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Flashback: Bobby Brown Takes Control With ‘On Our Own’ From ‘Ghostbusters 2’

Flashback: Bobby Brown Takes Control With ‘On Our Own’ From ‘Ghostbusters 2’
Cramming the plot of Ghostbusters 2 into a four-minute pop song is no easy task, but Bobby Brown handled it with tremendous skill on his New Jack Swing masterpiece “On Our Own,” which peaked at Number Two on the Hot 100 30 years ago this week. “Found about Vigo, the master of evil,” he sang, referencing an evil 16th-century spirit trapped inside a painting in the movie. “Try to battle my boys? That’s not legal!”

The movie landed in theaters during one of the busiest summers in the history of Hollywood up to that point.
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Interview: Tina Charles – Charlie’s Records

Charlie’s Records is a classic immigration story turned personal. Director Tina Charles is a Wnba all star, Olympic gold medalist and first-time filmmaker. Her documentary follows her father Rawlston Charles, who came to New York from Trinidad in the 70’s, opened a calypso record shop in BedStuy (subject of a 2013 NYTimes article), then turned his store into a record studio where he produced for all the calypso greats including early rappers like Slick Rick and Kurtis Blow. Rawlston is responsible for producing megahits like “La Di Da Di” by Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh, and “Hot Hot Hot” by Arrow.…
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Thousands Line The Streets Of Los Angeles As ‘Obama Boulevard’ Is Unveiled

With music, food, thousands of excited residents and VIP guests, Los Angeles renamed a street after former President Barack Obama Saturday evening, replacing Rodeo Road.

Not to be confused with Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Rodeo Road is a 3 ½-mile street that runs through the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw neighborhoods in South L.A.

Among those attending the ceremony were Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Council President Herb Wesson, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) and other elected leaders.

Here with Cm @HerbJWesson, Sup. @MRidleyThomas, Rep. @MariaEDurazo and the @LAUrbanLeague for #ObamaFestLA to name #ObamaBlvd and etch President Obama’s name and legacy even deeper in our city’s story.

— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) May 5, 2019

Before the unveiling at 5 p.m. Pt, residents were treated to a concert where Doug E. Fresh, Yo-Yo, Kurupt, Alex Isley, Sheila E. and others were slated to perform.

The name change followed a proposal by Wesson,
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Fab 5 Freddy Explores War on Drugs With Snoop Dogg in ‘Grass is Greener’ Trailer

Hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy explores the racially-charged history of the War on Drugs, specifically marijuana, in his directorial debut, Grass Is Greener, set to premiere on Netflix — fittingly — April 20th.

The new trailer for the documentary opens with Freddy examining the connection between music and marijuana, with appearances from artists like Cypress Hill and Snoop Dogg. “The era before me was on Pcp, heroin,” Snoop recalls. “My mission was to get everybody hooked on chronic.”

But the film primarily uses growing legalization efforts as a springboard to discuss the problematic
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Best of ’88: Slick Rick on the Greatest Story Hip-Hop Ever Told

Best of ’88: Slick Rick on the Greatest Story Hip-Hop Ever Told
30 years later, 1988 still stands as rap’s greatest year. The lyrical molotovs of ‘Nation of Millions’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton, the post-modern (and pre-lawsuit) free-for-all of sampling, the national spotlight of a new show called ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ and much more. To celebrate 30 years, Rolling Stone’s Best of ’88 explores the 10 greatest songs from those explosive 12 months. See our previous entries on Rob Base and D.J. E-z Rock, Epmd, Run-dmc and Sir Mix-a-Lot.

“Children’s Story” is the epic yarn that defines storytelling rap, a casually spit tale of cops and robbers,
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Make It Last Forever: How Keith Sweat Scored Hits in Four Different Decades

Make It Last Forever: How Keith Sweat Scored Hits in Four Different Decades
The night before most singers put out an album, tradition dictates that they spend some time promoting their new work. Music is a business, after all, and listeners can’t stream or buy your songs if they don’t know that those songs exist.

It would be generous to say that the R&B veteran Keith Sweat looks on that promotional tradition with blithe indifference. “They keep telling me to sing something from the new shit,” he complained during his album release show at the iHeartRadio Theater in downtown Manhattan last Thursday.
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Hear Logic Invite Jay-z to Collaborate on New Song ‘The Return’

Hear Logic Invite Jay-z to Collaborate on New Song ‘The Return’
After releasing sentimental pop-leaning collaborations with Marshmello and One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, Logic pivots back to spare, smacking hip-hop on his new single “The Return.”

The rapper picks a strong beat here courtesy of longtime collaborator 6ix: “The Return” instrumental loops Nina Simone’s “Wild Is the Wind” to great effect, turning Simone’s inimitable voice into an eerie melody and then doubling it with a horn line.

