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Lauryn Hill Was Too Busy Protecting Herself From “Greed, Corruption And Compromise” To Pay Taxes

Lauryn Hill Explains Why She Didn't File Her Taxes

Ms. Lauryn Hill is perfectly sane, maybe misunderstood, but sane nonetheless. Only a coherent person could write the dissertation statement she released on her Tumblr explaining why she didn’t pay her taxes in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Warning: you may need to consult your thesaurus to follow along. Ms. Hill calls out the music industry for its “pop culture cannibalism” and accuses the media of trying to distort her image by painting her as a lunatic. Despite her eloquence, we’re almost certain Uncle Sam cares absolutely nothing about the reason she didn’t pay. They just want to get paid. Read more…

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Will Smith Teams Up With His Old Buddy DJ Jazzy Jeff, Lays Down New Vocals For “Summertime Remix”

Looks like Will Smith is back to making moves on the mic. Ahead of Men In Black III‘s release, Will Smith gamely rapped the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song along with an eager Graham Norton Show audience, and then he flexed a freestyle on 106 & Park. And you know what? He sounded pretty great! However, he explained that “There are too many people in my house making music right now,” dashing our hopes of a real return to rap.

And so The Fresh Prince returns instead with a remix of his still classic “Summertime.” The song leads the third installment of DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie‘s Summertime mixtape series.

“A groove slightly transformed,” he rhymes over a drawn-out rework of the famous Kool & the Gang sampling-beat. Sounding his 43-years-old, he goes on to suggests that it might be “a little something to break the monotony of all that hard-core dance that’s gotten to be a bit out of control.” Funny how a line that’s over twenty years old can still resonate so strongly in present-day 2012. Read more…

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D’Angelo Performs For The First Time In 12 Years At Bonnaroo, Plus Bon Iver, Phish, Mac Miller And More

Bonaroo Performances, D'Angelo's First Performance in 12 years

The massive Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN hosted a mix (over 150) of musical acts spanning across genres from country to soul. The crowd was in for a treat with acts like Phish, fun., Bon Iver and Kenny Rogers blessing the stage for the four-day festival. Lionel Richie was on hand to join Rogers for “Lady” and “All Night Long (All Night).” And Richie wasn’t the only surprise.

Rumors quickly spread that The Roots would bring out a special guest. Low and behold in what turned out to be the crowd shocker of the night, D’Angelo, who hadn’t performed on a stage in 12 years (when his last album Voodoo was released), was The Roots surprise guest. According to Yahoo Music?uestlove announced, “I’ve been waiting 12 years to say this. Ladies and gentlemen…D’ANGELO!” Sounding as if he’d never stepped away from the music, D’Angelo played the piano and guitar doing a nine-piece set including oldies like Jimi Hendrix’s “Have You Ever Been To Electric Ladyland” and “Power Of Soul,” Funkadelic’s “Funky Dollar Bill,” and “Hit It And Quit It,” Sly & The Family Stone’s “Babies Makin’ Babies,” The Beatles‘ “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,” Led Zeppelin’s “What Is And What Should Never Be,” and the Time’s “My Summertime Thang.” And we can’t think of any better way to do a comeback performance than with the legendary The Roots band. Check out our gallery of fun photos from Bonnaroo. Read more…

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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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Get A Free MP3 Download Of Elle King’s Mob Wives: Chicago Theme Song, “Playing For Keeps”

Last night, VH1 aired the debut episode of Mob Wives: Chicago. From the opening moments of the program, many people on Twitter were wondering how they could get their hands on a copy of the show’s dynamic theme song, “Playing For Keeps” by Elle King. Well, VH1 Tuner readers, you’re in luck: We’ve got a FREE MP3 of “Playing For Keeps” that you can download now. All you have to do is leave your email address below and you’re good to go!

Elle’s debut EP, The Elle King EP, will hit stores tomorrow. Stay tuned to VH1 Tuner for more updates from this exciting new artist!

RELATED: Artist Of The Day: Elle King Is “Playing For Keeps” And Winning Fans Along The Way

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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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Dee Snider Makes A Mess For Stanley Steemer

Dee Snider is back on your TV, but this time you won’t see him on The Celebrity Apprentice. Actually, if you were watching the finale of Donald Trump‘s reality show a few weeks ago then you would’ve seen the Twisted Sister frontman starring in a new commercial for Stanley Steemer. In the ad, the rocker shows up at a suburban house where he tells a woman she’s won a Dee Snider Weekend. Her husband flips outs (in make-up like Dee, of course!), trashes the house, and — you already know what happens next — Stanley Steemer shows up to save the day! (YAY!) We feel comforted knowing they are able to “get the rock ‘n’ roll out of your carpet.” We’ll be sure to hit them up after the next house trashing, mosh pit, food fight we have (which, we’re loathe to admit, happens more than you think).

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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…

by (@unclegrambo)

CONCERT REVIEW: Lana Del Rey Is Just A Girl, Standing In Front Of An Audience, Asking Them To Love Her

Remember Lana Del Rey? Back in early January, she seemed poised to dominate the music headlines this year; thanks to the strength of her singles “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans,” the anticipation for her second full-length LP, Born To Die, was at a fever pitch. Then, of course, she appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, turning in a performance that ended up being so controversial and maligned that it will likely follow her for the rest of her career. In a matter of hours, she went from being the Next Big Thing to having bloodthirsty music bloggers gleefully penning her career obituary. In fact, the pendulum of hype swung at such a rapid rate that her concerned management team felt that the best course of action to save Lana’s promising career was to pull her out of the spotlight altogether here in the United States, canceling high-profile bookings at SXSW in favor of focusing on the international market. This effectively stalled the prospects for Born To Die to latch on with Stateside audiences — the album has yet to go gold — but turned out to have worked quite well worldwide, as her record has sold over 1.5 million copies to date.

Aside from a pre-taped performance on American Idol back in March and a rumored fling with Axl Rose, it’s been pretty much radio silence from Team LDR here in the U.S. for the last few months. Last week, she performed a three-night residency at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, but tonight at Manhattan’s Irving Plaza, she made her first live appearance in the city since a low-key, one-song performance on the Late Show With David Letterman in early February. She had every right to be nervous performing for the sold-out crowd, especially considering that it was her first full show in town since her Bowery Ballroom performance in December, a show that was plagued with technical issues and one that she confessed to us that she wished “had gone a little differently.” However, the vibe in the room this evening — her first of three shows here over the next few days — was palpably different from the outset, as eager fans were anxious to show their support for Lana and convince her that her career had now entered the “Backlash To The Backlash” stage on New York Magazine‘s Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations. As she strode out on a stage filled with lush greenery, she was bathed in a warm round of applause and cheers, which prompted her to gleefully stick her tongue out before launching into “Blue Jeans.” Read more…

by (@unclegrambo)

Former Fleetwood Mac Member Bob Welch Found Dead After Apparent Suicide

Bob Welch R.I.P.

Awful news to pass along this evening. Bob Welch, who sang and played guitar for Fleetwood Mac during the pre-Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham era, was found dead in his Nashville home this evening after an apparent suicide. The singer, who was 66 years old and had reportedly been suffering from health issues for some time, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

Welch was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, but left the group before the band experienced its massive success with their eponymous 1975 album. He did, however, go on to experience some success as a solo artist; his song “Sentimental Lady,” featuring backing vocals from Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham, was a Top 10 hit in September of 1977.

Welch’s death is the second high profile suicide to strike the rock world this year, following the March death of former Montrose guitarist Ronnie Montrose. Everyone here at VH1 offers their condolences to Welch’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Police: Musician Bob Welch kills self [CNN.com]

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