Check out this new previously unreleased song from Keri Hilson produced by super producer Timbaland called “The Ring”. I’m still trying to figure out if I like it or not. The beat is OK…but I was expected so much more on the vocals. I dunno. I love Ms. KeriBaby but this song’s got me feeling some kinda way right now…
In partnership with Upscale magazine, super producer Polow Da Don along with his label, Zone 4, Inc, launched the F.O.C.U.S. foundation last week. F.O.C.U.S = Focusing On Completion Until Successful and concentrates on promoting a desire for education, interpersonal skills, networking and marketability within the community.
Polow was said to be out of the country but in his absence, R&B diva Monica held down the “Night of Stars” event, which took place at Club Opera. Most (including me) were totally unaware that Mo was also grabbing footage for her new BET reality show ‘Still Standing’ so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for my cameo.
Video ~ Monica hosts F.O.C.U.S. Foundation Event
Guests were treated to a fashion show which featured select styles from local boutiques, such as Jason Geter’s Striver’s Row and T.I.s AKOO label. There were also treats available in the form of liquor cakes created by “Get Cake” founder Renee Rosenthal and DJ Don Cannon kept the crowd hyped.
Willie Hustle & DJ Don Cannon chillin in the booth.
In addition to the red carpet fashion show, Zone 4’s newest addition, The Hemphill Kids also performed a tribute to Michael Jackson. Check out the video and more photos from the event below:
Lil Kim teamed up with Cyndi Lauper for a duet of Lauper’s ‘Time After Time” with a sprinkling of Kim’s “Put Your Lighter’s Up”performed in honor of Nelson Mandela during “The Mandela Day Concert – A 46664 Celebration” at Radio City Music Hall. Proceeds from the concert went to support 46664, the humanitarian campaign named after Mandela’s prison ID number.
“Our struggle for freedom and justice was a collaborative effort,” Mandela said in a taped message. “‘Mandela Day’ is no different. It is in your hands to create a better world.”
It was an odd pairing and I, personally, woulda never thought of Kimmie as a singer, but she didn’t do quite as horrible as I would have envisioned. I mean…it’s not something I’d be playing in my headphones but it was definitely entertaining to say the least!
Shouts out to my Twitter friend SinnamonS for the link. Check out the video below:
My boo Twan…aka Big Boi has made some major moves recently. From Jive to Def Jam but always…. “Straight From The A!” I wish him nothing but the best!
On the phone Thursday night from a recording studio in Atlanta, Big Boi of Southern hip-hop legends OutKast confirmed that he will be leaving Jive and signing to Def Jam, who will be releasing his long-delayed solo album, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. “The lawyers just have to finish their lawyering,” Big explained, and added that he was happy to be working with LaFace co-founder and current Island Def Jam Chairman and CEO LA Reid again, since “he’s been with us since the beginning.” As Big put it, “I just gave you the scoop of the century, man.
Purple Ribbon Entertainment will still be distributed by Virgin Records but his upcoming solo project, tentatively titled Sir Luschious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty, will be a Def Jam release. It’s still unknown as to if Andre 3000 will follow suit and leave Jive, and Big Boi has always mantained that Outkast is still intact. It’s my understanding that both after he and Dre’s solo projects are complete, the Outkast project begins. But I guess we’ll just have to take his word for it and wait and see.
Ciara dropped some promo pics via her Twitter a few days ago and the net was ablaze with chatter of her new doo. The photos are lovely (as usual) and were taken by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks. In these new flix, CiCi decided to take her look into a totally different direction with a new short, sleek, darker style. I like it but I’m almost positive this change isn’t permanent. Word is….it’s a wig. So don’t fret, CiCi will be rocking her long lacefront again shortly.
CiCi: “Shhhhh….don’t spill the beans on my wig!”
Ciara also dropped a short little dance video for her fans where she shows you all how to ‘JERK’ to her new single ‘Work” featuring Missy Elliott. The video also features dancers from her new company UDT (Universal Dance & Talent). Check it out below:
Vivica Fox held her birthday celebration in Atlanta at Primal Friday night and Darkchild/Interscope recording artist Verse Simmonds hit up the stage to sing happy birthday to the superstar. Verse is from the Virgin Islands, so he serenaded Vivica with his own Caribbean rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Check out a few flix below:
Auntie Viv is still killin the cougar game.
Verse on the mic.
Verse Simmond’s also shot the video for his single “Buy You A Round (Up & Down)” yesterday.
More party photos + behind the scenes video from the video shoot below: