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IF YOU HAVE BRAIDS, TAKE NOTES

The BRAIDED hair trend is GONE (for now), and THANK YOU LORD. I hate that look. Slowly but surely, people started cutting their hair and it seems everyone is going for the low fade. Now, LLOYD and J. HOLIDAY (I love you guys) BUT it’s your turn to cut your hair.



LUDACRIS








TREY SONGZ







SLIM THUG








JERMAINE DUPRI








OMARION







MARIO






R. KELLY







BOW WOW






MOST RECENTLY:
I'm not completely sure if Sean Paul cut his hair because he may be rocking a mohawk with braids. I say this because if you look closely, you can see what appears to braids in the back of his hair. I really hope he is DONE with braids BUT only time will tell.

SEAN PAUL








Videos: Youtube
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CIARA FEAT. THE DREAM- SPEECHLESS

Okay! YES SIR! This is the kind of music CIARA needs to release. THE DREAM does it again. CICI is BACK!!!!









Song: DivShare
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UPDATE: THE SCARFACE SCHOOL PLAY

This video caused a HUGE uproar on the internet Monday morning. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a video of CHILDREN reenacting the SCARFACE movie. The uproar started because someone posted this on a website and said it was a school play. I refused to post it because I was shocked AND appalled BUT I found out on Tuesday that this is NOT A SCHOOL PLAY. Basically, this play was NOT done at a school and the children are professional actors.


Here’s the director’s explanation:
It's not really a school play, says producer Marc Klasfeld of Rockhard Films. It's just a video aimed at illustrating the pervasiveness of sex and violence in our media culture -- and how it blankets children on a daily basis.







Video: Worldstarhiphop

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

After I posted WE ARE THE WORLD and THE ALL STAR rendition of WHAT’S GOIN ON, I started thinking about some other LEGENDARY ALL STAR songs. Yes, the 2010 version of We Are The World was disappointing BUT the music world has been a witness to some of the best, most inspiring singer/rapper collaborations.



BABYFACE AND FRIENDS- WAKE UP EVERYBODY




RAP ALL STARS- SELF DESTRUCTION




KELLY PRICE AND FRIENDS- LOVE SETS YOU FREE





WEST COAST ALL STARS- WE’RE ALL IN THE SAME GANG





BLACK MEN UNITED- U WILL KNOW





KIRK FRANKLIN AND FRIENDS- LEAN ON ME





ALL STARS- FREEDOM





ALL STARS- WHAT MORE CAN I GIVE






RAP ALL STARS- H.E.A.L




TANK AND FRIENDS- IF YOU DREAM






Videos: Youtube

LEGENDS AND FUTURE LEGENDS

This generation of singers has had to deal with a lot of disrespect. Many say that these new artists---can’t sing, have no talent, and don’t appreciate artists of the past. Well, I can agree, most artists nowadays cannot sing BUT there are A LOT of very talented singers that represent the good in our present pool of talent.



LIONEL RICHIE AND LYFE JENNINGS




ELTON JOHN AND MARY J BLIGE





ROBERTA FLACK AND THE FUGEES





PATTI LABELLE AND MARIAH CAREY




STEVIE WONDER AND JOHN LEGEND





Videos: Youtube

BRUTHA IS BACK!

This time around, the R&B group, BRUTHA promises better music. They claim the first album was not a representation of who they really are---personally and musically (wow, if I had a dollar for every time I heard that). I had NO IDEA they even had a new song out let alone a new music video. Nonetheless, I am feeling the new look because they used to look very corny and unpolished. Their new song ONE DAY ON THIS EARTH, was written by R. Kelly. The new album, VACANCY, is supposed to drop this year. I hope DEF JAM promotes these guys because I haven’t seen much of an effort yet…


EPK




ONE DAY ON THIS EARTH






Videos: Youtube

THE “CALLING ALL RAPPERS” REMIXES

It’s hard enough to get ONE feature on a record BUT getting FIVE and SIX features on a song is BANANAS. Check out some of hip hop’s LONGEST remixes featuring…just about EVERYBODY! Haaaa!


