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Here at That Grape Juice HQ, we love us some Missy Elliott! What’s not to hail about her? Killer flow, stellar songs, outstanding videos, impeccable stage shows and ever-enduring humility.

From The Vault this week journeys back to the year 2002 when Elliott released ‘Gossip Folks’ as the second offering from her fourth album ‘Under Construction’.

‘Gossip’, an open-letter to critics and bandwagon “fans”, was produced by partner-in-crime Timbaland and featured Hip-Hop heavyweight Ludacris. It was yet another hit for the rapper-singer-producer-songwriter, peaking inside the Top 10s of the US and UK charts. The song’s unusual chorus is built around a sample of ‘Double Dutch Bus’ by Frankie Smith.

As is always the case with Elliott, the accompanying visual is quite the event. Boasting CGI aplenty and appearances from the likes of friend Eve and then-protégé Tweet, the video was also notable for its tribute to late artists and friends Jam Master Jay, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes and of course Aaliyah.

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With breakthrough act Azealia Banks confirming that she and Missy are to log in studio time, and with Timbo claiming her highly delayed album ‘Block Party’ is finally poised for released in June, the triple-threat seems on the right path to continue her reign as the one-and-only Queen of Hip-Hop. And we, for one, can’t wait!

Missy’s career is one to be both celebrated and adhered to as the definitive rule-book for Hip-Hop hopefuls. For her status is one achieved on the merit of skill and ever-flowing creativity; not scandal or gimmicks.

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The search for ‘The Voice UK’ is finally underway!

Already a smash in the US (and its original home of Holland), the show has arrived on British shores by way of the BBC. Coaches this side of the pond are Jessie J, will.i.am, Danny O’ Donoghue, and the legendary Tom Jones.

Billed as the definitive talent-search, many are predicting it to serve as a true contender to The X Factor‘s strong hold.

Judge for yourself below with highlights from the first Live Show episode 7 of series 1 below…

Joelle Moses – ‘I’m Going Down’

Frances Wood- ‘Ain’t Nobody’

Adam Isaac- ‘All My Life’

Jaz Ellington- ‘At Last’

Leanne Mitchell- ‘Who Knew’

Matt & Sueleen- ‘Go Your Own Way’

Tyler James- ‘Higher Love’

Ruth Brown- ‘Get Here’

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Having worked with and moulded the talents of Lady GaGa, Nicki Minaj, and Diddy, choreographer and Creative Director Laurieann Gibson is striking out solo.

Speaking at Dance 2 Lax in London this month, Gibson dished exclusively on her upcoming Dance album – which she declared will “dynamically assassinate the game”.

Also discussed were her working relationship with GaGa, Nicki Minaj’s controversial Grammy performance (which she helmed), wanting to collaborate with Chris Brown, and much more.

Hit ‘PLAY’ to watch Ms. Boom Kack in action.

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The Voice UK continued in spectacular fashion tonight, with the first stage of  the Live Shows.

Check out highlights from the hotly anticipated show on our sister site – That Grape Juice TV.

Click here to watch The Voice UK!

 

Get familiar with the ‘Ratchet Girl Anthem‘, the viral smash hit by dynamic duo ‘EP Hudson‘.

Sure to have your sides splitting with laughter, peep the chillingly accurate video above.

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It’s safe to say Rita Ora has finally landed.

After spending the last four or so years in Pop’s stockroom, this year saw the star make an explosive debut, scoring a #1 single and launching the radio hits ‘RIP’ and ‘How We Do(Party)‘.

Arriving in a Beyonce/Rihanna world, her hype- when not being pushed by her own team- has been heightened by the all powerful ‘stans‘, filling with That Grape Juice comment sections with Ora-centric debate.

This, upping her stock in the blogosphere in ways her label couldn’t have imagined.

So with her debut album set to drop this year, we ask:

What do you think of Rita Ora?

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New music is great, but legally free music is even better!

Miguel is back to conclude his 3 part EP saga with ‘Art Dealer Chic, Vol 3’, a handful collection of sensual R&B/Electro jams penned by himself.

What are you waiting for? Download the inspired EP after the jump and sound-off below.

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Lil Kim is back again !

Yes, in what can only be in aid of her upcoming nightclub tour, the Rap vet unveils ‘Countin’ Money’, her latest studio effort.

Ironically, the cut features on the I.R.S South mix tape named ‘Tax Season‘, and follows the club classics ‘Spend A Mill’ and our personal favorite ‘Keys To The City‘.

Listen below…

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Peep this embarrassing shot of Kanye West, caught with his trousers down allegedly on the way into Kim Kardashian‘s apartment.

The pair, who are rumored to be lovers,were snapped by LA paparazzi last night who caught the unflattering moment, weeks after the Rapper’s 2010 LP ‘MBDTF’ reached platinum status in the US, with sales of 1,254,000 units.

More below…

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For one reason or another, Eve remains one of Rap’s most underrated entities.

Indeed, before Nicki Minaj became Brand Minaj there was Eve- Eve the Rapper, Eve the actress and Eve the designer, kicking dust in the face of Hip Hop’s ugly sisters Lil Kim and Foxy Brown.

However, much like the above, the Rapper fell prey to time and irrelevancy, forced to play the benches while the aforementioned Minaj rocked centre court.

Now, after six years, she’s readying her long awaited return to music.

Details below…

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This week’s That Grape Juice Cover Star is Ari Lourdes. Watch the US native tackle Rihanna‘s latest single ‘Where Have You Been’ below:

Boasting a Pop, yet powerful tone, Lourdes joins the ever-growing line of acts who can sing Rihanna songs better than Rihanna. (Truthful) jokes aside, the young sonstress served up a solid and original take on a great song. We like. Do you?

For more on Ari Lourdes, check out her Youtube page

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It’s official- Nelly Furtado is back.

Readying the release of her new LP ‘The Spirit Indestructible‘, the ‘Bird‘ maestra released a sneak peek from its first video today, ‘Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)‘.

Fun filled footage below…

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