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T.I. SAYS EMINEM HELPED WIRH HIS DRUG ADDICTION
According to Billboard.com, T.I. credits Eminem with helping him overcome his drug addiction. The rapper failed to admit his drug of choice but did reveal that his addiction began after he received medication for oral surgery. Tip stated, “I haven’t had a chance to speak to Em since I’ve been home,” He said. “I heard that while I was down, he was trying to get in contact with me, but I don’t know if the dots just didn’t connect. [Eminem] overcoming his own adversities, winning the battle against his own demons and continuing to break the mold and re-set the standard of what it means to be the most successful hip-hop artist in the game … I salute that to no end.”
SNEAK PEEK OF T.I.’S FAMILY REALITY SHOW
We’re all waiting patiently for T.I. to premiere his upcoming VH1 reality series, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle. In the lengthy teaser for the show, Tip returns home from his prison stint, balances being a dad to six kids and treats his wife to a romantic dinner. T.I. stated, “I got a million and one reasons to be out doing what I do professionally, but the most important thing to me in the world is family. I can’t make one single mistake. Family is priority number one.” Be sure to catch the series premiere on December 5th at 9 PM ET on VH1.
NEXT WATCH THE THRONE SINGLE ANNOUNCED
HipHop-N-More.com reports the next single off Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne LP will be The Neptunes-produced cut, “Gotta Have It.” Fans can expect the follow-up to “N***as In Paris” to officially impact radio December 6th. The rap duo is currently on their massive Watch The Throne tour. Here’s the remaining tour stops:
12-01 Chicago, IL – United Center
12-05 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
12-06 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
12-09 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
12-10 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
12-12 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
12-18 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
CHECK OUT ALBUM SNIPPETS FOR SNOOP, WIZ KHALIFA LP
Before Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa release the upcoming soundtrack to their stoner comedy Mac and Devin Go to High School, fans can stream lengthy snippets from the project. The disc, which includes collaborations from Juicy J, Mike Posner and Bruno Mars, will be available on December 13th and can be pre-ordered now via iTunes. Head over to Rap-Up.com to check out the 90-second previews or GET ALL 21 MINUTES BELOW!
· There is no release date for the actual film, Mac and Devin Go to High School.
LIL WAYNE, EMINEM PREP JOINT TOUR
According to his official Facebook page, Lil Wayne has announced that he plans to tour with Eminem after he wraps his I Am Still Music outing. Wayne has not revealed any dates for the highly anticipated trek with Slim Shady, but the duo is scheduled to touch down in Fiji, Australia and South Africa. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
· Are you excited for the tour? Would you travel overseas to see them perform?
DIDDY’S SON ACCEPTED INTO UCLA
According to RapRadar.com, Diddy is proud to announce that his eldest son, Justin Combs, has reportedly accepted a full scholarship to play football for UCLA. The mogul expressed his joy in the following statement, “As a parent, today is one of the proudest moments of my life. This is everything a father could want for his son, for him to excel at what he loves to do and is truly passionate about. Justin is a shining example of what hard work, determination and a strong mentality can achieve. I am honored to call him my son and am happy that he is fulfilling his dream.”
USHER AND EX WIFE FIGHT OVER CUSTODY
Things between Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, are not looking good. The mother of his two kids claims the crooner has failed to follow his legal obligations, when it comes to sharing joint custody of their sons. TMZ reports Tameka has filed documents requesting that a judge no longer allow Usher to have joint physical custody. In addition, she is seeking more money for child suppor,t since there’s allegedly been a “substantial change in [Usher’s] income” since they got divorced. We’ll keep you posted.
MARY J BLIGE TALKS BEYONCE DUET
During an interview with Billboard.com, Mary J. Blige spoke about her first time collaborating with Beyonce for her latest album, My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act I). On a record called “Love A Woman,” MJB explained how the duet came together. Since the track was originally recorded for Beyonce’s recent album, Mary explained, “She had her A&R people play the record for us. I’m sitting in the back thinking, ‘Is she really going to give me this record? That’s crazy! It’s amazing,’” Blige recalled. “I asked her A&R person and he said, ‘Yes, she wants you to have the record, but she wants to stay on it with you.’ I loved that idea and I’m thankful. I thank Beyoncé for the record.” Be sure to pick up My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act I), available in stores now.
ROBIN THICKE’S ALBUM SNIPPETS ARE AVAILABLE
Before Robin Thicke drops his highly anticipated album, Love After War, fans can now check out snippets from the fifth studio effort. The disc only has one guest feature, from Lil Wayne, and the 15-track project can be previewed via his official website or by clicking the image above. In addition, Love After War lands on December 6th.
