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Back in the summer of 2013, Jay Z took over NYC’s Pace Gallery to film “A Performance Art Film” for his Magna Carta Holy Grail track “Picasso Baby.” Open to the public, the event featured Hov performing for six hours straight as spectators and public figures like Judd Apatow, George Condo, Rosie Perez, Taraji P. Henson, Michael K. Williams, Fab 5 Freddy and more joined in the live moment, which later premiered on HBO.

Marina Abramović, whose “The Artist Is Present” inspired the video, sat down with Spike (via Pitchfork) recently to recap that day. In the interview, Abramović reveals she was disappointed by Jay Z, who agreed assist with the Marina Abramović Institute if she would allow the Brooklyn mogul to use her “The Artist Is Present” concept and appear in the video.

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The rap community is mourning the loss of Far Rockaway, Queens rapper Chinx. Formerly known as Chinx Drugz, the Coke Boys artist was murdered in a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning. During night two of his B-Sides TIDAL concert in New York City, Jay Z took to the stage to speak on Chinx’s death and young stars becoming victims of senseless violence. French Montana, the man who took Chinx under his wing, broke his silence and spoke out for the first time in an Instagram post, also thanking Jay Z for his words.

“The devil comes in all shapes and sizes and he’s ruthless. Life here is temporary. They will kill you for this lifestyle, if they can’t afford it jealousy is a motherfucker Protect yourself, protect the people you love. I’m sad to see my brother go out like this, one of the realest people I met. This shit’s not right. These streets don’t love us My prayers go to his kids and family. We going to finish off what we started #ripchinx #ripstacks #freemaxb 🙏 s/o to #jayz”

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Fabolous’ entertaining “Friday Night Freestyles” series is slowly coming to an end. With a few more releases to go before the collection of songs is packed into an official mixtape, the Brooklyn star drops off another new remake. This week’s lyrical exercise finds Loso sticking to the catalogue of Nasir Jones, spitting some bars over Illmatic‘s “The World Is Yours.”

Listen to “The World Is Yours” and read Billboard’s interview with Fabolous where he speaks on the “Friday Night Freestyles,” new projects, and the NBA playoffs below.

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Rich Homie Quan finds himself in the middle of controversy, following his lyrics on the song “I Made It.” In recent days, a large amount of songs from Rich Homie Quan and former Rich Gang partner Young Thug have leaked online. On one of those songs titled “We Made It,” the Atlanta artists raps about sexually taking advantage of a woman.

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Secluded and private, PARTYNEXTDOOR has been quiet with the media during his recent rise to stardom. Back in April, the OVO Sound singer-producer opened up to FADER in his first-ever interview. On Tuesday night, the 21-year-old sat down with MTV News’ Rob Markman before performing at the MCM x Beats By Dre event in New York City’s SoHo district.

During the conversation, PARTYNEXTDOOR breaks down his creative and recording process, R&B influences, bring a private person, inspiration behind songs such as “Let’s Get Married,” the rumored relationship with R&B singer Kehlani, and his connection with Drake.

On Drake:He lets me do whatever I want to do, and he accepts it and he understands it a lot. Us being from very similar places, he really understands the things that I say. The lingo that we have, the culture that I was raised in, he could understand because a lot of his friends are Jamaican. I was raised in a Jamaican household, all my friends are Jamaican. So we just relate a lot culturally. It helps when a superstar that’s making number ones, number ones, number ones, actually understands you.”

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The Cash Money Records roster has lost two more players. In the past three days, DJ Khaled and Bow Wow have both announced they have left the rap empire built by Birdman, Ronald “Slim” Williams, and Lil’ Wayne.

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Note to club DJs: Do not play any Kanye West songs if Amber Rose is hosting. Earlier this week, the model and ex-girlfriend of Kanye was doing an appearance at the Supper Club in Los Angeles. During one moment, Amber grabbed the mic to speak about her former lover. “Stop playing n****s I used to fuck, stop, stop,” she said. “Why don’t we play the n***a who writes his songs for the other n***a….Travi$ Scott. Let’s go, he writes his songs for the other n***a…let’s go,” she continued as Travi$ Scott stood behind Amber with his back turned to the crowd.

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Love him or hate him, safe to say 2015 has belong to Fetty Wap. Along with a platinum single in “Trap Queen,” the New Jersey-native is proving he won’t be a one-hit wonder, as his record “My Way” has been buzzing recently. On Tuesday before making his late-night television debut on The Tonight Show, Fetty Wap dropped the official remix for “My Way” featuring Drake. Speaking with FADER on Monday, the 24-year-old breaks down how the collaboration with October’s Very Own came about.

“He sent me a DM, and I sent him my number. When I landed from Tampa a couple of days ago, and as soon as I landed and turned my phone off of airplane mode, he was FaceTiming from DC where he was playing ‘My Way’ at a club. He was like, ‘Yo, I want to cut the record tonight.’ Next thing I know, I checked my email and it was there.”

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A$AP Rocky is the face of Billboard Magazine’s May issue. For the cover story, which drops on May 1, the A$AP Mob leader speaks on his fashion endeavors, acting, breaking into film on his own terms, the death of A$AP Yams, his peers in rap, and the long-awaited At. Long. Last. A$AP album. Billboard also confirms that Rocky’s sophomore effort will arrive on May 12 via RCA Records, also revealing that “Uptown Funk” hitmaker Mark Ronson also contributes on the project.

Check out a preview of the cover story below before it arrives on Friday.

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Wednesday marked the 23-year anniversary of the Los Angeles riots in 1992. As the world’s attention is on America, specifically Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, Game pens a guest column for Billboard. As many in Baltimore began to riot on Monday, April 27 following protests, the L.A. rapper gathers his thoughts, foregoing getting his point across via social media.

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