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The BIG List: 66 Most Important Hip-Hop Songs of 2011 (Pg. 7)

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"Peso" - ASAP Rocky 

That pretty motherfucker ASAP Rocky earned his spotlight—and reported $3 million deal with Polo Grounds Music/RCA—thanks to this chopped-and-screwed favorite.

"Preacher" - Saigon Feat. Lee Fields & The Expressions

In limbo for damn near five years, Saigon’s fabled debut finally dropped in February. This pulpit-challenging cut is perhaps the real-talk LP’s most controversial, accusing church leaders of extorting its people in the name of religion. Talk about spitting truth to power.

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"Rack City" - Tyga 

A late-in-the-year bloomer, this 808s-powered Drake leftover will continue racking up spins well past the release of Tyga’s 2012 sophomore album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King.

"Racks" - YC Worldwide Feat. Future

Auto-Tuned to inhuman extremes, you couldn’t even mention this guilty pleasure without air-stacking your hands, palms down.

"Rigamortis" - Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar spits heat rock over a brassy Willie B production from Section.80 that Busta Rhymes later stunted on. Try to keep up at your own demise.

"Roll Up" - Wiz Khalifa

The follow-up to "Black and Yellow," this mushy, sing-songy dedication to a special lady has built-in puff-puff puns in the hook. Stoners need love, too!

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"She Will" - Lil Wayne Feat. Drake

It’s hard to believe The Alchemist or Havoc didn’t have a hand in this Mobb Deep-reminiscent production. Still, Drizzy and Weezy connect over a moody T-Minus backdrop for yet another successful collabo.

"Spend It" - 2 Chainz

This club staple—recently remixed by T.I.— reigned in Atlanta for months before going nationwide, allowing Titi Boi to reintroduce himself as 2 Chainz, an ATL heavyweight.

"Strange Clouds" - B.o.B Feat. Lil Wayne

Dr. Luke laced B.o.B with a hard, bouncy beat to tear apart aside Lil Tunechi.

"Super Bass" - Nicki Minaj

Blending pop and electronic, the Queen B(arbie) catapulted to superstardom with this bubbily, Taylor Swift-approved clip-on for Pink Friday’s re-release.

"Sweet" - Common

Who pissed Common off? While Com’s bullets have no names (::cough:: Drizzy ::cough::), all his shots connect as he beats his chest over No ID’s intense snares and vocal snippet. Ain’t nothing sweet about these bars. 

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7.7. Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Jamaica, Cuba And Miami

A powerful earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday (Jan. 28) triggering temporary tsunami warnings and tremors felt as far away as South Florida. The 7.7. magnitude quake hit the waters between Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands, according to the United States Geological Survey and the International Tsunami Information Center.

The quake, which struck roughly 86 miles northwest off the coast of Montego Bay, Jamaica, resulted in multiple aftershocks including a a 6.1 tremor near the Cayman Island, and a 4.4 aftershock. “Light shaking” was also reported in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

“Despite the large size of the earthquake, the fact that it occurred offshore and away from high population areas lessened its societal impact,” the USGS said. The organization described the quake as “moderate shaking” in parts of Cuba and Jamaica.

The quake comes nearly a month after a 6.4. magnitude earthquake hit Puerto Rico, but the USGS said that the “seismic events” were unrelated.

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Shaquille O’Neal Tears Up While Honoring His “Little Brother” Kobe Bryant

Shaquille O’Neal didn’t hold back his tears while reflecting on the tragic death of Kobe Bryant during a special edition of Inside the NBA. The hourlong tribute episode, filmed from the Los Angeles Staples Center on Tuesday (Jan. 28), was dedicated to the late NBA legend.

“I haven’t felt a pain that sharp in a while,” said Shaq after revealing that he hadn't been sleeping since his sister died from cancer last year. “I’m 47 years old, lost two grandmothers, [my father], lost my sister, and now I lost a little brother.”

Shaq re-lived the moment that he found out about Bryant's death, and the "final blow" of learning that the retired Lakers player's 13-year-old daughter, Gigi, died with her father. Making matters that more emotional, Bryant reached out to Shaq's son, Shakir, via text message, hour before he passed away in a helicopter crash.

