Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Cyhi The Prynce & DOWNLOAD HIS LATEST MIXTAPE, "Jack of all Trades!"

Certified Virgo... Certified G.O.O.D Music... Certified ARTist.

Cydel Young, also known as Cyhi The Prynce, has stellar credibility on his cosigns alone.

Thanks to a recommendation from Jay Z, the 26-year-old rapper heard that Kanye West was interested in signing him to his label, Good Music. As soon as he heard, he was on the next flight out to Hawaii—where 'Ye has been recording his not-yet-titled fifth album, according to Vibe magazine.

When he arrived in Hawaii:

"'Ye screamed out 'Cyhiii!' as soon as I saw him. I’m excited because I have someone that understands everything that I want to do with my career. He’s not in the box, Ye really understands what I’m trying to accomplish.”

For someone who was not able to listen to rap music until he was 12, because of a strict Baptist upbringing, his growth as an artist is unexpected and inspiring.

Look at this candid interview of Cyhi talking fashion, fame, life's necessities, and his team.

Watch his video, "Can't Wait"

About two and a half months ago, Cyhi released Royal Flush 2. Then, all of a sudden, he released the Jack of All Trades mixtape, yesterday!

T.I. Released from prison one month early

After being sentenced to one year in prison for drug possession, reveals that:

"T.I. was released from prison today (August 31st), after serving 11 months in prison for drug possession while being on probation."

First thing he did when he got out? He tweeted:

T.I. (#teamTI)

The storm is over & da sun back out. IT'S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!!!!! Welcome to the beginning of our Happy Ending!!!!
T.I. (#teamTI)

Feels great to be back where I belong...Back in the arms of those who need me the most.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS: Just released 911 call from friend of Russell Armstrong, husband of Real Housewife, Taylor Armstrong

"My friend just hanged himself, do you understand? Come over here right now, stop asking questions and come over here right now."



The 911 Call was just released by the Los Angeles Fire Department after a friend of Russell Armstrong's, Francisco Martin, found his lifeless body "hanging in a guest house," as described by E! News. Taylor Armstrong, his estranged wife, did not place the phone call, but you can hear her sobbing in the background. Her daughter was also present.

"We just found…he has not been responding to anybody for the last few days and we just came up to the house and we finally went in…and that's it…Oh my God, oh my God. Oh my God, oh my God."

"He's basically in the back. He locked his door, the friend went over through the back window and saw him hanging there. And we don't know how long it's been because the last time we all saw him was Friday."

Thankfully, their 5-year-old daughter did not see.

In the police report, it was believed that Russell was dead for 24 hours before he was found. He had hanged himself with an electrical cord.

On the day of the funeral, the distraught widow had to be carried off because she was so overcome by emotion and distress. When she arrived, "She was pale and gaunt," as E! News explains.

Hunger Games movie: Trailer, exclusive commentary and pictures of the cast!

For all of the avid Hunger Games readers, that sneak peek was just that, a PEEK. Personally, I wanted to see some more of the arena, and possibly a glimpse of the capital!? What we do know, is Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) is HOT! The character in the book was known for her long braid and good looks, and this trailer seems to reflect that pretty well.

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DID YOU KNOW that Liam Hensworth, who plays Gale, is also Miley Cyrus' boyfriend?

DID YOU KNOW that Lenny Kravitz plays Cinna? I LOVE this cast!

I won't go through the whole cast, but here are the main characters. Click on their names to see their bios on IMDb.
Jennifer Lawrence: Jennifer Lawrence

Amandla Stenberg: Rue

Donald Sutherland: President Snow

Josh Hutcherson: Peeta Mellark

Liam Hemsworth: Gale Hawthorne

Lenny Kravitz: Cinna

Willow Shields: Primrose Everdeen

Woody Harrelson: Haymitch Abernathy

Ridiculousness vs. Tosh. O?


This is an entire Tosh.O show. Watch at your own discretion. Fast forward, rewind, whatever you like.

