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DRAKE WON’T RESPOND TO COMMON ANYMORE
Sometimes, when you’re in the middle of a rap feud, it’s just best to keep quiet. And that’s exactly what Drake plans to do when it comes to the one-sided beef that’s brewing between him and Common. Drizzy told NahRight.com, “That situation is not a ‘hip-hop moment’ or a ‘battle for the sake of musical integrity’… it’s a ploy for attention around the release of an album.” As previously reported, the Chicago native has denied that the beef began due to Drake’s rumored fling with Common’s ex-girlfriend, Serena Williams.
DRAKE, RIHANNA TO HEADLINE FESTIVAL IN LONDON
According to Rap-Up.com, Drake and Rihanna are hooking up again. No, not like that. The entertainers are scheduled to team up at this summer’s Barclaycard Wireless Festival in the U-K. Taking place at London’s Hyde Park, Drizzy is expected to take stage on July 7th while Ri Ri will close the festival on July 8th. If you’re interested, tickets go on sale this Friday (2/3) at 10 AM.
MIA CONFIRMS SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW PERFORMANCE
NME reports that MIA has confirmed she will be performing with Madonna during the Super Bowl halftime show. The rapper told BBC Radio 1 that she will be performing with Madge and Nicki Minaj, which has been speculated for weeks. Minaj and MIA are both featured on Madonna’s new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin.”
RICK ROSS SAYS DR DRE IS “INSPIRATIONAL”
In case you didn’t know, Rick Ross recently logged studio time with DJ Khaled and Dr Dre. While it’s unknown how many tracks Rozay recorded with the Dre, he told MTV News, “It was amazing. We had the opportunity to just first and foremost touch base like bosses. We went out, we had dinner, we just discussed ideas and that led to the studio.” We’re hoping whatever the duo recorded will either end up on Rick’s upcoming album, God Forgives, I Don’t, or the hitmaker’s long-awaited Detox LP.
ROMEO MILLER LANDS NEW ACTING ROLE
Romeo Miller has taken a break from music to expand his acting resume. After recently starring in Jumping The Broom, Master P’s son has reportedly landed a role in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection. The former Dancing With The Stars competitor will star as “Jake” in the upcoming comedy that also features John Amos, Denise Richards and Tom Arnold.
The flick marks Perry’s 14th movie in seven years.
2 CHAINz CONFIRMS SIGNING TO DEF JAM
During an interview with XXLMag.com, 2 Chainz announced that he has signed to Def Jam Recordings. The rapper, who was signed to Ludacris’ Disturbing tha Peace label, stated, “I just took another route as far as running my own company and bossing up. But on the other hand, I’m still working with him. He has an album coming out this year, as well. Matter of fact, we are label mates, now, which is crazy. So, yeah, that’ll be cool. I’m looking forward to that.” In addition, he plans to release two new projects in 2012.
MINDLESS BEHAVIOR PARTNERS WITH K-MART
Mindless Behavior are really starting to make a name for themselves. The R&B boy band have landed a merchandise deal with Kmart. The “Mrs. Right” group said in a statement, “We’re excited to partner with Kmart to bring some new MB swag to fans all across the U-S! We helped design all of the styles and hope all of our Mindless ladies love em!” Fans can expect the band to celebrate the launch by doing in store appearances and autograph signings starting today.
- For a list of cities, visit MindlessBehavior.com.
- They recently received their first NAACP Image Award nomination.
QUESTLOVE PAYS HOMAGE TO DON CORNELIUS
Following the news that Soul Train creator Don Cornelius died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, Questlove paid homage to the 75-year-old icon via OkayPlayer.com. Here’s The Roots’ drummer’s full post:
“Don Cornelius was my first non musical non celeb non blood related hero.
It’s amazing timing that my arrival on earth and his greatest creative manifestation came within 9 months of each other. both symbolizing a new hope for urban America. most won’t get it til now (especially now that he’s gone) but i pray that Don knew of the appreciation he had in all of us born after 1968. You people will have to forgive me…I’m just kinda writing from the heart….sporadic thoughts tears and snot are spilling out and whatnot. I’m certain dream and toure and nelson will do his legacy justice in print….i just felt the need to write something.”
TYRESE SHOOTS VIDEO FOR “NOTHING ON YOU”
According to his official fansite, Tyrese is gearing up to re-release his latest album, Open Invitation. To get fans more hyped about the deluxe version, the crooner has shot a visual to his new single, “Nothing On You,” which includes Chilli from TLC as his love interest. You can expect the clip to premiere on Valentine’s Day.
MOBB DEEP, NIPSEY HUSSLE ADDED TO SMOKEOUT FEST
Looks like the Cypress Hill Smokeout 2012 Festival has attracted an impressive roster of performers. We’ve just learned the full list of acts that are scheduled to perform, which include Mobb Deep, Wiz Khalifa, Curren$Y, Nipsey Hussle and many more. The event takes place on March 3rd at NOS Events Center in Southern California and tickets are available now via TicketFly.com.
Smokeout 2012 Line-up
Sublime with Rome
Low End Theory (Daddy Kev, Nobody, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, Nocando)
The Dirty Heads
PITBULL TO GET HONORED AT BMI AWARDS
AllHipHop.com reports that Pitbull is expected to be honored at the 19th annual BMI Awards. The rapper will be presented with the coveted BMI President Award, which recognizes “Pitbull’s genre bending style of music has allowed him to appeal to numerous fan bases, including Hip-Hop, Urban, Latin, Pop and European.” The ceremony will take place at Encore Wynn Theater in Las Vegas on March 30th.
- Previous recipients include Taylor Swift, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, and Willie Nelson.
DAVID GUETTA UNLEASHES NEW VIDEO WITH NICKI MINAJ!
David Guetta has released his new video for “Turn Me On,” featuring Nicki Minaj. In the clip, Guetta plays a mad scientist creating his very own Nicki Minaj from scrap parts. The clip opens on Guetta putting the final touches on his Minaj doll plans. As the song progresses, we see the plastic doll turn into a very human-looking Nicki Minaj. The video was shot late last year and directed by Sanji, who was previously at the helm of videos for Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Jesse McCartney and more. This is the second collabo for Guetta and Minaj. They also appeared together on his track, “Where Them Girls At.”
BIG NAMES SET TO HONOR McCARTNEY
On February 10th, just two days before the GRAMMYs, a huge group of diverse musicians will gather in L-A to pay tribute to the one and only Paul McCartney as he is honored as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year. The event will see performances by Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Tony Bennett, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, James Taylor, Norah Jones, Katy Perry and more. And of course, Paul will perform as well. Comedian Eddie Izzard will host the show, which recognizes Paul for his artistic achievements and philanthropic work. The event is sold-out and proceeds from it will go towards emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery programs for musicians.
- This is the 22nd years MusiCares honored a Person of the Year. Previous honorees include Elton John, Billy Joel, Bono, Paul Simon, Sting, Phil Collins and James Taylor.