The hottest ticket in town during NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston was Jay-Z and LeBron James’ 6th annual Sprite “Two Kings” dinner. The hip-hop mogul and NBA titan dressed in their best and held court with power players in the fields of music, sports, media, and tech at the swanky dinner at RDG + Bar Annie on Saturday night.
While her documentary was airing on HBO, Beyoncé celebrated with her husband and famous friends including Drake, Ne-Yo, Diddy, and Kevin Hart. Guests feasted on a three-course menu including lobster salad, foie gras, prime rib, and red snapper, and danced to music by DJ Mick Boogie.
See the stars align under one roof at the esteemed event.
French Montana rounds up his clique in the gritty video for their ode to oral pleasure, “Ocho Cinco,” which appears on his 2012 mixtape Mac & Cheese 3. The Eif Rivera-directed clip, which was shot in a graffitied warehouse in L.A. last month, features hot whips, chicks, and his Bad Boy fam including Diddy, Red Cafe, Machine Gun Kelly, and Los.
“‘Ocho Cinco’ stands for getting head,” said French of the sexually-explicit song, produced by Young Chop. “The concept is called haters from the side watching. We got a lot of haters.”
French’s debut album Excuse My French is due May 21 featuring Nicki Minaj (“Freaks”), The Weeknd (“Gifted”), Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Drake, 2 Chainz, and M.I.A., plus production from Harry Fraud, Mike WiLL Made It, and Rico Love.
“I feel like it’s going to be a classic,” said French, who will launch his first headlining tour on February 26 in Washington, D.C. “I feel like it’s going to be the best album to come out in a decade.”
Following last weekend’s Grammys, the stars migrated from L.A. to Houston for NBA All-Star Weekend. Beyoncé returned to her native H-town with Jay-Z to celebrate Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday at the Museum of Fine Arts. A dapper Ludacris and Nas also rubbed elbows with music and sports MVPs at the swanky soirée on Friday.
Across town, Diddy hosted a kickoff party at The Drake with guests including Drake, Trey Songz, and French Montana.
Meek Mill dropped racks at the strip club with Future and Trae Tha Truth, and hit the stage with Fabolous, Pusha T, and DJ Drama. “#real #flyest #respected ni**as in da game #houston the life is so exciting!” said the MMG MC.
The party continues tonight at the annual “Two Kings” dinner hosted by Jay-Z and LeBron James. See more pics from Friday’s festivities below.
French Montana links up with his Bad Boy family in the trailer for the Young Chop-produced “Ocho Cinco,” which appears on his mixtape Mac & Cheese 3. Diddy, Machine Gun Kelly, Red Cafe, and King Los join him in the gritty clip, which was shot in a graffitied warehouse in L.A. last month. The video premieres Sunday on MTV Jams and VEVO.
Meanwhile, French plans to shoot a video for his Excuse My French single “Freaks” featuring Nicki Minaj in Los Angeles on Monday.
will.i.am brings the action and the superstars in the video for the remix to “Scream & Shout.” In addition to pop queen Britney Spears, the Black Eyed Peas frontman calls on hip-hop’s leading men including Diddy, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Wayne, and Hit-Boy for the simple clip, which was shot on a soundstage in L.A. The song will appear on will’s upcoming album #willpower.
Mary J. Blige was celebrated like a true queen at VIBE’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Inaugural Impact Awards at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood last night. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul was surrounded by her closest friends including Diddy, Queen Latifah, Anita Baker, and MC Lyte at the intimate dinner party in her honor.
“It feels great to get the Impact of the Year award. It feels amazing,” a fur-clad Mary told Rap-Up TV.
Her mentor Diddy saluted the 42-year-old R&B icon, whose debut album What’s the 411? he executive produced. “Mary is my little sister. She’s one of the reasons why I’m here,” said Puff.
Hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte also acknowledged Mary’s instrumental role in blending hip-hop and R&B. “The first music of its kind to mix hip-hop and R&B… It meant everything. It was extremely impactful.”
Big Sean, Bridget Kelly, Babyface, Andre Harrell, and Wayne Brady also came out to toast MJB, while Nick Cannon DJ’d the after-party.
will.i.am and Britney Spears had the dance floors on fire with their hit “Scream & Shout,” and now they aim to crossover with the urban remix. The new version features an entirely new beat courtesy of Hit-Boy and some A-list guests including Diddy, Waka Flocka Flame, and Lil Wayne. A video was shot this week in L.A. Turn this sh*t up.