The Song: The Hieroglyphics crew has long been heralded as one of the most consistent, talented crews in hip-hop, and while the credit in nearly all rap crews goes to the rappers, each crew has its own unsung hero's operating outside of the public eye. For Hiero, that behind-the-scenes operator is producer/DJ DJ Touré, who is now stepping firmly into the limelight with the release of his own album, Touré's Theory: Session One. The album will be released July 17th, as a joint venture between Clear Label Records and Touré's own 101% Music. To celebrate the album announcement, Touré is excited to release the album's lead single, "She Like It," a track that features B-Legit and D-Lo. The song, co-produced by Grammy-winning producer Bobby Ozuna, has a classic West Coast bounce as Touré layers horn and guitar chops, a soulful concoction that manages to serve as a perfect match both for B-Legit's smooth baritone and D-Lo's frenetic, off-kilter flow. Touré made this track with a specific goal in mind: bringing together the old and new guards of Bay Area hip-hop. "My inspiration for this song was to bring different styles and generations of hip-hop together on one track," explains Touré. "B Legit and D Lo had never been on a record together, even though we're all from the Bay and know each other."
The Song: Few rappers, if any, can hold a candle to the influence and staying power of Kool Keith. The veteran emcee's career spans over two decades, beginning with the release of Ultramagnetic MCs' Critical Beatdown in 1988, and includes a string of heralded solo releases. With each of those projects the Bronx-born rapper has solidified himself as one of the most intriguing characters in music and now, his latest album, Love & Danger, will be released on June 5th via Junkadelic Music. Today, Kool Keith is excited to release the album's latest single, "Extra Thoughts," featuring The I.M.O. "Extra Thoughts," produced by DJ Junkaz Lou, is built over a minimalist kick-and-snare production, with accents of psychedelic blips, beeps, and chimes that keep things interesting. It's a perfect fit for Kool Keith, who delivers a laid-back, stream-of-consciousness flow on a topic that few others than Kool Keith would or could attempt. "This song is about the inspiration of thoughts," says Kool Keith, in a purposefully vague tone. "Thoughts come like a million basketballs dropping out of the sky, but its the extra thoughts that count."
In addition to the new single, Kool Keith recently sat down with VICE for an interview with the outlet's newly launched YouTube series, Noisey Rap Show. The show is hosted by Kool A.D. of Das Racist, who caught up with Kool Keith at the Sweetwater Tavern in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to discuss Keith's pioneering of horrorcore and pornocore, the dirtiest track Keith ever wrote, and so much more.
***Usher’s just released new single “Scream” is #1 Most Added at Rhythm & Top 40 Radio this week ***New single “Lemme See” impacts Urban Radio next week***
***Lead single "Climax," is Usher’s 12th #1 single, extending Usher's lead for the most No. 1s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs during the Nielsen Music era (since December 1992) according to Billboard Magazine.***
LOOKING 4 MYSELF TRACK LISTING
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Scream Climax I Care For U Show Me Lemme See (feat. Rick Ross) Twisted (feat. Pharrell) Dive What Happened To U Looking 4 Myself (feat. Luke Steele) Numb Lessons For The Lover Sins Of My Father Euphoria
DELUXE EDITION ALSO INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING FOUR TRACKS:
We know Michael Jackson is the King of Pop, but his legacy on the charts can soon be touched by, what most male adolescents define as, the modern “teenage dream.”
If au American pop diva Katy Perry keeps up the hard work, she’ll be celebrating with more than just fireworks. Though Michael Jackson is the only artist to ever have five number one Billboard Hot 100 hits from one album, that can all change soon as Katy is well on her way to the same position.
If Katy’s latest Teenage Dream single, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” hits the number one slot, this will be the first time any female accomplished this reign on the charts in 52-year history. Chances for the latest single hitting the top spot are very high. The single, which jumped 27-spots in a week, currently sits at number four.
If “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” joins the top hits gang, it will be amongst Katy’s previous top Teenage Dream singles, “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg, “Teenage Dream,” “Firework” and “E.T.,” featuring Kanye West.
Jackson’s five number ones from the Bad album are “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana.” ---Shabazz
(AllHipHop News) Atlanta rap Star Ludacris will hit the stage tonight (June 8th) during a performance at the CMT Awards with country singer Jason Aldean. Ludacris will debut a new second verse of Aldean's hit single "Dirt Road Anthem" during the performance. The CMT Music Awards, which are being hosted by rock/rapper Kid Rock, airs tonight at 8:00 PM EST.
Rapper Ja Rule surrendered to prison officials at Rikers Island today (June 8th), to begin a 2 1/2 year prison bid for possessing a handgun. Today, just before he turned himself in Ja Rule sent one last message to his Twitter followers. "Out on my patio having my last free moment I love all my fans Pain is love!!!" Ja Rule tweeted. The rapper will serve most of his time in an upstate correctional facility in New York.
