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The Aftermath: Ludacris Drops Big Sean And Drake Diss, Mary J. Blige’s ‘My Life II’ Hits And Misses

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Ludacris "1.21 Giggawatts"

Judging rap beefs is arguably one of the most enjoyable aspects of The Aftermath, and we have a good one to score this segment. Even though Ludacris didn't name names, he appears to be taking on Big Sean and Drake in his diss song "Bada Boom." (Download mixtape.) Soren Baker and I breakdown the feud and take sides.

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Our music review for this episode is Mary J. Blige's new album, "My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act I)." The album has some clear bangers like the "No Condition" and "Empty Prayers," perfect sequels to songs from the queen of hip-hop soul's 1994 classic "My Life." But other entries feel out of place and contrived. We tell you which ones.

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We express excitement, however, for the return of hip-hop show "Yo! MTV Raps" which ran from 1988 to 1995. The one-off-30-minute special airing on December 4 brings back hosts Fab 5 Freddy, Doctor Dre, and Ed Lover for a discussion of "Classic Cuts."

The best music discussion on the Net also gives quick updates on the re-emergence of the legendary Loud Records, Lupe Fiasco's arrest at LAX, and Snoop Dogg's new music teaming with the Discovery Channel.

Make sure to comment below and let us know whose side you take in the Ludacris verses Drake and Big Sean beef.

MORE INFO ON THIS SEGMENT'S STORIES

Boom Boom Pow -- Ludacris' "Bada Boom" slams overzealous new MCs.

Sweet 16 -- Mary J. Blige releases "My Life" sequel, 16 years later.

Remember The Time -- "Yo! MTV Raps" returns for "Classic Cuts" special.

Can You Hear Me Now -- Loud Records stages rebirth, teaming with Def Jam.

Security Check -- Lupe Fiasco detained at LAX for "technical equipment."

Smoke Bomb -- Snoop Dogg records theme song for "Weed Wars."

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