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BET Wants Kanye West To Know It’s Real By Nominating Him For 17 Hip Hop Awards

Kanye West Nomianted For 17 BET Hip Hop Honors Awards

Next stop on the awards show train is the BET Hip Hop Honors airing Tuesday, October 9. If you think Kanye West is a musical genius either as a producer or rapper, you’re not alone. Mr. West is nominated for 17 BET Hip Hop awards. No, that’s not a typo–17 nominations. BET nominated him for that many awards so he knows it’s real. Judging by how many nods he’s racked up we get why he thinks, “If I ever wasn’t the greatest n—-, I must’ve missed it.” Ye is recognized in the Best Live Performer, Best Club Banger, Lyricist of the Year and Made-You-Look (Best Hip Hop Style) categories among several others. Now, how many awards will he actually win, and how will he get all them on the plane home? Read more…

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“I Don’t Usually Email You:” Did You Get Beyoncé’s Email For Obama?


Did you get this email? The November election only ever getting closer, the Obama reelection machine has been churning out the fundraising emails. Ask anyone subscribed about the campaign’s many appeals, and they’ll probably tell you that the subject lines skew intimate (“If you’re ready” or “Hey again”) and that they are often signed-off by “Barack” himself. They will also probably tell you that, with the clip they come in, they just delete most of them. The email that landed in inboxes this morning looked a little different, though, and it’s got those that didn’t get it feeling pretty left out.

“I usually don’t email you,” the message begins. Beyoncé has taken over email duty, and she has “an amazing invitation to share.” Do tell!

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Get Excited With These Cruel Summer Previews And Official Tracklist


One of the fall season’s most anticipated releases, G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer is just a few days away, ready to drop on September 18. Already, the all-star compilation’s lead singles, “Mercy,” “New God Flow,” “Cold” and “Clique”, have our G.O.O.D. music fever burning hot. The star-studded tracklist suggests that we’ve only known the beginning of it, because Kanye West is readying to drop another monster of an album on us. In the mix are G.O.O.D. Music men Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, D’Banj, Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi and John Legend, G.O.O.D. Music’s first lady Teyana Taylor, as well as a handful of unexpected others summonsed from Kanye’s thick rolodex, like Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah, The-Dream and Ma$e. No big deal, you know?

Can’t wait until Tuesday to hear all that new G.O.O.D. Music? Check out a preview now below or via iTunes. First up? The biggest R. Kelly hook calling on you to put your middle finger up. Okay! Until Tuesday, we leave you with that typically climactic, middle finger-flicking R.Kelly hook on the opening track, “To the World.” Read more…

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Rick Ross Gets “Presidential,” And Obama Gets Lots Of Love From Hip Hop’s Heavyweights

Rick Ross may conflate “royalty” and “chief of state” in the God Forgives, I Don’t cut “Presidential,” but the the song’s new video shows that Rozay has got an eye for politics, too. The song itself is mostly about boss things like “Billie Jean thumping” babes and gold watches, but the video begins anyways with a sample from the speech President Obama gave at last week’s Democratic National Convention. “America, I never said this journey would be easy,” booms the President, assuring then, before “Presidential”‘s Pharrell beat kicks in, that, “Yes our path is harder, but it leads to a better place.” Obama might not have considered “weed crumbs on the cruise ship” when he imagined “a better place,” but there’s no denying that Ross believes that said ship is a marked improvement from “3rd floor projects, feel my point of view.” And so to at least on that point, big Bawse Rick Ross and big Boss Obama can see eye to eye, strictly presidential.

Ross wasn’t the only hip hop heavyweight to show love to President Obama this week. It’s only Tuesday, and already he has won the efforts and affections of some of hip hop’s biggest characters. Who else is feeling the blue this week? Let’s have a look: Read more…

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President Obama Thinks Nicki Minaj Was Playing A Character When She Rapped About Being A Republican

Obama Isn't Bothered by Nicki's Faux Mitt Romney Endorsement

President Obama makes no qualms about his nodding head to hip-hop music. It started out with the safe choice, Jay-Z, that played in his iPod earbuds; and eventually Nas and Lil Wayne crept into his diverse music collection. It comes as no shocker that he’d heard through the grapevine of Nicki Minaj‘s verse on Dedication 4‘s “Mercy” where the Barb proclaimed she was a Republican voting for Mitt Romney. When the president was asked by Orlando’s 95.3 radio station about the topic he coolly explained that everything a rapper raps isn’t literal. Exactly, O. Read more…

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Rihanna, Jay-Z and Coldplay Play All Their Hits At The Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony

Though they kept things mostly local for the Olympics Closing Ceremonies, London called in a roster of big shots from worldwide for the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremonies over the weekend. Coldplay and Rihanna celebrated the end of the 11 day competition with a large scale show that included a host of hits and a surprise appearance and brand new verse from Jay-Z.

