It’s been ten years since Dido was on Eminem’s “Stan” and now she’s back in hip-hop with the help of Kendrick Lamar on her new single, “Let Us Move On.” This will be on her fourth album, “Girl Who Got Away,” set to be released in March of next year.
50 teams up with Em and Adam Levine for “My Life.”
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T.I.’s New Family Hustle & Overcoming His Drug Addiction -x- Usher’s Custody Battle -x- Preview Robin Thicke’s Love After Work -x- Lil Wayne & Eminem Prep New Tour -x- Music News
T.I. SAYS EMINEM HELPED WIRH HIS DRUG ADDICTION
According to Billboard.com, T.I. credits Eminem with helping him overcome his drug addiction. The rapper failed to admit his drug of choice but did reveal that his addiction began after he received medication for oral surgery. Tip stated, “I haven’t had a chance to speak to Em since I’ve been home,” He said. “I heard that while I was down, he was trying to get in contact with me, but I don’t know if the dots just didn’t connect. [Eminem] overcoming his own adversities, winning the battle against his own demons and continuing to break the mold and re-set the standard of what it means to be the most successful hip-hop artist in the game … I salute that to no end.”
SNEAK PEEK OF T.I.’S FAMILY REALITY SHOW
We’re all waiting patiently for T.I. to premiere his upcoming VH1 reality series, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle. In the lengthy teaser for the show, Tip returns home from his prison stint, balances being a dad to six kids and treats his wife to a romantic dinner. T.I. stated, “I got a million and one reasons to be out doing what I do professionally, but the most important thing to me in the world is family. I can’t make one single mistake. Family is priority number one.” Be sure to catch the series premiere on December 5th at 9 PM ET on VH1.
NEXT WATCH THE THRONE SINGLE ANNOUNCED
HipHop-N-More.com reports the next single off Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne LP will be The Neptunes-produced cut, “Gotta Have It.” Fans can expect the follow-up to “N***as In Paris” to officially impact radio December 6th. The rap duo is currently on their massive Watch The Throne tour. Here’s the remaining tour stops:
12-01 Chicago, IL – United Center
12-05 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
12-06 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
12-09 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
12-10 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
12-12 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
12-18 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
CHECK OUT ALBUM SNIPPETS FOR SNOOP, WIZ KHALIFA LP
Before Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa release the upcoming soundtrack to their stoner comedy Mac and Devin Go to High School, fans can stream lengthy snippets from the project. The disc, which includes collaborations from Juicy J, Mike Posner and Bruno Mars, will be available on December 13th and can be pre-ordered now via iTunes. Head over to Rap-Up.com to check out the 90-second previews or GET ALL 21 MINUTES BELOW!
· There is no release date for the actual film, Mac and Devin Go to High School.
LIL WAYNE, EMINEM PREP JOINT TOUR
According to his official Facebook page, Lil Wayne has announced that he plans to tour with Eminem after he wraps his I Am Still Music outing. Wayne has not revealed any dates for the highly anticipated trek with Slim Shady, but the duo is scheduled to touch down in Fiji, Australia and South Africa. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
· Are you excited for the tour? Would you travel overseas to see them perform?
DIDDY’S SON ACCEPTED INTO UCLA
According to RapRadar.com, Diddy is proud to announce that his eldest son, Justin Combs, has reportedly accepted a full scholarship to play football for UCLA. The mogul expressed his joy in the following statement, “As a parent, today is one of the proudest moments of my life. This is everything a father could want for his son, for him to excel at what he loves to do and is truly passionate about. Justin is a shining example of what hard work, determination and a strong mentality can achieve. I am honored to call him my son and am happy that he is fulfilling his dream.”
USHER AND EX WIFE FIGHT OVER CUSTODY
Things between Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, are not looking good. The mother of his two kids claims the crooner has failed to follow his legal obligations, when it comes to sharing joint custody of their sons. TMZ reports Tameka has filed documents requesting that a judge no longer allow Usher to have joint physical custody. In addition, she is seeking more money for child suppor,t since there’s allegedly been a “substantial change in [Usher's] income” since they got divorced. We’ll keep you posted.
MARY J BLIGE TALKS BEYONCE DUET
During an interview with Billboard.com, Mary J. Blige spoke about her first time collaborating with Beyonce for her latest album, My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act I). On a record called “Love A Woman,” MJB explained how the duet came together. Since the track was originally recorded for Beyonce’s recent album, Mary explained, “She had her A&R people play the record for us. I’m sitting in the back thinking, ‘Is she really going to give me this record? That’s crazy! It’s amazing,’” Blige recalled. “I asked her A&R person and he said, ‘Yes, she wants you to have the record, but she wants to stay on it with you.’ I loved that idea and I’m thankful. I thank Beyoncé for the record.” Be sure to pick up My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act I), available in stores now.
