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It's been a hell of a week for Dr. Dre. The progenitor of G-Funk sold his stake in Beats Electronics, the company he co-founded with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine, to Apple for $3.2 billion last week, and his sudden ascension to the richest man in hip-hop—with wealth estimated just shy of a full billion—has come with its share of perks. One of those is reported to be the Key to the City of Compton, his LA hometown and the setting for such classics as "California Love" with Tupac from the mid-1990s.

But Dre's not the only rapper to receive a key to the city—Mac Miller received the Key to Pittsburgh late last year, while Tyler, The Creator wanted the Key to Boulder, Colorado so much that he staged his own ceremony, giving himself a fake honorary key. Impressively creative as always, Tyler. From Diddy to Pitbull, Baby Jay to Busdriver, here are 19 times when a member of the hip-hop community has received a Key to The City. Keys open doors. —Dan Rys

23 Rappers And Hip-Hop Executives With A Key To The City

Kendrick Lamar:

After a banner 2015 dropping To Pimp A Butterfly and helping the community of Compton, Kendrick Lamar was awarded the key to the city in February 2016...

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Jay Z Is No Longer Pursuing The $20 Million Case Against Former Roc-A-Fella Engineer

Caught up in all the Jay Z-Solange hoopla was the extortion case Hov was pursuing against former Roc-A-Fella engineer, Chauncey Mahan. To give you a brief refresher, Mahan claimed that he had the master recordings of Jay Z records that were recorded between 1998-2002 and thought to be lost forever...

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A Set Of Nike Shox Are Added To The Nike Magista and Mercurial Collection

Nike is set to release a collection of vibrant colored Shox sneakers that are seemingly inspired by Brazil. Part of the Nike “Magista” and “Mercurial” collection, the Shox sneakers borrow a Brazilian color palette, mixing bright colors with FlyWire support and metallic Shox cushioning. The...

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The Roots Pull Off Unique Performance Art Listening Party In NYC

I hate the word unique, but I have never seen anything like what The Roots pulled off last night at Joe's Pub in New York City. In front of a small, select gathering of people that included journalists (including Toure), label and publishing executives and industry tastemakers, the hardest working band in show business were presenting an event that was billed as half Roots show, half album-inspired performance art, leaving those milling about the theater's lobby beforehand a little confused as to what they were getting themselves into...

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adidas Originals Set To Release World Cup Inspired “Battle Pack”

Inspired by the competitiveness that drives the FIFA World Cup, adidas reveals the adidas Originals Battle Pack. Consisting of the ZX 5000 RSPN, Stan Smith, Samba Super, Superstar 80s and Rivalry Hi, the pack boasts a black and white color scheme with inspired war paint patterns. The...

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