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After an 18 year departure from the music industry, Jodeci is coming back with a statement. It’s a song called “Nobody Wins.” The song brings awareness to the issue of Domestic Violence among all people but particularly within the African American community.
The song deals with abuse from both men and women, with Jodeci singing about how women hit men too.
The song starts with a rap verse from B.O.B. And then Jodeci comes in with the chorus.
“Nobody wins when we fight, fuss and argue.
We say we’re leaving but we never do.”
Later, K-Ci comes in and sings from a man being abused by a woman.
“Stop throwing those pots and pans
We don’t have to use our hands.”
And there is pretty compelling footage of real life and paid actresses being battered by their romantic partners. There’s also the horrifying footage of Janay Rice walking into that infamous elevator with Ray Rice.
Throughout the lyric video there are numbers for the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1800-799-SAFE), the website for the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC.org) and the public awareness and engagement campaign focused on ending domestic violence NoMore.org.
This song from this group is particularly interesting considering the volatile relationship that K-Ci shared with Mary J Blige back in the ’90’s and DeVante Swing’s violent nature when he was dealing with artists like Missy Elliot, Timbaland, Sista and Ginuwine in Da Bassment. Missy detailed his abusive nature in her episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music.”
But people can change if they really want to and maybe that’s what this song represents for them. Plus the prevalence and frequency with which domestic violence stories have taken the forefront in the media this past year, it’s kind of hard to ignore.
Take a listen to “Nobody Wins” in the lyric video below and let us know what you think about it?
Another highly anticipated reunion from tonight’s Soul Train Awards was a throwback performance of “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)” featuring Lil Kim, Da Brat and Missy Elliott.
Angie Martinez, who was on the original remix, was visibly absent from the performance. Last month when asked by Rickey Smiley why Angie would not be joining the rest of the ladies on the stage, Da Brat revealed that she wasn’t really sure, but hinted that there may have been some issues with production. However, as they say, the show must go on…and it certainly did.
Fellow female emcees MC Lyte, YoYo and Lady of Rage joined the trio on stage, as well as R&B group Total.
Watch the performance below.
It’s been quite a while since Missy, Timbaland and Ginuwine have collaborated, but it looks like the trio may be preparing to reunite for an upcoming project. Last night on Instagram, Timb shared a collage with photos of himself, Ginuwine and Missy with a caption that read:
“I got a surprise!!!!!!!!!!!”
Ginuwine also shared the same image.
“Could it happen 1 more time?????” he captioned the photo.
Missy also seemed to cosign the whispers.
It’s unclear what led to their desire to reunite, but perhaps reminiscing in the wake of Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, which Timbaland mercilessly dragged, had something to do with it. Also, Ginuwine has always seemed pretty open to hitting the lab and creating musical magic with his former producers. In 2004, he even discussed wanting to create a movie based in his experiences with them titled, The Basement.
“I’m working on a movie called The Basement about me, Missy and Timbaland and what all of us went through,” he told MTV News. “I do want to get their OK to use certain things and portray them in certain ways. It’s definitely going to be us involved in it. I definitely want to be in it also. Hopefully that will work. I’m trying to work on it as we speak.”
Would you be interested in seeing these three collaborate for some new music?
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Well, well, well, this was quite a pleasant surprise. Pharrell Williams—who is racking up the awards tonight—opened the 2014 BET Awards with his latest single, “Come Get It Bae.” Then, when we thought his performance was about to be over, the super catchy beat for “Pass That Dutch” dropped and out walks Missy Elliot with a microphone in hand!
We can’t remember the last time we saw the 42-year-old hit-maker perform live, but homegirl did not miss a step, spitting her verses and popping those dance moves like she never left. We are soooo here for her return to the limelight.
I want to Thank my brother @Pharrell for believing in me and showing me so much love on his set! May God continue to bless u!
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) June 30, 2014
Last week, we told you that Missy dropped a verse on Faith Evans’ new track, “I Deserve It.”
Check out Missy’s performance with Pharrell below.
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It’s not time to count Faith Evans out. The first lady of Bad Boy has teamed up with Missy Elliot again (Remember they did “Burnin’ Up?) to release a new single, they’ve proclaimed to be a summer jam. The track starts with a woman saying “Make it hot for the summer, make it hot.” It’s called “I Deserve It.”
