Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Smash Hip-Hop Competition With VMA Knockout [VIDEOS]

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ video for “Can’t Hold Us” won the Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video at Sunday night’s VMAs, beating out Drake’s “Started From the Bottom,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools,” J. Cole’s “Power Trip” and A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin’ Problems.” The award is another milestone for the Seattle duo, whose trendy ode to frugality, “Thrift Shop,” was an unexpected commercial hit last summer. The video for “Can’t Hold Us” is a multifaceted journey through several time zones. Macklemore leads a camel through a quiet neighborhood street and rhymes on a pirate ship. He skydives and lands on the Seattle Space Needle. In other words, it has everything.

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Drake Brings ‘Nothing Was The Same’ Album Cover To Life During VMA Performance

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Leave it to Drake to spread love the Brooklyn way with his first-ever live singing performance of “Hold On, We’re Going Home” at the 2013 MTV Music Video Awards Sunday night (August 25). Introduced by T-Boz and Chilli of TLC, who performed at his OVO Fest earlier this month, Drizzy’s set began on a toned-down note, with him sitting in the audience, sideways, with his gaze to the right, with a serene background dominated by a blue sky with white clouds. The pose was a live reenactment of the cover artwork by Kadir Nelson for his third solo album, Nothing Was the Same, which will arrive on September 24.

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The 10 Wildest Beefs Of All Time

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After Kendrick Lamar went after all his peers, a look back at the craziest, funniest and most serious hip-hop feuds ever. Kendrick’s verse is technically more of a healthy competitive challenge between friends than an actual threat. But it got us thinking about the greatest rap beefs ever, from the deeply silly to the all-too-serious. Here’s our definitive countdown:

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Raz B Off Life Support and Responsive

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R&B singer Raz B is out of his coma and in stable condition, we have learned. Sources close to Raz tell Gutta World … the former B2K member came out of his life-threatening coma Sunday at a hospital in China. We’re told he is stable, breathing on his own, smiling and responsive … but has not yet been released from the hospital. He’s staying a few more days to be monitored. Raz was smashed in the face with a bottle Thursday while performing at a club in China. He was rushed to the hospital where he underwent minor surgery.

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Wiz Khalifa Pulls Classics Out Of Pittsburgh Cap For NY Party

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Wiz Khalifa is still a new artist — relatively speaking, of course. The star rapper has only two major albums to his credit, but on Tuesday night, Wiz took the stage with a veteran’s poise at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in New York and dug deep into his catalogue of underground hits and mixtape favorites. Last month, Wiz, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B, Trinidad Jame$ and Joey Bada$$ set out on the second Under the Influence of Music Tour and fan tweets, Vine clips and YouTube videos show they’ve been thrilling audiences every step of the way. New York was no different. The party started in the parking lot as fans filed into the outdoor theater, soaking in the last hours of daylight to the tunes of B.o.B, followed by A$AP Rocky.

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Cee Lo Diagnoses Andre 3000′s ‘Severe Case Of Stage Fright’

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If you let Cee Lo Green tell it, he and Andre 3000 are like twin brothers, except Cee Lo may be just a little more “cuddly.” So when it comes to Dre’s much-anticipated return to music, the Goodie Mob MC understands his trepidation. “He just said he had a severe case of stage fright and just kind of been away from the game and didn’t know if he could truly live up — ah, I just feel like I’m talking to much personal stuff. I hope he don’t mind,” Cee Lo said of 3 Stacks when he and the rest of the Goodie Mob appeared on “RapFix Live” on Wednesday (August 7).

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