Rihanna's new album, Unapologetic, clinched the #1 spot on the charts with nearly 240k in sales, according to Hits Daily Double. The delighted singer thanked her so-called "Navy" fans on Twitter for helping her reach the achievement. This is her biggest first week in her seven-album career.
Nicki's much-anticipated track "Roman's Revenge" featuring Eminem leaked online over the weekend. In it she unleashes the full wrath of her Roman Zolanski alter ego on her arch nemesis Lil Kim and other female rappers who defined an era.
Is this the thanks I get for putting you bishes on?
Is it my fault that all of you bishes gone
Should'a sent a thank you note, you little ho
Now I’ma wrap your coffin with a bow.
Nicki, she just mad cause you took her spot
Word, that bish mad 'cause I took the spot?
Well bish if u ain’t sh*ttin', then get off the pot
Got some n*ggas out in Brooklyn that’ll off ya top
Some fool has convinced rapper Nicki Minaj that she is a Hip Hop phenomenon -- and she believes that lie. Whoever or whatever Nicki Minaj thinks she is, she will never be the Queen B!
The truth is, Nicki Minaj and all her silly gimmicks will never impact Hip Hop the way Lil Kim has.
Nicki's gimmick fails badly on this lame track. Her nursery school attack disses are even worse than Nicki's annoying cartoonish voices and exaggerated accents.
No wonder Eminem initially refused to jump on this track with Nicki. Can you blame him? Em kills this track and he didn't even need an annoying voice to do it.
Watch Nicki Minaj perform in Trinidad after the break!
I had one word when I watched this video after loyal reader Debra emailed it to me last week: shocked!
The video was filmed during a dance competition in California on April 10. It shows 5 scantily clad 8 and 9-year-old girls dancing to Beyonce's hit song "Single Ladies."
Now that the video has gone viral all over the Internet, two of the parents have come forward to defend their lack of parenting skills. The two parents appeared on Good Morning America today (I guess the other parents were too embarrassed to show their faces on TV).
Cory Miller, the father one of the dancers, said the video was "taken completely out of context," and the performance was "completely normal for dancing." Sure it is -- completely normal for dancing in a strip club! I've seen strip moves that are tamer than the dance steps these children performed.
Another parent, Melissa Presch, defended the children's skimpy outfits, which she claimed were necessary for flexibility.
"The costumes are designed for movement, unrestricted movement and to show body lines," she said. What body lines???
"We're very proud of our daughters and their accomplishments," she added.
Well, I hope that in a few years these two idiot parents will be equally as proud when their daughters come home knocked up and make them instant grandparents.
Rapper T.I.'s appearance on CNN's Larry King Live last night shed new light on a man who, in his brief 29 years on earth, has accomplished and experienced more than grown men twice his age.
T.I. thoughtfully explained his recent stint in a federal prison for possessing firepower that even the police don't use. T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., talked about the death of his childhood friend, Philant Johnson, being the force behind the paranoia that increasingly drove him to collect a stash of illegal weapons.
And he mused about the love of his life, his fiancee Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, who he plans to marry next month.
But most impressive was T.I.'s interaction with King. Though decades apart in age, T.I. easily elevated himself to King's level rather than force King to come down to his.
T.I. left an indelible impression on the minds of millions of people who tune into Larry King Live every night, who may not have realized that a thug gangsta rapper can be an intelligent one too.
The following is a glossary of all the big words used by T.I. in his guest appearance on Larry King Live last night.
Glossary of T.I's Big Words
Acronym - Words formed from the initial letters of other words Abbreviation - to shorten a word, phrase or text Evolve - to develop gradually from a simple to a more complex form Paranoia - unreasonably or excessively anxious (scared) Jaded - tired, bored or lacking enthusiasm after accomplishing a lot Fend - to look after and provide for oneself Consideration - careful thought Phenomenal - a remarkable person, thing or event
This week's edition of "When I Was 17" features another three stars from various aspects of the pop culture world, and each of them handed over a bunch of images from their youth. There's one musician in particular who let MTV dig deep into the crates and get into the baby photos. Can you guess which high-profile rapper this is? Take a guess and click below to find out! No cheating!
R&B singer Usher was spotted leaving Fred Segal Men's Clothing store in Beverly Hills yesterday.
NFL players Chad Ochocinco, left, and Terrell Owens look on as Chad's truck is ticketed for being in a no parking zone. The guys were filming Chad's new show at Warren-Tricome in West Hollywood, CA. He has a reality show?
Sean "Puffy" Combs was one of the notable music industry veterans who didn't bother to visit rapper T.I. when he was locked up inside a federal prison last year. I hear T.I. took notes on who didn't stop by -- those notes includes everyone except for rapper Nelly who drove his tour bus to Arkansas to visit the rubber band man.
So it's interesting to see that T.I. agreed to appear on this Dirty Money track and in the video. These chicks are extremely boring to me. I still don't understand why Sean signed them. He should really give up the music thing and focus on his other ventures.
