Monthly Archives: July 2011

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It’s going down tonight at the @RoxyHouston! Dj Rockwell and myself doing tha damn thing. For all my peeps who don’t live in Houston…if you’re ever in town…stop on by!

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ATTENTION ALL GLEEKS: BE THE FIRST TO EXPERIENCE, CELEBRATE AND SHARE GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE ON AUGUST 10 –

 TWO DAYS PRIOR TO FILM’S WORLDWIDE LAUNCH!

 SPECIAL SHOWINGS – AND FILM’S OFFICIAL AUGUST 12 DEBUT IN THEATRES -FOLLOW THE SOLD-OUT “GLEE LIVE!” INTERNATIONAL TOUR

LOS ANGELES – July 13, 2011 … Twentieth Century Fox announced today that special advance showings of GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE will unspool on August 10, 2011, giving fans of the global phenomenon, known as “Gleeks,” an early opportunity to celebrate, share and experience GLEE like never before…and in 3D…two days prior to the film’s global launch. Ticket holders for these special screenings will get a merchandise packet created especially for the event, including a GLEE logo lapel pin, commemorative ticket and lanyard, silicone bracelet, hat, commemorative GLEE RealD 3D glasses, and backpack.

The screenings will take place in 291 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Tickets for the event go on sale July 13, for Gleeks on the official movie Facebook page (www.facebook.com/glee3dmovie). Public sales begin the next day at www.gleeksneak3d.com. Ticket sales end August 2, to allow for mailing of the special ticket and bag.

GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE will enable fans who were unable to obtain tickets to the recent, sold-out “Glee Live!” tour engagements or who live in markets not included in the tour, or who just want to see it again, to experience the concert in the immersive magic of a 3D theatrical event. The tour played 40 shows across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, selling more than 500,000 tickets.

GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE is a new way to see all your favorite characters — including Rachel (played by Lea Michele), Finn (Cory Monteith), Mercedes (Amber Riley), Kurt (Chris Colfer), Artie (Kevin McHale), and Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) – as never before, with their spectacular musical performances, captured in 3D, interwoven with intimate behind-the-scenes revelations that are a story unto themselves.

“Glee” co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy produces GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE, and the director is Kevin Tancharoen.

DMX’S CHARGES WERE “EXAGGERATED”

Slowly but surely, we’re getting new details on what led to DMX being caught with drugs inside Arizona’s Yuma Prison. Sources revealed to RumorFix.com that X did not smuggle drugs while behind bars, but there were drugs found in his system. Due to this, DMX will be held a little longer, up to 30 days, after he violated several rules including failing or refusing a drug test and disorderly conduct.

· Arizona Department of Corrections’ spokesman Barrett Marson stated, “He did not smuggle drugs into prison. He failed a drug test, I don’t know what drugs he took, but that’s it. He was due to be released today but will now be released on July 19th.”

MARY J BLIGE SIGNS ON FOR VH1 BEHIND THE MUSIC

We’ve just learned Mary J Blige is next up for the new installment of Vh1’s Behind The Music series. The singer will give fans a candid look into her tough upbringing, her rise to fame and how she overcome numerous obstacles along the way. Behind The Music: Mary J. Blige premieres Sunday, July 24th at 10 PM Eastern on Vh1.

T-PAIN SIGNS TO YOUNG MONEY?

Have you heard whispers that T-Pain has joined Lil Wayne’s Young Money roster? Well, VLad TV caught up with Akon, who confirmed that Teddy is no longer signed to his Konvict Muzik label. Akon stated, “That’s Pain’s business decision. He’s his own man, he’s his own entrepreneur and decisions from this point, he has to make on his own. I’m happy for him. Whichever way he goes, that’s my little brother, he gets the support from us.” In related news, Pain’s long-awaited rEVOLVEr album will be the last disc that he’s obligated to release on Konvict Muzik.

ICE CUBE TALKS BOYZ IN THE HOOD 20TH ANNIVERSARY

MTV News caught up with Ice Cube to get his reactions on the recent 20th anniversary of John Singleton’s classic film, Boyz N The Hood. The rap vet told MTV, “The movie holds up. The movie had been used as a tool to teach people about the ‘hood that they may not know about. I think the movie is a definite classic, it definitely holds up, it’s definitely as potent today as it was back then. The message is definitely as clear today and needed as it was back then.”

· Ice Cube portrayed made his acting debut as “Doughboy” in the flick.

UPDATE ON WATCH THE THRONE RELEASE DATE

Ok, this is getting confusing. Fans are desperately wanting to know when Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne will arrive in stores and online. While numerous dates have surfaced, the Live Nation music store still has the launch date listed as August 2nd with copies being shipped on July 29th.

· The standard version will have ten tracks while the deluxe holds 14 songs.

KELLY ROWLAND RECLAIMS NUMBER ONE SPOT

Things couldn’t be going better for Kelly Rowland. The singer’s hit single, “Motivation,” has reclaimed the number one spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop chart and is seated at the 19 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Songwriter. The song if lifted from Rowland’s upcoming album, Here I Am, which arrives on July 26th.

