Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Something strange yet beautiful over the New York City skyline

Since living out here in Southern California, we get too spoiled with our beautiful sunsets. But New York City got their own atmospheric nature show that happened last Friday June 26 after a recent thunderstorm.





Michael Jackson one final time at the Neverland Ranch



(via Billboard)
Michael Jackson's body will be driven to his Neverland Valley Ranch in central California as early as Thursday with public viewing being set for later this week, according to media reports on Tuesday.

A motorcade of as many as 30 cars is expected to accompany Jackson's body to his ranch, which is located near the town of Los Olivos, north of Santa Barbara, according to reports by TV network CNN and celebrity website TMZ.com, citing police officials.

Entertainment news website E! News cited a Santa Barbara Sheriff's department spokesman as saying meetings were now taking place with the California Highway Patrol to discuss security for the trip from the Jackson family home in Los Angeles to Neverland Valley.

A spokesman for the Santa Barbara County's sheriff's office was not immediately available to comment, nor were representatives for Jackson's family.


Read more of the article here

Beastie Boys: Hot Sauce Committee pt.1 album preview



NASA...we have a first listen track by track preview of the new Beastie Boys 'Hot Sauce Committee pt.1' out September 15 on Capitol Records.

Read the album preview here

Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee's pt.1 track list:

01 Tadlock's Glasses
02 B-Boys in the Cut
03 Make Some Noise
04 Nonstop Disco Powerpack
05 OK
06 Too Many Rappers [ft. Nas]
07 Say It
08 The Bill Harper Collection
09 Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win [ft. Santigold]
10 Long Burn the Fire
11 Bundt Cake
12 Funky Donkey
13 Lee Majors Come Again
14 Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament
15 Pop Your Balloon
16 Crazy Ass Shit
17 Here's a Little Something for Ya

'Hot Sauce Committee pt.1' arrives September 15 on Capitol Records.

'Hot Sauce Committee pt.2' comes out sometime next year.

(article courtesy of Drowned In Sound)

Jay-Z got game as Roc Nation lands two homes Atlantic Records and Sony Music



Despite the Atlantic Records deal being a one off with 'Blueprint 3' (announced earlier this month) and Sony Music (it is speculated under the Epic Records imprint) for the overall distribution of Roc Nation, it's a one of kind arrangement that only Jay-Z and his team could carve out.

"Sony is Roc Nation. That's where Roc Nation's going through," Jay-Z told Billboard.com on Friday (June 29).

As for the deal he recently signed with Atlantic, he clarifies that it is a one-off situation for his upcoming album, "Blueprint 3," slated for a September 11th release.

"That's pretty much just for this specific album. Roc Nation -- we're experts in marketing and making records. But we do distribution deals," he says. "On this one, we're working directly with the Atlantic staff, which is Julie [Greenwald], Lyor [Cohen], Kevin [Liles] and Kyse [Mike Kyser]. For the rest of the Roc Nation artists, we did a distribution deal with Sony."


Read more of the article HERE

(courtesy of Billboard)

Michael Jackson: Was there a 3D movie in the works before his death?


(via Billboard)
Two weeks before he died, Michael Jackson wrapped up work on an elaborate production dubbed the "Dome Project" that could be the final finished video piece overseen by the King of Pop, The Associated Press has learned.

Jackson was apparently preparing to dazzle concert audiences in London with a high-tech show in which 3D images — some inspired by his "Thriller" era — would flash behind him as he performed on stage.

"It was a groundbreaking effort," said Vince Pace, whose company provided cameras for the shoot, a 3D system he created with filmmaker James Cameron.

"To think that Michael's gone now, that's probably the last documented footage of him to be shot in that manner," Pace said.

Read more HERE

Jay-Z D.O.A. video



Jay-Z 'Blueprint 3'
arrives September 11 on Atlantic Records/Roc Nation

Artists pay tribute to Michael Jackson at recent live shows

Lupe Fiasco at the Chicago Theatre Friday June 26



Beyonce at the Wachovia Center Philadelphia Friday June 26



Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at the Toronto Jazz Festival Friday June 26



Robin Thicke, O'Neal McKnight and DJ Cassidy at 1OAK in
New York City Thursday June 25

Check out the photos of the 1OAK Michael Jackson tribute event HERE



German/Nigerian singer AYO at Couleur Café Brussels Belguim
Saturday June 27



Akon at the Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque New Mexico on Friday June 26



Bone Thugs N Harmony at Club Nokia in Los Angeles
Friday June 26



Raekwon at Rock The Bells 2009 at Tinley Park in Chicago Saturday June 27



Tech N9ne at Rock The Bells 2009 at Tinley Park in Chicago Saturday June 27



Kid Cudi at the Paper Magazine Sound's Like Paper show at
South Street Seaport in New York City Friday June 26

Michael Jackson from nicole b on Vimeo.