Rappers Eminem and Royce Da 5'9 have released the first video from their Bad Meet Evil project. The video for "Fast Lane" features the duo in a heavily animated video, that was directed by Syndrome. The video, which was shot in Detroit, debuted earlier today (June 8th).Bad Meets Evil's EP Hell: The Sequel, is due in stores on June 14th. Check out the video below:
TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS Yemen’s Saleh flies to Saudi Arabia President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure raised the prospect that a key U.S. ally in the fight against al-Qaeda had lost his grip on a nation tumbling into chaos. (By Ernesto Londono and Sudarsan Raghavan)
Redesigning Metro’s map Lance Wyman, the creator of the transit system’s colorful map, has the challenge of redesigning the map more than three decades later. (By Dana Hedgpeth)
Wireless Net access, GPS on collision course Two of 21st-century America’s favorite gadgets — the smartphone and the GPS device — are on a collision course, according to a report delivered Friday to the FAA. (By Ashley Halsey III)
Housing bust still hurts in Fla. Once a booming area, Flagler County, Fla., illustrates the problem President Obama faces in politically pivotal places hit hardest by the recession. (By Michael A. Fletcher)
Egyptians say economy is top concern A U.S. government-funded poll finds most Egyptians say they backed the revolution because of their economic difficulties, not a lack of democracy. (By Mary Beth Sheridan)
Cut the costs, cache the cash A new cost-cutting effort by Montgomery County is encouraging employees to come up with ways to save taxpayers money. ( by Michael Laris , The Washington Post)
Sulaimon Brown shows money orders The former D.C. mayoral candidate says they were given to him by Howard Brooks as part of payments he says he received to disparage Mayor Fenty during the campaign. ( by Nikita Stewart , The Washington Post)
Waiting for the promise of high-speed rail Critics say Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell missed an opportunity when his administration decided not to apply for federal funds. ( by Anita Kumar , The Washington Post)
STYLE Miss Manners: Overwhelmed by photo requests I seem to be the only person in the last several years who has taken a camera to parties, family gatherings, school plays, etc.Afterward and sometimes during the event, I am asked to take pictures and “send” them to several people. (, United Media)
Ask Amy: This mom has had it with gift tradition Dear Amy:How can I (or should I?) tactfully end obligatory gift-giving among relatives who barely know one another? I suggested a couple of times that we end this tradition, but it was poorly received each time. (, Tribune Media Service)
NCAA Tournament Capsules AUSTIN, Texas — David Lyon hit a grand slam to key Kent State’s six-run sixth inning and the Golden Thrashers stunned Texas 7-5 in the Austin Regional on Saturday night. ( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
LIVE DISCUSSIONS Recovering from the 2011 Post Hunt The Washington Post Hunt is a game of brainteasers, humor, puzzles and family fun dreamed up by Dave Barry, Gene Weingarten and Tom Shroder. The 2011 Post Hunt is set for June 5 in downtown Washington, D.C. (, vForum)
The 2011 Post Hunt: Are you ready? The Washington Post Hunt is a game of brainteasers, humor, puzzles and family fun dreamed up by Dave Barry, Gene Weingarten and Tom Shroder. The 2011 Post Hunt is set for June 5 in downtown Washington, D.C. (, vForum)
The line for drinks at Ke$ha's Friday night Palladium show was surprising if only for the number of fans of legal drinking age. Ke$ha, whose trademark intransigence would seem to appeal more to the rebellious, brooding high school girl than college student (or college student's mother), has managed to attract a broad range of followers without branching out into non-music enterprises like many of her young pop star contemporaries. Her new album, "Cannibal," employs similar themes and styles to her debut "Animal," begging the question of how long the 24-year-old will be able to sell out shows with simple bad behavior party anthems.Opening with "Cannibal's" "Sleazy," Ke$ha alternated between tracks from her two records, including fan favorites "Dirty Picture," "Blah Blah Blah" and "Tik Tok." And while the singer displayed some of her dancing acumen, most of the gleeful bounding around was reserved for her backup dancers while the star trotted around defiantly, as if rebelling from a stage lined with invisible parents.
The crowd's energy began to dip somewhere around the 45-minute mark of the 80-minute set, but Ke$ha, as advertised, knew how to shoot some life into her party. Selecting a 20-year-old "ripe victim" from the squealing audience, a backup dancer strapped the boy to a chair for song "Grow a Pear." While Ke$ha grinded all over the fan, a dancer in a giant penis costume whipped him with his oversized testicles with all the enthusiasm of a child happily smacking a pinata.
Delivering muscular but not deafening renditions of her party-girl anthems, Ke$ha, admirably, did not try to deliver anything un-Ke$ha-like. There was no introspective editorializing between songs or the performance of anything less than crowd-raising. In all, Ke$ha delivered precisely what her audience came to see: glittery, irreverent fun wrapped up in a patriotic, girls-just-want-to-have fun package – literally. Her t-shirt, a ripped and tattered American flag, goes for $1,600 at Balmain – assuming, as you would, that she wasn't badasss enough to buy the knockoff. SOURCE VARIETY.COM
Beyonce has always been open about the fact that she incorporates elements of pop-culture--not just from America, but the world--in her performances (hence the Fosse inspired "Single Ladies" dance), so it should come as no surprise that her post apocalyptic themed video for "Run The World (Girls)" was also a nod to African dance. Meet her inspirtion, the Tofo dancers from Mozambique:
The 2011 edition of the Billboard Music Awards -- the first time the show has been held since 2006 -- opened with Rihanna sitting provocatively on a silver chair. The sparse stage, torture imagery and cold beats lent the feeling of a stripper performing in a jail cell. Yet that may have been the point, because Rihanna's "S&M" doesn't leave much to the imagination.
Nor did Britney Spears' tiny leather outfit.
Spears, who can lip-sync with best of 'em and awkwardly dance like no other, strutted and grinded, all while backup dancers poked their hands out from the floor. While the backing crew was clearly trying to lay their hands on the stars, it looked more like they were making finger puppets.
Or perhaps that's some new dance move ("The Periscope"?).