My homegirl Estelle speaks up about her upcoming album in the fall and the slightly more sexual lyrics from her latest EP, Love and Happiness Vol 3. As a grown woman with a diverse background, we love to see that she knows what levels to accept in the music business and the bedroom.
Bizzy Crook unleashes his latest mixtape, '84, which features appearances from Estelle, Nelly and Melody Thornton (of the Pussycat Dolls).
84 is a conceptually driven mixtape that chronicles Bizzy's journey from music industry rookie, to realizing his dream of becoming the "Michael Jordan" of rap; "84 is the year MJ was drafted into the NBA. The beginning of his journey to becoming the greatest basketball player that ever lived" says Bizzy. "I'm telling my story, as a rookie that is aspiring to become the greatest. 2013 is my year, this is my '84!"
'84 is a conceptually driven mixtape that chronicles Bizzy's journey from music industry rookie, to realizing his dream of becoming the "Michael Jordan" of rap; "84 is the year MJ was drafted into the NBA. The beginning of his journey to becoming the greatest basketball player that ever lived" says Bizzy. "I'm telling my story, as a rookie that is aspiring to become the greatest. 2013 is my year, this is my '84!"
Bizzy Crook's '84 features appearances from Nelly, Estelle, Melody Thornton (of Pussycat Dolls), OB (from Drake's OVO label) & more and will be released on 10-21-2013.
As a fan of reggae/dancehall & dub music I can really appreciate when good singers get together over this type of island breezy production. British singer Estelle enlists fellow R&B singer Jeremih to get down with her on this "Be In Love" track from her upcoming "Love & Happiness: Vol. 2 Waiting To Exhale" EP that will be released on her own label imprint New London Records. I'm feeling the latest push by a number of true R&B/Soul singers taking chances with more island style production in their music.
Late emcee famous for dissing Compton might not be dead at all
Two of hip-hop's most notorious emcees performing from beyond the grave
Timothy Blair better known to the world as rapper Tim Dog became famous at the height of the East Coast/West Coast rivalry for his dis record 'Fuck Compton'. Blair was reported to have died from complications of diabetes back in February, but a woman in Mississippi is claiming that he faked his own death to get away with a scam to swindle her and at least 20 others out of $2 million dollars. Dateline NBC did a story on Tim Dog and the scam allegations last summer after a Mississippi judge ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $19,000 and a Memphis television station launched their own investigation recently and were unable to discover a death certificate for Tim Dog, which adds more legitimacy to the suspicions.
The world famous Rock The Bells music festival is gearing up for its 10th anniversary kick off on September 7th in San Bernardino, CA. The official line up has been announced and just as in year's past, it features some of the best of the new and old school. On the bill: Wu-Tang Clan, Common, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli, TechN9ne,Rakim, Dilated Peoples, Too Short, E-40, Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard. Oh yeah, you heard right, Eazy-E and O.D.B. will both be appearing in 'original virtual performances.' You can get the entire line-up below and show dates at rockthebells.net.
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Where are they now? Right where they've always been. In the studio making hits. Several of hip-hop's elite emcees are hard at work giving you music to move to. Havoc and Prodigy of Mobb Deep have reunited to push out a new album, but in the meantime, Prodigy has dropped a cut off of his collaboration album with legendary producer Alchemist. The cut is called 'Dough Pildin.' Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon the Chef just dropped a new cut with esteemed vocalist Estelle from the Funkmaster Flex project called 'All About You,' and Raekwon has been sighted in studio sessions with Brooklyn king Jay-Z clearly working on new projects. Finally, we get our first taste of the new Wu album with the release of their new joint 'Execution in Autumn.' You can hear all these songs below or by visiting our facebook page.
The most prolific and productive record-maker in the Wu-Tang Clan pantheon, Def Jam core artist Ghostface Killah has completed his 16th career album - and his 6th solo album for Def Jam - APOLLO KIDS, set to arrive in stores on December 21st. In addition to guest appearances by Wu-Tang Clansmen Raekwon, GZA, Method Man, and Cappadonna, APOLLO KIDS also boasts star turns by Redman, Busta Rhymes, Sheek Louch, The Game, Jim Jones, and many more.
APOLLO KIDS is - amazingly - Ghost's third original studio project in just over one year. It follows up his previous solo album, The Wizard Of Poetry (released September 2009), in which he attracted an A-list of duet partners including fellow Def Jam artists Kanye West & Ne-Yo (on the closing track, "Back Like That"), John Legend, Raheem 'Radio' DeVaughn, Fabolous & Shareefa, Lloyd, Vaughn Anthony & Estelle, and others.
Prior to The Wizard's release, Ghost spent July-August 2009 on the road with Method Man and Redman, keeping the Wu-Tang Clan spirit alive and well on the month-long, 21-city Foot Print in Hip-Hop Tour. The tour was attended by Ghost's legions of fans, who have been tuning in to The World According to Pretty Toney long enough to know that "he doesn't so much deliver rhymes as narrate graphically detailed scenes, rife with violence, passion and a little humor," as USA Today once wrote.
More recently, Wu Massacre (March 2010), a collaboration with Method Man and Raekwon, was as close to a W-TC reunion on record as history has seen in the three years since the group's last album, 8 Diagrams. Wu Massacre was a collectors' dream, with three separate album covers - one for Ghost, one for Meth, one for Raekwon - created by famed DC and Marvel graphic master Chris Bachalo. 300 randomly distributed copies of Wu Massacre contained Bachalo's original un-inked pencil sketch of one of the three explosive color covers. Those ultra-rare inserts now rank among the Maltese Falcons of hip-hop limited editions
This one would be perfect for commercial radio... Oh wait, I think he got in a muthaf--r and 'ninja' within the first 10 seconds (no radio play for Rae on this one). Hahaa! Chef don't sell out for radio play. Though with Estelle adding a li'l sexy over the Jerry Wonda track, the Wu-Tang sword style of Raekwon's delivery on "All About You" is softened just enough to reach a 'broader' audience. Nah eff that. This banger still goes hard!