About 15 minutes into the debut of Rob Dyrdek's show Ridiculousness, I searched the terms "Daniel Tosh," just out of curiosity. The entire first page consisted of tweets along the lines of:

"Daniel Tosh>Rob Dyrdek"

"Can't wait until Daniel Tosh finds this video of Rob Dyrdek impersonating his show on the Internet so he can rip it apart"

"P.s. dear Rob from Rob & Big ~ we already have one Daniel Tosh. We don't need another less funny one. p.s. where is your mini pony??"

"I can't wait till daniel tosh makes fun of the show #Ridiculousness on tosh.0..Smh"

Every Daniel Tosh tweet was comparing Rob Dyrdek to Daniel Tosh. I may be generalizing here, but it doesn't seem like people embraced the new show very well. There wasn't one positive tweet (at this time.)

Here is a sample from the show last night:

Well, let's see.

How similar is it?

Well first, let's cite the big guys: The Huffington Post says,

"[Rob Dyrdek] is no stranger to stunts gone horribly awry, but his new show highlights the craziest catastrophes on the Web in a way that only he can--so you can forget about comparing it to "Tosh.0" and "The Soup."

During his interview with the Post, Dyrdek said:

"Shows like that are scripted. They're sketch comedy shows with around eight to 10 videos. Our show will have up to 45 videos, and it's more like the way you and your friends would watch it and I'm just commenting on everything as it happens. The stars of this show are the videos."

As an observer of the show last night, there was nowhere near 45 videos. Not even close. So that is not accurate. And this is not scripted? I may be wrong, but I call BS!

Tosh.O is "home of the web redemption and video breakdown." He finds ridiculous videos on the Internet and often brings the "idiots" from the videos into the studio.

Rob Dyrdek is a video breakdown show, where they have two other commentators, one of whom controls the video so they can stop it, slow it down, rewind it, etc. Oh, and they brought someone from the video into the studio.

Rob Dyrdek has a more elaborate studio, more commentators, and may target a different demographic being on MTV as opposed to Comedy Central. I actually think that Comedy Central will appeal to MORE people, seeing as a wider demographic watches that channel. You don't always see people in their 40's and 50's watching MTV.
As you can see here, the studio is very technical. He is standing on a laptop with a HUGE screen for the videos, whereas Tosh stands next to a rather small screen, which is all green screen.

I watched the show. Daniel Tosh is a comedian, and scripted jokes and humor comes more naturally. Rob Dyrdek is funnier in shows where he is not told what to say. Tosh.o still holds the throne, in my opinion. He has branded that type of show, even though it is simpler, and less elaborate.

Let's be realistic, though. Web Redemption shows are everywhere: The Soup and VH1's Web Junk 20 are just a couple. However, Tosh. O was so well known within a certain demographic, and now, Ridiculousness is coming in to compete within that same age group. Also, Tosh and Dyrdek are similar in age, and are both embraced for their OWN brand.

Louisville Improv

Vulpine Films


And P.S. I AM NOT just posting certain tweets... these are the FIRST FIVE CONSECUTIVE tweets regarding the show, after you search the terms "Rob Dyrdek" via Twitter.
People are really defending Tosh on this one. Period.

So are Tosh and Dyrdek tweeting on the matter? Will there be "beef" in the near future?

NOPE! We shall see what the future holds, but for now, there is no hostility between the two.

Monday, August 29, 2011

VMA Highlights: Beyonce is PREGGO, Tyler the Creator wins Best New Artist, and Gaga STOLE the show!

Let's see... VMA's recap...

Gaga rocked, Adele rocked, Bieber kissed Selena, Bieber thanked God AND Jesus, Bieber wore Harry Potter's glasses, Tyler The Creator won Best New Artist, Beyonce is preggo, oh, and did I mention? Gaga rocked.

