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2 Chainz And Nicki Minaj Spend Their Spoils On Dem Strippers They Luv

2 Chainz Boost Mobile is chirpin’, his amiga Nicki Minaj‘s calling, and where else would be meeting if not at the strip club. The new Benny Boom directed clip for Chainz’s ode to the ladies “I Love Dem Strippers” returns the two to their “Beez in the Trap” strip club haunts, where they settle in with piles of cash, bottles of Birdman‘s GTV vodka and bunches of strippers. It’s an equal opportunity gentlemen’s club, and “crowned queen” Nicki fits right in because she’s got spoils to spend. “I ain’t lookin’ for the prom king,” she snarls, as she takes over the video in the second half.

Be warned, though: it’s not the artists billed on this song that get the real shine here, it’s the beloved Dem Strippers that really steal the show. So if you’re at work, check out our PG screen shots below and save the rest for when you get home. Read more…

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Mariah Carey Is The Greatest Artist Of The 90s

mariah carey wins as the greatest artist of the 90s

And then there was one. For the final round of Bracket Madness for the greatest artist of the 90s crown, Mariah Carey and TLC went head to head for the title. One woman with a five range octave and No. 1 hits that reach the double digits versus three women considered one of the greatest girl groups of all time. There are few matchups as great (and tough) as this pairing. In the end Mariah’s reign as the pop diva trumped the CrazySexyCool stardom of TLC. Read more…

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2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony: 3 Acts That Got Cut And 5 More You Can’t Miss


As they’ve been wont to do, NBC clipped and hemmed last night’s Closing Ceremony broadcast in order to get things wrapped before their new sitcom, Animal Practice, was scheduled to air. Of the acts cut Ray Davies of The Kinks, Muse, and probably most egregious of all The Who, who closed the closing spectacle.
Ray Davies performed the Kink’s classic, “Waterloo Sunset”

Muse played their Olympic theme song, “Survivor”

The Who closed the Symphony of British Music with a run of their hits that included  “Baba O’Riley,” “See Me, Feel Me,” “Listening to You,” and “My Generation.”
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Beyonce’s Family Photos Are The Cutest Thing You’ve Ever Seen

Beyonce, Solange and Tina Knowles

Many praises go to whoever is responsible for Beyonce joining Tumblr. Checking daily to see if Queen Bey has uploaded new photos has become quite the guilty pleasure. The 30-year-old new mom is notoriously private about her personal life, but mommyhood has opened her up more now than ever before. Over the weekend she gifted the world with family photos from her trip to Texas and her overseas travels where she Watch(ed) The Throne. Jay-Z, Solange and Tina Knowles make a cameo in the photos of the family living the good life. Be prepared to let out a loud “Awwwwww” when you see the back of baby Blue Ivy Carter with her Watch The Throne t-shirt while mama Bey feeds her a bottle. And Jay-Z pushing Bey on the swing? It doesn’t get much better than this ladies and gentleman. Read more…

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Azealia Banks Doesn’t Care About Harlem Solidarity, Disses Jim Jones In “Succubi”

Azealia Banks drops diss track "Succubi"

Not that Azealia Banks didn’t clap back at Jim Jones on Twitter during their medium rare beef last week. She did. The beef quickly turned from medium rare to well done when the Harlem newbie hit the studio and dropped “Succubi” only days after Jones called her a “slore” on Twitter. A Harlem rapper battling a fellow Harlem rapper takes us back to 2004. Read more…

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Spice Girls Stick Their Landing At The Olympic Closing Ceremony

As promised, the Spice Girls performed last night at the London Olympics Closing Ceremony. And it didn’t matter that they haven’t performed together since 2008, or that “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” are both older than most members of the gold medal winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team — aka, the other Fab Five — because this was like a two-and-a-half twists to a blind landing Amanar and they totally stuck the landing. Posh, Scary, Sporty, Ginger and Baby looked and sounded great from the moment they arrived on stage each in their own jazzed-up black cab until the moment they disappeared. There was a little bit of dancing, lots of sparkle and platformed shoes, of course. Even Posh seemed to have fun (though she looked a little nervous atop her taxicab). The whole thing was everything we wanted, really really wanted, zig-a-zig-ah! Read more…

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Tuned In: You Oughta Know Represents At The London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony

Of the many Brits who took the stage last night to pay homage to their homeland during the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, two were You Oughta Know artists past. Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran did VH1 proud with shining performances in front of the whole world wide. You Oughta Know no more, we say gold medals all around!

