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Angela Simmons, Monica Recruits Ludacris

Video: Angela Simmons - Center Of Attention
"Run's House" star and fashion designer Angela Simmons takes her career to the next level with this debut video. Check it out!

Center of Attention
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Music News:
Monica is working diligently on new album, "Lessons Learned" due this fall. The album's first single is "Still Standing" featuring Ludacris. Monica has made headlines recently with her upcoming show, "The Single: Monica" airing August 5 on Peachtree TV. The show revolves around Monica as she balances motherhood and her singing career. Recently Monica has denied any beef with Beyonce after statements she made regarding her upcoming nuptials. I am amazed at how hard Monica is working on this album. I really do hope she delivers the best album she is capable of. I am rooting for her! Go Mo!

Q-Tip will release his long awaited album, "The Renaissance" on October 14. The album is preceded by first single, "…

LL Cool J's "Exit 13" Album Cover

Check out the new album cover from rap legend LL Cool J. The new album, "Exit 13" will be in stores August 26. The album is preceded by first single, "Baby" featuring Dream. I can't say I know much more info about this album at this point. When I do find out more, I will let you all know.


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Video: Princess & Diamond of Crime Mob Argue

Here we go again. We have another infamous video online that is making the rounds. Female rappers turned rivals Princess & Diamond of Crime Mob got into an argument at Soulja Boi's 18th birthday party.

I could really care less about either of these two chickenheads but it makes for drama and that's what people like.

Amy Winehouse Faints, Alicia Keys, Duffy

Amy Winehouse was hospitalized yesterday for fainting. Read below to get the full details!

"Amy Winehouse suffered a reaction to medication at home this evening and was taken to the hospital. Doctors have advised that she will be kept under observation overnight and is likely to be released tomorrow," read a statement released by Goodman and Tracey Miller, the 24-year-old's U.S.-based publicist.I wonder is Amy working on a new album yet. Musicians make their best music when their in pain or going through something. I hope this upcoming album Amy is working on channels all her recent troubles. I'm sure it will though.

UK sensation Duffy spoke out against illegal downloading. Check out what she had to say!
"Well, I mean, it can go two ways – there are pros and cons to everything," she told Shortlist. "Some people think it creates illegal access, but I think the big wheel is round, y'know? I think it's got more positives because it basically gives pe…

T-Boz Open, Monica's Single, Nas & Kelis

Audio: T-Boz - You Got Me Open
TLC's T-Boz is working on a solo album to be released in the near future. Check out this recently leaked song from the woman who put the "cool" in CrazySexyCool.

I'm liking this song. It is a really sexy, laid-back joint. Go T-Boz!

Music News:
Monica and her longtime boyfriend Rocko are planning to tie the knot. Together the couple have two children. Monica will be starring in her own reality show, "The Single: Monica" airing on Peachtree TV August 5. Monica's new album, "Lessons Learned" is preceded by first single, "Still Standing" which will be released next month. Click here to check out some previews for the upcoming show!

Nas and Kelis are in talks to make an album together. The Hip-Hop couple has recorded several tracks over the years. Nas recently released his "Untitled" album which debuted at #1 last week. I think it would be cool if they did an album together. They are so different thoug…

Audio: Monica Speaks On Beyonce Beef

Monica "Ms. Thang" Arnold sets the record straight on some recent comments she made which were taken out of context. Check it out!

Monica is preparing to release her new album, "Lessons Learned" this fall. Monica will also star in her own reality show, "The Single: Monica" which will appear on Peachtree TV[an Atlanta, GA based TV network]starting August 5.

Album Release Dates

Here is the latest US album release date schedule. Note that T.I.'s "Paper Trail" is now being released on September 30 despite the September 9 listing. All of the other dates are pretty much legit. Remember release dates are subject to change at the drop of a dime.

July 29 - Bohagon Crunk In HD (Cyberwerks)
July 29 - Dondria a.k.a. Phatfffat Dondria vs. Phatfffat (So So Def/Island Urban)
Aug. 5 - KeAnthony A Hustlaz Story (Warner Bros.)
Aug. 5 - LL Cool J Exit 13 (Def Jam)
Aug. 5 - Lloyd Lessons In Love (Universal Motown)
Aug. 5 - Ne-Yo Year Of The Gentleman (Def Jam)
Aug. 12 - Yung Berg Look What You Made Me (Yung Boss/Koch/Epic)
Aug. 19 - Ice Cube Raw Footage (Firm/Lench Mob)
Aug. 19 - Karina First Love (Def Jam)
Aug. 19 - Onyx Cold Case Files: Unsolved Murder (Onyx Records/Iceland Music Group)
Aug. 26 - Ali Vegas Generation Gap 2: The Prequel (Rich Soil Ent. /Asylum)
Aug. 26 - Solange Knowles a.k.a. Sol-Angel Sol-Angel And The Hadley Street Dreams (Geffen)
Aug. 26 - The Game LAX …

Ne-Yo's Bow, Brandy Departs, Usher, Ciara

Audio: Ne-Yo - Take A Bow(Cover)
As writer of Rihanna's current hit song, Ne-Yo puts a spin on this song extending and slightly changing some of the lyrics. Check it out!

