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No one is above petty Twitter beef. Early this morning, Cheryl Lynn of “Got To Be Real” fame went after fellow legend Anita Baker for blocking her on Twitter. According to Lynn, the two had been friendly for decades until recently. Lynn claims Baker abruptly cut off contact, but of course we know there’s two sides to every story. The irony is seeing their older fans taking sides and throwing insults no differently than you see teenagers do.

Everyone’s singing voices change with age, so Lynn’s jabs about Baker’s current voice and being able to blow her off stage in a face-off is possible — maybe even likely based on their vocal styles. However, we know who holds the edge when it comes to catalogue.

Read the tweets and get a good laugh to start your day. And if you don’t think this is Hip-Hop, check some of the samples below.

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SAMPLES ANITA BAKER’S “CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE”

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SAMPLES CHERYL LYNN’S “ENCORE”

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SAMPLES CHERYL LYNN’S “SHOW YOU HOW”

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Photo Credit: Jeandra LeBeauf/BadCulture.net

LOS ANGELES — Miguel Cotto ventured to the Wild Card gym to host a special training session for assembled media. Cotto will be making his first defense of the WBC/linear title he lifted from Sergio Martinez last summer when he faces Daniel Geale on June 6 at Madison Square Garden.

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The sistahs got next in the latest visuals off Diamond D’s The Diam Piece. The trio of Rapsody, Boog Brown and Stacy Epps all float effortlessly over D’s smooth production. The clip is directed by Varras Tower and Nick Burnz.

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Fresh off Memorial Day, Pete Rock blesses up with a free download off his forthcoming Petestrumentals 2 project. “Heaven & Earth.” The sparse piano notes are classic Pete and just begging for some introspective verses. The album drops on June 23 via Mello Music Group.

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One of the major highlights of season one was the flashback episode of Vanessa Ives’ (Eva Green) fall from grace into the hands of demonic possession. So it comes as no surprise that last week’s “The Nightcomers” episode provided yet another high in the Penny Dreadful saga.

After initially attempting to rebuff Ethan’s (Josh Harnett) attempts to help in her brewing battle against the Nightcomers, Vanessa then decides to recount to him how she became embroiled in this conflict for her soul. Picking up with her vision of Mina begging her for help, Vanessa’s wanderlust brings her to the doorstep of “The Cut Wife of Ballentree Moor,” (Patti LuPone) a wise but cantankerous witch who immediately recognizes Vanessa’s untapped powers. Over the course of several months, she refines Vanessa’s divination and clairvoyance abilities while teaching the differences between becoming a Daywalker (good wtich) vs. a Nightcomer (bad witch).

When watching this episode, you’ll immediately catch on to the feminist themes that the Cut Wife imparts on Vanessa. For one, her nickname of the Cut Wife derives from her expertise in performing abortions, in this time a defiant and political statement in assisting women in controlling their bodies. In addition, the Cut Wife tells her that the powers bestowed on her should be used to help other women.

The contrast in that philosophy is Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory), a former sister of the Cut Wife who uses her dark powers in service of the Devil. She wants Vanessa for her master and plots to have the Cut Wife removed. She succeeds by manipulating her lover (who happens to be a wealthy landowner in the region) by playing on witch paranoia (reminiscent of the Salem Witch trials). Vanessa is forced to watch her Cut Wife mentor, who before the moment of death finally reveals her real name of Joan Clayton, burned alive. With her only protector gone, the path now seems clear for Evelyn and her Nightcomers to take Vanessa.

Surprisingly, the opposite happens. Vanessa, although no doubt further traumatized, leaves Joan’s home armed with her newfound knowledge (“Be true”) and embracing the nickname her mentor bestowed upon her, “Little Scorpion.” The Nightcomers, who so aggressively tried to take her from that very home days earlier, are nowhere to be found. However, a voiceover tells us that Vanessa will be “hunted til the end of days.” which ties in neatly enough to bring us to Sunday’s (May 24) episode. Will Ethan, Sir Malcom, and Sembene be enough backup for Vanessa to defeat the Nightcomers?

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EPISODE 4 PREVIEW

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A lot of hands touched this one. Schoolboy Q’s guest spot aside, the production for “Electric Body” features Hector Delgado, Danger Mouse, THC and Teddy Walton. I get why some people won’t care for the chorus, but I dig it since it’s references a classic XXX house track from my high school days. Rocky’s At.Long.Last.A$AP drops on June 2.

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Photo Credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

BOSTON, Massachusetts — James Degale became the first British Olympic medalist to win a world title yesterday by scoring two knockdowns to defeat Andre Dirrell by unanimous decision (114-112 twice, 117-109) at the Agganis Arena. This was a crossroads fight for two fighters desperately seeking to live up to their perceived world-class potential. Despite an uneven performance, Degale proved to be the one wanted it more.

TAKING CONTROL: Degale drew first blood by scoring two big knockdowns in round two. They came in the last minute via a counter overhand left, and later a barrage on the ropes that forced Dirrell to his knees. This 10-7 round proved to be crucial on two scorecards as Degale’s activity severely dropped in the second half of the fight. Although Dirrell never appeared to seriously hurt him, Degale’s putrid punch output allowed Dirrell to take the majaority of these rounds on sheer activity.

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CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND AWAKENING: Finally sensing the bout was slipping away, Degale woke up in the 11th and 12th stanzas. While the former was close, Degale’s closed the final minute strong and appeared fresher and more aggressive in the 12th. Despite the one dubious card for him by Alan Davis (117-109), Degale’s late rally sealed the deal on his first title win.

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NEW BUSINESS: Sporting his new IBF belt, Degale was ecstatic and also looking forward to more elite competition.

“I am speechless. In my whole career, what I have been building up to is winning a world title and I have finally done it,” said Degale. “It is an unbelievable feeling. I have made history; I am the first British Olympic Gold medalist to become a world champion.

I am back now and injury free. I will take on any super middleweight in the world. There is no other super middleweight in the world who will beat me. I am hard to beat when I am at my best.”

Dirrell was livid at the decision.

“They said I ran from Carl Froch and they took that fight from me,” he fumed. “He ran tonight and they gave it to him. All he did was run, no way I lost this fight.”

Degale has star power in the UK and can look at a domestic showdown with the likes of an Arthur Abraham, or eye a unification with the winner of Badou Jack vs. George Groves.

As for Dirrell, his career continues to be a massive disappointment. It’s amazing to consider in a modern era where you have four major titles per division, Dirrell has gone 10 years without winning anything.

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EDWIN RODRIGUEZ TKO3 CRAIG BAKER: Edwin Rodriguez was in complete control but got the benefit of a quick stoppage in his third round TKO over Craig Baker. Rodriguez’s powerful right hand drove Baker against the ropes. Baker continued to take shots, but had his guard up and was rolling with the punches as the ref called it.