On Set of Swizz Beatz & Rick Ross’ ‘Reebok Back’ Video

Reebok lives again. The sportswear company gets its own anthem courtesy of Rick Ross, who remakes “Tupac Back” for Swizz Beatz’ Kamikaze sneakers. After invading Summer Jam with product placement, the Reebok Classics ambassador shot a video for the commissioned song with a Reebok-sporting Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, and NBA player John Wall in Brooklyn on Monday (June 6). Check out the pics and listen below.

Lauryn Hill Addresses Pregnancy in Open Letter to Fans

Lauryn Hill has remained coy about her pregnancy, but the reclusive superstar took a moment to address her private life in a letter to her fans. The former Fugees frontwoman is expecting her sixth child later this year. Rumors of her pregnancy spread after she wore baggy clothes to cover her baby bump at many of her concerts, hinting at her growing family during a recent L.A. show.

In a message posted via Twitter, Ms. Hill apologized for being tardy to her gigs, attributing it to the pregnancy. “The majority of these dates were planned in advance of me knowing about the continued growth of my family (wink, wink),” she wrote.

She went on to thank fans for their support and expressed her eagerness to return to the stage. “Let’s do it real soon,” she added.  Read the letter below.

Nicki Minaj Plans to Pursue Acting, Wants to Work with Will Smith

Now that’s she’s conquered music, Nicki Minaj has set her sights on Hollywood. T he head Barb has expressed plans to pursue acting and has one big-time actor on her wish list of co-stars.

“I went to school to be an actress. I never expected to be a rapper. It just fell in my lap,” Nicki told Entertainment Weekly at the MTV Movie Awards. “So I would like to get an acting gig. I hope that when I am done with the tour I can go back and do some acting. That is my long-term goal.”

And just who would she like to work with? “Will Smith, because he’s a very successful rapper turned actor and therefore a role model,” she explained. “And [Alice in Wonderland director] Tim Burton because I love his crazy imagination. He comes up with these characters that are just so fascinating and the costumes and just creates these whole worlds.”

Before she hits the big screen, the “Super Bass” rapper is polishing her set for Britney Spears’ “Femme Fatale” tour. “I want to go all out and make it over the top and theatrical. There will be costume changes and hair changes. Lots of sexy outfits and dancing,” she said. “I don’t know how to do things normal and boring. Why? People pay good money for concert tickets these days.”

Wu-Tang Clan Reloads with ‘Legendary Weapons’ Album

Wu-Tang Clan is back on the attack. The iconic hip-hop collective, including Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, RZA, Method Man, Capadonna, U-God, and Inspectah Deck, is aiming for destruction with a new album Legendary Weapons, due July 26.

Executive produced by RZA, Weapons features a throwback sound inspired by classic soul and kung fu imagery, with raw tracks by RZA and members of Brooklyn-based band The Revelations. Together, they tell a tale of the crew’s violent New York street life. Guests include AZ, M.O.P., Sean Price, Killa Sin, and more.

The album’s first single “Only the Rugged Survive” was produced by Noah Rubin and features RZA. Check the official tracklisting below.

1. Start the Show (feat. Raekwon and RZA)
2. Laced Cheeba (feat. Ghostface, Sean Price, and Trife Diesel)
3. Diesel Fluid (feat. Method Man, Trife Diesel, and Cappadonna)
4. Played By the Game
5. The Black Diamonds (feat. Ghostface, Roc Marciano, and Killa Sin)
6. Legendary Weapons (Ghostface, AZ and M.O.P.)
7. Never Feel This Pain (feat. Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Tre Williams)
8. Angels Got Wings
9. Drunk Tongue (feat. Killa Sin)
10. 225 Rounds (feat. U-God, Cappadonna, Bronze Nazareth, and RZA)
11. Meteor Hammer (feat. Ghostface, Action Bronson, and Termanology)
12. Live Through Death
13. Only the Rugged Survive (feat. RZA)
14. Outro

Beanie Sigel Apologizes To Jay-Z

After almost two years of feuding, Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel has officially issued an apology to former mentor and label boss, Jay-Z.

“What Mike Epps say? ‘Gangstas f**k up too,'” Beanie Sigel told XXLMag.com. “Whatever I felt this dude Jay did wrong to me, it can’t outweigh the one thing he did do for me – he gave me an opportunity. Dude gave me an opportunity. 

Beanie Sigel who seemed close to signing with 50 Cent’s G-Unit imprint, stated that he was caught up in the moment when he released the song “What You Talkin About (I Ain’t Your Average Cat)” in 2009, dissing Jay-Z and Memphis Bleek. 
 
“I got caught in the moment and put my feelings out there, Beanie SigeI said. “I should have never done that.”
Beanie Sigel said that he has decided to scrap a full album worth of material dissing Roc-A-Fella and Jay-Z, in favor of an album of new material with DJ Green Lantern

 

Tupac, Other Late Cultural Icons Return As Crimefighters In New Comic Book

Late rapper Tupac Shakur has been labeled many things throughout his career, from activist, to actor, to poet, to hardcore gangster rapper.

In a new comic book titled “Comeback Kings,” Tupac Shakur takes on the role of crime fighting superhero.

“Comeback Kings,” which hit shelves this past Wednesday, Tupac and cultural icons like Jim Morrison, Bruce Lee, Andy Kaufman and others are recast as crime fighters who defend the city from a super villain who wants to destroy Hollywood.

The comic is published by Ardden Entertainment and written by InTouch weekly pop writer Matt Sullivan, along with Gabe Guarente. The comic was illustrated by Ethan Young.

“The artists we chose are all influential icons that died too young, whose legacies include conspiracy theories suggesting that they faked their own deaths,” author Matt Sullivan told the Associated Press “Those theories are a jump-off point to both comment on celebrity culture and have fun with the superstar super-team concept.”

Sullivan said that he drew inspiration for the comic from an interview Tupac did with Vibe, in which he stated he was tired of playing the roles of drug dealers and criminals, in movies

“Fans can expect a satirical action-adventure with intense emotional content that treats these artists with both imaginative irreverence and deep respect,” Sullivan told the Associated Press. “I remember a Vibe interview Tupac gave late in his life in which he said he was tired of playing drug dealers and wanted to be an action hero for his generation. That’s something I would’ve loved to see—and in Comeback Kings, we make that happen.”

Comeback Kings is in stores now and retails for $2.99.

 

Eva Lets Loose in New VIBE Magazine Spread

 

Model/actress Eva Pigford Marcille rocked  her latest photo shoot with VIBE MAGAZINE.  She got fancy in some elite designers such as YSL, Prada, American Apparel, & Topshop.

New Video: Rihanna – ‘Man Down’

Rihanna fires off a strong message in the powerful video for “Man Down,” the reggae-tinged single from her latest album Loud. Set against the beauty of Jamaica, the Barbados-born singer tells the story of a sexually-abused woman in the Anthony Mandler-directed clip.