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Nas, Miguel, T.I., Big Boi, H.E.R & more play One Music Fest [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Some of the biggest names in hip hop, R&B, Indie and soul performed in Atlanta recently as part of the highly anticipated ONE Musicfest. The two-day cultural extravaganza took place at the beautiful Central Park in Midtown and was attended by over 40,000 fans and music enthusiasts.

The festival began with a massive Kick-Off Party at The Gathering Spot presented by Lyft. The event was attended by 1500+ millennials and featured a silent party by Bonfire ATL, music by DJ Trauma and performances by Lion Babe, Tobe Nwigwe, Childish Major, and Taliwhoah.

Day One, thousands packed the park to enjoy the diverse lineup of acts, which included Nas, Miguel, Big Sean, H.E.R, Big K.R.I.T, Davido, DVSN, Goldlink, Teedra Moses, Tobe Nwigwe, Jessie Reyez, Felixx, and Aina Brei’Yon. Each day, Smokin’ Shells hosted a DJ stage where 36 DJs kept the energy high throughout the festival.

Day Two, the stage was “lit” with performances by 2 Chainz, T.I., Big Boi, Monica, August Greene, George Clinton & Parliament, Kelis, Rapsody, the ATL Crunk Set (DJ Nabs, Youngbloodz, Ying Yang Twins, Trillville, Eastside Boyz, Kilo Ali), DJ KP the Great, St. Beauty, Angelina Sherie and the Band of Brothas.

Additionally, Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams stopped by the festival to share her vision for moving Georgia forward. ONE Musicfest was proud to support the local business community, inviting over 35 small businesses and 30 food trucks to participate.

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ATL Stars attend Premiere of Netflix’s ‘The Art of Organized Noize’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Some of the biggest names in southern hip hop gathered recently in Atlanta, GA for the premiere of the documentary, “The Art of Organized Noize.” The film chronicles the pioneers of the Dirty South Music movement, Organized Noize, and debuts today on Netflix.

The private screening took place at The SCAD Show and featured the trio that started it all—Rico Wade, Sleepy Brown and Ray Murray. The screening was sponsored by Martell and was hosted by Grammy winning-producer Kawan “KP” Prather, BMI’s Catherine Brewton, and director of the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment Chris Hicks.


“The Art of Organized Noize” follows the rise of southern hip hop and those who were responsible for such iconic groups as Outkast, CeeLo, the Goodie Mob and the Dungeon Family. Their production shaped the landscape of hip-hop with their own distinctive sound, created in the confines of a dungeon. The documentary features interviews with Andre 3000, Big Boi, Puff Daddy, Future, Ludacris, L.A. Reid, 2 Chainz, CeeLo Green and more, this is the story of the rise and fall of music’s most prolific unsung heroes.


Celebrities and key executives in attendance included Organized Noize Manager Seventy 2 Music’s Orlando McGhee, Outkast’s Big Boi, Goodie Mob’s Big Gipp, Dungeon Family’s Big Rube and Backbone, Actor and Singer Tristin “Mack” Wilds (Red Tails), Real Housewives of Atlanta Sheree Whitfield, Actress Jasmine Burke (Ride Along), Actor Jason Weaver (Let’s Stay Together), Actress Terri J. Vaughn (The Steve Harvey Show), Visual Artist Fahamu Pecou, Real Housewives of Atlanta guest-star Tammy McCall Browning, Entertainment Exec’s Keinon Johnson and Shanti Das (who is featured in the documentary), and hit producer Bangladesh among others.

In addition to the screening, Wade, Brown and Murray also received keys to the city.

Check out the trailer and more photos below:


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 Shanti Das 


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Ice Cube, Usher & Ludacris attend ATL Screening of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

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Universal Pictures hosted an advance screening of their new film, Straight Outta Compton Friday night at the Regal Atlantic Station in Atlanta, GA. The evening also included a post film discussion hosted by executive producer, Will Packer and featuring original N.W.A member, rap icon, and the film’s producer, Ice Cube, along with the film’s stars O’Shea Jackson Jr, Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell and the film’s director F. Gary Gray.  Atlanta celebrities spotted at the premiere included Usher, Ludacris, 2 Chainz, DaBrat, B.o.B, David Banner, DC Young Fly, Lil Scrappy, Roger M. Bobb, Reece Odum and more.

