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Drake had social media buzzing during the early hours of Thursday morning (Mar. 15). The Canadian superstar took a break from the studio, to hop on his Playstation 4 to play Fortnite with professional esports player and popular Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. An event that’s been planned for days, Drake finally made time from his busy schedule to team up with Ninja shortly after midnight. After tweeting the live stream to his 36 million Twitter followers, Drizzy soon created a frenzy online, even getting artists like Lil’ Yachty, Logic and Travi$ Scott wanting to join in. Scott would eventually join the game action, along with NFL player JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Drake (PSN ID TheBoyDuddas) and Scott (PSN ID cactus_jackk92) teamed up with Ninja for about four hours of gaming action. The live stream set a new streaming record on Twitch, as over 600,000 viewers tuned in, easily smashing the previous record of 388,000 live concurrent viewers. During the stream Drake said he has been playing Fortnite for a month or two, and plays with his OVO crew as a much needed break from 20-hour recording sessions. The 6 God also revealed he has been recording most of his new album in Miami and in his home studio.

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Since the release of last year’s Run the Jewels 3 LP, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P have been touring heavily across the world. The dynamic lyrical tandem appeared as musical guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night (Jul. 20), where they performed the songs “Down” and “Panther Like A Panther” with special guest Trina.

Watch the action from the outdoor stage below.

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Japanese conglomerate Nintendo is aggressively planning to release a ‘SNES Classic Edition’ this year, according to leaked reports online last week. Though no specific game titles have been revealed, issues of the unit shortages, controller cable length and hardware malfunctioning are expected to be addressed before it’s Christmas release.

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Remember when Hov said he isn’t a businessman, he’s a business, man? Well, Hov is really living up to his name with his latest Tidal deal. Sprint just announced that they have invested significant monies into the company to become a partner in the rising streaming service. The phone giant now has a one-third stake in Tidal.

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WhatsApp just stepped up their messenger platform with a video calling feature. Users will be able to “facetime” each other across all ios systems including: Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone devices. The update is expected to take effect over the next several days.

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Welp! When I wrote “RIP Vine: Instagram Video Just Killed the Competition” in 2013, part of me didn’t think it would actually happen. But here we are, three years later, and Vine is officially being buried.

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Damian Marley and Ocean Grown Extracts have announced that they are partnering on a multi-million dollar business that will convert a former California State prison into a marijuana farm. Bob Marley’s son and the weed company plan to cultivate medical marijuana for state dispensaries.

“Many people sacrificed so much for the herb over the years who got locked up,” says Marley, 38, noting the poetic justice of turning a prison that once housed non-violent drug offenders into a cannabis cultivation facility. “If this [venture] helps people and it’s used for medicinal purposes and inspires people, it’s a success.”

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Bill Simmons rounded up one of the best rappers of all time and one of the best ball players right now for a star-studded instalment of Any Given Wednesday. There’s even more parallels between these guys than you may have thought as Nas reflected on his highly publicized beef with Jay-Z, while Kevin Durant prepared for a new rivalry with former teammate Russell Westbrook. The pair aren’t strangers to criticism either: Nas talked about the backlash over his post-Illmatic output, and KD responded to those who called him “weak” for ditching the Thunder for the Warriors.

Nas and KD also weighed in on Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and took part in Simmons’ customary “speed round.” Check it out below.

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Earlier this month, YG brought his Still Brazy album to Jimmy Kimmel Live! Backed by members of Trash Talk, the Bompton rapper performed “Why You Always Hatin?” with Kamaiyah, who made her television debut, before bringing out Slim 400 and the rest of homies for a rowdy rendition of “Still Brazy.” YG also introduced his new Scrabble game to the people watching at home.

In case you missed it first time round, check out YG’s appearance on Kimmel below.

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Run the Jewels are slated to release their Run the Jewels 3 LP later this year. Before that arrives, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P have been teasing fans with small previews in recent months. RTJ now deliver a preview of the song “Panther Like a Panther,” that appears in the trailer for the video game Gears of War 4: First Horde 3.0, launching on Xbox One and Windows 10 on Oct. 11.

Run the Jewels was on heavy rotation when we started laying the groundwork for the next era of Gears back in 2014, and has been there ever since,” says Rod Fergusson, Studio Head at The Coalition. “The fact that two career artists came together as a group to create something so special – a rarity in modern hip-hop – are things that Gears fans will immediately recognize and appreciate. We’re proud to have Run the Jewels as a part of the Gears of War family.”

Watch the trailer and hear the preview of “Panther Like a Panther” below.

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