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Just days after 50 Cent made news with his erratic pitch, Chance the Rapper took to the mound at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field on Friday. The Windy City-native had the honor of throwing out the first pitch before yesterday’s matchup between the Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres.

What was the end result of Chance’s first pitch? Click below and watch.

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Cam’ron takes his skills to the basketball courts in Reebok’s new commercial, promoting their new Blacktop Retaliate sneaker. The Dipset heads to Manhattan’s popular West 4th courts, showing off his handles and smooth jumper in front of a bunch of spectators, including himself?

The new Reebok Blacktop Retaliate’s hit retailers this Saturday for $125. Watch the commercial below.

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Nas is teaming up with Seattle based company, Koru, to launch a new scholarship fund that will help college grads transition into the workforce. The QB rapper has reportedly invested $100,000 in the company for the Nas Scholarship Fund, and plans to personally interact & help Koru’s students. The scholarship will cover Koru’s tuition for 10 students in the first year. In written statement, he said:

“I’m inspired to support Koru participants because I know how hard it can be to carve out your path and purpose in life. It takes conviction, hard work and the right network. The young people going through Koru are gritty, book smart and street smart. The Koru program gives them an opportunity to put those smarts to work. I can’t wait to work directly with them and share what I’ve learned through my own life experiences.”

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Iggy Azalea has plenty to celebrate about. The biggest news, her first-ever No. 1 hit-song with her Charli XCX collaboration “Fancy.” The Aussie rapper earns top spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 this week, dethroning John Legend’s “All of Me,” which was No. 1 for three straight weeks. With her feature on Ariana Grande’s “Problem” rising to No. 2 on the charts, Azalea joins The Beatles as the only acts to have top two songs simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits.

Iggy also becomes the fourth solo female rapper to have a No. 1 hit song. She joints Lauryn Hill (“Doo Wop (That Thing)”), Lil’ Kim (on Christina Aguilera, Mya and P!nk “Lady Marmalade”), and Shawnna (on Ludacris’ “Stand Up”).

Number 1,” tweeted Iggy, as Charli XCX followed saying “Fancy is number 1. #DEAD.” The song appears on Azalea’s The New Classic debut album, out now.

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This month can’t possibly get better for Dr. Dre (unless, y’know, he drops Detox or something). Having just seen Apple snap up his Beats Electronics company for a cool $3.2 billion (around $250 million of which will go straight to his account, according to Forbes — so, unfortunately, Dre won’t be hitting that billion-dollar mark just yet), the legendary West Coast producer is set to be honored by the mayor of Compton with the key to the city.

According to TMZ, Compton mayor Aja Brown made the offer to Dre’s camp with intentions of commemorating his “entrepreneurial spirit.” In return, she’s hoping to get the Doctor involved in various performance arts and music programs in the city, which doesn’t sound like a bad deal at all.

* Cue Kendrick Lamar’s “Compton” *

Related:
Dr. Dre Is About to Become Hip-Hop’s First Billionaire
Eminem, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Star on the Cover of ‘XXL’
Throwback Video: Dr. Dre Congratulates Steve Jobs on the Launch of iTunes

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A Better Tomorrow indeed. After butting heads over the last few weeks, Raekwon and RZA have finally squashed their beef over the upcoming 20th anniversary Wu-Tang Clan album. “Raekwon scheduled to hit studio to complete verses for album,” read a statement on the Wu’s official site. This comes after Raekwon publicly criticized the project and announced that he was “on strike” from the group, to which RZA responded by giving him a 30-day ultimatum.

A Better Tomorrow is slated to release in July.

Related:
Raekwon Criticizes RZA, Says He Is “On Strike” From Wu-Tang Clan
RZA Gives Raekwon 30-Day Ultimatum Over Upcoming Wu-Tang Clan Album
Raekwon Unhappy with New Wu-Tang Album: “We Cannot Leave Everything In RZA’s Hand No More”

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A man of many titles, you can now add Dr. to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ résumé. On Saturday afternoon, the mogul-entrepreneur returned to his alma mater at Howard University to receive an honorary doctorate degree in humanities. The 44-year-old Harlem, New York-native delivered the 146th commencement address in Washington D.C. this weekend.

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Diddy has long been the front-runner in rap’s race to the billion-dollar mark; just last month, he topped the “Forbes Five: Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artist 2014” list with a cool $700 million fortune. But it looks like Dr. Dre (who came in second with $550 million) is about to beat him to the finish line.

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Eminem is invading London this summer. The Shady Records MC announces he will be performing a special concert at the famous Wembley Stadium on July 11. Along with special guests, the show will mark the first time a rapper has headlined a show at the venue. On Tuesday afternoon, the “Rap God” called into BBC Radio 1 to reveal the news with Zane Lowe, speak on preparing for the 90,000-plus stadium, performing on more a regular basis, finishing up Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf’s new albums, and the new battle rap show, Total Slaughter.

After the one-off show in London, Eminem will head back to the U.S. for “The Monster” tour with Rihanna. Tickets for the Wembley Stadium show go on sale this Friday, May 9 at 9 a.m.

UPDATE: After selling out, Eminem has added a second show on July 12. Check out the flyer below, as tickets can be purchased here.

UPDATE #2: Tyler, The Creator jumped on Emimem’s Instagram to announce that he and the rest of Odd Future will be opening for Em at Wembley.

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First starting in 2008, XXL Magazine has created a platform and caused many debates with their annual XXL Freshmen list. For the 2014 edition, XXL revealed the twelve artists who will grace the cover on BET’s 106 & Park. Covering all regions across the nation, it includes Chance the Rapper, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, August Alsina, Troy Ave, and more.

Artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Mac Miller, French Montana, YG, Future, Big Sean, Macklemore and more have graced the annual cover. Check out the full list below as an official mixtape hosted by DJ Drama, plus freestyles, interviews and more from each artist will impact online later this month.

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