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KILLER MIKE DELIVERS PASSIONATE SPEECH ON FERGUSON DURING ST. LOUIS CONCERT

Killer Mike and El-P had a Run The Jewels show in St. Louis the same night that a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. Rather than just roll along with the show, Killer Mike delivered a passionate speech before the show that explained his personal concern for the future of his sons and his frustration with the decision. For Killer Mike, it’s always bigger than just hip hop and this is something you must listen to and absolutely respect.

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JOEY BADA$$ DONATES MUSIC EQUIPMENT TO HIS FORMER HIGH SCHOOL

Joey Bada$$, Akomplice Clothing and The J Dilla Foundation have joined forces to donate $10,000 worth of musical equipment to Edward R. Murrow High School in NYC. The school is the one Joey Bada$$ attended and it is pretty awesome to see hip hop giving back. Check out the release below and the video above.

The fruits of the collaborative effort between Joey Bada$$, Akomplice Clothing and The J Dilla Foundation manifested in the form of $10,000 worth of musical production equipment donated to Joey’s alma mater, The Edward R. Murrow High School. The three teamed up for a capsule collection and an unreleased track “Two Lips”, of which 100% of the profits were to be donated to youth music programs in Joey and Dilla’s respective hometowns, Brooklyn and Detroit. In the accompanying video, we see Joey and his Pro Era crew return to a hero’s welcome at Murrow, which includes a visit to the hallowed ground on which Pro Era was founded. Watch as Joey walks the halls and reminisces on his high school years. In honor of J Dilla’s legacy, the collaborators set out to give kids a chance to learn how to make the type of music that J Dilla created, innovating the classroom. Akomplice’s dedication to hip-hop culture runs deep, so it’s only fitting they spearheaded a collaboration that bridged two era’s of hip-hop. In the video, we see that the donation will be put to good use through a freshly minted music production program at the school. Detroit will be next to receive their donation. Also, be on the lookout for Joey Bada$$’s upcoming album B4.DA.$$, set to drop January 20th, 2015.