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a tribe called quest new album

A Tribe Called Quest — and hip-hop as a whole — suffered a massive loss this year with the passing of Phife Dawg, who tragically lost his life at age 45 due to complications resulting from diabetes. However, 2016 could yet bring some good news for Tribe fans with the announcement of a new album from the legendary group.

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Gucci Mane’s Homecoming Concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta opened with his long-time producer Zaytoven, in red suede, at a white grand piano…tickling the ivories like some kind of Trap Bobby Short while Gucci rapped for the first time in years to sold-out stands filled with his most devoted.

The light melodies and the heavy rhymes were a perfect mismatch…and a reflection of Zay himself.
While in New York City to promote his new book for aspiring producers, “From A To Zay,” the 36-year-old piano-playing, church-going, family man who, according to Sonny Digital and Metro Boomin’, is the “godfather” of the trap sound, joined me on my new TuneIn streaming radio show to talk about what it’s like to be the most sober man in the room…

How he ended one of Gucci Mane’s saddest beefs with the man who started it all with him
What he has planned with his ‘Beast Mode’ partner, Future…
The difference between him and some of Atlanta’s other production stars…and more.
Zaytoven also gave me one of the most illuminating explanations of why trap music is teflon from rap elite criticism. It was a really interesting conversation and I hope you guys enjoy it.

We’re playing highlights from the Zaytoven x Miss Info interview starting at 1pm EST on my streaming show on TuneIn’s new Hip Hop Beat station…click here to listen.

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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 snoop dogg protest

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 mural queens

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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tru-life-prison

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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