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No rapper publicity stunt is complete without new music. Roughly a week after publicly proposing to Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled drops this not so subtle track, with ironically includes Ms. Minaj. The track isn’t memorable, put it’ll serve the purpose of keeping this creepy infatuation a topic of conversation at least a few more days.


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From ’95 through now, DJ Khaled has been rocking with Cash Money. Well, not really, but you’ll get the theme of sticking with the people who brought you success from this new video for “No New Friends.” The clip also features the infamous outfit and pose that inspired so many Drake memes earlier this month. “No New Friends” will be included on Khaled’s upcoming album Suffering From Success.

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A better title for this track is “Drake and friends” since Drizzy’s blueprint is all over these proceedings. Drake handles the chorus and provides the best verse as well. Wayne sounds like he’s still shaking off the effects of his recent health scare, Ross is merely serviceable, and Future is thrown in randomly in the closing minute. Not an immediate smash guest spot like Drake did for Khaled with “I’m On One” a few years back, but this is still solid.

DJ Khaled wisely eliminates his usual bombastic adlibs for this somber ode to the unforgiving mistress that is Hip-Hop culture. Both Scarface and Nas use personification to paint Hip-Hop as a woman they’re still struggling to love. Nas’ verse is a little craftier as he incorporates media outlets like The Source, WorldStarHipHop and Vibe to enrich his point while Scarface utilizes heavier emotion in his voice to translate the pain of his rollercoaster love affair with Hip-Hop. This track will be included on Khaled’s Kiss the Ring album, due out August 21.

DJ KHALED X SCARFACE X NAS X DJ PREMIER “HIP-HOP”


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“MAKING OF” FEATURE

You might as well call this track “Niggas In Paris (Extended Mix).” “Theraflu” has the same bounce thump of the signature Throne single and Ye pretty much retains the same rich asshole persona. There’s some real slick lines here. Amber Rose is still on his mind (“The whole industry wants to fuck your old chick…”) and he acknowledges her fiancée with a surprise compliment (“Only nigga I got respect for is Wiz”). Another past flame, Kim Kardashian, is name-dropped with West admitting his love for her was shunned due to her Kris Humphries engagement. Humorously, Humphries doesn’t get the favorable bar that Wiz received (“Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop him from the team…”).

The best thing about this song? DJ Khaled keeps his ablibs confined to the beginning.

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Nasir Jones brought his 38th birthday in with style last night with a small circle of celebrities at New York City’s Catch. Former rival Jay-Z showed up to show support, which hopefully is a good indicator we’ll get some more collaborations from them. Other celebrities included Steve Stoute, Common, Ne-Yo, DJ Khaled, Zoe Saldana, Tyson Beckford and AZ. On Twitter, Premier said he and Nas spoke extensively on a plan for the new album. Overall it looked like a nice, low-key celebration.

The 2011 BET Awards are in the books. With events like this, the music is unfortunately secondary. However, the show provided some standout performances that shouldn’t be overlooked in light of the fashion gaffes and other head-shaking moments that have come to characterize any BET live event. Let’s get right into it.

ALICIA KEYS

Ms. Keys doesn’t have any new music to promote, so she went with performing some of her old hits, starting off with a Bruno Mars duet version of “A Woman’s Worth.” Bruno Mars vocals were better than Alicia’s, but he didn’t blow her off the stage. Rick Ross popped in randomly for a quick medley of “Maybach Music 2″ before Keys went into “Fallin’.” Maybe she didn’t have much time to prepare, but the overall feel of the performance was very ho-hum and mailed in.

GRADE- C

CHRIS BROWN

Breezy also took to the medley format for his catalogue. For all his embarrassing personal moments, Brown’s a natural performer, so the dancing and showmanship was there. Busta’s a natural on stage and got the crowd going with his frenetic verse on “Look At Me Now.” Aside from some of the vocals being garbled because of breath control, not too much to complain about here.

GRADE- B

AFTER 7 & THE FIVE HEARTBEATS

I bet you a lot of people there thought the Five Heartbeats were a real group. This was a nice nod to the 90s and After 7 always comes correct with their vocals. Being that it was BET, I was half-expecting them to be funny and have Michael Wright’s unstable character Eddie Keane do something crazy.

GRADE- B+

JILL SCOTT “ROLLING HILLS”

I thank the music gods for Jill Scott. Her talent would excel in any era, as evidenced by this period performance of “Rolling Hills,” off her new album The Light of the Sun. Jill looked radiant and her voice was vibrant and clear. Appreciate her talent while she’s here.

GRADE – A

MARY J. BLIGE

When the image of her magnum opus My Life flashed in the background, I knew I wouldn’t have many complaints. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul kicked off her set with a nice rendition of her Mary Jane Girls-inspired “All Night Long.” Hearing this, “Joy,” and “Real Love” again was a reminder of how far a lot of R&B has fallen these days. But the best moment was Mary bringing out Anita Baker for a duet of “Caught Up in the Rapture.” Who would’ve thought their vocals would compliment each other so well? Having Khaled come on after Baker was a mood killer, but it’s minor complaint.

GRADE- A-

BET MEMORIAL TRIBUTE

BET has taken a lot of hits over the last few years for messing up tributes at award shows. This time, they got it right. Everyone got covered from the recently deceased M-Bone of Cali Swag District, to Teena Marie and Gil Scott Heron. Every one was paid tribute by one of their peers. The censors ruined Warren G and Snoop Dogg’s “Regulate,” but made up for it when Queen Latifah delivered a flawless rendition of Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” That poem is one that requires precise phrasing and delivery. Latifah didn’t miss a beat, and the classic work had a whole new power and perspective coming from the voice of a woman. Ledisi was absolutely phenomenal performing Teena Marie’s “Out On a Limb.” If you weren’t watching the screen, you’d swear it was Marie singing that track in the beginning. Well done.

