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Listen: Machine Gun Kelly feat. Cassie “Warning Shots”

Machine Gun Kelly spits a renegade flow and takes Cassie (away from Diddy?) for his latest single “Warning Shots.” The signed Bad Boy is off his Half Naked & Almost Famous EP released this week.

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Watch: Katy Perry Performs “Ninjas In Paris” [Video]

Now this sh*t cray! In a less controversial twist of the lyrics, singer Katy Perry rocked the Yankee fitted to perform her own version of the hit Kanye West and Jay-Z track “Ninjas In Paris” during a live jam session on BBC Radio 1. The California girl begins her G-rated remix by saying “This is about to get real embarassing.”

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Rush Limbaugh Defends Lord’s Resistance Army

Rush Limbaugh’s ignorance is no Fluke. In another display of unfiltered dialogue, the controversial radio host defends the Lord’s Resistance Army from an anti-Obama, “religious” perspective.

“Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians.  It means God.  I was only kidding.  Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan.

And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them.

That’s what the lingo means, “to help regional forces remove from the battlefield,” meaning capture or kill.

So that’s a new war, a hundred troops to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda, and — (interruption) no, I’m not kidding.  Jacob Tapper just reported it.

Now, are we gonna help the Egyptians wipe out the Christians? Wouldn’t you say that we are? I mean the Coptic Christians are being wiped out, but it wasn’t just Obama that supported that.

The conservative intelligentsia thought it was an outbreak of democracy. Now they’ve done a 180 on that, but they forgot that they supported it in the first place. Now they’re criticizing it.”

And to think, he’s a conservative.

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The Relative Issues Behind Rush Limbaugh’s “Slut” Remarks [Via VIBE Vixen]

Rush Limbaugh’s mouth has landed him in trouble once again. The controversial conservative and well-known radio host recently made headlines after calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” for testifying in Congress last week on behalf of her Jesuit college to cover birth control costs.

“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke going before a Congressional committee and essentially saying she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut right?” Limbaugh asked on his live broadcast Wednesday.

The next day, he called out the “Feminazis,” claiming that if taxpayers were to shell out for female contraceptives, they would want to see the videos of their sexual activity posted online “so taxpayers can see what we’re getting for our money.”

Although the political tastemakers have attempted to frame the verbal attack as a battle between right versus left, the ethical consequences of Limbaugh’s remarks ultimately make it a case of right against wrong. Limbaugh’s actions created such an uproar in the female community that his sponsors–including AOL, ProFlowers, Legal Zoom and Citrix Systems–have severed ties with the show.

The personal attack on Fluke also put the spotlight on female name-calling as well as the double standard that continues to exist today. Some commentary makes it seem like it’s okay for men to tuck dollars into an exotic dancer’s underwear and pay prostitutes for recreational pleasure, but once a woman steps to Congress for reimbursement on contraception, she’s deemed a slut? Although Limbaugh’s public apology (issued a handful of days after the initial remark) came with some hint of remorse, it suggests that he didn’t realize the direct effect of his words.

But is it also the women’s fault that such words have been overused and exploited to the point where even a derogatory curse word has become a common expression?

There has been heated debate about female slander forever, not just in politics but the entertainment industry, as well. While reality television divas are quick to throw a punch or slap the cheek of any chick who dare calls her a “bitch,” rappers–both female and male alike–top the charts with tracks that glorify being the “baddest bitch” in the game.

Fluke appeared on ABC’s The View, saying that his apology falls on deaf ears. And she was right. If anything, hip-hop artists continue to call women bitches and hoes while other males in the public eye are now referring to women as sluts. Limbaugh’s outburst has simply exacerbated the problem.

There is meaning to every title. Fluke, is first and foremost, a daughter, a potential mother, a could-be-lawyer and a woman with enough sense to demand protection so that she could prevent a pregnancy she is not yet prepared for. Her testimony before Congress was not an open plea to open her legs more. She was made to be the victim in a political tirade, but in the end it was Limbaugh’s words that cost him.

