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Via: Nature
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A recent study conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) sheds a light on what goes on inside of someone's brain while partaking in "spontaneous lyrical improvisation." The scanned image (shown left) compares the results of an A/B test during which subjects were instructed to freestyle (first row) and recite well-rehearsed verses (second row) to an identical 8-bar background track. For the full-length report, read "Neural Correlates of Lyrical Improvisation: An fMRI Study of Freestyle Rap."

Via: Heavy
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83-year-old rapper "Kwayzar" would like everyone to know that he "can still do it."

Sex. That's what he's talking about. Mad skills, pops.

Via: youtube
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Since Tupac's been getting a second wind in his posthumous hologram career, Mother's Day is a good day, if any, to revisit one of his more sentimental songs, 1995's "Dear Mama," an audio tribute to his mother, former Black Panther, Afeni Shakur. Happy Mother's Day!

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Teen rap sensation (using "sensation" rather loosely), Krispy Kreme, made this very DIY video for his track, "The Baddest." With production that rivals Mannie Fresh, the song features quotable lines like "I got more money than Jay-Z, because Jay-Z is lazy." With rap punchlines like that, Krispy Kreme is surely serving up some hurts doughnuts.

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Blake Boston, aka "Scumbag Steve," is a case study in embracing unexpected Internet fame. Boston has managed to parlay his notoriety as a meme into a popular Tumblr, and now he's resurrecting his long-dormant hip-hop ambitions with a track about (what else?) Scumbag Steve.

His future plans include releasing a new track every Thursday on his just-launched website, ScumbagThursdays.

Knowing Scumbag Steve, though, he probably won't drop a new song until the 1st of the month (which is also when he plans to hit you back for the 20 bucks you loaned him).

Steve fans can also catch the 'bag himself at this weekend's ROFLCon at MIT.

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Texas rapper Adair Lion's new single, "Ben," calls out big-name rappers for dissing homosexuality: "Where you at, Wayne? Where you at, Ye?"

Best line: "To all the little dudes learnin' to mack –- the hottest girls got a gay in their clique, remember that."

The song, which samples the hook off Michael Jackson's 1972 hit of the same name, is part of Lion's upcoming tribute album Michael & Me, which drops June 25, the third anniversary of Jackson's death.

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Via: nahright
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While last week's show stopping cameo of Hologram/Ghost Tupac kept the internets abuzz, new jack rapper, ASAP Rocky, tried to one-up that last night and brought out erstwhile No Limit Soldier, Master P, for his Coachella debut. Master P and Rocky launched into "Make 'Em Say Uhh" and "I Miss My Homies," dedicating the latter to Trayvon Martin. Hologram Tupac could not be reached for comment.

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