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GREAT HOOK, BAD VERSES: WHEN LYRICS RUIN THE SONG

There’s nothing worse than a song with a great hook and a banging beat with HORRIBLE verses---I just CRINGE when the verses come on! Rap fans have been tolerating Snoop and LL Cool J’s nursery rhyme lyrics for years, and now we have to hear the new generation of rappers with their terrible lyrics too. UGHHHH! Where are the hip hop ghostwriters when we need them…



LL COOL J





SNOOP DOGG




GUCCI MANE





SOULJA BOY





CHINGY





Videos: Youtube

VH1’S CELEBRITY REHAB: SEASON 4 CAST

It seems VH1 still does not have a full cast for this season’s CELEBRITY REHAB but BIZZY BONE of Bones Thugs-N-Harmony is the latest celebrity to join the cast on the road to recovery. As of now, here’s the new cast:



Bizzy Bone





Tila Tequila






Jason Wahler, Laguna Beach





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YOU CAN’T FAKE GREATNESS

Artists like THE DREAM and LUDACRIS may have a song that brags about all the women they have around the world BUT neither Dream nor Ludacris came close to the creative/genius lyrics and music video Jay-Z did for his GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS song. There’s a reason why Jigga is arguably the BEST rapper who ever touched a mic. Forever imitated. Never duplicated.


JAY-Z




THE DREAM





LUDACRIS




Videos: Youtube

WHEN MUSIC GOES OUTER SPACE: TAKE FLIGHT

No one created a better depiction of outer space than Michael and Janet’s SCREAM video. If life on MARS looks anything like the SCREAM video, then I’ll gladly take flight. Let’s goooo…



MICHAEL AND JANET JACKSON





MISSY ELLIOTT





THE DREAM





BACKSTREET BOYS






KANYE WEST





Videos: Youtube

THE NEXT TEVIN CAMPBELL?

Youtube sensation, BLAIR PERKINS is a really talented singer. I always wondered when he was going to remake a Tevin Campbell song because the moment I heard him sing, he reminded me of Tevin (ironically, he looks like him too).






Video: Youtube

BEST 16 BARS: T.I.

T.I. has been really busy rebuilding his KING status in the music industry. Before he was incarcerated, he had the rap game in a choke-hold. The world may now know him as T.I. but he’ll always be TIP to his loyal fans that knew him before the mega success. Just in case yall forgot why we call him the KING, take a listen to my favorite TIP features:



ROUND HERE





NEVA SCARED





LOOK AT THE GRILLZ





SOLDIER






I’M A FLIRT




WE TAKIN’ OVER





Videos: Youtube
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IT'S THAT DIRTY MONEY: KALENNA

It must be EXTREMELY hard being in a group with P. Diddy. DIRTY MONEY has released 3 songs, and so far, we BARELY hear vocals from anyone but Diddy. It’s almost as if the other two members, Dawn and Kalenna, don’t exist (and the only reason we know about Dawn is because of DANITY KANE).

I found some songs from Kalenna of Dirty Money BEFORE she joined the group, and I was presently surprised by her talent. I was also SHOCKED to see that Kalenna was featured on a THREE 6 MAFIA song too! Maybe after Dirty Money, Kalenna will go back to being a solo artist?














Videos: Youtube

FAST CAR: DO YOU WANNA RIDE

Riddle me this…What’s better than riding in your whip with some GREAT music blasting out of your speakers? NOTHING.






QUEEN LATIFAH





THE DREAM




WYCLEF JEAN





TRACY CHAPMAN






Videos: Youtube
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WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

Corny doesn’t BEGIN to describe these songs! It’s one thing for rap artists to sample POP songs BUT sampling songs about pina coladas and coconuts??? Are you kidding me!!!! Please! Enough is enough! TYGA started this madness and I hope it ends SOON.


PINA COLADA










PUT THE LIME IN THE COCONUT









Videos: Youtube

THERE’S A FINE LINE BETWEEN GENIUS AND WEIRD

I am all for originality and allowing artists to have the freedom to express themselves. Some artists' creativity is intelligent and refreshing BUT some artists make us cringe at the sight of their weirdness---it’s as if they are trying so hard to be different that it looks forced and unbelievable. I am in NO WAY saying these artists are weird. I’ll just let you watch the videos and you can judge for yourself:



JANELLE MONAE




ANDRE 3000




BILAL





GNARLS BARKLEY




FONZWORTH BENTLEY






Videos: Youtube

MUSIC’S MOB OBSESSION

There are tons of mob references in HIP HOP; including album titles, stage names, and music videos. I honestly can’t explain why the world is so obsessed with the Mafia but when it comes to money and power, hip hop and the mob go hand-in-hand.



CASINO




GOODFELLAS





SCARFACE




Videos: Youtube

THE BEST 16 BARS: FEMALE RAPPERS

You have to RESPECT what female rappers have done in the music game. I remember when having a female rap protégé was the popular thing to do. Slowly but surely, female rappers are making a comeback and making their presence felt in the music business. BOW!