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON VIP Screening With Director/ Producer F. Gary Gray, Producer Ice Cube, Executive Producer Will Packer, And Cast Members

 O’Shea Jackson Jr, Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell/Getty Images: Paras Griffin

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country.  When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation.  Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

The film comes to theaters August 14.  Check out more pics below and a 2-minute clip of the Q&A:

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 David Banner/ DaBrat



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 Roger M. Bobb/DC Young Fly

Reece Odum

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Will Packer 2 Chainz

 Will Packer and Heather Hayslet/2 Chainz  and guest

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Photo Credits: Getty Images/Paras Griffin & Ray


BET’s ‘2015 Players’ Awards’ is a slam dunk with fans & scores high ratings!

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Hosted by funnyman and Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah at The Penn & Teller Theater in The Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, “The Players’ Awards” celebrated and honored top NBA players, coaches and arenas.

Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) was the player of the night, winning two awards: “Clutch Performer” and “Hardest to Guard”. And Curry’s home court Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA took home the award for “Best Home Court Advantage”. While James Harden (Houston Rockets) took home the “Most Valuable Player” Award sponsored by Toyota®.

Allen Iverson graciously accepted the honor for “Gamer Changer” as well as humbled Ray Allen honored for “Man of the Year,” both celebrated for their outstanding career achievements and being influential both on and off the court. Additionally, President Obama taped a special message for his friend Ray Allen.

Viewers were treated to memorable performances throughout the night by Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Monica, Kid Ink and DJ Khaled as the house DJ.

The complete list of “Top Vote Getters are:

Best Rookie: Andrew Wiggins

Best Defender: DeAndre Jordan

Global Impact Player: Pau Gasol

Clutch Performer: Stephen Curry

Coach You Most Want to Play For: Greg Popovich

Hardest to Guard: Stephen Curry

Best Home Court Advantage: Oracle Arena (Golden State)

Player You Secretly Wish was On Your Team:LeBron James

Most Valuable Player (Toyota sponsored): James Harden


Man of the Year Award: Honoring Ray Allen

Game Changer Award: Honoring Allen Iverson

Source: BET


take a look: Keyshia Cole feat. 2 Chainz ~ ‘N.L.U’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

R&B singer and reality star Keyshia Cole is fed up with all of the relationship drama in her latest release titled , “N.L.U.” The song features an R. Kelly sample as well as assistance from hip-hop star, 2 Chainz. “N.L.U” comes from her sixth studio album, Point of No Return  which debuts next week.

Check it out below and tell us what you think.

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Hip-Hop and R&B artists unite for ‘Don’t Shoot’ Ferguson Tribute (AUDIO)

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Artists from both Hip-Hop and R&B have come together for a special tribute record titled, “Don’t Shoot.” The song is dedicated to the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri after the senseless death of Michael Brown, who was shot six times by police officer Darren Wilson although he was unarmed. Over 14 artists contributed to the record including Diddy, 2 Chainz, Tyrese, Tank, Swizz Beats, and Rick Ross.

The Game, who also appears on the record, told Rolling Stone, “I am a black man with kids of my own that I love more than anything, and I cannot fathom a horrific tragedy like Michael Brown’s happening to them. This possibility has shaken me to my core. That is why this song must be made and why it was so easy for so many of my friends to come together and unite against the injustice.”

Check out “Don’t Shoot” below and tell us what you think.

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BET Hip Hop Awards RECAP + Complete Winner List

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards aired last night and was “turnt up” from the beginning to the end. Filmed in the Boisfeuillet Jones Civic Center in Atlanta, the ceremony was hosted by none other than Uncle Snoop and gave viewers a show like no other.

Kendrick Lamar was the big winner of the night and won five “BET Hip Hop Awards.”  Drake received 4 awards.   Rapper Eve honored hip hop pioneer MC Lyte with the “I Am Hip Hop” Award presented by Sprite, making sure the ladies were recognized for their contributions to hip hop as well.

The highly anticipated cyphers exceeded expectations, and were only matched by the stellar performances from some of hip hop’s top artists including Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar, Diddy, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and many more.