FLAVA IN YA EAR- CRAIG MACK, NOTORIOUS BIG, BUSTA RHYMES, LL COOL J, & RAMPAGE





TOUCH IT- BUSTA RHYMES, MARY J BLIGE, RAH DIGGA, LLOYD BANKS, MISSY ELLIOTT, PAPOOSE, & DMX





MAKE IT RAIN- FAT JOE, LIL WAYNE, R. KELLY, BIRDMAN, T.I., ACE MACK, & RICK ROSS





MADE YOU LOOK- NAS, JADAKISS, & LUDACRIS






NEVER SCARED- BONECRUSHER, CAMRON, JADAKISS, & BUSTA RHYMES






WE TAKIN’ OVER- AKON, R. KELLY, T-PAIN, LIL KIM, YOUNG JEEZY






ROCKIN’ THAT THANG- THE DREAM, FABOLOUS, LUDACRIS, RICK ROSS, JUELZ SANTANA






Videos: Youtube

HUSTLES WITH RUSSELLS

I have to admit that I never paid much attention to the Russ commercials until Episode 2 debuted today. To my surprise, both videos are very funny. Honestly, humor is always the best way to promote a business. In these trying times, we all need to a GOOD laugh every now and then. There is actually an extended version of Episode 2 floating around the internet, you can check it out on one of my favorite blogs, NahRight.



EPISODE 1




EPISODE 2






Videos: Youtube

OOPS! NUMBER ONE HITS NEVER RELEASED

The majority of these artists on my list has had their share of number one records BUT in this business, the more the merrier. Although some of these records were featured on CLASSIC albums, the artists on this list made some CRUCIAL mistakes by not releasing these songs. My question is, who was the head of these artists’ marketing departments because if I were in the office, these songs WOULD have surely been released.



MARY J BLIGE- MISSING YOU




MARIAH CAREY- NEVER FORGET YOU




R. KELLY- ETCETERA




JAY-Z & MARIAH CAREY- THINGS THAT YOU DO





BEYONCE & JAY-Z- THAT’S HOW YOU LIKE IT





BRANDY- ANGEL IN DISGUISE




TAMAR BRAXTON- WORDS





JAY-Z & R. KELLY- TAKE YOU HOME




DRU HILL- BEAUTY




50 CENT- WHAT UP GANGSTA





Videos: Youtube

LLOYD- DANCING IN THE MIRROR

A lot of times when artist complain/and or blame the record label for their failures, they are just blowing smoke BUT in Lloyd’s case, it’s obvious his previous label was holding him back. Lloyd is dat FYE! What a difference a label makes…BOW!






Video: Youtube

NEW ALBUM RELEASE

I had to do something a little different for my girl Mo. Only my VIP artists get an entire post. ENJOY! GO GET THAT ALBUM!!!!




Tracklisting:
01. Still Standing (Feat. Ludacris) (Prod. By Bryan-Michael Cox)
02. One In A Lifetime (Produced By Los DaMystro)
03. Stay Or Go (Produced By Bei Maejor)
04. Everything To Me (Produced By Missy Elliott)
05. If You Were My Man (Produced By Missy Elliott)
06. Mirror (Produced By Jim Jonsin)
07. Here I Am (Produced By Polow Da Don)
08. Superman (Produced By Bryan-Michael Cox)
09. Love All Over Me (Produced By Jermaine Dupri)
10. Believing In Me (Produced By StarGate)







Video: Youtube
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BEST SPORTS ANTHEMS

This is my favorite time of year, MARCH MADNESS. Although most of our brackets are busted, we can all agree that this is what makes the tournament so compelling. I picked DUKE to win the championship, and so I can still come out on top. In honor of the tournament, I compiled a list of my favorite SPORTS ANTHEMS. Music is very motivational, as you all know, I live and breathe sports and music, and so I could watch these videos all day. LET’S GO!




QUEEN- WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS






TINA TURNER- SIMPLY THE BEST






JAY-Z- RUN THIS TOWN






QUEEN- WE WILL ROCK YOU





TRICK DADDY- LET’S GO





EMINEM- LOSE YOURSELF





THE BULLS INTRO
I had to put this video on here, hearing this music and watching this video gave me chills. Any Chicago Bulls fan can appreciate this.







Videos: Youtube

DRAKE- OVER (MTV SPRING BREAK)

What happened to the days when MTV SPRING BREAK was one of the biggest events on TV? If you want to check out Spring Break, you’ll have to watch it on MTV2. The event may not be a big deal anymore but MTV still managed to get today’s TOP ARTISTS like DRAKE. Although I’m not jumping on the Drake bandwagon, OVER is a great record!








