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Why Maxwell, Sade, Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott Need To Hurry Up And Release New Music Already

April 23rd, 2015 - By Nneka Samuel
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Legend has it that every five minutes, someone somewhere in the world asks R&B crooner Maxwell when his next album will drop.

If you follow the “Pretty Wings” singer on social media, you’ll know this statement isn’t far from the truth. He can’t seem to catch a break from well-meaning, hungry fans itching for that new new.  And while there has been an influx of soul-stirring music in recent months from the likes of D’Angelo (after a 14-year hiatus), Prince, J.Cole, and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few, our hearts and ears still long to hear the latest from not only Maxwell, but these other legendary artists who like to take their precious time making music: Sade, Lauryn Hill, and Missy Elliot.

I’ll be the first to admit I still harbor a school-girl type of crush on Maxwell, so my unrequited love for the man may get in the way of sensibility.  But he did make a few promises he couldn’t quite keep. After the 2009 release of his Grammy award-winning BLACKsummers’night album, Maxwell promised back-to-back albums, a trilogy, in fact.  Six years later, fans are still waiting on pins and needles for the second album to be released.  The only thing we’ve had to tide us over is his 2012 duet with Alicia Keys, “Fire We Make.”  We’re happy for the crumbs but, damn, can we get a full on meal, please?  Maxwell even said a duet album was in the works with Keys, but that too has yet to come to pass. Can you blame me for my thirstiness?  This is the man who brought us classics like “Sumthin’ Sumthin,’” “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder),” “Fortunate,” and “This Woman’s Work.” This is a man who is ever humble and whose gratitude speaks volumes.  I’m getting all verklempt.  Let me move on.

I grew up in a household where three particular songstresses reigned supreme: Anita Baker, Phyllis Hyman, and Sade. And while I love all of them, Sade has always held a special place in my heart. Perhaps that’s because she also has a beautiful African name that people have trouble pronouncing (There’s no “r” in Sade, folks. Quit it already).  The despair, the heartache, the highs, the lows.  Sade sets a mood like no other artist can and understands romantic love in a way I have yet to experience.  But she’s also on that 10-year plan.  Her last album, Soldier of Love, was released in 2010, which means fans have (at least) five more years to wait before hearing another musical gem.  That’s if she even feels like returning.  On the Soldier of Love tour, Sade said on more than one occasion that it may be her last (which is unacceptable because I have yet to see her live).  After releasing an album and touring the world, Sade loves to return to virtual obscurity.  She is the queen of going off the grid and the ease with which she does this is part of her lore and mystique.  Sade doesn’t give many interviews, and you know good and well that she’s not on social media.  It’s clearly not about the fame with her; it’s all about the music. That’s what makes Sade even more respected, treasured and missed when she disappears off of the face of the earth.

Now, Lauryn Hill…where to begin? The Fugees hip-hop songstress was on top of the world with her debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.  She skillfully balanced love and heartbreak with freeing lyrics that reminded us of our greatness and our potential.  Miseducation garnered Hill five Grammys, or maybe it was a billion (she was holding quite a few at the end of the night), and then she basically disappeared, only to reappear with her poorly received MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 album.  It was followed up by a self-imposed exile fueled by limited engagements, showing up super late to shows, tax woes, and dissing sprees from critics, former group members, and so-called fans who claimed the singer went off the deep end.  While we rightfully want more music from Ms. Hill, we can’t fault the woman for growing or switching up and trying on new styles, musically and creatively.  Isn’t that what artists do best?  Still, we long for her full on return and hope that maybe the best is yet to come.

When Missy Elliott burst onto the music scene, everything about her was bold and unapologetic, from her lyrics to her fashion sense, and her videos.  Aside from her music, Elliott has helped launch and guide the careers of singers like Aaliyah, Nelly Furtado, Keyshia Cole and countless others.  Let’s not forget that her surprise appearance during Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime performance stole the show. Perry fans wanted more from this “new” artist, and that goes to show you how long she has been out of the spotlight.  In recent years, Elliott has been vocal about her autoimmune disorder, Graves’ disease, which at times kept her from even being able to hold a pen to write music.  But Elliott says she’s anxious to return.  I think her fans are more anxious to hear whatever goodness she has in store.

Despite desperately wanting these artists to come out with more music already, fans get it.  We’re not privy to the intricacies of the music industry or the inner workings of these artists’ lives – the personal triumphs and devastating blows.  We’re not there as they raise their children or spend precious time with their families.  Nor do most of us know anything about the pressures of fame.  So when fans get word of canceled concerts, delayed albums, or absolute silence from our favorite artists, we have to remember that they’re human too. They bleed, laugh and love just like we do.  And just like us, they need to live their lives.  (Everyone can’t be like Beyoncé, dropping albums all willy nilly.)  But their music is the soundtrack to our daily lives; their voices timeless, classic and ever-inspiring.  And no matter how many times we’ve heard their hits, once a song of theirs comes on the radio, it’s like coming home.  Not many artists can evoke that sentiment.  So if you’re reading this Maxwell, Sade, Lauryn Hill or Missy Elliott, we’re ready whenever you are.

Missy Elliot’s Former Background Dancer Honors Her With A Tribute Video

February 13th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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If the Super Bowl proved anything, it was that Missy Elliot is severely missed; and perhaps, her impact on music is grossly understated. The woman is a legend in this game. Her music still holds up today, which is the reason why her music started flying off the digital shelves, if you will, after she performed during halftime.

And since that performance reminded us all how much Missy means to us, Alyson Stoner, the adorable little White girl who danced in several of Missy’s videos and was also a huge Disney child star, decided to put together a nice tribute video for our girl.

See what Alyson, who is 21 now, looks like these days and of course, check out the dance moves, which are still impeccable.

 

Look At God: Jodeci Releases Anti-Domestic Violence Song Called “Nobody Wins”

December 23rd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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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?

[Watch] Lil Kim, Da Brat, Missy Elliott & More Reunite For “Not Tonight” Performance

November 30th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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.

Timbaland, Missy And Ginuwine Preparing To Reunite?

November 18th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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!!!!!!!!!!!”

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Ginuwine also shared the same image.

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“Could it happen 1 more time?????” he captioned the photo.

Missy also seemed to cosign the whispers.

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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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Watch: Missy Elliot Takes The Stage At 2014 BET Awards

June 29th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Missy Elliot takes the stage at 2014 BET Awards during Pharrell Wiliams' opening performance.

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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.

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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Pass Or Play? “I Deserve It” Faith Evans ft. Missy Elliot and Sharaya J

June 25th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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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?

 

10 Love Lessons Missy Elliot Taught Us

April 27th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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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.

Lesson 1

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

Happy 6th Anniversary Jayonce! Jay Z And Beyonce’s Cutest Lyrics About Each Other

April 4th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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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.

Jay Z and Beyonce's Cutest Lyrics 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.”

Nobody Does It Like Hype: The 15 Best Hype Williams Music Videos

March 25th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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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.