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Earlier this year, it was announced that A Tribe Called Quest would be honored with a mural on the wall of Nu-Clear Cleaners on Linden Boulevard and 192nd St. in Queens, the very same spot they filmed their classic “Check the Rhime” video (and the stretch that’s now known as the Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way).

In this new video from Okayplayer, we get to witness the creation of the mural, which went up this summer, as well as the reactions of Tribe relatives like Jarobi‘s father and the late Phife Dawg’s wife and mother. Props to LeRoy McCarthy, Vince Ballentine and everyone involved in this special piece of art.

Sidebar: The Low End Theory turns 25(!) tomorrow.

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Diddy is opening his cheque book and giving back. The Bad Boy mogul has announced he will pledge $1 million to Howard University’s School of Business, launching the Sean Combs Scholarship Fund. On Thursday night (Sept. 23), the CEO/rapper made the announcement on stage in Washington, D.C., presenting the cheque to Howard’s president Dr. Wayne Frederick during his “Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour” stop.

I was blessed to receive a great education from Howard University! It helped to fuel my success in business and life,” said Diddy in a message posted on Instagram. “This scholarship will make it possible for the next generation of leaders to pursue their dreams and achieve greatness! When I delivered the commencement address at Howard, I asked the students “Do you know how powerful you are?” I know that Howard students are intelligent, talented, passionate, and their hard work will shape the future. This gift will make sure the whole world knows what they are capable of doing!!.”

Watch the moment below.

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What a difference a week makes. After Kid Cudi’s Twitter rant, which caused Kanye West and Drake to deliver their own responses, Kanye has decided to take a step back. On Tuesday night (Sep. 20) during the “Saint Pablo” tour stop in Houston, Texas, Yeezus decided to offer some kind words to his former protégé while performing “Runaway.”

The most important artist of the past 10 years… most influential. And I hope he’s doing well,” Kanye says about Cudi in a clip posted online. Soon after, Kanye would state Kid Cudi is one of the “most influential artists of the last 10 years” and call him “my brother.”

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French Montana first made the announcement via Instagram, but now Max B‘s team has confirmed that the incarcerated rapper has received a reduced prison sentence. According to a press release, Max could be home in two years after a number of charges were dropped in his case.

Max reportedly accepted a new plea deal.

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outkast-2016

Things have been typically quiet for OutKast since wrapping up their 20th anniversary ATLast tour two years ago, but André 3000 and Big Boi found themselves reunited once again over the weekend at One MusicFest in their hometown of Atlanta. It was a Dungeon Family affair as OutKast joined Goodie Mob, Organized Noize and Killer Mike on stage for a homecoming concert to remember. 3 Stacks and Fat Sax ran through classics like “The Way You Move” and “So Fresh, So Clean” while performing their respective verses on Goodie Mob’s “Black Ice” and “Dirty South,” and Sleepy Brown’s “I Can’t Wait.”

Gucci Mane recently teased a collaboration with OutKast, despite André 3000’s rep later shooting down any hopes of new music from the duo. Guess we’ll have to wait and see who’s right.

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a tribe called quest new album

A Tribe Called Quest — and hip-hop as a whole — suffered a massive loss this year with the passing of Phife Dawg, who tragically lost his life at age 45 due to complications resulting from diabetes. However, 2016 could yet bring some good news for Tribe fans with the announcement of a new album from the legendary group.

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Gucci Mane’s Homecoming Concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta opened with his long-time producer Zaytoven, in red suede, at a white grand piano…tickling the ivories like some kind of Trap Bobby Short while Gucci rapped for the first time in years to sold-out stands filled with his most devoted.

The light melodies and the heavy rhymes were a perfect mismatch…and a reflection of Zay himself.
While in New York City to promote his new book for aspiring producers, “From A To Zay,” the 36-year-old piano-playing, church-going, family man who, according to Sonny Digital and Metro Boomin’, is the “godfather” of the trap sound, joined me on my new TuneIn streaming radio show to talk about what it’s like to be the most sober man in the room…

How he ended one of Gucci Mane’s saddest beefs with the man who started it all with him
What he has planned with his ‘Beast Mode’ partner, Future…
The difference between him and some of Atlanta’s other production stars…and more.
Zaytoven also gave me one of the most illuminating explanations of why trap music is teflon from rap elite criticism. It was a really interesting conversation and I hope you guys enjoy it.

We’re playing highlights from the Zaytoven x Miss Info interview starting at 1pm EST on my streaming show on TuneIn’s new Hip Hop Beat station…click here to listen.

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the cool kids reunite

How’s this for a Throwback Thursday? After making a brief comeback a few years ago, Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael Rocks, aka The Cool Kids, are reuniting for good. “I called Mikey and realized nothing would feel better than us being the originators again,” Chuck announced on Twitter last night. “The Cool Kids are back forreal.”

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The 2016 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors praised one of hip-hop’s most valuable and oft underappreciated figures: the wonderful ladies. Honorees Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, Salt & Peppa and more were given their just due in the moving event.

Along with speeches from artists who were influenced by the pioneering women in rap, tribute performances were assembled by rap’s finest. We witnessed the likes of Remy Ma, Nelly Furtado, Trina, Fantasia, Monica, Monie Love, Da Brat, Mia X, YoYo, Ms Jade, The Lady of Rage, Suga-T, Rah Digga, Nikki D, Sha Rock, We Tee, Heather B and more all participate in the concert.

Hosted by Eve, the men of rap — Diddy, Pharrell, Timbaland, Busta Rhymes and more — also came out to pay homage to our queens.

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The Game and Snoop Dogg are calling for crips and bloods to come together and (peacefully) combat a mutual enemy: police brutality. The two OGs, rocking their respective gang colors, are leading a march through the streets of L.A. today in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men who were unjustly gunned down by cops this week.

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