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good kid, m.A.A.d city was turned into a short film that was shown at the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art, To Pimp a Butterfly was archived in Harvard’s Loeb Music Library, and now DAMN. has earned its own unique accolade after winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for music.

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Earlier this year David Letterman launched his Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Former U.S. president Barack Obama, George Clooney and Malala Yousafzai served as the first three guests on Letterman’s new show. Next up is JAY-Z, who appears on the upcoming fourth episode set to debut on April 7. Before it airs this Friday, a preview of their conversation has been released online. In the clip, the Roc Nation mogul discusses the greatness of peers, Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

You can have a great voice and you can just almost say anything,” Jay says. “I think Snoop Dogg has a great voice. Like, he can say, ‘One, two, three, and to the four,’ and it’s like, ‘Oh my god.’ It just sounds good, right? It just sounds really good.” The Brooklyn MC would later praise Slim Shady. “Or you can be someone like Eminem and just have amazing cadence,” he says, speaking of his “Renegade” collaborator. “It’s percussion inside the music.”

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Sony Pictures To Produce Dapper Dan Biopic
 

In a culture where living legends rarely ever get to have their flowers while they can still smell it, Harlem hustler turned fashion icon Dapper Dan’s life story is coming to the big screen. Sony Pictures will produce the film, which was inspired by Dan’s upcoming memoir, in conjunction with Jerrod Carmichael. Described as a “high-stakes coming-of-age story,” Ange Giannetti and Maia Eyre will oversee the project for the studio.

More details are set to be released soon. In the meantime, watch Life + Times intimate interview with the streetwear pioneer and childhood friend Pee Wee Kirkland after the jump.

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Rick Ross is back home and on the road to recovery. This afternoon, the MMG boss broke his silence on Instagram after suffering a major health scare last week, writing, “Ain’t nothing like home 🙏🏼. I love y’all – WLR” (his initials: William Leonard Roberts II, aka the Bawse). Naturally, Rozay posted a picture of himself holding a bottle of Belaire Rosé and promoting his Black Bottles Boy brand. No shame in the game.

On March 2, Ross was reportedly on life support in hospital after being found in his home “breathing heavy, unresponsive and slobbing out the mouth,” suffering a suspected heart attack. Thankfully, four days later, Ross was released from hospital and arrived home under doctor’s care on Monday.

Rest up and get healthy, Bawse. The game needs you.

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Common, Robert Glasper and Karrien Riggins started 2018 off by announcing the formation of their group,
August Greene. The musical trio have dropped the singles “Optimistic” featuring Brandy and “Black Kennedy,” both off August Greene’s self-titled debut album dropping on March 9. Recently, August Greene appeared on NPR’s popular Tiny Desk Concert series for a live 5-song performance.

Along with the songs “Black Kennedy” and “Optimistic,” the trio also performed “Practice” and “Let Go” off the album. Common also did the song “Stand Up for Something,” from the film Marshall. Joined by special guests Brandy, Andra Day, Samora Pinderhughes and Maimouna Youssef, watch the full performance below.

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Snoop Chainz Allstar
 

Snoop Dogg will host his inaugural ‘Hip Hop All-Star Game,’ with the help of 2 Chainz, this upcoming Friday (Feb. 16th). The Longbeach legend will spearhead one team, while Tity Boi will man another group of talented celebs for the Adidas sponsored competition.

Peep the line up after the break and if you’re in LA for NBA All-Star Weekend pull up to the function.

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2018 is certainly treating Travi$ Scott well. Fresh off welcoming his first child, Stormi Webster, into the world with girlfriend Kylie Jenner, La Flame has been honored with the key to the city of Missouri City, Texas.

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Last year, Nas celebrated his iconic Illmatic debut album with a special performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The Queens MC was backed by the National Symphony Orchestra, making the concert a once in a lifetime moment. Nas and Mass Appeal partnered with PBS to bring that moment to television, as Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop premiered on primetime on Saturday night (Feb. 2). Directed by Jason Goldwatch, the concert film features Nasir Jones performing his Hip-Hop classic in its entirety. Watch the PBS presentation in full below and on their website by clicking here.

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The 2018 NFL Super Bowl takes place this weekend at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The most-watched sporting event every year, companies seize the moment with big-budget commercials that air during the football spectacle. Amazon is one of the big name companies set to debut a new commercial on Sunday night, with help from a few stars including Cardi B. In the full viral ad debuted on Wednesday (Jan. 31), the “Bodak Yellow” rapper takes the place of Amazon’s popular virtual assistant Alexa. Alexa, who loses her voice, is replaced by a list of celebrities including Cardi, Anthony Hopkins, Rebel Wilson, Gordon Ramsay and more.

Watch the hilarious spot below.

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Dr. Dre and Public Enemy are the latest hip-hop legends to be inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. Thanks to The Chronic and “Fight the Power,” respectively, Dre and P.E. are among the latest crop of iconic acts being added to the Hall of Fame, which “honor[s] recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.” Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, The Rolling Stone and David Bowie are also among this year’s inductees.

Dr. Dre and Public Enemy are just the fifth and sixth hip-hop acts to be inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, joining The Sugarhill Gang (“Rapper’s Delight”), Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (“The Message”), Run-D.M.C. (“Walk This Way”) and N.W.A (Straight Outta Compton).

Check out the full list of 2018 GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductees below…

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