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Without realizing, music can lift your spirits when you’re having a bad day and change your mood completely with one song or the listen to one album. At the same time, it can trigger emotions you may be repressing and make you even more emotional. Whatever the case is, one Kendrick Lamar fan was rehabilitated from depression thanks to his music and she always wanted the opportunity to thank him.

And she got that this past weekend at the Sweetlife Festival in Maryland.



Monday (May 11) was a a big day for the Kendrick Lamar. While Kanye was in the Chi receiving his honorary doctorate from the School of Art Institute of Chicago, California State Senator Isadore Hall of the 35th District awarded Kendrick Lamar with the 35th Generational Icon Award. K. Dot was recognized for his countless efforts and donations to the Compton Unified School District and other non-profit organizations in his community.

“It’s definitely an honor to be right here in front of you guys,” said Kendrick. “Being from the city of Compton and knowing the parks that I played at and neighborhoods, I always thought how great the opportunity would be to give back to my community.”

While most rappers would have made this a big media spectacle, Kendrick quietly and humbly accepted his award — and called it a day.

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Wednesday marked the 23-year anniversary of the Los Angeles riots in 1992. As the world’s attention is on America, specifically Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, Game pens a guest column for Billboard. As many in Baltimore began to riot on Monday, April 27 following protests, the L.A. rapper gathers his thoughts, foregoing getting his point across via social media.

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The situation in Baltimore, Maryland this week has been a powder keg, or a raisin in the sun. The tweet that floored me was from @Shugah, who quoted a very prophetic James Baldwin Esquire interview from 1968. (Read that for some head crack.) But back to Baltimore, 2015…the complex issues from Freddie Gray’s unexplained spinal injury, his death, the release of his unrelated police record, the days of peaceful protest, and then this week’s explosion of violence, looting, and vandalism…can not be summed up neatly or patched up with a meme. It has to be added to the growing list of issues and incidents that are festering around the country.
But…I just wanted to share an interview that CBS did with Toya Graham, the Baltimore mom who angrily pulled her 16-year-old son off the street when she spotted him throwing rocks at riot police.

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snoop dogg invests in weed delivery service

While Jay Z is busy trying to take over the music streaming industry, Snoop Dogg is plowing his rap dollars into something a little closer to heart. According to Quartz, Uncle Snoop’s Casa Verde Capital firm is one of several investors in a new weed delivery service named Eaze.

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President Obama is visiting Kingston, Jamaica this week (the first U.S. President to do so since Ronald Reagan) to participate in a summit of 15 Caribbean leaders. And as an enthusiastic Bob Marley fan, the Prez made an unannounced visit to his idol’s old home, which now houses the Bob Marley Museum.

All the good Kingston vibes got POTUS feeling irie enough to give his best opening statement ever…

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One day after giving fans one of the most memorable moments of the 57th annual Grammy Awards, Beyoncé digs deeper into the significance of her performance by giving her fans an inside look at the inspiration. Bey debuted an eight-minute mini-documentary where she narrates the story behind her Grammy performance of the gospel classic “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” during the Selma tribute. “First time I heard ‘Precious Lord’ I was a kid and my mother sang it to me, and my mother played me Mahalia Jackson’s version,” the 20-time Grammy Award-winner opened the behind-the-scenes clip with.

She sang the song with her eyes closed, and she was a vessel, and it was like God speaking using her body to speak and to heal,” says B recounting her experience as a child when she first heard the record. The music icon also broke down the importance of finding real men who have been through issues of racism, who also give their own personal accounts and experiences dealing with police, and more.

Beyonce also touched on her family’s history, specifically her grandparents, who marched with the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch the piece below.

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el p killer mike talk to kids

Proving that kids are in fact smarter than the U.S. government, El-P and Killer Mike sit down with a group of kids in a barbershop to talk about drug policies, female Presidents, the responsibilities of rappers and more of life’s pressing issues. Run The Jewels is for the children.

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kanye west martin luther king

Watching footage of Kanye Omari West in his formative years is always a blessing, not least because you can guarantee there’ll be flashes of the brash, fearless and endearing genius he grows up to be. In this clip from 1990, which was originally uploaded in 2012 but shared by Kim Kardashian on Twitter yesterday, a 12-year-old Yeezy takes to the podium in his middle school hall to recite a beautiful poem about Martin Luther King Jr. But not before announcing himself to the audience (“My name is Kanye West“) with the same confidence that has carried him all the way to the top of the totem pole. We can’t wait to see Nori do things like this when she’s older.

A man who fought for freedom/A man who fought for equality/Those who were against him/Were too blind to see/What this man was fighting for/So Blacks, Hispanics, Jews and Asians could put their foot in the door/Yes, we know that this man is great/That’s why today we celebrate/Everyone lifts their voice and sing/For a man who wanted freedom to ring/Martin Luther King is who I’m speaking of/A man whose name means love.

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