Sylvia Robinson, the singer who rose to prominence as half of the duo Mickey & Sylvia before embarking on a solo career and earning the title the “Mother of Hip-Hop” as a co-founder of the seminal rap label Sugar Hill Records, passed away Thursday at the age of 75 after suffering congestive heart failure.
The New York City native first tasted success with ‘Love Is Strange,’ the Mickey & Sylvia single that topped the R&B charts — and was a top 20 pop hit — in 1956. In the early ’70s, billed simply as Sylvia, Robinson scored another number one R&B hit with ‘Pillow Talk.’
There is truly one diva of our generation and that would be Mary J Blige. She has literally conquered basically every chart and has a history of personal scars to show for it. ‘Mary’ collection, Mary J. Blige has released a new album every two years, and she’ll keep that streak alive this fall with the upcoming ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues…Act I.’
For her 10th full-length studio effort, Blige has created a sequel to her Grammy-nominated 1994 sophomore release, ‘My Life,’ which sold three million copies, spawned four hit singles, and is widely regarded as a modern R&B classic.
What’s the recipe for Jay-Z andKanye West‘s new music video for ‘Otis?’ Two parts successful MCs, one part Hollywood’s most inventive director (Spike Jonze), a dash of comedy’s hottest act (Aziz Ansari) and, of course, the leadoff single from the most highly anticipated hip-hop album of the year.
Between touring, their prolific recording schedule, and their gig as the house band for ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,’ the Roots might be the hardest-working band in show business — and they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.
It’s been 10 years since Ludacris dropped a mixtape, but for fans seeking a new dose of street sounds from the multiplatinum rapper, the wait is almost over.
During a recent interview, Luda revealed the upcoming release of ’1.21 Gigawatts,’ explaining the title by saying “Gigawatts, that equals to a billion watts and so we basically taking it out of control. This whole thing is something you’re going to pump louder than anything you’ve ever heard in your life, basically. It’s definitely for the streets.”
If you’ve been impatiently waiting for 50 Cent’s new album to drop, he feels your pain. In fact, as he demonstrated during a recent Twitter rant, he’s ready to give up on his longtime label, Interscope — and maybe quit making records altogether.
50′s outburst was triggered by Interscope’s decision to delay the long-in-the-works project, which he’s been tinkering with for over a year. “Man I’m not releasing album I can’t believe interscope is this f—– up right now. I apologize to all my fans,” he wrote. He added, “I will work with other artist on there projects but I will not put out another album. They dropped the ball with me one time many.”
If you remember when Bob Dylan’s son Jakob started the Wallflowers, prepare to feel really old, because Bob’s grandson Pablo has just released his musical debut — and he’s a rapper.
That’s right, world — say hello to 15-year-old Pablo Dylan, who lists Eminem as a major influence and calls his famous grandfather “the Jay-Z of his time.” Pablo recently released his first mixtape, ’10 Minutes,’ and if it doesn’t exactly sound like anything else in the Dylan family catalog, he expresses nothing but appreciation for its legacy.
The duo, whose work will now be performed under the name the Throne, will release tickets for their fall tour on August 8th — not coincidentally, the same day ‘Watch the Throne’ is scheduled to finally make its iTunes debut.
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