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Chris Brown & Tyga Reveal 'Fan of a Fan: the Album' Tracklisting

Fan of a Fan The AlbumRCA Records Chris Brown and Tyga’s long-awaited ‘Fan of a Fan: The Album’ finally has a release date and tracklisting. The dynamic duo called in some favors and grabbed a slew of top-notch artists for the project.

The collection, which hits stores on Feb. 24, boasts 16 songs and guest appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, Pusha T, 50 Cent, Boosie Badazz, T.I., Wale and others.

The ‘Fan of a Fan: The Album’ is the follow-up to their 2010 mixtape of the same name, which spawned the hit singles ‘Deuces’ and ‘No Bulls—.’

On their colorful album cover, Breezy and T-Raww pay homage to Kris Kross and their throwback braided hairstyle. The rap-and-R&B tandem recently shot a video for ‘Ayo’ in Los Angeles with director Colin Tilley. Funnyman Mike Epps plays plays a “crooked ass cop” in the clip.

The dynamic duo will continue their musical synergy on the Between the Sheets Tour with Trey Songz. The trek kicks Jan. 28 in Hampton, Va., and wraps up March 8 in Los Angeles.

‘Fan of a Fan’ Tracklistng:

1. ‘Westside’
2. ‘Nothin’ Like Me’ (Featuring Ty Dolla $ign)
3. ‘Ayo’
4. ‘Girl You Loud’
5. ‘Remember Me’
6. ‘I Bet’ (Featuring 50 Cent)
7. ‘D.G.I.F.U.’ (Featuring Pusha T)
8. ‘Better’
9. ‘Lights Out’ (Featuring Fat Trel)
10. ‘Real One’ (Featuring Boosie Badazz)
11. ‘Bitches N Marijuana’
12. ‘She Goin’ Up’
13. ‘Straight Up’
14. ‘Bunkin” (Featuring J305 & T.I.)
15. ‘It’s Yo S—’ (Featuring Wale)
16. ‘Banjo’

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Five Hip-Hop Personalities Share Memories of the LOX's 'We Are the Streets' Album

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By Preezy January 25, 2015 3:27 PM

The LOX We Are the StreetsInterscope Records How about some hardcore? M.O.P. may hold credit to that phrase, but The LOX have been the embodiment of it for the better part of the last two decades.

The Yonkers trio was discovered by fellow native Mary J. Blige who introduced them to Sean “Puffy” Combs. The trio — rappers Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch — would ultimately sign a deal with Bad Boy Records and appear on various high-profiled tracks before unleashing their 1998 debut LP, ‘Money, Power, Respect.’

The album would be certified platinum, but all wasn’t sunny among the artists and the label. With friction between the group and Puff over the image and musical direction of the group, the LOX took the radio and the streets to campaign for a release from their recording contract with Bad Boy. A couple of years later, they linked up with Ruff Ryders and released their sophomore effort, ‘We Are the Streets’ on Jan. 25, 2000.

While not achieving the same commercial success as their previous album, ‘We Are The Streets’ showcased the hard-boiled rhymers spitting grimy, no-frills bars over hardcore beats.

Due to contractual limbo and their respective solo careers, ‘We Are the Streets’ stands as the groups last official release on a major label. Over the years, the threesome has managed to stand the test of time and is considered a classic group by a majority of the hip-hop community.

Today (Jan. 25) marks 15 years since the release of this brute tour de force and we rounded up five of the most respected people in the rap industry to share their memories of this masterpiece.


Favorite Memory Involving the Album:

"I remember bringing the CD into computer class and cueing up 'F--- You'...the teacher had this look of horror that I'll never forget. I got an in-school suspension for that. Damn."

Favorite Song(s) on the Album:

"'Recognize' -- It's one of only 2-3 songs that weren't produced by Swizz Beatz but it still fit in the sequence perfectly. The guys all take their time finessin' the track with slow flows."

Favorite Beat(s) On the Album:

"'F--- You' -- Nothing will be able to recreate that feeling. The LOX were officially out of their shiny suit contract and had a vendetta against everyone who doubted them."

What Makes 'We Are the Streets' a Classic:

"I think this was really the album they wanted to make as their debut. Finally in full creative control of their sound, 'Kiss, Styles and Sheek each sounded like they put everything they into each verse. From the hilarious skits, all the street records and even that Timbaland single that helped them sell some records, 'We Are The Streets' was everything LOX fans hoped it would be"

Favorite Verse on the Album:

"Styles P [on] 'Felony N----s' -- It's basically just SP snappin' about how hard he is, but he does it so effortlessly here."


