Drake, Alicia Keys, & 2 Chainz Attend Slam Dunk Contest

2 Chainz, Drake, and Irv Gotti

The stars packed the Toyota Center in Houston for the NBA All-Star Saturday Night festivities during All-Star Weekend. Sunday’s All-Star Game halftime performer Alicia Keys made it a family affair, sitting courtside with her husband Swizz Beatz and son Egypt, who is an avid basketball fan.

A passionate Drake awarded a 10 to Toronto Raptors’ Terrence Ross, who went on to win the Sprite Slam Dunk contest.

2 Chainz got turnt up on stage with Fall Out Boy, Nick Cannon hosted, and Monica played correspondent for Following his performance, 2 Chainz snapped some pics with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

Other courtside sightings included Diddy, Irv Gotti, and Spike Lee.

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Monica Preps New Album with Big Name Producers

Peter Edge and Monica

Only six months after releasing her sixth LP New Life, Monica is already back in the studio working on her next album. The R&B songstress took to Twitter to share some of the big-name producers on board.

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Monica and Shannon Brown Visit ‘106 & Park’

Monica and Shannon Brown

Love was in the air when Monica and her husband Shannon Brown stopped by “106 & Park” on Monday. Rocking cargo pants from Kanye West’s clothing line, the R&B powerhouse spoke briefly about her latest album New Life. But the loyal mother of two was there to support her husband.

The Phoenix Suns star launched the Wood Star Music Festival to give back to his community. The three-day event, which benefits the Shannon Brown Foundation, will take place in Chicago from August 17-19.

“Now that sports is a part of my life and music is a part of his, let’s bring them both together,” said Monica, who will perform at the festival on August 17, along with Robin Thicke, Estelle, Fantasia, and Dawn Richard.

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Nicki Minaj Touches Down in Atlanta with T.I., Young Jeezy, Monica, & Waka Flocka

Nicki Minaj, Monica, and Tiny

Nicki Minaj painted Atlanta pink when her tour rolled through town on Sunday. Following a set from opening act 2 Chainz, her Minajesty held court with ATL royalty onstage at the Fox Theatre. Young Jeezy kicked off the surprise-filled evening by performing “Supa Freak.”

Monica got love from Nicki and her hometown while belting out “Why I Love You So Much.” “@NICKIMINAJ’s words to me as she brought me on stage tonight brought tears to my eyes!! Thank U Nicki,” tweeted the R&B songstress.

Bobby V followed with “Slow Down” and Nicki’s longtime friend Waka Flocka Flame performed “Round of Applause.” “We’ve come a long way from roaches to Rolexes,” he told her.

The guest list rounded out with Lil Scrappy and the King of the South, T.I.

“Wanna thank: 2chainz, Jeezy, Scrappy, Monica, Bobby V, Waka, T.I. And Chukee. Unbelievable. So grateful. WOW,” wrote Young Money’s First Lady after it was all over.

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Monica Visits the Zoo with Her Family


Monica took a break from promoting her album New Life and enjoyed some family time with her favorite boys at Jungle Island zoological park in Miami on Tuesday. The R&B songstress, her husband Shannon Brown, and sons Rocko and Romelo got up close with the wildlife. They met a monkey named Smokey, held a red ruffed lemur, and fed the kangaroos.

“This is what you call overcoming your fears,” said Monica as she posed with an albino snake around her neck.

Check out more photos from the family outing below.

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Monica: Missy Elliott Is All About Reinvention on New Album

Missy Elliott has kept her fans waiting seven years for a new album, but it promises to be worth the wait. The trailblazing rapper has been in the studio with her partner-in-rhyme Timbaland working on the long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s The Cookbook. Rap-Up TV spoke with one of Missy’s best friends, Monica, who shared her excitement over her long-awaited return.

“Missy is missing from music and hip-hop because there’s no one as creative, as dedicated,” said the R&B songstress, who collaborated with Missy on her latest album New Life. “She thinks outside the box, but at the same time, draws you in the box that she’s in. She’s able to make visuals of things that I’ve never even dreamed of. I think hip-hop really needs her right now.”

She’s been lucky enough to hear some of Missy’s latest material. “I’ve heard some new music and all I can tell you is that Missy is at her absolute best when she’s at peace with herself and there’s no pressure,” she shared. “She’s been able to work on her record with a host of real talented people and reinvent herself all over again.”

Is another collaboration on the horizon? “She told me she wanted me to do something on the new record and we never did it,” said Mo, who has a house nearby Missy in Atlanta. “What I do is I just go to the house and we just make music. No time restraints, nobody watching us, nobody coming in between us, we just do it, so I think it will happen.”

Monica Reveals ‘It All Belongs to Me’ Was Originally for R. Kelly

Monica and Brandy reunited for the first time in 14 years on “It All Belongs to Me,” and they have R. Kelly to thank. Before the Rico Love-produced duet found its way into their hands and onto Monica’s album New Life, it originally belonged to the Pied Piper.

“At the time, the record belonged to R. Kelly and I thank Robert from the bottom of my heart because I had to really go to him and ask him, ‘Can I take this song?’” Monica exclusively tells Rap-Up TV. “And he gave it to me. He said, ‘I’ll let you take it.’”

The R&B songstress has always wanted to work with Kellz, whose inspirational song “I Wish” helped her get through a difficult time in her life. “R. Kelly is one of the greatest that ever did it, especially when it comes to lyrics and knowing how to make a song that makes sense to the everyday person because I’m just like them.”

Monica’s label RCA had the idea of putting Brandy on the record and turning it into a empowering anthem for women.