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Christmas is the season of giving, and not many rappers give back to their hometown like Meek Mill. Before we celebrated the arrival of 2014, the MMG rapper and his Dreamchasers crew surprised a young mens group home in South Philly with gifts including clothes, sneakers, books and the new Xbox One. As a guy who has successfully made it out the hood, Meek also gave an inspiring speech to the troubled youths.

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2 Chainz and his T.R.U. Foundation hosted their 4th annual Street Execs Christmas Concert at Atlanta’s Tabernacle on Monday night. During his performance, the rapper debuted a new song titled “Twerk Season.” As the song played, 2 Chainz handed out ribbon-covered bikes to people in the crowd.

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Known for spontaneous moments, Beyoncé turned into Santa Claus on Friday. Taking a break from her “Mrs. Carter World Tour,” the 32-year-old singer popped up in a Tewksbury, Massachusetts Wal-Mart. The impromptu trip surprised shoppers, who were shocked to see Beyoncé walking the aisles, and greeting fans.

Along with picking up toys and a copy of her new self-titled album, Queen Bey took over the shop’s P.A. system. “For everyone in the store right now, the first $50 of your holiday gifts are on me,” announced Beyoncé as star struck on-lookers cheered. In all, Bey gifted shoppers with a total of $37,500 in gift cards for 750 shoppers.

The surprise appearance comes just days after retailer Target announced they would not copies of Beyoncé’s now No. 1 album, after the singer decided to released her fifth solo album exclusively on iTunes.

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Jay Z closed out his show at Staples Center, Los Angeles with class last night. With the final song of the night, Hov dedicated a performance of “Young Forever” to the late Nelson Mandela, who sadly passed away last week. “We want to dedicate this song to Nelson Mandela… A great man… Spent 27 years in prison, came out to be President… All dreams are possible… So anybody out there that got a dream, y’all chase that motherf-cker down as hard as you can… Let that great man stand as an example of what you can do,” Jay told the crowd as a portrait of Mandela filled the giant screen behind him (via HHH).

More Nelson Mandela tributes after the jump: Alicia Keys and John Legend perform a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” in Australia, and Wyclef Jean performs an acoustic number…


paul walker

Over the weekend, the world mourned the tragic passing of actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash while attending a charity event in Valencia, California on Saturday afternoon. The 40-year-old Fast & Furious star was set to appear alongside RZA in the movie,Brick Mansions, early next year. Paying tribute to his co-star and close friend, the Wu-Tang member released “Destiny Bends,” a rough demo written by himself and his two sons, with Will Wells providing the soulful vocals.

R.I.P. Paul Walker.

Listen to “Destiny Bends” and read RZA’s message after the jump…



The holidays are here, and many got into the spirit by taking time to touch their local communities. In Atlanta, Jeezy threw on the apron and surprised those at the Atlanta Missions by helping feed over 200 homeless men. Up north in Detroit, Big Sean, comedian Mike Epps, and Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups hosted a turkey giveaway in association with the Sean Anderson Foundation. Families received turkey baskets and posed for pictures with the hometown celebrities including Big Sean and his mother Myra.

Meek Mill launched his first annual two-day “A Dreamchaser’s Thanksgiving” event in North Philadelphia on Tuesday. Up to 600 people received free turkeys, which benefits local organizations like Youth Working Together, Town Watch and Unity In the Community. Continuing their yearly tradition, Birdman and YMCMB began their 3000 turkey giveaway in Miami’s Little Haiti Soccer Park on Monday. DJ Khaled, Ace Hood, and Mack Maine all lent a helping hand to locals, appreciative of the gesture before Thanksgiving Day on Thursday.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ incredible year continued on Sunday night with two wins at the 2013 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Currently on tour, the rap duo took time before hitting the stage at Miami’s American Airlines Arena to accept their award for “Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album.” During his acceptance speech, Macklemore quoted the great Martin Luther King Jr. and spoke on racial profiling, inequality, and the fight against racism. The duo later returned to perform “Can’t Hold Us,” via satellite.

“And due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award, I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it.”

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(Step dancers from New York and Washington D.C. in formation at the Rick Owens Paris Fashion Week show)

As a designer, some of Rick Owens’ collections are just a few asymmetrical hemlines away from a Tatooine executioners convention. But his business acumen and creative focus is admirable…and what Rick Owens did this week at his Paris fashion show is incredible.
The show featured all female step dancers instead of traditional models. So instead of a sea of lily-white (with a rare fleck of brown, black and yellow) rib cages, there were bodies of color, and in a range of shapes and sizes. And instead of the usual dour-face, vacant stares, and stork-like prancing seen on all the other runways, these women were stomping, scowling, and signaling…unfazed by all the fancy pinched powerbrokers staring at them from the front row. And by the end of the show, both the designer, his models and many of the audience were in tears.

According to reports, Owens and his team sourced competitive step teams from the web: The Washington Divas, Momentum, and Zetas, all from Washington, D.C., and The Soul Steppers from New York.

Janille Hill, 30, who lives in Harlem, says her step dance group started working on the performance last May. But she didn’t quite believe it would happen until the plane ticket was in her hand. “It’s like, a designer in Paris who wants to do step?” she said, wiping tears from her cheeks.

Mr. Owens found them on Google. “I thought putting that on a Paris runway was just the sort of collision I love,” he said. (via Wall Street Journal)


More video and photos from the Rick Owens Paris Fashion Show…
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Juicy J Scholarship

It’s never a dull moment with Juicy J, is it? As if making you play a stripper game to stream his upcoming album wasn’t trippy enough, Taylor Gang’s most turnt up is now offering a $50k scholarship to “the best chick that can twerk.” Juicy has yet to announce the formal entry rules, but we’re guessing it’s open to every female not named Miley Cyrus (or Amber Rose for that matter).

New Music: Sean Paul Feat. Juicy J, Nicki Minaj & 2 Chainz “Entertainment (Remix)”
New Music: Juicy J Feat. Justin Timberlake “The Woods”
New Video: Juicy J “Yet”


If you’ve been watching these 2 Chainz vlogs, you’ve really gotten an inside look at what he’s thinking. In the second of his mini series, “Sacrificing My Life,” Tity Boi explains how he’s used the metaphor of basketball and translated it into his rap career, taking the opportunity of “coming off the bench” and “becoming a permanent starter” aka rap superstar, in his own right. He recalls a conversation he had with Kobe Bryant, about how he admired his work ethic, and even though he didn’t see him at the gym shooting freethrows, the results were proven on the court during game time.

He’s really taken that same mentality and used it to his advantage. And we’re about to witness it with the release of his sophomore album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time.

Watch the 2 Chainz mini series episode after the jump….


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