Snoop Dogg Pitching American Idol Style Show For Rap And Hip Hop Artists

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This was probably a long time coming, and although I don’t watch the talent-based reality shows (especially not the ones dedicated to singing…So You Think You Can Dance might find its way onto my screen from time to time), it makes sense that the next one would involve the search for the next great rap/hip-hop artist.

Who’s leading the charge for this show intent on discovering untapped hip-hop talent? Snoop Dogg (pronounced Snoop Dee Oh Double Gee, for those not hip to the lingo). That’s right, in a recent interview with the The New York Post, Snoop revealed his plans to create, as the paper calls it, “rap’s answer to American Idol.” The paper’s source suggests that some networks have been biting, including E! and MTV. They add that Snoop’s currently looking to recruit some celebrity hip-hoppers to fill the panel, with names like Jay-Z and Wiz Khalifa being tossed about.

Snoop himself describes the show like this: “I’m looking for a deal from a network to find America’s hottest ‘hood artists.” There you have it, hood artists, you may get your chance to become famous the new-fashioned way.

Busta Rhymes Bounces Back With New Album

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Busta Rhymes is back with a new album and mindset adding on to his multi-platinum career. The Brooklyn emcee wouldn’t reveal the name of the album, but said it would be along the lines of When Disaster Strikes, The Coming, Extinction Level Event, Anarchy and Genesis.

Scoffing at the notion of retirement, Busta had a breakout year doing features, most notably Jay-Z and Kanye West’s H.A.M and Nicki Minaj’s Roman’s Revenge.

“I’m not going anywhere anytime soon.” Busta remarked whenever someone mentions him retiring. The 39-year-old rapper has seen and done it all since entering the game in 1991:

Death Row Record’s dominance over the industry; how Biggie, Nas and Wu-Tang Clan revived New York; the untimely deaths of Biggie and Tupac; the South’s dominance; the rise of underground artists like Wiz Khalifa. Through it all Busta still remained relevant releasing hit-after-hit, selling millions of records and collaborating with the biggest names in the industry.

He promises to give fans some new flavor as well as some of the old rapid-fire-flow Busta is known for. “I’m really taking my time with this one,” Busta says of his new, untitled release. “I’m going into this one different than the last album. I don’t want to start talking about producers and album titles just yet because I don’t want to spoil anything. But you know I’m going to come out with that good sh*t . I promise you that. I’ve been in the business for a minute and I still have a hunger for it. I’m not going to stop until the people tell me to.”

Meanwhile, he’s enjoying his #1 single Look At Me Now featuring Chris Brown and Lil Wayne and the growing buzz from Welcome To My Hood with DJ Khaled. Both tracks will appear on his new album, which he says is 90% done.

Busta isn’t going anywhere anytime soon let alone retiring. “This is my sh*t. I am back in a space where I can talk about the things I love to talk about and touch on things people are a little uncomfortable talking about and really expose the truths, and do it in a way where it’s so extremely entertaining. I feel supreme right now,” stated Busta Rhymes.

His album is slated to be released in September.

Sean Kingston In Stable Condition After Accident

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Singer Sean Kingston was hospitalized after a watercraft accident Sunday (May 29) in Miami. The Jamaican singer was riding his jet ski with an unidentified female passenger when he crashed into the Palm Island Bridge in Miami Beach.

Kingston was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center for his injuries where he was moved to ICU on Monday. An off-duty Coast Guard pulled him from the wreck saying Sean was responsive but coughed up blood. The unidentified female was unharmed in the accident, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution. There’s been no word on her condition yet.

Sean Kingston is now stabilized and has moved from the trauma unit to ICU and “Sean’s family thanks everyone for their prayers and support during this time.”


His friends took to Twitter praying for his speedy recovery making #getwellsean a trending topic over the weekend. Singer Justin Bieber used the hash tag on his Twitter this weekend adding, “I will continue to support and pray for my friend.”

