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This week in Hip Hop, WorldStarHipHop founder Lee “Q” O’Denat passed away at the age of 43. The Feds used Instagram to bust alleged lean dealer to the stars Harrison Garcia, and D12’s Swifty McVay spoke about the time Suge Knight tried to flex on Eminem at 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” music video shoot.

#RIPQ

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WorldStarHipHop founder Lee “Q” O’Denat passed away from a heart attack this week while visiting a massage parlor in San Diego. He was 43.

Hip Hop mourned the death of the media boss who launched the site in 2005 as a mixtape-hosting platform that eventually evolved into what it’s known for today, with outrageous clips mixed in with music videos from Hip Hop’s emerging talent.

Many in the Hip Hop community shared emotional reactions to his death including Mistah F.A.B., who told DX that Q had always been supportive of him.

“Dude always had my back from the gate, from the post on the website to text and personal interactions,” he said. “Always in good favor and spirit. Respect his legacy.”

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Accused Dealer Gets Caught Up On Instagram

U.S. Homeland Security Investigation agents used the Instagram account of Chris Brown/Future/Lil Wayne associate Harrison “Cuban Harry” Garcia to lock him up over his alleged connection to a set of robberies involving liquid promethazine.

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The 27-year-old’s private Instagram page was filled with flashy flicks of gaudy jewelry and stacks of money. He was caught on video selling the illegal substance on camera, allowing for authorities to obtain a warrant. His trial is set for February 6.

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In other IG news, Meek Mill deleted his account, again.

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That Time Suge Knight Flexed On Eminem

Swifty McVay of D12 spoke with the Murder Master Music Show to share his account of when Suge Knight came to the set of 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” video shoot trying to scare everyone, including Eminem.

“We was at the ‘In Da Club’ video shoot,” Swifty said. “And we was all outside the trailers. And Suge Knight and his people came to the video shoot trying to intimidate everybody. And we looking like ‘Man, we from Detroit. We ain’t in this mess.’ So, we ain’t running or running to no trailer. ‘Cause they ain’t trying to see or say nothing to us. But us being in the mix of things, it just felt crazy.”

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DXclusives: Lecrae, Crystal Caines & Encyclopaedia Savagica

Lecrae speaks with DX about his song “Blessings” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and the timing of its release in relation to Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book song of the same name (which also features Ty).

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“We already had the song in the can. I remember because we were actually working out here and we had the song in the can and then Chance’s project came out and I was like, ‘Dang,'” he told DX’s Victoria Hernandez at his LA show at The Roxy. “But it was like, man, we could have called it ‘Count It Up,’ or something like that, but I felt like it took away from that whole moment, so it was kinda like, man, it’s all love. A good song, everybody you move on. I’m just gonna troll America.”

Crystal Caines also spoke with DX after releasing her single “Fuckery (Run with Me)” featuring A$AP Ferg — someone she’s worked with for years. With DX’s Ural Garrett, she explained her working relationship with Ferg.

“I’ve been working on music since I was 16 and Ferg would come to the studio for my sessions because he was more focused on clothing at that point,” she said in an exclusive phone interview. “Then he got the opportunity from Rocky and once he got that opportunity from Rocky, he reached out to me to help him with recording. Together we made ‘Work,’ ‘Shabba’ and majority of his first album Trap Lord.”

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And just in case you wanted to keep up with all of those 21 Savage clones out there, DX put together an Encyclopaedia Savagica. There’s likely more than you think. See the most notable ones here.