Revered House Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dead At 59

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(AllHipHop News) Frankie Knuckles, a pioneer House Music, has died suddenly.

Details are not widely available at press time, but the sad news has been confirmed by 5 Magazine. The nature of his death is unknown.

Frankie was born in the Bronx, but migrated to Chicago, where he became famous. In the 70′s he was a disco DJ, but evolved in the late 70′s into a House DJ. In fact, he coined the term based on his nights spinning records at The Warehouse in Chicago.

Knuckles was also a producer who produced a bevy of songs that moved people on the dance floor.

He was often considered the “Kool Herc of House Music” to state his significance to the genre as it relates to Hip-Hop.

On Facebook, House Music Artist Paul Johnson stated, “Planet Earth “Frankie Knuckles” Our Godfather Of House Music Has Passed Away. F*CK!!!!!!!!}}}}”

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Wale Allegedly Gets Into Physical Altercation With Wrestling Fan, Addresses It On Twitter

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(AllHipHop  News) Wrestling is fake. Twitter is realistic. Earlier tonight (March 31st), Wale allegedly got into an altercation with an audience member at the WWE Raw event in Washington, D.C. over a few disparaging tweets.

The two men were in attendance at the Verizon Center for the WWE’s Monday Night Raw and engaged in a short back-and-forth on Twitter. The audience member threatened to deliver one of the most well known wrestling moves of the last 15 years on the Maybach Music Group rapper:

You at Monday night raw fuckboy? Come see me in the ring and catch this stunner @wale

— Side Show Joe (@Chefboyrnach) April 1, 2014

@Wale LLLMMMMMMMAAAAOOOOO couple rows away breh

— Side Show Joe (@Chefboyrnach) April 1, 2014

According to multiple accounts from attendees at the Verizon Center, Wale soon after approached the heckler and shoved him. WWE security detained both men and escorted them out of the crowd before allowing them to return shortly thereafter:

Wrestling just got real! Dude was on Twitter talking smack about @Wale at WWE #RAW in DC. Looked up & Wale was puttin the #Smackdown on him!

— Jawn Murray (@JawnMurray) April 1, 2014

WWE security ran over to try & break things up! Everyone went in the hallway & now @Wale back chillin in his seat eating popcorn! #RAW

— Jawn Murray (@JawnMurray) April 1, 2014

Wale himself seemed to be in good spirits following the altercation. Wale addressed the physical altercation by implying that that was the best course of action given the fan’s threats:

@MrBusby4o8 several times.. I don’t understand the standards that I’m supposed to live by.. If I knew I honestly would adjust somethings

— Wale Folarin (@Wale) April 1, 2014

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Draya & Her Boyfriend Orlando Scandrick Take The Kiddies To Disney Land + Halle Berry DISHES On Being A Mommy Again & Life With Olivier Martinez

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Draya and her boo Orlando Scandrick got cutesy as they enjoyed a date night in Hollywood last night. The couple also hung out with their kids enjoying a family day at Dsiney Land.

Plus, Halle Berry is opening up on her life as a mother for the 2nd time as she juggles her career and family life with Olivier Martinez. Check the cute pics and find out what Halle said inside…

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Draya took a break from Twitter on Sunday to enjoy some alone time with her boyfriend/Cowboys’ cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

It seems the couple has put the rumors of Orlando cheating on her with Jackie Christie’s daughter behind them as they walked hand-in-hand arriving at Greysone Manor in West Hollywood.

On Saturday, Draya and Orlando rounded up their kiddies and had a fun-filled day at Disneyland. Draya shared, “Whoop whoop! When all else fails…… We go to DisneyLand #Hooray”
 

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Orlando’s daughters are so adorable in their workout gear.

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And Draya’s son is growing into a handsome young man.

The kids were surprised as they made their way to Disney Land:

Cute.

And a "BBW LA" update…

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Draya and Sundy have been going at it on Twitter after their infamous fight was aired on “BBW LA.” Sundy is now claiming Draya was NOT the one who blacked her eye, it was Malyasia. Sundy believes Malyasia mistakenly hit her in the eye as she was trying to break up the fight between her and Draya. Sundy is butt hurt over the brawl that she’s now challenging Draya to meet her outside of Philippe’s restaurant.

