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NEW MUSIC VIDEO

USHER- DADDY’S HOME





Finally! An official video from the RAYMOND VS RAYMOND album. I’m glad to see the old URSHER is back…sooooo happy to hear this version without a FEATURE because to be quite honest, USHER DOESN’T NEED A FEATURE! BOW!




Video: Worldstarhiphop

BEST OF POP ROCK

You can argue that music should not be categorized. Some may consider Prince a Pop artist but you can easily make an argument that he’s an R&B artist---and yet, some may even say he does Rock music. At the end of the day, music is music…no matter what genre you box these artists into. GET THE POINT? GOOD. LET’S DANCE!


JANET JACKSON- BLACK CAT




RIHANNA FEAT. SLASH- ROCK STAR




MICHAEL JACKSON FEAT. SLASH- GIVE IN TO ME




R. KELLY FEAT. LUDACRIS & KID ROCK- ROCK STAR





PRINCE- I’M A STAR




Videos: Youtube

NEW MUSIC VIDEO

TWISTA FEAT. LIL BOOSIE- FIRE


No matter what Twista is on, he delivers HEAT. Definitely feeling the animation in this video. Boosie SET IT OFF as usual.





Video: AllHipHop

DRINK UP!

You can literally get drunk just listening to these songs, my head is spinning! I guess the new formula in hip hop is to do a song about DRINKING...the best of list starts NOW--->



CIROC STAR




SHOTS





SAY AHH






BLAME IT





BUY YOU A DRINK





BUY YOU A ROUND





CHAMPAGNE





BOTTLE POPPIN'





POP CHAMPAGNE




Videos: Youtube

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

MARIAH CAREY


ANGELS CRY FEAT. NE-YO




UP OUT MY FACE FEAT. NICKI MINAJ


Say what you want about Mariah Carey but you can't deny her HUSTLE. MC gets it in when it comes to music videos. Mariah ALWAYS drops at least 4 to 5 videos for each album, and in the past the multiple videos has proven to be a winning formula.




Videos: Worldstarhiphop

THE STIMULUS PACKAGE

The recent decline in hip hop album sales has forced many rappers and record labels to become more creative with their marketing techniques. I must say, the new Freeway and Jake One album packaging is the BEST/MOST CREATIVE album cover, EVER! Watch the video and PEEP GAME...




Video: Worldstarhiphop

THE BOSS: RICKY ROSS

Rick Ross is at the top of his game right now. The Boss has become somewhat of a savior for southern rappers. The catchy lyrics, the mafia persona, and the smooth delivery has made Rick Ross one of the BEST rappers in hip hop!







Video: Macromedia

WHEN GOSPEL MEETS MAINSTREAM: PART I

Technically, Kirk Franklin was the FIRST gospel artist to crossover to mainstream music. His music video STOMP was on constant rotation on BET and MTV. Kirk’s objective was to blend secular/gospel music in order to bring the youth closer to God thru the power of music. Putting gospel lyrics on top of hip hop/rap tracks was a brilliant idea. After Kirk’s influence on mainstream music, other gospel artists followed suit and became household names in secular music. Today, some mainstream RAP/R&B radio stations play gospel songs. To be honest, Kirk Franklin’s REVOLUTION was the first gospel album I ever purchased. After that, I started buying other gospel albums.




KIRK FRANKLIN- REVOLUTION





MARY MARY- GOD IN ME





YOLANDA ADAMS- OPEN MY HEART





MARVIN SAPP- NEVER WOULD HAVE MADE IT





WILLIAM BECTON- BE ENCOURAGED






TRINITY 5:7- GOD’S GRACE




Videos: Youtube

NEW MUSIC VIDEO

CURRENSY- BREAKFAST

I don’t know what it is about Currensy but every time he does a new record, I always MUST take a listen. Currensy was the FIRST artist signed to Young Money (before Young Money became the infamous YOUNG MONEY)---I can only wonder what level Currensy’s career would be on if he would have stayed with YM???






Video: Worldstarhiphop

WHO RUN IT: THE BEST LATE NIGHT HOST

The recent fiasco involving NBC, Jay Leno, and Conan O’Brien prompted me to do a list of who I think really RULES late night television.



10. CRAIG FERGUSON





09. CARSON DALY





08. JIMMY FALLON






07. JIMMY KIMMEL






06. CHELSEA HANDLER





05. CONAN O’BRIEN






04. DAVID LETTERMAN






03. JAY LENO





02. ARSENIO HALL






01. JOHNNY CARSON




Videos: Youtube

NEW MUSIC VIDEO

ONE CHANCE FEAT. T-PAIN- ALL THE WAY TURNT UP

Well it’s a new video but not a new song. I always liked this song, let me rephrase that, I always liked the HOOK and the BEAT. I guess One Chance is now signed with T-Pain’s label? I know they are no longer signed with Usher but I had no idea they joined the Nappy Boy family. Apparently, this song will be on a mixtape called T-Pain Presents The Nappy Boy All Stars.