· Robin dedicates “Lovely Lady” to his wife Paula Patton.
DAY26 LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE REALITY SHOW
In case you were wondering what’s going on with Day26 these days, the R&B group are rebuilding and working on new material. This after they parted ways with their former member, Que. In their new online series, you can watch Willie, Brian, Mike, and Robert start to record their upcoming album, titled A New Day, which will be released early next year. Head over to their official website to catch up on the band.
· The group is still signed with Atlantic Records, but they are no longer attached to Diddy’s Bad Boy imprint.
BIEBER NOT PERFORMING LIVE AT ROCKEFELLER!
Justin Bieber was rumored to be performing live at the Rockefeller Center lighting ceremony, but CBSLocal.com reports it will be a pre-taped performance. The ceremony is set on the same night President Barack Obama will be in town and the NYC Department of Transportation has issued gridlock and detour warnings.
DRAKE RESPONDS TO LUDACRIS’ DISS
The Ludacris dissing Drake and Big Sean story just won’t go away. In case you missed it, the rap vet took aim at the young stars on a recently released track called “Badaboom” for taking credit and stealing his “Supa Dupa” rap flow. For the first time, Drizzy has responded via Twitter and wrote, “@BigSean You already know. I wish they’d just let young n***as live…respect always.” The news comes just a week after Sean told media outlets that he has nothing against Luda and refers to him as a “legend.”
LIL WAYNE SAYS DRAKE’S ALBUM SALES DON’T MATTER
After Drake released his latest album, Take Care, all people seemed to care about was if the Young Money star would put up big first week numbers. Lil Wayne told MTV News why album sales are not that important. Weezy stated, “As far as expectations, we don’t have those around here. Expectations are a weakness in the music business because if you expect anything, 10 times out of 10 it’s not gonna happen, so we don’t have expectations around here.” He added that the entire team works “very hard and we expect people to respect our hard work and our effort.” Despite the disc being leaked, Take Care is on pace to sell over 700-thousand copies and debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
YOUNG JEEZY TALKS WORKING WITH JAY-Z, ANDRE 3000
During an interview with XXLMag.com, Young Jeezy revealed what it was like recording an album that includes guest features from Jay-Z and Andre 3000. The Snowman stated, “I grew up watchin’ these cats [so] to align myself with them to have a great record, to me, was showing that, ‘OK I’m here to stay.’ I’ma surround myself with some people that are legends ’cause that’s only gonna mean one thing, that when it’s all said and done, I’m gonna be a legend as well.” The track is lifted from Jeezy’s long-awaited album, TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition, which arrives on December 20th via Def Jam Recordings.
ROBIN THICKE ISSUES “LOVE AFTER WAR” VIDEO
For the second time, Paula Patton stars in a music video for her husband, Robin Thicke. The happily married couple flirts and teases each other in the visual for the singer’s new single, “Love After War.” You can check out the Hype Williams-directed video now via Robin’s official website.
· The first video Paula starred in was the ballad “Lost Without U.”
EMINEM INTERVIEWS YELAWOLF ON TWITTER
With Yelawolf recently issuing his debut album, Radioactive, Eminem actually interviewed the rap newcomer about his Shady Records release on Twitter. Marshall asked how he came up with the title and Yela responded with, “It’s the fall out to my journey so far. The #Radioactive material that came after the war and the uphill battle to get here. My science experiment gone right.” The rappers talked about favorite superheroes, favorites tracks from the album and more. Visit HipHop-N-More.com to read the full interview now.
CHECK OUT T.I.’S NEW SONG “PYRO”
T.I. recently announced that his next studio album will be titled Trouble Man. To get fans excited about the project, Tip just released the first single, which is called “Pyro.” He told Billboard.com, “‘Pyro’ is a straight party record. It’s nostalgic of those crazy nights, early mornings [but] just turned up.” Check it out now:
· This marks the rapper’s eighth studio album.
NICKI MINAJ EYES EARLY 2012 RELEASE
During an interview with Billboard.com, Birdman spilled new details on when fans can expect to hear Nicki Minaj’s sophomore album. Baby stated, “Nicki is back in the studio, so we’re looking to drop Nicki in the first quarter.” As for when fans will be able to hear the first single, he revealed, “We’re looking real soon, because she’s ready to go and we’re ready to go with her.” There you have it, the follow-up to her platinum debut Pink Friday will be available early 2012.
