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The Toronto Raptors have been quite the surprise so far in the 2013-2014 NBA season, currently with the best record in the league. Lead by guard Demar Derozan, the 2013 All-Star DeMar DeRozan stopped by NBA TV studios in Atlanta on Tuesday night ahead of the Raptors matchup versus the hometown Hawks on Wednesday night.

Speaking with Ernie Johnson, Chris Webber, and Greg Anthony, the California-native spoke on the success of their season, and support from Raptors Global Ambassador, Drake. Derozan revealed during fan-night that the Grammy Award-winning rapper is planning to drop a new mixtape in January. “I talked to him the other night, actually he said he wanted to give me his mixtape that come out in January,” said DeMar in the interview that can be watched below.

Is Drizzy planning a surprise mixtape drop?

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Holding down the streets with their music for nearly two decades, The LOX have also made their mark in rap culture with their fashion through that time. Last week, group members Jadakiss and Styles P strutted their stuff during Grungy Gentleman’s Fashion Houston-FH5 runway show. Modelling new pieces from Grungy Gentleman’s new collaborative collection with Mitchell & Ness, Jada and SP looked comfortable as ever walking down the runway before breaking into a medley performance of songs such as “We Gon’ Make It,” “Knock Yourself Out,” and a remix of Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Ni**a.”

Live performances on the runway are the next logical progression between fashion and music,” said Jace Lipstein, founder and EIC of Grungy Gentleman. “Who better to launch this innovative platform with than two hip-hop legends, Jadakiss and Styles P of The LOX? It was a perfect match and the fellas looked super fresh in our Mitchell & Ness collaboration on the catwalk.”

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Will a new Rihanna album arrive in time for the Christmas holidays? According to new reports, there’s a good chance. Hitting the airwaves on Dash Radio, DJ Skee gave new details on the pop singer’s upcoming 8th solo album.

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Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Beenie Man And Cam'ron Visit BET's "106 & Park"

An era has ended for BET’s 106 & Park. The daily music countdown show will air its final on-air episode on December, 19. The cable network announced that America’s #1 music variety show has come to an end, after 14 years. The 106 & Park brand will continue as it will now shift to a digital platform via BET.com, while special events such as their 106 & PARTY New Year’s Eve show, plus live events during the annual BET Awards and BET Experience will continue on television.

In a statement released online, Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, spoke on the show’s history and long run:

“It’s been a great 14 year run as America’s top music/variety show on cable. And now that very valuable brand is going to take its talents to the digital realm. The interactive brand you helped build, 106 & Park, is alive and well…and it’s moving to the space in which our audience NOW interacts with music the most; online. It’ll be very exciting to connect with the millions of people that are already engaged with 106 & Park and other BET digital and social media entities and bring content that will further evolve the 106 & Park brand…and enhance the overall BET Networks brand. As we transition to the digital space, we look to continue 106 & Park’s role as both a leader of and a mirror to youth culture. We’ll have more information to share about how that is to roll out very soon.”

The biggest stars in music, film, and sports have all made their way to BET’s 106 & Park which first aired on September 11, 2000. The show has also served as a platform to break new artists who have later developed into major stars. Recently, the show had been hosted by rapper Bow Wow & singer/actress Keshia Chanté. Click below to read BET’s full statement.

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Nicki Minaj’s performance at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday had people talking, after debuting the emotional song “Bed of Lies.” Set to appear on her third solo LP The Pinkprint (Dec. 15), the song features Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Skylar Grey. Catching up with Billboard, Skylar discussed her surprise appearance alongside Nicki at the EMAs, working with the Young Money rapper on the song and bringing out her emotional side, and possible future performances together.

When you first heard her verses, which tell of a bitter relationship, possibly her own, what was your response?
“When I heard that she was taking the song I was surprised because it’s not a typical kind of song for her. I was very excited when I heard what she did with it. She seemed to take it to a very personal place. And I love that, I love doing that with my songs and my collaborations, bringing out something that’s a little more emotional and personal with the artist.”

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Just days after giving birth to her first child, Kelly Rowland celebrates motherhood through music with a new song “Mommy’s Little Baby (A Lullaby).” Produced by Verse Simmonds and The Order, the proud mom gushes about a moment she has long dreamed for finally coming to life. Along with the new record, the 33-year-old hit Instagram to share the first photo of baby Titan Jewell Witherspoon, who was born last Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. PST in Los Angeles.

On Thursday, Beyoncé also took to Instagram, expressing her joyful feelings over the arrival of her nephew. “There’s no better feeling than holding my beautiful nephew,” opened Beyoncé. “I thank god for the honor of witnessing my sisters journey into motherhood. I’ve always dreamt of our little ones growing up together. I’m so thankful for our bond. Baby Ty, I love you so much. Congrats to my Spoons.”

Listen to “Mommy’s Little Baby (A Lullaby)” and check out the first photo of baby Titan below.

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Chris Brown finds himself in a war of words again, this time with a pair of ladies. The R&B star took to Instagram on Monday evening, firing comments at The Real hosts Adrienne Bailon and Tamar Braxton, after Brown’s relationship with Karrueche Tran was a topic during a segment of Monday afternoon’s episode.

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Is Kendrick Lamar set to drop a bomb? As fans eagerly await the release of Lamar’s highly-anticipated sophomore album, news about a new record possibly off the LP was revealed online. Scott Vener, Music Supervisor for HBO series such as Entourage and How To Make It In America took to Twitter on Wednesday night to speak on an impromptu listening session of some new Kendrick records.

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YMCMB’s Rich Gang collective of Birdman, Young Thug, and Rich Homie Quan stopped by HOT 97’s Funk Flex Show on Monday night. During their conversation, Flex and Birdman got straight into the recent issues in the YMCMB camp, specifically Tyga’s problems with the label, and T-Raww’s comments directed at Drake in a recent interview.

According to the Cash Money Records CEO, he did not see the recent drama coming and still hasn’t got down to the bottom of it. Praising Tyga and calling him his “little bro,” Birdman states the two are different artists with Drake in a different league of his own. “My intake is, I’m family orientated….either you’re in or you’re out. If you’re out, you’re an outcast,” says Birdman, who also confirms Tyga is still signed to Young Money Records.

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Before hitting the stage in Los Angeles on Thursday night to celebrate his newly released Paperwork album, T.I. took a break to catch up with Rap-Up. Along with speaking on his “Private Show” collaboration with Chris Brown, the Atlanta veteran opened up about his relationship with Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave, and adding him to the Hustle Gang family.

“Never mind the paperwork, I can’t really speak for the deals or the solidification of a professional relationship, but personally he’s definitely Hustle Gang. That’s something that I feel comfortable saying. He’s a solid cat. He has something that New York has been missing for quite some time and he’s not afraid to be a New Yorker. I salute him for that early on.”

You can hear Hustle Gang’s remix of Dej Loaf’s “Try Me” by clicking here.

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