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Rick Ross, The-Dream and Lenny S Are Looking For Music’s Next Superstar on VH1’s New Series SIGNED

Rick Ross, The-Dream & Lenny S. These three music masterminds are bringing their creative genius and business skills together for VH1’s new music competition reality series, SIGNED.

 

The music competition show follows new up-and-coming singers and rappers that undergo a development process over the span of eight hour-long episodes in the hopes of being signed to Ross’ Maybach Music, Dream’s Radio Killa Records or to Roc Nation by Lenny S who serves as the SVP of A&R / Artist Management. Unlike most performance based reality shows, SIGNED doesn’t take place in a fancy Hollywood studio, but instead is filmed in places where real music happens like Atlanta recording studios, the backyard of The-Dream’s mansion, and Rick Ross’ private jet. The artists’ ability to write original songs, record and perform them are challenged as they have to prove that they have what it takes to impress the moguls, and some of their famous friends like DJ Khaled,Meek Mill and Bangladesh. via VH1

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ALL HAIL THE QUEENS

This year VH1 decided to honor a few of the most talented, beautiful and trendsetting femcees the rap game has ever seen.  I have to tell you, it was a star-studded celebration with no hating and nothing but love for women who helped kick down doors and create lanes for many of hip hop’s female rappers today.  Salt N’ Pepa & Spin, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott and Lil Kim are the Queens of the night.

I don’t even know where to start, because there is so much to discuss with you all.  In all honesty, i loved all of the red carpet looks minus a few mishaps lol but ima keep it positive.  The show started out by honoring Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott and i was really hoping to see her perform somewhere throughout the night.  Instead we got Remy Ma who brought her slow drag rap to what was supposed to be an upbeat Missy.  Oh, but she came alive during the TS performance of “All The Way Up”…blah!    On a different note, Eve, Nelly Furtado and Trina was definitely the highlight of her tribute.  One of the most powerful things that came out about Missy was from Angie Martinez who said “Missy believed in her talent, her beauty, and her skills”, which is what made her the Queen and Icon that she has become.  She was also serenaded by Fantasia, Monica and Tweet who sang (yes sang) a couple of hits that she wrote for them.  Is it me or did Fanny get hella thick (in a great way).

Next up was the Queen..Latifah that is, and just like the performer she is, she graced the stage and opened her dedication herself with her hit “Come Into My House.”  Yasss Latifah take me back! Rah Digga, Lady of Rage, Treach, Yo-Yo, Da Brat and Monie Love performed a few hits of Latifah’s throughout the years.  What took the cake though, was Ms. Betty White reciting the lyrics to U.N.I.T.Y.  lol classic moment.  Was i the only one who thought that Treach was sexy as ever with his salt n pepper beard and took us on a flashback to the 90’s when Naughty by Nature performed Hip Hop Hooray?!  I know i wasn’t the only one thinking this.  Speaking of Salt N’ Pepa and Spinderella, the beautiful ladies of OITNB started out their presentation with Dascha Polanco slaying all her thickness and Taryn Manning slurring over her words.  However, the show must continue and it did with Eve performing one of my faves Shoop, Ashanti rapping Whatta man and the Dreezy/Keke Palmer duo Push’n It.  Of course the Slut Walk Queen Amber Rose had to come out and do her rendition of Let’s Talk About Sex, but i hated it.  Moving on…Salt N’ Pepa reminisced on their 1st tour (Wipeout Tour) with The Fat Boys and still being blessed to sell out arenas 30 years later.  It would have been dope to see Pepa’s daughter Egypt perform one of her songs.

And Last but certainly not least, the Original Queen Bee (Artist &Provocateur) Lil Kim was introduced by fellow bad boy member Faith Evans and surprised by Diddy with a huge birthday cake.  Happy Birthday Queen Bee!  Her beautiful daughter Royal Reign was in the building while The Lox, Lil Mama, Dej Loaf, French Montana and Teyana Taylor (who straight embodied Lil Kim) killed their tribute performances.  My only issue during Lil Kim’s live on stage performance was Rich Homie Quan forgetting Biggie’s lyrics.  Bruh, you had one job to do that night..one job and you messed that up.  The Lox were there, why not get Jadakiss or somebody to do Biggie?!  Hell, French Montana could have done it.

