Hip Hop Beats: Jay Z, Megan Thee Stallion, Kendrick Lamar & More!

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JAY Z SPEAKS ON HIS LAST CONVERSATION WITH KOBE BRYANT: During a discussion at Columbia University on Tuesday (February 5th), Jay Z spoke on the last time he saw Kobe Bryant. He said, [“Kobe was a guy who looked up to me and we’ve hung out multiple times . . . “He was just in the greatest space that I’ve seen him in. One of the last things he said to me was, ‘You gotta see Gianna play basketball.’ That was one of the most hurtful things ’cause he was so proud. . . . I looked at him and said, ‘Oh, she’s going to be the best female basketball player in the world. . . .  That’s really a tough one and my wife and I took that—are taking that—really tough . . . Just a great human being and was in a great space in his life.”] SOUNDCUE (:59 OC .  . . in his life)

MEGAN THEE STALLION TO JUDGE HBO VOGUING COMPETITION SHOW: Meghan Thee Stallion is set to judge HBO's upcoming competition show Legendary. The rapper, along with celeb stylist Law Roach, Emcee Jameela Jamil, and ballroom icon Leiomy Maldonado have signed on for the new nine episode series.  The series will debut on HBO MAX, HBO's premium streaming network set to debut spring 2020.

KENDRICK LAMAR'S BIO 'THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT' DUE OUT IN THE FALL: Kendrick Lamar's biography is due out this fall. Author Marcus J. Moore announced that the bio Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America, is officially scheduled to drops on October 13th via Atria Books.

LIL NAS X SAYS HE WAS WORRIED COMING OUT WITH ‘OVERSHADOW’ HIS CAREER: In an interview with People, Lil Nas X said that he was worried coming out of the closet would overshadow his career. He explained, “There’s always that fear that something will overshadow your career. But it’s all depending on what you decide to do. So you just work harder to make sure that it doesn’t and just keep going I guess.”

FOOTAGE SHOWS NELLY GETTING INTO AN ARGUMENT AT CASINO: TMZ obtained footage of Nelly getting into an argument at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut. In the clip, Nelly can be heard complaining while at a Texas Holdem table. Sources say that he confronted another gambler who he claimed didn't know how to play. On the video, he said, ["He's talking about his balls 'cause I said 'you don't know how to play,' and you said, 'yo get under my nuts.' So I'm wrong? . . . I'm telling you what he said. . ." Pit Boss:"Just stop. Enough." I expect you to be on  his side. . .  The man tells me about his nuts and you gonna tell me you don't wanna hear it? . . . Get off my nuts?"] SOUNDCUE (:39 OC . . . off my nuts)