How Old Is Lil’ Kim, Exactly?

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In honor of Lil’ Kim’s birthday today, VH1 took a look back at 37 iconic fashion moments throughout her career. However, after quadruple checking various sources to verify her age, we had a minor heart attack when our research did not yield a conclusive result.

Wikipedia —not the most reliable of sources, we know!— pegged Kimberly Denise Jones birth year as 1975, which means she’d be 37 today. However, her IMDB bio states she was born in 1974, putting her at 38-years-old. Her bios on Billboard, TV Guide, Yahoo Movies and Starpulse corroborate Wikipedia’s 1975 birth. On the other hand, AOL Music’s bio page for the BK rapper is in line with IMDB’s 1974. In 2005, MSNBC wrote, “Lil’ Kim, who turns 30 next week…” which would again make this a happy 37th birthday. And People.com in 2003 referred to her as a then 28-year-old making her 37 today. All of this begs the question: How old is the Queen Bee really? Read more…

Music Seen: Gym Class Heroes Warm Up, Goof Off, and Get Unplugged

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Gym Class Heroes VH1 Unplugged

Performing in front of glowing climbing nets, the Gym Class Heroes looked and sounded great at their VH1 Unplugged taping here in New York City a few weeks back. Stripped down to acoustic guitars and a brush sticks, they got us going with a set that included new favorites like “The Fighter,” old favorites like “Clothes Off,” and special guests like the beautiful Neon Hitch and Fall Out Boy‘s Patrick Stump (with whom we spoke to exclusively before the show). The Heroes, Stump and Hitch go way back, and so in addition to the unplugging, there was also lots of catching up and goofing off. Our photographer Brendan Tobin was there to catch all. The warm up, the big show, the cool down — check his pictures out below!

VH1 Unplugged: Gym Class Heroes will make its online premiere tomorrow, Thursday, July 12, at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. You’ll be able to catch it on VH1 that night at 12 a.m. ET/PT.

Gym Class Heroes VH1 Unplugged
Gym Class Heroes VH1 Unplugged
Gym Class Heroes VH1 Unplugged
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Azealia Bank’s Fantasea Expected To Make A Splash, Complete With Mermaids

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Fantasea Mixtape To Be Released Today

The wait is finally over for the release of Azealia BanksFantasea mixtape. At 12:00 p.m. EST the Harlem rapper will release the 19 track mixtape that has been pushed back more times than we can count. For the true A. Banks fans the mermaid themed mixtape will be well worth the wait. Despite the skepticism around whether she’d ever release her debut album (which has also been pushed back) or a mixtape, Banks continued to release dope music keeping the peaked interest of music critics and fans. In the interim she released the four song EP 1991, the video to “Liquorice” and songs from the eagerly awaited Fantasea. Read more…

The Top 5 Most Entertaining Essence Music Festival Moments

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Beside’s Kevin Hart’s hilarious set Saturday night, there were some pretty LOL-worthy instances at Essence Music Festival in New Orleans this past weekend, and even though it was impossible to be everywhere and see everything, we put together a short list of our Top 5 Most Entertaining Moments for you all to experience vicariously.

1. LisaRaye McCoy Makes A Ca$h Out Joke
If you haven’t heard Ca$h Out’s “Cashin’ Out,” you’re missing out. Luckily for us, LisaRaye is hipper than most and made a delightful joke to VH1 News’ Janell Snowden on Friday morning, that went something like this:
Janell: I wish I had all the men that you do, LisaRaye.
LisaRaye: Shoot, I do too. We all need to be “smokin’ on that Keisha.”
If you don’t watch Single Ladies, this may not seem funny, but I assure you, it was. LisaRaye plays a Keisha Green on the show, and in real life, can pun on the character by referencing one of the most ratchet tunes of the summer; adding to the growing list of reasons that she’s a true she-ro of mine.

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Tuned In: B.o.B. Shows Off His “Ray Bands” on Jay Leno

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Breaking from his “R You on the List” tour with Flo Rida and Cee Lo Green, last night B.o.B. stopped in on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to show off his “Ray Bands.” The Atlanta rapper delivered his fun groupie kiss-off decked in Adidas sneakers and a gold grill and, notably, no Ray Bans. A group of ladies shook their hips behind him, and green lasers swirled overhead. Why? Because — Forbes lists, bottles popped and name brand shades –  Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. is fancy like that.