I wonder if Ne-Yo wishes he kept certain songs to his self that he gives to other artists.

Music News:
Well it is really starting to look like Brandy will release a new album this year after all. It has been revealed that Brandy's first single, "Departed" is produced by longtime collaborator Rodney Jerkins. Brandy has had a lot of her songs leak lately and I won't be surprised if this one leaks soon. Brandy's untitled album is due this November. The album sports collaborations from The Neptunes, Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, The Underdogs, Bryan Michael Cox, and Midi Mafia[worked with Fantasia]just to name a few. Recently I spoke about Brandy's past relationship with Rodney Jerkins and how they fell out. I am happy that they are working together again. Let's just hope the music is…

Video: Snoop Dogg - Those Gurlz

I think I am playing catch up here. I swore this video has been out for a minute. I am not quite sure but I am posting it for Snoop fans or whoever is interested. Enjoy!

Snoop had a huge hit with "Sexual Seduction" but the follow up singles haven't been that successful. I think this last album was his least successful to date. It just goes to show that even the most successful artist hit a brick.

Video: Plies feat Jamie Foxx & Dream - Please Excuse My Hands

New single/video from his "Definition of Real" album.

I have noticed how artists are just pushing these videos out so fast nowadays. Plies did a video for "I'm Da Man" featuring Trey Songz which leaked online. I'm not sure if that song was a single or what. Even I am confused these days and I give you all the music news.

Video: Bow Wow feat Soulja Boi - Marco Polo

This is the first single/video for Bow Wow's upcoming album, "Pedigree" due this fall. Check it out!

I notice a lot of artists film videos for their intended first singles without giving these songs a chance to grow or get shipped to radio. Then once they fail, they are looked at as a "buzz single". I mean I guess you can't always wait for radio to start playing your songs especially nowadays. Someone like Bow Wow however will get radio play because he is a popular act.

Brandy's New Album, Jazmine Sullivan

Brandy is coming back strong! Appearing alongside her daughter in a new Skechers ad[didn't know they still made them], the singer is gearing up for a new album due in November. Production is rumored to include Rodney Jerkins, The Underdogs, The Neptunes, Eric Hudson, Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, and more.

Jazmine Sullivan has been making quite a splash with first single, "Need U Bad" featuring Missy Elliott. Her debut album, "Fearless" will be in stores September 16. Production includes Jack Splash, Stargate, Dirty Harry, and Salaam Remi.

One fall music release to look forward to is the new album from John Legend entitled, "Evolver". The album is preceded by first single, "Green Light" featuring Andre 3000. Guests include Pharrell, Kanye West, Estelle, and Will.I.Am.

Diddy and Cassie has been causing quite a stir as of lately. The two were dating, then broke up, now their engaged, and now they have denied the rumors. What gives?

Lil' …

Audio: Whitney Houston feat Akon - Like I Never Left

Whitney Houston hits us with a newly leaked track produced by Akon. I read this is the not the first single though. Enjoy!

I like the song. I feel Akon doesn't have to yell "Konvict" or do those infamous "bar slams" on a track such as this. Save that for the rap collaborations where its better suited. There has a been a lot of positive feedback regarding this song. This is the type of buzz that Whitney needs for her upcoming album due this November. Sure Whitney's voice is not what it used to be but I have always admired the raspy quality of her voice.

Video: Game feat Travis Barker - Dope Boyz

Game just puts out songs and most of them are not usually single material especially as of late. This video was said to be too "urban" for MTV if I'm not mistaken but this is the uncensored version. Check it out!

Game's "LAX" album will be in stores August 26[if he doesn't push it back again].

Young Jeezy's "The Recession" Album Cover

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I can't say I know much about this album except that lead single, "Put On" featuring Kanye West is a top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop hit. As far as guests on the album I would assume Jay-Z may make an appearance. I don't have much information on this album at presstime. Tracklisting coming soon.

Chris Brown's New Show, Foxy Brown

Move over Janet Jackson, Chris Brown is the latest dancing star to land a reality show! Check out the news below!


