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Maybe we’ve been watching Something New too may times, but lately we’ve been noticing interracial couples everywhere, even our favorite rappers. Check out our list of the 10 Best interracial couples in Hip-Hop past and present:
1. Ice T and CoCo
Everyone knows Ice-T Loves Coco. There’s a hilarious show telling us so. But despite all their (i.e. Coco’s) crazy, we definitely have to give props to them for going strong for over 10 years. However, recent pics that hit the net with CoCo cuddling with another rapper has Ice T steaming.
2. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
These “un-American idols” caught everyone’s attention when they declared their love for each other early this year. Like them or not, they are the power couple of hip-hop right now.
3. Diddy and J. Lo
Even though J. Lo is dating her boy toy Casper now and Diddy’s with Cassie , J. Lo and Diddy were still one of our favorite swirl couples.
4. Lil Wayne and Dhea
Although Lil Wayne has broken it off with his ex-fiancé Dhea, we still thought they were cute…kind of.
5. Kanye West and Amber Rose
While we were sad to see this couple split, they’ve both moved on and made it on our list twice. Plus, the result of the split was My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. No complaints here.
6. A$ap Rocky and Iggy Azalea
Were they ever a couple? Who knows. A$ap say hell no, but Iggy’s tattoos say otherwise. Either way, they were an interesting pairing.
7. Dr. Dre and Nicole Threatt
This beautiful couple have been married for over 15 years. Good job Dr. Dre, you did good!
8. 50 cent and Chelsea Handler
We all know Chelsea got that jungle fever. And when she finally started dating rapper 50 cent, we were so happy she finally got some chocolate.
9. Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose
After Amber Rose decided she wasn’t about that Yeezy life, she bounced back into the arms of Wiz Khalifa and is now having his baby. And now they’re one of the strongest couples in hip-hop.
10. Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran
Lil Kim and Scott Storch
Cocaine, plastic surgery and more coacine….
Last week, we had the pleasure of interviewing Brown, the hilarious and talented frontman of the GRAMMY-featured hip-hop band, Sore Losers. See what we learned about the Dallas native’s achievements, future projects, and unique twitter name.
Where did you get the idea for Sore Losers come from?
My brain? Well at first, it was a duo, me and Blue. It was kind of my idea to start the group, so he kind of left it up to me. One day, we were going back and forth and texted him like 40 names. And then I was like we both have a mutual characteristic of competition. We wanted to win. So, I think Sore Losers made the most sense. So I sent to him, and he loved it.
Where did you get your musical influence and direction from?
Brown: Well, to be honest, I would be lying if I said the group has musical direction. Even at this point, we just make music. It just depends on the ipod playlist at the time. At that time [when they started the band], there was no music scene in Dallas for indie artists, especially our genre of hip-hop. SO, we just wanted to make something that we could identify ourselves with and people that were like-minded could identify with as well. But also separate ourselves from the mainstream of publicity like the boogie movement down here. We just wanted music that was ours. It was all organic.
If I had to pick any group, Gnarls Barkley kinda inspired us and N.E.R.D., but we never wanted to be like them.
Your music is different from traditional sound that has come out of Dallas. How have you been received by the fans in your hometown?
Brown: We were making music for ourselves, and people growing up in Dallas liked us because they had nothing else to identify with. It got a really got a good retention. So that gives you an idea of how its being received.
Congratulations! And you were also featured by The GRAMMYs recently. How did that feel?
Brown: I still can’t believe it! First hip-hop band, first all black band, first Stevie Wonder cover. I kinda feel lilke my ideas have always had potential, but to see them actually make it to where they belong…it’s a good feeling!
Aaron: I kinda copy Brown’s answer, in that same train of thought. It was excellent, especially for this to be the first showing with this incarnation of the group. It was an awesome honor. To be the first black band, the first hip-hop group. I was telling Brown how many levels you have to skip to be the first to be thrust into that category as an independent artist. To have the opportunity to be featured by such a prestigious organization. We were all honored. It was a great opportunity. It was very exciting the way it came together. Hopefully, we will continue to garner the same level of success moving forward as we have with The Grammy videos.
Other than the GRAMMYs, what were the other higlights of the year?
Brown: MTV picked up Euthanasia after the GRAMMYs did, and you know that’s a huge stride for hip-hop, making conscious music. Its reassuring, knowing that all the hours of work were worth it.
So, you guys have had a really great year, so what can we expect from Sore Losers in the upcoming year?
Brown: Um, you can expect a project. I can’t tell you a date, I can’t even tell you a title. I don’t know If I can give you the name of the producer I’m working with. But I will let you know, he’s a Grammy award winning producer, a legendary hip-hop producer. We’re working on a project together as well as an original production with the band. Also, some freelance stuff, That’s what the whole East Coast move is about. Its about getting up there and getting some work done. It’s a project that im working with individuals out there, so it made sense, logistically and financially, to go out there and make it work. Aaaand that’s what you have to look forward to! That and my excitement!
That collaboration sounds exciting! So what artists would you want to collaborate with?
And what hip-hop artist?
Brown: Yelawolf, I think he’s a talented lyricist
Other than Yelawolf, what other songs in your opinion do you admire for their lyricism?
Brown: Well, lately I’ve been really into gangsta rap. And a lyric that I like right now is from that Rick Ross song featuring Drake, “Us”: “Photos taken, four door Maybach I know you hatin’/ Stayin’ with women from Staten Island my flows so flagrant.”
So, you were with another group before forming Sore Losers?
