Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rapper Prodigy of NYC Rap Duo Mobb Deep Dies

New York rapper Prodigy, one half of the influential rap duo Mobb Deep, has died at 42 years old.
The cause of death has not yet been released, but the Queens rapper has been long suffering from sickle cell anemia.
Prodigy was in Las Vegas for a Mob Deep show.

According to CNN, Prodigy was born Albert Johnson, the rapper's family had a storied history.
His great-great-great-grandfather, William Jefferson White, founded Georgia's Morehouse College in the basement of his Baptist church.
His grandfather, Albert "Budd" Johnson, was a saxophonist and clarinetist for Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.
Johnson met fellow Queens, New York native Kejuan Muchita when they were both freshman at Manhattan's High School of Art and Design.
The pair bonded over their shared love of hip hop and formed Mobb Deep. Johnson took the moniker Prodigy, while Muchita chose the performance name Havoc.
They scored a record deal as teens and released the album "Juvenile Hell" in 1993.
The project didn't generate much buzz, but the duo found more success with their sophomore album "The Infamous."
With its gritty rhymes and contributions by the artists Nas and Raekwon, the album helped launch Mobb Deep to the top of the hardcore, hip hop ladder.

Mobb Deep was famously involved in the mid-90s East Coast/ West Coast beef. Tupac mentions them in Hit Em Up even addressing Prodigy's illness.
Rappers from all walks of life took to social media to express their condolences to the artist who paved the way for many.
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Hire Surrogate

If you all saw the last season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, you remember Kim was adamant about having a third child.
However, due to complications from her previous pregnancies, having a child herself would be too dangerous.
Scared to hire a surrogate, Kim even ran the idea past her little sis, Khloe.
In the end, Kim wasn't sure if she wanted to hire one and Khloe told us she'd want kids with boo Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers but not lend her womb to Kimye. Turns out, even Chrissy Teigen offered to be a surrogate for the reality star.
Thus, here we are....the Kards set the scene for today's news confirmed by People magazine that Kim and Kanye have hired a surrogate.
The price? $114,000 roughly.
According to TMZ, this is the breakdown:
o Kim and Kanye have found a surrogate through an agency and agreed to pay the following:
-- $45,000 in 10, $4,500 monthly installments
-- If there are multiples, the surrogate gets $5k for each additional kid
-- If the surrogate loses reproductive organs, she gets $4,000
Kim and Kanye are also required to deposit $68,850 with the agency.

Not junk change, but is it enough to hold a well-known couple's baby for 9+ months?
It's still unclear if the surrogate is pregnant right now and if she hasn't started....when's her first day of work?
The couple already has 4 year-old North and 18 month old Saint.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kim Kardashian to Debut Contour Kit

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Kim Kardashian and beauty go hand in hand.
Since Keeping Up with the Kardashians debuted in 2007, we've all wanted to emulate her look. Everything from the cascading long-black locks blown out to perfection, her perfectly arched brows and her contour.
Whether you like her or not, her makeup has inspired looks for the past decade and who can blame her? She's gorgeous and she's constantly killing the makeup game and it's no secret that she's finally taking the reigns and coming out with her own beauty line, KKW beauty.
We've seen her build her fragrance empire, then collaborate with her sisters for Kardashian Beauty (previously known as Kardashian Khroma). Then baby sister, Kylie, burst on the scene with her lipkits, eye kits, highlighters, etc.

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Well, now it's Kimmy's turn.
We got a hint of this with her collab with Kylie for a lipkit back in April.
Kim's debut product? A contour and hilight kit, of course!
On June 21st, Kim will launch 4 creme contour and hilight kits in light, medium, dark and deep dark. Every kit comes with a dual end blending brush and sponge. Each kit will set you back about $48.
According to the LA Times, "Industry sources expect that KKW will blow through the reported 300,000 units that were produced of her $48 Creme Contour & Highlight Kit in less than five minutes, amassing $14.4 million in sales."

