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Tupac Shakur was shot on September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas, NV after the Mike Tyson fight. This interview takes place 3 days before the shooting.

Born in Brooklyn  Jean Michel Basquiat built a name for himself as a graffiti artist in the streets of New York. What began as graffiti under the tag name SAMO (short for same old shit), evolved into some of the greatest neo expressionist and contemporary art to date. Basquiat’s paintings were credited for capturing the African American experience, and portraying it at an elite level. His work was often inspired by heritage, equality, and the world that surrounded him.  Basquiat was known for painting in Armani suits, dating Madonna and producing Hip Hop tracks in the late 70s early 80s. He continues to inspire the art world, hip hop culture and #GWOP in 2013.  Basquiat died on August 12, 1988 of heroin overdose at age 27.  According to Christie’s ,Jean-Michel Basquiat left 917 drawings, 25 sketchbooks, 85 prints, and 171 paintings.

Checkout Basquiat’s first film Downtown 81

“The film is a day in the life of a young artist, Jean Michel Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, whose lives (and performances) we peek into. He finally manages to sell his painting to a wealthy female admirer, but he’s paid by check. Low on cash, he spends the evening wandering from club to club, looking for a beautiful girl he had met earlier, so he’ll have a place to spend the night.

MTV ranked the hottest MCs in the rap game for 2011. Past Hot MC’s such Eminem, T.I., Fabolous, Nas, Gucci Mane or Young Jeezy didn’t even crack the top 10. Wow! Looks like Maybach Music Group, The Throne & YMCMB is running the cable music television stations these days. Checkout the full list below:

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10. Wale
9. Wiz Khalifa
8. Big Sean
7. Meek Mill
6. Jay-Z
5. Lil Wayne
4. Nicki Minaj
3. Kanye West
2. Drake
1. Rick Ross

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You can check out the 25 nominees below, and stay tuned to GWOP as we’ll keep you updated with their numbers 10-6 next week and the remaining 5 on February 19th at 10:30pm on MTV2. We may even drop our top 10 GWOP MC list so stay tuned….

2 Chainz
50 Cent
Big Sean
Common
Drake
Eminem
Fabolous
French Montana
Jadakiss
JAY-Z
Jim Jones
Kanye West
Lil Wayne
Lloyd Banks
Maino
Meek Mill
Nas
Nicki Minaj
Red Café
Rick Ross
T.I.
Wale
Wiz Khalifa
Yelawolf
Young Jeezy

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