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The most shocking song of Eminem's career is actually a tribute to his mother.
On "Headlights," from Eminem's "MMLP2" album, the rapper offers a mature, sincere apology to his mom, Debbie Mathers, from whom he remains estranged.
The title "Headlights" refers to their last meeting. As she drove away, he became fixated on the headlights of her car as he coped with feelings of "overwhelming sadness," he raps.
As the lyrics continues, the Detroit rapper apologizes for dissing his mother in songs like 2002's "Cleanin' Out My Closet" in which he called her a "selfish b-tch" he hoped would "burn in hell."
In 1999, Debbie filed a $10 million lawsuit against Eminem, accusing him of slander and settled for $25,000 in 2001.
"I went in headfirst, never thinking about who what I said hurt … My mom probably got it the worst," he raps in his opening lyrics.
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Expect Miesa to make her mark as a new female R&B/pop contender to watch.
The New Jersey native, who has worked with the likes of Kaleena of Dirty Money, Cassidy, Young Joc and Joe Thomas, doesn't need an Auto-Tune assist to hit her high notes -- or low ones either.
Yahoo Music is honored to premiere her latest single, "Nope (Can't Let Go)," a booming-beat and piano-driven tearjerker about an unbreakable connection to a true love.
Written by JacksonCroft and produced by The Chemistri, "Nope (Can't Let Go)" is just easy feeling, good music, showcasing the vocal dexterity of the Siri Music Group / Entertainment One (eOne) recording artist.
The singer, who grew up in a musical household and plays the guitar, clarinet and piano, said she wants her fans to connect to her music. “I want my fans to feel the music the way that I do," she said in a statement. "I'm in love with harmonies and backgrounds that give music different dynamics. I just want people to experience what's in my heart and understand my passion.”
Three 6 Mafia and Da Mafia 6ix member Gangsta Boo made some shocking revelations about witchcraft during an exclusive three-part interview with Yahoo Music.
Since their debut in the 1990s, Three 6 Mafia has been plagued with rumors that they worshiped the devil because their name references 666, a number typically associated with Satan; they rapped about Lucifer; and they incorporated Satanic imagery in their artwork.
During an exclusive interview with Yahoo Music's The Aftermath, Gangsta Boo revealed that she experimented with witchcraft after she joined the Memphis group.
"I dibbled and dabbled in witchcraft 'cause I was young and I wanted to know what the dark side was about," she said during Part 3. "I've always heard about it and we was in this group called 666 Mafia so I wanted to be as dark as possible."
Gangsta Boo admits that her mother did not approve of her exploration.
"I bought a witchcraft book and my momma put me out the house," she said. "It's not that I was sitting in the circle practicing Illuminati scriptures or whatever. I was just young and when you young you explore."
Kanye West wants to change the meaning of the controversial confederate flag.
The rapper has received backlash for using images of the flag on T-shirts sold during his Yeezus tour stops.
During an interview Monday on Los Angeles's 97.1 AMP Radio, Kanye explained why he supports his decision to promote the flag that symbolizes the southern states that defended slavery during the civil war and is used to represent white supremacist hate groups.
"The confederate flag represented slavery," Kanye told the station. "That's my abstract take on what I know about it. So I made this song 'New Slaves.' So, I took the confederate flag and made it my flag. It's my flag now. So what you gone do? Ain't nothing [going] to happen."
According to Kanye, his tour merchandise is selling well. "We're doing like really good with the merch," he told AMP. "We're doing like Metallica numbers, like $14 a head. We're doing like [Justin] Bieber numbers."
Eminem's new song "Monster" could be considered a PSA for mental health.
On the song bustling with electric rock guitars and heavy drum snares, the Detroit rapper discusses being influenced by voices he hears in his head. He refers to the voices as the monster under his bed.
Rihanna, who also teamed with Eminem for the 2010 hit "Love The Way You Lie," sings the chorus, "I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed/ Get along with the voices inside of my head/ Keep tryin' to save me/ Stop holding your breath/ And you think I'm crazy/ Well that's not fair."
