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“I Want To Get My Back Blown Out For Like A Week.” Remy Ma Talks Post Prison Plans

March 26th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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In honor of Women’s History Month, has been spotlighting female MCs, one for every day of the month. And yesterday, they honored Remy Ma.

As you know Remy Ma, born Reminisce Smith, has been in prison for the past six years. The 32 year old was sentenced for allegedly shooting Makeeda Barnes-Joseph in the abdomen over a missing $3,000. Now, that she’s at the tail end of her sentence with three months to go, she talking about the now resolved beef with Fat Joe, plans for her career once she’s released, what she’s learned in prison and what she wants to do personally, biblically with her husband Papoose now that she’ll be a free woman.

You may remember that Rema Ma was featured on the hit Terror Squad song “Lean Back.”  And though the record was smashing the charts back in 2004, behind the scenes there was tension between she and Terror Squad front runner Fat Joe.

 I think our issues came from our egos conflicting. [Fat] Joe used to give me advice on what to do and what not to do, but I didn’t listen. He guided me, but I didn’t listen to him. If I would have listened to him then, things would have been different now. If I would have listened to Joe half of the time…You don’t realize it at the time because when you’re young you think you know everything. There was a lot of conflict that could have been avoided. Sometimes when you have hit records out, you let that control your actions and affect your relationships.

I just recently spoke to him and we had a wonderful conversation. It started off a little awkward. [Laughs] We’re both like, ‘Just say what you want to say.’ We were both holding on to our egos. ‘Well what do you want to say?’ ‘No what do you want to say?’ We finally let it go. We ended up talking about things I want to do when I get home. He said, ‘I still think you’re the dopest female rapper ever.’ I’m like, ‘Really?!’ [Laughs] When you put egos and pride aside, and be the real people that you are it works out… I told him that when I do go home I’m going to make it my business that we talk more.”

Remy Ma also alluded to the fact that perhaps she wasn’t the one responsible for the shooting that landed her in prison.

“You can’t believe everything that people say about someone. I’m a strong believer that things happen for a reason. I’m not the type of person to bring someone down to save myself. I’m always one to take one for the team. Sometimes you have to sacrifice yourself to make sure everything else is right. At first when I went through what I went through, people said, ‘Why didn’t you work out a deal?’ I never took the stand. I let people say what they wanted to say, and I just took the decision. That’s the person I am.”


Anyway, Remy Ma also spoke about the material she’s been writing in prison and what stories she wants to hear on the radio.

“I’ve grown so much as a woman and as an individual. I know that I can bring something to the table that’s missing. I don’t hear the things that I want to say or have experienced; I don’t hear it in the music that’s out.

I’m writing about my own stories but also the stories of the people I’ve come across while in prison. I’m not in jail, I’m in prison. You’d be surprised as to how many women come through here and what they’ve experienced. I’ve encountered people from all over the world.  I’ve always rapped about my struggle and living a hard life but there’s a lot of things that are serious, like gang issues, immigration issues, domestic violence issues… There’s some women in here, 18-year-olds with ambition, who may never see the light of day. I thought I had a hard life, but I’ve now experienced a whole different world. It’s serious. I’m going to put it in my music.

I want to show sides of me that I hadn’t showed and tell my story since I left till now, and the stories of others. I can say I have at least 20 books or so of songs.”

And lastly, she spoke about what she wants to do for herself personally once she gets out.

“I’m going to get my hair done. I’m going to get my nails done. [Laughs] People see me as this rough tomboy. I’m a girly girl. And I’m married! I’m over here married, without my nails done. I’m going to get dolled up. I’ll then knock out a few things [and] lay down some melodies. I’ve written a lot down but I haven’t been producing so I just write and listen to the radio. I think that if I get in to the studio with some of these guys that are out – like Rico Love and DJ Mustard – I’m going to get so lit.” [Laughs]

“After I get dolled up and lay down some records and my voice is out, I want to get away and get my back blown out for like a week. Mess up the hair and make-up that I got done. I have been in prison for a while.”[Laughs]

Remy Ma is truly focused if she’s trying to lay down songs and get her voice out before she gets that work from her husband. Whatever order she addresses her desires, we wish her the best.

