April 27, 2008 -- The question isn't why rap's reigning king, Jay-Z, would undertake a real, honest-to-goodness double-bill with Mary J. Blige in a year when his popularity is at an all-time high. It's why the two have never hooked up for a co-headlining tour before.
The two, who are sharing the stage in the most celebrated urban music tour of the year, will play their "Heart of the City" concert on home turf at Madison Square Garden for three nights, starting Friday.
The double bill is a natural because the pair has a long history. Jay's second chart single was a 1996 duet with fresh-faced Mary, then a rising talent who hadn't yet been crowned the queen of hip-hop soul.
So when Mr. Z and Ms. J. step onto the expansive stage at MSG and open the show with that song, "Can't Knock the Hustle," they're doing it to say this is where it all began. Meanwhile, years have passed and the musical flow is still there - as is their friendship.
It isn't the first time Jay-Z has attempted to merge his star power with another hip-hop juggernaut. Three years ago, he and Chicago R&B crooner R. Kelly mounted the "Best of Both Worlds" tour. But when Kelly and Jay-Z played the Garden, the tour imploded.
Kelly claimed concertgoers were waving guns at him while he was performing, making him fear for his life and prompting him to run off the stage, where he was pepper-sprayed.
Jay-Z saved the show by turning that performance into an all-star hip-hop extravaganza in which most of his Roc-A-Fella crew, as well as Foxy Brown and Usher (all there to watch), ended up performing. One of the guest stars who helped keep fans from rioting that night was Blige. That, Jay-Z said, was the genesis of this tour.
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According to South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, Vanilla Ice, born Robert Van Winkle was originally accused of striking and kicking his wife, Laura Van Winkle during an argument.
Vanilla Ice, 40, told police that he and his wife had been arguing since Wednesday, when he left there house to avoid an altercation.
He returned sometime last night and the married couple fought again.
By the time the police arrived at the Van Winkle’s home, the rapper’s wife told police she did not want any media attention and that he only pushed her.
Vanilla Ice was charged with domestic battery. He denied pushing or striking his wife.
The rapper served one year’s probation, after pleading no contest to a domestic violence charge in 2001, after he allegedly pulled hair from his wife’s head during an argument on Interstate 595.
Vanilla Ice is best remembered for his 1990 smash single "Ice Ice Baby."
By Felicia J. Barclay
Special contributor to The Shop TV.
If you grew up an 80’s or 90’s baby, you are probably feeling the obvious creative slump in Hip-Hop. Luckily there are some talented newcomers from all markets keeping things fresh as well as those who have been rocking the mic since first day. Case in point Mr. Sosa himself, AZ.
The man behind the classic Nas collaboration “Life’s A Bitch” from Illmatic is back to nourish the game with more knowledge on his latest release Undeniable (Koch). Though he hasn’t earned as much notoriety as his once partner in crime and fellow Firm cohort, he has put out a number of slept on albums and his current project attests that he is very much loyal to his craft and not in it solely for fame and fortune.
The twelve track LP starts off with the laid back “The Game Don’t Stop” and AZ’s signature fluid verses are ever apparent (“The game won’t stop / ‘Til the player get knocked / Or the sh*t flip flop / And you sittin’ on top”). The piano and cymbals carrying the beat takes you back to his single “Pieces Of A (Black) Man” from the album of the same name back in 1998.
The premise of this album is typical for the MC. Laid back mellow beats with story-telling lyrics. On the old school sounding “Life On The Line,” he spits his autobiography and why he’s still in the game.
He makes reference to his former collaborator saying “Nas got rich ain’t reach back, I ain’t riff yet.” With the insinuation that he has no qualms of not being put on at the same level, it’s refreshing not to have to listen to an entire album overshadowed by throwing dirt on anyone else and allowing you to focus on his capacity.
Other notable mentions include the horn intense “What Would You Do” featuring Jay Rush, the melodic “Go Getta” featuring Ray J. Produced by Large Proffesor “The Hardest” featuring Styles P. transcends into a more up-tempo hidden track.
AZ certainly proves with this album, as with previous efforts, that he is very much deserving of the title of one of the greats who hasn’t made it to mainstream superstardom. The younger Hip-Hop generation may not be able to vibe with his choice of melancholy beats, but if they want to hear from an MC whose lexis actually makes a bit of sense, they should definitely take note.