Archive for 02.17.2012

Rap-Up TV: Mystikal Talks Return, Reveals Album Guests

“I’m back!” said Mystikal, while surrounded by his YMCMB family at Cash Money’s pre-Grammy bash in Hollywood. The New Orleans rapper, who was incarcerated for six years, thanked his fans for their support and revealed some of the collaborators on his Cash Money debut including Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, and Rick Ross.

“To leave them with their hands in the air like that and come back and their hands still up after six years, that’s flattering, humbling, and everything,” a grateful Mystikal told Rap-Up TV.

His first album since 2001’s Tarantula is due later this year. “This album’s gonna be well, well worth the wait. Trust me.”

T.I. Records ‘Humongous Hit’ with Usher

T.I. served the streets with his mixtape F*ck Da City Up and now he’s ready to take over radio once again. Rico Love reveals that he has produced a new single for T.I.’s upcoming album Trouble Man.

“I did a new song for T.I. and Usher,” he tells Rap-Up TV. “It’s just a dope, dope collabo. Usher and Tip, two Atlanta natives. This time I finally feel like they got a record that’s gonna be a humongous hit.”

He is so confident, he’s even willing to bet on it. “I’d bet the bank on this record. I’m excited about it.”

Love has recorded three to four other songs for Trouble Man including a collaboration with Trey Songz.

Teyana Taylor ‘Hurt’ by Nude Photo Leak

Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor was the latest victim of an Internet scandal when a nude photo of her surfaced this week. The 21-year-old singer expressed her anger over the leak, attributing it to a hacker who stole her phone.

“It really hurt my feelings that someone would be so evil and mean,” wrote Teyana, while shooting down reports that she leaked the image herself. “I would never leak photos like that of myself. I have way more class & respect for myself as a young woman.”

Teyana will release her new single “DUI” featuring Fabolous and Jadakiss on February 25. Her EP The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor is set to follow on February 29 March 12.

Read her open letter below.


Report: Janet Jackson in Talks to Join ‘X Factor’

Janet Jackson

Is Janet Jackson headed to “The X Factor”? The pop icon is reportedly in preliminary talks to join the U.S. singing competition as a judge.


Video: K’naan f/ Nas – ‘Nothing to Lose’

Nas and K'naan

K’naan takes Nas on a tour of Toronto in the video for “Nothing to Lose,” a cut off his EP More Beautiful Than Silence. The Canadian MC catches up with old friends and visits the neighborhood where he grew up, including the Somali Social Club and Poets & Pirates Cafe. “We got our own flavor, we got our own struggles, we got our own version of hard,” he tells Nas. Cruise through his stomping grounds.


Video: Chris Brown – ‘Turn Up the Music’

Chris Brown

Chris Brown makes all the right moves in the electrifying video for “Turn Up the Music,” the lead single off his fifth album Fortune. The smooth operator hops in a futuristic cab and soon finds himself in the wildest party of his life.

Dancers in animal costumes lead him to a warehouse, where he busts out slickly-choreographed routines, including moves inspired by his idol Michael Jackson. He dances shirtless in a suit, splashes in the rain, and raves in the streets in the contagious clip, which he co-directed with Godfrey Tabarez.

Is this Breezy’s best video yet? Sound off below.