Mariah Carey is hard at work on her new album, and hit the studio in Miami with Ricky Rozay himself.
The two previously collaborated on the official remix to Carey's hit "Touch My Body," and while it's unclear if the collab will appear on Carey's album or Ross's anticipated God Forgives, I Don't, Jermaine Dupri and DJ Khaled, who have been working with Carey throughout her recording sessions, were also present, so perhaps this is meant for Carey's record?
Dupri has been a constant in the latter half of Carey's career, producing some of her biggest recent hits, including "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off." She is also recording with Randy Jackson, who has worked with her throughout her career and been her musical director for a number of her tours.
She's clearly sticking with what works for her first post-baby release and that's a very good thing!
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By Rya Baker
An upfront is a strange animal. By (loose) definition, it's a meeting in late May hosted by television network executives to entice advertisers into buying ad time during the network's shows, both old and new, and wooing press into writing about said programming.
Last night, Vice, the growing media empire that started some 17 years ago as a free, Montreal-based magazine, did things a little differently at their "Full Frontal Vice" party. In addition to celebrating the acquisition of the domain name www.vice.com (which was once, yes, a porn site), a short film was screened displaying the company's new journalistic endeavors, which will be featured on the company's new Internet HQ along with content being parsed to such global partners as the Huffington Post in the US and The Guardian in the UK. An HBO show, set to go into production this fall, was also announced.
Sure, press was there (hi!) and men in suits made appearances, but also on hand at Brooklyn's One Hanson Place were strippers, a brief presentation given by Vice CEO Shane Smith on how the company's growth was inspired by the business model of Internet porn, and some big bands (and one Boss) came through to help the celebrations. Read More...
By Morgan Schwartz and Matt Goodhue
If you’re not a pop person and found our first five songs of the summer to be a little, well, not your taste, don’t sweat it. We compiled our favorite rap/hip-hop jams for the summer to give you a taste of what we’re listening to. Whether the songs speak of summer romances or partying the night away, they are sure to set the mood for the best season of the year.
1. “Super Bass,” Nicki Minaj
If we’ve learned anything from Ms. Minaj, it would be that girls can do rap and hip-hop just as well, if not better, than any man. In this new single, Nicki does what she does best and raps over an awesome beat before breaking into a catchy chorus that gives those of us not quick enough to spit along with her a chance to sing with this summer jam. The music video’s neon colors and sexy outfits are enough to put it at the top of our playlist, and the sex appeal combined with Nicki’s lyrics may just get us ready for our own summer romance!
2. “Out of My Head,” Lupe Fiasco ft. Trey Songz
This has definitely been a great year for Lupe and it’s about to be an even better summer. Although this song of isn’t one of the singles off his new album, Lasers, his performance of this jam at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards got our attention. Like “Super Bass,” “Out of My Head” talks about a possible crush and is perfect for your blossoming summer love. Trey Songz’s hook – “girl I want you to know/I can’t get you out of my head, my head” – makes us think this song could be the soundtrack to your summer romance? You’ll have to download it to find out…
It's not the biggest surprise on the world, but DJ Khaled is predicting that Rick Ross' Deeper Than Rap will be the primo album in the land come tomorrow.
Khaled also spilled the beans that his Miami friend is already working on Deeper Than Rap's follow-up. "I'm probably not supposed to tell you," Khaled joked while on the set of Ace Hood's "Overtime" video. Khaled worked closely with Ross on Deeper Than Rap, serving as the project's A&R, and hinted that fans can expect more of the same from the Boss' next opus.
Meanwhile, Khaled will continue to work with a plethora of other Def Jam artists. (He's the president of Def Jam South and has his own label, We the Best, which Ace is signed to.) Look for Khaled to be sliding beats to acts such as Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Fabolous and new singer Cherlise.
Rick Ross has made Kanye West a believer. The Miami rap kingpin is still awaiting his first-week numbers to find out if Deeper Than Rap will be his third consecutive album to debut at #1 one. However, as the fans hit stores and critics critique the opus, Ross has one very vocal supporter: Kanye West, who raved about Deeper Than Rap on his blog last night.
"Rick's album is the sh--," Kanye boasted. "He made an album I can play in my apartment, which is the highest honor I can give any piece of music. TV on the Radio, Feist, Pink Floyd and the new Rick Ross album!"
Of course ,West is not completely objective about the project. Kanye is one of the stars of album highlight "Maybach Music 2," which also features T-Pain and Lil Wayne.
"Marrrrrrrr-tinnnnnn, Louie the King Junior," West raps on the song, calling out his newest nickname. "Starrrrrrrr-tinnnnnnn all that stuntin' is gon' ruin ya/ If B.I. was alive, he probably have a two-tone/ With the Grey Poupon, anything 'Ye poop on/ Will explode, 'cause I am the sh--, and this is my commode/ Uh-oh there they go/ Talking 'bout how ya boy clothes extra tight/ I just remembered that my limelight extra bright."
Kanye is still promoting his own #1 album, 808s and Heartbreak. He recently released the video for the third single, "Amazing," with Young Jeezy. The song is also used in a commercial for the NBA postseason.
By Jenna Talavera
The best perk of being an MTV Newsroom intern? Tagging along for interview shoots and having access to what goes on behind the scenes. I didn't know what to expect when arriving at New York's Philippe restaurant last week, except that I was going to see Rick Ross, a.k.a. The Boss.
His interview with MTV News correspondent, Tim Kash, focused on his new album, Deeper Than Rap, which drops next week, and he was dressed to kill: From business suits to casual button-downs, his style is serious! Not to mention when it comes to his fetish for sunglasses, he's got the best: He wore 24-karat gold-plated custom Cazels with diamonds encrusted around the frames. (He admitted he always buys two pairs of each!) Read More...
Who has a 48-inch waist, wears a XXXXXL t-shirt and owns more sunglasses than Paris Hilton?
For a 350-pound, 6-foot-4 bearded heavyweight, sunglasses seem like an unusual addiction to have. But Ross isn't just a fan of eyewear — he's a connoisseur. His collection numbers "in the hundreds," he said.
When we caught up with him at New York's Philippe restaurant for our interview on Wednesday, he was sporting some 24-carat-gold-plated, diamond-encrusted, custom-designed, clear-tint Cazels. Ross takes his style very seriously: He was dressed crisp, and even though his stylist had laid out three different looks, there was no need to change.
Though touted as a fun, free party for the whole family, the second annual Rick Ross Be Out charity event in Miami Gardens, Florida, turned violent on Wednesday, when shots rang out in an adjacent park as the rapper took the stage. No one is believed to have been injured during the shooting, and the Boss was able to perform one song with Flo Rida and Brisco before police cleared the area.
Read the full story here.