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Big Sean has repped Detroit since day one, and his hometown pride has finally been repaid. Yesterday, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper was awarded with the key to the city of Detroit by Mayor Mike Duggan.

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No Refuge
 

Electronic duo PARISI enlist RZA of Wu-Tang Clan for their politically charged release “No Refuge.” Addressing the global refugee crisis all sales made from the good natured collaboration will to donated to the┬áthe United Nations Refugee Agency.

Show your support and purchase your copy “No Refuge” via iTunes here.

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DJ Premier versus Pete Rock isn’t the only beat battle Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze have inspired. Yesterday, Swizzy announced that both Southside and Lex Luger, and Funkmaster Flex and DJ Clue, will face off in their own heavyweight bouts.

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Dave East Islam
 

For the latest installment of their “I Am Def Jam” series, the Russell Simmon’s co-founded label spotlighted Harlem spitfire Dave East. East details converting to Islam after being incarcerated, hoop dreams, leaving a legacy behind and more.

Watch the mini-doc after the break and purchase his Khari Chanel project via iTunes here.

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Fabolous has never quite hit the heights that Big did, but he’s always repped BK to the fullest. On March 9, the 20th anniversary of Biggie’s passing, Loso was awarded the key to his hometown by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Fab will also have a street in Brooklyn named after him later this year.

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Commemorating the recent 20th anniversary of his tragic passing, the Barclays Center saluted the late, great Christopher Wallace on Sunday night. As the Brooklyn Nets faced off against the New York Knicks, the Barclays spread love with a special “Biggie Night” tribute.

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Today marks exactly 20 years since Biggie was shot and killed in Los Angeles, cutting short his life and career at the tender age of 24. To commemorate the anniversary, the Brooklyn Nets have announced they’ll be holding a “Biggie Night” at the Barclays Center this weekend.

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Diddy is bringing Bad Boy Records long storied history to the big screen this year. The CEO/mogul has announced the Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story documentary, which is set to premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Directed Daniel Kaufman, the Live Nation presentation will an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at the iconic Bad Boy Entertainment label, which is currently celebrating its 20-year anniversary. The film will also chronicle the two-night anniversary extravaganza that took place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last May, honoring the late Notorious B.I.G.

I am blessed to be introducing our film at the @Tribeca Film Festival,” said Diddy in a statement to Billboard and on his personal Instagram page. “Tribeca brings the biggest names in entertainment and culture together with visionaries from across industries to celebrate the power of storytelling. There is no better place to share the story behind the Bad Boy movement and this unprecedented musical event!.”

The documentary will delve into the label’s influence on music, fashion and pop culture, plus take viewers back to its start in Harlem and Brooklyn. Lil’ Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112 and more will appear in the film.

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Biggie Sculpture

Brooklyn educational institute Medgar Evers College recently honored The Notorious B.I.G. with an oversized sculpture of his head. Located in the school’s library, the statue serves as a monument of marvel rooted in Hip-Hop culture.

Take a look at the exclusive piece of art after the break via Instagram.

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Chance The Rapper‘s live streamed meeting with Illinois gov. Bruce Rauner proved to be a fruitful one. After the governor offered “two options to provide $215 million to help the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools,” Chano announced that he would be donating $1 million of his own money to support arts programming in the district.

According to the Grammy award winning artist, his donation will comes from future tickets sales from his forthcoming tour.

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