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Friday
Jan212011

Nicki Minaj rocking a high top hairstyle

Nicki Minaj took it back to the Kwame,Kid n Play house party days with this look. Nicki Minaj was spotted leaving her London hotel headed to the local radio station to promote her “Pink Friday” album.


Friday
Jan212011

Tity Boi – Codeine Cowboy (Webisode #3)

Friday
Jan212011

David Banner Speaks on Scoring Footloose Remake, New Street Fighter

David Banner has been dipping his feet in fresh waters lately. In addition to his usual hip-hop fare, the Mississippi veteran is also carving out a path for himself as film and video game score composer. XXLMag.com recently chopped it up with DB to find out about his extra-curricular activities.

It seems like the former Crooked Lettaz frontman, has quite a busy side hustle. “I just finished doing something for [the new] Street Fighter [game],” Banner revealed to XXL. “I also did the music for the Megamind trailer and the score for Footloose.” Craig Brewer, the man directing the forthcoming remake of the classic 1984 Kevin Bacon movie, gave Banner his first acting gig in 2006’s Black Snake Moan.

Aside from rapping and producing for himself and others, composing film scores and commercials, like last year’s “Evolve” campaign for Gatorade, has become part of Banner’s steady gigs. He couldn’t be more grateful for the unique opportunities. “I’m blessed, because not many artists get the opportunities that I get,” he said. “I’m so humbled for these opportunities. This is something I can do for the rest of my life.”

Banner was recently inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame for his music. And though his collaborative album with 9th Wonder, Death of A Pop Star, is still fresh on everyone’s minds, he’s not resting on his laurels. The rapper/producer is still spending plenty of time to his first love, hip-hop. He’s already hard at work on a upcoming solo album, entitled Trinity.

So what’s on David Banner’s agenda for 2011? “More commercials,” he said as well as a self-financed movie to be released via his film production company, A Banner Vision.

Friday
Jan212011

Usher “OMG” Tour (Lyon, France)

We posted photos and video footage from Usher’s return show to his “OMG” Tour last night. Check out his official backstage, behind-the-scenes show coverage now

Friday
Jan212011

Sean Garrett Talks New Album, Working With Beyonce & Justin Bieber

Sean “The Pen” Garrett has been holed up in the studio working feverishly on his new album due out this year on Roc Nation/Columbia. The singer/songwriter recently spoke to Billboard about the status of the album, his single “Feelin Love”, working with Beyonce & Justin Bieber.


“The album’s coming around summer, and I’m so excited right now,” says Garrett. “I’m 10 songs into the album, but it’s still early and I’m not even way in, where I’m going in with a couple of producers. I’m definitely going to go in with my man RedOne, probably will.i.am, Salaam Remi. It’s going to be a vast, wide range of different, incredible producers who I love a lot and love what they do.”

On his first single “Feel Love” featuring J. Cole.

“I love the record ‘Feel Love’ because we don’t really have any love story records on the radio, especially at urban,” says Garrett. “All of the records are really direct about sex, which is good but we don’t have any kind of LL Cool J ‘I Need Love’ records. So ‘Feel Love’ is one of those records that is a very honest record. It’s something that I feel like women definitely are missing.”

He also told Billboard that he can’t share any details as to the progress of Beyonce’s fourth album, but that he has “been working with her extremely hard… she’s my favorite.” Garrett also says that he has been working “feverishly” with producers like Christopher “Tricky” Stewart on Bieber’s follow-up to last year’s “My World 2.0.”

“What we’re trying to do with Justin is to segue him into young adulthood,” says Garrett. “The one great thing about Justin Bieber is the fact that his fans are going to grow with him. So we want all the fans that started out with him to still be intrigued and excited about him, but we want to also stretch out a little bit and make the fans that are 22-23 years old love Justin as well. When Justin Timberlake went from the last album of *NSync to his first solo album — I want to say [we're aiming for] that level. That’s the bar for the type of song, that level of ‘Cry Me a River,’ big records.”

Thursday
Jan202011

Parlae Ft. Trick Trick – Body Bag [produced by DJ Tech-Neek]

produced by DJ Tech-Neek (Fear Factor Music Group)

Thursday
Jan202011

Dose and Gucci Mane Perform at Echelon 3000 in Atlanta

Thursday
Jan202011

DJ Khaled Talks Lil Wayne's 'Welcome To My Hood' Verse

"Welcome To My Hood" featuring Rick Ross, Plies, Lil' Wayne, T-Pain produced by The Renegades (Fear Factor Music Group / We The Best) available on iTunes HERE

Thursday
Jan202011

Gucci Mane Working With Britney Spears

This week rumors have been circulating that Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame were filming a reality TV show. XXLMag.com spoke exclusively to Gucci’s publicist, Kali Bowyer, who confirmed that the Atlanta rapper is currently working on a series with Waka for BET.

Bowyer also revealed to XXL that in addition to filming the show, a very busy Gooch has been in the studio recording with pop star Britney Spears and former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland.

“We’ve been running around all day,” Bowyer said. “We’ve been shooting a video. And then we’ll be shooting another video with Kelly Rowland. Gucci’s been working with Britney Spears.  All while filming a reality TV show”

As of press time, a release date has not been set on any of the records.

Thursday
Jan202011

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