Summer Jam Concert Review: Nas And Lauryn Hill Perform In Lieu Of Nicki Minaj

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Nas and Lauryn Hill At Hot 97 Summer Jam

In a chain of events few would have expected, Hot 97 Summer Jam was as much about who was performing as it was about who wasn’t performing. By the time Tyga performed “Faded” and “Rack City” there was a dark cloud looming over the nearly 80,000 attendees, and that cloud had nothing to do with the weather. Tyga’s boss, Lil Wayne, had just abruptly pulled the plug on any of his artists performing, including the show’s headliner–Nicki Minaj.

Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg, known for his loose (opinionated) lips introduced Kendrick Lamar during the pre-show and dropped a bombshell that set the tone for the rest of the night. “I know there are some chicks here waiting to sing “Starships” later. I’m not talking to y’all right now. F*ck that bulls*it,” he said to the crowd. “I’m here to talk about real hip-hop s*it.” The YMCMB president got whiff of the perceived diss and tweeted, “Young Money ain’t doing summer jam.” With that one tweet the boss had spoken. But the show did in fact go on. And in a major way.

Opening acts like Maino, Joe Budden and Joel Ortiz rattled through their old hits to a barely there crowd. That didn’t keep Budden from declaring  he and his crew were the “best rappers in the universe.” People started filling in once Waka Flocka hit the stage with the wild, crazy, party energy he seems to carry with him anywhere he goes. The signature Waka Flocka move–shaking his dreads from side to side–was in full effect during “Bustin At Em,” “It’s A Party,” “Hard In the Paint and “I Don’t Really Care.” “No Hands” served as a segue into Wale’s set as the two shared the stage. J. Cole proved he’s studied in the School of Jay-Z as he was the first to perform with a live band. No entourage needed, he commanded the stage with his mere talent.

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You Oughta Know Artist Ed Sheeran Announces His First Ever North American Tour

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Ed Sheeran First North American Tour

UPDATE (6/8/12 @ 10:00 a.m.): Hey everyone! Just a heads-up that general ticket sales for our big You Oughta Know tour with Ed Sheeran are now on-sale. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this exciting new artist when he comes to a city near you! Follow along for complete details…

Talented beyond his 21-years, British singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran’s debut album, +, peaked at No. 1 on the UK charts. After seeing his superb artistry through viral BRIT Awards performance of “Lego House,” we introduced him as May’s You Oughta Know artist. Now that he’s risen to stardom in the UK, Sheeran is ready to take on the states in his first ever North American tour. On September 19, Sheeran will kick off his North American tour at Boston’s House Of Blues and will continue touring through early October. For more information on how you can purchase tickets, see below.

THE “VH1 YOU OUGHTA KNOW TOUR WITH ED SHEERAN” GETS UNDERWAY SEPTEMBER 19TH IN BOSTON

THE HIGH PROFILE U.S. TOUR COINCIDES WITH BRITISH SENSATION’S FIRST NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TREK AND CELEBRATES THE STATESIDE RELEASE OF HIS ACCLAIMED DEBUT, +

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW ON THE iTUNES STORE; RELEASE DAY TELEVISED APPEARANCES SET FOR NBC’S TODAY AND VH1’S BIG MORNING BUZZ LIVE

NYC HEADLINE SHOWS SELL OUT WITHIN MINUTES; + AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE ON JUNE 12TH.

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Vh1 Storytellers Exclusive: Jason Mraz Performs “Lucky” And “You Fckn Did It”

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In this exclusive clip from VH1 Storytellers: Jason Mraz, Mraz performs “Lucky” as a duet. His partner’s strong vocals accompany his soft mellow voice that croons to the sound of the guitar. Not quite the tearjerker as “I Won’t Give Up,” but a stellar performance nonetheless. Mraz sings, “Lucky to be in love with my best friend.” We love sweet love songs that show appreciation for one’s significant other. And when the band plays the instruments without any singing– it’s heavenly! Jason Mraz gets five stars for this live ode to a lover/best friend. Read more…

Five Awesomely Bad Yearbook Photos Of Your Favorite Metal And Rock Stars

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Kirk Hammett's Yearbook Photo

