Thanksgiving is here! Thanksgiving is here! But it’s not all fun and games and stuffing your face with food. While we sit comfortably in our humble abode with our loved ones, celebrating with a feast, there are those who go out and make sure to help those in need. Sadly, however, rappers aren’t exactly the first profession that’d cross your mind as being “helpful” as these are merely gangsters, drug dealers, and entertainers, right? Wrong. For example Birdman and Cash Money are participating in their 20th annual Turkey Giveaway this week. And that’s not all, as rappers like Jeezy, T.I., and Ludacris regularly find themselves helping local Atlanta natives enjoy their Thanksgiving as well. So, we here at iHipHop decided we’d attempt to dispel the myths of rappers being careless and lazy, and showcase their good deeds, by assembling a picture slideshow of them giving back on Thanksgiving. Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving!

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For the sixth episode of Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary season Top Dawg Entertainment’s star pupil Kendrick Lamar hit the stage as the musical guest alongside guest host Woody Harrelson. Kendrick performed two songs, one being his radio hit, The Isley Brothers sampled “i” and Jay Rock’s “Pay for It”. For “i” Kendrick took the stage with unkempt hair and blacked-out contacts (see: above photo), making reference to Method Man whose debut record Tical was released 20 years ago that day. Check out Kendrick’s hyped, energetic SNL performances after the jump.

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It appears as though Jay Rock is up next in the Top Dawg Entertainment camp. After low-key releasing the rap song of the year when everyone was least expecting in “Parental Advisory” he followed that up with the Kendrick Lamar featured track “Pay for It” which, needless to say, was also fire. Now Rock returns with the visuals for the former where he is chilling in his hometown of Watts, LA. Hopefully we get album details soon. Peep the video for “Parental Advisory” after the jump.

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Hip-hop heads everywhere rejoiced when Jay Rock dropped “Parental Advisory” earlier this month and now fans are getting a little extra something something with “Pay for It” featuring Top Dawg labelmate Kendrick Lamar. Last time we heard these two on a track was on Kendrick’s “Money Trees” in which Rock delivered one of the best guest verses that year. Something tells us “Pay for It” won’t disappoint. Listen after the jump!

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Someone grab a water hose because we got a fire track right here! Jay Rock went ahead and low-key dropped song of the year when everyone was least expecting. The aptly-titled “Parental Advisory” may serve as an unofficial preview into Jay Rock’s highly anticipated, long delayed sophomore album, which according to Top Dawg is supposed to drop at the end of this year. Whether or not this happens all we know for sure is Jay Rock is bringing the heat with that authentic LA gangsta sh*t. Listen after the jump.

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We are halfway through 2014 and we’ve already been blessed with many great albums so far. But who shall deliver during the second half? Will Kanye drop a Yeezus 2? Is Jay Rock’s album ever coming out? More after the jump!
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This party anthem questions the darker side of the high life. It seems like Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q will forever be the id to Kendrick’s ego. Mac Miller joins in with weekend amnesia and severe dissociation. More importantly, who getting that money? And how quickly can they spend it? Video after the jump.
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Kanye West, Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, and Kings of Leon are set to headline the third annual Made In America Festival, which will take place in both Los Angeles and Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend, August 30 & 31. Read More

Pretty crazy that it’s been two decades since 1994 and the release of Illmatic. Google Play catches up with Kendrick, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Peter Rosenberg and Nas himself in this fifteen minute mini-documentary. The artists reflect on the career of Nas and the impact he’s had on the landscape of hip-hop. Illmatic XX hits stores next Tuesday (4/15).

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