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Jermaine Dupri Kicks Off So So Def Exhibit at the Grammy Museum

In 1993, producer Jermaine Dupri launched his So So Def record label to showcase southern hip-hop artists. In the quarter-century since then, the imprint has worked with a slew of big-name artists from the ’90s and 2000s, including Jagged Edge, Daz Dillinger, Da Brat, Bow Wow, Kriss Kross, and Anthony Hamilton.

Jermaine Dupri Kicks Off So So Def Exhibit at the Grammy Museum

In celebration of the record label’s achievements and cultural influence, the Grammy Museum has launched a four-month exhibit dedicated entirely to So So Def. Billboard reports this is the first time a hip-hop label has received its own show at the Los Angeles facility. The show will feature stage outfits, photos, and other memorabilia from the label’s stars.

“Considering this year marks the 45th anniversary of hip-hop, it is remarkable that So So Def is celebrating 25 years of extraordinary success in the industry,” Grammy Museum curator Nwaka Onwusa said in a statement. “It is impossible to showcase everything that Jermaine Dupri has done to elevate Atlanta hip-hop and the far-reaching influence of So So Def throughout the world. The Grammy Museum is very excited to present this look into the label’s enduring legacy.”

Jermaine Dupri Kicks Off So So Def Exhibit at the Grammy Museum

The exhibit kicked off Wednesday night with an appearance by Dupri and a number of his So So Def associates. The producer spoke about the label’s milestones, its role in the Atlanta culture, as well as his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“My first visit to the Grammy Museum was around the time it opened and they created the ‘Make a Record with Jermaine Dupri’ experience,” Dupri said. “It’s such an honor to return for this meaningful tribute to So So Def, Jermaine Dupri and the city of Atlanta.”

The exhibit, called Jermaine Dupri & So So Def: 25 Years of Elevating Culture, will run through January. You can learn more about the show, including how to cop tickets, at the Grammy website.

The So So Def family will also hit the road next month for the 25th anniversary Cultural Curren$y Tour. The trek will kick off Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C., and include performances by Xscape, Hamilton, Da Brat, and Jagged Edge.

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Check out this NEW VAIN track, “U Need Luv,” which follows up his smash hit,”Break Up 2 Make Up,” with Love & Hip Hop NY Star and R and B Diva Lil Mo. “ U Need Luv” is a spin off of the Classic LLCoolJ Jam, “I Need Love.”

[Featured Artist] @itsVain 'U Need Luv'

Vain who also hails from Queens, NY keeps it Very Sexy as he puts his own lyrical twist on this classic Slow Jam!! If your sexy and you know it make sure you check out this new VAIN track, “U Need Luv.”

You can see Vain performing his new single at the Afram Music Festival in Baltimore, MD on August 12th.

He will also be performing at SOB’s in NYC on August 22 and at the Source 360 September 6-9th in Brooklyn, NY.

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JAY-Z Speaks to David Letterman About His Mother Coming Out as Gay

David Letterman sits down with JAY-Z on the upcoming new episode of his Netflix talk show “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” and the discussion includes a brief moment where the rapper gets candid about his mother’s emotional coming out story. JAY-Z rapped about his mother coming out as gay on the “4:44” track “Smile,” and he explains to Letterman just how happy the experience made him. 

“Imagine having lived your life for someone else. And you think you’re protecting your kids. And for my mother to have to live as someone that she wasn’t and hide and like, protect her kids — and didn’t want to embarrass her kids, and you know, for all this time,” JAY-Z said. “And for her to sit in front of me and tell me, ‘I think I love someone.’ I mean, I really cried. That’s a real story. I cried because I was so happy for her that she was free.”

JAY-Z told Letterman that his mother spoke to him about her sexual orientation only eight months ago during the making of his album, “4:44.” The rapper admits he knew beforehand that his mother was gay, but that she never opened up to him about it one on one until last year.

“This was the first time we had the conversation,” JAY-Z explained. “And the first time I heard her say she loved her partner. Like, ‘I feel like I love somebody.’ She said, ‘I feel like.’ She held that little bit back, still. She didn’t say, ‘I’m in love,’ she said, ‘I feel like I love someone.’ And I just, I cried. I don’t even believe in crying because you’re happy. I don’t even know what that is.”

Watch JAY-Z discuss his mother’s coming out story in the video below. The rapper’s episode of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” begins streaming on Netflix this Friday, April 6.

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Jay Z Trademarks Story of O.J. Character “Jaybo”

Jay Z is definitely a businessman! Reportedly, the hip hop mogul filed paperwork to trademark “Jaybo”, the animated character in the Story of O.J.

