Young Jeezy Celebrates with Jay-Z, Kanye West at Anniversary Concert

Ya’ll in for a hell of a night tonight. I’m in New York City. I came to show my ass,” announced Young Jeezy at his anniversary show at Highline Ballroom on Monday night. “This is a celebration, baby! This is Thug Motivation 101.”

Six years after the release of his debut album Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, the rapper they call the Snowman proved that he hasn’t lost his cool. After getting a late start, he kicked things off with “Standing Ovation” before delving into more of his street anthems.

Jay-Z joined him for the “Go Crazy (Remix),” he “Put On” for his city with Kanye West, and shared the stage with his peers Fabolous, Bun B, and The Lox during the 75-minute set.

Before capping the momentous evening, he announced a release date for his next project, TM103.

Amy Winehouse’s Parents Visit Memorial Site

Mitch  and Janis Winehouse visited the memorial site of their late daughter, Amy Winehouse, which fans have adorned with flowers, letters and other sentiments in honor of the late star.

Her father spoke to mourners during the visit, saying “I can’t tell you what this means to us,” he said. “It really is making this a lot easier for us. Amy was about one thing and that was love. Her whole life was devoted to her family and her friends and you guys as well. “We are devastated and I am speechless. Thank you for coming.”

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Melanie Fiona Pays Tribute to Amy Winehouse with Cover [Video]

Melanie Fiona pays her respects to one of her favorite artists Amy Winehouse with a cover of “Wake Up Alone,” a cut off the late singer’s Grammy-winning album Back to Black. The video was recorded in January when Melanie was in London, but only released now.

“Earlier on this year, I made this video and never posted it,” wrote the “It Kills Me” singer. “Today, it’s all I can do to express my gratitude to one of my favorite artists. May your music live on to inspire others, as it has inspired me. R.I.P. AMY WINEHOUSE. xo.”

Lauryn Hill Welcomes Sixth Child

Lauryn Hill has added another member to her growing family. The former Fugee gave birth to a baby boy over the weekend.

Hill, 36, welcomed a son on Saturday (July 23). The father was not immediately identified. She has five previous children with Bob Marley’s son Rohan Marley.

According to, who first reported the news, the Grammy-winning singer “had a little scare because the baby came out the womb with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.” But mother and child are doing fine. “All is well now and everyone is happy,” adds the source.

Marley congratulated Hill on the birth of her son. “I’m forwarding all well wishes to Ms. Hill on the birth of her new son,” he tweeted. “I’m sure she’ll appreciate the love being sent to her RASTAFARI R.M.”

Hill first hinted at her pregnancy at one of her recent concerts. “I keep having these children. I don’t know if I’m the most fertile woman in America,” she joked during a Los Angeles gig.

She wrote an open letter to her fans last month where she addressed her pregnancy and apologized for being late to her shows. She is scheduled to perform at the Rock the Bells Festival next month.

Rihanna Meets Up with Kanye West at ‘LOUD’ Tour [Video]

The U.S. leg of Rihanna’s “LOUD” tour came to a close in Boston on Sunday (July 24). Along the way, she was joined by her pals Drake, Jay-Z, and Kanye West, who performed “All of the Lights” and “Run This Town” with her at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York. In this behind-the-scenes footage, the superstars are seen preparing to go on stage. Watch as they meet up backstage, mingle with Heidi Klum, and perform “All of the Lights.”

Jay-Z and Kanye West Announce Tour

Jay-Z  and Kanye West have combined their talents to create a group dubbed “The Throne” and will release their collaborative album exclusively to iTunes on August 8. It will be available at additional physical and digital retailers on August 12, featuring the lead track “Otis,” as well as collaborations with Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, and Mr. Hudson.

On the same day as the iTunes release, tickets for their fall tour will go on sale to the public. The North American trek kicks off September 22 in Detroit and travels to cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, and Boston.

Starting July 28, fans that visit Live Nation’s website will have access to pre-sale tickets, which includes a digital copy of the album.

Watch the Throne Tour Dates

Sept. 22 – Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
Sept. 24 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Sept. 25 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Sept. 27 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
Sept. 28 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
Sept. 28 – Washington, D.C. – Verizon Center
Oct. 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Oct. 6 – Chicago, IL – United Center

Oct. 7 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Oct. 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Oct. 10 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Oct. 13 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Oct. 14 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Oct. 16 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
Oct. 17 – Sacramento, CA – Power Balance Pavilion
Oct. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

Oct. 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Oct. 21 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
Oct. 25 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Oct. 26 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Oct. 29 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Oct. 30 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
Nov. 1 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena
Nov. 3 – Boston, MA – TD Garden


Wale Teams With Internationally Known African Artists To Promote Unity

Washington, DC rapper Wale is among the African artists who are banding together to present the African Connection Relief Event (A.C.R.E.).