You can read the rest of her interview with, here. 

The Business Of Christmas: Celebrities Who Profit Each Year During The Holidays

December 20th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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For some big retailers and celebrities, Christmas bring good tidings of great profits to their bank accounts every holiday season. From album sales, Billboard chart-topping hits, best-selling clothing lines and televised holiday specials, these celebrities and businesses know how to monopolize on the Christmas cheer.

A few of your favorite celebrities and stores are cashing in this and every holiday season. Find out who is making a business out of the Christmas season.

So Long, Katy Perry! Rihanna Breaks Record For Most Chart-Topping Songs

December 12th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Knocking Katy Perry off her throne, Rihanna is the newly-crowned songstress with the most hits! Eminem’s “Monster,” on which Rihanna was featured in, is the Bajan beauty’s 11th No.1 pop song, Billboard reports.

Rihanna’s good friend Miss Perry once held the tiara for having the most hits with 10 chart-topping songs, but the “Where Have You Been” singer surpassed the American Music Awards’ opening performer and broke a new record as Billboard’s new hit master. Rihanna has come a long way from “Pon De Replay,” an island club banger that was dismissed as a one-hit wonder.

Here’s a list to remind you of the 25-year-old singer’s hit-makers:

1. 2006, “SOS” (one week at No. 1)
2. 2008, “Take a Bow” (three)
3. 2008, “Disturbia” (three)
4. 2008, “Live Your Life” (T.I. feat. Rihanna) (two)
5. 2010, “Rude Boy” (two)
6. 2010, “Love the Way You Lie” (Eminem feat. Rihanna) (two)
7. 2010, “Only Girl (In the World)” (three)
8. 2011, “S&M” (one)
9. 2011, “We Found Love” (Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris) (eight)
10. 2013, “Stay” (Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko) (one to date)

According to Billboard, a chart-topper is defined by its radio airplay. During it’s 21-year history, Rihanna is the first artist to break the 10-hit tally.

As if breaking a Billboard record isn’t enough of a Christmas treat, Rihanna has also been showered with lovely holiday gifts from Rodarte, Stella McCartney, Miu Miu, Prada, and Versace that includes shoes, sunglasses, luxury bags, and more. How do we know? Because she’s posting them on Instagram. Tacky?

Either way, this year seems like a good year to be RiRi!

The Struggle: Ciara Sells New Album On Groupon After Sales Drop

July 30th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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We all love us some Groupon! The restaurant, spa, and travel deals make us oh so happy, but now you can even get  a “Body Party” on Groupon. No, not that kind of body party, the one only our girl Ciara can provide. That’s because the singer will be selling both her new album, “Ciara,” and compilation album, “The Very Best Of Ciara,” for a 2-CD deal on Groupon.

Although ‘Ciara’ scored the third spot of the Billboard charts by selling 59,000 units,  the album sales quickly dropped; therefore, making Groupon a viable business move. Since Jay-Z caught some heat for his Samsung Magna Carta Holy Grail deal, we decided to see what Twitter fans had to say. But before you see the shade they threw, check out Ciara’s Groupon deal. It ends August 2, 2013.

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Do We Have to Play by Jay Z’s #NewRules?

July 22nd, 2013 - By C. Cleveland
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Rules were made to be broken. At least that’s Jay Z’s logic. Under the prophetic hashtag #newrules, the rapper and businessman announced that his latest album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” would be given away 72 hours before its officially release date via a free app for Samsung Galaxy customers. Rather than continuing the fight the music industry has waged against free music since the days of Napster, Jay Z embraced technology, to the tune of $5 million.

Everything didn’t go according to plan. But anyone gleefully pointing to the app crashing the night of “Magna Carta”’s early release as a sign of failure misses the point entirely. Samsung spent a few million dollars – a small amount for the telecommunications juggernaut – to bill themselves as the official leakers of Jay-Z’s album. The buzz generated by the deal coupled with Jay Z’s payout makes both parties winners.

