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The 2017 MTV VMAs belong to Kendrick Lamar. Not only did Kung Fu Kenny open the show with a blazing set, the Compton rapper took home the most awards. Lamar, who was nominated for 8 VMAs, walked away with six victories including “Video of the Year” for “HUMBLE.” The TDE MC also won “Best Hip-Hop Video” and “Best Cinematography” for “HUMBLE.” Ed Sheeran got a moonman for “Artist of the Year,” the first time male and female musicians went head-to-head in that category. Khalid won “Best New Artist,” while Lil’ Uzi Vert’s “XO TOUR Llif3″ got him “Song of the Summer.”

Other winners on Sunday night included Kanye West and Teyana Taylor (Best Choreography), Gucci Mane (Best Pop) and Young Thug (Best Editing). P!nk accepted the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, while the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer declared all six nominees for “Best Fight Against the System” winners in an emotional moment.

Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Travi$ Scott, KYLE, Logic with Alessia Cara and Khalid all performed at the 2017 VMAs hosted by Katy Perry. Check out red carpet photos here and see the full winners list below.

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Petition Calls For Missy Elliott Statue To Replace Confederate Monument
 

Nathan Coflin is the latest hero in the war against racism. The Virginia native recently started a petition proposing a statue of Missy Elliott would replace a Confederate monument. Originally highlighted by the Washington Post, the petition already has nearly 30K signatures and hopes to find the Misdemeanor monument positioned in her hometown of Portsmouth.

“Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it. Let us come together in getting City Council to erect this statue in honor of Missy Elliott and all those in the great City of Portsmouth who work it each and every day.”

Sign and keep up with the progress of the petition at change.org.

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In recent years, adidas has become known for standing beside some of Hip-Hop’s young rising stars in various campaigns and collaborations. The sport and lifestyle brand return with their latest viral campaign, ORIGINAL is never finished 3. Remaking Frank Sinatra’s iconic “My Way,” the new commercial stars NBA superstar James Harden, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Playboi Carti and Kendall Jenner.

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Shea Serrano’s The Rap Year Book is one of the best hip-hop books around, up there with ego trip’s Book of Rap Lists and Dan Charnas’ The Big Payback. For those who have yet to experience the joys of Shea debating and deconstructing the most important rap song from every year since 1979 (in which case, you’re fucking up as a hip-hop fan), then you’ll want to tune in to this.

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’90s rap radio heroes Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia are back like they never with a new podcast on NPR. Unlike their legendary show on WKCR, What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito isn’t about breaking future rap stars or even necessarily about hip-hop; instead, Stretch and Bob will be weighing in on art, music, sports and politics while interviewing cultural influencers.

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Tributes have been pouring in since Prodigy’s tragic death a little over two weeks ago, and it was only a matter of time before New York’s graffiti writers got to work. On Thursday (July 6), Jeff Henriquez and Eli Lazare joined forces to create a mural of P on the side of a building opposite Queensbridge Houses (where else?). The mural is based one of the most iconic photos of Prodigy and features incredible detail, right down to his tattoos — not too dissimilar from the vivid pictures P painted in his rhymes.

“His deep and meaningful lyrics inspired and influenced many young rappers and followers,” Henriquez and Lazare told DNA Info of their tribute. The pair are also helping to plan a candlelight vigil for the site on Thursday, July 13.

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JAY-Z’s new album 4:44 is out now, available exclusively on TIDAL and Sprint before arriving to other streaming services this Friday (Jul. 7). Physical copies of the Brooklyn MC’s 13th studio LP are also expected to hit stores on the same day. On Monday (Jul. 3), JAY-Z released Episode 1 of Footnotes For The Story Of O.J in support of the new album.

The 8-minute clip features commentary from JAY-Z, Will Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Rock, CNN’s Van Jones, Trevor Noah, Mahershala Ali, Michael B. Jordan, and more discussing race relations and social injustice across the nation. The clip ends with a teaser of the upcoming “4:44″ music video, set to premiere on Friday at 4:44 p.m. EST.

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Sonny Digital To Start Producers Union
 

Earlier this week, Sonny Digital took to social media to vent about producers, songwriters, engineer’s and other behind the scenes creatives not getting proper recognition. In efforts to provide an immediate solution, the multi-platinum sound architect is going to start a producers union.

Watch the talented multi-artist voice his frustrations after the jump.

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Last year’s reports of a new album and tour with Quasimoto, aka Madlib’s rapping alter-ego, may have been a prank, but Eric B. and Rakim are reuniting this summer for real (just the two of them, of course).

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Jay Z was set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York City on Thursday night (Jun. 15). The Roc Nation mogul is making history, becoming the first rapper ever to be inducted, joining follow 2017 nominees Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, James Pankow, Peter Cetera, Chicago and Max Martin. Sadly, the Brooklyn MC was not able to make the ceremony due to his wife Beyoncé expecting to give birth to twins at any moment. In a classic moment, Hov took to Twitter to thank a list of fellow rappers that have inspired him over two decades in music.

Legends like The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Mobb Deep, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Grandmaster Caz were mentioned, along with current stars like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Rick Ross, and Kid Cudi were named dropped. Jay even shined the light on the young generation, shouting out artists like Chance the Rapper, Travi$ Scott, Quavo of the Migos, Playboi Carti and Detroit up-and-comer Tee Grizzley.

Ending his rare interaction on social media, Jay Z tweeted a video of former U.S. President Barack Obama, who inducted the icon into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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