GO BEHIND THE SCENES FOR BEYONCE’S “PARTY”
We all know Beyonce shot the video to her hit single, “Party,” but now fans can take a sneak peek at the video shoot. Bey said of the clip, which was shot in New Jersey and includes no choreography, that she liked shooting the video because there’s “no pressure.” Beyonce explained, “All I have to do is party and have a good time.” The visual includes cameos from J. Cole, Solange, Kelly Rowland and Theophilus London. Head to her official website to watch the behind the scenes video now.
· B’s stylist said the inspiration is “trailer trash, ghetto fabulous, out there, edgy.”
ASHER ROTH REACTS TO SIGNING TO DEF JAM
According to XXLMag.com, Asher Roth has officially found a new label home at Def Jam Recordings. The “I Love College” rapper has said in a statement, “Def Jam is a great place to call home. I’m excited to get back to the basics with good, honest music.” The Philly native is working on his sophomore album, Is This Too Orange?, which is slated to arrive next spring.
· Asher was previously signed to SRC/Universal Motown.
CHRIS BROWN, BEYONCÉ AND KANYE WEST LEAD SOUL TRAIN NOMINEES
Chris Brown, Beyoncé and Kanye West lead the pack with five Soul Train Award nominations each. Kelly Rowland and Adele are up for three. Brown is up for Best Male R&B/Soul Artist against Trey Songz, Cee Lo Green, R. Kelly, Eric Benet and Miguel, as well as for Album of the Year and Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Look at Me Now.” Kanye West and Jay-Z are also up for Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Otis,” while Kanye is in the running for Song of the Year for “All of the Lights” as well. Plus, Kanye is up for Album of the Year for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and for his collaboration with Jay-Z on Watch The Throne. The show tapes November 17th in Atlanta and airs on BET on November 27th. Cedric “The Entertainer” has been tapped to host, and Jill Scott, Mindless Behavior, Robin Thicke, Lloyd, Miguel, Melanie Fiona and Keith Sweat will all perform on the big show.
Soul Train Awards nominations:
Album of the Year
Passion Pain & Pleasure – Trey Songz
21 – Adele
F.A.M.E. – Chris Brown
Light of the Sun – Jill Scott
4 – Beyoncé
Watch the Throne – Jay Z/Kanye West
Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
“Moment for Life” – Nicki Minaj
“All of the Lights” – Kanye West
“Look at Me Now” – Chris Brown featuring Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne
“Out of My Head” – Lupe Fiasco
“Otis” – Jay Z/Kanye West
Best Female R&B/Soul Artist
Mary J. Blige
Best Male R&B/Soul Artist
Cee Lo Green
Song of the Year
“So In Love” – Jill Scott featuring Anthony Hamilton
“Motivation” – Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne
“Sure Thing” – Miguel
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
“She Ain’t You” – Chris Brown
“All of the Lights” – Kanye West
Record of the Year (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award)
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
“Far Away” – Marsha Ambrosius
“Best Thing I Never Had” – Beyoncé
“Good Man” – Raphael Saddiq
“Hold My Hand” (duet with Akon) – Michael Jackson
Best Dance Performance
“Motivation” – Kelly Rowland
“Only Girl in the World”/”What’s My Name” – Rihanna
“Run the World (Girls)” – Beyoncé
“She Ain’t You” – Chris Brown
“Walking” – Mary Mary
“Pretty Girl Rock” – Keri Hilson
Best New Artist
Best Gospel Performance
“I Smile” – Kirk Franklin
“Walking” – Mary Mary
“Heaven Hear My Heart” – Trin-I-Tee 5:7
“I Believe” – James Fortune featuring Shawn McLemore
“More” – Cece Winans
EMINEM’S SOUTHPAW GETS UP OFF THE MAT
Eminem has been circling the gritty boxing drama Southpaw for more than a year now. After Dreamworks shelved the project back in August, it seemed that the film may have been down for the count. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has picked up the flick, which would be Marshall Mathers’s first major movie role since his acclaimed debut in the semi-autobiographical 2002 drama 8 Mile. The movie is expected to start production early next year and will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, who famously directed Denzel Washington’s Oscar-winning performance in Training Day.
SNOOP DOGG AND WIZ KHALIFIA SHOOT VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE OFF STONER COMEDY SOUNDTRACK
Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa shot their video for “Young, Wild & Free” on Wednesday night. The track is the first single off the duo’s upcoming stoner comedy, Mac & Devin Go to High School. The rappers took over a drive-in movie theater outside of L-A to film the clip. Wiz spoke to MTV News at the shoot saying, “This is a family affair man. Everybody that you see was all involved with the project. We all got love for each other, and you know, we just keeping it moving, right?” Mac & Devin Go to High School comes out in February.
T.I. AND B.o.B TEAMING UP FOR JOINT ALBUM?
