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NICKI ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE

Nicki Minaj has announced that she’s selected a new single off her platinum selling Pink Friday album. The “Moment 4 Life” rapper has chosen the Bangladesh-produced track “Did It On ‘Em’” as her next urban offering. Gotta strike while the iron is hot!

NEW DETAILS ON LIL WAYNE’S “MRS. OFFICER” SUIT

We recently reported that Lil Wayne is facing a copyright infringement lawsuit for his song “Mrs. Officer” featuring Bobby V. AllHipHop.com has learned producer Michael “Mali Boy” Bradford, who claims to have made the original beat for the track, has hired an associate professor of Musicology to prove his case. Dr. Felicia M. Miyakawa has found substantial evidence that could take this case to trial. Apparently, the original song was sampled and the producer that re-worked the instrumentals did not “source material adequately.” It’s unknown how much Bradford is seeking in damages.

LIL JON READIES GREATEST HITS ALBUM

Lil Jon is ready to remind fans of all the many smash singles he has under his belt by releasing a greatest hits album titled Crunkest Hits. The King Of Crunk has complied 14 of his biggest songs including “Get Low” featuring Ying Yang Twins and Usher’s “Yeah!” While the disc doesn’t arrive until March 8th, Lil Jon wants everyone to make sure they mark their calendars now. In related news, be sure to catch Jon on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice when the season premiere airs Sunday, March 6th at 9 PM Eastern.

Crunkest Hits tracklist:

1. “Get Low” – ft. Ying Yang Twins

2. “Bia’ Bia’” 2 – ft. Too Short & Chyna White3. “Yeah!” – ft. Usher

4. “Throw It Up” – ft. Pastor Troy5. “I Don’t Give a F***” – ft. Mystikal & Krayzie Bone6. “What U Gon’ Do” – ft. Lil Scrappy7. “Put Yo Hood Up”

8. “Get Crunk” – ft. Bohagon9. “Nothin’s Free” – ft. Oobie10. “Who U Wit”

11. “Stop Trippin’” – ft. Ludacris12. “Cut Up”

13. “Knockin Heads Off” – ft. Jadakiss & Styles P14. “Weed N Da Chopper” – ft. Project Pat

NELLY TALKS SISTER’S DEATH ON BEHIND THE MUSIC

To get everyone more excited about Nelly’s upcoming Vh1 Behind The Music episode, a trailer has leaked with the with rap superstar opening up about the death of his sister Jackie, who died of leukemia in 2005. Be sure to tune in for the full show when Behind The Music: Nelly airs March 7th at 10 PM Eastern.

· Click HERE to see the trailer!  

LUPE WAS SUICIDAL WHILE RECORDING LASERS LP

During an interview with Details.com, Lupe Fiasco spilled some surprising news about the recording process for his long awaited Lasers album. The rapper revealed that he became depressed and actually contemplated suicide. He stated, “The creation of Lasers was a very painful, dark, f***ed-up process.” Luckily, the Atlantic Records artist seems to be in better spirits and is looking forward to dropping his third studio effort on March 8th.

AND…

LUPE LOOKING FORWARD TO MTV SPRING BREAK

Last week, we reported Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khaflia, Jason Derulo and Pitbull have been chosen to headline MTV and mtvU’s Spring Break 2011 at the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Spring Break 2011 is taking place from March 6th through March 9th and DJ Pauly D will be on the turntables for the afternoon pool parties. Visit Palms.com to learn more!

FOXY TALKS LIL KIM AND NICKI MINAJ BEEF

Foxy Brown recently gave her input on the on-going (one-sided) beef between Lil Kim and Nick Minaj. The fem-cee, who also had issues with the Queen Bee, told Bollboard.com, “I don’t condone it at all; I don’t think it’s cute.” Fox feels Kim should have let the fans realize on their own that Nicki was lending from her style instead of using that as a “platform to bring your new album.” As previously reported, Brown’s upcoming double disc album, Black Roses, will be out later this year.

· Do you think Lil Kim has taken the wrong approach?