The nominees have just been released for the 2013 BET Awards and there appears to be a clear leader coming for the YMCMB camp. Drake hasn't dropped his 2013 album yet, but the Young Money hitmaker looks to reign over the 2013 BET Awards seeing as he is nominated for a whopping 12 awards at the upcoming 2013 BET Awards. Check out the full list of categories and nominees.
Both 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar earned eight noms apiece, A$AP Rocky and Jay-Z each have five, and Justin Timberlake and Miguel have four each.
Chris Brown and R. Kelly were also announced as performers, and "Friday" actor Chris Tucker will be the host, when it airs live June 30.
Check the full BET Awards '13 nominations below:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist » Beyoncé » Tamar Braxton » Alicia Keys » Rihanna » Elle Varner
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist » Chris Brown » Bruno Mars » Miguel » Justin Timberlake » Usher
Best Group » Macklemore & Ryan Lewis » Mary Mary » Mindless Behavior » Slaughterhouse » The Throne (Kanye West and Jay-Z)
Best Collaboration » 2 Chainz (featuring Drake) - "No Lie" » A$AP Rocky (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) - "F-in' Problems" » French Montana (featuring Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne) - "Pop That" » Kendrick Lamar (featuring Drake) - "Poetic Justice" » Justin Timberlake (featuring Jay-Z) - "Suit & Tie" » Kanye West (featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz) - "Mercy"
Best Male Hip Hop Artist » 2 Chainz » A$AP Rocky » Drake » Future » Kendrick Lamar
Best Female Hip Hop Artist » Azealia Banks » Eve » Nicki Minaj » Rasheeda » Rye Rye
Video of the Year » 2 Chainz (featuring Drake) - "No Lie" » A$AP Rocky (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) - "F-in' Problems" » Drake - "Started From the Bottom" » Drake (featuring Lil Wayne) - "HYFR" » Kendrick Lamar (featuring Drake) - "Poetic Justice" » Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (featuring Wanz) - "Thrift Shop" » Miguel - "Adorn" » Rihanna - "Diamonds" » Justin Timberlake (featuring Jay-Z) - "Suit & Tie" » Kanye West (featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz) - "Mercy"
Video Director of the Year » A$AP Rocky and Sam Lecca » Benny Boom » Director X » Dre Films » Hype Williams
Best New Artist » Azealia Banks » Joey Bada$$ » Kendrick Lamar » Trinidad Jame$ » The Weeknd
Best Gospel Artist » Deitrick Haddon » Lecrae » Tamela Mann » Mary Mary » Marvin Sapp
Best Actress » Angela Bassett » Halle Berry » Taraji P. Henson » Gabrielle Union » Kerry Washington
Best Actor » Don Cheadle » Common » Jamie Foxx » Samuel L. Jackson » Denzel Washington
YoungStars Award » Gabrielle Douglas » Jacob Latimore » Keke Palmer » Jaden Smith » Quvenzhané Wallis
Best Movie » "Beasts of the Southern Wild" » "Django Unchained" » "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap" » "Sparkle" » "Think Like a Man"
Subway Sportswoman of the Year » Gabrielle Douglas » Brittney Griner » Candace Parker » Serena Williams » Venus Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year » Victor Cruz » Kevin Durant » Robert Griffin III » LeBron James » Ray Lewis
Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award » A$AP Rocky (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar) - "F-in' Problems" » Drake - "Started From the Bottom" » Kendrick Lamar - "Swimming Pools (Drank)" » Miguel - "Adorn" » Rihanna - "Diamonds" » Justin Timberlake (featuring Jay-Z) - "Suit & Tie"
Centric Award » Tamar Braxton - "Love and War" » Fantasia - "Lose to Win" » Miguel - "Adorn" » Nas - "Daughters" » Charlie Wilson - "My Love Is All I Have"
Best International Act: Africa » 2Face Idibia (Nigeria) » Toya Delazy (South Africa) » Donald (South Africa) » Ice Prince (Nigeria) » R2Bees (Ghana) » Radio and Weasel (Uganda)
Best International Act: UK » Marsha Ambrosius » Estelle » Labrinth » Rita Ora » Emeli Sandé » Wiley
The world famous DJ Jazzy Jeff returns with episode 9 of his Vinyl Destination series. In this segment Jazzy Jeff & his crew are embarking on the last week of their world tour but this leg finds them in Europe hitting up Norway, Sweden, Ireland, & Germany where they just so happen to also bump into R&B singer Estelle. A few other hilarious situations occur when DJ Jazzy Jeff's emcee Skillz speaks of a wild fan who have Ruff Ryders tattoo next to his pubic hairs while another fan sports a rainbow-colored Wu-Tang Clan logo on his chest. Not to mention the team discovering some random dude in their hotel lobby watching gay porn in public view. This is truly different in Europe indeed....
In anticipation of the release of "42", Kevin Liles hosted an exclusive event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Monday, March 25. The film sheds light on the legendary Jackie Robinson, chronicling his journey to breaking baseball's color line.
Aaron J (RedCarpetImages.net) was at the event and took some good pictures from the red carpet. Check out some of them here. To view more, visit http://www.RedCarpetImaget.net.