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Daddy’s Home! Diddy Announces New Stage Name For Upcoming Album

March 25th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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If you have been feeling nostalgic about the ‘90s, fear not, because Sean Combs, otherwise known as P.Diddy, or should we say, Puff Daddy, is taking it way back for you with a new announcement.

The 44-year-old rapper and mogul decided to switch from his millennial name of P.Diddy, back to his original stage name of Puff Daddy yesterday.

The Daily News reports, Combs decided to use his old stage name for his new album MMM. The album will be the first full work the iconic producer and occasional rapper has released in four years. The name change was revealed in the trailer for an upcoming music video for his new song, “Big Homie,” featuring rappers Rick Ross and French Montana.

Tweeting from his @IamDiddy Twitter handle, Combs set the record straight for fans and followers:

Fans reacted to the news in one of two ways: by stating that Combs is a confused mess, or by letting him know that they never stopped calling him Puff in the first place.  Not realizing how invested his fans were with his multiple aliases, Puff “P.Diddy” Daddy Combs continued to poke fun by posting both a tweet and Instagram picture that read, “#DiddyorDaddy???”



No matter if you are on #TeamDiddy or #TeamPuffy (or don’t give a you-know-what either way), set a reminder for yourself to make sure that you watch the “Big Homie” video next Tuesday (clearly this is important to…um…Puff). In the mean time, catch the trailer for it, below.

Sasheer Zamata Makes Debut On “Saturday Night Live” As Drake Impresses As Host!

January 19th, 2014 - By Drenna Armstrong
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So, it was the night on Saturday Night Live that many had been waiting for: new cast member Sasheer Zamata was going to make her debut as the first black female cast member in five years. So, how did it go?

Well, Zamata’s debut may have been a little more lowkey than many were expecting. She didn’t say much but appeared in quite a few of the skits, sometimes adding in a few lines. There was the “Mazel Tov” during the opening monologue, the chorus during “Resolution Revolution,” and she also played a high school student during a skit of “Hip Hop Classics: Before They Were Stars.” It was during the latter that she had more lines.

While we’re definitely looking forward to seeing more of Sasheer Zamata, Saturday night’s episode belong to Drake and his pretty impressive comedic timing. His opening monologue started off with him explaining that he is a biracial rapper from Canada who is also Jewish. He reminisced on his bar mitzvah and it turned into a flashback moment where both sides of his family were pretty much meeting for the first time.  In the flashback, Drake performed a rap song as a 13 year old kid explaining how both sides of his culture are engrained in him. Hilarious.

Check out clips of the show below that feature both Drake and Sasheer Zamata? Did you watch? What did you think?

A Cut We Support: Slim Thug Opts For Vasectomy To Evade Anymore Child Support

July 23rd, 2013 - By La Truly
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Is it OK to celebrate a man not having any more kids? When it comes to Slim Thug it just feels right, which is why we’re reporting that the 32-year-old decided to go under the knife to prevent making anymore babies and as a result, owing anymore child support.  He posted a post-op photograph with the captions:

“#NoNewKids #NoNewBabymamas #NoMoChildSupport #NoLittleGirl just me and my 3 Boyz

I’m laying in my bed, watchin’ TV with my feet kicked up and ice pack on my balls. That’s what it’s gonna be for the night…foot surgery in the morning.”

Uhh, ok. I guess nothing, absolutely NOTHING is private anymore. But I suppose this is a responsible course of action for the rapper, who one year ago, advocated for abortion as a form of birth control, stating that:

“I think abortion is necessary on some occasions. People be against it, but people don’t deal with the real life situations some people deal with. I don’t think it’s right, I don’t think it’s good to have a baby and not be with the father. That’s part of the biggest problem. My mother, she took care of me, but she was working 7 days-a-week, 12 hours-a-day. That was a struggle, I seen how much she struggled and it was so hard coming up. I don’t even know who my daddy is. I don’t like that. I think a kid deserves both  his parents. That’s why I think if you ain’t gonna be with somebody, you don’t need to have a kid with him.

Even though I got 3 baby mamas…. it’s working out. But it ain’t right. I ain’t saying wait 3 or 4 months. If it’s immediate, it’s like birth control to me.”

While that train of thought really ground my gears, his decision, now, a year later to get a vasectomy proves that some people do realize that it takes two to make a baby and that all of the pressure should not be on mothers alone to have abortions to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

The New Engagement Ring? Waka Flocka & Girlfriend Engaged By Getting…Name Tats?

