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2018 is certainly treating Travi$ Scott well. Fresh off welcoming his first child, Stormi Webster, into the world with girlfriend Kylie Jenner, La Flame has been honored with the key to the city of Missouri City, Texas.

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Last year, Nas celebrated his iconic Illmatic debut album with a special performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The Queens MC was backed by the National Symphony Orchestra, making the concert a once in a lifetime moment. Nas and Mass Appeal partnered with PBS to bring that moment to television, as Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop premiered on primetime on Saturday night (Feb. 2). Directed by Jason Goldwatch, the concert film features Nasir Jones performing his Hip-Hop classic in its entirety. Watch the PBS presentation in full below and on their website by clicking here.

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The 2018 NFL Super Bowl takes place this weekend at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The most-watched sporting event every year, companies seize the moment with big-budget commercials that air during the football spectacle. Amazon is one of the big name companies set to debut a new commercial on Sunday night, with help from a few stars including Cardi B. In the full viral ad debuted on Wednesday (Jan. 31), the “Bodak Yellow” rapper takes the place of Amazon’s popular virtual assistant Alexa. Alexa, who loses her voice, is replaced by a list of celebrities including Cardi, Anthony Hopkins, Rebel Wilson, Gordon Ramsay and more.

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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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