Mary J. Blige was the special honoree at the Vibe magazine Impact Awards in Los Angeles Friday (Feb. 8). Blige was singled out for her longstanding music career as well as relationship with the publication, of which she has been on the cover of 10 times. Diddy, Queen Latifah, Big Sean and Jermaine Durpi were some of Blige’s industry friends who showed up to give her their support. A tribute video, featuring others close Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul, was played at the ceremony. Oprah, Keri Hilson, Big Sean, Common, T.I., Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Anita Baker shared qualities that they love about Blige during the recording. Baker also spoke at the ceremony, crediting Blige with some of her career success. The night was also a celebration of Vibe magazine’s 20 years in the game, and kicked off a year-long list of similar events. For the last two decades, Vibe has worked its way to become one of the most successful brand names in Hip-Hop by staying on the cutting edge with its content. Malibu RED and Sole Impact sponsored the awards show, while guests dined on a three course meal, and complementary drinks from the company. Nick Cannon acted as DJ for the Impact Awards after party, which was attended by Prince, MC Lyte, Too $hort and more. See photos below.
A major detail in the upcoming biopic about R&B groupTLC has been revealed. In an interview with Hip Hollywood, MC Lyte revealed that rapper Lil Mama has landed the role of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died in 2002 in a car crash in La Ceiba, Honduras. ”I’m gonna put a little bit of my concentration and focus on helping to uplift a sister who is talented, smart, witty, and just had her chances just cut too short,” explained Lyte. “And that’s Lil Mama. She is a talented young lady, and I want to see her do some beautiful things.” ”And, I don’t know if I’m supposed to say, but I will: she just got the role of Left Eye in TLC’s new movie. So I am just so excited for her.” MC Lyte also revealed that she, Lil Mama, and others are working on a Hip Hop Sisters album together. Lil Mama was featured on Left Eye’s 2009 posthumous release, Eye-Legacy.
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Though Slick Rick‘s last reception in Brooklyn was decidedly frigid, with the legend being booed during a halftime performance at the Brooklyn Nets‘ Barclays Center, The Ruler found a warm welcome on his birthday. AllHipHop reports that Slick Rick celebrated his birthday with a sold-out performance and was joined by friends and family at Brooklyn Bowl in New York. Slick Rick was accompanied by a full band and deejay as he performed some of his classics. During the party, videos of Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Special Ed, Biz Markie, Chubb Rock, MC Lyte, Sway Calloway, and others wishing Rick a Happy Birthday were played. “Last night was an incredible night for me as well as the Golden Era of Hip Hop. It is always great to see and perform for my fans, but to share my birthday with them at the Brooklyn Bowl was out of this world,” said the rapper. “The highlight of the night was the Birthday shout out video from my peers. I was shocked and honored by all the kind words and stories about my career. To sum it up, I am blessed, and humbled by all the love for all of the years.” via:hiphopdx
On Friday (12/21), rap icon MC Lyte hosted the Female Legends of Hip Hop Interactive Panel Discussion at The LA Film School in Hollywood, CA. The panel was a part of MC Lyte’s “Hip Hop Sisters Legend Series: Who Are They, Where Are They, What Happened & Why?” taking place this weekend. Some of rap’s legendary femcees like Lady of Rage, MC Smooth and Monie Lovejoined MC Lyte in LA for a panel discussion on female rappers in the music industry.
The weekend includes a series of events like the search for the “Next Top Female MC” and a “Legends” concert starring all of the ladies from the panel as well as Yo-Yo. Good to see these ladies still looking fly and cold rocking the mic. via:TheUrbanDaily