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TOP Rappers Return to NO.1

By Stephfon Guidry

BmM2p82From Adidas sweat suits with Kangol hats to couture runways and Italian masterpieces, Hip Hop artists are reinventing their image and the content of their lyrics. Jay-Z’s 12th album Magna Carta Holy Grail and Kanye West (@Kanyewest) 6th album Yeezus put the dynamic dynasty back on top with NO.1 debuts. Jay-Z set a new record on Spotify beating Daf Punk with over 14 million album streams. Yeezus brings Kanye West’s rhyme to off beat tunes and tracks with no gimmicky auto tune just a clear sound unlike anything on the radio now.  Jay-Z spoke highly of Yeezus in a Radio interview with BBC1 Zane Lowe, “He’s always been striving for this moment. Just to find the place of expression.” (hiphopdx.com) MTV news featured Kendrick Lamar weighing in on Yeezus, “as an artist, we all need to take heat into that and salute that because, at the end of the day, it’s so much we can do following radio, following the politics in the business so for somebody to come back again and do what they want, it helps out new cats like myself, Cole, Drake, whoever, so salute.” (MTV.com) Both rappers are fathers with a mission to transform their art, their music into something that will be talked about for generations to come. With lyrics that literally spur conversation and controversy everywhere both Jay-Z and Kanye West achieve their artistic goal.

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The 39th Annual American Music Awards

By Melvin Browne
[Via] ABC.Com

The 39th annual AMAs will be broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. Tickets are now on sale (please visit www.ticketmaster.com. This y ears performer include, Chris Brown, Justin Beiber, Katy Perry, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, and Maroon 5.  ABC will air a live pre-show, Countdown to The American Music Awards, starting at 7:00 p.m., ET/PT. In addition, the online pre-show Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ the 2011 AMAs, hosted by Lance Bass, Michael Buckley, Estelle, Sarah Hyland, Mitchel Musso, Josh Sussman and Xzibit ,will stream live for fans worldwide starting at 2:00 p.m., PT / 5:00 p.m., ET.

Adele leads this year with four (4) nominations. Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and The Band Perry follow with three (3) nominations each, and Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Jason Aldean, Kanye West, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull collected two (2) nominations. This year’s 2011 Artist of the Year nominees are Adele, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Taylor Swift.

For the fifth year, winners will be determined by online voting. Fans can vote at the Coca-Cola AMA voting website, amavote.com, as well as AMA.abc.com.

In addition, music fans will be able to vote for the Sprint New Artist of the Year Award. For the first round of voting, beginning Tuesday, October 11 through Friday, October 21 at 9:00 p.m., ET, fans will be able to determine who will make up the final award nominees by voting via text message from the list of artists available online at ama.abc.com or using their mobile phones at amanewartistoftheyear.com Music fans will be able to vote an unlimited number of times on all available platforms for the Sprint New Artist of the Year Award. All fans can send a text message by using 22288 and the number corresponding to their favorite artist. In addition, votes can also be cast via the internet at ama.abc.com. Standard messaging and data rates will apply. The top four artists with the highest votes from the first round of voting will be the final award nominees of the Sprint New Artist of the Year Award. Voting for the award winner will begin October 24 and conclude during the American Music Awards on November 20 at 9:00 p.m., ET.

New Music Video: Beyoncé “Party” Ft. J.Cole

By Melvin Browne

Pause your life for a few minutes. Beyoncé premiered the Music Video for the Kanye produced hit “Party”. Andre 3000 was on the original track but they somehow replaced him with Roc Nation artist J. Cole. Beyoncé sets the Party in a trailer park, surrounded by backyard locals and her best friends. If it wasn’t for her fashion, this video would have been a ghetto nightmare. Check out the Party below… Enjoy!

No Shows at the Award Show

By Stephfon Guidry

BET Hip Hop Awards entertained, opened ears and made you laugh; it mended a friendship that was long overdue for some forgiveness.  Truly da King of the South is the rubber band man, as T.I. bounced back with flexing (iHope he didn’t FLEX too much in jail) rhymes and his classic swagger the crowd welcomed his return. Atlantic Civic Center opened its doors to urban hip hop legends Heavy D, DMX, Da Brat and more.