Daps to: VIBE Vixen

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Listen: Chris Brown feat. Rihanna “Turn Up The Music (Remix)”

Forget chucking the deuces, this double-remix release may as well be two middle fingers. While Chris Brown dropped the cake, Rihanna turned up the music…showing their “musical” adoration for each other via Twitter. Regardless, it goes without a doubt that Rihanna Navy, Team Breezy and the rest of the world have plenty to say tonight. Yikes!!!

Turn it up here.

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Listen: Rihanna feat. Chris Brown “Birthday Cake (Remix)”

The cake has finally arrived. Rihanna and Chris Brown tweeted out this musical gift, produced by The-Dream and Da Internz. Everybody put their name on it.

Have your slice here.

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Watch: MTV Reveals the Top Rappers on “Hottest MCs in the Game VII” List [Video]

In a contest of personal opinion and vital statistics, a music savvy panel at MTV compiled a somewhat controversial roundup of the top rappers for the “Hottest MCs in the Game VII” List.

Watch Rick Ross and Drake duke it out for the top spot below. Do you think Rozay deserved the #1 spot?

MTV’s Hottest MC’s In The Game VII:

1. Rick Ross
2. Drake
3. Kanye West
4. Lil’ Wayne
5. Nicki Minaj
6. Jay-Z
7. Meek Mill
8. Big Sean
9. Wiz Khalifa
10. Wale

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Rockie Fresh Talks To VIBE about Alternative Cosigns, Rap Beginnings and Driving 88

I spoke to one of Chicago’s leading up-and-comers Rockie Fresh for just in time for his latest mixtape release. Get yourselves acquainted ’cause this 20-year-old is sure to be a problem.

Rockie Fresh is the next best thing out of Chi-Town. The 20-year-old already has co-signs from up-and-coming favorites (Lil B, Casey Veggies), alternative rockers (Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Good Charlotte’s Benji and Joel Madden) and even Asher Roth. With a new mixtape Driving 88 dropping today (Jan. 23), Fresh’s career is accelerating at high speeds and he has no intention of slowing down. Fresh recently spoke to about his parents’ initial reaction to his rap career, his diverse range of musical influences and his upcoming project.

At 17, a young Fresh was studying to mainstream rap records and alternative hits at Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School in Chicago but as a member of the debate team, he was set on another occupation.

“When I was in high school, I was on the debate team and I was really trying to set up my life to become a lawyer. It was something I had a passion for but the problem with that is that I really didn’t like school itself,” says Rockie. “I definitely understood school but the whole time I was there, I knew it wasn’t for me.”

It was a rap battle victory in his school’s parking lot that made him consider a music career.

“In the last semester of my senior year, I had a rap battle with this kid in the parking lot and I won, which was lame, I would probably never do anything like that again. It kinda got people in tune with me that I was a rapper. And from there I just started slowly trying to deal with the idea of me becoming a real artist.”

The rapper’s name was born from a combination of childhood idols including Rocky from 3 Ninjas and the red Power Ranger of the same name–mixed with his modern sense of style. But when it comes to his records, make no mistake that Rockie’s not just another artist to file under his Chicago predecessors Kanye West, Common and Lupe Fiasco. He’s different and his diverse tastes in music are evidence to that.

“I went to a very mixed high school and…got introduced to different types of music and instead of blocking out or you know being afraid of it, I really embraced it and some of these alternative songs have the best kind of lyrics and if you can get through the singing, there’s a message in there,” Rockie tells VIBE. “I just made it one of my guilty pleasures. You know I listen to Paramore, Avril Lavigne and Good Charlotte and Fall Out Boy just as much as any other alternative fan but I also still listen to rap music like crazy, too.”

However, few can say that the bands they grew up listening to are fans of their music as well. Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump and Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte have touredith Fresh, as well appeared on his mixtapes.  “My fan base is all over the place because of my tour history and the different artists that I work with but it’s cool because Benji and Joel from Good Charlotte and Patrick, they’re fans. They don’t dislike rap music but it’s just not around them and so a lot of times, I’m their first introduction to rap and it’s coming from a vouch from an artist that they know and love to death and like for me to have those types of vouches and fans to give me a chance, to become fans of the music, it becomes a real beautiful situation.”

