Rapper T.I. was released from an Atlanta halfway house this morning where he finished up a 11 month sentence for violating his probation. T.I. turned 31 last weekend, but he plans a series of parties to celebrate his birthday. The BET Hip Hop awards is also this weekend in Atlanta and there will be parties all over the city. But the biggest tickets in town are the ones to T.I.’s parties.
On Sunday, Oct. 2, T.I. will join his family and friends for a private brunch hosted by T.I. and NY Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire!
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His 34th birthday is not until October 12, but rapper Young Jeezy decided to start the celebration early with a bash last night at the newest industry nightspot, Frank Ski’s Restaurant and Lounge in midtown.
Photos by ExclusiveAccess.net
The icing on Jeezy’s birthday cake reads “The world is your turf, Happy G Day”
The BET Hip Hop Awards weekend kicked off last night with ASCAP’s Legends Ball held at the W Hotel in Atlanta, honoring the music legends who have given back to the Atlanta community. ASCAP Rhythm & Soul and Ford & Lincoln Motor company brought together the brightest minds in music and charity for a night of conversation and music at the wonderful W Hotel in Atlanta.
Photos by ExclusiveAccess.net
The woman most responsible for the rise of Hip Hop as an internationally recognized music genre has passed away. Sylvia Robinson died of congestive heart failure at 6:28 a.m. today in a New Jersey hospital. She was 75.
Ms. Robinson is best known for producing both Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five’s “The Message” on her independent Sugar Hill Records label.
The beautiful founder and CEO of Sugar Hill Records was also a noted singer in her own right. Her singles “Pillow Talk” and “Love Is Strange” were both staples on urban radio in the seventies.
Her unconventional use of sampling in “Rapper’s Delight” led to Ms Robinson being known as the “mother of hip-hip.” Ms. Robinson opened the door for many black women in the music industry. Because of her, black female executives dominated the urban music industry in the 80s and 90s.
Watch Ms. Robinson perform “Pillow Talk” on Soul Train after the break
Young Money Records owner Lil Wayne put the smack down on his employee, Drake, during a cover interview for VIBE magazine’s October/November issue, due out in October.
When VIBE asked the platinum rapper if he felt intimidated by Drake’s meteoric success, Weezy’ revealed his own insecurity:
VIBE: You mentioned how humbled you were at the success of “She Will.” Drake, who wrote and performs the song’s chorus, has now become a platinum star in his own right. Do you look at the guy and say, “Wow, I helped create a monster, I have to stay on my toes”?
LIL WAYNE: I don’t look at it like that. Drake is my artist. If he wasn’t my artist, then yeah maybe. But that’s my artist. He’s not [just] a friend. We’re more than friends. It’s business. It would be impossible for it to be a competition. I mean, I’m the guy’s boss.
Celebrity twin Tia Mowry-Hardrict may have outed her bestie, Queen Latifah, on the Wendy Williams Show. ‘The Game’ star and her twin sister, Tamera Mowry-Housley, 33, appeared on The Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday to promote their reality show. We love Wendy because she’s an expert at tricking her guests into saying what we really want to hear.
Click the image above (or click here) to watch as Tia gets tongue tied when Wendy asks her if personal trainer Jeanette Jenkins is Queen Latifah’s “old friend.”
Watch as Tia laughs nervously and Tamera glares at Wendy like she wants to slap her!
The look on Tia’s face says it all! We only wish Wendy would have followed up with, “I didn’t know you stutter, Tia.”
A new song has leaked from R&B Diva Monica’s upcoming album, New Life, titled “Do It All Again”. The track is produced by Norwegian producers Stargate. According to Toya, the producers sampled the hell out of their Beyonce “Irreplaceable” track.
In the song, Mo regrets not going that extra mile to save a past relationship. New Life hits stores on November 29.