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Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic' Highlights Tribeca Friday

April 18th, 2014 10:18am EDT
Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic' Highlights Tribeca Friday
With the first weekend getting underway at the Tribeca Film Festival, organizers are expecting some of the biggest rush lines they’ve ever had. If you’re stuck without a ticket, I’m here to help you navigate through the limitless options you have and stick to the best films (Later today, I’ll be updating this column with a new post featuring best bets for Saturday and Sunday).

TIME IS ILLMATIC - 6:00pm, AMC Loews Village 7

Twenty years ago last week saw the birth of Illmatic, one of the most influential hip-hop albums in music history. Before we go any further, if you’re not familiar with...
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9 Music Videos Once Considered Controversial

April 17th, 2014 5:03pm EDT
Fiona Apple
Entertainment boundaries change all the time and while musicians have always been provocateurs, some of their music videos end up laughably formulaic after a few years. Here are 9 music videos once considered controversial.

Criminal - Fiona Apple. The song that made Fiona a hit in 1997 was attached to a dim music video that seemed to follow heroin addicts. The frail singer drapes herself across furniture and in bathtubs in various states of undress. When it was released, critics saw it as an advertisement for drug use and even child porn thanks to Apple's slight stature.

Dirrty - Ch...
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Beyoncé surprises fans at Coachella

April 13th, 2014 12:20pm EDT
Beyonce
Beyoncé Knowles made a surprise appearance at the Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival on Saturday night (04.12.14).
The 'Drunk in Love' hitmaker joined her younger sister Solange Knowles onstage as she performed her hit 'Losing You.'
Although not listed as an official performer, the 32-year-old star clearly took some time away from her busy schedule to prepare for the show at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California as the siblings performed perfectly synchronized choreography during the song, according to Billboard.com.
Solange, 27, is a regular attendee at the annual three-day festi...
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Nick Cannon's marriage is 'amazing'

April 2nd, 2014 9:20pm EDT
Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon has an "amazing" relationship with Mariah Carey.
The 'America's Got Talent' star has hit back at rumors his marriage to the '#Beautiful' hitmaker is on the rocks and insists he isn't jealous about her close friendship with rapper Nas.
The 33-year-old star told Howard Stern on his Sirius XM radio show on Wednesday (04.02.14): "Nas is probably one of the best rappers to ever do it, Howard. He's a friend of mine, he's a friend of hers. She went to his birthday party and I think I was in LA...We actually talked about this before. It'd be very difficult to make me jealous. I'm probab...
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Kelis on Nas divorce: 'I'm over it'

March 6th, 2014 3:20am EST
Nas
Singer Kelis insists she is "over" her 2009 divorce from rapper Nas, despite the fact he sparked speculation in recent years about his feelings for his ex-wife after featuring her wedding dress on the cover of his 2012 album.

The Milkshake hitmaker wed Nas in 2005, only to split four years later following rumours of his infidelity.

And much to her surprise, the rapper brought their relationship to the forefront again when he posed with the green wedding dress she wore down the aisle for his 2009 record Life Is Good, suggesting he is still harbouring feelings for his ex.

As for Kelis, she...
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Alicia Keys celebrates birthday with Stevie Wonder performance

January 28th, 2014 4:20am EST
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder and P. Diddy were among the performers at Alicia Keys' birthday party.
The 'No One' hitmaker's husband Swizz Beats threw a private party for her 33rd birthday after the Grammy Awards on Sunday (01.26.14), with 75 guests in attendance.
Insiders told the New York Post newspaper that the party-goers had to check in their phones when they arrived at the couple's Hollywood Hills home so no pictures could be leaked online.
Once inside, the revelers enjoyed Nas and Diddy performing 'Hate Me Now', before Alicia joined Nas on stage to sing Lauryn Hill's part of his hit single 'If I Rul...
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50 Best Rap Songs Of 2013

December 28th, 2013 1:00pm EST
Kendrick Lamar
Ranking favorites from throughout the year is one of the most time-consuming and arduous things to do.  All of the rap songs on this particular list of rap songs from 2013 all stood out to me in some regard.  Are they ordered correctly – most likely not.  Is there complete analysis of each provided below or even a sound reason why they were selected… um…well now… Basically, provided is a statement of a thought, a reaction, or possibly a reason why I though each song was special.  

1) “Blood On The Leaves”

Kanye West

Album:  Yeezus

By far, the best track from Yeezus and arguably the be...
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Nas: 'Hip-hop is as important as computer science'

November 1st, 2013 4:10am EDT
Nas
Rapper Nas kicked off a fellowship in his honour at America's prestigious Harvard University by insisting hip-hop is as important to society as computer science.

