T.I., Trey Songz And Rich Homie Quan Join Jeezy In ‘Me OK’ Video

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Jeezy has had the streets on lock for a decade, and he shows that nothing’s changed in that department in the “Me OK” video.

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Trey Songz “Na Na (AraabMUZIK Remix)”

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Trey Songz made great use of DJ Mustard’s darkly seductive beat for “Na Na,” arguably one of the best singles of the singer’s career.

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Trey Songz Gets First No. 1 Album

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Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as “Chapter V” bows atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Jay-Z Protege J.Cole Preps For Music Spotlight

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J. Cole’s time on hip-hop’s sideline is almost over.

More than two years after being hand-picked by rap impresario Jay-Z as the first artist on the music mogul’s fledging Roc Nation imprint, the 26 year-old Cole hopes to repay his mentor’s faith in him when his long-awaited debut “Cole World: The Sideline Story” is released on September 27.

Thanks to the high-profile endorsement and several critically lauded free albums released online, Cole has established himself as a leading voice in a new generation of hip-hop talent that includes artists like Drake, Big Sean and Wale. The North Carolina-native told Reuters the album balances different styles and lyrical content that reflect his meticulous approach towards crafting music.

“Like some rappers have, on my debut I could have gone super commercial,” said Cole of the album, which features appearances by Drake, Missy Elliott, Trey Songz (who appears on the single “Can’t Get Enough”) and, of course, Jay-Z.

“I could have just filled the album with eight or nine potential singles and hope that some of them work. Or, I could have gone the other route and been super stubborn, using only the personal material and not even worry about selling any records. What I ended up doing was the perfect balance of both. I have a number of all of those styles; the personal, deep records that are almost tear-jerkers and the fun, carefree records and super lyrical songs.”

MENTORED BY JAY-Z

Cole began pursuing a career in hip-hop while attending college at St. John’s University in New York City. Eager to prove himself in 2007, he waited for Jay-Z outside a Manhattan studio for hours in hopes of passing a demo CD to the legendary Brooklyn emcee, who initially brushed him off.

But two years later, upon hearing the song “Lights Please” from Cole’s first mix tape “The Come Up,” Jay-Z made the young artist the centerpiece of his new Roc Nation venture, and Cole credits his boss for contributing to his growth as an artist.

“He gave me a long leash to try and figure this thing out, make mistakes along the way, do the right thing,” said Cole. “He was always there overseeing and looking over my project and giving me advice on what direction I could take.”

Cole said that for a six-month period, he would bring his mentor potential singles, play songs for him and try to prove his worth.

He said he learned not to wait before he had a full song to pitch, but to take Jay-Z ideas that could be fleshed out by working with the head man.


“You get advice just through conversation,” Cole said about their relationship. “It’s not always about music. It’s about personal stories that happened when he was coming up, like when he realized he was on another level, when his fan base changed and how he handled it.”

Jay-Z’s advice for dealing with fame should be particularly useful to Cole, who’s own celebrity status is on the rise.

Earlier this month, he had his first brush with the tabloids when rumours began to swirl that he recorded a sex tape with fellow Roc Nation artist Rihanna while serving as an opening act on the singer’s Loud tour. Cole quickly denied there was any tape.

Even with the new found attention and pressure of high expectations, Cole is confident his debut will satisfy both his fans and his critics.

“I just want to win for everybody,” he said. “I want to win for myself, I want to win for my fans, I want to win for Jay-Z and the label and my management. Even more than myself, I want everybody else — the fans and the people I’m in business with — to be rewarded. I want them to know that they were right and they were dealing with something special.”

Fat Joe’s Name Cleared In Sexual Assault Case

Posted: Saturday – June 26, 2010

Fat Joe’s name has reportedly been cleared in the sexual assault case that stems from an incident involving a Madison, Wisconsin woman.

The Terror Squad leader’s camp released a statement confirming the news on Thursday (June 24) night and thanked fans and friends, who stood beside the New York lyricist. The announcement also cleared up previous reports that said the rapper was detained. He was never taken into police custody, but was instead questioned inside of his hotel.

“Josepha Cartagena, known as Fat Joe, and others have been officially cleared by the Madison Wisconsin Police Department of any wrongdoing,” read the statement. “Fat Joe had no contact with, and never spoke to his accuser. He was questioned for a few minutes at his hotel room and was never detained by the police.”

It continued on to say, “Making a false claim of a sexual nature in order to extort money is one of the most horrific accusations because it not only tarnishes reputations but has the potential to destroy families. Mr. Cartagena wholeheartedly thanks his family, friends, and fans for their continued support, loyalty, and words of encouragement throughout this ordeal.”

In other news, Joe is scheduled to release his tenth studio album, The Darkside, later this year. The LP will feature collaborations with The Clipse, Trey Songz, Rico Love, R. Kelly, and Young Jeezy, amongst others.

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Jay-Z Visits The White House

Posted: Saturday – March 6, 2010

Jay-Z has finally made it to the White House. Joining him on Wednesday, March 3, were Beyonce, her mother, Tina Knowles, and Trey Songz.

According to hiphopdx.com, Jay briefly met with Obama while at a stop at the Verizon Center on his Blueprint 3 Tour.

Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, publicly expressed to the media that he has had several invitations to the White House and has been too busy to accept. “Hopefully we’ll keep him in for eight years so I’ll have time to get there,” he said last month to BBC.

Now that Jay has gotten there, we’ll see if he is invited back.

According to allhiphop.com, Obama endorsed Jay-Z’s latest album, Blueprint 3, (where Obama was shouted out on 3 different cuts) and has been a hip-hop fan for years. His hope for hip-hop is for emcees to avoid lyrics that degrade women and limit the constant talk of money and cars.

“I’ve met with Jay-Z, I’ve met with Kanye [West]. And I’ve talked to other artists about how potentially to bridge that gap. I think the potential for them to deliver a message of extraordinary power that gets people thinking [is great],” Obama said while on a BET special.

The president continued to say that he feels some rappers use the n-word excessively.

What Obama and Jay-Z do agree on is the effect hip-hop can have on the nation. They both believe that rappers can use their lyrics to uplift the masses and bring about change. However, Jay feels that the job of a rapper is to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

“Sometimes there are hard truths in rap; they’re not packaged with pretty ribbons. Sometimes the realities of the situations are harsh and they need to be told,” Jay-Z said to BBC. “We’re the poets of our generation!”

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