Rick Ross Talks 85-Pound Weight Loss on ‘GMA’

Rick Ross

The Bawse woke up bright and early for a visit to “Good Morning America” on Thursday. The hip-hop heavyweight sat down with “GMA” correspondent Sara Haines and shared how his CrossFit RossFit training program helped him shed a whopping 85 lbs.

He decided to make a change to his lifestyle after he suffered two seizures two years ago. “I woke up from that and I was like, ‘Wow, I really need to re-evaluate what I’m doing,’” said Rozay, whose second album this year, Hood Billionaire, debuted at No. 6.

As part of his new diet, he traded alcohol and soda for pears (“Shout out to the pear”) and has been getting more sleep.

Some of the ladies miss the overweight Rozay, but he knows the change is for the better. “I feel I’m fat boy forever. I’m going to always be a fat boy. But it most definitely was just something I had to do,” he said.

One thing that hasn’t changed is his music. “My music comes from the heart, that comes from my mindset,” he said. “After I sit down and absorb this great interview, it’s something that’s gonna come to me that I can put into a record.”

Watch a much slimmer Rozay open up about his dramatic weight loss.

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Rap-Up TV: Ty Dolla $ign Taps Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly for New Album

Ty Dolla $ign has had an incredible year, and he’s looking forward to an even bigger 2015. The “Paranoid” hitmaker is planning a March/April release for his long-awaited debut Free TC. But the project, named after his brother who is behind bars, represents more than just an album.

“It’s for a purpose,” the Taylor Gang member told Rap-Up TV. “He’s locked up for something that he didn’t do. It’s many people out here that get injustice, as you’ve seen Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, everything that’s happening on the news right now. It has a purpose. It’s gonna be the biggest album of 2015.”

The Diplo and DJ Dahi-produced first single “Stand For” is already gaining spins, and he’s assembled an all-star roster of talent including Jagged Edge, YG, Wiz Khalifa, and R. Kelly, who appears on a record called “Actress.”

“It’s definitely a jam and I can’t wait to see what it does out here in these streets,” he said.

His fellow Cali native Kendrick Lamar also guests on the aptly-titled “L.A.” “It’s like an anthem for L.A. It’s gonna be crazy,” he said. “Kendrick is the homie and I hope I can get on his new project.”

Following the album’s release, Ty plans to embark on his “Free TC” tour.

Plus, find out how he plans to spend Christmas and his New Year’s resolution.

Nicki Minaj Visits ‘The Tonight Show’

Nicki Minaj

Following a visit to “Today” in the morning and an interview with Elliott Wilson’s CRWN series in the afternoon, Nicki Minaj closed out her day on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Onika sat down to discuss her previous jobs as an office manager and waitress at Red Lobster, her double-platinum single “Anaconda,” and Beyoncé. She admitted that she was embarrassed when Bey used a high school photo to wish her happy birthday.

“I do hate this picture. Eww!” she said.

After changing into a fur, she hit the stage to perform “Bed of Lies” with Skylar Grey.

According to HITS Daily Double, The Pinkprint is expected to sell 155-165k copies in its first week.

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Kendrick Lamar Debuts New Song on ‘Colbert Report’

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar stopped by Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” on Tuesday as part of the show’s finale week. TDE’s golden child, who scored two Grammy nominations for “i,” debuted an untitled new song and went down in history as the final musical guest.

Wearing his hair in dreads like his “SNL” appearance last month, he performed the powerful track with help from Bilal, Thundercat, Anna Wise, and Terrace Martin.

“What the black man say? / Tell ‘em we don’t die, we don’t die, we multiply,” declares Kendrick over the saxophone.

K-Dot has been in the studio finishing his sophomore album, which is expected to arrive early next year.

He also sat down to discuss his Compton roots, Dr. Dre, fame, and why he prefers to be called a writer instead of a rapper.

“I pride myself on that. It’s more storytelling than actually rhyming words together,” he explained.

Watch King Kendrick world premiere his new song (begins at 4:05).

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Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson Bring ‘Uptown Funk’ to ‘The Voice’ Finale

Bruno Mars

Hot damn. After debuting “Uptown Funk” on “SNL” last month, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars brought the funk to the season finale of “The Voice” on Tuesday. With gold rollers in his hair, Bruno and his Hooligans were stylin’ and wildin’ while busting out choreographed moves as coaches Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton looked on.

The top 5 hit will appear on Ronson’s upcoming album Uptown Special, due January 13. The 11 tracks, which were written and produced with Jeff Bhasker, also feature Mystikal and Stevie Wonder.

In addition to the funky bunch, Tuesday’s finale featured performances from Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Meghan Trainor, and Jennifer Hudson, who dueted with contestant Damien on “It’s Your World.”

Watch Bruno and Ronson give it to ya.

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Mariah Carey Kicks Off Christmas Extravaganza in NYC

Mariah Carey

Joy to the world. Mariah Carey brought Christmas to the Big Apple with her first annual holiday extravaganza, “All I Want for Christmas Is You: A Night of Joy and Festivity.” The Christmas queen kicked off her five sold-out shows at the Beacon Theatre on Monday night.

Fans flew in from all over the world to see her perform holiday hits like “Joy to the World” and “When Christmas Comes” off her best-selling Christmas album Merry Christmas and the 2010 follow-up, Merry Christmas II You. During the super-festive set, she was joined by a dancing Santa, children, and a choir, and changed multiple times (of course).

The newly-single diva wiped away tears as she introduced “Hero,” but cut the song short when her mic pack fell off. A stylist helped with her wardrobe malfunction before she performed the song again.

She capped off the dazzling evening with her classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” complete with dancing snowmen, teddy bears, and toy soldiers.

Mariah will play five more shows on December 16, 18, 20, 21, and 22.

Watch her spread some cheer in NYC.

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Video: Tink – ‘Around the Clock’

Timbaland and Tink

Tink is taking over in 2015. Timbaland introduces his 19-year-old protégée in the dark and gritty video for “Around the Clock” featuring “The Breakfast Club’s” Charlamagne Tha God. The Chicago rapper-singer spits some killer bars while flanked by Timbo, who creeps in the shadows.

“Tim dropped the beat in the studio and it instantly gave me a hip-hop vibe,” Tink told The FADER. “I wanted the video to match that same feeling. Raw and simple.”

After being introduced through Da Internz, Timbaland signed Tink to his label Mosley Music Group, where she will release her debut in 2015. “I will put my whole entire money in my account on her. She is a superstar,” he said.

Watch Timbaland show off his shining star.

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