Weekend News -x- Rap-A-Lot 25th Anniversary Box Set -x-TIME & Rolling Stone’s Top Albums of 2011 -x- Nicki & Madonna Kiss -x- 50 Cent Workout Book & MORE!


RAP-A-LOT RECORDS 25TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET

In case you haven’t heard already, Rap-A-Lot Records will release a limited edition box set to celebrate and honor its 25th anniversary. Fans can expect two of the three discs to include songs from the Rap-A-Lot catalogue and interviews, while the final disc will hold covers of classic Rap-A-Lot tunes. The project will include contributions from Drake, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Young Jeezy, Big K.R.I.T., Yo Gotti, Trey Songz, Rick Ross, T.I. and more. Be sure to purchase on December 26th exclusively via Best Buy.

JAY-Z TO PERFORM AT CARNEGIE HALL

RapRadar.com reports Jay-Z has announced that he will be performing two shows inside New York City’s Carnegie Hall on February 6th and 7th. He wrote on his official blog, “It’s every artists dream to play a venue as legendary as Carnegie Hall. The fact that I can use the arts and my talent to benefit the education of the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs, and great thinkers makes for a legendary night. I’m proud to be a part of the continuing work of United Way of New York City and expanding the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.” While few tickets are being sold privately today (12/12), the general public will be able to purchase passes on January 30th at 11 AM.

LIL KIM UPDATES FANS ON UPCOMING PROJECTS

Wanna know what Lil Kim has been up to lately? Aside from putting out random diss tracks against Nicki Minaj, the fem-cee is currently working on a college tour. According to Rap-Up.com, the rap diva is reportedly working with Timbaland, Rockwilder, and Wyclef Jean for the follow-up to 2005’s The Naked Truth. Fans can expect Kimmie to announce her new label deal at the beginning of 2012.

BG PLEADS GUILTY TO GUN CHARGES!

Things are not looking for BG. The rapper recently appeared in a Louisiana U-S District Court to plead guilty for gun and obstruction charges. He is reportedly facing up to 40 years in prison if convicted! Head over to RapRadar.com for more.

· As previously reported BG was arrested with two other men and are said to have had three firearms in their possession.

T.I. TALKS REALITY SHOW AND KEEPING BEDROOM PRIVATE

If you haven’t gotten the chance to check out T.I.’s new reality show, you are really missing out. The rapper allows viewers to really understand what his life is like and trying to find balance between work and his personal life. However, when it comes to keeping some sort of privacy with his wife, he says the cameras were only allowed in their bedroom for specific reasons. Episodes of T.I. & Tiny – Family Hustle air on VH1.

NICKI MINAJ AND MADONNA KISS ON VIDEO SET?

We recently confirmed that Nicki Minaj joined forces with Madonna on a record called “Give Me All Your Love.” While shooing the visual for the M.I.A.-assisted song, Nicki tweeted that she actually locked lips with Madge. She wrote on Twitter, “In the presence of greatness. MADONNA. OH MY f’ingggg Gahhhh!!!!! MADONNA jus kissed me!!!!! On the lips!!!!!!! It felt sooooo good. Soooo soft!!!! *passes out* aaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!” The fem-cee adds that we’ll be able to witness the kiss when the upcoming music video debuts soon. We’ll keep you posted.

50 CENT READIES WORKOUT BOOK

In addition to working on his upcoming album, 50 Cent has announced plans to write his first fitness book called Formula 50: A 6-Week Total Body Transformation Plan. According to a press release, Curtis said in a statement, “I had a strong desire to write this book because is very important to me to help people make positive changes and take charge of their overall health. FORMULA 50 is a radical six week mind-body transformation plan geared to help readers develop mental toughness to achieve optimum results while offering a nutrition component.” Its gonna be a while until you can get Formula 50 as it’s scheduled for release in January 2013 via Avery Books.

TIME, ROLLING STONE NAME BEST ALBUMS OF 2011

With only 18 days left in December, the editors at TIME and Rolling Stone have just released their picks for the best albums of 2011. From a hip hop stance, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s historic joint LP Watch the Throne appears on both lists and surprisingly, Frank Ocean’s Nostalgia, Ultra was also made the cut. Here’s who else had great projects this year:

TIME’s Top 10 Albums of 2011

1. Adele, 21

2. Florence and the Machine, Ceremonials

3. Kanye West and Jay-Z, Watch the Throne

4. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake

5. Frank Ocean, Nostalgia, Ultra

6. tUnE-yArDs, W h o k i l l

7. Caitlin Rose, Own Side Now

8. The Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Part II

9. Civil Wars, Barton Hollow

10. Black Keys, El Camino

Rolling Stone’s Best Albums of 2011

1. Adele, 21

2. Kanye West and Jay-Z, Watch the Throne

3. Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What

4. Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues

5. Radiohead, The King of Limbs

6. Lady Gaga, Born This Way

7. The Decemberists, The King Is Dead

8. Wilco, The Whole Love

9. Wild Flag, Wild Flag

10. Robbie Robertson, How to Become Clairvoyant

ROBIN THICKE’S PROJECTED ALBUM SALES

HitsDailyDouble.com has released the projected album sales for Robin Thicke’s latest album, Love After War. The disc, which only includes one guest feature from Lil Wayne, is on pace to sell somewhere between 30 to 35-thousand copies during its first week on the chart. Elsewhere, The Roots latest album, Undun, is estimated to also sell between 30 to 35-thousand units while T-Pain’s rEVOLVEr will more than likely only pull in 25 to 28-thousand. Slow sales week indeed.

E-40 TO DROP THREE ALBUMS ON SAME DAY

According to XXLMag.com, E-40 has decided to treat his fans by releasing three albums simultaneously on the same day next year. That’s right, the projects, The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1, The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 2 and The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 3, are scheduled to hit stores and iTunes in March 2012. Wondering how he’s able to pull this off? The rapper explained, “I have my own label, ain’t no liaison, no middle man. I have my own distribution. I’m not signed as no artist. I got a P&D deal which is a lovely situation.” There you have it.

WILL.I.AM JOINS U-K VERSION OF THE VOICE

Will.i.am will join the U-K version of The Voice. The Black Eyed Peas frontman will be a vocal coach on the U-K version of the show along with Jessie J, The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue and Tom Jones. The show will kick off in January.

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