Lady Gaga set the tone with her unbelievable performance. She opened the show with a monologue as Jo Calderone, a raunchy elvis-looking man, seemingly "complaining" about Lady Gaga. She manages to address stereotypes and pokes fun at herself. She maintained this role for the entire show, through her performance and when she introduced Britney Spears. Unfortunately, they didn't kiss. That left many disappointed, including me.

Here is Lady Gaga's opening monologue and her performance of her latest single, "You and I."

Here is Beyonce performing "Love On Top" and revealing her pregnancy at the very end:

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Tyler the Creator won Best New Artist and featured his video, "Yonkers."

Here is his acceptance speech, and his video is underneath: P.S. I love how he addresses the kids in this manner. Very contradicting, but so typical of Tyler. He epitomizes awkward and raunchy.

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"I just want to say 'thank you so much,' to not only God, but Jesus..."

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Jonah Hill pokes fun at his weight loss with Nikki Minaj: "Now that you've lost weight, you're probably not as funny anymore..."

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Adele had her debut VMA performance, singing "Someone Like You," and she was absolutely mind blowing, in my opinion.

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Chris Brown performed a mastermix of some of his songs with a little rock and roll mixed in there. He even got a standing ovation from Kanye West, someone who had previously bashed him for his past involving Rihanna. People were criticizing the performance because of the obvious lip-syncing, but there is NO WAY that a human could perform this while singing. See for yourself.

Finally, Britney Spears' tribute performance (performed by KIDS), was amazing in itself. All of her hit songs mashed into one performance.

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Finally, the show had a tribute to Amy Winehouse, which ended it on a bittersweet note... She was incredibly beautiful and gifted, and that was captured in this footage of her singing with Tony Bennett. Russell Brand introduces the tribute because she was a "mate" of his. He did a great job with this, because it was genuine.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

VMAs... My thoughts on the Best New Artist category, and who I'm voting for!

I took it upon myself to look up the artists that were nominated for "Best New Artist" that I wasn't familiar with. I am a big fan of Big Sean and Tyler, The Creator, but I didn't know much about Kreayshawn and Foster the People:

Foster the People:

reayshawn got her initial buzz from YouTube... Her video "Gucci Gucci" got over 3 million views in the first three weeks.

Even though these artists are unique in their own sense, my decision still stands. I am voting for Big Sean. I have a genuine respect for Big Sean because his lyrical ability is among the best, in my opinion. The fact that Kanye reluctantly gave him the chance to rap just 16 bars for him, and that in itself sold him as an artist, must mean something. Also, his recent debut album "Finally Famous" was impressive. He has substance and still appeals to the masses.

I didn't forget about Wiz Khalifa. If this Best New Artist award was related to Kush and Orange Juice and prior, he would have a GOOD chance at my vote. However, I would be lying if I was saying I was still a fan of his. However, he is a brand and he has grown as an artist, just not one to my liking.

Click here to cast your vote for "Best New Artist"

KATT WILLIAMS gets in a fight at the Young Jeezy Concert

New Music, just added to my iPod!

Extended JAMLA Family: Phonte ft. Elzhi: Not Here Anymore

This song, to me represents artistry. The artists, the beat and the lyrical content all have SUBSTANCE.

Asher Roth: Ampersand

I respect Asher for always staying true to himself... He is so witty and unique. He is goofy in his lyrics but he makes them flow so well. His words are intelligent, just listen!

Asher Roth: In The Kitchen

Flo Rida ft. Taio Cruz: Hangover

You know I had to put a club banger in here... Typical Taio Cruz and Flo Rida. They incorporate the trance in their music because they know this will be played just about anywhere. This song sounds similar to his other songs, but it's still fun, you have to admit!

"I've got a hangover... wooooahhh... I've been drinkin' too much, fo' sho'."

Obviously this song isn't featured on my blog for it's lyrical content.

Frank Ocean: Try

I love the acoustics... Does he reflect what R&B USED to be? I think he is pretty close.

