Posts By Bené Viera

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Azealia Banks Is Done With The Rap Game And Twitter

Azalea Banks Quits Twitter & the Rap Game

When you can’t stand the heat, get off of Twitter. That’s exactly what Azealia Banks did over the weekend. The upcoming Harlem rapper has had enough of the back and forth Twitter beefs and decided to pull a disappearing act by deleting her Twitter account. Not only is she over social media, she’s also tired of the rap game. When Nicki Minaj deleted her account the Internet was in a frenzy, but luckily for Nicki’s Barbz she returned a week later. We give Banks two weeks tops to rejoin the social media network celebs love to hate. Read more…

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The 35 Greatest Kanye West Songs (In Honor Of His 35th Birthday)

Kanye West's Top 35 Songs

Within the last 10 years there hasn’t been a music success story quite like the one of Kanye West. He managed to transform himself from a well respected but not yet household name producer to a global rapper. He began producing in the late 90s for heavy hitting acts and became known for his soulful beats. It wasn’t until 2001 when he got his big break from Jay-Z’s “Izzo (H.O.V.A.).” From there he continued producing but began vocalizing his interest in rapping. Admittedly, no one one believed he could rap, thus labels weren’t willing to take the risk on signing him. Finally he signed to Dame Dash and Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella record label and debuted College Dropout in 2004. Kanye had proved everyone wrong, not only showing that he could rap, but that he could be great while doing it (College Dropout debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts).

That was eight years ago when Kanye was a hungry 27-year-old trying to turn his dreams into reality. Today he’s 35 with five albums under his belt, one collaboration album, countless producer credits, a fashion line and his own G.O.O.D. Music record label. Publicly, he’s been scrutinized for his crass statements on live TV. His public missteps and ego aside, Ye continues to be one of the greatest music talents that has emerged in the last decade. To honor his 35th birthday, check out our list of his 35 greatest songs (which we have also turned into a Spotify playlist). Feel free to disagree with our list and add your own in the comment section below.

The 35 Greatest Kanye West Songs (In Honor Of His 35th Birthday)

35. “Who Gon Stop Me”
The production is insane, Kanye and Jay’s verses are a mere bonus.

34. “Hell of A Life”
Yeezy’s darkest moment has him falling in love with a porn star. Naturally, it doesn’t end well.

33. “Wonder”
For the dream chasers out there, “I wonder/if you know/what it means/ to find your dreams.”

32. “All Falls Down”
We can’t help but think of Stacey Dash every time we hear this one.

31. “Gotta Have It”
Outside of the tambourine in the opening, there’s a whole lot of flossing in this one track. Read more…

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Robin Thicke Isn’t Tied Up, But He’s Shirtless In “All Tied Up”

Robin Thicke knows how to make a true R&B song. With his new gig on ABC’s new show Duets we get to see his chemistry with his partners, and hear how The Beatles (who he thinks have the best duets of all time) has influenced his music. But for “All Tied Up,” the third single from his fifth album Love After War, he’s singing solo and beautifully. Thicke is giving R&B the much needed breath of revitalization it needs. And he has the chops (singing chops that is) to do it. Like the song–sultry, smooth, soulful–the video captures how the music makes you feel. Read more…

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Producer Hit-Boy Debuts “Jay-Z Interview,” Is He The Next Kanye West?

On Kanye’s “Last Call” from debut album College Dropout he rhymed, “It was straight embarrassing how y’all played him/Last year shoppin’ my demo, I was tryin’ to shine/Every motherf*cker told me that I couldn’t rhyme.” Yeezy is arguably the biggest producer turned rapper story in hip-hop. Next up may be GRAMMY nominated producer Hit-Boy who is known for producing hits like “N**** in Paris.” Today Hit-Boy released “Jay-Z interview,” which is the world’s introduction to rap skills. Although he doesn’t do an actual interview with Jay, the G.O.O.D. Music artist includes clips of Hov (nice marketing ploy!) on tour and his studio time with. Read more…

