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Rap Albums That Have Stood The Test Of Time

2/28/2016 11:00am EST
30 Rap Albums That Have Stood The Test Of Time
Rap is one of the newer genres of music, compared to the majority of popular music. Often associated with rebelliousness – violence, drugs, money, sex and the streets – rap has garnered its fair share of controversy throughout its relatively short history. Despite the controversies and criticisms associated with the style, there have been plenty of triumphs – important songs and albums – that have built an illustrious history.

This list examines some of the most important albums in rap’s history – what an arduous task to say the least! Even with fewer years under its belt, there have been ...

Happy Birthday!

11/2/2015 7:00am EST
Happy Birthday to:

Hip-Hop artist Nelly (1978)

Big Time Rush singer Kendall Schmidt (1990)

Singer Katelyn Tarver (1989)

German Model Julia Stegner (1984)

Actress Katharine Isabelle (1981)

Actress Erika Flores (1979)

Actor Randy Harrison (1977)

Actor Jason Cerbone (1977)

Actress Marisol Nichols (1973)

Country singer Erika Jo (1986)

Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling (1967)

Actor Sean Kanan (1966)

Actor David Schwimmer (1966)

Singer k.d. lang (1961)

Actor Peter Mullan (1956)

Actress Stefanie Powers (1942)

Actor Warren Stevens (1919; d. 2012)

Actress Ann Rutherford (1917; d. 2012)


10 Songs That Treat People (Mostly Women) Like They're Pieces Of Meat

9/5/2015 6:00pm EDT
10 Songs That Take Objectification Way Too Far
Admit it – we’ve all been guilty of oogling, aka checking somebody else out. Ah, the art of objectification – treating a person like they’re an ‘object of pleasure’ as opposed to a human with legitimate emotions, etc. Most often, it seems this occurs at the hand of men, though Jennifer Lopez proved on “I Luh You Papi” that guys can be objectified as well. Still, objectification can cross the line into unquestionable misogynistic territory, and the songs on this particular playlist definitely trend “left of center.” Here are 10 songs that take objectification way too far.

1) Robin Thic...

'Hot In Herre' Busted For Drug, Firearm Possession In Tennessee

4/12/2015 11:02am EDT
Rapper/reality TV star Nelly was arrested in Tennessee on Saturday morning after his tour bus was pulled over by a state trooper for not having a required sticker.

During the traffic stop, the officer smelled marijuana smoke, according to TMZ, and found a number of illegal drugs, including marijuana and crystal meth, along with drug paraphernalia and a cache of firearms.

Nelly was booked on felony drug charges for the meth, along with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

TMZ reports that the handguns found included a .45 caliber pistol, a .50 caliber pistol, and a Smith and We...

Ashanti Says Ex-Boyfriend Nelly Was A 'Coward'

3/13/2015 8:15pm EDT
Ashanti Opens Up About Split With Nelly: 'I've Been Betrayed'
Ashanti opened up about her break-up with ex-boyfriend Nelly during an interview on "The Meredith Vieira Show" on Friday. The pair met at the Grammy Awards in 2003 and dated for nine years before parting ways in 2012.

Viera asked the singer, "You aren't together anymore, and you said it basically came down to trust...Why do you think it's hard to trust somebody?"

Ashanti, 34, replied: "I think sometimes when people have their own insecurities it allows them to act out of character. I've been betrayed."

She added: "Again, you just have to grow. You have to grow up, you have to accept re...

20 Of The Dirtiest Rap Songs

6/29/2014 6:00pm EDT
20 Of The Dirtiest Rap Songs
Historically, hip-hop has no shortage of raunchiness. For years, hip-hop artists have pushed the boundaries, never being shy about spitting about a 'three-letter word’ – sex, that is. No need to blush yet – that’s what the list of 20 of the dirtiest rap songs is for! The list doesn't include every filthy rap track, but there's definitely a wealth featured in no particular order.

#1 Missy Elliott, "Work It"

from Under Construction (2002)

"Work It" is a crowning achievement for the critically acclaimed Missy Elliott. As addictive and revered as it is, "Work It" is equally risqué, ...

Radio Stations In California's Bay Area Play Nelly's 'Hot In Herre' For Three Days Straight

3/17/2014 2:41pm EDT
A pair of San Francisco Bay area radio station have been playing Nelly's "Hot In Herre" on an endless loop for almost three days straight.

Sana Clara-based Latino Mix KVVF 105.7 and San Rafael's KVVZ 100.7 stations, which are owned by Univision, are the latest broadcasters to switch their programming formats, and the 2002 hit is being used to usher in their new era as Hot 105.7.

