Rihanna’s New Hook Up

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Date: Thursday – March 22, 2012

Are Rihanna and Ashton Kutcher Hollywood’s newest couple? Maybe! Earlier this week, Rihanna was spotted by TMZ photographer’s arriving at the actor’s $10 million dollar bachelor pad right around midnight. But this was no quick visit. The Bajan beauty didn’t leave Kutcher’s place until after 4 am!

News of Rihanna and Ashton’s last night date broke right as rumors surfaced that Ri had once again dumped her on-again-off-again boyfriend Chris Brown. Despite the fact that Brown has a serious girlfriend, many believed he and Ri had been dating on the side. Until yesterday (March 22), that is, when Brown changed his Twitter profile picture to a Vincent van Gogh painting of a weeping man and cryptically posted the phrase “At Eternity’s Gate.”

So has Rihanna moved on to a new fling with Ashton? The pairing isn’t as random as it seems — these two have more in common than many realize! Both stars have been involved in past high-profile relationships that ended dramatically — Ri with Chris Brown and Ashton most recently with Demi Moore. The new friends also have intertwining social circles — Ashton is close friends with Diddy, who is pals with Rihanna’s mentor Jay-Z.

Do you think Ri and Ashton would make a good couple?

Chris Brown Singing with Rihanna in Nightclub [VIDEO]


Date: Tuesday – February 28, 2012

Chris Brown didn’t shy away when the DJ blasted a Rihanna song at an Orlando nightclub this weekend — instead, he proudly sang along with EVERY lyric … and TMZ has the footage.

It all went down at Club Vain on Sunday night during an NBA All–Star weekend finale party.

Chris was hanging on the main stage … with everybody looking at him … when Rihanna’s “We Found Love” began to pump through the speakers … and Chris made sure everyone knew he’s a HUGE fan of the song.

It’s the latest in what seems like a public reconciliation between the two sides — earlier this month, the two collaborated on remixes of each other’s songs.

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Sean Kingston Is Not Afraid

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Date: Tuesday – February 28, 2012

It’s only been 9 months since Sean Kingston crashed and nearly died in a jet ski accident in Miami … but the “Beautiful Girls” singer says he ABSOLUTELY will ride again.

Kingston was out in L.A. yesterday … where he just bought a new house … when we asked about rumors that he moved out West because he was mentally scarred from the jet ski incident and couldn’t live around the Atlantic Ocean.

In case you forgot … Kingston spent some serious time in the intensive care unit of a Florida hospital following the May crash … in which he suffered a broken jaw and water in the lungs.

Now that he’s recovered … Sean tells us he’s not afraid to get back in the water … he’s just waiting for the right moment.

Can Rap Lyrics Teach Us About Business?

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Date: Thursday – February 23, 2012

Hip hop artists love flaunting their money – but can they teach us anything about how to make it?

Ben Horowitz, a leading Silicon Valley venture capitalist, certainly thinks so. He told the BBC World Service how listening to rap music had helped him to make critical business decisions.

“It’s mostly what I listen to, but it also turns out to be very relevant to business, in terms of the issues that come up.

“A lot of it is about business and about competition. A lot of it is about feelings, about how something might make you feel.”

Mr Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, which has made a fortune from investments in firms such as Groupon and Skype, said that when it came to big strategic decisions feeling can be more important than logical thought.

“For me to have a whole class of music that really helped me articulate all that in my mind, and then articulate in my writing, as well has been a big deal,” he said.

Adam Bradley, associate professor of African American literature at the University of Colorado, also believes rap contains lessons in charismatic leadership they don’t teach in business school.

“Rap presents an immediate test. If you get up on the stage and your are whack, you are going to get booed off. You have to present yourself in the moment and you have to move the crowd. I think there is a lesson there in leadership because it’s about creating pathways of connection,” he says.

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“It’s not only to do with what you want them to do, but what they want to do but may not know it yet.”

Rap also offers lessons in “self-presentation” for the aspiring business mogul, argues Bradley, who advises major corporations on black culture and music.

So what are the set texts from the hip hop business school – and what can they teach us?

It’s All About The Deal

I take quarter water sold it in bottles for two bucks, Coca-Cola came and bought it for billions, what the [expletive] ? – I Get Money, 50 Cent

Curtis “50 cent” Jackson is known as one of hip hop’s sharpest business operators. In I Get Money, from his second album, he boasts about a deal with Coca-Cola, who paid $4.1bn for Glaceau, a vitamin water company he had taken a 10% stake in through an investment vehicle.

The deal is said to have landed Jackson between $60m and $100m, putting his net worth at close to $0.5bn. “Quarter water” is a reference to the small plastic bottles of flavoured water Jackson and his friends used buy for 25 cents when they were children in the New York ghetto.

The rapper, whose debut album was entitled Get Rich Or Die Trying, is currently at the the centre of controversy over a share tip he gave to his 3.8 million followers on Twitter, in a company in which he is an investor and shareholder.

