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LL Cool J surprises hometown for Christmas

December 24, 2016
LL Cool J takes selfies with residents in the neighborhood where he grew up.
LL Cool J takes selfies with residents in the neighborhood where he grew up.

(CNN)Rapper LL Cool J lit up the holidays for some needy families in the neighborhood where he grew up. It happened at the Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral in the Hollis section of Queens, New York.

The crowd at the church's annual gift giveaway could not believe their eyes when the performer showed up, loaded with presents.

He donated individually-wrapped bags stuffed with toys to 675 families and their 1,700 children.

"I'm just glad I can do this," LL Cool J told CNN affiliate WCBS as he mingled with church members and posed with them in selfies.

The rapper said he hopes "my power and my influence and my ability to say a kind word can go a little further to inspire a couple of kids to do something good."

In addition to the mega-star's surprise, the church handed out food and clothing to the community, where almost one in five single-parent households live in poverty, according to Safe Space.

"At the present moment, I'm not working. So we are thankful to receive these gifts," one local said.
"I am so excited!" exclaimed another.

LL Cool J was excited too as he explained why he came home and gave back.

"Nothing is more important than remembering where you came from," he said. "A lot of times, people forget that."


Gucci Mane And Travis Scott Throw A Wintry Fiesta In New Video

November 30, 2016

Winter is coming, if Gucci Mane’s new video is any indication.

The newly engaged rapper has teamed up with Travis Scott for his chilly “Last Time” video, which finds them passing a blunt while hanging out in the snowy woods. Guwop appears in trippy night vision, while Trav raps from inside a car that lifts into the air and eventually catches fire. There’s also a cameo from Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine, as well as a stoic wolf who surveys the wreckage come daylight.


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Usher Reveals Artwork And Release Date For “Hard II Love”

August 26, 2016

New album alert!! Usher’s upcoming Hard II Love album, previously titled Flawed, is set to be released on September 16th.  He revealed this information earlier today along with the album’s cover artwork, a picture of a deteriorating stone bust of Usher.

This will be the eighth studio album released by the legendary artist with a total of 15 tracks. The official tracklist for the Hard II Love is still not available but we know that we can expect to see Usher’s hit single “No Limit” ft...

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New Music: Alicia Keys featuring Kanye West & Tavis Scott - 'In Common (Remix)'

August 18, 2016

Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and Travis Scott have something “In Common.”

On the premiere episode of his new .wav radio program on Beats 1, La Flame released the remix to “In Common,” which blends all three styles over the original’s production. Here, Yeezus also draws inspiration from Birdman’s infamous “Breakfast Club” tirade. 

“Folks all up in our business,” he raps. “Yeezy Season, I’m trendin’ / I bet you they respek the name now / So are we done or we finished?” 

As ...

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