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No. 1 records, a platinum-selling album and most recently a Grammy nomination, safe to say DJ Khaled had a career year in 2017. The DJ/mogul celebrated life and success over the weekend during his star-studded 42nd birthday party. Hosted by Diddy and Roc Nation executive Lenny Santiago, the Arabian Nights themed birthday bash was held at a private estate in Beverly Hills on Saturday night. Kid Capri provided the music all night, while Turkish internet sensation Nusret “Salt Bae” Gökçe served up the menu in collaboration with with STK and Catch LA.

Usher, Pharrell, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx, Fergie, Jimmy Iovine, Tiffany Hadish, Jermaine Dupri, Akon, Meghan Trainor, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd, Teyana Taylor, Cassie, Machine Gun Kelly, and Emily Ratajkowski were some of stars spotted at the event. DJ Khaled’s wife Nicole Tuck and his son Asahd Khaled were by his side as Kelly Rowland sang “Happy Birthday” to the Florida native. The birthday bash was also sponsored by FOX’s The Four, the new singing competition show which both Khaled and Diddy appear on.

Check out some photos from the magical night below.

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A day after shaking up the internet with a racy cover, PAPER Magazine release their full cover story and sexy shoot of Nicki Minaj for their “Break the Internet” issue. Interviewed by Liza Dye, the Young Money Queen speaks on her heavy presence on social media and staying active with her fans, offering to pay for her fans’ college tuition, the possibility of an all-female Watch the Throne album and her fans wanting Beyoncé to be a part of it, a collaborative project with Future that got scrapped, plans of doing more movies, and more.

Shot by Ellen von Unwerth, Minaj lets her bad side out during the sexy cover shoot. The Queens MC is seen styled in pieces by Jean-Paul Gaultier, Gucci, Djula, Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani. The new issue hits newsstands nationwide on Nov. 28, and can be purchased here. Check out some excerpts from Minaj’s cover story, plus some photos from the shoot below.

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Frank Ocean isn’t one for interviews — unless it’s for his own 360-page magazine, of course. But for their Winter 2017 Sounding Off issue, which also includes an interview with Kendrick Lamar, i-D magazine managed to nab an exclusive visual essay from the man himself.

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With her long-awaited fourth studio LP on the way, Nicki Minaj stars on the cover of the New York Times‘ T Magazine “Greats” issue. The Young Money Queen is one of eight figures who are masters in their respective fields, that the publication has chosen to shine the light on. In a conversation with writer Roxane Gay, Minaj speaks on her new album, having to prove herself as a lyricist, being free and inspired going into her new album and more.

Styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé, the always fashionable Nicki is seen wearing pieces by Louis Vuitton, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Alaïa. Fans can get the issue when it hits newsstands on October 22, meanwhile read some excerpts from the full interview below.

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Rihanna’s 3rd annual Diamond Ball took place on Thursday night (Sept. 13) at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. In support of the Clara Lionel Foundation non-profit organization, the all-black affair was hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle. Rihanna, dressed in an all-black Ralph & Russo gown, lead the star-studded night if attendees that included Beyoncé and JAY-Z, Jamie Foxx, Trevor Noah, Lala Anthony, Future, Gayle King, Cardi B, Young Thug, Lil’ Kim, Fabolous, model Emily Ratajkowski, Fabolous and more.

RiRi was also joined by her parents Ronald Fenty and Monica Brathwaite, brothers Rorrey and Rajad, and her grandfather Lionel “Bravo” Braithwaite. Along with performances by Kendrick Lamar and Calvin Harris, former U.S. President Barack Obama made an appearance via video link, thanking the pop superstar “for the great work” her foundation has done. “You’ve become a powerful force,” said Obama. With the help of Chappelle playing auctioneer, the organization raised more than $840,000.

Founded in 2012, The Clara Lionel Foundation organization seeks to improve quality of life in areas of health, education, culture and arts for communities across the globe.

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The hottest stars is music have all made their way to the City of Angeles for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Taking place at The Forum in Inglewood on Sunday night (Aug. 27), this year’s VMAs are hosted by Katy Perry. Kendrick Lamar leads the annual show with 8 nominations this year, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” and “Best Hip-Hop.”

Along with Perry and Lamar, the big event will feature performances by Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, Gucci Mane, Lorde, Post Malone, Khalid, Cardi B, Thirty Seconds to Mars and much more. Before the main show got underway, the big stars showed off their stylish looks on the red carpet.

Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Lil’ Uzi Vert, G-Eazy, Demi Lovato, Lil’ Yachty and more were all smiles while posing for the cameras and catching pre-show interviews. Check out photos from the VMAs red carpet below.

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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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