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When 24-year-old Odd Future member Frank Ocean admitted on Tumblr last week to falling in love with a man, it was quite the shock to the hip-hop world, notorious for its tendency to disparage gays.

Nonetheless, Ocean's bandmate Tyler, the Creator tweeted a classy congrats, and Def Jam's Russell Simmons said Ocean "changed the game" for hip hop in a positive way.

Now, industry royalty Beyoncé and Jay-Z have joined the ranks of Ocean's supporters.

Beyoncé, whose track "I Miss You" was written by Ocean, posted a pic of Ocean to her site over the weekend. The overlay reads:

Be fearless / Be honest / Be generous / Be brave / Be poetic / Be open / Be free / Be yourself / Be in love / Be happy / Be inspiration.

Beyoncé's show of support was one-upped only by hubby Jay-Z -- a powerful missive to Ocean (penned by dream hampton) on his site is more than worth a full read, but here's the money excerpt:

We admire the great courage and beauty and fearlessness in your coming out, not only as a bisexual Black man, but as a broken hearted one. The tender irony that your letter is to a boy who was unable to return your love until years later because he was living a lie is the only truly tragic detail about your letter.

[hypervocal]

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Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z teamed up for a rendition of Biggie's hit "Get Money" at a 1996 birthday party, and the ancient footage surfaced this week. Just two legends of the game, doing their thing...

[cosbysweaters]

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In his Equal Time column today, the New York Post's Phil Mushnick goes straight racist on the Nets' new logo as the team transitions from New Jersey to Brooklyn (with a little influence from Jay-Z, who owns 1.5 percent of the team):

As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots -- what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new "urban" home -- why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!

As Jack Kogod (@Unsilent) posted on Twitter: "Looking forward to not reading Phil Mushnick's independent blog."

[dailyintel]

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French Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande -- who leads incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy after the first round of voting -- has co-opted Jay-Z and Kanye West's anthem "Ni*as In Paris" for his latest campaign ad. The song backgrounds footage that shows Hollande campaigning in the outer Parisian suburbs among people of various ethnic backgrounds, as they hold up their voter registration cards. And Slate helpfully points out: "Creil," one of the suburbs Hollande campaigns in during the ad, is pronounced "cray" as in, "That sht Creil."

Despite the perhaps questionable song choice, Hollande's general play is a smart one -- Sarkozy has a lousy history with the outer regions of the Paris metro area, where a high percentage of racial minority and immigrant populations live. The next round of voting is May 6.

(Not Safe For Work, Kanye and Jay-Z)

[crushable]

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Cray Mashup of the Day: Jay-Z and Kanye's "Niggas in Paris" and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris -- together at last.

[kottke.]

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Celebrity Baby Pics of the Day: Proud parents Beyoncé and Jay-Z have launched a Tumblr blog dedicated to the first official photos of their newborn baby girl, Blue Ivy Carter.

"We welcome you to share in our joy," reads a statement on the site. "Thank you for respecting our privacy during this beautiful time in our lives."

Giving away baby photos for free at a time when selling pics to gossip

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Music Video of the Day: "Niggas in Paris" - Jay-Z & Kanye West.

You've seen the emoji, now watch the video. WARNING: MAY TRIGGER SEIZURES.

[kanyevevo.]

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