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Was there an artist you saw everywhere at one time or another and thought that they would always be “on”? Yeah, the 00s (and the ’90s) were filled with them, but a change in the sound of Hip-Hop and R&B, and a change in the way people buy and obtain music (and a change in skills and vocal abilities…) has caused some of the people who used to be on top to be somewhat forgotten about these days. It happens often, but we were surprised when these particular people (who aren’t one-hit wonders) were on top–and then all of a sudden were nowhere near the top years later.
You couldn’t tell me after Ja Rule was on top of the charts with albums like Rule 3:36 and Pain Is Love, and after helping Jennifer Lopez get two #1 hits with “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny,” that he wasn’t going to be on top for years to come.
Well before and after the release of The Last Temptation, Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) started heavily beefing publically with 50 Cent, who would be a formidable threat in the rap game about to take the top spot. And on top of that, after a while, Murder Inc. was under investigation for drug trades, so Ja ended up leaving the company behind in 2009. From there, he was no longer the big fish and eventually found himself in prison for gun possession. Now out and about, Ja still performs (he just did a show in Nigeria with Ashanti), but people aren’t necessarily checking for him like they used to.
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t a fan of one of the men we have listed, and it probably has less to do with the music and more to do with their good looks. Check out our picks for the sexiest men in Hip Hop today!
When Nelly and Shantel Jackson first went public with their romance, most (including myself) assumed that they were in an actual relationship. But as it turns out, the two appear to have more of a situationship. The former fiancée to troubled boxer Floyd Mayweather recently told Hip Hollywood that what she has with Nelly isn’t actually a “full blown” relationship.
“I wouldn’t right now say that it is a full blown relationship. We are getting to know each other, we are building a friendship. So as of right now, everything is like in the beginning stages.”
She also discussed Nelly’s, new reality show, which she will also be appearing on, and dispelled rumors that were floating around about the new project.
“He has this amazing show coming up on BET as of right now. There were rumors that we were already filming or people thought they knew what we were doing, but that was untrue. We haven’t filmed anything as of yet. Everything just came about.” Jackson goes on to tell us that she will definitely be working with the program.”
Maybe the show will provide viewers with a better understanding regarding whatever it is that Nelly and Shantel have going on.
As previously reported, the series will highlight the St. Louis rapper’s business ventures, his children and his “relationship” with Shantel.
Among the mixed opinions and speculation, celebrities such as David Banner, Common and Keke Palmer have all taken to their social media to state their feelings on the shooting of Mike Brown and the aftermath occurring in Ferguson. T.I. and Nelly are the latest in the line of celebs to make some comments.
Some criticized Nelly’s delayed response to the tragedy in his hometown, but he recently took to Instagram to express his feelings and also sat down with VIBE for an interview.
In reference to his untimely response, Nelly says:
“When [the shooting] initially happened, I was in Finland. I don’t have enough information. I don’t know what to say so I said, ‘At this time, my blessings and my strength go out to the Brown family’ because at the end of the day, it’s not an injustice, it’s murder. It’s an injustice if [the officer] does not pay for it.”
He also expresses that he doesn’t agree with some of the reactions that have taken place:
“What we need to do is support the Brown family because we don’t know. We [can't] plan against [the police] that plan and strategize for a living. That’s their job. We got barbers out here. We got fathers. We out here on emotion because these are our babies so you can’t attack from that aspect ’cause you can’t win.”
Nelly says that it isn’t wise to act on our initial feelings:
“We cannot use our last resort first. Now they’re prepared. There is no element of surprise. We the smallest in their world. Black people make up 13 percent of St. Louis. We not making sure we do the right things because we’re so stuck thinking about this shit. We gotta plan ahead. We can’t blame the ones that don’t know better.
There’s three of us in this situation: The ones that don’t know better—can’t blame them ’cause they ain’t seen better—the ones that know better but act like they don’t, and the ones that know better that’s trying to say something but we killing them and they got the best plan.”
Even with all the violence occurring in his hometown, Nelly is trying to stay positive and encouraging everyone else to do the same:
“Keep the peace, keep the focus in mind.”
“The focus is this young man lost his life and he wanted a future, he had a future, so let’s make sure we take the positive out of that, embellish and make sure that young brothers and sisters that came out of this same situation are able to go on and live in his name.”
Rapper T.I. echoed Nelly’s sentiments stating:
“We needed to play chess instead of checkers. We should have waited to see if justice was going to be served first … We shouldn’t have played our strongest hand first.”
