Thursday, September 30, 2010

Drake's fireworks include Jay-Z at Radio City show

If you looked past all of the excessive "Free Weezy" references, Drake's concert at Radio City Music Hall was a decent showing for the rap rookie of the year.

The second sold out show at Radio City in as many nights received an added boost courtesy of guests Birdman, Trey Songz, Swizz Beatz, Fabolous and Jay-Z. Sadly, there was no Nicki Minaj.

Drake made sure to perform nearly everything that made him one of the hottest artists in the rap game. ("Best I Ever Had," "Fireworks," "Find Your Love," "Up All Night," "Show Me a Good Time," "Over," etc.)

Birdman joined Drizzy on "Money to Blow," Swizzy got "Fancy," Fab had the "Money in the Bag," Trey told the crowd they "Can't Be Friends" and Jay made sure to "Light Up."

The night - almost ruined by Drake's acting and constantly yelling "Free Weezy" - suddenly became memorable thanks to those special guest appearances.

(Photo Credit: Above Radio City Music Hall/Jessica Tyler)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Reggie Harris Foundation-NABJ fundraising efforts to begin

TODAY, I ask my friends to help our journalists of tomorrow.

I've teamed up with the Reggie Harris Foundation in a fundraising effort to send young journalists to next year's National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention in Philadelphia.

The fundraising begins now.

To help, contact:

Reggie Harris was a television reporter and anchor in New York City. He died tragically while working out in his home in Teaneck, N.J, just hours before he was to start work. His award-winning career included stints at WWOR-TV and WCBS-TV. Harris was a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., and a graduate of Florida State University. He was the winner of six Emmy awards.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Def Jam Party w/ Ne-Yo and Fab

Def Jam's vice president of promotions celebrated his 40th birthday with the help of some very talented friends -- Ne-Yo and Fabolous -- just to name a few.

Shawn "Pecas" Costner and friends gathered on the rooftop of Studio Square in Long Island City, Queens for the Grey Goose sponsored birthday bash.

Popular eye candy for the evening included Tahiry, Angel Lola Luv and Melyssa Ford.

Other notable guests included Vado, Terrence J and former Cheetah Girl/3LW member, Adrienne Bailon.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

FOX sportscaster references Gloria Estefan song

Tim McCarver can do the conga!

The Fox sportscaster confessed to the world that he absolutely loves singer Gloria Estefan.

During Saturday's broadcast of the Yankees-Red Sox game, McCarver admitted that Estefan is one of his "favorite song stylists."

And his reason for mentioning the Miami Sound Machine singer was awkwardly enough part of a not-so-clever baseball analogy.

After Red Sox pitcher John Lester struck out Alex Rodriguez on a cut fastball, McCarver was reminded of one of his favorite Estefan songs -- "Cuts Both Ways."

He said Lester's cut fastball moved in and out, and that it "cut both ways." Not sure if I've ever heard of a fastball being compared to a sleepy love song. I'm guessing he was listening to his iPod in between innings.

Fans watching the game across the country were also pretty surprised.

Here is what they were saying on Twitter:

fleegan Tim McCarver is talking about a Gloria Estefansong in the booth. SHUT UP, TIM MCCARVER.

kristilunsford Tim McCarver just related Boston pitching to a Gloria Estefan song. He needs to go!

joerosinski Tim McCarver has said many dumb things in his life. This thing about Gloria Estefan and "It Cuts Both Ways" might be the worst yet though.

DivineMark T.McCarver just said "Gloria Estefan is one of my favorite song stylists..I really like her music" I think it's time for a new lead analyst

Wow I'm so glad that Lester reminds these dumb #fox announcers of Gloria Estefan #NYY #BOS

However, there was at least one fan who enjoyed the strange reference.

heelsonthefield McCarver with an obscure Gloria Estefansong reference of hers that I love! LOL That was great.#Yankees

This isn't the first not-so-popular comparison that McCarver has made in his 31 years as a sportscaster.

Earlier this season, he compared the Yankees' treatment of Joe Torre to Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. He said the Yankees had "airbrushed" Torre out of their history, and made a comparison to how Nazi and Soviet leaders dealt with generals when they became dissatisfied with their performance.

McCarver's comments troubled the Anti-Defamation League, which advocates anti-Semitism and bigotry.

McCarver later admitted that he put his foot in his mouth (not the first time).

"Although my analogy was inappropriate, in my opinion the underlying point remains true," McCarver told the NY Daily News. "That Yankee management -- not the players, they have embraced Joe Torre and always will -- has erased Joe Torre from their history, for the most part."

