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Meek Mill Addresses Hurricane Sandy’s Effect on Sales, Irish Band Snubs Chris Brown & More

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Meek Mill‘s debut LP, Dreams and Nightmares, was released Tuesday (Oct. 30), coinciding with Hurricane Sandy, and shifting the young Philly rapper’s attention. “My focus wasn’t on stores being closed. I had a packed house, filled with my family, making sure they were good during this storm.” Good to see a rapper with priorities intact. [Rap-Up]

Irish band Original Rude Boys turned down the opportunity to share the stage with Chris Brown. “Our latest single ‘Blue Eyes’ being about domestic violence it goes against everything we are about as a band and supporting Chris Brown would send out the wrong message to our fans,” the band explained. Love seeing this interpreted as “Chris Brown can’t get a break.” C’mon. [SingersRoom]

Guess what “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” stars Steve J and Joseline‘s porn star names would be? Ugh. [HotSpotATL]

Though his release date has now been pushed back to Dec. 11, check out photos from Big Boi‘s “Mama Told Me” video shoot with Kelly Rowland. Mama told Kelly to wear a pants suit without a shirt? [DefJam]

Odd Future‘s Earl Sweatshirt gets introspective on his new cut “Chum,” discussing his feelings of abandonment, racial identity and the media. Well done. [SoundCloud]

Check out Talib Kweli on Anthony Bourdain’s show “No Reservations,” discussing gentrification and change in NYC. “We have black guys with colorful tank tops, riding their skateboards, changing the color of their hair. When I was coming up, it was one uniform. If you didn’t have on Polo and Tommy Hilfiger, what are you doing? Now, people are defining their own thing, and it’s a beautiful thing.” That’s dope. [HipHopDX]

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