Work Hard And What Your Costs

Get your money right, be an international player, don’t be scared to catch those red-eye flights / You better get your money right, ’cause when you out there on the streets, you gotta get it – get it – Get Your Money Right, Dr Dre

Another noted hip hop entrepreneur, Andre “Dr Dre” Young, is third in Forbes magazines list of wealthiest rappers, with an estimated net worth of $250m. He added an estimated $175m to his fortune in 2011 with the sale of a 50% stake in headphone company Beats Electronic.

In 2007′s Get Your Money Right, Dr Dre joins forces with Jay-Z, whose $450m empire includes restaurants, fashion, music and a share in the New Jersey Nets basketball team, to give what amounts to a seminar in how to start a small business (once you have stripped out the expletives and drug references).

“Don’t be worried ’bout the next man – make sure your business tight,” the pair advise, before adding, in a crucial lesson for all would-be entrepreneurs: “If you ain’t in it for the money then get out the game.”

Be Your Own Boss

I can’t let life get the best of me, I gotta take, take control of my own destiny / Control what I hold and of course be the boss of myself / No-one else will bring my wealth – A Job Ain’t Nothing But Work, Big Daddy Kane

“When hip hop was born, it was born with that sense of being ‘on the hustle’ or ‘on the grind,’” says Bradley, author of Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop.

“Part of it comes from an underworld parlance, an underground parlance, of criminal enterprises, selling drugs.

“You could be working a block selling drugs, but extrapolate it and it means working hard. It means labour, a commitment to a work ethic, and that sense of struggle.”

Founders Make Better Chief Executives

You’re just a rent-a-rapper, your rhymes are Minute Maid / I’ll be here when it fade to watch you flip like a renegade – Follow the Leader, Rakim

“The interesting thing about Rakim, in addition to being the first great rapper, he was kind of a founder of rap music,” says Ben Horowitz.

“When rap music started it was kind of like a start-up music genre and it wasn’t clear at all that it was going to succeed.”

Rakim’s message to those who were jumping on the rap bandwagon, but did not really believe it had a future, struck a chord with the venture capitalist.

“It was like that’s the difference between the founding CEO and the professional CEO. The professional is often just there to make money but he is not there for the movement, he is not there for the mission… in the way that the founder is and you see that in business all the time.”

Never Show Weakness

I’m runnin’ the buildin’, don’t make me run in the buildin’ / No this ain’t the first time I had my gun in the buildin’ – Scream On Em, The Game

“If you just want pure, unadulterated swagger to come pouring out of you, there is no better soundtrack than hip hop – whether you are going out on to the sporting field, or going into the boardroom,” says Adam Bradley.

“Hip hop is a soundtrack for aggression. It is music created mostly by young men and consumed mostly by young men.”

Ben Horowitz told the New York Times he sent the “superaggressive” lyrics of Scream on Em, by The Game, to an executive he felt was being too deferential and needed to show more strength.

Rihanna & Chris Brown’s Friends Trying To STOP Possible Relationship

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Date: Thursday – February 23, 2012

Chris Brown and Rihanna are dangerously close to getting back together, sources close to the ex-couple tell TMZ — but the singers’ friends are desperately trying to keep them apart .. for their own good.

According to sources, Rihanna is still head over heels for Chris — despite that fateful night 3 years ago when he brutalized her — and if it weren’t for the media and her fans, she would already have taken him back.

We’re told Chris also has extremely strong feelings for Rihanna — current girlfriend be damned.

Now, sources tell us, Rihanna and Chris’ friends are terrified they’ll get back together — and they’re doing everything they can to prevent a possible reunion.

According to sources, friends on BOTH sides have expressed extremely strong reservations to Ri and CB about spending so much time together … warning it’s a terrible idea … personally AND professionally.

But with Rihanna’s birthday [Read About] … Chris and Rihanna’s duets released this week … friends fear they’re fighting an uphill battle.

As one source put it, “You can’t hold back love.”

J. Cole Criticizes Other Rappers For “Halfway Homo”

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Date: Wednesday – February 22, 2012

Self-described “bad motherfucker” J. Cole doesn’t like the dancey direction music — and, in particular, rap — has taken in recent years. After crossing 2 million Twitter followers last night, the upcoming NBA All Star Game performer tweeted a link to new song “Grew Up Fast”, wherein he chastises his peers: “Ya’ll got way too electro, damn near techno, halfway homo, way too metro.” Hear his diatribe below.

Another charming line amidst all the bragging about money and being the best in the game: “Tired of every chick saying she models before she swallows.”

Toward the end of the track, which leans heavily on a sample of late Temptations frontman David Ruffin’s “The Double Cross”, J. admits with a laugh that he’s “talking shit.”

Well, more power to the Roc Nation rapper for rhyming Jamaican, Hatian, datin’, Sanaa Lathan and Satan. But overall, the main feeling we’re left with after listening to “Grew Up Fast” is that we need to download “The Double Cross” ASAP.

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