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As the hip-hop world looks back at Jay-Z’s debut albumReasonable Doubt, — and the lasting impact it has on rap music, some of the project’s key architects have spoken about the seminal project.

Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Roc-A-Fella co-founder, might have been known as the silent partner, but he was one of the most integral in getting the project out to the masses. Watch him and some other keys players reminisce on how 3 guys from the street created Roc-A-Fella Records, then produced one of the most impact hip-hop albums of the 90s.

“Making that album, it was just the here and now. We knew we were making a great piece of work… but we didn’t know that album was going to have the impact that it did. And it was going to branch out the way it did and be the beginning of something that was going to make history,” Biggs says about the project.

There’s also a full documentary, which you can watch on Tidal here.

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DJ Khaled’s ninth studio album Major Key is set to arrive later this summer. The CEO/DJ/producer appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night for an interview where he discussed becoming a father, potentially Snapchatting his son’s birth, President Obama, and the new album while Kimmel unveiled its artwork.

Lead by the single “For Free” featuring Drake, Major Key features appearances by Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross, Bryson Tiller, Big Sean, Wale, and the duo of Jay Z and Future on “I Got The Keys.”

The album will be available for pre-order Sunday, Jun 26 after the 2016 BET Awards.

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Compton’s YG is one tough cookie to crack, but the Vice is always up for a good challenge. For someone who recently survived a near fatal shooting, and a slew of his homies turning against him, the Cali rapper definitely has a few issues to work out in his life. Watch on as he undergoes his very first therapy session with a very, very patient doctor.

You can stream YG’s Still Brazy album here.

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With this year’s class now revealed, XXL will slowly roll out various freestyles and profiles on the final ten artists that appear on their annual Freshman cover.

After Kodak Black, we stay in Florida as upcoming rapper Denzel Curry drops some bars while repping the Miami Hurricanes.

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Questlove and Anthony Bourdain held a highly engaging conversation to celebrate the release of the Roots drummer’s new foodie book at Urban Outfitters in New York City. Before a live audience, the culinary connoisseurs touched on everything from how Instagram has changed restaurant culture to which flavor of Captain Crunch is the best.

Questlove’s new book Something To Food About explores the minds of famous chefs and fuels their creativity.

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There’s obviously been a lot going on in Vic Mensa’s life since INNANETAPE dropped, and he’s been an even busier man on the press run for his new EP this month. Last week the Chicago MC stopped by L.A.’s Real 92.3, where he talked to Letty Martinez and DJ Damage about what made him choose Roc Nation over G.O.O.D. Music, his experience writing for Kanye West and why he isn’t feeling most of the music that’s out right now (“it’s just xans, lean, dope, bad bitches. It’s not exciting, it doesn’t make me think about anything”).

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Rap radio gawds Stretch & Bobbito recently shot over to Brooklyn for some podcast time with The Combat Jack Show. As their comprehensive documentary continues to receive rave reviews, the duo let some more stories fly about their days as the go-to-guys for breaking New York City rappers on Columbia University’s radio station.

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desiigner

There’s no doubt that Desiigner is enjoying every minute of his newfound fame in the rap game. His latest outing at Summer Jam was quite the spectacle as the young Brooklyn rapper went ballistic on the stage. However, there’s still a ton of fans with a lot of questions about him and his “Panda” movement.

In a recent interview with Rob Markman/GENIUS, Desiigner gave his most revealing interview to date — where he explains exactly how he took flight in music. You probably didn’t know that he was shot at age 14-years old.

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After answering our prayers and giving the world an update on Frank Ocean earlier this week, the Based God turned his omnipotent powers to the NBA last night as blessed ESPN’s SportsNation with his presence.

Lil B’s enduring curse has already knocked Kevin Durant and James Harden out of this year’s playoffs (and for many to come, no doubt), but SportsNation wanted to know who else is on the Based God’s hit list? Despite coming off their worst season in history, the Based God showed no mercy to the Lakers by officially cursing their future floor general-slash-bro-code-breaker D’Angelo Russell live on air.

Rubbing salt in Lakers fans’ wounds, Lil B went on to call the Clippers a “great organization” and prophesied that “next year things will shapen up” for CP3 and co.

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Jim Jones can emotional and down right volatile at times. But even when he lets his emotions get the best of him, Capo’s heart is always in the right place. If you’re a friend or family, Jimmy will ride with you to the end — although their might be rough patches along the way. In any light, Dipset’s very own remains as one of our favorite people in rap.

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