First let me dish out all those tweeting #WINNING from their velvet seats last night:  Chris Brown took four awards all for his club banging, douging hit “Look at Me Now”, Lil Wayne scored meager two awards #IdemandAreCOUNT, Nicki Minaj won two as well and Kanye West, Jay-Z, Waka Floka Fame and more. Rap titan himself nominated for a dominating 18 nods receiving only two, Lil Wayne aka Lil Tunchi, gripped the coveted Lyricists of Year and Best Live Performer awards.  Rihanna found the love enough to comment positively on Chris Brown’s night of #WINNING, “It’s incredible to see how he pulled out the way he did. Even when the world seemed like it was against him.”  (Msn.com) Performances that turned heads and kept the crowd fresh on the beat from the most notable Cyphers: Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Maybach Music Group, and Chris Breezy himself.   As the heavyweight lover grabbed the mic it took the show back to 1988 hits, beats, and a groove Heavy D a Hip Hop legend rocked the mic right.

“It ain’t a red carpet. It’s a sidewalk, bloody from the wolves eating red meat, and these spotlights don’t come with money — they come with police,” spoke LL Cool J to a rapt audience hanging on every word. LL Cool J challenged the newcomers to the game to use their mic for a message leaving the award show and hip hop with a charge of a new direction GLEE.

BET New Sitcom “Reed Between the Lines”

Following the Hip Hop Awards or Hood Honors premiered the black sitcom “Reed between the Lines”, featuring the talents of Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Tracee Ellis Ross. Daughter of the Diva and the quintessential only son of the most iconic African American family in television history (the Cosby Show, if you don’t know you have lived under a rock for eons!) come together to create their own merging of laughs, love and life lessons on a show all about the black family of today facing its problems together. Reed Between the lines l isn’t an open book or a NY Best seller and it needs some time to grow—yet the actors’ chemistry flows through the screen.  The show provides some comedy, casting that gives young and seasoned black actors a chance; Ross gives a convincing psychologist and Warner plays a professor eloquently.  I predict, Reed between the Lines potentially may tackle everything from maintaining marriage intimacy, raising children, keeping a family together, and life with friends as well as life with family—Ross and Warner just snagged a viewer in me. So tune in to BET on Tuesdays at 10 ET p.m. and catch “Reed Between the Lines”.

DW gets the #KanyeShrug

By Ibrahim Malik

DW by Kanye West Spring/Summer 2012 Ready-to-wear Collection premiered at this year’s Paris Fashion Week. The front row was adorned with fellow designers, and celebrities such as Alexander Wang, Dean and Dan Caton of Dsquared, Jeremy Scott, Anna Wintour, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, clearly his show was definitely anticipated by all. After his previous successful collaborations with Louis Vuitton and Nike, that bar was set pretty high but unfortunately he was a day late and a dollar short.

Possessing a raw edge the collection lacked a certain level of cohesiveness one would expect from a designer showing at Paris Fashion Week. DW serves too many silhouettes that alone are effortless but together clash (think Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston).  The collection failed to give direction or ability to transfer a story to the audience. Viewers were left not knowing what type of woman Kanye was catering and where she was going. Noteworthy Online Style Editor of International Herald Tribune Jessica Michault, had this to say “The Kanye West show, in my humble opinion, is proof that everyone can love fashion but not everyone can be a fashion designer.”

Needless to say DW had some looks that were Stunning, supermodel Chanel Iman executed both first and closing looks. One in tight leather black pants, sheer black blouse and an oversized fur stole and the other being its polar opposite in an all-white ensemble with cropped trousers, knit top and loose fitting blazer. The shoes in the collection created quite the twitter buzz that would even leave Carrie Bradshaw gushing. Given that this is Mr. Controversy himself, Yezzy had this to say:

“Thank you for anybody that didn’t believe, because they motivated us to break our boundaries… We don’t know what the reviews will be; we don’t know what they will say… I gave you everything that I had”

“This is my first collection. Please be easy. Please give me a chance to grow. This is not some celebrity s**t. I don’t f**k with celebrities…The amount of people that tried to get me a celebrity f**king deal. They said, ‘You need to do boot-cut jeans, or you won’t sell.’ Shut the f**k up!”

“I thank anybody who came to this party, everybody who supported, everybody who believed, because people thought it was a joke, and maybe people still do, but I can only grow from this point.”

Honestly in my professional opinion I believe if Kanye channels the correct spirit and tenacity he has in his other ventures, DW certainly has the POTENTIAL to ascend to greatness and the next Throne Kanye will be watching is the Fashion Empire!!!