The I Can hitmaker lends his name to Harvard's Hip-Hop Archive for a new programme called The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship, and will benefit students who excel in the arts connected to the genre.

During Nas' visit to the university to introduce the initiative on Thursday (31Oct13), the high school drop-out told students about how music played a huge part in educating him.

He says, "One thing that drew me to hip-hop was the thi...
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Rumor Patrol: Dianna Agron Banned From 'Glee' Tribute, Mariah Carey's Divorce, More

October 12th, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Dianna Agron
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Dianna Agron Kept Off Glee Set: One question fans of the FOX show kept asking after their tribute to Cory Monteith was, "Why wasn't Quinn (Agron's character) there?" In the first season of the show, Cory's character Finn was in a relationship with Quinn. RadarOnline reports that Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele "intensely disliked" Dianna and decided to keep her away.

Verdict: Appears False. E! claims Diann...
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Nas jams with ex-Nine Inch Nails rocker

July 28th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Nine Inch Nails
Rapper Nas teamed up with former Nine Inch Nails drummer Alex Carapetis in New York last week (ends26Jul13) to perform an unlikely duet.

The hip-hop star was enjoying dinner at The General's Jazz Room as Carapetis began rocking out onstage and he soon decided to join in the fun.

A source tells the New York Post's Page Six column, "He jumped onstage and started freestyling with Alex...

"(The) whole room gathered in front of the stage to get a better view of the impromptu concert... The musicians fed off each other's energy and had the crowd cheering."

Video footage of the surprise collab...
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Nas lands Hip-Hop fellowship at Harvard University

July 16th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Nas
Rapper Nas has been honoured with a fellowship bearing his name at America's prestigious Harvard University.

The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship will be a joint venture with officials at Harvard's Hip-Hop Archive and will benefit students who excel in the arts "in connection with hip-hop".

Marcyliena Morgan, the school's Professor of African and African-American Studies and founder and director of the Hip-Hop Archive and Research Institute, says, "With the introduction of the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship, we will continue to be the leading resource for those interested in knowing, devel...
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Kanye West Celebrates B-Day Without Kim

June 11th, 2013 3:05am EDT
Kanye West
Has everyone gone mad?  Kanye West celebrates his 36th birthday in New York and his pregnant girlfriend is in Los Angeles, but the gossip is only about her not being able to fly?  Ok, let's break it down.

On Friday, Mr. West had a birthday party in New York City that included, of course, Jay-Z, Beyonce', Nas, and other celebrity guests.  Girlfriend, Kim Kardashian was absent.  Yes, we know that she is too far along in her pregnancy to fly (at least, we're all guessing).  But he's mega rich, isn't he?  Surely he has enough money to have his party near his girlfriend so she wouldn't have to ...
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Nas opening his own sneaker store

May 28th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Nas
Rapper Nas is stepping into the sports shoe business and opening his own sneaker store in Las Vegas.

The I Can hitmaker, who rapped about his sneaker addiction on his classic 1994 track N.Y. State of Mind, revealed his latest venture on Twitter.com after sharing a photo of himself checking out progress on the building's construction at the weekend (25May13).

In the accompanying caption, he wrote: "On the construction site for my sneaker store in Vegas!! Comin this year y'all (sic) SneakerFiends".

Nas has yet to announce a launch date for the store.
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Eva Universe Joins With Harmony Project For 'Sing For School' Video Contest

April 3rd, 2013 12:15pm EDT
Eva Universe
Pop singer Eva Universe has teamed up with the non-profit organization The Harmony Project to launch a "Sing For School" viral video contest that enables fans to win money for their school by performing her new single and uploading the clip to YouTube.

The goal of the contest is two-fold: to draw attention to the need for the arts in education, and to provide three winning schools with money to support or potentially start their arts programs. The first-place video will take home $10,000, with second place earning $5,000 and third place $2,500.

Universe said in a statement included in the...
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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
Kendrick Lamar
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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Promoter Sues Nas Over Alleged Kidnapping Ordeal

December 24th, 2012 8:52am EST
Nas
A promoter in Angola is suing Nas for $10 million over allegations he was kidnapped after the rapper failed to stage a concert in the country last New Year's Eve.

Patrick Allocco claims he and his son were snatched at gunpoint last December and interrogated for several weeks after Nas missed his flight from the U.S., resulting in the festive show being called off.

Allocco was allegedly released when Nas returned the fee he was paid for the concert.