According to TMZ, S. Carter Enterprises plans to use the image for merchandise such as T-shirts, sweaters, hats, and blankets. Jaybo could also appear on dinnerware, mugs, cocktail shakers and thermal containers. There was an additional trademark request that would give Jay Z the exclusive rights to use Jaybo in films and television series.

The character Jaybo stems from “Sambo”, the main character in an 1899 children’s book titled Little Black Sambo. The book is deemed racist for its use of derogatory imagery.

What are your thoughts on Jay Z latest business move?

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Love & Hip Hop’s Lil Mo & @itsVain ‘Breakup to Makeup’

Art can mimic reality so well sometimes that you can barely tell which is real and which is art.  Such is the case with Lil Mo’s real life Break Up to Make Up story with her husband, which plays out on this season’s Love and Hip Hop New York AND in her video with Vain called, “Break Up to Make Up.”

Lil Mo is currently in the headlines for the recent visit to Couples Court with her husband. Not to mention all the drama that has been playing out in this season’s Love and Hip Hop New York. With the allegations of her husband’s cheating, their son reading the blogs, therapy sessions and SO MUCH MORE!!

Vain is best known for his videos and collaborations with Jim Jones, Red Cafe, DJ Jazzy Joyce and Slim of 112. Vain and Lil Mo do not disappoint with this Classic Love Story.

The video features some super smooth hip hop lyrics from artist V.A.I.N and some “superwoman,” vocals from one of our favorite Diva’s, Lil Mo.  To top it off the chorus features the Stylistic’s “Break Up to Make Up,” classic hook with Lil Mo’s hip hop styling.

Check out Hip Hop Artist V.A.I.N along with RnB diva Lil’ Mo as they navigate their own Love and Hip Hop rocky relationship AND “Break Up to Make Up” below:

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Love & Hip Hop’s Lil Mo & @itsVain ‘Breakup to Makeup’

Art can mimic reality so well sometimes that you can barely tell which is real and which is art.  Such is the case with Lil Mo’s real life Break Up to Make Up story with her husband, which plays out on this season’s Love and Hip Hop New York AND in her video with Vain called, “Break Up to Make Up.”

Lil Mo is currently in the headlines for the recent visit to Couples Court with her husband. Not to mention all the drama that has been playing out in this season’s Love and Hip Hop New York. With the allegations of her husband’s cheating, their son reading the blogs, therapy sessions and SO MUCH MORE!!

Vain is best known for his videos and collaborations with Jim Jones, Red Cafe, DJ Jazzy Joyce and Slim of 112. Vain and Lil Mo do not disappoint with this Classic Love Story.

The video features some super smooth hip hop lyrics from artist V.A.I.N and some “superwoman,” vocals from one of our favorite Diva’s, Lil Mo.  To top it off the chorus features the Stylistic’s “Break Up to Make Up,” classic hook with Lil Mo’s hip hop styling.

Check out Hip Hop Artist V.A.I.N along with RnB diva Lil’ Mo as they navigate their own Love and Hip Hop rocky relationship AND “Break Up to Make Up” below:

Connect w/ V.A.I.N:
Twitter/IG: @itsVain
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Remy Ma Teams Up With Lil Kim After New Record Deal

After signing her multi-million dollar deal with Columbia Records executive Shawn Holiday, Remy Ma made a new partnership with Lil Kim. According to TMZ, Remy Ma and Lil Kim are teaming up to make a new Nicki Minaj diss record. Allegedly the track is called “Wake Me Up” and it’s filled with subliminal shots at Nicki Minaj.

Remy Ma Teams Up With Lil Kim After New Record Deal

“That crown I’m gon take that sh*t. Cause you a clown and homie don’t play that sh*t.”

“I heard he lay that d***. You let them filet that fish. You just met him how he bae that quick?”

It appears that Remy is throwing shots at Nicki’s relationship with Nas, which publicly appeared to take off quickly. Allegedly Remy and Kim shot a video for the record last week in the Bronx. We’ll keep you updated on any new developments of the track.

Remy Ma Signs Multi-Million Dollar Deal

Remy Ma also has a new manager. Tamar Braxton’s soon to be ex-husband, Vincent Herbert is now on board. It looks like Remy is gearing up to take over 2018. With the emergence of other female acts such as Young M.A and Cardi B, it’s great to see Remy working with another female emcee, but is dissing Nicki Minaj good for the culture?

SOURCE: VLADTV