FOXY BROWN




NICKI MINAJ




EVE




TRINA





DA BRAT




LIL KIM





REMY MA






Videos: Youtube

WHEN MUSIC SAMPLES TV SHOW THEMES

When it comes to sampling music, there are NO rules. I have to admit that I always wanted to sample the JEFFERSON’S theme song---it's such a great beat. Although it may have cost these artists a “pretty penny” to sample these television show theme songs, I’m sure it was worth every cent…



SANFORD AND SON

T.I.




THE RUGRATS

BLACKSTREET




CHEERS

PJ MORTON




THE JEFFERSONS

NELLY



B. RICH





Videos: Youtube

MUSIC’S WORST REMAKES

Some songs just DON’T need to be touched (it’s just that simple). WE ARE THE WORLD was an obvious MISTAKE and so I just included it on my countdown for relevance. The other remakes speak for themselves!


Sidenote:
Mariah Carey is a phenomenal singer, no one in their right mind can argue that BUT when she re-recorded Def Leppard’s BRINGING ON THE HEARTBREAK, she wasn’t on her A game and unfortunately it showed…


ONE IN A MILLION

AALIYAH



THE DREAM





COME AND TALK TO ME

JODECI



MARIO





ALL I DOIS THINK OF YOU

TROOP



B5





WE ARE THE WORLD


AFRICA




HAITI






KNOCKIN’ THE BOOTS

H-TOWN



PRETTY RICKY





BRINGING ON THE HEARTBREAK

DEF LEPPARD



MARIAH CAREY




Videos: Youtube

HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE?

Just imagine telling someone you love them, and they respond, “I know you love me BUT how deep is your love for me”----haaaaa, how ridiculous does that sound! Some things are better sung than spoken. Bow!



DRU HILL




BEE GEES





GINUWINE





KEITH SWEAT




TAKE THAT




Videos: Youtube

THE BEST VIDEO VIXENS

As the saying goes---make the money, don’t let the money make you. You can judge these women all you want BUT you have to respect their hustle. Obviously, they all had a plan of action BEFORE they stepped on their first music video set.

LISARAYE and STACEY DASH went from music videos to feature films, GLORIA VELEZ signed a recording contract with Darckchild/Cash Money Records, and KARRINE STEFFANS appeared on The OPRAH WINFREY Show and became a national best selling author.

Ironically, the most famous video vixen is arguably OLA RAY, {although she only appeared in ONE video} BUT that one video was MJ’s THRILLER. Bow!



05. GLORIA VELEZ





04. OLA RAY




03. LISARAYE





02. KARRINE STEFFANS





01. STACEY DASH






Videos: Youtube

MORE PROOF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS ALL ABOUT NUMBERS

Finally! My question, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REMIX, has been answered. Super producer JUST BLAZE gave a logical account to why artists don’t do OFFICIAL remixes anymore. Me being a music executive, a clearly understand it BUT as a music fan, I don’t agree with it.


The art form should not suffer because of MONEY. It’s good to know REAL musicians like R. Kelly, The Dream, and Lloyd Banks understand the true value of music. PRESS PLAY for Just Blaze's explanation (what? you thought I was going to tell you the answer….haaaaaaa).











Video: Youtube

BAD BOY SIGNS R&B SINGER JEREMY GREENE

Jeremy Greene may be more known as a producer but WE ALL KNOW PRODUCERS really want to be artists. Diddy saw something special in the kid and signed Jeremy to BAD BOY RECORDS (I guess he’s no longer signed to Myspace Records). If Jeremy is signed to Bad Boy, where does that leave DONNIE KLANG???? Haaaaa!










Videos: Worldstarhiphop, Youtube

TRAILER: GET HIM TO THE GREEK

Get Him To The Greek starring JONAH HILL, P. DIDDY and RUSSELL BRAND is a MUST SEE MOVIE. I was wondering when this movie was coming out---I heard about it a few months ago and so I’m glad it’s finally hitting theatres. Check out the trailer:







Video: BlackTreeMedia

MEET THE BROWNS: THE MONIQUE SHOW

The original FOXY BROWN, (Pam Grier) and the second coming FOXY BROWN, (Inga Marchand) were on THE MONIQUE SHOW last night. It’s great to see a humble Foxy Brown, contrary to belief, she’s NOT the monster the media portrays her to be. Even if Foxy never does another album, I am a FAN of hers for LIFE!