· The song has remained on the chart for 17 weeks.

· Rico is back in the studio with Usher to work on his next project.

J COLE TALKS ABOUT NEW MIXTAPE

J Cole can’t stop talking about his much-hyped mixtape, which will drop before his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. He told HardKnock TV, “I got so many songs. I went through a period where I was trying to make a lot of singles for the album. Not a long of singles, but I was trying to find a single, so I came up with some real good ass songs.” The Roc Nation star says the mixtape should be released by end of this month or in early August. As previously reported, the rapper’s debut is slated for a September 27th release.

· The first single off his first studio project is “Work Out.”

GUCCI TALKS POST-PRISON PLANS 

Wanna know what Gucci Mane did in the first few days since he was released from prison? Aside from celebrating at a strip club in Atlanta, La Flare got right back to work. The rapper, who violated his probation, told HipHopDX.com that he “went back to the studio, banged out about five records.” He added, “I got some great writing done, I got some new hits that people need to wait on.” In related news, his joint album with Waka Flocka Flame, Ferrari Boyz, drops on August 9th.

NICKI MINAJ STRUCK WITH SUITCASE?

 

So it looks like there may have been some truth to Nicki Minaj being slapped in the face by an unidentified man in Dallas. Even though the fem-cee denied the incident via her Twitter account, TMZ reports she was hit with a suitcase by her assistant. According to the police report, the duo got into an argument, which led to the man “shoving the suitcase across [Nicki’s] chin and lower lip.” Visit TMZ to learn more.

FABOLOUS DROPS “PAIN” VIDEO

If you haven’t checked out the visual to Fabolous’ new song “Pain,” you can watch it via his official fansite now. The song is lifted from the rapper’s recent project, The S.O.U.L. Tape.

NBA STAR TO CO-PRODUCE TUPAC BIOPIC

According to XXLMag.com, NBA star Elton Brand is reportedly co-producing the official biopic for the later Tupac Shakur. And yes, the Philadelphia 76ers player has pervious film experience since he actually co-founded a production company. The news comes as Antoine Fuqua announced that he will be directing the project, aptly titled Tupac. No further details are known at this time.

· There were rumors that Soulja Boy was being considered to take the lead role in the movie.

T.I. PENS OPEN LETTER TO FANS

It’s only a matter of a couple of months until T.I. completes his prison sentence. The rapper, who violated the terms of his probation, penned an open letter to fans reminding them that he’ll be home in September. Here’s the letter in its entirety:

“What up world? I appreciate the continued love and support that everyone has been giving me. This chapter in my story will soon be coming to an end and I will be back in the flesh with you sooner than later. In the meantime I want to give a special shout out to a few particular individuals that have been sending me letters, cards, comments, tweets and just overall holding me down. A little loyalty goes a long way with me…I don’t do fake shit shawty. So I can’t thank y’all enough for keeping it 1 thousand and as soon as I’m able I WILL RETURN THE FAVOR!!! And that’s on PHIL!!! I love y’all and I’ll see you in September.”

– KING

LIL WAYNE’S THA CARTER IV TRACKLIST SURFACES

 

While there’s still nearly a month and a half until Tha Carter IV arrives, a tracklist for Lil Wayne’s upcoming disc has surfaced online. According to LilWayneHQ.com, the project will include guest spots from Cory Gunz, Cee-Lo Green, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tech N9ne, Busta Rhymes, John Legend, will.i.am, Nas, Shyne and Jadakiss, as well as features from Rick Ross and Lil Twist on the deluxe version. Be sure to grab the disc on August 29th.

· Do you think Wayne needs the collaborations to make his album good?

Here’s the official tracklist:

1- “It’s Weezy’s…” (Intro)

2- 6 “Foot 7 Foot” (Feat Cory Gunz)

3- “Triple Exclusive”

4- “Nightmares Of The Bottom”

5- “My Wife Hate My Life” (Feat Cee-Lo Green)

6- “How To Love”

7- “Block My Black Heart”

8- “Bad Stripin’” (Girl’s Bad)

9- “Pray To Big Mason” (Feat Drake & Nicki Minaj)

10- “Life Is A Goal”

11- “Fast Track” (Feat Tech N9ne & Busta Rhymes)

12- “Destiny Is Over, You Got Real”

13- “Retire My Royal”

14- “I’m Ready For You” (Feat. John Legend)

15- “You & Me”

16- “My Ghost On It”

17- “Sometimes I Think About Her” (Move) (Feat Will I Am)

18- “Wayne’s World”

19- “Big Power” (Outro) (Feat Nas, Shyne and Jadakiss)

Deluxe Edition

1. “Flowers” (Feat Lil Twist)

2. “John (If I Die Today)” – (Feat Rick Ross)

Kevin Hart Presents “LAUGH AT MY PAIN” in theaters Sept. 9th!

 ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT! Funnyman Kevin Hart is back and starring in the theatrical version of his 2011 LAUGH AT MY PAIN, the comedy tour that swept the nation! Starting September 9, experience the historical, record-breaking and side-splitting stand-up of Kevin Hart in LAUGH AT MY PAIN.

Kevin Hart is BACK and starring in the theatrical version of his 2011 LAUGH AT MY PAIN comedy tour that swept the nation and earned more than $15,000,000 in ticket sales! The 90-city LAUGH AT MY PAIN tour is one of the most successful Comedy Concerts in history. Hart’s 2-day performance of LAUGH AT MY PAIN (at LA Live’s Nokia Theatre), raised the bar and broke Eddie Murphy’s long standing record of being the first African-American Comedian to surpass over $1.1 million two-day live Comedy show ticket sales.

Hartbeat Productions and CODEBLACK Entertainment are proud to bring you the historical, record-breaking and side-splitting stand-up of Kevin Hart in LAUGH AT MY PAIN.

John Sellers of The Wrap says, “Hart’s highly successful ‘Laugh at My Pain’ stand-up tour has turned him into a hot commodity in Hollywood.”

Kevin Hart is one of the most versatile and sought after comedic actors in film and television. According to Box Office Mojo, Hart has starred films that have grossed over $510,000,000 in Domestic ticket sales at the box office, making him one of the most recognized faces of comedy today.

His credits include the hit films Death At A Funeral, Superhero Movie, Meet Dave, The 40-Year Old Virgin, Scary Movie 4,Little Fockers, Barbershop, Soul Plane, Along Came Polly and Not Easily Broken and is set to star in the highly-anticipated romantic comedy Think Like A Man (based on the runaway Best-Selling book by comedian Steve Harvey) as well as the upcoming film, The Five Year Engagement, also starring 2007 Golden Globe™ Award Winner Emily Blunt and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall and TV’s “How I Met Your Mother”).

On Television, Hart recently hosted the “11th Annual BET Awards” (2011), which was the #1 Awards Show on Cable with over 7.71 million viewers. Hart also premiered his own one-hour comedy special “Seriously Funny” (2010) on Comedy Central and has hosted BET’s revamped version of the classic stand-up comedy series “Comic View: One Mic Stand” that also helped catapult the careers of renown comedians such as D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer.

After a successful performance during amateur night at a local Philadelphia comedy club, and winning several amateur comedy competitions, Hart left his day job as a shoe salesman and began his career as a full time comedian, capturing audiences at The Boston Comedy Club, Caroline’s, Stand-Up NY, The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store. His first appearance at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival led to his first role in the feature film Paper Soldiers (featuring an All-Star cast including Jay Z, Beanie Sigal, Memphis Bleek, and Kevin Carroll).

Experience LAUGH AT MY PAIN, the show that quickly became a national phenomenon. Catch the original, never-before-seen Raw and Uncut backstage footage, and travel back to Philly with Kevin Hart where he began his journey to become one of the funniest and most successful comedians of all time.

Get an up-close and personal look at Kevin Hart and get ready to laugh ‘til it hurts.

Laugh At My Pain in theaters September 9, 2011
Hartbeat Productions / Codeblack Entertainment

CONNECT WITH KEVIN HART

http://www.kevinhartlaughatmypain.com
http://www.youtube.com/HartBeatProductions
http://www.facebook.com/hartkevin
http://Twitter.com/KevinHart4real – follow the “Laugh At My Pain” conversation using #KevinHartAMC

 

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BEYONCE REMAINS AT NUMBER ONE

Beyonce’s 4 easily remains at the number one spot of the Billboard 200 chart this week after it sold an additional 155-thousand copies. This brings the diva’s total overall sales to an impressive 426-thousand units in just two weeks. Led by “Run the World (Girls)” and “Best Thing I Never Had,” be sure to pick up 4, in stores and online now.

·       Beyonce’s “1+1” was recently covered by Tiffany Evans, while K. Michelle remixed Bey’s “Best Thing I Never Had” and changed the title to “Worst Man I Ever Had.”

DMX TO STAY IN JAIL FOR 30 DAYS

We previously reported that DMX must remain in Arizona’s Yuma Prison after he was recently caught with drugs. It was originally believed that the rapper would be held for an additional week, however, according to Billboard.com, he now has up to 30 more days of incarceration. The troubled artist also violated numerous rules, including failing or refusing a drug test, unauthorized smoking and disorderly conduct.

·       The rapper was scheduled to be released yesterday (7/13).

·       DMX is working on his seventh studio album, Redemption of the Beast, which is expected to drop later this year.

BIG SEAN TALKS NEXT SINGLE OFF FINALLY FAMOUS

Big Sean’s debut album, Finally Famous, remains in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart after falling from the number three spot to number nine. The rapper sold an additional 27-thousand units this week, bringing the total tally to over 114-thousand in two weeks. Be sure to get your copy today!


