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Eminem and Rihanna to go on tour together this summer

Posted by Emily Wright February 24, 2014 11:09 AM


Eminem and Rihanna will be heading out on a three-city stadium tour this summer, riding on the tails of their "The Monster" duet success, according to a XXL exclusive.

"There are some shows coming up with Rihanna," Eminem told the magazine for the upcoming issue, which hits newsstands March 11. "It's a three-city tour: New York, L.A. and Detroit coming in August. The Monster Tour."

Think there's any way they'll add a Fenway stop? Pretty please?

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Lil Wayne says he laughed at Chris Brown, Drake fight

Posted by Glenn Yoder August 24, 2012 01:41 PM


Lil Wayne in a 2009 file photo.

Lil Wayne may be Drake's mentor, but he can't help but find humor in the performer's June 14 nightclub brawl with fellow singer Chris Brown.

"Honestly, I laughed at them," Lil Wayne told MTV News. "I can't front, I just laughed at them ... like, it's funny to me."

Even if he is having a strange reaction to the melee, he said he wouldn't trade places with the pair, adding, "I thank God I ain't going through it though, I've already been through too much." The warring hip-hop stars have been sued twice in recent weeks, first for $16 million by a company with ties to the club then again by a male model who suffered hand lacerations.

Drake is an artist on the label Lil Wayne founded, Young Money Entertainment. Lil Wayne previously tried to help his young talent and Brown settle the dispute by offering to mediate.

Jay-Z, Ron Howard teaming up for concert documentary

Posted by Glenn Yoder August 15, 2012 03:04 PM

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Jay-Z in Philadelphia on May 14, 2012.

Jay-Z will receive his close-up on film courtesy of Hollywood royalty.

The hip-hop mogul and director Ron Howard are currently shooting a documentary that will offer a behind-the-scenes look at a music festival Jay oversees, according to the New York Post. The Made in America festival will take place in Philadelphia Sept. 1 and 2 and showcase 20 artists, including Drake, Pearl Jam, Run-DMC, and locally-bred Passion Pit.

The news of the film collaboration was announced by Howard's Oscar-winning production partner Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind"), who told the Post, "It is going to be born through Jay-Z’s perspective ... how he puts the event together." He also offered kind words for his subject, telling the paper, "I can’t even begin to explain how [Jay-Z] is capable of remaining relevant. He is a phenom, like a musical Michael Jordan."

Jay-Z has previously appeared in another documentary, 2004's "Fade to Black," a profile of his career leading up to his "Black Album," and also acted in 2002's "State Property." While there's no word on a title or release information for the new film, check out a quick tease for the festival it centers around.

Karmin finalist in Rolling Stone contest

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe August 3, 2012 03:44 PM


Charles Sykes/Invision/Associated Press

Amy Heidemann from the duo Karmin performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday, July 20, 2012 in New York City.

A local gal may be on the cover of Rolling Stone - if you vote her onto the storied music magazine.

Amy Heidemann, the sassy, rapping, pompadour-sporting half of Karmin, the YouTube sensation turned chart-topping pop duo formed at Berklee, is up against pop upstart Rita Ora to win the magazine's "Women Who Rock" contest. The victor will be on the back cover of RS's upcoming "Women Who Rock" issue in September.

Both starlets will perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend, and fans will be able to vote for which performances they like, as well as other Karmin and Rita Ora videos and interviews, online.

For more info and to vote, log on to Rolling Stone's Women Who Rock site.

For a Karmin refresher, check out their chat.

Nicki Minaj goes tropical for 'Pound the Alarm' video

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe August 1, 2012 01:52 PM

Nicki Minaj references her Caribbean roots for her latest video, "Pound the Alarm." The Young Money diva, who was born in Trinidad, heads back to the island nation for a Carnival-themed clip for her newest single.

