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While the hot dogs are being eaten and the patriotic cocktails consumed, you're probably going to want some tunes to groove to at your Fourth of July cookout.

Some musicians and bands out there are proudly shouting "Hey, we got your back!" Or, more appropriately, they've got your entertainment. 

Over 75 songs exist which contain the word "firework" or "fireworks" in the lyrics, though not many of them are actually about fireworks. Or the Fourth of July. 

Meh. Semantics, right?

We took the liberty of making you a Fourth of July playlist, featuring 11 songs titled "Fireworks." From Indie Rock to R&B, get ready to jam out before the skies light up with pyrotechnics:

Katy Perry - Firework (Official Video)
Katy Perry's "Firework" first appeared on her album Teenage Dreams.

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It seems like only 2012-13 when Chris Brown and Drake were engaged in an epic feud and their posses were hurling bottles at a New York nightclub.

Now only have they quashed the beef, but nowadays, Breezy spends his downtime rapping along to Drake songs and posting videos of it online!

So ... do you want to sound the man-crush alert or shall we?

Many felt that Drake's romance with Rihanna would jeopardize the detente with Chris, but if so, he wouldn't Instagram himself rapping Drake’s "0-100."

Chris posted that he was “bored freestyling," talking about sex, guns and jail - topics he is well versed in. Dude's good at using guns and knives, remember.

In any case, his Instagram post seems to suggest that there’s at least a baseline level of respect with Drake, who returned the favor back on June 2:

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In what often seems like a genre focused on getting cars, cash, and girls, rap often gets a bad rap. Some of the genre's most talented voices use their powers for good.

Or they try. Instead of playing to the lowest common denominator, their politically charged and often personal song lyrics are an attempt to alter the course of pop culture.

It's easy to sell records when songs are about Miley Cyrus Twerking. Making people listen to your song about class struggles, religion, and racism is a different story.

Drake
Drake was 2013's most Tweeted about rapper. He definitely knows a thing or two about social media, and the personal stories behind his songs have made him immensely popular.

Fortunately, some rappers have made this their mission. They're the voices of political discourse for their generation. And they know the meaning of one simple word: diversify.

Instead of focusing solely on their careers as musical artists, they've branched out into the world of music production, acting, apparel, and public speaking.

Drake may not know the square root of 69, but he does know a thing or two about rap and joins a list of our 17 most intelligent rappers ever, a group of most definitely smart men.

Bottom line: There's more than one way to bank the Benjamins while spreading your message than merely rapping about being all about the Benjamins.

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Rap aficionados Drake and Lil Wayne have announced that they will be co-headlining a U.S. tour this summer, hitting up 31 cities all over the country.

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  • Drake vs. Lil Wayne

Promoted by Live Nation, the tour kicks off on August 8 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, N.Y., before heading westward.

The duo will make stops in multiple locations across America, with shows planned in Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas and L.A.

Drake will also anchor the fifth year of his annual OVO Fest in Toronto August 4.

This will be the second tour this year for Drizzy, whose Would You Like a Tour? was a smash hit with sold-out crowds across North America and Europe.

Meanwhile, Weezy has been hard at work on Tha Carter V, which he has said will be his final album; Drake will serve as executive producer on the project.

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Drake released a new song Tuesday called "Draft Day." The track, which samples Lauryn Hill, is not affiliated, we don't think, with the movie of the same name.

It does, however, contain some lyrical gems, with the star name-checking Chicago MC Chance the Rapper, Johnny Manziel and ... Jennifer Lawrence.

There are also plenty of insults and barbs to go around.

"Draft Day" opens with a nod to the controversial college football phenomenon Manziel before Rihanna's rumored boyfriend addresses his detractors:

"And if I left this s--t to chance, I would've picked a name like Chance the Rapper. No offense 'cause I don't know that n---a. I just focus on making records and getting bigger."

Elsewhere, Drake appears to diss Jay-Z and Kanye West, with whom he has feuded before, with the line, "Just hits, no Mrs. / That's for the married folk."

But arguably the best and most unexpected reference came with a tribute (see what we did there?!) of sorts to a well-known celebrity in a different field.

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Many people were impressed by Macklemore texting Kendrick Lamar to say that he just robbed him of Best Rap Album honors at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Drake was not one of those people.

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The Canadian rapper-crooner, who was also nominated in that category, spoke with Rolling Stone about Macklemore's gesture, declaring, "that s--t was wack as f--k."

His reasoning behind that view?

Drake was nominated for his album, Nothing Was the Same, but didn't receive any text after Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took home the prize for The Heist.

Macklemore texting Kendrick Lamar may have seemed cool to some fans, but "To name just Kendrick? That s--t made me feel funny," Drake continued.

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Drake is on his "Worst Behavior" in his latest music video. So to speak.

The 27-year-old rapper's new effort from his album Nothing Was the Same comes in the form of a 10-minute video that features from his dad, Dennis Graham.

Two of his best friends, Juicy J and Project Pat, also appear. Watch:

"Would You Like A Video?" Drake Tweeted to his followers with the clip.

Filmed in Memphis, the video begins by showing historic Royal Studios, which was run by the performer's uncle Willie Mitchell, interestingly enough.

Cue Drake's pops lip-syncing "Worst Behavior" in a sharp white suit!

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Drake canceled his show the other night in Philadelphia just before it was set to begin, and reportedly the cause was serious fan safety concerns.

Drake's camp was vague as to why he pulled the plug at the last minute, saying it was due to "unexpected technical issues." That's putting it mildly.

Apparently Drake was scared that the catwalk that loomed over the stage would fall into the crowd due to an electrical problem that could be severe.

The catwalk, on which the rapper walks back and forth as he raps, is a big part of the show, and any failure could have tragic consequences for fans.

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Drake has fired Future as the opening act of his "Would You Like A Tour?" tour following a quote from the latter in which he allegedly dissed the former.

When you're the opening act? Not typically a very smart move.

The feud reportedly stems from Future's sit-down with Billboard, where he threw some shade at Drake while previewing his forthcoming effort Honest.

Billboard Associate editor Erika Ramirez quoted Future as saying that the rapper "made an album that is full of hits ... but it doesn’t grab you."

"They’re not possessive; they don’t make you feel the way I do."

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Kendrick Lamar and Drake were the story at the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards, which aired Tuesday night, and not only because they won five awards each.

In a two-minute verse, part of a full-length Top Dawg Entertainment Crew freestyle rap "cypher" recorded for the show, the former asserted his dominance again.

Referencing his verse on Big Sean's "Control" and taking what may felt was another shot at Drake, Lamar declared himself "King Kendrick" amongst the rest:

"Nothing's been the same since they dropped 'Control' / And tucked a sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes," the L.A. rapper began last night.

"Your s--t never penetrates / Pin the tail on the donkey, boy you been a fake," he went on. "I'm the master that masturbated on your favorite emcee."

As the crowd thunderously roared with each fiery line, Lamar boasted, "Hold up, wait a minute / Your career ain't s--t unless you got some Kendrick in it."

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