MJ’S CHILDREN FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS

Similar to their dad, who helped people in need with his Heal the World Foundation, Michael Jackson’s three children, 14-year-old Prince Michael, 12-year-old Paris and eight-year-old Blanket, recently volunteered at a organization in Los Angeles, helping the homeless. SingersRoom.com reports their grandmother said that they are doing “pretty well” with the passing of their beloved father and are very much inspired by MJ’s philanthropic efforts before he died.

UPDATE ON NE-YO AND FABOLOUS’ JOINT ALBUM

According to MTV News, Ne-Yo and Fabolous are pushing ahead with plans to record a joint album. The Def Jam label-mates are reportedly looking to re-create Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s Best of Both Worlds album. The singer told MTV, “It’s just something about [Fab’s] voice and my voice that makes sense together. We been kicking ideas around and I can’t say exactly when to look for it, but definitely look for it. Keep your eyes peeled, we’ll be out there.”

NEW BEASTIE BOYS ALBUM OUT IN APRIL

Beastie Boys’ new album, Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2, will come out on April 19th. Nas and Santigold reportedly recorded guest spots on the album.

· Beastie Boys were set to release Hot Sauce Committee Pt 1 first but Adam Yauch was diagnosed with cancer. The album has been put off until further notice.

This is what I call a REAL movie. If you plan on seeing this one…be ready…it’s 2 ½ hours long…bring snacks! (LOL) Great cast…great acting…great story. It’s showing in selected theaters so like I said before – if you’re looking for a great movie…check out BIUTIFUL. It’s the same director who brought you 21 GRAMS and BABEL…it’s one of those movies that has multiple stories…then it all comes together at the end. Niceeeeee!

Definitely worth checking out.

I give BIUTIFUL…4 out of 5 POPCORNS!

Gnomeo and Juliet hit theaters a few Friday’s ago…I know, I know… “Mike, your late!” I’ve been slammed with stuff…sooo be quiet. (LOL) Well, if you’re looking for a hilarious, funny ass, family movie – check out GNOMEO AND JULIET. The story’s pretty simple…2 families…Red gnomes and Blue gnomes…they live next to each other…and well…they hate each other. (Like William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet)

Yeahhh…ya get it?! (LOL)

Well, Gnomeo (Blue gnome) ends up meeting Juliet (Red gnome)…they fall in love…and all hell breaks loose! Here’s another family flick to see…or fellas…maybe a date movie. Yes…I said it.

I give GNOMEO AND JULIET…4 out of 5 POPCORNS!

This was a good movie. I was impressed with Channing Tatum…as soon as I saw the trailer…I was like, “This looks tight and with Billy Elliot in it (some of ya’ll will get it)…if I watch this…I should be a happy camper” But somewhere in my mind I was thinking, “Will Channing pull it off?”…and he did.

THE EAGLE is about a story…of the 9th Legion…men go out into the wilderness…men never come back. The 9th Legion had a leader…this leader’s son grows up (Channing Tatum) joins the military and decides to follow in his footsteps. But you need to know something – since there’s no trace of the 9th Legion…the prized Golden Eagle is lost as well…which symbolizes ROME.  See…Channing Tatum’s character pretty much has this black cloud over his head…sucks to be him in the beginning of the movie. Well, while he’s leading his first command – they are attacked and he’s seriously injured…what does that mean? He’s forced to retire. I think days, maybe even months go by…and he hears of a rumor…that the Golden Eagle has been scene…he tries to get the Roman empire to help but their like, “Hell nawwww…we ain’t sending our army out there!” So he decides that he and his slave will do it…and they start on their adventure.

THE EAGLE is a dope flick…worth checking out…even if it’s PG13…yes, I said it. PG13. There some dope fight scenes and the acting is spot on.

I give THE EAGLE…3 out of 5 POPCORNS!

My movie finally came to VOD…I had been waiting for this one for the longest

For the longest time…I had been waiting for this one. I saw the trailer…I thought to myself, “Mike…good cast…this looks good.” Then I saw that it was coming to theaters AND…VOD. Well, it’s cheaper to see movies at home…so I ordered it and I must say…the movie WAS pretty good.

Check out the featurette…

It’s pretty simple…guy wakes up and see that 98% of the human population is gone…and the ones that aren’t…when night comes… “something” get them. VANISHING ON 7TH STREET is pretty cool…looking for a cool thriller flick…you should check this one out.

I give VANISHING OF 7TH STREET…3 out of 5 POPCORNS!

