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LOS ANGELES — The moment was captured.Lakers 83, Celtics 79.

The repeat championship secured.

And after letting the feeling pulse through Staples Center for a joyous moment, baritone Lakers public address announcer Lawrence Tanter cut through the cheers and bellowed: “Number sixxxxteeeeeeeennnnnnn.”

The team that controlled the glass won each of the seven games in this Finals. The night had seemed to belong to the Celtics, who had amassed a 13-point lead in the third quarter, but Gasol (along with Kobe Bryant) wrestled it from their hands and led the Lakers to a 53-40 rebounding advantage.

“We fought extremely hard,” Gasol said at the postgame podium, his bushy hair a sponge full of sweat and champagne. “We kept our minds and our hearts into the game at all times and we hustled.”

Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com

DRAKE’S PREDICTED ALBUM SALES…

According to HitsDailyDouble.com, Drake is on pace to have a massive debut
on the Billboard 200 chart. The rap star’s Thank Me Later project is
estimated to sell 450 to 475-thousand units during its opening week. These
early number will ensure a number one spot on the chart. The news comes days
after Lil Wayne predicted to MTV News that Drake will sell two-million
records in seven days. In related news, Drizzy’s popular So Far Gone mixtape
has already sold over 478-thousand copies to date. <WM>

 DRAKE RESPONDS TO CANCELED FREE CONCERT

On Tuesday night, Drake was expected to play a free concert at the South
Street Seaport in New York City. The event attracted over 25-thousand fans,
which exceeded initial expectations, and ended in violence when Drizzy
failed to appear on stage. Luckily, nobody was injured but there were two
arrests. Drake later wrote on Twitter that he was “so disappointed” that his
fans didn’t get to see what he had planned. <WM>

MASTER P, ICE CUBE, GAME ON FATHERS DAY!

Fathers Day is this weekend, so we asked hip hop dads what the holiday means
to them. When asked what gifts he’s looking forward to, Ice Cube stated:

“The best gift I’ve ever gotten is, you know, my kids. They didn’t
come on Father’s Day but I had them while Father’s Day was going on. You
know that’s the best gift in the world, that’s what makes me a father.
Without them it’s just another day to me. You know what I mean? But with
them, you know it makes me feel, feel like a man, you know what I mean? Feel
like I’m not a bum, I’ve accomplished something in this world, bigger than
making records and movies.”

Game says fatherhood has motivated him in all kind of ways.

“I just want to be better all the time, and that’s just it, and the
drive comes from my sons, but I want to be better all the time, all the
time”

 Master P told us he just wants to be with loved-ones.

“You know it’s about family, it’s about doing stuff that you like,
doing things with people that you love, and being around your family, and
when it comes down to Father’s Day, it’s the most simple things, just
hanging out with your family and saying you know, I’m blessed to be here and
I must have done the right things to be able to enjoy this love.”

There’s still time to get a great present for your pops. Visit
FathersDay.com for unique ideas. <WM>

SNOOP DOGG BETS 20K ON NBA FINALS!

Snoop Dogg reportedly placed a huge bet with New Kids On The Block singer
Donnie Wahlberg on which team will win the NBA Finals. According to
TheBoomBox.com, the West Coast rapper has 20-thousand dollars on the Los
Angeles Lakers beating the Boston Celtics and ultimately becoming the league
champions. On Tuesday night, the Lakers tied up the series…but there can
only be one winner.  Be sure to tune into Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals
tonight at 9 PM Eastern on ABC. <WM>

*       The money will be donated to the charity of the winner’s choice.

