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killer mike ferguson speech

Between his CNN appearance and Billboard op-ed, Killer Mike has been fiercely outspoken about Michael Brown’s death and the sad situation in Ferguson. However, his most passionate response came last night at a Run the Jewels concert in — of all places — St. Louis, where he delivered a heartbreaking speech just hours after the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson.

Mike began by sending out his thoughts and prayers to not only Michael Brown, but the people who were protesting following the announcement. The rapper was on the verge of tears as he admitted fearing for his sons’ futures, before angrily declaring, “it is us against the motherfucking machine!”

Killer Mike for President.

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Holding down the streets with their music for nearly two decades, The LOX have also made their mark in rap culture with their fashion through that time. Last week, group members Jadakiss and Styles P strutted their stuff during Grungy Gentleman’s Fashion Houston-FH5 runway show. Modelling new pieces from Grungy Gentleman’s new collaborative collection with Mitchell & Ness, Jada and SP looked comfortable as ever walking down the runway before breaking into a medley performance of songs such as “We Gon’ Make It,” “Knock Yourself Out,” and a remix of Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Ni**a.”

Live performances on the runway are the next logical progression between fashion and music,” said Jace Lipstein, founder and EIC of Grungy Gentleman. “Who better to launch this innovative platform with than two hip-hop legends, Jadakiss and Styles P of The LOX? It was a perfect match and the fellas looked super fresh in our Mitchell & Ness collaboration on the catwalk.”

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joey badass gives back to high school

‘Tis the season of giving, and Joey Bada$$ gave back to his old high school in a big way. After his collaboration with the J Dilla Foundation and Akomplice Clothing, which included unreleased music and a line of tees and crewnecks, raised over $10,000, the Pro Era rapper donated 100% of the profits to provide music production equipment to his alma mater, Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn. Akomplice caught Joey’s charitable return on camera, where he spent time with students and enjoyed a performance from the school band. Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.

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j cole fans house

Beyoncé’s surprise album may have rewritten a few rules in the music industry, but J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive campaign is affecting the people who really matter: the fans. Not only has he sent out an open invitation to his childhood home in Fayetteville, NC for the exclusive listening session at the end of the month, but Cole decided to surprise one fan at her house in Dallas last night to play her his new album.

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j cole 2014 forest hills drive

As reported, J. Cole will be playing his new album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, for the very first time at his recently-bought childhood home at the end of the month, but it won’t be like any other industry listening session. Staying true to the grassroots theme of the project, the Roc Nation rapper is giving his fans the chance to join him at his old/new crib in Fayetteville, NC and be among the first to hear the album in full before its official release on December 9.

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tyler the creator interviews pharrell

One of the realest moments of last weekend’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival was seeing Tyler, The Creator break down and cry as he watched Pharrell reunite with N*E*R*D before his very eyes — at the festival he threw — but here’s one moment that might just trump that. Immediately after the performance, Mass Appeal seized the golden opportunity and handed Tyler a microphone so he could interview his lifelong idol. However, as you probably already guessed, this didn’t go down like any other boring interview.

Pharrell: For me, to have these moments…the stories you used to tell me about listening to our albums, and then to see you have a show and we’re out there performing and it’s your show: that means more to me than it does to you…because I would have died to have that with Q-Tip. Died. But we never did that, and you’re a different generation. I love that this generation has its anchor: that’s Odd Future. So I’m not worried about…we’ve got a lot of help now; it’s not just us…. As long as you stay where you are and stay loyal to your beliefs, and secondly your curiosity, no one can touch you.

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common

Recently, Common appeared at the White House to perform “This War We Fight,” a poem written for this year’s Veteran’s Day celebration. With the U.S. holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces arriving today, the Chicago MC returns, bringing the spoken-word piece to life through a visual. Watch below as Common’s Nobody’s Smiliing LP is available now on iTunes.

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With their SHADY XV compilation LP arriving November 24, Shady Records continue their 15-year anniversary celebration by partnering with VEVO to present the SHADY CXVPHER. Lead by Eminem, watch as the label’s flagship artists of Yelawolf, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I give a no-holds barred 18-minute lyrical exercise below.

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2pac 2

Almost a decade since his last posthumous release, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation is aiming to keep the late rapper’s legacy live with more new material. According to AllHipHop, the foundation — established in 1997 by ‘Pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur — is planning to release a new single featuring an as-yet-unknown cast of “several hip-hop stars” for a small price of $0.99, with the proceeds going towards the upkeep of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

In addition to the single, fans will also receive a free download of a bonus mixtape, which features additional guest rappers along with production from Dame Grease and Kamil “Muszamil” Beale. The new music is set to be released on 2Pac.com; when, exactly, has yet to be announced.

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Add another title to the steller resume Jay Z has built. The Brooklyn rapper-mogul has acquired Armand de Brignac (better known as “Ace Of Spades”) from Sovereign Brands.

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