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The BIG List: 66 Most Important Hip-Hop Songs of 2011 (Pg. 6)

"Marvin's Room" - Drake 

Who hasn’t been here before? Everyone from Chris Brown to JoJo tried their hand at remixing this drunk dialing anthem, peeving exes everywhere. It’s emo because it’s true.

"Mr. Nice Watch" - J. Cole Feat. Jay-Z 

Sure Jay-Z took his time (zing!) blessing J. Cole with a witty guest verse over this dubstep-influenced backdrop. Yet Cole’s official knighting was worth the wait.

"My God" - Pusha T

If there were any indication to the type of year producer Hit-Boy would have, it was this early 2011 banger. The Clipse half drops hard white lines on this bumptious standout from Fear of God.

"My Last" - Big Sean Feat. Chris Brown

Big Sean finally graduated to stardom with this Chris Brown-assisted, carpe diem anthem.


"Nasty" - Nas

Esco season returned to unanimous praise when Nas let loose this back-to-basics buzz single this summer, immortalizing Notorious’ Antonique Smith in rhyme (“I’m after the actress who played Faith Evans”).

"New Day" - The Throne (Kanye West and Jay-Z)

While Kanye West reeled off a list of regrets over a mystic Nina Simone sample, Jay-Z’s dedication to Hov(ette) Jr. proved prophetic once Beyoncé bared her baby bump at the MTV Video Music Awards.

"Niggas In Paris" - The Throne (Kanye West and Jay-Z)

Jay-Z and Kanye West performed this anthem song 11 times this past Sunday night, during their tour finale in Vancouver. Nuff’ said.

"No Church In The Wild" - The Throne (Kanye West and Jay-Z) Feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream

Yes, another track from the year's most eventful release. That this four-on-the-floor powered thumper—WTT's intro—gets any play on radio is a wonder. Hov quotes Greek philosopher Socrates, while Kanye West questions the ethics of monogamy. Preach.

"No Sleep" - Wiz Khalifa

When you party, drink and smoke as much as Wiz Khalifa, who has time to catch any Z's? Wiz kept his solo debut rolling up high the charts with this hit single, his second highest charting behind "Black and Yellow."


"Otis" - The Throne (Kanye West and Jay-Z) Feat. Otis Redding

Watch The Throne’s proper lead single, which samples Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness,” became an instant classic once it hit the ’Net. Harkening back to The Blueprint’s hip-hop soul era, Ye-Z trade sophisticatedly ignorant verses on this head-nodding spinner. Haanhh!

"Out Of My Head" - Lupe Fiasco Feat. Trey Songz

Who cares that Lupe Fiasco hates his own album? Radio loved this glitzy collabo with ladies man Trey Songz, making it a record true to its chorus—no one could get it out of their heads.

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Frankie Beverly Shares His Thoughts On Beyonce's Rendition Of "Before I Let Go"

In 1981, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly released a hit that's cemented its presence from cassette tapes to streaming services for your summertime cookout playlist. "Before I Let Go" found a home at the thirteenth spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart during its release, but now its melodies are being housed under a new rendition.

In mid-April, Beyonce gifted fans with her take on the aforementioned single, which debuted to fanfare with the release of her Netflix Homecoming documentary. The program displayed a behind-the-scenes look at the production of her 2018 Coachella performance.

In an interview with Billboard, Beverly said the "All Night" singer's team connected with him "a week or two age" to notify him of the remix. "When they played it, that's when I heard the first draft of it, and I was blown away. It's a blessing," he said. "It's amazing how she works, she's very smart. I'm caught off guard, but in a beautiful way...Then the way she just released it, it's off the chain. She's done so much, this is one of the high points of my life."

On the premise of the original song, Beverly said he reached a crossroads in a past relationship. "It was just up and down, and by the end of it, I wrote a song because I was feeling I needed to get out of it," he shared. "I was so into the girl, but it just wasn't working out. I was thinking, 'What am I gonna do?' and that thought inspired the song. I was going to try to do all of these things 'before I let go.' It was a situation I had to get out of, but I was in love."

