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Sound-Off: Really Usher?

The views expressed in this Sound-Off are not the views expressed by AllHipHop.com. I’m bizack with more of my insightful comments because like a video vixen trying to get attention at a video shoot, I just can’t keep my mouth closed!So after free-basing in my apartment for a couple hours and almost setting it on… Read more »

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The Last Word: Ne-Yo Snubs the Spice Girls For Rihanna and Turns Soap Star, John Legend Retires From Strip Clubs, and Amy Winehouse the Next Bond Girl?

Happy weekend, brothers and sisters. Five days gone and two to relax. Here’s to another week of events as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright continues to be a thorn in Barack Obama’s side (can’t this guy just shut up and let the controversy die?). The country continues to reel from the acquittal of the officers responsible… Read more »

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Trials of TQ: An Epic Tale of F**kery

Thank God…This game is not about talent. It’s all about who you know…I guess I knew the right people. For this column, and also not to incriminate anybody, I’m gonna call him “Santa Monica Jim.” He was the one person inside Sony Music Publishing that was willing to show me how to make some bread…. Read more »

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Sound-Off: Really Akon?

The views expressed in this Sound-Off are not the views expressed by AllHipHop.com. So I’m back again to sound off on another topic because like ugly people who try to holla at attractive people, I ain’t never scared!This past week, the huge buzz everywhere was about the revelation that Akon perhaps overstated his involvement in… Read more »

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The Last Word: R Kelly Touches Mariah, Jill Scott Poses Nude, and Erykah Badu Has “Organized Sex?”

Happy Friday, everyone! We’ve reached the end of another week, and we deserve to do whatever for the weekend. But the week did have its moments with Danica Patrick becoming the first female to win the Indy Japan 300, people celebrating Earth Day and Indiana and North Carolina being the states to watch as Hillary… Read more »

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Mint Condition: Indie Fresh

Just because you don’t see their videos all over TV, doesn’t mean Mint Condition qualifies as one of those Behind the Music wash-up bands. The quintet from Minneapolis has been spending the last few years blazing the independent trail. In 2005, Mint Condition released Living the Luxury Brown on their own label CagedBird Records, which… Read more »

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Sound-Off: Really Alicia?

The views expressed in this Sound-Off are not the views expressed by AllHipHop.com. Please do not misunderstand me! I am absolutely in love with Ms. Alicia Keys, which is why it pains me to write this, but it must be done.After hearing and reading about Alicia Keys’ comments in Blender Magazine regarding the inception of… Read more »

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The Last Word: Amy Winehouse’s New Addiction, Whitney Plays Bobby, and In the Midst of Drama, Alicia Keys Finds Sexuality

What’s up, music community? Five days of going through the motions as we make it to the weekend. So what have we to show for it? Well, Pope Benedict XVI decided to come to America for the first time on a six-day tour, speculation renewed as to when Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines will officially… Read more »

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Trials of TQ: The Introduction

Thank God…My name is TQ. I’m a veteran. This is what I wake up saying in the morning. Every morning. In 2008 you gotta have something to lean on. That’s what I lean on… The fact that I know what I’m doing now… A lot of people don’t know me, but for the ones that… Read more »

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Elephant Man: Physical Education

Dancehall music is all about sweating and grinding. So it’s a no-brainer when one of its biggest stars, Elephant Man, names his current release Let’s Get Physical. The Jamaican born and bred entertainer, know as The Energy God, has gotten plenty of partygoer’s blood pumping with hits like “Pon di River, Pon di Bank,” “Get… Read more »

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The Last Word: Nicole Scherzinger Caresses, Mya Pets, While Lindsay Lohan Turns Down Timbaland and Ne-Yo?

What’s cookin’ folks? Five days marked off as we wonder about American Airlines leaving travelers angry after canceling hundreds of flights, to China protestors making things difficult for people carrying the Olympic torch. Plus the group of teenage girls who face adult jail time after beating down a former friend for talking trash about them… Read more »

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A Pop Star’s “Murda” – Vanessa Carlton Talks Murder Inc., Irv Gotti and Being a Rap Label Pop Star

Vanessa Carlton makes little eye-contact and keeps her focus on a mid-March sun soaked window with a view of a few rooftops of downtown New York City. Dressed in a white blouse, a middle-eastern patterned scarf, and brown boots that resemble the color of her long-haired dachshund, Victor, who has his head on her lap…. Read more »