Raphael Saadiq at the Blue Note in Tokyo Japan Thursday June 25 click HERE

Damian Marley and Nas at Rock The Bells Chicago





Damian Marley solo



Monday, June 29, 2009

Ludacris and Usher cause pandemonium in Paris

Seen here at the George's Carpentier Stadium in Paris France for 54th Annual Streetball Championships Sunday June 28.
As you can see, even the Parisians can't hold their cool when it comes to superstars like Ludacris and Usher.

Photos from the event click HERE



video straightens out at the 1:00 minute mark trust me.


Ludacris solo


Kid Cudi: Paper Magazine Sound's Like Paper New York City concert performance posted

Held at South Street Seaport in New York City Friday June 26. The concert also featured Chester French and Gym Class Heroes.

Kid Cudi is preparing for his first full length release 'Man On The Moon: The End of Day' out August 25 on Universal/Fool's Gold





Check out the photos from the concert:
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San Francisco WILD 94.9 radio concert recap with Rick Ross Ice Cube and others



With the Summer session in full swing, we can always count on some great radio sponsored concerts taking place in the good ol' USA. This time we have San Francisco's WILD 94.9 The BOMB concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountian View California Friday June 26 which featured Ice Cube, Rick Ross, Pitbull, Baby Bash, Sean Paul, Dorrough, Gorilla Zoe, Soulja Boy and LMFAO.

Here are some highlights from the show.

















Check out the photos from the show:
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Drake signs with Lil Wayne label Young Money thru Universal Republic



It has been speculated for months as to who would sign the hotly touted emerging rap phenom known as Drake. Now all bets are off as Young Money, the boutique label of rap superstar Lil Wayne, has sealed the deal. In an arrangement with Cash Money/Universal Republic, Drake will now be able to conquer the world.

Read more about the signing announcement HERE

(article courtesy of billboard.biz)

Jackson Family pays tribute to Michael at 2009 BET Awards



LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Top black performers paid high tribute to fallen pop star Michael Jackson at Sunday's BET Awards where his sister Janet Jackson and father Joe Jackson made their first public appearances since the singer's death.

The show's most moving moment came in a final tribute when Janet, a pop star in her own right, took the stage to thank the audience for turning out to honor her dead brother.

"To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family, and he will forever live in all of our hearts," said Jackson, her voice choking as she held back tears. "On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all of your love. Thank you for all of your support, we miss him so much."

For more of the article click HERE

(article courtesy of Reuters)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Snoop promotes EA Sports Fight Night 4 video game at the House of Blues in West Hollywood



(via the Cashmere Agency)
The first rapper to take on a world welterweight champion…Snoop Dogg Vs. Sugar Shane Mosley at the House of Blues off Sunset! In celebration of the June 25th release date of Fight Night Round 4, the two fellas will be battling it out in a custom built boxing ring on stage at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. This “Showdown at Sunset,” will take place virtually, via EA Sports’ Fight Night Round 4 on Xbox 360 consoles and be refereed by the one and only, Mike Tyson. All proceeds from this battle are going to support the Snoop Dogg Youth Football League.





Check out the photos from the event:
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Dead Prez & DJ Green Lantern "Pulse of the People" release party highlights













Dead Prez 'Pulse of the People' out now on Invasion Music Group

Twista builds artist support for upcoming Category 5 release



Artists take time out of the day to give a shout out to Twista on his upcoming 'Category 5' release out July 14 on Get Money Gang/EMI







Young Jeezy takes a tumble at City Stages show in Birmingham Alabama

Not exactly on the scale of when Beyonce fell on her last tour, but Jeezy does take a small tumble before he hit the stage at the City Stages concert in Birmingham Alabama Sunday June 21. We report that he is alright and was able to perform the show flawlessly.







