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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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A$AP Rocky is the face of Mercedes-Benz’ newest commercial “Grow Up And Get A Job,” as a part of the luxury automaker’s “Grow Up” campaign. In the ad, Pretty Flacko reflects back on a particular beat that was stuck in his head throughout his childhood.

The A$AP Mob leader goes on to speak on how that beat and the loss of his older brother, were driving forces for him to fulfil his dreams and get more out of life. Watch the inspiring clip below.

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It was a classic Hip-Hop moment, as Just Blaze and Swizz Beatz got together for a friendly beat battle on Friday night (Feb. 25). After making the announcement earlier this week, the two GRAMMY Award-winning producers live streamed the event on Instagram Live. Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes and Cassidy were in attendance, seen watching the legendary beatmakers go back and forth for nearly 3 hours, playing hits songs and deep cuts by Beyoncé, JAY Z, Usher, T.I., The LOX, Kanye West, Fat Joe, Drake, Jay Electronica, Rick Ross and more from their illustrious catalogues.

The stars even tuned-in, as Diddy, Kelly Rowland, DJ Khaled, Q-Tip, Meek Mill, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Timbaland, The Alchemist and Clark Kent were spotted throughout the live stream commenting and taking in the big event. The much talked about moment of the night came during the finale (2:27:00 mark), where for his last play, Swizz Beatz pulled out a major unreleased song by DMX featuring Nas, JAY Z and Jadakiss.

Produced by Swizzy, the song presumably will appear on Dark Man X’s forthcoming new album executive produced by the Ruff Ryders producer himself. Watch the full battle below.

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Jeoproday’s Alex Trebek is the latest TV personality “invited to the cookout,” after a noteworthy rap display on the staple game show yesterday. Flexing his emcee muscles, Trebek flawlessly recited the lyrics to Drake’s “Started from the Bottom,” Desiigner’s “Panda,” Kendrick Lamar’s “m.A.A.d. City,” Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot” and Kanye West’s “Famous” during the show’s “Let’s Rap Kids!” category as clues for it’s annual collegiate tournament.

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