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Can’t find the perfect card for Mother’s Day? Don’t worry — Killa Cam and Mom Dukes have you covered for the low.

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The legendary Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito have announced that they will be releasing retro cassette tapes of their ’90s radio show via Fat Beats. This is all in effort to help fund their upcoming documentary Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives. In case you need a hip-hop history lesson, Stretch & Bob were some of their first DJs to play acts like Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep and Nas on the radio through their spot on WKRC.

Stretch and Bobbito archive shows available on cassette tapes coming soon! In production now. Distributed by Fat Beats. Proceeds will help fund the upcoming STRETCH AND BOBBITO: RADIO THAT CHANGED LIVES film release this summer.

Stay up to date with the upcoming release on their official site.

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Wednesday marked the 23-year anniversary of the Los Angeles riots in 1992. As the world’s attention is on America, specifically Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, Game pens a guest column for Billboard. As many in Baltimore began to riot on Monday, April 27 following protests, the L.A. rapper gathers his thoughts, foregoing getting his point across via social media.

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He may have just dropped The Album About Nothing, but Wale had a lot to say to the kids of Baltimore today. In the wake of Freddie Grey’s death and the ensuing protests, the DMV native joined Rev. Jamal Bryant at Fredrick Douglas High School this morning to speak to students about his own experiences with police harassment, while stressing the importance of self-belief and community.

“We need our community leaders to come step forward and we need these kids to understand that somebody believes in them,” Wale said. “I believe in them, Jamal believes in them and there’s a lot of people in this community that believe in these kids.”

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With his new album To Pimp a Butterfly recently hitting gold status, Kendrick Lamar stepped out to take in the L.A. Dodgers-San Francisco Giants matchup on Monday night. Before the players hit the field at Dodgers Stadium, Lamar had the honor of throwing out the first pitch.

A much better result compared to the likes of 50 Cent, watch the moment below.

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Back in February Earth’s entire population rejoiced when Missy Elliott tweeted a picture of her and Pharrell in the studio together. And during last night’s appearance on The Tonight Show, which included a glitzy throwback performance with Jimmy Fallon, Pharrell confirmed that he is indeed working on Miss E’s new album (which will more than likely feature Timbaland, too).

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Kendrick Lamar brought his live show to the road, literally. On Tuesday night, the TDE MC took to Twitter, informing fans they could meet him at two specific locations in Los Angeles that night. Turns out the rapper’s surprise was a mobile concert on the back of a moving truck, in partnership with Reebok’s #GetPumped campaign. Rolling down Sunset Boulevard and Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, Lamar performed various songs off 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city and his newly released sophomore LP To Pimp A Butterfly, as thousands of fans ran for 5k behind the tractor-trailer truck with an attached flatbed that served as a mini stage.

Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly will debut No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album charts on Wednesday. Released last Monday, the album will top the charts with an estimated copies 355,372 sold opening week.

UPDATE: Full concert footage added, watch below (spotted at Nah Right)

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Meek Mill and Beanie Sigel have both had a rough go of it recently: Meek found himself behind bars for most of 2014 for a simple parole violation while Beans, despite being released from prison last summer, reportedly had a lung removed back in January after catching a stray bullet.

However, the two Philly natives received a hero’s welcome at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night (March 21) as Puma threw a homecoming concert for Meek Mill. The MMG rapper brought out a slew of special guests, including Rick Ross, French Montana, Jeezy, Fabolous and Yo Gotti, but the highlight of the night was seeing Beanie Sigel hit the stage alongside fellow State Property cronies Young Gunz.

“They done and sent my n*gga to prison. They done shot my nigga. But he’s still back holding it down for Philly,” Meek said to the crowd as Mack Mittens ran through Roc-A-Fella classics like “Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)” and “Roc the Mic.”

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As you may have noticed, Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp a Butterfly dropped a week early last night. I’ve already dedicated this entire morning to listening to it — like everyone else, am I right? — but I’m not even attempting to write anything that resembles an album review before giving it more time to sink in (come back to me in, like, three weeks — there’s a lot to digest here).

However, an instant highlight of the album — and something that all the skits appear to build towards — is an interview with 2Pac at the end of the closing track, “Mortal Man.” It’s set up as a conversation between Kendrick and his hero, but we all know that’s not really the case. Instead, Pac’s powerful words are lifted from an interview he gave to Swedish radio station P3 in November 1994 — two weeks before the Quad Studios shooting, no less.

Coincidentally, P3 recently interviewed Kendrick Lamar (along with Joey Bada$$), which is also worth checking out. Listen to that here.

Listen to the full 2Pac interview below…

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Almost a decade later, T.I. has announced the sequel to ATL. “#ATL2 Get Ready,” he wrote on Instagram today accompanied by a picture of him, director Chris Robinson and co-stars Jackie Long, Albert Daniels and Jason Weaver shooting the movie. Tip also posted a selfie with Lauren London, who looks to be reviving her role in the upcoming flick, too.

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