Favorite Memory Involving the Album:

"To be real I was still trying to figure out who The LOX were gonna be around this time. They were spitters of course, but they signed to Bad Boy based on Puff being able to take other street rappers (B.I.G., Ma$e) and make them stars. That didn't fit them so they took it back to the street with a chip on their shoulder! I don't blame them but I just didn't see where they were gonna go with it. In retrospect, they haven't let me down and this album was the right step like a motherf---er."

Favorite Song(s) on the Album:

"'F--- You' because it was beat into my head by the mixshows on the radio, and it sums up the post-Bad Boy approach with those two words. (Laughs) I was also happy Kasino made the album on 'Can I Live' because rappers always got their mixtape [producer] homeboy that never used to make the real album. The LOX changed that."

Favorite Beat(s) on the Album:

"'Recognize.' And you know why."

What Makes 'We Are the Streets' a Classic:

"If you're a LOX diehard its defintely a classic to you because its the first time they were all the way them for a whole official album."

Favorite Verse(s) on the Album:

"First verse on 'Blood Pressure' because to this day I still say, "And I ain't talking to him, I'm talking to you, matter fact I'm talking to y'all!" at least once a week."

Song From the Album You Wish You Could've Laid a Guest Verse On:

"'Recognize.' And you know why. (Laughs)"

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Favorite Memory Involving the Album: 

"Well, this album dropped in 2000, which means I was only 10 (Laughs). So, I honestly didn't hear this till about 9th grade in 2004. I remember I bought it at the same time I bought Eminem's 'Encore' for some reason. But when I first heard it, it really made me become such a big L-O-X fan. More so, Styles and Jada because I think they work so well with each other when they make music. "

Favorite Song on the Album:

"I'm picking 'Ryde or Die, Bitch' as my favorite track. For the obvious reason that this is probably top 5 beats from Timbaland. Every time I hear this song it gets better each time."

Favorite Beat on the Album:

"Just like I said before, 'Ryde or Die, Bitch' gotta be one of Timbo's best beat, which is my favorite from the album."

Best Verse(s) on the Album:

"I'm a huge Jada fan so I'm always going to say he has the best verse on 'F--- You,' which is my favorite from the album. Still to this day, I don't think Jada disappoints when he throws down a verse."

What Makes the Album a Classic:

"It's classic because the LOX really proved themselves on this album to me personally. Every time I go back to this one, I can't stop listening to it."


 Favorite Memory Involving the Album:

"Man, that was around 2000 this album dropped. I remember because I had just came back home from living in the South for a little over a year. This was the 1st album I copped when I got back and I was hype listening to felt like they made it just for me as a welcome home gift lol."

Favorite Song on the Album:

"'Breath Easy' hands down...that shot was murderous to the fullest extent...I would run that song back 10 times or more...they could've put that shot on the album 13 times and I still would've copped it."

Favorite Beat on the Album:

"Once again, 'Breathe Easy' of the hardest beats ever made...f---ing raw uncut."

Favorite Verse(s) on the Album:

"Pinero's verse on Breathe Easy'...looking back and listening to what he did during those years I now realize how much of an influence he was on Coronelli."

Why the Album Is a Classic: 

"It was their coming out party and for that it will always remain classic...we were introduced to the real LOX with this one...Golden."


Favorite Memory Involving the Album:

"'We Are The Streets' was the LOX’s redemption song. 'Money, Power & Respect' wasn’t the album many expected from them. Unbeknownst to many the jiggy era was coming to a close, Ruff Ryders & Rocafella were bringing the music back to the streets. The LOX could sense the shift happening and attacked the mixtape circuit heavy! They were mainstays on Clue tapes as well as many other tapes. Plus they wanted off of Bad Boy something serious so they started the “Free The LOX” campaign.

When this album dropped in 2000 I was just being introduced to the party scene down in Orlando, FL when this album dropped. We had a spot down there called Club Volcanos which was our equivalent to the Tunnel. The spot was promoted by Greg G who is a legendary dude out in those parts and the music was held down by DJ Prostyle (Power 105) & DJ Nasty (Producer behind 'All I Do Is Win'). Every single time 'Wild Out' would drop it would be straight pandemonium in there!  Dudes and chicks on the floor just losing their entire minds to this record."

Favorite Song on the Album and Why?

