Oct
17
DMX, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, & Ashanti Perform at Def Jam 30 Concert

Ashanti, Big Sean, Ja Rule, and Aisha Atkins

Def Jam celebrated 30 years of hip-hop with a star-studded concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday night. The label’s past and present icons—from EPMD to Big Sean—united under one roof to perform some of their greatest hits.

Accompanied by Swizz Beatz, DMX tore up the stage with “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Where the Hood At,” and “Party (Up in Here).”

Ja Rule, who will star in MTV’s docu-series “Follow the Rules,” took it back with his Murder Inc. classics and brought out Irv Gotti and his former labelmate Ashanti for “Mesmerize” and “Always On Time.” The R&B princess stuck around to sing “Happy” and her debut single “Foolish.”

“This next record put me in the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Ashanti before performing the Biggie-sampled song, which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 in 2002.

Draped in a gold fur-lined jacket, a slimmer Rick Ross bumrushed the stage with French Montana and some twerking fans for “Pop That” and brought out Stalley for “One More Shot.”

Foxy Brown repped for her hometown with her classics “B.K. Anthem,” “Ain’t No Ni**a,” and “Get Me Home.”

Surprise guest Big Sean had the crowd singing along to his new anthem “I Don’t F**k With You,” Fabolous did his remix to “Hot Ni**a,” and 2 Chainz delivered a swagged-out set.

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Oct
17
Rick Ross Shows Off Dramatic Weight Loss

Rick Ross

The Biggest Bawse is slimming down. Rick Ross has shared some new photos of his dramatic weight loss.

Thanks to his high-intensity CrossFit training program, which he dubbed “RossFit,” he has shed an estimated 100 pounds.

“I just wanted to get in some better shape, put myself in a better position,” he told Tim Westwood in May. “I still eat the way I want to eat…I just go to the gym. I do this shit called CrossFit. I call it ‘RossFit.’”

The MMG mogul has also been laying off the Wingstop. “The most I used to do for exercise was stand up to count the money,” he said. “But now they give me fruit to eat. I forgot what fruit tasted like. I eat pears now and shit like that.”

His fans reacted to his new look on Instagram. “Didn’t even recognize him,” wrote one commenter, while another added, “He is too skinny now, nooo.”

Rozay is getting in shape for his upcoming album release. On November 24, he will drop Hood Billionaire featuring Jay Z, R. Kelly, and Project Pat.

See another photo of the new and improved Rozay below.

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Oct
17
Snoop Dogg Signs to Pharrell’s i am OTHER

Pharrell and Snoop Dogg

He’s been Snoop Lion, Snoopzilla, and now for his latest incarnation, Snoop Dogg has signed to Pharrell Williams.

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Oct
17
Missy Elliott Performs at Alexander Wang x H&M Collection Launch

Missy Elliott

Alexander Wang celebrated the launch of his H&M collection with a star-studded event at the Fort Washington Avenue Armory in New York City last night. With Diplo on the turntables, the black-clad crowd including Solange and Mary J. Blige grabbed front row seats as the designer unveiled his sportswear-themed collection, which hits stores on November 6.

The runway show capped off with a thrilling performance from Missy Elliott, who brought the crowd to its feet with classics including “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” and “Lose Control,” which prompted Wang to dance onstage. She was also joined by her protégée Sharaya J.

Missy met up with Solange backstage. “Me and my sis @solongeknowles had a blast 2 night great seeing ya sis always!” tweeted Missy.

Watch music and fashion collide at the stylish soirée.

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Oct
17
New Music: Lupe Fiasco f/ Sirah – ‘Lilies’

Lilies

Now that his album has a release date, Lupe Fiasco thanks his fans for their support by releasing a free song. The Chicago MC teams with rapper Sirah on “Lilies,” which boasts horn-heavy production from The Buchanans. Lu rhymes Ricola with ebola, while Sirah lays down the hook.

He still plans to release his mixtape Lost in the Atlantic leading up to his fifth album Testuo & Youth on January 20.

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Oct
17
Video: Fat Joe f/ Jennifer Lopez – ‘Stressin”

Fat Joe and J.Lo

The Don Cartagena has returned. Fat Joe reunites with Jennifer Lopez in the Eif Rivera-directed video for “Stressin’,” their first collaboration since 2005′s “Hold You Down.”

In the celebratory clip, shot in New York last month, the Bronx superstars hit the club and turn all the way up. All eyes are on the duo as they perform on the banquette underneath a chandelier and hold court in VIP with French Montana, while J.Lo reps her city in a glittery gold “NYC” crop top.

Pop a bottle with J.Lo and Joe.

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Oct
16
Meek Mill Calls August Alsina From Jail

August Alsina and Meek Mill

While he serves out the remainder of his jail sentence, Meek Mill’s peers have been holding him down. Rick Ross, Drake, and Stalley have all shown their support for the incarcerated rapper.

Rozay recently shared photos of Meek behind bars and today August Alsina received a phone call from his friend.

“Squad kalled from that shit hole… Good to hear & feel a smile on em thru it all,” said August. “I tol em God sat us down differently but at the end of it all he SAT US DOWN! He said Exactly! We jus gotta know/recognize when da Man giving you a chance to get your shit in order then Come back stronger then ever.”

Meek seemed to be in good spirits and thanked his supporters. August can be heard saying “Free Meek Mill!” before the video cuts off.

The “No Love” singer has returned to work following his health scare last month. He was in a three-day coma, but after getting some rest, he is back on his feet and will play Bowie State University’s Homecoming concert tonight.

“Andddddd.. Jus like that, I’m bck to work. Gone!” he tweeted.

On November 1, August will join Usher on his “UR Experience” tour, which kicks off in Montreal.

Listen in on Meek and August’s conversation below.

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