Well, I wonder if he watched the unveiling of George Steinbrenner's monument at Yankee Stadium last week? Because guess who was welcomed back to the stadium? Joe Torre.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Bruno Mars to perform on SNL

Saturday Night Live apparently likes Bruno Mars just the way he is.

The singer-songwriter was arrested after he was found with a bag of cocaine in a Las Vegas casino on Sunday. But he wasn't sweating it. He just fixed up his hair, and flashed a big happy smile for his mug shot (see below).

The singer took to Twitter tonight, but not to address his "nose candy" or run-in with the cops.

Instead, he announced his good news:

"Today one of my life long dreams came true.. got the word I will be Performing on Saturday Night Live!! #YESSS," he tweeted.

Mars' debut single, "Just the Way You Are," is currently No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He made a name for himself singing the hooks on B.o.B.'s "Nothing on You," and Travie McCoy's "Billionaire."

The date of his SNL performance was not announced.

Trey Songz closes out first headlining tour in NYC

Trey Songz wrapped up his "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" tour in New York City to cap off a week that also included the release of his latest album by the same name.

The tour, which also featured Monica and Dondria, was the first headlining tour for the R&B crooner from Virginia. A pretty notable accomplishment for the singer, who earlier this year nabbed his first Grammy nod for the album "Ready."

But there is one feat that has eluded the 25-year-old singer -- platinum status.

His first three albums have been stacked with popular singles, but not enough to put the singer over the platinum hump.

Maybe now that this tour is over, Songz can hit the ground to make this album his most successful yet.

But after listening to "Passion, Pain & Pleasure," I don't think this is going to be the one. It's another album with some just okay songs that I felt like I've heard before. Perhaps it's because we've been served a hefty helping of Songz music recently (ahem, "Anticipation" mixtape). It might be time for Tremaine to take a little breaky-break.

In any event, he put on a dope show at the Beacon Theater on Friday night. He even fulfilled the wildest fantasy of one "lucky fan," and brought out Fabolous for "Say Aah."

Check out the videos:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Jay-Z and Eminem make history at Yankee Stadium

It certainly lived up to the hype and then some.

Jay-Z and Eminem -- with a little help from some very talented friends -- rocked more than 42,000 rap fans at Yankee Stadium last night.

It was the first ever concert at the new stadium, and the rap superstars pulled out all the stops to make sure it did not disappoint.

Eminem kicked off the surprise guests onslaught by bringing out 50 Cent ("Patiently Waiting," "I Get Money, " "In the Club"), Lloyd Banks ("Beamer, Benz or Bentley") and Dr. Dre ("Still Dre," "Nothin' But a G Thang"). But Em didn't really need the guest spots. He delivered a strong performance as he did nearly everything in his repertoire - from the Slim Shady days to his current "Recovery" album. His boys from D12 even helped him out on some memorable tracks.

But this night was all about the homecoming for the king of rap -- Jay-Z.

And he certainly didn't mind sharing the spotlight on what many were calling one of the biggest night's in hip-hop history.

Jay-Z had just started his set when he brought out the explosive Kanye West. He joined Jay-Z on "Run This Town," "Power (remix)" and "Monster."

Of course, you couldn't do "Monster" without Nicki Minaj, who came out to a roaring ovation. The Queens native did her animated verse, and then she was off. But it was all we needed.

Beyonce also joined her hubby singing the chorus on "Forever Young" in a magical performance that stunned the crowd.

Chris Martin of Coldplay hit the stage singing the chorus on "Heart of the City," and then stuck around for "Clocks" and "Viva La Vida."

Drake joined Jay-Z on stage and performed "Miss Me," and couldn't leave without sharing his love for jailed rapper, Lil' Wayne. "Weezy, I love you with all my heart," he said after leading the crowd in chanting, "Free Weezy!"

Alicia Keys is sidelined by her pregnancy, and couldn't be there for Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind." However, her husband and daddy-to-be, Swizz Beatz, was in the building and hit the stage with Jay for "On to the Next One."

The show included opening acts, B.o.B. (he received the distinguished honor of being the first artist to actually perform at Yankee Stadium) and St. John's University graduate, J.Cole ("Who Dat," "A Star Is Born").

Overall, it was an epic night that will go down in history. Not just because it was the first concert at Yankee Stadium, but because both artists showed the world that hip-hop is alive and well.

Tonight, they will conclude the "Home and Home" tour with their final performance at Yankee Stadium. The pair already rocked Comerica Park for two shows earlier this month.



