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Making The Band 4 / Season 3 Trailer

Check out the official trailer (albeit crappy quality) for the upcoming season of Making The Band 4 – which follows Danity Kane, Day26 and Donnie on their headlining tour across the US:

This one looks like it’ll be something else. Was that Ms. Boom Kack herself I saw there? LOL…

Season premiere is August 13th on MTV.

Will you be tuning in?

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Lil Wayne – ‘A Milli’ Video

Review in a bit…

In the meanwhile…

What do you think of the video?

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Ne-Yo – ‘A Milli – Freestyle’ Video

Nearly everyone and their mother jumped on the Lil’ Wayne ‘A Milli’ bandwagon, each offering their own take on Wayne’s cut. R&B star Ne-Yo has gone a step further, though, and dropped this new video for his version – courtesy of producer Bangladesh. Check it out {Thanks Necole Bitchie!}:

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BET Awards 2008: Performances

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So the dust has settled and the BET Awards 2008 are now, but a memory. In my opinion the show was a so-so affair that was easily outshone by last year’s ceremony.

The much hyped Beyonce, Usher and Lil’ Wayne joint performance proved to be a non-event, as, even though the ‘Déjà vu’ singer was spotted in Los Angeles just the day before, she was no where to be seen during the award show itself. In its place, we were treated to a, somewhat, decent solo showing of ‘Love In The Club’ by Usher. However, the entirely lipsynched performance lacked that extra something that would have made me remember it after they cut to the next segment. For an artist who’s place as the top male R&B artist is continually called into question by supporters of younger stars, this was not a good look – at all.

Elsewhere, the show’s lack of ‘that extra something’ was heightened by run-of-the-mill performances by Young Jeezy and surprisingly Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, T-Pain and, to a lesser extent, Nelly (both Ciara and Fergie were worthwhile –and much needed- additions to his set). None of these performances engaged me long enough to warrant anything other than the ‘what’s the next performance’ treatment.

Hot mess of the night, no doubt, went to Miss Keyshia Cole. From the absolutely horrid vocals (a pitchy, strained and screeching atrocity), I was left wondering if she’d taken ‘anything’ before the show with her bizarre choreography. Honestly though, what was that? I didn’t know whether to laugh or feel sorry for her (if she was serious). I think I decided on something right down the middle. Randomness: Lil’ Kim looked good, didn’t she? Moving on…

On a more positive note, brace yourselves people….I actually, dare I say it, kinda enjoyed Rihanna’s performance of ‘Take A Bow’. Granted the song is still and always will be the pits IMO, in her defence she did sound exactly like the record, which surely must count for something. Randomness: Did anyone else spot Chris Brown in the audience singing along?

Alicia Keys brief 90’s group revival was a great addition to her pretty decent showing of ‘Teenage Love Affair’. Watching this was such a contrast to the sleep-inducing piano-strapped Alicia performances we used to be subject to not too long ago. All the groups did their thing as well; SWV with ‘Weak’, the original line-up of EnVogue (good on Dawn!) and TLC. I will excuse the latter – namely T-Boz – for sounding flat-out shot and looking kinda depressed on stage, as the premise of the performance was so great and offered one of the few moments of genuine surprise during the 3 hour telecast.

I’d have to say performance of the night, for me, is a toss-up between Ne-Yo’s near-flawless performance of ‘Closer’ and Chris Brown and Ciara’s show-stopping rendition of ‘Take You Down’. It’s safe to say Ne-Yo was the wildcard when it came to male performances going into the show , considering both Usher and Chris Brown were also billed. However, to say he staked his claim as a performer would be an understatement. Put simply, Ne-Yo wiped the floor with Usher and most other performances tonight; who the hell knew he could move like that? Great stuff.
I know many were shocked, as was I, to see Ciara join Chris Brown on stage for ‘Take You Down’. What took place in the minutes that lay ahead, no doubt, has people talking. Whatever one’s view, there is no denying that they delivered one hell of a performance. As an avid fan of both Michael and Janet, I really did see, in Chris and Ciara, the new generation’s leaders in terms of the ‘all-round performer’. Randomess: LOL at how they kept cutting to Rihanna.

All in all, despite its few (and far between) moments of greatness, this year’s show was somewhat of a let down in comparison to last year (See: Beyonce & Kelly Rowland 07 BET Award performance) and definitely lacked the jaw-dropping moments that are supposed to make such show’s un-missable. Whereas the BET Awards have trumped the VMA’s on a year in and year out basis IMO, watching this actually has me anticipating what MTV will be serving up come August / September.

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Kanye West Defends Soulja Boy

Kanye West Defends Soulja Boy In a recent entry on his official blog, Kanye West took up for Soulja Boy in his escalating ‘beef’ with rapper/actor Ice T. Here’s what Kanye had to say on the issue:

Soulja boy is fresh ass hell and is actually the true meaning of what hip hop is sposed to be. He came from the hood, made his own beats, made up a new saying, new sound and a new dance with one song. He had all of America rapping this summer. If that ain’t Hip Hop then what is? A bunch of wannabe keep it real rappers that ain’t even relevant, recycling samples trying to act like it’s 96 again and all they do is hate on new shit? Niggas always talk about the golden age but for a 13 year old kid, this is the golden age!!! That song was so dope cause everything he said had a hidden meaning… that’s Nas level shit… he just put it over some steel drums which is also some Nas shit if you had the 2nd album cassette with the bonus track “Silent Murder” on it. In closing… new niggas get ya money$$$$$$$$$$ Keep this shit fresh and original…. ain’t no fuckin’ rules to this shit and that’s what real hip hop is to me.

