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If you were feeling that sultry duet “Fire We Make” by Alicia Keys and Maxwell, we have great news. The soul-singing duo are thinking about coming out with a collaborative album. Back in July Maxwell told Billboard that he and Alicia and definiately going to collaborate for an EP.
“We’re definitely working on an EP that’s sort of Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrrell. We got a thing musically. That’s like my little sister. What’s funny is Swizz [Beatz, Keys' husband] is the champion of all of it. He’s like, ‘You guys have a thing when you make music together.’ We had a really successful tour together when she first came on the scene and she’s like family. She’s someone that I trust. I’m like that, by the way. Most of the people you see me working for me are actually with me. And I’m proud to say that I’ve known them for 20 years almost. I’ve written songs with, produced songs with them a lot of times. I don’t deviate form my comfort zone. I feel like when God brings people to you it’s good to keep ‘em around. Not to say I haven’t cut a few fools off [laughs], but for the essential I keep it close,” Maxwell said.
While out promoting her new film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, Alicia revealed to Essence that her pal was a bit premature in his duet announcement.
“Maxwell has such a big mouth! (Laughs jokingly) We’ve spoken about a couple of different things. We’ve spoken about definitely doing something creative together. But which way that comes together… I’m not sure yet.”
Hopefully they can iron out the details and make this happen! Speaking of music and creativity, Alicia also revealed that what her hubby, Swizz Beatz, loves most about her is what a great producer she is and the way that she holds their family together.
“I think what he likes most about Alicia Keys is that I really put my time into [music]—that I produce, that I create, that I write the songs. He’s always bragging that I’m a better producer than most producers. He likes that I create my own thing. What he would say he likes most about Alicia Dean… I think he would say how good of a mother I am. He would also say how I care about him and our family.”
Would you like to see a collaborative album happen between Maxwell and Alicia Keys.
Say What?! Recent Chris Brown Interview Discusses Him Losing His Virginity At 8 & Whether or Not He’s Self-Destructive
Two words: Stop talking. A recent Chris Brown interview with UK paper The Guardian was posted to their site on Friday and focused on mostly on his life and just a little about his new album, X. The writer, Decca Aitkenhead, didn’t seem anymore into him than he was into her and while reading, you clearly get that impression.
Nonetheless, she asked some questions that have eyebrows raising just a little bit. Now, we’re just going to give you a few clips but please feel free to read it in its entirety:
Chris talks about losing his virginity at EIGHT years old to a teenaged girl and how they’ve helped his current “skills”:
“It’s different in the country. By that point, we were already kind of like hot to trot, you know what I’m saying? Like, girls, we weren’t afraid to talk to them; I wasn’t afraid. So, at eight, being able to do it, it kind of preps you for the long run, so you can be a beast at it. You can be the best at it.” (…he doesn’t want to say how many women he’s slept with: “But you know how Prince had a lot of girls back in the day? Prince was, like, the guy. I’m just that, today. But most women won’t have any complaints if they’ve been with me. They can’t really complain. It’s all good.”)
When Aitkenhead asked if he ever wishes he’d grown up in private, his response was quite odd:
“Honestly, where I’m from, probably not. I think me being able to travel from the small town I was from, me already having a good IQ, and you know being intelligent, and regular stuff, I just had to learn more and more of the street life, you know, how to maneuver around a room full of wolves.”
I read it a few times and still am not clear on what that means as it relates to the question.
He describes his abuse towards Rihanna as a wake-up call and a sign that he could no longer act like a wild and crazy, wild young guy. But when Aitkenhead asked if that’s how he felt at the time, he said “no” and followed that with:
“Cos you can talk with all my girls that I did mess with before, and it’s never been a violent history.” Then he switches again: “But at the same time, I learned from it, and it was almost like… I wouldn’t say it happened for a reason, but it was something to trigger my mind to be more of a mature adult. To handle myself in situations, don’t throw tantrums, don’t be a baby about it.”
There’s obviously a lot to take in here and to be honest, the writer of The Guardian article does sound a bit one-sided when she’s not quoting him.
We know how Chris is so if he reads this and hates it, we’ll likely get his side of the story. Or at the very least, we’ll get a rant about how much he hates doing interviews because everyone changes his words.
If you’ve followed music over the years, you know that Sean “Diddy” Combs has taken a lot of hits on the way people “view him.” He’s not always a fan favorite. But for all the times people may have something negative to say about him, it is just as important to highlight the positive things he does with his time.
On Thursday, Diddy took time out of his busy schedule to join the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship for a day of mentoring. He spent time sharing tips on how to run a business as well as how to approach life in an entrepreneurial way. When he was done, Diddy presented the NFTE with a check for $250,000 on behalf of Combs Enterprises, according to Rap-Up.com.
The NFTE is an entrepreneurial training program for high school students, primarily for those from low income communities. They encourage young people to stay on their educational paths and also how to recognize business opportunities and how to make them successful.
In his speech, Diddy said:
“I am honored to partner with NFTE on this initiative because I am extremely proud of the work they do every day, helping over 500,000 young people reach their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs. I believe all young people should be given the opportunity to be successful and to pursue their passions and NFTE gives all kids the tools they need to be the CEOs of their future.”
Great job, Diddy, spending not only money but time with young people who very likely look up to him. Hopefully, his words and advise will stick with them as they continue to flourish.
Not all music group members are created equal. Some of them hogged the lime light while others had a permanent place in the back of the stage. Did we miss any of your favorite underrated music group members? Let us know in the comments section!
The N’Sync Extras
N’Sync is all about Justin, Joey and JC. When the reunion rolled around, we realized we forgot about Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass — mostly because they spent N’Sync’s career as glorified backup dancers.