Monday, September 13, 2010

Solange the DJ: "Just F**kin Dougie!"

Solange Knowles has been on quite the DJing tour around New York City, and this weekend she had a strong message for fans: "Just F**kin Dougie!"

The rookie of the year deejay played mostly throwback tracks during her set at Capitale on Saturday. But to the delight of everyone in attendance, she decided to play something current - Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie."

However, before she continued with the popular dance song, she made a request: "I'll put the record back on if all of these people in the front stop staring and actually fuckin' dougie!...Just fuckin dougie!"

She closed out her set playing another song that is rising in popularity - Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair." I have to say, that song went hard in the club. It's a certified banger.

Check out some of Solange's DJing skills...she would be my first choice to deejay my 10 year high school reunion.

J.Cole warming up for a Yankee Stadium appearance?

J.Cole may have been warming up for a Yankee Stadium appearance at a show this weekend.

The 25-year-old newcomer is the first rap act signed to Jay-Z's label, Roc Nation, and hinted during his set at Capitale on Saturday night that he was practicing for the first concert at the home of the Yankees.

Jay-Z and Eminem will co-headline tonight's Yankee Stadium show, but a J.Cole appearance would be one of many surprises. I would say the chances of us seeing the St. John's University graduate are pretty high.

Cue up Jay-Z's hit "A Star is Born."


J. Cole performances from this weekend:

I talked to J.Cole last month -- here's what he had to say: click here for the story.

Watch the video from the interview:

Chrisette Michele performing at DSU Homecoming

Chrisette Michele will be performing at Delaware State University's annual alumni homecoming concert at the Education and Humanities Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 16, has learned.

If you haven't heard the "Epiphany" singer perform live, just YouTube her!!

She's the real deal and will certainly be worth the price of admission - whatever it is.

Tickets are on sale at

Prices are $19.99 til Oct. 1, then $24.99 after.

Below is a performance that she did in Central Park this summer:

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Wyclef won't be prez, but he can still put on a show

Wyclef Jean's hopes to become president of Haiti were shattered recently, but instead of disappearing the hip-hop star returned to headline the biggest reggae show in New York.

Jean, who was denied eligibility to run for president of his native Haiti because he did not meet residency requirements, was among performers at Hot 97's "On the Reggae Tip Live" concert last night.

He hit the stage performing "Ready or Not," a song made famous by his former group, The Fugees. He then grabbed an electric guitar, and performed "Someone Please Call 911."

While still strumming away on the guitar, he said, "Yall seen me in the news media for like three months straight."

He continued singing, "If I was president, I'd get elected on Friday. Assassinated on Saturday. Buried on Sunday. Then go back to work on Monday." (The words are from his song, "If I Was President," which he recorded years ago.)

He also had some harsh words for his vocal non-supporters, actor Sean Penn and former Fugees group member, Pras.

Penn recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post bashing Wyclef. He even questioned where Wyclef was during the six months after the earthquake, and accused him of only coming around for the media attention. Jean told the crowd that Penn didn't see him in Haiti because he was probably somewhere sniffing coke. (yep, he said it!)

He also shrugged off Pras' feelings by saying, "you only kicked eight bars in The Fugees." Pras has said he wasn't endorsing Wyclef, and instead was backing Michel Martell to be the president of Haiti.

"I'm a revolutionary," Wyclef proclaimed, after going through the crowd and standing on the second tier of the balcony at the Hammerstein Ballroom on 34th Street.

Jean concluded playing the "Star Spangled Banner" on his electric guitar.

He headlined a show that included reggae acts Shaggy, Gyptian, Barrington Levy, Ricky Blaze (with surprise guest Jim Jones), Serani, Ding Dong, Alison Hinds, Elephant Man, Mr. Vegas and Lady Saw.

Mr. Vegas


Alison Hinds


Elephant Man

Barrington Levy

Among the most popular songs was Gyptian's performance for "Hold Yuh." However, the crowd was extremely disappointed there was no Nicki Minaj. It took the steam out of what would have been a great performance.

Shaggy took fans down memory lane, performing hits "Boombastic," "Angel" and "It Wasn't Me." He also performed with curvaceous soca singer Alison Hinds for "Can't Let My Luv Go."

Serani was another highlight of the night, especially when he teamed up with Ding Dong for "Skip to My Lue." They put on a dance exhibition that would have made Don Cornelius and Soul Train proud.

The annual reggae show kicks off Labor Day weekend, which will be highlighted by the West Indian Day Parade on Monday.