R+B star CHRIS BROWN is set to enter the reality TV industry by launching his own dance competition series. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker frequently shows off his fancy footwork in his music videos and live performances, and now he is to give wannabe dancers a chance to strut their stuff on his forthcoming show. The currently untitled project, which will focus on hip-hop and street dance culture, will see contestants go up against one another in a variety of dance-offs, with Brown choosing the winner of each round. Speaking of the programme, Brown says, “Dancing is more than just a way of moving, it’s a different expression of music. That’s what I want to focus on with this show.” Reality TV guru Mark Burnett and his business partner J.D. Roth will produce the programme, which is due to be pitched to TV networks next week (begs28Jul08), reports Variety.com.
Foxy Brown & Lil'…

Solange Album Tracklisting, Timbaland

Earlier this week Solange's album cover was released for new album, "Sol-Angel & The Street Hadley Dreams". Now check out the tracklisting below:

1. God Given Name
2. 6 O'Clock Blues
3. I Decided [Album Version]
4. Sandcastle Disco
5. T.O.N.Y.
6. I Told You So
7. IWouldvebeenthe1
8. An Ode To Marvin
9. ShampagneChroniKnightCap
10. Valentine's Day
11. Cosmic Journey
12. This Bird
13. I Decided [Part 2 (Freemasons Remix)]

Music News:
Timbaland had a huge year in 2007 with his hit album, "Shock Value". It spawned hit singles, "Give It To Me" featuring Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake and "The Way I Are" featuring Keri Hilson. Now the producer is working diligently on the sequel to "Shock Value". Collaborations include Rihanna, Beyonce, Jordin Sparks, Jay-Z, and Madonna. Who but Timbaland can get all these huge names on one album? This should be interesting when and once this comes together.

Keyshia Cole's "Heaven Sent" …

Trey Songz Missing You Vid, Nas Is #1, DMX

Trey Songz - Missin You


Music News:
Nas' new "Untitled" album debuts at #1 this week selling 186K units. The new album is preceded by single, "Hero" featuring Keri Hilson.

Pink will return to the music scene with a new album set to be released this October. First single, "So What" will be released shortly with the video debuting on MTV's "FN MTV".

Producer Dr. Dre and his long awaited album, "Detox" is said to be released in either November or December. The album is said to feature Lil' Wayne, Jay-Z, Nas, and more.

DMX indicted for dodging medical bills! Click here to get the full story!

Slim's Love Crazy, Michelle Williams, Usher

Music News:
I'm really feeling the new song from former 112 member Slim titled, "So Fly" which features Yung Joc. The singer's new album, "Love's Crazy" due September 9 features a who's who list of hot collaborations including Faith Evans, Slim Thug, Shawty Lo, 8Ball & MJG, Gucci Mane, C-Murder, Polow Da Don, Sean Garrett, and UGK. I remember feeling like none of 112 would stand out alone but Slim's new single is climbing the R&B charts. I just read that a video for "So Fly" was recently shot.

Another one bites the dust. Michelle Williams' highly anticipated album, "Unexpected" has been pushed back to October 7. First single, "We Break The Dawn" recently went to #1 and features a remix with Flo-Rida. BET has come under fire for reportedly rejecting the video. This has become a major concern when BET's "106 & Park" has someone like Madonna but they can't play a Michelle Williams video.…

Solange's New Album Cover

Check out the new album cover for Solange's "Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams". The album is preceded by first single, "I Decided" and second single, "Sandcastle Disco". The album sports collaborations from Pharrell Williams, Cee-Lo, Q-Tip, Jack Splash, Marsha Ambrosius[of Floetry], and more. I'm actually looking forward to Solange's album especially after I heard the live version of "T.O.N.Y". Punch Solange!

Video: Omarosa vs. Wendy Williams

Reality TV star Omarosa visits "The Wendy Williams Show" to promote new book, "The Bitch Switch". The conversation is going fine until Wendy calls Omarosa out. Check out the video that has the internet going crazy!

Oh how I wish I could catch Wendy's show. I have never liked Omarosa. I think she is stuck up and acts the way she does just for TV. Team Wendy!

Rihanna Disturbs, Donnie Klangs On, DMX

Rihanna let's her freak thang hang out in the clip to new video, "Disturbia". It is the 45th single from her platinum, "Good Girl Gone Bad" album which was recently rereleased. Enjoy!

DISTURBIA
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Music News:
Donnie Klang will release his new album, "Just A Rolling Stone" in conjunction with the new season of MTV's "Making The Band" which premieres this August. The video for first single, "Take U There" featuring Diddy was recently filmed and will debut on August 8 on "FN MTV". Look for Donnie's debut album in stores September 2.

Rapper DMX arrested! Click here to see what he was arrested for this time and you won't believe it!
Lil' Scrappy involved in knife fight and arrested! Click here to get the full story!

Audio: Ne-Yo - Miss Independent

So many artists have had music leaked lately and Ne-Yo is certainly no exception. Check out Ne-Yo's 2nd single, "Miss Independent". It's not exactly anything groundbreaking but typical Ne-Yo. Enjoy!

Ne-Yo's "Year Of The Gentleman" album will be in stores August 5.

Janet, Madonna, Danity Kane Do MTV

Janet Jackson and Madonna are the first performers added to the lineup of the star studded Video Music Awards to air on MTV in August[or September]. Voting has recently been open where fans can determine the nominees. You must have an user account to vote. Click here to get started.

