Brandy is taking her talents to Broadway.
The singer/actress revealed on Twitter that she would be making her Broadway debut and taking on the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway musical Chicago. Ray J’s big sis will be on the live stage for eight weeks at New York City’s Ambassador Theatre from Apr. 28th to June 21st.
Chicago is set in the 1920s and is a satire production that shows how criminal justice and entertainment cross paths and sheds light on the idea of a celebrity criminal.
Lollapalooza is heading back to Chicago with an all-star lineup of acts from across all genres.
Slated to hit Chi-Town’s Grant Park from July 31st to Aug. 2nd, artists like SZA, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, DJ Mustard, Travi$ Scott, Flying Lotus, Tyler the Creator, Kid Cudi and many more will be taking the stage for the festival.
Single day passes go on sale at 10 a.m, Central Time here.
Check out the flier of all the performers below.
Alicia Keys may have not snagged any gramophones at this year’s Grammy’s but they are honoring her in a different way.
According to reports, the “It’s On Again” singer is being honored at their Grammy’s On The Hill Awards ceremony on Apr. 15th in Washington. D.C at Hamilton Live. The native New Yorker is being presented with the Recording Artists’ Coalition Award for her musical influence and philanthropic accomplishments.
“We know that she will bring the same dedication to creators’ rights as she does to her global philanthropic efforts,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.
She’s also a founding member of The Academy’s new GRAMMY Creators Alliance.
Keys is slated to have a new album drop this year that will focus more on social issues.
“With this album, I find I have much more I want to talk about”, she told WWD last year. “This album is more about the concept, the thought I’m trying to get across, where in the past it’s been more about the melody. This time it’s more about what we’re going through as human beings.”
A$AP Rocky’s sophomore project, A.L.L.A, is on its way and during a photo shoot with fashion mag GQ, Pretty Flacko gave fans a preview of what’s to come.
While rocking threads from Dior Homme, Rag & Bone, Prada, J. Crew and Gucci, the “Multiply” rapper spit bars from a track off the album, which does not have a release date yet. Rocky recently told Billboard that his album is completed and is being mastered. Features include singer FKA Twigs and Lykke Li and is executive produced by Juicy J and the late A$AP Yams.
Watch the video below.
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood has lost a cast member.
TMZ reports that on Monday (Mar. 23) Ray J left the show because it is having a negative impact on his relationship with girlfriend, Princess Love. The two have been trying to work out the kinks in their relationship ever since Love was arrested for assaulting Ray back in February. The “I Hit It First” singer does not think the two can fully fix things while filming the show, which is filled with fights and chaos.
Sources told the pap site that Ray J offered to film scenes with less drama and more positivity but producers were not feeling his ideas.
Producers are reportedly going to meet with him and his manager to get him to change his mind.
James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted for the murder of G-Unit associate and alleged Bloods member Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher. In December, a jury found Rosemond guilty of orchestrating the killing of Fletcher as retaliation for his then 14-year-old son being attacked by G-Unit’s Tony Yayo.
According to the New York Post, Manhattan federal Judge Colleen McMahon called Rosemond’s acts “heinous” as she handed down the sentencing. Rosemond is already serving a life sentence for drug trafficking and weapons possession convictions. Authorities accused him of running the criminal enterprise known as the “Rosemond Organization.”
Rosemond was also the CEO of Czar Entertainment which had connections with Game, Gucci Mane, Brandy, and other artists. He had a longstanding violent feud with 50 Cent and G-Unit as well. Both 50 and Rosemond have accused the other of being a “snitch.”
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea was ask a ton of random questions as part of Vogue‘s “73 Questions” interview series. Among the topics were the “Fancy” performer’s pick for the world’s best music video, what she would ask the late 2Pac if she met him, and which artist was her greatest influence.
Best Music Video In The World:
[OutKast’s] “Bombs Over Baghdad”
If she could assemble a Hip Hop festival, who would headline:
Missy Elliott, I love her.
