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Nas: Rap’s Self-Proclaimed “Most Mainstream Underground Artist” On What Makes His Life Good

An iced coffee with brown sugar is the only request of the legend who spent the previous night indulging in cigars and Moet filled champagne flutes at his release party for his 10th studio album. “You love brown sugar don’t you?” the director of Visual Media at Def Jam jokes, responding to his Starbucks request. “Damn right,” he says with a smile as everyone in the room erupts with laughter. That’s the side of Nas the public rarely gets to see.

Nasir Jones is exactly what you’d expect—no fuss, polite, no big entourage, mellow and somewhat quiet—that is until you get him going on something he actually gives a damn about. By mid-afternoon he arrives to the VH1 office still feeling nice from all of the bubbly consumed at NYC’s Bagatelle the night before. He’s dressed in a white and black t-shirt plastered with Mr. T’s face on it, white shorts and black Gucci sneakers. For a rapper his jewelry is modest. The two gold chains he rocks are far from gaudy, and his wrists are adorned with a gold watch and one bracelet. That’s it. At 38 he doesn’t look much older than he did on 2001’s album cover for Stillmatic. You start to wonder if he physically ages.

Bred in the largest housing projects in North America, the Queensbridge rapper dropped out of school in the ninth grade to pursue rap. Although he didn’t always know if it’d pay off, it did, in a big way.

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Drake’s Taking His Love For Aaliyah To The Next Level By Executive Producing Her Posthumous Album

Drake to Produce the next Aaliyah album

Drake took infatuation to another level when he tattooed the late R&B singer Aaliyah‘s face on his back last year. And the tat isn’t small. Well the latest news surrounding Drizzy and one of our favorite R&B sweethearts takes his admiration for her to a level above and beyond his back ink. Hip Hop DX reports that Drake is set to executive produce Aaliyah’s forthcoming posthumous album. Drake as executive producer? This could be good, folks. Considering Drake’s ability to tap into the emotions prevalent in R&B music and his ear for hit songs–makes for a good start to cooking up some magic. Read more…

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Jams For A Champion: Ryan Lochte Loves Himself Some Weezy

Olympians, Olympians, Olympians…we really can’t get enough of them! So of course we were excited to hear about who gets Ryan Lochte ready for competition (and we’re not talking about coaches or trainers.) Before hitting the pool deck, Lochte turns up some Lil Wayne in his headphones. We weren’t too surprised to hear that he’s such a huge Weezy fan. It was pretty clear as soon as he flaunted those red, white and blue grills, the fact that he designs his own out-of-this-world shoes (you know, the green the ones completely covered in green rhinestones) and how he calls his style “Rockstar Swagger.”

But in addition to all of those clues, there were some more obvious ones. The number one song on his pregame playlist is “Sky’s The Limit” by Lil Wayne and also on there is “Shine.” Did you know Lochte has a dog? Well, he has a Doberman that he loves more than anything whose name is Carter. Yes, named after Dwayne Michael Carter, aka Lil Wayne. After a disappointing loss last night, Lochte took to Twitter to show his Weezy love: “everyone is selling dreams until you can buy one” and “all my problems would be second and all my worries would be gone.” They’re both lyrics taken from the “Fire Flame Remix” by Birdman featuring Lil Wayne. Lochte’s expressed time and time again how badly he want to meet his favorite artist. In an interview with Yahoo! Sports Fourth Place Medal, he said “I still haven’t to this day met Lil Wayne. And I’m dying to meet him.”

After all the ass-kicking that Lochte’s team is doing in London, how could Weezy not fulfill this wish?

 [Photos: MTV/Getty Images]

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Keyshia Cole’s Gone Mad In “Enough Of No Love”

Insanity ensues in Keyshia Cole‘s “Enough of No Love” video featuring Lil Wayne. Sick and tired of being sick and tired has landed her in a padded room that looks rather enticing given the circumstances. When she spazzes out her emotions range from anger to hurt as she works through the feelings in unpredictable body movements. In the outside world there’s flying shoes, jewelry and roses that land in an empty suitcase. Although Keyshia’s too preoccupied with her fits in the psych ward to physically pack her bags, it’s understood she’s hitting the road, Jack. Read more…

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Carly Rae Jepsen Ties With Gotye For Longest No. 1 Reign This Year

