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Prodigy: 10 Essential Tracks From the Mobb Deep MC

Rapper Prodigy died at the age of 42, but his legacy of mixing street-level grit with emotional heft lives on<p>Albert "Prodigy" Johnson, one of the …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How Paul George Became Most Prized Player in NBA Arms Race

Wherever the Indiana Pacers star ends up could change the power structure in basketball for years to come<p>Paul George has made it known that he won't …

NBA

For Jay Z And New Album '4:44,' Timing Is Everything

Jay Z and Beyoncé welcomed twins to the world this past weekend, but hip-hop’s second-wealthiest mogul didn’t take long to get back to business. Jay Z’s new album, <i>4:44</i>, was announced through a tweet directing fans to the website of his Sprint-backed Tidal streaming service.<p>“Become a Sprint customer …

Music

Cuba to Trump: US in no 'condition to lecture us' on human rights

<b>(CNN) —</b> Responding to President Donald Trump's announcement Friday that he is reversing the Obama administration's steps to normalize relations with Cuba, the Castro government said the US is in no "condition to lecture us."<p>Trump's speech in Miami to announce the rollback was "full of hostile …

Cuba

Metro Boomin, Amine, and Cam’ron Rocked Dew Tour 2017

Dew Tour is truly an Experience you have to see to believe. Sure, we’ve got the best skaters in the world competing for the Team Challenge title, Pro …

Extreme Sports

Beyoncé and Jay Z's Twins Were Born Premature, Remain in Hospital With "Minor" Health Issue

We hope everything's okay!<p>The internet rejoiced after the arrival of Beyoncé and Jay Z's twins — a boy and a girl — but even though she gave birth to …

Old laptop batteries power a beater BMW to a Guinness record for long-range EVs

Tesla's Model S 100D is the king of the hill when it comes to range in the electric car segment. According to the EPA, it can travel for 335 miles on a single charge. A California-based company called IT Asset Partners (ITAP) set out to build a sedan that can travel farther using largely recycled …

Electric Vehicles

Trump retains assets worth at least $1.4 billion, new disclosure shows

President Trump reported on a new financial disclosure that his far-flung real estate and hotel assets are worth at least $1.4 billion, a stark illustration of the complex financial interests he has maintained in the White House.<p>The report, which the president voluntarily filed with the Office of …

Donald Trump

Cuba rejects Donald Trump's 'hostile rhetoric'

Government denounces new US restrictions on trade and travel, saying attempts to change its political system will fail.<p>The Cuban government of Raul Castro has criticised Donald Trump's "hostile rhetoric" in announcing new restrictions on US ties to the country, but repeated its willingness to hold …

Cuba

Jay Z Is Going To Bail Out Dads For Father’s Day

In a new op-ed, the rapper puts the “exploitative” bail industry on blast.<p>Jay Z tackles the injustices of the American prison system and the business …

Father's Day

Amazon patents blocking price comparisons in its stores

Amazon dominates online shopping and is now look offline for further expansion, with Amazon stores slowly starting to pop up in the real world. But don't expect everything to be the same inside these stores, including your ability to compare prices.<p>Squawker brought our attention to a new patent …

Amazon

The US just sold $500 million of arms to Saudi Arabia, keeping the Middle East’s nastiest conflicts inflamed

A game-changing event happened this past Tuesday, and it wasn’t attorney general Jeff Sessions testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee.<p>While Sessions was getting grilled, other senators were debating the wisdom of selling a roughly $500 million package of air-to-ground, GPS-guided …

Middle East

Protesters of Castile shooting largely cleared from freeway

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook.<p>Castile's family stormed out of the courtroom after the verdict was …

Policing

What Amazon buying Whole Foods means for Instacart

Amazon is buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. The main feature of the purchase is a mainstream grocer with more than 430 physical stores. But Amazon is also picking up Whole Foods’ stake in Instacart, a grocery-delivery startup valued at $3.4 billion, whose founder and chief executive got his …

