Dope Tracks: The Top 25 Songs About Weed

by (@unclegrambo)

Today may indeed be Earth Day, but the date 4/20 means something else entirely to people who are proud owners of medical marijuana prescriptions (and maybe a few of you lawbreakers out there, too). April 20 is an unofficial national holiday for weed enthusiasts, and since we know that a few of you out there partake in the occasional puff puff pass session, we thought we’d take some time to update the list we created back in 2008 of Dope Tracks: The 20 Best Songs About Weed. That list focused exclusively on the rap community’s obsession with Mary Jane, so we thought we’d branch out a bit and put together a brand new Spotify playlist for you that incorporates the sticky-ickiest songs from not just the hip-hop universe, but also from classic rock, reggae, and folk music. So, without further ado, we present to you this brand new collection we’re calling Dope Tracks: The Top 25 Songs About Weed.

We’ve got our complete guide as to why we selected these songs for you below.
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Nicki Minaj Finally Comments On Her Social Media Blackout: ‘A Voice In My Head Told Me to Delete Twitter’



Nicki Minaj’s multiple personalities have taken on a whole new meaning. While promoting her new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Nicki recently sat with BBC radio host Graham Norton and explained why she deleted her Twitter account this week. “A voice in my head told me to delete my Twitter and that’s what I did. I had 11 million followers and I hope they will wait for me. I reply all the time and get to know them by name and I have a really personal bond with them … not all 11 million, but at least 10 of them a day,” reports

The worldwide superstar shocked everyone Monday when she vanished from Twitter in a blink of an eye. She was not happy with for reportedly leaking music from her next album. She responded to the leak with a surprising tweet: “On 2nd thought I’ll just follow a new set of barbz. The ones I follow r very mean and ratchet. *side eyes them* *looks into the sea 4 more*”. She later tweeted “Like seriously, its but so much a person can take. Good f*cking bye.”

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Is Iggy Azalea Rising To The Top Or A Fad Of The Moment?


There’s been a great deal of incessant chatter about rap newcomer Iggy Azalea. While some question the 21-year-old Australian rapper’s authenticity, others know all the words to her latest single “Murda Bizness.” Iggy first made a few splashes on the Internet after the release of her video “Pu$$y.” To date, “Pu$$y” has over 835,000 YouTube visits. In September 2011 Ignorant Art dropped as her first official mixtape. “My World” directed by Alex/2Tone was the next video released that garnered Iggy the much needed attention to get the ball rolling on her career. Her high fashion look and undetectable accent was captivating. People wanted to know who the latest white female rapper to hit scene was. She wasn’t anything like Kreayshawn. Her southern influence, apparent in her sound, set her apart from the competition–if there ever was any. People quickly wondered if she had the chops to break through the genre dominated by black males.

This year, Iggy’s career hit big. In January, she was signed to Interscope Records by none other than Jimmy Iovine himself. According to Iggy, she restructured her deal so she could sign with Grand Hustle, T.I.’s label, having the best of both worlds. In April, XXL featured her on their Freshman Class list. With a nod from the self-proclaimed King of the South, coupled with XXL’s stamp of approval, Iggy seems to be on her way to a skyrocketing career. But what about longevity? Does she have what it takes to weather the ever-evolving world of hip-hop?

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Levon Helm Dead At 71


Levon Helm decided he would become a musician when he was six years old after catching a Bill Monroe bluegrass show. Today, he died a legend. Levon was known mostly as the drummer of The Band, a band that first gained major exposure by playing backup for Bob Dylan, then became a force in its own right with two seminal ’60s country-rock albums (Music from Big Pink and The Band). But Levan also used his twangy southern tenor to double at times as a lead singer, and periodically played mandolin, guitar and bass.

Levon had battled throat cancer since the late ’90s, but the seriousness of his current condition was only made public earlier this week when his daughter and wife posted a message to his website saying that he was in the “final stages of his battle with cancer” and to “please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.”

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Azealia Banks Scores Big With Lady Gaga’s Manager


Azealia Banks At Coachella

Azealia Banks is having the best week ever. On the cusp of her revered Coachella performance this past weekend (which you can watch below), Banks announced she has switched management. Her new manager, Troy Carter, also manages one of the world’s biggest superstars, Lady Gaga. Oh em gee! We’re squealing at the thought of an Azealia and Lady Gaga collaboration. Carter is the CEO of Atom Factory, a privately owned management company whose client list also includes Mindless Behavior and Greyson Chance. Carter was also influential in managing the career of rapper Eve who has sold over eight million records, plus a successful film and television stint.

Banks’ EP 1991 was scheduled to be released two days ago, but has been postponed due to the changes in management. She tweeted her fans about the postponement of the EP, saying “I just switched management.. Literally like three days ago, and have a whole new set of resources to take advantage of.” Her debut album, Broke with Expensive Taste, is scheduled to be released later this year through Universal. With Banks’ international appeal, successful Coachella performance, budding fan base and new management, we’re certain she is headed for a very bright future.