Check out photos of Young Jeezy and the acts from the day HERE

Raphael Saadiq pays tribute to Michael Jackson with "I Want You Back" performance in Tokyo

A fine job by Raphael Saadiq and his musical crew performing an impromptu Jackson 5 favorite "I Want You Back" recorded at the Blue Note in Tokyo Japan Thursday June 25.





In other Raphael Saadiq news, read about his upcoming live DVD out July 21 HERE
Raphael Saadiq 'The Way I Am' out now on Columbia Records

Lil Jon brings Crunk Rock to Tokyo

Recorded at the BMO Music Fest 09 which took place at the Zepp in Tokyo Japan Thursday June 18, Lil Jon shows the Japanese fans how to get 'crunk wit it'. Other artist on the bill included Sean Kingston, Shaggy, Omarion, J. Holiday, T.O.K. and others. Lil Jon is seen here performing with fellow cohort Pitbull who also appeared at the festival.





after party:



Lil Jon 'Crunk Rock' out before the end of 2009

Laura Izibor: In store performance at Borders in Chicago



Check out the photos from Laura Izibor's performance and signing:
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Laura Izibor "Let the Truth Be Told" out now on Atlantic Records

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Kanye West: 2nd Annual Stay In School Concert in Chicago recap



The Kanye West Foundation (KWF), founded in 2007 by the late Dr. Donda West, was established to help combat the severe dropout problem plaguing America's communities. It is through the collaboration of community and corporate partnerships that the 2nd "Stay in School" Benefit Concert, taking place at the historic Chicago Theatre on Thursday, June 11th, was born. This is the first major event for the Kanye West Foundation since the 2007 passing of its founder Dr. Donda West, the mother of Kanye West. It is also the first concert Kanye has performed in the city of Chicago in over a year. The concert will be taped by Fuse, the national music network, and will air later this summer.

Read more about this effort HERE

Check out the photos from the event:
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(video courtesy of FlairTV)

Ghostface Killah plays live in Moscow

As Ghostface Killah made his way across the European Continent, he performed his first time in Moscow Thursday June 11. Judging by the receptive Russian audience, I think the Wu-Tang Clan will come back very soon.



Wale: Sacramento California show posted

On Wale's Northern California trek, filmed at the Empire Event Center in Sacramento, California Wednesday June 24







'Attention: Deficit' out sometime this year on AlliDo/Interscope Records

Devin The Dude: Atlanta performance posted

Recorded at the Apache Lounge and Cafe in Atlanta Friday June 19 promoting 'Landing Gear' out now on Razor & Tie/Cinematic Music Group.

Busdriver: In store performance at Amoeba Records in Hollywood

Recorded Wednesday June 17 at Amoeba Records on Sunset Blvd promoting his current release 'Jhelli Beam' out now on ANTI Records



Raekwon works hard and plays harder in Hawaii

Filming his upcoming video "Walk With Me" off of 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx pt.2' in Hawaii at the beginning of June during a tour stop in Honolulu.



Meet the ladies on the set of the video.





Raekwon 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx pt.2' is currently slated for September 8 on Ice H20 Inc/EMI

Berry Gordy and other music industry veterans speak about Michael Jackson's legacy



Motown founder Berry Gordy: "I had no concern about his ability to go to the top," Gordy says. "He was like my son. He had warmth, sensitivity and two personalities."

"Michael was and will remain one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived," Gordy tells ET. "When he was not on stage, he was loving, respectful and shy. When he WAS on stage, he was so in charge you would not believe he was the same person. I extend my sympathies to Joe, Katherine and the entire Jackson family. My prayers are with them."


Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President, Sony Corporation: "Michael Jackson was a brilliant troubadour for his generation, a genius whose music reflected the passion and creativity of an era. His artistry and magnetism changed the music landscape forever. We have been profoundly affected by his originality, creativity and amazing body of work. The entire Sony family extends our deepest condolences to his family and to the millions of fans around the world who loved him."

Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment: "Michael Jackson's unsurpassed artistry and beloved music brought joy to every corner of the world. We join today with his millions of fans in expressing our profound sadness and we offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. It was a true privilege for all of us in the Sony Music family to work with one of the most talented superstars in the history of music. We will miss him greatly."