Video: MTV

HOW THE WEST WAS WON: BEST CALIFORNIA SONG

In the late 90’s, the WESTCOAST rappers ruled the rap game. Unfortunately, after the death of TUPAC SHAKUR, the WEST hasn’t been the same. Although they aren’t as dominant as they used to be, the new breed of WESTCOAST rappers like THE GAME and YA BOY are holding the WEST on their backs.


05. MACK 10






04. THE GAME





03. NOTORIOUS BIG






02. LL COOL J






01. TUPAC AND DR. DRE





Videos: Youtube

THE MARVIN GAYE INFLUENCE

Marvin Gaye is arguably one of the BEST singers and artists of all time. He covered all aspects of songwriting--- LOVE, SEX, AND POLITICS. Marvin Gaye’s influence transcends beyond music. His legacy will live on…


ERIC SERMON- MUSIC






AALIYAH- GOT TO GIVE IT UP






MARIO- SEXUAL HEALING






MATT GIRAUD- LET’S GET IT ON





CYNDI LAUPER- WHAT’S GOING ON





ALL STAR RENDITION- WHAT’S GOING ON






Videos: Youtube

BRANDY- AT LAST

This is why my favorite singer is BRAN NU! Brandy’s voice is so unique, she just continues to amaze me. Can’t WAIT for the new album! BOW!!!!!







Video: Youtube

RICK ROSS FEAT. ROCK CITY- ONE LIFE

The beat is FYE! As always, ROSS’ delivery is ON POINT!!! I love this!




Music: DivShare
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THE JORDAN BRAND EXPANDS

Michael Jordan is now the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. Jordan is the first former player to become the majority owner of an NBA team. BET founder, Robert Johnson, first purchased the Charlotte Bobcats in 2002. Johnson became the first African-American to own a controlling interest of a sports team when he paid $300 million for the Charlotte expansion franchise. He is believed to have financed $80 million in team losses, which he no longer wished to do, and accumulated more than $100 million in debt. Johnson will keep a minority share in the team.
The Bobcats are 34-32 this season and they will most likely make their first playoff appearance. Since Johnson named the Charlotte BOBcats, will Jordan change the name? Hmmm, we’ll have to wait and see…





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BATMAN/ROBIN, JORDAN/PIPPEN/, BATMAN/JORDAN?

After listening to Drake say he is going to “hold down Young Money” while Lil Wayne is incarcerated, I began to think…Of course, Drake can definitely maintain YM’s strong hold on the industry BUT not a lot of rappers can make such a statement.

For instance, when T.I. was locked up, who held Grand Hustle intact? If Ludacris, God forbid, ever got locked up, could any of his artists hold down DTP? The answers are OBVIOUS. Most artists who are also CEOs DON’T have any real talent on their record labels. Why is that? Is it because they are intimidated by real talent and so they sign artists who are AVERAGE at best?
After some thought, I compiled a list of artists/CEOs who have GREAT talent on their labels (both past and present). Smart CEOs understand that in the end, it’s about profit NOT ego.





10. GUCCI MANE/OJ DA JUICEMAN


CEO: GUCCI MANE (So Icey Entertainment)









09. AKON/T-PAIN


CEO: AKON (Konvict Muzik)









08. FAT JOE/BIG PUN


CEO: FAT JOE (Terror Squad Entertainment)









07. DR. DRE/EMINEM


CEO: DR. DRE …

JULIETTE LEWIS- UH HUH

We all know how hard it is to perfect one thing, and so when I find someone who does 2 things REALLY well, I am always impressed. Actress Juliette Lewis is also a musician, and I must say she is really talented. Take a listen: BOW!






Video: Youtube

MOVIE TRAILER: THE LOSERS

On a mission deep in the Bolivian jungle, a team of elite commandos (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans) find themselves on the receiving end of a lethal betrayal. Now presumed dead, the men join forces with a mysterious operative named Aisha (Zoe Saldana) to hunt down their enemy and even the score.
I always enjoy action movies like this. THIS IS A MUST SEE!




Video: Youtube, BlackTreeMedia

WHAT’S BEEF?

What kind of world do we live in when boxers and rappers beef? Well, anyway, I’m glad the BEEF between Money Mayweather and Rick Ross is over. Ridiculous.