He is now suing the star over the ordeal.

In a $10 million lawsuit filed in America on Friday and obtained by TMZ.com, Allocco claims he wa...
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Nas Donating Money From U.K. Show To Amy Winehouse Foundation

October 21st, 2012 11:01am EDT
Nas
Rapper Nas is donating a portion of the proceeds from his upcoming U.K. gig to a charity foundation set up to honor his late friend Amy Winehouse.

The pair developed a close relationship after meeting through their mutual friend, music producer Salaam Remi, and they teamed up to record together before the "Back to Black" singer's death last year.

Now Nas is boosting his pal's lasting legacy by giving $1.60 from every ticket sold for his March gig at London's O2 Arena to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

The late soul star's father Mitch tells Britain's The Sun, "Nas has announced that £1 fro...
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Nas Loses Home To Foreclosure

October 15th, 2012 8:50am EDT
Nas
Apparently even celebrities are having problems holding onto their homes. Rapper Nas has reportedly lost his Georgia home to foreclosure.

The singer reportedly defaulted on payments for a two-bedroom home he bought in 2004 for $585,000, according to TMZ.com. SunTrust bank has claimed the property to recover $507,000 Nas allegedly owes officials.

The bank recently foreclosed on the property and sold it at public auction for $348,500 last month.

Meanwhile, Nas and Lauryn Hill are preparing for a 10-city tour that starts Oct. 29 in Dallas, Texas.
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Nas & Lauryn Hill Team Up For 10-City Tour

September 20th, 2012 8:45pm EDT
Nas
Rapper Nas and reclusive former Fugees star Lauryn Hill are teaming up for a 10-city autumn tour.

The hip-hop superstars will take their Life Is Good/Black Rage tour on the road beginning with a gig in Dallas, Texas on October 29.

Announcing the dates on Wednesday, Nas simply said, "Better late than never. Life is good!"

The pair performed together at the Hot 97 Summer Jam in June.
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Nas Defends Gwyneth Paltrow: She's 'A Real N***a'

June 11th, 2012 9:44am EDT
Nas
Another black musician has come forward to support Gwyneth Paltrow for her infamous but highly criticized "N*ggas in Paris" tweet last week.

Nas told CBS Local exclusively, "I would slap the s**t out of somebody for Gwyneth Paltrow. She's the homie, she's cool. Gwyneth gets a pass. Real people get a pass. We know what this s**t is. We don't interrupt Italians when they say 'Wop' to each other. They gonna punch you in the mouth if you interrupt that. Don't interrupt us. We pick and choose... Gwyneth Paltrow is a real n***a, that's my homie. That's how I'm on it. Some people get a pass."

Ra...
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Nas: 'Kelis Was My Courtney Love'

June 8th, 2012 4:37pm EDT
Kelis and Nas
Rapper Nas refused to heed warning signs that his marriage to Kelis was doomed because he thought the couple could be an inspiration to the hip-hop generation.

The couple's four-year union ended with a very messy divorce and custody battle shortly before their son Knight was born in 2009, and now the I Can hitmaker admits he should have known the marriage wouldn't work.

He tells Complex magazine, "It (relationship) was a problem I was attracted to. It was rock and roll. I saw Kelis as Courtney Love - but I also saw her as a mahogany queen. I saw us as a beautiful thing. I saw us as insp...
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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reuniting To Headline Rock The Bells Festival

May 16th, 2012 3:46pm EDT
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are putting their differences aside to reunite and belatedly mark their 20th anniversary at the Rock the Bells festival series this summer.

The Tha Crossroads hit-makers formed in 1991 as a five-piece, but the veteran rappers were reduced to a trio early last year when both Wish Bone and Krayzie Bone walked out of the group to pursue solo endeavors.

Now Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Flesh-n-Bone are planning to celebrate their career longevity by coming together to headline the 2012 Rock the Bells hip-hop concerts. They will perform t...
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Nas Opens Up About Concert Promoter's Kidnapping

March 29th, 2012 9:52pm EDT
Nas
Nas has opened up about the recent kidnapping of his former concert promoter Patrick Allocco, insisting the U.S. businessman was ill-prepared to stage a gig in Angola and blamed the axed show on the rapper when it all went sour.

Nas and his opening act Jemiah Jai were due to perform in Angola at a New Year's Eve party hosted by Henrique Miguel and they were paid $315,000 for the heavily-promoted performance.

