Hip Hop Loses Phife, Michael Jordan Might Hate Rap and Other Music News This Week

...and rappers are out here tattle-telling on sports peeps.

168 Hours of Music News - It's been a hell of a week. New albums. New songs. New tours. New controversies. Old controversies. Some people were in their feelings for one musical reason or another. Let's take a stroll. ? Jon Reyes

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Phife, We'll Miss You - This was a pretty sad week. This past Wednesday, Phife, of A Tribe Called Quest, passed away. No further news on the cause of death. We'll stay remembering how he let his lyrics flow and flipped our entire script. RIP, Phife. In other news, rappers are out here making career moves, making money and talking trash. What else would they be doing? Let's recap quick so we can go back listening to Midnight Marauders. – Jon Reyes (Photo: BET)

Darling Phife - We couldn't believe it and we weren't alone. For starters, a traffic reporter paid his own homage on the air. Also, check out Mac Miller's own tribute to the fallen rapper. Though the collective remembrance of the music world is definitely heartbreaking. (Photo: Brian Ach/Invision/AP, FIle)

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Darling Phife - We couldn't believe it and we weren't alone. For starters, a traffic reporter paid his own homage on the air. Also, check out Mac Miller's own tribute to the fallen rapper. Though the collective remembrance of the music world is definitely heartbreaking. (Photo: Brian Ach/Invision/AP, FIle)

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Praise the Mess - Giving you an update on Kanye West this week is like talking to a parent during a parent-teacher conference after he got sent home with a bad report card.For starters, West is still making dough, $53 million debt and all. His pop up store in New York City sold one million dollars in product. Also, this week, he requested his criminal record be expunged (for assaulting a paparazzi) since he met all his court ordered requirements. He loves paparazzi now. They give him rides to the gym, so it's actually deserved. Oh, yeah, and he's been on his best behavior at the two Justin Bieber concerts he went to this week. We should all be very proud of him. He’s shown great behavioral improvement. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3)

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NORE on MJ - After all these years, all it takes to question Michael Jordan's affinity for rap is for rapper NORE to stop in for a podcast interview with Elliot Wilson and talk about a run-in he had with the ball player some years ago. Can you imagine if this heresy was true? (Photo: Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)

Still Trolling? - Lest another week go by where all Azealia Banks did was troll she released her Slay-Z mixtape. Earlier in the week, she went on record, through her Instagram, to encourage arch-nemesis Iggy Azealea to commit suicide. Iggy had given an interview where she stated she'd had suicidal thoughts while going through the public evisceration she experienced last year. (Photos from left: Cassandra Hannagan/Getty Images, Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

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Still Trolling? - Lest another week go by where all Azealia Banks did was troll she released her Slay-Z mixtape. Earlier in the week, she went on record, through her Instagram, to encourage arch-nemesis Iggy Azealea to commit suicide. Iggy had given an interview where she stated she'd had suicidal thoughts while going through the public evisceration she experienced last year. (Photos from left: Cassandra Hannagan/Getty Images, Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

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Doppel-sounders - Once upon a time "Panda" came on at the club and Future was like, "What?" Shady pants in the house. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for New Era)

Questlove's New Gig and Sad Loss - Questlove had a bit of an interesting week. His dad passed away over the weekend and he penned this incredible letter to commemorate him. During the week, it was then announced that he would take part in scoring another film, this one a thriller that will star Zoe Kravitz. It's so hard not to love Questlove. (Photo: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)

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Questlove's New Gig and Sad Loss - Questlove had a bit of an interesting week. His dad passed away over the weekend and he penned this incredible letter to commemorate him. During the week, it was then announced that he would take part in scoring another film, this one a thriller that will star Zoe Kravitz. It's so hard not to love Questlove. (Photo: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)

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Restaurant Staples - So this restaurant review on Yelp by Vince Staples is one of the greatest things that the Internet has given us since screencapping text conversations became a thing. Bookmark it for future reference when you need a pick-me-up. (Photo: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

Just Wiz on the Whole Thing - Wiz Khalifa spoke to GQ recently about his feud with Kanye that began earlier this year and he's totally over it. He was adamant and said "it doesn't matter anymore." Uh, we don't think it ever did. (Photos from left: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME)

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Just Wiz on the Whole Thing - Wiz Khalifa spoke to GQ recently about his feud with Kanye that began earlier this year and he's totally over it. He was adamant and said "it doesn't matter anymore." Uh, we don't think it ever did. (Photos from left: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME)

The Kindness Couple - Because Drake and Rihanna aren't adorable enough, they also have hearts of gold. They visited a girl who has cancer and between the girl's smile and outpouring love for Drake, Rihanna jumped in to take a photo with the darling Drake fan. (Photo: Megan via Instagram)

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The Kindness Couple - Because Drake and Rihanna aren't adorable enough, they also have hearts of gold. They visited a girl who has cancer and between the girl's smile and outpouring love for Drake, Rihanna jumped in to take a photo with the darling Drake fan. (Photo: Megan via Instagram)

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The Purple Bible - Could that be the title of Prince's new upcoming memoir? Just kidding, guys! Either way, Prince is writing a book and we can't wait to get our hands on that joint. Can you imagine the pages made out of purple suede with no words anywhere on them and just smelling like lavender? 2017 couldn't come soon enough.  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)