June 1st, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Well, if Beyoncé and Jay-Z can get matching “IV” ringer finger tattoos, why can’t Waka Flocka Flame and his boo get some too?

We haven’t heard much musically from the loc’ed up rapper over the last few months but Waka is surely about to get the internet streets talking. His longtime, on and off girlfriend, Tammy, briefly posted a picture of she and Waka – half of the picture was of them in an embrace and the other half showed off their tattoos. They have each other’s names tatted on their ring fingers.



Well…sort of.

While Waka went the more “traditional” route and got Tammy’s name on his ring finger (although with the spacing, it looks more like “TAM MY” and not “Tammy”), she went a little more …mainstream. If you looked at the photo posted, you’ll see that Tammy got “WAKA” tatted on her finger. That’s pretty far off from his real name, Juaquin.  It seems a little weird that she’d get his stage name tattooed on her but hey, whatever floats your boat. Right?

By the way, Tammy took that picture down pretty quickly and replaced it with a drawing of Waka, a ball and chain and an engagement ring with “Tammy” written on the tag.

Waka and Tammy have no children together but Tammy has a daughter from a previous relationship that Waka treats like she’s his child.

They seem to be doing pretty good in their relationship now so congrats to the happy couple.

‘Hip-Hop Ain’t Never Been About Hurting Innocent People:’ T.I. Mad Over Boston Bomber-Rap Connection

April 20th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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If you were curious why “TMZ Reports” was trending on Twitter yesterday with the most hilarious rap lyrics ever, it was because the “you heard it here first” gossip site published a story with the headline “Dead Bombing Suspect Heavy Into Rap.” Almost immediately, the site was side-eyed for reporting that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26-year-old suspect believed to be responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing who was killed yesterday, had an email associated with the website,, insinuating rap’s “violent” lyrics could have influenced his act of homegrown terrorism.

As much as people dismissed that overzealous — and inappropriate — attempt to identify a cause for Tamerlan and his brother Dzhokhar’s actions, nobody was not having that explanation more than T.I. See on top of being a rapper, the King of the South’s image was used in a promo screen grab related to the soon-to-be developed website, connecting him not so indirectly with this heinous occurrence.  And that’s why he sought to clear his name, and rap’s, telling TMZ not only does he not know anything about this real hip hop site, he knows for sure rap has nothing to do with what these brothers did.

“Hip hop narrates the activity and conditions of our culture, it doesn’t create them,” he said. “Hip hop ain’t never been about hurting innocent people.”

As far as Boston goes, he said the event last week “was a horrible tragedy and my prayers go out to the families involved.”

Set ’em straight T.I.P.

Eazy-E Forever: Late Rapper’s Daughter Seeks To Firmly Establish His Legacy

April 6th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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It’s been 18 years since the death of Eazy-E but one person is not prepared to let his public image die.

E.B. Wright, the 22 year old daughter of the late rapper, is currently putting together a documentary about the life – and death – of her father, according to  E.B., a budding rapper herself, says that his legacy has not been properly represented and she wants to change that.

“A lot of people don’t know the truth behind his death.  There’s definitely a story out there of how people think he died but a lot of it is a misconception, so I think it’s time to tell the story of exactly what happened.”

E.B. says that the documentary, tentative titled Ruthless Scandal, will have in-depth interviews with celebrities, family members, close friends and others who knew the “real” Eazy.  Further, there will be interviews from doctors and lawyers as well as documents regarding the death of the rapper. As most of us know, Eazy reportedly died as a result of complications of the AIDS virus when he was only 31 years old. His daughter hasn’t stated whether or not she accepts this but she clearly has had more questions about it as she’s grown.

E.B. also envisions how important her dad would be were he still alive:

“He started all of this, and honestly I don’t even think his impact can be limited to the West Coast.  I feel like, if my dad was alive today, he would be Jay-Z businesswise. He was a true visionary. He started the independent label, he started the idea of speaking your mind…”

Ruthless Scandal is currently slated for a 2014 release.

Were you an Eazy-E fan? Would you check out this documentary?

Man Of The Moment: Meet Kevin McCall

April 4th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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For the last few men of the moment, we brought you regular 'round-the-way guys that you could reach out and touch yourselves. But this time we're switching it up with a little celebrity sexaaay by way of singer, songwriter, and rapper Kevin McCall.

We're sure you remember this chocolaty goodness from Chris Brown's "Strip" video, and though we tried to get him to take it all off when he came to our office, we found out his personality is just as enticing as those abs of his. Who knew?

Check out our  intimate chat with the LA man of many talents as he talks about digging cocky women and wanting people to pay more attention to his vocals than his physique.