"I always hate this question because it really depends on what kind of mood or state of mind I’m in. When I’m feeling super gaudy I would go with ‘F--- You’ cause what more needs to be said? 'Recognize' was a dream come true for a lot of LOX fans cause of how they bodied that Clue freestyle over Gang Starr’s 'You Know My Steez' (“We about to burn this Primo joint down like we bought it”). So the stage was set for them to get in the lab with the gawd Primo."

Favorite Beat on the Album:

"‘Ryde or Die Bitch.' Timbaland really had the hardest group out not named MOP rapping over what sounded like a ukulele, and you know what? It was awesome!"

Best Verse(s) on the Album:

"Gotta go with Jada’s entire solo joint ‘Blood Pressure’ on this one. Jada pretty much setup his solo album with that song. I didn’t care for the hook at all but it’s not about that. It was hard to follow up 'All For the Love,' which was his solo song on 'Money, Power & Respect,' but he achieved that with ‘Blood Pressure.'

Why You Feel the Album Is a Classic and Has Stood the Test of Time?

"This album re-certified their street status, it’s their musical foundation till this day and they haven’t looked back since. They’ve fully committed themselves to making music strictly and only for the streets. Some of the production on the album is pretty dated, simply because of the heavy reliance on Swizz’s early production. But at the same time this is beauty of the album, it’s a time capsule. It’s also the last time we got a full major release from the group. All three of these guys had something to prove, to the industry, to their former employer and more importantly to the streets."

Watch Mya Dancing in a Strip Club, Fans React on Twitter [VIDEO]

Back in the late ‘90s through early 2000s, Mya was one of the hottest triple-threats in the R&B game — she could act, dance and sing. Not only that, she was every man’s fantasy thanks to King magazine. But a recent video of her dancing in a strip club has shocked some of her fans.

According to Bossip, Mya was performing her hit songs and dancing at G5ive, a popular strip club in Miami. If you watch the video, the R&B songstress’ dancing skills are not as impressive as her footwork in the ‘My Love Is Like…Wo‘ video. But it’s in a strip club, so what do you expect?

When the video surfaced online, reactions were mixed with fans supporting Mya earning a living, while others are sadden that their favorite R&B singer has fallen from grace.

Former ‘106 & Park’ host Shad Moss, formerly Bow Wow, also took some shots at Mya and Black Twitter quickly reminded him of the mistakes he’s made as of late.

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Kanye West Receives Visionary Award at 2015 BET Honors [PHOTOS]

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Kanye West was presented with the Visionary Award at the 2015 BET Honors in Washington, D.C, on Saturday (Jan. 24). The rapper-producer, along with his wife, Kim Kardashian, attended the event, which also honored Usher and veteran Phylicia Rashad, among others.

Roc-A-Fella Records founder Damon Dash introduced West before honoring him with the trophy. According to Complex, Dash awkwardly revealed that he still has issues with the rapper but did salute him for his courageous spirit. An honorary video also played featuring Jay Z, Common, Kendrick Lamar and Kim praising West’s creativity.

However, Dash received a ton of slander on Twitter for a selfie photo he took with ‘Ye and his daughter, Ava, which revealed that he has a tooth missing.

Before West accepted his award, he performed a freestyle while longtime friend and collaborator Charlie Wilson sung ‘Outstanding.’

During his speech, West also threw a couple of barbs at Dash as well. “I understand how it feels to be humbled” he said jabbing back at Dame.

He then went on to talk about his wife, Kim, and explained how their relationship is different compared to the former beaus she has dated in the past. “They say white girls go out and get a rich black dude. But my wife dated broke black dudes,” he said. “So it’s not about the money.”

While West was accepting his honor, his good friend Rihanna released a song that she recorded with him and Paul McCartney called ‘FourFiveSeconds.’ You can listen to the song here.

The 2015 BET Honors will air on BET on Feb. 29 at 8PM ET.

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Kanye West Plays New Music Featuring Rihanna at iHeartMedia Music Summit

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For all the people who complain about Kanye West‘s many rants, folks sure pay close attention whenever he releases new music. The rapper did just that when he dropped by the iHeartMedia Music Summit in Burbank, Calif. on Wednesday (Jan. 21) to play songs off his forthcoming album.

According to Billboard, Yeezy surprised everyone when he walked into the room at the iHeartRadio Theatre, after being announced by Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels. He then proceeded to talk about his past career moves and working with the legendary Beatles member Paul McCartney on ‘Only One.’ He even sang an a cappella version of the cut for the audience.