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EXCLUSIVE: Gavin DeGraw Talks His “Fake Dance Career” On DWTS, How He Avoided Leotards, And Holograms

by (@unclegrambo)

When it was announced that Gavin DeGraw was going to appear on Dancing With The Stars this season, many critics initially pegged him for early elimination. After all, even he would admit that he’s not exactly known as being the next Michael Jackson or anything. However, we here at VH1 thought that he was a real dark horse in the race for the prize, and Gavin ended up shocking most of the pundits by making it all the way to Week 5 before being eliminated.

Well, we were able to grab a few minutes on the phone with our buddy Gavin last night, and we asked him about a number of topics: what his experience was like on the show, how he managed to avoid wearing a leotard, and what his reaction was to seeing Tupac in hologram form.

VH1: First of all, congrats on making it all the way to the fifth week of competition on Dancing With The Stars! What can you tell us about the experience as a whole, as well as the samba routine that led to your eventual ouster?
Gavin DeGraw: It was an awesome time. It was a lot of work, a lot more work than anyone would ever expect it to be to get the routine down the way you want it to be before you do go up in front of 20 or 25 million people and have ‘em watch.

No pressure!
Haha, exactly. The samba was kind of our “Go For It” dance, we knew it was ambitious, but I didn’t join the show just to win a show, you know? I went on to have a great time and take on a challenge. You don’t necessarily go on to win a trophy, you go on to challenge yourself and do it in the most sportsmanlike way by avoiding easy routines.

Well, it seems like all of our VH1 readers were really impressed with the way that you improved from week to week.
The fans have been AWESOME, man. I definitely would not have made it this far with all their support, I was really, really lucky to have such a strong core group of fans, people who were really supportive of an artist that they knew was trying to do something different, something outside of my comfort zone.

Speaking of being outside your comfort zone, did you ever envision a scenario in which you would be on live TV doing a dance-off with Urkel?
Never in a million years! (Laughs) First of all, I never expected to be on a dance show to begin with, the next thing you know, I’m on a dance show with a guy who was on TV all through my youth, you know? It was really trippy. That was one of the real fascinating things about the show and the real “pinch myself” element of the show that you’d end up on stage with somebody who you grew up watching on TV, whether that was Martina Navratilova, Jack Wagner, or Jaleel White. It was something nobody saw coming, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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That Metal Show Sneak Peek: That Maiden Show

by (@_bobina)

Last week on That Metal Show, Mick Brown, Jeff Pilson & George Lynch from T&N stopped by to talk about their new band, T&N, and also touched base on their days in Dokken. Brian Tichy returned as our guest drummer and you can watch the full episode online right here.

This week we are giving you an entire hour of Iron Maiden and we promise you do NOT want to miss this! Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) is our guest for the entire hour and we talk all things Maiden, and he tells us how they basically do what they want in the studio. We can all agree it’s worked out for them so far, so keep it up guys! A brand new episode of That Metal Show with special guests Adrian Smith and  Michael Schenker (who will be rockin’ out on guitar) airs this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/PT on VH1 Classic. Read more…

Sneak Peek: Nas Is A Boss In “The Don”


Fans are anxiously awaiting tonight’s Behind the Music featuring Nas, debuting at 9 p.m. ET/PT. While you patiently wait for that, though, we have a treat for you — a special 30 second preview of the upcoming video to his latest single, “The Don.” The track, which has a very “New York” feel to it, features production credits by Salaam Remi, Da Internz and the late Heavy D.

“The Don” is the second single from Nas’ 10th studio album, tentatively titled Life Is Good, which is set to be released this summer. From what we can see, Nas grasps the gritty, the hustle and beauty of his birthplace. It goes without saying that he is definitely donned up.

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Getting Clowned by Eddie Murphy Is Doctor Dre’s Favorite Yo! MTV Raps Moment


One of the great things about Yo! MTV Raps was the versatility of talented artists that appeared as guests on the show. Everyone from Usher to MC Hammer to Eddie Murphy stopped by to talk to Ed Lover and Doctor Dre. Speaking of Murphy, no one is exempt from this funny man’s scathing sense of humor.

According to Dre, when he and Ed Lover interviewed a young burgeoning Murphy, it was 95 degrees that day, which would be fine, except the interview was outdoors. That day, Doctor Dre decided to wear a tight fitting, multicolored leather jacket despite the scorching heat. Not one to let an opportunity to tease the host pass, the master of stand up comedy made him feel silly for wearing such a thing on a brutally hot day.

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R.I.P. Dick Clark (1929-2012)

by (@unclegrambo)

Dick Clark R.I.P.

Sad news to pass along this afternoon. Dick Clark, the pioneering TV host of American Bandstand, passed away this afternoon. TMZ is reporting that Clark, who had been suffering from a number of ailments over the last ten years or so of his life, died after suffering a heart attack. He was 82 years old.

Dick Clark began his career shortly after graduating high school back in 1947, working for a radio station in upstate New York that his uncle owned. He quickly moved up the ranks, graduating from weatherman to disc jockey in a short period of time. He began hosting a program called Bandstand, which played the most popular songs of the day. Thanks to a combination of his moxie, business acumen and good looks, he was recruited by the fledgling American Broadcasting Company to bring his radio show to television in 1957, which was rechristened as American Bandstand. The show would go on to run for over 30 years, hosting acts as legendary and varied as Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5, Run-D.M.C., R.E.M. and Prince.

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