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Drake and Lil’ Wayne “Vs.” battle tour pulled into the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut on Wednesday night. For the first time on the U.S. trek, the YMCMB artists brought a surprise guest on stage as G-Unit’s own 50 Cent joined his fellow rap heavyweights to perform the song “In Da Club.”

With 26 more dates left, who knows what else Tunechi and Drizzy have up their sleeves. Watch the moment below.

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Drake took over the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in his backyard of Toronto for the fifth year running as he closed out OVO Fest 2014 in style last night. The guest list was star-studded as ever as J. Cole, Usher, G-Unit (50 Cent and Lloyd Banks), Lauryn Hill, Trey Songz, PARTYNEXTDOOR, YG, Jhene Aiko, DJ Khaled, Majid Jordan, Tinashe and OB O’Brien all hit the stage throughout the second and final show.

However, it was the host himself who made some of the best moments of this year’s OVO Fest happen, from flying above the crowd on a “stripper pole” to squashing the supposed beef between himself and Kendrick Lamar by crowning him “one of the hardest n***as alive.”

Check out the top 10 moments of Drake’s OVO Fest 2014 below…

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18 years after its release, 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me has finally been certified Diamond by the RIAA. The legendary West Coast rapper’s fifth LP inched past the five million shipped units mark this week, but with it being a two-disc album, that figure gets doubled, earning the classic record another plaque. Yep, a fairly dubious rule, but who are we to strip ‘Pac of another historic achievement?

All Eyez On Me joins OutKast’s SpeakerBoxxx/The Love Below, Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show, MC Hammer’s Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em and Biggie’s Life After Death, as well as 2Pac’s Greatest Hits, as some of the other rap albums to sell over 10 million copies. And yes, as you can see, many of these are also double-disc releases.

[Props HHNM]

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(Fat Joe with Jennifer Lopez and his wife Lorena at J.Lo’s 45th birthday party last week in the Hamptons)

Tonight, Funk Flex opened up the show with a series of Bronx classics, Fat Joe with Big Pun, Fat Joe with Remy Ma, and more…giving listeners a history lesson and instant mood-enhancement at once. Then he premiered in a brand new song from Fat Joe that fit in just fine with the classic. The song, “Stressin’,” may features some sparse vocals from Jennifer Lopez but it’s definitely not the usual J.Lo pop song…sounding grittier and harder and, frankly, more Bronx, than what you may have expected recently from the pair.

Flex played it at least 6 times in a row…and we weren’t mad at all.
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Kendrick Lamar is bringing his critically-acclaimed good kid, m.A.A.d city LP to film. The Compton rapper and award-winning director Kahlil Joseph will debut m.A.A.d, a 14-minute short-film based on Lamar’s platinum-selling 2012 album, at the first-annual Sundance NEXT Fest. The mini-film festival, which showcases fresh new upcoming directors and rising artists, will take place in Los Angeles next month.

Says FADER:

m.A.A.d stars a fresh-faced cast plucked from L.A. corners, and is described as “a kaleidoscope of storylines and ideas that defy typical categorization to explore new languages and new forms.” Kendrick and Joseph will be on site for a panel discussion, followed by a screening of Sundance winner Imperial Dreams and a performance from Tinashe.”

Tickets can be purchased here, while you can check out the event flyer below.

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The campaign to rename the intersection of Ludlow and Rivington in Manhattan’s Lower East Side “Beastie Boys Square” may have been an unsuccessful one, but one fan paid her respects to the iconic hip-hop trio in a big way over the weekend.

Brooklyn artist Danielle Mastrion created a mural honoring the 25th anniversary of the Beasties’ sophomore LP, Paul’s Boutique, at the very location shown on the album cover, in the LES. The mural was completed in just one day, and was commissioned by LeRoy McCarthy, the man behind several successful campaigns to rename hip-hop landmarks throughout New York City.

Check out the finished piece above, plus a few shots of Mastrion’s work-in-progress below. RIP Adam “MCA” Yauch.

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(TLC’s T-Boz, Left-Eye, and Chilli in 1995)

I love long-buried stories of totally random love connections like this. While this has absolutely nothing to do with anything, Chili from TLC was reminiscing on the 90′s with OK! Magazine, on the horrors of thin eyebrows, the magic of TV-VCR combos, the days of touring with MC Hammer
Then she dropped a celeb-drama bomb!

OK! Mag: Is there a movie from the 90s you can still recite the lines from?
Chilli: I’m a movie buff but I have to think about movies from the 90s. Clueless—I loved Amber’s, “Whatever!” It’s funny because I saw that movie with Prince. He took me to see that movie. I’ve never told this story! We were in Indianapolis and the theater was closed but of course they opened back up from him so it was just he and I watching Clueless.

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Jay Electronica wowed everyone with his rare performance at the 2014 BK Hip-Hop Festival earlier this month, including Minister Louis Farrakhan. Although the Minister wasn’t there to witness “the Farrakhan of rap” in the flesh, he was certainly proud of him representing the Fruit of Islam (F.O.I.) during his set, as he shares in this “humbling and loving” letter to the Roc Nation rapper.

Farrakhan’s main reasoning for the letter, however, was to defend Jay over the backlash he received for using profanity while wearing the F.O.I. uniform, writing, “Is the uniform that represents us more important than that which we say we believe and should represent 24 hours a day?” He also expresses his wish to meet Jay Electronica “to guide him in The Great Work that I know he will do for The Cause of Islam.”

Read Farrakhan’s letter below…

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Kanye West graces the cover of GQ’s upcoming August issue. The rapper, producer, fashion designer, father, and now husband, appears in black leather pants and a wool coat over a low u-cut white t-shirt. Available on newsstands next week, expect plenty of content surrounding the founder of G.O.O.D. Music in the coming days.

UPDATE: Hit the jump for the best quotes from Kanye’s cover story (published this morning), in which he dishes on his new album, Drake’s dominance and finally finding happiness. Plus more photos from his cover shoot, featuring items from his latest A.P.C. collection.

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Known for always delivering memorable commercials, Jordan Brand continues to do so with their latest visual ad, paying respect to one of their top sponsored athlete (outside of Michael Jordan himself). New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is currently doing one final victory lap in his 20th Major League Baseball season. In the new RE2PECT campaign, Jordan Brand pulls out all the big names in entertainment and sports, for the ultimate sign of admiration to the 40-year-old captain.

Jay Z, Spike Lee, Carmelo Anthony, Billy Crystal, Tiger Woods, Action Bronson, members of the New York Yankees, and Michael Jordan, all salute the star with a traditional tip-of-the-cap tribute. This comes as Derek Jeter will make his 14th and final All-Star Game appearance on Tuesday in Minnesota.

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