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MTV Shares a Rare Interview Clip of Aaliyah For the 18th Anniversary of Her Final Album

18 years ago today, the music world was blessed by single-named soul siren Aaliyah when she released her critically-acclaimed 2001 album, simply self-titled Aaliyah. The Princess of R&B was well on her way to becoming queen with this project, which unfortunately would be her last due to her death in a plane crash just a month after its release.

One of the last interviews she did ended up also being one of her greatest; an hour-long artist profile for MTV’s hit docuseries Diary. Aaliyah’s episode aired on August 8, 2001, a little over two weeks before the tragic plane crash that took her life after filming the music video for the album’s next single, “Rock The Boat.” It still stands as one of the best looks into the private life of a musician who prided herself on a mysterious appeal that made albums like Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number (1994) and One In A Million (1996) achieve multiplatinum status. As with most shows like this, a lot of b-roll is usually left on the cutting room floor, sometimes hours or even days of footage just sitting in the vault.

Today, MTV proved that they’ve definitely got some rare Aaliyah clips stored away for a celebratory day like, say, the 18th anniversary of the deceased legend’s most heralded body of work. Take a look at the never-before-seen segment below:



In the clip, Aaliyah reflects on the process of creating her self-titled LP, bigging up many of the producers and writers that helped along the way like Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Tank, J. Dub, Bud’da and the members of Playa, specifically fellow missed music impresario Static Major. It’s an extended version of a clip that made it into the official Diary episode, and even the mere seconds of rare footage where she speaks in a tone that predates the current ASMR craze already has fans demanding that the full unedited version be released as well. Whether or not that happens is entirely up to MTV, but we’re with the fans on this one — give us more Aaliyah!

Watch the extended clip from Aaliyah’s 2001 MTV Diary episode above, and revisit our feature article from last year on why her self-titled album and 15 other Blackground Records LPs deserve to be released on streaming services by clicking here. R.I.P. Baby Girl!

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Rotimi Proves he Can Successfully Transition Into an R&B Artist at Sold Out SOB’s Show in NYC

Rotimi headlined his first live show supporting his debut project, Walk With Me Tuesday night at SOB’s and it was nothing short of a great experience.

The countdown for the premiere of the sixth season of Power has begun and many fans are wondering if Rotimi’s character, Dre, will finally meet his fate.

In the meantime, the multi-facet artist wants his supporters to take a walk with him through his musical journey as he explores and infuses the sounds of Afro Beats, Reggae, and R&B in his latest project, Walk With Me.

The ladies definitely showed up and showed out for his sold out performance in New York City at the legendary Sounds of Brazil (SOB’s).

Concertgoers begged Rotimi to take his shirt off as he ran through all of the fan favorites on his 7-track project. He warmed the crowd up with his Kranium-assisted single, “Want More” then transitioned to his more recent work like “Decisions,” “Sip Slow,” “I Can’t Blame You,” and the project’s lead single, “Love Riddim.”

Check out some footage from the performance below:

Showtime was at 8pm and there were ladies lined up a whole hour before. Once the Power star touched the stage, everyone inside of the venue sung each song word-for-word and danced the beats of his live band.

If you had any doubts that Rotimi can keep the ball rolling after the Power finale, he successfully proved that he can be the next R&B sensation. He has the looks, the moves, and the talents.

The Nigerian artist recently celebrated his collection receiving over 20 million plays. Check it out below if you haven’t already.

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Chance the Rapper Reveals Cover Art and Release Date For ‘The Big Day’ Album

For a while now, Chance The Rapper has been teasing the world what his official debut studio will drop sometime in July. The Grammy-award winner took his talents to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon to announce the project’s title and release date.

Chance first let Fallon show off the cover of the project. The cover is a photograph of a hand holding up a transparent CD covered with raindrops. Then looking directly in-camera for dramatic effect, he announced:

“My name is Chance the Rapper and I will be releasing my debut album on July 26, entitled The Big Day.”

The Big Day will hit is set to drop on July 26. Fallon also revealed the album’s cover art. Leading up to this, Chance has released “Groceries” featuring TisaKorean and Murda Beatz.

“I’ve been waiting to make an album for a long time. So, the process has been just me being back in the studio all the time. Just making two songs a day. And trying to have fun,” said Chance in May. “But at the same time, I understand that it’s going to be more. More songs. More flexes. More dancing. Just more. It’s my album.”

Chance also told Jimmy Fallon that his pal, The Lion King star, and occasional collaborator Donald Glover/Childish Gambino got him a gig on the recent The Lion King remake.

