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llcool-022614.jpg LL Cool J has dropped "The Hustler," a Jerry Wonda produced cut featuring a guest spot from Mavado. "The Hustler" is the lead single from G.O.A.T. 2, the follow-up to J's 2000 album G.O.A.T.. "These streets ain't loyal / These snakes uncoil right there for you / Family separated like water and oil," spits Cool J over a gritty beat.

Common-070811.jpg Common has released the music video for "Diamonds," featuring Big Sean. The black and white clip, shot in L.A., features the pair dropping their verses without interference. "No matter what situation you gotta get to shining," the Chicago MC told Rap-Up TV of the No I.D.-produced song.

rapperT-I.jpg T.I. teamed up with Fall Out Boy and London Grammar on the debut episode of VH1's SoundClash, a program that brings together unexpected collabs for a live performance. Tip, Patrick Stump of FOB and Hannah Reid of London Grammar hooked up for a rendition of "Live Your Life."

chainz-040314.jpg 2 Chainz has released the music video for "Freebase," which recreates the Michael Jackson video for "Thriller." Chingy wears the signature red leather jacket and transforms into a zombie for the remake. "Hands down best video I've Ever shot!!!" tweeted 2 Chainz. The visual also attaches a disclaimer at the outset: "This video is for entertainment purposes only."

LilWayne-01082010.jpg Lil Wayne has launched his own sports management agency with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo as his first client, say several sources. According to TMZ, the Young Money Boss has partnered with Polaris Sports to handle Ronaldo's marketing, endorsement deals, and modeling. Polaris is an affiliate of CAA and GestiFute, the firm for which Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes is employed.

NickiMinaj-081011.jpg Nicki Minaj will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Cartoon Network animated series Steven Universe. Minaj stars as Sugilite, the mighty and powerful fusion of Garnet and Amethyst, two of the show's magically powered "gems" who help protect the world. In the same episode, Estelle gives voice to the character Garnet.

KeyshiaCole-050211.jpg Keyshia Cole has released the album cover for her sixth studio album, Point of No Return. The art sees Keysh sitting on the door of her convertible, while alone on an isolated desert road. "There's definitely more sexy songs on this album than I've ever done," Keyshia told Fuse. "I'm excited to see what the people think about that, so we'll see how receptive they are."

rapperT-I.jpg T.I. is hitting back in response to allegations that he wrote lyrics for Iggy Azalea. In a video interview with Bijou Star, Tip said that "I ain't no ghostwriter."

Whitney-021312.jpg Cissy Houston, the mother of the late Whitney Houston, has appealed to the Lifetime network to discontinue the production of its biopic on her daughter. Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Cissy asked the filmmakers to "please, please let her rest." "Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family's objections," she added.

usher.jpg Usher is among the acts to be confirmed at the Fashion Rocks show during Fashion Week in New York City. The two hour event, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, airs live on CBS from Brooklyn's Barclays Center on September 9. Other acts to take the stage include KISS, the Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Afrojack, Duran Duran and Jennifer Lopez.

RobinThicke-101409.jpg Following the flop of his latest record, Paula, Robin Thicke has admitted that his relationship with his wife of nine years, Paula Patton, is over. Sources tell TMZ that Thicke is working on a financial settlement with Patton. "Thicke is saying he will NOT be the one who files for divorce," the insider told the gossip site. "She'll have to do it. But he says he's done."

Drake-052311.jpg During the final date on his Dollar and a Dream tour, J. Cole invited special guest Drake on stage. While performing with Cole, Drizzy boasted that he and J were the only rappers that matter. "There's only two kings in this sh-t right now. They're standing on this stage." Cole finished off his Dollar and a Dream tour in grand fashion, playing two shows in one night.

beyonce-102212.jpg Beyonce has released a two-and-a-half minute trailer for the upcoming film Fifty Shades of Grey using her 2003 cut "Crazy in Love" as the backing track. The full trailer follows the teaser Queen B dropped last week. While exactly Bey's involvement with the film is unknown, the Huffington Post reports that she could be involved with the film's soundtrack.

NickiMinaj-081011.jpg Nicki Minaj released the artwork for "Anaconda," a single from her upcoming album, The Pink Print. The cover image features the YMCMB first lady squatting in a pink g-string with her back to the viewer. "Anaconda," produced by Polow Da Don and Da Internz, follows "Pills N Potions" as the second single from The Pink Print, which still has no release date.

Common-070811.jpg Common took the stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday to perform his hit "Blak Majik," featuring Jhene Aiko. Com also performed a second cut, "Kingdom," featuring a guest spot from Vince Staples. "I wanted to team up with [Jhené] and do a song that was fresh," Common has said of "Blak Majik."