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Released in October 2012, Kendrick Lamar’s classic studio debut album good kid, m.A.A.d. city put the Compton native on his current trajectory to be on the receiving end of Pulitzer Prizes, among countless other accolades.

In the original album review, HipHopDX called the album “a shot at history,” which has turned out to be a prophecy fulfilled.

Billboard recently discovered that the soon-to-be six-year-old album (which currently — and astonishingly — sits at No. 116 on the Billboard 200) spent its 300th week on the chart. It’s only the fourth Hip Hop album to do so, with the other three belonging to none other than Eminem. (2010’s Recovery (now at 312 weeks), 2002’s The Eminem Show (now at 354 weeks) and 2005’s Curtain Call: The Hits (now at 403 weeks.)

Overall, 22 albums have hit the 300-week mark, with the frontrunner being Pink Floyd’s iconic The Dark Side of the Moon (937 weeks) and second place finisher Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Legend: The Best Of… a.k.a. the most ubiquitous reggae project of all time.

It should also be noted that Kendrick had a near consecutive run throughout those 300 weeks; it only fell off the Billboard 200 during the Dec. 6, 2014-dated chart.

Relive the magic of good kid, m.A.A.d. city down below.

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Atlanta, GA – Time-tested MC Ludacris isn’t a stranger to giving back to those in need (his Ludacris Foundation stays highly active with each passing year) and his latest act of southern hospitality has one Georgia woman singing his praises.

Like thousands of fellow Americans, Therra Gwyn-Jaramillo had recently fallen onto hard times. The self-admitted social media oversharer revealed on Facebook she had recently cut back the posts after her husband died of brain cancer in 2014, was left to take care of her disabled brother, several rescue animals, $4,000 in home repairs and a delayed freelance check put her under the gun. (“There wasn’t a part of my life that wasn’t destroyed – emotional, physical, financial,” she told CBS News regarding this story.)

So when a friend blessed her with a $250 Whole Foods gift card, Gwyn-Jaramillo took full advantage until she realized she had gone over budget at the checkout register. That’s when a “nice-looking man” stepped in to foot the entire bill.

“I had zero interaction with him before he decided to buy my groceries,” a then tearful Gwyn-Jaramillo recalled. “I tried to put things back and he said, ‘I said I got this. All of this. Don’t put anything back!’ He started putting the stuff I was going to put back onto the conveyor belt. I was stunned.”

Naturally, the cashier and several other customers recognized the hometown Hip Hop hero but the understandably frazzled woman was clueless to his identity.

“I finally managed to say ‘What is your name?’ and introduce myself. He said, simply, ‘Chris,’ and shook my hand,” she recounted. “I talked to him through my tears and finally asked, ‘Who ARE you?’ she asked. “He looked at me and said ‘Just a person. Just a guy.’ I kept thinking, ‘Does he know? Does he know he’s an angel?’”

After the cashier informed her of the ID to her angelic donor, Gwyn-Jaramillo said she belted out a “WHAT?” and proceeded to launch into a “white-woman’s rendition” of his 2001 hit, “Rollout (My Business)” while jokingly saying it undid any sympathy from the onlooking black people.

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James was interviewed by CNN’s Don Lemon on Monday, after his LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron (Ohio) Public Schools launched a new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown.

In the interview, James discussed the impact of sports and how it brings people together. He said he felt Trump was “using sports to kinda divide us.”

“Sports has never been something that divides people,” James told Lemon. “It’s always been something that brings someone together.”

Trump’s tweet came four days after the CNN interview originally aired. In the tweet, Trump also appeared to take sides in the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate, saying, “I like Mike!”

James has publicly criticized Trump before. In September 2017, he called Trump a “bum” for rescinding his invitation to the Golden State Warriors to celebrate their championship with a visit to the White House.

“Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James tweeted then.

Also that month, after Trump suggested that NFL players should be “fired” for “disrespecting the flag” when they take a knee or otherwise choose not to participate in the national anthem, James said Trump’s conduct was unbecoming of someone in his position.