Whole Foods

Pharrell, Katy Perry, and Big Sean spill some feels on a new Calvin Harris track

If you're a popular musician not on DJ Khaled's star-studded album this year, you're probably on Calvin Harris' forthcoming <i>Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1.</i><p>The Scottish DJ has dropped another song in preparation for the album's June 30th release and it's a sunny treat.<p>Harris brings aboard Taylor Swift's …

Music

Industry Executives Express Cautious Optimism About Grammys' Rap Changes: 'We Need People Who Understand the Culture'

The urban music industry weighs in on the Recording Academy’s decision to add a rap nomination review committee.<p>While the Recording Academy’s …

Music

Jay Z May Have Deaded Three Decades of Rap Beef in a Single Tweetstorm

Last night, Jay Z got another feather added to his already filled cap: he became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Anchors report the news using Tupac lyrics and it's a little awkward

Atlanta news station WSB-TV found a way to celebrate Tupac's birthday while doing their jobs at the same time. The anchors spiced up their segments by throwing in some lyrics from the late rapper in their reporting, just in time for the Tupac biopic <i>All Eyez on Me</i><i>.</i><p>It's low-key cringe-y and high-key …

Music

Jada Pinkett-Smith Slams Tupac Shakur Biopic 'All Eyez on Me'

"The reimagining of my relationship to Pac has been deeply hurtful," actress says<p>Jada Pinkett-Smith, who befriended Tupac Shakur early in the …

Entertainment

'All Eyez on Me' Director Explains Bringing Tupac to Life in 2017

<i>This article originally appeared on Noisey US.</i><p>Last September marked 20 years since Tupac Shakur was killed in a still-unsolved murder on the Las Vegas strip. Seasons change, years pass, we litigate and re-litigate bizarre and exhausting style wars over the present and future of hip-hop. And yet, …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Woman sues casino that offered her steak dinner instead of $43 million jackpot

A slot machine told her she hit a massive jackpot, but the casino claimed it was a machine error and offered her a meal on the house. Now, she's taking this to court.<p>Katrina Bookman captured national attention last year when she played a "Sphinx Slot Machine" at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New …

Las Vegas

Barack Obama paid tribute to Jay-Z during the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction

Barack Obama has a few kind words for his friend and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Jay-Z.<p>In a pre-recorded clip that played during Thursday night’s ceremony, the former president gave a brief tribute to Jay-Z, citing the commonalities that draw them to one another.<p>This includes, of course, that …

Music

Amazon’s cashier-free Go stores may only need six human employees

From three to a max of 10 employees<p>Amazon’s bold checkout-free convenience store concept has only one location today, but if the company’s expansion plans pan out, we could start seeing a radical rethinking of physical retail nationwide. According to the <i>New York Post</i>, Amazon plans to mandate that …

Amazon

Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous+ achieves record 2.28-second 0-60 mph and 10.5-sec 1/4 mile in new Motor Trend tests

With the introduction of the P100D with Ludicrous mode, Tesla’s Model S officially became a ’10-second-car’ with a 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 2.5 seconds. But the company kept improving on the software and was able to shave just over a tenth of a second with a software upgrade that has been …

Tesla Model 3: the ultimate eye-candy gallery to hold you over until ‘part 3 of the unveiling’

There are over 400,000 Tesla Model 3 reservation holders patiently (some impatiently) waiting for the vehicle. If Tesla sticks to its production plan, some of them will be able to get their vehicles toward the end of the year, but most of them will have to wait until 2018.<p>We should see the vehicle …

Eminem Calls Donald Trump "a Bitch" In New Song

"I’ll make his whole brand go under,” the rapper says.<p>Social media was in a frenzy on Friday morning after the release of rapper Big Sean’s new …

The Best Rapper Alive, Every Year Since 1979

Rap fans tend to get into arguments with other rap fans, and it doesn't take much more than someone declaring their Favorite Rapper. Your favorite …

Kylie Jenner Dresses As Christina Aguilera As She Attends Singer’s Birthday Party

Kylie Jenner brought out her Christina Aguilera costume in honor of the singer’s 36th birthday. The 19-year-old wore a black and yellow bra top and …