Performing at Coachella for two consecutive weekends must be intense for artists. They understand that each show is different, as is each audience. Doing an exact repeat performance of a set that has already been viewed around the ‘net by thousands of fans could be career suicide. (Well, at least Coachella career suicide.) Frank Ocean, an artist whose reputation has been built up by the Internet, is definitely someone who recognizes this, so he made sure to switch things up a bit this weekend by covering Lauryn Hill’s beloved “Tell Him” right out of the gates. The minute the crowd recognized the words, they went crazy. Not just because they were familiar, though, but because of the way Frank took the slow steady route, singing smoothly over the mellow instrumentals.
Ocean also gave the crowd another treat with his new song, “Forrest Gump,” which he explained to the rabid crowd as being on “one of his new jams” from his upcoming LP.
Now that you’ve had your nostalgia fix with 40 Greatest Yo! MTV Raps Moments, we’re letting you decide the eight greatest emcees of that era. It’s the ultimate face off! You vote for your favorite contenders hoping they advance to the next round. But only one will walk away with the coveted title of “Greatest MC of the Yo! MTV Raps Era.”
In Round One, Chuck D. takes on KRS-One, and Ice Cube is matched up against Fresh Prince. Both Chuck D. and KRS are said to be at the top of any lyricism list. That will be a close call. With Ice Cube and Fresh Prince you have a west coast, former N.W.A. member versus the fun “Parents Just Don’t Understand” creator. We’re not even sure if that’s a fair match up. How will you decide between LL Cool J vs. Rakim? And, of course, we couldn’t leave out the women of hip-hop with Queen Latifah vs. MC Lyte.
Vote for your favorite emcee if you want to see them take the crown! Round One is open from 11 a.m. today to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. Round two opens from 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 27. The final round voting opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 27 and closes at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 30. Check back daily to see who is on top.
Jilly from Philly is still churning out singles from her Billboard No. 1 album The Light of the Sun that was released last June. “Blessed” is Jill Scott’s soulful fourth single, her way of singing her gratefulness for all of the blessings in her life. Boy, does she have a lot to be grateful for, including her album, which was indeed a commercial success. The success is all the more sweet following a four year hiatus, where she worked on movies like Why Did I Get Married, and Hounddog, not to mention a starring role in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Series. She collaborated with producers Terry Lewis and JR Hutson for the album and will be promoting it with her Summer Block Party tour.
On May 21, she will kick off VH1′s 16th season premiere of VH1 Storytellers. In the meantime, she is fabulous as ever. How cute is the dressed up moose, an ode to her son, whom she sings about in the first verse. Singing in her Biggie t-shirt, Jill reminds us why we love her. She is working those different hairstyles (three to be exact. Duh, we counted). Bow down to Ms. Scott.
Tupac’shologram resurgence at Coachella last weekend has spun into an otherworldly pool of ideas of what other deceased celebrities should be resurrected. Super producer Dr. Dre was the visionary behind the concept and has finally broken his silence. Judging by his interview with TMZ, we can surely expect more artists to pop-up from the dead in the near future.
TMZ caught up with the Doctor as he was leaving dinner. There’s been mixed reactions about whether or not the hologram was a brilliant idea or if it was totally creepy. Well, Dre is happy with the results and said, “I think everybody’s in love with it right now, so we’re having fun.”
Not only is he having fun, he hopes other artists will create their own spin-off of his idea and bring back their favorite artists. “Hopefully, different artists are able to bring out their favorite artists,” he said. “Hopefully, we can see Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye. Let’s see what happens.”
Suge Knight is bugging all the way out after Tupac’sCoachella appearence. Technically, we don’t know for sure he’s watched the hologram, but he’s either smoking some killer kush or he’s a little coo coo. TMZ reports dropped by 93.5 today in LA to chat with radio hosts Tatoo and Cee Cee and addressed the long standing rumor that he had something to do with Pac’s murder. Suge wasn’t having that, at all, saying, “I got a 45 bullet in my head, into my skull by grabbing Tupac pulling him down.” If you say so, Mr. Knight. The interview goes all the way left when he gets the heat off him by suggesting, wait for it…Tupac is really alive! Boy, that’s some good kush he’s smoking on 4/20.
Suge claims everyone knows what really happened to Pac. He names Biggie and Puffy right before he explains, “The hit was already paid for to kill Tupac.” Then he switches gears and implies people are focusing on the wrong thing.
Directed by Bob Marley’s son Ziggy and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, the project is special because it has the unprecedented support of the Marley family. The film contains rare footage, photos, interviews and performances by the people who knew him best.
Nicki Minaj’s multiple personalities have taken on a whole new meaning. While promoting her new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Nicki recently sat with BBC radio host Graham Norton and explained why she deleted her Twitter account this week. “A voice in my head told me to delete my Twitter and that’s what I did. I had 11 million followers and I hope they will wait for me. I reply all the time and get to know them by name and I have a really personal bond with them … not all 11 million, but at least 10 of them a day,” reports Necolebitchie.com.
There’s been a great deal of incessant chatter about rap newcomer Iggy Azalea. While some question the 21-year-old Australian rapper’s authenticity, others know all the words to her latest single “Murda Bizness.” Iggy first made a few splashes on the Internet after the release of her video “Pu$$y.” To date, “Pu$$y” has over 835,000 YouTube visits. In September 2011 Ignorant Art dropped as her first official mixtape. “My World” directed by Alex/2Tone was the next video released that garnered Iggy the much needed attention to get the ball rolling on her career. Her high fashion look and undetectable accent was captivating. People wanted to know who the latest white female rapper to hit scene was. She wasn’t anything like Kreayshawn. Her southern influence, apparent in her sound, set her apart from the competition–if there ever was any. People quickly wondered if she had the chops to break through the genre dominated by black males.
This year, Iggy’s career hit big. In January, she was signed to Interscope Records by none other than Jimmy Iovine himself. According to Iggy, she restructured her deal so she could sign with Grand Hustle, T.I.’s label, having the best of both worlds. In April, XXL featured her on their Freshman Class list. With a nod from the self-proclaimed King of the South, coupled with XXL’s stamp of approval, Iggy seems to be on her way to a skyrocketing career. But what about longevity? Does she have what it takes to weather the ever-evolving world of hip-hop?
Azealia Banks is having the best week ever. On the cusp of her revered Coachella performance this past weekend (which you can watch below), Banks announced she has switched management. Her new manager, Troy Carter, also manages one of the world’s biggest superstars, Lady Gaga. Oh em gee! We’re squealing at the thought of an Azealia and Lady Gaga collaboration. Carter is the CEO of Atom Factory, a privately owned management company whose client list also includes Mindless Behavior and Greyson Chance. Carter was also influential in managing the career of rapper Eve who has sold over eight million records, plus a successful film and television stint.
Fans are anxiously awaiting tonight’s Behind the Music featuring Nas, debuting at 9 p.m. ET/PT. While you patiently wait for that, though, we have a treat for you — a special 30 second preview of the upcoming video to his latest single, “The Don.” The track, which has a very “New York” feel to it, features production credits by Salaam Remi, Da Internz and the late Heavy D.
“The Don” is the second single from Nas’ 10th studio album, tentatively titled Life Is Good, which is set to be released this summer. From what we can see, Nas grasps the gritty, the hustle and beauty of his birthplace. It goes without saying that he is definitely donned up.