FOOTAGE ON MONICA’S WEDDING SURFACES

We previously reported that Monica married Los Angeles Laker Shannon Brown for the second time this past weekend. Luckily, TheInsider.com was allowed to film the extravagant ceremony, which was held inside a 19th century cathedral in downtown L-A. The singer walked down the aisle with a 50-pound train and said of the event, “I was just overwhelmed. I’m glad because I didn’t think about this 50 pound train that I was dragging behind me. I just had to take a deep breath, because I was really trying not to cry.” Visit TheInsdier.comto watch the footage today!

·       Lala Vazquez, Carmelo Anthony, Ciara and Brown’s Laker teammates Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher were all reported to be in attendance. There were over 300 guests total.

WATCH THE THRONE TRACKLIST

According to Jay-Z’s blog, LifeAndTimes.com, the official tracklist for Watch The Throne has surfaced online. The mogul’s first joint effort with Kanye West includes collaborations withBeyonce, Frank Ocean, Mr Hudson, Otis Redding as well as a guest feature with the lateCurtis Mayfield on the deluxe edition. The news comes just a day after there were reports that the disc was pushed back until July 6th, 2012 instead of its initial August 2nd release. However, on the official Def Jam website, the launch date is not listed and it just says“coming soon.”

Here’s the official tracklist:

1. “No Church in the Wild” feat. Frank Ocean
2. “Lift Off” feat. Beyoncé
3. “N****s in Paris”
4. “Otis” feat. Otis Redding
5. “Gotta Have It”
6. “New Day”
7. “Prime Time”
8. “Who Gon Stop Me”
9. “Murder to Excellence”
10. “Welcome to the Jungle”
11. “Sweet Baby Jesus” feat. Frank Ocean
12. “Love You So” feat. Mr Hudson

Bonus
13. “Illest Motherfucker Alive”
14. “H•A•M”
15. “That’s My Bitch”
16. “The Joy” feat. Curtis Mayfield

NICKI MINAJ DENIES BEING ASSUALTED

Have you heard the rumors that Nicki Minaj was slapped in the face by an unidentified man in Dallas? Well, the fem-cee has released a statement via her Twitter account about the alleged incident. She states, “The fact that you believe a man either slapped or punched me in the face & didn’t leave on a stretcher w/his balls hanging off? #getaF%cknLife.” Nicki added, “The media could pee on your leg & tell you it’s raining. You’d believe it. You’d believe u were an adopted Martian if TMZ told u so. #stopit” There you have it.

50 CENT REJECT’S YOUNG BUCK’S DEBT REPAYMENT PLAN

Former G-Unit member Young Buck filed for bankruptcy last month, but now, creditor 50 Cent is questioning his former protégée’s proposed repayment plan. According to 50’s legal team, Young Buck failed to give full and accurate accounts of his financial affairs, prompting their official objection, which was filed on Monday. The question still remains as to whether 50 will uphold the G-Unit Records contract Young Buck signed in 2004.

DOWNLOAD LIL WAYNE’S SORRY FOR THE WAIT

If you haven’t done so already, we want to remind you to download Lil Wayne’s new mixtape, Sorry For The Wait. The rapper’s 12-track project, which includes features withGudda Gudda and Lil B, was designed to hold fans over until his upcoming effort, Tha Carter IV, drops on August 29th.

·       DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.datpiff.com/pop-mixtape-download.php?id=m4749b9f

Here’s the official tracklist:

1. “Tunechi’s Back”

2. “Rollin’ (Freestyle)”

3. “Throwed Off” (Freestyle) feat. Gudda Gudda

4. “Gucci Gucci” (Freestyle)

5. “Marvin’s Room” (Freeestyle)

6. “Sure Thing” (Freestyle)

7. “Grove St. Party” (Freestyle) feat. Lil B

8. “Racks” (Freestyle)

9. “Hands Up” (Freestyle)

10. “Sorry 4 The Wait”

11. “Inkredible Remix (Freestyle)”

12. “ IDK” (Freestyle)

R. KELLY’S HOME IN FORECLOSURE?

According to SingersRoom.com, R. Kelly’s Chicago mansion is facing foreclosure after he failed to pay the mortgage for over a year. The singer, who is currently on his Love Lettertour, was recently hit with a 2.9-million foreclosure lawsuit for the home that he no longer lives in. He is yet to comment on the matter. We’ll keep you posted with further updates.

·       The home has reportedly lost its value, falling from 5.2-million in 2009 to 3.8-million dollars today.

MIGUEL, LLOYD DISCUSS TWITTER BEEF

It looks like Miguel and Lloyd squashed their short-lived Twitter beef backstage at a concert in Cleveland over the weekend. After the “Sure Thing” singer implied that Lloyd’s new haircut was exactly the same as his, the entertainers had a heated debate that was recorded by a bystander. Even though Miguel immediately apologized for his tweet, the “Cupid” crooner stated, “The fact is that I was not trying to imitate you. I just felt like it was disrespectful. On some real s**t, it was cheap and I felt like it was distasteful.” To hear the full conversation, visit RapRadar.com now.

