Gwyneth Platrow is somewhere bopping. Her favorite rap record, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Hit-Boy-produced “N**gas In Paris,” was recently certified triple Platinum by RIAA. In addition to that, “No Church In the Wild,” which features Frank Ocean, has been certified Gold with sales exceeding 500K. Read More →
Video | T.I. gives back with Ndamukong Suh and HOT 107.5 at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
Video | Ashanti performs “This Christmas” from her holiday album and confirms Army Wives role.
iLuLuOnline | Rihanna talks ‘life’s curve balls’ in heartfelt letter to her fans–the Navy.
Video | Aside from his hosting duties on BET’s 106 & Park, Bow Wow has also been honing his acting talents. He talks being a father, working with Oprah and his new movie Allegiance on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz.
Necole Bitchie | Lil’ Kim gifts fans with a never-before-seen photo of herself. Some gift.
Video | Kanye West surprises Pharrell during a Q&A at Design Miami.
Video | Big Boi brings out A$AP Rocky during NYC Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors release concert.
Miss Jia + MSNBC | Meteorologist Rhonda Lee was terminated for responding to a Facebook comment disapproving her natural hair.
Alicia Keys and Kanye West were among the variety of performers contributing their voices to the Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert (dubbed 121212 Concert). Both Keys and West are the most unique performers on the bill–Alicia is the only woman and Kanye is the only rapper. The event is ongoing at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, but Keys and West’s sets are avialble for streaming below.
Seemingly, 6’4”, ~250lb Jayceon “The Game” Taylor is intimidating rap’s elite to lend their vocals to his records. How else does one explain Kanye West providing the chorus of their album’s title track or Common reciting a crisp verse about going from “dinner with bottom feeders to world leader”? God? Granted, Kanye’s contribution is barely a sentence, but it’s still a notable appearance. Stream “Jesus Piece” below. Read More →
According to the Grammys committee, male artists outperformed and/or stirred up more controversy than their female counterparts leading up to the submission deadline for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards (2013).
Frank Ocean, fun., Jay-Z, Kanye West and The Black Keys scored six nominations each. Fun. earned a position in each of the “Big Four” categories, while Frank was placed in each category except “Song of the Year.”
Miguel, who was notably snubbed last year, picked up five awards for Kaleidoscope Dream and his acclaimed single, “Adorn.”
Newcomer Luke James shook up the “Best R&B Performance” category with a nomination for his single, “I Want You.”
Tamia picked up two nominations in the “Best R&B Album and Song” categories for her album and title track, “Beautiful Surprise.”
Anita Baker and SWV earned “Best Traditional R&B Performance” nominations for their covers of Tyrese’s “Lately” and Patti Labelle’s “If Only You Knew.” Beyoncé (“Love On Top”) and Melanie Fiona (“Wrong Side of A Love Song”) are other R&B divas included in the category.
Drake earned nominations for “Best Rap Performance, Song and Album” with “HYFR,” “The Motto” and Take Care.
Nas’ Life Is Good picked up nominations in each of the rap categories, while 2 Chainz and Wale were surprisingly included for “Best Rap Album” and “Rap Song” for Based On A T.R.U. Story and “Lotus Flower Bomb” respectively.
View a (mostly) complete list of the 2013 Grammy nominations below. Read More →
Hats off to Big Sean for being big enough to headline his own arena tour. He played over 20 songs before a crowd of 8000+ in his native Detriot, Michigan. J. Cole, Pusha T and Common were in the building to surprise the audience as special guests. For the encore, Sean brought out his mentee Kanye West for “Clique.” Surely this will go in Sean’s ‘hall of fame’ as a momentous occasion. Read More →
If Watch the Throne and Cruel Summer taught us anything, it was that Kanye West isn’t as lyrically superior as critics and fans have given him credit for. He reiterates his braggadocios rhymes filled with vain references on the official remix of Rihanna’s “Diamonds.”
The record is currently No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100. With the help of Kanye, it’s likely the shiny record will hit No. 1 just in time for Unapologetic‘s release. Read More →