Kingston’s accident occurred in the wake of Randy “Macho Man” Savage’s death last Friday (May 20). The 58-year-old ex-professional wrestler suffered a heart attack and died while driving his car in Florida.

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T.I. Helps Families Reconnect With Fellow Inmates

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While back in jail, Atlanta rapper T.I. has been attempting to right his wrongs and help out fellow inmates.

Over this Memorial Day weekend, T.I. sponsored a bus trip for 46 family members of 14 fellow inmates to visit the Forest City Correctional Facility.

“I’ve been blessed to receive tons and tons of mail from my fans, friends, and family, as well as get visits on a regular basis. Unfortunately, some guys aren’t as fortunate. There are a lot of good dudes in here that haven’t been able to see there loved ones in years. Their families can’t afford the trip so I wanted to help out.”

The families of the inmates took part in the bus trip dubbed To See A Love One, boarded a chartered bus in Atlanta and Alabama on Saturday (May 28) and visited the prison on this past Sunday and Monday.

T.I. is currently serving an 11-month sentence for violation of probation after an L.A. drug test. In September of 2010, T.I. and his wife Tiny were pulled over and arrested for a driving violation and drug possession in L.A. The charges were dropped and T.I. was found in violation of his probation, which sent him back to prison.

T.I. is set to be released from prison on September 29.

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NIKKIYA

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Previously heard lending her hook vocals to Speak Her Sex, a cut off Booth fave Yelawolf‘s Trunk Muzik mixtape, SupaHot Beats singer Nikkiya steps into the solo spotlight on When I Was High. The lead single off the artist’s set, this left-of-center banger finds her label bosses serving up a unique, orchestral beat as Nikkiya admits just how much better she feels under the influence of Mary Jane. Stay tuned for further details on SpeakHer, which has yet to receive a release date.

Beyonce Causes Stir At Billboard Awards

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Beyonce stole the show at this year’s Billboard Awards with arguably her most amazing performance to date. Las Vegas is known for its bright lights and over-the-top casinos, but Beyonce brought the house down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena when she performed her newest single Run The World (Girls). The women-empowerment song has been the rave since airing a few weeks ago with its catchy beat (sampled from Pon De Floor) and sexy video to boot. Beyonce was one of the honorees receiving the coveted Millennium Award for her achievements throughout her 15-year dominance on the Pop and R&B scene.

Everyone from Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga tipped their hats off to honor the Pop Diva for her record breaking album sales, tours and influence over the music industry dating back to when she was in Destiny’s Child.

Tina Knowles’ praises hit home as she recalled moments with her daughter before all the fame and fortune. “I sang to Beyonce as a beautiful baby girl, but it wasn’t too long before she was singing back to me and to the whole world.”

Speaking directly to Beyonce before her performance, she told her, “Only 29 years old, for 15 of those years, you’ve been on the stage wowing crowds everywhere, raising the bar and setting new standards, but still managing to stay grounded and a beautiful person.”


In response to the award, Beyonce ripped the stage showcasing some new technology in her performance. She used Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) along with the regular tricks like smoke, hidden walls, etc. to wow the audience. She even had a special performance with the Les Twins, a twin-duo renowned for their incredible dance moves. Beyonce pulled out all the stops and sashayed down the aisle interacting with the crowd before walking back on stage and doing a number with her dancers. Even with her mind-blowing performance and Millennium Award celebrating her successful career, Beyonce was still the subject of a major controversy.

Beyonce was called out for stealing another singer’s graphics and CGI techniques. Apparently the same people who designed the graphics and CGI for Beyonce also did the same for Italian dancer and singer Lorella Cuccarini’s 4D performance in 2010. The two performances may have similarities, but they also have marked differences.

Either way, Beyonce’s rendition will go down as one of the best live performances to date and she truly showed why girls run the world.

Here’s Beyonce and Lorella’s side-by-side comparison:

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