These chicks are so BIRDTASTIC…

Also…

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Fab mom Halle Berry is dishing on her married life with her husband Olivier Martinez, daughter Nahla and her new bundle of joy, 5-month-old Maceo.

We told you earlier about rumors that have been circulating that she and Olivier’s relationship was on the rocks after she was spotted at many events without him and sans her wedding ring. But now, the rumors can be put to rest.

The “Extant” star sat down with Extra TV where she gushed about being a mother for the 2nd time, how Nahla is handling being a big sister, how she’s juggling her career and family life.

On being a mother for the 2nd time:
“I just feel great because I have another baby. I never thought that at my stage in life another baby — and a baby boy — was coming to me, so yeah, I’m blessed.”

On how she’s balancing her career and family:
“What I’m learning to do, trying to right now, is find the balance… my baby is always with me on set. I bring my daughter after school. I have a nursery there, a playroom for her, so I try to make it as nice as I can for them to spend time with them, see them.”

On Nahla being a big sister:
“It’s like one of her doll babies came alive. She gets to take care of him, feed him, change his diapers, play with him, dress him up in different clothes like five times a day because she can, so she loves it.”

On watching her hubby Olivier on “Revenge”:
She laughed, “I’m going to follow his little arc along. I’m very proud of him… I think he’s delicious.”

On her role in “Frankie and Alice”:

“If someone had told me that we’re going to do a movie about a black woman [with multiple personalities] who has a white racist living inside her, and a little child who’s a genius living inside her, I would have thought that’s just a made-up story, but because it was real, that gave it a gravitas that to me was, ‘Wow, this is real, people should know about this.’”

Halle’s new movie “Frankie and Alice” hits theaters this Friday.

 

Photos: JCalderon/ Splash/PCN/Draya’s IG
 

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Pharrell Named NEW Coach For The 7TH Season Of “The Voice” + Trey Songz Releases “Smart Phones”

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It’s been announced Pharrell Williams will be joining “The Voice” as a coach for the upcoming season and Trey Songz released a new song, “Smart Phones.” Read the deets and check out the new track inside…

How “Happy” is Pharrell right now? Pharrell Williams just announced he will be joining the hit singing competition show “The Voice” as a coach.

Skateboard P will be replacing CeeLo Green for the 7th season of the NBC show. In season 4, P appeared on the show joining Usher’s battle rounds as an advisor. Now the super producer will be lending his innovative expertise to develop the next “voice.”

NBC tweeted:

 

Guys, we can’t get over how amazing SEASON 7 will be with @pharrell as our #NewVoiceCoach.

— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) March 31, 2014

 

Pharrell followed with:

 

This is going to be so fun "@NBCTheVoice: Okay, we can OFFICIALLY say it! WE ARE SO #HAPPY to announce PHARRELL WILLIAMS = #NewVoiceCoach

— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) March 31, 2014

The Grammy winning producer has plenty to be “Happy” about after taking home 4 Grammy awards and launching his new album G I R L. His single “Happy” reached No. 1 on the pop charts, he’s gearing up to debut his own clothing line with Adidas and he’s set to launch his first fragrance.

Now we’re just waiting to find out who the other three coaches will be for the new season. Congrats P!

And in new music…

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Trey Songz is gearing up for the release of his sixth studio album, Trigga. Trey released via The Angel Network “Smart Phones,” following his hit single “Na Na.”

In the song, Trey’s “smart phone” gets him caught up after his phone accidentally dials his girl and she overhears him cheating on her with another woman. Trigga then tries to do whatever he can to get her back.

Listen below:
 

Trigga is expected to drop sometime this summer.

BONUS:

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Beyonce teamed up with Pepsi for the official release of her "Grown Woman" video and now she just dropped an alternative version for it. We still see Bey as she grows from a singing tot to a belting woman with added cartoon animations.

Check it:

Hot!

