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Who Wore It Better? Wiz Khalifa & Big Sean In $365 Kokon To Zai One Piece Church Printed Shorts With Trousers


Newly married couple Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose is in NYC. The twosome stopped by ‘The Angie Martinez Show‘ on Hot 97 for a sit down interview with the veteran disc jockey. Wiz also stopped by Sway in the Morning and performed “Look What I Got On“. Speaking of look what I got on, Wiz and Amber was also photo’d with model Omahyra Mota and they both wore shirts from Kokon to Zai’s Fall 2013 collection. Wiz completed his ensemble by adding a pair of $365 Kokon to Zai One Piece Church Printed Shorts With Trousers. Rapper Big Sean also wore this one piece church printed shorts with trousers last summer while he was in Los Angeles. Sean topped off his outfit with a black tee-shirt and Adidas sneakers.



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Photos Credit:  Wiz Khalifa’s Instagram | AP

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K. Michelle’s ‘Rebellious Soul’ Debuts High On The Charts


R&B singer and songwriter K. Michelle released her highly anticipated debut album Rebellious Soul two weeks ago and the project debuted high on the charts, selling 72,000 copies in its first week. It was good enough to land her the number one spot on the R&B charts and the number two spot on the Billboard Top 200.

In 2008, K. Michelle signed her first record deal with Jive Records. The following year, she was introduced to the urban music audience as the protégé of Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter R. Kelly.  After releasing her singles “Fakin It” featuring Missy Elliott,“ “I just Can’t Do This”  and “How Many Times,” people started comparing her to Mary J Blige and Keyshia Cole because their music is similar and represents the struggle that some young Black and Latino females in the inner cities experience.

In October 2011, Jive Records along with Arista and J Records, shut down and all their artists were moved to RCA Records. But K. Michelle was left without a music home. She had asked to be brought out of her Jive contract by RCA Records and her debut album, which was then entitled Pain Medicine, never saw the light of day.

K. Michelle refused to be counted out. She continued to promote her previous mixtapes, What’s The 901, For Colored Girls/Pre-Pain Medicine, and Signed, Sealed, & Delivered. In 2012, she joined the cast of Mona Scott Young’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta reality show. She used the show as a platform to rebuild her music career and brand. In that same year, she released a new mixtape, entitled 0 F’s Given. Reality television worked for K. Michelle. It actually helped her to sign a new deal with Warner Bros. Records, whose artists have all since been moved to Atlantic Records.

Earlier in the spring, K. Michelle released the album’s first single “V.S.O.P” which was followed by the album’s second single “I Don’t Like Me”. On the emotional track, the Memphis, Tennessee-bred exposes her insecurities, low self-esteem and sings about having sex with a man without being in a relationship with him. In my opinion, the top three standout tracks on the album are “My Life,” “Can’t Raise A Man” and “Pay My Bills”. On “My Life,” she sings about some of the issues in the inner cities including the large number of young males being murdered. On “Can’t Raise A Man,” she sings about being in a relationship with a man doesn’t means that the woman can change him because honestly, “a man is always going to do what he wants”. “Pay My Bills” is strictly for the grown and sexy. She sings about getting intimate with her partner. Rebellious Soul is a good album and worth the buy.

Words by Don Bleek

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Drake Covers Billboard; Replies To Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” Verse & Wants To Move The Culture Foward


A few weeks before YMCMB/OVO’s Drake releases his upcoming LP, Nothing Was The Same on September 24th, the Canadian rapper covers the latest issue of Billboard magazine. The 26-year-old Grammy Award winning artist is very successful. He’s sold 4.5 million albums since his 2010 debut, Thank Me Later, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has 10 No. 1s under his belt. He also topped Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart more than any other artist in history. Inside for the cover story, Drake replied to Kendrick Lamar’sControl” verse, talked about making anthems that are empowering to people, wants to push the culture forward and much more. Below are some highlights:


On not thinking about what the new meme is going to be, making something for people to live by, and trying to make anthems that are empowering to people:

“I swear I’m not sitting around going, ‘What’s the new meme going to be?’ But I do spend a lot of time when I’m writing, especially lately, trying to make something for people to live by. I’m trying to make anthems that are empowering to people, to find phrases that I haven’t heard before. I’m not just going to sit here and be like, ‘Fuckin’ bitches, getting money!'”

On Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse:

“I didn’t really have anything to say about it,” Drake says of the verse, which has so far inspired responses from A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson and too many others to count. “It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That’s all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick’s not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic.”

On forming OVO:

Last year, Drake and OVO partners Oliver El-Khatib, Drake’s co-manager, and Noah “40” Shebib, his longtime producer/engineer/confidante, took a logical next step when they signed a deal to launch OVO Sound, a new label set up at Warner Bros. Records.

“We had talked about a label for years, but now is the time when it feels right,” says El-Khatib, 29. “We’re mature enough and we understand the business enough and we have the infrastructure now. It’s not so scary anymore.”

On wanting to push the culture forward:

“The goal is to continue to push the culture forward and form a team that can really contribute some great music to the world,” Drake says of OVO. “My ears are definitely out. I’m looking to hear the next wave.”

