Lloyd Banks

G-Unit rapper Lloyd Banks announced his retirement after 25 years in the hip-hop game on Friday. Banks' announcement comes a day after radio personality Star interviewed a gay "celebrity stylist" who spilled the beans about his 7-year relationship with a well-known rapper.

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DJ Khaled and Asahd Khaled

Culture Vulture DJ Khaled dropped his much-hyped single "Top Off" featuring JAY-Z, Future Hendrix, and Beyonce. The track debuted at 6 a.m. Eastern and 3 a.m. on the West Coast. The super producer hyped the track by releasing a cute promo short movie teaser by Ivan Berrios on Thursday night. The teaser stars Khaled and his precocious toddler Asahd Khaled sitting in a drop top Maybach.

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Lovebug Starski

Hip-Hop is mourning the death of rap pioneer Lovebug Starski who passed away Thursday in Las Vegas after suffering a heart attack at age 57.

Lovebug is commonly regarded as one of the forefathers of the hip-hop genre, alongside legends like Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, and has been credited with coining the phrase "hip-hop".

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Cassie Ventura

Sean Combs wants you to know that his concubine, Cassie, is dropping a music video tomorrow for her 2nd single in 4 years, titled "Don't Play It Safe".

"Don't Play It Safe" is produced by Kaytranada. "Kay and I have been working on this project for a while now," Cassie said in December. "I look forward to everyone hearing what we have in store. He just gets me."

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Lil Wayne - Sorry 4 the Wait

Fans will have to wait a little longer to hear rapper Lil Wayne's new album The Carter V. Wayne is embroiled in a legal battle to get out from under the oppressive thumb of his record label daddy, Birdman.

Wayne threatened to file a $51 million lawsuit against Birdman to terminate his recording contract. In the meanwhile, Weezy released the follow-up to his 2011 mixtape, Sorry 4 the Wait. today. S4TW2 features Weezy covering today's top hip hop hits, including "CoCo", which he infuses with multiple annoying references to making his fans wait. Peep the track list after the break.

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T-Pain and Lil Wayne

Scorned and ridiculed rapper and music producer T-Pain is back with a new song called "Let Me Thru", featuring Lil Wayne and minus the tags from an earlier version. Listening to T-Pain rap with such authority on this track makes one wonder why he even used auto tune as a vocal crutch in the first place.

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Iggy Azalea Wins

Iggy Azalea Wins

Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea won the American Music Award for Best Rap/Hip Hop Album over more deserving rappers Drake and Eminem during the live telecast last night. Iggy also won Favorite artist Rap/Hip-Hop. It was one of those moments in music history that galvanized the hip hop community against one artist.

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