Like a Navy Seal, Rihanna emerges from water to launch her search for her true love. She parties in a village of tribesman, dances with a harem, and finds solitude in a forest surrounded by pink flowers.Read More »from Rihanna Teams With Missy Elliott Collaborators For Dance-Heavy ‘Where Have You Been’ Video
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Mon, Apr 30, 2012 2:48 PM EDT
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Sat, Apr 28, 2012 4:27 AM EDT
Steven on Rita: 'Finally someone that can sing.'American Idol Season 11 is close to naming its winner, but Idol judge Steven Tyler--Aerosmith's lead singer--is singing the praises of another budding artist who isn't even a contestant on the popular reality show.
Friday, Tyler crashed a Yahoo! Music interview with Jay-Z's new protégé Rita Ora, specifically to greet the U.K. singer who is making her U.S. debut. When Tyler noticed Ora sitting on a bench in the garden of a swank West Hollywood hotel, he stopped by to say hello. Tyler was among the music industry A-listers at Ora's showcase Thursday night at the Viper Room.Read More »from Steven Tyler Sings Rita Ora’s Praises, Crashes Her Yahoo Interview
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Fri, Apr 27, 2012 12:34 PM EDT
Hologram Tupac at Coachella Music FestivalTupac's hologram-like appearance at the Coachella Music Festival during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's recent headlining set has prompted a spike in sales for his music catalog, according to Billboard Magazine.
While the sales increases weren't enough to top the core charts, they made an impressive impact. Tupac's song, "Hail Mary," which was the first track the digital version of the rapper performed at Coachella, sold 13,000 downloads last week, a 1,530 percent rise, Billboard reports.Read More »from Tupac Hologram Rebounds Late Rapper Onto The Charts
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Thu, Apr 26, 2012 7:35 PM EDT
Drumma BoyMemphis producer Drumma Boy has one of the most enviable discographies in hip-hop. His credits include the likes of Kanye West, Chris Brown, and T.I., not to mention legendary acts from his home state, Eightball & MJG, Three 6 Mafia, Gangsta Boo and Young Buck.
During a stop by the Yahoo! offices this week, Drumma hung out with me and Soren Baker, hosts of Yahoo! Music's The Aftermath, and offered updates on his new mixtape, "Drum Squad Presents Welcome To My City 2," his efforts to unify Memphis acts, and the disappointment he felt when the Hip Hop Honors omitted the his town from their celebration of the south in 2010.Read More »from Drumma Boy On New Mixtape, Hip Hop Honors Overlooking Memphis & Classical Music
I wish Left Eye could hear this tribute "Left Eye Back" by Mobile, Alabama-bred rapstress Black Frost. Black Frost kicks off the 3-minute piece with a clip of Left Eye reflecting on artistic advice she received from Tupac.
Then Black Frost, suited up in camouflage gear, emerges in front of a backdrop engulfed in flames, rapping the song's chorus, "Left Eye back. Left Eye back. Got everybody screaming Left Eye back," taking cues from Meek Mill's monster jam, "Tupac Back."Read More »from ‘Left Eye Back’ Tribute Song By Black Frost
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Wed, Apr 25, 2012 4:31 PM EDT
If you can't beat them, I suppose you join them. R&B veteran Brian McKnight has joined the club of raunchy male singers R. Kelly, Chris Brown and Akon, who actually incorporate profanity in their otherwise smooth ballads.
McKnight sparked a buzz online Monday when he posted the song "If You're Ready To Learn" on YouTube. McKnight, who typically writes love songs about winning a woman's affection ("Back At One," "Never Felt This Way" and "Still In Love") decided to try on a new style for a proposed adult mixtape.
WARNING: Sexually Explicit LyricsRead More »from Brian McKnight Gets Sexually Explicit On ‘If You’re Ready To Learn’, Fans Divided
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Tue, Apr 24, 2012 7:11 PM EDT
It's been 10 years since TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was killed in a car crash in Honduras on April 25, 2002.
The music community was traumatized by her untimely death. Along with group members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, Left Eye recorded a decade's worth of anthems, including "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg," "Creep" and "No Scrubs," and became one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.
T-Boz was the cool vocalist who sung in a low register. Chilli was the sexy Black Barbie who sang R&B pop. And Left Eye was the baby-faced, squeaky-voiced rapper known for spewing controversial lyrics like, "If I need it in the morning and the middle of the night, I ain't too proud to beg."Read More »from Pebbles Talks Discovering TLC, The Fire At Andre Rison’s House, And Last Conversation With Left Eye
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Thu, Apr 19, 2012 6:27 PM EDT
Come on, you don't believe the Kanye West and Kim Kardashian relationship was real do you? Hear me and Soren Baker break it down in this week's Aftermath news segment.Read More »from Are Kanye West And Kim Kardashian Pulling A Publicity Stunt?
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Wed, Apr 18, 2012 7:30 PM EDT
The U.S. pop market welcomes a new leading lady this week, UK singer, actress and model Rita Ora, who is signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation and Columbia Records. Ora's video for "How We Do (Party)" is a playful ode to tearing up the town with the energy of a Katy Perry anthem.Read More »from Jay-Z Protégé Rita Ora Makes U.S. Debut With ‘How We Do (Party)’ Video
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Hip-Hop Media Training – Tue, Apr 17, 2012 8:14 PM EDT
Mario and Mandela Van Peebles star in a new coming of age movie, "We The Party."Read More »from Mario And Mandela Van Peebles Discuss New Movie ‘We The Party’
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