By Sowmya Krishnamurthy Two of music’s biggest acts will join forces on music’s biggest night. Kendrick Lamar is gearing up for a huge Grammy performance with Imagine Dragons. Kendrick, who has seven Grammy nominations, will take the stage with rock band (and live percussion maniacs) Imagine Dragons, who are nominated for record of the year and best rock performance, according the NY Times . Unlike past years, it seems that hip-hop is set to dominate the awards show .
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(Pusha and Pharrell performing together earlier this year) By Sowmya Krishnamurthy Clipse fans get excited. Pusha T is officially heading into the studio with The Neptunes for his next album. Miss Info shares that King Push let the cat out of the bag during Apple’s latest “Meet The Musician” series yesterday in New York. “On January 2nd, me, Pharrell and Chad are going in the studio for 20 days.
(Vic Mensa, A$AP Rocky and Bun B get the cypher going on “RapFix Live”) “RapFix Live” viewers know by now that it’s tradition to wrap each show with a freestyle (or freestyles), so we decided to cap off a monster year with a full blown cypher session. On Wednesday (December 18) we’ll have almost 30 rappers live in the studio to kick some of their best verses off the top–no questions asked, just good ol’ fashioned rapping. Guests will include Hopsin, Pro Era and Joey BadA$$, Troy Ave and his BSB crew, plus Vado, Chris Webby, Lantana, Dee-1, Oun-P and more. Not to mention that DJ Statik Selektah will be on hand to supply the artists with original beats for the cypher.
By Sowmya Krishnamurthy Rick Ross has worked with some of pop’s biggest starsm including Mariah Carey and Usher, but not even the Bawse was prepared for Lady Gaga . The Maybach Music Group honcho is jumping on the remix to Gaga’s current single “Do What U Want” and spoke to Rap-Up about the amazing opportunity. “For me to get to collab with her, that was a big one for the boss,” said Rozay about the yet-to-be-released track.
Agallah is dropping an EP with Alchemist soon called Past and Present on the first day of 2014, and this new leak featuring Roc Marciano is slated to be on there. Agallah has always been a beast both on the boards and with the words, so it’s only right that he hook up with rapper/producer extraordinaire Roc Marciano. Listen up below and roast a blunt to it. — Max Weinstein
DFSA Beyoncé’s takeover of the music world and blogs isn’t letting up anytime soon. In fact, she’s just getting started. Today (Dec. 16), the diva blessed the Internet with a Vevo video version of her duet with hubby Jay Z.
Crystal Hunt — who played Lizzie Spaulding on “Guiding Light” — was arrested Friday night in L.A. … after she allegedly broke a glass over a girls face during a heated bar room showdown …
A new tribute song to the historical impact of Nelson Mandela comes from London-based musician King Charles, titled “Lov Madiba.” The powerful melody features lyrics from Katie Melua and the Noisettes vocalist, Shingai Shoniwa. “Nelson Mandela has always been very close to my heart because my father was born and bred in the South African farmland, was at school during Mandela’s trial and became very active at University of the Witwatersrand as president of the student union in staunch opposition to the ruling apartheid regime,” King Charles said, whose father was a former South African student activist. “I think it’s one of the great privileges of our lifetime to have shared a lifetime with Mandela and I would like to do all I can to keep his legacy very active,” the former band member of Adventure Playground also mentioned. “I think there is power in singing and shouting the name of freedom, and it is a role I think I can play in a very relevant struggle.” The net proceeds of this single will benefit Nelson Mandela’s Children Fund, founded by the poignant leader himself
Vado is putting the finishing touches on an upcoming EP dubbed Sinatra . For the first single, Ricky Rozay and French Montana slide all over his thugged out single, “Look Me In My Eyes.” The Harlem rapper was recently out in Miami shooting the video, which is set to drop next week.
By Sowmya Krishnamurthy with reporting by Sway Calloway It’s all Detroit love for Danny Brown and Eminem . During his visit to “RapFix Live” on Wednesday (December 11) Danny explained that he bonded with the “8 Mile” native over a discussion about their hometown, incidentally while the two were overseas in Brussels. “We kicked it one time and we pretty much talked about Detroit the whole time.” Danny explained. Aside from being from the same town, Danny and Eminem also share the same management team with Paul Rosenberg and Goliath Management. So, what was the elusive Eminem like in person?
Has J. Cole really put a ring on it? The Roc Nation rapper has addressed his longtime relationship with college sweetheart Melissa Heholt in previous interviews, never revealing too many personal details, but this week reports are claiming that Cole might’ve made it official with his girl. Read the full story at MTV News.
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