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Kanye West graces the cover of GQ’s upcoming August issue. The rapper, producer, fashion designer, father, and now husband, appears in black leather pants and a wool coat over a low u-cut white t-shirt. Available on newsstands next week, expect plenty of content surrounding the founder of G.O.O.D. Music in the coming days.

UPDATE: Hit the jump for the best quotes from Kanye’s cover story (published this morning), in which he dishes on his new album, Drake’s dominance and finally finding happiness. Plus more photos from his cover shoot, featuring items from his latest A.P.C. collection.

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Known for always delivering memorable commercials, Jordan Brand continues to do so with their latest visual ad, paying respect to one of their top sponsored athlete (outside of Michael Jordan himself). New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is currently doing one final victory lap in his 20th Major League Baseball season. In the new RE2PECT campaign, Jordan Brand pulls out all the big names in entertainment and sports, for the ultimate sign of admiration to the 40-year-old captain.

Jay Z, Spike Lee, Carmelo Anthony, Billy Crystal, Tiger Woods, Action Bronson, members of the New York Yankees, and Michael Jordan, all salute the star with a traditional tip-of-the-cap tribute. This comes as Derek Jeter will make his 14th and final All-Star Game appearance on Tuesday in Minnesota.

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The 2014 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival closed out with a bang on Saturday afternoon. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s event put on by Brooklyn Bodega was headlined by Raekwon and Jay Electronica. For Jay Electronica, the Roc Nation MC was accompanied by members of the F.O.I. (Fruit of Islam) and a few big guests.

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Dave Chappelle’s final night at Radio City Music Hall wasn’t the only place Yasiin Bey popped up this weekend; the elusive rapper made a surprise performance at Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing 25th anniversary block party in Bed-Stuy — the Brooklyn neighborhood were the movie was filmed — yesterday.

Bey delivered an on-the-spot freestyle, while Public Enemy also graced the stage to perform “Fight The Power.” Erykah Badu, Dave Chappelle and Wesley Snipes were among the other celebrities in attendance. Barack and Michelle Obama even sent over a video message in support of Spike’s anniversary, with the POTSA revealing that he put on Do The Right Thing on their first date. Clearly, that was the right choice.

Following the celebrations, the block on Stuyvesant Avenue (between Lexington and Quincy) was officially renamed “Do The Right Thing Way.” What’s more, Spike is also planning to bring his iconic movie to Broadway.

Check out photos and video from Spike’s block party below…

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Dave Chappelle’s string of shows at New York’s Radio City Music Hall have been as much about the music than they have the laughs. Just when you thought Kanye’s appearance last Friday would be the biggest surprise of his residency, Yasiin Bey returned Stateside to reunite with his partner-in-rhyme Talib Kweli during Dave’s final set last night. The Black Star duo performed classic cuts like “Definition,” “Redefinition” and “History,” while Bey also performed “Umi Says” and covered Biggie’s “Juicy.” Later, it was a reunion for Reflection Eternal as Talib brought out Hi-Tek to play “The Blast.”

Bey’s appearance, of course, contradicts earlier reports that he had been denied entry back into the United States. The festival Together Boston claimed that the Brooklyn rapper had been forced to cancel his brief U.S. tour due to “immigration/legal issues.” However, as Complex points out, a South African newspaper has revealed that Bey was not banned from America, but had instead “moved the dates” because of scheduling conflicts.

Watch footage of Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli’s surprise performance below…

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Dave Chappelle’s nine-night residency at New York’s Radio City Music Hall is going down without a hitch but with plenty of surprises, like Kanye West’s unannounced performance on Friday night. However, Dave made no secret of another of his buddies’ appearances during his set last night. Backed by a majestic 40-piece orchestra, Nas continued on his Illmatic XX victory lap and treated the sell-out crowd to a couple of his classics — including “N.Y. State of Mind,” which you can watch below.

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J. Cole recently sat down with Sway to shoot a 30-minute special of RapFix dedicated to the five-year anniversary of The Warm Up, which is set to air tonight at 7:30pm EST on MTV Jams. But the Roc Nation MC also decided to look back on his breakthrough mixtape by writing an open letter on his Dreamvillain blog.

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From Virginia Beach band geek to global pop culture icon, it’s been a hell of a ride for Pharrell Williams. Having enjoyed arguably the best two years of his career recently, the rapper/singer/producer/fashion designer (you know the rest) returned home over the weekend, where he was honored with the Key to the City of Virginia Beach, as well as a state proclamation to make June 7 Pharrell Williams Day in the state of Virginia.

Taking the podium at his alma mater, Princess Anne High School, Skateboard P paid tribute to his old teachers, particularly his music teacher Alan Sharps, for supporting and believing in him. He also announced From One Hand To AnOTHER’s partnership with Everfi, which will provide digital learning opportunities for students taking part in FOHTA’s Summer Innovation Camp.

Watch Pharrell’s presentation below…

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Respected as one of today’s premier MCs, Lupe Fiasco stopped by Sway in the Morning to display his lyrical ability. Impromptu and off the top, the Chicago MC delivers an entertaining freestyle performance for 4-minutes straight. So impressive both Sway and Hit-Boy were left near speechless. Fiasco’s new single “Mission” is out now, support at weareonamission.org.

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The biggest Hip-hop and R&B concert touched down in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday night. HOT 97 returned with their 21st annual Summer Jam concert featuring today’s biggest stars, up and coming future stars, plenty of surprises, a long-awaited reunion, and much more.

50 Cent, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Wayne, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, The LOX, The Roots, Trey Songz, Jeezy, and more rocked 50,000 music lovers at MetLife Stadium with another memorable show.

Full photo gallery from HOT 97 Summer Jam 2014 click here

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