Martin Bandier, Chairman & CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing: "Michael was the kind of amazing talent that comes along once in a lifetime. He was an incredible recording artist, an insightful businessman, an unmatched performer, and a true icon. To all of us at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, he was also a trusted and passionate partner, who was very proud of our accomplishments. He will be dearly missed. We wish his children and entire family our deepest condolences."

Del Bryant, BMI: “Michael Jackson was clearly one of the greatest entertainers of our era. His influence dominated and defined our culture not only in music, but in fashion, dance, film and so much more. Often overlooked are his spectacular skills as a songwriter, composing both music and lyrics for his immense body of work. In an era in which most songs are composed by teams, Michael was the sole composer of dozens of songs that endeared him to audiences around the world. A BMI songwriter since 1976, his BMI catalog contains more than 150 songs, more than 20 reaching multi-million performance status on American radio and television.”

The Recording Academy President Neil Portnow: “Rarely has the world received a gift with the magnitude of artistry, talent, and vision as Michael Jackson. He was a true musical icon whose identifiable voice, innovative dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and sheer star power carried him from childhood to worldwide acclaim. A 13-time GRAMMY recipient, Michael’s career transcends musical and cultural genres and his contributions will always keep him in our hearts and memories. We are deeply saddened by this tragic news and our hearts go out to his family and to music lovers around the globe who mourn this great loss.”

(courtesy of hits daily double, ET online and Rolling Stone)

Epic Records retired Chairman mourns the loss of Micheal Jackson



Retired Epic Records Chairman David R. Glew who worked closely with Michael during the most prolific time of his career, issued a statement regarding the loss of one of the world's greatest entertainers.

"I join with my colleagues at Epic Records and Sony Music, along with music fans all over the world, in mourning the loss of my dear friend Michael Jackson. I had the privilege of working closely with Michael over a 15 year period, which culminated in the release of History: Past, Present and Future, Book 1, the top selling multiple disc release of all time. Michael gave us all the greatest gift: extraordinary, timeless music that transcended the norm and resonated with people all over the planet. From heartland America to the favelas of urban Rio de Janeiro, his heart, soul, and creative energy brought unbridled joy to the world's music fans. All at Epic Records and Sony Music were privileged to bring that music to the people with the passion one feels when delivering a heartfelt gift to a loved one. My wife Ann and I offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to Michael's three children, his family, and the entire world of music fans brought together as one by Michael Jackson's legendary musical and creative genius. He will be sorely missed."

(via press release)

McCartney pays tribute to Michael Jackson



(from Paul McCartney.com)

"It's so sad and shocking. I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever and my memories of our time together will be happy ones.

I send my deepest sympathy to his mother and the whole family and to his countless fans all around the world."


As with all things coming to an end, it's nice to see Sir Paul pay tribute to Michael since they had a bitter business dispute over the ownership of the Beatles catalog (Northern Songs).

In edition, read HERE about the speculation of Michael Jackson giving back the ownership of Beatles songs to Paul reported earlier this year.

(via Spinner.com)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Fabolous: Loso plays with live band at B.B. King's New York





Fabolous is working hard to promote his upcoming release 'Loso's Way' out July 25 as he is seen here performing at B.B. King's in New York City June 24.

Check out the photos from the performance here

Quincy Jones remembers Michael Jackson


Quincy Jones, founder of VIBE and the iconic producer of Michael Jackson’s 1978’s Off The Wall (Epic), 1982’s Thriller (Epic) and 1986’s Bad (Epic), has made a statement on the singer’s passing.

Said Jones, “I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don’t have the words. Divinity brought our souls together on The Wiz and allowed us to do what we were able to throughout the 80’s. To this day, the music we created together on “Off The Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad” is played in every corner of the world and the reason for that is because he had it all…talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I’ve lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him.”

(article courtesy of VIBE Magazine)

Michael Jackson product running low


As with every major music star that dies there is inevitably a run on product. Michael Jackson is no exception. Sony Music is scrambling to press up more product and get out all available stock to retailers, the ones that are still around.

(from Billboard Biz)
Michael Jackson is arguably the biggest star to die during the SoundScan era and its expected that his physical catalog, much like his digital sales, will receive a huge sales boost next week from his untimely death.

Retailers and Sony Music are anticipating the rush and working to ensure Jackson's catalog is available in stores. Sources at Sony tell Billboard that more than one million copies of his albums have been ordered by retail outlets around the country since last night. Employees at Sony's pressing plants in Pitman, N.J., and Terre Haute, Ind., are being told to plan on overtime work as the plants will be running over the weekend.


