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G-Unit Reunion, Rihanna, Drake And More! The 5 Biggest Surprises At Hot 97’s Summer Jam

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-By Georgette Pierre

Last night’s Hot 97’s Summer Jam pulled out all of the stops, featuring a bumper crop of incredible talent and loads of extra craziness designed to make the crowd go insane. With tens of thousands in attendance, the energy was definitely at a fever pitch as we coasted into the early summer sunset. But unscheduled appearances from some of hip hop’s brightest lights brought things to another level -no, another stratosphere! Who put in some stellar surprise sets? Read on to find out!

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Pure Comedy: The 25 Most Outrageous Hip Hop Album Covers Ever

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The 4th wild season of Love & Hip Hop drew to a (predictably) wild close last night with the second installment of their big reunion. Of course, even with all the insanity from the past season, it still isn’t the most outrageous thing to ever happen in hip hop. No, that honor goes to these crazy album covers!

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The 10 Worst Dressed Stars At The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards

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The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards aired last night and, as always, the show was very entertaining (particularly those cyphers!). It’s refreshing to watch an awards show where penguin suit-wearing attendees aren’t uptight and nervous, but some of the people at the show—we’re looking in your general direction, Joseline Hernandez, Bambi, French Montana and others!—look like they might have gotten dressed after getting a bit tipsy on Ace of Spades. Take a spin through our gallery and let us know if you agree if these hip hop superstars need to step it up next time!

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French Montana’s Favorite Ad-Libs, Long-Awaited Debut, and Relationship With Miley Cyrus

Becoming an overnight success in the music industry can take years, and French Montana hasn’t always been draped in Versace silk. After pulling the plug on his debut album release date in July of last year for an opportunity to join Drake’s Club Paradise Tour, the moment he’s been waiting for has finally arrived: Excuse My French is here. Read more…

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Congrats! Lil Wayne Scores His 100th Billboard Hit

French Montana’s star studded “Pop That” debuted this week on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart at #57, landing Lil Wayne on the charts for the 69th time as a feature. Combine this with his 31 chart entries as a lead act, and – voila! – Lil Wayne has racked up an astronomical 100 appearances on Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Only Jay-Z and the late James Brown have done that before him.

Is Weezy on track to be the best rapper alive? A quick look at the numbers behind his first 100 suggest that it might me so.
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Chris Brown Has A Nasty Chin Gash After Brawl With Drake’s Entourage

Chris Brown And Drake Get Into A Brawl, Chris Suffers Chin Injury

Remember when we said all the boys go crazy over Rihanna? Let’s just say it seems to be more truth than jest. In the latest saga of guys fighting–literally this time–over RiRi, TMZ reports that Chris Brown was injured last night in a brawl with Drake’s entourage at NYC’s WIP nightclub. All the details of exactly what happened are still unfolding, but according to Brown’s tweet, a bottle was thrown by Drake’s crew that hit Brown in the chin. NYDailyNews.com claims it all began when Brown sent over a bottle of champagne to Drake as a sort of peace offering. Drake allegedly returned the bottle of bubbly with a note reading, “I’m still f*cking Rihanna.” Lawdhavemercy. Imagine Drake (or any rapper) taking out an ink pen at the club to write a note.  We need to see the receipts on that one.

Brown rushed to Twitter tweeting a picture of the nasty gash along with a few choice words, “How u party wit rich n**** that hate? Lol… Throwing bottles like girls? #shameonya!” Shortly after the tweet was removed. When the cops arrived to the scene at the wee hours of the morning both crews had already left. Clearly being international superstars means nothing when you have homies that are always down for whatever. Read more…

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Summer Jam Concert Review: Nas And Lauryn Hill Perform In Lieu Of Nicki Minaj

Nas and Lauryn Hill At Hot 97 Summer Jam

In a chain of events few would have expected, Hot 97 Summer Jam was as much about who was performing as it was about who wasn’t performing. By the time Tyga performed “Faded” and “Rack City” there was a dark cloud looming over the nearly 80,000 attendees, and that cloud had nothing to do with the weather. Tyga’s boss, Lil Wayne, had just abruptly pulled the plug on any of his artists performing, including the show’s headliner–Nicki Minaj.

Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg, known for his loose (opinionated) lips introduced Kendrick Lamar during the pre-show and dropped a bombshell that set the tone for the rest of the night. “I know there are some chicks here waiting to sing “Starships” later. I’m not talking to y’all right now. F*ck that bulls*it,” he said to the crowd. “I’m here to talk about real hip-hop s*it.” The YMCMB president got whiff of the perceived diss and tweeted, “Young Money ain’t doing summer jam.” With that one tweet the boss had spoken. But the show did in fact go on. And in a major way.

Opening acts like Maino, Joe Budden and Joel Ortiz rattled through their old hits to a barely there crowd. That didn’t keep Budden from declaring  he and his crew were the “best rappers in the universe.” People started filling in once Waka Flocka hit the stage with the wild, crazy, party energy he seems to carry with him anywhere he goes. The signature Waka Flocka move–shaking his dreads from side to side–was in full effect during “Bustin At Em,” “It’s A Party,” “Hard In the Paint and “I Don’t Really Care.” “No Hands” served as a segue into Wale’s set as the two shared the stage. J. Cole proved he’s studied in the School of Jay-Z as he was the first to perform with a live band. No entourage needed, he commanded the stage with his mere talent.

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Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Roster On Fire With New Addition Omarion

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In the hip-hop game, rare is the artist who is just as successful rapping as they are at running a business. Well, Rick Ross is successfully balancing both as he continues to add to the growing all-star roster of his record label Maybach Music Group (MMG), an imprint under Warner Bros. Records. AllHipHop reported the latest addition to join MMG is former B2K member Omarion, who has had a solo career as an actor and singer for nearly 10 years since the group split. Yesterday Ross announced the news at a press conference moderated by Rap Radar‘s Elliott Wilson at New York City’s Eventi hotel. Per AllHipHop.com, before “Maybach O” (Omarion’s beloved new nickname) was presented, Ross revealed the dates of projects from Omarion’s new labelmates, including Meek Mill, Wale, Teedra Moses, Masspike Miles and, of course, the boss himself–Ross! Read more…