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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.
Chris Lighty tribute
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Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, 50 Cent + More Pay Tribute to Chris Lighty at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards

One of the most touching performances at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards was the tribute to Chris Lighty, the visionary manager of hip-hop stars, who died from an apparent suicide in September. The tribute was a powerful display of unity among rappers rarely seen in the genre.

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Rick Ross
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Rick Ross Performs ‘Hold Me Back’ + ‘Ice Cold’ at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards

Despite Rick Ross' brief skirmish with Young Jeezy backstage at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards, the Miami rapper seemed unfazed by it all as he came out shirtless (of course) with his jeans nearly around his knees during his performance at the awards ceremony.

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Lil Wayne Co-Signs Drake’s Contribution to Posthumous Aaliyah Album

While not everyone is thrilled with the prospect of Drake executive producing the posthumous Aaliyah project, Lil Wayne has told the Associated Press (via RollingStone.com) that it's going to be an "awesome collaboration."

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Jay-Z Salutes Brooklyn With Beyonce in Final Show at the Barclays Center

After seven sold-out shows, Jay-Z concluded his run with one final concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Saturday (Oct. 6). The rap mogul saluted his hometown with 19,000 people in attendance, and he also shared it with 60,000 viewers who were watching live via YouTube.

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