However, when both stars missed their flights from America and the show was scrapped, AllGood Entertainment CEO Allocco and his son were allegedly snatched at gunpoint, interrogated a...
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Concert Promoter Kidnapped In Angola After Nas Fails To Show Up For New Year's Eve Show

January 3rd, 2012 9:48pm EST
Nas
Concert promoter Patrick Allocco has been kidnapped in Angola after rapper Nas failed to stage a show there on New Year's Eve.

Nas and his opening act Jemiah Jai were due to perform at a party hosted by Henrique Miguel and they were paid $315,000 for the heavily-promoted gigs, but when both stars missed their flights to Angola, and the show was scrapped, AllGood Entertainment CEO Allocco and his son were allegedly snatched at gunpoint and interrogated for nearly seven hours.

Officials at the U.S. Embassy stepped in to aid in the safe release of the pair and the two are now "in residence" ...
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IRS Claims Bow Wow Didn't Pay His Taxes

November 28th, 2011 8:54am EST
Bow Wow
Rapper Bow Wow has been accused of failing to pay a hefty tax bill dating back to 2006.

A tax lien for the sum of $91,105.61 was recently filed against the hitmaker by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials in Florida, reports TMZ.com.

The 24 year old, real name Shad Moss, isn't the only hip-hop star to fall behind on his tax payments - Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Nas have all previously fallen foul of tax authorities.
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Hip Hop Stars Mourn Heavy D's Death

November 9th, 2011 9:14am EST
Heavy D
Nas, Common and rap mogul Russell Simmons are among the stars leading the tributes to hip-hop icon Heavy D, who died on Tuesday at the age of 44.

The rap veteran was reportedly found unconscious near his home in Beverly Hills and admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles, where he was pronounced dead.

His passing has sent shockwaves through the hip-hop world and a host of stars have taken to their Twitter.com blogs to express their grief at the tragic news.

Nas writes, "RIP TO A REAL HIP HOP LEGEND HEAVY D!", while Common tweets, "Heavy D was...no...is one of Hip-Hops (sic) finest. Your art ...
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Nas' Child Support Payments Slashed

January 7th, 2011 10:08am EST
Nas
A judge has granted Nas' request to have his child support payments to ex-wife Kelis reduced by half.

The hip-hop couple split in April, 2009 after four years of marriage, with divorce papers filed just months before the singer gave birth to the pair's son Knight.

The divorce was granted in May, but they continued to thrash out the details of the settlement. Shortly before the union was officially dissolved, the rapper filed a request asking for his $10,000-a-month child support payments to be reduced, and a judge at Los Angeles County Superior Court has now granted his wish.

The paym...
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Nas To Serve Christmas Dinners In Harlem

December 20th, 2010 11:21pm EST
Nas
Rapper Nas is helping to spread some festive cheer among families affected by the deadly HIV/AIDS virus this Christmas by serving up a holiday feast in New York.

The "I Can" star will join HIV/AIDS activist Maria Davis and restaurateur Melba Wilson to provide food to over 250 people and their relatives at the Second Annual Christmas Dinner in Harlem on Wednesday.

Author Maria Davis, whose Souls of My Sisters Books/Kensington Publishing Corporation will also support the event, tells AllHipHop.com, "An estimated 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV, and yet one out of five don’t know i...
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'The Best Of Nelly Furtado' Out Nov. 13; Features All Her Hits & Three New Songs

October 6th, 2010 10:30pm EDT
Nelly Furtado
Multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning global superstar, actress, philanthropist and recent Canadian "Walk of Fame" inductee, Nelly Furtado, will celebrate her first 10 years of recording with her first greatest hits compilation, "The Best Of Nelly Furtado" (Geffen Records). The album, to be released November 16th, features #1 Pop smashes, collaborations and three previously unreleased recordings and will be available in standard and double-disc deluxe editions.

Of the previously unreleased recordings, "Night Is Young," the album's first single, was co-produced by Salaam Remi (Nas, The Fu...
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Tila Tequila Is An Alien With Too Much Botox

July 22nd, 2010 8:11pm EDT
Tila Tequila
Tila Tequila performed in London on Wednesday wearing black hot pants and a loose black, white & yellow blouse that clearly showed her tattoos. She kind of looks like an alien who had too much botox.

Tila also joined Damian Marley to celebrate his birthday at London's Kyashii club along with Nas and Amy Winehouse.

The reality star recently blogged about meeting Winehouse - one of her favorite stars. She wrote, "I am not fans of many 'celebrities' however Amy Winehouse is the only person that I truly enjoy and admire. I really like her as she is different than the 'HOLLYWOOD' types."

She...
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