Read more of the article here

Read about the digital music demand for Micheal Jackson here

Black Eyed Peas: Paris VIP Room show posted



'Como Tale Vu' Black Eyed Peas and all the special folk who were able to attend the show at the VIP Room in Paris France Thursday June 25. Since it is fashion week in Paris, what a great time for the hip and cultured to enjoy themselves.



Check out the photos of the performance:
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(main photo courtesy of Nicogenin on flickr)

50 Cent launches new fragrance


All the power brokers of rap are diversifying their portfolios and 50 Cent shant be out done. On June 23 with his manager Chris Lighty by his side, 50 wows corporate America's key holders with his new fragrance "Power by 50 Cent".

Check out the photos from the press event:
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Kanye West's clothing line Pastelle Inc is looking for a graphic designer


Pastelle Inc is currently conducting interviews in Los Angeles for a in-house graphic designer.

Learn more about the job here

Act quickly and the best of luck to you.

Look for the Pastelle Inc clothing line roll out Spring of 2010.

We Love You Michael R.I.P.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Whitney Houston: New Album and Title revealed


Whitney Houston's new album title is called, drum roll please...
'I Look To You'.
'I Look To You' arrives in stores and online September 1 on Arista Records.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ludacris launches his new cognac in France


Hip Hop artist Ludacris, launched his own cognac this week called Conjure which he debuted at Vinexpo in Bordeaux, France.
Read more about Ludacris' new venture here
Check out more photos from the press event here

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash at Phillips Arena Atlanta

The Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash brought out plenty of people to the Phillips Arena in Atlanta Saturday June 20. Guests on stage, off stage and backstage included a who's who in the current hip hop and R&B scene. Ace Hood, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, Sean Garrett, Mario, OJ Da Juiceman, Shawty Lo, Lil Wayne, Gucci mane, Keri Hilson, Soulja Boy, Jeremih, Playaz Circle, Fabulous, Maino, Pleasure P, Young Dro, Mary J Blige, Plies, Hurricane Chris, Bow Wow, Twista and many others were present for the mandatory Atlanta concert of the Summer season.










Check out the photos from the show:
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Anthony Hamilton and Musiq Soulchild go to church at New York City show

Anthony Hamilton made a stop at the WaMu Theater At Madison Square Garden Thursday June 18 on his current tour. Anthony and his touring partner Musiq Soulchild turn the pentecost into the holy ghost with this 'church time' performance duet.



Check out the photos from the show here

Beyonce: First glimpses of the Madison Square Garden Show

As Beyonce continues her touring juggernaut across the states, we see her make her 2009 splash in New York City Sunday June 21.

You might know a special someone who made a guest appearance during the show.







Check out the photos here
and here

Maxwell: BLACKsummers' night album preview


As July 7 approaches, there is one release marking our calendars for quite some time Maxwell's 'BLACKsummers' night'. This being the first part of a trilogy from Maxwell that is surely poised to go straight to number one. Our friend to Hooked On That Keleigh Starr gives us her feedback to one of the most anticipated releases of 2009.

Not many things motivate me to spend time writing a review but Maxwell is one of those things so I thought I would share my thoughts since this is going to be the first HUGE R&B release of 2009.

Track #1 "Bad Habits"
This is typical strong Maxwell. The sound will be totally familiar and the track is a "grown and sexy" kinda funky. I can totally see rolling down Wilshire in the Lex with the sun roof open singing my head off to this one. Towards the end I can so hear the Marvin Gaye influence for just a quick second. The band is funky on this one.

Track #2 " Cold"
At the open I so hear Prince in this one. The rhythm reminds me of a lot of Prince stuff. This is another one that if an up tempo funk kinda "get your roll on" track. Not the strongest vocals from Maxwell on this one but still fairly solid.

Track #3 "Fistful of Tears"
Mid tempo with an interesting strip down piano background. The lyrics are about him getting his woman to act right and honestly I just didn't feel the usual emotion that I feel from him. This track is good but from Maxwell I NEED GREATNESS and this ain't it for me. For the average person it will work but loving music daily like I do I need that song that makes me cry time after time and this wasn't it.

