Kendrick Lamar gets some love from his mentor Dr. Dre and veteran rappers Andre 3000 and Pharrell prior to the release of his major label debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. Watch the video of the studio session via Rolling Stone and see what Pharrell tweeted. [Rap-Up]

Check out the inspiration behind Miguel's "Adorn." [KSYDC]

Ever wonder what Alicia Keys smells like? Listeners of "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" got an idea, when she appeared on the show. Click the link to find out. [RickeySmiley]

Plans are underway for the first R&B Hall of Fame Museum and recent announcements have placed Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston at the top of the list of inductees. [Singersroom]

Wondering whether Pitchfork's incriminating video with Chief Keef will land him back in Juvenile Hall? Noisey Music over at VICE asked a lawyer what the rapper's chances of getting charged are.


Snoop Dogg (Lion) celebrates his 40th birthday tomorrow (Oct. 20). Here's a recap of what the the rapper has been up to in the last year of his thirties. [MTV Rap Fix]

Lil Wayne says that he is unaware of the backlash his extremely negative comments about New York City had caused, and that he continues to remain apathetic to any consequences his actions might have. [Rap Radar]

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