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Earlier today, it was announced that Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) had been granted permission to leave South Africa after “unreservedly” apologizing to the Government for breaking immigration laws. In January, the rapper was arrested at Cape Town International airport for trying to leave the country using a “world passport,” and has been detained ever since (after leaving, he will not be allowed to re-enter South Africa, however).

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A special and highly-anticipated episode of Saturday Night Live finally arrived this weekend. SNL turned into The Chappelle Show, as host Dave Chappelle was a hit from the opening monologue to various comedy sketches. Serving as musical guest was the legendary Queens-based group, A Tribe Called Quest. Lead by Q-Tip, Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, ATCQ’s first performance of the night was a song fitting for the times in America, the standout “We the People.” During the moment, ATCQ paid tribute to the late Phife Dawg, as a gigantic art piece came down from the sky during his verse on the song which appears on the group’s final album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.

For their second performance, A Tribe Called Quest were joined by Busta Rhymes and Consequence for an energetic live rendition of “The Space Program.” Watch all the action from ATCQ live on SNL below.

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From social media to last weekend’s Hillary Clinton rally, Chance The Rapper has been one of the leading voices in hip-hop this year urging people to go out and vote. But he’s isn’t all talk. Last night, Chance threw a free “Parade to the Polls” concert in his hometown of Chicago. After wrapping up his set, Chance literally marched thousands of fans to an early voting site to cast their ballot. According to Cook County officials, more than 284,000 people voted early, smashing the record set in 2008.

Who says conscious rap is dead?

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Back in August, Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid revealed that a new album from A Tribe Called Quest would arrive this year. Triggered by the legendary group’s reunion performance on The Tonight Show and the Paris bombing last year, the project was recorded before the untimely death of ATCQ founding member Phife Dawg in March.

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of JAY Z’s timeless debut album, Reasonable Doubt. Various celebrations and events have been occurring throughout the year to tribute the 1996 release. FOX 5 News joined the fun on Wednesday night (Oct. 13) with the broadcast of their Reasonable Doubt documentary. Directed by Byron Harmon, the 20-minute piece features commentary from former Roc-A-Fella CEOs Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke, other appearances also comes from DJ Premier, DJ Clark Kent, Pusha T, Emory Jones, and more.

Kareem “Biggs” Burke will be bringing the Roc-A-Fella pop-up shop to New York City on Oct. 20-23. Located at 347 West Broadway, fans in the tri-state area can visit the shop for exclusive merchandise each day from 11am-7pm.

Watch the documentary in full below.

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The 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards made its network debut on Tuesday night (Oct. 4). Hosted by DJ Khaled, this year’s show was filled with performances and memorable cypher moments. One of the highlights during the eleventh annual event came from this year’s “I Am Hip Hop” Icon Award honoree, Snoop Dogg.

Presented by Kendrick Lamar, this year’s award was dedicated to the music icon, who has pushed the barriers of Hip-Hop music and transcended time having been in the industry for over two decades. Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, YG, and Charlie Wilson all make appearances in a video dedicated to Snoop Dogg during the induction moment on stage.

Watch the moment below.

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Earlier this year, it was announced that A Tribe Called Quest would be honored with a mural on the wall of Nu-Clear Cleaners on Linden Boulevard and 192nd St. in Queens, the very same spot they filmed their classic “Check the Rhime” video (and the stretch that’s now known as the Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way).

In this new video from Okayplayer, we get to witness the creation of the mural, which went up this summer, as well as the reactions of Tribe relatives like Jarobi‘s father and the late Phife Dawg’s wife and mother. Props to LeRoy McCarthy, Vince Ballentine and everyone involved in this special piece of art.

Sidebar: The Low End Theory turns 25(!) tomorrow.

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Diddy is opening his cheque book and giving back. The Bad Boy mogul has announced he will pledge $1 million to Howard University’s School of Business, launching the Sean Combs Scholarship Fund. On Thursday night (Sept. 23), the CEO/rapper made the announcement on stage in Washington, D.C., presenting the cheque to Howard’s president Dr. Wayne Frederick during his “Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour” stop.

I was blessed to receive a great education from Howard University! It helped to fuel my success in business and life,” said Diddy in a message posted on Instagram. “This scholarship will make it possible for the next generation of leaders to pursue their dreams and achieve greatness! When I delivered the commencement address at Howard, I asked the students “Do you know how powerful you are?” I know that Howard students are intelligent, talented, passionate, and their hard work will shape the future. This gift will make sure the whole world knows what they are capable of doing!!.”

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What a difference a week makes. After Kid Cudi’s Twitter rant, which caused Kanye West and Drake to deliver their own responses, Kanye has decided to take a step back. On Tuesday night (Sep. 20) during the “Saint Pablo” tour stop in Houston, Texas, Yeezus decided to offer some kind words to his former protégé while performing “Runaway.”

The most important artist of the past 10 years… most influential. And I hope he’s doing well,” Kanye says about Cudi in a clip posted online. Soon after, Kanye would state Kid Cudi is one of the “most influential artists of the last 10 years” and call him “my brother.”

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French Montana first made the announcement via Instagram, but now Max B‘s team has confirmed that the incarcerated rapper has received a reduced prison sentence. According to a press release, Max could be home in two years after a number of charges were dropped in his case.

Max reportedly accepted a new plea deal.

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