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Fabolous was the undisputed king of HOT 97 Summer Jam 2015 on Sunday night. The Brooklyn MC did a set paying homage to classic records from the ’90s, bringing out such artists like Black Rob, Busta Rhymes, Remy Ma, Fat Joe, Method Man, Redman, Raekwon, Mobb Deep, Lil’ Kim, The LOX and Ma$e. For those that missed the historic moment, ‘Loso puts together a 19-minute recap of the memorable night.

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After performing at HOT 97 Summer Jam in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday night, Kendrick Lamar stayed in the Garden State for a special visit on Monday. The TDE rapper stopped by High Tech High School in North Bergen, NJ, to visit an English class taught by Brian Mooney.

In the class, Mooney uses Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly LP to teach his freshman class. Along with a spoken word session, Lamar signed student’s artwork and took selfies before closing out by performing the song “Alright.” “When I talk to kids, I’m really listening,” Lamar said to the students. “When I do that, we have a little bit of a bigger connection than me being Kendrick Lamar and you being a student. It’s almost like we’re friends. Because a friend listens.”

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Without realizing, music can lift your spirits when you’re having a bad day and change your mood completely with one song or the listen to one album. At the same time, it can trigger emotions you may be repressing and make you even more emotional. Whatever the case is, one Kendrick Lamar fan was rehabilitated from depression thanks to his music and she always wanted the opportunity to thank him.

And she got that this past weekend at the Sweetlife Festival in Maryland.

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Monday (May 11) was a a big day for the Kendrick Lamar. While Kanye was in the Chi receiving his honorary doctorate from the School of Art Institute of Chicago, California State Senator Isadore Hall of the 35th District awarded Kendrick Lamar with the 35th Generational Icon Award. K. Dot was recognized for his countless efforts and donations to the Compton Unified School District and other non-profit organizations in his community.

“It’s definitely an honor to be right here in front of you guys,” said Kendrick. “Being from the city of Compton and knowing the parks that I played at and neighborhoods, I always thought how great the opportunity would be to give back to my community.”

While most rappers would have made this a big media spectacle, Kendrick quietly and humbly accepted his award — and called it a day.

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Can’t find the perfect card for Mother’s Day? Don’t worry — Killa Cam and Mom Dukes have you covered for the low.

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The legendary Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito have announced that they will be releasing retro cassette tapes of their ’90s radio show via Fat Beats. This is all in effort to help fund their upcoming documentary Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives. In case you need a hip-hop history lesson, Stretch & Bob were some of their first DJs to play acts like Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep and Nas on the radio through their spot on WKRC.

Stretch and Bobbito archive shows available on cassette tapes coming soon! In production now. Distributed by Fat Beats. Proceeds will help fund the upcoming STRETCH AND BOBBITO: RADIO THAT CHANGED LIVES film release this summer.

Stay up to date with the upcoming release on their official site.

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Wednesday marked the 23-year anniversary of the Los Angeles riots in 1992. As the world’s attention is on America, specifically Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, Game pens a guest column for Billboard. As many in Baltimore began to riot on Monday, April 27 following protests, the L.A. rapper gathers his thoughts, foregoing getting his point across via social media.

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He may have just dropped The Album About Nothing, but Wale had a lot to say to the kids of Baltimore today. In the wake of Freddie Grey’s death and the ensuing protests, the DMV native joined Rev. Jamal Bryant at Fredrick Douglas High School this morning to speak to students about his own experiences with police harassment, while stressing the importance of self-belief and community.

“We need our community leaders to come step forward and we need these kids to understand that somebody believes in them,” Wale said. “I believe in them, Jamal believes in them and there’s a lot of people in this community that believe in these kids.”

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With his new album To Pimp a Butterfly recently hitting gold status, Kendrick Lamar stepped out to take in the L.A. Dodgers-San Francisco Giants matchup on Monday night. Before the players hit the field at Dodgers Stadium, Lamar had the honor of throwing out the first pitch.

A much better result compared to the likes of 50 Cent, watch the moment below.

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Back in February Earth’s entire population rejoiced when Missy Elliott tweeted a picture of her and Pharrell in the studio together. And during last night’s appearance on The Tonight Show, which included a glitzy throwback performance with Jimmy Fallon, Pharrell confirmed that he is indeed working on Miss E’s new album (which will more than likely feature Timbaland, too).

Watch Pharrell’s interview on Fallon below…

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