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Desiigner is off the hook after being cleared of all charges in his September drugs and weapons arrest, according to Billboard.

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From social media to last weekend’s Hillary Clinton rally, Chance The Rapper has been one of the leading voices in hip-hop this year urging people to go out and vote. But he’s isn’t all talk. Last night, Chance threw a free “Parade to the Polls” concert in his hometown of Chicago. After wrapping up his set, Chance literally marched thousands of fans to an early voting site to cast their ballot. According to Cook County officials, more than 284,000 people voted early, smashing the record set in 2008.

Who says conscious rap is dead?

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Barack Obama has just a few weeks left in office, but he’s absolutely, 100 percent going out as the coolest President of all time (in case that wasn’t already clear). Last night, Obama hosted his final White House state dinner in honor of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, but there were two unlikely names on the guest list: Frank Ocean and Chance The Rapper. Both guys arrived looking suited and booted as they brought along their parents, Katonya Breaux and Ken Bennett (who, of course, used to work for Obama). Frank even rocked a pair of checkered Vans.

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After an almost decade-long hiatus, Chris Rock is making his return to stand-up next year in a record-breaking deal with Netflix.

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There’s terrible news trickling in about Martin star Tommy Ford. The actor is currently in an Atlanta hospital on life support after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen this past weekend — his wife told TMZ.

Update: We are sad to report Tommy Ford has passed away at age 52. His family decided to remove Ford from life support.

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It looks like Chris Brown will catch a break in his on-going “Gun case.” New reports state the District Attorney in C.A. has not found enough evidence to continue on with the investigation. With no real proof to back up Baylee Curran’s claim that the Grammy Award winning vocalist threatened her with a gun, law enforcement insiders believe the case will soon come to a close.

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Freddie Gibbs has been found not guilty in the sexual assault case that has kept him detained in Europe since June. The announcement was made by Gibbs’ manager, who wrote on Instagram, “Freddie has been acquitted of the false accusations. He’s coming home a free man.” Gibbs has since arrived back home to his fiancée and infant daughter.

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With the Presidential election (or collapse of modern society, depending on your outlook) fast approaching, Zach Galifianakis decided to revive his Between Two Ferns series for a special episode starring Hillary Clinton. In another hilariously awkward interview, Zach quizzes Clinton about Trump, Obama and potentially becoming “the first white President” for today’s younger generation. There are also comical jabs about Hillary’s email scandal and pantsuit, along with a commercial break from Mr. Make America Great Again. “I really regret doing this,” she says.

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Kodak Black’s legal troubles have taken yet another turn — but not for the good.

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French Montana first made the announcement via Instagram, but now Max B‘s team has confirmed that the incarcerated rapper has received a reduced prison sentence. According to a press release, Max could be home in two years after a number of charges were dropped in his case.

Max reportedly accepted a new plea deal.

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