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"The Dreamer"

Artist: Common featuring Maya Angelou
Lyric: "Once you find your shoulders dropping/And your speech gets slow and hazy/You better change your way of being/Before you found your brain got lazy/You can build a better future when you join the winning team/If you desire a bright tomorrow, you must build a brighter dream" —Maya Angelou

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8 Rappers Trying To Save Chicago

The violence that's happening in Chicago is well documented. There have been countless documentaries, music releases and reports of what's going in the area, but some hip-hop artists are thinking bigger by fighting back and campaigning against the violence...

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When did you get started working on it?
JB: About March 2012. We had our first cut done in May of last year, so we turned something around pretty quickly. And obviously there was a bunch of archival [footage], and there had been a production that had begun work in 2010 that got shelved, and I worked with them to hand over their footage in exchange for credits, so we kind of had a strong base to start from. But all the interviews in the film were all original interviews. It was definitely an exhaustive process, and there was a remarkable amount of footage that we had to work from. We had a couple hundred hours of footage with the archival stuff and what we shot.
When did you get started working on it?
JB: About March 2012. We had our first cut done in May of last year, so we turned something around pretty quickly. And obviously there was a bunch of archival [footage], and there had been a production that had begun work in 2010 that got shelved, and I worked with them to hand over their footage in exchange for credits, so we kind of had a strong base to start from. But all the interviews in the film were all original interviews. It was definitely an exhaustive process, and there was a remarkable amount of footage that we had to work from. We had a couple hundred hours of footage with the archival stuff and what we shot.
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Madlib Is Releasing An Instrumental Album Called ‘Pinata Beats’

Riding off the success of his collaboration effort with Freddie Gibbs, producer Madlib revealed that he is planning on dropping an instrumental album entitled Pinata Beats...

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"The Makings Of A Perfect Bitch"

Artist: Nas
Lyric: "Gimme Sade's mystique, she gotta know her way in the streets/Like Billie Holiday in Harlem/Body from Ki Toy Johnson and Kenya Moore and Apple Bottoms/Maya Angelou's brain and some groove from Terry McMillan"

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Nas Is Starting A Scholarship Fund

Now that he has reached a point in his career where he is finally comfortable with his personal and professional life, Nas is using his wealth to spread good...

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