If she could meet 2Pac, what would she ask him:
I’d ask him – in every detail – what happened the night he passed away.
Song she wish she had written:
Artist she’d like to collaborate with:
I’d love to collaborate with Andre 3000.
Her favorite song of all time:
My favorite song of all time is 2Pac’s “Baby Don’t Cry.” It made me fall in love with rap music.
On album people would be surprised to know she owns:
[People would] probably be surprised to hear I own a Field Mob album.
Artist that influenced her the most:
For female rappers, Missy Elliott all the way.
Watch “73 Questions with Iggy Azalea” below.
Back in December Kendrick Lamar teamed with Reebok for the “I Am” video presentation. The two brands joined forces again last night for a surprise concert in West Hollywood. The only prior information about the event came via K. Dot’s Twitter page at 8 pm local time.
It turns out the TDE rapper was inviting fans to see him perform on top of a moving flatbed truck. Kendrick ran through tracks from his albums good kid, m.A.A.d. city and To Pimp A Butterfly. He also did a cover of 2Pac’s classic “Hail Mary.” The shocking set-up was reportedly part of Reebok’s #GetPumped campaign.
Watch footage from Kendrick Lamar’s surprise concert below.
Lil’ Twist is a wanted man. The Young Money signee has been charged with six felonies after attacking actor Kyle Massey’s brother and then robbing him.
TMZ reports that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has charged the 22-year-old with making criminal threats, burglary, grand theft, battery and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. An arrest warrant has been issued.
Back in November, Twist and four others were hanging out with Massey, who is know for starring on That’s So Raven, at his home and he and his brother, Chris, asked them to leave. The group left but returned and reportedly pushed back into the apartment, beat Chris with brass knuckles and took his wallet and cell phone.
If convicted on all charges, he could face 25 years in jail.
News broke recently that Lil Wayne is pitching an autobiography to different book publishers. TMZ got access to sections of the book’s treatment. One passage included Wayne learning that Drake had sex with a woman he was dating before the two were together.
Drake apparently relayed the information to his Young Money boss while he was still in jail. In another post, TMZ reports how Wayne responded to finding out Drizzy and his girlfriend had been together.
“As a man, I’ll admit that s**t really f**ked me up, but hey, f**k that ho!” Wayne wrote in his memoir. “Love is blind, that’s why I say make sure that b***h is a seeing eye dog.”
The book apparently features Wayne discussing how he was treated by the guards and making food in his cell. Wayne also recalls fellow inmates sharing their thoughts about him.
The Sorry 4 the Wait 2 creator also wrote, “The guy below me yelled all night, ‘Yo, f*** you Weezy!'”
Two decades later and stories about the tumultuous relationship between Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. are still coming to light. The latest individual to recall personal moments from Pac and Big’s history is Shawn Pen (formerly known as Lil Shawn).
Shawn recently spoke with The Combat Jack show. The friend of Biggie discussed a particular incident that involved the two Hip Hop legends and Jacques “Haitian Jack” Agnant.
Haitian Jack has long been implemented in the infamous 1994 shooting and robbery of 2Pac at the Quad City studio in New York. Pac even referred to Jack as a snitch on his song “Against All Odds.”
On the CBJ show, Shawn addressed the Quad City shooting, Pac’s belief Big knew about the set-up, and the aftermath of the fallout between the two former friends. Shawn Penn said:
Pac had already started accusing Biggie – whoever did it, you know it wasn’t him. Biggie wasn’t that guy. That just wasn’t him. So, me and Big are talking, and Big is like, “I can’t believe this dude would accuse me of doing that. Me and this n***a was super f**king cool. He knows that’s not my style.”
When Pac first started hanging out with Jack and everybody, Biggie or somebody in his camp had said something to him about it. Pac went back and told Jack. And Biggie got robbed.
The same s**t that happen in the movie [Notorious], whether it was Big or whomever, they told Pac, “Be careful.” He didn’t really have nothing to worry about… Pac went back and told [Jack], and that’s when they didn’t f**k with Big no more.
