BET Awards Nominations Announced

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This year’s BET Awards will feature many old faces returning to glory and a plethora of new faces to come onto the scene.

Making a return is Chris Brown, who released his album F.A.M.E. this year. Brown leads the field with 6 nominations including Viewers Choice, Best Collaboration, and Best Actor.

In the category of Viewers Choice and Best Collaboration, Brown’s songs Look At Me Now and Deuces will be going head to head with his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, and her collaboration with Drake on What’s My Name.

Rihanna will also be among heavy competition in the best female R&B category. Other nominees include Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, and Marsha Ambrosius.


Just days after the death of their member M. Bone, Cali Swag District was nominated for Best Group alongside Diddy’s Dirty Money, N.E.R.D., New Boyz, and Travis Porter.

This year’s Best Male Hip-Hop Artist will be an extremely tough category with all of the contenders having an opportunity to take the crown. The nominees are Kanye West, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, B.o.B., and Drake.

The Best New Artist category is also shaping up to be a battle pitting Bruno Mars against the likes of J. Cole, Willow Smith, Miguel, and Wiz Khalifa.

The show airs live on June 26th from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.

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Cali Swag Rapper Killed In Drive-By Shooting

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UPDATE: 4:04PM

M-Bone of Cali Swag District didn’t seem to be a random drive-by shooting, according to recent reports.

KTLA reports that the rapper was shot outside of a liquor store as he sat in a parked car in Inglewood, California on LaBrea.

A red Mustang pulled along side of the vehicle that held M-Bone, real name Montae Talbert, and opened fire Sunday evening. The rapper was shot dead.

M-Bone was hit twice and pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center.

Witnesses told authorities that the car returned to the scene after driving off, seemingly to make sure the victim was dead.

TMZ reports that the murder may have started with an e-beef on Twitter after M-Bone took up a relationship with a woman. The man that lived with the woman reportedly didn’t like the relationship and began to berate M-Bone on Twitter.

The incident may have lead to murder, but no definitive connection has been made, but M-Bone didn’t back down from the aggressors.
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Authorities Monday were trying to determine a motive for the drive-by shooting of an acclaimed hip-hop artist who was slain after leaving a recording studio in his hometown of Inglewood.

Montae M-BoneTalbert, 22, was shot twice in the head Sunday night when he stopped at a liquor store after leaving the studio, police said.
The shooter fired from a vehicle that pulled up alongside Talbert’s car, according to police. He was taken a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Known for his sinuous moves, Talbert set off a national dance craze for the hip-hop group Cali Swag District.

The attack occurred shortly after Talbert and the group had recorded a follow-up album to the platinum hit “Teach Me How to Dougie,” according to associates.

Publicist Greg Miller said the shooting appeared to be an act of random violence, but authorities said they had not established a motive for the nighttime attack.

“We haven’t gotten any information he was the target of anything,” said Lt. Steve Overly of the Inglewood Police Department.

Miller issued a statement on behalf of the family, praising Talbert as an “inspiration to his family, friends and fans” and an artist whose talents will be missed. “He was a hardworking, passionate artist and dancer that will be deeply missed,” the statement said.

Monday afternoon, about 200 fans, family members and friends gathered for a vigil in front of the liquor store where Talbert was slain. While a crowd stood on a sidewalk, two women danced to “Teach Me How to Dougie.”


The slaying prompted several other rap artists to post on the Internet about the death, including Jayceon Terrell Taylor, who is known as “The Game.”

“Can I get a moment of silence for the lil homie M-Bone R.I.P. from Cali Swag District. A kid Gunned down in the streets of Los Angeles,” Taylor said.

Until 2009, Cali Swag District was four anonymous Inglewood teenagers making R&B/hip-hop hybrids. Then the group filmed the video for

“Teach Me How to Dougie,” setting off the biggest dance fad since Soulja Boy’s “Crank Dat” in 2007.

“Teach Me How to Dougie” reached No. 6 on the Billboard rap singles charts and sold about 2 million legal downloads. Justin Bieber taught Ellen Degeneres how to Dougie, and Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez gave it a whirl on “American Idol.”

Ebony West, who produced the hit under the name Runway Star, said Talbert was an exceptionally talented street dancer and “hype man” who worked up the crowds for Cali’s live shows.

“I’ve never seen the kid not smiling,” West said in a telephone interview. “He gave the crowds something to look at.”
West said Talbert had grown up with the other Cali Swag District members– Corey “Smoove” Fowler, Cahron “JayAre” Childs and Chante “Yung” Clee.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in January, Talbert’s musical mates called M-Bone “the craziest” member of the group.

Aggressively and colorfully tattooed, he was the most popular with the ladies, because, as he said himself, “I go after ‘em.”

Cali members said they had never been involved with gangs but couldn’t help knowing members, growing up in Inglewood in the late 1990s.

