NEW MUSIC: MELANIE FIONA – “IT KILLS ME” + INFO ON HER ALBUM PUSHBACK

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♫ Melanie Fiona – It Kills Me

Check out the latest single from SRC/Universal recording artist, and BET Rising Icon, Melanie Fiona. The up and coming singer/songwriter was supposed to release her debut album, The Bridge on September 22nd, but word is, it was pushed back yet again. According to reports, it will be coming out in Fall ‘09 (whatever that means). Anyway, check out her latest song, “It Kills Me”, the follow up to, “Give It to Me Right”.

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AWARENESS: JAY-Z & BEYONCE ATTEND PRESS CONFERENCE IN NYC

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Jay-Z, Beyonce, Governor David Patterson and New York City Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta attend a press conference for the “Answer The Call” charity concert at Madison Square Garden on Monday, August 31st in New York City.

Jay-Z partnered with the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund for the “Answer The Call” charity concert, presented in conjunction with Fuse, Absolut and Live Nation. All proceeds from the event will go to the charity, and the performance will air commercial-free and stream online on Fuse’s Web site. Tickets for the concert go on sale September 8 at noon ET.







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ALBUM REVIEW: TREY SONGZ’S READY

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Virginia native and R&B singer Trey Songz returns after two years with his third offering, Ready. Following the release of two mixtapes earlier this year—Genesis, which included music he recorded before his debut album, I Gotta Make It, and Anticipation, which helped occupy fans a couple of months before his new album was released—Trey Songz is letting the world know he’s ready.

LISTEN UP:

His previous albums included a little baby-making music, but this album takes it to another level. Citing R. Kelly as an early influence when he first appeared on the scene and later calling him out for attempting to remain relevant to younger listeners on “D.O.K (Death of Kellz)”, Trey sounds a little like him on the album intro, appropriately titled “Panty Droppa”, and “Neighbors Know My Name”, a slow jam on which the 24-year-old reflects on his sexual prowess and what that means for the neighbors during his sexual exploits. The album continues with “I Invented Sex”, again reiterating what he said before but this time with Drake on the track. Teaming up again with Stargate who produced “Can’t Help But Wait” (his most successful single yet) on “I Need a Girl” was genius as they delivered another hit which also served as the album’s lead single. Here, the album shows another side of Trey as he contemplates commitment and carries it over to the rock-tinged ballad “One Love”, produced by Brian Michael Cox. But he’s not done with sex just yet.


On “Does He Do It”, in standard, repetitive Sean Garrett form, Trey asks his lady if her other man does it like he does it. Fabolous joins the party on “Say Aah”, a catchy, upbeat track, which is either a spin off or ripoff of Jamie Foxx’s hit, “Blame It (On the Alcohol)”. With Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy on “LOL :-) ”, this cheesy and irrelevant track definitely doesn’t fit as the flow of the album is completely disrupted.

After that’s out the way, it’s time for love, as Trey coos on the smooth, mellow “Ready to Make Luv” which prefaces “Jupiter Love”, another song of the same caliber as Trey breaks it down over a sultry song perfect for setting the mood. “Be Where You Are” is an uptempo, experimental production by Christopher Henderson. Preceding Drake’s hit single, “Successful” is an interesting spot for it, though, since Trey declares he wants the money, cars, clothes and hoes. It’s even more interesting that this was even included, although this version tosses Lil Wayne’s verse aside and throws an extra verse in from Trey.

The last few songs bring about yet another side of Trey. “Black Roses” represents “a dying love” and a new sound for Trey, produced by Bei Maejor. On “Love Lost”, Trey laments that, “I never loved you like I should” with his heart on his sleeve as he pleads, “And now I see the man you need / When I look into the mirror I see change / Then I close my eyes and wish you could see the same / But it’s too late.” “Yo Side of the Bed” closes the album with Trey helplessly stating that he “doesn’t want to sleep if you’re not there” with its amazing guitar rift, reminiscent of a Prince/”Purple Rain” vibe.

