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The 2014 Made In America Festival kicked off on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, and for the first-time, Downtown Los Angeles. Over in Cali, artists such as Kendrick Lamar and TDE, Hit-Boy with special guest Rich Boy, YG, and DJ Mustard rocked the pack crowd at Grand Park. Iggy Azalea, fresh off performing at the MTV VMAs last weekend, brought her hits such as “Fancy,” “Problem,” and “Black Widow” with a surprise appearance from Rita Ora.

Over in Philly at Benjamin Franklin Parkway, J. Cole had the crowd singing and rapping every song as he opened with the heartfelt tribute to Mike Brown in “Be Free,” closing with “Power Trip.” His Dreamville Records labelmate Bas, Big Daddy Kane, Chromeo, Baauer, and Steve Aoki also hit the stage before Kanye West closed the night off. Check out photos and some footage below.

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Kanye West closed Day 1 of this year’s Made In America Festival in Philadelphia on Saturday night. Bringing the theatrics of his “Yeezus” tour to Philly’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, West performed a 2-hour set of classics, trademark rants, and even a callout to Virgil Abloh when he wasn’t satisfied with lighting issues during the show. Kanye will head to Los Angeles next, where he will headline Day 2 of the festival at L.A.’s Grand Park.

Watch the full performance below.

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Curren$y surprises fans this holiday long weekend with the release of a free EP titled Saturday Night Car Tunes. A 7-track collection, it includes appearances from Wiz Khalifa (“Dojo”), Birdman and Gunplay (“10 Gs Remix”), and Rich Boy (“Night Like This”). Presented by Dat Piff, stream and download the project for your late-night cruise around town.

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Curated by Jay Z, the third annual Made In America Festival returns to Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and a new location this year in Los Angeles’ Grand Park. The two-day festival kicks off on Saturday, with performances from Kanye West, J. Cole, Big Daddy Kane, Chromeo, Steve Aoki, and more in Philly, while Kendrick Lamar, Iggy Azalea, YG, Hit-Boy, Afrojack, Imagine Dragons, and more hit the various stages in Los Angeles.

UPDATE: The stream for Day Two is now live. L.A.’s lineup includes Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, Nipsey Hussle, DJ Mustard and SZA, while Philly will be treated to performances by Pharrell, YG, Danny Brown and more.

Sit back and watch all the action live below.

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DJ Kay Slay is prepping the release of his final album, Rhyme Or Die. Set to arrive later this year, The Drama King gives listeners a preview of what to expect with the single “Don’t Do It.” Over a standard sounding trap beat, the song features Fat Joe, French Montana, and Rico Love on the hook duties.

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Ace Hood takes no prisoners with the third installment of his Body Bag mixtape series. The West the Best MC assaults 11 past classic and current popular beats by Eminem, Drake, Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Jeremih, Bobby Shmurda, Rae Sremmurd, and more. Stream and download Body Bag, Vol. 3 below.

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Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Ni**a” isn’t slowing down anytime soon. With a newly released reggae remix, plus an official remix still on the way, many of your favorite artists continue to add their twist over the Jahlil Beats-produced cut. Fat Joe is the latest, giving Shmurda’s street anthem a “Crack Mix.”

Listen below and click here for Fat Joe’s current single “Stressin’” with Jennifer Lopez.

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Between the success of their bubbling banger “Everything,” a new deal with Mike WiLL Made It’s Ear Druma Records/Interscope and with their debut album on the horizon, you could say it’s been a big year for Two-9. Even with all that to juggle, Curtis Williams — the most recognizable face (and hair) in the Atlanta collective — blesses the Internets with his sophomore solo mixtape, Danco James.

Enlisting help from Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and his Two-9 brethren, plus production from the likes of Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital and Childish Major, Curtis displays his diversity with a project that’s both energetic and mellowed-out, soulful and sinister, ig’nant and thoughtful. There’s a couple of records in here that will do some damage.

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If Young Thug is the burning sun at the center of Atlanta (or as Info so eloquently put it, ALT-lanta)’s vibrant new scene, then Key! and ILOVEMAKONNEN are stars shining brightly right beside him. The pair are proving to be quite the tag-team, having recently linked up on Father’s infectious iced-out anthem, “Look at Wrist,” and they’ve got another under their belts with “I Understand.”

Lead by a sprightly piano loop, the FKi-produced song is instantly more catered towards Makonnen’s sing-song style, but Key! switches it up with ease and delivers a heartfelt verse and hook. After all, this is the same guy that made a whole EP of reference songs for Kid Cudi (which lowkey might have been better than half of Indicud).

Hit the jump to hear “I Understand,” plus ILOVEMAKONNEN and Key!’s other new collaboration “Doubted,” which they dropped earlier this month.

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Lil Bibby’s Free Crack 2 is finally here. Serving as the sequel to last year’s breakout mixtape, the Chicago rookie feeds the fiends with another dose of audio crack. Birdman opens the project with an emphatic intro while Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Lil Herb, Juicy J, Kevin Gates, Jadakiss and Anthony Hamilton help refine the XXL Freshman’s recipe. At 18 tracks long, be careful not to O.D.

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