The event is aimed at promoting awareness about the plight of the African continent, in addition to bridging gaps between African entertainers and American artists of all types, within the community.

The event also serves as a fundraiser for the group’s organizations, Artists for Charity (AFC).

A number of widely celebrated African musical artists will perform during A.C.R.E.’s event, which will take place at the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University.

In addition to Wale,  whose parents hail from Nigeria, 2011 BET International Artist of the Year Tuface Idibia and International Recording artist M.I. will make appearances.

Other artists to hit the stage during the evening include Wande Coal, Wiz Kid, Banky W, Naeto C and Skales, while a special guest appearance will be made by DJ Tay James, the official DJ of Justin Bieber. Sources told the Associated Press that the group will hold a press conference on Friday (July 29), to unveil more details about the African Connection Relief Event as well as the Artist for Charity organization.

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Man Says Lil Boosie Paid Him $15G’s To Kill Rapper Nussie

Prosecutors have accused rapper Lil Boosie of paying $15,000 to have rival rapper Christopher “Nussie” Jackson murdered. Prosecutors played a videotaped statement from Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding in court this week. Louding confessed to detectives that Lil Boosie wanted Nussie killed, after the rapper was allegedly disrespectful to one of Lil Boosie’s associates during an altercation. According to The Advocate, Lil Boosie hired Louding and another associated named Michael “Ghost” Judson to murder Nussie, as well as another man named Terry Boyd. Only Michael Louding is on trial for the murder of Christopher “Nussie” Jackson, because Judson is dead.

Louding’s trial for murdering Nussie is just the start, as he has been charged with five other murders between 2009 and 2010. Rapper Lil Boosie, born Torrence Hatch, is also charged with first-degree murder in one of the killings. Prosecutors claim to have evidence that Lil Boosie hired Louding to shoot a man named Terry Boyd in October of 2009. Lil Boosie, 28, was not charged in the death of Christopher “Nussie” Jackson, because he did not have direct contact with Michael Louding prior to Nussie’s murder.

Earlier this week, Lil Boosie was accused of attempting to smuggle drugs into a second state prison in Louisiana. The rapper was indicted for trying to smuggle codeine into Angola State Prison, as well as the Dixon Correctional Institute at Jackson, where he was previously incarcerated, while serving a 10-year sentence for possession of marijuana. Prosecutors are still debating if they are going to seek the death penalty against Lil Boosie.

Celebrities React To Death Of Amy Winehouse

Many people like myself are in total disbelief as the news of Amy Winehouse’s death reaches the masses.  I honestly loved her music, both of her CD’s Frank and Back to Black evoke a certain musical genius that many artists can’t tap into. Its’ so unfortunate how alcohol and drugs, and other self-destructive patterns can affect us all in the long run.  I hope others who may be experiencing her type of troubles will learn from this and seek help.

Jessie J:

“The way tears are streaming down my face. Such a loss. RIP Amy. Man…. Something tells me that we’ll be talking about Amy in 30 yrs time in the same way we tlk about other music legends who’s lives ended early.



Dear God have mercy!!! I am SICK about this right now! I am genuinely heartbroken about this. #DearAmy U made a MAJAH impression on this industry and throughout the world, in such a short space of time…too short! #ICONSneverDIE

Alexandra Burke:

Omg Amy Winehouse. I am so so sad… My heart goes out to her family. She was so talented and such a lovely lady. May her soul rest in peace. Gone too soon and so young

Nicki Minaj:

Please tell me Amy Winehouse didn’t die. Is this some sick joke?


I appreciate artists with true talent that aren’t afraid to be an individual, Amy Winehouse was that. U nor your music will be forgotten.

Melanie Fiona:

I’m so terribly saddened by the death of Amy Winehouse. One of music’s finest and my favourites. Tragic. Smh. #RipAmyWinehouse

Katy Perry:

RIP Amy Winehouse. May she finally find peace

JLS (Oritse):

I can’t believe what i’ve just been told! Amy Winehouse you are one of my all time music heroes! You are now in a better place…times like this remind me why its so important to live live to the fullest!! Amy Winehouse you will be a legend in all out hearts!


I’m so sad to hear the horrible news of Amy Winehouse’s death. I’m so happy I knew you Amy…Rest Well. Gone Too Soon…we’ll miss you!

Rita Ora:

RIP Amy Winehouse…Drugs are evil…the devil preys on the weak, don’t support him. Such a loss

Bruno Mars:

Kanye said it best ‘If you admire somebody, you should go ‘head and tell em’ People never get the flowers while they can still smell em’


Beyond hurt right now.

Keri Hilson:

Amy Winehouse…so tragic. I loved her. She inspired me! I kept hoping she’d find a happier place than her self destructive state…damn.


RIP Amy Winehouse