“Back then, when there were gangs it went hand in hand with drug dealing,” Fowler said. “Now drugs aren’t as big. Most of the gang beefs are over females.”

Before joining Cali Swag District, Talbert had been a promoter and a dancer. He never rapped, nor did he take dance lessons: his skills came naturally.

Though he mastered a variety of popular dance styles, his smooth swaggering performances of the Dougie, which originated in Texas, brought him to fame.

Simple in structure, the Dougie’s basic moves involve bending one’s knees and swaying from side-to-side, while twisting elbows and placing a hand on the back of the head a la 1980s rap icon Doug E. Fresh.

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Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg Movie Shoot Shut Down

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The shooting for Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg’s High School movie was canceled after day two of a three days shooting.

The movie was being filmed at Mira Costa High School in California and officials from the school decided to shut down production of the film. They claim the reason for the shut down is because they were unaware of the subject matter of the film.

Pictures were posted on Facebook of some students and the Vice Principle of the school posing with Snoop during the shoot. There was also a YouTube video of Snoop singing about a less than studious subject.

School district officials said they received a facility use application several weeks ago for the filming of a movie that was billed as a comedy about the typical life of a high school student. The application was approved for three days of filming, and the cost of filming would be $3,000 per day.

“After permission was granted to film, the project transitioned to another firm that is unfamiliar to the district,” Principal Ben Dale wrote in an email to the school staff on Tuesday. “The production team did not inform the district that the project had changed.”

Assistant Superintendent Steve Romines said once the district learned the true subject matter of the movie, they immediately canceled the contract.

To add insult to injury, the school demanded that the footage from the first two days of filming not be used.

No news about re-shoots have been announced.

Tupac’s Screenplay Set To Become Film

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Tupac - Rap News, Hip Hop News, Rap Music NewsTupac’s 1995 screenplay was purchased by NStar Studios and will be made into a feature-length film. The name of the script is Live 2 Tell and it tells the story of a teenage drug lord and his difficulties trying to leave the world of crime.

Variety reports that the film was written during the rapper’s 11-month prison stint in 1995 for a weapons charge.

One of the producers of the film will be Preston Holmes, who has been linked to Tupac once before. He collaborated with Afenia Shakur, Tupac’s mother, on the 2003 documentary of her son entitled Resurrection. Afenia will also contribute to this film as she will be the executive producer.

Holmes already tried to acquire the rights to the script in 1995 while Tupac was behind bars, but due to circumstances it never worked out.

A representative for NStar Studios, Ivan Juzang, released an official statement: “This kid was a genius, and the net of it is, he was from this community, he knew the struggles these young people were dealing with, he’s able to talk to young people in 2011, 2012, the same way he was able to talk to young people in 1995.”

This $11 Million project is set to begin production in early 2012.

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50 Cent Calls His Relationship With Jay-Z Strictly ‘Business’

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Last year around this time, the ever controversial machine known to the masses as 50 Cent was busy sending disrespectful rhymes in the direction pointed at fellow New York rap superstar Jay-Z. For the past months the Queens native had been baiting the god MC on wax with the assistance of former Roc-A-Fella artist Beanie Sigel.

Following Jay And Eminem’s opening night of their “Home And Home” tour at Detroit’s Comerica Park, Fif and Jay-Z deaded their beef backstage after the two ran into each other.

“We got a chance to kick it for a minute,” 50 told MTV News. “I know people were interested in what that conversation was like. But they can ask Jay-Z. I take people’s actions as if it’s genuinely how they feel. I can only use what I saw you do as if that’s what you meant. I can’t understand what your motivation was prior to that.”

As things appeared to have taken a more peaceful route following the union, the G-Unit general may have just re-opened that can of worms. In a recent interview with MTV UK, Fif calls his relationship with Jay-Z “business” and says he uses it as leverage for his own interests.

“We don’t have those kinds of relationships” 50 declared. “These people are people I associate with. We are in the same business. We are not necessarily friends. We don’t call each other for no reason.”

“It’s not like we have something against each other to make us enemies,” Fiddy continued. “Me and Jay[-Z] will use each other. Repeatedly. For energy.

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Shawnna Releases New Single ‘Big Booty Judy’; Preps New Album

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M.O.E. recording artist and formerly signed to Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace label, Shawnna is back at it with the release of her official single Big Booty Judy, which has received an overwhelming response from DJs and industry insiders.

Inspired by her lovely figure, Shawnna gives her fans new and old, a song to love. Currently on a Midwest tour and getting ready for the Female Hip Honors Award out in LA, Shawnna is showing the world she is not ready to throw in the towel.

To have her career based on a solid foundation, the raptress founded her own label M.O.E., which stands for Money Over Everything. She is currently in the studio recording for her new album, which will be available in stores later in 2011.

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