Pitbull And Shakira “Get It Started” So You Can Finish It…On The Dance Floor

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Pitbull and Shakira on any track together is a combustible explosion of flavor. Pitbull’s “Get It Started” featuring Shakira oozes sultry, making it impossible to take your eyes off of either of them. Pitbull, like the OG that he is, has hired a private detective to spy on the woman he loves who is living a double life as another man’s woman. But this is a dance song, not a sappy tale. Pitbull dances in his luxurious living room while his lady parties it up at the club. When she tries to escape on her own she is captured and taken back to the unlucky guy until Pitbull rescues her to which she thanks him by a passionate night of romance. In a sequins gold dress Shakira sings her heart out on top of the world. And to celebrate the couple reuniting Pitbull treats her to his very own concert with thousands of screaming fans and fireworks. The explosion of fireworks were only an inkling as explosive as Pitbull and Shakira’s collaboration and hotness in this David Russo directed video. Read more…

Azealia Banks Twitter Beefing, Again, This Time With Nicki Minaj

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Azealia Banks Beefing with Nicki Minaj

Apparently Azealia Banks didn’t read our plea for her to get out of her own way. The tally of her rap beefs is pretty meaty. The latest addition to the tally of Twitter wars Azealia has ignited is  Nicki Minaj. Earlier this week Azealia Banks tweeted, “I got invited to tour with Nicki Minaj in Europe but I cant go because I have to finish my album during that time.” Seems promising, right? Unless of course Azealia was telling a little white lie. Read more…

Nas: Rap’s Self-Proclaimed “Most Mainstream Underground Artist” On What Makes His Life Good

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An iced coffee with brown sugar is the only request of the legend who spent the previous night indulging in cigars and Moet filled champagne flutes at his release party for his 10th studio album. “You love brown sugar don’t you?” the director of Visual Media at Def Jam jokes, responding to his Starbucks request. “Damn right,” he says with a smile as everyone in the room erupts with laughter. That’s the side of Nas the public rarely gets to see.

Nasir Jones is exactly what you’d expect—no fuss, polite, no big entourage, mellow and somewhat quiet—that is until you get him going on something he actually gives a damn about. By mid-afternoon he arrives to the VH1 office still feeling nice from all of the bubbly consumed at NYC’s Bagatelle the night before. He’s dressed in a white and black t-shirt plastered with Mr. T’s face on it, white shorts and black Gucci sneakers. For a rapper his jewelry is modest. The two gold chains he rocks are far from gaudy, and his wrists are adorned with a gold watch and one bracelet. That’s it. At 38 he doesn’t look much older than he did on 2001′s album cover for Stillmatic. You start to wonder if he physically ages.

Bred in the largest housing projects in North America, the Queensbridge rapper dropped out of school in the ninth grade to pursue rap. Although he didn’t always know if it’d pay off, it did, in a big way.

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Tuned In: Jason Mraz “Won’t Give Up” On Conan

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Jason Mraz teared up while talking about “I Won’t Give Up” during his VH1 Storytellers taping. The song speaks to the stagnant points in life and love. “I was really bummed out, and I hate sharing that, because I’ve had everything, I’ve had all my dreams come true,” he said. “And yet,” he continued, “One still experiences melancholy.” And so he set  — or, he says it “was coming out whether I like it or not” — the feelings to song, and it has since become his mantra.

Though there were no tears last night on Conan, he performed still with all the same emotional charge. His long locks tucked underneath his trademark fedora, he played the Love Is A Four Letter Word single quietly at first, then building drum rolls and conviction to the song’s climax — “I had to learn what I got, and what I’m not and who I am” — before jamming it out until the end. We might make this our mantra, too.

Check out Mraz’s Conan performance above, and hear him talk about the song on VH1 Storytellers below.