Danity Kane will debut their new video, "Bad Girl" featuring Missy Elliott on MTV's "FN MTV" on July 25. The girls always take an eternity to release their 2nd video. They are definitely long overdue for one. In other news DK will be opening up for Janet's "Rock With U" tour. Go DK!

Last we heard about Bobby Valentino was that he dropped from Def Jam/DTP Records. Well the singer has signed with EMI[which oversees Capitol and Virgin Records]. Well good for him!

Poll: What Would You Like To See More Of

Happy Saturday! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. I thank each and everyone of you for visiting and your continued support. To make this blogging experience enjoyable for everyone, it is your time to speak up. What would you like to see more of here? What don't you like? What do you like? I would appreciate if you did comment and/or simply vote in the poll. The poll will be open for 5 days. You can vote for multiple choices and as many times as you like.


Karina Album Cover, Nelly Bodies Ashanti

Check out the new album cover from Def Jam artist Karina. Karina is responsible for the single, "16 at War". The song and the singer's style itself is drawing comparisons to Alicia Keys. Check out the new album when it hits stores September 16.


Video: Nelly - Body On Me[behind the scenes]
Though the video is set to premiere tonight on MTV, check out this exclusive behind the scenes look at Nelly's new video!

If you liked that and can't wait to see it on TV, click here to view the "Body On Me" featuring Akon & Ashanti video now.

Video: Robin Thicke - Magic
Robin Thicke stopped by BET's "106 & Park" to debut his first single/video, "Magic" off his upcoming album, "Something Else" in stores September 9. Check it out!

I caught the video yesterday on TV. I wasn't all that interested since I don't care for the song. I do like Robin Thicke though. His last album, "The Evolution of Robin Thicke" was a very g…

Video: Game Breaks Down

Devastated by the lack of involvement for an upcoming Sean Bell dedication track and various hip hop beefs, The Game breaks down in this emotional plea. Check it out!

Ashanti's Good Good, Ciara's Fantasy Ride

Video: Ashanti - Good Good


Music News:
Ciara is set to release her new triple album, "Fantasy Ride" this November. Lead single, "High Price" featuring Ludacris is set to debut[again]this August. Collaborations include Ne-Yo, Jasper Cameron[worked with Monica], The-Dream, and Danja. Confirmed tracks: Echo, When I, Supernatural, Cool On You, and Work. So Ciara is still planning to release "High Price" after all. It was rumored that she was going to switch first singles but apparently not.

The Pussycat Dolls has set September 16 as the release date for their new album, "Doll Domination". The album is preceded by single "When I Grow Up". The album sports collaborations from Sean Garret, Rodney Jerkins, Ne-Yo, Marsha Ambrosius, and Cee-Lo. As we know lead singer Nicole S went running back to PCD after her solo career failed to take off. It just goes to show that there is "no place like home".

Producer extraordinare Raphael Saadiq is …

Pretty Ricky Album Cover, Nina Sky, Britney

Check out the album cover for the brand new Pretty Ricky album, "80s Babies" due September 23. The album is preceded by first single, "Cuddle Up" featuring Butta Creme .The group just released a video for their remake of H-Town's "Knockin' Da Boots".


Music News:
Remember Nina Sky? They are responsible for the hit song, "Move Ya Body". Well the duo is returning with their long awaited album, "The Musical" due this October. First single, "Curtain Call" features Rick Ross. Collaborations include Stargate, Ne-Yo, Cool & Dre, Salaam Remi[worked with Nas], Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, and Scott Storch. It's been a minute since we've had a successful duo on the scene. Let's see if Nina Sky can recreate that spark they had.

Britney Spears is hard at work on her new album due early next year. The singer is working with producers Rodney Jerkins and Sean Garrett. Spears also is taking part in Madonna's &q…

Yung Berg Album Tracklisting, Bow Wow

Recently I revealed Yung Berg's album cover to his new album, "Look What You Made Me" now check out the album's tracklisting listed below:


1. Intro
2. Look What You Made Me
3. Sexy Can I (with Ray J)
4. Do That There (featuring Dude 'N Nem)
5. The Business featuring Casha
6. Interlude
7. Where Do We Go (featuring Twista)
8. Sexy Lady Yung Berg featuring Junior
9. One Night (featuring Trey Songz)
10. Manager (featuring Lloyd)
11. Interlude
12. If You Only Knew (featuring Casha)
13. Outerspace[2nd single]
14. Get Your Number featuring Amerie
15. Victory Lap featuring Eve and Collie Buddz; Victory Lap featuring Eve and Collie Buddz\ Getting Good featuring Cap 1 and Hunit Grand

Music News:
Bow Wow can't seem to make up his mind. Awhile back he told MTV that he would concentrate on acting. Now the tables have turned and Bow Wow is diligently working on a new album titled, "Pedigree" to be released this fall/winter. The album boasts collaborations from R. Kelly, …

Music Feed: Music Fallouts

Infidelity, finger pointing, betrayal, baby mama drama, and legal disputes are just some of the reasons for music's most famous fallouts. We thought they would be together forever. You know what they say though "Nothing Lasts Forever". Here's to believing that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. I have compiled some of music's most famous fallouts.