Track #4 "Help Somebody"
Another up tempo track but this one didn't make me want to jump in the car and open the sun roof like the 1st 2 did. I do appreciate the content of the song but I felt like the message got lost because the track is very "involved" and the instruments are powerful. Make sure you play this one and listen to the message. We could all do more of this.

Track # 5 "Love You"
This one totally did not move me.....not vocals, content, or track......

Track # 6 "Phoenix Rise"
With a 9 track album I need you not to have one of them be an instrumental lol. This reminds me of a Quik's Groove type break. Nice but I wanna hear that voice that makes you want to throw your panties on the stage......Ya Feel Me lol!

Track #7 "Playing Possum"
OK so we reach the first ballad........ Love the lyrics and the vocals but again I am not feeling the passion I usually feel from him. Its almost mechanic and although it sounds good I am the kind of person who needs it to move me to emotion. Do I like it yes.... but its not all that I needed from the 1st ballad.

Track # 8 "Pretty Wings"
We have all heard this one and it was always OK with me.......

Track # 9 "Stop The World"
I like this one! It makes me want to break out the Seven Sister wine, candles, and find a man worthy of my time lol! I ALMOST feel the passion in this one but regardless it just works! This would be a good video. ALL MEN SHOULD THINK LIKE THIS!

So all in all the album IS INDEED SOLID. I think most will be glad to hear his voice again because he doesn't sound like he's been away for years at all. He sounds STRONG. Is this the great come back that will blow you away no but its TOTALLY worth your money.

-Keleigh Starr

The Game: Red Album sneak peek

The Game goes through his verses and takes a listen from the control booth for a track that may get placed on the upcoming 'The R.E.D. Album'.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Keri Hilson: In-Store signing at Wet Seal Beverly Center LA

While taking a short afternoon break from the Keyshia Cole tour, Keri did an artist signing at the Wet Seal Beverly Center store in Los Angeles Wednesday June 17, promoting both her latest release 'In A Perfect World' and the Wet Seal 'Urban Vibe' clothing line.





Keri Hilson artist signing photos:
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Keri Hilson 'In A Perfect World' in stores now.

(video courtesy of HipHollywood)

Twista promotes upcoming release in New York City

Chicago mainstay Twista performed recently at Suzie Wongs in Chelsea New York Wednesday June 17. Also seen here doing a some cross promotion with EA Sports Fight Night Round 4 as well. Does Twista believe in branding and cross promotion? That would be a YES.





Check out the photos of Twista spotted in New York here

Twista "Category 5' out July 14 on Get Money Gang/EMI

(video courtesy of AllTheParties.com)

LMFAO gets the party rocking in NYC

Sky Blu and Redfoo of LMFAO made a pit stop in NYC at the Gramercy Theatre Thursday June 18 for their "Party Rock Tour" and by the looks of things the party continued on stage.





Check out the photos HERE

LMFAO "Party Rock" is slated to drop on July 7.

Eve performs at Pure Night Club in Las Vegas

It remains to be seen if Eve's release 'Flirt' formerly known as 'Here I Am' will ever see the light of day. Eve said it would come out in Summer on Geffen Records. Other artist are already making release announcements for September, so let's not hold our breath just yet. At least Eve is getting her live show on with this performance at Pure Night Club at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas on Saturday June 13.

Shake Your Tambourine, Eve!

B-Real ft. Damien Marley "Fire" video



B-Real 'Smoke and Mirrors' out now on Duck Down Records.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tupac: Birthday Anniversary celebration in Atlanta

On Tuesday June 16 in Atlanta, the Tupac Foundation brought all the elements together to make Tupac's birthday anniversary a memorable one. Mom Afeni was there along with Bun B, Lil Scrappy, 8Ball and MJG and others.



Photos of the event click HERE

(photos courtesy of All Hip Hop)

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Day 4 roundup

With Snoop and Erykah Badu, together performing "La Di Da Di" and Snoop solo performance.





Snoop photos:
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Erykah Badu photos:
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(video courtesy of Billboard)

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Day 3 roundup

With Raphael Saadiq live & interview.





Raphael Saadiq photos:
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(video courtesy of Billboard)

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Day 2 roundup

With Al Green, Public Enemy, SantiGold and Beastie Boys with Nas.







Beastie Boys photos:
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SantiGold photos:
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Public Enemy photos:
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Al Green photos:
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(video courtesy of Billboard)

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Day 1 roundup

With the Knux, Janelle Monae & Solange Knowles.