Mac Miller: Cold Feet

Mac Miller continues to climb up the ranks in the music game. At one point he appealed to a more narrow demographic (tweens and teens) but now he is really appealing to all ages. His talent is getting recognized like it should be. He has an incredible flow and unique tone. He has a BRIGHT future ahead of him.

"B*tches couldn't touch me with a Facobook poke..." Great line, ha ha.

Fabolous ft. Trey Songz and ......... Sicker Than Yo' Average

Typical Fabo content... Talking about his lavish lifestyle. But, the beat is good, and it's a song that will make it on an MTV or BET countdown without a doubt.

Jennifer Garner and Hilary Duff sporting VISIBLE baby bumps

The 39-year-old actress is getting ready for baby #3! Her oldest, Violet, is now 5, and her second, Seraphina is 2. She is expected to give birth sometime in the winter of 2012.

The 23-year-old actress and new wife of Mike Comrie, who confirmed her pregnancy just weeks ago, is already showing. She is also due sometime in the winter of 2012.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Brenda Song and Trace Cyrus: DEFINITELY expecting a child together!

According to E! Online, A source confirmed to E! News that Brenda Song is pregnant with her first child, and Miley Cyrus' brother Trace Cyrus is the father!

Trace, 22, is a part of the band Metro Station. He must have a thing for Disney stars. He briefly dated Demi LeVato before he knocked up the 23-year-old Suite Life of Zack and Cody star.

Song first gave us a little surprise in her The Social Network role, where she played a pretty raunchy student. (Her Disney image was kind of destroyed as soon as she got freaky in the bathroom.)

We are all surprised at the fact that Brenda Song is having a baby, but who knew the two were even dating?

PHONTE ft. ELZHI: "Not Here Anymore" (Prod. by 9th Wonder)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

News Briefs: Amy Winehouse, Kim & Kris' brief honeymoon, Will & Jada say, "Our marriage is intact."

AMY WINEHOUSE: Autopsy and VMA Tribute:

Everyone seems to be very surprised... the Autopsy found that there were NO illegal drugs found in Amy Winehouse's system; Yet, it is still unclear what killed her, according to her family. There was, however, "Alcohol present" in her system, but they have yet to find out if that was a factor in her death.

The VMA's this year will do a special tribute to the late Pop Star. Entertainment Weekly states, "The legendary Tony Bennett, whose duet with Winehouse on “Body and Soul“—the last recording made before her death—appears on his upcoming Duets II, will have the honor of introducing the tribute."

When can we hear this single? Entertainment Weekly also reports that, "The single and video will be released for purchase by Columbia Records Sept. 14, which would have been Amy’s 28th birthday. Proceeds will support the Amy Winehouse Foundation established by the late singer’s family."


At least they're similar in height...
I call it "honey" because it was nowhere near a full honeymoon.

The New York Post reports that the newlyweds left LAX on Monday for a trip to Caprice.

Initially, Kim and Kris were postponing their honeymoon until 2012, but they were able to squeeze in a quickie, he he.

Kim has to be back in LA on Sunday to present at the MTV Video Music Awards.


[Updated, 1:45 p.m. Aug. 23: "Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false," the Smiths said Tuesday in a joint statement. "We are still together, and our marriage is intact."

This evening, Jaden Smith, their youngest son, tweeted:

Jaden Smith

Is this all a rumor? I hope so. 14 years is such a long time in Hollywood.

Two years ago, Jada Pinkett Smith had a revealing interview with Ebony magazine. In that interview, she said,

"When Will asked me to get married, I said, ‘Understand this, there will be no divorce. So, you might be in one bedroom and I might be in another, but we’re gonna be under the same roof and we’re gonna be married.”

Will and Jada have been known to have a very open marriage... They say it has been that way since the day they got married. Reportedly, he believed that that was the key to their success in the relationship. However, is it too open?