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The Last Word: Mariah Breaks Records, PETA Offers to Pay Aretha’s Debt, and John Legend Pays a Visit to Capital Hill

What’s up everyone? Welcome to the weekend. Five days gone by as the nation commemorates the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Hillary Clinton continues on the campaign trail in spite of pressure to bow out gracefully, and a group of third graders get caught trying to conspire to kill their… Read more »

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Get To Know Nikki Jean – A Nouveau Riche Girl With a Lupe Fiasco Cosign

Artist:  Nikki JeanLocation: St. Paul, MinnesotaInfluences: Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Laura NyroWhy You Should Know Nikki Jean:After opening for John Legend, getting free studio time with The Roots, and blogging daily for nearly a year, it turns out the biggest move Nikki Jean ever made was to simply answer the telephone.Not knowing that a… Read more »

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The Last Word: Amy Winehouse and Sade Pose Nude Michelle Williams Turns Dance and The Marley Movie Features No Marley Music?

What’s good smart world? Once again another week has gone by as we head toward the weekend with thoughts of Chris Webber announcing his NBA retirement while dealing with a knee injury and Barack Obama being a distant cousin of Brad Pitt and George W. Bush.Meanwhile his presidential rival Hillary Clinton, a distant cousin of… Read more »

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Nelly Furtado Is Hip-Hop

It’s been close to two years since Nelly Furtado shocked the masses with the release of her 3rd LP Loose. Teaming up with Timbaland to create this Hip-Hop infused pop masterpiece, the result was a surprise only to those who assumed Furtado existed within her “I’m Like a Bird” parameters. The Canadian songstress has a… Read more »

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The Last Word: Lenny Kravitz Talks Day Jobs, Rihanna Has Competition, Terrence Howard Tries Music, and India.Arie Returns

What’s up people? Good Friday is here and the week is gone. From David Paterson and his wife admitting their infidelity one day after he was sworn in as New York’s first African-American governor to Heather Mills collecting close to $50 million in her divorce settlement with Paul McCartney to March madness reaching a fever… Read more »

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Become an Addict In ’08

In today’s fickle music market, many artists are finding it difficult to maintain the public’s interest after their initial success. Furthermore, the idea of being a “career artist” is becoming as vintage as boom boxes, high top fades, and Adidas sweat suits. The problem is that many artists seem to think that after hitting it big… Read more »

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The Last Word: Michael Jackson Gets Acquitted, R. Kelly’s New Beast Puts Everyone on Blast, and Amy’s Contagious Skin Disease

How’s life everyone? Finally, the weekend is here, and it couldn’t get here quick enough. We got voters wanting more of the Hillary vs. Barack battle, after giving Hil the upset in the Texas and Ohio primaries, Brett Favre, retiring from the NFL after starting 275 straight games as the Green Bay Packers’ premier quarterback… Read more »

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The Socialite: Growing Pains

With the 2008 Grammy Awards now behind us, hopefully you have a few fond memories to carry you through the next few weeks, or days. Maybe it was Kanye West bringing A-list attention to himself the entire night or maybe it was Nas and Kelis making their controversial fashion statement with Black History Month as… Read more »

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The Last Word: Say Goodbye to Neverland, Rihanna Looks For Marrow, and Obama Didn’t Clear His Samples

What’s the deal? Another week gone by and we’re still around to tell the story. Too many happenings for five days, as Ralph Nader put his hat in again for another presidential run, LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to score 10,000 points, more than three million people experienced a massage power… Read more »

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Kirk Franklin: Real Talk

With five Grammy awards, 15 Stellar Awards and one American Music Award to his credit, Kirk Franklin has been an image of complete consistency in his illustrious career.  He has worked with the biggest names in the industry, including Bono, Mary J. Blige and the legendary Stevie Wonder. Kirk’s voice and energetic songs of worship… Read more »

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Flashback: Bob Marley

Robert Nesta Marley was a man whose impact on the world of music and beyond remains timeless. As the creator of some of the most powerful masterpieces, the mold was broken when they made Bob Marley. None came before, and none shall follow. His legacy lives on not only through his countless releases, but through… Read more »

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The Last Word: Janet Loves Sex, Shakira Sells Her Bra To Charity, and Beyonce/Aretha Beef!