Trimming the fat with a few select tracks on Ready (notably “LOL :-) ”, “Say Aah” and “Successful”) would make this one of the best R&B albums of the year. It’s for that reason that although Trey may be ready and is heading in the right direction, he still has a little bit farther to go.

My Picks: “Neighbors Know My Name”, “I Invented Sex”, “I Need a Girl”, “Does He Do It”, “Jupiter Love”, “Black Roses”, “Yo Side of the Bed”

Make sure you pick up your copy of Trey’s Ready in stores or online today.

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Cypress Hill Relaunches ‘Smoke Out’; Geto Boys Reunite

Posted by | Posted in Da Game and Industry News | Posted on 31-08-2009

Hip-Hop group Cypress Hill has announced a partnership with Guerilla Union to re-launch the annual Cypress Hill Smokeout.
 
The two-day festival and “cannabis expo,” which launched in 1998, will return after a six-year hiatus this October, at the San Manuel Amphitheatre and festival grounds in San Bernardino, California.
 
Headliners on the Cypress Hill Smokeout include Slipknot, Sublime!, Deftones, Redman and Method Man, Cheech and Chong, all original members of the Goodie Mob and…(read more)

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Hip-Hop Rumors: Nivea’s About To Pop! 50 Gives Back!

Posted by | Posted in Da Game and Industry News | Posted on 31-08-2009

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content within this section is pure rumor and generally have no factual
info outside of what the streets have whispered in our ear. Read on.CLARIFICATION OF EMINEM / JAY-Z RUMOR

 

My boy hit me back and gave me the full info on the Jay-Z/Eminem stuff. This isn’t exclusive or anything, but I didn’t know. So here the full details. When the DJ Hero game comes out later this year a special edition “Renegade” version of the game is coming out featuring a special edition…(read more)

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Hip-Hop Rumors: Drake’s Bitin’ Rumors! Kardinal Offishall Time! Memphis Bleek Calls Timbaland Out!

Posted by | Posted in Da Game and Industry News | Posted on 30-08-2009

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Spike Lee Leads Michael Jackson Birthday Celebrations

Posted by | Posted in Da Game and Industry News | Posted on 29-08-2009

Today (August 29), famed director Spike Lee is leading one of many worldwide birthday celebrations in honor of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson.
 
Lee, who worked with Jackson for the video “They Don’t Care About Us,” had originally scheduled his event for Brooklyn’s Fort Green Park. However, due to an estimated minimum of 10,000 attending, the celebration had to be moved to the larger Prospect Park.
 
Lee has promised to deliver an old-school styled block party with an…(read more)

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REST IN PEACE TO DJ AM

Posted by | Posted in Gurl Talk | Posted on 28-08-2009

Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM was found dead on Friday August 28, in his New York apartment. Details have not been released as of yet but many reports indicate that drug paraphernalia was found near the body. He was 36 years old.

DJ AM was in the news recently after he and friend/collaborator Travis Barker survived a plane crash in South Carolina that took the life of 4 people.

On Tuesday, August 25, Goldstein wrote on his Twitter account:

“New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems…”

According to E!, Goldstein recently filmed a series for MTV where he speaks on his addiction issues.

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CIARA’S GAP AD FOR SKINNY JEANS/40TH ANNIVERSARY

Posted by | Posted in Gurl Talk | Posted on 28-08-2009

Check out Ciara’s new ad for The Gap, celebrating their 40th Anniversary and their perfect Skinny Jean. The advertisement will be featured in magazines in the U.S., Japan and U.K.

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PARTY PICS: LETOYA’S ALBUM RELEASE PARTY IN NYC

Posted by | Posted in Gurl Talk | Posted on 28-08-2009

Recording artists Tank and LeToya attend LeToya’s “Lady Love” album release party at Cain on Thursday night in New York City. LeToya’s latest album is currently in stores now and you can check out our album review here.






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