Janelle photos:
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The Knux photos:
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Solange Knowles photos:
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(video courtesy of Billboard)

Clipse perform new Kanye featured cut in Los Angeles

Malice & Pusha T better know as The Clipse get their live chops in with a show at Club Nokia LA on Saturday June 13. In this live video, we see The Clipse perform "Kinda Like A Big Deal" minus Kanye West which is expected to be on their upcoming release 'Till The Casket Drops'.



The Clipse 'Till The Casket Drops' hitting online and in stores September 2009.

Hip Hop's Greatest MCs touch down in New York

This represents the 2nd installment of the Hip Hop Legends Concert Series that took place at the B.B.King Blues Club & Grill in New York on Wednesday June 17 organized by Funkmaster Flex. The line-up represented a who's who in hip hop which included MC Lyte, KRS1, Lord Finesse, Buckshot, Black Moon, Smif-n-Wessun, Nice & Smooth, Joe Ski Love, Raekwon and more. Luminaries indeed.

Here's a taste of what went down.







Check out the photos from the event
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Check out first hand account from the show HERE
(courtesy of Ming-Tzu of Grandgood)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

J*DaVey and The ReBel Yell toss around ideas in the studio

Philly's own The ReBel Yell are currently working on their debut release 'Love & War'. Neo-Soul innovators J*DaVey are seen here collaborating with The ReBel Yell as they work in the studio.

In J*DaVey news, the band was recently signed to Warner Bros. and expect to see a new release from them in 2010.



'Love & War' is expected to hit stores and online August 4 on Rapster.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Three 6 Mafia: Weinheim Germany show posted


Sprechen sie deutsch, Three 6 Mafia? Not Exactly, but DJ Paul and Juicy J keep the German fans happy with their recent performance at Club Downtown in Weinheim, Germany on Wednesday June 10. Memphis stand up!





One Chance: Robbie Brent and Davon Allen give us a new song sneak peek

Now that R&B group One Chance has a new lease on life with their new Young Jeezy Corporate Thugz Entertainment affiliation, Robbie Brent from the group and Davon Allen one half of the songwriting team 'The Sikpenz' give us the skinny on a brand new One Chance track "(I Can) Shed A Tear For You".



(Courtesy of Triza TV)

Bone Thugs N Harmony: Krayzie Bone reveals new Bone activities from the studio

Krayzie speaks from behind the Bone Thugs N Harmony studio walls and gives us the current developments and upcoming projects from the Bone camp.



We just might have a new Bone Thugs N Harmony 'UNI-5' out September 1st.
(Courtesy of ThuglineTV)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Laura Izibor: Interviewed at Atlanta listening session

Irish female Soul sensation Laura Izibor recently held a listening event at Cafe Cira in Atlanta for her upcoming release 'Let The Truth Be Told' set to be released June 16 on Atlantic Records.



Check out the photos from the event:
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Duke Da God and Hell Rell speak from the studio

I suppose that Duke Da God is working in the studio on 'More Than Music v.3' coming out July 7 on E1/Diplomat Records. Watch for Duke Da God on tour Cam'ron and Jadakiss this summer.

Willy Northpole performs Body Marked Up in AZ

Filmed at Club 602 in front of a hometown crowd in Phoenix, Arizona recently. Willy is currently prepping for his latest release 'Tha Connect' dropping June 23 on Island Def Jam/Disturbing Tha Peace.

Beastie Boys: Asheville, North Carolina front row footage

More performance footage, this time in a short bite sized kinda way with segments re-capping the live show in its entirety.



Saturday, June 13, 2009

Beastie Boys: Bonnaroo warm-up show in North Carolina

This footage was shot Wednesday June 10 at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC where the Beastie Boys did a pre-Bonnaroo warm-up show. Biz Markie jumped in also with his rendition of "Benny and the Jets" in clip 3 as he was also the warm up act for the Beasties'.





De La Soul: London Performance

De La Soul performed at the Camden Centre in London Thursday June 11.


Ja Rule: Concert footage from Darmstadt Germany

As his status in The (Murder) Inc. remains in question, Ja Rule and his Mpire crew don't let matters slow them down as they performed Friday June 12 at the Crystal Club in Darmstadt Germany.