Greetings, Planet Earth. Another week, another 25 cents collected, as super delegates threaten to determine who ultimately gets the Democratic presidential nomination. Roger Clemens engages in he say/he say with his ex-trainer while testifying to Congress that he didn’t take steroids, and President Bush finally signing that economic stimulus package so we can get our… Read more »

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Tyra B: Head Rush

Every year, the media as well as the public are bombarded with images and propaganda from record labels claiming that their artists are the next big thing. In most cases these “big things” come and go without realizing the potential that we were told they have. However, every year there is also an artist that… Read more »

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The Last Word: Teddy Riley Sells His Studio to Pay Debts, Britney Spears Almost Snatched Rihanna’s Umbrella, and Paula Abdul Returns to Music

What’s shakin’ warriors? It’s been a long slow five days. This week came with destruction as deadly tornadoes killed 54 people and injured many more as they ripped through four states, the Phoenix Suns completed their trade to bring in Shaquille O’Neal as the newest member of their team, medical examiner reports revealed Heath Ledger… Read more »

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The D.E.Y.: Home Grown

On the surface, The D.E.Y. seem like a group who have applied the all too familiar formula consisting of a singer and a few rappers – a trio comparable to the likes of The Fugees and The Black Eyed Peas. However, with Fugees’ frontemen Wyclef and Pras giving them props, it doesn’t appear to be… Read more »

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The Last Word: Alicia Can’t Beat God, Bobby Brown Twangs, Shakira Ca$hes Out, and Rihanna Turns Back Time

What’s good weekenders? The spirit of the end of the week is alive and well amidst Barack Obama receiving two times the support from members of the Kennedy family, Rudy Giuliani dropping out of Presidential race and backing John McCain after losing the Florida Republican primary, John Edwards joining Giuliani as he makes way for… Read more »

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Rahsaan Patterson: All Soul

The music industry is one where the talented are often times shelved and the talent-less are developed. Rahsaan Patterson belongs to the earlier creed. Since his self-titled debut ten years ago, Rahsaan has released four studio albums, contributed to movie soundtracks like Brown Sugar and written several Billboard chart-toppers such as Brandy’s “Baby”. Even still,… Read more »

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Flashback: Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson dominated 2007 with production work on Lily Allen’s Alright, Still and Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black, but his success didn’t stop there. His album Version took hits from days back and blended them with the likes of music’s most groundbreaking new artists, creating a style all his own. Before any of that happened,… Read more »

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The Last Word: Sean Paul Causes a Seizure, Akon Plays R. Kelly, and Lenny Kravitz Says No to Sex

  What’s cookin’ everyone. The weekend is upon us and the news keeps coming. This week proved to be another lively one with Roy Jones getting the W over Felix Trinidad, Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama taking shots at each other as South Carolinians prepare to vote in the Democratic primary, Fred Thompson deading his… Read more »

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Teyana Taylor: Star Trakkie

Strange, eccentric, odd- a few words some may associate with Star Trak’s teen sensation, Teyana Taylor. As for her, she prefers “bold, creative and different.” The world got their first taste of the 16-year old Harlem globetrotter when MTV featured her on it’s widely popular reality show, My Super Sweet Sixteen. While for some that… Read more »

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The Last Word: Mary J’s Fans Desert Her, Randy Jackson Forms a Dawg Pound, and Beyonce Turns Bollywood

What’s the deal people? Two weeks away and things continue to remain scandalous. Job security guaranteed, I guess. It’s good to be back as we witnessed Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama declaring a truce after all the back and forth racial drama, Mitt Romney bounces back in the Republican presidential nominee race with a win… Read more »

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Alice Smith: Alice In Wonderland

There is nothing more refreshing than a rebel in a world filled with sheep. It’s even more spectacular when that rebel is a young woman, standing 5’8”, boasting a four-octave range, who completely defies musical standards. Allow us to introduce you to Alice Smith – the strangest, most refreshing musical landscape to emerge in years…. Read more »

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Get To Know: Melodie

Artist:  MelodieLocation: Bronx, New YorkInfluences: Aretha FranklinWhy You Should Know Melodie:As a little girl, Melodie Nicholson couldn’t help herself as she sang her own versions of classic songs like “Man In The Mirror” – deep down she was an artist. It was all set in stone as she became a student of the legendary LaGuardia… Read more »

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Say No To The Vocoder

No matter who becomes President, this election year is sure to bring change in Washington. Both parties are presenting candidates who want to learn from the mistakes of the Bush years and regain America’s standing throughout the world. Today, the Hip-Hop community represents an ever expanding range of backgrounds, ethnicities and experiences, so we have… Read more »

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