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Talib Kweli Cancels Show In Israel Due To Cultural Conflicts

Due to the perpetual tension between Israelites and Palestinians, rapper Talib Kweli has decided to cancel his show in Israel because his Palestinian fans would not be allowed to attend...

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Talib Kweli Is A Huge Fan Of Ab-Soul’s “These Days…”

Talib Kweli has cemented himself as one of the best and brightest MCs in hip-hop history so when he speaks glowingly about a fellow artist, it's a major compliment on the rapper's body of work


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Best Hip-Hop Tweets Of The Week

Best Hip-Hop Tweets Of The Week 6/15-6/21

From ScHoolboy Q's arrest scare to Angie Martinez leaving Hot 97 to join Power 105, this week on Twitter was full of unexpected surprises...

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20 Hip-Hop Veterans Share Advice For Up And Coming Rappers

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Yesterday, Beats Electronics' $3 billion sale to Apple was confirmed after weeks of speculation—and maybe a little premature celebration—making Dr. Dre hip-hop's wealthiest artist, if not quite a billionaire. But another part of the deal which came to light yesterday was that Dre and his Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine—himself the co-founder of Interscope Records 25 years ago and until yesterday the chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M for more than a decade—would take executive positions at Apple. That means Iovine, the producer-turned-label chief who Billboard called the most successful major label industry head of the past quarter century, was to leave the label which became the longtime home to artists like Eminem, 50 Cent, Dre and Kendrick Lamar.

With such an extensive history in the music industry—especially in the hip-hop world, with affiliations with Death Row, Aftermath, Bad Boy, TDE, Shady Records, G-Unit, Star Trak and more—it's no surprise that Iovine is probably the most-referenced executive in hip-hop. As he leaves Interscope for the green pastures of the tech world, XXL has pulled together 33 hip-hop songs that name check the former Interscope chief. —Dan Rys

33 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop Jimmy Iovine

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Black Star

Hometown: Brooklyn
Years Active/Status: 1997-Present/Active
Biggest Project: Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
Why They Are Dope: Few rap acts have left fans clamoring for more like Black Star. Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (better known as Mos Def) linked up after they’d both found themselves signed to the late, great Rawkus Records. What resulted was one of the best one-off efforts the genre has ever seen. They collaborated on projects beyond this debut album, and went on to more commercial success as solo acts before teasing us with new material in 2011. Still, none of us can be blamed for hearing one and wishing he was followed or preceded by the other, even now. Should the two Brooklyn natives ever decide to give us another full-length album, we’ll be here.


Talib Kweli Doesn’t Believe Mos Def Was Banned From The U.S.

Its still unclear if Yasiin Bey (formerly Known as Mos Def) is having trouble getting back into the states, but what is clear is he hasn’t spoke to fellow Black Star member Talib Kweli...

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This morning, the world learned of the sad news of the passing of the great Dr. Maya Angelou, a legendary author and poet who was easily one of the best and brightest voices of her generation. As influential as she was lauded, Angelou won countless awards throughout her career, and stood tall as a voice for women and the African-American community. With such a wide reach, it's no surprise that her name has popped up in its fair share of hip-hop lyrics, particularly among the Common's, Wale's and Lupe Fiasco's of the rap world—those who strive to make a change through their art, much like Angelou did through hers. XXL compiled 15 hip-hop songs that reference Angelou. RIP to one of the all-time greats.

15 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop Maya Angelou

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Talib Kweli’s New Video “Violations” Features Raekwon

Talib Kweli teams up with Raekwon for his new "Violations" video. As the two are captured by police in the clip, the two emcees craft up a crime filled visual...

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