Sporting a gang of platinum blond spirals and a black, red, and white bejeweled Carnival outfit - the colors of the Trinidadian flag - replete with crimson plumes, Minaj makes her homeland pride known. The femcee leads a posse of similarly decked-out dancers through the streets of St. James to a raucous outdoor bash reminiscent of the world-famous Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.

Tina Fey raps on Childish Gambino mixtape

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 6, 2012 12:26 PM


Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images; AP Photo/Louis Lanzano

Collabos are standard practice in hip-hop and Childish Gambino, the rap alter ego of actor and comedian Donald Glover, has lined up some stellar names on his latest mixtape, "Royalty." Everyone from hot-in-the-streets rappers like Schoolboy Q to Wu-Tang Clan mastermind The RZA drop verses. However, one notable guest doesn't hail from the hip-hop world: "30 Rock" creator Tina Fey.


Amy Winehouse appears on Nas's 'Cherry Wine'

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 4, 2012 02:35 PM

The voice of the late Amy Winehouse hasn't been silenced.

Hip-hop luminary Nas has used one of the singer's unreleased vocal performances for "Cherry Wine," which premiered on July 3 and is from his forthcoming album, "Life Is Good."

The recording dates back to 2008, when the two paired up for some sessions. Nas spoke to NME about how the jazz-inflected production came together:

Yeah, Salaam worked on her last album, and they were working. We don’t even have an explanation for how it happened. It was just magic. It just happened. It was supposed to happen. She made it happen.

Another collaboration from the pair's session, "Like Smoke," was released on the posthumous Winehouse album "Lioness: Hidden Treasures."

Winehouse's "Back to Black" cut "Me and Mr. Jones" is reportedly about Nas.

Lana Del Rey and A$AP Rocky live American Dream in 'National Anthem' video

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 27, 2012 11:12 AM

For her latest visual, Lana Del Rey takes some classic American iconography and flips it on its head.


M.I.A. feat. Missy Elliott and Azealia Banks - 'Bad Girls' remix

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 25, 2012 03:48 PM


Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella; Larry Busacca/Getty Images; Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

From left: Azealia Banks, M.I.A., Missy Elliott

M.I.A. has switched up her speaker-rattling single "Bad Girls" in recent days with not just one but two remixes featuring some of hip-hop's most fiery females. Days after dropping a woozy revamp with her spunky protégée Rye Rye and game-changing femcee Missy Elliott, she swapped out Rye for rising raptress Azealia Banks.


Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music set to release collaborative album Aug. 7

Posted by Glenn Yoder June 22, 2012 03:38 PM

The wait is almost over for fans eager to hear the long-awaited collaborative album from the roster of Kanye West's label, G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams) Music. Contributor Pusha T told Hot 97 radio station in a July 20 interview that the artists will release the album “Cruel Summer” on Aug. 7, according to Rolling Stone.

If the album's title sounds familiar, it's the same as a short film that West premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month. Ahead of the G.O.O.D. music family's first performance together, scheduled for July 1 at the BET Awards, take a look at the album's lead single “Mercy,” featuring G.O.O.D. recording artists Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and, of course, Kanye himself.


1982 'Everything' video

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 18, 2012 01:26 PM

1982 - the collaborative hip-hop project of Lawrence native Termanology and producer Statik Selektah - released a new visual to their track "Everything." Shot in Florida, the video features a track from their latest album, "2012."

You can also check out the duo's recent interview with The Boston Globe.

Nicki Minaj, Funkmaster Flex, and the Hot 97 Summer Jam fiasco

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 5, 2012 02:44 PM

In hip-hop, beef is nothing new, and Nicki Minaj has made it clear that she's up for a fight.

REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Nicki Minaj performs at 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango at The Home Depot Center on May 12, 2012 in Carson, California

The platinum-selling MC has been embroiled in drama ever since she pulled out of New York City's legendary Summer Jam concert on Saturday after a DJ made some unsavory - and very public - comments about her music at the event, just hours before she was slated to perform.


