Concertgoers at the Coachella Festival on Sunday (April 15) were no doubt surprised when a hologram of Tupac Shakurappeared onstage to perform with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. The late rapper’s ghost was so lifelike it almost felt like he was there in the flesh.
Afeni Shakur, who is fiercely protective of Tupac’s image and music, reportedly was pleased with how the virtual performance was done. According to TMZ, Afeni was “thrilled” with her son’s performance of ‘Hail Mary’ and ’2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted’ at Coachella.
The Roc is still in the building! Jay-Z‘s clothing line Rocawear has secured a sponsorship with the 27-time World Series Champions the New York Yankees. According to Roc 4 Life, the partnership will include having the Rocawear logo branded inside Yankee stadium during the 2012 season.
Kanye West‘s new track ‘Theraflu’ has generated thousands of responses, including those from the Theraflu makers, PETA and us. But no one is more enthusiastic about the song than Maxim Bady from the U.K., who joyously reviews it in his YouTube video. “That song is awesome,” he says. “I love the song in 10,000 different ways.”
After critics cried foul over Mary J. Blige‘s chicken wrap commercial for Burger King because it was too stereotypical, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has finally addressed the issue, claiming she never co-signed the “unfinished” ad to begin with.
When Jay-Z was a kid growing up in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, N.Y., all he dreamed about was getting out of the ‘hood and being successful. Well, he’s done that and more. In Rocawear’s first television commercial, the CEO of hip-hop reflects on his journey from the Brooklyn streets to the plush floors of corporate America.
We haven’t heard anything new from Kelly Rowland since her reign last year on radio with ‘Motivation’ and ‘Lay It on Me.’ But a new track surfaced online featuring Rowland and up-and-coming rhyme-slingers Future and Bei Maejor. The song ‘Need a Reason’ will appear on the ‘Think Like a Man’ soundtrack, which hits stores on April 10.
Some say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well, we would like to know what Lil Wayne thinks of Drake‘s vocal imitation of him. The Toronto rapper did a dead-on impersonation of the Young Money boss for London radio personality Tim Westwood and it was all captured on video.
As the April 3 release of Nicki Minaj‘s second album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ is approaching, the 29-year-old rap queen recently went on a promo tour overseas in support of the project. The Harajuku Barbie entertained her Barbz in Japan with a performance of her hit songs.
The Trayvon Martin case continues to be a polarizing social issue and has caught the attention of celebrities, President Obama and now, artists in the music community. Diddy, Frank Ocean, The-Dream, Nelly and others have posted photos on their Twitter accounts wearing hoodies in remembrance of Trayvon Martin.
Rapper Tyga recently premiered his new video for ‘Faded,’ the second single from his latest album ‘Careless World: Rise of the Last King.’ The infectious song, which features Lil Wayne, boasts melodic chimes and a bumping 808 drum beat. Arguably, this song is a worthy successor to his ubiquitous radio hit ‘Rack City.’
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