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joey badass gives back to high school

‘Tis the season of giving, and Joey Bada$$ gave back to his old high school in a big way. After his collaboration with the J Dilla Foundation and Akomplice Clothing, which included unreleased music and a line of tees and crewnecks, raised over $10,000, the Pro Era rapper donated 100% of the profits to provide music production equipment to his alma mater, Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn. Akomplice caught Joey’s charitable return on camera, where he spent time with students and enjoyed a performance from the school band. Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.

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j cole fans house

Beyoncé’s surprise album may have rewritten a few rules in the music industry, but J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive campaign is affecting the people who really matter: the fans. Not only has he sent out an open invitation to his childhood home in Fayetteville, NC for the exclusive listening session at the end of the month, but Cole decided to surprise one fan at her house in Dallas last night to play her his new album.

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uber spotify

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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rihanna-eminem

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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common

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.

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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?
Zach: BECAUSE YOU LIVE IN YOUR WIFE’S SHADOW!

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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