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A$AP Rocky’s home was targeted by armed robbers in a $1.5 million burglary last night, according to TMZ.

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(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) attends an evening of "Making The Ordinary Extraordinary" hosted by The Shawn Carter Foundation at Pier 54 on September 29, 2011 in New York City.
 

The Shawn Carter Foundation, founded by Jay Z’s mom Gloria, and eBay for Charity have come together to help underprivileged youth pay for college educations. The eBay for Charity auctions campaign launched earlier today (May 15th) and will run through May 24th. All of the proceeds from the auctions will go towards benefiting the Shawn Carter Foundation’s educational programs and scholarship fund.

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For the first episode of Food Grails, my new show with the good folks at First We Feast, we went out to South L.A., Compton, Watts and Leimert Park to meet the new wave of hood entrepreneurs. Many are former hustlers or gang members who are now making their own Americanized version of the Mexican food that everyone in L.A. grows up on. These guys are social media stars and favorites of the local hip-hop artists (like Jay 305 and Casey Veggies) that relate to their struggle.

Watch the season premiere above and check back for new episodes dropping every Wednesday at 11am ET.

Related: Miss Info Hosts New Web Series For Complex & First We Feast: ‘Food Grails’ (Trailer)

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Last night, VICELAND premiered the first episode of The Therapist, a new series in which Dr. Siri Sat Sam Singh sits down with various artists to “discover what lies beneath their public personas.” First on the hot seat is Freddie Gibbs, who opens up about the sexual assault trial (in which he was eventually acquitted) that almost cost him 10 years of his life.

Not only was the experience of being surrounded by Nazi inmates and racist C.O.s in a foreign jail traumatizing, the trial has left Gibbs’ with a stain on his name and second thoughts about his rap career. “I’m still not sure if I want to do this anymore,” he admits. “I don’t even think I’ve been in the booth since I’ve been back.”

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Chance The Rapper and Donald Glover find themselves among esteemed company on TIME‘s 100 Most Influential People of 2017 list.

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Sad news this afternoon: TMZ reports that Charlie Murphy has died at the age of 57 after losing his battle with leukemia. Murphy died in an NYC hospital where he was receiving chemo treatment, according to his manager.

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Jay Z x A2
 

Jay Z has long since cut his ties with Cristal, but he’s still popping bottles and sipping champagne; enter Armand de Brignac’s (BKA Ace of Spades) A2. The sequel to their regular size A1 bottles, is perfect for fine wine drinkers and ballers alike. Not only does the bottle come in a bigger size it comes with a bigger price tag. While the A1 retails for around $750, the A2 will cost nearly a grand at $850. In addition to more volume and price, the A2 bottles are also numbered as a result of demand from collectors.

Only 2,333 bottles of A2 are being released onto the market. Hov acquired Armand de Brignac back in 2014.

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Big Sean has repped Detroit since day one, and his hometown pride has finally been repaid. Yesterday, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper was awarded with the key to the city of Detroit by Mayor Mike Duggan.

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For Civil TV’s latest installment of ‘Welcome To My Neighborhood,’ the crew heads to Brooklyn to link up with Taxstone mentee Casanova in his old stomping grounds. The min-doc finds the “Don’t Run” rapper detailing his transition from robber to rapper, the “new” New York rap scene, Be Safe Tho the mixtape and more.

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In a recent interview with SLAM, Romeo Miller half-jokingly alluded to the idea that if he was as tall as Master P, he’d be dropping triple-doubles in the NBA instead of music. The rapper-turned-actor goes on to tell the magazine: “If I was in my dad’s body, 6-4, I’d be the LeBron of this day.”

During his sophomore season in high school, Miller beat out James Harden in a three-point contest, racked up some impressive stats, lead his team to a pair of AAU national titles and committed to University of Southern California.

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