Thursday, November 30, 2006

New Nas Video: 'Hip Hop Is Dead'

Been waiting for ages for this video to drop. The video premiered yesterday on BET and it is hot! Nas is back y'all. Album out on December 19.

Throwback Video of the Week: Monifah- 'I Miss You (Come Back Home)'

For this week's Throwback video I have selected Monifah's 'I Miss You (Come Back Home)' featuring Heavy D. Monifah was signed to the Hevster's Soul on Soul' label and the track was taken off her succesful 1996 debut 'Moods..Moments'. Check out cameos from Diddy amongst many others.

Be sure to email me for any throwback suggestions you may have.

What the...???

Rhianna performing on tour in the UK with the PCDs. This is the part where sexy ceases to be sexy and becomes..well,sleazy. I mean, what on earth is she doing and what on earth is she wearing? The whole crotch thing has been way over-done.

New Video: Ludacris feat. Mary J Blige 'Runaway Love'

This is something very different to what we're used to from Ludacris but brilliant nonetheless. The song has a message tackles the very topical issue of teenage runaways.

LL Cool J to join G-Unit?

A few days ago we reported about LL Cool J's beef with Def Jam and one Jay-Z.While LL has a beef with Jay-Z, he seems to be on the same page with 50 Cent, whom he's working with on his next album, his last with Def Jam. 50 is an executive producer on the album to be titled Todd Smith Pt. 2: Back To Cool. LL told MTV that he sees a lot of himself in 50.

"My man has great sensibility. He knows what I like. We're from Queens [New York City]. We're seven years apart in age. He knows what I'm into. We come from the same experience, so the music reflects that."

Yeah well I hope he keeps in mind what happened to Mase's project and how long it took for Mobb Deep's project to drop.

Meanwhile, 50 is working towards completing his next album, which is due out in the spring, next year.

"I want the music to sound like something I haven't done before, so I needed to change the guys I worked with on the last project," 50 told All Headline News. "I've been listening to a lot of Motown stuff — Smokey Robinson, a lot of older music — so I go a lot of soulful loops."

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Snoop Arrested....again

Snoop Dogg has been arrested on weapons and drugs charges after a TV appearance in Los Angeles. Surprsise, surprise.

Snoop was stopped by police as he left the NBC studio in Burbank after recording an edition of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Authorities allegedly found marijuana, cocaine and a firearm in his car.

This latest arrest marks Snoop's third in three months following earlier incidents at two California airports.

In October police found a gun and a quantity of cannabis in the musician's car after they stopped him for parking in a loading area at Bob Hope Airport.

Earlier this month he was charged for attempting to carry a collapsible baton onto a plane at Orange County John Wayne Airport in September.

An earlier arrest at London's Heathrow Airport in April led to a police caution.

I mean what is this dude really on?

Spotted Recently...

Ashanti at MTVs TRL promoting 2pac's single and album and looking gorgeous
Eve promoting MAC's new Viva Glam lipstick whose proceeds benefit HIV/AIDS victims ahead of World Aids Day

Also promoting cosmetics, Rihanna promoting the Clinique range of cosmetics at Selfridges in Manchester,UK on a break from her tour with the PCDsA very pregnant Kim Porter, Diddy's girlfriend, in New York and finally....
A rare sighting of Oprah and her boyfriend Steadman together in Hawaii on Thanksgiving.

Also spotted like everywhere was Britney Spears....but the less said about that the better!

Destiny's Child/R.Kelly...really funny

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Ciara: Giant Magazine Shoot

Couldn't resist showing y'all these shots of Ciara from the new issue of Giant Magazine.

Usher Godson Of Soul?

Exciting but maybe untrue…Usher has apparently been pitched to play James Brown in a movie about the King of Soul according to his record label's website.

Although the film has not yet been commissioned the script is said to be complete. After Usher’s critically acclaimed Broadway debut in Chicago and with his natural ability to dance, this movie has the potential to be epic.

The whispers continue as Black Eyed Pea’s Fergie is said to want a piece of the action and has been put forward for the role of one of Brown's wives.

Sony Dumps Urban Divsion

Sony BMG is reportedly terminating their urban music division and a large number of the unit's current employees are expected to be laid off.

According to label insiders and industry experts who spoke to the New York Post, the announcement of Sony Urban's dissolution will be made on December 1 or even much earlier.

The Post's sources also revealed that not all of Sony Urban's employees will be laid off; some are slated to be reassigned to other units within the label. Office departments dealing with business and legal affairs are expected to be affected the most by the label's dismantling.

Sony Urban's current artists, which include John Legend, ,DMX, Beyoncé, Three 6 Mafia and Lemar will be reassigned to Epic and Columbia, Sony BMG's two main labels.