My homie Chuey Martinez in LA got to sit down with the cast of HALL PASS. Check out the exclusive interview!

Photo by Frederick M. Brown – © 2011 Getty Images – Image courtesy gettyimages.com

Ok people…I had the chance to check out HALL PASS on Thursday and I gotta tell you…it’s exactly what I expected. A few HUGE laughs mixed with some funny stuff…you do laugh throughout the movie.

HALL PASS is about two guys…where in high school…they got the ladies…but NOW…much older…married with kids…things aren’t exactly the same. (LOL) Some couple stuff happens and their wives decide to give them a “Hall Pass”…one week, no rules…to do whatever they want…MARRIAGE IS OUT THE WINDOW. So, you can pretty much tell what happens next…they get into trouble…if you decide to check it out…BE READY. (LOL)

Owen Wilson, Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis, and Jenna Fischer star in this movie and they all click. Not at I have to bad flick people. BUT, I do have to say something…

JOKER AND JUSTIN…you can’t compare this to THE HANGOVER…not even close!! (LOL) Don’t mess with THE HANGOVER!

I give HALL PASS…3 out of 5 POPCORNS!

DR DRE ISSUES NEW VIDEO!

According to MTV News, Dr Dre has just released the visual to his new song, “I Need A Doctor” featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey. The track serves as the mega-producer’s second offering from his oft-delayed album, Detox – which still has no confirmed release date.

ARETHA REACTS TO FANTASIA’S GRAMMY BOYCOTT

USA Today reports Aretha Franklin was “sorry to hear” that Fantasia boycotted this year’s GRAMMY Awards for not being included in the icon’s tribute. Franklin stated, “Fantasia is still young in the business and although we all love and appreciate her she must understand that in this business of show business she will not always get to participate in everything she would like to participate in. I’m sure it was not an intentional omission.” The news comes a week after Fanny told BET’s 106 & Park, “There is no way I could have sat there…she is my favorite so I felt like, at the end of the day I should have been on that stage.”

· Fantasia previously performed and honored Aretha during the MusicCares Person of the Year Tribute and the United Negro College Fund Tribute.

LIL KIM DROPS NICKI MINAJ MINI-DOCUMNTARY

Lil Kim has taken the Nicki Minaj beef one step further by providing video evidence of the Young Money rapper stealing her image and style. Kim has posted a 15-minute documentary called Carbon Copy on Twitter. In the clip, there are back-to-back images of Nicki posing, smiling, dressing and rapping just like Notorious B.I.G.’s protégé. There’s also footage of Kim using the “Black Barbie” term back in the 90’s as well as interviews with fans on how they feel about Minaj “swagger-jacking” Lil Kim.

NICKI MINAJ REACTS TO HATERS

With all the shots Lil Kim is throwing at Nicki Minaj, the rap newcomer has been very poised about the situation. Regardless of the many diss tracks Kimmie Blanco has released against the “Moment 4 Life” rapper, Nicki refuses to feed into the drama. She recently explained how easy it to ignore her haters and that she also understands that those who envy her are really just unhappy with themselves. The rapper is currently focusing on her upcoming outing on Lil Wayne’s I Am Music II tour.

WIZ KHALIFA, LUPE READY MTV SPRING BREAK

We’ve just learned Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khaflia, Jason Derulo and Pitbull are scheduled to headline MTV and mtvU’s Spring Break 2011 at the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Taking place from March 6th through March 9th, DJ Pauly D will be on the turntables for the afternoon pool parties with his Jersey Shore castmate, Deena Nicole. You don’t want to miss this – visit Palms.com to learn more!

RAY J: “I CREATED KIM KARDASHIAN”

According to DigitalSpy.com, Ray J is making bold statements about his ex-girlfriend, Kim Kardashian. In fact, he wants credit for “creating” her! The R&B singer, who shared a sex tape with the reality star, explained, “I don’t hang with stars, I create stars. So you know Kim was created, Cocktail was created and now I’m off to a new project.” He added, “I wish them well, I hope they have major success in their life. They are great girls, they got good heads on their shoulders and I want them to be successful, and I’m off to the next project.”

