WEST COAST GREATS PASS THE TORCH TO KENDRICK LAMAR
(AllHipHop News) After performing his hit song “Michael Jordan,” Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar was given the ultimate co-sign from the best of the best from the West Coast Hip-Hop community.
Snoop Dogg came out to perform his hit song, “Snoop Dogg” accompanied by Kurupt and Game.
“Aye n***a, you going bodyguard hard right now. Look I’m sitting up there with Dr. Dre up top,” Snoop said as he pointed to Dr. Dre in the crowd “and we watching Game pass the torch to you and you great at what you do man, not good at what you do, you great at what you do. I’ma say this, you got the torch my n***ga.”
Shortly afterwards, an emotional Kendrick Lamar was surrounded and embraced by the TDE family, Game, Snoop and Kurupt.
Game took the mic to explain to the fans the importance of Kendrick Lamar’s ascendance in the rap game.
Silencing the crowd’s cheer, Game took the microphone and had this to say.
“For yall mothaf**kas who aint here and for all you that got your camera phones that don’t understand, yall need to realize this is the motha f**kin ni**a,” Game shouted out to the crowd. “This is the motha f**kin west coast, and the torch has been passed! Aint no hate in Dr. Dre’s blood, he passed the torch to Snoop, Snoop passed it to Game, Pac restin in peace, so is Eazy, Jay Rock doin his damn this, Glasses, Nipsey. I hate when people say the West aint poppin. I told you it was coming.”
But it wasn’t just West Coast artists in the building that night, in video clips you can see Mos Def and Talib Kweli enjoying the festivities with the whole TDE family on the West coast.
Having released his newest album Section.80 earlier this summer to critical acclaim, Kendrick Lamar is embarking on a nation wide tour that will feature spot dates at New York’s S.O.B.’s on August 31st, The Loft in Atlanta August 27th, live with Wiz Khalifa and Chevy Woods on September 3rd in Eugene, Oregon and a date at Seattle’s Bumbershoot 2011 festival, that will also feature Big Boi and Wiz Khalifa September 3rd-6th.
TREY SONGZ REMIXES LIL WAYNE’S “SHE WILL”
Trey Songz flexes his lyrical ability on the revamped version of Lil Wayne’s newest single, “She Will.” Lately, the crooner has recorded rap verses on unofficial remixes to songs like Kreayshawn’s “Gucci Gucci” and Drake’s “Headlines.” In related news, Trey is currently working on his upcoming fifth studio album, titled Chapter 5. Head over to Rap-Up.com to preview the song now!
GAME LEAKS BONUS TRACK OFF R.E.D ALBUM
According to his official fansite, Game recently unleashed a bonus track called “Basic Bitch,” which is off his long-awaited R.E.D. Album. Be sure to get your copy when the follow-up to 2008’s LAX arrives tomorrow (8/23).
DIGGY, MINDLESS BEHAVIOR READY SCREAM TOUR
We’ve just learned which artists will be a part of the newest series of the Scream Tour. The annual outing, which started over a decade ago, has pumped the careers of acts like Bow Wow, Chris Brown, Trey Songz and others. This year, the trek is being dubbed Scream Tour: The Next Generation (NXG) and it will include Mindless Behavior, Diggy and The New Boyz as well as new acts like Jacob Latimore, Hamilton Park and The OMG Girlz. The 20-city tour begins on September 30th in Augusta, Georgia and wraps on November 20th in Richmond, Virginia.
· General tickets go on sale for select markets on August 27th.
· Tour information will be available at ScreamTour.com or Ticketmaster.com.
JANET JACKSON TO PERFORM IN SOUTH AFRICA
For the first time ever, Janet Jackson is scheduled to perform in South Africa during her Up Close And Personal World Tour. The singer has never performed in Johannesburg before and is looking forward to showcasing new and old songs. According to her official fansite, pre-sale tickets and VIP packages are on sale now. Visit JanetJackson.com/Tour to see when the icon will perform stateside in a city near you.
LADY GAGA LOVES BEYONCE
Lady Gaga and Beyonce may be running against one another at the MTV Video Music Awards this year, but the singers are actually old friends, having collaborated on Gaga’s VMA-winning “Telephone” in 2010. Gaga explained exactly why the two get along.
“She is such a beautiful person. And, I gotta tell you, I just adore her. And I had kinda lost faith a little bit in meeting artists in the business, and then I met Beyonce.”
Gaga and Beyonce are both up for the Best Female Video Moon man. Mother Monster is also up for Best Video with a Message, Best Choreography and Best Art Direction. Meanwhile, Beyonce is also up for Best Direction, Best Choreography and Best Cinematography. See who wins when the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards air live on Sunday at 9 PM Eastern.
WILL.I.AM CALLS JUSTIN BIEBER THE NEXT MICHAEL JACKSON
Justin Bieber recently logged studio time with Black Eyed Peas frontman and producer will.i.am. Will told MTV News U-K that Bieber could be “like Michael Jackson.” “Will.i.am was one of the last producers to work with the “King of Pop” before his death.
TROUBLE WITH THE AMY WINEHOUSE FOUNDATION
Mitch Winehouse’s dream to establish a charity called the Amy Winehouse Foundation to honor his late daughter has hit a potential snag. Mitch told the BBC that someone actually registered the name before he could, and that he’s constantly receiving donations for the charity, but doesn’t “know what to do with them.” Winehouse says that the foundation plans to “help all children – not just rehabilitation, not just substance abuse. It’s to help all children in need.”
PITBULL, JESSIE J TO PERFORM AT THE 2011 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
MTV.com has just announced that Pitbull has joined the official line up of performers at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. The rapper, who will showcase “Give Me Everything” alongside Ne-Yo, joins previously confirmed acts including Adele, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Young The Giant. In addition, Jessie J will serve as the night’s house artist. Viewers can expect presenters to include Nicki Minaj, Taylor Lautner, Drake, Joe Jonas, Jared Leto, Kevin Hart, JB Smoove of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jonah Hill, Rick Ross, Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen, Kim Kardashian and Odd Future. Be sure to tune in to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards when they air live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28th at 9 PM (Live Eastern/Tape delayed Pacific).
· The news comes just weeks after we learned that Katy Perry leads the pack with an impressive nine nominations, including Best Female Video and Video of the Year for “Firework.”
· Additional performers, presenters and a host will be revealed at a later date.
· Fans can vote for specific categories like Best New Artist at VMA.MTV.com today.
· Fans can also vote for Best New Artist by texting BNA to 66333 on your wireless phone.
The Video Music Awards have been held in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami.
The 2004 VMA show in Miami marked the first time in the 21-year history of the awards show that the VMAs were not held in New York City or in Los Angeles.
Madonna has performed at seven VMAs, four of which she has opened. This makes her the only artist to perform at the VMAs in the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s.
Before U2’s live set in 2001, the Metropolitan Opera House lost power and delayed their performance.
Afeni Shakur (Tupac Shakur’s mother) and Voletta Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.’s mother) met for the first time at the Video Music Awards in 1999, when the two co-presented the award for Best Rap Video.