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Singer/songwriter Robin Thicke is mourning the loss of his father, Alan Thicke, who passed away after a massive heart attack on Tuesday, December 13. The incident occurred while he was playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter. He was rushed to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and pronounced dead there. While people from all over the world, including the R&B community, poured in personal tributes and memories of Alan, the one that stands out the most came from his son, Robin. He wrote on Instagram: “My father passed away today. He was the best man I ever  knew. The best friend I ever had. Let’s all rejoice and celebrate the joy he brought to every room  he was in. We love you Alan Thicke. Thank you for your love. Love, your grateful son.” Moving and painful! Sending prayers and condolences to the Thicke family! As he prepares for the release of his new EP titled “Connection”, and his Oscar worthy film “Collateral Beauty”, starring Will Smith, singer/actor Jacob Lattimore graces the cover of Quintessential Gentlemen, a digital Men’s Lifestyle and Entertainment publication. He discussed the projects he’s working on and how he’s remained humble throughout his journey in the entertainment industry. Without question, he has a bright future ahead of him. Singer/songwriter Bryson Tiller and rapper Drake may be bringing their collaboration to Life. Tiller took to Twitter on Tuesday to make the announcement. Pen Griffey and October’s own may be working on Drake’s delayed project “More Life.” While this may mark their first collaboration, the two have a history. Drake wanted to sign Tiller to his OVO Sound label, but Tiller signed with RCA Records. Rapper Wale’s “Folarin Like” currently sits at the top of the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart after the rapper posted the track to Soundcloud on December 6.  This marks Wale’s first visit to the summit after five prior attempts, dating back to the charts inception in May 2014. Billboard + Twitter is a weekly ranking of the most shared and mentioned songs on Twitter in the U.S, ranked by the number of shares over a seven day period. “Folarin Like”, a freestyle over the 1999 Nas single “Nas Is Like”, has earned 346,000 plays on the service through December 14. Wale also released a music video for “Folarin”, which has clocked more than 117,000 views to date. Congratulations Wale! For the past decade,  rapper and DIEMON member Russ has established himself as an artist to watch. The recent success of his first Billboard Hot 100 hit, “What They Want”, which peaked at No. 83, may cause some to label him a new artist, on the contrary, he describes himself as a 10-year, 11 album, 87 song overnight success.” During an interview with Billboard magazine, he revealed that he first gained interest in hip hop at the age of 7. A proponent of Soundcloud,  he posted a song a week until one took off. He added that his recent hit has allowed fans to discover his catalog and that the self confidence he displays comes from the books he read. Amazing.