I have to admit! This one grew on me! After weeks of teasers and previews, Nicki Minaj finally releases the full video to her current single “Pills N Potions”. In the simple yet artistic Diane Martel directed video, Nicki shows a more venerable side that we haven’t seen before. While Nicki teamed up with rappers Lil Wayne, Drake and Nas in previous videos, LA The Game plays the femcee’s love interest! The video is very nice and I actually think it’s Nicki’s best video yet! “I really wanted to experiment with the third album, but I wanted to still marry my old energy with a new sound”, Nicki explained on her forthcoming Pink Print album. Nicki Minaj’s The Pink Print is due for release later this year. “Pills N Potions” premieres on Monday! Until then check out Nicki Minaj’s “Pills N Potions” below!
Last month, Usher made his return to the music scene with his current single “Good Kisser“. Usher picks up the pace on the remix with Maybach Music rapper Rick Ross who adds a verse of his own! Usher’s ninth studio album is currently in the works and slated for release this fall! Producers have compared the music off the new album to Usher’s iconic 2004 album Confessions. I’m looking forward to some new Usher music, especially if it’s heavily R&B inspired! Once again, there’s a lot of artist trying to claim the summer! Will it be Usher? Check out the teaser to Usher’s “Good Kisser (Remix) ft. Rick Ross below!
This morning I wrote the article “Pop Stars To Porn Stars: The Toxic Popcorn Female Artists Serve Today!” which explored the sexualization of music and the affect female artists have on both our culture and society. My friend, Katherine, decided she’d add a little female perspective to the blog with her new segment, “The Sitch”. Check out what Katherine had to say about the topic below! What’s the sitch?:
Miley Cyrus has come to an identity crisis! The female no longer has morals and unfortunately has no clue whom she wants to be. One day she’s a Disney channel star who states she’ll never do drugs, the next day she’s shaking what she thinks is an ass, raping about getting high off some “purp”. I mean if she started off as this kind of an artist, No one would question her. However, she didn’t -she started off as a role model to young girls who still look up to her. Get it together Molly! As far as Rihanna, she’s the “good girl, gone bad”. What she’s doing doesn’t come as much of a surprise. She once stated being a role model isn’t what she signed up for so people need to go somewhere with that! Although I think it was a definite force to be practically naked at the FCDA Awards, leaving no room for imagination on the LUI magazine cover, Rihanna has always been over the top and regardless fans will love her for it. However, I do predict she will be “washed up” sooner than you expect! Moving on . . . Beyoncé has a way better way of being sexy. Most underage kids have no idea who Monica Lewinski is and what that means, so it’s more acceptable plus she has never carried herself in an untasteful manner. Its music she’s suppose to cross the line sometimes so Yonce can ride out in my book. Marylin Monroe once said, “Well behaved woman rarely make history”; a statement perfectly exemplified by these 3 women. [K.B*]
And that’s where it all started, with Marilyn Monroe . . . let that simmer! There’s your sitch! What do you guys think? Sound of in the comments below!
Rihanna – “Pour It Up”
Remember the guy that brought us “Gangnam Style” over two-years ago? Yeah, well he might seem like a one-hit wonder but he’s averaging a hit per year. Last year the Korean rapper broke records when his follow-up track “Gentleman” peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Most recently Psy set a the record for first video with 2 billion views on Youtube with his debut track! Today the Korean rapper teams up with Snoop Dogg for his new track “Hangover”. “Hangover” is another one of Psy’s techno-pop tracks that will get stuck in your head instantly! Although this isn’t Psy official track (with his actual single “Summer” coming soon), I think adding Snoop gives this one a little flavor that will benefit the promo! Do you think Psy can break records with a hang over? Don’t party too hard! Check out Psy’s “Hangover” ft. Snoop Dogg below!
Last week, I was at work reading a few articles online when I came across the “Not-Safe-For-Work” (NSFW) photo of Miley at her Bangerz World tour that left me thinking, “Damn! Miley Cyrus is busting it wide open!” Last week Rihanna stirred controversy when she showed up to the CDFA Awards nearly naked! She then slammed TLC members, who dissed her, for being hypocrites because they did the same thing over a decade ago! Unfortunately in our society, sex is everything and has become a dominant factor in the advertising and marketing of all things- including music. I mean what would music be without sex? It’s been a part of the culture for years! However, the stunts that today’s female artists and idols are pulling are ridiculous and tiresome! We have Miley Cyrus giving blow-up dolls head on stage, Rihanna posing nude on the cover of magazines and Beyonce singing about getting ‘Monica Lewinski all over her gown’! Yeah its fun, it’s sexy and pushes the envelope but what are we saying to the younger generation? It’s what they’re calling “toxic popcorn”! It’s unfortunate that the Rihanna’s and Miley’s are today’s idols! Just last week, Forbes declared Beyonce the most influential woman of the year! If you asked a girl today whom she aspires to be, Michelle Obama, the late Maya Angelo or Beyonce, what do you think she’s going to say? What do you say? We can pretend the effects of this toxic“popcorn” on or society are invisible but in due time we’ll see the ever-lasting influence it will have on our culture! What are your views on the controversial topic? I’m going to leave this one open! Enjoy a fresh batch of “pop-porn” below!
