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After an epic Hip-Hop moment last year going up against Just Blaze, Swizz Beatz and rap fans have been wanting another beat battle between production legends. Following playful talk and challenges over the past year, the follow-up beat battle finally went down on Sunday night (Jun. 10) during HOT 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Swizz Beatz, who made up this year’s lineup alongside Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, A$AP Ferg and more, used the large stage to bring out Timbaland.

For fifteen minutes, the two legendary producers went back-and-forth of classic hits from their respective catalogues over the past two decades. Watch Swizzy and Timbo go to battle with gems from Beyoncé, Aaliyah, JAY-Z, DMX, Eve, Missy Elliott, LL Cool J and more.

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Lil Wayne’s legal nightmare may finally be over.

According to The Blast, who obtained (but have yet to share) court documents, Lil Wayne has scored a huge settlement in his lawsuit with Birdman and Cash Money, which was dismissed by all parties involved on May 23.

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To fill the need for more live concert experiences rooted in hip-hop origins, the creators of Team Backpack have come together once again to launch their inaugural ‘WRLD UNDGND’ festival in August. The 3-Day event will take place in Long Island at Melrose Ballroom and set to include but not limited to Ghostface and Azealia Banks as well Raekwon and Dave East.

Purchase your tickets here and see the full line up after the jump. What a time to be alive!

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A day after performing a thrilling sold-out show at Madison Square Garden as a part of TDE’s “The Championship” tour, Kendrick Lamar attended a luncheon at Columbia University on Wednesday (May 30) to accept his Pulitzer Prize. While the event honored the winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, Lamar was the clear star of the day, as many attendees stopped to take selfies and congratulate the Grammy Award-winning artist. “It’s an honor,” said Lamar, who kept his acceptance speech short. “Been writing my whole life, so to get this type of recognition is beautiful.”

The Pulitzer board announced Kendrick Lamar as a winner of the the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music for last year’s DAMN. album. The board previously called the project a “virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.”

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Beastie Boys’ long awaited memoir is finally dropping this year. Written by Mike D and Ad-Rock — the two surviving members of the group following MCA’s death in 2012 — the aptly titled Beastie Boys Book chronicles the group’s groundbreaking journey from teenage punks to rap stars to social activists across an epic 592 pages.

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After much speculation and vigorous negotiations, Joe Budden has finally reached an agreement with REVOLT TV for his forthcoming ‘State of The Culture’ show. In an official statement, Diddy stated “[Revolt] is excited to produce next-level content with him.” The critically acclaimed rapper-turned personality will be joining the network as host and producer.

Watch the official announcement after the break and expect the new series to kick off this Summer.

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Meek Mill is out of prison and a free man after a ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday (Apr. 24). Soon after the news broke, many took to social media to support the now free MMG rapper, as #MeekFree became a trending topic on Twitter. Rihanna, Rick Ross, T.I., Kevin Hart, YG, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and more celebrated with various posts on Twitter and Instagram.

Today, Meek Mill, a son of Philadelphia, is a free man,” said JAY-Z in a statement posted on his Facebook page. “He was incarcerated unjustly and caught in a probation trap for years by a broken system. Now we can celebrate his release. We thank every individual that has supported and fought alongside Meek every step of the way.”

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Meek Mill is a free man. The MMG rapper has been released from prison on Tuesday (Apr. 24), after a ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. “We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has directed Judge Brinkley to immediately issue an order releasing Meek on bail,” said Meek’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina in a statement. “As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail.”

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good kid, m.A.A.d city was turned into a short film that was shown at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art, To Pimp a Butterfly was archived in Harvard’s Loeb Music Library, and now DAMN. has earned its own unique accolade after winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for music.

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Earlier this year David Letterman launched his Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Former U.S. president Barack Obama, George Clooney and Malala Yousafzai served as the first three guests on Letterman’s new show. Next up is JAY-Z, who appears on the upcoming fourth episode set to debut on April 7. Before it airs this Friday, a preview of their conversation has been released online. In the clip, the Roc Nation mogul discusses the greatness of peers, Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

You can have a great voice and you can just almost say anything,” Jay says. “I think Snoop Dogg has a great voice. Like, he can say, ‘One, two, three, and to the four,’ and it’s like, ‘Oh my god.’ It just sounds good, right? It just sounds really good.” The Brooklyn MC would later praise Slim Shady. “Or you can be someone like Eminem and just have amazing cadence,” he says, speaking of his “Renegade” collaborator. “It’s percussion inside the music.”

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