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Rick Ross Announces Release Date for ‘Port of Miami 2’

We finally have one. Rick Ross has finally given us a release date for his Port of Miami 2 album.

Ricky Rozay and Epic Records hit social media on Tuesday (July 16) to detail the formal return of Rick Ross is set for August 9.

In the album announcement, Ross is reborn after a baptismal that has the latest single “Big Tyme,” featuring Swizz Beatz, as the score.

 

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My New Album ‘Port of Miami 2” Available Everywhere 8.9.19 #POM2 #MMG #LLBB

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Meek Mill let fans know that he will be featured by sharing the official artwork.

 

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What the game been missing that big boy talk!!!! @richforever #pom2 I’m def popping my shit on here 🤞🏾

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Previously, Rozay linked with another MMG friend in Wale for the first single from the album “Act A Fool.” You can hear it below.

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Quality Control Announces ‘Control The Streets Volume 2’

You thought the summer would go on without some new music from Quality Control? CEO of the powerhouse collective, Pee, hit Instagram and let fans know that Control The Streets Volume 2 is on the way and dropped off the cover.

The second installment of the Control The Streets series is set to hit the streets on August 16, but the first release to come from the new release will bring City Girls and Saweetie together for the new track “Come On.”

The cover shows various private jets in a QC hanger, likely one for each artist on the label. Check out the cover and be sure to take a listen to “Baby” from Lil Baby and DaBaby and “Come On” from City Girls and Saweetie below.

 

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Control The Streets Volume 2 August 16 🙌🏾 Got A 2 Piece Special Dropping Tonight Thou So Stay Tuned😎

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Exclusive: Tina Davis and Zaytoven Are Out to Find ‘The Next Big Thing’ on BET’s Newest Talent Show

BET Networks’ newest reality music competition series The Next Big Thing, made its premiere last week with a lot of young talented  artist trying to become the next big breakout sensation

Dame Dash, Zaytoven and Tina Davis will place 21 up-and-coming R&B and hip-hop artists through a grueling artist development boot camp designed to create bonafide superstars.

“We have reinvented the stale singing competition show for our audience,” explains Dame Dash. Handpicked hip-hop and R&B artists from across the country will compete weekly in survival-of-the-fittest challenges leading to a showdown where A&R executives, Serge Durand, Capitol Records;  Erika Coulter, Epic Records; Tuo Clark, Def Jam Records and CEO Ghazi, EMPIRE Records will have the chance to offer a record deal on the spot.

“This has never been done before and absolutely, not on this scale,” adds Executive Producer/Creator and “The League” member Tina Davis. “The finale will change someone’s life.”

Nipsey Hussle, Lil Kim, Tamar Braxton, and Joe Budden are among the celebrity artists who appear on the show as guest mentors throughout the series’ ten episodes.

When asked about what to expect from The Next Best Thing, and the need for another reality-esque, music competition tv show, Davis replied:

“We need a show like this because of this clout chasing, social media [era]. What happens is, anyone can become a star from social media now. So even in music, if you sing and do a great job, you can actually get picked up and get a deal from that.”

The Source had an opportunity to sit down with Zaytoven and Miss Davis to talk about the upcoming season of The Next Best Thing.

 

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What drew you guys to this project?
Davis:
What drew me to this project is the fact that this show allows the artist to get the tools that are necessary for them to reinvent themselves to be great.

Zaytoven: Anytime you get a chance to deal with artist development and coaching, I’m ready to jump in, it’s what I do.

How did the concept of the show come about?
Davis: Well, I think to be honest with you. This is my first rodeo when it comes to this part of the entertainment industry. I informally talked to Holly Carter about the idea and within a couple of days, she contacted BET and had a very informal breakfast when Connie Orlando. Connie ended up falling in love with the idea and we went into production maybe a month or so later. We actually had an air date before we even really started filming. It started so fast I wasn’t prepared personally. We ended up trying to figure out who would be great to share their knowledge with these kids and we immediately thought of Zaytoven obviously because has a lot of Grammys and we thought of Dame because as music entrepreneur, he’s built a lot.

What would you guys like the audience to know about The Next Best Thing?
Zaytoven: I want people to see how getting into the game isn’t an easy task. For some reason, everyone thinks the music industry is the easiest thing to get into. Just because you think you can rap or sing, the show lets you see it’s a lot more than that. You have to be hungry and willing to learn and take criticism well and be coachable.

Davis: I would add on top of that, it definitely takes sociology, it’s a little psychology, a little bit of everything. But you sometimes have to work with an artist, a producer, or with a songwriter to pull out what is necessary to convey in that session.

