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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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Da Brat Defends Jermaine Dupri’s ‘Strippers Rapping’ Comments, Says Interview Was Edited

Da Brat has a longstanding history with Jermaine Dupri, so it’s natural to wonder what were her thoughts when the clip of him saying the current state of female rappers is a bunch of “strippers rapping.”

She wasn’t known to spit provocative lyrics but she didn’t agree or disagree with his remark. She simply saluted him for his genius and getting the conversation started.

“That’s not what he said,” Da Brat told TMZ, adding that Dupri’s interview with People TV had been edited, and didn’t include a question that asked him to choose between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B.

“Everything Jermaine Dupri does is done strategically,” she told TMZ. “He knows what he’s doing; he’s a genius. You should be thankful that the conversation is even started now…‘cause now the focus is absolutely on [female rappers].”

In other words, the veteran female rapper is insinuating that the Hip Hop icon’s words were “absolutely” taken out of context.

“I love Jermaine Dupri,” she concluded. “He’s very smart at what he does and there’s always a method to his madness.”

During a recent sit-down with People TV, Dupri was asked to name his favorite woman rapper in the game. “I don’t think they’re showing us who’s the best rapper,” Dupri responded. “For me, it’s like strippers rapping.”

Cardi B was one of the first to respond. “First of all, I rap about my pussy because she’s my best friend, you know what I’m sayin’? And second of all, it seems like that’s what people wanna hear,” she said.

Bhad Bhabie also responded and Ari Lennox dropped a freestyle aimed at Dupri. Although he did ruffle a few feathers, is it safe to say that JD set a higher bar for female rappers to follow moving forward?

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Cardi B Publicly Supports Bernie Sanders’ 2020 Presidential Campaign

It’s about five more months left of the year, and the race to get Donald Trump out of the White House has already begun.

The Democratic party is receiving lots of celebrity endorsement. According to filings by the 2019 Federal Election Commission, Barbra Streisand donated $1,000 each last quarter to the campaigns of Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg.

Anna Wintour and Shonda Rhimes have both made donations to candidates also. Bernie Sanders is noticeably missing from the list, but Cardi B just put his campaign in the eyes of millions of young people.

“I been reading about Bernie Sanders and I’m really sad how we let him down in 2016 This man been fighting for equal rights,HUMAN rights for such along time,” Cardi wrote. “Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign.”

“Our fight for justice is far from over,” Bernie wrote.

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‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Cover Art and Track List Unveiled Featuring JAY-Z, Tierra Whack, Burna Boy & More

Beyonce’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, took to Instagram to unveil the cover art and track list for the forthcoming album, The Lion King: The Gift.

She shared the art work first which shows two gold plated lions, presumably representing Scar and Mufasa, at each other’s tails.

The visuals for the lead single “Spirit” by Beyonce is slate to air tonight at 8pm E/T on ABC, Noel Schure announced in the caption above.

The #Beyhive definitely began buzzing after the revelation of the album’s stunning art work. But things went into high gear when her publicist also dropped the star-studded track list.

The collection features Bey, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Tierra Whack, Burna Boy, Tekno, Jessie Reyez and more. To top it off, the album was executive produced by the Queen Bey herself.

“This is sonic cinema,” said Beyoncé. “This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat.”

The only thing we’re waiting to find out is if we’re going to receive the soundtrack at the same time as the movie.

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BABY TALK: Remy Ma and Papoose’s Golden Child Has Full Conversation With Her Parents

There is so much nonsense going on in the world, here is a little bit a joy to brighten your day. Remy Ma and Papoose’s “golden child” started the day out telling her parents (who shared it with the world) the most delightful story.

Her dad starts out by asking his baby if she likes that craziness. That’s all she needed to get started. She started letting her parents know exactly what you thought about the entire situation at hand. In the background, you can hear Remy egging her on, letting her know that she definitely feels where she is coming from.

Dressed in the cutter Dolce & Gabbana Love is Love flowered dress, jean jacket and an adorable red flower bow on her head, we could watch Little Miss Reminisce Mackenzie Mackie all day. Clearly stunting on the other babies, you see Baby Ma in a luxury model, Silver Cross stroller. Of course, her parents are heavy fashion icons.

Runway be damned, they are also pretty awesome examples of Black love and family.

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R. Kelly Paid His ‘Girlfriends’ Assistant Salaries, So They Could Have Money

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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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Cardi B Claps Back at Lawyer Criticizing her Court Room Attire

At this point it’s safe to assume that Cardi B will clap back at almost anybody who has something negative to say about her. The Bronx rapper recently dragged The New York Post and attorney Joseph Tacopina, who represents the alleged victims in Cardi’s current assault case.

The publication did a full blown expo on the “Drip” rapper about her attire when she goes to court. They interviewed her stylists, manicurists, as well as Tacopina about her courtroom lewks.

“Cardi treats her trips to the courthouse like a runway show,” Tacopina told the publication. “Here’s a woman who got indicted by a grand jury with felony charges, and appears to only be concerned about what she’s wearing. There’s going to be a ‘Come to Jesus’ moment with her, because it’s not consistent with someone who’s taking this seriously.”

In a since-deleted post, Cardi addressed the lawyer and basically told him don’t watch her, watch TV.

“I don’t dress inappropriate when I go to court. I dress like a young fucking lady,” Cardi exclaimed. “Where am I supposed to get my suits from?H&M? Why are you worried about the way I dress? That just goes to show you that y’all do this shit for press […] TMZ be knowing what the judge is going to say three days before I go to court because you be going to the press […] Y’all want my name for press.”

She even doubled down on her statement urging her audience to look up the photos where she arrived to court without make up. She also brought up the fact that Tacopina also represents Meek Mill who is now an advocate for prison reform, which Cardi B has publicly supported.

“You are a lawyer that represents an artist that’s standing up for prison reform, something that I have donated money to and you motherfucking worried about what a woman is putting on her body when she goes to fucking court.”

Bardi is facing two felony assault charges and several misdemeanors stemming from an altercation in a New York City night club between two females who were allegedly sleeping with Offset.

 

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SURPRISE!!!!! Poll Reveals that Most Who Are Against Halle Bailey Being Cast as Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid’ Are Republicans

According to a new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll, most people are here for Halle Bailey playing Ariel in the new live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. Last week upon the announcement of her casting, social media blew up with racist remarks about Bailey being the wrong race to play this fictional character.

Critics thought that maybe the actress chosen to star in the film should have looked like the illustrated version of the character from the 1989 cartoon. From the opposing public outcry, the hashtag #NotMyAriel took off like wildfire.

But is that what most people think?

According to this poll of over 2,000 adults, conducted between July 8th and 10, the Hollywood Reporter found that most survey folks believe she would be a great choice for the role.

The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, and region.  Some of the questions asked were as follows:

“When films are remade, they should be remade as close to their original as possible, including sticking to the race and ethnicity of each character?” or “When films are remade, they should try to be more diverse in their casting even if that means changing the race and ethnicity of some characters?”

The results were incredibly political. About 3/4 of those surveyed that identified as Democrats and a little under 1/2 of those who consider themselves Republicans said that they support the casting of Bailey.

17 percent said that they opposed Bailey taking on the leading role. Though 34 percent overall said that they “strongly support” the decision to cast Bailey, roughly 21 percent said that they “somewhat support” the choice.

 

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