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Nas Announces BET Mini Series About His Life Story

Nas and BET have announced a new miniseries on the legendary rapper’s journey from New York City’s Queensbridge projects to the Billboard charts. READ: Nas’ Forthcoming Clothing Collection Will Benefit The National Black Child Development Institute Deadline says the project is headed by Rush creator Jonathan Levine — with Nas, Anthony Saleh, Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell expected as the executive producers. Levine also penned the script and will direct the series. READ: Nas And Colin Kaepernick Criticized For Praising Fidel Castro The pilot is tentatively titled Street Dreams, an hourlong series on the life of Nasir Jones that will cover his music, family and the trials and tribulations he endured as an aspiring rapper in New York City. Deals are still being finalized on the project.

House Call: Did JAY Z And Zaytoven Make Music At The Crib?

One of the most respected architects of Atlanta’s trap sound, Zaytoven, is in even greater demand these days. As one of the producers responsible for helping Gucci Mane transition back into the mainstream last year, Zay has been catching the attention of new listeners. READ: Zaytoven Hits The Studio With Jay Z Now, we officially know one of those fans is none other than JAY Z. After teasing fans with an Instagram photo during the summer of 2016, the Bay Area transplant revealed that Hov requested some of hew beats during a impromptu house call. READ: Zaytoven Reveals The Lowdown On Gucci Mane And Drake’s Collaborative EP In a new interview with Billboard’s Adelle Platon, the producer opened up the entire experience.. What’s so crazy is I always looked at Jay Z and guys on the caliber of Jay Z like they just the big dogs. I didn’t think they listen to my music or even know who I am. I was in L.A. in a meeting with [veteran publishing executive] Big Jon and he was like, ‘Me and Jay..

Dear Trump: Joey Gallant Returns With “He Ain’t Heavy”

After smashing the Internet with his noteworthy “Obama Tribute,” Kansas City social worker Joey Gallant delivers another politically driven viral video. This time, he uses “He Ain’t Heavy” as an open open letter to President Trump. READ: Social Worker Joey Gallant’s Obama Tribute Is Amazing His ode to our former president racked in over 13 million views in total — across all platforms — and now the singer is back to spread another message. Joey left these personal words along with his latest music video. “We have to stop encouraging division amongst each other. Despite race, creed, color or religion we are all brothers and sisters and it shouldn’t be too heavy to care and carry one another.” READ: After Raising $100,000, Big Sean Hopes To Aid In Flint’s Water Restoration

50 Cent Sues Lawyers For $32 Million Over Sextape Lawsuit

50 Cent is seeking a big payday from his ex-lawyers who handled his lawsuit in the controversial Lastonia Leviston sextape case scandal from 2010. During his feud with Rick Ross, 50 courted the mother of Ross’ child to assist in his “take down” of the Miami rapper. READ: 50 Cent Really Want To See Chris Brown And Soulja Boy Fight However, the G-Unit boss, Curtis Jackson III, recently filed a claim in U.S. bankruptcy court in Connecticut on Friday (Jan 27) for $32 million against his defense team in the case. Curtis alleges that “numerous misdeeds by law firm Reed Smith and attorney Peter Raymond were factors in his loss in Leviston’s claim against him.” In 2015, Jackson was ordered to pay Leviston $7 million in damages for posting a sextape in which she was featured during a “diss video” that 50 released online. “Reed Smith and Raymond did not follow established legal standards in representing Jackson in the Leviston Case by failing to provide effective representation and conduct..

Watch Sampha’s Touching “No One Knows Me (Like The Piano)” Video

Sampha’s beautifully penned single “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano” would have made Tupac smile. Obviously, we can’t speak directly for the late hip-hop legend, but the underlying message in the song undeniably carries Pac’s spirit with it. Like “Dear Mama,” the British crooner’s track uplifts mothers from around the world. READ: Sampha Reveals ‘Process’ Tracklist & Release Date British model Adwoa Aboah serves as his lone co-star in the endearing mini movie. It’s just Sampha, the drop dead gorgeous lady and his piano in this one. The singer’s forthcoming Process album is slated for release on February 3. READ: Sampha Gets Contemplative On New Single, “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano”

Prince’s Music Could Be Heading To Spotify & Apple Music Just In Time For...

