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Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys

The 2016 BET Awards have taken over the City of Angels. The biggest stars in music and entertainment have made their way to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the annual awards show, co-hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Future, DJ Khaled, Young Thug are all set to hit the stage, along with a special tribute to the late Prince by D’Angelo, Maxwell, The Roots, and others.

Before the main event got started, the stars arrived on the red carpet to show off their stylish looks. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, Maxwell, Janelle Monáe, Young Thug, Tinashe, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Karruche, DJ Khaled, and more stopped for the cameras before heading inside for this year’s festivities.

Check out photos from the 2016 BET Awards red carpet below.

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Drizzy Drake is down in Atlanta today (June 22) paying a visit to his old friend Gucci Mane La Flare. A few pics and snaps hit the Web earlier of October’s Very Own kicking it with Guwop, Zaytoven and Mik WiLL Made It.

Stream their first collaboration since Gucci’s release from prison here.

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With the Panorama festival on the way, New York City just received another concert blessing. The good people at Gov Ball NYC have announced the first official The Meadows festival in Queens. Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, The Weeknd, Kygo and many more are set to rock Citi Field (Mets Stadium) on Sept 1 and Flushing Meadows park on Sept. 2.

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“Music was the last thing I ever thought about,” says Vince Staples in his new The Fader cover story. Sure he liked rap songs on the radio and MTV, but becoming a rapper wasn’t plan A for the Long Beach rapper. He wanted to play basketball and go to college until trouble at school and in his home-life lead him to take a detour in the streets. “I used to stutter and hated speaking in front of the class,” continues the acclaimed musicians in the lengthy profile — written by Jeff Weiss.

“There’s no better way to put it than: my family came from the streets. My whole family was gang members. I never knew what I wanted to do besides that,” Staples says about his upbringing. Though, he never intended to get mixed up with crime, there was a time when — despite being an intelligent student — Vince had no clue rap music would save him from ending up dead or in jail.

Vince also says he plans to drop an upcoming EP, Prima Donna, sometime this summer.

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French Montana’s MC4 sophomore LP is slated to arrive later this summer on August 19. Lead by the singles “Figure It Out” featuring Kanye West and Nas, and “Lockjaw” with Kodak Black, the album is set to also feature guest appearances from Miguel, The LOX, and Beanie Sigel. The album’s next single reunites the Coke Boys rapper with his “Pop That” collaborator Drake on “No Shopping.”

Montana and Drizzy Drake escaped to La Romana in the Dominican Republic this week to film the Spiff TV-directed visual. ““No Shopping” coming soon,” said Drake in an Instagram caption, where the OVO CEO, French, and producer Noah “40” Shebib are posed on a resort.

Back in April, French Montana shared a snippet of the song on Snapchat along with some photos from the studio session.

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Kim Kardashian has finally landed her very own GQ magazine cover. The publication is celebrating the tenth anniversary of their annual Love, Sex, and Madness issue. Trusted scribe Caity Weaver chatted with Nori’s moms about “the special way she drives Kanye crazy, being on team #imwithher, making her life her business and more.

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XXL let the cat out of the bag early on this Monday morning (June 12). Their 2016 Freshman cover is now making its rounds on the ‘net.

Buzzing artists Anderson .Paak, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Dicky, Dave East, Denzel Curry, Desiigner, G Herbo and Lil Yachty all made the final cut. As you can see, the list ranges from rappers with multiple albums already under their belt to new acts with only music on SoundCloud.

What do you think?

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While the anticipation for Frank Ocean’s next album continues to take its toll on fans, Lil B dropped another clue about the elusive singer. On the Based God’s Instagram page today, he gave fans a quick snapshot of Mr. Ocean — leading to believe that something is indeed coming from Frank.

As for the album… your guess is as good as ours.

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DJ Khaled continues to win. A day after closing HOT 97 Summer Jam on Sunday night (Jun. 5), the Snapchat King filmed the video for his upcoming single “I Got The Keys” on Monday afternoon. JAY Z and Future, who are featured on the song, both appeared during the video shoot which was filmed at the Queens Detention Facility in NYC.

Dressed up in black and white tuxedos, the trio were joined by various artists including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, Swizz Beatz, Bryson Tiller, Fabolous, T.I., Yo Gotti, and Busta Rhymes, who all make cameos in the visual. The song is set to appear on DJ Khaled’s ninth solo LP, Major Key, due later this year. Lead by the Drake-featured “For Free” (currently the #1 song on iTunes), the album will feature appearances by Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross, Bryson Tiller, Big Sean, and more.

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kanye west shuts down nyc

Severe weather may have cancelled his headlining performance at Governors Ball yesterday, but that didn’t stop Kanye West from shutting down NYC. After making a surprise appearance at the 2016 Hot 97 Summer Jam with his G.O.O.D. Music family, Yeezy announced an impromptu 2 a.m. show at Manhattan’s Webster Hall — at which point hundreds of Yeezus disciples began to flood the streets outside the venue.

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