And speaking of Snoop…

We’ve just learned Snoop Dogg reached out to legendary tattoo artist, Mister
Cartoon, for a new tat. The West Coast rapper got the face of his wife,
Shante Broadus, inked on his right arm. The words “Boss Lady” appear
underneath the image. A picture of Snoop’s tat appears on
TheRealMrCartoon.com. <WM>

LAURYN HILL TO PERFORM FOR ROCK THE BELLS

We previously reported Lauryn Hill was expected to make a special appearance
during the 2010 Rock the Bells touring festival, but she’s now scheduled to
perform. On August 22nd, the reclusive singer will open up for a San
Francisco crowd alongside Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, the Wu-Tang Clan
and more. According to the event website, Hill will play songs from her
critically acclaimed album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Visit
RockTheBells.net for tickets and tour dates. <WM>

T.I. LANDS NEW ENDORSEMENT DEAL

T.I. has accomplished a lot since being released from prison. The rapper is
promoting his upcoming Takers film, released his F*** A Mixtape project and
nearly completed his King Uncaged album. The emcee also just landed a new
endorsement deal with Remy Martin cognac. According to BallerStatus.com, to
finalize the deal, Tip flew into France, where he’s expected to help promote
the premium brand. No further details are known at this time. <WM> 

MAXWELL TO TAKE ANOTHER BREAK FROM MUSIC?

After taking an eight year hiatus, Maxwell experienced great success with
his latest Blacksummers’night album. He won two GRAMMY Awards for his fourth
consecutive platinum album, but now, he’s ready for another break. The
crooner explained to SingersRoom.com that he loves “the spotlights,” but he
misses going to the “corner store, getting milk, throwing out the garbage,
having just a regularness around.” The release date for the second disc in
Maxwell’s trilogy is currently unknown. <WM>

GAME ANNOUNCES KOBE-INSPIRED RELEASE DATE

According to Rap-Up.com, Game has decided upon a new launch date for his
forthcoming R.E.D. Album. Interestingly enough, NBA baller Kobe Bryant
inspires the rapper to pick August 24th because it matches the athlete’s
previous and current jersey numbers (8 and 24). Fans can expect video for
“It Must Be Me” and “Ain’t No Doubt About It” featuring Justin Timberlake in
coming weeks. <WM>

GUCCI MANE TO MAKE MOST PERSONAL ALBUM YET

Just a two weeks after performing during the 2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors
ceremony, Gucci Mane is back to working on his next album. The “Waster”
emcee revealed that the project, titled The State vs. Radric Davis: The
Appeal, will go where no other record has gone before.

“I think this is gonna be like my most personal album, it’s gonna
be the most jamming album, and I’m like I don’t think I’ve ever just in the
zone where I know I wanna be present. I haven’t even made all the songs I’m
gonna make yet, but I know this is gonna be the biggest album I ever did.
Cuz it’s just a feelin, I have that feeling. Cuz I feel like I was just in
the zone.”

The State vs. Radric Davis: The Appeal is scheduled to arrive later this
year. <WM>

HIP HOP POLITICS COMING SOON!

TheGrio.com and AllHipHop.com will run a week-long series called Hip Hop &
Politics: From The Beat to The Ballot. Both sites will feature articles,
editorials and original interviews from artists like Talib Kweli, Questlove
and Jay-Z as well as input from figures like Al Sharpton and Russell
Simmons. The series will look at the connection between hip-hop and
politics. Head over to AllHipHop.com or TheGrio.com to learn more. <WM>

GAGA IS TOPS IN THE U-K

It shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone, but Lady Gaga isn’t just big in
America.  The “Bad Romance” singer is a star across the pond in the U-K as
well, and that was proven by the fact that she has now sold more than
four-million downloads of her songs.  According to PerezHilton.com, this
makes Gaga the number one digital selling artist in Great Britain, beating
out both Rihanna and the Black Eyed Peas. <ZS>

EMINEM’S RECOVERY GETS SHAM WOW PROMOTION

Vince from the ShamWow ads was tapped to release a promotional clip for
Eminem’s Recovery album. In the video called “Emwow,” the Infomercial king
shows off the “dozens of uses” you get after purchasing Slim Shady’s disc!

