Interviews


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R. Kelly is ready to serve a full course meal. The R&B singer is prepping the release of his 14th studio LP, a follow-up to 2013’s Black Panties. Sitting down with Rocsi Diaz on HLN’s The Daily Share recently, The Pied Piper revealed the title of his new album will be Buffet.

I’ve got all different kinds of generations of fans now, and I have to feed everybody,” the 48-year-old says. “You’ve got Hip-Hop, you’ve got old school music with the ‘Step In The Name of Love’ type, then you’ve got traditional R. Kelly, sensuous sexual kind of music. It’s just a variety of things, so I call it the Buffet.”

Currently there’s no scheduled release date for Buffet, but watch the Kellz’ announcement below.

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50 Cent recently appeared on Real 92.3 L.A. for a 30-minute conversation with Big Boy. In the interview, the rapper-mogul discussed the new season of Power which debuts June 2 on Starz, the comparisons to Empire, appearing in the new films Southpaw and SPY, Chris Brown playing a role in reconciling with Floyd Mayweather, the new warmup single “Get Low,” dropping new music on Shady Records’ Southpaw soundtrack, the recent lawsuit over Rick Ross’ sex tape and much more.

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Rocky was really in a jovial mood when he stepped on the Sway In The Morning show on Wednesday AM (May 27). Aside from sitting down with the crew, Flacko was up to flow off top over some Bad Boy classics. As DJ Wonder spun The L.O.X.’s “If You Think I’m Jiggy” and “All About The Benjamins,” Rocky put his cool down and just had fun.

Around the 2:00 minute mark, Rocky starts freestylin’ with the word “unit” and jokes around with 50 Cent, but ends up clarifying that he was just joking around.

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Finally! A podcast about strictly R&B music. It’s not like we don’t enjoy the bevy of rap podcasts that come at us daily, but the blogosphere needs something like this. Starring MTV’s Rob Markman and host Kristin Coral, The Red Light Special is about anything and everything Rhythm & Blues. In the inaugural episode, Rob and Kristin chatted with Mack Wilds about a debate they’ve been looking to settle for some time: Boyz II Men Vs. Jodeci. Apples and oranges to some, but not for all.

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A$AP Rocky finally sat down with the HOT97 squad to discuss his newly released sophomore album, A.L.L.A. and all the topics associated with his long awaited project. The conversation starts off with Rocky once again acknowledging that he doesn’t care about sticking to the “New York” sound. Rocky actually says he doesn’t think NYC ha had a real sound since 50 Cent and Dipset were running the scene.

More importantly, Flacko was able to introduce an artist who had a big impact on his album, Joe Fox. They actually met on the streets of London when Fox approached Rocky with a CD. However, he asked Joe to play something live instead and their musical chemistry was instantaneous.

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ItsTheReal is back to flood the Interwebs with podcast episodes of their newly launched A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal series. This season they will strictly being interviewing Caucasians in hip-hop and quizzing them on their knowledge of hip-hop. Joking of course! (ha)

The first episode just so happens to feature one of of my favorite and highly underrated producers (Caucasian or not), The Alchemist.

In this first released episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, Alchemist traces the lineage of Jadakiss’ “We Gonna Make It” instrumental back to the beginning, breaks news about a rapping reunion with Scott Caan, and figures out the last thing Puffy regrets buying. We also discuss what life is like on the road with Eminem, why Jay Z hasn’t bought a beat from him yet, and how Alchemist will fare against aux cord DJs.

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With all gossip sites watching her every move, Karrueche breezed by Big Boy’s show this week. As the focal point of Chris Brown’s latest online tantrum, his former girlfriend kept it very civil during the interview. Instead, she just said that she doesn’t communicate with Chris at all — and that she has no problems whatsoever with Rihanna. She actually complimented RiRi for her musical abilities.

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The 50 Cent and Troy Ave collaboration on “Bang Bang” was a while in the making. After Ave collaborated with both Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks from G-Unit, it was only right he got Fif on a record. Now it’s happened for his Major Without A Deal album. In this sit-down with MTV News, 50 speaks on what he thought of Troy when he first heard him and what changed along the way.

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Jamie Foxx celebrated the release of his new album Hollywood: A Story Of A Dozen Roses on Wednesday night, appearing on The Tonight Show. The R&B singer took over the show with Jimmy Fallon, sitting down on the couch doing random musical impressions of artists like John Legend. Foxx would later hit the studio stage to perform the new single off his album, “Baby’s In Love” with Kid Ink.

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Jim Jones was the latest artist to appear on ESPN’s Highly Questionable on Wednesday afternoon. The Dipset member opened up to Bomani Jones and Dan LeBatard on his childhood growing up, infamous past beefs and fights, the rift with French Montana, getting summoned by Farrakhan, and fatherhood.

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