Haitian Jack also spoke about the Quad City shooting in a recent interview. He denied being behind Pac getting shot that day. He told HipHopWired:
Whenever it comes to ‘Pac it feels like I’m blamed. I know who’s behind it and we’ll get into that one-day. But the person that’s behind it is serving life right now. Let me tell you man, whenever you go out of your way to get someone killed, put in jail and slander their character, all those things end up coming back to you; especially a person who has nothing against you or has done nothing to you.
2Pac’s former bodyguard Reggie Wright told AllHipHop.com in 2014 it was most likely James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond that was behind Pac being ambushed in Manhattan. Wright said at the time:
We believe for most of that to be true – that Jimmy Henchman did that just to show Puff and Biggie his street credibility. To get his name out there is the reason that was done.
Shawn later contended that while Biggie was upset about Pac turning on him, he believes the entire Bad Boy/Death Row “beef” was orchestrated by Suge Knight. Shawn suggested 2Pac’s attitude completely changed after Suge bailed him out of jail and signed him to Death Row Records.
Listen to Shawn Pen’s full interview below.
Lil Wayne has been releasing rap music for over 15 years, and he has been a fixture in pop culture for nearly a decade. According to his “Deep” collaborator Big Sean, Wayne has basically become synonymous with rap.
“You can’t talk about rap music and not mention Lil Wayne,” Sean told AOL Build. “He changed the game.”
The GOOD Music member joins other peers who have praised Wayne’s contributions. Crooked I of Slaughterhouse said Wayne brought lyricism back to the mainstream. Kendrick Lamar referred to Wayne as a “legend” that did a lot for Hip Hop culture, and fellow TDE emcee Ab-Soul listed Wayne among his top five rappers of all time.
Watch Big Sean’s interview below.
Superstar producer Timbaland has been touting his Mosley Music Group signee Tink for months. Tim took his praise for the young singer/rapper to another level when he told a crowd in Austin, Texas the late Aaliyah co-signed Tink from beyond the grave.
“I don’t touch Baby Girl’s record. Y’all know that’s Aaliyah,” said Timbaland at the Fader SXSW showcase. “I was riding home one day, sleep. She spoke to me in my sleep, and said [Tink’s] the one.”
With Tink standing behind him on stage, Timbo added that he was not comparing the Chicago performer to the “Are You That Somebody?” singer.
“Aaliyah spoke to me and said, ‘[Tink’s] the one,” He stated. “I’m not saying she’s better than Aaliyah. I’m not saying none of that.”
Timbaland and Missy Elliott were instrumental in helping craft Aaliyah’s sound for her second album One In A Million. Since her death, he has been very protective of the R&B star’s legacy which included bashing the Lifetime Network and producer Wendy Williams for the television biopic about the deceased songstress.
Watch footage of Timbaland speaking about Aaliyah and Tink below.
Damon Dash had most of the Hip Hop world talking last week because of his heated interview with Power 105. Dash’s statements on the show was praised by some and criticized by others. Among the critics was The Breakfast Club co-host Charlamagne Tha God. He called Dash’s words “dangerous.”
The co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records addressed his appearance on The Breakfast Club in the latest video from Hip Hop Motivation. The clip includes Dash acknowledging he appreciated the exchange of ideas that took place during the interview.
“Usually I talk a lot and there’s never anyone to actually talk back,” said Dash. “I think we were able to see another person’s perspective and how they justify it, live in front of a lot of people. I think that was an interesting perspective.”
One of the most controversial portions of the Dash interview was his repeated comments suggesting a real man does not have a boss. Some listeners took that stance as discouraging or insulting to working people. While he refused to apologize for his delivery, Dash did attempt to clear up the message he was trying to get across.
“I was saying if you have a job, you have to pay the bills, but that pays the bills momentarily. So if you have a job, in that moment, you should also be investing in something that you can pass on to your children,” explained Dash. “I said [to The Breakfast Club hosts, ‘I’m not mad at you for having a job. I mad at you for having the same job for 25 years.'”