Carly Rae Jepsen Ties With Goyte For Longest No. 1

A nod from Justin Bieber on Twitter can literally change your whole life–it did for Carly Rae Jepsen. The popularity of the infectious pop tune “Call Me Maybe” has resulted in countless hilarious, good and bad covers of the 26-year-old Canadian’s song. From Katy Perry to .fun singers have taken a shot at covering the pop phenomenon of the year. CRJ gets major cool points in the form of Big Sean choosing “Call Me Maybe” as our Song of the Summer, which you can vote for here, but her latest accolade is measured by its rule on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Read more…

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Miguel Wants To “Adorn” You, Yes You

Miguel embraces the mystique and fantasy of potentially unattainable women in “Adorn.” Or maybe the cheerleader and gymnast in a yellow leotard (shoutout to the U.S. women gymnastics team for winning the gold medal!) are women fighting for his affection, but he’d rather save his adoration for the lady in black in the bathroom. That’s the thing about the Jason Beattie directed video released to coincide with the debut of part one of his sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream, which will be released in three parts. It’s neon bright colors and cryptic message can mean just about anything. The only thing certain about the artsy visual is that Miguel is amazing at adorning. Read more…

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Nicki Minaj Strikes A Pose In New Adidas Originals Commercial

Nicki Minaj, who is not afraid to rep a brand if it will help her empire, vogues hard in this new Adidas commercial. On board specifically to rep Jeremy Scott’s cheeky-as-she Originals line, the spot features Minaj and the designer himself, strutting through the streets of New York in his vibrant puffy jackets. Fly looking people — including Adida’s alums Big Sean and Sky Ferreira — in cool looking cities worldwide meanwhile dance to the Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded bonus track, “Masquerade.”

Of the campaign, Minaj told Rolling Stone that she has been an Adidas fan for “a very long time” and that “‘Masquerade” works well because it is about “feeling inspired to win and to never give up.” Much like, she says, the Olympics. “That’s what it’s really about: giving people hope and you know, that’s what I wanted to convey in song,” she says. We probably won’t be taking gold anytime soon, but we certainly could stop pickup a new puffy coat or two. But would we look so cool as Nicki? That, that’s what we’ll have to hope for.

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Marley, The Critically Praised VH1 Rock Doc, Makes Its Television Debut This Weekend

Before opening in select theaters on 4/20, Marley was first unveiled in an intimate screening at SXSW back in March. Now, with unprecedented support from the music icon’s family and close associates, the documentary on reggae singer/songwriter Bob Marley makes its long-awaited on-air debut this Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on VH1. For the first time, Marley’s story —his lifestyle, career, political impact, influences, and tragic battle with cancer— will be televised in rich detail, and for music-lovers and fans of history, this film is an insightful must-see, proving to humanize a man who Rolling Stone places at #11 on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

The most recent addition to the Emmy award-winning VH1 Rock Doc arsenal, Marley opens in St. Ann, Jamaica where Robert “Bob” Nesta Marley was born. Fanatically drawn to music early on, Marley would soon team up with Neville “Bunny Wailer” Livingston and Peter Tosh to form their band, The Wailers, helping to usher-in upbeat-rhythm Reggae music as it evolved from Ska in the Jamaican music hub of Kingston. An array of archival photos help director Kevin Macdonald paint a picture of the legendary hit-maker’s humble youth; capturing the band’s creative process and Marley’s gradual ascent within the music industry, Marley also boasts rare-seen performance footage and insider interviews to shed light on the musician’s career spikes, spiritual vision and untimely death. As record producers, engineers, band-mates, and executives wax nostalgic on the dreadlock-donning international superstar, viewers are slowly immersed into Marley’s world; one where activism, the affections of women, and a competitive attitude all played a major role in the trajectory of his success.
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The Top 10 Weirdos In Music (And Why We Love Them For It)

In a recent Rolling Stone article, A$AP Rocky explained that “nowadays, everybody wanna be weird. We know how to manifest being weird. We know we some weird-ass looking motherf**kers, and we know we do some weird sh*t.” He continued, “But at the same time, we some geniuses.”

While we’re not entirely sure that we agree with the “genius” tag, it does seem that suddenly every artist is out to “out-weird” each other. Whether it’s what Ke$ha‘s studding, what shoes Lil Wayne‘s rocking, or what Lil B‘s prophesizing, artists are competing to be the most unique and we just can’t get enough of it. Normal is just so boring, isn’t it? The art of music is all about expressing individuality in its purest form, and artists who don’t just let their tunes do the talking are the most appealing to us. We love these artists for embracing their individuality, their unique weirdness, that sets them apart. Brace yourself for our list of the Top 10 Weirdos in Music Today (And Why We Love Them For It).

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