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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.

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"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."

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"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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"I actually reached out to his mother personally,” the rapper said during an appearance on radio's "The Breakfast Club" on Monday (Dec. 10). "I apologized to her because I didn’t know she would be in attendance… I wouldn’t walk back any of my statements because what I said, I meant. And some more truth came to light not long after."

He also mentioned that although his timing was inappropriate, his talking points were important and necessary. "At the end of the day, I do think that the conversation that I was trying to bring up and that I did bring up is a super necessary conversation," he continued. "Maybe the way of going about it was not the best for the time, but I think the conversation is one that had to be had – talking about violence against women and misogyny in hip-hop, but particularly violence against women. I had a lot of people on the low reach out to me and thank me for that."

As previously mentioned, XXXTentacion was accused of physically abusing his then-pregnant, ex-girlfriend. Vic's freestyle included the lines: "Only time you bear arms is in a wife beater, loser/Your favorite rapper is an abuser." Weeks after the viral diss, audio obtained by Pitchfork, revealed the rapper admitting to committing physical harm against her and others.

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Romeo May Have Landed A Role In 'Bad Boys For Life'

Bad Boys 3 is officially going down, and there's going to be a lot of new changes. The biggest change seems to be major additions to the film's cast. In fact, Romeo Miller recently hopped on social media on Tuesday (Dec. 11), suggesting that he could be the newest addition to the Bad Boys team.

Romeo shared a photo of an email for a callback to the Bad Boys set on his Instagram Stories on Dec. 11. "When you get callbacks and opportunity to work alongside your idols, @martinlawrence and @willsmith, you go study and go ghost," the rapper-turned-actor said, mentioning stars Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.

Romeo isn't the only hip-hop star to possibly land a role in the forthcoming movie. Nicky Jam also suggested he was going out for a part during an interview with TMZ in Nov. 2018. "I actually came her because I'm doing a casting for a movie," he said at the time.

As previously reported Will Smith and Martin Lawrence announced that the third installment of the Bad Boys franchise is finally happening after years of negotiating. The upcoming film, entitled, Bad Boys For Life, is expected to premiere in Jan. 2020.

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Looks like #Romeo May be joining the #BadBoys3 crew! Are y’all here for it, #Roomies!?

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Safaree Says He's Over His Beef With Meek Mill: "He Ain't On No B.S"

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He also stated that he's moving on and focusing his energy elsewhere. "It was what it was. The s**t happened. Ain't nobody die. I'm over that."

As previously reported, Safaree and Meek's beef started in 2017, over what seemed to be the common denominator: Nicki Minaj. Meek started dating the rapper after her 10-year long romance with the Love & Hip Hop star.

Things escalated after Safaree accused Meek and his crew of jumping him during the 2017 BET Awards weekend in Los Angeles. Footage taken during the incident shows Safaree talking to some people at the same time that Meek hops out of his vehicle a couple of feet away. Soon after, someone is seen throwing a punch at Safaree. At the time, Safaree called Meek the "biggest pu**y on the planet, but he clearly has a change of heart now.

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