Ashanti & Irv Gotti
Irv Gotti called out Ashanti over her lack of support for label The Inc Records during their money laundering trial. During a racy Wendy Williams interview, Irv Gotti insinuated that he and Ashanti had a steamy affair. The fallout put a damper on their working relationship. Ashanti's next album, "The Declaration" didn't feature any production or input from Irv Gotti.

Brandy & Rodney Jerkins
Brandy expressed discontent with Rodney Jerkins in a June 2004 Vibe magazine article. In the article Brandy claimed Jerkins had given away their trademark sound. Brandy's nex…

First Look: T.I.'s New Album Cover

Check out the cover for T.I.'s new album, "Paper Trail" in stores September 9. For some reason it seems like people aren't as interested in T.I. this time. I guess we shall see.

Trey Songz Ready, Tamia Live, Erykah Badu

Video: Bryan-Michael Cox Speaks
Producer Bryan-Michael Cox has offered a once in a lifetime opportunity for aspiring musicians. Watch this video and find out how you can possibly work with Brandy, Monica, and Amerie on their upcoming albums! Check it out!

Find more videos like this on The Studio Exposed


Music News:
Despite his "Trey Day" album not being a success, Trey Songz is hard at work on his upcoming album, "Ready" in stores this December. The set is lead by first single, "In Ya Phone". Recently Trey cut his signature braids and filmed the video for his 4th single, "Missing You" which should be debuting pretty soon.

Tamia will do something most singers do nowadays.....release a live album. The singer will record the album live on August 10 in Washington D.C. There is no word on when the album will be released.

After numerous rumors Erykah Badu has confirmed that she is indeed pregnant with her 3rd child. The baby's daddy is Jay Electroni…

Solange Steps Out, Beyonce's Double Take

Check out these sizzling performances from Solange, Ledisi, and Estelle at the Essence Music Festival.


Music News:
Beyonce is not one to be outdone. The superstar is releasing two new albums, one in November 2008 and the next in February 2009. The collaboration list includes Rodney Jerkins, Beau Dozier, Jack Splash, Eric Hudson[producer for Brandy], Chad Beatz[producer for Ashanti], and more. Leave it to Beyonce to set trends and everyone else follows.

Ashanti will hit us with double whammy this week! The singer will debut two new videos this week. First up is her new single, "Good Good" which will debut on Yahoo[music] on July 17. Secondly her collaboration with Nelly & Akon for "Body On Me" premieres on MTV's "FN MTV" on Friday, July 18. Go Shanti!

Add Lloyd to the list of collaborators for the upcoming Yung Berg album, "Look What You Made Me" in stores August 12. The album is preceded by first single, "The Business" featuring C…

Poll: Michelle Williams or Solange

Mathew Knowles and company have been on a roll! New singles from Columbia/Geffen/MusicWorld artists Solange and Michelle Williams have both went to #1. Now both ladies are set to release their perspective albums this August.

First up is former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams who will release her new album, "Unexpected" on August 12. The album is preceded by the #1 single, "We Break The Dawn". The album sports collaborations from Solange, Rico Love[producer for Usher], Jim Jonsin[producer for Lil' Wayne], and Stargate. The title "Unexpected" refers to unexpected switch for secular music to sacred music to secular music. You can also add the Euro-Pop sound that Michelle has added to her repertoire.

Next is Solange who will release, "Sol-Angel & The Hadley Streets Dreams" on August 26. The album is preceded by first single, "I Decided" which recently went to #1. The album sports collaborations from Jack Splash, Mark Ro…

Yung Berg Unleashes New Album Cover

Check out the album cover for the new Yung Berg album, "Look What You Made Me" in stores August 12. The album is preceded by first single, "The Business" featuring Casha. The album sports collaborations from Eve, Amerie, Twista, Trey Songz, and Ray J.



Music News:
In 11 days Brandy will release her first single off her upcoming Epic debut. You can check out the official countdown by clicking here. Brandy's upcoming album has been primarily shrouded in mystery. A number of producers including The Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins, Bryan Michael Cox, and The Underdogs have been attached to the project. Once the new single and album comes out more info about the album will become available.

Alicia Keys is rumored to sing the new James Bond title song from the upcoming movie, "Quantum Of Solace". Reportedly Keys beat out Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis. In other Alicia Keys new she recently shot the video for her 4th single, "Superwoman" off her 3x platinum, &…

Video: BET's 106 & Park Host Rocsi Walks Off

Like many videos before it, this one has gained quite a bit of notoriety within the online community. BET's "106 & Park" host Rocsi gets fed up with co-host Terrance J and walks off the set. Hey! I don't blame her. Terrance irks me. Check it out!