I must say the men make a lot of sense. I was very troubled to see people justifying violence and looting because they were angry. Choosing to reflect on the situation and work through your feelings before taking action doesn’t mean you’re defending the police or those who have done wrong in this situation. It simply means that if we hope to make any real change, we can’t keep acting on our feelings destroying our homes, neighborhoods and our culture from the inside out hoping that will make others take notice and change their behavior. I feel like the life of Michael Brown is getting lost in people’s fight for proper media coverage and personal political agendas.
J. Cole and Elle Varner chose not to make any “official” statements, but express their feelings through their art. Check out their singles below:
Welcome (Back) To BET: Keyshia Cole To Star In Reality Show About Her Current Struggles; Nelly & Shantel Jackson Taking Their “Love” To TV
After falling out with her family post-“Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is,” and being estranged from husband Daniel “Boobie” Gibson after they starred in “Keyshia & Daniel: Family First,” you would think that at this point in Keyshia Cole’s life, she would avoid reality TV like the plague. But those checks must be really nice, because Cole is returning to BET for her third reality show with the network, but this time, it’s going to be all about her.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cole’s show will follow her as she tries to juggle her career, motherhood and the way she deals with the demise of her relationship with Gibson. The show was picked up and will air six episodes running at a half hour.
This is all interesting considering that Cole put BET on blast not too long ago for failing to pay her for her work on “Family First.”
I guess they patched things up (and the check finally cleared).
But she’s not the only one putting her business out there for BET. Nelly, who already stars on “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” will star in a new reality show for the network alongside girlfriend Shantel Jackson (yes, Floyd Mayweather’s ex). However, Nelly will be the main focus as cameras follow him, his business ventures, his children (as well as his late sister’s children, who he takes care of), his rap career, and of course, his relationship with “Miss Jackson.” The show was given the green light for eight episodes at an hour each. After years of trying to keep his personal life private (yes, I’m alluding to his past uber-long relationship with Ashanti that they tried to hide), he’s feeling very open these days…but will you watch?
Nelly Is Still Defending “Tip Drill”; Says That It Was “Artistic” And Some People Just Took It The Wrong Way…
After all these years, Nelly is still trying to explain that damn “Tip Drill” video. In an interview with ESPN 2’s “Highly Questionable” (the same interview where he joked about Floyd Mayweather’s education when speaking on their alleged beef), he was asked about what that day of filming “Tip Drill” was like and the controversy behind it. He still didn’t see the problem with the video, which made its debut in 2003 on the infamous “BET Uncut” show. In fact, Nelly thought it was actually artistic.
Nelly: “That was a very, very very interesting day. I’ll say that. Very, very fun day. It was a video. I never regret it as far as being an artist. Being an artist, your responsibility is to create. It’s to be artistic. I didn’t do anything illegal. I put it on a show that was for adults at an adult time. Maybe some people mistook it the wrong way.
Bomani Jones: “What was artistic about sliding that credit card down a woman’s body?”
Nelly: “That had never been done before. I thought that was very, very, very artistic [laughs]. The first time you saw a naked statue did you think, ‘Oh man I’m looking at something or…you know?'”
Nope, I don’t know, sir.
While he might have thought it was harmless and artistic, we all know that the video caused quite a stir, as many thought the women in the video were objectified and treated as just parts (the focus was mostly on their backsides, which went along with the song’s lyrics). Women at Spelman University even protested Nelly’s visit to the school to throw a bone marrow drive to help find his sister, who was suffering from leukemia and eventually passed from it, a donor. Nelly would say much later in a Huffington Post Live chat with Marc Lamont Hill that having to cancel the drive over the uproar over the video enraged him:
“The Spelman thing, the only thing I feel I woulda did different is kick somebody’s A$$. That’s just how it felt to me, Pimp. I don’t have my sister. You robbed me of an opportunity, unfairly my brother. That was unfairly because we could have still had your conversation after I got my opportunity. It could have been somebody that was coming to that bone marrow drive that day that was possibly a match for my sister that didn’t come because of that.”
After all these years, what were your thoughts on the video and the reaction to it back then?
