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J. Period Enlists Black Thought, Posdnuous, Pharoahe Monch And More For "The RISE UP Project"

J. Period's long awaited album, The RISE UP Project, has finally arrived. Boasting contributions from The Roots' Black Thought, De La Soul's Posdnuous and former Organized Konfusion MC Pharoahe Monch, the 10-track effort comes with executive production from DJ Jazzy Jeff, Young Guru, DJ Khalil and Period himself. 

"As artists, we have a responsibility to showcase unity, raise awareness and take action,” Period said in a press release. “In order to truly change hearts and minds, and bring people together, movements need music. Now is the time to elevate the conversation and raise the bar. It’s our time to rise up.”

The 10 new songs are intended to "speak to the renewed urgency of the fight for justice and equality in our nation."

“RISE UP is very

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Geto Boys' Bushwick Bill Reveals Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

Geto Boys' co-founder Bushwick Bill shared some devastating news with the public this week. On Wednesday (May 1), the Houston-bred rap vet revealed he's currently battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. 

He received the diagnosis in February but only told close friends and family. In fact, his Geto Boys brethren — Willie D and Scarface — were unaware of his health issues. 

Bushwick Bill explained to TMZ what he's up against but insists he isn't afraid to die. 

"I’ve been keeping it to myself, but I’m getting ready to tell Scarface and Willie D," he said. "I’ve only told close family members but that’s about it. I figured keeping it myself isn’t helping nobody.

"It’s not like I’m afraid of dying. If anyone knows anything about me from ‘E

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Freddie Gibbs And Madlib Prep "Bandana" Album

Freddie Gibbs and veteran producer Madlib's upcoming collaborative album, Bandana, is inching closer to fruition. Details have been relatively scarce up until now.

During an interview with German magazine JUICE, Gibbs revealed the laundry list of guests appearing on the follow-up to 2014's Piñata. 

He mentioned "legends" Yasiin Bey, Anderson .Paak, Killer Mike and Pusha T contributed to the album, pointing out Mike and Pusha appear on one particular track together. Gibbs appeared grateful he was able to work with “guys who I have respect for, and who respect me too.”

Although a definitive release date hasn't been set, RCA is expected to drop it sometime in May. 

Revisit the lead single "Flat Tummy Tea" below. 

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Cypress Hill Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Cypress Hill had a major reason to celebrate on Thursday (April 18). The legendary Hip Hop group — comprised of B-Real, Sen Dogg, Eric Bobo and DJ Muggs — were presented with their star on the iconic Hollywood Walk Of Fame. 

Xzibit and George Lopez were on hand as special guest speakers. 

During the ceremony, B-Real spoke about how much the symbolic gesture meant to him, especially when considering they are the first Latino-American Hip Hop group ever to receive the honor. 

DJ Muggs added, "They said we wasn't gonna get a record deal. Who's got the last laugh now homeboy? They said we was crazy for trying to legalize marijuana. Look at us now, homeboy."

Cypress Hill's star marks the 2,660th since the completion of the Walk Of Fame in 1961. Th

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Nipsey Hussle Murdered In Los Angeles

The hip-hop community is reeling after Los Angeles-based rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside of his Los Angeles clothing store on Sunday afternoon (March 31). 

Although he was rushed to a local hospital, he was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived. According to CNN, a high-ranking law enforcement official with the LAPD confirmed the news. 

Two other men were injured during the shooting but are listed in stable condition. The suspect reportedly fled on foot. 

Nipsey's Facebook page says he was "a devout member of the Rolling Sixty Crips," a national street gang founded in L.A. around the mid-1970s. Many people are speculating his gang life finally caught up with him. 

Last month, Nipsey's debut studio album, Victory Lap, was nominated for

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Pete Rock's "Return Of The SP1200" Instrumental Album Arrives Next Month

Pete Rock has announced the release date for the Return Of The SP1200 instrumentals album. On Wednesday (March 20), Rock hit Instagram and revealed the release date for the project is April 12.

In the caption, the seasoned beatsmith shouted out The Beat Junkies' J. Rocc who provides scratches on the upcoming project. 

"Im super excited about this project cuz its old beats that still sound heavy," he wrote. "Jamie Staub did such a wonderful job mixing, Jrocc my other soul brotha from anotha motha and sanford green former marvel artist of black panther & Luke Cage! Wanted that “spiderverse” feel 4/12." 

Rock is also working with DJ Premier on two new De La Soul albums, including a follow-up to 2016's And The Anonymous Nobody and another installment in the

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