ROBIN THICKE’S ALBUM SNIPPETS ARE AVAILABLE
Before Robin Thicke drops his highly anticipated album, Love After War, fans can now check out snippets from the fifth studio effort. The disc only has one guest feature, from Lil Wayne, and the 15-track project can be previewed via his official website or by clicking the image above. In addition, Love After War lands on December 6th.
· Robin dedicates “Lovely Lady” to his wife Paula Patton.
DAY26 LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE REALITY SHOW
In case you were wondering what’s going on with Day26 these days, the R&B group are rebuilding and working on new material. This after they parted ways with their former member, Que. In their new online series, you can watch Willie, Brian, Mike, and Robert start to record their upcoming album, titled A New Day, which will be released early next year. Head over to their official website to catch up on the band.
· The group is still signed with Atlantic Records, but they are no longer attached to Diddy’s Bad Boy imprint.
BIEBER NOT PERFORMING LIVE AT ROCKEFELLER!
Justin Bieber was rumored to be performing live at the Rockefeller Center lighting ceremony, but CBSLocal.com reports it will be a pre-taped performance. The ceremony is set on the same night President Barack Obama will be in town and the NYC Department of Transportation has issued gridlock and detour warnings.
Drake & Big Sean Respond to Luda Diss -x- T.I.’s “Pyro” -x- Asher Roth Signs to Def Jam -x- Behind the Scenes of Beyonce’s “Party” -x- MTV Music News
DRAKE RESPONDS TO LUDACRIS’ DISS
The Ludacris dissing Drake and Big Sean story just won’t go away. In case you missed it, the rap vet took aim at the young stars on a recently released track called “Badaboom” for taking credit and stealing his “Supa Dupa” rap flow. For the first time, Drizzy has responded via Twitter and wrote, “@BigSean You already know. I wish they’d just let young n***as live…respect always.” The news comes just a week after Sean told media outlets that he has nothing against Luda and refers to him as a “legend.”
LIL WAYNE SAYS DRAKE’S ALBUM SALES DON’T MATTER
After Drake released his latest album, Take Care, all people seemed to care about was if the Young Money star would put up big first week numbers. Lil Wayne told MTV News why album sales are not that important. Weezy stated, “As far as expectations, we don’t have those around here. Expectations are a weakness in the music business because if you expect anything, 10 times out of 10 it’s not gonna happen, so we don’t have expectations around here.” He added that the entire team works “very hard and we expect people to respect our hard work and our effort.” Despite the disc being leaked, Take Care is on pace to sell over 700-thousand copies and debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
YOUNG JEEZY TALKS WORKING WITH JAY-Z, ANDRE 3000
During an interview with XXLMag.com, Young Jeezy revealed what it was like recording an album that includes guest features from Jay-Z and Andre 3000. The Snowman stated, “I grew up watchin’ these cats [so] to align myself with them to have a great record, to me, was showing that, ‘OK I’m here to stay.’ I’ma surround myself with some people that are legends ’cause that’s only gonna mean one thing, that when it’s all said and done, I’m gonna be a legend as well.” The track is lifted from Jeezy’s long-awaited album, TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition, which arrives on December 20th via Def Jam Recordings.
ROBIN THICKE ISSUES “LOVE AFTER WAR” VIDEO
For the second time, Paula Patton stars in a music video for her husband, Robin Thicke. The happily married couple flirts and teases each other in the visual for the singer’s new single, “Love After War.” You can check out the Hype Williams-directed video now via Robin’s official website.
· The first video Paula starred in was the ballad “Lost Without U.”
EMINEM INTERVIEWS YELAWOLF ON TWITTER
With Yelawolf recently issuing his debut album, Radioactive, Eminem actually interviewed the rap newcomer about his Shady Records release on Twitter. Marshall asked how he came up with the title and Yela responded with, “It’s the fall out to my journey so far. The #Radioactive material that came after the war and the uphill battle to get here. My science experiment gone right.” The rappers talked about favorite superheroes, favorites tracks from the album and more. Visit HipHop-N-More.com to read the full interview now.
