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From joining the Eric Garner protests in New York to giving local residents of Ferguson, Baton Rouge and Jonesboro a voice in his 4 Your Eyez Only documentary, J. Cole is a man of the people. As his 4 Your Eyez Only tour swung through California last month, the Dreamville rapper paid a visit to San Qunetin State Prison — the only prison in the state that houses death row inmates — to chop it up with some of the inmates.

“We got the opportunity to spend the day at San Quentin State Prison talking and meeting inmates who will never see the outside again,” Cole’s manager, Ibrahim Hamad, wrote on Instagram. “That experience was a life changing experience and wish I had the ability to put that in a caption but that wouldn’t be doing it justice.” Something tells me Cole wouldn’t have even publicized his trip had Ib not shared these pictures on social media.

“Now some restin’ in peace and some are sittin’ in San Quentin / Others such are myself are tryna carry on tradition”

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With the third installment of his ‘Street Gospel’ series set to drop next week (July 31st), Young Money Yawn keeps fans subdued by revealing the cover art for the highly anticipated body of work. The Virginia rap veteran also delivers some signature bars over Jay-Z’s DJ Premier-produced classic “A Million.”

Watch the VIP$ TV-directed clip for the fresh freestyle below.

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Tributes have been pouring in since Prodigy’s tragic death a little over two weeks ago, and it was only a matter of time before New York’s graffiti writers got to work. On Thursday (July 6), Jeff Henriquez and Eli Lazare joined forces to create a mural of P on the side of a building opposite Queensbridge Houses (where else?). The mural is based one of the most iconic photos of Prodigy and features incredible detail, right down to his tattoos — not too dissimilar from the vivid pictures P painted in his rhymes.

“His deep and meaningful lyrics inspired and influenced many young rappers and followers,” Henriquez and Lazare told DNA Info of their tribute. The pair are also helping to plan a candlelight vigil for the site on Thursday, July 13.

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Honestly, the news of Prodigy’s death is still messing with my soul. I’m sure everyone else who has held Mobb Deep close to their heart since they were kids can relate. He was only 42-years young, man. Our condolences go out to P’s loved ones.

I penned a personal essay about P for VIBE.com — which you can read below.

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New Balance has partnered with DTLR for a fresh 4th of July inspired 990. Titled “Stars and Stripes,” the patriotic pair of kicks were created to be a catalyst for unity; representing cultural diversity, indivisibility and national pride for all Americans.

Stylized in a rich black suede with grey mesh, the limited edition athletic shoes features a navy blue overlays and mesh tongue as well as a 3M reflective grey “N” trimmed in white. Finished with a translucent red heel clip, the outsole is opaque white and navy.

Cop your pair, which run just under $200, on June 23 at select DTLR locations throughout the DMV area or online at dtlr.com.

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Last night (June 15th), Fancy.com and Future (Freebandz) hosted a VIP opening for the LA ‘Nobody Safe Tour’ pop up, giving editors, tastemakers, and close friends the first look at a high-end boutique shopping experience. The “Nobody Safe Tour Pop-Up” showcased specially designed tour merchandise from the current show, along with other coveted items including limited-edition Nobody Safe “Caution” slides by Turist, two new McLaren 570GT Supercars and the latest next-generation Lyric gold speakers, produced as a one-off specifically for this activation.

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DJ Khaled is going all out for his forthcoming album, Grateful. Due June 23, the album already includes high-powered collaborations with Beyoncé and JAY Z, Justin Bieber and Lil’ Wayne, and now his latest single “To the Max” featuring Drake. It appears Khaled is already preparing to orchestrate another smash, as the mogul/music maestro recently connected with Rihanna to film a music video. Photos surfaced online on Tuesday (Jun. 6) of Khaled and the pop superstar in Miami’s Little Haiti. In one scene, RiRi is spotted amongst young girls from the community of Little Haiti, dancing in large hoop earrings and a vibrant pink outfit.

In the main shot, Rihanna is seen wearing a a two-piece yellow outfit by Balenciaga, standing beside DJ Khaled and singer Bryson Tiller who also makes a cameo. Late last month, DJ Khaled confirmed Rihanna will appear on his 10th studio album, that’s also set to feature appearances by Nicki Minaj, Nas, 2 Chainz, and Travi$ Scott.

UPDATE (6/6): On Tuesday, Khaled filmed a music video for song off the album with Nas and Travi$ Scott.

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Music’s biggest stars have made their way to Sin City for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, taking over the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday (May 21). Co-hosted by Ludacris (returning for a second year in a row) and Vanessa Hudgens, this year’s BBMAs is loaded with star-studded performances by Nicki Minaj with Lil’ Wayne, David Guetta, and Jason Derulo, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Sam Hunt, Lorde, and 2016 BBMAs Icon Award winner Celine Dion, who will celebrate the 20th anniversary of her Titanic theme song “My Heart Will Go On.”

Drake and The Chainsmokers lead the pack with 22 nominations each respectively. Twenty One Pilots follow with 17 nominations, Rihanna with 14, The Weeknd with 13 and Beyoncé with 8 nods.

Before the main show kicked off inside, many of the night’s stars showed off their stylish looks on the magenta carpet during their arrivals. Check out the red carpet looks at the 2017 BBMAs below.

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Last week, platinum-selling recording artist K Camp celebrated his 27th birthday in style on South Beach Lady Charter, a private Yacht in the beautiful waters of Miami. Sponsored by Hennessy, the bar none birthday bash hosted the likes of Curren$y’s DJ Duffey, fellow slum Sy Ari Da Kid, Black Ink Crew’s Donna Marie and more.

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The biggest stars in entertainment and fashion are out on Monday night (May. 1), appearing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for the 2017 Met Gala. Hosted by American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, the 2017 edition is co-hosted by NFL Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, his supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams. The theme for this year’s extravagant soiree is “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” as Ms. Kawakubo serves as honorary chairwomen alongside Caroline Kennedy, the former United States ambassador to Japan.

Considered the fashion-world’s equivalent of the Oscars, stars from all across the globe make their way to the glamorous event to observe Kawakubo’s exhibition that will include 150 of her most extraordinary designs dating as far back as the early 1980s.

Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Diddy and Cassie, Migos, Frank Ocean, Rita Ora, Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams, Future, Janelle Monáe and more showed off their unique and in some cases, flamboyant styles across the red carpet in front of thousands of photographers and press.

Check out photos from the star-studded event below.

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