J. Cole Drops ‘Lights Please’ Video, Announces ‘Dollar & A Dream Tour’ Dates

J. Cole

In honor of the 5th anniversary of his mixtape The Warm Up, J. Cole debuts the never-before-seen video for “Lights Please,” which aired during Sunday’s MTV special “The Warm Up: 5 Years Later.”

It was Cole’s first time seeing the video, which was shot in August 2008. The BB Gun-directed clip was originally planned as a trilogy that included “Lost Ones” and “Simba.”

The celebration continues. The Roc Nation rapper has also announced dates for his second annual “Dollar & A Dream Tour,” which kicks off July 3 in London and travels to New York (7/15), Miami (7/17), Raleigh (7/19), Chicago (7/21), and L.A. (7/23).

He will perform The Warm Up in its entirety during the six shows. Tickets will cost $1 and be available on a first come, first serve basis.

In an open letter published on his Dreamvillain website, Cole reflected on the mixtape that changed his life and the lives of many of his fans. “Five years later, I couldn’t be more proud of its impact. Thank you,” he wrote.

Take a walk down memory lane with Cole.

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Keyshia Cole Announces ‘Point of No Return’ Tour

Keyshia Cole

In anticipation of her upcoming album, Keyshia Cole is hitting the road. The R&B songstress has announced dates for her “Point of No Return” tour.

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Drake and Lil Wayne Announce Co-Headlining Tour

Drake Vs. Lil Wayne Tour

Drake and Lil Wayne are facing off in an amphitheater near you this summer. The Young Money all-stars have announced dates for their co-headlining “Drake Vs. Lil Wayne” tour.

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Cali Swag District Rapper JayAre Dies

Cali Swag District

Cali Swag District is mourning the loss of another one of its members, JayAre, who passed away on Friday at the age of 25.

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Ed Sheeran Covers Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

Ed Sheeran

Following the duet version with Mary J. Blige, Ed Sheeran gives Sam Smith’s soulful ballad the cover treatment for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. The British crooner stayed true to the original with his stripped-down remake, but still made it his own.

It was enough to earn praise from Smith himself. “YES @edsheeran !! You just smashed Stay With Me in the love lounge bro!!” he tweeted.

Sheeran responded, “ah man :) thank YOU for making it, it’s a stunner of a song.”

Ed’s sophomore album x arrives June 23 featuring the Pharrell-produced single “Sing,” plus production from Rick Rubin, Jeff Bhasker, and Benny Blanco.

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Celebrities React to Maya Angelou’s Death

Maya Angelou

The world is mourning the loss of Maya Angelou, who died in North Carolina at the age of 86. The groundbreaking author, poet, and civil rights activist used her words to inspire and bring about change.

In a statement on her Facebook page, her family remembered her as a “warrior for equality, tolerance, and peace.”

Celebrities have also taken to social media to celebrate her legacy.

BeyoncĂ© called her a “phenomenal woman” and posted a handwritten copy of her poem “Still I Rise,” while Rihanna recalled reading her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as a teenager.

Others including Mary J. Blige and Lil Wayne quoted some of her famous words. Common, who worked with the wordsmith on his song “The Dreamer,” declared her his hero.

Read their heartfelt tributes to Dr. Angelou below.

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Wu-Tang Clan Enlists Cher for Secret Album

Wu-Tang Clan and Cher

Wu-Tang Clan and Cher?! You heard that right. The hip-hop supergroup has collaborated with the pop icon for their new album.

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