“It’s Kinda Hard Talking To A Guy Who Hasn’t Graduated High School”: Nelly Takes More Jabs At Floyd Mayweather
Back in May when news of the Nelly/Shantel Jackson/Floyd Mayweather love triangle broke, Nelly took to Instagram and hurled a plethora of subliminal jabs at the professional boxer. A little bit of time has passed and although he claims that he has no beef with Mayweather, it seems that Nelly still isn’t a huge fan of the boxer. During a recent appearance on ESPN 2’s “Highly Questionable,” the St. Louis rapper took a few more jabs at Mayweather—including shaming him for allegedly not finishing high school.
“I don’t have beef with Floyd Mayweather,” Nelly explained. “You know what I’m saying? For me, for the most part, I think the whole thing is misunderstood.”
He then seemed to imply that Mayweather’s frustrations stem from Jackson no longer wanting to be with him.
“I try to understand where he’s coming from, which is a little hard to do. But it’s just one of those things where I guess he is who he is. You know, he’s one of those people that I don’t think that he’s a person who likes the word ‘no’ said to him. You know, and I think if anybody does that, I think that’s what kinda gets underneath his skin a little bit.”
But of course, he couldn’t let the interview conclude without throwing a bit of shade.
“I don’t know. It’s kinda hard talking to a guy who hasn’t graduated from high school,” he concluded.
Unsurprisingly, the hosts got quite a kick out of Nelly and his not-so-subtle shade. The disrespect is so real.
Watch Nelly’s interview on the next page.
Last month it was Mayweather, this month it’s Carolina Panthers player Greg Hardy Jr. We’re not sure how he does it, but it looks like Nelly may have found himself in the middle of another messy and emotional love triangle.
According to Page Six, the defensive lineman was arrested earlier this week in Charlotte, North Carolina on charges of assault and communicating threats. In Hardy’s arrest warrant, it’s noted that his girlfriend, Nicole Holder, is alleging that the 6-foot-4, 290-pound athlete threw her onto a pile of guns and threatened to kill her.
As for what triggered the fight, according to Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jonathan Jones, Nelly was at the center of the fight. You see, Nicole is claiming that Hardy flew into a jealous rage over her previous relationship with Nelly, which she says was short-lived.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Holder’s complaint against Hardy reads as follows:
“On May 13, 2014 Greg Hardy attacked me in his apartment. Hardy picked me up and threw me in the tile tub area of his bathroom. I have bruises from head to toe, including head, neck, back, shoulders, arms, legs elbow and feet. Hardy pulled me from the tub by my hair, screaming at me that he was going to kill me, break my arms and other threats that I completely believe. He drug me across the bathroom and out into the bedroom. Hardy choked me with both hands around my throat while I was lying on the floor. Hardy picked me up over his head and threw me onto a couch covered in assault rifles and/or shotguns. I landed on those weapons. Hardy bragged that all the assault rifles were loaded. Landing on those weapons bruised my neck and my back. Hardy screamed for his ‘administrative assistant’ (Sammy Curtis) to come into the room and hold me down. Curtis came into the room, grabbed me from behind and held me down. Hardy and Curtis then took me into the living room area. I wasn’t nearly strong or fast enough to escape. I begged them to let me go & I wouldn’t tell anyone what he did. They took me out into the hall, pushed me down & went back inside the apartment. I crawled to the elevator and ran into [Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department].”
She also alleged “as part of the assault, [Hardy] threatened to shoot me if I went to the media or reported his assaults to anyone.” Hardy, however, is proclaiming his innocence. According to his attorney, Chis Fialko, Nicole actually attacked Hardy and his friend, refusing to leave his apartment. Holder’s petition for a protective order against the 25-year-old NFL star, was dismissed by a judge on Wednesday after she failed to appear for a scheduled hearing.
As you may recall, Nelly made headlines last month for his romantic relationship with Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s ex-girlfriend, Shantel Jackson.
For the past couple of weeks, messy headlines that tell of the love train known as Floyd Mayweather, Shantel Jackson, Nelly, Ashanti, Tae Heckard, Brandon Jennings and Teyana Taylor have been shared across media outlets. While so much can be said about the über eventful love lives of these well-known people, there are also plenty of lessons to be learned. One of those lessons being, how NOT to break up.
Floyd Mayweather and ex-fiancée, Shantel Jackson, made news after he attempted to embarrass Jackson by uploading medical paperwork to Instagram, accompanied by a caption that pointed to an abortion as the reason for their split.
“The real reason me and Shantel Christine Jackson @missjackson broke up was because she got a abortion, and I’m totally against killing babies. She killed our twin babies.#ShantelJackson#FloydMayweather#TheMoneyTeam#TMT.”
