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'Black Panties' Review: R. Kelly Sounds Exceptional Vocally But Goes Overboard Sensually

December 10th, 2013 11:30am EST
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R. Kelly sounds exceptionally vocally on Black Panties, goes overboard sensually.

R. Kelly has a compelling argument for the title of the “King of R&B”, easily.  For years and years, the sensually driven R&B singer has captivated audiences with his R- (and sometimes X-) rated brand of contemporary soul, ultimately epitomizing the urban sound.  Like many of his contemporaries and other artists he’s influenced, Kelly’s sales have taken a tumble from their glory days – the plight that is R&B music these days. Kelly’s previous two albums consisted of brand new material, but found the singer r...
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Leonardo DiCaprio Celebrates 39th Birthday With Kanye West & 2 Chainz

November 12th, 2013 8:14am EST
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Leonardo DiCaprio celebrated his 39th birthday in style with pals Kanye West and 2 Chainz on Sunday night.

The actor partied at TAO Downtown in New York City along with 100 of his closest friends, including Orlando Bloom, Tobey Maguire, Benecio Del Toro and Busta Rhymes.

But it wasn't all fun and games - the actor simultaneously raised millions of dollars for his charity the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, according to TMZ.com.

2 Chainz sang a special version of "Happy Birthday" to the star and called "Brother Leo" up on stage for a bit. Yeezus belted out "Good Life," "Gold Digger" and a f...
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6 of Today’s Most One Dimensional Music Artists

November 3rd, 2013 2:00pm EST
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Some artists constantly change up their formula, while others are content.  There is nothing wrong with being content, but sometimes it puts your artistry into serious questioning.  There are many artists I could characterize as ‘one dimensional’, but I chose five who truly epitomize this description.  And yes, some of these are artists I highly respect and listen to.  I’m a meanie, I know.

India. Arie

I really do respect and enjoy India. Arie’s music, but I feel that she hasn’t truly ‘spread’ her wings for a couple of albums.  I’m all about “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but stil...
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Police Officer Could See Marijuana Smoke On 2 Chainz Tour Bus

August 28th, 2013 4:20pm EDT
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The police officer who pulled over the tour bus of 2 Chainz last week smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana when the driver opened the door.

On Wednesday, officers in Oklahoma City stopped the rapper's tour bus after spotting a broken tail light, and eleven people, including 2 Chainz, were arrested after they refused to get off the vehicle for nine hours.

It has now emerged one officer smelled marijuana when the driver of the bus, identified as Sedric A. Brooks, opened the door. Police documents state the officer "could actually see smoke inside the bus around the door."

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Scary Surveillance Video Shows Rapper 2 Chainz Getting Mugged In San Francisco

June 13th, 2013 5:24pm EDT
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Video footage of the gun drama that rapper 2 Chainz denied being a part of over the weekend in San Francisco has surfaced, showing the star and his entourage fleeing the scene when two armed men pulled guns on them, demaning their valuables.

The scary surveillance camera footage, obtained by TMZ.com, shows the group of men walking down the street in the middle of the day when the two gunmen approach them with their pistols drawn, causing the rapper's entourage to flee the other way.

2 Chainz is seen running between cars and into the street before heading back to the sidewalk, where he tri...
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The Morning Roundup: New 'Hobbit' Trailer, 'This Is The End' Kills It, Down To Three On 'The Voice'

June 12th, 2013 10:08am EDT
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The first trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug" is out, and the second film in Peter Jackson's trilogy looks like it's set to deliver on the action. There's also a good shot of the dragon's head, but unfortunately we've yet to hear it talk with the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch. There's also a few clips of the only female in the film, Evangeline Lilly, who plays the elf warrior Tauriel. Die-hard fans may not like her though, because she wasn't in the book. Nor was evil Orc chief Azog but for more than a mention by the wizard Gandalf. (story)

There are only four singers left on ...
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Rapper 2 Chainz Busted For Felony Drug Possession While Trying To Board Plane In L.A.

June 11th, 2013 9:31pm EDT
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Rapper 2 Chainz has been arrested and booked on felony narcotics possession after law enforcement officers caught him with marijuana and promethazine while boarding a plane at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old star was in possession of less than an ounce of weed and prescription drug promethazine, which is one of the main ingredients in the codeine-based prescription cough syrup used to make "purple drank" -- aka "sizzurp."

The drink was popularized in the underground rap scene in Houston, Texas, and was popularized by the late DJ Screw, who died of a cod...
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Rapper 2 Chainz Escapes Drug Charges

April 26th, 2013 9:07am EDT
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Rapper 2 Chainz appeared before a judge on Wednesday and was found not guilty on marijuana charges.

The rapper, real name Tauheed Epps, was arrested in Maryland in February during a routine traffic stop. When officers searched the van, they found marijuana inside a backpack and charged 2 Chainz with possession.

Over the last year, 2 Chainz's career has surged. His debut album, "Based on a T.R.U. Story" hit number one on the Billboard charts. He has collaborate on tracks with Big K.R.I.T., 8Ball & MJG, Lil Scrappy, David Banner, Lil Wayne, Teairra Marí, Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and Ni...
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Kendrick Lamar Is MTV’s Hottest MC In The Game, Kanye West Angry About Being #7

March 9th, 2013 12:34pm EST
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MTV has chosen this year’s “The Hottest MC in the Game,” and it’s Kendrick Lamar, who beat 2 Chainz and Rick Ross.

Lamar topped the 2013 list following the success of his debut album, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.”

He commented on Rap-Up.com, "It's very important for hip-hop. I love that they have debates like that. We need that. It's competitive. Even though we (are) doing these collaborations and stuff like that and we cool, at the same time, this is still rap. It's still competitive and I'm trying to compete with everybody to be the best."

2 Chainz and Ross (who was last year’s winner), pl...
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Rapper 2 Chainz Arrested For Pot Possession In Maryland

February 15th, 2013 4:20pm EST
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Rapper 2 Chainz has been arrested for possessing marijuana.

The No Lie hit-maker, real name Tauheed Epps, was held by cops in Easton, Maryland on Thursday night after officers pulled over a van the rapper was travelling in.

He was arrested and taken to a nearby police station where he was booked for marijuana possession before being released.

2 Chainz later took to his Twitter.com page to accuse cops of asking him to pose for photos while he was in custody, writing, "Dam police f**kn wit a n**ga ... Locked me up and then wanted pictures."
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