The RIAA quickly jumped on the #newrules bandwagon, tweaking its gold and platinum awards program to cover any digital album sales that previously had to wait a month to be qualified in order to allow for “returns” (unsold, but shipped, stock); making Jay Z’s latest album an instant platinum success.

But everyone isn’t excited about the new world order Jay is ushering in. LL Cool J tells Revolt TV:

“Numbers are Numbers. In the numbers is truth, but in terms of touching the people it’s a little different…For me as an artist I still want to be able to touch the people individually…It still matters to me that people individually went out and bought my record. Although I still think a million sold is a million sold, but for me I like to know that a million PEOPLE bought my record, not a company bought a million copies of my record.”

Billboard took a similar old-school stance when they declined Jay-Z’s team request for the million albums sold to be counted on the charts saying, “ever-visionary Jay-Z pulled the nifty coup of getting paid as if he had a platinum album before one fan bought a single copy…But in the context of this promotion, nothing is actually for sale.”

If 1 million copies of an album are paid for, but no one is there to buy them, is the album really platinum? …Does it really matter? Outside of being a handy statistic for stans to bring up during “who’s the best artist” debates, have fans ever really cared about platinum plaques?

The RIAA had a point when it announced the rewriting of its rules: “The reality is that how fans consume music is changing, the music business is changing as labels and artists partner with a breathtaking array of new technology services.”

Individual album sales are a remnant of music industry past.  Magna Carta gives us a peek at the future of music where the industry dances to the tech industry’s tune.

Jay isn’t the first to hand out albums for free (Prince slid his “Planet Earth” album into copies of the Mail, and Radiohead lets fans pay what they wanted for “In Rainbows”), or sell an album as an app (Björk’s released “Biophilia” for the iPad in 2011).

If the fervor generated by Magna Carta’s early release is any indication, the album would have been a success without it. When the app crashed, the leaked album quickly took over radio airwaves and was gobbled up by non-Samsung users. We all may have trouble swallowing the fact that a company paid for Jay to go platinum but at the end of the day, this whole ordeal was nothing more than a well-executed promotional campaign.

Rather than squabble over Jay Z’s well-coordinated success, energy would be better spent figuring out how to leverage these type of business deals to benefit smaller acts rather than the artists who need the money the least.

C. Cleveland covers professional development topics and entrepreneurial rebels who blaze their own career paths. She explores these stories and more on The Red Read, Twitter (@CleveOutLoud) and Facebook (/MyReadIsRed).

Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta’ Album Sold a Million Copies… Or Did It?

July 10th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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A shot from Jay-Z's Samsung ad.

A shot from Jay-Z’s Samsung ad.

Beyonce posted an old graduation photo of her beau, Jay-Z on Instagram; the words “bow down” were stamped in bold white letters on the picture. The “Single Ladies” singer wants us to curtsy for Jay-Z. After all, the  Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) hailed Magna Carta Holy Grail as a platinum album. However, Billboard refuses to “bow down” and will not accept Jay-Z’s one million digital sales as platinum, reports

Jay-Z teamed up with Samsung who agreed to purchase one million digital copies of Magna Carta for its Android customers. “While the album was free for the Samsung customers, the company paid Jay-Z and Roc Nation $5 for each copy,” says TheWrap.

In order to award Sean Carter with a platinum plaque, the RIAA had to change their rules. Originally, sales are only counted a month after the official release of the album. If the rules remained unadjusted, Jay would have to wait 30 days after July 9 to see if he had generated sufficient sales.  But earlier in July, “the certification company altered its rules to instantly qualify appropriate pre-sales towards gold and platinum status,” adds TheWrap.

Billboard, however, isn’t budging to appease Jay-Z. “[I]t wasn’t as simple as you might think to turn down Jay-Z when he requested that we count the million albums that Samsumg ‘bought’ as part of a much larger brand partner ship,” Bill Werde, editorial director of Billboard states, but “nothing was actually for sale.”

Werde explains that Samsung users downloaded a Jay-Z app for free and got the album for free as well, so the argument by Carter’s team that “something was for sale” isn’t valid.

