Beyoncé’s 4 Debuts At #1

Just when people thought her album would flop, King B returned to the top of the charts proving all the naysayers wrong. Despite the low buzz of her first two singles “Run the World (Girls)” and “Best Thing I Never Had,” and 4 leaking three weeks before its release date, 4 pulled in 313,420 copies in its first week. In the words of Necole Bitchie, “Who Run The Charts? Beyoncé!”

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Nicki Minaj’s Cousin Killed In Brooklyn Shooting At 27

Nicki Minaj is mourning the loss of her 27-year-old cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, who was killed last night in Brooklyn, New York. Clearly upset, she took to Twitter saying:

“Lived in Brooklyn his whole life. My precious cousin. My baby. Killed last nite.”

Before this morning, little was known on Nicki’s cousin or how the incident yesterday night occurred. New details have been released by The New York Daily News:

Telemaque had just left C-PAC nightclub just blocks from his home when he was shot multiple times in his torso at E. 52nd St. and Farragut Road in East Flatbush about 2:40 am, cops and a relative said.

“It’s disgusting,” said Roger Clarke, 41. “Young kids, they don’t value someone’s life.”

Telemaque, who has prior arrests for possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license, died soon after he was taken to Kings County Hospital.

This is so tragic. My condolences go out to Nicki and her family.

(Source: Clutchmag)

MUSIC VIDEO: Erykah Badu – “Out My Mind, Just In Time”

Check out the video for “Out My Mind, Just In Time,” from Ms. Badu’s latest album, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh).

VIDEO: Female MC Patwa Spits Two New Freestyles

The former-bballer-turned-Bronx-rapper Patwa is still on her grind. Check out the latest freestyles from the femcee whose flow is often compared to Shyne.

Follow her  on twitter @officialpatwa.

Video: Kanye West’s Old School Jam Session At The Essence Music Festival

From the R&B sounds of Stevie Wonder and Al Green to fresh joints of BBD and Guy, Kanye West paid homage to the classic records that have inspired his career during his set at this year’s Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

VIDEO: D-Nice’s Documentary Series, “True Hip-Hop Stories”

Derrick Jones, the DJ, old-school rapper, beatboxer, and photographer better known by the moniker D-Nice, filmed some of hip-hop’s most notable artists from the old-school to the new school era and compiled them into an online documentary series entitled, True Hip-Hop Stories. From Monie Love to a homeless rapper from Brooklyn, watch as these artists explain the inspirations behind their classic songs, reveal some of their most memorable moments experiences, and discuss the state of hip-hop today.

Monie Love

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VIDEO: Jasmine Mans & Alysia Harris – “Black and Blue” [Spoken Word]

Poets Jasmine Mans and Alysia Harris performed an intense piece entitled “Black and Blue” at Le Poisson Rouge for The Strivers Row showcase, “Dean’s List 2: Extra Credit.” Check it out!

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