Hip-Hop’s reigning king of radio, Rick Ross, doesn’t deviate from his proven formula on his fifth album God Forgives I Don’t, released July 31 via Maybach Music Group/Def Jam Records.
Filled with an array of high-profile collaborations that range from hip-hop’s elite Jay-Z and Dr. Dre (“3 Kings”), Nas (“Triple Beam Dreams”), and André 3000 (“Sixteen”) to his MMG cohorts — Meek Mill (“So Sophisticated”), Wale (“Diced Pineapples”), Stalley (“Ten Jesus Pieces”) and Omarion (“Ice Cold”) — God Forgives I Don’t (GFID) has all the ingredients to take crown for hip-hop album of the year; unfortunately for Ross that crown still rests safely with Nas’ recently-released Life Is Good.
Following the success of his solo debut single “Show You How,” former 112 member Q Parker follows up with the sultry banger “Yes.” The talented singer-songwriter displays his killer vocal range on the catchy bedroom tune, produced by The Cornaboyz (Usher, Ciara). “Yes” serves as the second single from his forthcoming solo debut, The MANual, expected later this year.
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It’s that time of year again when we question why MTV still has an award show for music videos, even though music videos haven’t been part of their ministry since TRL experienced an untimely death and replaced was with Snooki. But I digress.
The nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards are out, and Rihanna and Drake lead pack with five each. Last year’s big winner Katy Perry snags four nominations.
Rihanna secures two nods for Video of the Year for “We Found Love” and her collaboration with Drake “Take Care.” She’ll go head-to-head with Katy Perry (“Wide Awake”), Gotye (“Somebody That I Used To Know”) and M.I.A. (“Bad Girls”) for the crown.
Usher’s 11-year-old stepson Kile Glover has died from injuries sustained after a jet ski accident earlier this month.
Country group Zac Brown Band may have scored its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, but it’s Frank Ocean’s channel Orange that is (once again) making headlines.