Are T.I. and B.o.B. teaming up for a joint album? MTV News spoke with Tip recently, who said he’s been working with Bobby Ray, “We been goin’ in. We’re actually flirting with the idea of doin’ an album together called The Man and the Martian.” T.I. says the music they’ve been cranking out so far is “coming out real good.” We’ll be sure to keep you posted.
LUDACRIS AND GUCCI MANE GET “SNAKE N FRIES”
Ludacris hooks up with Gucci Mane on his new song “Shake N Fries.” The tune will be featured on Luda’s upcoming mixtape, 1.21 Gigawatts: Back to the First Time, set to arrive on November 15th.
BRUNO MARS TO PREMIERE NEW VIDEO ON WEDNESDAY
Bruno Mars will debut his video for “It Will Rain” on MTV next week. The song, which is featured on the soundtrack for Breaking Dawn Part 1, will premiere on Wednesday at 7:54 PM Eastern. The video features a never-before-seen clip from the film, which hits theaters November 18th. Immediately following the video’s premiere, MTV.com will air a live stream featuring MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway’s exclusive interview with Mars, plus Twilight music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who will discuss everything about Breaking Dawn.
· The Breaking Dawn soundtrack will arrive on November 8th. It also features music from the likes of Theophilus London, the Joy Formidable, Iron & Wine and Christina Perri.
The Mayweather vs. Ortiz boxing match wasn’t the only fight going down in Las Vegas over the weekend. Ray J and Fabolous allegedly got into a scuffle that landed Ray J in handcuffs. The R&B crooner ripped into Fab while explaining his side of the story.
It all began when HBO aired a clip of Ray J performing his hit “One Wish” at a party thrown by Floyd Mayweather. Upon watching it on television, Fabolous tweeted, “Nah but Floyd saying we havin a concert in my living room & the camera cuts to Ray J singing ‘One Wish’ on the piano had me in tears!!”
The tweet was enough to send Ray J over the top. When he saw Fab in Vegas over the weekend, he confronted him at Diddy’s post-fight dinner. Following their exchange of words, they ran into each other again at the Palms Casino, where Fab was scheduled to perform.
A heated Ray J called into Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” on Monday morning to berate the Brooklyn rapper, calling him and his crew “punk faggots.”
“When you want to disrespect me and the Money Team, and we got seven Rolls-Royces outside and we just made 350 racks on the [fight]… Don’t disrespect me. I’ma smack you up again fool,” he taunted.
Ray J, who was kicked out of his hotel and detained by police following the incident, denies that he was hurt, but claims Fabolous backed down after being threatened. “When I seen him, I was with Floyd and 50 and he tried to say don’t touch me and I touched that ni**a,” he said. “I swear to God he runnin’ from me right now. I had a hundred fools outside of Moon [nightclub]. He never left the club. He was scared up in there. He tried to call the police.”
He alleges that Fab suffered an injury as a result of their altercation. “All I’m sayin’ is if you got Fab’s number, tell that ni**a to send a picture of his face right now.”
During the fiery interview, he demanded an on-air apology from Fabolous and said that DJ Clue is the only one who can settle the beef. Listen to him go off in the uncensored audio.
GAME COMPARES TYLER TO EMINEM
During a recent interview with Vibe, The Game continued to praise Tyler, The Creator and even compared him to one of the biggest names in hip-hop. The “Pot Of Gold” rapper said of the Odd Future ringleader, “I think he’s like the West Coast Eminem.” When asked to clarify his statement, Game explained, “He don’t give a f**k. He just rhyme about whatever and it’s like right out of an open book. I like him more than I like most new rappers. He don’t really want anything other than just to rap.”
JENNIFER HUDSON SPILLS ON WEDDING PLANS
Jennifer Hudson has done an amazing job keeping her wedding details under lock and key, but the singer recently told Showbiz Spy that she’s already set a wedding date. The diva, who is engaged to reality star David Otunga, stated, “I’ve always had a [wedding] date! I just haven’t told anybody. So it’s set!” When asked why she wanted a long engagement, Hudson explained, “I’ve been through a lot in my life and I’m just trying to take it one step at a time. I’m one of those girls like, ‘Okay, let me get used to this right here! Give me a second.” Jen refused to give any further details, we’ll keep you posted.
SEAN PAUL ISSUES NEW VIDEO
Sean Paul has just issued the video for his new single, “Got 2 Luv U’ featuring Alexis Jordan. The song is the latest offering from the reggae star’s upcoming fifth studio effort. While the disc won’t arrive until February 2012, fans can check out the party-themed video now at Sean’s website.
