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18 years after its release, 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me has finally been certified Diamond by the RIAA. The legendary West Coast rapper’s fifth LP inched past the five million shipped units mark this week, but with it being a two-disc album, that figure gets doubled, earning the classic record another plaque. Yep, a fairly dubious rule, but who are we to strip ‘Pac of another historic achievement?

All Eyez On Me joins OutKast’s SpeakerBoxxx/The Love Below, Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show, MC Hammer’s Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em and Biggie’s Life After Death, as well as 2Pac’s Greatest Hits, as some of the other rap albums to sell over 10 million copies. And yes, as you can see, many of these are also double-disc releases.

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Complex TV‘s Magnum Opus is back for its second season, and it kicks off with a late ’90s classic. Diving into the shiny suit nostalgia of the Bad Boy era, this new episode revisits the making of Diddy and Ma$e’s 1997 hit, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down.” Puffy, Mason and the song’s producer Nashiem Myrick (of The Hitmen) recall their studio sessions — including the initial hesitation about sampling Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five — while Complex boss Noah Callahan-Bever and veteran A&R Dante Ross provide key context for younger rap fans.

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You don’t have to listen past The College Dropout‘s “Last Call” to understand the burning passion and unrivaled hustle that epitomizes Kanye West. But let’s take it back even further — before the Roc-A-Fella days, before Freshman Adjustment, before ghostproducing for D-Dot.

In this old clip that Complex just unearthed from the vaults, we get to see a 19-year-old Kanye performing at Fat Beats’ opening party in New York City, all the way back in ’96. After fluffing his first line, a fresh-faced Ye composes himself and spits a raw yet nonetheless dope verse.

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For unspecified reasons, the Internet Gods have decided to bless us on this fine Monday morning. Here’s rare footage of Prince recording his iconic album, Purple Rain, live during a benefit concert at Minnesota’s First Avenue club back in 1983. According to the video, much of the album was culled from this very performance, with several edits and overdubs being made. It was also the debut of guitarist Wendy Melvoin, who would go on to back Prince for the next three years as part of his band, The Revolution.

This is guaranteed to send chills down the spine of any Prince fan. Watch the video below while it’s still available on YouTube.

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Usually I hate making these kinda statements because I’ll randomly revisit an album and change my opinion like that, but eff it: The Alchemist is my favorite producer of all time. Even after 15 years into his career, he’s still finding new ways to flip that gritty hip-hop formula into something that leaves your face looking like this. Just take ScHoolboy Q’s “Break the Bank,” Mac Miller’s “Red Dot Music” or Prodigy’s “Give Em Hell,” which are all from the last 12 months alone.

As Alchemist’s debut solo album, 1st Infantry, turned 10 over the weekend (sidebar: “Bangers” and “Hold You Down” never fail to make my face scrunch), UpNorthTrips joined in the celebrations by putting together this dope mix of slept-on A-L-C bangers from the last decade. From Nas’ “Tick Tock” to Curren$y’s “Scottie Pippen,” these 40 minutes are all the evidence (pun intended) you need to see that Alan Maman belongs in that GOAT conversation. But then again, you could have picked any 40 minutes out of his catalog to do that.

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Beyoncé’s got you covered for the cookout today. Mrs. Carter took to her personal blog over the weekend to share her very own Memorial Day playlist, which is filled with classics from Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin, as well as friends and family like Kanye West and Solange. Bey even likes to get ratchet to some Juve and Too $hort by the looks of it. Check it out below.

Happy Memorial Day! Welcome the unofficial start of summer with some classics.

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One of rap music’s greatest MC’s would have turned 42-years-old today. To celebrate the birthday of the late Notorious B.I.G., Hot 97′s own Mister Cee takes listeners down memory lane during Wednesday’s “Throwback at Noon” mixshow. From classic street cuts, freestyles, remixes, and radio hits, enjoy an hour commercial-free tribute to the King of New York.

Stream and download below.

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I’ve never been good at acknowledging the passing of time. We’ve never celebrated an anniversary here at MissInfo.TV. I’ve never felt comfortable doing week-long, self-congratulatory birthday tours. I have no idea how long I’ve worked at Hot 97. And I’m terrible at corroborating albums and release years. Is it a fear of change or a symptom of a disorganized mind? Yes, yup. But as a result, yesterday can feel like ancient history, and what I felt 20 years ago… is a room right next door.

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Mister Cee celebrates the 20-year anniversary of Nas’ Illmatic with a commercial-free mix during Tuesday’s “Throwback at Noon” show. From singles, to album cuts, unreleased records, and freestyles, enjoy the tribute to Queensbridge’s finest below.

Officially in stores now, Nas’ Illmatic XX LP includes remastered versions of the original Illmatic tracks, plus 10 bonus cuts with contributions from Q-Tip, Large Professor, and Arsenal. Stream it in its entirety here, and download Mister Cee’s mix below.

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After hitting us with The Firm last week, Mister Cee tributes another legendary rap group for this week’s “Throwback at Noon” Hot 97 mix. With The Trinity EP out now and their third solo album due later this year, Mister Cee keeps the D-Block momentum rolling with the best of Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch aka The LOX.

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