February 2012


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Throw those diamonds up! It’s a Roc Nation affair as Melanie Fiona keeps it within the family as J. Cole assists her on “This Time.” Expect to hear this on you local radio stations soon as it’ll be the second single off the R&B singer’s sophomore album, The MF Life out March 20. Pre-order over at Amazon.

New Music: Melanie Fiona Feat. J. Cole – “This Time”

Props to J. Cole Nation via Rap-Up

Melanie appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” earlier this week, watch her performance after the jump…..

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Don’t let Jennifer Hudson fool you, she moves like the fellas too in “Think Like A Man,” the official video in support of the movie’s soundtrack due in theatres on April 20. Watch the VEVO premiere as J-Hud gets down and hits the dance floor, while the single’s co-stars of Ne-Yo and Rick Ross play the backdrop. You can even catch a cameo from Kevin Hart who stars in the movie based off Steve Harvey’s best-selling book. Purchase the single on iTunes.

Directed by Chris Robinson

Previously:
Jennifer Hudson Performs Whitney Houston Tribute at 54th Grammy Awards
Jennifer Hudson & Ne-Yo Feat. Rick Ross – “Think Like A Man”

I’m counting down to the opening of Hunger Games, even though part of me already senses that the quality control is far from Potter-level, and bordering on I Am Number Four cheese. But no matter….big budget cinematography and flash will not be a problem for this upcoming Avengers movie for sure. I’m assuming since it’s a combo movie of Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye, they will be just combining the respect solo budgets of each star. No?
Anyways, in the new Avengers trailer, you get more backstory, and that Marvel money shot of all the heros together in the round.

Watch the latest The Avengers trailer…
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Last week, Rita Ora debuted her new single “Party & Bullshit” with boss Jay-Z by her side. The British pop singer is continuing the momentum with “R.I.P.”, which features fellow UK artist Tinie Tempah. If you remember the song leaked back in 2010 as a Drake track, come to learn that Drizzy actually wrote the song for Roc Nation’s new sensation. Rita’s debut album is set to arrive this summer.

Listen to the “R.I.P.” after the jump….

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The Rosenthals caught up with Jadakiss for MTV’s The Check-In as he made his rounds around Orlando at All-Star Weekend with Jordan Brand. After a series of out of the blue questions, Jada also filled us The Lox’s next album and new deal

“The Lox out will be over in 2012, 2013 the latest. We just closed, signing a new deal, closing it. Weeks away…In the next couple of days maybe after all-star when you hear who got traded, then you’ll hear about the new Lox deal.”

Catch the video interview after the jump….

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While spinning his classic 90′s mixshow on Hot 97 last week, Funkmaster Flex made a public for Joell Ortiz to rap over Pete Rock’s remix of Jeru The Damaja “Can’t Stop The Prophet.” Like the two have done in the past, Joell delivers in the clutch.

New Music: Joell Ortiz – “Can’t Stop The Prophet” (Tags)

via In Flex We Trust

More from Sheek Louch and Ghostface, and French Montana after the jump…..

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As it was revealed by XXL Magazine that Iggy Azalea is the first ever female MC to make the Freshman Class, the Interscope signee sat down with our friends over at Good*Fella Media to talk a range of topics. Iggy discusses why she decided to sign with Interscope, as well as how she has been affected by Whitney’s death.

“I thought it was the best work for me, that’s why I ended up signing. But, it didn’t have anything to do with my management being Interscope. If anything, it made me question it more, because having management and label being the same company can get tricky, sometimes in terms of an artist interest, but to me Interscrope is kind of family…”

Hit the jump to see the full interview.

Props to Good*Fella

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50 Cent’s first female rapper has just released her debut mixtape. Her 11-track project features multiple guest appearances from 50 and production from T-Minus, Rahki, Rockwilder, Havoc and more. Precious Paris is her government name, btw. Check back in a few, I have something special from her coming up.

(UPDATED): In a Vibe Magazine exclusive, Precious Paris reveals how she was able to link up with 50 cent and discusses how signing with G-Unit was a long term process.

VIBE: Let’s start at the very beginning. Where did you meet Fif, how did y’all link up?
Precious Paris: Well I was working with producers Midi Maffia and Dangerous LLC who happened to be producing for him at the time. They did ‘Amusement Park’ and ’21 Questions.” They got into 50 my demo and he called me to the office like a week later. So he was my first meeting. I was sitting in his office, scared to death ! That was my first meeting. “

You can read the full interview, download and stream the tape after the jump…

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In this New Balance funded short, Jay Electronica surfaces to briefly touch on his creative and some of the influences that helped shape his musical landscape. He says Gospel music played a big part of childhood and finally revealed his age, 34.

(Spotted at RapDose)

Related:
Jay Electronica Feat. Mobb Deep – “Call of Duty (MW3)”
Jay Electronica Releases Demo Versions of ‘Act II’
Jay Electronica’s Mysterious ‘Untitled’ Travel Video (Cairo/Middle East)

While it doesn’t seem like we’ll get an OutKast album anytime soon, 3 Stacks’ guest verse on the Converse’-commissioned Gorillaz song does a decent job of filling our thirst for the ATLiens music. A week after the song drop, comes visuals for “DoYaThing.”

Bonus: Damon Albarn and James Murphy Talk Converse Collaboration With André 3000

Related:
New Music: Gorillaz Feat. James Murphy & André 3000 “DoYaThing”
André 3000 Says No Plans For An Outkast Album, But to Expect a New Solo Project

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