'Hancock': Will You Be Seeing It? Will Smith’s much-anticipated new superhero flick ‘Hancock’ was simultaneously released in both US and UK yesterday. Though generally receiving a ‘so-so’ response from most critics, the film is poised to deliver Smith’s highest grossing debut to date, with early projections touting somewhere in the region of $80 Million being grossed in its first weekend.
So with that said, That Grape Juice wants to know if you’ll be going to see ‘Hancock’. If not, why? If you’ve seen it already, your view?

Your thoughts?
Kanye West Teams Up With Louis VuittonThe self-titled ‘Louis Vuitton Don’ Kanye West has collaborated with the fashion house to produce his own line – for both men and women. Check out the report via NME:

The rapper showed up at the Vuitton show in Paris’ Jardins de Bagatelle on Friday (June 27) and told wwd.com ”I’m here for Louis” before revealing that he is working with the fashion giant on designed a men’s shoe line.

West, who was dressed entirely in his own clothing designs, also told the fashion site that he is working on a women’s wear collection which will debut this fall.

After all that free promo, it’s about time!

Any thoughts?

Re-affirming the fact that he’s he a complete a**, Bow Wow called out former collaborator Omarion on a remix of Hot Stylez ‘Looka Boy’. Dissing Omarion for, among other things, his ‘tight jeans’, it’s hard to believe it was just a few months ago that he was touting him as the Prince of R&B. Bow also takes a dig at the Raz-B/Chris Stokes situation. Check it out:

A mess. I’m assuming the terrible performance of their joint LP ‘Face Off’ may have been the cause for this break-up rift.

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Pharrell To Have Tattoos Removed According to Now Magazine, rapper/producer Pharrell Williams is set to have his tattoos removed:

Pharrell Williams plans to use skin grown in a test tube to cover the tattoos on his arms. The N.E.R.D. frontman is bored of his existing designs and hopes to start afresh with the help of a pioneering graft technique. ‘It’s going to be pricey, but f*** it, it’s worth it,’ he says. ‘I got fire on my arms. I don’t need fire on my arms! I’m a grown man.

Good on him. I think some are going a lil’ overboard with the tatts and not really thinking what it’ll look like/or mean to them when they’re older.

Your thoughts?

Review in a bit…

In the meanwhile…

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Your Top 5 Songs Of The Moment?You know the deal; That Grape Juice, once again, wants to see what you all are listening to. Which 5 tracks have you got on constant rotation at the moment? Remember, it doesn’t have to be limited to Urban music; could be something new, Old Skool, even something you made yourself LOL. Drop a comment in the comments section. Mine are – in no particular order:

1) Energy – Keri Hilson
2) We Break The Dawn – Michelle Williams
3) We Ride – Mary J. Blige
4) Ruben Studdard – Change Me
5) Spotlight – Jennifer Hudson

What are your ‘Top 5 Songs Of The Moment’?
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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Rihanna On The Set Of 'Disturbia' Video Check out these shots of Rihanna, via Just Jared, on the video set of yet another single – namely ‘Disturbia’. Judging by her outfits, the David LaChappelle directed vid looks like it’ll be pretty interesting; which it needs to be, as the song is the absolute pits.

Rihanna On The Set Of 'Disturbia' Video Rihanna On The Set Of 'Disturbia' Video Rihanna On The Set Of 'Disturbia' Video
What do you thin of the pics?
Young Jeezy Covers Vibe; Talks Keyshia ColeYoung Jeezy features in the August (All-Rap) issue of VIBE magazine. As well discussing music, his presidential vote and his family life, the rapper spoke candidly about his rumoured relationship with R&B songstress Keyshia Cole:

“To be honest, it was more what she wanted. She was cool and we had a cool friendship. The media made it out to be something crazy. We kicked it. We hung out. Thing is, you can’t be cool with somebody you wanna be cool with [without the media thinking it’s a relationship]…I was grown enough to tell her, Look baby, that isn’t what it is right now.”

Ouch…

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The Best You Never Heard: Jennifer Hudson, Michael Jackson, Beyonce & TrinaThis week’s edition of The Best You Never Heard features little known cuts by Jennifer Hudson, Michael Jackson, Beyonce and Trina. Do you have any suggestions for future instalments? Drop me an email at [email protected]

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Jennifer Hudson – Stand Up

 

Some of you may remember ‘Stand Up’ from a post earlier this year, which saw Jennifer belting it out in her bathroom. Recorded back in 2006, ‘Stand Up’ was initially made available as a gift to fans via one of her fan-sites, however has since become so popular (among her fan-base) that it’s currently being considered for placement on her upcoming debut album. Indeed, the ‘big ballad’ showcases Jennifer’s powerful vocal ability to the fullest, while also engaging the listener lyrically. Great song.

 

Listen: Stand Up


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Michael Jackson – One More Chance

Originally set for release in late 2003 (video filmed too), ‘One More Chance’ never saw the light of day beyond a feature on MJ’s ‘Number Ones’ LP due to well his publicized legal drama – which he eventually overcame. The soulfully soulful cut manages to mesh vintage Michael Jackson (‘Michaelisms’ included lol) with a contemporary sound that would, no doubt, work even in today’s musical climate. Definitely a testimony to MJ’s continued musical relevance.

 

Listen: One More Chance

 

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Beyonce – Baby Boy (Alternate Version)

 

 

Beyonce’s 2003 chart topper ‘Baby Boy’ needs little introduction. Yet many don’t seem to be aware of the existence of an alternate version of the song; which features entirely new lyrics. Weirdly enough, it was this version of the track (which still goes hard even today) that I heard initially; I remember scratching my head at the 2003 MTV VMA’s when she performed what is now known as the ‘single’ version of the track. Enough of my babbling, take a listen…

 

Listen: Baby Boy (Alternate Version)

 

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Trina – 50/50 Love (ft. Trey Songz)

 

Despite releasing a few decent LP’s, both before and after, it’s 2003’s ‘The Glamourest Life’ that stands as Trina’s best album IMO. Featuring several collabo’s including ‘Here We Go’ with Kelly Rowland, one of the record’s standout cuts was the Trey Songz assisted ’50/50 Love’. With Trina at her raunchy best, and Trey turning an impressive performance on the hook, this one is a winner.

Listen: 50/50 Love (ft. Trey Songz)

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Your thoughts: Hit(s) or Miss(es)?

Check out this new cut titled ‘I Told You So’ from Solange’s forthcoming LP ‘Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams’ (due August 26th via Geffen/Music World):

Hmm. I’m kinda wishing I didn’t listen to this, as, up until now, every track I’d heard from Solange’s album was a winner. However, the same can’t be said for this largely so-so track….which, for the most part, can be summed up as being kinda ‘blah’. Still, with a array solid cuts under her belt for the record, ‘Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams’ is definitely still one of the few albums I’m anticipating this year.

In other Solange news, ‘I Decided’ debuted at #44 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart this past week. The charting is her highest to date.

Hit or Miss?

Kanye West At Lanvin Fashion Show Kanye West At Lanvin Fashion Show
Peep these pics of rapper Kanye West at the Lanvin Menswear fashion show this weekend. It’s well noted that Kanye likes to do things ‘differently’ on the fashion tip…

What do you think of the pics?
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