Sep
22
Common Brings Out Kanye West at AAHH! Fest

Kanye West and Common

Common put on for his city at AAHH! Fest 2014 in Chicago on Sunday. Fresh from his BET Hip-Hop Awards performance, the rapper took over Union Park for a star-studded concert featuring his fellow Chicagoans including Jennifer Hudson and Lupe Fiasco.

Dave Chappelle served as master of ceremonies, but it was surprise guest Kanye West who received the biggest response.

The G.O.O.D. Music chief performed “Get ‘Em High” with Common before running through a nearly 40-minute set of hits including “Jesus Walks,” “Touch the Sky,” and “POWER.”

Jay Electronica and Vince Staples also joined Common to debut the remix to his Nobody’s Smiling single “Kingdom.”

The concert was organized by Common’s Common Ground Foundation and Donda’s House.

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Sep
22
New Music: Jessie J f/ 2 Chainz – ‘Burnin’ Up’

Burnin' Up

Ring the alarm. With “Bang Bang” still in the top 5 on the Hot 100, Jessie J continues her hot streak with her second single “Burnin’ Up” featuring 2 Chainz.

The British sensation brings the big vocals on the red-hot banger (produced by Wallpaper and Axident), while 2 Chainz ignites the track with a smoking verse.

“Walkin’ through the fire / Please don’t let me go / Take me to the river / I need you to know / I’m burnin’ up,” sings Jessie.

Her third album Sweet Talker is due Oct. 14 featuring contributions from Diplo, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Max Martin, De La Soul, and violinist Lindsey Stirling.

Work up a sweat to their blazing collabo.

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Sep
22
New Music: Mary J. Blige – ‘Whole Damn Year’ + ‘Therapy’

Whole Damn Year

Love hurts. Mary J. Blige bares her heart and soul on “Whole Damn Year,” the new single from her upcoming album The London Sessions. On the minimalistic piano-driven track, a fragile Mary shares her pain as she reflects on a bad breakup that left her emotionally scarred.

“It took a whole damn year to repair my body / It’s been a bad five years / Gone take a long, long year for me to trust somebody,” sings MJB.

The R&B veteran spent the summer in the studio with U.K. hitmakers including Sam Smith, Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, and SAM ROMANS.

The album, her first since 2011’s My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act I), will be released December 2 on Capitol Records.

Listen to the emotional song and watch her interview with “The Breakfast Club” below.

UPDATE: You can also listen to another new Mary single, “Therapy,” below. The doo-wop song was co-written by Sam Smith and inspired by Amy Winehouse.

“It’s different, but it still has Mary J. Blige’s DNA in it,” Mary told Elvis Duran.

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Sep
21
Bow Wow Engaged to Erica Mena

Bow Wow and Erica Mena

Bow Wow is ready to settle down. The “106 & Park” host is engaged to “Love & Hip Hop” star Erica Mena.

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Sep
21
BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014: T.I., Snoop Dogg, Brandy, Keyshia Cole, Young Thug, & YG

MC Lyte, Brandy, Queen Latifah, and Yo-Yo

There were laughs and tears at the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014 on Saturday. Hosted by Snoop Dogg, the ninth annual show returned to the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta to honor the best in hip-hop, with performances from some of the year’s biggest stars.

Uncle Snoop showed off his comedic chops in several skits throughout the evening. He brought his GGN network to life on stage, interviewing French Montana and “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Mimi Faust.

In honor of the song’s 20-year anniversary, Brandy reunited with Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Yo-Yo to perform the hip-hop remix to her debut single “I Wanna Be Down.”

The most powerful moment of the evening came when Common, Jay Electronica, and Vince Staples stood on stage with the parents of Mike Brown. There was a moment of silence and the crowd put their hands in the air in remembrance of the unarmed black teen who was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson.

With tears in his eyes, Doug E. Fresh acknowledged his late mother while accepting the “I Am Hip-Hop Award.”

“I want to thank this woman and hip-hop. If it wasn’t for hip-hop, I don’t know where I would be,” said an emotional Fresh, who also performed “La Di Da Di” with Snoop.

T.I. took the stage with Young Thug for “About the Money,” Rae Sremmurd performed their summer anthem “No Flex Zone,” and Migos knocked it out with “Fight Night.”

A day after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman in Birdman’s condo, Keyshia Cole presented Producer of the Year to DJ Mustard. Her rumored boyfriend Birdman was also in the house, performing “Lifestyle” with Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug.

Drake received the most nominations with eight, followed by Jay Z, Pharrell, and Future with six apiece.

The BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014, along with the pre-recorded cyphers, will air October 14 at 8 p.m. EST.

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Sep
21
Lil’ Kim Performs at The Source360 Concert

Lil' Kim

Three months after giving birth to her daughter Royal Reign, Lil’ Kim returned to Brooklyn for a special performance at The Source360 celebration concert on Saturday night. Following a montage of photos including her new Hard Core 2K14 mixtape cover, the Queen Bee stormed the stage at Barclays Center with her 2011 mixtape title track “Black Friday.”

The rap icon served up a medley of her biggest hits including “Big Momma Thang,” “It’s All About the Benjamins,” “Get Money,” and “Magic Stick,” and brought out Havoc of Mobb Deep for the remix to “Quiet Storm.”

She capped off her set with her remix to fellow Brooklynite Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Ni**a,” and busted out a mean Shmurda Dance.

“BROOKLYN!!!! Thank U for the love,” tweeted Kim. “Had to come thru and murder the stage last night to represent for my borough.”

A reunited Wu-Tang Clan also hit the stage, along with The Diplomats, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Curren$y, and Dom Kennedy.

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Sep
20
The Weeknd, ScHoolboy Q, & Jhené Aiko Kick Off ‘King of the Fall’ Tour

The Weeknd

No sleep till Brooklyn. The Weeknd kicked off his “King of the Fall” tour at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday night. The Canadian crooner was joined by supporting acts ScHoolboy Q and Jhené Aiko on the first date of his four-city tour.

Fresh off the No. 3 debut of her album Souled Out, Aiko warmed up the stage with her soulful songs including “Lyin King,” “Spotless Mind,” and “The Pressure,” as well as material off her EP Sail Out.

TDE’s ScHoolboy Q made a “Gangsta” entrance before performing his Oxymoron singles “Man of the Year,” “Studio,” and his verse on Tinashe’s “2 On.”

He even made light of Kanye West’s recent controversy. “I’m about to get my Kanye West on and make everyone who’s even in a wheelchair get up from sitting down,” joked Q before performing “Collard Greens.”

But all eyes were on The Weeknd, who owned the night, delivering a seductive set that included “Wicked Games” and “Twenty Eight.” He also performed his cover of Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” and Ty Dolla $ign’s “Or Nah (Remix).”

The tour will play Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Sept. 21, L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 9, and San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Oct. 10.

Watch XO touch down in the BK.

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