Daily Archives: November 2, 2012

Alicia Keys Covers Billboard Magazine

Alicia Keys sure is on fire and the flames are only getting bigger! Just before her new album, Girl On Fire arrives on November 27th, the Grammy Award winning singer is covering the latest issue of Billboard magazine. On the cover, A. Keys strikes a Whitney Houston inspired pose and sports a short hairdo.

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Meek Mill Speaks On Hurricane Sandy’s Impact On His Debut ‘Dreams & Nightmares’

Most cities and states across the East coast were affected by Hurricane Sandy which shortened Maybach Music Group’s rapper Meek Mill first week sales, but he isn’t worrying at all. In a press release from Warner Bros, Meek spoke about his first week sales.

This storm has been crazy,” reflects Meek on the recent events. “This is my first release, and I’m supposed to be so happy for it. But the same day my album came out, I was more worried about how my family was holding out and a tree falling on my house. My focus wasn’t on stores being closed, I had a packed house, filled with my family, making sure they were good during this storm. I made a great album and it will sustain itself. Real people do real shit; my fans will buy the album when they are able to.”

Despite hindrances, sales of Dreams And Nightmares are trending upwards with the album projected to fall in the Top 5 on next week’s charts with 170-200k units sold based on one-day estimates. The release is led by the Top 10 single “Amen” featuring Drake and Kirko Bangz-assisted “Young & Gettin’ It” which continues to build at urban mainstream radio. With features from Rick Ross, Wale, Nas, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, and more, the 14-track album has hosted positive reactions from critics on its dual themes held together by Meek’s storytelling:

“a respectable effort that exorcises personal demons and moves him beyond illicit history.” -BBC    

“the most exciting young conventional hip-hop star of the last couple of years…an excitable star with a firm grasp on what makes people move…” -New York Times   

“One of the year’s best rap albums” -PEOPLE     

“it’s what his signature vocal punches are coming with on Dreams and Nightmares  that make the rapper’s debut album worthwhile: brutally honest storytelling mixed with boastful glimpses of the good life, the latter as the most promising.” -Billboard     

“Mill shows great potential as a storyteller” -Associated Press

“the perfect balance of street rap and commercialism.” -Village Voice     

“The Philly rap phenom catches his dream without letting go of his nightmarish past…If his rags-to-riches ode sounds much more like a hammy motion picture, Meek’s street-ridden recollections make for a more realistic documentary.” -XXL Magazine     

“Rap is often about contradiction, of wanting to stay humble and true while still stunting. Sneering talking heads and confused elitists use that struggle as a weapon against the music: How can this music, and these artists, be taken seriously when they brag about throwing money at strippers? The genius of Meek’s music is that he embodies, fleshes out, and answers the rapper’s dilemma.” -Pitchfork

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Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Re-Up’ Album Artwork & Tracklist

YMCMB’s femcee Nicki Minaj is scheduled to release her new project The Re-Up (a double-disc collection which includes her sophomore album plus eight new songs) on November 19. Rihanna and Keyshia Cole are also dropping on that day. Minaj’s The Re-Up will also feature a 90-minute DVD of never-before-seen footage from her tour. “The Boys” Ft. Cassie and “Va Va Voom” are in heavy rotation. Minaj called on some industry heavy weights including Ciara, Tyga, Lil Wayne and Thomas Brinx for her upcoming project. Pre-order now on iTunes. Tracklist below! Be sure to watch her 3-part docu-series Nicki Minaj: My Truth on E! this Sunday (November 4) at 10:30pm.

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up Tracklisting

Disc 1
1. “Up in Flames”
2. “Freedom”
3. “Hell Yeah” (feat. Parker)
4. “High School” (feat. Lil Wayne)
5. “I’m Legit” (feat. Ciara)
6. “I Endorse These Strippers” (feat. Tyga & Thomas Brinx)
7. “The Boys” (feat. Cassie)
8. “Va Va Voom”

Disc 2
1. “Roman Holiday”
2. “Come On a Cone”
3. “I Am Your Leader” (feat. Cam’ron & Rick Ross)
4. “Beez in the Trap” (feat. 2 Chainz)
5. “HOV Lane”
6. “Roman Reloaded” (feat. Lil Wayne)
7. “Champion” (feat. Nas, Drake & Young Jeezy)
8. “Right By My Side” (feat. Chris Brown)
9. “Sex in the Lounge” (feat. Lil Wayne & Bobby V)
10. “Starships”
11. “Pound the Alarm”
12. “Whip It”
13. “Automatic”
14. “Beautiful Sinner”
15. “Marilyn Monroe”
16. “Young Forever”
17. “Fire Burns”
18. “Gun Shot” (feat. Beenie Man)
19. “Stupid Hoe”

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In Love With Designers: Chief Keef Wearing A $895 Moncler Bartholome Vest

Rapper Chief Keef is back on the California coast at the Beats by Dre studio working on his debut album, entitled Finally Rich. The album’s new arrival date is December 18th. He was recently in the studio with producer Young Chop and friends. When he wasn’t recording, Keef decided to do what he does best (upload pictures on himself wearing designers). Keef was wearing a $895 Moncler Bartholome Vest paired with a white Polo V-Neck tee-shirt, Robin’s Jean Cargo Pants and Air Jordan sneakers. He accessorized his outfit with a Fendi belt and Ralph Lauren Polo boxers.

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Are We Feeling Her New Look? Kim Kardashian Wearing A $795 Joseph Stretch Leather Pencil Skirt & Rust Draped Top

I love this outfit! Kim Kardashian was spotted out and about in a new look. She got fabulous in a rust draped top and a $795 Joseph Stretch Leather Pencil Skirt paired with black knee-high boots. Kim accessorized her outfit with a black crocodile Hermes Birkin bag, which she previous wore in Miami with an asymmetrical leather peplum, Bleulab Detour Reversible Denim Leggings and Jimmy Choo Anouk Pumps. The Kardashians are in Miami filming episodes of their reality TV series, Kourtney & Kim Take Miami. What are your thoughts on her outfit?

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New Episodes: Meek Mill “Polo & Shell Tops” & “Battling”

Meek Mill’s Dreams & Nightmares is now in stores and available on iTunes. The MMG rapper continues to break down his debut LP with Hip Hop journalist Shaheem Reid. In the latest episodes, Meek speaks on hustling in his Philly neighborhood for designers such as Polo and Shell Top Adidas, the topic of battle rapping and runs down his battle rap resume. He also speaks on being the first to do two tours and three million downloads without having an album out. As, I always say, “I am so proud of Meek’s success. He is a diamond in the rough and the meaning of a Dream Chaser.” Pre-order Dreams & Nightmares on iTunes now.

Meek Mill “Polo & Shell Tops”

Meek Mill “Battling”

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