Since the passing of Prince, the music icon’s music has waged a war between streaming giants as Tidal slowly lost exclusivity to the singer’s extensive catalog. This week has shown the singer’s music could be heading to Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music. On Monday (Jan. 30), large purple ads with the Spotify logo have popped up in throughout New York’s Time Square and Union Square areas. L. Londell McMillan, entertainment attorney and representative for the late singer, tells Billboard the deal hasn’t been confirmed, but the ads hint that the release of some of the singer’s music could hit the streaming platform by the Grammys (Feb. 12). A source also tells Pitchfork Prince’s music can also hit Amazon Music and Apple Music “very soon.” There have also been rumors circulating at that Rihanna, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd will be a part of a tribute to the singer at the award show. Do these purple Spotify ads mean what everyone thinks they mean? (That would be, Prince). https://t.co/lfF8JYp..

Ed Sheeran Puts His Training To The Test In “Shape Of You”

Ed Sheeran returned with the romantic visuals for his number one hit record, “Shape Of You” — featuring the beautiful Jennie Pegouskie as the role of his significant other in the Jason Koenig-directed video. The track gave the 25-year-old his first Billboard number one on the singles charts. Within the four-minute video, the pop star channels his inner “Rocky” as he trains for a monumental sumo fight, which he horribly loses in hilarious fashion. At least his girl was there to console him, though. Sheeran will be the musical guest on the February 11 episode of Saturday Night Live, marking his first U.S. television performance since last year’s Grammy Awards. Check out the eccentric visual from the Suffolk, England native below. The “Shape Of You” visuals along with the recently released “Castle On The Hill” set the tone for Sheeran’s much anticipated tertiary album, Divide, which will be releasing March 3.

Watch Gallant’s Soothing ‘Tiny Desk’ Concert

Gallant wasn’t always a showstopping, Coachella performing, R&B star. Not long ago, the singer was just another college student at NYU trying to find his way. It was his musical drive that made the crooner devote his sole focus to his passion. READ: Migos’ “Bad And Boujee” Hits Platinum Status It paid off big time, too. Michael Gallant’s 2016 Ology album was just nominated for a Grammy in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category. But the show doesn’t stop there, he also recently dropped by the NPR office for their Tiny Desk concert series. The highlight of the performance camne when Dani Ivory stepped in for Jhene Aiko during their soulful rendition of “Skipping Stones.” SET LIST “Bourbon” (feat. Saba) “Skipping Stones” (feat. Dani Ivory) “Weight In Gold” MUSICIANS Gallant (vocals); Wes Switzer (bass); Dani Ivory (keys, vocals); Dylan Jones (guitar); A.J. Novak (percussion); featuring guest rapper Saba in “Bourbon.” READ: Migos’ Contribution To The ‘Culture’ Is Finally Here

Thanks Memphis Bleek: That Time Serena Williams Played JAY Z In Tennis

Serena Williams set the Australian Open record with her 23rd grand slam win. After her latest win over her sister Venus in the final on Saturday (Jan 28), there isn’t much left in Tennis for the Compton native to accomplish. Shoot, even Air Jordan blessed the 35-year-old with her own signature pink Air Jordan I. In her honor, VIBE dug around Youtube to be bring back Serena’s forgotten cameo in Memphis Bleek’s “Do MY” music video. A blonde-braided, teenage Serena throttled JAY Z in a tennis match scene from the video. You defintely remember Serene’s more recent appearance in Beyonce’s “Sorry” video, but the Williams sister was down way before Queen Bey ran the music game. They don’t do videos like they used to, but that’s a story for another time. Just appreciate this blast from the past with the Roc-A-Fella Records’ video below — which included a Lisa Leslie cameo and Hov in an oversized Knicks jersey. Everyone’s O.G. bae, Meagan Good, even made an appearance. Do my ladies run th..

Premiere: DJ Whoo Kid & Akon Nab O.T. Genasis For “Ride Daddy” Video

VIBE presents the official “Ride Daddy” music video from DJ Whoo Kid and Akon’s recent Konvict Kartel: Vol 1 mixtape. Filmed in Los Angeles, cameos in the video include Waka Flocka, entrepreneur Tail Lopez and an abundance of curvaceous women. READ: Lil’ Boosie Vs. DJ Whoo Kid On The Whoolywood Shuffle (Video) “Ride Daddy” also features Akon & O.T. Genasis on the track. READ: Waka Flocka And DJ Whoo Kid Become ‘Turn Up Godz’ In Their New Video

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