What was one of the biggest challenges for the artists?
Zaytoven:
Well, I know one of the challenges for me that was difficult that I know a lot of artists today couldn’t even complete is when the artists had to create a song, write out a complete song, memorize it, and perform it in front of a crowd in less than 24 hours. You know, that’s a real challenge that a lot of people can’t do. I know a lot of artists that are popping right now that if you try to put that same task in front of them, I bet they couldn’t pull it off. So, you know, those are real challenges and I think the people watching that want to be artists, they need to see that they need to be at this level. You gotta be at this playing field to even try to make it as a successful artist.

Nowadays talent lack artist development is that something you guys are bringing awareness about on the show?
Davis:
Absolutely. Having artist development back in the day, I’m about date myself, but that’s how The Temptations learned to be great. Even in Hip-Hop, artist development allowed MC Hammer to have those incredible performances. And even Public Enemy, LL Cool J, you can look at the artist development even with Migos right now. From the first time, we saw them perform to opening the BET awards, that’s a big difference. Artist development is important to have longevity, to reinvent yourself, and this show does that.

What do you guys think about the state of Hip-Hop and R&B right now?
Zaytoven:
 I feel there is room for improvement. We got to get it back to vocals and lyrics. Technology has made it a little too easy for some artists to not push themselves to the next level. A lot of artists don’t have an identity. Everybody is mimicking you know, what they hear already know, so you get a lot of this stuff that sounds the same. One thing you will see from the show is the levels that we will push these artists to be great.

 

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#NewMissy! Missy Elliott Confirms New Album in ‘Marie Claire’ Interview

Recognized for her legendary career as an award-winning rapper and Hall of Fame-inducted writer, Missy Elliott is finally giving us what we’ve been waiting for since 2005: a new album! Thankfully we know for sure that it’s officially happening thanks to her latest cover story for the new issue of Marie Claire.



Yes, believe it or not it’s been 14 years since Melissa Arnette “The G.O.A.T.” Elliott dropped her last full EP, The Cookbook. The time was filled with a few hit singles, including “Ching-a-Ling” and “Shake Your Pom Pom” in 2008, “WTF (Where They From)” in 2015 and just two years ago with “I’m Better” in 2017. Following her induction last month into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, this news comes as even more of a reason to appreciate one of the pioneer female MCs in the game.

For this album, she tells Marie Claire that it’s time to make street dudes enjoy dancing again, even using references to days of Soul Train. If we know Missy, that could even be a clue to her eclectic creative direction for the album’s rollout. Only a few words though from the Queen herself in reference to what she wants fans to say after giving the record a full spin: “There’s no one like Missy. No one.” Never was a question!

Read the full cover story over on Marie Claire. Fingers crossed we’ll see a release date for the new album this year!

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2Pac’s Prison Letter to Madonna Will Go Up For Auction Starting at $100K

Tupac Shakur and Madonna shared a lot in common on both a professional and personal level (see: “Madonna MC: 10 Times Madame X Flexed Her Hip-Hop Cred“), so much so that Pac was driven to write a letter to Madonna during his highly-publicized stint in prison back in 1995. Now, following the pop queen’s failed attempt to appeal the sale of it last month, that letter will now go to auction for a starting price set in the six figures.


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One of the most significant music artifacts to ever come to auction. This handwritten love letter from Tupac Shakur to Madonna is being offered at auction for the first time ever. This now famous, extremely personal, three-page handwritten and signed letter was written by Tupac Shakur to Madonna from prison. Tupac addressed the letter to “M”, dated it, “Jan 15 1995, 9:30 A.M.” and signed it “Always, 2PAC, Tupac Shakur” in black ink on lined paper. The deep connection between Tupac and Madonna is seen throughout the letter. He writes about their relationship in terms of race and celebrity status, and how societal norms affect their relationship, writing “I must apologize to you. Because like you said I haven’t been the kind of friend I know I am capable of being. Not because I am evil or because you weren’t worthy but at the risk of sounding over dramatic, the effects of racism make it difficult for a young black man to properly show affection for an older white woman.” He further writes about his fears about his own death, which he feared would come soon, writing, “If there is any information you can share with me regarding Jack & crew please do it could very well be a matter of live & death”. The letter is going up for sale in less than a week on July 17th! Register now, link in bio! #gottahaverockandroll #tupacfan #tupacfans #tupac #tupacnews #2pacnews #madonna #madonnanews #madonnamemorabilia #madonnacollection #madonnacollector #madonnacollectors #tupacmemorabilia #tupacshakur #2pac #2pacvideos #news #rapnews #auctionnews #entertainmentnews #memorabilia #rapmemorabilia #musicmemorabilia #rockmemorabilia #auction #onlineauction #onlineauctions #rockauction #rapauction