Photos: Pharrell’s IG

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MAGAZINES: "The Game" Star Jay Ellis GETS PREPPY For SHEEN’s "It’s Raining Men" Issue

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Jay Ellis, star of BET’s "The Game" dons a selection of bow ties and dapper suits in SHEEN Magazine’s Exclusive Men’s Issue.  See pics inside…

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Jay Ellis, who plays Bryce “The Blueprint” Westbrook on BET’s "The Game", landed the cover of SHEEN MAGAZINE’s Exclusive Men’s Issue "It’s Raining Men."

Inside the issue, Jay reveals his passion for philanthropy, fashion and how he relates to his character Blue. While discussing his style, he told the mag,

“When I wear a suit, it’s a feeling of pride and people respect you in a different way. I don’t knock sweats, t-shirts, hoodies and hats, but there’s something about caring about how you look.”

ALso, the mag features articles on silver screen star Tika Sumpter, BET’s "Being Mary Jane" star Latarsha Rose and "Let’s Stay Together" star Erica Hubbard.

Pick up your copy of SHEEN MAGAZINE’s Exclusive Men’s Issue on Tuesday, April 29th.

 

 

 

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‘SHE HIT ME IN MY HEAD!’ Kenya Moore BREAKS DOWN Fight Deets In NEWLY Released 911 CALL!

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From the set of the "RHOA" reunion, we’ve got the explosive 911 call where Kenya Moore spilled the tea about Porsha Williams‘ brutal attack. Grab your cup…..

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Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams were involved in a nasty fight during the "RHOA" reunion taping at The Biltmore Hotel last week.  Although Bravo and their RHOA castmates have been silent about what went down, the newly released 911 call sheds light on Kenya’s version of the story.

 

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According to Miss USA, the reigning Miss Underground Railroad (wearing a gold dress) attacked her on the 3rd floor of The Biltmore.  “I’ve just been assaulted…..She hit me in my head and was fighting me!  Hitting Me!" During the call, Kenya requested that the police be sent to the third floor.  

Hmmm…if Bravo has a no-violence policy, this could be the end of Porsha’s existence on RHOA.

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Listen to the dramatic call here:

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Cee Lo Green Replaced By Pharrell On NBC’s “The Voice” As He Fights Ecstasy Suit

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(AllHipHop News) Pharrell could be nearing the Guinness Book of World Records for most jobs in a calendar year. Today (March 31st), it was announced that Pharrell will replace Cee Lo Green on the seventh season of The Voice. 

The news comes a day after Cee Lo Green appeared in a Los Angeles court over accusations of spiking a woman’s drink with ecstasy back in July 2012. A preliminary hearing for the case is set for April 28t, near the end of season 6 of The Voice, his final season with the show.

The news was announced on the NBC show’s official Twitter account:

Okay, we can OFFICIALLY say it! WE ARE SO #HAPPY to announce PHARRELL WILLIAMS = #NewVoiceCoach for SEASON 7. pic.twitter.com/GayqbMeU1l

— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) March 31, 2014

During an interview on The Ellen Degeneres Show this past February, Cee Lo announced he would not return to The Voice. Cee Lo did not mention his legal troubles when explaining his reason for not returning, but instead places the blame on being on the show for too long:

I’m not coming back at all. I just don’t want to wear out my welcome there, you know what I’m saying? I have so many other things that I want to do. I haven’t released an album in four years. I’m almost done with my album.

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Benzino’s Nephew Pleads Not Guilty + Claims He Shot His Uncle In Self-Defense

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(AllHipHop News) The plot thickens. Today (March 31st), a day after Benzino was allegedly shot by his nephew Gai Scott during Benzino’s mother’s funeral procession, Gai Scott appeared in court and rendered a not guilty plea while claiming self-defense.

Gai Scott appeared in Plymouth District Court earlier today and faced a charged of armed assault with the intent to murder. Scott’s attorney Jon Ciraulo rendered the verdict of not guilty on his client’s behalf and informed The Boston Globe that Scott’s actions were in self-defense:

When the dust settles, this case will be shown to be self-defense

Benzino’s attorney  Martin K. Leppo responded to Gai Scott’s self defense claims by stating that Gai Scott shooting six shots into Benzino’s car and then chasing him down the highway “doesn’t sound like self-defense to me.’