·       In related news, Lloyd’s King Of Hearts LP is in stores now.

LUPE QUITS TWITTER

Lupe Fiasco has just announced that he is no longer going to use his Twitter page. The rapper’s final tweet read, “I’m quitting twitter. It was fun while it lasted…thanks for the support on #lasers and i will see you all on the road soon…don’t forget…Love Always Shines Everytime Remember 2 Smile…” He then allowed singer Nikki Jean to take over the account to plug her new album, Pennies in a Jar.

·       The emcee has 722-thousand followers.

RIHANNA COVERS “SWEET HOME ALABAMA”

Rihanna performed at a recent benefit concert for the people affected by tornados in Alabama, and fittingly, she decided to do a cover of probably the most popular song with the state’s name in the title.  Head to PerezHilton.com now to check out Ri-Ri giving her take on the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic “Sweet Home Alabama.”

·       DIRECT LINK:

http://perezhilton.com/2011-07-12-rihanna-covers-sweet-home-alabama


DMX CAUGHT WITH DRUGS, REMAINS IN PRISON

This is sad. TMZ reports DMX will remain in prison after he was recently caught with drugs. The rapper, who was scheduled to be released today (7/13), also violated numerous rules inside Arizona’s Yuma State Prison, including failing or refusing a drug test, unauthorized smoking and disorderly conduct. X will now have to stay locked up for an additional week, possibly longer.

· He spent seven months inside for probation violation.

FOXXY BROWN’S MOONING CASE GETS DROPPED

Do you remember when Foxy Brown was arrested after she mooned her neighbor? Well, according to the New York Post, the fem-cee has been cleared of all charges after her accuser, Arlene Raymond, refused to testify. Apparently, Raymond wanted to drop the case and put the matter behind her.

· As previously reported, Brown originally pleaded not guilty to these charges, refusing to comment on the matter.

· If she were convicted of the charges, she could have seen up to seven years in jail.

TAKE A TOUR OF PHARRELL’S HOME

Pharrell Williams invited W Magazine into his 14-million dollar home and allowed cameras to roll while he gave the grand tour. The hitmaker showed off his art collection, which includes Family Guy paintings and memorabilia. If you wanna check out his Miami mansion, visit FashionOnFilm.WMag.com.

LIL KIM ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE!

Just when we started to wonder if Lil Kim would ever drop another album, the Queen B has revealed that her new single, “Looks Like Money,” will be released very soon. The song will be a part of her first studio album in six years, which is rumored to arrive later this year. For now, you can check out her guest vocals on Monica’s new song, “Anything (To Find You)” featuring Rick Ross.

· Her last effort was 2005’s The Naked Truth, which debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart.

JILL SCOTT IS OVER CELIBACY, TALKS DATING

Jill Scott is 60 pounds lighter and loving the single life! The singer told Us Weekly that while she’s looking for the “right kind of love,” she admits, “The whole celibacy thing, you could throw that out the window.” However, in addition to avoiding one-night stands, Scott adds, “I don’t have physical intimacy until at least the fifth date. So I can get to know who I’m dealing with and they can get to know me. And with my schedule, five dates can take three or four months!”

· Scott has a one-year old son from her last relationship with her ex-drummer, Lil’John Roberts.

· Jill Scott’s new album, The Light of the Sun, is in stores now.

DOWNLOAD SWIZZ BEATZ’S NEW MIXTAPE NOW!

Swizz Beatz previously treated fans to new songs for his “Monster Mondays” campaign and now, the hitmaker complied those free tracks into one mixtape. Be sure to download the 26-song project, titled Monster Mondays Vol 1, today!

· The rapper’s upcoming Haute Living album will be available later this year.

· VISIT www.MonsterMondays.com to get the Mixtape!

Here’s the tracklist:

1. “DJ Play The Beat” Ft. Estelle

2. “Bang Bang” Ft. Pusha T x Pharrell

3. “King Tut” Ft. Rakim

4. “Ya’ll Don’t Really Know” Ft. Busta Rhymes x DMX

5. “Bad One” Ft. Busta Rhymes

6. Dirty Money – “Ass On The Floor” Ft. Swizz Beatz

7. “Hot Steppa #1” Ft. Eve

8. “We Keep It Rockin”

9. “Hustle Hard” Ft. Ace Hood

10. Alicia Keys – “Speechless” Ft. Eve

11. Rick Ross “The Transporter”

12. Kevin McCall – “Freaky I IZ” Ft. Diesel x Chris Brown

13. Musiq Soulchild – “Anything”

14. DMX – “Time To Get Paid”

15. Colin Smith –“ Love”

16. Nas – “Top Down”

17. Swizz Beatz Ft. Snoop Dogg x JR Reid – “Co-Pilot”

18. “Freaky”

19. Sean Cross – “Ready Ready” Ft. Swizz Beatz

20. Eve – “Man Down” (Rihanna Remix)

21. Swizz Beatz – “Live From Paris” (MGMT Freestyle)

22. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – “We Workin’”

23. “Earthquake”

24. Nicki Minaj – “Catch Me” Ft. Swizz Beatz

25. “Reebok Back” Ft. Rick Ross x Meek Millz

26. “My Hood” Ft. Jim Jones, Juelz Santana x Cassidy

CHRIS BROWN RECRUITED ON ACE HOOD’S NEW SINGLE

Chris Brown has teamed up with Ace Hood for the rapper’s new single, “Body 2 Body.” The song marks the third offering from Ace’s forthcoming third album, Blood, Sweat & Tears, which is slated to hit stores August 9th.