Video: Nas 'Daughters'

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 29, 2012 12:38 PM

The latest hip-hop offspring making news actually isn't Blue Ivy.

Hip-hop luminary Nas has released a video to his single "Daughters," in which he raps candidly about his missteps and experiences raising his daughter, Destiny. The track even references some of the controversial social media missives attributed to the young Ms. Jones.

While the song details Nas's frustrations with fatherhood, the video is told from Destiny's point of view as she matures from a tot to a teen.

tags Daughters, Nas

Masspike Miles 'Love Come Down' video

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 25, 2012 04:32 PM

Boston native Masspike Miles recently unveiled his the video for his latest single "Love Come Down." Miles, who is a part of Miami hip-hop boss Rick Ross's camp, keeps it minimal yet sensual in the video, which is mostly black and white scenes of curvy ladies with windswept hair. The song is from his album "Say Hello to Forever."

Donna Summer, Prince, more songs inducted into National Recording Registry

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 23, 2012 01:29 PM


AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File

TIn this May 21, 2008 file photo, Donna Summer performs during the finale of "American Idol" at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Donna Summer's hit "I Feel Love" is joining The Grateful Dead's famous 1977 Barton Hall concert as sounds of cultural significance, among 25 additions that are being announced Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by the Library of Congress as part of its National Recording Registry.

"I Feel Love," one of the disco-era hits of the late Boston-bred diva Donna Summer, is one of 25 sounds saved by the Library of Congress. "Purple Rain" by Prince, "Green Onions" by Booker T and the M.G.'s, " and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio are also among the 2011 National Recording Registry inductees.


Jay-Z to curate Budweiser Made in America festival

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 14, 2012 12:54 PM


Entertainer Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, right, shook hands with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on May 14. The rapper announced plans for a two-day music festival at Fairmount Park, featuring nearly 30 acts "that embody the American spirit."

AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Hip-hop veteran Jay-Z will headline and curate the Budweiser Made in America festival in Philadelphia on Sept. 1 and 2, Rolling Stone reports. The rap star will perform during the event, alongside roughly 30 other acts representing a range of musical genres.

Tickets go on sale on May 23, and proceeds will benefit the United Way.

Beastie Boys sued by record label over sampling

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 9, 2012 11:51 AM

As if losing the third member of their crew wasn't enough, the Beastie Boys have been slapped with a lawsuit.


AP Photo/Capitol Records

In this 1989 file photo originally provided by Capitol Records, members of the Beastie Boys, from left, Adam Horovitz, known as Adrock, Michael Diamond, known as Mike D, and Adam Yauch, known as MCA, are shown. Yauch, the gravelly voiced Beastie Boys rapper who co-founded the seminal hip-hop group, died, Friday, May 4, 2012, at age 47 after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. Yauch was diagnosed with a cancerous salivary gland in 2009.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, who lost Adam Yauch a.k.a. MCA to cancer last week, were sued by record label TufAmerica the day before Yauch's death on May 4.


Kanye West releases 'Lost in the World' video

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 7, 2012 01:27 PM

When it comes to releasing videos, never expect the expected from Kanye West.

The MC recently dropped the video for "Lost in the World," the first part of the finale to his critically acclaimed 2010 album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," even though he already released another album, "Watch the Throne," with Jay-Z, and wrapped up a multi-city tour in support of that project.


HBO dedicating Rock Hall induction show to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys

Posted by Glenn Yoder May 4, 2012 05:51 PM

While the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was certainly celebratory, tomorrow's 9 p.m. premiere of the footage on HBO will be met by a somber tone in the wake of today's news that Beastie Boys founding member Adam "MCA" Yauch has died. The seminal rap group was immortalized at the musical shrine during the April 14 ceremony, though Yauch was reportedly too ill to attend. HBO is now planning to dedicate the show to Yauch, according to Billboard.


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