Fresh also brings this eclectic flavor on his new mixtape, Driving 88, inspired by the DeLorean from the classic film Back To The Future. In the Michael J. Fox classic, the car is required to hit the speed of 88mph in order to reach its destination. The project, which features the Good Charlotte Brothers, Phil Ade, Casey Veggies and Skrillex samples, gave Fresh the opportunity to create a record for everyone, painting a picture of various human emotions that people can relate to.

“I kinda want people to take from the project that it’s based off of real life and that also even if you don’t click with a record, you know at some point in your situation, maybe later on, that record may be instrumental to you because it was written for that purpose.”

Race to the future and listen to Driving 88 here.

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LISTEN: Common’s Latest Drake Diss on “Stay Schemin (Remix)”

The war of the light skinneded sets off 2012 pitting Chi-town’s Common versus Canada’s own Drake.

Around the December release of Common’s album The Dreamer/ The Believer, rumors painted Drizzy as the designated target in Comm’s “Sweet,” who raps:

Y’all niggas man, you soft muthafuckers…Some ho ass niggas/ Singing all around me man, la la la, You ain’t muthafucking Frank Sinatra/ Uh, lil’ bitch

In an interview with Sway on MTV RapFix, Common addressed the “Sweet” situation head-on, saying if the record applied to Drake, then it’s about him.

“He opened his mouth and said some things, so if that’s what he want—all that subliminal [talk]…you could do that too, but say it now. The verse is about me but when you hear some of the stuff on the chorus it’s like you can’t help but think about dude and I guess that’s what he felt. So at the end of day he fits in that category, he already embraced it, so wear it.”

Last week, the Young Money mascot appeared on Rick Ross’ Rich Forever mixtape, dropping a couple of lines on “Stay Schemin” that sounded like a loaded response to the Chicago native:

That’s why I see no need to compete with niggas like y’all/ I just ask them when you see me you speak up nigga that’s all/ Don’t be ducking like you never wanted nothing/ Its feeling like rap changed, there was a time it was rugged/ Back when if a nigga reached it was for the weapon/ Nowadays niggas reach just to sell they record

But wait…

Only two days after, Common drops a Drizzy diss record remixing “Stay Schemin,” calling out the T-Dot youngin’ by name and adding a little Destiny’s Child to the mix. Shots fired!

Do you think the Common/Drake beef has “Ether” potential or is it two rap stars caught up in an irrelevant hype battle? Post your thoughts in the comments!


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Kanye’s Early Morning Twitter Rant Promotes Passion, Introduces DONDA

In a rare Twitter appearance, Kanye West tweeted enough brain food for his followers early this morning.

In a train of more than 80 tweeted thoughts, West introduces his latest project DONDA and the need to “pick up where Steve Jobs left off.”

Despite the rejection he received from industry veterans, he emphasizes on his passion for fashion, recalling the internship positions offered at Fendi and Versace, to designing in Japan and how his style ideas extend beyond a pair of Yeezy sneakers. He also clears up that his line from the Paris fashion show is called “Kanye West” not Dw, the initials of his late mother, Donda West.

“What good is fame and prestige if you can’t use it to help people… I want to help by doing what I know how to do best .. create.”

The creatively conflicted artist seems to be tweeting his thoughts not just to engage readers but release artistic tension. West eventually reveals the point of the rant session.

He even threw some LOL moments, tweeting:  “She (my mom) said I would always point to the most expensive furs even as a child LOL” and “I knew about my woman’s clothing was what my Mom would wear. I guess some critics would joke that I still don’t know anything LOL.”

He then calls on the forward thinkers that are all “waaaay doper than” ‘Ye, occupation-dropping lawyers, musicians, scientists, doctors, graphic designers among others.  to present their ideas and e-mail them over to DONDA (, “a design company which will galvanize amazing thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce there dreams and ideas…comprised of over 22 divisions with a goal to make products and experiences that people want and can afford…”

In a campaign advocating change for the better, West showed that his five-million follower Twitter account is worth more than 140 characters.

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