“He doesn’t understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country,” James said then. “He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement. He doesn’t understand that, and that’s what makes me more sick than anything, that we have someone that’s … this is the most, this is the No. 1 position in the world.”

James has continued to be critical of the president and his policies, and in June, while still a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, James said neither his team nor the rival Warriors would accept an invitation to the White House after winning the NBA championship. Trump subsequently said neither team would be invited.

James made similar remarks regarding Trump and sports on Monday in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, adding that he has no regrets about criticizing the president.

“For someone to try to divide us by using our platform of sport?” he told Nichols. “Sport has given me everything I could ever ask for. I couldn’t let that happen.”

As of late Friday night, James had not responded to the president’s tweet.

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R. Kelly might want to get some fresh legal advice. The R&B singer released 19-minute track “I Admit” on Monday — the song, which includes chorus “I admit it/I did it,” covers the accusations that Kelly kidnapped women and held them as sex slaves and that he slept with underage girls.

“Today is the day you’ve been waiting for,” Kelly wrote on Instagram, directing followers to the same SoundCloud link you can find towards the bottom of this post.

Before even that, you can read some of the more explosive lyrics below.

“I admit I f— wit all the ladies,” he sings at one point. “That’s both older and young ladies/But tell me how they call it ‘pedophile’ because of that s—/that’s crazy/You may have your opinions/Entitled to your opinions/But really am I supposed to go to jail or lose my career because of your opinion?”

“I admit I am not perfect,” Kelly says later. “I never said I was perfect/Say I’m abusing these women/What the f—?/That’s some absurd s—/They brainwashed?/Really?/Kidnapped?/Really?/Can’t eat?/ Really?/Real talk/that s— sound silly.”

And then there’s this: “What’s the definition of a ‘cult’?/What’s the definition of a ‘sex slave’?/Go to the dictionary/look it up/Let me know/I’ll be here waiting.”

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Tekashi 6ix9ine has been hospitalized after reportedly being attacked and kidnapped on Sunday (July 22), according to TMZ. The assailants allegedly robbed him of $750,000 in jewelry and $15,000 to $20,000 in cash.

Sources told TMZ that 6ix9ine was driving home after working on a video in Brooklyn on Sunday morning. A car allegedly blocked his path and three gunmen hopped out of the vehicle to confront the rapper. The attackers reportedly pistol-whipped 6ix9ine, knocking him out before kidnapping him.

According to the sources, 6ix9ine regained consciousness inside his kidnappers’ vehicle. The gunmen allegedly threatened to kill him before making their way to 6ix9ne’s home. There, two of his attackers went inside to rob the place of thousands of dollars. 6ix9ine’s baby mama and child were inside the residence but not harmed.

The incident didn’t end there. TMZ reports the gunmen fled with 6ix9ine still in the car, but he was somehow able to get out of the vehicle. His attackers allegedly didn’t chase after him, and 6ix9ine was able to hop in a stranger’s ride.

The stranger called 911 and an ambulance arrived to take 6ix9ine to the hospital. He remains at an unidentified medical facility.

UPDATE: TMZ has received additional details in which 6ix9ine reportedly told cops a slightly different version of the event. According to his story, 6ix9ine was the passenger in a vehicle when another car bumped into them at a red light.

Two men with guns allegedly hopped out, stole the driver’s iPhone and kidnapped 6ix9ine. After driving to 6ix9ine’s house, he called someone inside the residence. The person was reportedly instructed to bring out jewelry to the kidnappers.

According to TMZ’s sources, 6ix9ine told cops he was able to escape. Since then, he’s allegedly become uncooperative with officers.

6ix9ine’s baby mama has publicly addressed the situation on Instagram, asking for people to respect her family’s privacy.

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Dover, DE – Eminem isn’t backing down following criticism for his use of a “gunshot sound effect” at the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Slim Shady used the pyrotechnic concussion once again during his performance at the 2018 Firefly Music Festival on Saturday (June 16). But this time around, he had a warning message for fans.