WTF News Of The Day: Rapper Too Short Runs From The Cops!

March 23rd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Okay, Short Dog must have really been “on one” to run from the cops.

Some nosy person had the good sense to get it all on tape and send it in to TMZ. In the clip, Too Short is seen speaking to police officers early Wednesday morning.  He was pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence and was asked to step out of the car. The police gave him a field sobriety test and according to TMZ, before he ran, they told him they were going to have to take him in on a DUI charge.

That didn’t sit too well with Short because after pretending to have a civil conversation, Short took off running!

But here’s the thing: he got nowhere real fast. The rapper tripped on the sidewalk and the cops were on him like white on rice. So embarrassing.

Bless his heart. Even if he hadn’t tripped, it didn’t look like he was going to get too far in his little spring.

To add insult to injury, the police also found drugs in his car and added a drug possession charge to the list. I wonder if they’ll hit him with “attempting to flee an officer” charge as well.

Some of these rappers, no matter their age, just don’t learn. At some point, you’ve got to know you’re too old for the bull.

By the way, Too Short did tweet about it:



Take a look at the video…and laugh. Nothing else we can do (by the way, the TMZ link actually has a better version than the video below they posted on YouTube)!

MN Daily Salute: Queen Latifah

February 5th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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Queen Latifah

Calling: Rapper/Actress/Singer

Why we’re saluting her: 

Queen Latifah is truly a jack of all trades and master of many. First introduced to her as a rapper, Queen has gone on to wow us with her acting ability, smooth jazz voice, television productions, and beauty as a Cover Girl and model.

It should come as no surprise that Queen Latifah, born Dana Owens, has come to be such a symbol of empowerment and inspiration for Black women. On her third studio album, Black Reign, she gave us the ladies anthem U.N.I.T.Y , letting everyone know women should be called and treated as nothing less than that. And from there, she went on to star in one of the ‘90s – and our personal favorite – sitcoms, Living Single, and had a long string of film roles on the big and small screen from Set It Off, Bringing Down the House, Hairspray, and Chicago to Steel Magnolias and Life Support, the captivating movie loosely based on the true story of Ana Wallace, an HIV-positive woman.

In every role, whether in the studio recording The Dana Owens Album, or behind the camera producing shows like Single Ladies, or being on film in Just Wright, the Queen’s undeniable beauty shines through. That’s why companies like CoverGirl have brought her on as a spokesmodel to represent their products, and have even given the 42-year-old her own line os cosmetics, appropriately titled, “The Queen Collection.”

Now that the Queen is ready for her next act, trying her hand as a talk show host once again, we have nothing but high hopes for her future in the entertainment industry. And for her resilience in the face of family tragedy and speculation over her sexual orientation, as well as the grace and business savvy she exemplifies at all times, we salute Queen Latifah.

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Keep Rising To The Top: Drake Talks About How He “Started From The Bottom” In New Single

February 2nd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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It seems that Drake has been listening to his fans and his critics: enough of the emotional whining in the songs.

Drake dropped “Started From The Bottom” on Friday night with a note to the masses:

My good friends,

“…This is the first single off of my upcoming album. I feel sometimes that people don’t have enough information about my beginnings and therefore they make up a life story for me that isn’t consistent with actual events. My family and my second family (consisting of the best friends anybody could ever have) all struggled and worked extremely hard to make all this happen. I did not buy my way into this spot and it was the furthest thing from easy to achieve. I am proud of every part of my past and I’m excited for this song to find a place in your life as well. I didn’t feel I needed any interviews or radio or press to launch this song. It felt right to come back to the site that I started on and release it to the people that started here with me. Judging by this post, the tour that we’ve been planning, the conversations about new songs and album artwork…I think it’s safe to say we’re back together again. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.”

The single, while not totally void of a little singing from Drizzy, is free of him being overly emotional on a track. It was produced by Zombie and talks about how he and his team have worked from the bottom to get where they are today.  Now, I don’t really know how far at the bottom one would consider Degrassi but alright Drake, rock on.

He celebrates the team’s arrival and takeover by saying:

“…There ain’t really much out here that’s poppin’ without us/we just want the credits where its due/I’ma worry bout me give a Fawk about you/Just as a reminder to myself, I wear every single chain even when I’m in the house/Cuz we started from the bottom now we here…”

While he didn’t give any other information about the album other than they’re working on artwork, it is safe to say we’ll be hearing more soon.

Check out the song below (it is not safe for you to blast this at work or around the kiddies…he’s a rapper, folks – lots of cursing).