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Chance the Rapper is everywhere. The now three-time Grammy Award winner announced his spring 2017 North American tour on Tuesday (Feb. 14), and now a day later graces the cover of ESPN The Magazine‘s Entertainment issue with Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler. Sitting down with Justin Tinsley of The Undefeated, the two entertainers discuss first meeting each other via Lil’ Wayne at Chance’s Magnificent Coloring Day festival, various social issues in the city of Chicago, using their power in a positive way to speak out on those issues, and Donald Trump’s idiotic tweet on how to stop gun violence in the Windy City.

How daunting is it knowing the perceptions that come with being young and black and male in Chicago?

CHANCE:It’s heavy, you know what I’m sayin’? Like, I’m at the age where most of my friends have kids, and I’ve seen a lot of crazy s— happen, just in a Chicago fashion. To be a Chicago mainstay for a lot of people, you wanna give people familiarity, but you also want to give them something to look up to. So it is a hard balance.”

BUTLER:It comes with the good and the bad. But with that being said, I think there’s a lot more good that happens than bad. They look up to us. We give a lot of people hope. And I think that’s all you can ask for. That’s all you can want to do.”

Read the full feature here and watch video highlights below.

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Frank Ocean posted a letter to his Tumblr page on Saturday night (Feb. 11), responding to comments made by GRAMMYs producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild.

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The Migos are No. 1 everywhere. Along with their new album CULTURE sitting at the top of the Billbaord 200, their “Bad And Boujee” single sits pretty as the number one record on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The Atlanta group recently sat down with Rolling Stone, where they discussed Donald Trump, the Super Bowl, Quavo’s mom raising the trio, Offset’s jail time, and more. The interview with Jonah Weiner also includes some puzzling comments, after fellow ATLien ILOVEMAKONNEN became a topic.

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Chrisette Michele has been in the news after accepting Donald Trump’s invite to perform at his inauguration ball. Despite putting out an open letter speaking on her decision, Michele faced a lot of backlash on social media and throughout the news. Entertainment figures such as Spike Lee and Questlove spoke against the singer going forward with the performance, to which she responding with her new single “No Political Genius.”

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Leading up to Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day on Friday (Jan. 20), various entertainers have taken to social media to express their thoughts on the now 45th President of the United States and to praise former President Barack Obama for his eight-year tenure at the White House. Frank Ocean took to his Tumblr page hours after Trump’s ceremony where he was sworn in, touching on the poor showing at Trump’s White House ceremony earlier in the day.

I’M REALLY EXCITED FOR THESE INAUGURATION CROWD NUMBERS TO COME IN,” said the Grammy Award-winning singer. “Don’t cook the books either Donald. We all know your event was dry. No matter how many times CNN anchors repeat majestic or peaceful transition of power. The world can see America divided and the chaos in the streets.” He later turned his focus to Obama, supporting the 44th POTUS for his class.

Barack we love you but it would’ve been equally presidential if you would’ve just walked on out while Donald got through that struggle speech trashing your career,” Ocean noted. “In any event, a first family that I can relate to will be missed. Really though.”

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The Weeknd has become a bonifide superstar. The Toronto singer is the latest cover star (along with Chance the Rapper) of GQ‘s upcoming February issue. In his cover story titled The King of Sex Pop, the 26-year-old sits down with GQ editor Devin Friedman at Conway Recording Studios in Los Angeles, the place where he recorded his new No. 1 album Starboy in its entirety.

The XO crooner speaks on the decision to but off his trademark hairstyle, the fear he had after moving out and leaving his mother behind in Toronto, his sexually explicit lyrics coming from real life experiences, groupies, Donald Trump, his thoughts on pop culture during his come up compared to now, and more.

In between the conversation, The Weeknd poses for the camera, modelling various outfits style by Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Dior Homme, Emporio Armani and Chrome Hearts. Check out a few excerpts from the story and photos from the cover shoot below.

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Along with being announced as headliners for Bonnaroo 2017, Chance the Rapper and The Weeknd are the latest cover stars for GQ‘s upcoming February issue. Before The Weeknd’s story hits online this Thursday (Jan. 12), the magazine unveils its cover story with Lil’ Chano from 79th called The Gospel According To Chance.

Speaking with GQ‘s style editor Mark Anthony Green, Chance the Rapper speaks on his now popular “3” cap, the importance of the GRAMMYs, understanding Kanye West while outsiders slam him, embarrassing Facebook videos from high school, fatherhood, Trump’s presidency, and whether he should actually be called Chance the Artist.

GQ also goes in studio with the 23-year-old and The Social Experiment. Sitting down at the piano, Chance speaks on his inspirations, influences, and the important lessons he learned from Kanye. Check out the video and some excerpts below.

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T.I. used his star power for a much greater and serious cause in 2016, serving as one of the most prominent entertainers to speak out against police brutality against African Americans and social injustice. Along with marching in protests and spreading the word in various public appearances, the veteran rapper released two projects in the EP Us or Else and the album Us or Else: Letter to the System, both centered around those issues. As the new year begins, Tip writes and open letter to President Obama, reflecting on his impact as the 44th President of the United States.

My first purpose is to communicate and share my thoughts and try to be a voice for the people who may be thinking of something to say but, for some reason, may not be able to say it or not have the platform to say it,” says T.I. when asked what he hopes to accomplish with the open letter. “Using my platform to be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves.”

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PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “Summer’s Over” tour wrapped up The Masonic in San Francisco, CA on Sunday night. During the finale, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter took time to address the recent controversy surrounding his former tourmate Jeremih. “I appreciate everybody filling up this room, and standing in this room, and not refunding your ticket, because you want to see a real person,” said the Mississauga crooner.

I might not have the most hits in the game that’s under my name—I might not sing the best falsetto…,” he continued. “Everyone knows I’m a real person and I don’t have time for any other fake shit. I can’t do fake shit. I’m not calling nobody fake, I’m just saying.” Without saying his name directly, PARTYNEXTDOOR was referring to Jeremih, who was removed off the “Summer’s Over” tour by Live Nation last week after issues arose between the two camps reportedly over Jeremih being a co-headliner.

Along with allegedly sending out an imposter to perform in his spot, Jeremih dissed PARTYNEXTDOOR on stage during a show in Dallas.

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Ab-Soul’s new album DWTW is out now and offically in-stores. After a visit to HOT 97, the TDE spitter continued his promo run with an appearance on Sway in the Morning this week. The lyrical MC spoke with Sway about the new album, broke down some lyrics from the project, touched on the subject of satanism, spoke on his relationship with model/video vixen Yaris Sanchez, and kicked an acapella freestyle (27:30 mark). Soulo also stopped by The Breakfast Club where he touched on his issues with Jay Electronica and Troy Ave, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly inspiring him and what that album maybe hard to digest for the younger audience.

At the 24:00 minute mark, Ab-Soul confirmed that the long-rumored collaborative album by Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole exists and is in the works. When asked by Charlamagne if he has a verse on the album, the Carson-native responded, “I can’t speak on that. I wish I could.” “These guys, they move like the mob,” he continued. “You never know with these guys… I don’t know too much about it. I just hope the use my verse.”

But there is a Kendrick-Cole album?,” Ab-Soul was asked by Charlamagne. “They got it,” Ab-Soul said. “They got something in the works. They’ve been working on that motherf**ker for a while.” After Breakfast Club interview aired, FADER reached out to Ab-Soul for further comment, to which he replied “It’s a myth” *joker smile*.”

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