The cause of the shooting has been reportedly linked to family issues over the management of Bezino’s mother’s land. Maureen Scott, Benzino’s sister and Gai Scott’s mother, had her attorney  Christopher B. Coughlin relay her disapproval of Benzino’s actions and makes accusations of ulterior promotional motives for Benzino:

My client and his family, including Maureen [Scott] vehemently deny any accusations that Benzino is making. I would suggest that he [the uncle] has an agenda in utilizing and self-promoting at this time.

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Nick Cannon Responds To “Whiteface” Criticism, Says It’s All In Fun + Deets On Michael Jackson’s NEW Album “XSCAPE”

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Nick Cannon has responded to the negative “whiteface” backlash and there’s new music on the way from the legendary Michael Jackson.  More  inside…

Before his appearance on "GMA", "AGT" host Nick Cannon was spotted showing off his ridiculously dyed leopard while posing with his personal umbrella holder. 

He stopped by the morning program to respond to the negative backlash he’s received of himself in “whiteface.”  You’ll recall that we reported on the pics, which he used to promote the release of his new album “White People Party Music” (in stores April 1st).

During the GMA interview, Nick said the stunt came from a good place and was meant to be funny.

"Whiteface, if you look it up and Google it, it’s a ski slope up in upstate New York. I don’t really know what that is….Blackface is a term that was created in 1869 to describe offensive minstrel shows. I was doing a character impression. Blackface is about oppression. If you really want to have that conversation, we can have conversation.

He added:

"To me, this was to have fun and to put it out there. Yes, we have issues with race in this country and this world but it doesn’t have to be about hatred. [The new album is] "a bunch of stuff that’s probably going to cause controversy but it all comes from a good place,"

Check the interview below:

 

Thoughts?

 

In music news…

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Good news for MJ fans! Brand new music from Michael Jackson will be released on a long awaited album titled XSCAPE. The upcoming album will debut May 13th and is being released by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson.

Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid (who served as executive producer) teamed up with top producers to “contemporize” songs from MJ’s enormous musical archive. A press release revealed that L.A. was granted unlimited access to four decades of material that MJ worked on before his untimely death.

Hit producers Timbaland (the album’s lead producer), Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain are among the names who "contemporized" MJ’s songs to add a fresh sound.

XSCAPE will feature eight new, never-heard-before tracks and will also include a deluxe edition, which will include the original recordings, by Michael Jackson. In the past, MJ chose album titles from a song on the album and used only one word titles. As a tribute to his album naming process, his new album XSCAPE followed the same pattern.

XSCAPE will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow (April 1st) on iTunes and MichaelJackson.com. It will be available at all retailers worldwide on May 13th.

 

Photos: Splash
 

 

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Pras: Lauryn Hill Broke Down In Tears The First Time She Recorded “Ready Or Not”

Posted by | Posted in Da Game and Industry News | Posted on 31-03-2014

(AllHipHop News) Whether a 21 year old Lauryn Hill was ready for an emotional outburst or not, those tears came. According to former bandmate Pras, Hill broke down in tears and eventually rejoined The Fugees after initially recording the hook for the hit “Ready or Not”.

During his interview with Billboard Pras revealed that The Fugees had disbanded before their 1996 career defining sophomore album The Score was finished being recorded. Her hook on “Ready or Not” was intended to be Hill’s final contribution as member of The Fugees, until emotions took over:

She calls me and says, ‘Listen, I’m going to come down to the studio and I’m going to lay down a reference for you guys, a hook. I give you permission to use my hook, my voice, but I don’t want to be a part of this group anymore.’ I said, ‘Fair enough. No problem.’ She said, ‘Make sure certain people are not around when I’m there.’ I said, ‘No problem.’ She’s laying the reference for ‘Ready Or Not’ and then she goes into the bridge and she’s crying. I see her crying. She stops and says, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’ and leaves. A couple months later she re-joins the group.

The Fugees’ The Score went on to win the 1997 Gramm Award for Best Rap Album and sold over 17 million records woldwide. The group disbanded in 1997.

 

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