Trae releases The Adventures of Trae the Truth 3

The Adventures of Trae the Truth 3 <–CLICK HERE

ENTERTAINMENT QUICKIES

*       CHRIS KLEIN DUI ARREST! American Pie actor Chris Klein was arrested
early Wednesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence after
being pulled over and failing a field sobriety test. According to TMZ, the
actor’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of .08 when
he was pulled over after driving erratically on the 101 freeway in L-A.
Klein was also arrested and convicted of DUI back in 2004.  <AZ>

MORE ERRATIC KLEIN! Here’s Klein’s audition tape for Mamma Mia. For
some reasons we thought of this after hearing about his alleged drunk
driving:  <http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1935975>
http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1935975 <–Check it OUT!

*       GARY COLEMAN’S EXS! Two of Gary Coleman’s former flames are now
arguing over the rights to his estate and the right to his remains. Both his
ex-wife Shannon Price and his ex-girlfriend Anna Gray claim they have
documents to prove Coleman’s final wishes. We’ll keep you updated on what
could be month’s worth of back and forth arguing from each party. Hit up
People.com for more. <AZ> –C’Mon now! Really?

*       MEGAN FOX ENGAGED AGAIN! Megan Fox is once again engaged to her
longtime boyfriend Brian Austin Green. The new issue of Us Weekly is
reporting that Green popped the question to the Jonah Hex actress on a beach
in Hawaii back on June 1st. Fox and Green began dating in 2004 and first got
engaged in 2007.<AZ> –This relationship between these two is giving me WHIPLASH!

*       MJ’S BROTHER HOSPITALIZED! Michael Jackson’s brother Randy Jackson
was hospitalized for chest pains on Tuesday in Southern California.
According to the Associated Press, Randy is awaiting test results to find
out whether he had a heart attack, some other medical incident or if it was
a false alarm. We’ll keep you updated. <AZ>

For all my Pac fans and people who appreciate a good mix, here’s Dj Rockwell’s Bday Tribute Mix – ENJOY!

2Pac Bday Mix by CriscoKidd

ARTISTS REMEMBER TUPAC SHAKUR

Today marks the birthday of the late Tupac Shakur. If the rapper were alive,
he’d be turning 39 years old. On September 13, 1996, the rap legend died
from internal bleeding stemming from a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas;
however his presence is still felt.  We will never forget the contributions Pac
made to hip hop, rest in peace.<WM>

 EMINEM EXPLAINS NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE

Emimen openly recalled his drug-related near death experience with CNN’s
Showbiz Tonight. After revealing that he was near “two hours” away from
dying, Slim Shady admits “it took awhile to admit [he] actually did have a
problem.” As far as being in denial, the rapper explained “the last thing
you want to do in hip-hop is admit that you’re weak. But if I didn’t admit I
was weak with this certain thing I was going to die.” In related news, Em’s
Recovery album was pushed up one day and will now drop on Monday June 21st.
<WM>

PRINCE TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Prince is expected to receive this year’s BET Lifetime Achievement Award
during the BET Awards! The singer, who joins previously recipients like
Chaka Kahn and Whitney Houston, is being honored for his contributions in
music. The 2010 BET Awards will include performances from Drake, Kanye West,
Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, T.I. and more. Hosted by Queen Latifah, the event
will broadcast live from Los Angeles on June 27th at 8 PM Eastern. <WM>

PRINCE RELATED FACTS AND HONORS:

*       To date, the singer has recorded ten platinum albums and created 30
Top 40 singles.

*       His 1984 album, Purple Rain, sold more than 13-million copies in the
U-S and spent 24 consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard charts.

*       The singer won an Academy Award for the film he starred in, also
called Purple Rain.

*       In 1993, he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol and became
“The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.”
*       He married his back-up singer and dancer, Mayte Garcia, on
Valentines Day in 1996. Together, they had a son named Boy Gregory, who was
born with Pfeiffer Syndrome and died a week after birth.

