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Amid all the chaos happening outside, Kendrick Lamar managed to perform at Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert in New Jersey yesterday. During his set he did To Pimp a Butterfly cuts “The Blacker the Berry”, “King Kunta”, and “Hood Politics” for the first tim livee. You can watch a video of the performance after the jump, via Hot 97. Schoolboy Q also came out to do “Collard Greens” and “Studio.”

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With winter finally on its way out and summer just a few more months away Hot 97 is beginning to reveal the acts that will be scheduled to perform at their annual Summer Jam festival. B.o.B, Joey Bada$$, Travi$ Scott, DeJ Loaf, and Teyana Taylor have just been announced to play at the festival, which is taking place Sunday, June 7 at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. Be sure to peep the announcement video after the jump which will, of course, include a number of surprise guests for Sunday’s big show.

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Charles Hamilton, who recently inked a new record deal, dropped “Correct,” as well as another track with Rita Ora entitled “NY Raining” has begun his comeback. Hamilton stopped by Hot 97 to discuss his departure from the rap game, his inevitable comeback, and even spits a great freestyle to boot. Check it all out after the jump!

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Legendary comedian Chris Rock is certainly no stranger to hip-hop. The South Carolina born, Brooklyn raised comedian has published a list on his website documenting his 25 favorite rap albums, cowrote and starred in the 1993 film CB4 which parodies gangsta rap, appeared on rap songs by Ludacris, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Ice Cube, and in the past has even criticized contemporary rap. But perhaps Chris Rock’s hip-hop pinnacle was reached in 2010 when he appeared on Kanye West’s now magnum opus album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Rock was asked by ‘Ye to appear on the song “Blame Game,” in which Rock provided an extended monologue. So maybe Rock is a little bit biased when he recently called Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as the “greatest hip-hop album of all-time” in a HOT 97 interview. Check out the full interview after the jump to see what else Chris Rock had to say.

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Overconfident narcissist? Overachieving black kid at band camp? Childish Gambino releases a tirade, as is his wont, about those who doubt him yet love Chance. Or those who would dare question his skills in the face of all the privilege he lacks. The Atlanta references hint at an explicit Drake obsession but the rhymes are B+ strong because he studied so hard. Check the rant freestyle vid after the jump.
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Mehhhh. Peter Rosenberg has been expanding his britches by the minute as the only fattening fish in a shrinking talent pool at NY’s Hot 97. After accusing hip hop wise man Chuck D of being a “troll” on Twitter, and then flippantly dismissing Chuck’s invitation to discuss their respective places in the culture, here’s Rosenberg saying a limp sorry. Video after the jump.
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Following an epic episode of The Combat Jack Show where he responded to Funk Flex’s accusations of being irrelevant and a lousy businessman, Damon Dash has wasted no time in continuing his onslaught against Hot 97’s most prominent DJ and his boss, Ebro Darden.  In an interview with Hip Hop Motivation, Dame took aim at Hot 97’s programming director by detailing a recent encounter with him.

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Last week, Raekwon made headlines by publicly denouncing his affiliation with the Wu’s upcoming A Better Tomorrow project. Rae was particularly critical of RZA, the man who is arguably most responsible for the birth of the Clan’s signature sound and the collective success of the group. Earlier this morning, RZA stopped by the Hot 97 Morning Show to sitdown with Ebro and Peter Rosenberg and offer a response to Raekwon’s scathing comments. Read More

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