· Visit the emcee’s official website to check out the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League-produced song.

WATCH THE THRONE RELEASE DATE IS…

Unfortunately, fans who are looking forward to Jay-Z and Kanye West’s joint album, Watch The Thone, will have to wait a long time to hear the already completed project. According to the official Def Jam website, the highly anticipated effort won’t hit stores until July 6th, 2012! Keep checking out WatchTheThrone.com for more updates.

THE DAY IS FINALLY HERE! 

Tell a friend, to tell a friend, to tell a friend, etc… to get Trae’s new album, STREET KING!  YEARS in the making, this album has been long anticipated and for a good reason – not just saying this b/c I’m ABN but, because it’s a good album. Sometimes I post free links to music BUT, NOT THIS TIME. Go out, BUY STREET KING and SPREAD THE WORD. The past years have been a journey for Trae and those who follow him, support one of the FEW that and REALLY appreciate you for being a fan and listening to his music.

Don’t forget to include #STREETKING in your Twitter post ALL DAY TODAY!

– Crisco

PS – CLICK THE ALBUM COVER IF YOU NEED TO SAMPLE – I’d rather you at least sample than to NOT hear or buy at all. THANKS!

NICKI MINAJ SPECIAL TO AIR ON E!

Fans will get to know Nick Minaj even better when an hour-long E! special on the fem-cee airs later this week. The show features interviews with Lil Wayne, Swizz Beatz, Nicki’s family members and many others all discussing the Queens native’s rise to fame. Be sure to tune in to the E! Entertainment Special: Nicki Minaj tomorrow (7/13) at 10 PM Eastern on E!.

· Nicki said in a statement, “I just had to give this [rap] one try because I had never given anything my all. I was like you know what, I don’t care if I end up in a shelter. I am not going back to work.”

BOW WOW LEFT OFF BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Shortly after penning an open letter about the birth of his first child, TMZ has learned Bow Wow’s name does not appear on the birth certificate for his newborn daughter, Shai. The mother of the child, Joie Chavis, decided not to write down Chad’s name after the rapper was reportedly a no-show for the birth. After Chavis underwent an emergency C-section, it took Bow six days to finally appear and visit.

· Do you think the former couple will go to court over who keeps the baby?

AND…

BOW WOW ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR LP

According to his Twitter page, Bow Wow has revealed the launch date for his upcoming album, Underrated. Lead by the first single “Eat the Cake” featuring Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled, fans can expect the project to hit stores on November 1st. In addition, Chad is also looking to drop the fourth installment of his Greenlight mixtape series before the disc lands tin stores this fall.

· Bow recently tweeted that he’s heading to the studio soon to work with newcomer, Kreayshawn.

LIL WAYNE SAYS THA CARTER IV IS COMPLETED

Good news! Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV is finished. The rapper confirmed to MTV News that the disc is “totally done.” In addition, Weezy revealed to MTV that his latest single, “How To Love,” was made for his female fans. Wayne stated, “That song is just sweeping the world. It’s touching every woman, that’s what it was for,” The rapper adds, “It was like Tupac had ‘Keep Ya Head Up’ and it was a message to women and little girls across the world just to keep your head up even though things are hard. That’s what my song was.”

· He plans to drop a new mixtape, Sorry For The Wait, tomorrow (7/13).

· Album features for the disc includes the Jadakiss, Shyne, Young Money crew, Busta Rhymes, Bun B, Tech N9ne, Cee-Lo Green, John Legend, Nas, and Will.I.Am. Production is handled by Swizz Beatz, Bangladesh, Polow Da Don and Boi-1da.

LIL WAYNE LEAKS SONG OFF UPCOMING MIXTAPE

Before Lil Wayne releases his much anticipated mixtape, Sorry For The Wait, the rap star has treated his fans to a new song from the project called “Tunechi’s Back.” The beat samples the Meek Mill and Rick Ross track, “Tupac Back.”  Also, be sure to look for Weezy’s new tape when it drops tomorrow.

· According to MTV News, Lil Twist said of Weezy’s Sorry For the Wait, “It’s amazing, it’s great, it’s outstanding And, he’s rapping. He’s going in and y’all are gonna love it.”