“If you are easily frightened by loud noises or offended by explicit lyrics, you shouldn’t be here,” the message reads.

Eminem was criticized on social media last week for using the pyrotechnic concussion at the Bonnaroo Festival. Some attendees said they were scared by the “gunshot sound” due to the regularity of mass shootings in the U.S.

Paul Rosenberg, the longtime manager of Eminem, later responded to the controversy by clarifying what the noise was and noted its frequent use in Slim Shady’s live shows.

“Contrary to inaccurate reports, @Eminem does not use gunshot sound effects during his live show,” Rosenberg wrote on Instagram. “The effect used by Eminem in his set at @bonnaroo was a pyrotechnic concussion which creates a loud boom. He has used this effect — as have hundreds other artists — in his live show for over 10 years, including previous US festival dates in 2018 without complaint.”

Eminem has seemingly been unphased by it all, even having some fun with another polarizing part of his performances ahead of the Firefly Festival gig.

In an Instagram post shared on Saturday, the rap superstar joked about performing his entire set in the accents that frustrate some of his listeners.

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Nas’ 11th studio album, Nasir, has arrived on TIDAL and Apple Music.

The Queens legend unveiled the project on Thursday night (June 14) at a waterfront listening party under the Queensboro Bridge in New York City.

Executive produced by Kanye West, the seven-track album boasts contributions from The-Dream, Puff Daddy, 070 Shake and The World Famous Tony Williams. It also boasts production from Che Pope, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat, Plain Pat, BoogzDaBeast, Andrew Dawson and E*vax.

Super producer Mike Dean was evidently working on it until the 11th hour. In an Instagram video posted on Thursday, he wrote, “Nas. Coming soon.”

Reactions to the album have been mixed — some praised it for the superior production while others chose to boycott it after Nas’ ex-wife Kelis accused him of physical abuse in a recent interview.

Nonetheless, Escobar season has arrived.

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It’s only been a week since Future unloaded the official Superfly soundtrack, but that hasn’t stopped the trendsetting Atlanta rapper from doubling up. On Friday (June 15), Hendrix unloaded vol. 2 of the star-studded album, with this iteration including another set of speaker-thumping bangers supporting the 2018 remake of the classic 1972 crime drama.

Checking in at 10 tracks, volume 2, which is really just a set of additional songs added onto the original soundtrack, includes appearances from Rick Ross, G Herbo, Young Thug, French Montana, Smif-n-Wessun, Rico Love, Rich The Kid, CyHi The Prynce, and, of course, Hendrix himself. Needless to say, these folks only add to what was already a dense collection of slappers that already featured the talents of 21 Savage, Lil Wayne, PartyNextDoor and more.
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Future’s role in producing Superfly was first announced back in January, and though it might have seemed random to some, the Free Bandz boss has always had a knack for meshing his own cool with myriad sounds to mold inventive audio aesthetics. This quality rings through loudly on both editions of his Superfly soundtrack.

Check out both volumes of the Superfly soundtrack for yourself below.

Superfly Soundtrack Tracklist

1. “If You Want It” — Sleepy Brown featuring Scar
2. “What’s Up With That” — Future featuring 21 Savage
3. “No Shame” — Future featuring PartyNextDoor
4. “Walk On Minks” — Future
5. “Tie My Shoes” — Future featuring Young Thug
6. “Stains” — Future
7. “Show My Chain Some Love” — Future featuring Young Thug
8. “R.A.N.” — Miguel
9. “This Way” — Khalid x H.E.R.
10. “Bag” — Future featuring Yung Bans
11. “Drive Itself” — Future featuring Lil Wayne
12. “Money Train” — Future featuring Young Thug and Gunna
13. “Nowhere” — Future