US president Barack Obama is shaping up to be the biggest liar ever to occupy the White House. A bigger liar than even Bill "I did not have sex with that woman" Clinton.
It would be too time consuming to list all of Obama's untruths, so let's just skip ahead to the latest piece of fiction to come out of his mouth.
If you recall, Obama said this during the Commencement address to the Hampton University graduating class this past weekend:
"With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation," Obama said at Hampton University in southeastern Virginia.
Well, as others have already pointed out, the Huffington Post, ran this piece about Obama listening to Jay Z on his iPod. The same iPod that Obama claims he doesn't own or know how to work.
You might say lying about an iPod is such a small thing. But Obama lies about everything. How can we trust a man who can't even tell the truth about an iPod?
He lies all the time He lied about how often he attended services at Jeremiah Wright's church; he lied about how his parents met; how his uncle liberated Auschwitz; how his dad came to this country. The guy just lies about his own background and life. What a phony...and, btw, for someone who decries people's use of IPODs, why did he give one to Queen Elizabeth as a diplomatic gift - one filled with his own speeches. How priceless! Source
Ciara must be forgetting that she's not living in Bankhead Courts any more? Local residents in LA called the cops on CiCi to complain about her loud music. Narcissists typically don't consider the rights of others:
Singer Ciara had a brush with cops on Tuesday night (May 11) when a playback of her new songs prompted complaints from local residents.
The Goodies hitmaker was celebrating a pal's birthday in Los Angeles when they decided to continue the party in a nearby parking lot.
Ciara insisted it was the perfect time to unveil her latest recordings to her friends - but their raucous reactions resulted in a visit from police officers. Read More...
She even posted pics of herself with the cops on her Twitter page (I know, slow news day).
Cute low budget music video by up-and-coming rapper iQ (International Quincy). As you know iQ is the spawn of singer-turned radio DJ Al B Sure and sometime model/socialite Kim Porter. iQ's Twitter page is @ThisisMyiq. Follow him and let him know if this track is a hit or a miss.
According to the Village Voice, Rikers Island corrections officers conducted a surprise inspection of rapper Lil Wayne's prison cell and found earphones and a charger.
No audio device was found in his cell, so officers searched the cells of the other inmates until they came up with the missing mp3 player.
Before turning himself in to begin serving a 12-month prison sentence on weapons charges, Wayne told Rolling Stone magazine that he planned to keep working while in prison: "I'll have an iPod, and I'll make sure they keep sending me beats."
The only problem with that is, inmates aren't allowed to have electronics such as iPods or cell phones in their possession.
The MP3 player was discovered in the cell of another inmate in the unit. And, in a kind of tragic detail, it turns out Lil Wayne had hidden the original contraband--the charger and headphones--in a snack bag in the garbage can of his cell.) He's being charged with an infraction--possession of contraband, says our source. Inmates are allowed to purchase an AM/FM player and earphones from the commissary, but what Wayne had wasn't authorized. Before you yawn, realize that everyone in Rikers--even the celebrities--is forbidden to possess any form of non-sanctioned mobile electronics, whether cell phones, videogames, or otherwise, and the fact that Lil Wayne was found with an iPod in his cell means that someone had to smuggle it into him.
Weezy's minor infraction will probably mean additional time tacked onto the end of his sentence. Last month prison officials fired an overeager female prison guard who entered an unauthorized area to peek in on Wayne. The former guard is filing a wrongful termination suit against the city.
Remember back in the days when singer Trey Songz was 3X harder than he is now -- or at least he pretended to be. I dug deep into the SR archives for this video jewel.
Back in 2007, Trey was performing in a hole in the wall club on the chitlin' circuit when a hater tossed a couple of ice cubes his way.
"Who throwin' ice?" Trey demanded to know. When a chick raised her hand, Trey and his bodyguard leaped off the stage and beat ol' girl beat down! Trey would probably look back on that azz whippin' as the highlight of his career.
I bet some of you ladies yearn for the good ol' days when Trey at least pretended to hard as a rock.
About 30 minutes ago, troubled rapper Gucci Mane walked out of the Fulton County Jail a free man. Gucci, real name Radric Taylor, was arrested last November by his parole officer for violating his probation a second time.
Gucci held a press conference outside the jail where he read a prepared statement to a swarm of media, bloggers and photographers who jockeyed for his attention.
During his stint in jail, Gucci kept busy by writing lyrics and recording his latest mixtape, The BurrrPrint 2HD, over the phone with the assistance of his producer, DJ Holiday.
Gucci also started up a new label, 1017 Brick Squad, and fired his longtime manager Debra Antney, who is rapper Waka Flocka's mom
In this exclusive interview by AllHipHop.com, Debra Antney, the former manager of Gucci Mane and Nicki Minaj, discusses her former clients. I recall last year when Debra called me to defend Nicki after I wrote this post.
