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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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Robin Thicke, Janelle Monae & John Legend Among 2014 NAACP Image Awards Nominees

R&B superstars Robin Thicke, Janelle Monae and John Legend garnered four nominations each in the various music categories for the 2014 NAACP Image Awards. The annual event honors diversity and excellence in the categories of television, film and literature.

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Essence Festival 2014 Lineup Includes Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie, 112, Ledisi + More

R&B veterans Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie, Ledisi and Erykah Badu have been named as performers for the 2014 Essence Festival. The music and empowerment conference will take place in New Orleans during the Fourth of July weekend.

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Hip-Hop Police Monitoring Rap Videos to Better Understand Gang Rivalries

The hip-hop police have long been investigating criminal activity within the rap industry. It’s been reported that the New York Police Department has a 500-page dossier containing some of the biggest rappers in the game. Now comes word that cops are monitoring rap videos to surveillance inner-city gang rivalries.

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Watch ‘The Field,’ WorldStarHipHop’s Documentary About Violence and Hip-Hop in Chicago

The city of Chicago is a war zone. In 2013, Chicago police recorded 412 homicides in the city. While the murder rate was down somewhat from 2012 (497 murders were tabulated), it’s still too high. The issue of youth violence against the backdrop of Chicago's conversely vibrant hip-hop scene is explored in a new documentary executive produced by WorldStarHipHop.

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Forbes ’30 Under 30′ List Features Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Drake + More

Chart-topping superstars Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and Drake are among the musicians gracing Forbes magazine’s annual ’30 Under 30’ list in the music field. Also on the tally are J. Cole, Ryan Lewis, Miguel, Janelle Monae, Wiz Khalifa and others.

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