When Twitter Beef Gets 'Real'
Ahhh, the diss record. A staple in the hip-hop game; almost a requirement for up-and-coming artists. I’m not a huge fan of hip-hop beef (it’s been known to go horribly awry), but I had to listen to this new joint from the one and only Azealia Banks against my fave rapper-turned-reality-star (but not really cause he’s always Jimmy), Jim Jones. I could not believe they were engaged in a twitter beef over the concept of vamping… and whether or not Jimmy invented the ‘vamp life’ and whether or not Azealia is biting off of him. See? This is why rap beef can border on the wackness… it usually starts over some kind of ridiculousness (even if it late escalates to some deep ish). Beefing over who owns vamp-age? When the answer is clearly the Twilight franchise? Wait, not it’s Emma Clark. No, it’s Buffy. Or Joss Whedon. See? Silly beef, but a good diss record I think. It’s no Hit ‘Em Up, but who wants another one of those? Check out Azealia takin on Harlem’s Big Boys in Succubi. AraabMuzik on the beat.
P.S. Every time I see a reference to ‘succubi’ I think of that South Park episode. LMAO. Ok, get your gangsta back on.
The TV Guide
In the fairly long history of epic concert events that I have attended in my life, I struggle to remember a night that was quite as epic as last night was for my friend Ollie and me. Last night, we attended the 8th annual Freestyle Festival at QC’s 2020 in Montebello, CA. What we got was a night of unbridled fun that we were hoping to experience. There were many things about last night’s concert that made me worry that the night would be a bust. Despite the amazing line-up of performers, the concert was held inside a banquet hall on a golf course. The entire concert venue was prolly the size of the venue when you had your senior prom. I am happy to report that not only was the venue adequate but it turned out to be THE perfect place for an amazing throwback event like this to take place. Click below to see some photos and watch VIDEO from the show last night. You must experience some of the fun that Ollie and I got to experience live last night. More »
Posted under: 'Head To Toe', 'I Like It', 'Lost In Emotion', 'Two of Hearts', 'We Connect', Crystal Waters, Debbie Deb, Dino, Lisa Lisa, Stacey Q, Stevie B, The Freestyle Festival
She Was There
Last week Beyoncé announced that she will be performing inside the United Nations Headquarters in NYC, NY in honor of upcoming World Humanitarian Day. Yesterday, Bey filmed her performance of I Was Here inside the UN building and photos from the event have made their way to the Internets. Video of Beyoncé‘s performance won’t be released until World Humanitarian Day on August 19 but you can click below to get a sneak peek at her performance in a few amazing photos. More »
Kelly C. Impresses The D
Wow. Kelly Clarkson has truly outdone herself with this one … as you may know, Kelly likes to perform cover songs on tour that get sent to her by fans. Some of the songs have a connection with the city she happens to be performing in, some do not. Last night, at her concert stop in Detroit, MI, Kelly busted out a performance of Detroit native Eminem‘s Academy Award-winning song Lose Yourself that, man, you just HAVE to hear for yourselves! I’ve been impressed with Kelly‘s covers before but this one … yeah, she really impressed the HELL out of me with her ability to bust a rhyme. Much love and thanks goes out to my D-town homie David for sending in the video. Enjoy!!
Just when we thought this issue had been put to rest, Twitter got involved. Well, not Twitter, but I’m citing Twitter because I need something to blame for all this back-and-forth he-said-she-said confirmation/denial drama over the Aaliyah project. It seems like only yesterday (because it was yesterday) that we were getting the final say from Blackground Records, who confirmed that Missy Elliot and Timbaland would work on a posthumous Aaliyah album which would feature previously unreleased songs and new songs, some of which would include Drake (like the first single we heard). This news was comforting to some of us– mainly the part where Missy and Timb would be involved– but hours later, Missy Elliot was denying any knowledge of or involvement with the project. Deets inside.
Fashion icon, rock star, and mother of two, Gwen Stefani might be called a modern-day superwoman. Yesterday she was spotted out in LA looking pretty super (at least from the bottom), rocking these black gladiator-esque sandals that I’m kind of feeling. The No Doubt frontwoman (whose group just shared their new album cover art) had a grungy look going on; baggy jeans and a loose-fitting black tank completed the look as she hopped out of her Porsche and made her way to a friend’s house. Gwen also donned her standard red lipstick with black shades and had her platinum-blonde hair pulled back. I’ll tell ya right now, this is not a look I’d be able to pull off but Gwen has her own style, and it’s difficult to critique someone who does what she does with so much confidence. Not mad at the shirt, Gwen! Do you!
What do you guys think? Is Gwen pulling this look off or do you wanna give her a quickie make-over? Don’t touch the shoes though– they’re growin’ on me, lol.
Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News
Posted under: Gwen Stefani
"I got ta bag it up"
Early last month Shannon shared a BRILLIANTLY hilarious trailer for a film called Pitch Perfect due out later this year. As you may recall, the film stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson and more and revolves around the cutthroat world of competitive glee club competition … in college. Now, I know you may be thinking this movie is just like Glee but I can assure you, it’s only a little like Glee in that there is singing but is very different from Glee in that it is riotously funny and FULL of crass, adult-language fun. But, yes, there is music … very fun music. The clip featured here is from a key scene in the film were two competing glee clubs battle in a riff-off of dueling songs. Did you know Anna Kendrick can sing? Neither did I. Did you know that Anna Kendrick is not only a great singer but she can spit a rhyme as well? Take a listen and see what you think. And clear your Fall schedules, folks … trust me, you’re gonna wanna see Pitch Perfect when it opens in theaters. You’ll be thanking me.
Is Drake Really Involved? What About Timbaland & Missy Elliot?
Already this year there has been much talk about the rumored new Aaliyah album and even tho we’ve heard a new song, there are still many questions about what exactly is going on behind the scenes. We know that Drake will appear on the album but will he really be in charge of the whole thing? What about Timbaland and Missy Elliott? Will they really be shut out of the project? Billboard magazine has published a new report with information gotten directly from Blackground Records and they clear up all of the conflicting rumors. Click below to get the real 411 on what is going to happen with the forthcoming new album from Aaliyah. More »
Posted under: Aaliyah
Last week we saw all of these super fun super, cute pics of Lana Del Rey out greeting fans in Hollywood. She was all smiles and it was so cool to see her in a slightly different element. She’s now known for some pretty intense music videos and her look is definitely something special. Now she’s back to her usual swanky, sexy self (which is fine by me) in this Italian Vogue photo spread. You’ll see– the photos are very LDR, but she does get a little playful and the wardrobe is pretty insane. Check out the gallery and a behind-the-scenes video inside!