Whoop, here it is!
Now unmasked on the official cover, heart stealers Mack Wilds, August Alsina and Ed Sheeran represent for the future of R&B on VIBE’s Summer 2014 Issue.
In a unique photo shoot experience, the three crooners with a hip-hop heart invited a few of their biggest fans down to a single-level house in Los Angeles to be featured in the spreads. Ed and August compared their colorful tattoo sleeves. Mack charmed the entire set. August sipped mimosa after mimosa between looks. Ed played Ty Dolla $ign’s “Paranoid” on his guitar. Everyone turned up to Chris Brown’s “Loyal” blasting from a car radio.
But beyond the images, these three rising stars are depicted with insightful profiles that tell their intricate stories and blueprints for success. VIBE Deputy Editor Clover Hope pens Mack Wilds’ Shaolin-to-Hollywood-and-back trajectory. Music Editor John Kennedy explains Ed Sheeran’s intense love affair with hip-hop, while VIBE Vixen Editor Shanel Odum tells August Alsina’s hard knock life.
The three feature stories will hit newsstands in July, but in the meantime look out for the feature on Ed Sheeran, whose album drops today, on vibe.com 11:30 am. August Alsina and Mack Wilds follow at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm, respectively.
Watch the behind-the-scenes video and read excerpts from the stories below:
“Where am I gonna survive in a world of 2 Chainz and Drake? Frank, Miguel and all of these guys. I remember coming across them and being like, ‘Yo, bro, I got some music coming up.’ And they’re like, ‘Okay, cool, how’s that movie going?’” —Mack Wilds
“Just because I’m a man with an acoustic guitar doesn’t mean I have to play love songs. I want to straddle all worlds at once. I want to do my acoustic stuff, write for the biggest pop acts in the world, and also work with all the rappers I like, underground or not.” —Ed Sheeran
“Crack fucking ruined my family. So to be selling that shit and seeing what it do to people, you start to realize, ‘Damn, my heart might be a little too big for this shit.’” —August Alsina
BET has announced Chris Rock as the host for the 2014 BET Awards along with this year’s nominees, making this the first time Rock hosts a music award show since hosting the MTV Video Music Awards in 2003.
As far as nominations, Jay-Z and Beyonce lead in nominations, with five each. Drake, Pharrell, Chris Brown and August Alsina earned a respectable three nominations each.
“This year’s nominees represent the best of the culture,” Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials says in a press release, as per Billboard. “It’s great to see our talented new artist’s right alongside our more beloved ones with long careers. We appreciate our BET Awards nomination committee, over 300 strong, for their efforts and congratulate all the nominees.”
The 2014 BET Awards is set to air live from Los Angeles, California’s Nokia Theatre Sunday, June 29.
AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
August Alsina f/ Trinidad Jame$ – I Luv This
Beyoncé f/ JAY Z – Drunk In Love
Drake f/ Majid Jordan – Hold On (We’re Going Home)
JAY Z f/ Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail
Robin Thicke f/ T.I. & Pharrell Williams – Blurred Lines
YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan – My Hitta
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Video of the Year
Beyoncé – Partition
Beyoncé f/ JAY Z – Drunk In Love
Chris Brown – Fine China
Drake – Worst Behavior
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Video Director of the Year
Best New Artist
Rich Homie Quan
Best Gospel Artist
Michael B. Jordan
12 Years a Slave
The Best Man Holiday
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Aloe Blacc – The Man
Jennifer Hudson f/ T.I. – I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)
Jhené Aiko – The Worst
LiV Warfield – Why Do You Lie?
Wale f/ Sam Dew – LoveHate Thing
Jay-Z, 44, is letting Drake have it in a new track entitled “We Made It.” In the song Hove goes on to diss Drake by not even referring to him as a man. Drake managed to get under Jay’s skin by dissing Hove’s use of art references in his songs. We bet the “Too Much” rapper wished he’d kept those comments to himself.
Jay opened up about Drake’s recent Rolling Stone comments concerning the use of art references in a verse on Jay Electronica’s “We Made It” track.
“Sorry Mrs. Drizzy for so much art talk,” Jay Z raps on the track. “Silly me, rap pin’ ’bout s**t that I really bought — while these rappers rap about guns that they ain’t shot — and a bunch of other silly s**t that they ain’t got.”