Imagine the worst picture of yourself posted on the bulletin board at work. Awful, right? Now envision that you are a heavy metal or rock star and the entire world is privy to the embarrassing yearbook photo that you hoped only grandma had copies of. MetalSucks.net compiled yearbook photos of 50 metal and rock musicians including everyone from Jon Bon Jovi to Courtney Love. In case you’re wondering how great they are (no, really, they’re amazing) the photos are comical. We can’t stop scrolling the mouse up and down the page to get a bit of nostalgia and laughter. Here’s our top five awesomely bad photos that have totally made our day. Read more…

Ice-T’s Favorite Part In Art Of Rap Documentary Is Rev Run’s Story Of Sitting In The Bathtub While Syrup Dripped In

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Ice-T wants rap to be respected as an art form. As director of the documentary Something From Nothing: Art of Rap, Ice-T interviewed 52 rappers and had 35 more in queue. It seems that rap’s global influence is undeniable, but that doesn’t mean the genre is respected in the way jazz or Rock is. As Ice-T put it, people think rapping is easy and anyone can do it. Through the Art of Rap Ice-T uses a legion of rappers to showcase the intricacies, complexities and technique of the music that formed in the late 70s. Read more…

Brian McKnight Strikes Again With An ‘Anal’ Anthem For Porn Site

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Brian McKnight Writes Anal Song For YouPorn.com Website

We had a feeling this whole Brian McKnight wanting to show women how their “p**** works” thing was only going to get better and better. And by better we mean worse. To thank the website youporn.com for shooting the sales of “If You’re Ready to Learn” through the roof, TMZ reports McKnight wrote an anal anthem for the porn site. You know, as a token of appreciation. Read more…

Jason Mraz Says Tears At His Shows Are ‘Equivalent To Smelling Pot Smoke At A Concert’

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Tonight is the night, folks, for VH1 Storytellers: Jason Mraz, which airs at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Since Mraz’s Twitter followers had a significant impact in choosing his setlist for Storytellers, it’s them we can thank for the tearjerker performance of “I Won’t Give Up”, which even caused Mraz himself to cry while telling the story of writing such a touching song. We caught up with Mraz to find out what he thinks of the sobbing at his shows. Turns out he doesn’t mind it at all. Read more…

Duets Judge Robin Thicke Thinks The Beatles Have The Greatest Duets Of All Time

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It takes two to tango in Robin Thicke’s new gig as a judge on ABC’s new singing competition show Duets. Along with his co-judges Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles, they flew around the country in search of talented singers to become their duet partners. Undiscovered talent singing with veteran singers sounds like a recipe for an assortment of  musical pleasantries. With all the pairing up on Duets, we were curious to find out what duets Robin Thicke loves, and what songs he planned to sing on the show. Read more…

Jason Mraz Looked To His 3.6 Million Twitter Followers When Cultivating His VH1 Storytellers Setlist

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We’re a little under 36 hours away from the premiere of VH1 Storytellers: Jason Mraz, which will be making its debut on VH1 tomorrow night, June 1, at 11 p.m. ET/PT. We’ve already shown you an advance look at Jason’s highly emotional performance of “I Won’t Give Up,” which is indicative of the entire evening’s vibe. But before the show taped last month here in New York City, we were able to grab a few minutes with Mr. A-Z himself to ask him the creative process that he went through in trying to determine which songs from his rich catalog he was going to include in his VH1 Storytellers set.

“When I first found out I would possibly do Storytellers, I did do a tweet to the masses that said, ‘Hey, if I were to do Storytellers, which songs would you want to know the stories behind?’,” he explained to us. Considering that his @jason_mraz feed is made up of some 3.6 million followers, that’s a lot of healthy insight! “[The rest of the set] is a little combination of greatest hits, and some songs that just have a great story [behind them] that I had to put in.”

To find out which songs made Jason Mraz’s VH1 Storytellers setlist, be sure to tune-in to VH1 tomorrow night at 11 p.m. ET/PT!

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Yo: The Story Of Yo! MTV Raps Sneak Peek: Tupac Spazzes About The Hughes Brothers Fight

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VH1 Rock Docs is back with another documentary, and this time it takes a look at the story behind the classic show Yo! MTV Raps. In this sneak peek of Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps Tupac blasts the Hughes brothers for firing him from their movie Menace II Society. What made Yo! MTV Raps great was hosts Ed Lover and Doctor Dre’s connection with the artists that made them feel comfortable enough to be themselves. Unfortunately for Pac, being himself landed him in a whirlwind of legal troubles after the Hughes brothers filed charges against him for assault. Read more…