The 2013 complete list of “BET Hip Hop Awards” winners are:

Best Hip Hop Video

Drake – Started From the Bottom

Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo, Duo or Group)

A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – Problems

Best Live Performer


Lyricist of the Year

Kendrick Lamar

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

DJ of the Year

DJ Drama

 Producer of the Year

Mike WiLL Made It

MVP of the Year

Kendrick Lamar

Track of the Year

Started From The Bottom – Produced by Mike Zombie & Noah “40” Shebib (Drake)

Album of the Year

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

Who New?: Rookie of the Year Award Powered by Monster DNA

A$AP Ferg

Hustler of the Year


Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)

A$AP Rocky

Nicki Minaj

Best Hip Hop Online Site

Best Club Banger

French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne – Pop That (Produced by Lee on the Beats)

Best Mixtape

Big Sean – Detroit

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Kendrick Lamar – Problems (A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)

Impact Track

J. Cole f/ TLC – Crooked Smile

People’s Champ Award

Drake – Started From The Bottom

Catch encore presentations of the “BET HIP HOP AWARDS”on Thursday 10/17/13 at 9P-11P; Saturday 10/19/13 at 10P-12M; and Friday 10/25/13 at 8P-10P.

“BET HIP HOP AWARDS” will also air on Friday, October 18th on BET’s international network in the UK and Africa, reaching more than 17 million households in 50+ countries.

Thanks BET Network!


DVR Alert! BET Hip Hop Awards 2013 & Real Husbands of Hollywood (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Who says hip hop doesn’t have a sense of humor? Uncle Snoop flexes his funny bone taking center stage as host of BET’s  Hip Hop Awards 2013.

Premiering TONIGHT at 8 p.m., The Hip Hop Awards 2013 celebrates the year in hip hop music with performances from rap’s elite including Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Future, Meek Mill, Diddy, Rick Ross and more. A surprise reunion from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony brought the crowd to its feet while rap icon MC Lyte was the recipient of the prestigious “I Am Hip Hop” award.


It wouldn’t be the Hip Hop Awards without the ever popular cyphers including a special treat from the Real Husbands of Hollywood, but the hilarity from Kevin Hart and the gang doesn’t stop there.

Directly following the award show is season two of the uproariously funny Real Husbands of Hollywood with back-to-back episodes beginning at 10:00 p.m. The stakes are higher now with new players in the game causing they guys’ egos to swell from boys to mitches. Featuring an all-star supporting cast including Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon, J.B. Smoove, Duane Martin, Nelly and Cynthia Kay McWilliams – the upcoming season promises cameos from Hollywood’s biggest names including Katie Couric, Khloe Kardashian-Odom, Kris Jenner, Conan O’ Brien, Wanda Sykes, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Kelly Rowland, Anthony Anderson and more. Check out the preview below:

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If you missed the “BET Hip Hop Awards,” catch encore performances on Thursday, October 17th at 9 p.m. EST, Saturday, October 19th at 10 p.m. EST and Friday, October 25th at 8 p.m. EST.

Source and Photo Credit: BET Networks

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Q & A with ‘LOVE THAT GIRL’ star Bresha Webb

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Love That Girl  is back for another season on TV One and this time all eyes will be on “Imunique,” the outrageous, over-the-top, round-da-way character played by actress Bresha Webb.

The show, which was originally centered on Tatyana Ali’s character Tyana, has now shifted its attention to Webb and veteran actor, Phil Morris, who plays real estate executive Delroy Jones. As previously reported, Ali didn’t return to the show after the last season due to a contractual agreement with BET’s Second Generation Wayans. So, Webb is now leading the series along with Reagan Gomez, who is playing Delroy Jones’ niece Jasmine Russell.

“This is the first comedic role that I’ve done in a sitcom format. Most of my past experiences have been dramatic. So everything that I’ve done has prepared me for this moment. I feel very blessed that I was able to show up in the moment,” said Webb, who is from Baltimore.  “I’m theatrically trained so I am able to use all of my gifts and talents this season. There is singing and some dramatic scenes. We are taking viewers on a journey and I am very proud of the work I have done.”

Check out the rest of my conversation with Webb and learn more about the hilariously funny woman behind, Imunique:

New York or L.A.?