Closing Ceremony - Emeli Sande - London 2012 Olympic Games from mathew rumsey on Vimeo.

Sande’s really run these Games, kicking off both the Opening Ceremony and last night’s Closing Ceremony with stunning performances. The Scottish singer showed up to last night’s spectacular wearing Alexander McQueen and posed atop a newsprint covered stage, where she sang a cover of Professor Green‘s “Read All About It.” She was followed by the percussionists from Stomp and the entrance of Prince Harry, who was there in place of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Sande was back on stage later in the night, finishing up “Read All About It” while a montage of memorable moments played and flags from the competing nations were brought in. Read more…

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BRACKET MADNESS: Only Mariah Carey And TLC Remain, Who Will Be The Greatest Artist Of The 90s?

Ah, and here we are at the final match-up of Bracket Madness and we are almost ready to crown the Greatest Artist of the 90s. In the last round, TLC knocked out Nirvana while Mariah Carey outshone Green Day. And so now, down from the original eight, we have but two: TLC and Mariah Carey. There can only be one Greatest Artist of the 90s, and we know its hard, but a decade so great as the 90s deserves a worthy representative. Who should it be? Read more…

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Drake Has More No. 1 Hits On The R&B/Hip-Hop Charts Than Jay-Z

Drake Passes Jay-Z's Record of R&B and Hip Hop No. 1s

People can keep on talking about Drake executive producing Aaliyah‘s posthumous album while he breaks records. It’s official. Drake has the most No. 1 singles on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts with 10 hits including the recent collaboration with 2 Chainz for “No Lies.” He can thank 2 Chainz later. Unexpectedly the YMCMB rapper passed Jay-Z who previously held the title with nine No. 1s on the same charts. The total number includes both individual songs and collaborations. Who would have thought the guy with some of the most regrettable go-to looks would break a veterans record so early in his career? His boss Lil Wayne is third on the list with eight No. 1s  and Kanye West‘s not far behind with six. Weezy really did cultivate the Toronto rapper so he could take over the rap game one R&B/Hip Hop hit at a time. Read more…

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Skrillex Says He “Did Some Music” For Kanye West’s Next Album

This is some interesting news: Skrillex is collaborating with Kanye West on West’s new album. Or so says Skrillex in this new interview with the Daily Beast. “I did some music with Kanye, from what I know, it’s actually going to be the first song on his new album,” said the dubstep king. He didn’t say much more, but the aside was enough to drum up excitement about the internet. West hasn’t really spoken on this next album yet, but his long time producer and collaborator No I.D. says that it’s happening and that it’s “everything you don’t expect.” And so, assuming that 1. there really is an album happening, and 2. that it’s far enough along that West already thinking about a first single or thinking about sequencing, this collaboration could totally happen.

A year ago, back when Skrillex was but a thing for the young people and the radio still played songs that weren’t heavy with drops, we might have been scratching our heads at this. But the times have changed. It’s 2012 and we are now living in a dubbed out, womp-womp sort of world. And always the pioneer, West has already made himself at home here. 2007′s “Stronger” featured a Daft Punk sample, and Watch The Throne was rife with dub-flavor between that massive drop at the end of  “N****s In Paris”  and the admittedly dubstep-inspired “Who Gon’ Stop Me.” Not to mention, West’s been a Skrill fan since his YEEZYWORLDPEACE days, when he called “Cinema (Remix)” “one of the greatest works of art ever made.” ‘Ye usually gets what he wants, and we feel confident that should this happen, he’ll totally make it work.

Skrillex Invades L.A. to Headline HARD Summer Festival [DailyBeast]