It will never not be sad remembering the great Aaliyah whose life was taken far too soon in the tragic plane crash in 2001. Today the R&B singer with such an angelic voice would’ve turned 34. VH1 re-aired Aaliyah’s 2001 Behind The Music with new interviews including her dear friend Missy Elliott. During the hour special you’re reminded why her life and music touched people in the way it did. Aaliyah was the voice of a new generation of women while not alienating men. Read more…
It’s beginning to feel a lot like yesteryear, and by yesteryear we mean the golden days of the 90s. Who other than Missy Elliott and Timbaland on a track can bring on a rush of nostalgia? Sure it’s not the first time the two have jumped on a track together recently (Missy’s “9th Inning” in September) but the continuation of the duo making music together means there’s only more to come. And this makes us happy.
Despite its namesake, “The Party Anthem” is a pretty chill mid-tempo track featuring Lil Wayne, T-Pain and Missy. Where has T-Pain been? The song gets exciting when Missy comes in with her fast semi-animated flow. “Saying I’m too old to rap, I’ll be rapping til I wear dentures,” she raps. “I’m back on the mic with Timb,” she reminds. After Drake’s announcement of co-producing Aaliyah’s posthumous album without any involvement from Missy and Timb, fans felt slighted. Aaliyah made great music with the pair. (Have we forgiven Drake for this yet?) It’s just good hearing the two friends and collaborators recording together again. All we need is the 2013 version of “Up Jumps Da’ Boogie.”
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It’s true, Missy Elliott “ain’t quite finished yet.” Last night, she and her other-half, Timbaland, swung by Hot 97 to talk comeback and to debut the first two tracks off of her upcoming album, tentatively titled Block Party. The first we’ve heard from these two in years, and out of the gate they come charging with “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat,” boasting about their “real rap, real bars” and just about everything else, too.
The word on Aaliyah‘s posthumous album keeps changing. Drake‘s producing it — he’s got her face tatted on his back and everything, so you know it’s real. But shouldn’t Timbaland and Missy or someone who was there the first time have a say in it? But, oh wait, Drake’s got a new song and it features unheard Aaliyah vocals. No, not a Drake song, it’s a new Aaliyah song. The family won’t let that happen. Or maybe they will?
On Wednesday night, a man claiming to be Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah’s uncle and the CEO of Blackground records, tweeted a picture of what could be the album’s cover with a message that said: “Aaliyah 16 unreleased tracks 2013 stay tuned.” And then he kept tweeting it, to the attention of a slew of influential musicians and publications like Perez Hilton and Nicki Minaj and Complex, and with Drake and Noah ’40′ Shebib mentioned as producers. And so with the support of Aaliyah’s family (or, at least some of them, or someone claiming to be them) and Drake and 40 on board as producers, this album actually seems to be happening. Read more…
Unintentionally, Drake has started quite the sh*tstorm over his executive producer aspirations of Aaliyah‘s posthumous album. Drake’s obsession, we mean admiration, of Aaliyah as an artist runs deep, so deep he inked her face on his back last year. Before the drama surrounding the veracity of the upcoming album he’s EP’ing, he’d big up his favorite artist in interviews. The name dropping was not only an ode to the fallen angel, but a precursor to all of the back and forth about whether or not Drake will have anything to do with Aaliyah’s new music, and if he really has the family’s blessing. If you’re having a hard time keeping up with it all, here’s a timeline of what we know so far. Read more…
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The good news: Justin Timberlake is working on new music. The bad news: He’s not working on an album. Word spread pretty fast that JT was working on fresh “crazy crazy stuff” after Digital Spy posted an interview with producer Jim Beanz. According to the producer, he is set to work with Timbaland and JT on Shock Value 3. In addition, Beanz alluded to material for a new album, which sounded somewhat sketchy since JT is primarily focused on his acting career, running Myspace as the Creative Director, designing home decor and hopefully helping with wedding plans. Read more…
Summer is fast approaching and we’re ready to bring on the BBQs, rooftop parties and most of all the concerts. What’s summer without indulging in live performances of the artists you love? Two of the biggest hip-hop concerts this summer, Summer Jam and Rock the Bells, have some acts lined up that are going to be bananas! Not that you’d go wrong attending either, but because they’re as different as night and day, we’ve broken down why one of these concerts rules as the must-see concert of the summer.
1. The headliners tell you everything you need to know about a show.
One of the biggest names in hip-hop, Nicki Minaj, is headlining Summer Jam along with Rick Ross, Waka Flocka and Young Jeezy. As far as mainstream rap, Summer Jam has it covered. With Nicki you’ll get a bit of hip-pop, Waka will make everyone dance and Rick Ross and Jeezy offer the trap anthems to make even the most suburban girl get hype.
Where do we even begin with the headliners for Rock the Bells? Its very big name acts run the gamut of the likes of Nas, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Missy Elliott & Timbaland and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. It doesn’t get more versatile than Nas, one of hip-hop’s legends, and the fairly newbie Wiz Khalifa rocking the stage at the same festival. And Missy Elliott & Timbaland…together! That’s some epic 90s skeez right there. We’re singing, “Supa dupa fly, supa dupa fly” just thinking about it.
2. Whose lineup has the most artists hot in the streets right now? Read more…
We’ve been anxious to hear Unbroken, the forthcoming album from September’s VH1 Posted artist Demi Lovato, for some time, and one track in particular had us very curious: “All Night Long,” a song produced by, and featuring, Missy Elliott and Timbaland. Now, less than a week before the album’s release, the track is streaming via Unbroken 9/20.net, a splash page for DemiLovato.com with a handy release-date reminder address.
Lovato gave a good capsule summary of the collaboration when she spoke to MTV News two weeks ago: “It’s about staying up all night long and singing it to the boy that you like, and it’s flirty and fun and it’s not too grown-up, but it’s grown-up enough.” Despite the heavy-hitters’ contributions, Lovato is indisputably the star of the show, and she’s certainly got her pop-song flirt-mode on lock (“I like you, put your number in my phone/ Yeah, you heard me right, so call me when you’re all alone”). Missy Elliott, who has always had a knack for being raunchy yet radio-friendly (remember the elephant noise on “Work It”?) nevertheless dials it back for her verse (“Will you be my type by the end of the night?/ We can pillow fight”) in order to match that vibe without compromising her voice. Timbaland’s highly processed vocal contributions provide the hook and various interjections for Lovato to play off. In short? It’s super fun.
Demi Lovato will be at the VH1 offices on Tuesday, Unbroken‘s release date, talking about the album and answering your questions! Ask her anything by posting your question in the comments of the update she shared with us on Monday! We’ll try to ask as many of your questions as we can.
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Aaliyah’s mystique was transcendental even before she tragically passed ten years ago today, so it’s not surprising that the impression she left and music she made continues to cause a rippling impact on music culture. For fans, her music was the backdrop to their lives, scoring everything from fun-filled rooftop dance parties to the moments when boots were knocked. Her peers in the music industry held her in the highest of regards, and those close to her have, for years, commented on her spirit’s ability to penetrate and inspire.
Having never met R&B’s trail-blazing beauty, Young Money’s Drake tweeted to Aaliyah just last night, nodding at his belief that she is, like an angel, actively guiding him through his career. But Drake is certainly not alone in sending messages out into the ether to celebrate the late singer; in an era where grieving is often done in a public forum, we’re lucky to be privy to a layer of digital mourning that, before social media, we may not have experienced. We’ll be adding to this post throughout the day, so take a look at the tweets and iconic photos below from the likes of close collaborators like Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, and more. And please, by all means, feel free to share your memories and tweets of Aaliyah with us in the comments as well.