ALICIA KEYS SAYS HER SON IS INSPIRING HER MUSIC

We all know Alicia Keys is currently working on a new album, but we’re sure that this effort will be much more personal this time around. Swizz Beatz’s wife explained to us that the birth of her son, Egypt, is inspiring new material for the follow-up to 2009’s Element Of Freedom (See Related Cut #2). In related news, Billboard.com posted a picture of the couple out and about with their son in New York City late last week.

· Do you like the name that they came up with for their son?

WAKA FLOCKA CONFIRMS RETIREMENT PLANS

We previously reported that Waka Flocka Flame is seriously considering retiring for good. While many didn’t believe it, the rapper recently confirmed on Twitter that he plans to hang up the mic after the end of 2011. He tweeted, “I’m tired of going what I go through, and at the end of the day, the forecast is always rain … rain on my world.” The news comes after his mother and manager, Debra Antney, revealed to RumorFix.com that her son was “talking about quitting. [Because] he’s sick of this.”

· Do you think Waka is making a big mistake?

AND AS A BONUS: Here’s a tribute to Waka, Gucci, OJ & Soulja Boy!

STREAM CALI SWAG’S DEBUT ALBUM

Even though Cali Swag District released their debut album, The Kickback, today, fans can stream the disc in its entirety via the group’s official website today. If you like what you hear, be sure to pick up the rap group’s first studio effort, available in stores and on iTunes now.

BIG SEAN’S SINGLE COVER REVEALED

Big Sean and Kanye West pose side-by side in the newly released artwork for rap rookie’s new single, “Marvin & Chardonnay.” The Roscoe Dash-assisted song is lifted from Sean’s debut, Finally Famous. Fans can expect the visual for the cut to premiere in coming days.

· The video was in shot New York City with director Hype Williams.

JAY-Z BEGINS NEXT SOLO ALBUM?

In case you missed it, Jay-Z recently announced that he’s already begun recording on his next solo album. After already completing his joint project Kanye West, Watch The Throne, the rapper promises that the “tone and whole feel” of his next effort will be “different.” MTV News reports Hova plans to have Odd Future’s Frank Ocean contribute to one of the two songs that he’s already completed. No further details are known.

· Do you think Jay’s next album will top the success of 2009’s The Blueprint 3?

· His last album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 476-thousand copies in its first week.

SHAGGY TALKS “SUGARCANE”

In case you didn’t know, Shaggy has released a new song called “Sugarcane.” Since he’s often referred to as a reggae veteran, we asked the artist how it feels to still be putting out new music. “Sugarcane” serves as the first official single from Shaggy’s upcoming effort, Summer In Kingston, which is due out July 19th.

· As for tour plans, he will be headlining the One Love Peace Festival at Wembley Arena in London on July 31st, alongside Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul and Gyptian.

· Shaggy has sold over 20-million albums, including six number albums.

CEE-LO, BIG SEAN READY VIRGIN MOBILE FREEFEST

According to the event’s Facebook page, Cee-Lo Green, Big Sean, The Black Keys and many other are scheduled to perform at the 2011 Virgin Mobile FreeFest. The show takes place in Columbia, Maryland on September 10th. If you’d like to learn more, head here:

· http://www.facebook.com/VirginMobileLive

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TALKS MYSPACE

Justin Timberlake attended the press day for his upcoming romantic comedy Friends With Benefits in Los Angeles on Sunday. The singer and actor recently purchased a portion of the social networking website MySpace and although JT did not want to get into the details of his plans for the site, he did say he wants to make MySpace “What it should have been” (Related Cut #5). More detailed plans for how Timberlake and the site’s new managers will run MySpace are expected at an August 17th press conference.

· Do you think Justin Timberlake can save MySpace?

· Justin’s new film, Friends With Benefits, also starring Mila Kunis arrives in theaters on July 22nd.

WAKA FLOCKA WANTS TO RETIRE…AGAIN!

Waka Flocka Flame is singing the same tune again. For the second time now, the rapper is seriously considering retiring for good. The news was confirmed by his mother and manager, Debra Antney, who explained to RumorFix.com, “He talking about quitting. He’s sick of this.” While it’s still unknown what prompted Waka to want to hang up the mic, his mom added, “We’re all disgusted with this stuff. You can’t trust people.” The rapper has yet to confirm or deny these claims but we’ll keep you posted.

CHRIS BROWN PICKS NEW SINGLE OFF F.A.M.E.

Even though Chris Brown has begun recording his next album, the singer has selected a new single off his latest effort, F.A.M.E. The crooner plans to shoot a video for the next offering, which is “Wet The Bed” featuring Ludacris. In the meantime, be sure to purchase F.A.M.E. if you haven’t done so already!

GAME TO DROP NEW MIXTAPE BEFORE ALBUM

Before Game issues his long-awaited R.E.D. Album, the rapper has announced on Twitter that fans can anticipate a new mixtape to drop. The project is titled Hood Mornin (No Typo) and is expected to land next month.

· R.E.D. Album is still slated for an August 23rd release date.

