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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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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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In honor of Record Store Day 2016 this Saturday (Apr. 15), Mobb Deep will be re-releasing their 1995 LP The Infamous via All City Music. The re-issue, limited to 2000 copies, will be available for the first time on 180 gram, translucent blue and orange vinyl at record stores worldwide this weekend. The promote it, All City Music has teamed up with Beat Junkies member J-Rocc for a special mix dedicated to the Queensbridge duo.

The mix includes original songs and samples that made the classic LP. Online, the 2 LP vinyl can be purchased on Amazon and Discogs.

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The legendary career of Kobe Bryant will come to an end this week, as the future NBA Hall of Famer will play his final game on Wednesday night versus the Memphis Grizzlies. The sports icon has been on a farewell tour during his 19th and last NBA season. Growing up in Los Angeles, Kendrick Lamar has had a first-hand look at the 37-year-old’s long storied run, and now the TDC MC tributes the 18-time All-Star in ESPN’s Kobe Bryant: Fade To Black.

Written by Scoop Jackson, the short narrated by Kendrick includes various highlights of the Los Angeles Lakers guard’s long career, soundtrack by Lamar’s untitled, unmastered. single “untitled 07.″

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It was a historic moment for West Coast rap — and hip-hop as a whole — last night as N.W.A were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 28 years after the release of their iconic debut album Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, MC Ren and the late Eazy-E were finally recognized at a special induction ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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Chance the Rapper took to the mound at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field on Friday afternoon (Apr. 8). The Windy City native had the honor of throwing out the first pitch during the Chicago White Sox home opener against the Cleveland Indians. Despite poor weather conditions, Chano delivered a low strike, hitting a dance move after.

Recent reports has Chance the Rapper being officially name the team’s newest brand ambassador in the coming weeks. The news comes a few days after Chance teamed up with New Era to redesign the Chicago White Sox ball caps. A limited collection of three colorways (blue, grey and black), the hats are available at ChanceRaps.com now.

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The rumors are true: Puff Daddy and the Family are getting back together for one night only this May. Diddy has announced a special Bad Boy reunion concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on May 20, what would have been Biggie’s 44th birthday.

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