Seemingly inspired by the imperious beat, Logic raps with speed and intensity, picking fight after fight. He takes aim at the
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Jamie Foxx Drops $500k On Bet After-Party

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Jamie Foxx Drops $500k On Bet After-Party
Jamie Foxx threw a Bet after-party that possibly rivaled the Vanity Fair Oscar party because the place was swarming with A-listers and featured performances by Migos and T.I.  We're told Foxx dropped half a million on the shindig that was held in his L.A.-area mansion after Sunday's awards show. Guests, which included Michael B. Jordan and the entire cast of "Empire," had to be shuttled to the event. Mc Lyte, Doug E. Fresh
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100s of Hip-Hop Songs can be Traced back to Slick Rick’s and Doug E. Fresh’s La Di Da Di (1985)

If you don’t believe it’s true then queue up the lyrics for almost every hip hop song that’s been released since Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh’s La Di Da Di hit the airwaves and see whether or not they can be traced back. What you’ll find is that some element of just about every hip hop song can be followed back to the contribution that these two made and will be a direct or indirect source that helped to fuel the genre. So many people like to throw around words like ‘innovative’ or ‘unique’ or ‘original’, and in some

100s of Hip-Hop Songs can be Traced back to Slick Rick’s and Doug E. Fresh’s La Di Da Di (1985)
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L.A. Sheriff Demands Fox Apologize for Biggie, Tupac Doc Photo Mistake

L.A. Sheriff Demands Fox Apologize for Biggie, Tupac Doc Photo Mistake
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is demanding a public apology from the Fox Broadcasting Company after the network aired a special about the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. that misidentified one of their employees, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Who Shot Biggie & Tupac aired Sunday and used a photo of Lasd Commander Steven D. Katz instead of Steve Katz, the Los Angeles Police Department's lead detective on the Biggie case. "The segment defamed Katz by repeatedly showing his photograph and expressing through graphics, an indication of
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Jordin Sparks Releases New Song 'Zero to Sixty' with the President's Council on Fitness

Jordin Sparks Releases New Song 'Zero to Sixty' with the President's Council on Fitness
Jordin Sparks has teamed up with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition to motivate Americans to get healthy and active "One Step at a Time." On Tuesday, the American Idol alum, hip-hop artist Doug E. Fresh and children's artist Brady Rymer released their new song "Zero to Sixty," and People has an exclusive first listen. "Today's the day to start fresh / Put your body up to the test / You can go fast or slow, it don't matter, get up and go," Sparks sings on "Zero to Sixty." "What are you waiting for? Move your body now / Live free." The
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The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe's Blogs About a Tough Call: 'It Really Did Kill Me'

Kaitlyn Bristowe is the Bachelorette! She charmed her way into the hearts of the Bachelor Nation – and nearly the Bachelor himself, Chris Soules, on season 19 of The Bachelor. Now Kaitlyn has begun her own journey to love.

These cliffhangers are really giving me some good material to work with for the beginning of my blogs!

Let's sum things up. I quit Clint. Clint quit Jj. The romance and the bromance are officially over. Short-lived, I know. There were just too many red flags with Clint. He was great on our one-on-one date but terrible in a group setting. And I
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What You Missed at the 2014 Soul Train Awards

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What You Missed at the 2014 Soul Train Awards
The big winner of last night's Soul Train Awards? Chris Brown. He took home three awards — all for various aspects of the song "Loyal" — and somehow managed not to horribly offend. (Though he is still terrible.) But who really cares about the awards? This year's ceremony was all about the reunions and surprise guest-filled tributes. It was all worth it just to see Lil' Kim. Here's a run-through of what happened last night. Let's start on a high note. The Kool and the Gang tribute felt like a wacky variety show, featuring the talents of Tamar Braxton, Joe, Mc Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, Elle Varner, and Ma$e. Am I the only one who finds it exciting every time Ma$e randomly appears somewhere? (Video can be seen here, because Bet loves autoplay.) The other cool/kool thing that happened: Lil' Kim, Da Brat, and Missy Elliott performed 1996's “Not
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Soul Train Awards 2012 winners' list

Rewind time for the Soul Train Awards 2012, held at Planet Hollywood Live in Las Vegas, also simulcast on Bet and Centric on November 25th at 8Pm Et/Pt. Host Cedric the Entertainer, along with Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson, New Edition, Ne-Yo, and 2 Chainz, encouraged people of all ages to dance and sing along to their memorable and popular songs. From Bet Celebrities from music, film, sports and television such as Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Levert, Billy Crystal, Earvin .Magic. Johnson, Melanie Fiona, Jody Watley, Doug E. Fresh, Tony Rock, Luke James, Estelle, Donny and Marie Osmond, Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham, and Tamar Braxton, joined Soul Train in celebrating some of the best musical contributions of 2012.
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Snoop Dogg Raps With "Whiteboyz"

Anchor Bay Entertainment have reissued director Marc Levin's 1999 comedy, "Whiteboyz" on DVD, starring Danny Hoch, Piper Perabo, Fat Joe, Dead Prez, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Dash Mihok and Snoop Dogg :