WIZ KHALIFA REACTS TO AMBER’S NUDE PICS
RapRadar.com reports Wiz Khalifa has finally spoken up on how he feels about nude pictures of his boo, Amber Rose, appearing online. The rapper explained that he’s aware that “the pictures or her past is a raunchy past. She did what she had to do” and doesn’t find it to be “disrespectful.” He added, “The biggest misconception about Amber is that she wants attention. Everybody thinks that she does stuff for attention and that she loves attention, but she’s really, really reserved and shy. She just gets attention ’cause she’s dope.” Interesting.
DIDDY TALKS ABOUT HIS CULO BOOK
We previously reported that Sean “Diddy” Combs is teaming up with Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine to release the book, Culo – which is Spanish for ass. In case you were wondering why he wanted to be involved, Puff said in a statement that the 240-page book, which retails for 65-dollars, was designed to celebrate “the female form.” The moguls are working with photographer Raphael Mazzucco to create pages of “legendary photos of women’s backsides.” You can pick it up on November 22nd.
BEYONCE AND JAY-Z ARE HAVING A BABY.
Gossip outlets are reporting the sex of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s first child together. According to MediaTakeOut.com, the diva is going to give birth to a baby girl. Apparently, the rapper’s sister put in a custom order of Christian Louboutin booties, which take approximately six months to receive. The pair is yet to confirm or deny the rumors.
JADAKISS TALKS GUEST FEATURES & MIXTAPE
In a recent interview with XXL, Jadakiss revealed some of the upcoming albums that he’ll be featured on, as well as the status of his next mixtape. The Yonkers native said, “I’m on [Young Jeezy’s] TM 103 joint [and] Estelle. I just did something for Bow Wow. [I’m] waiting for this joint from Drake, [Styles P] just finished his album, I’m on there. I’m just creeping through the back door on big projects. Getting that buzz up before I let the album out. It gotta feel right before I let my album out. I’m not rushing.” As for his next installment for Tha Champ Is Here series, Jada added it will be “timeless” and he’s just waiting for “whenever the [Manny] Pacquio fight comes, try to knock a few joints out, or the next biggest fight.”
RIHANNA TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN THE FALL
Rihanna took to Twitter last week to confirm that she is working hard on her sixth studio album. The singer took the Twitter again on Friday and announced she will release the album in the fall. Rihanna will serve as a guest judge this season on Simon Cowell’s new show The X-Factor, which premieres on Wednesday night at 8 PM on FOX.
HOT CHELLE RAE & NEW BOYZ HOOK UP FOR NEW SONG
Hot Chelle Rae will release their new single “I Like It Like That,” featuring New Boyz to radio on September 26th and on iTunes on October 4th. The song is the follow up to their double platinum hit single “Tonight Tonight.” The Nashville-based band will release their new album tentatively titled Whatever on November 29th.
T.I. DENIED LEGAL COUNSEL IN PRISON
According to TMZ, T.I. just might have to serve the remainder of his sentence in prison – especially since he has not been allowed to contact his lawyer. The rapper’s lawyer told TMZ that The Federal Bureau of Prisons stated in letter that Tip is “not entitled to legal counsel.” Why? Well, apparently prison officials are still in the process of reviewing what led to him being re-incarcerated. As previously reported, the troubled emcee was released from prison and sent to halfway house only to be locked up again after he was caught conducting business with his manager while en route to the halfway house.
JAY-Z TO HOST CARNIVAL IN NYC
Jay-Z has announced that at the end of the month, he’ll host a lavish carnival-themed benefit for his Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. The New York Daily News reports that the event will help raise funds for people needing financial assistance to attain higher education. Taking place on September 29th, tickets can be purchased for a thousand dollars each via SCFCarnival.com.
· The benefit is being held at Pier 54 in New York City.
KANYE TO DROP WOMEN’S LINE AT PARIS FASHION WEEK
We previously reported that Kanye West was looking to release his first clothing line dedicated specifically for women. The mogul was initially looking to launch his line during New York Fashion Week, but HarpersBazaar.com reports Yeezy will debut his S/S 2012 collection at 9.30 PM on October 1st, during Paris Fashion Week.
· West recently interned at Fendi and launched a collection of scarves.
SWIZZ BEATZ CAUGHT SEXTING ANOTHER WOMAN?
Are things going bad between Swizz Beatz and his second wife, Alicia Keys? Several gossip sites are reporting that the hitmaker allegedly sent a naked picture of himself to a woman named Christina Elizabeth. Since Elizabeth recently lost her cell phone, Bossip.com reports their conversation has surfaced on the Internet. Swizz is yet to confirm or deny sending the pictures. We’ll keep you posted.
