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Kendrick Lamar Shares Riveting N.W.A Tribute At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

Friday night (Apr. 8) was an evening to remember for the members of N.W.A.

Friday night (Apr. 8) was an evening to remember for the members of N.W.A. The groundbreaking rap collective received the honor of being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and before their emotive speech, one of their longtime fans gave an impassioned tribute.

Grammy Award-winning artist Kendrick Lamar took center stage at the Barclays Center to highlight the "Straight Outta Compton" group's distinction at the 31st annual ceremony.

"The fact that a famous group can look just like one of us and dress like one of us, talk like one of us, proved to every single kid in the ghetto that you can be successful," the "Alright" rapper said.

He also spoke on the late Eazy-E's legacy, stating that he gained a newfound pride of hailing from Compton because of the fallen rapper. "He was a true mastermind, his persona was unmatched, his high pitched tone spoke to nations across the globe," he said. "He's the reason I'm proud to say I'm from Compton."

Toward the end of his public passage, Lamar said N.W.A redefined what is means to be gangster, pointing to their business strides that transcend beyond rap. "Being gangster is partnering with the biggest tech companies and launching groundbreaking music on a whole other platform," he said. "So now after 30 years of being heard, being gangster is being inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame."

Once it was time for N.W.A to give their speech, MC Ren also had a few curt words for KISS member Gene Simmons -- who's against hip-hop artists receiving a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame -- to let him know the genre will still continue to live on. "Mr. Gene Simmons, hip-hop is here forever! Get used to it!" he roaringly said.

Watch the speeches below.

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After a three-year album hiatus, Ty Dolla $ign released his latest studio effort, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, on Friday (Oct. 23).

The 25-track album features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, FKA Twigs, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, 6lack, Young Thug, Music Soulchild, Skrillex, Quavo, Anderson Paak, Post Malone, Kanye West, and more.

Powered by previously released singles, “Ego Death,” Expensive” and By Yourself,” the new album flexes a different music muscle for the Grammy-nominated recording artists who steered clear of  making club records.

“I was intentionally trying to not make club songs [talking about] hoes and *itches and all the sh*t I used to talk about,” Ty told Vulture in a recent interview. “I was trying to, like, talk about my life, and what it is now, and really do something different with it. I got a daughter going to high school this year, and she’s paying attention, and all her friends are paying attention, so I can’t talk as crazy or do the crazy sh*t that I used to do.”

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Jay Z Launches His Own Cannabis Brand

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“Monogram seeks to redefine what cannabis means to consumers today,” the company said in a press release. As many marijuana storefronts have implemented new rules amid the global pandemic, Monogram is also planing to launch an e-commerce sales option, “In an effort to provide a more tailored customer experience.”

Caliva and Hov opened their first Southern California storefront last year. Besides providing quality products, Hov aims to use his position at Caliva to help the formerly incarcerated (many of whom are not reaping the benefits of marijuana legalization) through advocacy, job training, and employee and workforce development.

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Kehlani Plays Bryson Tiller’s Love Interest In “Always Forever” Video

Kehlani stars as Tiller’s love interest in the intimate new music video for “Always Forever,” released on Thursday (Oct. 22).

The stunning visual, directed by Glenn Michael of Toronto’s Kid Studio, is a creative take on how a relationship can become your entire universe. Tyler and Kehlani cuddle up, kiss, and hold hand in the steamy visual, prompting some fans to question the chemistry between the two. They might look pretty cozy, but Kehlani and Tiller are just friends (Tiller welcomed a child with girlfriend Kendra Bailey last year).

 

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🌎🎥💫Thanks Guys. #alwaysforever @kidstudio_ @ichiki @kehlani

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Kehlani shared some close-up stills from the music video on Instagram along with a message thanking Tiller for being a “solid” friend. “To one of my dearest friends…matching tattoos, years worth of stories, nights of dying laughter and holding each other down in the roughest times…I’m so proud of you. Thank you for being solid.”

The post was deleted after fans in the comments continued to speculate if the two were an item. Kehlani shared a follow-up message on her Instagram Story explaining in part, “I post lengthy captions about all my friends. You would have to follow me to know that.”

 

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#Roommates, #Kehlani explains her previous message to #BrysonTiller. (SWIPE for previous post)

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“Always Forever” is the latest single from Tiller’s newly released ANNIVERSARY LP.

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