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The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton: The Story of N.W.A. is set to hit theaters this summer on August 14. On Grammy night, the production team gave fans an extended commercial/trailer of the F. Gary Gray-directed film. Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, watch the official preview below.

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Yes, Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show looked like an even scarier version of Channing Tatum’s hallucination in 22 Jump Street, but credit where credit’s due: she broke off a slice of the biggest show on Earth to let one of hip-hop’s true legends, Missy Elliott, rock out (and subsequently steal the show with a medley of decade-old hits that clearly still ring out today).

Miss Info: Hold up! Before you bow down to Missy’s freshly-reinstated greatness…here’s a little #MissInfoExclusive ; ) We heard an unreleased remix from Diplo and Skrillex (aka Jack U) of their massive pop/dance hit “Take U There” but this one featured two incredible verses from our girl Missy Elliott, not just spittin’ in high heeheeheeheehaw form, but also giving up a little buttery “Hot Boys” melody too. We’re as ready for this Missy renaissance as the rest of the world…and even though this collabo was recorded before all the Super Bowl hype, it would just in time to catch the wave. Hope to be able to share the remix with you guys soon!

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Rolling Stone are bringing pieces of history to our smartphones and tablets today by making their vast archives available on Google Play. Iconic issues dating back almost 50 years to the magazine’s 1967 launch are now just one touch away via the Google Play Newsstand app — and it’s all free.

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Kanye West may not have a title for his new album yet, but he’s slowly growing his close circle of collaborators. Just days after Yeezy himself was snapped in the studio with fellow Chicago rapper King Louie, it appears two of his Grammy Family members, Pusha T and Consequence, have officially buried the hatchet in the name of his new project.

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Just days after their collaboration — a collection of custom boots — was showcased on the runway in Paris, Timberland has cut ties with A.P.C. over offensive remarks made by the French brand’s founder Jean Touitou.

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“And so it begins…”

I’m a Cudi stan to the grave, but I’ll admit it’s been tough supporting Scott Mescudi recently. His last three projects — WZRD, Indicud and Satellite Flight — felt like Space Camp raps compared to his Man on the Moon series. It’s clear he’s more intent on breaking Hollywood than shaping hip-hop these days. And then there’s the Twitter beefs: in the last month alone he’s threatened to sue Chuck Inglish over a record he didn’t even leak and threw shade at Lupe Fiasco, one of the few artists “who really cared about [Cudi’s] well being when this biz was ripping you apart.”

With that said, this is still the same guy who made Man on the Moon and Man on the Moon II — two albums that soundtracked both the highs and lows of my adolescence — so I’ll always have that sweet spot for Cudi. He’s kinda like the Jackie Aprile Jr. to my Tony Soprano: Jackie dropped out of college, messed around with drugs and broke Meadow’s heart, but he was still the kid of one of Tony’s closest friends and colleagues, so he was always there for him (until a certain straw finally broke the camel’s back, of course).

All this is to say that Kid Cudi needs Man on the Moon III. He needs to get back with Plain Pat and Emile. He needs to surround himself with those positive influences that helped him become our big brother in the first place. He can do without the drugs and the desire to produce an album all by himself. He just needs to get back on that spaceship with his old co-pilots and tell us what it’s like to live on the moon again.

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Killer Mike was undoubtedly one of, if not the, most important voices in hip-hop last year, not only because of his rhymes on Run The Jewels 2, but for his powerful and heartfelt commentary on the Ferguson tragedy.

Commemorating Martin Luther King Day yesterday, the Atlanta rapper put pen to paper once again as he wrote an inspiring essay on the civil rights icon for OkayPlayer. In it, Mike paid tribute to MLK’s courage, philosophy and ideals while calling for all Americans to come together and continue to fight for his dream.

Killer Mike for President (in case you didn’t hear us the first time).

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Though he was never recognized with an academy award while he was alive, 2Pac is finally getting his props from the Grammys from beyond the grave.

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The accolades continues to pour in for Common and John Legend. Just days after winning a Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song” on Sunday, their “Glory” collaboration is now Oscar nominated.

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Following in the footsteps of Ariana Grande and Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow was the latest star on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in the mood for Broadway sounds.

Paltrow, a big fan of rap music, showed off her singing skills as she covered Drake’s “Started from the Bottom,” Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” and Big Sean’s “I Don’t F*** with You” with a Broadway twist. Watch the hilarious moment below.

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