CHECK OUT T.I.’S NEW SONG “PYRO”
T.I. recently announced that his next studio album will be titled Trouble Man. To get fans excited about the project, Tip just released the first single, which is called “Pyro.” He told Billboard.com, “‘Pyro’ is a straight party record. It’s nostalgic of those crazy nights, early mornings [but] just turned up.” Check it out now:
· This marks the rapper’s eighth studio album.
NICKI MINAJ EYES EARLY 2012 RELEASE
During an interview with Billboard.com, Birdman spilled new details on when fans can expect to hear Nicki Minaj’s sophomore album. Baby stated, “Nicki is back in the studio, so we’re looking to drop Nicki in the first quarter.” As for when fans will be able to hear the first single, he revealed, “We’re looking real soon, because she’s ready to go and we’re ready to go with her.” There you have it, the follow-up to her platinum debut Pink Friday will be available early 2012.
GO BEHIND THE SCENES FOR BEYONCE’S “PARTY”
We all know Beyonce shot the video to her hit single, “Party,” but now fans can take a sneak peek at the video shoot. Bey said of the clip, which was shot in New Jersey and includes no choreography, that she liked shooting the video because there’s “no pressure.” Beyonce explained, “All I have to do is party and have a good time.” The visual includes cameos from J. Cole, Solange, Kelly Rowland and Theophilus London. Head to her official website to watch the behind the scenes video now.
· B’s stylist said the inspiration is “trailer trash, ghetto fabulous, out there, edgy.”
ASHER ROTH REACTS TO SIGNING TO DEF JAM
According to XXLMag.com, Asher Roth has officially found a new label home at Def Jam Recordings. The “I Love College” rapper has said in a statement, “Def Jam is a great place to call home. I’m excited to get back to the basics with good, honest music.” The Philly native is working on his sophomore album, Is This Too Orange?, which is slated to arrive next spring.
· Asher was previously signed to SRC/Universal Motown.
Soul Train Nominees Are In -x- T.I. & B.O.B. Joint Album? -x- Luda & Gucci “Shake N Fries” -x- MTV Music News
CHRIS BROWN, BEYONCÉ AND KANYE WEST LEAD SOUL TRAIN NOMINEES
Chris Brown, Beyoncé and Kanye West lead the pack with five Soul Train Award nominations each. Kelly Rowland and Adele are up for three. Brown is up for Best Male R&B/Soul Artist against Trey Songz, Cee Lo Green, R. Kelly, Eric Benet and Miguel, as well as for Album of the Year and Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Look at Me Now.” Kanye West and Jay-Z are also up for Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Otis,” while Kanye is in the running for Song of the Year for “All of the Lights” as well. Plus, Kanye is up for Album of the Year for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and for his collaboration with Jay-Z on Watch The Throne. The show tapes November 17th in Atlanta and airs on BET on November 27th. Cedric “The Entertainer” has been tapped to host, and Jill Scott, Mindless Behavior, Robin Thicke, Lloyd, Miguel, Melanie Fiona and Keith Sweat will all perform on the big show.
Soul Train Awards nominations:
Album of the Year
Passion Pain & Pleasure – Trey Songz
21 – Adele
F.A.M.E. – Chris Brown
Light of the Sun – Jill Scott
4 – Beyoncé
Watch the Throne – Jay Z/Kanye West
Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
“Moment for Life” – Nicki Minaj
“All of the Lights” – Kanye West
“Look at Me Now” – Chris Brown featuring Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne
“Out of My Head” – Lupe Fiasco
“Otis” – Jay Z/Kanye West
Best Female R&B/Soul Artist
Mary J. Blige
Best Male R&B/Soul Artist
Cee Lo Green
Song of the Year
“So In Love” – Jill Scott featuring Anthony Hamilton
“Motivation” – Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne
“Sure Thing” – Miguel
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
“She Ain’t You” – Chris Brown
“All of the Lights” – Kanye West
Record of the Year (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award)
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
“Far Away” – Marsha Ambrosius
“Best Thing I Never Had” – Beyoncé
“Good Man” – Raphael Saddiq
“Hold My Hand” (duet with Akon) – Michael Jackson
Best Dance Performance
“Motivation” – Kelly Rowland
“Only Girl in the World”/”What’s My Name” – Rihanna
“Run the World (Girls)” – Beyoncé
“She Ain’t You” – Chris Brown
“Walking” – Mary Mary
“Pretty Girl Rock” – Keri Hilson
Best New Artist
Best Gospel Performance
“I Smile” – Kirk Franklin
“Walking” – Mary Mary
“Heaven Hear My Heart” – Trin-I-Tee 5:7
“I Believe” – James Fortune featuring Shawn McLemore
“More” – Cece Winans
EMINEM’S SOUTHPAW GETS UP OFF THE MAT
Eminem has been circling the gritty boxing drama Southpaw for more than a year now. After Dreamworks shelved the project back in August, it seemed that the film may have been down for the count. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has picked up the flick, which would be Marshall Mathers’s first major movie role since his acclaimed debut in the semi-autobiographical 2002 drama 8 Mile. The movie is expected to start production early next year and will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, who famously directed Denzel Washington’s Oscar-winning performance in Training Day.
