USHER TALKS “HOT TOTTIE” SONG
Usher’s “Hot Tottie” record featuring Jay-Z and Ester Dean is an undeniable hit. We recently sat down with Mr. Raymond to get more information on how the song came together and why he initially wanted Hova to spit a verse . The cut sits at the number 14 spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart. Be sure to get the crooner’s latest Versus album, which is in stores now.
* In case you didn’t know, “Hot Toddy” is actually a name
given to a mixed drink, one that usually includes alcohol and is always
WYCLEF HOSPITALIZED FOR STRESS?
BallerStatus.com has learned Wyclef Jean was reportedly hospitalized for
stress and fatigue. The Fugees member voluntarily checked himself into a New
Jersey hospital and his rep says the musician will remain there for part of
the week. The news comes after Jean was not permitted to run for president
of Haiti due to residency requirements.
DR. DRE SCRAPS DETOX LEAKS
Dr. Dre has decided to axe any unauthorized leaks from his long-delayed Detox album, including the rumored lead single, “Under Pressure” featuring Jay-Z. During an interview at Yankee Stadium for Eminem and Hova’s concert,
the producer confirmed, “There’s no leaks that came out that’s gonna be on the record.” He added, “I got hard new sh**, had a little bit of leak in my security and what have you, but I got new sh** coming and trust me…y’all
n****s gonna love this s**t.”
J. COLE READIES COLLEGE TOUR
According to XXLMag.com, newcomer J. Cole is scheduled to headline his first
North America college tour. The emcee, who recently opened for Jay-Z and
Eminem at Yankee Stadium, is expected to kick off the 35-city trek at
Alabama’s A&M University on Friday. The rapper will hit campuses in
Virginia, California, Arizona and his home state of North Carolina before
wrapping on December 5th at New York City’s Highline Ballroom. Visit
JColeMusic.com to view the complete list of dates now.
* Before he officially blew up, Drake also embarked on
a college tour for his popular So Far Gone mixtape. Do you think J. Cole
will ever experience the same success as Drizzy?
KANYE TO PRODUCE JOHN LEGEND’S NEXT LP
Just days after releasing his joint Wake Up! project with The Roots, John
Legend revealed to Billboard magazine that he’s already “started [recording]
the next solo album.” The crooner added that Kanye West will serve as the
co-executive producer for Legend’s upcoming fourth disc. In addition, John
spilled he’s “also worked on Kanye’s album a little bit, on the ‘POWER’
remix and other stuff. But God only knows what Kanye is actually going to
put on the album and what’s going to be on the other five-song album he’s
* There is no confirmed release date for the singer’s fourth studio
effort at this time.
* Kanye’s Dark Twisted Fantasy is reportedly due to be released on
50 CENT NAMES FEATURES ON LLOYD BANKS’ LP
50 Cent took to his Twitter account to give new updates on Lloyd Banks’ upcoming Hunger For More 2 album. The mogul tweeted that the disc will include contributions and guest spots from Eminem, Kanye West, Styles P,
Ryan Leslie, Swizz Beatz, Jermih, Raekwon, Tony Yayo and Chris Brown. 50 added that he’s also on the project, promising fans that “HFM2 is gonna be crazy!” You will be able to grab the LP on November 23rd.
GUCCI DROPS THE APPEAL, PRAISES WAKA FLOCKA
While promoting his album The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted, Gucci Mane
recently told us that he’s so proud of his artist, Waka Flocka Flame. Flame’s single, “No Hands” featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, is currently the number 18 song on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart. Gucci spoke about it. The Drumma Boy-produced cut is off Waka’s upcoming debut album, Flockaveli, which will be released on October 5th. In related
news, fans can now purchase Gucci’s The Appeal, which includes “Gucci Time” produced by Swizz Beatz. It’s in stores and online now.
KANYE AND JAY-Z JOINT ALBUM COMING SOON!
In addition to completing Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West is working on a
joint album with Jay-Z. The multi-tasker announced that his project with
Hova is titled Watch The Throne and will arrive early next year.