Kim Kardashian’s hubby also recanted some of his words about not wanting to be on the radio anymore. It’s a statement he made a couple of years ago while promoting his album ‘Yeezus,’ which was a much harder listen for some compared to his past work.

“I was joking,” he explained. “Of course I want to be on the radio.” The Chicago MC even said he wished stations would have played ‘Black Skinhead’ a lot more.

Perhaps the highlight of the day is when ‘The College Dropout’ creator played a new song featuring Rihanna. The R&B star sang a big sweeping hook with an ultra catchy melody, which drew a standing ovation from the crowd.

Could this be the track Ty Dolla $ign hinted at earlier this month? “Me, Rihanna, ‘Ye and Paul got a song about to drop as well,” he said. “I heard they shot the video recently. I don’t know what the final title is, but I know it’s crazy so just be looking out for [it].” We’ll just have to wait and find out.

Presumably, the 45-minute listening session only made the audience that much more excited about Kanye’s new material. Whether you like his music or not, he always comes with something pretty inventive.

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Diplo Knows Taylor Swift's 'Scary' Secrets, Praises Tyler the Creator's Star Power

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Diplo, a driving force in the EDM game, has made the successful leap to the world of hip-hop and R&B. As a founder of the Mad Decent record label, the DJ always has his ears in tune with what’s up next.

So what are his overall predictions for the future of the music business? In an interview with GQ magazine, the 36-year-old says he expects a lot of young artists, like Odd Future and Tyler the Creator, to eventually grow up and make different types of music. While at a recent performance, Diplo formed a very interesting opinion about the rap collective.

“I’m not totally sure, but I just did [Camp Flog Gnaw] Carnival, and I was surprised at how amazing their production was,” he said. “I just thought they were so hood, but it was really tight. I think that Tyler’s gonna grow up for sure. It’s punk rock. It speaks to a lot of kids that want to be f—ing angry, and he’s very vibe-y, and I like that.”

“But I think he’s also gonna grow up,” added the producer. “Just like the Beastie Boys had records like ‘Fight For Your Right,’ and then, you know, 10 years later, they’re Buddhist. If I had to put my money on Tyler, I would, definitely,” he stated. “I definitely think he’s a star, and he’s not stupid by and means. He’s growing and he’s gonna get better for sure.”

The Major Lazer member also spoke about his Internet “beef” with singer Lorde and his feelings about Taylor Swift. In November of last year, the ‘About That Life’ creator dissed Swift’s body and her fans retaliated.

“Someone should make a Kickstarter to get Taylor Swift a Booty,” he wrote. Lorde, who’s good friends with the blonde pop star, hit him back with a diss tweet of her own and from there Swift’s fans jumped in and tore Diplo apart.

“She has like forty million Twitter fans,” he estimated. “It’s crazy. I’m a fan though. Her powers–she’s big, she’s strong bro. Taylor Swift is very strategic with her friends and enemies, and I know lots of secrets. I can’t divulge, but I know a lot of stuff about her. And she’s definitely, there’s definitely scary stuff going on. And I’m scared. I’m scared for my life.”

“Like, Taylor Swift fans are really crazy,” he continued. “They threatened to murder me and stuff. It’s really bizarre, and disgusting. They’re the worst people in the world.”

You can read Diplo’s full GQ interview here.

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Kanye West, Rihanna & Ciara Dazzle at Inaugural Fashion Los Angeles Awards [PHOTOS]

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Known for their red carpet-ready styles, Kanye West, Rihanna and Ciara joined the rest of the fashion world in Los Angeles last night (Jan. 22) for the first annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards, presented by the Daily Front Row.

Kanye and Ciara were invited to present awards to the year’s honorees while Rihanna served as a guest dressed in glittering gold at the Sunset Tower Hotel. The singer, who posed on the red caret with designer and the night’s honoree Jeremy Scott, wore a sequin jacket to match his flashy pants.

Meanwhile, Ciara combined a chic and sporty look by throwing on an all-white bandeau top with a matching suit jacket and trousers to complete the outfit. Yeezy went for a more casual look with a khaki coat, T-shirt and slim-fit black slacks.

The three entertainers not only sat front row at the event but also rubbed elbows and cracked a few smiles (we see you ‘Ye) with the likes of ‘Scandal’ star Kerry Washington, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Dita Von Teese.

Check out the photos above to see which artist killed the competition.