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TUPAC’S 40TH B-DAY CELEBRATIONS NEXT MONTH

We’ve just learned a lot is going into the planning of what would have been Tupac’s 40th birthday party. The late rapper’s mother, Afeni Shakur, has invited artists including Erykah Badu, Bun B., 8 Ball, MJG, Too $hort and DJ Drama to appear during the celebration, which will be hosted by comedian Mike Epps. The event will take place on June 16th at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in ATL.

· Badu said in a statement, “I am greatly honored to have been invited by Afeni Shakur to celebrate her son’s 40th birthday. I do not take this honor for granted.

· Mike Epps said in a statement, “I’m looking forward to another year of preserving Tupac’s legacy by celebrating his life with his fans and furthering his causes by supporting his organization.”

MARY J FEELS NO PRESSURE FOR NEXT ALBUM

Mary J Blige is hard at work on her next studio album, titled My Life II, The Journey Continues. The Queen of Hip Hop Soul says she feels no pressure when it comes to creating a platinum-selling disc. Fans can expect the disc to arrive on September 20th.

· The lead offering from Mary’s tenth studio album is called “Someone to Love Me (Naked)” featuring Lil Wayne. So far, the disc has already received contributions from Danja, Kanye West, Stargate and Swizz Beatz.

NEW PERFORMERS ADDED TO MTV MOVIE AWARDS

We’ve just learned the Foo Fighters are confirmed to perform their new single, “Walk,” during the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. Previously confirmed performers include Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz, who will play together for the first time. The news comes as the first batch of presenters for the show has also been announced and includes Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Nicki Minaj, Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Selena Gomez, Emma Stone, Cameron Diaz, Leighton Meester, Shia LaBeouf, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Duhamel. Be sure to tune in when the Jason Sudeikis-hosted event broadcasts live on Sunday, June 5th at 9 PM Eastern.

RICK ROSS: “SELF MADE IS JUST A SPRING BOARD”

Rick Ross and The Maybach Music crew have just unleashed the first installment of their compilation album, Self Made. The effort includes contributions from Drake, Jeremih, Teedra Moses, Cyhi Da Prince, Curren$y, Jadakiss and J. Cole as well as productions from Just Blaze and Lex Luger. Be sure to get your copy today!

YOUNG JEEZY ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE

Just days after tweeting about completing his oft-delayed album, Thug Motivation 103, Young Jeezy has selected a launch date for the much anticipated project. Led by the first single, “Ballin’” featuring Lil Wayne, the project will hit stores on July 26th. Be sure to keep following the Snowman on Twitter for further updates!

· So far, Travis Barker and Drumma Boy have contributed to the first track on the disc.

· The release date is the same as his debut, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAXWELL!!

Maxwell is turning 38 years old today (5/23). The crooner must feel good knowing that his latest album, BLACKsummers’night, was not only well received but won two GRAMMY Awards. We’ll keep you posted with further updates.

· The singer recently taped his first showcase of Vh1 Storytellers in New York City. He later tweeted about the experience, writing, “Still buzzed about the Vh1 show! Honored immensely by the outpour of booty shakin’ up in the house…thanks for giving a damn.”

· On June 24th, Maxwell performed a live rendition of Al Green’s classic song, “Simply Beautiful,” at the 2008 BET Awards.

DRAKE LEAKS NEW BUZZ SONG!

To get fans more excited about his forthcoming sophomore album, Take Care, Drake has issued a buzz track called “Dreams Money Can Buy.” The Toronto native wrote on his official blog, “A song that I felt the need to share. Not my single. Just a piece of my story. Hear me out though…” Visit OctobersVeryOwn.com to check it out today.

· The Noah “40” Shebib-produced cut reportedly samples Jai Paul’s “BTSTU.”

· Click HERE to hear it!

JADAKISS DROPS HIS NEW ALBUM TOMORROW!

It’s only a matter of hours until Jadakiss releases his new project, I Love You (A Dedication to My Fans): The Mixtape. The project, which includes guest spots from Trae Tha Truth, Rick Ross, Styles P and Teyana Taylor, will be available tomorrow.

DIDDY CHANGES HIS NAME TO SWAG?

Diddy has a thing for changing his stage name. The mogul uploaded a video to announce that he’s changed his moniker to “Swag” and even switched his Twitter name from @iamdiddy to @iamswag. Fortunately, this is only temporary as Puff plans to change it back by the end of the week.

· In the past, he’s been named Puff, Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy and King Combs.

· Lil B told XXLMag.com, “Diddy is my family and we finna get in the studio! I’mma have the first feature from Swag.”

NEW BOYZ DISCUSS PRESSURE OF MAKING MORE HITS

While promoting their latest album, Too Cool To Care, Legacy from New Boyz told us that the rap duo is aware that a lot of people assumed they’d be a one-hit-wonder. Now that they’ve recorded another smash single, the young rapper says that the haters only make them work harder. Their new single, “Backseat” featuring Dev, claims the number 17 spot on Billboard’s Pop chart. Too Cool To Care is in stores now.

XXL MAG NAMES TOP GREATEST 90’S RAP SONGS

MTV.com reports XXL Magazine has a lot of people commenting on the Top 250 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of the ‘90s list. So who came in at number one? Dr. Dre’s “Nothin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” featuring Snoop Dogg took the top spot while Diddy’s “It’s All About the Benjamin’s” claimed second. Other songs that made the cut includes 2Pac’s “California Love,” The Lox’s “Money, Power & Respect” and MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”

CHRIS BROWN LEAKS NEW VIDEO!

In case you missed it, Chris Brown released the video for his new single, “Should’ve Kissed You.” The cut is off his latest album, F.A.M.E., which has already reached certified gold status. Fans can expect Brown to soon issue the visual for “Next 2 You” featuring Justin Bieber.

· Breezy has shot more than six videos for F.A.M.E.

· TIDBIT: In other music video news, Keri Hilson has also released the visual to her new single, “Lose Control” featuring Nelly.

PITBULL’S PLANET PIT TRACKLISTING

Pitbull released the track listing for Planet Pit, which will arrive in stores next month. The album features his hit songs “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)” featuring T-Pain and “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer. Chris Brown, Enrique Iglesias, Sean Paul, Marc Anthony, Kelly Rowalnd and Red Foo from LMFAO all appear on the effort. Pitbull’s sixth album, Planet Pit, will arrive on June 21st.

PLANET PIT TRACK LISTING:

1. Mr. Worldwide (Intro) (feat. Vein)

2. Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer)

3. Rain Over Me (feat. Marc Anthony)

4. Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) (feat. T-Pain)

5. Pause

6. Come N Go (feat. Enrique Iglesias)

7. Shake Senora (feat. T-Pain & Sean Paul)

8. International Love (feat. Chris Brown)

9. Castle Made Of Sand (feat. Kelly Rowland & Jamie Drastik)

10. Took My Love (feat. Red Foo, Vein & David Rush)

11. Something For The DJs

GAGA RELEASES BORN THIS WAY!

Lady Gaga’s new album, Born This Way, is out now. The singer might celebrate by going to a club and having a ton of champagne, but she told us it is unlikely that will happen.

“I find it really hard to go out and just like have good time. I don’t go to night clubs, you don’t see pictures of me falling out of a club drunk. It’s because I usually go and a whiskey and a half into it I think ‘I gotta get back to work.’ That is my fear that the phone is ringing and my head is ringing, you know whether it’s a telephone or it’s just your thoughts in your own head, that’s another fear.”

Born This Way is available now in stores and digital retailers.

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