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Madonna attends preview of Tupac B’way musical

In this Oct. 17, 2013, file photo, U.S. pop star Madonna smiles during her visit at the "Hard Candy Fitness" center in Berlin. Madonna attended a preview of "Holler If Ya Hear Me" in New York City on Monday, June 16, 2014, which would have been the her friend and rapper Tupac Shakur's 43rd birthday. Shakur died in 1996 at age 25. AP

One of Tupac Shakur’s old friends celebrated his birthday by seeing a new play inspired by his music.

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Empire of Funk shows influence of Fil-Ams on US hip hop culture

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An anthology consisting of a collection of raw documents explores how some found a sense of belonging in American hip hop and in turn influenced it through their own works and talent.

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Jay-Z knows how to please

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JAY-Z (WITH BEYONCÉ, RIGHT). Raps about fatherhood, prejudice—and Miley Cyrus!

Jay-Z’s latest release, “Magna Carta…Holy Grail,” doesn’t quite live up to the magnitude suggested by its ambitious title. But, the rap luminary’s 12th solo effort since 1996’s “Reasonable Doubt” has enough clever wordplay, irresistible riffs and thought-provoking themes to keep his followers giddy with head-bobbing glee.

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Rappers’ daughters in spotlight as new authors

Recording artist Lil Wayne. AP

The teenage daughters of rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman are in New Orleans with their dads this weekend, but it’s the girls who are greeting fans and signing autographs at the Essence Festival.

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Like Elmo performing with late dad FrancisM

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ALL IN THE FAMILY (from left): Maxene, Saab, Arkin, mother Pia, Clara, Elmo and Frank. INQSnap this page to view the remastered “Kaleidoscope World Forever” music video! RODEL ROTONI

Most stars who belong to show biz families try to play down blood ties to avoid comparison with more famous relatives.   Not Elmo Magalona. The 19-year-old singer-rapper does not shy away from projects that are sure to evoke memories of his father, the late rapper Francis Magalona.   Elmo’s latest musical endeavor—a revival of […]

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