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

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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…

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

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You know that cool girl in school with a mop of platinum blonde hair, sporting the bright lipstick and piercings you could never pull off, filling the air with an attitude that screams, “I couldn’t even pretend to care that I impress you right now.” That’s Elle King. She’s the Ohio-born, Brooklyn-bred new kid who suddenly appeared at a playground of bluesy, alt-rock soul music, and you’ll hear her on VH1 when Mob Wives Chicago premieres Sunday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

Elle’s likened her sound to the imaginary progeny of great Memphis soul queen Carla Thomas and punk rock poster boy Joey Ramone, but after listening to her debut EP, it’s clear she’s crafted a style all her own. It’s bluesy in a way that sounds like she inhaled too much cigar-smoke from a long-standing gig at a juke joint. Yet, she’s jarringly smooth in her control and effortless in her command.

Not to mention, Elle’s self-penned lyrics make you want to stop and listen even if her voice doesn’t stop you cold first. “It’s a long way down/To the sacred ground/Where the reaper’s playing for keeps” she growls through a chorus of “Playing for Keeps,” which has been chosen as the theme song for Mob Wives Chicago. With a fearless attitude and edge to her voice, it’s the perfect score to set the mood for the deep dish spinoff to VH1′s hit series. Read more…

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

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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…

The Return of Elvis Presley In Hologram Form

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Elvis Presley Hologram In the Works

Thanks to Dr. Dre’s resurrection of Tupac at Coachella, the popularity of holograms of deceased artists is only going to continue to grow. CNN’s Marquee Blog reports the Elvis Presley hologram is on its way. It’s the return of Elvis, y’all. And his resurgence isn’t exclusive to performances only. According to CORE Media Group, which has partnered with Digital Domain Media Group (the same company that created the Tupac hologram), Elvis’ image will be used for “a range of entertainment projects – from shows and appearances to film, TV and multi-platform productions throughout the world,” according to a released statement. Can we say cha-ching? Read more…

Storytellers: Norah Jones Sneak Peek: Does “Don’t Know Why” Have A Dirty Double Meaning?

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Don’t expect Norah Jones to give away the entire story behind the conception of her songs on this Friday’s VH1 Storytellers: Norah Jones. Don’t fret, folks. In the way she shared how “Happy Pills” came to fruition, she will give interesting details on select songs, but what she doesn’t want to do is tell so much that it becomes boring. “It kind of takes the magic out of the song,” she told us. Read more…

It’s Time For War In Fun.’s “Some Nights”

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There’s a bloody war occurring in Fun.’s “Some Nights” video. Director Anthony Mandler recreates images of the Civil War, which could easily represent any war in history. The premise of the cinema-like video is that war tragically takes a toll on life and love. One minute life can be as pleasant as watching horses in the pasture or dancing with a girl, as the opening scene shows, and within a flash the boys and men are off for battle. Read more…

Ciara’s Back With New Single “Sweat” Featuring 2 Chainz

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Ciara's Back with new music "Sweat"

When Ciara debuted “Goodies” and “1,2 Step” in 2004 she quickly rose to stardom. Not long after the commercial success the comparisons to the late incomparable Aaliyah began due to their similar tomboy yet still sexy swag, along with their remarkable dance skills. But by her third and fourth albums Ciara was struggling to figure out where she fit as an artist in the ever evolving music industry. It’s been two years since her last album Basic Instinct. Despite the smash single “Ride” the album was far from a commercial success. Two years have passed and she’s finally back with her latest single “Sweat” from the forthcoming album One Woman Army. For this dance track she enlisted 2 Chainz, one of the hottest rappers around. Read more…

Robin Thicke’s Duets Partners Had To Love Soul Music

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For Robin Thicke Mary J. Blige and Method Man’s collaboration on “All I Need” changed his perspective on duets forever. He probably never imagined he’d think of performing it as a judge on ABC’s Duets, which he ultimately decided against. When charged with finding partners for the show, Thicke was looking for some pretty specific requirements. We’ll give you a hint. His partner had to be a woman. We caught up with the R&B singer to find out what the must-haves on his list were. Read more…

Nicki Minaj Does Interview With Hot 97′s Competitor, Calls Lil’ Kim Irrelevant, Says She Wasn’t Going To Perform “Starships”

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Nicki Talks To 105.1 About Her Absence at Summer Jam

The plot thickens in the case of the missing Barb from Sunday’s Hot 97 Summer Jam concert. Last night Nicki Minaj called in to Hot 97 to clear the air with Funkmaster Flex about not performing after feeling disrespected by Peter Rosenberg. Per Idolator.com Nicki called in to 97.1′s competitor station, 105.1, to speak to The Breakfast Club this morning, hours after her 55 minute radio interview with Flex. The rivalry between the two New York hip-hop and R&B stations runs deep. Don’t believe us? Ask former archenemies Nas and Jay-Z. Read more…