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20 years ago today The Notorious B.I.G. released one of hip-hop’s most celebrated albums to date. Even with the grisly title, fans from all over the world flocked to Ready to Die. Biggie’s lyrics on this LP made you feel you like were standing right next to B.I.G. on St. James, slangin’ crills.

In his honor, DJ Mister Cee and Funk Flex put together an incredible mix of B.I.G. classics, rare songs, interviews, mixtape cuts and more. All day we’ll be celebrating the life of the true King of New York.

Listen to the mix below and check out HOT97’s Biggie tribute video below…

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Pharrell may have condemned his In My Mind phase as having “no purpose,” but we’re sure nobody would mind seeing him revisit his N*E*R*D days — and that might just be a reality. According to Mass Appeal, both Pharrell and Shay Haley hinted at new N*E*R*D music during P’s performance at the iTunes Festival in London last night.

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Bad Boy’s reign at the top may have been short like a leprechaun, but there’s no denying the impact Puff Daddy and the Family had during the mid-late ’90s. With Biggie’s Ready to Die celebrating its 20th birthday this week, GQ have compiled an oral history of Bad Boy Entertainment, speaking to many of the key players involved in the label’s rise from street rap staples to shiny suit-rocking radio killas.

With input from Bad Boy artists and producers such as Ma$e, Jadakiss and Easy Mo Bee, as well as industry figures like Russell Simmons, Andre Harrell and Jessica Rosenblum — and not forgetting Sean Combs himself — the piece provides a comprehensive history lesson on the label’s early success, Puffy’s unparalleled (yet sometimes insufferable) hustle, and life after BIG for the notorious label.

Check out an excerpt below…

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Atlanta has some serious history in hip-hop. While most 90′ rap accolades usually go to the West and East Coast, the state of Georgia has been supporting the culture since the beginning. Granted it took some time for ATL to find its true voice, but when it did, nothing was the same.

From Kilo Ali to Outkast, the South has been curating local talent since before any record exec would even fly out to Atlanta for a meeting. Jermaine Dupri says even when So So Def blew up, he would still have to pay for MTV’s travel expenses to get some press coverage. On VH1’s ATL: The Untold Story Of Atlanta’s Rise In The Rap Game, the world gets a serious history lesson on Georgia’s impact on hip-hop and pop culture.

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Ready to Die, the seminal debut LP from The Notorious B.I.G., becomes the latest rap album to turn 20 later this month. To celebrate, The Bishop gallery in Brooklyn is hosting an art exhibition called “The Only Christopher We Acknowledge Is Wallace,” curated by DJ Clark Kent. Of course, Clark Kent used to work with BIG and introduced him to Jay-Z back in ’96, so he’s the perfect man for the job.

The exhibition takes place on September 20 at 916 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn.

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The 2013 BET Awards

Celebs are just like us….in that, when it comes to personal relationships, we’re all a mess. Sure it’s easy to judge Ciara and Future on the unceremonious cancellation of their wedding engagement just 3 months after the birth of their son, Future Jr.. But it’s safe to say there’s been many a relationship ruined by the pressures of new parenthood (even though, technically, it’s not like this is new for Future). And…it’s also pretty often that exes reunite after the thrill of singledom wears off, or maybe you start thinking about your ex moving on without you.

In the case of Ciara and Future…TMZ reports (which likely means they were given a strategically placed tip by the couple’s reps) that the singer and sing-rapper are back together, living in the same house again, in an effort to do what’s best for Baby Future.

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Remember when Chance The Rapper told the world “Kanye likes Acid Rap“? It was a tweet that excited both Kanye’s fans and his own, but it turned out it was simply a case of wishful thinking on Chano’s part as he later admitted to GQ UK, “I have no idea what Kanye thinks of Acid Rap or even if he’s even ever heard of me — but what if he did? I tweeted it just to fuck with the world — but it’s fucked up the world because people started believing a little white lie.”

Well, more than a year later, Chance finally got to meet his idol at Jay Z’s Made In America Festival on Sunday, where they were both performing. Needless to say, he was pretty thrilled:

Anyone who knows me knows how big of a moment this was for me. I’ve been his biggest fan since 04 and I’m pretty sure I’m still his #1 fan. Thanks to J for hookin it up. Thanks to Gizmo for all the good luck yesterday. #IMetKanye

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Recently in NYC on a promo run introducing his new artist Royce Rizzy’s “Gah Damn” single, Jermaine Dupri spent some time with HOT 97’s own Juan Epstein. An in-depth 75-minute conversation, the legendary rapper/producer/entrepreneur spoke on his storied career which has spanned over two decades. Starting with the early days, Dupri spoke on his beginning as a break dancer, hitting the legendary Fresh Fest tour at a young age, the overnight success with Kris Kross’ 90s-hit “Jump,” discovering TLC before their first deal with LaFace Records, and fashion risks such as backwards clothing in the 90s.

The Grammy Award-winning producer would move further into the history of his So So Def label, discovering such acts like Da Brat, Jagged Edge, and Xscape. JD talks about his relationship with The Notorious B.I.G., love for battling as a DJ, creating “Money Ain’t a Thang” with Jay Z, and The Jacksons. Listen to the interview below and click here for Jermaine Dupri’s new single “Pull-Up” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Migos.

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MissInfo: When I get fed up by all the passive aggressive boasting on twitter, all the crap that gets wrapped up and presented like “creative” writing genius, and all the holier-than-thou post-racially-correct how-dare-you thinkpieces… I find a happy place with a song of anti-social, often ignorant, “aggressive content” (c) 50 Cent. For the past month or so, that song has been “(Bitch) U Guessed It” by Atlanta’s OG Maco. (Prior to that it was Stitches “Brick In Yo Face” which was totally terrible and embarrassing…and of course, young Bobby Shmurda.)

But right now…it’s all about OG Maco. This song sounds like a 2014 Mystikal on a syrup bender with a jumbo side order of demonic possession. Yet another voice out of what I’ve been calling ALT-lanta. Maco released an EP with Key! last month called and now there’s a video!

Watch OG Maco (with an appearance from his boy Rome Fortune) tear the telly up in “U Guessed It”…
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andre 3000 interview

Although he’s graced stages across the world on OutKast’s 20th anniversary reunion tour for the best part of the year, André 3000 has remained as reclusive as ever — until now. In a rare and revealing interview with New York Times’ Jon Caramanica, the legendary MC opens up about how the Jimi Hendrix biopic helped him out of his depression, that “horrible” Coachella performance and the advice he received from Prince afterwards, and being a “total dad” to his 16-year-old son, Seven.

Naturally, the conversation touches on the topic of new material, and while 3 Stacks sounds painfully reluctant to properly re-enter the rap game, he leaves us with a glimpse — just a glimpse — of hope: “The biggest thing about the tour is momentum. It’s helpful, because it makes me want to do music.”

Hit the jump for all the highlights of André 3000’s interview…

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