Video: Worldstarhiphop

BEST OF F. GARY GRAY: THE MUSIC VIDEOS

F. Gary Gray is one of the most innovative film directors of our generation. His simplistic vision behind the camera lens is what makes him unique. Yes, he directed great films but he’s also directed some unforgettable music videos too.






05. KEEP THEIR HEADS RINGIN'





04. IT WAS A GOOD DAY




03. MS. JACKSON




02. WATERFALLS




01. SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT





Videos: Youtube
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NEW MUSIC VIDEO

MARIO- OOH BABY

It's good to see Mario is still pushing his album D.N.A! This video shows a side of Mario we rarely see...WATCH the video and see what I mean, he's ALL GROWN UP NOW.



Video: Worldstarhiphop

IT’S STILL ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC

Music moguls Dr. Dre, Sean Combs, and Jimmy Iovine unleashed the new start-of-the-art headphones in Las Vegas alongside Noel Lee of Monster Cable. Monster Cable developed what many consider to be the highest quality headphones ever, Beats By Dre. With the success of BEATS BY DRE headphones, Dr. Dre teamed up with Lady Gaga to develop HEARTBEATS, and P. Diddy has his own set of high-end headphones called DIDDYBEATS. BeatsSpin AND BEATS SOLO HD were also unveiled at the 2010 CES Convention is Las Vegas.















Videos: Youtube, BlackTreeMedia
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BEST OF UNDERGROUND SOUL

Neo-Soul may not be as popular in the mainstream market anymore BUT some of today’s BEST music lives inside the minds of these BRILLIANT neo-soul singers. If you’re not familiar with these artists, you are TRULY missing out on phenomenal soul music.



10. JOI




09. GOAPELE





08. AMEL LARRIEUX





07. D’ANGELO




06. ANTHONY HAMILTON




05. INDIA ARIE




04. MUSIQ SOULCHILD




03. JILL SCOTT




02. ERYKAH BADU




01. MAXWELL




Videos: Youtube

NEW MUSIC VIDEO

KERI HILSON FEAT. AKON- CHANGE ME

Usually Keri gives us some pretty good videos but I’m not feeling this one. Visually, I expected a little more from Miss Keri Baby. I’m sure Keri fans will like the video. I definitely respect her grind, she is EVERYWHERE!





Video: Worldstarhiphop

I WANNA ROCK RIGHT NOW

With the emergence of Lil Jon’s new movement CRUNK ROCK and Lil Wayne’s new ROCK album, I wonder if more rappers will follow suit and start a new HIP HOP ROCK generation. Seeing rappers wearing skinny jeans and rockstar belt chains makes me think more and more that hip hop may be headed in the ROCK direction...









LIL WAYNE





LIL JON





JAY-Z




TRICK DADDY





P. DIDDY





Videos: Youtube
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NEW MUSIC VIDEO

BIG SEAN- MILLION DOLLARS

It’s refreshing to hear some G.O.O.D. Music (pun intended) from one of hip hop’s NEW CLASS. I became a fan of Big Sean after hearing his song INTRO. I’m not a Kanye fan but I can respect his artist roster, signing Big Sean was a good look for Kanye.






Video: Youtube

BEST FEMALE ANTHEM SONGS

This is a man's world BUT it wouldn't be nothing, nothingwithout a womanor a girl. After doing this countdown, I see how Destiny’s Child was so SUCCESSFUL, they’ve done a lot of GREAT records empowering women but they know how to keep it sexy and classy too---SIMPLY BRILLIANT!




10. KANDI- DON’T THINK I’M NOT






09. CHANGING FACES- G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T






08. TONI BRAXTON- HE WASN’T MAN ENOUGH





07. QUEEN LATIFAH- LADIES FIRST






06. TLC- NO SCRUBS






05. 702- WHERE MY GIRLS AT






04. DESTINY’S CHILD- INDEPENDENT WOMEN






03. BEYONCE- DIVA






02. ALICIA KEYS- SUPERWOMAN






01. DESTINY’S CHILD- SURVIVOR




Videos: Youtube

50 CENT: WHAT’S BEEF?

50 Cent talks about his constant BEEFING with other rappers in an interview with DJ Clue and DJ Envy. This interview makes me think of Trina’s song HERE WE GO…HERE WE GO AGAIN…






Video: Youtube

BEST OF MTV UNPLUGGED

MTV has produced some of the BEST concerts on television. The infamous UNPLUGGED concerts were simply genius. I compiled a list of my FAVORITE unforgettable MTV Unplugged shows.