*       In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine named Prince the highest earning
musician in the world, with an annual income of 56.5-million dollars.

*       In 2004, Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
also ranked number 28 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
list.

*       The artist was listed in Time Magazine’s 2010 annual ranking of the
100 Most Influential People in the World.

*       He has won seven GRAMMY Awards and one Golden Globe.

 B.O.B. DEBUTS “AIRPLANES” VIDEO

The wait is over. B.oB. has finally released the video for his hit single “Airplanes” featuring Paramore’s Hayley Williams. The rap star told us that nobody can match William’s vocal ability or her great personality. It seems like everyone can’t get enough of the song. This is the second single lifted from the rapper’s debut album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray and is currently number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Check out the clip via BOBATL.com now. <WM>

 TREY TITLES NEXT LP, LEAKS “TAKE YOU HOME”

Just one day after announcing his summer tour with Monica, we’ve learned
Trey Songz has already titled his upcoming fourth studio album. The “Say
Ahh” singer has named project Passion, Pain & Pleasure – which shares the
same name as his tour. In addition, ConcreteLoop.com has gotten a hold of a
new song called “Take You Home.” The Timbaland-produced track could
potentially make the tracklisting for Passion, Pain & Pleasure, which drops
on September 14th. <WM>

*       SONG LINK:  <http://www.zshare.net/audio/772417486b031be1/>
http://www.zshare.net/audio/772417486b031be1/

 GET A GLIMPSE INSIDE DRAKE’S LIFE!

Drake will take over MTV with an hour long documentary film called Drake:
Better Than Good Enough. The Young Money rapper will allow cameras to delve
deep into his lifestyle and show fans what it’s like to be him. Taped during
his Away From Home tour, the documentary will show sides of Drizzy you’ve
never seen before. Be sure to catch Drake: Better Than Good Enough when it
airs on Wednesday, June 23rd at 10 PM Eastern on MTV. <WM>

DRAKE TALKS ANDRE 3000 REJECTION

During an interview with Vibe magazine, Drake spilled that there was one
feature he was hoping to get on his Thank Me Later album. Drizzy says he
“really tried” to collaborate with Andre 3000, but he was denied because the
Outkast rapper is very selective. The Young Money star explains 3-Stack
feels Drake needs to “prove” himself.  Drake added that he hopes to work
with Dre on his second album. In any case, Thank Me Later is available now.
<WM>

NICKI MINAJ ADDRESSES “MASSIVE ATTACK” FLOP

No matter how you look at it, Nicki Minaj’s “Massive Attack” single flopped.
And she knows it. In an interview with Vibe magazine, the fem-cee explained
that her Sean Garret-assisted song was “important” because it wasn’t what
“everyone thought [she] was gonna do.” Lil Wayne’s protégé added, “People
close to me have their preferences. Their favorite Nicki thing and I have to
stand up sometimes and block out the noise.” The rapper is currently pushing
her second single, “Your Love,” from her upcoming debut album. <WM>

KERI HILSON SPILLS ON NEXT ALBUM

After the success of her In A Perfect World debut, the pressure is on for
Keri Hilson. We caught up with the “Knock You Down” singer to find out the
status and direction of her sophomore album.

“I feel like this album honed in on what makes Keri special and
indifferent, and I think that it’s even more a lane for me, which is what I
wanted to accomplish for people to understand. It’s great, the comparison to
great people is awesome but this is who I am. So, I got to dive more into
that.”

The title and first single have not yet been announced. You can check out
Miss Keri Baby on T.I.’s new song, “Got Your Back,” from his F**k A Mixtape
project. <WM>

WIN STUDIO TIME WITH T-PAIN!

