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j dilla 2015

Dilla Day Weekend, the annual three-day celebration of the life and legacy of J Dilla, will be held in a slightly warmer climate this year. Leaving the usual spot of Jay Dee’s hometown of Detroit, Ma Dukes and co. are taking the party down to Miami next month, where Joey Bada$$, Madlib, Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Slum Village, ESTA, Black Milk and Camp Lo will all be giving performances. In addition to the tribute concert, there will also be producer panels, BBQs, artist meet and greets and various other Dilla-related events throughout the February 5-8 weekend.

Early bird tickets are available here.

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danny brown childrens book

Some of Danny Brown’s songs may not be very family-friendly (you ever accidentally played “Handstand” in front of your grandparents?), but there’s no denying that his music carries an important message for kids, especially those who don’t have it all. Taking his talents outside of the studio, the Detroit rapper is trying his hand at writing a children’s book that he hopes will improve self-confidence and promote a positive body image in young black girls.

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The Grammys rarely get it right when it comes to the rap categories, but there was an especially glaring omission in this year’s nominations for Rap Album of the Year: YG’s My Krazy Life. While the rapper himself has already let the academy know how he feels, a group of young fans decided to hold a small but no less impassioned protest outside the Grammy Museum in Downtown Los Angeles over the weekend.

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Funkmaster Flex took over the HOT 97 airwaves on Christmas Eve, returning with his annual old-school mixshow with Kool DJ Red Alert and DJ Chuck Chillout. For over 4 hours, the legendary DJs and pioneers of rap culture delivered rap classics, break beats, and so much more spanning the 1970s-early 1990s. Sit back and take a trip down memory lane, or for some, a rap history lesson below.

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hip hop hall of fame

From being properly recognized by the Grammys to getting played on FM radio and MTV, hip-hop has always had to fight to get it dues. And as we approach its fourth decade in existence, the genre is finally receiving its own Hall of Fame.

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nas millions march

As many as 60,000 people gathered in the streets of New York City on Saturday (December 13) in support of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two cases that have come to epitomize the racial injustice that has forever existed in the American judicial system. With cameras handy, REVOLT managed to pick out two of hip-hop’s most recognizable faces — Nas and Russell Simmons — in the massive crowd.

“This is beautiful, man,” Nas said. “We need justice, that’s why we here.” Russell, meanwhile, was hopeful that a change will soon come: “It’s the culmination and beginning of — at the same time — a lot of hard work and the beginning of a shift, and I know for sure that there’ll be a change in the way the police police the police.”

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J. Cole gave music lovers an early Christmas gift with his 2014 Forest Hills Drive LP, and the fans have returned with a present of their own. The 29-year-old’s third solo album is set to debut No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album charts on Wednesday.

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jay z ny governor

Jay Z may have been criticized for not wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt like the Brooklyn Nets players he posed with during Monday night’s game against the Cavs, but as we should know at this point, Hov’s actions speak for themselves.

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Monday night’s showdown between the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center drew extra attention thanks to a royal visit from Prince William and Kate Middleton, but the game also earned headlines due to players from both sides wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts before tip off, in honor of Eric Garner. Unbeknownst to many, however, the process of actually getting those T-shirts in the hands of the players was more complex than any of us could have imagined.

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migos chief keef

After months of bad blood, Migos and Chief Keef have buried the hatchet. The Atlanta trio posted a photo with the Chicago rapper on Twitter last night, taken from their recent trip to L.A., where Keef resides. The war of words between the two camps, which included a very public death threat from Fredo Santana, culminated in a brawl at a Washington, D.C. strip club last month, where Quavo allegedly had his chain snatched by one of Keef’s boys.

It’s not entirely clear why Migos and Chief Keef started beefing in the first place, but it sounds like Atlanta Gangster Disciple OG KK helped make peace between the two sides. “See what yall really wanted to see was #migos and #ChiefKeef kill each other but this what happens when a real og steps in,” he tweeted. Now, can we please get a “MiGlo” anthem before New Year’s Eve?

Related:
New Mixtape: Migos ‘Rich Ni**a Timeline’
New Mixtape: Chief Keef ‘Back From the Dead 2′
New Video: Migos feat. Rick Ross “Black Bottles”

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