No bad, not bad at all.
Are you going to cop the new kit?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Throwback Monday

                                One of my favorite Jay Z songs. This week's throwback is in honor of the Carter twins being born and the upcoming release of 4:44.

Beyonce and Jay Z's Twins are Here!

Instagram: @beyonce

Like many of us Beyhive members, we've been scouring through Beyonce, Miss Tina and Solange's social media accounts for SOME photos or some confirmation from the family of the long-awaited arrival of the Carter twins.
Are they fraternal?

Various media reports confirmed the birth via sources and visitors to the Los Angeles hospital with pink and blue balloons and presents....then grandpa Mathew Knowles finally confirmed.
I'm sure Bey loved that *insert eyeroll*
Instagram: @mrmathewknowles

TMZ reports that the twins were actually born on Monday, however the news was leaked on Saturday. TMZ says a " "minor issue' surfaced, and as a result..doctors do not feel comfortable releasing them." Sources say that Bey is okay, but no word on what the issue is and when she will be released.

Fans have been waiting on these widdles ones since Beyonce's Instagram announcement in February. Since then she's been killing the fashion game, rescheduled her Coachella appearance to 2018 and almost made us faint at the Grammys.

Here's hoping Bey and les twins have a speedy and safe recovery.
Can't wait to see the photos!!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Throwback Monday

                                               I felt this song was fitting tonight, since the Dubs have a chance to win it all! #GoWarriors

Friday, June 9, 2017

Jay Z and 4:44

We're all wondering what this 4:44 business is that Hov has been promoting lately online and on billboards on the West and East Coasts.
All it shows is 4:44 and Tidal in online code.
Conversations on Twitter went through all the possibilities.
Is this a visual album?
An actual album?
An album coming out on 4/44? As in April, 2044?
Well, we finally have our answers!
During the NBA Finals, we all got our answer.
Turns out it's possibly a movie starring Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyon'go and Danny Glover.
It's looks like some boxing movie.

Sprint's CEO posted this tweet to let people in on the secret.

The trailer shows Mahershala boxing in the gym with Danny Glover as his trainer.
At the end, the clip tells viewers to head to Which now shows 

So, basically TIDAL and Sprint have a partnership and it looks like so many cool exclusives are to come! Hov isn't a stranger to collaborating with other companies. Back in 2013 he partnered with Samsung to release his Magna Carta  album. The first million Samsung users to download a "Jay Z Magna Carta" app got a free digital copy of that album.
Earlier this year, Sprint announced they acquired a 33% stake in the music sharing site.

Here's to Bey and Jay continuing to make their dolla dolla bills. 

Taylor Swift Returns Spotify Same Day as Katy Perry's New Album Drops

I think they still have Bad Blood.
Once a critic of music sharing sites, Taylor Swift has returned to Spotify releasing her entire catalog of music.
About 2 1/2 years ago Swift pulled her work from the site because basically, she was all about the $crilla. She felt she could make more off of selling CDs than using Spotify.
Swift's management took to Twitter to make the announcement Thursday night.

However, the internet is wondering if Swift is making the drop because her nemesis Katy Perry's album Witness drops the SAME day.
Coincidence, or nah?
It's been no secret Swift and Perry have been on the outs for a few years following a dispute over each other's dancers.
Then Swift released Bad Blood. Perry responded by calling her A Regina George in sheep's clothing....then Kim Kardashian revealed Swift's duplicitous ways giving life to Perry and Swift's ex, Calvin Harris.
Perry then told James Corden during her Carpool Karaoke episode that Swift started the beef...then Perry released Swish Swish with Nicki Minaj which alluded to her throwing shade on Swift.
So now here we are, but aren't both sides kind of winning?
KatyCats get new music and the Swifties get their music back on Spotify.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

George Clooney and Wife Amal Welcome Twins

They're finally here!
George and Amal Clooney are now parents of twins!
The couple welcomed Ella and Alexander on Tuesday morning.
According to the Associated Press, "both children, born at a hospital in London, are 'happy, healthy and doing fine.' George is sedated and should recover in a few days."
Clooney, 56, and lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 39, married in 2014 in a lavish ceremony in Italy. These are the first children for both.
The couple had been living in London awaiting the birth of their babies.