No comment could be obtained from Sony.

Jay-Z beats Snoop

With first week sales in excess of 850 000 units Jay-Z's 'Kingdom Come'CD has virtually eclipsed Snoop Doggs album 'The Blue Carpet Treatment'released on the same day last week. This not only makes it a dead cert for the #1 spot next week but also shatters this year's best debut sales record.

Not bad given the tidal wave of publicity Jay's been on prior to its release. This included a very strong and well-recieved performance at this years American Music Awards and the unprecedented "Hangar Tour," which included seven shows in less than 24 hours in Atlanta, Philadelphia, DC, New Jersey, Chicago, L.A. and Las Vegas.

Snoop's album sales are crawling in comparison with a first week sales total of around 270 000 units

Spotted: Ciara & Missy

Ciara and Missy Elliot spotted recently. This photo will no doubt add fuel to the many other rumours that have surrounded these two artists both as individuals and as a singer/songwriting team. I'll let you tell your own story.

New 50 Cent Movie

According to our sources 50 cent has been filming a movie called '' Home of the Brave'' to be released sometime in January 2007.The movie is about soldiers struggling to adjust back to normal life and to reality after a lengthy tour of duty in Iraq.

I guess this will mean another soundtrack album, more premiers,more promo and more exposure for 50.
50 0n the set of 'Home of the Brave'

Monday, November 27, 2006

Def Jam News: LL Quits, Foxy Walks

After more than twenty years at Def Jam, lip-licking rap legend LL Cool J will not be renewing his contract citing the record label's President, Jay-Z as the reason. LL claims that Jay-Z has put his artists' careers at risk by coming out of retirement. LL also claims he wont re-sign with Def Jam when his contract expires after one more album because it will mean he will be competing directly with the label's boss.

He told MTV, ''How am I gonna re-sign with competition? I'm not a idiot. "I can't depend on that man to promote my record while he's somewhere writing rhymes. I'm LL Cool J. I ain't doing that, B.''

It has to be noted that in October, LL again blamed Jay-Z for failing to market his album ''Todd Smith'' properly. Guess all is not well in that camp.

In other Def Jam news,Foxy Brown's woes continue as this time she is dismissed on a recent interview with Power 105 in the States.

Rapper Foxy Brown tried to direct the flow of questioning during her interview at the radio station and was given the boot for her efforts.

According to the New York Post, the Brooklyn artist refused to answer questions surrounding her rumored dismissal from Def Jam, or that label president Jay-Z had been frustrated over her lack of productivity.

"What people don't know is that I initiated Def Jam ... they could never drop me. I am a multi-platinum artist," she reportedly snapped.

We believe you, Foxy.

Fashion: What Were They Wearing?

Beyonce & Jay-Z pictured on the weekend at a Birthday Party for NFL football player Larry Johnson pictured here on the left of the picture. From army fatigues, to bandanas, to the wrong tone stockings with dodgy heels...the look on Larry's face says it all. Hey I thought Halloween was last month?!
What's with the make up?

Hot Live Performance: Lupe Fiasco & Jill Scott

Hot newcomer Lupe Fiasco and Jill Scott performing the track 'Daydream'on the David Letterman Show broadcast last week. Hip hop is made of perfomances like these.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Who Gave Him a Record Deal?

Flavor Flav - Hollywood
I am a big fan of old school hip hop and a very big fan of Public Enemy, their whole movement and everything they stood for. Now, given his recent foray into the whole sad world of reality televison, can anyone honestly ever really take Flavor Flav seriously? Can anyone ever seriously walk into a record shop ignore all the good music out there and head straight for his album, let alone listen to it? Hey, I could be very wrong, for his sake i sincerely hope I am, but for me...this is one to avoid. Leave your comments let me know what ya'll think.

2pac New Video: Pac's Life

This video had its world premier on BET on Thursday. Now I ain't such a huge fan of Ashanti but she looks kinda hot on this video.

Nas: 'Hip Hop Is Dead' Album Cover

This is the cover art to Nas' upcoming album with Def Jam 'Hip Hop Is Dead' out on Dec 19

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

One of the reasons that make me proud to a man. Nicole from PCD. Happy Thanksgiving ya'll!

Nas & Jay-Z: Hip Hop Is Dead

Nas & Jay-Z perform on a special edition of 106 & Park on BET.

Throwback of the Week: Intro: 'Love Thang'

The trio INTRO (short for Innovative New Talent Reaching Out) sprang into prominence back in 1993. Their self-titled debut album spawned the hits 'Love Thang','Let Me Be The One','Why Don't You Love Me' and the daring 'Come Inside' Their rendition of Stevie Wonder's 'Ribbon in the Sky' is still memorable to many.