“In life, sometimes instead of holding back certain things, we should just do. We up here, we work a lot, and I think a lot of times we take stuff for granted. I don’t talk to you guys as much as I need to,” Shaq told his co-hosts Earnie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Dwyane Wade.

Later in the emotional moment, Shaq reminisced about some of his final conversations with Bryant, and all of the things that he’ll miss the most about him.

“With the loss of my father, my sister and [Kobe] that’s the only thing I wish, [that] I could just say something to him again.”

Shaq admitted that Bryant’s death has rocked him to the core. “It definitely changes me because I work a lot. I work probably more than the average guy, but I just really have to now take time and call and say ‘I love you.’ Rick Fox called and said ‘Man I love you.’ [Brian] Shaw called me, so I’m going to try and do a better job of reaching out and talking to people instead of procrastinating, because you never know. Life is too short. I could never imagine nothing like this. I’ve never seen anything like this.

“The fact that we lost probably the world’s greatest Laker, the world’s greatest basketball player,” he continued as tears streamed down his face. “People are gonna say ‘take your time’ and get better but it’s gonna' be hard for me. I already don’t sleep anyway…but I’ll figure it out.”

Shaq went on to extend condolences to Bryant’s family, and the families of the other seven victims of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of the NBA legend and his young daughter

“It hit all of us out of nowhere. I didn’t want to believe it,” he said of first learning of Bryant’s death. “I just wish I could be able to say one last thing to the people that we lost because once your’e gone, you’re gone forever, and we should never take stuff like that for granted.”

Hear more on Shaq and Kobe's bond in the videos below.

“I haven’t felt a pain that sharp in a while.. it definitely changes me.”’@SHAQ on the loss of his brother, Kobe. pic.twitter.com/dM5i0DDgGK

— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 29, 2020

“This man knows our true relationship.”@SHAQ on the mutual respect between him and Kobe. pic.twitter.com/SGGGpsoTiz

— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 29, 2020

Kobe had big plans from the start. pic.twitter.com/MqFdyPVQnj

— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 29, 2020

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Filmmaker Kobe Bryant, winner of the Best Animated Short Film award for 'Dear Basketball,' poses in the press room during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California
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Oscars To Pay Tribute To Kobe Bryant

In 2018, Kobe Bryant became the first pro-athlete to win an Oscar Award for his short animated film, Dear Basketball. Now, the annual ceremony will honor the late figure during Sunday’s showcase (Feb. 9), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On Monday (Jan. 27), the Oscar Nominees Luncheon took a moment of silence in memory of Bryant and the other seven passengers on the helicopter, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. In a recap by Deadline, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ (AMPAS) president David Rubin noted that Bryant sat in that very same room two years ago.

During his Oscars acceptance speech, Bryant thanked his family and said he’s excited to know that athletes in his profession don’t just “shut up and dribble” but explore other mediums of inspiration. “This is not supposed to happen,” he said during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. “I’m supposed to play basketball. Not write something that wins an Oscar.”

Throughout the interview, the Los Angeles Lakers legend said his win unlocked a new realm of responsibility to usher in diverse minds to the animation world. “How do I provide more opportunities for even more diverse and new voices to be heard in this industry? In the animation business it’s a serious lack of diversity," he continued. "When I won that award the other night, I was the first African-American to ever win that award in that category.”

Dear Basketball, directed by Glen Keane and narrated by Bryant, tells the story of his road to retirement from the NBA in 2015. The short film also won the Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject and a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Post-Produced Graphic Design.

On Sunday (Jan. 26), Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other passengers aboard a helicopter died after the aircraft crashed in Calabasas, California. Investigators are still piecing together the exact cause of the incident.

They doubted a kid could make it in the NBA and he proved them wrong.

They doubted he could win a championship and he proved them wrong.

They doubted he could make movies and he won an Oscar.

Like all great artists, Kobe Bryant proved the doubters wrong.

Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/1fYnKHbnt7

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 26, 2020

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