Bad Boy Inks Partnership Deal with Epic Records

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs seeks to put Bad Boy back on top with a partnership with Epic Records.

From Billboard

Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs’ 22-year-old music house Bad Boy Entertainment has teamed with Epic Records, the Sony Music company announced today (Oct. 5). The exclusive partnership includes distribution of two forthcoming Puff Daddy albums and provides a home for Bad Boy artists covering customary label services including promotion, marketing, sales and distribution.

Puff Daddy will celebrate the signing by  performing new music at the BET Hip-Hop Awards scheduled for Oct. 13 in Atlanta.

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Young Thug’s Baby Mama Caught on Video Threatening their Son with a Stun Gun

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Apparently one of Young Thug’s baby mama’s got caught on camera threatening their son with a stun gun.

In this video that has since been removed from Instagram Young Thug’s baby mama account, she is seen threatening  their son with a stun gun if he doesn’t hurry and get dressed.

The caption of the video read, “He wants to take his time to get ready for his game because his cartoon is on.”

According to Fameolous an investigation by Family and Children Services has been launched.

Fredro Starr Shares His Thoughts on His Battle with Keith Murray

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Onyx’s Fredro Starr, who was accompanied by Loaded Lux , recently commented about his long awaited battle against Def Squad representative, Keith Murray.

When asked how he felt the battle went down, the “Slam” emcee described to DJ Vlad his match up as hip hop history and also expressed his opinion that the bout was a good look for the battle rap as a whole.
Fans of the culture as well as emcees in this era usually prefer battles that are acapella rather than having competitors spit to an instrumental. When asked if he felt there was difference battling to a beat, the Onyx member stated that although he prefers to battle without a beat, an emcee must be versatile enough to perform in whatever format that is provided.

Many who were in attendance for the showdown shared the same belief that Fredro Starr was the victor of the battle. After the legendary Loaded Lux told Vlad he felt the same way, Starr humbly stated that it is up for the fans to decide.

Karrine Steffans Discusses Why Women Need to Stop Leaking Gossip for Free

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The “Confessions of a Video Vixen” author Karrine Steffans, better know by her well-earned moniker ‘Superhead’, shared her feelings with DJ Vlad  on women exposing people online for free.

Karrinew went on to say that people expose celebrities online for free far too often these days. Karrine also told us she’s not buying that Mia Isabella’s phone was hacked. She pointed out that Mia was confessing her love for Tyga in one of the alleged messages, which Karrine said could be a possible reason for her leaking the texts.

Watch the video below for more..

 

 

50 Cent Blames Empire’s Rating Drop on ‘Too Much Gay Stuff’

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50 Cent is back to his old antics again with starting beef, only this time it’s with Lee Daniel’s hit show Empire!

Huffingtonpost reports that viewership for the second episode of this season of “Empire” was down 2.3 million people — 18 percent — and 50 Cent thinks he knows why.

The rapper took to Instagram to blame it on all the “gay stuff.” Ugh.

More precisely, 50 Cent posted a screengrab of a post from Industry on Blast’s Instagram account that was captioned, “There are 3 million less [sic] viewers who tuned into last night’s Empire episode!!!! did you watch it? We could not take the extra gay stuff or celebrity stuff last night!!!!”

For the few non-“Empire”-watchers out there: One of the lead characters on the show, Jamal Lyons, played by Jussie Smollett, is an openly gay musician who was tapped to be the CEO of Empire Entertainment at the end of Season 1. The Season 2 premiere also featured a plotline about an effort to use female sex appeal to convince a lesbian investor, played by Marisa Tomei, to invest in a new music company.

Despite the drop, the ratings for the second episode of “Empire” in the coveted 18-49 demo were still good enough to handily beat every other scripted show on TV last week.

Viewership for the Fox show is also about four times higher than that of the top-rated episode of “Power,” the drama that 50 Cent produces for Starz. It wouldn’t be a stretch to connect 50 Cent’s insensitive social media commentary on “Empire” to the rivalry between the two shows, both of which feature mostly black casts.

50 Cent, for his part, recanted his Instagram comments — sort of. He took down the original post and put up, in its stead, the following photo:

 

The photo was captioned, “It must be a slow news week, they’re gonna say 50 said Empire lost 3 million views because of to much gay shit. He only said cookie call me, but the fucking kid is fucking up the show. Now every one is waiting for POWER, I told him to lay low.”

50 Cent’s defense seems to be that he wasn’t the one who wrote the original caption talking about the “gay stuff” — he just reposted it! But his sincerity is undercut by his reference to Jamal as “the fucking kid […] fucking up the show.” Not to mention the fact that his Instagram profile lacks the crucial social media disclaimer “Reposts ≠ endorsements”!

Empire Season 2, Episode 2: “Without a Country” Review: Taking Cues from The Past

EMPIRE: Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon in the ÒWithout A CountryÓ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Sept. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes/FOX.

