As Ludacris readies the release of his new LP ‘Battle of the Sexes’ (due March 9th), a new Ciara-assisted remix for his latest single ‘How Low Can You Go’ has surfaced. Set to feature on Luda’s album, the remix goes hard! Ciara turns in a hotter than hot verse m- profanity and all (Ms. Harris excels on up-tempo cuts in this vein), which makes for the already decent track to be that much better. Good stuff.
Randomness: Am I the only one feeling when Ciara hops on tracks like this as well as the poppier cuts? I ask as I consistently hear folk slamming her for ditching her ‘roots’. Yet the last time I checked Crunk was dead. As the success of many before have shown, there is nothing wrong with keeping elements of what folk know you for (which she has), yet crossing over at the same time. I mean do people really think Beyonce, for example, would be ‘Beyonce – the megastar’ if she carried on singing a certain brand of R&B ala ‘Bills Bills Bills’ and ‘Say My Name’. Artistic growth is all about trying new things and expanding your reach….right?
Ludacris premiered the music video for his new song ‘How Low’ today. The song, which was produced by T-Minus, serves as the lead single from his ‘Battle of the Sexes’ LP which hits stores in March. To date, ‘How Low’ has peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts.
It looks like Ludacris is trying to revive the era of the ‘video ho’ with this one. Either way, this song definitely displays a return to form for the rapper, who seemed have lost his edge in recent years. Ludacris is one of the most innovative rappers in the game and always manages to have fun with each album. Hopefully this is just the first of many strong singles from the MC.
Singer/songwriter John Legend celebrated his birthday recently at SL nightclub in New York City recently. A host of celebrities as well as his girlfriend Christina Teigen (seen above) came out to help Legend commemorate the event. Check out more images below:
UK songstress Estelle smile for the cameras in this blue number.
Grammy Award-wining rapper Ludacris was there as well.
Finally, singer/producer Ryan Leslie posed with John for the photographers.
The run-away success of LeToya Luckett current single ‘Regret’ on the Billboard Hip-Hop & R&B chart (current peak of #12) apparently forced label Capitol to commission a video for the Ludacris assisted song, after they had pulled the plug on her ‘Lady Love’ project after quite dismal sales (the fault of which ironically is theirs IMO). Peep Ms. Luckett and Luda on the set of the video, which was shot recently in LA. The clip was directed by Parris.
Over the weekend, Shakira’s brand new single ‘She Wolf’ made it’s much hyped debut. The single has had a killer viral campaign going on the net for the net for several weeks now. About the track itself, I’m definitely feeling the production on this Electro-Disco fusion, yet unavoidable to note is the fact that Shakira’s vocals work in some places more than others (some parts are excruciating to listen to). All in all, I’m liking this one.
For the first time in over 2 years super-group Destiny’s Child came together in the public eye to celebrate the 28th birthday of member Kelly Rowland. The surprise party, which was held in Hollywood’s Opera club last night, was a surprise bash thrown for the ‘Like This’ singer – who recently parted ways with manager Mathew Knowles. As well as Beyonce and Michelle, other celebs in attendance included Busta Rhymes, LeToya Luckett’s on-off boyfriend Slim Thug and Tank. Peep more pics below:
It’s kinda weird seeing the ladies back together. In their time apart, they’ve grown into 3 very fine looking women in their own right. Bring on that reunion album already!
I kid not when I say I’d literally been wondering where the hell Ne-Yo’s follow-up to ‘Miss Independent’ was, when the clip for ‘Mad’ surfaced today. The Stargate produced cut serves as the third release from his well-received ‘Year of the Gentleman’ LP.
About the actual video, I’m liking it a lot. With most of Ne-Yo’s vids being more or less all-singing/all-dancing affairs, it was pretty cool seeing a more story-driven clip to accompany this song – which IMO on it’s own isn’t that great. Good stuff.
After more than a decade on the air, MTV’s flagship show, Total Request Live (TRL), aired its final episode last night. Filmed live from New York’s famed Times Square, ‘Total Finale Live’ boasted performances from Beyonce, 50 Cent and Ludacris, Nelly and Snoop Dogg. Check out the performances below:
Beyonce – If I Were A Boy, Single Ladies & Crazy In Love
50 Cent – Medley
Ludacris, Nelly, Snoop – Medley
Awesome performances all round! Beyonce, though…wow…she really is on some next platform. Three back to back performances of vocally taxing songs and she still delivers. Hottest Chick In The Game with good reason…
Anyway, it’s kind of a shame that TRL is ending. No matter your locality/nationality, you’ve likely heard of the once popular show. Hell, even, other markets tried to launch their own version (does anyone else remember the crapper than crap UK version?). I guess all good things must come to an end. Word has it, FN’MTV is to replace it.
50 Cent’s forthcoming LP ‘Before I Self Destruct’ is set to also serve as the soundtrack to his latest movie of the same name. Check out the trailer above as well as a more detailed synopsis of the project below:
Before I Self Destruct is darker and harder than last year’s Curtis. 50 Cent wrote much of the album while he, as Curtis Jackson, was also penning the 90-minute film of the same name that would be his directorial debut.
The film Before I Self Destruct is a coming of age story about an inner city youth raised by a hardworking single mother. When his dream of becoming a basketball player fails to materialize, he finds himself employed in a supermarket. After his mother is tragically gunned down, Clarence (played by Jackson) is consumed by revenge and takes up a life of crime in order to support his younger brother.
“My film captures the harsh realities that reflect so many communities today. There will be some who will greatly identify with the characters and the situations presented and then there will be others who may be shocked at the struggles that go on in the inner city,” states 50 Cent. “I made the film for both groups.”
As much as I feel 50′s time was officially up after he lost out to Kanye last year, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in the film. The plot, though done over many a time, sounds pretty interesting.
The album hits stores December 9th, with the movie due in theatres 4th quarter too.
Will you be checking for ‘Before I Self Destruct’?