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BET Cyphers 2012: T.I., Snoop, Kendrick Lamar, Mystikal & Many More Rap — Videos

If the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards are the Super Bowl, then the cyphers are the halftime show, and this year's pairings offered up a quite a few surprises.

With DJ Premier manning the wheels, T.I. captained his Grand Hustle crew through choppy waters, while the West

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DJ Premier Calls Bieber ‘Honey’ for Ghostwritten Raps

The 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards made more headlines for their cyphers featuring the likes of Slaughterhouse -- Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce da 5'9" and Crooked I -- Eminem, Estelle -- yes, she raps -- Nitty Scott, Pill, Busta Rhymes and a slew of others spitting off on-the-spot rhymes, than the performances that actually took place during the ceremony.

DJ Premier, one of hip-hop's lauded figures, didn't grab the mic during the talked ab

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Mac Miller Talks Beats, Working With DJ Premier

In a recent interview during the Washington, D.C. stop on his Incredibly Dope tour, Wiz Khalifa protégé Mac Miller discussed his beat selection process, explaining that he approaches his production

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DJ Premier Contributes to ‘L.A. Noire Remixed EP’

Verve Records and Rockstar Games are releasing an 'LA Noire Remixed EP' that features the talents of DJ Premier and other notable DJ, producers and remixers. 'L.A. Noire' is a new, crime thriller video game

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Aria Publishes 16lbs. and $300 Worth of Hip-Hop Knowledge

In the last year, hip-hop book publishing has seen its greatest period to date with the release of Jay-Z's 'Decoded,' the controversial 'Anthology of Rap' and Dan Charnas' truly excellent 'The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop.' Next up on the hip-hop booklist is the most l

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DJ Premier Refocuses After Death of Guru — Video Interview

In 2010, DJ Premier had the misfortune of dealing with the loss of Guru -- one half of Gang Starr. The producer, who'd long been doing his own thing since parting ties with Guru in the '90s, managed to move pas

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Kool Herc: Should Labels and Artists Foot His Medical Bill?

Similar to blues, hip-hop is an industry that has built on its own history while often leaving its true forefathers in the dust as others experience success on their backs. Cite the case of the genre's "Godfather" Kool Herc as an example.

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Diggy Simmons Releases New Mixtape With DJ Premier

Diggy Simmons inked his first deal with Atlantic Records in March, after his freestyle over Nas' 'Made You Look' went viral and perked up some ears in the industry. On Thursday (Dec. 23), the 15-year-old rapper dropped his latest mixtape, 'Past Presents Future,'

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Waka Flocka’s Mom Denies Gang Affiliation — Say What!

Debra Antney was frustrated recently, when her son Waka Flocka's house was raided by police, who referred to her as "the Candy Lady," and accused her of running a prostitution ring. "There's nothing going on for you to kick a door in," she said. "We were really surprised, but the nei

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Saigon Says Jay-Z Took His Beats — Say What!

Saigon recently revealed that Jay-Z took a bunch of the beats Just Blaze made for him, including the one that became "Kingdom Come." "Jay-Z was jacking for beats baby," Saigon explained. "We were working at Baseline and we'r

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