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The BIG List: 66 Most Important Hip-Hop Songs of 2011 (Pg. 5)

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"John" - Lil Wayne Feat. Rick Ross

At first, this just sounds like a rehash of Teflon Don’s intro track, “I’m Not A Star.” But upon further listen—yeah, still sounds like Rozay’s track. Yet producer Polow da Don’s cascading synths and Weezy’s drawl helped this John Lennon dedication kill the charts.

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"Let It Fly" - Maino Feat. Roscoe Dash

Hookmaster Dash chants a catchy chorus on the celebratory first single from Maino’s sophomore album, The Day After Tomorrow, leading to a mega remix featuring DJ Khaled, Ace Hood, Meek Mill, Jim Jones & Wale.

"Lighters" - Bad Meets Evil (Eminem and Royce Da 5'9") Feat. Bruno Mars

Eminem and Bruno Mars on the same track? Seems bizarre, yet the hit-making songwriter/singer lent a delicate touch to this inspirational collaboration from Bad Meets Evil’s Hell: The Sequel EP.

"Like Smoke" - Amy Winehouse Feat. Nas

Salaam Remi salvaged this unfinished Winehouse cut, adding a couple energized Nas verses questioning the UK soul queen’s untimely death, lamenting his own misfortunes and even tapping into Amy’s cheeky sense of humor with a lewd joke about penguin anatomy. 

"Look At Me Now" - Chris Brown Feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne

The fact that an R&B singer had one of the year’s most outstanding rap records—over a head-nodding Diplo track—is a feat in itself. Add Busta and Lil Wayne’s rapid-fire raps and you’ve got an anthem that’s ruled for nearly 365 days strong.

"Lotus Flower Bomb" - Wale Feat. Miguel 

Wale namedrops ladies’ favorite fragrance on this suggestive, chart-topping single from Ambition.

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"Make My" - The Roots Feat. Big K.R.I.T. 

This somber track off undun finds The Roots in full soul-searching mode, as guest spitter Big K.R.I.T. rhymes: “Saying grace over lobster and steak/Like please forgive us for riding Benzes with camera plates/Too busy looking backwards for jackers to pump my brakes.”

"Mama's Boyfriend" - Kanye West

The beat ended up being a fraud, but still, this unreleased song from Mr. West, which he performed at Facebook’s HQs last year, poignantly put a soundtrack to the stepfather blues (“You ain’t interested in me, you just trying to fuck my mom”). Just imagine this over the original Q-Tip and Lex Luger productions.

"Marvin and Chardonnay" - Big Sean Feat. Kanye West and Roscoe Dash 

Hol’ up! Mentor and protégé Kanye West and Big Sean link for this ultra-catchy, near-summer anthem. Sean kind of coasts here, yet ‘Ye’s slapstick lyrics—“She’s so cool, give head with her shades on (Whoa!)”—make this one of the year’s most fun records.

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Ebro Calls Out Kodak Black For Sexual Assault During Interview

The Internet's latest victim of unwarranted hate is Ebro Darden, host of Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning. currently awaiting trialThe Internet is split on Darden's attempt to try to discuss Kodak Black's sexual assault allegations. He is for charges of criminal sexual conduct from a sexual assault indictment in 2017.

During the rapper's visit to the radio show on Wednesday (Dec. 12), everything seemed fine and dandy. However, around 15-minutes in, Ebro brought up the Floridian's current sexual assault case.

“Look man, at this point, it’s a pleasure to meet you man,” Ebro says near the 15-minute mark of the 17-minute interview. “You know, looking at all your cases and everything you’ve been through, and I know the recent one right now is very sensitive. Respect to everybody involved in that case, we can’t get into details today… We take sexual assault here serious. We can’t get into details, but we hope to have you back, so that we can have a deeper conversation about that. It’s a serious topic, we’re hearing these stories a lot."

Peter Rosenberg swiftly tries to deflect from the conversation by asking Kodak if the moon landing of 1969 was a conspiracy. However, Ebro brings up the musician's clear anxiety over the fact that he brought up the case.

"I feel like sometimes, when n***as like me are going through sh*t, y'all be entertained," says Kodak as he squirms in his chair. "Like, change the subject... talk about something else." Ebro then brings up that they tried to change the subject, and if there's nothing left to discuss, the interview could be over. At that point, Kodak gets up from the mic and walks away.

On Twitter after the interview began to gain virality, Ebro wrote that he did not discuss any specifics about the case, and that he was just trying to have a "balanced" conversation. While many members of the Twittersphere are praising Ebro for attempting to have a conversation about the elephant in the room, others are calling him out for "baiting" and bringing up something that "he shouldn't have brought up."

What are your thoughts?

I was tryna have a balanced convo with Kodak Black & not ignore the serious allegations against him but also not ask specifics to make his situation worse... and he wanna get an attitude with me?? Nah....

— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) December 12, 2018

He’s young black rich and ignorant. He was suppose to be uncomfortable about it.

— Nisha2much (@NautiNish) December 13, 2018

If you bring it up then say "we cant get into details tho" thats not a balanced convo thats baiting

— Scam SZN (@SumBlaqGuy) December 12, 2018

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Sir Elton John covered Khalid's 'American Teen' single for Spotify Singles.
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Sir Elton John Covers Khalid's "Young Dumb And Broke"

Khalid has had the opportunity to cover songs from some legendary musicians like Tracy Chapman. Now, the tables have turned. Sir Elton John recently covered the Texan’s 2017 hit “Young Dumb & Broke.”

The “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” musician reworked Khalid’s American Teen track for the Spotify Singles series. In a statement, he praised the young musician’s growth, and he called the song “one of [his] favorites.” Khalid can be heard at the end of the Elton version singing along.

“I discovered Khalid’s music a few years ago, and have been a fan ever since,” Sir Elton wrote. “We finally met when I played his home town of El Paso last year. It’s a thrill to be a small part of any new artist’s journey, and it’s been wonderful to see his star continue to rise and rise. ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ is a fabulous song, one of my favorites, and I’m really pleased that he liked my cover enough to contribute vocals.”

This wouldn’t be the first time Sir Elton has praised members of the newer generation of music. His song “Rocket Man” is sampled in Young Thug’s On The Rvn EP. In the past, he’s sung Thugger’s praises, namely in a 2015 interview with Noisey, where he noted he enjoyed how he pushed the boundaries of hip-hop.

Listen to Sir Elton John’s cover below.

this is so crazy Thank you so much @eltonofficial pic.twitter.com/QVkQjqCSuM

— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) December 12, 2018

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'Sesame Street' Praised For The Inclusion Of Homeless Character

Sesame Street continues its crusade to include statement-making characters on their block. This time around, families will be introduced to Lily, the show’s first homeless character.

According to USA Today, Lily- an adorable hot pink, red haired puppet- was first introduced to the show in 2011, but in new online clips, Lily opens up about being homeless and staying with friends.

"Now we don't have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we'll ever have our own home," she says to Elmo in one clip. In her initial appearances on the show, Lily discusses her family’s food insecurities, meaning they didn’t have much to eat.

“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma – the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home, and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

“We want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them, and giving them hope for the future," she continues. "We want them to know that they are not alone and home is more than a house or an apartment – home is wherever the love lives.”

In recent years, Sesame Street has introduced a slew of ground-breaking new characters, including Julia, a puppet with autism, and Alex, a character whose father is incarcerated.

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