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The BIG List: 66 Most Important Hip-Hop Songs of 2011 (Pg. 2)

A

"Anti-Freeze" - Pac Div

Pac Div’s ultra-cool single from Mania! swaggers over a sparse break beat and lethargic synths. 

B

"Bait" - Wale

Go to a club in the DMV area and watch how ratchet the party goes when Tone P.’s stuttering synthesizer drops. How can you not cook to Wale’s chants of “work”?

"Ballin'" - Young Jeezy Feat. Lil Wayne

If 2011 is the year that Young Jeezy got his swag back, “Ballin’” was the record that first motivated thugs and fans alike to hop back on the Snowman’s sled.

"Blue Sky" - Common

No ID chopped up a stirring Electric Light Orchestra sample for the second single of The Dreamer/The Believer, allowing Common’s vitalized raps to resonate. 

C

"Can't Get Enough" - J. Cole Feat. Trey Songz

Nymphos could relate to this feel-good, Latin-influenced single—the first from Cole World: The Sideline Story to universally connect.

D

"Dance (Ass) (Remix)" - Big Sean Feat. Nicki Minaj

Sampling MC Hammer, Big Sean’s percussive ode to derrières was already a club classic before Nicki Minaj laced it with one of her dopest, most catchy verses to date. Poking fun at her own ass shots chatter, Barb proves she’s not afraid of being the butt of her own joke.

"Donald Trump" - Mac Miller

You know you’ve made it when you’ve got a filthy rich mogul like Donald Trump shouting you out. But D.T. was merely returning the favor to an indie rap kid from Pittsburgh who blew up big—much on the strength of this aspirational hit. 

"Dreamin'" - Big K.R.I.T.

Big K.R.I.T.’s inspirational single from Return Of 4Eva cues up a bluesy ambiance to backtrack the Mississippi MC’s ascent. Don’t sleep on it. 

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Pro-footballer Marshawn Lynch might take another indefinite break from the National Football League. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Lynch will step away from the turf "after two seasons playing for his hometown Oakland Raiders."

CBS Sports reports Lynch prepared to share his decision on staying in the league or exiting after the NFL Draft, which is set to take place on Thursday (April 25). He's been with the Raiders since 2017.

Prior to suiting up for his hometown's team, Lynch launched his pro career with the Buffalo Bills where he was stationed from 2007-2010. Following that stint, the 33-year-old entrepreneur traveled across the country to play for the Seattle Seahawks from 2010-2015.

Following his last year with the Seahawks, Lynch publicized his retirement by posting a picture of hanged up cleats on Twitter. In 2017, Lynch laced up once more to join the Oakland Raiders. During a press conference, Lynch shared that he wanted to play for the team before their move to Las Vegas, as a symbol to young children that someone from their town is a part of this movement.

"With me being from here and continuing to be here, it gives them an opportunity to see someone who actually did it, who is from where they're from, someone they probably idolized," he said, per USA Today. Lynch also shared the atmosphere he would encounter on game days.

"The way we feel about where we're from, and why we represent so hard is because we know what the struggle is and how we get down," he said. "Every home game that I get to come to this [stadium], I'm probably going to be riding with the whole town."

After two seasons playing for his hometown Oakland Raiders, Marshawn Lynch is not planning to play football again, league sources tell ESPN.

Now, with the three-day draft kicking off Thursday night in Nashville, the Raiders have one more potential need to address: running back.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2019

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Lee Daniels Details 'Empire' Cast's Latest Feelings About Jussie Smollett

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"The cast is upset," he admitted. "It is a sad time and we are slowly healing."

Daniels did not reveal whether the cast believes Smollett staged his alleged hate crime earlier this year, but he said that he will not judge him. "What I am learning right now is that I can’t judge," he explained. "That that judgment is for that man wearing that black coat with a gavel and God. I can only support him because he is like my son, he is my son, so I am with him. I can only support him and I can only give him compassion."

As previously reported, the actor, who stars as Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox drama, told Chicago police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on Jan. 29. As the investigation continued, the attention turned to Smollett. He was arrested on Feb. 20, and indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report and allegedly staging the incident. Those charges were subsequently dropped, but the city of Chicago is suing the actor for $130,000 for the time spent investigating the matter.

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As previously reported, Woods was busted kissing Thompson, Khloe Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend, during a party at his house. After her Red Table Talk interview, Khloe attempted to blame Woods for ruining her family, but after receiving backlash, the reality star changed her tune.

During an appearance at Nigeria’s Homecoming Festival last weekend, Woods spoke about how the public backlash gave her an understanding of what it feels like to be a black woman.

“My little sister was bullied in school and I wanted to show her that if I was bullied by the world you can [get through it],” she said in a video from a panel discussion that was published by the Daily Mail. “I understood for the first time what it’s like being a black woman in  society, and how we can be so disrespected and nobody can really understand to that extent until you have to live it.”

The appearance in Nigeria marked Woods’ first trip to the Motherland. Despite being bullied online, Woods has seemingly bounced back stronger than before the Kardashian drama. After her initial interview with Jada Pinkett-Smith, Woods was flooded with support and has reportedly been scoring various business opportunities in light of the incident.

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