Brown: Yeah I was with a million groups before this. I been starting bands sincle like 5th grade. I started a record label before this unofficially called Paper Soldiers Ent., and the group was 3 Wise Guys. It was me and 2 other rappers. That’s the first time people heard me.
On twitter, your name is encyclopedia brown…is that like the boy from the mystery books?
Brown: It is! I didn’t have a lot to choose from. It was either that or Charlie Brown. Also, can I change my answer to the collaboration question? I would collaborate with Yasmin Bey (aka Mos Def).
Good choice! You know he was in Austin this weekend and I missed him!
Oh man! Well once we get this feature out the way, I’ll get you an autograph!
Check out the latest video for Kid Cudi’s first single off his upcoming album, Incudi. And this amazing video was directed by Cudder himself!
The Voice battles are coming to end! Adam, Cee-Lo, Chrisina, and Blake struggle to choose the cream of the crop for their team heading to the Knockout Round. See the results from tonight:
Round One – Team Cee-Lo – Daniel v. Alexis: These indie artists competed against each other on Adam Lambert’s song, “Whataya Want From Me?” After coaching from Cee-Lo and Rob Thomas, Daniel gained a surge of confidence and delivered a emotional performance that earned him a second chance on the show.
Round Two – Team Adam – Brandon v. Nicole: The young crooner faced off against the experienced diva on the song ”Aint No Mountain High Enough.” During the performance, Brandon was able to overcome his nerves, but Nicole’s rich, experienced performance indicated her as the winner.
Round Three – Team Xtina – Devyn v. Marissann: With the help of Billie Joe Armstrong and Christina Aguilera, these young pop singers squared off and gave a powerful performance of the song “Free Your Mind.” This was a tough decision for Christina who in the end chose Devyn. Thankfully, Blake stole Marissann giving her a second chance!
Due to the presidential debates, The Voice broadcasted an abbreviated version of the show. Here are the other battles that
- Team Adam (Loren v. Brian): Loren is the winner.
- Team Blake (Cassadee v. Ryan): Cassadie is the winner.
- Team Adam (Joe v. Sam): Joe is the winner.
Tune in tomorrow for the final Voice battles!
The video for Alicia Keys‘ first single from her upcoming album, Girl On Fire is finally here!
Check out the strong, vibrant video starring the superwoman herself:
Check out Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly’s latest single from his new album, Lace Up. ”See My Tears,” which was released today, just proves why MTV named MGK Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2011 and why XXL listed him in their 2012 Top 10 Freshman List.
Check out the moving, documentary-style video:
All-American Michael Johnson joined the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009 as their Defensive End and Outside Linebacker. This gentleman ball player spoke to us this week about his game, his charity, and of course, his favorite tunes and artists.
Congratulations on AFC Defensive the Player of the Week! How was it to receive that title?
It was unreal. It’s just the beginning of a lot more things to come. I’m excited.
On Twitter, your nickname is The Sack Machine. How did you get that nickname?
Oh man, I didn’t know that! I guess because I’ve been getting to the quarterback lately. But I just got to keep it up. That’s the plan.
Its always wonderful to see athletes giving back, just as you are through the MJ93 Foundation. Tell us a little bit about it and why is giving back especially through education so important to you?
Growing up I had a lot of people helping me out along the way and I wanted to be that little spark for someone one that helps them go on to do big things, just realize their dreams and go forth. I think that be a blessing for me for me to help somebody like that because I know I’ve been helped too. Sometimes you need that little extra push. If I could be that for someone, that’d be great. Once you’re informed on things that you know your knowledge increases. You can lose other things, education is something that once you have it you got it good. You can change just by what you put in your head.
What kind of music is on your ipod right now? Who are your favorite artists right now?
Right now Kendrick Lamar. A little West Coast thing going. I try to open up to different music. When I was growing up I was big into Common and Erykah Badu. I like music from the south. Cash money, Lil Wayne All the artists from Atlanta. My cousin, he put us on the music from the Northeast.
Do you have a song that you listen to pump you up for a big game?
Yeah its an old song. Murder, Murder. Its kind of a rough song. I like the beat. And its part of a little chant we would say when we were in high school…”murder, murder, murder, murder, kill, kill, kill, kill…” We would always sing that. That was 11 years ago.
Do you have a celebration dance?
It changes from week to week. In the locker room, if we see something that we want to do. Like last week, it was putting one finger up. So thats what we were doing .
No Gangam style or Cat Daddy?
No. Couple of guys did the Cat Daddy. Two weeks ago, one guy did that Gangnam style. I didn’t know what he was doing when he started!
Have you ever considered a career in music?
I have been blessed with a lot of things in my life. Musical talent is not one of them. I cannot sing, I cannot play any instruments. I guess I’m good at listening to music. I could be a listener!
If you were to go into music, which artist would you collaborate with?
Erykah Badu and Common. They just seem so cool to me. They seem real. Everything I’ve ever heard of them, I have liked. Definitely Common and Erykah Badu. Thats the first CD I ever had was Erykah Badu. Me and my momma used to listen to that all the time. It’s the one where she was live in concert.
If you had to pick one Erykah Badu song to listen to for the rest of your life, which would you pick?
Didn’t Cha Know [He even sang a little bit for us!]
That’s a wrap! And follow him on instagram at lfrank_wayne!
One of favorite femcees, Eve, returns to the game with her new single, “Bad, Bad.” If this single is any indication of her fourth album, Lip Lock, the Ruff Ryders first lady is back!