Video: Teddy Riley's Son Disses Bow Wow

Bow Wow has been the target of a lot of disses lately. Bow Wow must be doing something right. Producer Teddy Riley's son disses Bow Wow and it is a pathetic and weak dis. I wouldn't be surprised if Bow Wow doesn't respond to this. It's trash! Check it out!

Video: Yung Berg Apologizes

Yung Berg came under fire when he made comments against dark skin women referring to them as "dark butts". Now the rapper does some damage control by apologizing for his shocking statements.

CSV Throwback Video: Ashanti - Baby

Its been awhile since I featured a CSV Throwback Video since I post newer videos quite regularly. I was skimming through some videos on IMEEM and I came across Ashanti's "Baby". I remember this song being a lot of people's favorite which ultimately resulted in it being her 3rd single off her 3x platinum debut album, 'Ashanti'. Check the video out!

Updated: Lloyd Lessons In Love Album Cover/Tracklisting

When I originally posted the Lloyd album cover, it was the same exact album cover as his single, "Girls All Around The World" featuring Lil' Wayne. Fortunately MotownUniversal decided not to be so cheap and offer fans an alternate take of that cover and this is the final product. Check out the newly revised tracklisting below:


1. Sex Education
2. Girls Around The World (featuring Lil Wayne)
3. Treat U Good
4. Year of the Lover
5. I Can Change Your Life
6. Lose Your Love
7. Have My Baby
8. Love Making 101
9. Party All Over Your Body
10. A Day In The Life
11. Touched By An Angel
12. I’m Wit It
13. Heart Attack

Video: Nas - Sly Fox

For his second single, "Sly Fox", Nas takes on the FOX network which lambasted him last year during his performance for Virginia Tech after the fatal shootings. Check it out!

Faith Evans - Keep The Faith: A Memoir

It was reported awhile ago that one of my favorite singers Faith Evans would release a memoir based on her life and relationship with the Notorious B.I.G. The book will be released on August 29.


Faith has been pretty quiet on the music front. Her last album, 2005's "The First Lady" spawned the hit "Again". Faith usually takes huge breaks in between albums and more recently she had another child. If we don't get an album later this year from Faith, I would assume we'd get something at the top of next year. Hopefully!

Album Release Dates

Here is the most complete and up-to-date album release schedule in existence. Remember release dates are subject to change at the drop of a dime. Check it out:

July 15 - David Banner The Greatest Story Ever Told (SRC/Universal Motown)
July 15 - Nas Untitled (Def Jam)
July 22 - Skillz Million Dollar BackPack (Koch)
July 29 - Bohagon Crunk In HD (Cyberwerks)
July 29 - Dondria a.k.a. Phatfffat Dondria vs. Phatfffat (So So Def/Island Urban)
July 29 - Young Jeezy The Recession (CTE/Def Jam)
Aug. 5 - KeAnthony A Hustlaz Story (Warner Bros.)
Aug. 5 - LL Cool J Exit 13 (Def Jam)
Aug. 5 - Lloyd Lessons In Love (Universal Motown)
Aug. 5 - Ne-Yo Year Of The Gentleman (Def Jam)
Aug. 12 - Michelle Williams Unexpected (Music World/Columbia)
Aug. 12 - Yung Berg Look What You Made Me (Yung Boss/Koch/Epic)
Aug. 19 - Ice Cube Raw Footage (Firm/Lench Mob)
Aug. 19 - Karina First Love (Def Jam)
Aug. 19 - Onyx Cold Case Files: Unsolved Murder (Onyx Records/Iceland Music Group)
Aug. 26 - Ali Vegas Generation Gap 2: The Pre…

Jennifer Hudson's New Album Cover

Check out the exclusive album cover for Jennifer Hudson's self-titled debut album in stores this September. The album features the Ne-Yo written song, "Spotlight".


Music News:
G-Unit's newest album, "Terminate On Sight" debuts at #4 this week with 102K copies sold. This is a far cry from the their debut album which sold far more copies[in its first week]. This album was labeled a flop before it's release anyway. Blame the poor response to the singles and 50's constant blabbering for the dismal sales......and oh yea illegal downloading to since that is always factored in some way.

Rapper Gorilla Zoe who brought us the hit "Hood N*gga" is releasing his new album, "Don't Feed Da Animals" on September 23. The album is preceded by first single, "On The Corner" featuring Sean Kingston. The album houses collaborations from Justice League[worked with Mary J Blige], Yung Joc, Gucci Mane, J.R. Rotem, and Jazze Pha.

Lil' Wayne…

Music News: Young Jeezy's Recession

Young Jeezy will release his new album, "The Recession" on August 19. The album is lead by first single, "Put On" featuring Kanye West. Jeezy and Kanye recently performed on the BET awards and brought the house down. It was one of my favorite performances from that telecast in a night of many highlights and surprises.

