According to a Vibe magazine, Eminem is the Best Rapper Alive ... [Vibe]

Kanye West sat down with Ellen DeGeneres and talked about life after his mother's death. The rapper/producer also previewed the video for his new single 'Love Lockdown' ... [MTV]

John Legend and Raphael Saadiq will join forces for a U.S. fall trek, beginning Nov. 19 in Minneapolis, wrapping Dec. 13 in Durham, N.C. ... [Billboard]

Afrika Bambaataa will participate in a free two-day conference to help preserve hip-hop's origins via the "Born in the Bronx: The Legacy and Evolution of Hip Hop" collection at Cornell University later this month ... [SOHH]