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Rihanna Lands 22nd Top 10 Hit Only Trailing Madonna, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson And Whitney Houston

Rihanna Gets 22nd Top 10 Hit

There’s almost almost no better way to sum up Rihanna’s career than “that Rihanna reign just won’t let up.” What makes the magnitude of her success notable is the short time its taken her to break records in the way new artists can only imagine. “Where Have You Been” from Talk That Talk recently jumped from the No. 11 to No. 9 spot on Billboard Hot 100 charts making this her 22nd top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. That makes 22 top 10s in seven years. No wonder she lives by her own rules with very few f’s to give. She talks the talk and clearly walks the walk. Read more…

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Dodging Uncle Sam Has Finally Caught Up To Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill Hasn't Filed Taxes In Three Years

Uncle Sam is one guy folks should try to avoid at all costs. Lauryn Hill is learning the hard way that the wrath of this guy is not pretty, especially when you haven’t filed taxes for three consecutive years. Per TMZ.com, the feds are coming after Hill for not filing her tax returns in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Here’s the kicker: Hill earned more than $1.8 million, but couldn’t be bothered with the minute things in life, like filing taxes. Read more…

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Seeing Threes In G.O.O.D. Music’s “Mercy”

We just have one question: did Kanye West style the G.O.O.D. music crew for “Mercy?” In the video for what’s easily one of the most popular songs of the early summer, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz  and Kanye West are all sporting some type of headgear. This has to be Ye’s doing! Attire aside, we’ve watched “Mercy” at least five times in a row. Its left to right camera pans that follow the motions of each rapper is intoxicating. Read more…

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The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne Can Kiss Erykah Badu’s “Glittery A**” For Releasing Unfinished Music Video

Badu vs. Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne

Glitter is supposed to make everyone happy! Too bad glitter is not enough to settle the spat between Erykah Badu and The Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne. She had no problem with Coyne tweeting nude photos of her sister, Nayrock, who is also featured in the video for The Flaming Lips and Badu collaboration on “First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.” According to Okayplayer.com, Ms. Badu was not pleased with the premature posting of the video on Pitchfork.com.  She did not back down from her position even though all of Twitter was watching. We’re assuming the apology and accountability The Flaming Lips took for the concept of the video wasn’t quite enough to get back on her good side either. Read more…

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Yo: The Story Of Yo! MTV Raps Sneak Peek: Saying Goodbye With A Big Ol’ Freestyle Session

It was a sad day when Yo! MTV Raps ended after a remarkable seven year run. Tonight we’re indulging in a healthy dose of nostalgia by watching the debut of Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps, which includes Tupac’s unforgettable “thug life” rant against the Hughes brothers and Mike Tyson punching host Ed Lover. And what would a look at the story behind Yo! MTV Raps be without a classic freestyle farewell from countless emcees? It’s only right that the likes of Salt-N-Pepa, Rakim, KRS-One, Redman, Method Man, Flavor Flav and others send off the show properly. Read more…

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Eclectic Mix Of Artists Join The Flaming Lips’ Attempt To Break The Guinness World Record At O Music Awards

Eclectic Mix of Artists Support The Flaming Lips Attempt to Break Guinness World Record at O Music Awards

There is lots of excitement surrounding the third annual O Music Awards, including VH1 Diva Grace Potter joining forces with The Flaming Lips in their attempt to break Jay-Z’s Guinness World Record title for performing the Most Live Concerts in 24 hours in Multiple Cities. Luckily for The Flaming Lips, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals aren’t the only ones ready to assist with the challenge. An eclectic mix of artists including Gary Clark Jr., Hunter Hayes, GIVERS, Neon Indian, Grimes, New Fumes and more will perform full sets as The Flaming Lips fight to take Jay-Z’s crown. Next Friday VH1 Storytellers: Grace Potter premieres, and we’re ecstatic about potentially getting the back story for some of the songs she may very well may perform while helping break the Guinness World Record for Most Live Concerts In 24 Hours (Multiple Cities). Check out the full press release below. Read more…