Los Angeles of course! It matches my outfit. It’s October right now and I have on flip flops but I’m ok with that. They say it never rains in Southern California but that’s a lie. It just doesn’t rain as often as it does in New York.

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Love and Hip-Hop or Iyanla Fix My Life?

Oh, Iyanla Fix My Life!  OMG!  If you go to my Instagram, you will see that I love Iyanla! I actually make fun of her a lot but I love her. I love when she gives her guests a nice little bosom cry and she palms their head right in her chest. “Come on beloved, you need to go in the bosom!” And she rocks them from side to side and cries. (LOL) That is my favorite part.


Idris Elba or Kendrick Lamar?

Oh, WOW! This is so hard because I’ve met both of them but I had a better experience with Kendrick Lamar. I interviewed Kendrick for the BET Awards and he showed me so much love. I’m just gonna have to go with Kendrick because I love his lyrics, his energy and what he’s putting out there in the world of hip-hop. I find it so incredibly sexy. (LOL) Idris Elba is cool but Kendrick, yeees!


 Kendrick Lamar

What’s the last book you read?

I was reading The 50th Law  by 50 Cent. There’s The 48 Laws of Power  and then there is 50 Cents’ version of it. So I read that during my vacation in Hawaii. So that was cool!

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Who are your fashion icons?

I have a love-hate relationship right now with Rihanna. She gives me life sometimes but I adore Kerry Washington. I meant Kari. I don’t call her Kerry Washington, she is Kari to me. I love her style. Sometimes I try to get a little ratchet on the red carpet but my stylist and best friend, Victor, always brings me back by saying, “What would Kerry do? You know she would class it up Bresha!”  So, that’s the fashion standard we live by. (LOL)

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 Kerry Washington

 You’re also a singer, so who are you currently listening to?

I’m listening to 2 Chainz and this new singer named Emily King. I am also listening to J. Cole, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar. I love Robert Glasper. I love Gregory Porter. I love Amy Winehouse and Frank Sinatra. I am also a big Brandy head and I absolutely love Beyonce. Bey and I are friends in my head and I’m that  girl that knows all of her moves from “Singles Ladies,” “Get Me Bodied” and the Superbowl Halftime show.

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 Emily King

Favorite Guilty Pleasure?

My guilty pleasure? Well, I had to stop watching Love and Hip Hop  because I was like, “where is the real  in this reality show?” So now I’m addicted to David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding. No, I’m not getting married. I don’t have a fiancé or nothing like that. I just love pretty dresses. Watching women cry over pretty dresses and get caddy with each other over pretty dresses is funny to me. I love it. Sometimes I watch The Kardashians  just to judge. (LOL)


Catch Bresha Webb as “Imunique” in Love That Girl airing TONIGHT at 9:30 p.m. on TV One.


Drake reveals release date, art work and tracklist for ‘Nothing Was The Same’

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Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Grammy-winning rapper Drake has announced the release date for this third CD, Nothing Was The Same. The album features the club banger, “Started From the Bottom” as well as collaborations with Jay Z on “Pound Cake,” Majid Jordan for “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and Details with “305 To My City.”

The Canadian-born lyricist also revealed two version of the album’s artwork, one for the standard and the other for the deluxe edition with also the singles “Come Thru” and “All Me” (featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean).  The visuals have been compared to covers by Lil Wayne, The Notorious B.I.G and Common.

Check out the artwork and tracklist below:

Nothing Was the Same track list:

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“Furthest Thing”
“Started From the Bottom”
“Wu-Tang Forever”
“Own It”
“Worst Behaviour”
“From Time”
“Hold On, We’re Going Home”
“The Language”
“305 to My City” Feat. Detail
“Too Much”
“Pound Cake” Feat. Jay Z / “Paris Morton Music Pt. 2”

Bonus tracks:

“Come Thru”
“All Me”

Nothing Was The Same  debuts on September 24.



Magic Johnson, Angela Bassett and Ice Cube to appear on ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’

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Late nights are about to get crunk  starting Monday, September 9. The Arsenio Hall show is back and his first week guest line up is nothing less than stellar.