Throughout the song, Eminem describes his struggle to feel normal. "Going cuckoo and kookie as Kook Keith, but I'm actually weirder than you think," he rhymes.
He even asks his listeners not to judge him. "I'm just relaying what the voice in my head's saying," he raps. "Don't shoot the monster."
He admits that he knows his admission will be hard to grasp for some. "Maybe I need a straight jacket for real, but I'm OK with that. It's nothing," he says. The song received an explosive response via Twitter:
R&B superstar Jody Watley took some cues from some of her favorite songs when prepping her single "Nightlife," the debut from her first album in seven years.
"Nightlife" is a feel good, soulful dance record that offers an uplifting message with lyrics like, "Life ain't easy. I feel like I want to get out. Have myself a good time."
During a recent three-part interview with Yahoo Music, Jody said songs like McFadden and Whitehead's "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" inspired "Nightlife."
"I started listening to some of those songs I had not heard in a long time and that even if you never heard it before it just lifts you up, the O'Jay's 'Message In Our Music,' Phyllis Hyman's 'You Know How to Love Me,' Shalamar's 'Night To Remember,'" she said in Part 1.
Super producer Stevie J and the Puerto Rican princess Joseline Hernandez have turned reality television upside down with their explosive, animated personalities on VH1's hugely popular series "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta."
Yahoo Music's The Aftermath got a taste of their intensity when the newly married couple recently stopped by the offices for an interview.
Though there was no three-way wedding proposal, fistticuffs or strip club scenes, there was plenty lively discussion during the three-part video interview.
Arguably the most shocking revelation was Stevie J's plan to showcase more of his music on the upcoming season.
Stevie said he and Joseline talked to executive producer Mona Scott-Young about their storyline. "Mona and my wife and I had a conversation and now she's going to let me implement some of my music," Stevie said during Part 2 of the The Aftermath interview. "And I love it. Being a musician, I love to play the guitar, the piano, saxophone, trumpet, drums, bass, whatever it is. I'm just ecstatic now that I'm ale to add a music element to 'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.'"
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at Hip-Hop Media Training4 mths ago
It looks like Beyoncé has found a new favorite dance.
Following the "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" singer's concert Saturday at New Zealand's Vector Arena, the country's All Blacks rugby team surprised her with their traditional Haka dance.
The 30-second routine filled with two-dozen men grunting, flexing and chanting turned into a faceoff as Beyoncé did her best to keep up. She growled, cheered and even stuck out her tongue to show her gratitude.
"She didn't know about it and was completely surprised when she ran off stage and was suddenly welcomed by the Haka," a rep for Sony, Beyoncé's label, told The New Zealand Herald. "The energy was so intense, she started doing the Haka back."
According to a video posted on Beyoncé's YouTube channel Thursday, the All Blacks perform the ritual before international rugby matches to "intimidate the opponent," though it is also used to "honor a distinguished guest."
Kanye West doesn't consider it blasphemous to have a Jesus impersonator on his Yeezus tour set.
The controversial rapper shocked those in attendance Saturday at his opening date when an actor portraying the Son of God joined him on stage during the introduction of his song "Jesus Walks."
"White Jesus is that you? I been looking for you my whole life," Kanye said at the Key Arena in Seattle when the actor emerged, dressed in a white gown. The biblical figure replied, "But I found you. I've been here the whole time."
The scene that included profanity in the dialogue received some backlash. A concertgoer is heard saying, "Way too far, Man" as others cheered in video footage that surfaced online.
There's a scene in the VH1 movie "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" that is reminiscent of the female bank-heist film Set It Off .
Upset that they had not been appropriately compensated for the sales of their sophomore album, "CrazySexyCool," the members of TLC held Clive Davis, then president of Arista Records, hostage and demanded payment.
They stormed the label with a group of female convicts and confiscated all the TLC paraphernalia in sight.
The scene is one of the most shocking moments in the film, which premieres on VH1 Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The depiction is based on a true story, members Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins told Yahoo Music in an exclusive interview.
"First of all it's funny because people get to see that in the movie, but I personally would have liked it if it would have showed a little bit more of that because that was a serious thing that we went through," Thomas said. "We talked about that."