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asap yams book

This month marks one year since A$AP Yams tragically passed away, but best believe he’s been fucking around and enjoying himself up in Heaven over the last 365. If there’s one thing Yamborghini left behind — aside from the legacy of A$AP Mob, of course — it’s some of the funniest tweets you’ve ever read, like “adopting 3 white babies n naming them tyrese tank n ginuwine.” Now, thanks to Bronx native Ajani Brathwaite, Yams’ most memorable tweets are being turned into a book called A$AP Yams Gems.

Hitting shelves January 18 — the anniversary of his death — the book costs $40 and all proceeds will be donated to A$AP Yams’ family. Pre-order your copy here.

Check out some of our favorite A$AP Yams tweets below…

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2 Chainz has made news nationwide during the Christmas holidays, with his high in-demand Dabbin’ Santa sweaters. A combination of the ugly Christmas sweater tradition and Atlanta’s dabbing dance craze taking over pop culture, the cozy piece has been seen of various celebrities and athletes in recent weeks. The merchandise has turned into an instant success, making 2 Chainz a cool $2 million.

After recent appearances on the NFL Network, ESPN, TNT’s Inside the NBA, and Good Morning America, the rapper caught up with Forbes to discuss coming up with the idea for the sweaters, the money made from Dabbin’ Santa going back into his T.R.U. Foundation, the funds going to those in need including paying a year’s rent for a disabled veteran and donating a minivan to a family who lost everything in a house fire, the ColleGrove album with Lil’ Wayne and much more.

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nwa rock and roll hall of fame

The N.W.A brand is already enjoying a big year thanks to the success of the F. Gary Gray biopic, Straight Outta Compton. Now, after the fourth time of asking, the legendary West Coast rap group are finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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chance the rapper warmest winter

Chance The Rapper is not only the first independent artist ever to perform on SNL, he’s also a nice guy. During a recent appearance on Chicago’s WGCI Morning Takeover, Chano announced his new initiative “Warmer Winter,” which aims to provide coats for a thousand of the city’s homeless population. The target is $100,000, and he’s already raised enough to buy 30 EMPWR coats, which can also be used as a sleeping bag or worn as an over-the-shoulder bag.

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killer mike bernie sanders

Bernie Sanders and Killer Mike is my new favorite bromance. Last month we saw the pair hang out together in Atlanta before the Run the Jewels rapper delivered a powerful speech in support of the Presidential candidate. Aside from having lunch together, it appears Mike and Bernie also sat down for an in-depth conversation about politics, race, gun control, health care, Donald Trump, social justice and much more.

Watch the full chat, which is broken up into six parts, below and prepare to soak up some serious game.

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Hip-hop superproducer-turned-art connoisseur Swizz Beatz made another splash down at Art Basel Miami this year. After curating a selection at the satellite fair SCOPE last year, Swizz teamed up with Bacardi to host a three-day fair of his own this year, where up-and-coming artists were allowed to take home 100% of their sales.

However, for rap fans, the best moment came on the third and final night, where Swizz brought out his old friend DMX to run through a few Ruff Ryders classics. X even got his pastor on and blessed the crowd with a passionate prayer. Good to see him looking healthy and focused again.

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marvel 2

As you may have noticed, Marvel have been slowly flooding the Internet over the last few months with comic book-inspired reinterpretations of classic rap album covers from the likes of Biggie, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, The Roots and 50 Cent. Now, Marvel are bringing a selection of 14 covers to life in a free 32-page comic book, hitting participating stores on January 6.

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killer mike bernie sanders

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Atlanta rapper Killer Mike may be from two different walks of life, but there’s one clear commonality between them: they’re both very much for the people. Bernie’s evermore popular campaign rolled through the A yesterday, where Killer Mike introduced him at the rally with a powerful and passionate endorsement. Citing his position on the Voting Rights Act, health care, education and ending the war on drugs, Mike said, “In my heart of hearts, I truly believe that Senator Bernie Sanders is the right man to lead this country.”

Mike and Bernie (this sounds like a sitcom waiting to happen) also got a chance to hang out in the city together as they went for a bite at the soul food restaurant Busy Bee and swung by Mike’s barbershop. Oh, and like you need any more excuse to vote for this guy, Bernie also threw up the Run The Jewels sign.

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a tribe called quest fallon

Two years after opening for Kanye West at Madison Square Garden — what many fans thought was their final ever performance — Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali-Shaheed Muhammad are getting the band back together (for one night, at least). According to Mashable, A Tribe Called Quest will reunite for a special performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Friday, November 13.

The performance will coincide with the 25th anniversary reissue of Tribe’s debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, which has been remastered by Bob Power and contains three bonus remixes from Pharrell, J. Cole and Cee-Lo Green.

UPDATE: Watch A Tribe Called Quest play “one gotta go” on Hot 97 below…

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French Montana celebrated his 31st birthday with the likes of Diddy, Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg at 1OAK nightclub in L.A. at the weekend, but it was no doubt tinged with sadness after losing his close friend and collaborator Chinx earlier this year. However, Chris Brown put his artistic talents to use and gave French a special birthday gift by creating a painting of the late rapper. The piece features an angelic Chinx up in Heaven with French by his side. “Shout out to my brother @chrisbrownofficial for my bday gift🔥 #foreverchinx #missumybrother #cokeboys #4life🙏,” he wrote on Instagram.

Check out more photos from French’s birthday party below…

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