Halle Berry Shuts Down Pregnancy Rumors

Over the weekend, photos of Halle Berry on the purple carpet of the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball raised some eyebrows.
Is she or isn't she pregnant?
If so, with who!?
After the internet tried to dissect these photos, Miss Berry took to instragram to post a killer selfie with the caption "Can a girl have some steak and fries?"

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Guess, the question is answered.

Ariana Grande Raises $13M for Manchester Attack Victims

It was a star-studded event all for a good cause.
A perfect example of resilience and to prove that in the end, love really does win. On Sunday, Ariana Grande returned to Manchester just weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured many others.
Just a day before the benefit, three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people nearby, which killed seven people and also injured many more.

Regardless of the evil taking place, Ariana along with Miley Cyrus,  Justin Bieber, Robbie Williams, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin of Coldplay, 1/2 of Oasis and many more united for the cause and the photos really are beautiful.
Katy Perry wore an ensemble showcasing the photos of each victim of the attack.

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Video Surfaces of Blue Ivy's Dance Recital and She's Definitely the Beyonce of the Class
It's totally there.
She's in the middle...doing her own thing in a room full of basics...Blue Ivy is definitely her mama.
The 5 year old daughter of Beyonce and Jay Z and soon-to-be big sis of those twin beybaes, Blue Ivy, was werkin' her ballet recital.

The performance was at Blue's school on Saturday and the routine was to Earth, Wind and Fire's September. TMZ released the video.
I wonder if Bey and Hov talked to the school about the leaked video tho?
Regardless, the Carters must be proud of their little Blue Blue.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Throwback Monday

                              Since I'm on a John Legend kick, but a little sad he didn't play this at the concert.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beyonce Celebrates Pregnancy with Star-Studded Push Party

Over the weekend Beyonce threw a star-studded bash celebrating the upcoming birth of her twins.
We still don't know the due date, but Matthew Knowles has reportedly said the babes are due in the next two weeks.
Looking at Beyonce's belly, we know it's coming up!
The mama-to-be looked fab in her African-inspired garb and intricate henna tattoo on her belly. She and husband, Jay Z, looked absolutely in love..making us forget how much we hated him when listening to Lemonade.
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This is supposedly Beyonce's second baby shower.
What is a Push Party? Well, it's basically an alternative to a baby shower. Many women feel after having their first child, there's really no need for another baby shower...but , I feel they should always have one!
This bash definitely looked amazing.
When are these bey-baes coming!?!

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Other stars in attendance were Serena Williams, who's expecting a baby of her own, Vanessa Bryant (Kobe's wife), Lala, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Lorraine Schwartz and many more.
Of course, mama Tina was in the house...she even did her own take of her older daughter's pic when she first revealed she was pregnant.
All guests had their own wraps and garb on while the African theme was all around them while music from late-Nigerian artist Fela Kuti played in the background.

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Manchester Police Arrest 23 Year Old Connected to Ariana Grande Concert Explosion

Police have named 22 year old, Salman Abedi, as the one who detonated the explosive.  Authorities say Abedi is a British man of Libyan origin. ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack. Ariana Grande has suspended her world tour.
Such sad news, I still can't wrap my head around it.
Early Tuesday morning,  Greater Manchester Police confirmed they arrested a 23 year old connected to the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert.
22 people died and dozens were injured following an alleged suicide bomber at the Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester.
As concert goers were leaving the show, an explosion was heard and madness ensued. It's being reported the lone attacker set off the explosive near the box office.
Regardless, of the 22 victims...many were children.
It sickens me that these young people just wanting to see their favorite pop star were witnesses to such a tragedy.
Since the explosion, Ariana took to twitter to express her condolences to the victims. I can't imagine, how as an artist, she feels about this.

Scooter Braun, Grande's manager issued the following statement on Twitter:

Since the attack, many celebs and musicians took to social media to express their condolences.

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Prayers to those affected by this tragedy.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Throwback Monday

                                   I almost forgot about this gem, until it was on the radio the other day. Have a good Monday!

Friday, May 19, 2017

DJ Khaled Surprises UC Berkeley Graduates with Surprise Performance

Graduation goals in full effect!
These statistics grads at UC Berkeley were surprised by a performance by the one and only DJ Khaled giving them the ultimate life.
But before that, the students were getting a commencement speech by Steve Stoute.
Stoute is well-known in the music industry, especially this graduation ceremony was already awesome...then it got even better!
Congrats Stats grads of 2017!
There's no other way to congratulate them on years of crunching numbers.

Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj Collab on "Swish Swish"

Instagram: @Katyperry

This new song for the KatyCats and Barbz has been giving me LIIIIIIFE all morning long.
The single dropped around midnight Friday for those who pre-ordered the Katy Perry's new album Witness . 
The duo teased the collab on social media and since the song's release everyone thinks Perry is targeting Taylor Swift while Nicki is obviously firing shots at Remy Ma....which I'm over.
Nicki, you lost boo...move on.

What do you guys think of the song?
Is this a pop-diss track?
Whatever it is, I'm a fan.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A$AP Rocky's Home Robbed of Over $1M

Instagram: @asaprocky
Another scary story, this time for rapper A$AP Rocky.
Late Tuesday evening, 3 suspects approached a female at the residence, believed to be his sister.
One of the men were armed and put a gun to the female's head and demanded she open the safe.
When she didn't know the combination, the thieves stole the safe itself.
They ended up dropping the safe on the sidewalk and leaving it behind.
Suspects got away with $1.5million in jewelry and other goods.
The female was not hurt.

A$AP's robbery comes just days after Realhousewives of New Jersey star, Dina Manzo was a victim of a home invasion at her boyfriend's place in New Jersey and about 7 months after Kim Kardashian West's robbery in Paris. A$AP is rumored to be dating Kim's little sis, Kendall Jenner.

Chris Brown awarded YouTube's Diamond Play Button

Instagram: @chrisbrownofficial 
Congratulations are in order for Chris Brown! He's received YouTube's Diamond Play Button acknowledging his channel's large following.
Team Breezy goes hard for their man and it shows. Brown's channel has 10 million subscribers.
Brown posted the letter on the 'gram as well as the award he got from the site, which is beautiful.
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I wonder if he'll put a chain on it and rock it around his neck.
I would.

Realhousewives of New Jersey Star Star Dina Manzo Bound & Beaten During Home Invasion

  • Instagram @dinamanzo/Celebrating my Audriana's 1st communion. ๐Ÿ™❤️ Dina Manzo's photo she posted on social media hours before the horrific attack.

Dina Manzo and boyfriend, David Cantin, have fled New Jersey following this past weekend's scary ordeal for the pair. The Realhousewives of New Jersey star and Cantin, a car dealership owner, were
  attacked during a home invasion in New Jersey Saturday night. Manzo was in town for the 1st communion of her goddaughter, Audriana Giudice, Teresa's daughter
Just as Manzo and Cantin, were returning to Cantin’s home, the couple walked in the front door and found two people in the home.
One of the two attacked Cantin with a baseball bat. The other punched Manzo in the face.
Manzo, 46, and Cantin, 37, were tied up as the suspects – who had their faces covered – continued their robbery, stealing cash and jewelry before taking off.
The two freed  themselves and called the police.
They were both taken to a hospital for treatment. Cantin suffered significant facial injuries including a broken nose. Manzo also suffered facial injuries.
Manzo splits time between California and New Jersey.