(Rock You Like A) Hurricane Sandy: Get Through The Storm With Some Jams

by (@lindseyweber)

Hurricane Sandy Playlist

If you’re East Coast-based like us, it’s likely that you’re fully focused on the approaching weather. Hurricane Sandy is like the Sandy at the end of Grease–the one with the crazy leather pants and cigarette? Do you understand our stress now? To help get through the storm, we’ve put together a playlist full of Sandy-inspired songs for all you Spotify users out there: (Rock You Like A) Hurricane Sandy: Get Through The Storm With Some Jams.

A sampling of our playlist after the jump…

Will Smith And Doug E. Fresh Deliver A Memorable Hip-Hop Moment For Gabrielle Union’s 40th Birthday

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There’s no way Gabrielle Union‘s turning 40 today still looking like the lead cheerleader from 2000’s Bring It On. Oh, but she is. For her birthday celebration in Miami Gabby was gifted with an epic moment in hip-hop. Will Smith (Fresh Prince!) and Doug E. Fresh hyped the party up as the two rapped together getting the party all the way live. Doug E. Fresh had to show these young kids who he is, and what better way to do that than rap over Cali Swag District’s “Teach Me How To Dougie,” inspired by the one and only. Before the beat dropped Will told the crowd, “‘Cause the young boys don’t even really know where it came from.” Well, allow two OGs to show you. Read more…

Taylor Swift And Ed Sheeran Are Bringing Red To A City Near You Next March

by (@zaragolden)

Like dropping a cherry on top of her whirlwind release week, Taylor Swift visited Katie Couric at ABC News on Friday night to announce that she is taking her record breaking new album Red out on tour. The tour will kick-off on March 13 (13 being Taylor’s lucky number) in Omaha, Nebraska, and will hit 45 North American cities for a total of 58 shows. And then — good news to great news! — she announced that she’ll be taking VH1 You Oughta Know‘s Ed Sheeran with her.

“Happy to announce that I am special guest on @taylorswift13’s tour of North America next year, cannot wait,” tweeted Ed after the good news broke. The young singer-song writer from England puts on a truly impressive show, and gets along famously with Taylor. If they can make a casual kitchen floor duet sound this good, can you imagine what will happen when they bring their Red duet “Everything Has Changed” to a big stage? We suspect you won’t want to miss it.

Tickets go on sale November 16th, will you be there?

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The Guide To Getting Through Love With Taylor Swift

by (@zaragolden)

From first crush to crushing heart break and anything or everything in between, Taylor Swift has left no love story untold. She’s kept awake in “Enchanted,” and deflated and defeated in “White Horse.” She’s dated guys with record collections full of records cooler than hers, and dumped for girls with vintage dresses instead of dignity. And she’s put it all into song. No matter what you’re feeling, she’s got a song for you.

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Lil Wayne Has Yet Another Seizure, Needs To Stay Off Planes For A Hot Second

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Lil Wayne Suffers Second Seizure In One Day

We’re no doctors, but we’d suggest Weezy go easy on the aerocraft for the next 72 hours. Just one day after TMZ reported that Lil Wayne suffered “seizure-like symptoms” aboard his private jet, forcing an emergency landing in Texas, the site now claims the rapper was hospitalized again for another seizure. Apparently Wayne was attempting to fly from Texas to Los Angeles when the second seizure struck, and the pilot was forced to land in Louisiana. Young Money crew, maybe it’s time to call Amtrak and see what they can do for Weezy? Or Enterprise? Or just prevent him from flying for a few days?

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Get Ready For VH1 DIVAS With Your First Look At This Year’s Promo Art

by (@unclegrambo)

VH1 Divas is less than 2 months away, y’all! This year’s special will broadcast live from Los Angeles on Sunday, December 16 at 9 p.m. ET/8 Central. We can’t reveal any of this year’s participants quite yet, but we can assure you that this year’s show is going to be one for the books. Keep your eyes peeled while you’re watching VH1 this weekend, for we’ll be revealing the very first teaser video during one of your favorite shows. Until then, though, feast your eyes on this amazing new piece of promo art for this year’s show. Get ready to DANCE!