WIZ KHALIFA AND AMBER ROSE NOT MARRIED
There were rumors going around that Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose secretly got hitched in Las Vegas last week. However, Billboard.com has learned that the pair has not exchanged vows. A source confirmed that they “were simply celebrating Wiz’s birthday with close family and friends in Vegas.” The pair has been dating for nearly a year now.
SUBMIT SONGS FOR MARIAH’S NEW ALBUM
Now that she’s gotten the hang of raising her twins, Mariah Carey is looking to begin recording her 14th studio album. Interestingly enough, the diva is allowing newer artists and up and coming writers to contribute to her next project. According to MusicXRay.com, an A&R agency that is representing Carey said in a statement, “Mariah Carey is working on her new studio album. Her label is looking for songwriters and producers that have impeccable talent to collaborate with.” To learn more about how you can get involved, SUBMIT YOUR MUSIC HERE!
DRAKE ENJOYED JOJO’S “MARVIN’S ROOM” REMIX
During an interview with Paper magazine, Drake gave his honest opinions of JoJo’s remix to “Marvin’s Room.” Drizzy admired the singer for “taking the time to write really potent new lyrics.” He added, “It was really shocking, I think, for her audience since throughout her career she’s been kind of stereotyped as this teen pop star and then she comes out with this different kind of substance.” Drake went on to say, “It’s very rare that people take your song and do it over like that.”
ICE-T TALKS NEW VH1 DOCUMENTARY
On Monday night, we got the chance to speak to Ice-T before the premiere of the Vh1 documentary Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation. The film, which includes interviews with Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Raekwon, follows the crack epidemic and shows rappers who traded the crack game and for the rap game. Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation premieres on Vh1 on Sunday at 10 PM Eastern.
· Ice-T is the film’s narrator and executive producer.
· The premiere was held at the Paley Center for Media in New York City.
PITBULL, DEMI LOVATO WIN ALMA AWARDS
Pitbull and Demi Lovato were among the winners at the 2011 ALMA Awards on Saturday night. The show honors Latino artists for their work in movies, TV and music. Lovato won for Favorite Comedy Actress, TV for Sonny With a Chance, while Pitbull won for Male Musical Artist. Jessica Alba and Antonio Banderas were also among the winners at the show, which will air on Friday at 8 PM Eastern on NBC.
· The 2011 Alma Awards were hosted by Eva Longoria and George Lopez and featured performances from Lovato, Pitbull and Gloria Estefan.
LADY GAGA, USHER & MORE FOR BILL CLINTON PARTY
Lady Gaga, Usher and Bono and The Edge from U2 are set to perform at party for former president Bill Clinton next month. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the event will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the William J. Clinton Foundation and takes place at the famed Hollywood Bowl on October 15th.
· The William J. Clinton Foundation has raised more than 10-billion dollars for HIV/AIDS treatment, economic empowerment, food aid and global health initiatives.
LADY GAGA AND EMINEM WIN EMMYS
Lady Gaga and Eminem each quietly won an award at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday night. HBO took home an award for the Lady Gaga Monster Ball concert special and the Chrysler 200 commercial starring Eminem also took home a trophy. The commercial, titled Born of Fire, features the Detroit-born rapper driving through his hometown while his track, “Lose Yourself,” plays in the background. The Creative Arts Emmy show will air on the ReelzChannel on Saturday. The primetime Emmys will take place Sunday in Los Angeles.
CHRISTINA’S SEAT ON THE VOICE IS SAFE
According to various reports, Christina Aguilera’s position as a vocal coach on The Voice is secure, dismissing earlier reports that she would be fired after the completion of next season’s singing competition. A rumor about Aguilera’s proposed firing erupted after X17 Online reported that producers were unhappy working with her and planned to replace her in third season of the show. An NBC executive cleared the air saying, “There is absolutely no truth to the rumor.” Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green and Blake Shelton will all be back when The Voice returns on Sunday, February 5th, after the Super Bowl.
AMY WINEHOUSE WOULD HAVE BEEN 28 TODAY
Today would have been Amy Winehouse’s 28th birthday. The embattled singer passed away on July 23rd at her home in London, and while the official cause of death is yet to be announced, it’s been ruled out that it was the result of an illegal substance, and her father Mitch revealed that he believes she died from a seizure suffered while going through detox. In honor of her birthday, her final song, a duet with Tony Bennett of the classic “Body & Soul,” will be released today. Download it on iTunes.