David Banner has chosen "Shawty Say" featuring you guessed it............Lil' Wayne for his 2nd single. His oft-delayed album, "The Greatest Story Ever Told" will be released on July 15. The album features collaborations with Yung Joc, Chris Brown, Akon, Carl Thomas, and more. The album recently leaked.

Lil' Wayne is being sued for $2 million dollars! If you recall Lil' Wayne performed a concert in which he threw a wade of money to the sky. Of course everyone scurried to the money resulting in several people getting injured. Well one woman was impaled with a metal pole and had surgery to heal her wounds.

JoJo is diligently…

Video: Danity Kane - Bad Girl[behind the scenes]

MTV takes viewers behind the scenes of Danity Kane's "Bad Girl" video. In the steamy clip the ladies take on various characters showcasing their bad girl persona. Check it out!

Now that I think of it "Bad Girl" is a good choice single for DK. It is very similar to PCD's "When I Grow Up" as far as the upbeat tempo of the song. I can also see this being a big hit for the group. Team DK!

Music News: Trina's New Album, Beyonce

Ms. Trina may have just released her most recent album, "Still Da Baddest" in April but she will release a new album in October. Meanwhile Trina has chosen "Look Back At Me" featuring Killer Mike as her 3rd single. Trina and Killer Mike will shoot the video on July 14. Like any other artist Trina's albums get pushed back a great deal and I won't be surprised if the new one does as well. I am glad that Trina is pushing forward with a new album. I can't wait!

Beyonce is hard at work on her third album which is set to be released later this year. Beyonce has enlisted producer Beau Dozier[worked and dated Joss Stone] along with Timbaland, Amanda Ghost[worked with Janet], Jack Splah[worked with Alicia Keys], Johnta Austin, Stargate, and Rodney Jerkins. We all know Beyonce works at a feverishly pace so I'm sure the album is coming along rather quickly.

I read on Wikipedia[which is the last place for reliable info]that rapstress Rah Digga has signed with Th…

Audio: Brandy - List

Brandy has unleashed a new song which serves as a teaser from her upcoming Epic debut due later this year or next. Check it out!

Video: Nas feat Keri Hilson - Hero

Nas finally unleashes the debut video for his "Untitled" album in stores July 15.

Nas' "Untitled" album leaked recently and I'm not sure what the response has been so far. I think the video and single should of been out awhile back. I actually got tired of hearing about the whole "N*gger" title. It really started to irk me after awhile. I have heard the first four tracks on the album and they are not bad. I will have to listen to see how the rest of the album fares.

Music News: LL Exits, Usher Upset, 50 Cent

LL Cool J will release his 13th and final album[for Def Jam]titled, "Exit 13". The album is preceded by first single, "Baby" featuring The-Dream. The album sports collaborations from Lil Mo, Wyclef Jean, and 50 Cent. My cousin and I were just talking about LL. She is a big fan of his but she feels his time is up. What do you think?

Usher is said to be upset with the record sales of his "Here I Stand" album. The album debuted at #1 and has since gone platinum. Usher must of been expecting another million plus sales week. I don't know why though. The album sucked miserably. I wasn't expecting much from it anyway.

50 Cent is aiming to do a million units with his next album, "Before I Self Destruct" due later this year. I think 50 Cent is trying to be in competition with Lil' Wayne. 50 acts like he hasn't pushed a million units in the first week before. I guess he wants to do it again and frankly there is nothing wrong with that.

Videos: Day 26 & Keri Hilson

Bad Boy group Day 26 talks to Vibe[magazine]about their first sexual experiences. This is only of course if you care to know. Haha! Enjoy!


Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson takes BET behind the scenes of her first single, "Energy" off her upcoming album, "In A Perfect World..." in stores September 23. Check it out!

Keri Hilson On The Set Of 'Energy'
Uploaded by ThatGrapeJuice I'm not really into Keri Hilson[yet]. I still need some convincing. I think she is an amazing songwriter but as a solo act, she has yet to grab me. I'm also not feeling her mushroom 'do or the current one she has going now.

Brandy Dissed, Yung Berg Gets Eve, Amerie

Video: Fredro Starr Blasts Brandy!




Music News
Yung Berg, who currently appears on Ray J's hit single, "Sexy Can I" will release his debut album, "Look What You Made Me" on August 12. The album features collaborations with Eve, Twista, Trey Songz, and Amerie. I'm not a fan of Yung Berg. He comes off too cocky for me. I mean he has only had 2 hits and 1 of those he wasn't even the featured artist. One thing we do have in common is that we both dislike Bow Wow!

Earlier this week[July 3]singer turned radio DJ Miss Jones exited her Hot 97[New York radio] post. She is set to star in her own reality show to air on BET in September. Like many reality shows before it, it will chronicle her life, on-air interviews, and more. I never been a big fan of MissJones. I always thought of her as a knockoff Wendy Williams.

