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Trent Fitzgerald is a New Jersey-based freelance writer who is obsessed with hip-hop and pop culture. Currently, he's a music writer for Townsquare Media properties. When he's not writing about your favorite rapper, he's copping sneakers and blogging on his personal rap blog, BeatsandRants.com. He also goes tumbling at beatsnrants.tumblr.com. When it's all said and done, he strives for good music and journalism excellence. Follow him on twitter @BeatsandRants.
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Waka Flocka Flame Reads ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ Hilarity Ensues [VIDEO]

Waka Flocka Flame likes to get turned up in the club so how does he feel getting turned on by the 2011 erotic book, Fifty Shades of Grey? The Atlanta native was invited to read a few passages from the novel by the good folks at XXL magazine. The end result is hilarious.

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Essence Music Festival 2015 Lineup Includes Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Common & More

Grammy-winning artists Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and Common are among the headliners set to perform at the 2015 Essence Music Festival. The 21st annual event, which takes place in New Orleans on July 2 through 5, features empowerment seminars during the day and hot music performances at night.

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These Beyonce Photos Without Any Retouching Prove She’s Just Like You

Beyonce may not be so “Flawless” after all. On Wednesday (Feb. 18), a slew of Queen Bey's photos -- 224 to be exact -- that were never retouched leaked online and were showcased on the site the Beyonce World, which sent her loyal fan base, otherwise known as the BeyHive, into a tizzy.

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Geraldo Rivera Says Hip-Hop Ruins Black Lives, Twitter Reactions Show Outrage

Fox News pundit Geraldo Rivera made a controversial statement about hip-hop during his interview on HuffPost Live. The veteran journalist, who calls himself a “militant moderate,” said that hip-hop has been more damaging to black and brown people than racism over the last decade.

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Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Cause No Children Rule at New York Fashion Week

No matter where they go, it seems that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are stirring up a little controversy. As New York Fashion Week comes to a close, organizers have erected a new rule that bans children at fashion shows. This news surfaces after daughter North’s temper tantrums during the events.

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Tyga Talks Drake Beef, Denies Dating Kylie Jenner on ‘The Breakfast Club’ [VIDEO]

Tyga entered the lion’s den of Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club Tuesday morning (Feb. 17) to address some of the rumors and beef he’s involved in as of late. The "Ayo" rhymer was eager to answer questions that Angela Yee, Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy put in front of him.

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Ariana Grande Brings Out Nicki Minaj at NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show [VIDEO]

R&B superstar Ariana Grande was the headlining performer for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden on Sunday night (Feb. 15). The show featured plenty of choreography and one very special guest.

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