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Drake’s Taking His Love For Aaliyah To The Next Level By Executive Producing Her Posthumous Album

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Drake to Produce the next Aaliyah album

Drake took infatuation to another level when he tattooed the late R&B singer Aaliyah‘s face on his back last year. And the tat isn’t small. Well the latest news surrounding Drizzy and one of our favorite R&B sweethearts takes his admiration for her to a level above and beyond his back ink. Hip Hop DX reports that Drake is set to executive produce Aaliyah’s forthcoming posthumous album. Drake as executive producer? This could be good, folks. Considering Drake’s ability to tap into the emotions prevalent in R&B music and his ear for hit songs–makes for a good start to cooking up some magic. Read more…

Last Lap: Stephen Colbert Invited Fun. To His Music Festival Cruise

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STEPHEN COLBERT BOOKS HIS SECOND ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Set this year aboard the USS Intrepid, StePhest Colbchella ’012: Rockaugustfest will push off on August 10 with Santigold, Grizzly Bear, the Flaming Lips and fun. all aboard. “I love fun.,” says Colbert. [Spin] Read more…

Jams For A Champion: Ryan Lochte Loves Himself Some Weezy

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Olympians, Olympians, Olympians…we really can’t get enough of them! So of course we were excited to hear about who gets Ryan Lochte ready for competition (and we’re not talking about coaches or trainers.) Before hitting the pool deck, Lochte turns up some Lil Wayne in his headphones. We weren’t too surprised to hear that he’s such a huge Weezy fan. It was pretty clear as soon as he flaunted those red, white and blue grills, the fact that he designs his own out-of-this-world shoes (you know, the green the ones completely covered in green rhinestones) and how he calls his style “Rockstar Swagger.”

But in addition to all of those clues, there were some more obvious ones. The number one song on his pregame playlist is “Sky’s The Limit” by Lil Wayne and also on there is “Shine.” Did you know Lochte has a dog? Well, he has a Doberman that he loves more than anything whose name is Carter. Yes, named after Dwayne Michael Carter, aka Lil Wayne. After a disappointing loss last night, Lochte took to Twitter to show his Weezy love: “everyone is selling dreams until you can buy one” and “all my problems would be second and all my worries would be gone.” They’re both lyrics taken from the “Fire Flame Remix” by Birdman featuring Lil Wayne. Lochte’s expressed time and time again how badly he want to meet his favorite artist. In an interview with Yahoo! Sports Fourth Place Medal, he said “I still haven’t to this day met Lil Wayne. And I’m dying to meet him.”

After all the ass-kicking that Lochte’s team is doing in London, how could Weezy not fulfill this wish?

 [Photos: MTV/Getty Images]

Norah Jones Takes Quiet Revenge In New Video For “Miriam”

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“Miriam,” off of Norah Jones‘ recent Little Broken Heart, is as leaden a lullaby as a lullaby can be. In the new Phil Andelman-directed video, Norah sits alone in row boat, floating quietly on a twilight lit Texas pond and singing about just how nice a name Miriam could be. But, pretty as could be in her red dress, she is a woman scorned, and nothing else is so peaceful as it seems. “Never been the killing kind, but I know what you did,” she warns. “Now I’ve saved the best for you.” And well, what was started in the “Happy Pills” video gets finished and we are reminded that no water should sit so still.

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Keyshia Cole’s Gone Mad In “Enough Of No Love”

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Insanity ensues in Keyshia Cole‘s “Enough of No Love” video featuring Lil Wayne. Sick and tired of being sick and tired has landed her in a padded room that looks rather enticing given the circumstances. When she spazzes out her emotions range from anger to hurt as she works through the feelings in unpredictable body movements. In the outside world there’s flying shoes, jewelry and roses that land in an empty suitcase. Although Keyshia’s too preoccupied with her fits in the psych ward to physically pack her bags, it’s understood she’s hitting the road, Jack. Read more…

Carly Rae Jepsen Ties With Gotye For Longest No. 1 Reign This Year

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Carly Rae Jepsen Ties With Goyte For Longest No. 1

A nod from Justin Bieber on Twitter can literally change your whole life–it did for Carly Rae Jepsen. The popularity of the infectious pop tune “Call Me Maybe” has resulted in countless hilarious, good and bad covers of the 26-year-old Canadian’s song. From Katy Perry to .fun singers have taken a shot at covering the pop phenomenon of the year. CRJ gets major cool points in the form of Big Sean choosing “Call Me Maybe” as our Song of the Summer, which you can vote for here, but her latest accolade is measured by its rule on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Read more…