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Read More BET Awards 2014 Red Carpet Coverage x Rea

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The 2014 BET Awards was a night full of electrifying performances, emotional speeches and unforgettable moments. The awards, hosted by Chris Rock aired live from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE on Sunday, June 29.

Pharrell Williams opened the show with an energetic performance and brought out his surprise guest Missy Elliott. Chris Brown gave fans an energetic performance of “Loyal” with appearances by Lil Wayne, Tyga and Travis Barker.

Icon Lionel Richie received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Young Money and Beyoncé took home the most trophies with three awards, as did acclaimed film “12 Years A Slave” which swept the film award categories.

Troop, Color Me Badd and Silk took the stage for a ’90s throwback medley of “All I Do Is Think of You,” “I Wanna Sex You Up” and “Freak Me”, and a taped performance of Beyoncé and Jay Z closed the show.

Before all of the awards fun AllHipHop was on the red carpet to catch up with the likes of Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Wale, B.O.B, and more. Find out what they think of the current state of hip hop and what they are currently working on below!

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AllHipHop: Kevin Hart Celebrates Birthday With Star Studded Bash BET Awards Weekend Coverage x Rea

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RTD Entertainment , Diamond Productions and MS Entertainment helped Kevin Hart celebrate his 35th birthday in a major way during the 2014 BET Awards weekend at the OHM nightclub in Los Angeles!

Kevin Hart hosted his birthday party in Hollywood, and many familiar faces showed up. Celebrity guests included Ludacris, Ne-Yo, Snoop Dogg, Terrence J, Floyd Mayweather Jr., LisaRaye, Tiny, Keri Hilson, Kevin McCall, Big Tigger, DJ Mark Da Spot, Lauren London, Tommy Davidson, Yesi Ortiz, Bobby V, Day 26, Jackie Christie, Laura Govan, Damien & Craig Wayans, Big Gipp, Red Grant, Lil’ Mama, Charli Baltimore and many more!

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AllHipHop: Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and More Play in BET Experience Sprite Celebrity Basketball Game Covrage x Rea

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BET brought out all of the surprises for their second annual BET Experience weekend. On Saturday, they held the Sprite Celebrity Basketball Game featuring celebrities from the music, television and sports realms.

Chris Brown hit the court showing off his basketball skills which helped his team (Lemon) beat Team Lime 69-67. Breezy made three of his first four shots and assisted former NBA player Doug Christie on the game winning lay-up in overtime. Chris shared the game’s co-MVP award with Snoop Dogg.

Other players included Justin Bieber, The Game, Tank, Bobby V, Anthony Lewis, Snoop Dogg, Tyga, Floyd Mayweather, Terrell Owens, Soulja Boy, Omarion, Terrence J and more. Check out our recap video above!

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AllHipHop MC Lyte Teams Up With Reebok To Host BET Awards Gifting Suite Article x Rea

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Hip Hop legend MC Lyte teamed up with Reebok to hold a celebrity gifting suite to support her non-profit organization, Hip Hop Sisters Foundation. The event, held at Reebok’s showroom in West Hollywood, CA – brought out over 300 tastemakers, industry executives and celebrities who showed up to support the organization. Celebrities such as Lil Mama, Karma, Malaysia Pargo and Brandii Maxiell of Basketball Wives LA, Rapper Charli Baltimore, Singer Eric Bellinger, Singer/song writer Kevin McCall, Actor Guy Torry, Actor Robert Riley from VH1’s Hit the Floor, Actress Vanessa Williams, Laura Govan and D. Woods, were gifted with items from Reebok as well as luxury designers, Yoze, Scrapes and Gravel, Bellargo, Child of the Indig and Defend Paris. Guests also received items from Creme of Nature, Joodj, Nyambi Skin Care, Miss Jessie’s, Christine and Love of Labels while enjoying beverages from Lavish Vodka Cocktail, appetizers from Chef Danielle Liz and sounds by DJ Jermaine the Gentleman.

MC Lyte thanked her guests for attending the suite and for supporting the organization; “I want to thank each and every one of you for coming out today to support my organization, Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, we are all a part of larger cause to help redefine the essence of women and girls through unity, hip hop and empowerment.” Lyte said, “Thank you for supporting this movement.” The event was definitely one of the highlights of BET Awards weekend!

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AllHipHop: B.O.B Host No Genre PT 2 Listening Party Coverage x Rea

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Mali Hunter recently did it again! This time she brought Atlanta media and music executives together for B.O.B‘s No Genre PT2 Listening Party and media dinner at the infamous Treesound Studios. Treesound Studios has become a place of family, great food, and amazing music. After the press and artists finished eating Mali’s amazing dishes, everyone gathered in the cave to here Grand Hustle‘s own B.o.B. go through a few of his tracks on the mixtape. One of the most well received tracks was “Swing My Way” featuring Sevyn Streeter (a KP & Envyi “Shorty Swing My Way” Cover). B.O.B. took listeners back to the 90s with the ATL classic sample. Sponsored by Corona, Cholula, Modelo and D’usse Cognac, this event left you feeling relaxed yet energized at the same time. B Rich played a few of Trae Tha Truth‘s new songs and T.I. took the mic to support B.O.B’s new project. Check out our recap video below.

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AllHipHop: Trey Songz Reveals His Secret To His Trigga Album Topping The Charts: Article x Rea

Trey Songz recently landed his second No. 1 album on the Billboard chart, selling over 100,000 copies the first week. During a recent interview on “The Russ Parr Morning Show” the R&B crooner recently talked about what grabs fans attention enough to buy an album, his in particular. He shared his thoughts about his journey and why he thinks Trigga was a success. He stated that he believed your most valuable possession as an artist is the connection one has with their fans. He said fans don’t want to buy into anything that’s not going to be an experience. “Fans want to buy into something they can love and cherish,” said Songz. He also stated that this album was the most cohesive body of work for him because for the first time it was a full story all the way through.