Jay Z’s “Drizzy” reference stems from Drake’s trade mark alias, a name dropped several times during his interview. In that interview, Drake openly criticizes Jay Z’s references to art in his lyrics.
“It’s like Hov can’t drop bars these days without at least four art references,” Drake says in the article. ”I would love to collect [art] at some point, but I think the whole Rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny.”
– Bryant Perkins
Tupac Shakur died on September 13, 1996. Christopher Wallace died on March 9, 1997. Almost two decades later the murders of both iconic Hip Hop stars still remain unsolved.
While police and investigative journalists have yet to concretely expose the people responsible for the deaths of 2Pac and Biggie, a new documentary has taken on the task of shedding a light on the complicated stories behind their killings.
Lloyd Lake, a former associate of Death Row’s Marion “Suge” Knight, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the tell-all documentary about the Pac and Big murders. The goal of the film is “exposing the government turning a blind-eye to Suge Knight’s involvement due to his role as a government informant.”
Takashi Bufford (Set It Off, Booty Call) served as producer and director for the documentary. The movie will feature interviews with Reggie White, who is described as Tupac’s bodyguard and Suge Knight’s right-hand man, and lawyers familiar with the justice system’s lack of interest in prosecuting anyone involved in the cases. It will also explore the idea of the government using informants to gather information on the Hip Hop community.
“The fact that 17 years has gone by without anyone being prosecuted and there are multiple related shootings and deaths connected with Tupac’s murder for which no one has been charged, this forces us to look at the glaring fact that the legal system failed,” states Lake. “It’s my goal with this documentary to put not only those involved on trial but to reveal the shameful cover up and reveal the truth and facts in the case.”
The documentary hopes to answer the following questions:
– What does the Government know about Tupac and Biggie murders?
– Why are there no prosecutions of the individuals involved in the Tupac and Biggie murders?
– Are there informants involved within the Government’s investigation of the “Hip Hop” music industry?
– Is the Government disclosing the informants involvement in the prosecution of “Hip Hop” artist?
– Why are individuals with significant criminal convictions (strikes) still committing crimes and never prosecuted?
Lake is looking to raise $150,000 over the next 30 days. If the filmmakers are able to reach their goal in the allotted time, the documentary will be released to the public. Anyone who donates more than $25 will receive an advanced copy of the DVD. Other prizes are available as well including a signed copy of the film, a poster of Tupac and Biggie, and VIP invitations to the movie’s premiere.
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(February 10th, 2014 – New York, NY) Multi-platinum global superstar Mariah Carey explodes into the new year with “You’re Mine (Eternal),” her brand new single which she wrote and produced with hitmaker Rodney Jerkins and is launching just in time for Valentine’s Day. Both the highly-anticipated, multi-format single, and the remix featuring R&B heartthrob, Trey Songz, blast off globally to radio and all digital retailers on Wednesday, February 12th and set the stage for Mariah’s new album coming May 6th on Island Def Jam / Universal Music Group.
Mariah continues her philanthropic efforts and opens her heart and home by partnering with Prizeo to offer a once-in-a-lifetime exclusive private concert to those dedicated fans who make a donation to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Mariah desired to do something extra and offered a special Valentine’s Day concert to the lucky winner. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.
On Wednesday evening, February 12th (7:50pm ET/PT), MTV and Mariah will join forces for the unprecedented global video premiere of “You’re Mine (Eternal).” Mariah and MTV News host Sway will be live on-air in NYC for the U.S. video premiere., and the video will go live in 159 territories worldwide. Viewers from around the world will be able to simultaneously view the video at MariahCarey.mtv.com.
Mariah will also make a rare, special Valentine’s Day appearance on BET 106 & Park for the network premiere of the “You’re Mine(Eternal)” remix video featuring Trey Songz. And don’t missMariah’s performance of “You’re Mine (Eternal)” on “BET Honors” airing Monday, February 24th in the US and around the world on BET’s international network on February 28th at 9:00pm GMT. Mariah took home the Entertainer Award at the “BET Honors” in 2012.
“You’re Mine (Eternal)” is the follow-up to Mariah’s sultry platinum-selling “#Beautiful” featuring Miguel, a worldwide chart-topping sensation, which hit #1 in over 35 countries and garnered 40 million YouTube views! “#Beautiful” is nominated for “Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration” at the upcoming 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards.
– IDJ Music Group