– Kanye West

Interesting…lol. In other news, Ice T has responded to Soulja Boy’s response (if that makes any sense lol):

It’s increasing seeming like an Old Skool vs New Skool situation…

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Lil’ Wayne Performs On Jimmy Kimmel Live

Continuing along the promotional trial for his million-seller ‘Tha Cater III’, Lil’ Wayne performed #1 smash ‘Lollipop’ on the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ show on yesterday. Good stuff.

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‘Tha Carter III’ Sells A Million Plus First Week

'Tha Carter III' Sells A Million Plus First WeekBillboard have confirmed that Lil’ Wayne’s much hyped ‘Carter III’ LP has shifted over 1 million units in its first week on sale. The album’s first week showing now stands as the highest since 50 Cent’s million + debut with ‘The Massacre’ back in 2005′. Click here to read more about Wayne’s amazing achievement

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T-Pain Update; London Listening Session Notes

T-Pain Update; London Listening Session NotesI was fortunate enough to be invited to the listening session for T-Pain’s forthcoming effort ‘Thr33 Ringz’ (due September 30th), which took place today in South-West London. The press playback, for which our preview will be posted soon, was hosted by the ‘Bartender’ singer himself.

Following the previewing of the record, T-Pain went on to reveal a number of his coming projects, one of which is his Nappy Boy Digital record label. Signed artists will be geared more toward the digital market (i.e. iTunes, ringtones etc) – an area the singer, himself, has experienced the majority of his success. I must say I was pretty impressed by the concept of this, especially when considering the proliferation of uninspired artist-owned-labels out there.

Also a tour with Danity Kane, Keyshia Cole and Lil’ Wayne is scheduled for later this year. It wasn’t confirmed as to whether it will be a US trek only or International.
However, most interestingly, T-Pain, for the first time, spoke about a forthcoming ‘Best of Both Worlds’ type project with none other than Lil’ Wayne. With a current working title of ‘He Raps, He Sings’, the pair have already recorded a few tracks for the record, however will enter the studio in October to record the bulk of the LP. According to T-Pain, Timbaland is being tapped to produce the majority of the project.

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Lil’ Wayne Set For Year’s Highest Debut; 900k

Lil' Wayne Set For Year's Highest Debut; 900k Amid all the talk about music no longer selling, rapper Lil’ Wayne’s much anticipated LP ‘Tha Carter III’ looks set to break the first week sales records of this year – as well as that of the last few years also:

“The excessive leaks and bootlegging of Lil Wayne’s new album haven’t prevented it from being a hot seller: The rapper’s “Tha Carter III” sold 423,000 copies in its first day of release, according to Billboard magazine. With such sales, Lil Wayne is on pace to sell about 900,000 copies of the CD in its first week and post the best sales debut of the year”. {Source}

That really is an amazing feat. It goes to show that Wayne’s undeniable presence in the industry, most especially within the last few years, is not going unrewarded.

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New Song: Mariah Carey – ‘Bye Bye (Remix) (ft. Akon & Lil’ Wayne)’

Mariah Carey - 'Bye Bye (Remix) (ft. Akon & Lil' Wayne)' It would appear there are two official remixes to Mariah Carey’s current single ‘Bye Bye’ ; some of you may remember the Jay-Z assisted version that surfaced around the time the single first dropped. Well now, this version, which features man of the moment Lil’ Wayne as well as Akon, is being touted as the official remix as too.
In any case, the track is pretty good; despite Mariah not laying down any new vocals and the instrumentation largely remaining, Akon surprisingly kinda adds a new spin on the song, while Lil’ Wayne’s contribute is welcome.

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New Song: Ciara – ‘Supernatural’ (Full)

Ciara - 'Supernatural'Some of you may remember that a snippet of this new Ciara track ‘Supernatural’ was posted back in April. The full version of the sensually smooth R&B cut, said to be the first single from her three-disc LP ‘Fantasy Ride’ has recently surfaced. Though I’m liking the track a little more after hearing it in its entirety, I still think it should be no more than album cut. If it’s a slower single she’s looking for, I’m hoping she channels something along the lines of ‘Promise’ or ‘So Hard’ from her last record..

 

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New Song: Usher – ‘Love In The Club’ (Part II) (ft. Beyonce & Lil’ Wayne)

Usher - 'Love In The Club' (Part II) (ft. Beyonce & Lil' Wayne)Fresh off the chart-topping success of Usher’s ‘Love In The Club’, ‘Part II’ has surfaced featuring Beyonce and Lil’ Wayne. New vocals, new production, new everything. I’m actually feeling this a lot more than the original. Awesome.

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