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Diddy Reunites Bad Boy, Nicki Minaj Wins Big, and Kendrick Lamar Gives Powerful Performance at the BET Awards

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Last night’s BET Awards ceremony was brimming with gems, the largest of which was the reunion of Bad Boy artists — including Mase, 112, Faith Evans, Lil’ Kim and Diddy himself, (they were also joined by Pharrell, The Lox and French Montana) — performing an array of their hits: “Hypnotize,” “Feels So Good,” “Peaches and Cream,” “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” and “It’s All About The Benjamins.”
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Ranking Rapper Name Changes from Least to Most Bizarre

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Rapper (and Spring Breakers star) Gucci Mane briefly changed his name to “Guwop” yesterday, before reneging thanks to an immediate Twitter backlash from fans. It’s not the first time a rapper’s changed monikers mid-career, or even the most dubious choice of nickname — though “Guwop” is certainly up there. Plenty of MCs don’t seem particularly attached to their chosen stage names; in fact, some of them even switch it up multiple times. We’ve compiled a list of rap’s most high-profile name changes and the reasoning behind them, from the perfectly reasonable to the totally bizarre.
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Artists Who Changed Their Names, with Mixed Results

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Not all parents were created equal. There are parents who have no tact, parents who are too strict, parents who make out in front of their kids, and parents who simply have bad taste. Unfortunately, these parents still get to name their children, which is why it’s understandable that some kids can’t wait until legal age to change their names. Hey, Plato definitely has a better ring than Aristocles, son of Ariston, of the deem Cloytus. And Leon Trotsky probably realized early on that Lev Davidovich Bronshtein wouldn’t go over too well at the playground. God only knows what nom-de-plume Apple Paltrow will take on in years to come.

Of course, when you get to choose your name the first time around, you only have yourself to blame, which is why Mos Def’s recent announcement that he’ll be reborn as Yasiin come 2012 raises eyebrows. But the soon-to-be Yasiin is not the first artist to bring a stage name in for an upgrade–or an accidental downgrade. Read on for some artists whose name changes were also career changers, and decide for yourself whether Mos Def’s metamorphosis will usher in positive, new beginnings or just be the most confusing rechristening since the Triboro became the RFK.
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SXSW Trends and What They Mean for Music in 2011

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Another South by Southwest has come and gone, and frankly we’re still recovering and trying to process all that we’ve seen. Lots of sun, food, and drinks made for hazy days and even harder to remember nights, but there are a few things we do recall seeing again and again. As in years past, we’re parsing the trends from South by Southwest 2011 to extrapolate on what they mean for the coming year in music.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. An earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale hit off the coast of Japan this morning (the strongest ever recorded in the country), followed by a massive, 33-foot-high tsunami. Google has responded to the crisis by launching a tool that “helps you find a person or provide information on missing persons.” The site also… Read More

Trend Watch: Famous Male Musicians Wearing Furs

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Earlier this week we read a fascinating account of the auctioning off of Edward Gorey’s fur collection over on the Paris Review. It seems that the author — who over the years acquired a whopping 21 fur coats — had a change of heart in the ’80s, and decided to lock them all up in a storage facility. When he died in 2000, he left his entire estate to the care and welfare of animals, which in turn, led to the aforementioned sale. The story got us thinking about other famous men who’ve incorporated fur into their wardrobes. After doing a little digging, we were surprised to find that the majority of celebrities who we came up with were either old school rock stars or modern-day rappers — and Justin Bieber. Click through to check out the photos, and be sure to let us know in the comments: Do you think it’s ever OK to wear real fur?
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