At least a decade late, and long ago forgotten, aging rappers Dr. Dre and Jay Z finally release that “epic” single. I’m going to let my blog brethren Byron Crawford say it since he listened to the track and I didn’t:

I guess it makes sense that if Jay-Z can’t write good raps for himself anymore, he can’t write good raps for anyone else.

The production is crap, too. Jimmy Iovine must have told Dr. Dre that if he wanted to sell any albums in 2K10, he had to make it all teh ghey and futuristic-sounding. Maybe techno-style synthesizers sound especially good in Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

If only he really had looped up the Queen and David Bowie record.

My old friend and former colleague eskay has it streaming. It’s got some dreaded n-word screaming over it, but there wasn’t much enjoyment to ruin in the first place.

LISTEN: Dr. Dre feat. Jay-Z – Under Pressure [Nah Right]


The day after US president Barack Obama addressed the nation on the BP oil disaster in the Gulf, his approval ratings fell to a new low:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 24% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20…

Overall, 42% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. That’s the lowest level of approval yet recorded for this president. Fifty-seven percent (57%) now disapprove. Those are the lowest ratings yet recorded for this president. Read more…

Could these numbers foreshadow the swiftest public fall from grace of any sitting U.S. president in history?

A friend owes me $1,000! I bet him that Drake’s debut CD would not go gold in the first week. Now he won’t answer his phone! LOL.

Despite wishful thinking on the part of incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne who predicted Drake would go platinum in the first week, Drake’s ‘Thanks Me Later’ won’t even be the third best selling CD in 1st week sales:

You can Thank him now, or Thank him Later, but the record industry should show its gratitude somehow because Drake’s new album is the first blockbuster of the summer, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
The half-Jewish Toronto hip-hop star who got his start in the teen TV cult hit Degrassi: The Next Generation, goes to the head of the class this week on his Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown debut, Thank Me Later, with first-week sales in the 450-475k range, making it a lock for #1.

Based on one-day sales reports from those retailers still blowing their own vuvezelas, that would be the third highest-total this year to Sade (501k) and Lady Antebellum (481k). Read more…

Former supermodel Tyson was spotted chatting up a Grade A chickenhead outside a NYC high school yesterday. They were totally oblivious to the paparazzi that Tyson’s people called and tipped off.


Moments later they climbed onto his motorcycle and sped off. Hopefully, Tyson checked her driver’s license to be sure she was legal.


Music producer Akon, left and music mogul Devyne Stephens attended Game 6 of the NBA Finals at the Staples Center yesterday. The Boston Celtics let the LA Cry Babies win the game last night. But the Celtics will bring their A game tomorrow. You can bet your mortgage on that.

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A free concert by the pop group Hanson was canceled by police yesterday after an unruly crowd estimated at 20,000 young fans began running amok in the streets.

Canadian rapper Drake was also on the bill. Naturally, the Drake Stans are saying the crowds were there for him, lol.

Drake’s street team (and other Stans) lit up the online micro-blogging website Twitter with lies tweets about Drake bringing out huge crowds yesterday. When actually the mixed crowd of mostly white and Hispanic teens were there for Hanson, not Drake.

Police estimated that only 10% of the crowd was there to see Drake.

The show started at about 6 PM with an opening act at Pier 17 on Manhattan’s South Street Seaport, a popular summer locale for concerts. Hanson, the Tulsa, Okla., brothers behind the 1997 hit ‘Mmmbop,’ and headliner Drake, whose album ‘Thank Me Later’ debuted Tuesday, were to appear on stage soon after.

Organizers were anticipating about 10,000 people but nearly 20,000 showed up, police said. Many people climbed roofs and started throwing bottles, as concertgoers smashed together toward the stage, police said.

Source: PE

Move over Susan Boyle! Actress Gabourey Sidibe isn’t the only talented member of her family. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, who has spent the past 20 years singing in the NYC subway system, brought the house down with her rousing rendition of the classic “At Last”. How embarrassing that a 58-year-old woman showed up Beyonce again?


Akon’s look-a-like brother Bu Thiam is making major moves! First, he was named VP or A&R for Def Jam last year, and now he has a blogging gig with VIBE.com.

Most of you were introduced to Bu right here on Sandrarose.com. And Bu looks out: he has offered to fly me to exclusive parties in Miami, and hard to get concert tickets to Lady GaGa shows (not that I have to be bribed to show love, mind you).

Every week Bu will chronicle his experiences as A&R on VIBE.com. First up, he blogs about Rihanna’s new CD, which he describes as another “Michael Jackson’s Thriller.”

Rihanna is coming along incredibly. I’m trying to push her to where every song will be a hit from 1 to 12. I’m talking about NO album fillers. Our bar for this album is Michael Jackson’s Thriller. We got smashes from Stargate, Ester Dean, Mel & Mus and Rock City. We’re definitely going in with Ne-Yo, The-Dream and other writers and producers that have always been a part of her creative process since day one. She’s great to work with and very hands on with every song that’s being written and produced. She has visual concepts for just about every song. It’s already giving me the feel of a timeless album, and right now is her time.”

Congrats to Bu on his new gig.