For the first time ever, J. Cole and Jennifer Hudson share the stage as J. Hud takes on the hook on the TLC-featured "Crooked Smile". This song jumps up another level live with a stellar performance from J. Cole and some good chemistry between him and Hudson. This is one of the many *Tibs Favs. on Born Sinner as well, so it was cool to see this on the VH1 Do Something! Awards stage. Plus, J. Cole reppin' the Stanley Cup Champs! How appropriate alongside the Chicago-born performer.
Why not make this a double dose of J. Cole news?! Here he is covering the other half of the 20th Anniversary cover of VIBE with Nas (Robin Thicke & Janelle Monae take the R&B side.) Peep the photoshoot footage here.
In a great story yesterday, Nas caught wind of a story of single father Stanley Young and his 7 kids losing their home in a fire and so the New York MC started a fundraiser to help raise 50,000 for the family to have a new house. Currently the campaign is at a whopping 40,000 and you can donate at HelpStanleyYoung.com to help the fundraiser get the next 10 and the miracle achieved. Props to Nas for spreading love and using his influence on a cause like this!
Originally posted by 5ABIOmaticearlier today, I had to bring this news to the top as Timbaland was pretty revealing in this sit-down with Revolt TV. He spilled a collab that us many of us salivating: "Sinatra In The Sands" — Nas featuring Jay Z & Justin Timberlake. Says, "Justin sounds like Frank Sinatra." Yup! Need this.
Also discussed: Timbaland's perspective on new Aaliyah music with Drake & Chris Brown. Here's the quote.
"It would never work... Cause Aaliyah music only work with its soulmate... which is me."
Timbaland wasn't sending any shots, and even went on to say some really positive things on Drake (whom he collabed with before, if you forgot). He also said that Missy Elliott was inspired by the Samsung commercial to make new music again. And Timbaland wants to continue finding out each other's artistry telling Jay, to essentially keep making music while we got that energy flowin. That's a "Gowhere You Love" moment right there! Watch the dope, quick-hit talk for all of Timbo's words himself above.
On many occasions we accredit prominence, fame, success and notoriety of various artists in hip hop by the amount of albums they've sold, the amount of years in the pin they endured, how many chains they rock, how big their homes are, or even by the type of whips they drive. How much success and wealth does that really exude? Not much in my opinion but when a historical and profound academic institution such as Harvard University, allows an artist (a hip hop artist at that) to be recognized in collaboration with The Hip Hop Archive and W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard, for creating a fellowship for the tuition assistance of students, prolific recognization should be equated to that artist's name.
The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship was announced today in honor of the rapper Nas, whom is an avid supporter of knowledge and academics. Harvard's director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute of African and African American Research, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., said, "Nas is a true visionary, and he consistently shows how boundaries can pushed and expanded to further the cause of education and knowledge".
Marcyliena Morgan, founder of the Hip Hop Archives, said "With the introduction of the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship, we will continue to be the leading resource for those interested in knowing, developing, building, maintaining and representing Hip-Hop". In response to the news about the scholarship today, Nas said, "My hopes are that greed for knowledge, art, self-determination and expression go a long way". "It is a true honor to have my name attached to so much hardwork, alongside great names like Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and W.E.B. Du Bois and to such a historical and prestigous institution, and all in the name of the music I grew to be a part of," he said. The statement for the scholarship says the fellowship will be awarded to those who show academic excellence and creatively show that "Education is Power". This defines true success and is an exemplary model of philanthropy at its best. Big ups to Nas.
It's certainly not hard to tell this guy likes to eat, but here's something you might not have known: Queens rapper Action Bronson is as renown for his skills in the kitchen as on the mic. The dude used to be a gourmet chef in New York City! You learn something new every day.
In a recent interview with MTV, Action expressed interest in possibly starting his own cooking show. He has some prior experience - namely a web series he did a few years back called "Action in the Kitchen." But apparently, a cooking show featuring Bronson at the helm is in the works, though don't expect him to replace Paula Deen on Food Network or anything.
"I don’t know if the Food Network is the right home for me," said Bronson. "But yeah, I’m working on a cooking show. I can’t really speak on the details, but we’re having talks."
Also mentioned in the interview is his desire to feature fellow Queens talent Nas on a song, together with another local legend Kool G Rap, for a kind of "Queens super-collabo" as MTV puts it. Let's hope that comes to fruition as well.
Check out an episode of "Action in the Kitchen" below.
To say it’s been a pretty busy past few weeks for Jay-Z would be an understatement. Yesterday the genius rapper stopped by to appear on the ever so controversial morning radio show, The Breakfast Club. The appearance marked Jay’s first visit to the show to promote his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, which is now available for purchase today!
While on the show Mr. Carter shared his views on the digital age of music, Kanye West’sYeezus, staying current and in touch, fatherhood, Lil Wayne, and past feud with Nas. Jay also talked about the high placement he gives Magna Carta Holy Grail compared to his past releases.
As you know Magna Carta Holy Grail is certified platinum and is expected to debut at number 1 on Billboard 200 next week. This week it is now being predicted that Jay-Z will sale between 475-525k copies by July 14th in physical sales. This is amazing since Jay-Z took a whole new routine in promoting his album. Check part 1 and 2 of his interview with The Breakfast Club below.
Wow, look at those names again. And isn't your first thought, "Could this be the greatest song ever?"
OK, even if it's not, that's quite an impressive list of A-listers on one song. But then take a look at the lyrics. I'm not resonating with so much materialistic bragging. Holding off any further thought though until the song comes out, now less than a week away on July 4th.