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Kendrick Lamar’s “i” is about to become even more unavoidable. After featuring in the trailer for Chris Rock’s Top Five — the movie he co-produced with Jay Z and Kanye West — K. Dot’s cheery new single has been selected as the official anthem of the upcoming 2014-15 NBA Season. The song can already be heard in the new NBA On TNT spot (which you can watch here), and will appear in the league’s commercials throughout the year.

Kendrick has also been tapped to headline a special fan fest/viewing party outside The Q for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ opening game against the Knicks on October 30. Kevin Hart (aka Chocolate Droppa) will be entertaining the crowd, too.

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The one and only Spike Lee has another basketball project up his sleeve. As a dedicated and well documented Knicks fans, the Brooklyn filmmaker wants to spotlight Tex Winter and Phill Jackson’s unremarkable way of producing winning results with the proven technique of Triangle Offense.

With Phil Jackson as the president of the Knicks and Derek Fisher coaching Jackson’s vision on the court, expect some big changes for the team that calls Madison Sqaure Garden home this season.

Watch the interview below…

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Los Angeles based vocalist Nikki Jean recently hit the studio with TDE’s Ab-Soul and cooked up a funky number titled “Champagne Water.” Detailing her journey through life, it’s apparent that Nikki is enjoying every step of the way. Even on a Poland Spring budget, she knows how to have Cristal dreams.

Listen to the song below…

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When A$AP Yams tweeted that 2014 was the worst year in rap history when it comes to albums — and his criticism might actually apply to music in general. Of course, we all know low sales don’t always mean a body of music isn’t “good” and the Internet’s consumption of music sales needs to be taken into consideration — but what does this mean for the future of the music business?

According to stats, there still hasn’t been a single artist in 2014 to go platinum. Only Beyonce and Lorde are close to reaching that status with Bey’s self titled units at 776,000 units and Lorde’s Pure Heroine pushed 754,000.

Some are already predicting that Taylor Swift may become the artist to hit the plat mark with the upcoming release of her new album. On the other hand, releases like The Frozen soundtrack did reach platinum this year. Past Billboard chart toppers like Irv Gotti weighed in about it with MTV News. He remembers charging $250,000 a beat, and when he recently did a song with a big artist — he was offered $10k.

Kanye to the rescue in the 4th quarter?

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Young Money Yawn returns to service the streets with a new video for everybody on the paper chase. Whether legit or running from the law, his native Virginia has produced it’s fair share of money makers. Yawn’s Gangsta Grillz mixtape drops in November.

Produced by Mic Music.

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We all know that the Iggy Azalea x Snoop feud has gone from a boil to simmer, but what really happened between T.I. and the Dogg? Did they exchange a heated argument? Nah, actually. Tip told Ebro earlier this week that they shared very few words about the situation and immediately deaded any chances of things escalating.

Stream T.I.’s Paperwork album here.

Watch Hustle Gang’s latest video below…

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One of the biggest rap upsets of the year was Meek Mill’s untimely incarceration about a month before the slated release of his sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. Within the blink of an eye, Meek was taken into custody after a routine probation hearing. The Philly native was sent back to jail back in July — and is still locked up (Missinfo.tv confirms). While we have been hoping for his release, we didn’t want to just jump on the speculation bandwagon off of a few promising tweets. So, we reached out and got the official confirmation that Meek is still incarcerated from a source at MMG.

However, tonight, Meek’s camp released a brand new collaboration with Lil’ Boosie (who now goes by Boosie Badazz officially) titled “Fuck You Mean.” The rowdy track is an early reminder of why rap needs Meek back on the streets ASAP.

Listen to the track below…

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The duo consisting of singer Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman make up LION BABE — a New York City based music unit with a fervent sound dripping with ’70s Soul influences. They added a Childish Gambino feature and a Nina Simone sample to their latest creation, and the results are magnificent. Keep and eye on this group.

Listen to “Jump HI” below…

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10 years ago, the only Chinese artist in the history of the Ruff Ryders camp released his debut album. A tested rap battle champ and international star, MC Jin, is back with a new English album to celebrate the project that changed his life forever. Though, it wasn’t critically acclaimed or a chart topper, The Rest Is History, marked a true milestone for Asian Americans in hip-hop. An inspiration for underdogs everywhere, actually.

Purchase Jin’s XIV:LIV on iTunes.

Stream the album below…

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Styles P puts one up in the air for all the smokers getting lifted at 4:20 everyday. His man Dyce Payne floats away on the hook as we look at the everyday stoner in their natural element. Whether you’re puffing to relieve your daily stress, personal ailments or just for good ‘ol fashion recreational purpose — Yonkers own can relate.

Purchase Phantom and The Ghost on iTunes.

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