For as long as we can remember, the words ‘talentless’ and ‘gimmick’ have been synonymous with the force that is Rihanna.
Labelled an ‘industry puppet’ by some who doubt the power she has over her own music, there are others who feel her success is overshadowed by an alleged lack of vocal skill, and what some might call- ‘shoddy’ performance levels.
So, taking into account her countless #1 singles, sell out tours and ever engaging videos,we ask:
If the ‘war’ between Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim was starting to bore you, fear not!
Because, in what only serves as proof of female Rap’s slow but steady reemergence, the ”feud’ between Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks reached all new heights hours ago, after the ‘My World’ star took to DJ Drama‘s radio show to discuss their recent war of words.
Even if you haven’t heard her music, chances are you’ve heard of Iggy Azalea.
Rising to fame last year with the release of ‘PUY’, the Australian born songbird recently inked a deal with TI‘s Grand Hustle and Jimmy Iovine‘s Interscope, months before she releases her debut album ‘New Classic‘.
So, in what will only add further fuel to her growing hype, Atlanta belle Keri Hilson has weighed in on the Rapper, during a Ustream session last night.
Ever keen on keeping the masses abreast of fresh and/or often underrated talent, That Grape Juice presents ‘The Spill’ – a renewed look at not-so-new, yet active, acts. Much like its ‘Freshly Squeezed’ sister segment, this assay aims to put the magnifying glass on talents who may not appeal to the buying public on a broad scale yet are still serving material that could easily spin side-by-side with some of today’s top hits.
Covering a kaleidoscope of genres, ‘The Spill’ is set to feature some names you probably know and love as well as some you’ll (soon) be glad to know.
Our tertiary entry comes in with the jams of Jon B. Before Robin Thicke ruled the airwaves as the king of blue eyed soul, another crooner was the face of R&B’s melanin-deprived divos. Taking a mentor in the very man many claimed his voice was identical to (Babyface), B.’s 90s career skyrocketed with hits like ‘Are You Still Down’ (featuring Tupac), ‘I Do‘, and of course, fan favorite, ‘They Don’t Know’. Take a listen below:
While B. has yet to equal or surpass the success of his 1997 sophomore album ‘Cool Relax’ (parent album of ‘They Don’t Know’), he has since released 5. His most recent album ‘Comfortable Swagg’ (February 14th), found the crooner reminding listeners that while not dominating charts, there are still some hopelessly devoted to the genre.
Get into his latest video ‘Only One’ after the jump:
‘Formal Invite’ singer Ray J invited many-a-major media outlet to be the first to hear his broken silence over the mourning of Whitney Houston. As fans know, the ‘I Will Always Love You’ hitmaker and Ray were long rumored to be in on-and-off again relationship. And, as a close friend to the Norwood family, Ray and sister Brandy were undoubtedly shaken by the loss, which came on the latter’s birthday.
Now, taking to Inside Edition, Extra, and more, Ray has finally come forth at Headquarters of the Los Angeles Sentinel to express his grief over Houston’s passing. On hand to lend his support to the local Brotherhood Crusade and Mothers in Action group, the singer struggled to find the words to even address the many microphones facing him.