On Monday, March 24th acclaimed actor Anthony Mackie took over Atlanta! He stopped through town to promote his upcoming film CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLIDER. In this film, Mackie portrays the iconic character The Falcon, which was Marvel’s fist mainstream African American comic book Superhero. The character made its debut in 1969. The film will hit theaters on April 4, 2014.
AllHipHop caught up with Mackie to discuss what it meant to take on the role, his super powers, and previous roles such as his role as Tupac in Notorious. Check out the video.
It’s been 20 years since Nas dropped his first album Illmatic!Last Friday night, celebrities poured into the Carondelet House in Los Angeles to celebrate Nas as he was honored with the Vibe Impact Award. Dressed to the 9 in a lime green Tom Ford jacket, the legendary rapper toasted to his accomplishments over the last 20 years, with his former manager Steve Stoute and daughter Destiny on his side.Faith Newman (who originally signed Nas), VIBE editor-in-chief Jermaine Hall, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, and a few others hit the red carpet and said a few words in tribute to Nas.
J. Cole took to the podium to express how he hadn’t planned on being in LA for the Grammy Awards, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell Nas that he looked up to him and studied his lyricism as a child. Nas seemingly passed the torch to J. Cole as he said he could see him standing there in 20 years.
AllHipHop caught up with Nas, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, Faith Newman, and Necole Bitchie. Check out the video.
So You Think You Can Dance recently hit Atlanta, GA with its 11th Season of auditions. Hundreds of dancers waited in line at The Fox Theatre for a shot to get on Fox’s summer series. Although it was freezing cold outside, producer Matt Kinsey kept the contestants excited and energetic. Dancers would break into dances and chants on cue. One dance that was mighty popular during auditions was the ‘Nae Nae’ dance by rap group We Are Toonz. One group of dancers performed the dance for the opening scene, and another group actually broke down the dance for viewers to learn.
AllHipHop caught up with a few dancers as well as executive producer Jeff Thacker. Check out the video. (Produced by Rea Melissa Davis)
Tuesday night Def Jam Records held a listening party for YG’s upcoming “My Krazy Life” album at the infamous Patchwerk Studios in Atlanta, GA. Media, music executives, and DJs in attendance had the opportunity to listen to the entire album before its March 18th release. The event was sponsored by Avión Tequila, and YG made sure to keep the drinks flowing. Jeezy and DJ Mustard took the mic to explain the creative process of the album comparing it to Dr. Dre’s classic, The Chronic. Also in attendance were Mike Will Made It, DJ Kash, DJ Infamous, Slick Pulla, DJ Sense, DJ Holiday, DJ Baby Yu and others.
AllHipHop caught up with YG to discuss the album. Check out the video.
Ashanti, Murder Inc’s former First Lady, stopped by The Breakfast Club Morning Show for some “hot seat” fun. In an open and honest interview she discussed her decision to go independent as well as her past trouble with her old boss Irv Gotti. She also finally confirmed what everyone already knew about her and Nelly officially being an item and their relationship issues over the years.
On going Independent
Between 2009 and 2012, I got offered seven deals from majors and each of them involved a 360 [deals] and for me, the integrity of that, I just couldn’t sit with me because that was before they were offering carve outs. And I feel I just built too much to have them dig that much into my pockets. So it was kind of like a choice and a push. And it was scary, super scary. I remember being in L.A. and thinking ‘Damn, did I just commit career suicide?’ You know what I’m saying? But we went into survival. I have an amazing team. And I felt like this is what we need to do.
On leaving Murder Inc.
To be honest, it’s not like I left. Murder Inc. dissolved. After the indictment, after everything that happened. I think our last situation was with Universal and I think, that was like, on a thread. So after that last album, that was it. You know? Situations happened with Ja, situations happened with Irv and I was like ‘Okay, we gotta make something pop.’
Irv Gotti came up here and said otherwise. He said he felt like you weren’t loyal at all.
Of course he did… and it’s crazy. Irv is very emotional… But you know, Irv, that was a lot of stress he dealt with and I feel like a lot of things, a lot of statements he made came from an emotional place instead of the truth.