Retailer Anchor Blue and fashion line Swagger Like Us are offering music
fans the chance to record a song written and produced by T-Pain. During the
Can You Rock? campaign, aspiring artists can submit demos from July 15th to
August 26th for the opportunity to win studio time with the GRAMMY Award
winner. If you’d like more information, visit AnchorBlue.com today. <WM>

 PRIORITY RECORDS CELEBRATES WITH SNOOP!

To celebrate Priority Record’s 25th anniversary, Snoop Dogg will reportedly
release a new album titled Snoop Dogg Presents: My #1 Priority. The project
will include 17 classic tracks from the likes of Eazy-E, Mack 10, Ice Cube
and N.W.A. While the disc won’t be available until July 13th, Yahoo! Music
will stream the music for free beginning July 6th up until the release date.
Visit Music.Yahoo.com to learn more. <WM>

GENUWINE READIES NEW ALBUM

In an interview with ABC News, Genuwine opened up about his upcoming album,
titled Elgin. The “Last Chance” singer intends to “let the fans in on [his]
personal life” on his seventh studio effort. The follow-up to 2009’s A Man’s
Thoughts is slated for release later this year. <WM>

DOWNLOAD NEW PAUL WALL MIXTAPE!

To help his fans get ready for the release of his Heart Of A Champion album,
Paul Wall has dropped a new mixtape called Sole Music. The rapper told
BallerStatus.com that the mixtape was designed “to get people pumped up for
the album.”  Heart Of A Champion lands on July 13th – which signifies the
same area code as his hometown of Houston. Download Sole Music for free via
MixtapePass.com now.

50 CENT CAN’T SELL OUT ARENAS?

50 Cent’s fan base is slowly dwindling. The mogul performed at Houston’s
Arena Theater and only filled 50 percent of the venue. The historic theater
holds a maximum capacity of 2,750 people. In any case, XXLMag.com reports
the attendance did not deter Fif from performing all of his hit songs
alongside Tony Ya-Yo. Visit ThisIs50.com to learn when the rapper will be in
a city near you. <WM>

USHER, B.O.B. ON ITUNES CHARTS

Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg is the top downloaded
song on iTunes this week.  B.o.B’s “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams is
at number two, followed by Usher’s “OMG” featuring will.i.am and Travie
McCoy’s “Billionaire” featuring Bruno Mars.  Glee: The Music: Journey to
Regionals is the top album, followed by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
soundtrack, Christina Aguilera’s Bionic, Jack Johnson’s To The Sea and Glee:
The Music, Vol. 3 – Showstoppers.  <JC>

LADY GAGA CONFRONTS PERSON WITH CAMERA

Lady Gaga got caught making an obscene gesture at a baseball game last
weekend, and it seems as if that wasn’t the only incident that she had.
According to the New York Post, the pop star got mad at someone in a
restaurant for taking a picture of her, and a source says that Gaga “pushed
her security team out of the way to confront the shutterbug and demanded he
delete the photo.”  The person who took the pic obliged, and Gaga went back
to eating. <ZS>

*       COLEMAN’S DEATH AN ACCIDENT! Gary Coleman’s death has been ruled an

accident. ET.com has gotten a copy of the official death certificate for the
Diff’rent Strokes actor, which states that Coleman died from an accidental
fall. The coroner’s ruling puts to rest the recent claims Gary’s family was
making, saying his death may have involved foul play. <AZ>

*       EXTRA NEWS! According to the Associated Press, a judge has delayed
the late Gary Coleman’s cremation until at least this afternoon so an
ex-girlfriend of the Diff’rent Strokes rapper can fly from Oregon to visit
with Gary’s body.