SNOOP DOGG AND WIZ KHALIFIA SHOOT VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE OFF STONER COMEDY SOUNDTRACK
Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa shot their video for “Young, Wild & Free” on Wednesday night. The track is the first single off the duo’s upcoming stoner comedy, Mac & Devin Go to High School. The rappers took over a drive-in movie theater outside of L-A to film the clip. Wiz spoke to MTV News at the shoot saying, “This is a family affair man. Everybody that you see was all involved with the project. We all got love for each other, and you know, we just keeping it moving, right?” Mac & Devin Go to High School comes out in February.
T.I. AND B.o.B TEAMING UP FOR JOINT ALBUM?
Are T.I. and B.o.B. teaming up for a joint album? MTV News spoke with Tip recently, who said he’s been working with Bobby Ray, “We been goin’ in. We’re actually flirting with the idea of doin’ an album together called The Man and the Martian.” T.I. says the music they’ve been cranking out so far is “coming out real good.” We’ll be sure to keep you posted.
LUDACRIS AND GUCCI MANE GET “SNAKE N FRIES”
Ludacris hooks up with Gucci Mane on his new song “Shake N Fries.” The tune will be featured on Luda’s upcoming mixtape, 1.21 Gigawatts: Back to the First Time, set to arrive on November 15th.
BRUNO MARS TO PREMIERE NEW VIDEO ON WEDNESDAY
Bruno Mars will debut his video for “It Will Rain” on MTV next week. The song, which is featured on the soundtrack for Breaking Dawn Part 1, will premiere on Wednesday at 7:54 PM Eastern. The video features a never-before-seen clip from the film, which hits theaters November 18th. Immediately following the video’s premiere, MTV.com will air a live stream featuring MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway’s exclusive interview with Mars, plus Twilight music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who will discuss everything about Breaking Dawn.
· The Breaking Dawn soundtrack will arrive on November 8th. It also features music from the likes of Theophilus London, the Joy Formidable, Iron & Wine and Christina Perri.
Fabolous vs. Ray J (Post Fight Interview) -x- Sean Paul’s New Video -x- Wiz Reacts To Amber’s Nude Pics -x- Beyonce’s Having a _____! ” -x- MTV Music News
The Mayweather vs. Ortiz boxing match wasn’t the only fight going down in Las Vegas over the weekend. Ray J and Fabolous allegedly got into a scuffle that landed Ray J in handcuffs. The R&B crooner ripped into Fab while explaining his side of the story.
It all began when HBO aired a clip of Ray J performing his hit “One Wish” at a party thrown by Floyd Mayweather. Upon watching it on television, Fabolous tweeted, “Nah but Floyd saying we havin a concert in my living room & the camera cuts to Ray J singing ‘One Wish’ on the piano had me in tears!!”
The tweet was enough to send Ray J over the top. When he saw Fab in Vegas over the weekend, he confronted him at Diddy’s post-fight dinner. Following their exchange of words, they ran into each other again at the Palms Casino, where Fab was scheduled to perform.
A heated Ray J called into Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” on Monday morning to berate the Brooklyn rapper, calling him and his crew “punk faggots.”
“When you want to disrespect me and the Money Team, and we got seven Rolls-Royces outside and we just made 350 racks on the [fight]… Don’t disrespect me. I’ma smack you up again fool,” he taunted.
Ray J, who was kicked out of his hotel and detained by police following the incident, denies that he was hurt, but claims Fabolous backed down after being threatened. “When I seen him, I was with Floyd and 50 and he tried to say don’t touch me and I touched that ni**a,” he said. “I swear to God he runnin’ from me right now. I had a hundred fools outside of Moon [nightclub]. He never left the club. He was scared up in there. He tried to call the police.”
He alleges that Fab suffered an injury as a result of their altercation. “All I’m sayin’ is if you got Fab’s number, tell that ni**a to send a picture of his face right now.”