Video: Worldstarhiphop

BEST HIP HOP TRIOS

I had to pay my respects to HIP HOP’S TRIOS. It took me a while to compile this list, and hopefully I didn’t forget anybody. Rap ICONS Salt-N-Pepa made my BEST DUOS and TRIOS list…how cool is that! Anyway, Spinderella was a GREAT compliment to the group, too bad they broke up :(




10. G-UNIT






09. THREE 6 MAFIA






08. DIGABLE PLANETS






07. BEASTIE BOYS





06. GETO BOYS





05. SALT-N-PEPA & SPINDERELLA






04. DE LA SOUL






03. A TRIBE CALLED QUEST





02. THE FUGEES





01. RUN DMC






Videos: Youtube

DIRTY MONEY FEAT. RICK ROSS & NICKI MINAJ- HELLO GOOD MORNING (REMIX)

Anyone who liked the original would more than likely feel this one. I don’t care that much for the record BUT featuring Rick Ross on a song is ALWAYS a good look.







Music: DivShare
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USHER VERSUS TREY SONGZ

Let's be honest! You really can't compare the careers of USHER and TREY SONGZ! Usher's Confessions album sold more than ALL of Trey Songz' albums combined. If you want to compare TOURING/CONCERTS, it's also an unfair comparison, Usher is a headliner, and Trey is still an opening act. All of you Trey Songz fans may not like what I'm saying BUT I'm speaking facts. I had to do this post because I am TIRED of the comparisons. I could have EASILY just posted Usher's CD sales, income, etc, and the case would have been closed BUT I wanted to be objective and make it a LEVEL playing field.  So, here it is, LISTEN to the songs and you tell me who's BETTER...


CLUB RECORD








LIVE PERFORMANCE












FEMALE COLLABORATION










BABY MAKER









GUCCI MANE COLLABORATION










Videos: Youtube

WELCOME HOME GUCCI!

Gucci Mane is supposed to be released from jail today after serving 6 months of his 1 year sentence. Burrrrrrrrrr!!!!





Video: Youtube
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THE BEST OF NEW JACK SWING

New Jack Swing was one of BIGGEST influences in music. The legendary TEDDY RILEY was the pioneer in this movement. His genius idea of blending POP, R&B, and HIP HOP proved to be a winning formula that generated millions of album sales. We may not label our songs as NEW JACK SWING but that is exactly what today’s music is.






10. JOHNNY KEMP- JUST GOT PAID




09. GUY- GROOVE ME




08. COLOR ME BADD- SEX YOU UP




07. JOHHNY GILL- RUB YOU THE RIGHT WAY




06. BELL BIV DEVOE - POISON




05. JANET JACKSON- MISS YOU MUCH




04. BOBBY BROWN- DON’T BE CRUEL




03. AL B SURE- NIGHT & DAY




02. BABYFACE- IT’S NO CRIME




01. CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS- I’M DREAMIN’





Videos: Youtube
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ONE LIFE: RICK ROSS VS. FABOLOUS

Rick Ross and Fabolous both recorded the song ONE LIFE. Rick Ross’ version of One Life was leaked a few months ago and Fabolous’ version was leaked on the internet last night. I don’t know who the song actually belongs to? I like both versions of the song but if I had to choose a winner, it would be the BAWSE. Bow!



RICK ROSS




VERSUS



FABOLOUS




Videos: Youtube

THE BEST JAMAICAN MUSICIANS

My BEST OF countdowns ALWAYS cause a stir BUT that’s why I do them…haaaaa! Anyway, 10-8 can be debated but how can ANYONE argue the NUMBER 1 spot…I dare anyone to have a valid argument against my pick!!!



10. LADY SAW




09. BOUNTY KILLER




08. SHABBA RANKS





07. ELEPHANT MAN





06. SHAGGY




05. SEAN PAUL




04. BUSTA RHYMES




03. BEENIE MAN




02. NOTORIOUS BIG




01. BOB MARLEY





Videos: Youtube

NEW MUSIC

It looks like the SUMMER will belong to Ciara this year! Not really feeling The Game’s song BUT the Rick Ross joint is FYE! Let’s gooooooooo…



CIARA- I RUN IT






THE GAME FEAT. P DIDDY- HEARTBREAK HOTEL





RICK ROSS FEAT. YOUNG JEEZY- JUST SAYING





Videos: Youtube

HOW SWEET IT IS: LOVE IS LIKE CANDY

This candy love craze all started when the legendary Marvin Gaye uttered the words HOW SWEET IT IS TO BE LOVED BY YOU. From then on, artists have been comparing love to the taste of candy. Shame on some of you artists that got down right NASTY with the comparisons…haaaa!



R. KELLY- CHOCOLATE FACTORY





CHRISTINA AGUILERA- CANDY MAN





LIL WAYNE- LOLLIPOP





SOUL FOR REAL- CANDY RAIN





50 CENT- CANDY SHOP





NEW EDITION- CANDY GIRL




FOXY BROWN- CANDY



69 BOYZ- TOOTSIE ROLL





RASHEEDA- BUBBLE GUM




D4L- LAFFY TAFFY





AMANDA PEREZ- CANDY KISSES




Videos: Youtube