Mississippi rapper Tito Lopez received affirmation that he should title his latest mixtape The Hunger Game when watching the movie The Hunger Games, a story about children fighting until death to win food for their hometowns.Read More »from Tito Lopez Compares Hip Hop To ‘The Hunger Games’
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Thu, Aug 16, 2012 6:39 PM EDT
Based On A T.R.U. Story, the debut album from Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz, is projected to debut at No. 1 on the charts next week, but the artist who has recorded with Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne said the good news is bittersweet.
During an interview this week with Angie Martinez on New York's Hot 97 radio station, 2 Chainz said he is having a difficult time coping with the recent death of his father.Read More »from 2 Chainz Says Father’s Death Makes Album Success Bittersweet
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Wed, Aug 15, 2012 7:54 PM EDT
Rihanna shed her tough girl exterior when discussing ex-boyfriend Chris Brown during an interview with Oprah Winfrey on her television show "Oprah's Next Chapter." The pop star's eyes were welled with tears as she described having conflicting feelings about Brown after he assaulted her in 2009.
"I lost my best friend," Rihanna explained during the emotional conservation filmed in her home country of Barbados. "Like everything I knew was switched. Switched in a night. And I couldn't control that. So I had to deal with that, and that's not easy for me to understand or interpret. And it's not easy to interpret on camera, not with the world watching."Read More »from Rihanna On Chris Brown: ‘I Was More Concerned About Him’
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Wed, Aug 15, 2012 5:15 PM EDT
Brandy plus Chris Brown plus "A Milli" producer Bangladesh sounds like about the best formula an R&B pop girl could get for a comeback record. But though the sexy, mid tempo track is edgy, it's more pleasant than smash. I was hoping the video would make me like it more, but unfortunately it doesn't, despite the bright colors, Bran's couture looks, and sex appeal.
Brandy is looking good and appears to have found her comfort zone when dancing in the "Put It Down" video. When she made a similar attempt in 2004 with the Kanye West-produced "Talk About Our Love" (ironically, one of my favorite Brandy songs), the choreography and blonde hair felt too influenced by Beyonce.Read More »from Brandy And Chris Brown’s ‘Put It Down’ Song And Video Are Just OK
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Tue, Aug 14, 2012 7:53 PM EDT
Strong Arm Steady members Krondon and Phil The Agony visit The Aftermath, the best music discussion on the 'net, to talk about their new album, Stereotype, explaining the title's double meaning. The West Coast vets sometimes get pegged as gangsta rappers, so listeners will be surprised by the record. "It's a representation of what you wouldn't expect," they said.
Krondon and Phil also give the background on teaming up with Statik Selektah, who produced the entire album. Originally, Statik was only going to work on one song, but the initial results were so good that they decided to do an entire album.Read More »from Strong Arm Steady On ‘Stereotype’ Album, And Working With New West Coast MCs
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Thu, Aug 9, 2012 2:15 PM EDT
Bobbi Kristina and Nick Gordon (photo: Twitter)Bobbi Kristina Brown and close family friend Nick Gordon spent Wednesday night, the eve of Whitney Houston's 49th birthday, getting the late pop star's initials tattooed on their wrists.
Brown announced their plans via Twitter Wednesday afternoon. "On the way with MYbooboo @nickgordon :)heading2 #Inksomnia for our TATTSSS !this is for you mommy (: we love you, happybirthday Ourlady XXo," she wrote.Read More »from Bobbi Kristina Celebrates Whitney Houston’s Birthday With Honorary Tattoo
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Wed, Aug 8, 2012 2:16 PM EDT
photo: TwitterParis Jackson is determined to keep alive the legacy of her father, late King of Pop Michael Jackson. On Tuesday, the outspoken teen revealed her desire to get permanent body art in memory of her dad.
"I kinda want to get August XXIX tatted on my back," Paris wrote on Twitter Tuesday, one day after she posted an image of her bedroom wall that is covered with a massive collage of photos of the "Thriller" singer.Read More »from Paris Jackson Wants To Tattoo Dad’s Birthdate On Her Back
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Mon, Aug 6, 2012 7:29 PM EDT
Whitney Houston's life story is the subject of a new documentary, Always Whitney.
The 1-hour-and-9-minute special, out Tuesday, spans Houston's New Jersey roots to her death at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last February.Read More »from Whitney Houston’s Biography Chronicled In ‘Always Whitney’ Documentary
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Fri, Aug 3, 2012 4:02 PM EDT
Many independent recording artists are anxious to get picked up by a big label, but Las Vegas MC Dizzy Wright is not in a rush to sign away his artistic control to a major.Read More »from Dizzy Wright Talks ‘Smokeout Conversations’ Mixtape, Independence And Las Vegas
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Thu, Aug 2, 2012 6:54 PM EDT
Mariah Carey is taking a new turn with her latest single, "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," the first release from her 14th studio album. "Triumphant," a collaboration with Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael Cox, is much mellower than her typical debut singles from her albums.Read More »from Mariah Delivers Uplifting Olympic-Style Song With ‘Triumphant’
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