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AllHipHop: Boyz II Men Talk Career, New Album, and More On The Breakfast Club: Article x Rea

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R&B legends Boyz II Men are returning this year with their 11th album Collide.The icons were also named R&B Group of the century by the RIAA. On a promo roll, last week they released the entertaining commercial for Wendy’s pretzel bun burgers, and have now paid a visit to ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Power 105.1 for a sit-down interview.

The Breakfast Club never lets us down, so Charlamagne, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy dove right into the questions. Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris, and Wanya Morris spoke about their incredible career, which is spanning nearly three decades. This interview also showed fans how down to earth the legends are as well as how much personality they have! They spoke about their performer residency in Las Vegas, their forthcoming album, the comfortable space they are in right now, and truly being blessed to be able to only do what makes them happy.

Charlagmane, as always, delivered the questions fans at home wanted to know like how they stayed on top for all of these years and the details about Wanya’s relationship with Brandy. Angela Yee closed out asking Shawn about allegations that had been recently suggested on blogs about him cheating. He answered gracefully “I made a mistake with a mistake.”

They also spoke briefly about their Wendy’s commercial, the departure of Michael McCary from the group, and the leadership of Michael Bivins. They also talked about how they came into their clean cut image, and how their music has lead them to mainstream crossover success and corporate gigs. Their new album Collide is slated for release in September.

Watch the interview below:

Read More : Throwback Thursday: Sunshine Anderson- “Heard It All Before” Article x Rea

Charlotte, NC stand up!!! If this wasn’t a sing along women’s anthem, I don’t know what was!

Sunshine Anderson is a R&B/Soul singer-songwriter from Charlotte, North Carolina. “Heard It All Before” was the lead single on her 2001 debut album Your Woman. The single peaked at #18 on the Hot 100 and at #3 on the R&B chart. The album debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 200 and No. 2 on the Top R&B chart, it was certified gold later that year.

“‘Heard It All Before’ is the truth, talking about the tactics that men use,” said Anderson. She stated that when she first heard the track she loved it but had no idea it would be as big as it was. Anderson has always had a soulfulness that translates into her music. Check out the video to the 2001 classic above.

Read More Throwback Tuesday: Monica- “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days) x Rea

Who was singing with such incredible vocal prowess at age 14??? MONICA!!

Monica is a R&B singer, songwriter, producer, and actress who sprung onto the music scene as an incredible teen vocalist in the ’90s. “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)” was released as the lead single on her triple platinum debut album Miss Thang.

The single spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days),” alongside follow-up single “Before You Walk Out of My Life,” would make the singer the youngest recording artist to have two consecutive No. 1 hits on the Billboard R&B chart at the age of fourteen. The single was co-written and produced by Dallas Austin and contains samples of LL Cool J’s 1993 song “Back Seat (Of My Jeep),” Public Enemy’s 1987 song “Bring the Noise,” and also features elements from “You’re Getting a Little Too Smart” by The Detroit Emeralds. An accompanying music video for the single was shot in black-and-white by Rich Murray and released in June 1995.

Don’t you love her voice inflection on this? Enjoy the classic above!

Read More Throwback Thursday Nicole Wray “Make It Hot” Ft Missy Elliott & Mocha Article x Rea

Nicole Wray is a R&B singer and songwriter most notable as a protege of Missy Elliott in the late ’90s. “Make It Hot” was the first single released from her 1998 debut album of the same name. The single was written and produced by Missy Elliott & Timbaland. It reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.

The music video takes place in a movie theater, it starts with Missy’s voice coming in first, then leads into Mocha’s rap. Later, in another room, Nicole and her dancers are shown dancing to the music while Nicole is singing. It features cameo appearances by Aaliyah, Playa, Ginuwine, Timbaland and Magoo. Enjoy the video above!

Read More Throwback Tuesday- New Edition “I’m Still In Love With You” Article x Rea

New Edition is a R&B group who formed in Boston in 1978. The group reached its height of popularity during the 1980s. They were the progenitors of the boy band movement of the ’80s and ’90s.

“I’m Still in Love with You” was the second single from the group as a sextet from their sixth studio album Home Again. Ralph Tresvant and Ricky Bell sing lead vocals with all six members singing background throughout the song. It was a big success on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 7, and was the second single to be certified gold from the Home Again project.

On July 3, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana, all six members of New Edition reunited at the Essence Music Festival to kick off and celebrate their 30th anniversary tour. Over the years New Edition have toured separately as subgroups Bell Biv DeVoe and Head of State, but are currently touring together with all six members! Enjoy the video above.

Read More Throwback Thursday: Silk “Freak Me” Article x Rea

Well, BET certainly got it right this past Sunday at the 2014 BET Awards with the ’90s medley segment featuring Silk, Color Me Badd, and Troop! Silk certainly brought the house down performing their classic hit “Freak Me.” Remember sensual and sexy baby-making R&B?!!

Silk formed in 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia and were discovered by none other than R&B OG Keith Sweat. Their signature single “Freak Me” was a classic hit released on the quintet’s 1993 platinum album Lose Control. The single reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, and the Hot R&B Singles chart for seven weeks. The song is most noted for Lil’ G’s soulful lead vocals, Jimmy and Timzo’s bass spoken-word sections, and the group’s nicely harmonized background vocals. The song followed the sexy and sensual format of ’90s R&B.

“Ahhhh yeah” enjoy the classic video above!

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