Video Of Lil Reese Beating A Woman Gets Twitter Riled Up

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Who is Lil Reese? Let’s start there. He hasn’t exactly put out any quality music that warrants the type of attention he receives. He’s a Chicago rapper most known for his affiliation with fellow Glory Boys Entertainment rappers Chief Keef and Lil Durk. Def Jam saw something in the teenager and signed him. Both Reese and his partner in crime Chief Keef have been called out for the type of poor behavior they glamorize. Keef made headlines last month for his dismissive “LMAO” tweet upon finding out rapper lil JoJo–whom he was beefing with–was murdered.

Birds of a feather…You know the rest. In a video that recently surfaced you can see a boy who is suspected to be Lil Reese beating up an unidentified woman. What the two are arguing over isn’t clear, but the woman can be heard asking, “Who the f— let them in here?” She also asks him to keep his hands to himself to which he doesn’t oblige. He punches her repeatedly. He stomps her repeatedly. The truly sad part is the number of people who didn’t intervene. Lil Reese didn’t deny it was him either. He tweeted, “The haters tryna see a mf Dwn lol Dey gotta b broke and bored wanna upload sum sh-t from years ago damnn we winnin it’s 2 late.”

Sigh. And this is what’s being rewarded with major record label deals these days, eh? Youth homicide in Chicago is real; and devastating. This type of violence against women is a piece of the thread to the larger issue. Rapping about street life because it’s what you’ve grown up seeing is one thing. Living that actual life, laughing about it and promoting it is quite another. It’s high time we all give careful consideration to the type of foolishness we give platforms to.

Rapper Lil Reese beats woman in viral video, causes Twitter frenzy [NY Daily News]

Daughtry Show Us The “Start Of Something Good” On VH1’s Big Morning Buzz

by (@zaragolden)

Daughtry swung by VH1’s Big Morning Buzz to treat us to an intimate performance this morning. Just back from some magical looking “Dune Smashing” adventures in Dubai, the guys looked fresh and tan and sounded more than “something good.” They performed “The Start Of Something Good,” the latest single off of their album Break The Spell, but they stripped it down to just acoustic guitars so that it felt especially intimate when Chris sings, “I’m starting to believe that this could be the start of something good.” Daughtry can rock a big arena as hard as anyone, and they can fill a tiny space just as well. What do you think of Daughtry stripped?

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Comedy Central’s Key & Peele Get Beaten-Up By “The Dubstep”

by (@zaragolden)

You might think you know what dubstep is, but have you every really “felt it”? Let Comedy Central’s Key & Peele show you what it’s like.

In need of a soundtrack for their apartment packing, Key and Peele put on “the dubstep.” Key’s never heard of dubstep, and Peele tells him to, “Just wait for the drop,” because — oh boy! Is he in for a treat. What begins with involuntary body-waving quickly becomes bloody noses, which eventually give way to pulled teeth and apartment destruction. There’s a motion to turn it off and a Hootie and the Blowfish joke, but Key persists and is so moved by it that he ends up taking a swan dive out the window. Our first dubstep experience was a tad more tame, but their point about the way that first bass drop hits — like, really hits — is well taken. Bravo!

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Taylor Swift: I Write About The End Of Relationships “Because That’s What I Know”

by (@katespencer)

“I tend to write songs about relationships, that tends to be a thing that happens,” said Taylor Swift, in a sit-down interview with VH1 before her Storytellers show. “Usually beginnings and endings,” she added with a laugh. “Because that’s what I know most.”

Taylor’s Storyteller’s show took place at Harvey Mudd College, after students won an online voting contest to bring her to the school. She spoke of the connection college students feel to the emotional journeys she details in her music. “For me being here at a college, these are kids that are my age,” said Taylor, “and so were all going through the constant up and down, twists and turns of who are you going to love, and who are you going to end up and who do you want to avoid because they just broke your heart. I really hope this crowd relates to the stories I tell because were all kind of going through the same stuff.”

It was reported yesterday that Taylor and boyfriend Conor Kennedy split in the past month (cue sad groans). We guess this means we can expect another song about the end of a relationship on her next album?

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