold.” The hall of famer also questioned the judge’s motives in the case, wondering why she decided against the recommendations of her own D.A.’s office.

Check out a recap of the rally after the jump and sign the petition for his release here.

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With 21 Grammy awards to his name already — tied with Kanye West for the hip-hop act with the most Grammys — JAY-Z will be honored with the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award at next year’s pre-show gala. Hov will be recognized for his achievements and contributions alongside fellow industry legends Clive Davis, Berry Gordy, L.A. Reid, Debra L. Lee and Sir Richard Branson.

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Post Malone now has the No. 1 song in the country. The Dallas rapper’s current single “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage takes the spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this week. Produced by Tank God and Louis Bell, “Rockstar” dethrones Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” which spent three consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. The record is Malone and 21’s first-ever chart-topping song, as Post Malone’s previously highest-charting track was the Quavo-featured “Congratulations,” that peaked at No. 8 in July.

“Rockstar” made a huge splash last month, debuting at No. 2 on the Hot 100 and spending three weeks in that position before taking the top spot. It also set a new streaming record on Apple Music, receiving over 25 million plays on the streaming platform, breaking the previous record held by DJ Khaled’s star-studded “I’m the One” earlier this year.

Five of the 10 songs to land No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2017 have been rap songs, tying for the most in any year. “Rockstar” is the lead single off Malone’s upcoming Beerbongs & Bentley sophomore LP.

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Yesterday, Diddy took to Twitter to express his frustrations with the NFL’s apathetic stance towards minority players following Colin Kaepernick’s oppression driven protest of the National Anthem. His stream of consciousness soon transitioned from airy aspirations to obtainable solutions.

Initially looking to purchase the Roger Goodell commissioned compound, the Forbes 2017 Hip-Hop Cash King is now set on helping create the first black-owned football league. Check out the music mogul’s telling tweets after the jump!

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The 11th annual BET Hip-Hip Awards took over the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Florida, this past weekend. The 2017 edition was hosted by DJ Khaled, loaded with performances by Rick Ross, Migos, Gucci Mane, Cardi B, Trina, Flo Rida, T-Pain, Playboi Carti, Plies, Trick Daddy and Yo Gotti. The highly anticipated moment this year, like every year, was the BET Hip-Hop Awards cyphers. With DJ Premier providing the backdrop, rap veterans and up-and-coming stars stepped into the circle to let off their sharp lyrical bars.

Eminem, Fat Joe, CyHi The Prynce, Tee Grizzley, J.I.D. and more got plenty of bars off for the viewing audience. Televised during the broadcast premiere on Tuesday night (Oct. 10), check out all the cyphers below.

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All eyes were tuned into the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards on Tuesday night (Oct. 10). The 11th annual show hosted by DJ Khaled came with a last-minute surprise announcement, hours before the broadcast. As many prepared to watch Fat Joe, Tee Grizzley, CyHi The Prynce and more, Eminem made a special appearance in this year’s cypher. Making his return to the battle circle for the first-time since 2011, Slim Shady let off an onslaught of venomous bars acapella aimed directly at U.S. President Donald Trump. Backed by Royce Da 5’9″, Griselda’s Westside Gunn and Conway the Machine, Eminem raised his fist up high, shouting out Colin Kaepernick and others for their activism.

Eminem’s appearance comes days after reports have the Detroit MC’s 8th solo LP arriving on November 17th. The untitled project serves as a follow-up to 2013’s multi-platinum selling The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

Watch Marshall’s return to the Hip-Hop Awards cypher below.

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The 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards took over the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Florida, last weekend. Hosted by DJ Khaled, the 11th annual show was taped on Saturday (Oct. 7), premiering on Tuesday night (Oct. 10). Rick Ross, Migos, Gucci Mane, Cardi B, Trina, Flo Rida, T-Pain, Playboi Carti, Plies, Trick Daddy and Yo Gotti served as performers at the award’s show. Miami legend and 2 Live Crew founder Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell was honored with this year’s prestigious “I Am Hip-Hop Award” for making a mark in Miami’s music scene for over two decades.

Cardi B was the biggest winner of the night, walking away with “Single Of The Year,” “Best New Artist” and “Hustler Of The Year.” As with every year, the major highlights from the BET Hip-Hop Awards are the cyphers. The 2017 edition was lead by a surprise appearance by Eminem, making his return to the Hip-Hop Awards Cypher for the first-time since 2011. Fat Joe, CyHi The Prynce, Tee Grizzley, Dreamville’s J.I.D. and more all stepped to the mic as DJ Premier held down the beats.

Watch all the performances below.

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A staple in hip-hop media over two decades, XXL commemorate their 20th anniversary this fall with a star-studded collection of covers. The magazine unveils 20 special edition covers for their celebratory issue, starring veteran artists and the new generation of shining stars. Diddy, Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Gucci Mane and Snoop Dogg lead the way, while Wiz Khalifa, Future, Migos, Rae Sremmurd and Lil’ Uzi Vert also are given iconic covers shot by famed photographer Travis Shinn.

Run the Jewels, T.I., Cam’ron, Birdman, The LOX, Fabolous, Yo Gotti, Pusha T, Tech N9ne and E-40 round out the final group of artists. The 26 artists featured all have contributed to hip-hop’s culture, each making an impact in music, fashion and business. Starting in October, XXL will release special video interviews and photos of each artist online. Fans can pickup the 20th anniversary special when it hit newsstands nationwide on Oct. 17.

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