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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Atlanta rapper Killer Mike may be from two different walks of life, but there’s one clear commonality between them: they’re both very much for the people. Bernie’s evermore popular campaign rolled through the A yesterday, where Killer Mike introduced him at the rally with a powerful and passionate endorsement. Citing his position on the Voting Rights Act, health care, education and ending the war on drugs, Mike said, “In my heart of hearts, I truly believe that Senator Bernie Sanders is the right man to lead this country.”

Mike and Bernie (this sounds like a sitcom waiting to happen) also got a chance to hang out in the city together as they went for a bite at the soul food restaurant Busy Bee and swung by Mike’s barbershop. Oh, and like you need any more excuse to vote for this guy, Bernie also threw up the Run The Jewels sign.

Watch below…


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Two years after opening for Kanye West at Madison Square Garden — what many fans thought was their final ever performance — Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali-Shaheed Muhammad are getting the band back together (for one night, at least). According to Mashable, A Tribe Called Quest will reunite for a special performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Friday, November 13.

The performance will coincide with the 25th anniversary reissue of Tribe’s debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, which has been remastered by Bob Power and contains three bonus remixes from Pharrell, J. Cole and Cee-Lo Green.

UPDATE: Watch A Tribe Called Quest play “one gotta go” on Hot 97 below…


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French Montana celebrated his 31st birthday with the likes of Diddy, Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg at 1OAK nightclub in L.A. at the weekend, but it was no doubt tinged with sadness after losing his close friend and collaborator Chinx earlier this year. However, Chris Brown put his artistic talents to use and gave French a special birthday gift by creating a painting of the late rapper. The piece features an angelic Chinx up in Heaven with French by his side. “Shout out to my brother @chrisbrownofficial for my bday gift🔥 #foreverchinx #missumybrother #cokeboys #4life🙏,” he wrote on Instagram.

Check out more photos from French’s birthday party below…


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Eminem has made no secret of his admiration for Redman over the years, and after hearing that Reggie was a special guest on Shade 45 yesterday, Shady made a rare phone call to surprise his good friend and favorite rapper. The veteran MCs exchanged plenty of props while Em shared a story about the two from back in the day. Rappers being rap fans is the best.

Listen to Em and Redman’s conversation below…


Puff Daddy & The Family in 2015? Yup, Diddy has his stash of tracks locked and loaded for release. In celebration of his 46th birthday (Nov 4), Bad Boy’s founder announced fans would be getting his MMM project for free today! Puff is calling the mixtape a “sonic motion picture,” a “ghetto fairytale.” Before the big release, he hit Power 105 to debut 3 new songs.

Puff Back…Continue below…

jadakiss breakdancing

Jadakiss can rap really well, that’s common knowledge. But who knew Kiss was as nice with the breakdancing as he is with the bars? Here he is seemingly playing around on the hardwood before pulling out a damn near perfect windmill out of his backpocket. That’s some serious flexibility for a 40-year-old. Top 5 dead or alive? We think so.

Watch the amazing clip below…



Kendrick Lamar is heading to Washington, D.C. this fall for a special one-night only performance. The Compton rapper will be performing songs off his To Pimp a Butterfly LP, with the National Symphony Orchestra.

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Our friends at the FADER are pulling out all the stops for their 100th issue. The first cover-story reveal is Drake, possibly his best-looking portrait (I mean, there have been some odd ones over the years), and an interesting look into arguably the biggest “rap” star during one of his most active periods. The story opens up with Serena Williams fans blaming him for her U.S. Open loss, moves onto Drake’s action-packed summer of Meek beef and Future bromance…and gives some insight into the imminent ‘Views From The 6′ album which still has no set release date.

The FADER also reminds us that this is Drake’s first in-depth interview since he quit the media in 2014 amidst the backlash of his refreshingly abrasive Rolling Stone feature.
Along with incredible detail and observation from writer Leon Neyfakh, there are also some beautiful photos by Mark Peckmezian that show a different side of hip hop’s most meme-ingful star.
Really well done.

More on Drake in the FADER’s 100th issue, after the jump….


a tribe called quest

Whichever team you side with in the ongoing “old heads” versus “new school” argument — which took hold of Twitter this week thanks to Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli and this Complex article (and eventually Complex EiC NCB with a response only a true O.G. could give) — here’s something that might help make peace between the two camps.

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Tupac Shakur passed away nineteen years ago today. When fans click on the legendary rapper’s official website, it features a letter written to 2Pac, by Kendrick Lamar. In the written piece, Lamar thanks Shakur for being an inspiration, stating he dreamed to also be the voice of man one day.

“I couldn’t describe how I felt at that moment. So many emotions. Full of excitement. Full of joy and eagerness. 20 yrs later I understand exactly what that feeling was,” says Lamar. Read the full letter below.

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