Superfly Soundtrack Vol. 2 Tracklist

1. “Trappin’ So Hard”—Rich The Kid and Rico Love
2. “New Goals”—French Montana featuring Rico Love
3. “That’s How I Grew Up”—G Herbo featuring 21 Savage
4. “Rep Yo Click”—Lil Jon featuring Bangladesh, Freeway & CyHi The Prynce
5. “Please Forgive”—Lecrae, Sean Garrett and Crystal Nicole
6. “Capone Suite”—Rick Ross featuring Smif-n-Wessun
7. “Struggles”—Future featuring Sleepy Brown
8. “Find My Way Out”—HoodCelebrityy
9. “La Dueña”—A. Chal
10.”Georgia”— Future featuring Young Thug

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@MeekMill finally got to celebrate with the Philadelphia Eagles and performed with @RickRoss at their Super Bowl ring party

Meek Mill wasn’t able to see his hometown Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots at Super Bowl LII but the rapper did get to put on a show for the team during their recent Super Bowl ring party.

Skipping a visit to the White House, the Eagles held their ring party on Thursday (June 14) and made sure to have Meek Mill on hand. Joined by MMG boss Rick Ross, the two performed “I’m a Boss,” along with a few other Meek songs including “1942 Flows,” “Litty” and the team’s unofficial anthem, “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro).”

Meek even got to hoist the Super Bowl trophy and told the crowd if he had to pick a best night in prison, it was the day the Eagles won the Super Bowl. “If I ever had to say I had my best night in prison it was the day the Eagles won the fucking Super Bowl,” Meek shouted.

The rapper later got to party with a few of the team’s stars including Alshon Jeffrey, Zach Ertz, Torrey Smith and LeGarrette Blount. The Wins & Losses artist also wasn’t the only rapper in attendance, as Philly native Lil Uzi Vert was on hand as well.

While Meek was still behind bars, the rapper shared a message following the team’s Super Bowl win, wishing he could celebrate with the team and fans. “I wish my current situation was different, and that I could be with my brothers on that team, and the other Eagles fans, in celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he stated at the time.

The rapper will learn more about his fate next week when he meets with Judge Genece Brinkley for a June 18 hearing.

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It seems like Kendrick Lamar is looking to add acting to his considerable list of talents. The Compton rapper explained in an interview with BBC Radio on Thursday (Feb. 22) that he plans to appear in the next Black Panther film. He doesn’t mean just a little cameo, either. Kung-Fu Kenny wants to play the role of a super-villain on the level of Michael B. Jordan’s polarizing character Eric Killmonger.

“Come on, I got to now!” Lamar told Claro Amfo when asked if he’d make a cameo in the sequel.

Amfo then asked him what type of a character he’d like to play. K. Dot explained why he’d like to portray someone similar to Killmonger, who was played by Michael B. Jordan in the film.

“I really enjoy Killmonger’s character, just off the simple fact, you know, he was a villain but he came with some real [talk],” he noted. “He was a villain, but he was loved and misunderstood. So if I could, I’d play a Killmonger for sure.”

Kendrick shared that Killmonger was “loved and misunderstood,” and he’d go that route if given the choice. Lamar already had a heavy hand in the blockbuster film, crafting the movie’s soundtrack with spots for his TDE labelmates SZA, Schoolboy Q, and Jay Rock, as well as up-and-coming Bay Area rappers SOB x RBE.

Black Panther continues to run amok at the box office, with the film grossing another $108 million during its second weekend on screen, for the second highest second weekend of all-time behind Star Wars: Force Awakens. To date the movie has raked in more than $400 million in U.S. theaters and was soaring past $700 million worldwide as of Sunday (Feb. 25). The Lamar-curated soundtrack has been a huge success too, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 while receiving acclaim from fans and critics alike. In our review, HipHopDX gave it a 4.5 out of 5.

In a candid and in-depth exclusive interview, rap superstar Kendrick Lamar talks to Clara Amfo about THAT Grammy’s performance, his plans to cameo in the next Black Panther film, how he goes undercover when he’s in the UK and the music that’s inspired him. Check out the interview here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09vg0qj

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