MTV Brings Back Yo! MTV Raps -x- Diddy Launching Cable Network -x- Mary J Disappointed with Oscars -x- Birdman Bets $5 Mill on Super Bowl -x- Whitney Houston Broke? -x- Updated Release Dates for 2012 -x- MTV Music News


MTV BRINGS BACK YO! MTV RAPS

We recently learned MTV has announced plans to honor hip hop’s past by airing a special called MTV2 Presents: Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts. Hosted by Sway Calloway, the 30-minute retrospective will reportedly include classic hip hop that will take viewers back to the golden era of the genre. Be sure to tune in Sunday, February 19th at 10 PM.

On the same night, MTV will also air the Sucker Free Countdown, which will list five Sucker Free Certified rappers. Tune in to that at 11 PM.

DIDDY TO LAUNCH A CABLE NETWORK?

According to Rap-Up.com, Diddy is looking to expand his entrepreneurship by launching a new cable music network called Revolt. The mogul, along with former MTV programming chief Andy Schuon, are reportedly negotiating a deal with Comcast and Time Warner. If all goes as planned, the network will be up and running by December 12th, 2012.

MARY J BLIGE REACTS TO OSCAR SNUB

When we first heard Mary J Blige contributed “The Living Proof” to the soundtrack for The Help, we assumed she would be nominated for Best Original Song at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. She expressed her disappointment on Twitter and wrote, “I’m so thankful for true fans like you all. It saddens me & feels like the Academy is being mean. 2 only nominate 2 of the 5 slots is…….” In related news, the flick was recognized in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

DMX TO ISSUE TWO NEW ALBUMS IN 2012

According to HipHop-N-More.com, DMX will technically release two new albums this year. While the rapper is still working on his much-talked-about comeback project, Seven Arts Entertainment Inc. has announced that it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire industry veteran David Michery’s music assets. Confused? Well, the assets include two full albums by DMX, which contain previously unreleased music. Fans can expect the first disc, Undisputed, to arrive this March.

DMX is the only artist in the history of The Billboard 200 to reach number one with his first five albums.

BIRDMAN BETS 5 MILLION ON SUPER BOWL GAME

When you got money to blow, you’re able to do the unthinkable. Birdman recently tweeted that he’s placed a huge bet on the New England Patriots taking down the New York Giants at the upcoming Super Bowl game. While he bet one million last year, he’s upped the ante by betting five-million dollars. We’ll see who wins when Super Bowl 46 is played on Sunday, February 5th on NBC.

Baby revealed that Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is his nephew.

WHITNEY HOUSTON IS ALLEGEDLY BROKE?

There’s speculation going around that Whitey Houston has blown through her millions. A source told RadarOnline.com, “Whitney’s fortune is gone. Music industry heavy hitters are supporting her and her label is fronting her cash against her next album, but no one knows when that will be released.” The insider described that Houston is “broke as a joke,” however the singer just shot the remake of Sparkle and is vying to reprise her role in the film adaptation of Getting To Happy, which is a follow-up to Waiting To Exhale. Whitney is yet to confirm or deny the allegations. We’ll keep you posted.

Do you think she pays alimony to her ex-husband, Bobby Brown?

DAVID BANNER GIVES REVIEW FOR RED TAILS

Everyone seems to have an opinion about Ne-Yo’s latest film, Red Tails. We recently learned that David Banner wrote a lengthy review of the action flick at BlackEnterprise.com. Here’s an excerpt of how the rapper began his piece:

“There’s much that can be said about and learned from the recently released George Lucas film, Red Tails. First and foremost, this is a movie that MUST be supported. Whether you show your support for the long overdue story of the Tuskegee Airmen, for the mostly Black cast, or for the tremendous efforts of Lucas himself in bringing this story to light, once again this is a movie that needs to be supported. There are however some critiques that can and should be made about the movie, but in the end, the success of Red Tails has far-reaching implications that will reverberate through and potentially alter the course of Black filmmaking.”

http://www.blackenterprise.com/2012/01/23/david-banner-reviews-george-lucas-red-tails/

MONICA COMPLETES NEW LIFE ALBUM

Finally! Monica has announced that her long-awaited album, New Life, is officially complete. She wrote on Twitter, “Headed to the studio. Album will be turned in Friday NO MORE changes.” Led by her singles “Anything (To Find You)” and “Until It’s Gone,” the disc will be available for purchase on March 6th.

As previously reported, her project will include her first duet with Brandy in 14 years.

AND…

BRANDY SAYS THIS IS HER LAST SHOT TO “GET IT RIGHT”

Following the commercial disappointment of 2008’s Human, Brandy is well aware of the pressure riding on her upcoming album. SingersRoom.com reports B-Rock feels her next effort is her “last chance to get it right.” She explained, “It’s really hard to follow up a Never Say Never and a Full Moon. Since this is 2012, I just want to make sure I put in the best work and the best album. I can’t come off of an unsuccessful album and do that again. I can’t do that. That’s why things are taking forever and I’m really trying to get everything right.” In related news, Brandy’s album will be released via RCA/Chameleon later this year.

KID CUDI ADDRESSES AUSTRALIA INCIDENT

You may have heard that Kid Cudi went on a rampage at The Heatwave festival in Australia. The rapper recently took to his blog to explain why he acted the way he did and how he plans to do it again if his set is ever cut short again. Here’s the full statement:

“If my set is EVER cut short at any show, I’m trashing the stage. Not out of anger, it takes a lot to get me furious nowadays, but out of principle. The fans always deserve a full set at all shows, especially when they spend their hard earned money on expensive tickets. A lot of artist wouldn’t do what I did in Australia, but I will. Spread the word. No matter the circumstance, cut my set short, I’m breaking sh**. And next time I’m startin a riot. Me and my fans. Cause promoters will sometime take advantage of the artists, and u gotta let em know what time it is. Cutting nobody any slack.” — Rager

ADELE REMEMBERS ETTA JAMES

Adele took to her blog to remember late singer Etta James. She wrote that James was “the ultimate original” and called her voice “breath taking.” She added that she saw her perform in New York City a few years ago and that is something she “will remember forever.”

“What a lady Etta James was. She was the ultimate original. Her voice was breath taking and her songs are reflections we all recognize in some way or another. It’s an honor every time I hear her voice. I saw her at BB Kings in New York a few years ago, and it was something I will remember forever. Thank you to Etta James. And I send all my love to her family and friends. xxx.”

CYPRESS HILL TO RELEASE DUBSTEP EP

Cypress Hill say that they will be releasing a dubstep five-track EP this spring. The rap group has collaborated with dubstep DJ Rusko on the project, which is titled Cypress X Rusko, and plan on putting out the new material in April.

UPDATED ALBUM RELEASE DATES FOR 2012

It’s a known fact that album release dates in hip hop rarely stick. So we’ve compiled a list of dates for projects, like Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which has been delayed. Take a look:

January 24

40 Glocc – New World Agenda

January 31

K’Naan – More Beautiful Than Silence

February 14

Various Artists (John Legend, The Roots, Wyclef, etc.) – Soundtrack For a Revolution

February 20

Yelawolf – Radioactive (Deluxe Edition)

February 21

Joe Budden – Mood Muzik Box Set

Monica – New Life

February 28

Ja Rule – Pain Is Love 2

Estelle – All Of Me

Kid CuDi & Dot Da Genius – WZRD

Maino – Day After Tomorrow

March 13

B.o.B. – Strange Clouds

March 20

Odd Future – OF Tape Vol. 2

April 3

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

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