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A staple in hip-hop media over two decades, XXL commemorate their 20th anniversary this fall with a star-studded collection of covers. The magazine unveils 20 special edition covers for their celebratory issue, starring veteran artists and the new generation of shining stars. Diddy, Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Gucci Mane and Snoop Dogg lead the way, while Wiz Khalifa, Future, Migos, Rae Sremmurd and Lil’ Uzi Vert also are given iconic covers shot by famed photographer Travis Shinn.

Run the Jewels, T.I., Cam’ron, Birdman, The LOX, Fabolous, Yo Gotti, Pusha T, Tech N9ne and E-40 round out the final group of artists. The 26 artists featured all have contributed to hip-hop’s culture, each making an impact in music, fashion and business. Starting in October, XXL will release special video interviews and photos of each artist online. Fans can pickup the 20th anniversary special when it hit newsstands nationwide on Oct. 17.

Check out all 20 covers below.

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The 69th annual Emmy Awards took place on Sunday night (Sept. 17), broadcasting live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It was a magical night for Donald Glover, who the award for Best Directing for a Comedy Series, for his critically-acclaimed FX television series Atlanta. “This really beyonds to Hiro Murai,” said, thanking his co-director Hiro Murai. “He taught me everything about directing. He had the eye for this show and he’s just amazing. I really want to give this to Hiro and just say ‘I love you and thank you for being my best friend.'”

It was a historic moment as Donald Glover was the first black person to win an award in that category. The victories didn’t stop there, as the actor/director/musician also scored an Emmy for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy. “I want to thank Trump for making Black people number one on the most oppressed list,” Glover said the 33-year-old during his acceptance speech, thanking President Trump. “He’s the reason I’m probably up here.” Donald also became the first black male to win an Emmy for lead actor in 32 years.

The career moment comes eight months after Glover won 2 Golden Globes back in January.

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In 1991, A Tribe Called Quest released ‘The Low End Theory.’ Though the RIAA certified platinum album boasted standout records like “Jazz (We’ve Got)”, and “Scenario,” it was the project’s anti-label lead single “Check The Rhime” that took the LP to the next level by flagrantly calling out music executives for their unethical business practices. Unfortunately, 25 years later “record company people are still shady” and don’t show any signs of turning over a new leaf.

Looking to showcase the harsh realities of the music and entertainment industry in a creative yet captivating way, Baltimore resident DJ Tony Drake is creating a 2D animated series appropriately titled “The Indies.” The pilot episode, produced as a short, will give viewers a glimpse of what they can expect from the Anime & Hip-Hop infused cartoon ahead of its television debut, while proving to Hollywood it can be a major player alongside popular shows of the same caliber.

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YG and Mike WiLL Made-It join forces, pairing up for a new record in support of the “Heart of a Lion” campaign by adidas. To promote their Z.N.E. Pulse collection, the sportswear company taps the Compton rapper and Atlanta producer to create a song inspired by NFL Super Bowl MVP Von Miller’s heartbeat. The end result? A new anthem is born for the Denver Broncos star. Watch the new commercial starring the trio, plus hear the full version of “Heart of a Lion” down below.

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Champs Sports has brought Hip-Hop and the NFL together with “The Moment” campaign series. Now into the fourth installment, the sportswear company shines the light on the south. 2 Chainz and NFL MVP Cam Newtoen star in their latest commercial, where the Carolina Panthers QB speaks on his unique fashion sense and different style of play on the filed. 2 Chainz uses the ad to debut a brand new track titled “Let Me In.” Watch the two Atlanta natives in Champs’ new commercial below.

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The 2017 MTV VMAs belong to Kendrick Lamar. Not only did Kung Fu Kenny open the show with a blazing set, the Compton rapper took home the most awards. Lamar, who was nominated for 8 VMAs, walked away with six victories including “Video of the Year” for “HUMBLE.” The TDE MC also won “Best Hip-Hop Video” and “Best Cinematography” for “HUMBLE.” Ed Sheeran got a moonman for “Artist of the Year,” the first time male and female musicians went head-to-head in that category. Khalid won “Best New Artist,” while Lil’ Uzi Vert’s “XO TOUR Llif3″ got him “Song of the Summer.”

Other winners on Sunday night included Kanye West and Teyana Taylor (Best Choreography), Gucci Mane (Best Pop) and Young Thug (Best Editing). P!nk accepted the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, while the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer declared all six nominees for “Best Fight Against the System” winners in an emotional moment.

Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Travi$ Scott, KYLE, Logic with Alessia Cara and Khalid all performed at the 2017 VMAs hosted by Katy Perry. Check out red carpet photos here and see the full winners list below.

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Petition Calls For Missy Elliott Statue To Replace Confederate Monument
 

Nathan Coflin is the latest hero in the war against racism. The Virginia native recently started a petition proposing a statue of Missy Elliott would replace a Confederate monument. Originally highlighted by the Washington Post, the petition already has nearly 30K signatures and hopes to find the Misdemeanor monument positioned in her hometown of Portsmouth.

“Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it. Let us come together in getting City Council to erect this statue in honor of Missy Elliott and all those in the great City of Portsmouth who work it each and every day.”

Sign and keep up with the progress of the petition at change.org.

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In recent years, adidas has become known for standing beside some of Hip-Hop’s young rising stars in various campaigns and collaborations. The sport and lifestyle brand return with their latest viral campaign, ORIGINAL is never finished 3. Remaking Frank Sinatra’s iconic “My Way,” the new commercial stars NBA superstar James Harden, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Playboi Carti and Kendall Jenner.

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Shea Serrano’s The Rap Year Book is one of the best hip-hop books around, up there with ego trip’s Book of Rap Lists and Dan Charnas’ The Big Payback. For those who have yet to experience the joys of Shea debating and deconstructing the most important rap song from every year since 1979 (in which case, you’re fucking up as a hip-hop fan), then you’ll want to tune in to this.

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’90s rap radio heroes Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia are back like they never with a new podcast on NPR. Unlike their legendary show on WKCR, What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito isn’t about breaking future rap stars or even necessarily about hip-hop; instead, Stretch and Bob will be weighing in on art, music, sports and politics while interviewing cultural influencers.

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