GRADE- A

TREY SONGZ AND KELLY ROWLAND

With a new hit song under her belt, Kelly Ro has her best chance to truly step into a spotlight of her own. Not sure what she was thinking with the church hat, as the audience needed to see more of her face. The raunchiness here was for the most part PG-13.

GRADE- B

CHERRELLE AND ALEXANDER O’NEAL

Don’t know if Alexander O’Neal was tipsy, but he was pretty much out of it for this entire song. Cherrelle looked great and held things down vocally. Classic song and a surprise moment. I’m sure a lot of households were grooving when this hit.

GRADE- C+

BIG SEAN & CHRIS BROWN

Not great, but not horrible either.  This was just an overall average set with nothing to distinguish it from the evening’s other proceedings.

GRADE- C

PATTI LABELLE TRIBUTE

This fool Ceelo had Patti’s mannerism’s down! What a way to kick off a tribute. Only Ceelo… Looking like a young Angela Bofill, Marsha Ambrosius did an excellent job performing “If Only You Knew,” causing Ms. LaBelle to later state that Marsha was a “bad heffa.” Shirley Ceasar amazingly one-upped Ceelo’s outfit, showing that secular folks have nothing on the anointed when it comes to fashion. Those who are familiar with Patti and Shirley’s music know they’re kindred spirits when it comes to singing spasms. With that said, I’m surprised Fantasia did get an invite.

GRADE- A

BEYONCE

When you talk about live performing and singing, Beyonce remains unrivaled. You never hear her vocals sound winded even after dance routines. That lets you know she’s in real shape, not just comestically. Bey wasn’t even in the country, having her Glastonbury performance streamed over for BET. C’mon Beyonce, you could have at least let little sister Kelly Rowland have the BET Awards.

GRADE- A

DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE, RICK ROSS & LIL WAYNE

No clue why this ended the telecast. After Beyonce, the show’s over.

GRADE- C

THE POWER OF THE BOOTY

Despite the good performances, the talk of the show on Twitter was former 106 & Park host Free’s stunning backside. In my own household, even my woman was in awe. Those of us who kept track of Hip-Hop in the early 2000s were well acquainted with Free’s assets, but natural age and weight has made her even more voluptuous. The thickness appreciation talk even extended to gospel singers Mary Mary and actress Tracee Ellis Ross. It got so bad that while handling post-show interviews, BET made sure that Free was seated for most of the segments. Who’d have thought an ass discussion in Hip-Hop would happen with Nicki Minaj being an afterthought? The lesson? Never underestimate the power of the booty.

“I’m just feeling the throne is for the taking…”

Taking Talib Kweli’s song title aside, we all know Khaled’s formula when it comes to posse cuts. Either you hate or love them. This one, while still lively, is a lot more subdued and much less sonorous than tracks like “I’m So Hood.” The production, reportedly done by 40, suits Drake’s rapper-singer style perfectly. Ross carries it good as well. The only “weak link” here is Lil Wayne, who sounds jet-lagged or like he just rolled out of bed. You’ll also note that there’s thankfully no Khaled screaming on this one.

DJ KHALED X DRAKE X LIL WAYNE X RICK ROSS “I’M ON ONE”


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Decades ago, an unknown individual in boxing connected the dots between the allure of sex and violence. His eureka moment resulted in him adding beautiful women, who’d come to be known as ring card girls, as brief interludes between the rounds of boxing matches. If this DJ Khaled and Trae the Truth clip is any indication, another person has evolved that concept further. A Houston, Texas strip club, The All New High Rollers, is now offering boxing as a brief interlude between your lap dances and pole-dance gawking. In this clip, you can see a smaller guy doing his best Sam Langford impersonation by laying out a much larger opponent with two nasty knockdowns.

As humorous as this is on many levels, unsupervised bouts are only a laughing matter until someone gets seriously hurt. I didn’t see a doctor in sight. And why would there be; the ring had the same crude set-up that the old timers engaged in back in the late 1800s. Luckily, the defeated man’s girlfriend stepped in before things got really out of hand.

Khaled showed some funny post-fight interviewing skills as well.

Video game distributor Konami has revealed more names and songs for its anticipated “Def Jam Rapstar” title.

The game, which was first announced last year and displayed at the 2010 E3 conference, puts a microphone in the player’s hand and allows them to give their best karaoke rendition of classic and current Hip-Hop tracks. The title also utilizes Playstation’s Eye and Xbox’s Live Vision cameras to ensure the entire performance is evaluated before a score is determined.

The developers 4mm Studios and Terminal Reality have placed a huge focus on the game’s social networking aspects. Other gamers will be allowed to vote on your performances which will be chronicled on a Billboard-styled chart. The stat prize feature awards badges that can be sported on a player’s profile. In addition, theses accolades will be viewable by area code to allow players to verify the best performers in their region.

“Def Jam Rapstar” boasts 45 songs spanning Hip-Hop history from artists such as Ice Cube (“It Was a Good Day”), Nas (“Hate Me Now”), Public Enemy (“Fight the Power”), Diddy (“It’s All About the Benjamins”), Pete Rock & CL Smooth (“T.R.O.Y.”) and Drake (“Best I Ever Had”). Original instrumentals from producers DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Danja and others will be available for gamers to record original rhymes over.

The total list of confirmed tracks can be viewed at http://defjamrapstar.com/def-jam-rapstar.

“Def Jam Rapstar” will be available October 5th on the Playstation3, Xbox 360 and Wii consoles.