DIDDY-DIRTY MONEY STILL DECIDING NEXT SINGLE

We caught up with Dawn from Diddy-Dirty Money to find out about the next single off their critically acclaimed album, Last Train To Paris. The former Danity Kane singer explained that the group is still considering which song to roll with. Be sure to check out their latest video for “I Hate That You Love Me.”

KANYE’S NEW VIDEO CAUSES SEIZURES?

According to AllHipHop.com, Kanye West’s new video, “All of the Lights,” could be a hazard to your health. A U-K based company called Epilepsy Action sent the visual to be tested at Cambridge Research Systems, which concluded that the video could trigger seizures “in some people with photosensitive epilepsy.” Before we could even double check the clip ourselves, the video had already been removed from YouTube and Vevo. The rapper has yet to respond to the allegations.

FOXY READIES DOUBLE DISC ALBUM

Billboard.com reports Foxy Brown is currently working on her fifth album, titled Black Roses. She said of her upcoming project, “I’m in the studio every night, slaving. It’s going to be the first double CD from any female rapper in history, so it’s going to be really big.” She promised fans that one side will include hardcore hip hop records while the other will feature “dancehall rock.” Brown is eyeing a late summer or early fall release date.

ARE YOU READY FOR A BODYGUARD REMAKE?

According to Variety, it looks like the movie Whitney Houston made famous, The Bodyguard, is going to be remade. A new version of the 1992 classic, which also starred Kevin Costner, has been green lit by Warner Bros. While the original cast is not attached to the new version, the bodyguard in this project will be an Iraqi war vet. Further details are unknown at this time.

· Do you think anyone will be able to fill Whitney’s shoes?

JENNIFER HUDSON TALKS PREPARING FOR WINNIE

During an interview with Newsweek, Jennifer Hudson described what it was like taking on the lead role in the upcoming biopic on Winnie Mandela. The Oscar-winning actress explained that she actually spending time in “solitary confinement, away from my son just for five days when shooting those scenes – it was too much for me.” J-Hud added she felt “drained and stripped down” while getting into character. In real life, Winnie Mandela actually spent 500 days inside an African prison. You can expect Winnie to hit the big screen later this year.

· Terrance Howard will portray Winnie’s husband, activist Nelson Mandela.

NE-YO WRITES FOR BEYONCE’S NEXT ALBUM

Rap-Up.com caught up with Ne-Yo to find out about the progress of Beyonce’s fourth studio effort. The singer/songwriter revealed, “It’s coming along nicely. I did a couple sessions with Beyoncé. I don’t know what she’s going to keep.” He added, “I know that Beyoncé is one of those artists that always tries to push the envelope, so nothing is ever good enough, but that’s what makes Beyoncé Beyoncé.” In related news, he’s also begun working on the follow-up to last year’s Libra Scale.

50 CENT’S THINGS FALL APART TO DEBUT IN MIAMI

Remember the film 50 Cent lost over 50 pounds for? Well, that flick, Things Fall Apart, has just been scheduled to make its premiere during the Miami International Film Festival next week. Hard work pays off.

·  50 plays a cancer patient who once had aspirations to play football in the NFL. Even though he was on a strict liquid diet for nine weeks, 50 told the Associated Press. “It [was] passion project for me.”

NEW BATTERED RIHANNA PICTURES SURFACE!

Even though Chris Brown’s assault on Rihanna happened over two years ago, a new picture of the singer’s battered face has surfaced online. Visit MediaTakeOut.com if you want to be reminded of the tragic incident.

J.LO WANTS FANS TO HELP WITH HER VIDEO

We’ve just learned Jennifer Lopez needs help deciding how her upcoming video for “On the Floor” should end. The singer is asking her fans to choose between two different endings and the winning visual will premiere March 3rd on American Idol and Vevo. Visit her official website to learn more!

· With the Pitbull-assisted song rising on the iTunes chart, Jenny tweeted, “Dreams happen!!! We’re knockin on #1’s door!!! So grateful to all of you. Let’s get it!”

EMINEM IS THE MOST LIKED ARTIST ON FACEBOOK

We previously reported that Eminem was getting close to becoming the most liked artist on Facebook and now he’s done it. Slim Shady has just outdone Lady Gaga on the social networking site by receiving over 19-thousand more likes than the singer’s 28.8-million thumbs ups. We’re not sure how long he’ll hold this lead, but it marks the first time his fans have helped his achieve the feat. Let the Facebook battle begin!

