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Welcome to Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature carved out to celebrate TV and Film’s glorious past.

Today, following her stellar performance at the ‘Billboard Music Awards‘, we revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Janet’ era and pull footage shot from the making of her ‘If’ video from beneath the sands of time.

In the footage below you’ll see Jan and her clan of creatives create what may be her most celebrated piece of art to date in preparation for the album’s supporting tour.

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‘The Real Housewives Of Potomac’ have been drumming up all sorts of buzz with their third season. 

Past instalments have seen etiquette serve as the center of conflict. However, the show’s third cycle has seen the drama between the Maryland matriarchs escalate like never before.

‘Potomac’ originals Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, and Robyn Dixon are back in the mix. As is last season’s addition Monique Samuels.

No nonsense newcomer Candiace Dillard (a former Miss America) has been cast as a full time Housewife – replacing Charrisse Jackson-Jordan who has been appearing in a “Friend Of” capacity.

Thus far, the show’s third outing has made for gripping viewing – so much so that many have pegged it the best Housewives franchise thus far this year.

And, per a newly released midseason trailer, there’s still a whole lot more to come.

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The flavoursome sound of AfroBeats is drumming up buzz on a global scale; a buzz that packs too much volume to be ignored.

Celebrating the seismic movement is the AfroRepublik festival, which is taking place London’s iconic O2 Arena.

A sold-out extravaganza, the line-up features a who’s who of the AfroBeats scene including Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Not3s, Mr Eazi, and more.

With the out of the gate success of its inaugural instalment, the festival is already confirmed for a huge return next year.

Pending then, watch the 2018 AfroRepublik extravaganza live here on That Grape Juice!

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A superteam of Hip Hop acts joined forces to help rapper YG deliver the banging anthem, ‘Big Bank.’

Tapping the likes of Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, and 2 Chainz to assist, the DJ Mustard-produced cut comes as the latest single from YG’s forthcoming third LP, ‘Stay Dangerous.’

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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This week we want to replay ‘I Know What You Want’ – the 2003 duet from Busta Rhymes and Mariah Carey.  The second single from Rhymes’ 2002 project, ‘It Ain’t Safe No More,’ the tune – released in March 2003 – was a much-needed hit for the rapper and the then-ailing songstress as it peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 (where it was found this week that year).  For Busta, the song helped revive interest in its parent album as ‘I Know What You Want’s single predecessor, ‘Make It Clap,’ failed to make much noise on the Hot 100 (peaking at #46).  For Carey, the sales and radio performance of ‘Want’ came as a return to form after a particularly low period in her career following the commercial failures of albums ‘Glitter’ and ‘Charmbracelet’ respectively.  

The ‘Butterfly’ singer would later soar back even higher heights on the charts in the years that followed, but Rhymes couldn’t exactly sing the same tune.  Though he scored two top 10 hits betwen 2005-2012 thanks to his co-starring role on the Pussycat Dolls’ signature hit, ‘Don’tcha,’ and Chris Brown‘s comeback ‘Look at Me Now’ respectively, ‘Want’ became Busta’s last Hot 100 top 10 entry as a leading act to date.

Look inside to relive the Rick Rock-produced cut and see who joined them in the top 25 this week 15 years ago:

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‘Empire’ may have wrapped its fourth season Wednesday (May 23), but Jussie Smollett is busier the ever.

The 34-year-old actor/producer/singer is putting that latter hat into high gear in support of his long-awaited debut album, ‘Sum of My Music.’  With a world tour underway (click here to see dates), Smollett – alongside Stateside supporting act June’s Diary – took to ‘The Real’ recently to not only dish on the venture but also give prospective concertgoers a taste of what to expect.

Look inside to see them perform ‘Hurt People’ from ‘Sum of My Music’:

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Drake‘s new album is titled ‘Scorpion’ and ahead of its arrival, he’s already showing his sting.

The Hip-Hop titan has unleashed  the ‘Duppy Freestyle’ – a diss aimed at Pusha T, who himself slammed Drizzy on ‘Infrared’ – a new song from his freshly released album ‘Daytona.’ He charged the Canadian star with using a ghostwriter.

Clearly unimpressed, Aubrey picks apart the former Clipse member with ferocity and declares that his “demise will be televised.’

But that’s not all. He also had words for Pusha’s G.O.O.D Music comrade and exec producer Kanye West.

Referencing’s Ye’s creative partner Virgil Abloh, Drake rapped:

“I could never have a Virgil in my circle and hold him back ’cus he makes me nervous. I wanna see my brothers flourish to a higher purpose. You n*ggas leeches n’ serpents. I think it’s good that now the teachers are learning.”

What are you waiting for? Listen to ‘Duppy Freestyle’ in full below…

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Lil Mama is back and showcasing her ‘Shoe Game.’

The fiery femcee ditches her tomboy image and stages quite the transformation in the clip, which also sees her dancing up a storm.


Word is that the song is lifted from Mama’s new album – her first since her 2008 debut ‘VYP (Voice of the Young People).’

Mama’s ‘Lip Gloss’ popping, now get all the way into her ‘Shoe Game’ after the jump…

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As sloppy roll-outs go, few can rival Ashanti‘s “new” single ‘Say Less.’

Released last November, the track’s video arrived six months later in April.

And now, with June in reaching distance, she’s finally pounding the promo pavements in a bid to ignite the song on the charts.

Stopping by FOX‘s Good Day LA with a duo of dancers, the former first lady of the INC served up the cut’s first live performance.

How did she do? Watch below for the answer….

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In 2017, the respected attorney Phaedra Parks was asked not to reprise her role in the hit series ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ after it emerged that she was behind claims that her co-star Kandi Burruss had joked about assaulting their mutual friend Porsha Williams.

Hidden from viewers was a deeper layer of the story which saw Carlos King, one of its producers, named as the man who allegedly used Parks and Porsha to weave the lie into the show’s storyline in a bid to hurt Burruss who he was said to be feuding with.

Now it appears that this fact has lifted some of the weight Parks was forced to carry alone and seen her return to the series.

Full report below…

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Robin Antin may have found a performer to front her Pussycat Dolls reboot!

Stung by yet-to-be proved claims that she forced the group’s original members into a prostitution ring, the revered creative is now planning to revive its concept with a new set of girls.

Said to be leading the way?

Pia Mia.

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