Website reported on the format change, and the airplay the single has gotten has gone viral on twitter with the hash tag #Nelly1057, garnering national attention.

"Hot In Herre" began playing at ...

Celebrities That Turn 40 In 2014

1/1/2014 11:00am EST
Leonardo DiCaprio
Happy New Years everyone and welcome to 2014!

It's that time of year for our annual "who is turning 40" this year extravaganza. Truth is, lots of people do, but we'll just keep it to the more famous variety of peeps in the world.

Doing some simple math, 40 years ago would make it 1974.

For those of you who weren't around that year, the mantra of 74' and the world was energy crisis -gasoline was a little hard to get and lines at gas stations were blocks long. Because of the crisis, our then President, Richard "Tricky Dick" Nixon imposed a 55 MPH speed limit on highways. That wasn't the re...

Who Has The Best Celebrity Fans: St. Louis Cardinals Or Boston Red Sox?

10/23/2013 1:07pm EDT
Jon Hamm
The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox are headed to the World Series in a rematch of their 2004 series in which the Red Sox swept the Cardinals in four games to win their first title since 1918. The Cardinals have won the World Series twice since 2004 and were one game away from reaching the World Series last year.  However, we're more interested in what really matters: which team has the better celebrity fans! Let's take a look:

Jon Hamm, Cardinals: "Oh, my God, I’ve always been a huge Cardinals fan. I remember going to the World Series in ’82, ’85 and ’87, and this is amazing," Hamm...

Rapper Nelly Calls Miley Cyrus The New Madonna

10/15/2013 10:19pm EDT
Is Miley Cyrus the next Madonna? That's what one fellow music star thinks.

Rapper Nelly compared the two stars during an interview with The UK's Daily Star, saying he sees an awful lot of similarities between the two.

"Miley's a great talent. She's young and ambitious and wants to do it her way," he tells the Daily Star. "Madonna did it her way, and she became one of the greatest female entertainers of all time. Madonna grew up in the age of no social media. She wasn't under the type of scrutiny Miley's under."

Nelly also says that it's the outrageous, attention-grabbing acts that are th...

Nelly Responds On Twitter About Texas Drug Bust

10/12/2012 8:49am EDT
Rapper Nelly has taken to his page to vent his frustration after officials discovered drugs on his tour bus on Thursday morning, insisting he is "mad as hell" at his pal who smuggled heroin and marijuana onboard.

The Hot in Herre hit-maker is furious with staff member Brian Keith Jones, who admitted owning the stash which border cops uncovered during a routine vehicle search in Sierra Blanca, Texas.

Nelly, who was allowed to continue his journey after his associate's arrest, admits his feelings are mixed as Jones is also one of his closest friends.

In a series of tweets, h...

Stars Express Grief On Twitter Over Funk Pioneer Chuck Brown's Passing

5/17/2012 9:04am EDT
Chuck Brown
Funk pioneer Chuck Brown, 75, died yesterday after a long battle with pneumonia. The singer, nicknamed the Godfather of Go-Go, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, where he had been receiving treatment for the last month.

Brown helped define the go-go genre by fusing funk, soul and Latin sounds. His hit "Bustin' Loose," with his group the Soul Searchers, spent several weeks at the top of the R&B charts in 1979 and was later sampled in rapper Nelly's Grammy-winning track "Hot in Herre."

A documentary on the Washington, D.C., go-go scene appeared in 2002 and prominently featured...

'The Vampire Diaries' Star Kat Graham Lands Record Deal

2/2/2012 3:35pm EST
Katerina Graham
Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham is launching an assault on the pop charts after landing a record deal.

The former back-up dancer for acts like Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams has also starred in music videos for Akon, Nelly, John Legend and Justin Bieber - and now she's preparing to carve out her own music career after signing a deal to release her first album.

In a video posted to, she tells fans, "I am so, so excited to share my big, special announcement with you guys. As you can see I'm in a recording studio... the reason is I am now signed to A&M/Octone Records."


Nicole Scherzinger Belts Out Tunes With Nelly At Las Vegas Nightclub (Pics)

9/5/2011 9:00am EDT
Nicole Scherzinger
Nelly inaugurated Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas last night at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens ( at Paris Las Vegas with an explosive performance, complete with a cameo by Nicole Scherzinger.

The Hawaiian-born beauty surprised Nelly as he sang "Dilemma," when she joined him in the DJ booth and flawlessly sang the female vocals in the song, originally performed by Kelly Rowland. Wearing a sexy cherry red dress and nude Christian Louboutin shoes, Scherzinger matched her signature Sugar Factory ( Couture Pop perfectly as she sang along with her frie...