Billboard only predicts Jay-Z to sell between 450,000 to 500,000 copies by Sunday, July 14. But they do expect the “99 problems” rapper to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. He would be “extending his record as the solo act with the most No.1 albums in chart history,” said Billboard. Only The Beatles have surpassed Jay-Z with 19 chart-topping albums.

Billboard’s Top 200 chart will be released on Wednesday morning, July 17.

“I Feel Like Lil Kim Is Who I Am On The Inside”: Miley Cyrus Names Kim And Nicki Minaj As Favorite “Singers,” And Shows Love To Khia

July 5th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Miley Cyrus tickles me. That’s the only way I can put it. And she clearly confuses many others with her new look and new way of doing things, which includes twerking, wearing Tupac shirts around town, and being a more sexualized version of herself. But that’s not stopping that baby from topping the charts and shouting out the many black men and women she loves, which she did while being interviewed by Billboard about her top five favorite singers. Aside from the legendary Dolly Parton, Beth Hart and Joan Jett, she name dropped rappers, including the Queen Bee and even said that she feels that in a past life, she was Lil Kim. And if that wasn’t enough, she taps Nicki Minaj as another favorite saying that basically, you can’t name Kim and not name Nicki Minaj since they’re mad similar…I think they might disagree with that though:

“My third favorite, I want to say Lil Kim cause she just is. In my past life, that was me. I feel like Lil Kim is who I am on the inside. And so she just makes me happy listening to her music. And she is just like…I just love her. I can’t help that I love her.

I have to put Nicki as four because I did Kim. You can’t like choose one. If you say Kim you have to say Nicki and Nicki is my Lil Kim of my generation, so that’s cool.”

Check out the interview above to see Miley in her Versace jacket waxing poetic about the ladies who have influenced her.

And while she has spoken positively about these two rap icons, it seems that Cyrus also has an affinity for rapper Khia, who decided to do a remix of the singer’s hit, “We Can’t Stop.” Cyrus took to her Twitter to praise the unofficial remix as one of her favorites, and we all know Khia is somewhere letting her head get blown up by the exposure:


Check out the song below and let us know if you can dig it or if it’s an absolute mess.

Billboard Says Jay-Z’s Samsung Giveaway Won’t Count; Album Tracks Revealed

June 24th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Billboard has told Jay-Z to hold his horses. The magazine, which tracks record sales, informed the rap mogul that it will not include the one million album downloads that Jay-Z is giving to Galaxy mobile phone users through a deal with Samsung, reports The Huffington Post. Last week, Jay-Z announced a venture in which his new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” set for official release on July 7 would go out to one million Samsung users on July 4.

Through a letter posted on its website, Billboard said the downloads don’t count because Samsung ultimately isn’t selling the album on its phones. But, said editorial director Bill Werde, it wasn’t that easy denying Jay-Z’s request to include them on the Billboard album sales chart.  “The passionate and articulate argument by Jay’s team that something was for sale and Samsung bought it … doesn’t mesh with precedent,” Werde wrote.

One of scavenger hunt clues, via Instagram

One of scavenger hunt clues, via Instagram

Speaking of the “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” the track listing for Hova’s latest was revealed via a scavenger hunt held in Brooklyn, NY. According to Billboard, Jay-Z’s publicist Jana Fleishman tweeted pictures of locations where she was waiting with books containing the song titles. Fans who were clever enough to figure out the sites grabbed the copies.

But Fleishman hinted there was more to come. Following  the publicity stunt, she tweeted a photo via Instagram containing the words, “Hey family… Done for right now… Stay tuned for next time. I’m out…”

Right now, only the title tracks have been made public, though there is much speculation about who collaborated with Jay-Z on the album. Among the rumored producers are Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, and Swizz Beatz, mostly thought to have been involved because of their appearance in the commercial that aired June 16 announcement the album during the NBA Finals.

Some of the cuts in the much-anticipated CD: Picasso Baby, Heaven, Tom Ford, La Familia,  Jay-Z Blue,  Nickles & Dimes. Read into the titles what you may. But most of us won’t  know what Jay-Z is rhyming about until July 7.

Are you going to buy a of “Magna Carta Holy Grail”?

