1. Biggie Smalls — “Somebody’s Gotta Die” (Serial Theme Remix by Fafu) (AUDIO).

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    And if you don’t know, now you know: Not gonna front, didn’t know what the Serial podcast was until today. This was a cool introduction.
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  2. (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 12.17.14

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    (Photos, clockwise from far left; Missy Elliott, Joe Fudge/The Daily Press, via Associated Press; Notorious B.I.G., Clarence Davis/New York Daily News Archive, via Getty; Tupac Shakur, Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives, via Getty; Salt-N-Pepa, David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives, via Getty; LL Cool J, Michael Ochs Archives, via Getty)

    1. Classic Hip-Hop Is Spreading on the Radio Dial.
    “Oldies radio used to mean Johnny Mathis and the Four Seasons. Now it’s Tupac Shakur and LL Cool J.” By Ben Sisario.
    [New York Times]

    2. D’Angelo’s Black Messiah Was Released in Response to Protests.
    “After a grand jury didn’t indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer last month in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, D’Angelo called his co-manager Kevin Liles. ‘He said: ‘Do you believe this? Do you believe it?’ Mr. Liles said. ‘And then we just sat there in silence. That is when I knew he wanted to say something.’” By Joe Coscarelli.
    [New York Times]
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  3. Adrian Younge —
    Boiler Room New York DJ Set (VIDEO).

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    Third member of PRhyme on the wheels.
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  4. Questlove’s Neverending Quest For Patti LaBelle’s Soul Food.
    (ANIMATED VIDEO).

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    The Roots drummer can’t get a drumstick.
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  5. Nas and Russell Simmons at the Millions March NYC Demonstration (VIDEO).

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    “[People] don’t know that there are solutions that are reasonable. And that’s what I think we’re working on.”Russell Simmons.

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  6. Chris Rock Recites Ice Cube Lyrics from N.W.A’s “Gangsta Gangsta” (VIDEO).

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    “Charlie Rose, what the fuck are they yellin’?”
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  7. Tragedy Khadafi — Pre-Magnum Opus
    (ALBUM STREAM).

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    Featuring Fame, Meyhem Lauren, Royal Flush, Illa Ghee, and more.
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