Nelly Helping To Build Recording School In Missouri

8/27/2011 8:30am EDT
Rapper Nelly is helping build a state-of-the-art recording studio in his home state of Missouri to help budding sound engineers.

The Ride Wit Me hit-maker, who grew up in the city and owns a property in the area, headlined a benefit gig at St. Louis' Vatterott College last weekend, and has decided to help out school officials again.

Along with the college, he will open an advanced recording studio in the building which used to house his Skybox restaurant. The studio will be for students wanting to learn professional recording and production skills.

Nelly says, "We're not just building...

Ke$ha Postpones Japanese Tour

3/22/2011 12:12am EDT
Ke$ha has become the latest pop star to scrap dates in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami disasters earlier this month.

The "TiK ToK" hitmaker has released a statement insisting she feels it would be inappropriate to perform as planned while so many Japanese people are piecing their lives together following the tragedy, which has claimed the lives of almost 8,000.

Her statement reads, "My heart is with Japan right now through this disaster and these hardships. I genuinely don't think right now would be appropriate timing for me to perform in Japan given the content and the spirit ...

Nelly Concert Promoters Sue Missouri Gig Organizer

2/3/2011 10:30pm EST
Rapper Nelly's concert representatives have filed suit against an event promoter in Missouri for outstanding fees, days after he accused the rapper's road manager of threatening his life.

The "Hot In Herre" hitmaker headlined the first rap gig in the resort town of Branson - at The Mansion Theater - in August, after organizer Paul Dunn obtained the required permits.

The show was a success but Dunn claimed relations with members of Nelly's camp turned ugly when the concert wrapped and he was allegedly confronted by the hip-hop star's road manager, Abby Cole, and asked to hand over more tha...

37 Hottest Male Stars Of 2010

12/30/2010 8:00am EST
Hottest Male Stars
Yesterday we celebrated the 37 Hottest Female Stars Of 2010, and today it's the men's turn. There were tons of sexy actors, musicians and stars on our radar this year. Check 'em all out below!

Leonardo DiCaprio rocked the big screen with "Inception" and "Shutter Island." He also survived an emergency landing at JFK airport in New York City when the plane he was in experienced an engine failure. That didn't stop him from continuing on to Russia for a tiger conservation event hours after getting caught in the mid-air plane scare.

Johnny Depp

Robert Pattinson

Robert Downey Jr.


Nelly: 'I'm Married To My Work'

12/23/2010 3:46pm EST
Rapper Nelly has confirmed his romance with Ashanti has ended, insisting he was too busy to concentrate on the starry relationship.

The pair split last year but sparked reconciliation speculation after they were spotted together over the summer. Rumors intensified when the singer joined Nelly at private listening session for his new album 5.0. in October.

However, the Hot In Here star insists he's now just close pals with Ashanti.

Nelly tells, "I'm married to my work... I'm not a person that wants to get married more than once. You see what I'm saying? If I'ma do it, I'ma d...

Spotted: Ashanti & Nelly Getting Cozy At Black & White Ball

12/21/2010 8:37am EST
Ashanti and Nelly
Ashanti attended Nelly's 5th Annual Black and White Ball in St. Louis, MO, on Sunday looking sexy in a black and white gown.

The pair split last year, but speculation about a reunion grew after they were seen together in August.

Last month Nelly launched a scathing attack on his record label following disappointing sales of his new album - insisting poor marketing and distribution are to blame for the lowly chart position.

The hip-hop star's latest offering, 5.0, entered the Billboard 200 chart at number 10 following its release earlier in November, selling 63,000 copies.

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Nelly Slams Record Label Over Poor Album Sales

11/29/2010 1:54pm EST
Rapper Nelly has launched a scathing attack on his record label following disappointing sales of his new album - insisting poor marketing and distribution are to blame for the lowly chart position.

The hip-hop star's latest offering, 5.0, entered the Billboard 200 chart at number 10 following its release earlier this month, selling 63,000 copies.

However Nelly, who has enjoyed top three hits with all of his previous records, is adamant the album could have performed better if it had been properly supported by his bosses at Motown.

In a series of posts on his page, he write...

Nelly Admits He's A Baller

11/18/2010 9:50am EST
Making a solid comeback after a 2-year-hiatus, Nelly’s topped the Billboard Pop Charts at #1 with his hit single, “Just A Dream” so of course it was time for the St. Louis native to celebrate in style!

Nelly hit Hollywood hotspot, Playhouse, for the launch of his new album "5.0" and Starpulse was there to bring you an exclusive!