Essentially, the song about Faith telling any prospective boos that like L’Oréal she’s worth it. The chorus goes.
Cuz a girl like me is worth it.
Only want the best, cuz I deserve it
Just hold me down
You ain’t gotta be perfect
Cuz a girl like me is worth it.
And in addition to Faith’s vocals, which sound shockingly similar, if not identical, to how they sounded back in the ’90’s, rappers Sharaya J and Missy Elliot are also the track.
It’s jazzy but there are also elements of Hip Hop and old school R&B with some of the underlying production.
Take a listen to the song below and let us know what you think. Pass or Play?
Growing up we learned Missy Elliot’s colorful lyrics verbatim and practicing her music videos’ choreography was the thing to do in the living room of your cousins’ house. While back then her music may have been all fun and games, now that we’ve gotten older we realize she was asking speaking a lot of truth about men folk — I don’t want no one-minute man anybody? Check out these 10 love lessons from Missy and tell us what you’ve learned from the icon rapper.
Never give up the things you like to do once you begin dating. Most importantly, do not financially support a man who mistreats you.
“Gave you all my dough
When you needed it all the time
I thought you was the one
But you just a hit and run
Gave up clubs and parties
I put them aside
I stopped going to all the parties”
Song: Beep Me 911 Ft. 702
Six years ago today Jay Z and Beyonce tied the knot and officially became the most powerful couple in music. While they may not talk about their relationship openly to the press, both the rapper and the singer have referred to each other in their music. Celebrating their love for each other, we look at some of Jay and Beyonce’s cutest lyrics that they wrote about each other.
Beyonce featuring Jay Z – “Crazy In Love”
After achieving success with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce was ready to fly solo. Dropping her first solo album in 2003, Bey recruited the services of Jay Z for her first solo single. The two recorded the smash hit “Crazy In Love” and once it was released, it immediately shot up the Billboard charts. Jay Z boasted this was “history in the making” at the beginning of the song while Bey sang: “I look and stare so deep in your eyes. I touch on you more and more every time. When you leave I’m begging you not to go. Call your name two or three times in a row.”
Hype Williams has been making music videos since the early 90’s. With budgets that rivaled independent movies, Williams has worked with everyone in the game from The Notorious B.I.G. to Beyonce. Here’s a look at some of the 15 best Hype Williams music videos
The Notorious B.I.G. – “Big Poppa”
The Notorious B.I.G. made waves with his first single “Juicy” but it was his second single “Big Poppa” that really helped put the Brooklyn emcee on the map. Set inside of a brownstone with a club-type atmosphere, Biggie said his rhymes while party-goers danced and others gambled over a game of dice. There were plenty of cameos in the video as well, including Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Busta Rhymes, Heavy D and of course Sean “Puffy” Combs, who was there in a hot tub full of women along with his then-girlfriend Misa Hylton-Brim.
Although Missy Elliott hasn’t graced the world with a new album in nearly nine years, she is considered to be one music’s most unique and game-changing female rapper-producers.
According to the LA Times, Elliott recently opened up on Yahoo’s “The Yo Show” about her hiatus from music and revealed that fans might have to hold tight a little longer before she drops another album.
“When I create something, it’s gotta be special and it can’t just be to throw something out there because I feel like I’m Missy,” she explained to Michael Yo via video chat.
To read more about why Missy’s been missing from the game, read the full story at Essence
Hip-hop is still a young artform, which means there is still a long way to go when it comes to giving respect where it is due. The women of hip-hop on the mic, in the studio, writing bars and battle rapping often don’t get the respect and recognition they deserve, so we decided to spotlight 15 women who’ve contributed to hip-hop in big ways.
Yo-Yo did her thing in the ’90s when she was featured on Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted album for “It’s a Man’s World.” Her debut album Make Way for the Motherlode in 1990 gained popularity with the single “You Can’t Play with My Yo-Yo.” Although she didn’t receive mainstream success she continued to release albums that were authentic and true hip-hop. In 1992 she released her second album, Black Pearl that had a positive message which clashed with the current sound of gangsta rap. She went on to release three other albums and her single “Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo” was ranked number 92 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs.