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Nov
8
Rick Ross and K. Michelle Cozy Up in ‘If They Knew’ Video

Rick Ross and K. Michelle

Rick Ross has a new lady in his life and her name is K. Michelle. The Teflon Don and “Love ‘Em All” singer played on-screen lovers while shooting the Dre Films-directed video for their collaboration “If They Knew” in Los Angeles on Friday.

In the first photos from the set, the pair hit the streets in a donk and cozied up in a laundromat. The Bawse was draped in fur as he got hands on with his sexy co-star, who rocked a metallic gold swimsuit. French Montana also stopped by to support his MMG brother.

“On set with @richforever video is hott! Good people, Good times!” said K.

The Timbaland-produced track will appear on Rozay’s seventh LP Hood Billionaire, which drops November 24. In addition to K. Michelle, the album features Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Big K.R.I.T., Boosie Badazz, and R. Kelly.

Check out more photos from the set below.

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Nov
7
Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, & Da Brat Rehearse for Soul Train Awards

Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim, and Da Brat

The stage is set for ladies night. Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, and Da Brat landed in Las Vegas to rehearse for tonight’s Soul Train Awards 2014. The rap trio hit the stage for the first time in 17 years to perform their 1996 platinum single, “Not Tonight (Remix).” The last and only time they performed the song was at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards.

“I’m just happy to see my friends again,” Kim told Hip Hollywood. “Missy Elliott is my sister. She’s a longterm friend and she’s someone that I love dearly.”

The performance is part of a tribute to Kool & the Gang, whose 1979 song “Ladies’ Night” they sampled. The track off the soundtrack to Nothing to Lose also features the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Angie Martinez, who will not be joining the trio.

The Soul Train Awards, which are also set to feature performances from Chris Brown, Jodeci, Ma$e, and Tamar Braxton, tape tonight and will air on Centric and BET on November 30 at 8 p.m.

Watch the ladies reunite in the rehearsal footage below.

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Nov
7
Nicki Minaj Talks Beyoncé, Building Her Empire, & Sex Life in Billboard

Nicki Minaj

After gracing the pages of V Magazine and GQ, Nicki Minaj strikes gold on the latest issue of Billboard. The rap queen dazzles in a metallic outfit and black bangs on the cover, which reads “Nicki vs. the World.”

The 31-year-old businesswoman, who has the most Hot 100 hits of any female hip-hop artist, opens up about expanding her brand, empowering women, and what she learned from her “Flawless (Remix)” collaborator Beyoncé.

She also shares her love for the movie Captain Phillips (“I’m just obsessed with [Barkhad Abdi]“) and comedian Larry David (“I love improv and comedy. I wish I could have done something like ["Curb Your Enthusiasm"]).

When asked about fellow rap diva Iggy Azalea, Nicki gives the writer a “withering, wordless stare.” The article mentions that when an Iggy song came over the studio speaker, a member of Nicki’s team turned it off.

In addition to releasing her third album The Pinkprint on December 15, Nicki plans to produce a TV show in 2015, is eyeing her next acting role, and is launching her as-yet-unnamed record label with singer Parker Ighile and rapper Brinx.

So what does she like to do when she’s not running her empire? “Have sex,” said a candid Nicki.

Read highlights and see more photos below.

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Nov
6
Azealia Banks Releases Debut Album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’

Broke With Expensive Taste

Azealia Banks has a big surprise in store for her fans. The Harlem rapper plans to release her long-awaited debut Broke With Expensive Taste as soon as this week.

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Nov
6
Eminem Honors Dr. Dre at Wall Street Journal Innovator Awards

Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Jimmy Iovine

After shooting his “Guts Over Fear” video in Detroit, Eminem made a surprise appearance at WSJ. Magazine’s 2014 Innovator Awards at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Wednesday. A nervous Em took the podium to honor his mentor Dr. Dre and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine for their entrepreneurship.

“Dre and Jimmy are like a force of nature,” said Em as he read off notecards. “As an example of how powerful they are, they had me fly here all the way from Detroit to speak publicly, and I really hate public speaking.”

Dre and Iovine recently launched their undergraduate academy at USC with the goal of inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. The Beats co-founders, who sold their company to Apple for $3 billion, bankrolled the academy with a $70 million donation.

Em is gearing up to release his double-disc album ShadyXV on November 24 featuring Slaughterhouse, 50 Cent, Big Sean, DeJ Loaf, and more.

During Wednesday’s ceremony, Madonna was also on hand to present the performing arts award to jookin master Lil Buck.

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Nov
5
French Montana Buys Diddy an Escalade for His 45th Birthday

Larenz Tate, Diddy, Nelly, French, Jermaine Dupri, Bow Wow, and Snoop Dogg

Can’t stop, won’t stop. To celebrate his 45th birthday, Diddy went all out and threw a pajama party at his Beverly Hills mansion on Tuesday night. Some of his famous friends including Nelly, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, and Bow Wow dressed in their loungewear to party with Puff.

French Montana and Khloe Kardashian surprised the Bad Boy mogul with a lavish whip. “I got a little surprise for my brother,” French told partygoers while directing everyone to the front of the house where a pearl white Cadillac Escalade was waiting in the driveway.

“Oh my God. What the f**k is this?” said a shocked Puff. “You know only ni**as from Harlem get pearl cars.”

He hugged French and jumped in the driver’s seat of his new ride. “Can’t buy a ni**a a motherfu**in’ Ferrari, a Bentley, a Rolls-Royce—ni**a got that. I ain’t got a pearl motherfu**in’ Cadillac,” declared Puff.

Diddy also spoiled himself with a G5 jet, while Cassie baked an apple pie for her man. “Don’t know or care to know what my life would be like without you,” she told him. “Beyond happy and grateful to have you in it.”

Check out photos from Puff’s birthday bash below.

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Nov
5
Nicki Minaj Rules the Cover of V Magazine

Nicki Minaj

All hail Her Minajesty. Nicki Minaj holds court on the cover of V Magazine for the second time. In the colorful photos, shot by Mario Testino, the “undefeated champion of hip-hop” gets dolled up in designer threads and rules her queendom.

The leader of the Barbz rocks a red dress by Guess, vintage beret, and Jimmy Choo heels as she poses alongside a statue in her royal garden and unleashes her inner pussycat in a cutout Balmain dress and leopard-print hat, gloves, and Manolo Blahnik heels.

As she gears up for the December 15 release of her third album The Pinkprint, the rap mogul speaks about maintaining her edge. “I always push the envelope, because I’m Nicki Minaj. I have to,” she said. “No matter who I’m on a song with, I feel like I have to say at least one thing that no one else is willing to say. Whether it’s Madonna, Britney, or Beyoncé, they always tell me, ‘Yes. Be yourself. Talk your shit.’”

She also shares her love for Versace, which she boldly wears in the photo shoot. “What I love about Versace is that it’s so rich,” she said. “Rap is a lot of showing off, and fashion is too. Versace is like, look at me, bitch. I’m here.”

The Winter 14/15 issue of V Magazine hits newsstands November 13. See more photos below.

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