On being signed to another artist and what he looks for in an artist:

“Being an artist that’s signed to another artist, I understand how much of a representation I am of that artist,” he says. “So I want to be extremely selective. I want artists who are, first and foremost, genuinely good people who are good to be around, and second, who have pure talent and will make me look smart for signing them [laughs].”

Read the full interview over at Billboard.

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Cassie Celebrates Birthday Dinner At Nobu In An $845 Balenciaga Sphinx Tee & The Matching $775 Skirt


This past Tuesday (August 27), singer and model Cassie celebrated her birthday party at Los Angeles’ Supper Club. Before partying at the popular LA hotspot, she had a birthday dinner at Nobu on 903 North La Cienega Boulevard. Cassie styled in an $845 Balenciaga Sphinx Tee and the matching $775 Balenciaga Sphinx Skirt. This short sleeve silk crewneck tee-shirt features sphinx print and an eyelet button closure on the back. You can purchase the shirt at Barneys. The mini skirt also features sphix print with rib knit elastic waist, and slip pockets. It’s available at Barneys. Lala Anthony last wore this outfit here. She’s so pretty! I like Cassie a lot because she reminds me of that “around the way girl” that you can kick it and chill with.



Photos Credit: Cassie’s Instagram | shirt via Barneys | skirt Barneys 

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Wilmont A. Releases “The illustration” With Ockyimill


Rising Delaware music producer Wilmont A. releases a collaborative EP, entitled The illustration with  Ockyimill. On the 9-track Hip-Hop project, the duo tells a visionary story and takes the listeners on an overseas adventure. On the track, “Piazza De Florance,” they rhymed about being in all black Maybach and living the life overseas. “The Burning House” tells a story about hating the house they grew up in because of the bad vibes and not having a father at home. On “New Rules” they rap about not rewriting lyrics, instead rewriting history and changing the rules in the game. Overall, the project is good and worth a listen.

    • Name: Wilmont A.
    • Age: 26
    • Reppin: Newark, Delaware
    • Who influenced you to produce music: My old band director Vincent Adkins. I took a Digital Music class at Thomas McKean High School and I learned the entire process of the music industry there. I also learned recording, producing the fundamentals of engineering, and production there.
    • Who are some of your musical influences: Pete Rock, Black Milk, Kanye West, Ty Segall, Jack White, The Black Keys, Adrian Younge, Daft Punk, Justice, and Fela Kuti
    • Standout records or moments have been: Recording my most recent project, illustration. I produced, mixed and mastered the entire EP. It was a huge accomplishment for me.
    • What artists have you worked with: Ockyimill (Akeem Porter), B Smithsonian, Zilla Rocca and DE MC Unanimous.
    • If you could work with any artist who would it be and why: Ty Segall and Justice (Dope sound is all I have to say).
    • If you could sign a production deal with any label, what label it will be and why: Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music. He’s a great producer who uses his creative skills to elevate to the next level. In my opinion, he’s the hardest working producer to date.
    • What projects are you currently working on: I can’t talk about it at the current moment but I promise the wait won’t be too long.
    • Five years from now I will be: On top of my game. Doing what I enjoy.

Stream and download Wilmont A’s collaborative project, The illustration with Akeem Porter (Ockyimill) here:


Ockyimill “The illustration” official visual

On more info visit their Twitter pages: @iamwilmont and @Ocky_IMILLL

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Angela Simmons Wears An Urban Outfitter Sweater & Red Leather Supertrash Pants


Earlier in the week, Angela Simmons handled BET’s 106 & Park hosting duties alongside Bow Wow. G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean was the musical guest. For the live music countdown show, the socialite and entrepreneuress wore a black & white printed sweater from Urban Outfitter and red leather pants from Supertrash. Her outfit was accessorized with black sandals. What is your verdict on Angela’s look?




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Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union Attends Miu Miu’s ‘The Door’ Movie Screenings In Italy


Yesterday Thursday (August 29), NBA player Dwayne Wade and his longtime girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Union attended fashion house Miu Miu and director Ava DuVernay’s ‘Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales’ event during the 70th Annual Venice International Film Festival in Venice, ItalyGabby starred in DuVernay’s short movie The Door. The twosome was photo’d on the red carpet. For the upscale event, Wade looked dapper in a navy suit while Gabby looked cute in a red & black loose-fitting dress. See the pics below:



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IT’S OFFICIAL! Beyonce Filmed Visual At Brooklyn’s Coney Island For Upcoming Single “XO”


Yesterday afternoon, Thursday (August 29), multi-platinum R&B/Pop singer Beyoncé and her crew visited Brooklyn’s Coney Island to film a visual for her upcoming single “XO“. Bey’s stylist Ty Hunter and model Jourdan Duun accompanied her at Luna Park in Coney Island and they’re also featured in the visual. They were photo’d riding the iconic 86-year-old Cyclone Rollercoaster. Bey paid homage to the late great Notorious B.I.G. by wearing a cap with his face on it. It is also being reported that Bey has completed her new album. Expect the official title and release date in the coming weeks. See pics below:






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