Beyonce – “Partition”
Last week Justin Bieber was in hot water when TMZ released a video of the then 15-year old pop-singer dishing out racial slurs and offensive comments. I didn’t pay much attention to it because TMZ black mailed him, releasing the video years after they received it! Also, Justin Bieber isn’t racist! We know this! We know whom he gets in trouble with! We know who his friends are! At the end of the day, it was wrong and he’s stupid for letting anyone record it but get over it! Let the kid live! After releasing the statement,
“As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance. Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended.”
Justin Bieber has decided to “wash his sins away” by getting baptized or should I say bath-tized. The 20-year old Canadian singer was baptized this past weekend in a bath tub because every time he attended a church, his cover was blown and he wanted to keep it on the down-low! A source describes the event as part of his reconnection with Christianity, which is real good! Hopefully, Bieber’s baptism will lead to less trouble and more music! Let’s keep this one in our prayers! Check out Justin Bieber’s “Looking For You” below!
Yesterday Kanye West celebrated his first birthday as a married man! The controversial and ever-influential ‘Yeezus’ rapper turned 37! Kim Kardashian showcased her love for her new husband tweeting, “Happy Birthday to my husband and best friend in the entire world! You have changed my life in more ways than you know! The way you look at life inspires me! I love you so much!!” Kim continued to celebrate her man’s birthday, posting a picture of a huge, fossilized, ‘Yeezus’ cake. You have to admit, Kim and Kanye or even better Kimye, are real cute! They inspire me to find true love . . . kinda! While there’s not much word on a follow-up album, Kanye West is definitely preparing for a comeback. Also, contrary to belief, Kim Kardashian is still working, even if you believed she didn’t’’t before! While reports say that Kim Kardashian West is retiring from reality TV, the Kardashian sisters are currently taping their spin-off, ‘Kourtney & Khloe Take The Hamptons’ which will include Kim! There’s no stopping this power-couple! Let’s go back to beginning with Kanye’s “All Falls Down” below!
Excitingly, Chris Brown has finally been released from jail! A few days after his release, girlfriend Karrueche Tran and friends throw the “Loyal” singer a homecoming party. TMZ being TMZ, caught every moment outside of the Malibu mansion party. Artists that attended included Amber Rose, Big Sean, Tyga, T Pain, numerous friends and Lindsey Lohan, who didn’t quite make it inside! Chris Brown has been in trouble for a while now and he’s currently trying to start fresh and clean. Breezy has stated that he would like to focus on his anticipated album X. I’m glad that Chris Brown is out and has good friends that support him! I’m looking forward to more music from Chris in the near future! Check out the exclusive photos and video from the homecoming below!
TMZ at Chris Brown’s Homecoming Party
A couple days ago I came across a TLC interview where T Boz and Chile were asked about artists that use sex to sell their albums. This was of course asked with Rihanna’s CFDA stunt in mind. T Boz didn’t hold back answering, “Everytime I see you, you don’t have to be naked. And it’s hard for us to say anything ’cause any time we say something, it’s ‘TLC, oh they must be jealous!’ First of all, let me say this. It is what it is. I call a spade a spade, okay? We sold and became the biggest girl selling group of all time, with our clothes on. That says a lot. It’s easy to sell sex. We can go around with boobie cakes [breasts] all day long. They’re small. We don’t have a lot, but they’re still boobie cakes!” All I thought when I read the article was ‘This is not going to sit well with RiRi’. Known for her cyber bullying (it is what is), the singer changed her twitter profile picture to an old picture of TLC exposing their breast in a photo shoot. “Phuk what an old thot gott say”, she tweeted.
Sheesh! Rihanna has no remorse! However, it’s what they’re calling “Porn Pop” that artists such as Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are selling today! In my opinion, I understand that sex is a huge part of entertainment, it’s been like that for years and it’s not going to change. However, it sucks that young girls look up to these women who are living their lives in such ways as role models. This is where parenting comes in . . . I’m going to continue on this topic in another article. I’m looking forward to hearing your opinion! Check out TLC interview below!
New Music: Rick Ross – “Finals 2″ ft. Wale, Gun Play, Rockie Fresh, Fat Trel , Tracy T & French Montana
Last night Rick Ross dropped the sequel track to his 2011 track “Finals” ft. Gun Play and Meek Mill. This time Rozay hits up Maybach Music Group artists such as Wale, Gun Play, Rockie Fresh, Fat Trel, Tracy T and French Montana! The track is fire and I guess it’s appropriate for the NBA Finals. This reminds me, I have interview footage with Fat Trel from YG’s ‘My Krazy Life’ tour . . . I should be dropping it soon! Also, a follow-up to Meek Mills “Dreams Worth More Than Money” is coming soon! Until then check out Rick Ross’ “Finals 2″ ft. the MMG All Stars below!