JILL SCOTT TAPPED FOR BUDWEISER SUPERFEST PARTY

 

Need a good summer tour to check out? Jill Scott recently announced that she’s headlining the month-long Budweiser Superfest tour. The 17-city outing, which is being dubbed the “Block Party,” kicks off in Boston on July 26th. The trek hits major cities including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York before closing on August 28th in Houston. In addition, the singer will be joined by Anthony Hamilton and Mint Condition. Be sure to visit Ticketmaster.com to score passes today!

· The singer will perform songs from her newly released album, The Light of the Sun.

· Here are the official tour dates:

July 26 – Boston

July 28 – New York

July 30 – Detroit

July 31 – Chicago

Aug. 3 – Cleveland

Aug. 4 – St. Louis

Aug. 6 – Philadelphia

Aug. 7 – Washington, D.C.

Aug. 10 – Los Angeles

Aug. 14 – Oakland

Aug. 17 – Memphis

Aug. 19 – Atlanta

Aug. 21 – Virginia Beach

Aug. 23 – Raleigh

Aug. 24 – Charlotte

Aug. 27 – Dallas

Aug. 28 – Houston 

JENNIFER LOPEZ WORKS WITH LADY GAGA AND REDONE

Jennifer Lopez got a hand from Lady Gaga and RedOne on her latest album, Love?. RedOne is known for his work with Gaga, having produced her hit singles “Just Dance,” “Bad Romance” and “Judas,” among many others. We caught up with Lopez, who told us just why she was excited to work with the producer.

 “I think RedOne’s sound is very specific, but he also can be very individual for each artist he works with, which I like, but there’s still kind of a commonality in it. But it’s him, it’s him – the way he makes a record sound so big and important, I love. I love feeling music like that. As a dancer, it gets me excited.”

RedOne produced four of the songs on J. Lo’s Love? album including one written by Gaga called “Hypnotico.” Gaga also worked with RedOne on the production of “Invading My Mind.” Love? is out now in stores and online.

· RedOne’s resume of number-one singles includes Lady Gaga smashers “Just Dance” featuring Colby O’Donis, “Poker Face,” “LoveGame,” “Bad Romance,” “Alejandro” and “Judas”; Enrique Iglasias’ “I Like It”; Nicole Scherzinger’s “Poison”; Porcelain Black’s “This is what Rock N’ Roll Looks Like”; Jennifer Lopez’s “On The Floor”; and Pitbull’s “Rain Over Me” featuring Marc Anthony.

· RedOne has won three GRAMMY Awards for his work with Lady Gaga: Best Dance Recording for “Poker Face,” Best Pop Vocal Album for The Fame Monster and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Bad Romance.”

LUPE FIASCO ON SKYLAR GREY

Lupe Fiasco’s hooked up with Skylar Grey for his Lasers album. The two worked with Alex Da Kid on “Words I Never Said.” The rapper is spilling the secrets behind his collaboration with Grey.

“Oh that was good… that was a record that Alex Da Kid brought and I guess he was working with Skylar for the course of a ton of records that he did, like the record he did with Puffy and some other stuff. And so that was one of the records and it was just instantly like ‘oh yeah, let’s rock.’ I remember the label wanted to take her off the record, like let’s put somebody more famous, or more…whatever on the record, and I was like ‘no, leave her.’”

Lupe also explained how he reworked the song’s concept to include some of the controversial issues.

“She wrote it. There’s a certain energy that comes across when people write the stuff that they actually sing. And I pick up on that, so I was like ‘keep her on it – let’s do that.’ She was expecting it to be like a love song. It was really like ‘the words I never said to your boyfriend,’ or what have you. But I was like ‘no – let’s go Rage Against the Machine on this. Let’s take some shots and be politically incorrect as we possibly can.’”

AND…

SKYLAR GREY ROUGHS IT

Skylar Grey wanted to escape the pavement and plastic of Los Angeles while preparing her debut album, Invincible. That’s why the singer-songwriter left the city in favor of a cabin in the woods of Oregon, where she says she was able to get perspective and stay grounded. Invincible is scheduled for release sometime this fall.

· Grey just dropped the music video for her debut single, “Dance Without You.”

· Grey will perform in San Diego, San Francisco and Pamona, California before she takes the stage at Lollapalooza, which takes place August 5th through 7th in Chicago.

LIL WAYNE & TAYLOR SWIFT AMONG HOTTEST SUMMER CONCERTS

MTV News invited a panel of experts to weigh in on this summer’s hottest tours. Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Britney Spears are among the biggest and most-talked about shows this summer. U2, Foo Fighters and My Morning Jacket are also on the list.

· Writers from magazines like Us Weekly and Venues Today as well as Perez Hilton contributed to the article.

I can’t believe  HARRY POTTER is around the corner…it’s finally coming to end…which totally sucks!  I guess the ONLY good thing coming out of this is…the awesome HARRY POTTTER DVD box set! (LOL)  Well, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 hits theaters Friday, July 15 – but…I’m watching it Monday night. Pre-screening baby! I’ll let ya’ll know what I think!

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