Video: Worldstarhiphop

ESSENCE MAGAZINE: BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD LUNCHEON

Essence Magazine's 3rd Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon honorees this year were Queen Latifah, Cicely Tyson, Zoe Saldana, Mary J. Blige, and Gabourey Sidibe. Let’s continue to celebrate our black actresses because they get over-looked a lot in Hollywood. Usually, the only time they get recognized is if they get nominated for an Academy Award. Bravo to Essence magazine!




Video: TVGuide, Youtube

FOR MY SNEAKER STALKERS: NIKE ZOOM HYPERFUSE

These will be dropping this SUMMER. The colors are sleek, and net material will make the shoes really comfortable. Any athlete can appreciate a lightweight shoe with great comfort. Nike is built for athletes, unfortunately Reebok still doesn’t get it, their shoes are TOO HEAVY…















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USHER FEAT. T.I.- GUILTY

I see ya Usher! This is the best song I've heard so far. This would have been a better first single than Daddy's Home. Either way, this is straight FIRE!




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Song: DivShare

MOVIE TRAILER: JUST WRIGHT

JUST WRIGHT starring Queen Latifah, Common, and Paula Patton revolves around a sports trainer (Latifah) who finds herself falling in love with a professional basketball player (Common) while rehabilitating him from a career threatening injury. Things are further complicated because her closest friend (Patton) is also pursuing him.

The movie actually looks REALLY good. The film is directed by the great Sanaa Hamri. Just Wright will hit theatres on May 14th. I HOPE Common looks believable as a basketball player, I’ve seen him play basketball before and so I know he can play ball BUT playing street ball and playing pro ball are two different things…








Video: Yahoo
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THE JAY-Z BRAND

Jay-Z said it best when he said I’m not a business man, I’m a BUSINESS, man. You haven’t made it in this business until your name becomes a BRAND, like Jordan, Pepsi, or Nike. Jay-Z’s name is a business all by itself. That’s POWER.









































Videos: Youtube

REMEMBERING THE NOTORIOUS ONE

March 9, 1997 is a day we will never forget. We shall and we will always celebrate his life and legacy that transcends far beyond the melodies of music. On Tuesday night, Sean Combs, who was referred to as PUFF DADDY that night, threw a special party in Brooklyn, along with Rick Ross, Fabolous, Red Café and Busta Rhymes at The Lab nightclub.











Video: MTV
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LIVING WITH ROBOTS

I have a fascination with robots and I really enjoy watching documentaries like Living With Robots (presented by Honda). This is a very interesting in depth look into the misconceptions and the real life role of robots. People ALWAYS fear the unknown…













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Video: Youtube, Honda

ROAD TO FULL THROTTLE

This series will air on MTV2. The video below features behind the scenes footage with legends DJ KAY SLAY, DJ KID CUPRI, AND DJ FUNKMASTER FLEX brought to you by Industry Muscle.






Video: Youtube, IndustryMuscle

NEW MUSIC RELEASES

This is actually the day both Usher and Mariah Carey were supposed to release their albums. Ironically, both albums have been pushed back to 3/30/10, and so URSHER AND MC will be going head-to-head on the 30th. After seeing today’s releases, they could have easily dropped today.

















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NEW MUSIC

TONIGHT


HEAT! This is officially a SMASH! Ironically, R. Kelly’s TONIGHT sounds just like Sterling Simms RELAX. I’m assuming Tha Cornaboyz produced RELAX too.




SUPA STUNNAS



I don’t know if R. Kelly’s SUPA STUNNAS is an official single because it’s the same beat as Dolla’s WHO THE F IS THAT. R.I.P. Dolla. Either way, the song is HOT!




Videos: Youtube

BRANDY’S ALTER EGO: BRAN NU

If you know me, you know my favorite singer is BRANDY! Been a huge fan of B’s since day one…Anyway, not many singers can pull off RAPPING but my girl B, is a natural. Brandy’s alter ego is no longer B-Rocka, she’s now BRAN NU. If you’re an internet junkie like me, you know there are a TON of new Brandy songs, and yes, THEY ARE ALL FIRE! Can’t wait for Bran Nu to drop an album. BOW!


Check out BRAN NU rapping on Timbaland’s MEET IN THE MIDDLE song from his SHOCK VALUE II album.






Videos: Youtube