Coldplay anchored the evening with a parade of peacocks and fish, followed by a parade of their own hits like “Clocks,” “Viva La Vida” and “The Scientist.” A newly shorn and orange cap draped Rihanna then sailed into the arena on a boat for their “Princess of China.” She returned again later in the show, this time on a swing set above the stage, to perform her own “We Found Love” with Coldplay acting as her backing band. Afterwards, Jay joined the gang for “Run This Town” and a remix of Coldplay’s “Paradise,” during which he dropped a new and never before heard verse. Read more…

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“Ain’t Nobody Fresher” Than Kanye West, Jay-Z And Big Sean As A “Clique”

Kanye West, Big Sean, Jay-Z "Clique"

Kanye is always up to something. He may not have attended last night’s MTV VMAs, missing his very pregnant ex-girlfriend Amber Rose‘s baby bump reveal, but he did drop his latest single “Clique” with Big Sean and Jay-Z from the forthcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation album Cruel Summer. Big Sean opens with his “young player from the D” flow that has carved out a lane all of his own. His witty wordplay gets you amped. It’s a great segue into Jay and Ye’s verses. Jay does his typical braggadocio about being bossy, “I ain’t talking Kelis.” He couldn’t go the entire verse without mentioning drug dealing, something he hasn’t sold in over a decade. Where he shines is his brief sped up flow rapping about numbers. Read more…

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BRACKET MADNESS: Linkin Park Is The Greatest Artist Of The 00s

In the beginning of Bracket Madness there were eight acts, impossibly chosen from a decade with so many worthy to compete for the Greatest Artist of the 00s title. One by one, they dropped off: *NSYNC beating the Backstreet Boys, only to be beaten themselves by Britney Spears in the next round; and Eminem topped Jay-Z before being knocked by Linkin Park. Left with Britney versus Linkin Park, and with more than 124,000 votes were cast between them, we at last have a winner: Linkin Park is your Greatest Artist of the 00s.

Accepting the crown in their absence, Linkin fan Bryan Bruner joked that the band was “too busy screaming at the world and saving it at the same time” to be there themselves. Only sort of joking, though. Linkin Park may have been the Greatest Artist of the 00s, but they are great artists still in this next decade. Still out and about, on tour and making new music, they continue to expand the boundaries of rock and roll and inspire fans with their hard working lyrics. So here’s to their Greatest Artist of the 00s win, and to a decade more of greatness!

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Dr. Dre Is Hip-Hop’s Cash King And We Wish We’d Invented Beats By Dre

Dr. Dre Is The Cash King Topping Forbes List

Now that the Forbes highest earners in hip-hop list is out we have one wish: that we’d invented Beats By Dre. Topping the list as this year’s Hip-Hop Cash King, Dr. Dre raked in $110 million largely due to his popular $100 and up headphones. Dre made $100 million pre-tax money after HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year. Being the businessman that he is, Dre and his partners bought back the 51% stake HTC purchased. With the kind of revenue Beats By Dre is bringing in we get why Detox seems like the album that will never be. Read more…

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“We Love You So Very Much:” Beyoncé Gets Lots Of Love From Family And Famous Friends On Her Birthday

Surprise! Today is Beyoncé’s 31st birthday, and to celebrate the occasion her loved ones snuck into the BeyHive and left it graffitied with the cutest, handwritten and heartfelt Bey-day messages. Included amongst the sneaky well-wishers were family members, team members, former Destiny’s Child members and famous friends, whose wishes include sweet recollections of the birthday girl as “one of the greatest gifts in my life” (from Mom Knowles) to a friendly “HEY” (from Pastor Rudy and Pastor Juanita) to the more formal but no less lovely “We love you so very much” (Gwenyth Paltrow-Chris Martin clan — young Apple and young Moses included!).

Of all the messages, our favorites are the ones that include inside jokes, like her mother-in-law Mama Carter‘s “You came into my life a sweet southern girl. (LOL),” Michelle Williams‘ post-scripted “Me and you will never part! Ma Te Ta Ta!!” and — most inexplicably — the “‘That’s a lot of paper!’” scribbled next to Gwyneth’s note. There’s a lot of stories to be untangled from these messages, if only we knew what Mama Carter thinks is so funny. Clearly, though, Beyoncé is well loved and admired.

What would you write on Bey’s birthday card, if given the chance? Read more…