I have much respect for Debra because she is fiercely protective of her artists and her community. I remember our very first run-in back in my paparazzi days after I uploaded photos to Getty Images of Ludacris and his foundation giving back to the Bankhead community during Christmas 2003.
They say that pop singer Rihanna is being pushed by her mentor Jay Z to be the face of a new chain of burlesque themed nightclubs. Rihanna and her bestie, Melissa, partied at the swanky Mahiki nightclub until 4:30 am last night.
Over the weekend, Keri Hilson along with Cat Deely of "So You Think You Can Dance" was invited to a private dinner at Neiman Marcus...
Usher's live performance on the Oprah Show today was spectacular! He performed his entire routine without losing his breath or his step. That's the mark of a consummate professional!
Usher and Will.I.Am performed his #1 hit "OMG" while Oprah giggled like a school girl on the side of the stage. At the end of his performance, Usher tossed his sweaty sunglasses over at Oprah who caught them and put them on! Great performance!
Right off the bat, new mommy Christina Milian is showing her tendency to be a hands-off mom by using a nanny. A lot of new moms are timid like that. Plus, Christina has a fading music career to resurrect (if that's at all possible).
Christina is looking fine as I don't know what with all that white on. While shopping yesterday, I picked up a few all white outfits for myself. LisaRaye is starting a new trend!
I missed Jay Z and Betty White on Saturday Night Live over the weekend (I don't watch much TV), but I hear the ratings for the 35th anniversary of SNL was through the roof!
I'm sure the ratings weren't affected in the least by Jigga's appearance on the show -- though he may think he had something to do with it. No, the ratings bonanza was all Betty White's doing. SNL's execs caved under the pressure after legions of Betty's fans signed a Facebook petition to get the 80-year-old "Golden Girls" star on the show.
Past SNL alumni also returned to make this episode one of the most watched in years!
Aside from looking pretty good without makeup, rapper Remy Ma looks like she's put on a few pounds while inside the rock. As you know, Ma was sentenced to 8 years to life at Bedford Hills Correctional facility for shooting a former acquaintance in the abdomen outside a Manhattan nightclub in July 2007.
The friend survived the shooting, but Remy (at least in this video) still does not express remorse.
Prison life has been good to the rapper and she says things have calmed down considerably since she first arrived there in March 2008. Remy, who married her boyfriend Papoose while in prison, said she misses her son and her family the most.
She also touched on the beef with rapper Nicki Minaj, who allegedly had a lesbun relationship with Remy which Remy denies.
The 28-year-old Bronx native is scheduled to be released in 2013.
Bobby Brown was in Jacksonville, Florida performing with Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill when he called his lady and baby out on the stage, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. He said this time he will work harder on this one than he did on the last one. This happened Friday Night, May 7th.
Rap Diva Trina wanted the world to know that her reunion with former boyfriend Kenyon Martin was not a ploy to help promote her new album. So she packed him off to Atlanta yesterday to sit by her side while she signed CDs at DTLR sporting goods store in Camp Creek (a suburb of Atlanta).
This is how closely Trina monitors Kenyon's every move like a hawk! My spies tell me that while Trina was signing autographs, Kenyon received a call on his iPhone. She immediately jumped up and demanded to see his phone. Once she was satisfied that the call was innocent, she resumed signing CDs.
According to rap mogul and entrepreneur Sean "Puffy" Combs, he is not managing rapper/stripper Nicki Minaj. During a Ustream broadcast on Wednesday night (May 5), Combs told viewers to disregard rampant rumors that he is managing the Young Money artist.
"For the record, as I said before, don't believe the rumors. I have not made no announcement yet, don't believe no rumors about anything y'all hear. me and Nick, we just cool. I like her style. Rick Ross, he's my brother. There's no management announcements or none of that. So everybody, worry about what you're worrying about. It's all right for people to know each other and have an admiration towards each other and maybe pick each other's brains for advice. I will be making an announcement in a couple of weeks on some things. But right now, everybody let's chill out and be cool and stay focused on being positive..."
Mr. Combs is right kids. Why be negative when being positive is far more rewarding and productive?
Rapper T.I. is keeping busy in his home studio cranking out tracks for his upcoming CD "Paper Trail". T.I. is seen here in a photo snapped at his Jonesboro home where he awaits trial on federal gun charges.
T.I. expected to be off of house arrest by this month, but his hopes suffered a setback when his trial originally scheduled for Jan. 3 was rescheduled for next month.
The Bring 'Em Out star, real name Clifford Harris Jr., was arrested in October (07) while allegedly trying to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers. He is currently being held on house arrest and faces counts for possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.But the MC's Thursday hearing at an Atlanta, Georgia, court was postponed by U.S. Magistrate Alan Baverman until February 19 - however, it is unknown why the judge ordered the date to be rescheduled.
Harris' legal team was expected to call for key government evidence obtained during the raid to be dismissed, claiming a search of his vehicle was conducted without "a warrant, consent or probable cause". (Source)