During the fiery interview, he demanded an on-air apology from Fabolous and said that DJ Clue is the only one who can settle the beef. Listen to him go off in the uncensored audio.
GAME COMPARES TYLER TO EMINEM
During a recent interview with Vibe, The Game continued to praise Tyler, The Creator and even compared him to one of the biggest names in hip-hop. The “Pot Of Gold” rapper said of the Odd Future ringleader, “I think he’s like the West Coast Eminem.” When asked to clarify his statement, Game explained, “He don’t give a f**k. He just rhyme about whatever and it’s like right out of an open book. I like him more than I like most new rappers. He don’t really want anything other than just to rap.”
JENNIFER HUDSON SPILLS ON WEDDING PLANS
Jennifer Hudson has done an amazing job keeping her wedding details under lock and key, but the singer recently told Showbiz Spy that she’s already set a wedding date. The diva, who is engaged to reality star David Otunga, stated, “I’ve always had a [wedding] date! I just haven’t told anybody. So it’s set!” When asked why she wanted a long engagement, Hudson explained, “I’ve been through a lot in my life and I’m just trying to take it one step at a time. I’m one of those girls like, ‘Okay, let me get used to this right here! Give me a second.” Jen refused to give any further details, we’ll keep you posted.
SEAN PAUL ISSUES NEW VIDEO
Sean Paul has just issued the video for his new single, “Got 2 Luv U’ featuring Alexis Jordan. The song is the latest offering from the reggae star’s upcoming fifth studio effort. While the disc won’t arrive until February 2012, fans can check out the party-themed video now at Sean’s website.
WIZ KHALIFA REACTS TO AMBER’S NUDE PICS
RapRadar.com reports Wiz Khalifa has finally spoken up on how he feels about nude pictures of his boo, Amber Rose, appearing online. The rapper explained that he’s aware that “the pictures or her past is a raunchy past. She did what she had to do” and doesn’t find it to be “disrespectful.” He added, “The biggest misconception about Amber is that she wants attention. Everybody thinks that she does stuff for attention and that she loves attention, but she’s really, really reserved and shy. She just gets attention ’cause she’s dope.” Interesting.
DIDDY TALKS ABOUT HIS CULO BOOK
We previously reported that Sean “Diddy” Combs is teaming up with Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine to release the book, Culo – which is Spanish for ass. In case you were wondering why he wanted to be involved, Puff said in a statement that the 240-page book, which retails for 65-dollars, was designed to celebrate “the female form.” The moguls are working with photographer Raphael Mazzucco to create pages of “legendary photos of women’s backsides.” You can pick it up on November 22nd.
BEYONCE AND JAY-Z ARE HAVING A BABY.
Gossip outlets are reporting the sex of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s first child together. According to MediaTakeOut.com, the diva is going to give birth to a baby girl. Apparently, the rapper’s sister put in a custom order of Christian Louboutin booties, which take approximately six months to receive. The pair is yet to confirm or deny the rumors.
JADAKISS TALKS GUEST FEATURES & MIXTAPE
In a recent interview with XXL, Jadakiss revealed some of the upcoming albums that he’ll be featured on, as well as the status of his next mixtape. The Yonkers native said, “I’m on [Young Jeezy's] TM 103 joint [and] Estelle. I just did something for Bow Wow. [I'm] waiting for this joint from Drake, [Styles P] just finished his album, I’m on there. I’m just creeping through the back door on big projects. Getting that buzz up before I let the album out. It gotta feel right before I let my album out. I’m not rushing.” As for his next installment for Tha Champ Is Here series, Jada added it will be “timeless” and he’s just waiting for “whenever the [Manny] Pacquio fight comes, try to knock a few joints out, or the next biggest fight.”
RIHANNA TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN THE FALL
Rihanna took to Twitter last week to confirm that she is working hard on her sixth studio album. The singer took the Twitter again on Friday and announced she will release the album in the fall. Rihanna will serve as a guest judge this season on Simon Cowell’s new show The X-Factor, which premieres on Wednesday night at 8 PM on FOX.
HOT CHELLE RAE & NEW BOYZ HOOK UP FOR NEW SONG
Hot Chelle Rae will release their new single “I Like It Like That,” featuring New Boyz to radio on September 26th and on iTunes on October 4th. The song is the follow up to their double platinum hit single “Tonight Tonight.” The Nashville-based band will release their new album tentatively titled Whatever on November 29th.