Dash goes on to add that The Breakfast Club has a large platform, and he feels the hosts of the program need to be factual and stop promoting gossip. Dash also took issue with Charlamagne speaking on him during his Brilliant Idiots podcast and not directly to Dame in person.
“I see him talking a lot now. I feel like he should have said it when he had the opportunity to,” Dash stated.
The Hip Hop Motivation video includes Dame announcing he and Kanye West are going to buy the web retailer entertainment company Karmaloop. The purchase will apparently provide direct competition to Complex Media.
“I’m going to put Complex out of business for f**king with me. I don’t like them. It’s a war between me and them,” declared Dame.
Watch Dame Dash’s interview below.
Earlier this week, Run The Jewels were performing on the Spotify House Stage at SXSW and a man attempted to attack them. Although RTJ and security disposed him minutes later, member Killer Mike ended up being hurt and had to head back to Atlanta to see his doctor, where he was diagnosed with a torn Rotator Cuff. Although Mike is currently injured, he ended up returning to Texas and performed last night at Stubbs Barbecue. Before Run The Jewels performed their single “Banana Clipper”, Killer Mike mentioned the incident:
“Last time we did this song, it was interrupted. Let’s not let that happen again. If you interrupt this song, we’ll beat the f*ck out of you.”
Looks like no one will attack Run The Jewels on-stage again.
Raury has been showing up everywhere lately. Last week, the ATL singer performed at Buku Music + Art Project in Louisiana, then went to make a few performances at SXSW. To end his week, Raury performed his single “God’s Whisper” at the mtvU Woodie Awards Friday. Check out the video below.
You’ll never know what will happen in the world of music when SXSW is going on. From surprise appearances at concerts, to actual mixtapes being released during the weak, the annual festival in Texas keeps people on their feet until the final day. Last night, Wiz surprised his SXSW audience by dropping a new track titled “Rain” featuring OVO singer PARTYNEXTDOOR. The video (caught by The Trophy Life) is very brief, but from what we hear, PARTYNEXTDOOR supplies the smooth hook, while Wiz supplies the raps. Check out the clip below.
Photo via Future’s Instagram
Amongst all the musical madness and excitement at SXSW, Future just dropped a major surprise. While performing he dropped his ’56 Nights’ Mixtape at the Miller Lite UPROXX House stage also featuring Bleachers, Best Coast, DJ Bandcamp, Scott Melker, Tim Gunter, Ball Park Music, The Black and The White, Jared James Nichols,Grand Analog, Stash, Young Buffalo and more. The crowd just went wild!
“Let’s go! It’s freaking nuts; I’m listening to it now,” said Steve Raze
Click HERE to take a listen to all 10 tracks.
At this year’s South by Southwest music festival, Chance the Rapper made his acting debut in the Colin Tiley-directed short film, Mr. Happy.
In the film, Chance plays Victor, a depressed young man who has been trying to kill himself. After unsuccessful attempts, he takes to the internet to ask “why can’t I kill myself?” He then comes across a site that claims it can people in their suicidal quests. After paying a large fee for the services, he meets a young lady who brings some sunshine into his dark world.
Tamar Braxton was reportedly rushed to the hospital yesterday (Mar. 19).
According to reports, the reality star/The Real TV host suffered a panic attack and was rushed to the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center after complaining of shortness of breath and anxiety. There is no word on what caused the panic attack but there have been rumors that she and her husband, Vince Herbert, owe the IRS $1.6 million and are in jeopardy of losing their home.
The “Love and War” singer took to Twitter to dispel those claims and blasted blogger Sandra Rose was for claiming that she was broke.
“So.. YALL blogs and validated radio stations etc getting your news from a BATHROOM blogger @SandraRose ?? If my husband owed 1.6, hell 4.6 million dollars I could pay that! Be very careful because you ARE sending me to the hospital with anxiety issues!! Maybe I Should talk to my Lawyer about the rumors you are spreading and how sick it’s making me… You did say that’s why I went correct.”
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