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J. Cole recently sat down with Sway to shoot a 30-minute special of RapFix dedicated to the five-year anniversary of The Warm Up, which is set to air tonight at 7:30pm EST on MTV Jams. But the Roc Nation MC also decided to look back on his breakthrough mixtape by writing an open letter on his Dreamvillain blog.

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From Virginia Beach band geek to global pop culture icon, it’s been a hell of a ride for Pharrell Williams. Having enjoyed arguably the best two years of his career recently, the rapper/singer/producer/fashion designer (you know the rest) returned home over the weekend, where he was honored with the Key to the City of Virginia Beach, as well as a state proclamation to make June 7 Pharrell Williams Day in the state of Virginia.

Taking the podium at his alma mater, Princess Anne High School, Skateboard P paid tribute to his old teachers, particularly his music teacher Alan Sharps, for supporting and believing in him. He also announced From One Hand To AnOTHER’s partnership with Everfi, which will provide digital learning opportunities for students taking part in FOHTA’s Summer Innovation Camp.

Watch Pharrell’s presentation below…



Respected as one of today’s premier MCs, Lupe Fiasco stopped by Sway in the Morning to display his lyrical ability. Impromptu and off the top, the Chicago MC delivers an entertaining freestyle performance for 4-minutes straight. So impressive both Sway and Hit-Boy were left near speechless. Fiasco’s new single “Mission” is out now, support at

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The biggest Hip-hop and R&B concert touched down in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday night. HOT 97 returned with their 21st annual Summer Jam concert featuring today’s biggest stars, up and coming future stars, plenty of surprises, a long-awaited reunion, and much more.

50 Cent, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Wayne, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, The LOX, The Roots, Trey Songz, Jeezy, and more rocked 50,000 music lovers at MetLife Stadium with another memorable show.

Full photo gallery from HOT 97 Summer Jam 2014 click here

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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.”

Read a statement from Koru found Kristen Hamilton below…



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” *

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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.

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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