*       JACKSON’S DOC ALLOWED TO PRACTICE! A judge has ruled that Dr. Conrad
Murray, who is charged in the death of pop star Michael Jackson, can
practice medicine during the months leading up to his trial. The judge
followed his statement by saying he will give this case priority to try and
expedite the proceedings. <AZ>

*       JACKSON VIDEO GAME! The late Michael Jackson will appear in a new
video game that uses cutting edge technology. In the currently untitled
game, users will see Jackson dancing on screen and then will be challenged
to imitate his moves. According to TMZ, Jackson’s estate has already
approved the video game. <AZ>

*       SEACREST STALKER SENTENCED! A man convicted of stalking American
Idol host Ryan Seacrest has been sentenced to two years in prison and was
ordered to stay away from Seacrest for 10 years. Learn more about the
sentencing over at News.Yahoo.com. <AZ>

*       TIGER WOODS RUMOR! This is by no means confirmed, but porn star
Devon James is claiming to have had a love child with Tiger Woods in 2001.
Radar Online is reporting that James claims to have confronted the golfer in
2006 about the child, telling him the baby was his. There is no proof that
the child is Tiger’s and his camp has not commented on the rumors. <AZ>

*       PEREZ RESPONDS TO POSTING NAKED CYRUS PIC! Blogger Perez Hilton has
posted a video in response to the criticism he got for posting what looked
like an uncensored, very revealing photo of 17-year-old Miley Cyrus getting
out of a car in a short dress with no underwear on. In the video, Perez
claims Cyrus was wearing underwear in the photo and that he wouldn’t be
stupid enough to post a pic of an underage girl’s vagina on his website. See
the video over at PerezHilton.com. <AZ>

*       TIDBIT: In the video, Perez is wearing a fake mink coat and no
pants. Several times the camera pans down to expose his thighs and crotch
area, but no nudity is shown.

*       DIRECT LINK:
<http://perezhilton.com/2010-06-15-miley-photo-controversy-perez-responds>
http://perezhilton.com/2010-06-15-miley-photo-controversy-perez-responds

WILL DRAKE’S DEBUT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?

Today marks a big day for hip hop. Drake’s Thank Me Later has finally been
released. Despite an early leak, many believe the disc is destined for the
number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Bun B has high hopes for it:

“I think it’s going to be incredible. I know a lot of people are
anticipating it. I know he’s already done some pretty good pre-audits on it.
He’s doing a lot of great promotion on it, and, of course he’s making good
music which is always, you know, the main thing, is that the music that
people hear is good.”

Be sure to pick up Thank Me Later now. <WM>

EMINEM PUSHES UP RECOVERY!

Due the early leak and high demand, Eminem’s forthcoming Recovery album has
been pushed up. Interscope Records has announced the project will now arrive
on Monday, just one day earlier than it’s previous June 22nd launch date.
Vice Chairman of the label Steve Berman explained in a statement, “We
believe fans want to support their favorite artists by purchasing the real
album and not a leaked version.” He added, “At the same time, we realize
speed is of the essence when fans are so passionate about wanting to hear
new songs from such an enormously popular artist like Eminem.  Even by
releasing Recovery only a day earlier than previously announced, it makes a
difference to those fans–and doesn’t mess too much with our marketing,
promotion, publicity and sales plans for the debut of a truly great album.”
Led by the number one single “Not Afraid” on Billboard’s Hot 100, Slim
Shady’s seventh studio album will be out on Monday.

*       FACT: To date, Eminem has gone on to sell over 80-million albums
worldwide. The rapper has also received a total of 11 GRAMMY Awards.

*       Recovery includes guest appearances from Rihanna, Pink and Lil
Wayne.

