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Dr. Dre and Public Enemy are the latest hip-hop legends to be inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. Thanks to The Chronic and “Fight the Power,” respectively, Dre and P.E. are among the latest crop of iconic acts being added to the Hall of Fame, which “honor[s] recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.” Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, The Rolling Stone and David Bowie are also among this year’s inductees.

Dr. Dre and Public Enemy are just the fifth and sixth hip-hop acts to be inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, joining The Sugarhill Gang (“Rapper’s Delight”), Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (“The Message”), Run-D.M.C. (“Walk This Way”) and N.W.A (Straight Outta Compton).

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From the projects to the performing arts. Nas and Mass Appeal have partnered with PBS for the upcoming Live from the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop documentary. Starring the legendary Queens MC, the film chronicles Nas’ live performance of his Illmatic debut album in its entirety, with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C last year. Ahead of its premiere, Mass Appeal drops a trailer for the must-watch presentation. Live from the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop airs February 2 at 9:00 p.m. EST on PBS.

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2017 was the year rap officially surpassed rock as the most popular music genre in the U.S., and BuzzAngle Music’s newly-published year-end report only further cements hip-hop’s dominance.

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Last night was a night for repairing old relationships for JAY-Z. Ahead of his 4:44 tour stop in Chicago, Emory Jones snapped Hov hanging out with No I.D. and Jaz-O, his most famous friend-turned-foe.

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JAY-Z has already spoken out against Meek Mill’s harsh prison sentencing on stage and social media, but today he’s taking his gripes to the pages of The New York Times. In an op ed titled The Criminal Justice System Stalks Black People Like Meek Mill, Hov calls out Judge Genece E. Brinkley’s unjust sentence while tackling the lengthy, severe and racist nature of probation.

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J. Cole Expresses Support For Colin Kaepernick In GQ Open Letter
 

In conjunction with Colin Kaepernick covering GQ Magazine as their “Citizen of The Year” for 2017, J. Cole wrote a fitting open letter to express his support for the quarterback and his noteworthy yet career damaging decisions.

Check out the free-form message after the jump and pick up your copy of the issue here.

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In light of Meek Mill’s recent sentencing to prison after violating probation, a rally was held outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia to protest the ruling and showcase how important the Dreamchasers’ CEO is to the community.

Leading the charge alongside Rick Ross and Meek’s mother, 76er’s basketball legend Dr. J also attended the gathering, calling the punishment “excessive” and “cold.” The hall of famer also questioned the judge’s motives in the case, wondering why she decided against the recommendations of her own D.A.’s office.

Check out a recap of the rally after the jump and sign the petition for his release here.

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With 21 Grammy awards to his name already — tied with Kanye West for the hip-hop act with the most Grammys — JAY-Z will be honored with the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons Award at next year’s pre-show gala. Hov will be recognized for his achievements and contributions alongside fellow industry legends Clive Davis, Berry Gordy, L.A. Reid, Debra L. Lee and Sir Richard Branson.

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Post Malone now has the No. 1 song in the country. The Dallas rapper’s current single “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage takes the spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this week. Produced by Tank God and Louis Bell, “Rockstar” dethrones Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” which spent three consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. The record is Malone and 21’s first-ever chart-topping song, as Post Malone’s previously highest-charting track was the Quavo-featured “Congratulations,” that peaked at No. 8 in July.

“Rockstar” made a huge splash last month, debuting at No. 2 on the Hot 100 and spending three weeks in that position before taking the top spot. It also set a new streaming record on Apple Music, receiving over 25 million plays on the streaming platform, breaking the previous record held by DJ Khaled’s star-studded “I’m the One” earlier this year.

Five of the 10 songs to land No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2017 have been rap songs, tying for the most in any year. “Rockstar” is the lead single off Malone’s upcoming Beerbongs & Bentley sophomore LP.

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Yesterday, Diddy took to Twitter to express his frustrations with the NFL’s apathetic stance towards minority players following Colin Kaepernick’s oppression driven protest of the National Anthem. His stream of consciousness soon transitioned from airy aspirations to obtainable solutions.

Initially looking to purchase the Roger Goodell commissioned compound, the Forbes 2017 Hip-Hop Cash King is now set on helping create the first black-owned football league. Check out the music mogul’s telling tweets after the jump!

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