Look Who It Is! Little Blue Ivy Is Out And About

June 20th, 2013 - By La Truly
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Beyonce, Blue Ivy and her nanny were seen walking around New York City yesterday, Blue Ivy in a cute little green dress looking at the camera like “please stop flashing pics of me.”

Beyonce seems to be taking a little “mommy and me” time during the short break in her tour schedule, bringing Blue with her everywhere. And with the rest of her tour dates and a highly anticipated fifth studio album in the works, Beyonce is a machine that cannot be stopped.  Though fans are anxious for her to make her U.S. tour rounds and drop that new album, as producer/songwriter/recording artist Ne-Yo discussed in a recent interview with Billboard magazine, you don’t rush Bey with anything — especially not with her music:

“Beyonce’s the kind of artist where you’re not gonna see it till it’s right. And her fans — they love her so they’ll be patient.”

We guess she released new music early this year to hold all her stans and fans over until the album is complete. But in the meantime and in between time, we love to catch her spending time with her adorable daughter.


“A Lot Of People Wanted To Try To Make Me The White Nicki Minaj”: Miley Cyrus On Her New Sound And Love For “Hood Music”

June 17th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Miley as Nicki on Halloween

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably noticed that Miley Cyrus and her music have undergone a big change over the last few months. As our writer pointed out on Friday about Miley, she went from not listening to Jay-Z and hip-hop music, to twerking on camera and at concerts, taking pictures with every black person she could find, and tooting “that thang” up in the air on the set of her music videos and posting pictures of herself doing so on Instagram. Rihanna is somewhere giving the side-eye since risque social media behavior and raunchy pop music has been her forte for a while now.

But in an interview with Billboard for the new issue’s cover story, Cyrus discussed her musical influences, as well as an alleged pressure put on her to rap and be a “white Nicki Minaj.” But she says she’s not trying to rap, but rather, to put on the map a new sound she calls “count-step” (like dubstep’s mix of styles), which is country music, dubstep and Southern “trap” music, which can be explained as Dolly Parton, Adele and Juicy J on a track together:

“I’ve always wanted country-rock influences, but now I’m moving over to a more urban side,” she says. “It’s not a hip-hop album, though-it’s a pop album. I’m not coming in trying to rap. It’s more like, ‘I don’t see any girls out there doing what Miguel and Frank Ocean are doing.'” Cyrus pauses, giggling. “We’ve been calling it ‘count-step,’ because it’s like country, dubstep and a little trap,” she says. “I love the Lumineers, but I also love French Montana, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Dolly Parton. If you could put Dolly, some Adele and Juicy J together, you’d have that weird balance.”

Later in the article, she elaborates on why, even though she could probably spit a few bars if she wanted to, she’s not looking to rap as she takes on this new “urban” sound:

“A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj,” Cyrus says. “That’s not what I’m trying to do. I love ‘hood’ music, but my talent is as a singer.”

I’m just trying to see what makes Nicki “hood,” when she’s clearly out here trying to be the next pop star. But to each their own.

Also in the article, producer Mike WILL Made It (who is behind many jams, including Ciara’s “Body Party,” Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” and 2 Chainz’s “No Lie”) says Miley’s new song “We Can’t Stop,” which has lyrics like “To my homegirls with the big butts/Shaking it like we at the strip club,” is a “mature” version of her past hit, “Party in the U.S.A.”

If the track-which debuts this week at No. 11 on the Hot 100 and enters the Hot Digital Songs chart at No. 3 with 214,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan-sounds more like a downtempo Rihanna song, that’s because it was originally intended as one. “It’s like a mature version of ‘Party in the U.S.A.,'” Atlanta­-based producer Mike WiLL Made It says. ‘That’s even how I described it when I presented it to Rihanna, before I’d even met Miley.’

Hmmm, maybe that’s why Ri Ri passed on that one…

We’ll have to wait and see if Miley’s young fans will be into her new “count-step” and “urban” sound as much as they were into her twerking in a onesie, but since “We Can’t Stop” debuted on the Billboard charts with big numbers, it’s safe to say they’re feeling it. But are you feeling her new sound and style (which looks awfully familiar)?