According to THR, Magic Johnson, Angela Bassett, Ice Cube and Chris Tucker are among the featured guest for Hall’s first week. Hip hop icon Nas and the legendary R&B band, Earth, Wind and Fire will also perform during the premiere week as well.

Reportedly, Johnson’s appearance is a celebration of sorts having first appeared on Hall’s show back in the day to discuss being diagnosed with HIV. Wow, has it been that long?

“My first week of guests offers a taste of pop culture and represents the mix of talent I hope to have on my show every week,” Hall said. “I am honored to welcome friends — both old and new — to my show. My goal is to have fun, make people laugh and send viewers to bed with a smile on their face.”

Also scheduled to appear during the first month are Kendrick Lamar, Nick Cannon, Paula Patton, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Simmons, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Orlando Jones.

Will you be watching The Arsenio Hall Show  when it premieres Monday, September 9th?


2 Chainz for GQ Magazine’s Annual Comedy issue [photos]

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Lensed by Jill Greenberg, Atlanta rapper born Tauheed Epps, better known as 2 Chainz is in the June Comedy issue of GQ!

The mag names “40 Things Making Us  Laugh Right Now,” and among them is rapper 2 Chainzwhom the magazine crowned the “King of Two Liners.”

2 Chainz tells the mag from a tour bus in California, “I’m out here enjoying the perks of  smoking legally,” he says. “West Coast livin’, baby—surfboard swag!” If it  rhymed a little better, that couplet could fit into one of Chainz’s signature verses.


The six-foot-five giant with the strange look and the twisted humor (Money  talk, you ain’t got none / End of discussion) is hip-hop’s most in-demand  MC, thanks to his tawdry, spit-take-funny two-beat punch lines. “There’s  nothing new under the sun,” Chainz says about the lyrics for his second album,  out this summer. “Everyone’s sold dope, fucked bitches, popped champagne, shot  guns. I’ll take the extra minutes to do it a new way.”




Hip-Hop leads the 2013 BET Awards with Drake up for 12 nominations

Drake, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar lead in nominations

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Canadian-born rapper, Drake is probably waking up with a huge smile on his face this morning. The “Started from the Bottom” hip-hop star received a whopping 12 nominations for this year’s 2013 BET Awards including categories for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Best Collaboration and Video of the Year.

Hip-Hop newbies Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz are not far behind; both are tied with 8 nominations including Video of the Year and Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Awards. A$AP Rocky follows with 5 nominations while Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and the prince of R&B, Miguel are tied with four nods.

In the film categories, Django Unchained received three nods including Kerry Washington for Best Actress, Jamie Foxx for Best Actor and Best Movie. Oscar-nominated actress Quvenzhane Wallis is going up against Jacob Latimore, Jaden Smith and Keke Palmer in the Young Stars category.  Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap and Sundance winner, Beasts of the Southern Wild represented” for indie films in the Best Film category.

BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, Stephen Hill says, “This year’s line-up of nominees and performers is reflective of the variety of fantastic talent that’s rocking the world right now. “We are especially excited as we move on up to the Nokia Theatre at LA Live. You know how we do. Big thangs shall indeed be poppin’. The BET Awards. Anything Can Happen…and most likely will.”

The show will air live on June 30 and his hosted by comedic actor Chris Tucker. Performances so far include Chris Brown and R. Kelly with the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award going to “Uncle” Charlie Wilson, for his four decades of musical achievement.

Click here to rest of the nominees!



Beyoncé: cancels concert citing dehydration + new music w/The Dream & 2 Chainz (snippet)

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

Beyoncé has cancelled her Tuesday night concert in Belgium, citing dehydration and exhaustion.  This news comes amidst rumors that the 17-time Grammy-winning singer is with child!

Beyoncé’s alleged baby bump

In an email to The Associated Press, the singer’s publicist says:

Beyoncé has been advised by her doctors to rest.  She was scheduled to perform at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp.  The show will be rescheduled and tickets can be used at that show.

Her next tour date is Wednesday at the same arena.  The statement says “she is awaiting word from her doctors before making a decision.


Meanwhile, Bey is featured on a ‘rachet new song’ from The Dream‘s upcoming album IV Play.  The new jawn, Turnt, also features rapper 2 Chainz, and King Bey really turns it up!

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