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2 Chainz, John Legend, MC Lyte, & Swizz Beatz Honored at Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball

2 Chainz and Marsha Ambrosius

Old school met new school at the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball II sponsored by Heineken at Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. On the eve of President Obama’s inauguration, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, 2 Chainz, Maxwell, Meek Mill, and more gathered to celebrate their peers and hip-hop’s impact on the election.

2 Chainz, who launched Respect My Vote! to educate convicted felons on voting, cleaned up nicely in a suit as he accepted the street soldier award.

“Doing my thing on the charts is one thing, but to be honored on another avenue, it just feels like a blessing,” he told Newsday. “I’m keeping my head leveled and staying humble.”

His fellow honorees Swizz Beatz and John Legend were also dressed to impress in suits. Lil Mama sported blonde bangs as she joined Yo-Yo and Smooth in a tribute to her idol MC Lyte, who received the lifetime achievement award along with Doug E. Fresh.

Legend was on hand to accept the humanitarian award and spoke about hip-hop’s role in re-electing Obama.

“I think hip-hop had a role in making sure we elected a black president in America because we made it so that black people were in people’s homes through our music and through our culture,” he told Newsday. “I think it made Barack Obama and more people like him possible, so I’m really thankful for hip-hop and the role it plays in society.”

Meek Mill and Marsha Ambrosius also took the stage to perform. The British songstress entertained with “Butterflies” and “Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player),” joking that it was Obama’s favorite song.

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Lil Mama Meets the Smiths

Jaden Smith, Lil Mama, and Will Smith

Lil Mama had a run-in with Hollywood royalty while attending the American Benefactor Foundation’s “I Will Be Great” Leaders Ceremony in Philadelphia on Saturday. The “Lip Gloss” rapper donned curly blonde hair and a yellow dress on the red carpet as she posed for photos with Jaden Smith and his famous father Will Smith, who honored his longtime friend Charles “Charlie Mack” Alston at the event.

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New Music: Lil Mama – ‘Hustler Girl’

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Lil Mama keeps her head up on “Hustler Girl,” an empowering anthem she dedicates to all the women who have dealt with adversity. “My verses are speaking from my life and my truth, but at the same time it’s dedicated to all of you,” said the 22-year-old raptress during a recent concert.

She shares her struggles, but still maintains a positive attitude. “When I’m in the ring, I can’t see the pain/ I just shine like MJ and Billie Jean,” she raps, while a male singer provides the breezy hook.

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Lil Mama Confronts Haters with New Music [Video]

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Lil Mama is pouring her pain into her music. After her highly-publicized breakdown during an interview with “The Breakfast Club” in July, the 22-year-old femcee returned to the stage, expressing her emotions through song at the Black Girls Rock! & Soul concert at S.O.B.’s in New York City on Thursday.

The “America’s Best Dance Crew” judge rocked long hair and a pink adidas tracksuit while debuting two new tracks. “If you’re on the Internet, I’m sure you know what’s been going on with my career, people tryna dog me, disrespect. But that’s all right ’cause I’m a black girl and I rock,” she told the audience. “You know when the haters wanna talk and be disrespectful, I actually wrote this song before the radio interview happened and all that stuff. Basically this song is [about] they gon’ say what they gon’ say and they gon’ do what they gon’ do ’cause I’ma do me.”

She performed a second song called “Hustler Girl,” which she dedicated to all the women who have dealt with adversity. “My verses are speaking from my life and my truth, but at the same time it’s dedicated to all of you,” she said.

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Video: Lil Mama – ‘Scrawberry’

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Lil Mama gets dolled up in the Phil Lee-directed video for her mixtape single “Scrawberry,” which samples Special Ed’s “I Got It Made.” The pint-sized raptress dons a variety of colorful wigs and outfits as she performs in a miniature dollhouse, paying homage to her role model MC Lyte with her quick rhymes.

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First Listen: Lil Mama f/ Snoop Dogg – ‘NY NY LA LA’


Lil Mama may be planning a move to Paris, but for now she’s sticking to “NY NY LA LA.” The spunky New Yorker mixes East Coast bang with West Coast slang on her brand new single, a funky old school jam featuring a verse from Cali kingpin Snoop Dogg, who raps, “In the past I had a little drama, but now I’m back with Lil Mama.”

“Snoop is like family. He really embraced me. That’s my guy right there,” the 21-year-old femcee told “It’s always a pleasure and he’s really busy, as far as music is concerned, so for him to take the time out to work with me on my record was an absolute pleasure.” has your exclusive first listen to their bicoastal collaboration!

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Lil Mama Bridges Coasts with Snoop Dogg on New Record

Lil Mama and Snoop Dogg

Lil Mama is bringing the East and West Coasts together. The New Yorker has hooked up with West Coast kingpin Snoop Dogg for a new collaboration.

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