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Will & Jeff
 

Yesterday, DJ Jazzy Jeff took to Twitter to reveal that he is joining Will Smith on stage this summer for a pair of European festival dates. The first show will take place on August 26th during the Summerblast Festival’ in Croatia, while the other has been confirmed for August 27 at ‘Livewire Festival’ in the UK.

The last time the legendary hip-hop duo shared a stage together was last year’s ‘Roots Picnic’.

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With the trilogy already dubbed a cult classic, Ice Cube & DJ Pooh’s Friday franchise is set for another chapter. Confirmed by seasoned actor and famed comedian John Witherspoon, who plays the role of Willie Jones, the film is currently in the preliminary stages.

John also informed fans that a new guy at Warner Bros. is the person to hank for helping the next sequel gain traction this month. Hopefully, more information about the 4th installment of the highly anticipated movie series will be revealed soon.

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Of all the rap reunions that have taken place over the last few years, I definitely didn’t see this one happening — but I’m not mad! Almost two decades after The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show went off the air, Stretch and Bobbito are making their comeback in 2017 with a new podcast on NPR.

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Bump J back! After serving seven years in federal prison for bank robbery, Terrence “Bump J” Boykins is finally a free man. The rapper was released from FCI Elkton in Lisbon, Ohio at 7am this morning and was heading back to his hometown of Chicago.

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Just Blaze and Swizz Beatz’s epic beat battle earlier this year sparked all kinds of debates (and even more beat battles). The two names that kept cropping up in the conversation were Timbaland and Pharrell — and it looks like our prayers might have been answered.

Last night, Just Blaze took to Twitter to announce that both Timbo and Skateboard P are on board for a beat battle. After all, the pair are currently working together with Justin Timberlake.

Now let’s pray they can make this happen.

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Tupac was officially inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last Friday (April 7), becoming only the sixth hip-hop act to achieve such recognition. Snoop Dogg had the honor of inducting his friend, collaborator and former label mate into the Hall of Fame, giving a powerful and personal speech during the ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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Big Sean has repped Detroit since day one, and his hometown pride has finally been repaid. Yesterday, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper was awarded with the key to the city of Detroit by Mayor Mike Duggan.

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No Refuge
 

Electronic duo PARISI enlist RZA of Wu-Tang Clan for their politically charged release “No Refuge.” Addressing the global refugee crisis all sales made from the good natured collaboration will to donated to the the United Nations Refugee Agency.

Show your support and purchase your copy “No Refuge” via iTunes here.

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DJ Premier versus Pete Rock isn’t the only beat battle Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze have inspired. Yesterday, Swizzy announced that both Southside and Lex Luger, and Funkmaster Flex and DJ Clue, will face off in their own heavyweight bouts.

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Dave East Islam
 

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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