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As if Uber haven’t already beaten taxicabs at their own game, they’ll soon be bringing an end to the age-old backseat request, “can you please change the station?”

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Over 80,000 spectators gathered at The National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night for The Concert For Valor. A celebration and tribute to Veterans Day, some of today’s biggest stars came together for a special three-hour concert present by HBO. Artists such as Jennifer Hudson, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Jessie J, Carrie Underwood, and more rocked the event which was also streamed live on Ustream.

Closing the night was Rihanna and Eminem, who each delivered a 20-minute set of some of their biggest hits, including their latest No. 1-hit collaboration “The Monster.” Re-live the show below.

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Recently, Common appeared at the White House to perform “This War We Fight,” a poem written for this year’s Veteran’s Day celebration. With the U.S. holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces arriving today, the Chicago MC returns, bringing the spoken-word piece to life through a visual. Watch below as Common’s Nobody’s Smiliing LP is available now on iTunes.

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lil b boston lecture

Two years after he famously captivated NYU with his musings on Mitt Romney, ant colonies and “golden million dollar babies,” Lil B is ready to deliver another life-changing lecture. According to his latest tweet, the Based God will be speaking at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on November 21. As one Reddit user and MIT student points out, the lecture might even be classed as a public event and will therefore be free to get in. I mean, judging by his musical output, it’s not like you’d expect Lil B to charge for his services.

Related: Lil B NYU Lecture: Self-Love, Humans vs. Animals, Capitalism & More

Kanye West, Madonna, Riccardo Tisci

Cultural figures in music, art, fashion, philanthropy made their way to the 11th annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball in NYC on Thursday night. Held at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Keep a Child Alive co-founder and event host Alicia Keys lead this year’s gala, sharing the stage with rock legend David Byrne. Keys, who is expecting her second child in December, was glowing during black carpet arrivals with husband Swizz Beatz, as they held their baby bump for the cameras.

Other big names who attended the event included Madonna, Kanye West, Diddy, Aretha Franklin, Clive Davis, Russell Simmons, Gayle King, Estelle, Marina Abramovic, and more. Nas was another artist who entertained the crowd with a performance, including the song “N.Y. State of Mind” with Keys, plus rapper Angel Haze. Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci was honored for his anti-discriminatory efforts by the non-profit organization that provides treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.

Check out photos from this year’s gala below.

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dr dre jimmy iovine college

From founding the now Apple-owned Beats Electronics to developing superstars like Eminem and 50 Cent, it’s fair to say Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have made a lot of money together. But last year, the powerhouse pair gave back with a $70 million donation to the University of Southern California to launch a four-year bachelor’s degree on the ever-changing music industry.

With the inaugural class halfway through its first semester, one student reached out to HYPETRAK to provide some first-hand insight into the unique and forward-thinking program, officially known as the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for the Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.

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Brad Pitt Between Two Ferns

Thank you, Universe! Even if this day turns out monumentally shxtty (it probably won’t, we’ll be checking out a nice PartyNextDoor show and Timbaland is launching his Epic label as well), at least I can be thankful for this gift…A new episode of Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns, with host Zach Galifianakis! And special guest Brad Pitt…or as Zach calls him Bradley Pitts.

Zach: Is it hard to maintain a sun tan?
Brad: Huh? Why?

Oh, it’s so so good. So damn good. And there’s even a surprise interlude with Louis C.K. (Mikey…did you hear me? LOUIE!)

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hip hop depression

Between a college professor’s English course on good kid, m.A.A.d city to 9th Wonder’s “Hip-Hop in Context” class at N.C. Central University, hip-hop has been introduced into the curriculum in many ways over the years. The latest — and perhaps most interesting — comes via England’s prestigious Cambridge University, whose department of psychiatry has launched a “social venture” to promote hip-hop as a treatment for various mental health problems.

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Kendrick Lamar

A crowd of 20,000 youth and volunteers packed into Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Thursday afternoon for We Day 2014, an annual youth empowerment event aimed to motivate young people to get involved in social change. Organized by the Free the Children charity, the 7th annual day of celebration and learning featured appearances from Nelly Furtado, Big Sean, Joe Jonas, Katie Couric, Kardinal Offishall, Hedley’s Jacob Hoggard, and plenty more global leaders, social activists, and entertainers.

The event also featured a surprise appearance from Kendrick Lamar, who performed his new inspirational song “i” for the first-time live. A song fitting for the overall theme of We Day, watch the moment below and learn more about the non-profit organization here.

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Following a rather unfortunate misunderstanding involving two handicapped fans at a show during his Australian tour earlier this month, Kanye West has found himself at the center of a new controversy dubbed “wheelchairgate.” There’s been plenty of media debate and angry wheelchair activists (here’s one disabled writer who slammed Kanye over the incident), which prompted Ye to give a lengthy and, at times, vulnerable speech during a recent concert. But now, Mike Dean, Kanye’s long-time engineer and producer, passed us this heartfelt letter from a handicapped rapper in support of Mr. West.

Read the letter below…


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