· In related news, an unreleased Eminem and B.o.B. collaboration called “Things Get Worse” has just leaked online. Visit HipHop-N-More.com for your first listen.

SNOOP LEAKS OFFICIAL TRACKLIST

Next month, Snoop Dogg is slated the drop his eleventh studio album, Doggumentary. The upcoming effort will surprisingly include 21-tracks and boasts numerous collaborators including Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, John Legend, T-Pain, R. Kelly and many more. Get your copy on March 29th.

Doggumentary tracklist:

1. “Toyz N Da Hood” (Feat. Bootsy Collins)

2. “The Way Life Used to Be”

3. “My Own Way” (Feat. Denaun Porter)

4. “Wonder What It Do”

5. “My Func House”

6. “Peer Pressure”

7. “I Don’t Need No Bi*ch” (Feat. Devin The Dude & Kobe)

8. “Platinum” (Feat. R. Kelly)

9.” Boom” (Feat. T-Pain) (Prod. Scott Storch)

10. “El Lay” (Feat. Marty James)

11. “We Rest In Cali”

12. “Gangbang Rookie” (Feat. Pilot)

13. “This Weed Iz Mine” (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)

14. “Wet”

15. “Take U Home” (Feat. Too $hort, Kokane & Daz Dillinger)

16. “Sumthing Like This Night” (Feat. Gorillaz)

17. “Superman” (Feat. Willie Nelson)

18. “Eyez Closed” (Feat. Kanye West & John Legend)

19. “Raised In Da Hood”

20. “It’s D Only Thang”

21. “Cold Game” (Feat. LaToya Williams)

UPDATE ON REMY MA’S APPEAL CASE

According to AllHipHop.com, on Thursday Remy Ma’s appeal was turned down. The rapper, who shot her friend over three-thousand dollars back in July 2007, is not expected to be released from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women until 2013. It’s not yet known if she will attempt to file another appeal.

QUEEN LATIFAH READIES NEW VH1 SERIES

Queen Latifah will reportedly executive produce a new comedic drama called Single Ladies. The upcoming show, which is being shot in Atlanta, will include Stacey Dash and LisaRaye McCoy playing friends with opposing beliefs when it comes to sex and relationships. Viewers will learn about the characters during the film portion of Single Ladies, which premieres on May 30th at 9 PM Eastern on Vh1, and then dig deeper when the series begins on June 6th at 10 PM Eastern.

· Single Ladies the movie features guest appearances by Lauren London, Eve, Common, Chili and Kim Porter.

TABOO TALKS FERGIE

Last week, Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas released his first book, Fallin’ Up: My Story. The book chronicles his humble beginnings on the streets of East Los Angeles to his rise as part of the multi-platinum member of the Peas. In the tome, he explains how the group met Fergie and how he knew they tapped into something special when they asked her to join.

“Fergie’s always been a mega superstar in my eyes. Just remembering Kids Incorporated and ‘Sally’ and the Peanuts gang, ‘Charlie Brown.’ Just knowing that she’s always been in the game and continues to work hard to achieve everything that she’s ever dreamed about.”

Taboo added that Fergie really helped push the group to another level.

“She has such a strong personality and such a mega, mega aura about her that we knew she was going to be a big star. You know she’s our sister and I’m so happy for all of her achievements and accomplishments… same thing with Will. You know Will, Ap, Ferg and myself, I am so proud and glad to be a part of this all-star team.”

The Black Eyed Peas recently shot a video for their new single, “Just Can’t Get Enough.” They transformed a Los Angeles Club into a Tokyo dance club for the clip.

PRINCE COVERS RIHANNA

At a concert earlier in the week in Oakland, California, Prince decided to break out a new cover song. It was of Rihanna’s hit single “Rude Boy,” and you can check out footage of the performance now at PerezHilton.com.

· Click HERE to check it out!

GAGA WINS AN NME AWARD

Lady Gaga has gotten yet another honor. The pop star received the Hero of the Year Award at the Shockwaves NME Awards in the U-K. She beat out Kanye West, Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to win the trophy. Learn more at NME.com.

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