Nearly a decade after R&B lost its princess, VH1 hosted a special “Behind The Music: Aaliyah” remembering music’s fallen angel and reliving the precious time she blessed us with her music and presence.
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Slaughterhouse tore through the sold-out Best Buy Theatre Thursday night in preparation for the spring release of their highly anticipated album “Welcome To Our House.”
“If there was ever any doubt that it wouldn’t happen,” Detroit member Royce Da 5’9″ said. “It’s happening, baby.”
But with good news came a little bad. Joell Ortiz, the Brooklyn-native Puerto Rican of the group, wasted no time in announcing that an hour and a half before the show, Joe Budden was arrested by the NYPD for driving with a suspended license in 2007.
The predominantly-male crowd erupted into a unison of boos (a habit that had formed with the opening acts of the show) but the remaining ‘House members: Crooked I, Royce and Ortiz did a sufficient job in keeping the spirit of Joe Breezy throughout their set.
The hip-hop heads were treated to a showcase of raw bars and impressive flows. Their hardcore renditions of “Sound Off” and “Microphone” were instant crowdpleasers. The BET cypher lacked steam with Eminem, Budden and Crooked’s contributions dismissed. Crooked, the quieter of the three with the loudest set of blinding chains, saved his verse for an acapella freestyle, which was the highlight of each of their individual sets. Soon as the music stopped, their solo freestyles lit up the stage.
Given their unique endeavors into music, the rap team of underdog elite let their personalities take center stage while still sizing each other up. Ortiz, the obvious funnyman of the group, would clown on Royce’s whirlwind verses even throwing some at his absent team member. “Budden probably tweeting from his prison cell,” Ortiz said. “On some bullshit.” The Detroit native Royce let New York know where he was from with a cover of the nowhere-to-be-found Eminem’s “8 Mile.” Ortiz bumped Biggie’s “Hypnotize” for Brooklyn while the members of Naughty By Nature stopped by to help rep on Budden’s behalf for Jersey.
Even if Jump Off Joey was rocking in his cell, Slaughterhouse broke in between songs to remember him, evoking “Free Joe Budden” chants and a couple of “F**k the police” screams throughout the night. The DJ dropped “Bump It Up” in honor of the Jersey boy much to the nostalgic pleasure of those in attendance.
The venue came to roaring life when the Shady boys danced off in their live version of “Hammer Time.” The two-step “piece in my pants” anthem was performed not once, not twice but three times, in “Watch The Throne” fashion as the crowd ate it up each time. No doubt that Slaughterhouse still slayed even if handicapped.
While Nicki Minaj is ecstatic about putting her D in someone’s face, the rest of the world anticipates content similar to her latest leak “Champion.” Repping the rise of the ghetto, the “Pink Friday” orchestrator brings along Drake, Nas and Young Jeezy for a winning collaboration.
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The-Dream brings an electrifying visual for his newest single “Kill The Lights” featuring his own R&Bista Casha. In radio killing fashion, Terius Nash provides a smooth mood-setter for the overnight lovers.
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Talk about an explosive music Monday. Just when you thought it was all about Iggy’s “Murda Bizness” or Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” DJ Khaled proved he the best by bringing his winner’s circle to this bound-to-be summer anthem “Take It To The Head.” The Runners-produced joint includes Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. DJ K, run that back.
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Rostrum Records’ own Mac Miller dropped his highly anticipated Macadelic mixtape. With credits from Lex Luger, ID Labs and features including Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne and Cam’Ron, the ‘Burgh native makes a movie with this dope body of work.
In preparation for his release, Mac Millie also lip synced a little Al Green from the comfort of his own home…
And hit fans with a new video for his single “Loud.”
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While in California for the Club Paradise tour, Drake gave fans a bit of Degrassi nostalgia in his live performance of “The Motto.” Drizzy let his body do the talking, breaking out into the “Wheelchair Jimmy” dance in memory of his TV show character. Long live Jimmy!
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While I know many who beg to differ, Trey Songz shows he has no problem er, balancing the two in his latest visual “Sex Ain’t Better Than Love” off the 2011 Inevitable EP.
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