Because it was very obvious…I rode ’til the wheels fell, the car caved in, the windshield blew out, the mufflers- you know what I mean? I rode out the whole time. I went to the trial. I was in Canada shooting a film and it specifically stated in my contract that I could not leave [and] I came to the trial 3-4 times.
So for him to say, ‘Oh she’s not loyal, she ain’t wanna throw up the Ms,’ that’s not true at all. So I feel like now is kinda like my chance to be ‘brave’ enough to talk about the situation. Because I’m kind of like on a whole new page, a whole new movement now.
On Getting Made Fun of for Her Sideburns
I have nice hair, I ain’t even gon’ lie. So you know, when you have good hair, you’re hairy. You got sideburns. Some people love sideburns. So this is what I thought. On TV, on film and in pictures, it looks a little different [laughs] but when you looking in the mirror. You know, you gelling it down, you know it’s soft. But on film and on camera, it may look a little different… it looks a little funny… So [now] I just make sure they look good on film, and on camera, and in person.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has recently been doing some promo for her new series Gotham! The 42-year-old (beautiful) actress appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show recently for a truly insightful interview. Jada spoke about her early relationship with Will Smith as she shared a nice story of meeting him. She said her mom knew he was the one before she did. She also opened up about her friendship with Tupac! Check out the videos below.
Legendary R&B Group TLC continue to prove that they still have it when it comes to performing amazing shows. Recently,
T Boz and Chili took part in this year’s Super Bowl by taking the stage at VH1′s Super Bowl Blitz. The iconic group performed “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs,” and “Creep” in NYC at the Beacon Theatre. Everyone knows how you feel when you hear that trumpet sound at the beginning of “Creep”! It’s time to immediately get up and hit the creep dance. TLC’s show was epic and an hour long. They took us back to the good old 90s and early 2000s with their hits. Check out the videos below.
Single Ladies cast sits down with Bossip (video above)
Single Ladies is back! Season 3 premiered on the 6th and episode 2 was shown last night. Our favorite new series returns with the same core cast and an impressive roster of guest stars like T.I., Keke Palmer, and Ja Rule. To accompany the return of the series is the launch of an eBook series written by New York Times bestselling author Ashley Antoinette which fills in the blanks of what happens to each character between season two and three. Single Ladies is bringing in the new year with sex, love, and friendship.
Raquel turns her focus to her boutique, Indulgence, and soon finds passion in an unexpected partnership. April lands the opportunity of a lifetime working for one of Atlanta’s most powerful music managers, Felicia Price (LeToya Luckett), who rules her company and the music world with an iron stiletto. While navigating Price Management, April gets embroiled into an ongoing rivalry with her new colleague David Berenger (Damien Dante Wayans). As Keisha and Malcolm (D.B. Woodside) return to Atlanta from traveling around the world, their relationship is threatened by a sudden tragedy, a mysterious woman, Naomi Cox, (Lesley-Ann Brandt) and other unexpected secrets.
Denise Vasi says that coming from a modeling background she has to prove that she’s more than a pretty face. Lisa Raye said that she doesn’t feel that she has to ever do another ‘Player’s Club’ like film because she has grown so much from that. However it doesn’t mean she won’t do a sexy scene in a movie or sitcom. Check out the series Monday nights at 9!
Ciara confirmed her pregnancy on the View today. Rumors of her pregnancy began to swirl after her appearance at an Atlanta toy drive over the holidays.
In November, Ciara spoke candidly to E! about her upcoming wedding with Future and starting a family.
“We talked about what we want to do,” she says. “We don’t have all the details yet but I definitely want it to be very special and I know I don’t want it to be when it’s burning hot. I want perfect weather! Like, right when the sun starts to get really warm or right when it ends.”
Congrats to the happy couple.
It’s a sad day in Atlanta, GA today and in Hip Hip Hop period. Prominent Atlanta DJ, Nando was fatally shot at his home this morning. Details are ongoing, but so far, police have no suspects.
Dj Nando is an ATL Legend. He was a very kind and giving individual who broke a lot of records!! Nando kept the records spinning and the clubs poppin’ over the years in Atlanta.
Many celebrities took to their twitter and instagram pages to send their condolences or share memories they had with Nando.