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Fans who haven’t done so should pick up singer/songwriter/producer Daron Jones’ latest single “The Way We Used To Be”. Jones, who’s also one fourth of the R&B group 112, created  a smooth, laid back track that flows like a mighty stream. Jones’ smooth vocal over the track is the icing on the cake. Fans can purchase “The Way We Used To Be” at iTunes and Google Play. Fans can also see Jones and the rest of 112 on the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour. Tickets can be purchased at livenation.com. Rapper/activist Talib Kweli will join the Seattle stop of Rock Against The TTP, an upcoming protest tour intended to halt the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal that organizers, including Tom Morello, call “the biggest corporate power grab in history.” The free tour begins at Denver’s Summit Music Hall on July 23 with a line up that will include Morello, Anti-Flag, Downtown Boys, Taina Asili and others. The protest will conclude a week later on July 30 in San Diego with performances by Las Cafeteras, Bonfire Madigan and others. Kweli will headline at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle along with Asili and Bell’s Roar, the next day the tour will move to Portland’s Director Park with a headliner to be announced soon. A fifth stop, planned for Sep. 24, is still being worked out. The project is a partnership between Internet freedom nonprofit Fight for the Future and Firebrand Records, a label founded by Morello and Ryan Harvey. “Lost” cast member Evangeline Lily will act as emcee at all events as well as help facilitate a teach-in associated with each of the concerts. Rapper Snoop Dogg will bring the party to the Democratic Party at the Democratic National Convention later this month. The West Coast rap veteran will headline a “unity party” for Democratic donors at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory on July 28, the Senate Majority PAC announced in a press release sent to Billboard magazine today. Grammy Award winning rock band Los Lobos will also perform. Snoop’s political engagement comes a year after he announced his support for Clinton. No public statements have been made regarding the matter. Cable network VH1’s  “VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens” is looking to be the ultimate ladies night. As previously announced, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa and Lil Kim will be honorees at the event. Now, it has been announced that Common, Naughty By Nature, Da Brat and MC Lyte will pay tribute to Queen Latifah. The ceremony makes its return after a six year hiatus with a star-studded event that will salute female trailblazers in hip hop. Other artist set to participate in the Queen Latifah tribute include Rah Digga, Suga T and Yo Yo. Beyond performance duties, Latifah will also co-produce the show through her Flavor Unit Entertainment company. Rapper Eve will host the ceremony. “VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All  Hail The Queens” will air from New York City’s David Geffen Hall at the Lincoln Center on July 11 at 9 p.m.