Shortly after, the boxing champion released a dated photo of Shantel and joked that he wanted a refund for all of the cosmetic surgery that he paid to have performed on her.
“…@missjackson Before all the plastic surgery I had to pay for. I’m an Indian giver I want my money back LOL…#PlasticSurgery #TMT,” he wrote.
Despite the seemingly misplaced LOLs tacked at the end of his messages, his antics reeked of a heartbroken man who lacks a constructive way of dealing with his feelings. He was hurt that their relationship didn’t work out (and possibly that she terminated her pregnancy), and since he was unsure whether or not she was feeling the same way, he set out to inflict pain on her as well. He sought to publicly humiliate and degrade her, possibly hoping that he would feel better after the fact. But in the end, it’s highly unlikely that he did. It’s believed that Shantel’s recent revelation that she’s romantically involved with Nelly is what sent Floyd over the edge. But in the end, he only made himself look bitter, vindictive and emotionally unstable. Blasting or attempting to “expose” an ex after a breakup is rarely, if ever, the move.
But Mayweather isn’t the only offender here when it comes to how not to break up. There’s also something to be learned from the actions of Detroit Pistons star Brandon Jennings. In case you’ve already checked out of this messy web of love and lies because it’s way too much to digest, allow me to catch you up to speed. Jennings and Teyana Taylor were an item, off and on, for nearly six years (according to her timeline). The two were even allegedly engaged. Recently, Jennings began claiming actress and model Lashontae Heckard as his new girlfriend, and even fiancée. Problem 1: Heckard was actually a friend of Taylor’s. Problem 2: According to Taylor, Jennings began to seriously downplay their relationship on social media once he got with Heckard.
“On Twitter he said he’s been single for three years,” Teyana said during a recent interview. Brandon knows, the world knows, I know that we were engaged. That was very public. We were engaged at the Madea premiere.
I feel no real man should ever downplay anything, whether it’s me, his baby’s mother, anything. Don’t downplay your past relationships to build a platform. If she loved you for who you are or liked you for who you are, then she’s gonna like your regardless. You don’t need to downplay me. I was disappointed. I felt betrayed because of everything we’ve been through on and off for six years.”
Some speculate that Jennings simply wanted to get back at Taylor for ending their relationship, while others speculate that he made their relationship seem insignificant to make his new lady feel secure. Either way, trying to diminish or downplay the role a person once played in your life simply because things didn’t work out is also a really immature thing to do.
Breaking up has always been hard to do, but there’s no reason for it to get so ugly. The name calling, taking to social media, and downplaying the roles of the person you once couldn’t get enough of isn’t necessary–and you’re not fooling anybody. Maturity is everything. And if your ex is the one seeking to get a rise out of you, remember this quote from Rachel Wolchin: “Maturing is realizing how many things don’t require your comment.” Get it? Got it? Good.
What do you think? What are some other things that people should avoid doing after a break-up?
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When it was first revealed that Floyd Mayweather’s ex-fiancée, Shantel Jackson, was in a relationship with Nelly, many were under the impression that Nelly and Mayweather were good friends. But according to Nelly, this couldn’t be further from the truth. While he agrees that they were acquaintances at some point, he insists that there was never a friendship.
“Me and Floyd being such good friends is a total shock to me considering we have never exchanged numbers, never been invited to a fight, never been to his house, never ate lunch, we never have hung out anywhere other than seeing each other in a club!” Nelly explained in an Instagram post.
He went on to accuse Floyd of scheming on one of his exes in the past.
“Floyd could be confusing his relationship with me with his relationship with my ex for whom he has exchanged numbers and has flown personally to attend his weekend in Michigan which I wasn’t invited (guess I wasn’t in the circle of friends then) lol. “I have great respect for him as far as him being a true champion in his sport but homies ..?? Circle of friends ..? Nahh … Good luck to him tho keep making history champ.”
And if all of that weren’t enough, Nelly has also released a track titled “Thanks To My Ex,” which is believed to be about the messy love triangle involving his new love interest and Floyd. An excerpt of the song’s lyrics read:
“I’m glad he lied to your face.
I’m glad she made those mistakes.
Cuz you wouldn’t be here now.
I wouldn’t be here now. We wouldn’t be here now. Thanks to your ex. Thanks to my ex.”
Clearly, there’s some underlying bitterness here.
Listen to Nelly’s new track below. Thoughts?