Check out the performance on RapRadar!

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37 Iconic Lil’ Kim Fashion Moments In Honor Of Her 37th Birthday

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Happt 37th Birthday Lil Kim! Style Evolution of Lil Kim

An iconic star was born when Lil’ Kim arrived on the scene in 1995. Not only would the Queen Bee go on to break records, she was the first to successfully define an image with her style that pushed the boundaries of what it meant to be a female rapper during the 90s. Her bubbly personality was matched with over the top fashion–designer of course–that oftentimes put her sexuality on full display. Green, purple and red wigs? Kim was doing that nearly two decades ago. Gasp worthy ensembles at every award show, including the purple sequined pant suit exposing one boob with only a pasty to cover– Kim’s been doing that. Over the years her style has evolved as she evolves. Don’t confuse evolution with conforming to what’s in at the moment though. As she was ahead of her time musically and stylistically she continues to dress to the beat of her own drum. In honor of her 37th birthday, here are 37 of her most iconic fashion choices. Happy Birthday, Queen Bee!

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June Playlist: The Best Jams From Your Fave VH1 Shows

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At VH1, countless hours are spent determining what music best complements our shows. This past month was no different as VH1′s CMI team worked to synch the best tracks to shows like Mob Wives Chicago and Single Ladies 2, tunes that added an extra spark to the drama onscreen. We thought it would be neat to give you an inside look into this world of music supervision.

To this end, we’ve put together a list of all the songs featured on our network in June — from artists like Timomatic, Emeli Sande, and up-and-comer Elle King. Additionally, we’ve included commentary from CMI team members as to why they selected songs for particular scenes as well as a Spotify playlist for you to sample. Enjoy, and look out for our July playlist!

VH1 SHOWS PLAYLIST: JUNE 2012

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Last Lap: Trent Reznor Composed The Theme Song For The New Call of Duty

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TRENT REZNOR COMPOSED THEME SONG FOR NEW CALL OF DUTY GAME
With the success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network past, we are grateful that there is nary a soundtrack project that the Nine Inch Nails frontman will turn down. [USAToday]

FORMER THAT METAL SHOW GUEST MICK BROWN ARRESTED FOR DUI
Ted Nugent’s drummer was pinched by the popo in Waterfront, Maine, over the weekend. The twist? He was driving a golf cart. [TMZ]

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Music Seen: Say “Ho Hey!” To The Lumineers (Plus, Enjoy A Free MP3 Download Of Their Song “Big Parade”!)

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The Lumineers had us at firstHo Hey,” but their visit to VH1 headquarters a few weeks back really got our hearts and feet thumping. Looking the part in soft chambray shirts and suspenders, and with big smiles on their faces, they played a few songs before sitting down to talk about their move west from Brooklyn to Colorado and about hearing their music on television for the first time. All the while our photographer, Lauren Weissler, was tagging along to catch them setting up, hanging out, plugging in, and playing. We’ve named The Lumineers our You Oughta Know artists for July and August because we just can’t get enough of their warm, roots-revival rock; the rest of you, though, who have helped to propel their album to the #3 spot on Billboard’s Folk chart and #4 on the Indie chart, might have your own reasons for loving them. But check out the photos below and tell us: aren’t you so charmed, too?

But wait, we have a surprise for you! We have a special, free MP3 download of “Big Parade” by The Lumineers here for you!

DOWNLOAD “BIG PARADE” by THE LUMINEERS (right-click, save-as)




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The Killers Won’t Wait Until Tomorrow, Premiere “Runaways” Today

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The Killers‘ fourth album — and their first in as many years — Battle Born, is due out this fall (September 18th), and this first single shows promising signs of a full return to form for the Las Vegas rockers. Premiering this morning on L.A.’s KROQ, “Runaways” seems most of all to have roundly reminded the internet (or at least us) of all that’s been missing in the electronic dance-rock world. And few spins later we can comfortably report that, after two years hiatus and apparently not a beat missed, The Killers are back and ready to rock arenas once more. Read more…