Music News - Rap/Hip-Hop


faithevans-082112.jpg Faith Evans, the widow of the late Notorious B.I.G., has spoken up about her late husband's infidelities with Lil Kim. Speaking with Vlad TV, Faith said that she had no idea of the affair at the time. "I didn't know anything about them for . . . this is probably at least a year-and-a-half after we were together so I didn't know anything about them . . ."

NickiMinaj-081011.jpg Nicki Minaj is featured in a photo shoot in the November issue of GQ magazine. Sexy pics of the rap Queen include her posing with two poodles - one dyed blue, the other dyed pink. She also sat for an interview, during which she discussed the massive success of the music video for "Anaconda." "I think the video is about what girls do. Girls love being with other girls," she said.

Chris-Brown-091712.jpg Chris Brown, Trey Songz, J. Cole and T.I. have joined the lineup for a Los Angeles radio station concert, Cali Christmas, sponsored by Foot Action. The show goes down on December 5. HotNewHipHop writes that fans can expect a hook up between Breezy and Trigga. "Expect longtime chums Chris Brown and Trey Songz to perform together, as they've been pairing up."

Drake-052311.jpg "How About Now," a previously unheard cut from Drake, has been leaked to the web. According to Billboard, it is "not clear whether it's an old song that didn't make the cut onto Nothing Was the Same or something new from his upcoming Views From the 6." The cut samples Jodeci's "My Heart Belongs To You," and features Drizzy boasting of his current successes.

mariahcarey-072312.jpg Mariah Carey released a video of her hitting high notes while cleaning up around her house. The vid came after Mimi was criticized for a poor vocal performance on her Elusive Chanteuse Show tour. In September, fans of the diva posted video from the Asian leg of her tour, showing Carey struggling to make it through songs like "Vision of Love," "My All" and Heartbreaker."

Ashanti-062111.jpg Ashanti, DMX, Foxy Brown and Ja Rule helped Def Jam celebrate 30 years in the music business at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Thursday, October 16. Ash joined Ja Rule on stage to perform "Mesmerize" and "Always on Time," before singing "Happy" and her debut single "Foolish."

TreySongz-112309.jpg Trey Songz says that his upcoming tour with Chris Brown is sure to "captivat[e]" fans of both artists." Speaking during an interview at The Recording Academy, he gave fans a hint of what to expect, saying, "Fans can expect to see us performing a catalog of records, can expect to see the brotherhood that he and I have, the chemistry that he and I have as friends."

Mjackson-072712.jpg Michael Jackson landed at number one on the Forbes magazine list of top earning celebrities after pulling in $140 million in 2014. Elvis Presley, number two on the list, earned just $55 million in comparison. During the course of the year, Jacko's estate released two albums and concocted a hologram performance for the Billboard Music Awards.

KellyRowland-090611.jpg Kelly Rowland has allegedly gained 40 pounds during her current pregnancy. A source, speaking with the Mirror, says that fatty foods like fried chicken are to blame. "Kelly has gained over 40lbs and blames her cravings. She eats fried chicken with peppers for breakfast and loves croissants with butter and pretzels stuffed with cheese and mustard."

img2-101714.jpg Fantasia stunned the crowd at Madison Square Gardens with her performance of "Lose To Win." The American Idol season three winner was one of several singers at the Circle of Sisters 2014 extravaganza in Madison Square Gardens earlier this month. She gave an emotional rendition of the track, which appeared on last year's album Side Effects of You.

beyonce-102212.jpg Beyoncé and Jay Z indulged in more art tourism when they attended the Frieze Art Fair in London. The couple, who posted snaps of themselves visiting the Louvre last week, visited London's Regent's Park, where the Frieze Art Fair was held. Beyoncé wore a black and white ensemble of a polka-dotted black and white skirt and black and white printed top with a black leather jacket.

JohnLegend-070611.jpg John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen are selling their home in the Hollywood Hills for nearly $2 million. The three-bedroom Los Angeles pad totals 2,000 square feet and features a recording studio which Legend recorded some of his most recent album, Love in the Future. The home was built in the 1960s and has Asian-inspired décor.

rapperT-I.jpg Nicole Scherzinger has released "Electric Blue," a new cut featuring T.I. and The-Dream. The 1990s-inspired tune features Tip laying out, Nicole tells Rap-Up TV, T.I.'s "throwing down on the album, OG style." "I need you, you need me / This is what those little three letters have done to me," sings Nicole.

pitbull-092214.jpg Pitbull has released the cover art for his upcoming new album Globalization. Pitbull's head is reimagined as planet earth on the cover of the new record, which features collaborations with Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Sean Paul, Jason Derulo, Bebe Rexha, Claudia Leitte, G.R.L., Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Sermstyle.

usher.jpg Usher got a surprise birthday at NYC club The Box on Tuesday, October 14. Trey Songz, L.A. Reid, DJ Ruckus, and DJ Cassidy were among those to greet the 36-year-old R&B superstar for celebration. "He was shocked," an insider told the New York Post's Page Six. During one performance, reports local station WCPO, Ush was brought on stage to see his birthday cake.