In an interview with the UK Magazine Reveal, Will goes in depth about the openness of his marriage:

"Our perspective is, you don't avoid what's natural and you're going to be attracted to people." 
"And if it came down to it, then one would say to the other: 'Look, I need to have sex with somebody. Now, I'm not going to if you don't approve of it'."
"In our marriage vows, we didn't say 'forsaking all others'. We said 'you will never hear I did something afterwards'. Because if that happens the relationship is destroyed."

Maybe Charlize was able to get in on the fun too? That is just too much hottness right there. Will, Jada, AND Charlize? Sheesh.

Will and Jada: Victim to the Hollywood curse? Smiths call it quits


They are just separated for now, according to a "close source." Reps of the famous couple have not given any information regarding the split.

Is it true, though?

MSNBC says that, " is reporting that a family member says news of a split is not true. "They're happy and married still," the unidentified family member said."

A rumor like this could cause a split in itself. How awful.

Via Twitter:

Willow has not had any tweets since August 19th.

Jada Pinkett Smith's most recent tweet was yesterday:

@Jadapsmith Jada Pinkett Smith
Do Mondays ever make you want to scream :)

Jaden (youngest son) last tweeted:

@officialjaden Jaden Smith
Just Got Home #Shhh Don't Tell My Mom #ShesToReal

However, Trey, their oldest son tweeted:

@TheOfficialTrey Trey Smith
Did #WillandJada split? No they did NOT split ! False information ..its not true RETWEET!!!

NOTE** Trey's twitter is not verified, so I am not exactly going to take that as a reliable source.

Looking through their Timelines, there is no indication of any kind of trouble.

I'm sure we will find out more by tonight. I will keep updating!

UPDATE on Hurricane Irene: Florida is out of the forecast cone

I'm keeping up with WPTV News Channel 5. They are providing us with the latest updates on Hurricane Irene via news broadcast:

Stabilized category 2.... Center is starting to move towards open water, enabling it to get organized and stronger. Good news for Florida, most of the models seem to take the storm more towards the east of us. So, as of now, we are OUTSIDE the forecast cone. HOWEVER, this is forecast to be a category 4 storm, with powerful winds that extend over 200 miles from the center. Possible landfall in North Carolina as a category 1. There is a chance it may not even make landfall in the US. 30 to 40% chance that we will see tropical storm force winds: 39+ miles an hour.

To find out how to prepare yourself in the event of a hurricane, click the link below:

Not-So-Fat Joe: Hip Hop star Fat Joe loses 100 pounds

In an interview with MTV News, Fat Joe says,

"I'm not trying to impress nobody or nothing like that... I'm just trying to get healthy so I can be here for my family and take care of my kids and live the life that was intended for me to live, so it was crazy when I started getting all this attention. Two weeks from now, CNN is coming to my house, Sanjay Gupta, a big special, and all this attention is crazy."

When Joe started losing weight, he was 360 pounds. Now, one year later, at 260 pounds, he shares his wake up call:

"I went to my friend's funeral in the Bronx, and he was just the funniest, coolest dude on earth. He's got a daughter, she's the same age as my daughter, and it just felt like I was there, and I could just see my family in the funeral and I was like, 'Damn, he left his daughter, and she's only 5.' "

"That was the wake-up call. Then I just jumped on that treadmill and started eating right. It's not rocket science: It's the same thing they keep telling you to do, you actually just have to do it."

He hopes that he can inspire people who are battling the same obstacle, to lost weight...

Have people started following in his footsteps?

"One of my boys lives in Detroit, he said he came out his building, he got two dudes that been the fattest dudes on the block forever, they have weights outside and was running around the block, and he was like, 'Yo, what's up?' and they were like, 'We on that Fat Joe wave!' " says Joe.

Other noticeable celebrity weight losses:

Jonah Hill

Seth Rogan

50 Cent

Weight was also a factor in these celebrity deaths:

Chris Farley
John Candy

Tim Russert