Intro's debut album was by far more accomplished and stood far ahead of many of the other R&B groups, like H-Town, Shai, Portrait and Silk which debuted at around the same time.

After dropping their second album 'New Life' the trio split however the group's lead Kenny Greene continued to enjoy success penning songs for artists like Mary J. Blige ('Reminisce' and 'Love No Limit'), Madonna(most of the Bedtime Stories album) and Soul for Real '(Thinking of You' and 'If Only You Knew'). Kenny later died in October 2001

Heres the video to 'Love Thang' for all the 90s cats.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

34 Annual American Music Awards


Favorite Male Artist: Jamie Foxx
Favorite Female Artist: Mary J. Blige
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Album The Breakthrough - Mary J. Blige

Favorite Male Artist: Eminem
Favorite Band, Duo or Group:Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Album: Monkey Business - Black Eyed Peas

Favorite Artist: Kirk Franklin


Favorite Artist:Kelly Clarkson

Favorite Male Artist: Sean Paul (go fugure)
Favorite Female Artist:Kelly Clarkson
Favorite Band, Duo or Group: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite Album: All the Right Reasons - Nickelback

Favorite Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite Artist: Shakira
The Show
Lionel Richie Nelly Furtado
Snoop Dogg
Kirk Frankilin
Jay-ZNichole Richie actually looked...well..nice.
Mary looked amazing What the.... Flavor Flav stuns host Jimmy Kimmel

34th Annual American Music Awards

On the Red Carpet

The Game & Akon Top US Album Charts

The Game and Akon's albums 'Doctor's Advocate' & 'Konvicted' have debuted the US album charts at #1 and #2 respectively shifting well over 250 000 units each.

Janet Mile High On Tyra

Janet Jackson was on the Tyra Banks Show recently where she exclusively revealed amongst other things that she's gotten busy aboard a commercial plane....and we're not talking in the toilet cubicles here either!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Hot New Movie Trailers:'De Ja Vu' & 'Daddy's Little Girls'

The drama stars Denzel Washington as an FBI agent who, upon discovering that a woman he loves (Paula Patton)was among the victims of a ferry terrorist attack, travels back in time. A brilliant action packed thriller, but what else do you expect from a Denzel Washington movie. In theatres in the States tomorrow Nov 22 and in the UK Dec 15. Check it out.

In theatres on Valentines Day next year but well worth the wait. Gabrielle Union plays a very successful lawyer who falls in love with a financially challenged (ie broke) mechanic and father of three (Idris Elba) that she is representing. Also starring Malinda Williams (Soul Food), Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends)and Terri J Vaughn (who played Lovita in the Steve Harvey Show).

The Roc is in the bulding???

Denzel Washington and Jay-Z earlier at the taping of 106 & Park. I'm not so sure about him pulling the Roc sign though.

Jay-Z vs Snoop Dogg

In the red corner...Jay-Z with 'Kingdom Come' and in the blue corner Snoop Doog with 'The Blue Carpet Treatment'. As the two hip hop super heavyweights champs release their albums in the States today, who will win the battle? Whose album will outsell the other? Leave your comments.

Tyrese: One

Definitely for the ladies. Tyrese at his very best on this brilliant single, the first from his brand new double CD album 'Alter Ego'.The video is amazing. Check out cameos from Meagan Goode and Ray-J.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Things that make you go Mmmmm....

Eric Benet and Blu Cantrell spotted over the weekend at the Day and Night Party in Hollywood
Also spotted with Vivica A Fox. Mmmmmmmmm?

Sunday, November 19, 2006

UK Album Releases: 20/11/2006

Here's a few essential releases dropping tomorrow.

2pac-Pac's Life
Incredibly this is Pac's 6th posthumous album and commemmorates the 10th anniversary of the legend's death. The album contains the hot track 'Pac's Life' featuring Ashanti and T.I. as well as collabos with Bone Thugs,Keisha Cole, Lil Scrappy and many many more.

Nathan- Masterpiece
I have no idea why this album took so long to drop. I mean the two singles 'Come Into My Room' and 'Round and Round' did the rounds and generated heat from as early as last year. A fantastic album from this young UK artiste and very well worth the wait. A definite must have for your record collection.

Akon- Konvicted
The eagerly anticipated sophomore album from Akon. Contains the hit single 'Smack That' featuring Eminem, the follow up 'I Wanna Love You' featuring Snoop Dogg and the very powerful 'Africa'. A very strong follow up to his 2003 multi-platnum debut 'Trouble'

Other albums dropping tomorrow:-

Tamia- Between Friends

Fat Joe- Me, Myself & I

Jibbs- Jibbs Feat Jibbs