TREY SONGZ PASSION, PAIN & PLEASURE TOUR

We just learned Trey Songz has released the official dates for his upcoming
Passion, Pain & Pleasure Tour. Alongside Monica, the Prince of R&B will hit
24 cities beginning August 6th in Louisiana and ending on September 17th in
New York City. Visit TreySongz.com to learn more. <WM>

LUDACRIS GOES GOLD

After achieving platinum status for his “How Low” and “My Chick Bad”
singles, Ludacris is celebrating his Battle Of The Sexes going gold.
RapRadar.com confirms this is the rapper’s eighth consecutive RIAA plaque!
Congrats! <WM>

DIDDY’S LAST TRAIN TO PARIS GETS DELAYED

After pushing his album up from June 22nd to June 29th, we’ve just learned
Diddy’s much-hyped Last Train To Paris album won’t arrive until this fall.
Puff recently announced on Scott Mills’ BBC show that his Dirty Money disc
will be available on September 20th. It’s unknown what caused the push-back,
but fans will be able to see the mogul when he performs during the 2010 BET
Awards on June 27th. <WM>

RICK ROSS TO MAKE “THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR”

Rick Ross is speaking very highly of his upcoming album, Teflon Don. When
asked what fans should anticipate, the “Super Fly” rapper explained:

“Just expect the best album of the year, you know. I’m competing
for that number one spot. I’m making some of the hottest music and I think
it’s been reflected with everything that I’m releasing. So just get ready
for it, the end of July Teflon Don will be in stores, all new music and it’s
gonna be incredible.”

Teflon Don arrives on July 20th. Check out the video for his first single,
“Super Fly” featuring Ne-Yo, via MTV.com now. <WM>

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ICE CUBE!

After bursting on the scene with his former N.W.A. rap group, Ice Cube has
accomplished a lot in the music and entertainment business. Often thought as
just a rap pioneer, the man is also a successful actor, screenwriter, film
director, and producer. Today, he turns 41 years old. Happy birthday! <WM>

ALICIA KEYS OPENS UP ABOUT PREGNANCY

Alicia Keys sat down with MTV U-K to talk about expecting her first child
with fiancé, producer Swizz Beatz. The singer says she “can’t wait to become
a mom” because it’s “the most beautiful gift in the world. Truly a gift from
God.” The entertainer believes she has “an amazing mother – she is a best
friend to me. And [she] would like to be the same to [her] child.” In
addition, Alicia admits that she’s also open to the idea of adopting in the
future. <WM>

TUPAC BENEFIT CONCERT TOMORROW!

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation has decided to keep the late rapper’s
memory alive by hosting a benefit concert. The event will include
performances from Rick Ross, Bun B, Too $hort, Roscoe Dash and Pill tomorrow
night at the Tupac Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Hosted by
comedian Mike Epps and Pac’s mother Afeni Shakur, all ticket sales will
benefit the foundation. Visit TASF.org to learn more. <WM>

USHER READY TO FIND THE “RIGHT” WOMAN

PopEater.com reports Usher opened up about wanting to start dating again.
The singer, who recently divorced his ex-wife Tameka Foster, says he hopes
to find the “right woman.” The “OMG” crooner stated, “Love is a journey and
an adventure. The love I have had in the past has shown me a lot and I have
learned a lot.” Once he finds her, he’ll “be incredible for her and she’ll
be incredible for me.” <WM>

LIL KIM BEEFIN’ WITH DRAKE TOO?

In addition to expressing her strong dislike toward Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim has
reportedly spoken up about her issues with Drake, Diddy, Faith Evans and
even Notorious B.I.G’s mom, Voletta Wallace. Head over to ThisIs50.com to
hear what Kimmie has to say! <WM>

 LINK:  <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1WO6wZuP9c>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1WO6wZuP9c

NAS ALREADY WORKING ON SOLO ALBUM?

While promoting his joint Distant Relatives album with Damien Marely, Nas
spilled:

“We definitely have solo projects that they were both excited to
do. This is the thing we are on right now though; this is what we’re excited
about right now.”