BallerStatus.com reports fans will be able to purchase a five-song EP from
the moguls on November 23rd via Def Jam as well as Ye’s highly anticipated
Dark Twisted Fantasy effort on November 16th.
* The rappers have previously created hit records
together in the past, but do you think their upcoming joint album will stand
out as a hip hop classic?
MARIAH FALLS DURING CONCERT
Rap-Up.com has learned Mariah Carey took a spill during a Saturday night
performance at LG Live’s 2010 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix. The
songbird fell while singing “Make It Happen,” only to jump back up and tell
the crowd: “I did that on purpose!” If that wasn’t enough, Mi Mi then spoke
over the song and requested her assistant take off her ten-thousand dollar
heels for her. She concluded the rest of the concert barefoot!
JEREMIH DROPS ALL ABOUT YOU
If you enjoy Jeremih’s new single “I Like” featuring Ludacris, then you’re
going to love his latest album, All About You. The “Birthday Sex” singer
told us that he’s so humbled by the response he’s gotten from the song, even
if people still mistake him for other artists. “I Like”
sits at the number 28 spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart. You can
pick up All About You today.
* Jeremih told SingersRoom.com that he’s single and ready to mingle.
He’s “looking for someone that will hold me down. Someone that can be my
best friend before anything else. Obviously you can’t just be looking for
someone with a good mind and spirit when all you are looking at is the
physical. So I like beautiful women. I don’t think I have a type, I think
anyone can fall in love anyone. I don’t think anyone has a type. A woman
that has a good heart and that can hold me down would be my pick.”
KID CUDI PLEAS GUILTY FOR POSSESSION
TMZ reports Kid Cudi recently pled guilty to “criminal possession of acontrolled substance.” The rapper, who is currently working on his sophomore album, only faces two days of community service for the misdemeanor charge.
However, Scott will need to steer clear of any further violations for the next six months.
* Back in June, authorities found the unspecified substance on the
rapper when he got into an argument with an unnamed woman.
AKON GRABS RICK ROSS FOR NEW SONG
We’ve just learned Akon has leaked a new song from his upcoming album,
Akonic. The singer recruited Rick Ross on a track called “Give It To Em,”
which is believe to be the lead single. Fans can expect Akonic to arrive in
stores on November 23rd.
Click HERE to hear “Give It To Em”
RICK ROSS GOES “BOOM” IN NIKE AD
In case you missed it, Rick Ross recently appeared in the new “Nike: Boom”
commercial. In the clip, the Miami rapper enters a jewelry store to
purchasing a huge double-headed customized chain. The diamond studded-bling
prompts the emcee to say “Boom,” which is then followed by a series of
professional athletes repeating him.
JAZMINE SULLIVAN GIVES “10 SECONDS”
Rap-Up.com reports Jazmine Sullivan has released a new single called “10
Seconds.” The Salaam Remi-produced cut will be included on the soulful
singer’s highly anticipated sophomore album, Love Me Back. Led by her
current smash, “Holding You Down (Goin In Circles),” you will be able to
purchase the disc when it lands on November 2nd.
Click HERE to her “10 Seconds”
A new video featuring the music of Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake,
Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Gnarls Barkely and others has created a buzz on
the Internet. The brilliant 16-song mash-up was created by Norwegian
Recycling and also features clips from songs by Survivor, Taylor Swift,
Jason Derulo, Leona Lewis, Lady Gaga and more.
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SISTERELLA COMING BACK TO L-A
Sisterella, Larry Hart’s version of Cinderella, is the only musical project ever financed, executive produced or presented by Michael Jackson that was not something he created. The show played in L-A 14 years ago and now comes news that it will be back. An updated version of the production will open in L-A in the spring of 2011. No word on the cast or premiere dates yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
MADONNA TO EXPAND MATERIAL GIRL LINE
Madonna’s new fashion line, Material Girl, started as a fashion line for
juniors, but it seems that there are already talks about expanding the
brand. According to PerezHilton.com, the CFO of Iconix Brand, the company
behind the line, said that they want Material Girl to branch out into
“additional categories,” including “swim and intimates,” as well as a “full