"...welcome to Iowa, where the corn grows tall, the kids hang at the mall and homegrown white boy 'Flip Dogg' raps, 'Whassup with that?' Flip’s struggle to keep it real in his boring Midwestern ’hood ultimately takes him and his crew on a road trip to the projects of Chicago, where he discovers it ain’t all good when he disses some reallife gangstas..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Whiteboyz"...
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Trailer For Ice-t’s Ultimate Rap Doc ‘Something From Nothing’ With Kanye West, Eminem, Nas & More

For fans of hip-hop it looks like the one documentary to rule them all is arriving this summer. Ice-t premiered Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap at Sundance this year to solid reviews and now the first trailer has arrived today. It looks to be a comprehensive look at not only the history of the genre, but its personal connection with today’s (and yesterday’s) greatest artists. The doc features (drumroll, please) Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, B-Real, Bun B, Chino Xl, Common, DJ Premier, Dmc, Doug E. Fresh, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Grandmaster Caz, Ice Cube, Immortal Technique, Joe Budden, Kanye West, Kool Keith, Krs-One, Lord Finesse, Lord Jamar, Marley Marl, Mc Lyte, Melle Mel, Nas, Puerto Rico, Q-Tip, Raekwon, Rakim and Ras Kass. Check it out below via Apple.


Ice-t takes us on an intimate journey into the heart and soul of hip-hop with the legends of rap music.
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12 Best Hip-Hop Christmas Songs Of All Time

From a Run-d.M.C. classic to raps with not-so-merry sentiments, here's MTV News' nontraditional playlist.

By Rob Markman

Kanye West

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Sure, Michael Bublé and Justin Bieber are the current Christmas crown holders, but what if your yuletide tastes require a harder edge? While rappers aren't exactly known for spreading holiday cheer, hip-hop has given fans plenty of rap carols. Run-d.M.C.'s 1987 classic "Christmas in Hollis" may be the most-popular, but new-schoolers like Ludacris and Kanye West have kept rap's Xmas tradition alive.

If you've grown tired of listening to Nat King Cole's 1946 "The Christmas Song" or even Mariah Carey's more recent 1994 hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You," MTV News has compiled a 12-song playlist of rap's best Christmas-themed hits.

"Christmas in Hollis," Run-d.M.C.

No doubt the greatest rap carol ever recorded, this 1987 classic found Run and partner-in-rhyme D.
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Nakim Shares His 'Travel' On Debut Mixtape

'You can't be from Harlem and not be flashy,' newcomer tells Mixtape Daily.

By Rob Markman


Photo: MTV News

Fire Starter: Nakim

When it comes to hip-hop, Harlem has a rich tradition. Aside from breeding some of the game's best spitters, the famed New York City neighborhood has also birthed some of rap's flashiest artists.

From Doug E. Fresh in the 1980s to Diddy and Ma$e in the 1990s, Harlem rappers have kept fans up on the latest fashions. Even during Dipset's street reign in the early 2000s, the certified gangstas still kept things fly. Now, Harlem is producing a new crop of talent, with rappers like A$AP Rocky, Smoke Dza and now Nakim looking to carry on that tradition.

"You can't be from Harlem and not be flashy. It's almost like an oxymoron," Nakim told Mixtape Daily.

Nak, who threw his middle finger to industry
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Late Rapper Heavy D Honored at 2011 Soul Train Awards

Late Rapper Heavy D Honored at 2011 Soul Train Awards
It was all about the tributes at this year's Soul Train Awards, which aired Sunday on Bet. A slew of artists paid tribute to the late rapper Heavy D, who died at the age of 44 earlier this month. Also honored with tribute performances were Gladys Knight and the group Earth, Wind & Fire, both of whom were presented with the new Legend Award. Oh, and a few more awards were handed out along the way.  The show, which was taped Nov. 17 in Atlanta, was hosted by an energetic Cedric the Entertainer. Paying tribute to Heavy D were several of his closest friends and fellow performers, including Naughty by Nature, Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow and Goodie Mob, who performed some of the rapper's...
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Heavy D Was An 'Icon,' Red Cafe Says

'He was just a big dude with swag, and then you seen Biggie follow suit and you see Rick Ross follow suit,' he tells MTV News.

By Rob Markman

Heavy D

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Red Café may have only met Heavy D a few months before his death, but the Overweight Lover remained an inspiration to the Bad Boy rapper.

"I gotta tip my hat, raise my glass to Heavy D for paving the way for me to be able to do this," Red told MTV News during MTV2's Sucker Free Awards in Miami last week. "Heavy D was instrumental on me being a part of hip-hop. The Overweight Lover brought the swag to the game, so for me, it was a great loss for me."

The fallen rapper was close friends with Bad Boy founder Diddy; their relationship dates back to their days at Uptown Records,
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