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  • Cover of Joe Budden Allegedly Beat Up His Girlfriend [Update: Budden Responds]
    Joe Budden is facing some serious allegations from his girlfriend, who claims the rapper brutally beat her up. This, according to TMZ.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (August 22)
    Ferguson. The ALS Challenge. Rihanna apparently still banging Drake. "Anaconda" threatening the drown America in thirst. Etc., Etc. There wasn't much new material to come out of the hip-hop community, but the artists still had plenty to talk about and cause controversy over during the past couple of days.
  • Cover of Earl Sweatshirt Says Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" Video Perpetuates Black Stereotypes [Update: Video's Director Responds]
    The debut of Earl Sweatshirt came with a video that certainly offended some people, but yesterday it was Earl who was pointing out the problematic aspects of Taylor Swift's new clip.
  • Cover of A$AP Rocky & Girlfriend Chanel Iman Pose For Vogue Magazine
    A$AP Rocky is no stranger when it comes to high fashion magazine photo spreads, he seems to be knocking them out consistently since he stepped his foot into the game. His boo thing, Chanel Iman, is even more on the high fashion tip, after all, she is a super model.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (Aug. 15)
    This hasn't been a great week in America. Beloved comedian and actor Robin Williams passed away under particularly tragic circumstances at the age of 63. Plus, we saw a blatant violation of the first amendment at the protests in Ferguson, Mo., where unarmed African-American male Mike Brown was slain by cops.
  • Cover of Karrueche Tran Reportedly Dumps Chris Brown [Update: Sources Say Chris Brown Broke It Off]
    Chris Brown has been spotted yachting out in St. Tropez, but he's missing his main chick Karrueche Tran . As it turns out, that's because the aspiring model has dumped C Breezy, and in turn, Brown reportedly took one of Karrueche's friends with him to St. Tropez instead.
  • Cover of Review: Sir Michael Rocks "BANCO"
    As a member of the Cool Kids, Sir Michael Rocks helped pioneer the current “cool kid” rap and fashion swag, since borrowed by a number of your favorite artists. They were the next big thing, even featured in a nationally aired Rhapsody commercial, with future star Sara Bareilles.
  • Cover of Top 10: Rap Interludes
    The interlude has always been an opportunity for an artist to switch up the vibe of their album and transition from one style to another. Sometimes they're musical, sometimes they're a humorous skit (or not so much) thrown in for comic relief.
  • Cover of Big Sean's Ex-Fiancee Naya Rivera Marries New Man Three Months After Break Up
    Not strictly hip-hop news, but it's making the rounds today across Twitter and the blogs: Naya Rivera married her new boyfriend just three months after breaking things off with Big Sean.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (July 18)
    There was no simmering MMG beef to light up the hip-hop conversation this week and unfortunately Meek Mill is still in jail. But life still goes on in this week's 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week.
  • Cover of Clear Channel's "On The Verge" Strategy Helped Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" Top Charts
    Clear Channel Communications is a mass media company that owns over 800 radio stations in the United States, so when they push a song, it gets heard.
  • Cover of Stream Marsha Ambrosius' "Friends & Lovers"
    British R&B singer Marsha Ambrosius is all set to release her sophomore album, Friends & Lovers, tomorrow (July 15th), and one day ahead of time, she's released a full stream. The 14 track project is now available for listening, courtesy of SoundCloud.
  • Cover of Rihanna Parties With 2014 FIFA World Cup Winners
    If you follow Rihanna on Twitter, you know she's actively been involved in all things World Cup, watching each match and tweeting whatever goes down, showing her support for a variety of countries.
  • Cover of Lil Kim Shares First Photo Of Newborn Baby
    Lil Kim has decided to share with the fans the very first photo of her newborn child, Royal Reign, which happened to be taken on the day she came out the womb. Lil Kim gave birth on June 9th, as we reported last month.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (July 11)
    After a short hiatus, 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week returns to some trouble in paradise. There's friction within the once untouchable MMG empire.
  • Cover of Earl Sweatshirt Cuts "Wearld Tour" Short To Finish Album
    We've got some good/bad news for Earl Sweatshirt fans. The good news is that a follow-up to 2013's Doris is dropping soon; the bad news (for those of you with plans to see Earl in the next two months) is that he won't be completing his current tour.
  • Cover of Common Admits Drake Beef Started Over Serena Williams
    It's been over a year since the Common/Drake beef went down, with Drake proclaiming near the end of things that he had won.
  • Cover of Stream Gucci Mane's "World War 3D" Trilogy (Featuring Migos, Young Thug, & Peeway Longway)
    Last summer, Gucci Mane hit us with a trilogy of albums in one day, dropping the World War 3 series, based on three of his greatest vices; Gas, Molly, and Lean.
  • Cover of Lil Kim Gives Birth To Baby Girl Royal Reign
    In February Lil Kim first showed off her baby bump, and now we've received word Kim is officially a mother having given birth this morning.
  • Cover of Gucci Mane Announces "World War 3D" Series Featuring Migos, Young Thug & Peewee Longway [Update: Artwork Revealed]
    Last summer, Gucci Mane hit us with a trilogy of albums in one day, dropping the World War 3 series, based on three of his greatest vices; Gas, Molly, and Lean.
  • Cover of Lupe Fiasco Compares Justin Bieber To Donald Sterling
    Over the course of his career, Lupe Fiasco has time and time again made his stance on controversial issues clear.
  • Cover of Mike WiLL Announces "Buy The World" Single With Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar & Future
    Mike WiLL Made It released a slew of huge singles last year, including Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop", Future's "Sh!t", and his own "23". Still, it seemed that the producer had something big in the works that he was preparing to unleash on the world.
  • Cover of Stream Two New Charles Hamilton Albums
    It's been a while since we've heard from Charles Hamilton, an eccentric rapper from Harlem who was very briefly signed to Interscope after being included in XXL's 2009 freshman class. Sadly, Hamilton suffered a mental breakdown in 2010, and since then, he hasn't been able to recapture the magic of his early material.
  • Cover of 50 Cent "Couldn't Get Past" The Thought That Donald Sterling's Girlfriend "Betrayed" Him
    Many rappers have weighed in on the Donald Sterling controversy, the majority of which have been furious with the former Clippers owner over his racist comments. 50 Cent however, seems to be more concerned with how Sterling himself was treated in the situation.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: May 22
    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music.
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