No word on how far into his next album the rapper is but we’ll keep you
posted. In the meantime, be sure to pick up Distant Relatives today. <WM>

NICKI MINAJ SUED OVER PINK LAMBORGHINI

Nicki Minaj is reportedly being sued for allegedly damaging the pink
Lamborghini used in her “Massive Attack” video. According to TMZ, in a suit
filed by Hollywood Exotic Car Rental, the fem-cee is also being accused of
failing to pay car rental fees. The car cost over 17-hundred dollars to rent
and needed 12-thousand dollars to repair damages once it was returned. In
the clip, Nicki rides with Kanye West’s girlfriend, Amber Rose, in the
middle of the desert. <WM>

KANYE JOINS JAY-Z ON STAGE

Kanye West is back.  The rapper joined Jay Z on stage for their song “Run
This Town” at the Isle of Wright Festival over the weekend in the U-K.
Check out video of the performance now at WorldStarHipHop.com.

LINK:
<http://fb.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh35RrxWCVAwos34Oy>
http://fb.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh35RrxWCVAwos34Oy

KID CUDI IS IN TROUBLE

Kid Cudi is in trouble.  According to the Associated Press, the rapper was
arrested in New York City on charges of criminal mischief and possession of
a controlled substance.  Cudi still managed to make his performance at
Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee on Saturday, saying from the stage, “I
really wanted to be here tonight.”

TEEN CHOICE AWARDS MUSIC NOMINATIONS!

The nominations for the Teen Choice Awards have been announced.  Justin
Bieber, Jason Derulo, Drake, Adam Lambert and Usher are up for Choice Music:
Male Artist, while Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Shakira and Taylor Swift
have been nominated for Choice Music: Female Artist.  The Choice Music:
Group nominees are The Black Eyed Peas, the Glee cast, Selena Gomez & The
Scene, New Boyz and Young Money, while Drake, Eminem, Jay-Z, Ludacris and
Pitbill are up for Choice Music: Rap Artist.  The 2010 Teen Choice Awards
will air on FOX on August 9th at 8 PM.  <JC>

*       VOTE!  Fans ages 13 to 19 can vote once each day for their favorite
nominees at TeenChoiceAwards.com.

*       OTHER NOMINEES: Choice Music: R&B Artist: Beyonce, Alicia Keys,
Rihanna, Trey Songz and Usher.  Choice Music: Rock Group: Kings of Leon,
MGMT, Muse, Paramore and Train.

THE 2010 ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL COMING SOON!

Alongside Alicia Keys and Mary J Blige, Janet Jackson is scheduled to make
her debut performance during the 2010 ESSENCE Music Festival presented by
Coca Cola in New Orleans. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Essence at the
Superdome with the biggest names and greatest legends in music.
Concert-goers can expect great showcases from Earth Wind & Fire, LL Cool J,
Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, Monica, Gladys Knight, Keri Hilson, Trey Songz
and Raphael Saadiq. Why wouldn’t you want to enjoy this awesome line-up?
It’s the July 4th weekend party you don’t want to miss! Tickets are
available now! For more information, be sure to visit
<http://Music.VH1.com> Music.VH1.com or  <http://EssenceMusicFestival.com>
EssenceMusicFestival.com to score your passes today.

Since I spent the weekend in Miami, it’s only right I show some of the 305’s talent some love! Check these tracks and put them in your player! Shouts to LA Smoov from Power 96, Dj Epps, the staff at Finnigans on the River, Cece Segarra and her crew, Monique & Swazy Styles and his camp! And another Happy Birthday to Maricia and all who came out to celebrate her birthday!

CECE SEGARRA – GO YOUR OWN WAY FT. GUCCI MANE & LIKE ME
http://www.myspace.com/cecesegarra

SWAZY STYLES FT. LIL JON – BIRTHDAY SUIT (TETRIS SONG) NEW SUMMER SMASH! DOWNLOAD NOW
http://soundcloud.com/search?q%5Bfulltext%5D=swazy+styles+ft+lil+jon#play
http://soundslikemoney.ning.com/

AND CHECK OUT MONIQUE
http://www.myspace.com/heresmonique


Had a chance to chop it up with Plies to talk about his album, Goon Affiliated, droppin today, check it out!

Plies Interview by CriscoKidd

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