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Tupac wrote this “love letter” during January 1995, a month after he and Charles Fuller had been convicted on rape charges and incarcerated with a multimillion-dollar bail. The three-page note reads very apologetic, mainly because it’s pretty much a “can-we-just-be-friends”-style break-up letter. One of the most prominent points he makes about needing the break came down to race unsurprisingly enough. He writes, “…at the risk of sounding over dramatic, the effects of racism make it difficult for a young black man to properly show affection for an older white woman. Can U understand that?[sic]” He goes on to state that the idea of them basically being a ’90s power couple, him being a West Coast Rap King and her being the Queen of Pop, would’ve made her seem “open & exciting” while making him look as if he’s “letting down” the rap community that uplifted him to that status in the first place. The emotional note is clearly a stamp of decades-old music history, but whether or not it evades the privacy of two pop icons, or if its even worth the minimum of $100,000 USD overall, is still up for debate.

The auction for Tupac’s love note (i.e. “friendzone letter”) to Madonna will go live starting next Wednesday (July 17) over on GottaHaveRockAndRoll.com. Hear the duo’s unreleased remix of her ‘Bedtime Stories‘ album cut “I’d Rather Be Your Lover” below:

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Cardi B on Jermaine Dupri’s ‘Strippers Rapping’ Comment: ‘It Seems Like That’s What People Wanna Hear’

Jermaine Dupri ruffled a couple feathers when he was asked who is his new favorite female rapper and didn’t give an answer saying they all sound like “strippers rapping.”

“I can’t really say,” Dupri responded before the host specifically asked about Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B. “The only reason why I can’t say is because I feel they’re all rapping about the same things. I don’t think they’re showing us who’s the best rapper. I think they’re trying to show⁠—for me, it’s like strippers rapping.”

“As far as rap goes, I’m not getting who is the best rapper, I’m getting like, ‘Ok, you got a story about you dancing in the club, you got a story about you dancing in the club, you got a story about you dancing in the club,’ it’s like ok, who’s going to be the rapper?” he continued.

The host pressed JD and asked what type of lyrical content he’d like to hear from the female rappers of today. “At some point, somebody’s going to have to break out of that mold and just show us⁠—talk about other things, just rap about other things besides that,” Dupri said.

Cardi B hopped on Instagram to respond to the Hip Hop icon, rightfully so because her name was brought up in the conversation and she’s one of the most successful strippers turned rapper.

“First of all, I rap about my pussy because she’s my best friend … Second of all, it seems like that’s what people want to hear,” the Invasion of Privacy rapper said. “When I did ‘Be Careful’ people was talking mad sh*t in the beginning like, ‘WTF is this?’, this is not what I expected.”

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Before ending the one minute clip she mentioned: “there’s a lot of female rappers that be rapping their a** off and don’t rap about their pussy and don’t be talking about getting down and dirty and y’all don’t be supporting them.”

She doubled down on her statement in a separate video specifically naming female rappers like Rapsody, Tierra Whack, Kamaiyah, and Oranicuhh who don’t have provocative lyrics but don’t get as much attention as the City Girls, Meg, and herself.

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JAY-Z Enters the Cannabis Industry as Chief Brand Strategist For Caliva

The billions just keep on ringing in for Hov! JAY-Z, a Renaissance Man of many hats, is now getting into the business of bud by signing on as the Chief Brand Strategist of cannabis consumer product company Caliva.



The California-based organization was founded in 2015 and boasts the top-selling indoor flower brands Fun Uncle, Bad Apple, Deli and its namesake strand Caliva. For Mr. Carter’s part, the rapper will work alongside the brand to fight social justice issues relating to the legalization of marijuana. Hov also sees major potential in the product, stating in a quote on the company’s website, “Caliva’s expertise and ethos makes them the best partner for this endeavor. We want to create something amazing, have fun in the process, do good and bring people along the way.”

Here’s an official description of what his role will entail, via Caliva:

“In this position, Mr. Carter will focus on and work to increase the economic participation of citizens returning from incarceration – many of who are not seeing the monetary benefits of legalization – through advocacy, job training, and overall employee and workforce development.”

Being that Caliva currently only delivers to customers located in California, we can see how including someone like, you know, the biggest rapper in the game for the better part of two decades now could be beneficial to overall brand notoriety. We might even see the celebrated MC get his own strand named after him, too. “Hova Hash” or “Carter Kush” sounds pretty good right about now!

Read up more on JAY-Z’s new venture with Caliva on the brand’s website. Enjoy responsibly!

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