Video: Lil' Wayne - A Milli

Perhaps one of the most popular songs on Lil' Wayne's "The Carter 3" album, "A Milli" has been remixed by everyone from Jay-Z to Ne-Yo. Check out the vid! Enjoy!

Nelly's "Brass Knuckles" Album Cover + Tracklisting

Nelly will release his new album, "Brass Knuckles" on August 19 or September 16. I would bet on the latter but we shall see. The album is preceded by the singles, "Stepped On My J's" featuring Ciara and "Body On Me" featuring Akon & Ashanti.


1. Chill feat. St. Lunatics
2. Warrior
3. Hold Up feat. T.I. & LL Cool J
4. L.A. feat. Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg
5. Self Esteem feat. Chuck D
6. Party People feat. Fergie
7. Body On Me feat. Akon & Ashanti
8. Stepped On My J'z feat. Ciara
9. Let It Go feat. Pharrell
10. 1 and Only
11. Who Fucks Wit Me feat. Avery Storm
12. Bay
13. Lie feat. St. Lunatics
14. Problems
15. Long Night feat. Usher


Music News
One of my favorite producers[in the whole wide world]Pharrell Williams plans to remove his old tattoos in favor of some new ones. 50 Cent recently made the decision to remove his tattoos as well. Lil' Wayne, however, plans to leave his the same.........for now!

Ciara has suffered yet another pushback. Her upcomi…

Lamar Speaks

Hello all! I just wanted to thank you all for your continued support! I will not be updating as much for the next few days. I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July holiday!

Video: Nicki Minaj Interview

Here is another interview with rapstress Nicki Minaj. It's pretty much the same old same old. Interviewers keep asking her the same questions. The video is 16 minutes long . Check it out!

I'm a fan of Nicki Minaj but I am turned off by her slightly. She talks a lot of sh!t for someone who hasn't accomplished much. It is starting to become a bit annoying to me.

A Look Back - June 2008 Part 2

Here is part 2 of my monthly recap of all the shocking headlines and news stories of June 2008. Enjoy!


Marriage/Splitsville:
Producer Timbaland and girlfiend, Monique Idlett tie the knot.Ruben Studdard and girlfriend take out marriage license.Actress Uma Thurman gets engaged.Former B2K member Raz B engaged.
Births/Pregnancy:
X-Files star Gillian Anderson pregnant with 3rd child.Actor Vin Diesel and girlfriend have child.Actress Jessica Alba gives birth.Actress Tori Spelling gives birth to second child; a baby girl.Jamie Lynn Speas gives birth to baby girl. American Idol-alum Paris Bennett is pregnant.
Lawsuits/Arrests:
Diddy sues cufflinks company which ridicules his name; www.cuff-daddy.comWarren G was arrested for drug possession; released after posting $20K bailRapper Coolio arrested for driving with a suspended license.Jay-Z sued for $88 million dollars for copywritten infrigement.R. Kelly sued over stealing dance steps. Wendy Williams sues former talent booker for sexual harrassment.Ja…

A Look Back - June 2008 Part 1

There was such an overwhelming amount of headlines that occurred in June 2008. I have decided to cut this in two separate posts. Enjoy!


Hospitalized/Accidents/Sick/Death:
Legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent dies at age 71. Rock legend Bo Diddley dies at age 79.Actor Kelsey Grammer suffers mild stroke.Lil' Flip invovled in a car crash; rapper said to be recovering fine.Actor Paul Newman diagnosed with lung cancer.Tim Russert of NBC dies of heart attack at 58.Amy Winehouse hospitalized after fainting in her home; later diagnosed with tuberculosisRocker Kid Rock hospitalized for stomach cramps and dehydration. Comedian George Carlin dies at age 71.
Miscellaneous Headlines:
Barack Obama is the first black to man to receive the Democratic nomination.Amy Winehouse apologizes for racist rant.Island Def Jam stops supporting Janet Jackson's "Discipline" album.Boxing legend Evander Holyfield denies being broke; despite foreclosure of home.Diddy goes back to calling himself &quo…

People That Had Us Talking - June 2008

It's that time again. I take a look back at all the people who had us talking all month long[for the month of June that is]. Check it out!


Ciara - Ciara's first single, "High Price" featuring Ludacris was set to leak[in full]but didn't. Instead it was announced that her single and album were pushed back indefinitely[to October]. There were also rumors going around that Ciara and 50 Cent were engaged or either married. Who could forget Ciara's sexy dance with Chris Brown at the BET Awards?

50 Cent - When 50 Cent graces my monthly list [for "People That Had Us Talking"] it is no longer a surprise. 50 was accused of burning his own house down. He also had a huge falling out with Young Buck. How could we forget the marriage rumors to Ciara? I can only imagine what this month has in store for 50 especially with the new G-Unit album dropping.

Young Buck - Buck's fallout with 50 Cent got real nasty. A lot of dirty laundry was aired between Buck and 50 Cen…