Fellow celeb friends joined in on the festivities including Rob Kardashian, Chris Brown, Christopher “McLovin” Mintz-Passe and more! While Nelly treated club-goers to a live performance, Chris Brown rocked the stage sippin’ on bottles and dancing the n...

Celebrity Birthdays - November 2, 2010

11/2/2010 3:00am EDT
Happy Birthday to:

Hip-Hop artist Nelly (1978)

Country music star Erika Jo (1986)

Canadian singer k.d. lang (1961)

Hart to Hart actress Stefanie Powers (1942)

Legendary actor Burt Lancaster (1913)

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Nelly To Launch International Radio Show

11/1/2010 6:13pm EDT
Rapper Nelly is set to launch his own international radio show in November.

The Grammy winner hit radio airwaves in his native St. Louis, Missouri in August, when he filled in for Hot 104.1 host Staci Static, while she was on maternity leave, and his stint on the show proved so popular he has signed a deal with Global Radio's Choice in London to host a weekly Saturday afternoon show beginning November 6th.

According to a statement issued by Global Radio's Choice, the hip-hop star will play the "biggest and best urban music" in addition to a selection of tracks from his upcoming album, 5...

Ashanti And Nelly Dating Again?

10/29/2010 8:54am EDT
Former couple Ashanti and Nelly have fuelled rumors of a reconciliation after they were spotted enjoying a night out in New York together this week.

The pair split last year, but speculation about a reunion has been growing since they were seen together in August.

They have now intensified gossip about their relationship by appearing together at a private listening session for the rapper's new album 5.0. in Manhattan on Tuesday evening.

A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Ashanti sat by his side the entire night and smiled... They seemed to be enjoying each other."


50 Cent & Pitbull To Star At Cancer Benefit

9/28/2010 10:35pm EDT
50 Cent and Pitbull will be showing off their caring side when they co-headline a new breast cancer benefit concert in Florida next month.

The rappers will join Asher Roth, Ray J, Nelly and Flo Rida, among others at the third annual Think Pink Rocks Concert on October 9.

The mini-festival will benefit the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, the Boca Raton Community Hospital Women's Center for Breast Care, and other breast cancer research charities.

Think Pink Rocks was founded by mum-of-two Stephanie Robin, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and underwent a...

T.I.'s Wife: 'I Don't Even No Wat Meth Look Like'

9/7/2010 8:24am EDT
T.I.'s new wife Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle has blasted reports suggesting the hip-hop couple was caught with methamphetamines last week, insisting she has no idea what the drug looks like.

Former Xscape singer Cottle was taken into custody with the rapper on Wednesday after a traffic cop in West Hollywood allegedly smelled cannabis smoke coming from their vehicle during a routine stop and searched the vehicle.

They were booked on suspicion of drug possession and each released on $10,000 bail.

Reports have since suggested the stars were caught with ecstasy and methamphetamines, but Cottle has h...

Nelly To Release Fitness DVD

8/16/2010 11:55pm EDT
Rapper Nelly is helping to get his fans in shape with a new fitness DVD.

The muscly "Hot In Herre" hitmaker, who regularly plays basketball, baseball and football, will feature in the first edition of Celebrity Sweat, an exercise regime aimed to keep fitness fans in top condition.

And Nelly is happy to help others achieve the buff and chiseled physique he has become known for.

He says, "People think I just woke up all of a sudden and I was this big, but they haven't been paying attention… If you look at the pictures from '04 to now, you can see the change. You can see me go from 160 to 1...

Nelly Lands Job As Radio DJ

8/11/2010 5:30pm EDT
Rapper Nelly is taking over the airwaves in his native St. Louis, Missouri - he's landed a job as a DJ of own radio show.

The Hot In Here hit-maker has joined the line-up at Hot 104.1 FM as a temporary replacement for afternoon presenter Staci Static, who is on maternity leave.

Program director Mickey Johnson reveals Nelly will play music and interview fellow stars for the station's 3-7pm slot for the next month.

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T.I. Has A Second, Star-Studded Wedding

8/2/2010 8:20am EDT
Rap superstar T.I. celebrated his nuptials with new wife Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle with a second wedding off the coast of Miami, Florida on Saturday, a day after exchanging vows in a courthouse ceremony.

The "Live Your Life" hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., made his nine-year relationship with Cottle official on Friday with a low-key event at a Miami Beach court.

But the formal procedure was just the start of an elaborate three-day wedding celebration - the couple married again in a more traditional ceremony on Star Island on Saturday, in front of a star-studded crowd with guests incl...