T.I. BACK IN FEDERAL CUSTODY
After only a day in the semi-real world following months in prison, T.I. is already back in federal custody because of an issue involving his trip from the Arkansas prison to his Atlanta halfway house on a luxury bus on Wednesday, according to T.I.’s lawyer, Steve Sadow.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirms to TMZ that the rapper checked into a federal penitentiary in Atlanta last night, because he allegedly misled prison officials into thinking he’d take a low-key mode of transportation from the prison to the halfway house — and a tricked out tour bus isn’t low-key.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ — when a prisoner is incarcerated in a low or medium security prison … prison officials can allow the inmate to use a private, unescorted mode of transportation to travel from the prison facility to the halfway house.
During the process of approving such a transfer, the prisoner must state specifically what mode of transportation he or she will be using. Our sources tell us … T.I. informed prison officials he would be taking some sort of van, but made no mention of the high-end, pimped out tour bus.
We’re told prison officials felt T.I. should have fully disclosed the nature of his party bus. Neither drugs nor alcohol were found on the bus.
T.I.’s wife tells TMZ … multiple prison officials actually saw the tour bus that picked up the rapper yesterday — and even took photos with T.I. in front of it — and NOBODY raised an issue.
Tameka “Tiny” Cottle tells us … when the tour bus rolled up to the Arkansas prison yesterday, prison officials “Walked him over, took pics and told him good luck in life.”
Law enforcement sources also told TMZ when the U.S. Marshals arrived at the halfway house to take T.I. back to prison, the halfway house honcho actually got into an argument with them, saying it was ridiculous to send him back for such an alleged violation. But the Marshals had their orders, and took T.I. back to the pokey.
Sadow tells TMZ, “We are awaiting the opportunity to quickly resolve whatever the issue may be that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has with T.I.’s method of transportation, bus, from Arkansas to Atlanta, so that T.I. can return to the halfway house to complete the remaining days of his sentence.”
T.I. was sentenced in October to 11 months in prison for violating his probation, but was let out early. He was to complete the rest of his sentence in the halfway house.
WHAT’S THE FIRST THING T.I. DID POST-PRISON?
Wanna know what T.I. did after he was released from prison? Well, according to TMZ, the rapper was treated to a home cooked meal prepared by his mother and his Aunt Lita. Since Tip must remain in a halfway house until his sentence is complete, his family brought over a hot plate of food – which included steak, collard greens and mac ‘n cheese. His auntie told the site that he was grateful for the “amazing” meal and revealed that he’s currently “in good spirits.” We can only imagine what his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, brought over.
T.I. TO RELEASE FIRST BOOK SOON!
We previously reported that T.I. was looking to publish his first book, but we had no idea that the project would hit stores next month! According to the AP, the rapper’s upcoming novel, titled Power & Beauty, is a “fictional tale about two childhood friends torn apart by dangerous dealings on the streets of Atlanta.” The book will be available sometime in October via Harper Collins.
KANYE TO BE JAY-Z’S CHILD’S GODFATHER?
Like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West is hoping to become a godparent to Jay-Z and Beyonce’s baby. According to MTV’s Buzzworthy, there are whispers that Yeezy just might become the godfather to the power couple’s unborn child. Though it’s not confirmed, we speculate that ‘Ye is probably on a short list that includes Bey’s sister, Solange, the couple’s favorite couple, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, as well as her former Destiny’s Child bandmate, Kelly Rowland and Hova’s partner in crime, Memphis Bleek.
BEYONCE TURNS 30 THIS WEEKEND!
It’s a great time for Beyonce. Not only has the Houston native released her fourth number one album and announced that she’s expecting her first child with Jay-Z, but the former Destiny’s Child singer is also tuning 30 years old on Sunday. While it’s unknown where the notoriously private entertainer will celebrate this year, we wish her a happy birthday with many more to come.
LIL WAYNE FAN JUMPS ON STAGE
Some people just can’t control themselves. This seemed to be the case for an unidentified Lil Wayne fan that jumped on stage with the mogul at one of his I Am Still Music tour stops. At the very end of his set, an unnamed male concertgoer shared the stage with Weezy for a total of four seconds before being tackled by a security guard at the Denver Comfort Dental amphitheater. Afterwards, Wayne simply shrugged and told the crowd, “You don’t want that you happen to you.” Check out the 15-second video online now.
KELLY ROWLAND BEGINS TOUR THIS MONTH
As we previously reported, Kelly Rowland has been tapped to join Chris Brown’s upcoming F.A.M.E. tour alongside T-Pain and Tyga. Since the 28-date tour begins September 12th in Toronto and wraps on October 30th inside Hartford, Connecticut’s XL Center. Visit Ticketmaster.com to score passes now.
