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A crowd of 20,000 youth and volunteers packed into Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Thursday afternoon for We Day 2014, an annual youth empowerment event aimed to motivate young people to get involved in social change. Organized by the Free the Children charity, the 7th annual day of celebration and learning featured appearances from Nelly Furtado, Big Sean, Joe Jonas, Katie Couric, Kardinal Offishall, Hedley’s Jacob Hoggard, and plenty more global leaders, social activists, and entertainers.

The event also featured a surprise appearance from Kendrick Lamar, who performed his new inspirational song “i” for the first-time live. A song fitting for the overall theme of We Day, watch the moment below and learn more about the non-profit organization here.

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Kendrick Lamar’s new song “i,” or “first statement” as he likes to call it, has been the topic of discussion since its release in late September. A positive and uplifting record, entertainers such as Chris Rock, Pharrell, and Justin Timberlake immediately voiced their support soon after the song dropped last month.

K. Dot appears to have another big name supporter as Ellen opened the Thursday airing of her afternoon talkshow by showing off her dance moves in the studio audience as the song played. Watch the moment below and purchase the song here.

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For one night only, Funkmaster Flex is giving a rare live interview on a very special edition of the Juan Epstein podcast. Usually, these are all pre-recorded but Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg had to go all out for the King of Rap Radio in New York City.

Flex will be talking about his early days as a club DJ in NYC, seeing artists Biggie & Jay Z blow up, and all the insane stories from The Tunnel. But that’s just a small portion of what this event has in store. We’re giving away one pair of tickets to one reader, so good luck!

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OutKast continued their 20-year anniversary celebration this year, kicking off a special three-day homecoming weekend concert series on Friday. Over 20,000 people packed Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, to celebrate rap pioneers Big Boi and André 3000. Big names such as Usher, Jermaine Dupri, and L.A. Reid watched the duo perform a nearly 2-hour show of underground classics and chart-topping hits from their long illustrious career as a group and solo artists.

Future, 2 Chainz, and Janelle Monáe served as opening acts for day one, as the weekend celebration continues on Saturday and Sunday at the same venue. Kid Cudi, Childish Gambino, and Atlanta newcomer Raury will opening for the legendary group on Saturday afternoon, with Killer Mike, B.o.B, 8Ball and MJG, Bun B, K Camp, Devin the Dude, Kilo Ali, Big Gipp, and DJ Unk joining the Sunday lineup.

Check out photos and video from night one of #ATLast below.

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With Def Jam celebrating its 30th birthday this year, Noisey sat down the label’s fabled co-founders for a special edition of their “Back & Forth” series. In part one of four, Rick and Russell cosy up on a couch as they reflect on some of the early records that defined Def Jam, including T La Rock and Jazzy Jay’s “It’s Yours” and LL Cool J’s “I Can’t Live Without My Radio.” But for all their impact and success over the last three decades, Def Jam’s original ambitions were charmingly humble, says Rick: “If we sold enough 12 inches to make another 12 inch, that was the whole goal.”

UPDATE: Parts 2, 3 and 4 added.

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Next Tuesday, Sept. 30th, Nas, the filmmakers behind Nas: Time Is Illmatic, and the Tribeca Film Fest, are holding a very special one-night-only movie screening….40 different theaters spread across 29 different cities. And the MissInfo.Tv crew is honored to be able to give a pair of screening passes to one lucky reader in NYC, Chicago, Toronto, Portland, Atlanta, and Houston!

UPDATE: We’ve seen some hilarious throwback photos but to make it easier for folks who don’t have access to their baby photos, lol…until we choose the winner on Monday….here’s how you can enter to win the tickets:
1) Follow us on Instagram: @MissInfo
2) Email us with: your name, city, and the artist that you’d like to see us feature more on MissInfo.TV

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Following a rather unfortunate misunderstanding involving two handicapped fans at a show during his Australian tour earlier this month, Kanye West has found himself at the center of a new controversy dubbed “wheelchairgate.” There’s been plenty of media debate and angry wheelchair activists (here’s one disabled writer who slammed Kanye over the incident), which prompted Ye to give a lengthy and, at times, vulnerable speech during a recent concert. But now, Mike Dean, Kanye’s long-time engineer and producer, passed us this heartfelt letter from a handicapped rapper in support of Mr. West.

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The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped last Saturday at Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. As with every year, the main attraction are the yearly cyphers. To get hip-hop lovers ready, BET has released the first two online exclusive digital cyphers. Backed by the legendary DJ Scratch, watch as Emilio Rojas, Dreezy, Conceited, Retro Jace, Dillon Cooper, and Andy Mineo spit their best in the first digital cypher.

SMACK, T-Rex, Goodz, Tsu Surf, and Rain follow-up in the second digital cypher. The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards will premiere on BET on October 14 at 8 p.m. EST. For the full lineup of artists taking part in this year’s cyphers, click here.

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Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Biggie’s Ready to Die, NPR held a special panel at Brooklyn’s BRIC House (just a few blocks from where he grew up on Fulton Street) last weekend to celebrate the life of one of rap’s true greats. Hosted by ATCQ’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelly, the event brought together some of BIG’s close friends and associates — author dream hampton, The Source journalist Matty C, childhood friend/DJ Hubert Sam and neighbor/jazz musician Donald Harrison Jr. — to share their favorite memories of Christopher Wallace. From tagging along to film classes at NYU to bugging Matty C for advance copies of other rappers’ LPs, best believe they had stories to tell.

Watch or listen to the entire panel below. RIP BIG.

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With the recent passing of his father, Lonnie “Pops” Lynn, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been listening to Common’s “Pops Rap III… All My Children” all week. It seems fitting then that Complex‘s latest Magnum Opus episode spotlights one of the many gems on Like Water For Chocolate — the beautiful, career-defining “The Light,” produced by another soul who is sadly no longer with us, J Dilla.

In the video, Common remembers first hearing the beat, writing his rhymes while Dilla went to the strip club and how the song helped him “find that pure place within me.” We also get to hear from Erykah Badu, Common’s girlfriend at the time and the inspiration behind the song, Bobby Caldwell, whose 1980 track “Open Your Eyes” was sampled by Dilla, and Plex’s own Noah Callahan-Bever.

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