Singer Mary J. Blige will be performing for the Monster Retailer Awards in Las Vegas, NV on January 8th. The awards, hosted by cable manufacturer Monster Cable, honors professionals in the consumer electronics industry. “As a company, Monster is passionate about music and the artists that make it possible. We are honored to have Ms. Blige deliver an evening of music we will never forget,” said Noel Lee, top executive at the company. Previous concerts have featured other musical legends such as like Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and James Brown. Blige will also perform on the "Movies Rock" special on airing on CBS December 7th at 9 p.m. Beyonce, Nelly, Fergie, Jennifer Hudson and John Legend are also scheduled to perform.
The hip-hop rumor mill has it that G-Unit star Young Buck was robbed at gunpoint over the holiday weekend. Mediatakeout.com says that the Tennessee-born rapper was relieved of his Bentley, diamond-studded necklace and watch at Nashville club The Palace. It's said that the thieves are looking to offload their ill-gotten gains to the highest bidder.
Rapper/activist stic.man of dead prez is releasing his debut solo project, MANHOOD featuring his partner M1 as well as Khujo Goodie, Young Noble and vocalist Crystal Johnson. Production duties will be handled by Hi-Tek, Sol Messiah, and Jwells with stic also lending his beat-making skills. Using his own journey through manhood as the album's theme, stic.man balances soulful on “Black Girl Shine” and hardcore on “Do It Big” featuring Khujo Goodie. “Anything that we do is inspired by life, and being able to make songs to inspire others is truly a labor of love,” stic says. MANHOOD is due in stores Friday (Nov. 30), but the eager can pre-order it at dead prez’s online shop, www.bossupbu.com.
Producer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson of The Roots is featured on the cover of the first issue of DRUM! Digital, a free online version of DRUM! magazine. He breaks down why some websites have deemed their engineering sounds as “Public Enemy #1,” how a combination of Hurricane Katrina and “label limbo” caused The Philadelphia hip-hop collective to record their latest album, Game Theory, in their demo studio and why after two decades, he's now going to perform with a full drum set. “The rhythms I’m feeling lately are more African-based, so now I play with additional toms. It gives me different colors. I can’t imagine how I was doing full-blown solos with just two drums. Now, the options are endless,” he said. The full issue of DRUM! Digital can be viewed at drum.idigitaledition.com.
Singer Solange Knowles is back in the studio recording, this time with a new deal with Geffen/Universal Music Group, home of Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole, and Common. She previously released her debut album, Solo Star, with Columbia Records where her big sister, Beyonce, records.
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