With a heavy mixtape buzz, a number one radio single, a packed tour schedule and a top selling Itunes single, should Wiz Khalifa have come second in first week album sales for his Atlantic Record debut Rolling Papers to a comparatively less active Britney Spears and her latest album Femme Fatale?
While it is true Britney Spears is the more established star with a much larger fan base, the pop music starlet hasn’t been quite as visible as Wiz Khalifa has been in the past two years with a three year gap between albums. It could also be argued that this debut is a bit of drop for Spears as she's traditionally sold more in her 11-year career. Her last album Circus had first week sales of 506,000. Read More...
It appears that Beyoncé's self-imposed hiatus will soon be over.
This summer, the multi-platinum selling superstar singer and wife of music mogul Jay-Z will make her return to the music stage with a new album slated be released in June.
Beyoncé has been hard at work on her album quietly behind the scenes, with a recent photo showing the megastar writing songs with Odd Future’s resident crooner Frank Ocean. The former Destiny’s Child front woman has also has been collaborating with Australian singer/songwriter Sia and producer/DJ and songwriter Diplo. Read More...
On today’s (March 29) edition of RapFix Live (new day, same dope guests), our featured guest was the super cool and laid back Wiz Khalifa. The smooth stoner is dating model and newly minted Sirius/XM radio host Amber Rose and surprisingly Wiz was not shy about professing his adoration for his drop dead gorgeous girlfriend.
After some playful prodding from our host Sway, Amber joined her beau on the couches of RapFix Live but not before Wiz spoke about his relationship with refreshing honesty. “Um, you know, I’m just, I’m me. That’s what it is,” said Wiz. “I’m completely comfortable with everything about me and my life. That’s what my career has been built off of. Everybody gets that right away. So you don’t gotta find out nothing about me. I’m not gonna hide it, I’m gonna completely embrace it.” Read More...
Grammy nominated R&B singer Angie Stone was arrested on Sunday (March 27) for driving with a suspended license in Georgia.
TMZ reports that Stone was pulled over for speeding. It was then that officers discovered that her driver’s license was also suspended. The Columbia, South Carolina native was subsequently arrested and released about an hour later.
In 2006, Stone appeared on the fourth season of the VH1 reality series Celebrity Fit Club. In the 80s, Stone was known as Angie B. and part of female hip-hop trio The Sequence, that were signed to Sugar Hill Records. As for her personal life, she has a son with enigmatic R&B singer D’Angelo and has songwriting credits on both of his albums (Brown Sugar, Voodoo).
Along with artists like Erykah Badu, Raphael Saadiq and the aforementioned D’Angelo, the “No More Rain (In This Cloud)” singer was part of the Neo Soul music movement of the mid to late 1990s. Stone’s proper debut solo album, Black Diamond, was released in 1999 and is certified gold. Her last album, Unexpected, her fifth, was released in 2009 on the revamped Stax Records to generally positive reviews.
As a cloud of sadness hangs over Long Beach, California this morning while a west coast legend is laid to rest, another iconic figure born and raised in the LBC paid his respects to his fallen friend in a most respectful and artistic fashion.
MTV News was on hand for the memorial and viewing services for G-Funk singer Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale and we were able to obtain a few photos and family comments from the event. However, in the wee hours of the morning Snoop Dogg tweeted a much more relevant photo of a tattoo on his left forearm of Nate Dogg with the caption “All Doggs Go To Heaven” underneath. Read More...
[Photo: courtesy of XXL]
New Shady Records signees Slaughterhouse may be getting quite the boost from their new boss Eminem. One member of Slaughterhouse even boldly stated that Slim Shady will help shape the course of their major label debut in an executive role.
Detroit rhyme slinger Royce Da 5’9, who was once in the group Bad Meets Evil with Em in their early days, hinted that the Detroit Bad Boy will assume an executive producer role for their upcoming and currently untitled album. “He hasn't used these exact words, but I'll go ahead and jump out the window and say it. I think he'll be the executive producer," Royce shared. "He's very good at taking a record to a whole different level after we do what we do with it.” Read More...
Being a young rap artist who is also the son of a hip hop legend is would most certainly be a lot of pressure for some but when the father is in full support, it probably isn’t so bad.
Rap icon Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of Run-D.M.C. fame has been visibly supportive of his son Diggy Simmons and his burgeoning music career.
RapFix caught up with the father-son duo – and also Diggy’s kid brother Russy – while backstage at the XXL Freshman concert Tuesday (March 22) night at the B.B. Kings Blues Club in New York. “I’m so happy that he let me assist him, “said Rev. Run. “Life is so funny, I get invited to the BET Hip Hop Awards because of him,” said Run while pointing to Diggy. “I get invited out here to play this [concert] because of him. Of course I’m like flattered.” Read More...
by Kathy Iandoli
Suffice to say, 50 Cent will not be getting an ice cream cone tattooed upon his face anytime soon.
As VIBE Magazine’s International Issue cover story, the rapper turned actor and entrepreneur spoke in the latest issue about rappers’ face tats and their personal brands. “To tattoo your face says that there's not a possibility that you can actually walk into a legitimate establishment without makeup covering your face every day,” he tells VIBE. “That does not work. It creates a separation. It says, ‘I'm an artist.’ That's it. That's the statement you make when you go and tattoo your face.” Read More...
Good to know G-Unit foot soldier Lloyd Banks won’t kick a man while he’s down.
Speaking with MTV News alongside side multi-talented producer and singer Ryan Leslie, the self-proclaimed Punch Line King was asked to weigh in on former G-Unit compatriot Young Buck and his recent legal troubles.
The Nashville rapper was indicted on gun charges as a result of an IRS raid on his home. Because Buck is a convicted felon, the possession of the firearm could land him 10 years of prison. Buck is currently free on a $100,000 bond as he awaits trial.
Banks carefully commented on Buck’s situation, electing to take the high road which Buck certainly did not when he was booted from G-Unit in 2008 by 50 Cent. “[It’s] unfortunate. I don’t wish indictment or anything worse than that on anybody, “said Banks. He added, “Yeah, I have nothing negative to say about the situation [and] hopefully he makes it out that.” Read More...
In Austin, Texas at the SXSW Music festival, a gathering of west coast greats and young up and comers will honor the life of G-Funk crooner Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale who passed away March 15.
At the 222 Venue at 8pm CST, Snoop Dogg and Warren G will eulogize their fallen 213 comrade musically at the “Respect The West” showcase alongside young talents and three fourths of the Black Hippy crew Kendrick Lamar, Schoollboy Q and Jay Rock, underground vets Planet Asia and Psycho Realm’s Sick Jacken among other notables.
Donations will also be collected for the Nate Dogg Memorial Fund at the showcase, which was put together by Stampede Management and The Cashmere Agency and sponsored jointly by XBOX Kinect, PRO-Keds, Skullcandy and Looxcie.
Nate Dogg was a fixture in west coast hip hop for many years, crafting memorable hooks for fellow Dogg Pound crew members Daz Dillinger and Kurupt and legendary producer Dr. Dre with his distinctive tenor and baritone vocals. The singer passed away due to complications surrounding a stroke which reports say led to heart failure. Read More...