“They Tell Me ‘You’re Not A Real Desginer’,Well, I’m Not A Real Rapper”: Yeezy Denounces Racism In The Music And Fashion Industries
Kanye West sees himself as some sort of savior–for music and fashion. During his highly talked about interview with Radio 1′s Zane Lowe, he attacked the glass ceiling Black musicians and artists face and denounced racism across the cultures, all while ironically using his “White voice” to do so.
As Black people, we all have two voices–the one we put on for mainstream America to make them comfortable and our normal voice that we use around our peers. Mr. West is no exception.
“I look round the room and there is no one here who looks like me,” he said during to Lowe. “And if there is, they are keeping quiet.” His recently released album “Yeezus” is evidence of this. West made is obvious he had no desire to be on the radio, and didn’t make an album docile enough to do so. “I have driven my Truman Show boat into the painting. I have hit a glass ceiling.” he continued, noting that Blacks are limited to only being creative on T-shirts, “but if it’s anything else, your Truman Show boat is hitting the wall,” he said. This all made for a smooth transition into his passion for fashion.
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When two musicians get together, sometimes the music changes — for better or for worse. Check out our list of our favorite musicians who changed their music along with their relationship status.
When J. Lo left Diddy after she had enough of his street life, his music was never the same. He released “I Need A Girl” parts One and Two and then didn’t release another track for four years. In 2006 he came back with “Press Play” but all the “street” went right out of his music.
Who would have thought that some palatable chemistry in “Bonnie & Clyde” would have evolved into one of the most beautiful, long-standing and admirable relationships in all of hip-hop? But more than 10 years later, Beyonce Knowles and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter have silenced naysayers, becoming one of Hollywood’s most recognizable couples and the crowning Mr. and Mrs. of Hip Hop. But more than just standing at the top of the music game, Bey and Jay have also given legions of fans hope that Hollywood love connections can indeed last. So in honor of our favorite power couple, let’s take a look back through Bey and Hova’s relationship. Oh, and Happy Birthday Beyonce!
Does Chris Brown really want the masses to celebrate him when he does something “good” or “right?” We can’t tell.
He’s been ranting all week about this, that and the other, but now, TMZ has photos of his latest work and apparent gang affiliation.
Breezy has been in Hawaii for the last couple of days (he performed on Friday) and while there, he had a local guide take him to an area of the island where doing graffiti is legal. His portrait, reminiscent of his recent “Eff the police” tweets, was tagged with his initials in the shape of a heart along with “Fruit Pirus!!!!,” right next to it.
For those of you who aren’t aware, the Pirus are a notorious gang from Los Angeles who are mostly made up of original blood gang members. The distinction of Piru groups is very confusing and since we are not gang members, we don’t need to go through figuring it out. To be honest, I’ve only done “research” on this after hearing Kendrick Lamar denouncing the gang lifestyle on his album.
Back to Chris. This is the second time in a week that he’s referred to the gang. When he talked about collaborating with Beyonce, he added that “JAY might have a problem wit it but this PIRU!”
Now, if Chris has any concern over how fans might deal with the idea of him being in a gang, he’ll try to have his publicists spin the story to make it seem like he’s not in a gang. I mean, that’d be the smart thing.
You can check out the rest of the photos over on TMZ.
Here’s the question: What kind of grown a** man waits until he’s in his 20s to join a gang? You don’t have anything else better to do with your grown a** life than to run around being involved with a gang…allegedly?
Okay, so it may not be as short as it was when first debuted, but Beyonce certainly rocked a new look this weekend during a show.
Bey was across the pond on Saturday to shut down The V Festival in Chelmsford, England where she was the day one headliner. While her hair wasn’t as short as it was when she first took the internet streets by storm, the look definitely wasn’t the usual.
This time, instead of rocking the long tresses, Bey’s hairstyle is now an asymmetrical bob. While many people loved the much shorter style, we all know Bey “needs” a little length so she can give some extra “mmmph” while shaking it fast on stage.
Her set was obviously shorter than what she’s been doing on tour and there were no new songs performed as she opted to stick to past hits. But, there was no shortage in wardrobe changes here as Bey went from outfit to outfit to outfit!
Check out the pics on the pages ahead! Do you like the bob on her?
Who knew that Andre 3000 had all of these thoughts running through his head.
Well, maybe Stephen Hill was wrong about the 3000 comeback. According to XXL Magazine, Cee Lo Green recently had a conversation about his own music when 3 Stacks’ name came up in the discussion. Green told MTV’s Rap Fix that he isn’t sure his longtime friend would ever make an album – solo or as a member of Outkast – because he suffers from severe stage fright. As he tells it:
“He just said he had a severe case of stage fright and just kind of been away from the game and didn’t know if he could truly live up. He just said he was bothered by this bar that had been set and maybe he wants to do something different, and he’ll always be his worst competition, his worst critic and maybe he don’t want to live up to what people think he should do.”
Alright, I get it and I’m trying hard to accept this tidbit. Andre has been notorious over the last few years for destroying another artist on their own song with his verse. Remember when he was on the “Walk It Out” remix? I mean, he went so far above anything anyone else was talking about that the listener also had to play it over and over just to get on his level with the meaning. So when you do that over and over, fans and peers alike put you on a pedestal that you are now forced to stay on. It is almost impossible.
So, maybe we just have to have some patience, not praise him so highly when he’s featured on someone’s song and then hope our sneak tactics work.
Andre 3000 as a solo artist and as a member of Outkast is just too important to music for it to be over!