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A Tribe Called Quest delivered an unforgettable moment, closing the 2017 GRAMMYs back in February. Their performance of “We The People” served as a tribute to the late Phife Dawg, who had passed away only a few months before the awards show. On Tuesday (Nov. 28), when the nominations were announced for the 60th annual Grammy Awards next year, ATCQ’s We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service album did not receive any nods. Lead member Q-Tip let his feelings be known hours after the nominations rollout, slamming the Recording Academy for the snub.

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Timbaland is fighting recent personal battles head-on, opening up to the world about internal issues he’s been dealing with. The iconic producer, who has dominated the charts and radio for two decades strong, spoke with Rolling Stone about fighting depression and drug abuse.

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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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Just 24 hours after being sentenced to serve 2-4 years in prison for parole violation, Meek Mill’s team is speaking out. Joe Tacopina, attorney for the Philadelphia rapper, spent Tuesday (Nov. 7) speaking out in various interviews on the unjust punishment handed down on the Dreamchasers CEO.

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Nicki Minaj is putting an end to the rumors and media outlets trying to pit her against Cardi B. Soon after her “Motor Sport” collaboration with Migos and Cardi B dropped last week, outlets started to speculate the Young Money Queen and Bardi were trading subliminal disses on the track. The rumors only intensified after Joe Budden threw out a theory on Everyday Struggle that Nicki had no knowledge of Cardi B appearing on the song, and the Bronx rapper deciding to take a jab at Minaj after hearing her verse.

I was on the song w/Quavo. No one else was on it. He called & asked if I think we should put Bardi on it, I said ‘ok let’s do it’. The end,” said Minaj in a series of tweets on Tuesday evening (Oct. 31), putting an end to all the false reports. “Anything w/my name on it gets approved by me. It can’t even go on a streaming service w/o me hearing it & giving written approval,” she would later say.

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Justine Skye was tapped to sing the U.S. National Anthem at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener at Barclays Center on Friday night (Oct. 20). Skye, a Brooklyn native, used the moment to make a statement. Towards the end of singing the “Star Spangled Banner,” the brave 22-year-old kneeled while finishing her performance, showing support and solidarity for athletes who have been doing the same to shed light on brutality and racial injustice in America.

Got a bit shaky at the end.. was pretty uneasy about singing the anthem and probably won’t ever be invited to sing it again but I had to take a knee for the opening game in my city and let my voice be heard,” said Skye in an Instagram post of her kneeling. “We will not be silenced ✊🏾 #blacklivesmatter.” Players on the Brooklyn Nets reportedly locked arms as the Roc Nation songstress sung the anthem. “We recognize that tonight’s national anthem singer kneeled briefly at the end of her performance and we were not aware that she was going to do so,” a spokesperson for the Nets said in a statement sent to ABC.

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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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Nelly was arrested early Saturday morning (Oct. 7) on an alleged rape charge. The reported incident took place around 3:45 am EST on the rapper’s tour bus in Auburn, Washington. The St. Louis native was currently in the middle of his tour with Country duo Florida Georgia Line.

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What has sadly become the norm every day, President Donald Trump has made headlines for his comments. During a recent press rally, Trump called for any NFL player who kneels during the U.S. National Anthem to be fired. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners,” said Trump. “When somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b**ch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’.” Days after those controversial remarks were made, J. Cole is standing strong and revealing why he’s boycotting the NFL.

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Just one day ago, Jhené Aiko dropped the short-film Trip. The 23-minute visual is a emotional journey starring Aiko who plays Penny. Based on a true story, Penny finds romance shortly after her brother passed away. Struggling with her brother’s death, Penny turns to drugs and eventually pushes her romantic partner away. On Thursday (Sept. 21), Aiko uploaded an audio piece on her SoundCloud, speaking on the short-film’s story which draws from her own life. The R&B singer also reveals the film is only a part of her “MAP Mission,” that also includes her new solo album (MAP) and a poetry book (2fish).

Through out these travels I’ve been keeping a record of my dreams, feelings and experiences in notebooks. I turned these notebooks into a MAP: a Movie (TRIP – a short film) , an Album (TRIP) and a Poetry book (2fish),” says Aiko.

Read and listen to Aiko’s message below.

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