My favorite part of the night was the very end, when they paid tribute to all of the female rappers throughout the years including Mia X, Roxanne Shante, MC Lyte and Boss (aye!) just to name a few.  It was empowering and a true proud moment especially for me because all of these women inspired my rap career at some point.  Queen Latifah said it best when she urged for hip hop fans to “give the female emcees a true listen, we could teach you something”, and that is exactly what all 6 of these women did in music.  A genre that did not welcome females until a few strong, bold and beautiful women kicked down some doors and left them wide open.  In the words of Diddy “VH1 what took ya’ll so long!?”

ALL HAIL THE QUEENS!!!

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VH1 Reality Star Ahmad ‘Real’ Givens Passes Away of Colon Cancer At Age 33

Vh1 reality star of ‘I Love New York’ and ‘Real Chance of Love,’ Ahmad ‘Real’ Givens passed away on February 20 after a long battle with colon cancer. When his cancer reached Stage 4 in 2013, he underwent surgery and he seemed to be on a healthier road until a fall earlier this year left him bedridden. The night of his passing, Real suffered vision loss and troubled speech before passing a few hours later.

Real starred alongside his brother Chance in both reality shows as they called themselves the ’Stallionaires’ as an ode for their love of horses. Chance took to Instagram to mourn his brother. Real was on 33 years old.

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Vh1 Cuts ‘Sorority Sisters’ Season Short

After receiving so much backlash and sponsors pulling their ads from the show, Vh1 has decided to quickly end the talked about show ‘Sorority Sisters’ that is a reality show for black sorority members. In a statement released earlier this week, the network decided the last three of 10 episodes will air back-to-back on Friday, January 16th. Vh1 has not said if the show will return to television, but our guess is HELL NO! Instead cutting the season where it is, viewers pushed Vh1 execs to finish out the casts stories. The show has been controversial before it ever aired after a promotional video leaked online and was followed by petitions to not let it air as it depicts the lives of honorable Black Greek organization members in a way many people are unhappy with. We think Mona Scott-Young has gone too far and we’re glad this is one less show falsely depicting every minorities reality.

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‘Love And Hip Hop New York’ Back With All New Cast

This winter, the original Love and Hip Hop will return with a few new cast members and bringing all new drama. Producer Mona Scott-Young has brought on new people in addition to the show’s veterans including Yandy Smith, Erica Mena, Peter Gunz, Tara and Amina. New faces we can expect to see this season are Chink Santana and his girlfriend Chrissy Crastanda, Cisco Rosado with his girl Diamond Strawberry, and music hopeful Precious Paris. Love and Hip Hop New York Season 5 will premiere on Vh1, Monday December 15.

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Vh1 Releases Trailer For New Show ‘Bye Felicia!’

The phrase first coined by Ice Cube’s character in the 1995 movie Friday has recently found a resurgence of popularity. Vh1 has decided to take the trend of yelling ‘Bye Felicia!’ and create a show behind it. ‘Bye Felicia!’ will follow two Atlanta-based life coaches, Deborah Hawkes and Missy Young, who will assist women in starting a new life. The show premieres December 9th at 9pm on Vh1. We’re not quite sure how this will turn out but we are hoping Ice Cube is getting a cut of whatever money is being made for this show. Watch the trailer below and decide if you will watch the series this winter.

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Yung Berg Released From ‘Love And Hip Hop Hollywood’

Love and Hip Hop Hollywood star Yung Berg was arrested  last week due to assault on his girlfriend Masika Tucker, another cast member of the show. The altercation took place a few hours after the taping of the reunion special for the reality show when Yung Berg’s card was declined and Tucker was left to pay. The couple returned to their hotel room where the assault took place.

Berg has been charged with criminal obstruction of breathing since his arrest in a New York hotel. Vh1 immediately released him once the charges surfaced and the network realized their severity. Seems as if these reality shows do more harm than help in certain situations. Wishing them all the best.