The legendary artist also revealed that he never imagined "Before I Let Go" would persevere in this capacity. "It really changed everything for me," he said. "It was a huge song at the time, and it's one of those things this band will be able to carry on forever."

Beyonce's rendition also sparked a #BeforeILetGo challenge which she promoted via her Instagram Story.

finally ! Beyoncé used IG stories for the first time since the first time (once) last year! And this time she used it to share fan videos of the #BeforeILetGoChallenge ! Y’all better go make some videos while she’s blessing y’all on her page! and play the lotto if your featured pic.twitter.com/OdYF4txj4A

— 🇵🇸 FADIA KADER (@FADIA) April 23, 2019


Absolutely Nobody:

My arse: #BeforeILetGoChallenge take 22! Action! pic.twitter.com/kaOXf0QzOv

— SyllabusMag (@SyllabusMag) April 23, 2019

#Get it in, Granma!! This is some inter-generational love. 🖤#BeforeILetGoChallenege pic.twitter.com/CdeEfJXG3i

— AliyatLecky (@aliyatlecky) April 25, 2019

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13-Year-Old Texas Girl Dies After Being Jumped Three Teenage Girls

A 13-year-old Texas girl was placed on life support after being jumped by three teenage girls last week, and the New York Daily News confirms the teen died.

Kashala Francis was walking home from Attucks Middle School Thursday (April 18) when she was jumped by two girls and kicked in the head by another. Cellphone recording of the incident shows the attackers laughing.

The girl's mother Mamie Jackson told reporters that Kashala came home with a bruise on her face, told her what happened but insisted she was fine. However, things quickly got worse.

That following Saturday, Jackson says Kashala went to a family member's house and was told she became delusional but was able to gather her bearings. On Sunday (April 21) Kashala called her mother and complained she felt weak and had a painful headache before lying down.

Jackson said soon after she called the ambulance because Kashala was unconscious. While at Texas Children's Hospital, it was discovered she had a tumor in the back of her head and had fluid buildup in her brain.

On Wednesday morning (April 24) Kashala died. Pending an autopsy, it's unclear if the young girl had the tumor prior to the fight, or if being kicked in the head caused the tumor, which resulted in her death. Until the autopsy can make the distinction, the case is being investigated as a homicide.

In an emailed stated to The Daily News, the school district stated it's offering students access to grief counselors.

"[The district] is deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our students. We extend our sincere condolences to the student’s family, friends, teachers, and classmates."

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Blac Chyna Will Be Taking Harvard University Business Courses

It looks like Blac Chyna is taking her business goals very seriously, and will be continuing her schooling online at one of the country's most prestigious universities.

Per TMZ, Chyna has been admitted to online business courses at Harvard University. Her acceptance letter was sent to her on Monday (April 22), and she will be enrolled in a program called "Business Analytics."

Per Harvard's website, the course's curriculum "explores current topics in business analytics, such as quantitative methods, business and financial statistics, emerging ideas and technologies, big data, and data visualization." She will also reportedly "develop and test hypotheses, craft sound survey questions and draw conclusions from population samples."

"Where I'm at now is a stage of realization and growth!" Chyna told the gossip site about her new chapter. "I want to be great for myself and my kids. School is going to help me take things up a couple of notches. People are always talking about me, might as well talk about the good. I'm excited for the next chapter."

Earlier this week, Chyna wrote a lengthy statement on Instagram regarding change and growth.

"Blac Chyna doesn’t define Angela White as a person,” she wrote. “At 30, I am overwhelmed with the blessings I have. Being A mother of two amazing children. I don’t talk on things often, but I promise to give you guys more of me. Angela White perspective.”

Congrats to Ms. White on her exciting and challenging new chapter.


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Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as being where you do not belong! #newbeginnings

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