10. Arrested Development (1991)




09. Yo! Raps: LL Cool J, MC Lyte, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Pop’s Cool Love(1991)




08. Erykah Badu (1997)




07. Maxwell (1997)




06. Mary J Blige (2007)




05. Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder (1997)




04. Alicia Keys (2005)




03. Jay- Z, The Roots, Jaguar Wright (2000)




02. Uptown Unplugged- Mary J Blige, Jodeci, Christopher Williams, Father MC, Heavy D (1993)




01. Mariah Carey (1992)



Honorable Mentions: Blackstreet, Boyz II Men, Lauryn Hill, Seal, Nirvana



Videos: Youtube

TWO TURNTABLES AND A MIC: THE BEST DJs

The DJ game has CHANGED so much! It seems scratching has become a lost art, just as ALBUMS are a thing of the past. Gotta show love to the REAL DJs that keep the party JUMPING. For all of you who call yourself a DJ and you don’t own any OFFICIAL DJ equipment, I hate to break it to you BUT YOU ARE NOT A DJ! Yo, DJ, turn my music, HIGH, HIGH, HIGH, HIGHERRRRRRRR!



05. DJ DRAMA




04. DJ CLUE




03. DJ FUNKMASTER FLEX




02. DJ KAY SLAY




FIRST PLACE TIE:


01. DJ KID CAPRI




01. DJ JAZZY JEFF




Videos: Youtube

BEY-Z TOPS FORBES LIST FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Jay-Z and Beyonce earned THE NUMBER ONE spot again on Forbes Top-Earning Celebrity Couples’ list. The Carters have become a POWERHOUSE in the entertainment world. They are definitely living the American Dream by building their income from the ground floor to the deluxeapartment in the sky. BOW! I guess they both have the BLUEPRINT for success…




1. Jay-Z and Beyonce- 122 million


2. Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart- 65 million


3. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie- 55 million


4. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith- 48 million


5. David and Victoria Beckham- 46 million



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THE OFFICIAL FLIP

It’s hard to do a cover song because the level of expectations are so high. The moment an artist opens their mouth to sing I‘LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, we all pretty much know it WON’T HOLD A CANDLE TO WHITNEY HOUSTON. But every now and then, an artist will completely surprise us by FLIPPING the record and making it their own.



BLEEDING LOVE


LEONA LEWIS




JESSE McCARTNEY






ALMOST DOESN’T COUNT

BRANDY





MARK WILLS




BEAUTIFUL GIRLS



SEAN KINGSTON





JOJO




Videos: Youtube

YOU’LL NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST…ALBUM

These young R&B artists came out of NOWHERE and BUST onto the music scene with vocals, dance moves, and undeniable talent that took the entire world by storm. It’s as if they were all saying I’M HERE NOW AND I’M CLAIMING MY SPOT! Although they were all young teenagers, their rise to superstardom was immediate---each artist came out the gate selling platinum and gold albums! BOW!



BRANDY- Brandy, 1994 (sold 4 million copies)










MONICA- Miss Thang, 1995 (sold 3 million copies)










AALIYAH- Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, 1994 (sold 2 million copies)










TEVIN CAMPBELL-T.E.V.I.N, 1991 (sold 1 million copies)











USHER- Usher, 1994 (sold 500,000 copies)









Video: Youtube
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WHEN MUSIC MEETS HOLLYWOOD

After conquering the music industry, Percy Miller (Master P) and Damon Dash (Dame) decided to take their entrepreneur skills to the BIG SCREEN. Although some of these films have become CULT classics, some, well, could have been left on the drawing boards. Overall, I can’t hate on either Percy nor Damon for breaking into Hollywood.



MASTER P has either written, directed, or produced more than 7 films


I’M BOUT IT (Written and directed by Master P)





MP DA LAST DON (Written, directed, produced by Master P)






I GOT THE HOOK UP (Written, produced by Master P)







HOT BOYZ (Written, directed by Master P)





FOOLISH (Written, produced by Master P)





NO TOMORROW (Directed by Master P)





UNCLE P (Written, produced by Master P)





Other Master P films: Uncle Willy’s Family, Repos, Black Supaman, Down and Distance, Toxic, and The Pig People (currently in production)




DAME DASH has either written, directed, or produced 7 films



STREETS IS WATCHING (Written by Dame Dash)





BACKSTAGE (Produced by Dame Dash)





STATE PROPERTY (Produced…

TWO IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN ONE- FAMOUS TWINS

Some of these twins will make you think you’re seeing DOUBLE. Contrary to belief, THE CLIPSE are NOT twins, there’s actually a FIVE year age difference. BOW!



NINA SKY- NICOLE AND NATALIE ALBINO




H-TOWN- DINO AND SHAZAM CONNOR

*Keven “Dino” Connor, deceased January 28, 2003




JAGGED EDGE- BRIAN AND BRANDON CASEY





GOOD CHARLOTTE- JOEL AND BENJI MADDEN





TIA AND TAMERA MOWRY





MARY KATE AND ASHLEY OLSEN





COLE AND DYLAN SPROUSE





Videos: Youtube

NEW VOICE IN MUSIC: NIKKI AND RICH

Just when you think this generation has lost its identity in the music world, NIKKI AND RICH emerge from the shadows with a unique and distinctive sound. The idea to portray Nikki and Rich as characters has never been done before and it’s simply genius--it’s like watching an A-List couple’s life thru music. Mark my words, Nikki and Rich will be the biggest artists of 2010!













www.myspace.com/nikkiandrich



Videos: Youtube