REVIEW: MYA – K.I.S.S.

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It’s been a long time since we’ve heard something new from this R&B songstress, but Mya is back with her new album K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple). This upbeat record is full of goodies for the ears and has a variety of sounds for any listener. From the heart pounding beat bumping tracks to the sweet ballads, it will make it seem like Mya had never left.

The album begins with the title track K.I.S.S., immediately it draws you in with its catchy hook and sets the tone for the rest of the album. It is followed up by Rear View Mirror, which features Sean Paul, who provides his Reggae flair to this track that talks about moving on and not looking back.

The album has a lot of dance tracks that include Fabulous Life, Evolve, and Alive that almost put you in a carefree mood. These fun tracks with a techno beat will definitely have you ready to grab your friends and dance the night away. Mya blends these tracks with a couple of mid-tempo songs such as Before You Say Goodbye and Fugitive Of Love and add a nice balance between her up-tempo tracks and her ballads.

Speaking of ballads, the ones on this album remind us why we fell in love with Mya’s distinctive voice in the first place. Mr. Incredible, Love Comes and Love Goes, and Love Me Some You, which features Marques Houston, slow the album down a bit and is a nice break to hear her voice singing those high notes. The album ends with the Dawty Remix version of Fabulous Life, which basically sums up the album.

Overall, it’s a high energy party record with beautiful ballads that will undoubtedly give every listener just what they are looking for. This is very good album for Mya to come back on because it’s giving all of her fans exactly what they’ve have been waiting for.

Standout Songs: “Fabulous Life”, “Fugitive Of Love”, “Mr. Incredible”

Tracklisting:

1. K.I.S.S.
2. Rear View Mirror ft. Sean Paul
3. Fabulous Life
4. Mess Up My Hair
5. Fugitive of Love
6. Love Me Some You ft. Marques Houston
7. Mr. Incredible
8. Problem + Solution
9. Runnin’ Back ft. IYAZ
10. Before You Say Goodbye
11. Sorry
12. Love Comes Love Goes
13. Evolve
14. Alive
15. Fabulous Life (Dawty Remix)

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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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Miami Rapper/Producer Mase Breaks Out With Brand New Single ‘Like This’

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Miami rapper/producer Mase just released his new single Like This, which marks a new chapter in his music career. This ace music producer and head honcho of DMS Entertainment reluctantly started his stint as a recording artist via the single entitled We Miss You, a tribute song to his late father. Taking cue from the overwhelming responses he got from his growing number of fans, Mase has finally stepped-up to show the side of him that’s truly passionate about Hip-Hop music. Yes, Mase is a true-blue Hip-Hop fan and has a fun, easy going vibe about him. Thus, he breaks out of his shell and comes up with a Hip-Hop/R&B ditty entitled Like This.

Mase has taken the Hip-Hop party route with Like This and is taking his music to the party and club scenes this time around. Heavily influenced by Hip-Hop great Snoop Dogg, Mase is a master craftsman of grooves and beats. Like This is just the perfect soundtrack for b-boys breaking on the dance floor or Hip-Hop honeys chilling-out at the coolest clubs in town. But whether one is partying out or just blasting sounds from the bedroom stereo, Like This is undeniably mind-blowing and infectious. No wonder, Like This was easily picked-up by radio stations all across the nation and is fast-gaining airplay.

This is just the beginning of more Hip-Hop music ventures for Mase as a recording artist; a full album is definitely in the works. As head of DMS Entertainment, Mase is continuously developing his stable of talents and will soon launch a solo recording project for R&B sensation Sonja.

Like This is now available for digital download via iTunes and other online music portals.

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Stephen Marley Plans Hip-Hop Inspired Two-Part Album

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Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Stephen Marley is preparing to release his third solo album, titled Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life.

The 14-track album contains a number of message songs from Marley, who writes about a variety of subjects on the album, ranging from love to slavery.

According to Marley, The Root of Life will be followed by another conceptual album titled Revelation Pt 2: The Fruit of Life, which will be released in the Fall of 2011.

The Fruit of Life will feature a number of genre’s that have been influenced by Reggae music.

“Reggae music has influenced hip hop and so many other kinds of music,” Stephen Marley told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “The Fruit of Life will be [a] more open, eclectic kind of record. There will be songs for the club, dancehall reggae will be there, love songs in there, but it will remain conscious good music that you can always take something positive from.”

An exclusive, limited-edition version of The Fruit of Life will also be released on vinyl in the Fall.

Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life is due in stores on May 24th, via Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic.

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Nick Cannon Previews Shots At Eminem

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Hip-Hop personality and comedian Nick Cannon announced in an interview with XXL that he will be taking shots at rapper Eminem, who has made some controversial stabs at Cannon’s wife, Mariah Carey, in the past. The insults are scheduled to come via Cannon’s upcoming comedy special on Showtime, as part of his ongoing stand-up tour across America.

“I say how I feel about. I mean it’s definitely an interesting take – I’m not trying to stir up old news,” says Cannon. “That’s the thing that my stand-up special is actually about. It’s everybody getting to hear what I have to say first-hand instead of [hearing it] through interviews and hearsay.”

The feud between Cannon and Eminem began prior to the release of Em’s Relapse album and continued to grow via some of Em’s tracks on both Relapse and Recovery.

Cannon went on to comment about his comedy special, “You get to see how I feel about it. And I think that’s why a lot of people are going to be intrigued to watch. I talk about everything from Eminem, to my marriage, to how I feel about other celebrities and all that stuff. So, it’s an interesting take. People have been buzzing about it. I’ve been on the road with it for the last year, and everywhere I go it’s a standing ovation. So, I think it should be well-received.”

Despite Cannon’s optimism, the Detroit emcee still has the upper hand with a larger audience. Eminem recently became the first Hip-Hop artist to have two albums go Diamond with 10 million albums sold.

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Flavor Flav Arrested In Vegas

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Flavor Flav, 52, was arrested in Las Vegas on Friday after getting pulled over for a routine traffic violation when the arresting officer found the rapper had four warrants out for his arrest, E! Online reports.

Flavor Flav, whose birth name is William Jonathan Drayton, Jr., had four separate automobile-related tickets which he had never dealt with – two cases of driving without a license, one incident of driving without proof of insurance and a parking violation.

The rapper was booked at a Vegas jail and eventually released. Flavor Flav addressed the arrest on his Twitter page, acknowledging that it occurred as he was returning home from Benihana’s restaurant and was pulled over by a “curious rookie” cop.

“He found out I had a traffic warrant wanted to make a name for himself took me in,” Flavor Flav Tweet, “and now I’m home laying my bed what’s the big deal?!”

The rapper has had his share of legal troubles, he spent time in jail for robbery and burglary before dropping out of high school and pled guilty and spent 30 days in jail in 1991 for assaulting his then-girlfriend Karen Ross. In 1993, he was charged with attempted murder for shooting at a neighbor and in 2002, he spent nine weeks in Rikers Island jail in New York for driving with a suspended license, violating probation and numerous unpaid parking tickets.

Flavor Flav closed his fried chicken restaurant in Iowa last week, just three months after it opened due to a dispute with his business partner. The rapper graduated from cooking school in 1978 and worked as a head cook in several restaurants.

Flavor Flav, rose to fame as a member of the rap group Public Enemy and is known for sporting a clock around his neck. He has been the subject of a Comedy Central Roast and starred in VH1′s reality shows, “The Surreal Life,” “Strange Love” and the “Flavor of Love” dating show.

Flavor Flav has also been keeping busy with his autobiography, “Flavor Flav: The Icon,” which is set for release on June 1.

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