CHRIS BROWN, PITBULL SEE SALES INCREASE
Following his soaring performance at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, the song Chris Brown showcased has received a massive sales increase. His single, “Beautiful People,” is up 904-percent while “Yeah 3X” rose 149-percent shortly after the VMA’s aired. In addition, Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo experienced a 75-percent sales growth on the iTunes singles chart as well. In case you missed their performances, visit MTV.com to check them out now.
CHRIS BROWN GETS ROLEX RETURNED
TMZ reports Chris Brown would love to give a handsome reward to the unnamed female fan who returned his 22-thousand dollar Rolex. His ultra expensive diamond-encrusted watch got lost during his VMA performance. Since the unidentified woman did not give her name, Brown’s rep is hoping she will contact his camp to receive personal thanks from the singer as well as backstage passes to his upcoming tour. We’ll keep you posted if and when the fan comes forward.
TYLER MEETS EMINEM IN IRELAND
It’s been a great week for Tyler, the Creator. Not only did the Odd Future ringleader take home Best New Artist at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, but he finally met and hung out with Eminem for the first time. The rap rookie ran into Slim Shady at the Tennent’s ViTal music festival in Ireland and posted a picture of them on his Twitter page. Tyler wrote, “F**kkkkk O My Atheist God. Goal List Check: I Told Him Relapse Was One Of The Greatest Albums To Me.”
· Em recently told MTV News that he likes Odd Future, saying, “I love it, I love the fact that they’re doing that. And the dudes can rhyme.”
DRAKE REACTS TO BEIBER’S “TURST ISSUES” REMIX
According to MTV, Drake was impressed with Justin Bieber’s recent remix of “Trust Issues.” However, if Drizzy had it his way, he would have liked the pop sensation to include all the curse words that were on the original. Drake stated, “I wish he would’ve left all the cuss words in it. I feel like that would’ve been so G, if he would’ve done all the swearing. I was excited when I heard he remixed it, because there was like a gang of swearing in that song. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re about to hear the transformation of Bieber.”
SOULJA BOY ISSUES NEW MIXTAPE
Soulja Boy is all about treating his fans to new music. Out of nowhere, the rapper dropped a new mixtape titled The Last Crown. The 18-track project includes collaborations with Lil B, Big Sean and French Montana. Be sure to download it today via his official website now!
1. The Last Crown Intro
2. Hold You Down
3. Pretty Boy ft. Lil B
4. There He Go
5. What Up Dawg ft. French Montana
6. Money on Deck
7. Post Up
8. The Product
9. Young King
10. Swag Dat
11. Love Money
12. 2 Cupz
13. Back It Up
14. So Throwed
15. Don’t Stop
16. Pick Up The Phone
17. Private Jet
SWIZZ BEATZ TALKS LIFE WITH ALICIA KEYS
During an interview with Uptown magazine, Swizz Beatz touched on what life is like with his second wife, Alicia Keys. The hitmaker shared that the first thing he does in the morning is “open the curtains and I’m thankful for another day. If my wife is next to me, it’s an instant hug and kiss. Get up, brush the teeth, do this, do that, and then it’s showtime!” He added that the one thing he’s learned from Alicia is “love.”
· The couple has been together for one year and share an 11-month old son, Egypt Daud Dean.
· Alicia recently told Glamour magazine the moment she fell in love. She stated, “I do remember the exact moment. If I told you, I would have to kill you, but it was something that he planned, and he planned it so beautifully and thoughtfully that in that moment I remember thinking to myself, Oh my God, I’m so in love with him.”
DMX PERFORMS WITH SCARFACE IN TEXAS
DMX is slowly but surely finding a way to rebuild his music career. The rapper invited Scarface on stage with him on Wednesday night at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas. Both rappers just completed prison sentences on unrelated charges and stood side by side during X’s infamous prayer. Head over to HoustonPress.com to watch performance footage now.
CHRISTINA MILIAN TALKS NEW ALBUM
According to Rap-Up.com, Christina Milian is speaking up about the status of her long awaited album. While the disc is no longer titled Elope, the singer stated, “I think I found my sound for this one,” The Dream’s ex-wife added, “It’s an entirely new album. I’ve gone through a lot since then, so it’s definitely a little more honest. It’s based on just living life and there’s more to talk about now. But it’s urban, it’s pop, it’s sexy, it’s fierce, and independent. It’s awesome.” The upcoming effort will be released via Interscope Records.
· Do you think the singer will include lyrics about her public divorce?
· In addition, Milian is negotiating a lead role in ABC Family’s half-hour comedy, Maid in Miami.