Empire Season 2, Episode 2: “Without a Country” Review: Taking Cues from The Past

The second season episode of FOX’s Empire “Without a Country”, fared better this week (see here for last week’s review) in terms of stronger storytelling, ending with the long waited release of the crafty ‘King’ of the record label Luscious Lyons (Terrence Howard). Continuing from last episode, we see the prosecutor Roxanne Ford (Tyra Ferrell) still fumbling her way through her case against Luscious. When conventional means wear thin, Roxanne tries to strong-arm Luscious by withholding his medication to make him break, courtesy of Hip Hop guest star Ludacris (playing an unconvincing, mean-spirited prison guard named Officer McKnight).

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The constant barrage of harassment by Roxanne and Officer McKnight only serves to embolden Luscious’ energy to record more music while being incarcerated . Terrance Howard’s foray into the indignant prison track ‘Snitch Bitch’, provided Luscious the freedom he so craved, even while he’s behind bars. He’s just sending a friendly reminder to those in his family who betrayed him, that the King has still got it. Sometimes the seams within the fabric of Howard’s performance frayed a little, giving way to not so much as performance confidence as it did to clumsy desperation. In other words Terrance, less rapping at this point and age of your life, and more acting like a seasoned leader of the pack, as demonstrated with his prison co-horts and business associates in the past.

Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) of course is still like a tidal wave, moving with gale force throughout this episode, galvanizing the support of sons Andre and Hakeem to build a new label. Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is still resisting his family’s prodding to release Hakeem’s (Bryshere Y. Gray) record, even after being scolded by his mother into doing so. The rise to CEO of Empire records has not dampened Jamal’s creativity however, and with help from producers Timbaland and Ne-Yo, that fact is exemplified in this season’s musical scores.

EMPIRE: Pictured L-R: Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon and Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon in the ÒWithout A CountryÓ episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Sept. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes/FOX.

Hakeem is determined to bolster his stunted career by trying to create his own ‘Destiny’s Child’ type of girl group, holding a sometimes awkward casting call with only a few promising delights. Jamal’s pleading to Hakeem on their father’s behest to come back to the label backfires, after Hakeem leaks his own embargoed debut online. The constant battle for the top spot gets a little disjointed as the story moves along. Cookie’s alliances are even more blurred this season as opposed to last, showing more favoritism to Hakeem, who despised his mother’s handling last year. As to give Luscious the proverbial poke in the eye, the mother and son duo dubiously name their new label ‘Lyons Dynasty”, much to the chagrin of Jamal, who tells Hakeem the name sounds ‘corny’.

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Some glaring character issues still comes to the surface, especially Anika’s (Grace Gealey) role, which has been reduced from the titular sex- kitten antagonist, to a mere errand/call girl this season. The most interesting plot development this episode is the exceptional scene between Luscious and Andre (Trai Byers) in the visiting room at prison. In the poignant part of their encounter, Andre espouses to his father, ‘Of all of your children, after throwing Jamal in a trash can as a child, and Jamal sleeping with your fiancé, you have despised me, the one who never betrayed you!’ Viewers were then swept back into a flashback scene with Luscious as a child being held by his mother (played by Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland) being serenated by a by a mellow lullaby. As the scene progresses along with her melody, you then witness Luscious’ mother eyes drift off into almost a catatonic state, revealing to the audience a glimpse into Luscious fears regarding Andre’s Bi-polar condition.

The second episode showed more growth than the sporadic first of this season by showing us glimpses into the Lyon’s past, which may provide promise in future shows to come. What the show is desperately lacking at this point is a linear focus on where the characters should stand from one episode to the next. Where is Mimi? (Marisa Tomei) For such a major role within the company, was she just a one shot guest? How can an artist quit one record label to go to another without being sued for breaking contractual conditions and not having their career hampered for months? As affluent and well-connected as the Lyons family are, why doesn’t Luscious have legal counsel on standby, as opposed to resorting to using the spastic, ill-dressed lawyer Thirsty Rawlings (Andre Royo of “The Wire”) that appears from out of thin air in the prison’s visiting room? With such a stellar cast in FOX’s hands, it would be a waste to have Empire become a Hip Hop second cousin to the network’s other ratings giant ‘Glee’.

David Banner Asks Are White Rappers Becoming More Lyrical, while Artists of Color Spit Garbage?

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David Banner goes in on this recent video he posted on social media about the state of Hip Hop. He also feels that white artists in the genre are growing in the industry while black artists are stuck. Is it possible that white rappers are becoming more lyrical, while artists of color are spitting garbage?

 

LL Cool J’s Son Najee Smith Arrested After Restaurant Brawl

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CNN reports that Najee Smith, the son of rapper-actor LL Cool J, was arrested early Tuesday following a fight in a Manhattan restaurant.

Smith refused to leave the restaurant Catch in New York’s Meatpacking District and started fighting with security guards who then called police, according to the law enforcement officials.

Investigators believe Smith was intoxicated, the officials said.

Smith was being held by police Tuesday, and what charges he may be facing weren’t known.

WRRR Indie Artist Video Pick – T.Dot – Tell Me

WRRR Indie Artist Video Pick

T.Dot – Tell Me

 

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Official video to the 1st single off of T.Dot’s upcoming album Thoughts Of Ambition..
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