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The campaign to rename the intersection of Ludlow and Rivington in Manhattan’s Lower East Side “Beastie Boys Square” may have been an unsuccessful one, but one fan paid her respects to the iconic hip-hop trio in a big way over the weekend.

Brooklyn artist Danielle Mastrion created a mural honoring the 25th anniversary of the Beasties’ sophomore LP, Paul’s Boutique, at the very location shown on the album cover, in the LES. The mural was completed in just one day, and was commissioned by LeRoy McCarthy, the man behind several successful campaigns to rename hip-hop landmarks throughout New York City.

Check out the finished piece above, plus a few shots of Mastrion’s work-in-progress below. RIP Adam “MCA” Yauch.

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Biz Markie was just one of the few celebs at the jam packed 2014 Comic Con this past weekend. Biz appeared for Guillermo del Toro’s animated film, The Book of Life, which features his old school jam, “Just A Friend.” Bystanders say Tanning Chatum, costars Christina Applegate and Ron Perlman joined along in the short sing-a-long.

According to Billboard, Biz is also working on a new album of covers, Real Rap Records.

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Breaking off from Wiz Khalifa’s Under the Influence of Music tour, Rich Homie Quan shares the video for “Walk Thru,” one of the standouts off his 2013 mixtape, I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In. The T.I.G. general observes Atlanta from a helicopter pad before jumping in the private jet and joining Problem in his hometown of sunny Compton, California. If you remember, this was the video Quan was filming when he collapsed from exhaustion back in May.

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The long-awaited crossover special between The Simpsons and Family Guy won’t be airing for another two months, but today we’ve been treated to an extended preview of the upcoming mash-up episode. Debuted at Comic-Con over the weekend, the five-minute teaser features Bart teaching Stewie how to skateboard and make prank calls, while Homer and Peter bond over beer and donuts, before getting into an all-out brawl, naturally. Cleveland and Bob from Bob’s Burgers make cameos in the hour-long (yes, hour-long) episode.

The Simpsons/Family Guy special airs on September 28, right after the season 26 premiere of The Simpsons, in which a main character is expected to be killed off. With a title like “Clown in the Dumps,” it looks like either Krusty the Clown or Sideshow Bob will be meeting their demise. You can watch the trailer for that below, too.

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Azealia Banks may have made some changes to her label situation recently, but one thing she isn’t switching up is her sound. Dropping her first single since leaving Universal Music earlier this month, the Harlem rapper flows with an airtight delivery on the bouncy and hypnotic “Heavy Metal and Reflective.” The accompanying video, which looks pretty spectacular, is expected to debut on August 5.

Listen to “Heavy Metal and Reflective” below…



Nicki Minaj is stepping out into another realm on a new episode of the Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. Over the weekend, the episode titled “Coach Steven,” was screened at Comic-Con and is slated to air on Thursday, August 21st. On the show, Minaj plays an over-sized character, Sugilite, which is a cross of two exciting characters.

In related news, Anaconda is delayed until 8/4.

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This is fire, man. G-Unit isn’t reinventing the wheel on their latest street release, “Come Up,” but the fellas are spitting in harmony as a group and it sounds great. Over an interesting music selection, the Gap Band’s “Outstanding” instrumental, 50, Banks, Buck, Yayo and Kidd Kidd sound right in-pocket on the track.

Listen to ‘Come Up’ below…



The kid Vic Mensa is currently globetrotting around Europe and got up with SBTV for a quick freestyle session. For their ongoing Warm Up series, Chi-Town’s own repped with a dope 16 filled with true facts about his upbringing. We hear Vic has some serious heat on the way with No I.D.

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Childish Gambino was on his rap sh*t last night in Australia. While busting out some freestyles live onstage, Donald held little back and called out Drake, Kendrick and ScHoolboy Q by name. Honestly, it was similar to what K. Dot did on Big Sean’s joint last year and wasn’t too personal. However, he did have some extra wordage for Drizzy: “This n***a think he Drake. Nah I ain’t Drake. I sing better, I do better, my s**t wetter.”

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It’s the Joey Badass and Pro Era takeover live from London. While in the United Kingdom, Brooklyn’s own Badass stopped by Tim Westwood for the latest installment of “Crib Sessions.” With his trademark bucket hat and microphone in his hand, Joey dropped a few raps over HS87′s “Grindin My Whole Life,” Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone,” and Drake’s “0 To 100.”

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