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Lil Wayne Presents His Young Money All-Stars (Live at Jones Beach)


Pop Quiz: Can you name all the members of Weezy’s crew? Don’t fret. Only a few can. But no worries, YN is here to provide a service. Y’all ain’t ready for all this and for a taste of Minaj at the end, you need to click on that lower left link. Drake’s down. The soldiers must march on.

Bonus: KC backstage with her peoples. 

Chris Brown Performs “Every Girl In The World”


Prior to his moonwalk, Chris played Spliff Starr to Young Money as they performed “Every Girl In The World” last night in Virginia. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time Chris rocked a crowd since the, um, “incident” last February. But give the guy a break YN. Even Ghostface admitted to goin’ up side his wiz’s head once. Hell, you even own a couple Ike Turner records. I got dirt on you doggie! I thought you light skinned negroes stuck together. Where’s the unity?!  

Mariah Carey’s Ad-Filled CD

Wow, this is what it’s come to. Mariah Carey’s upcoming Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel will feature a 34-page mini-mag inside the CD booklet. It’s being produced by Elle magazine and will feature ads from a few upscale brands. Big boss, Antonio “L.A.” Reid explains the thought behind the process:

“The idea was really simple thinking: ‘We sell millions of records, so you should advertise with us,’ ” said Antonio “L.A.” Reid, IDJ’s chairman. “My artists have substantial circulation — when you sell 2 million, 5 million, 8 million, that’s a lot of eyeballs. Most magazines aren’t as successful as those records.” Reid said Carey was “very open” to the idea when he showed her a mock-up of the magazine with brands that fit her jet-setter lifestyle. “I wouldn’t want to do Mariah Carey and Comet abrasive cleaner,” Reid said. “I wanted things that really reflected her taste.” 

If all goes well, similar deals could be cut for other IDJ acts like Rihanna and Kanye West.

Reminds me of custom publishing, back in my XXL days. Definitely feel like many will follow suit to MC’s move.

Props: MTV via Brandweek

Jay-Z “Blueprint 3″ Album Cover?

This just leaked on the Internets. Looks official to me. Hov finally puts an album out without his face on it. It’s something he always wanted to do. Original Black album concept, anyone? Don’t love it but don’t hate it, either. We’ll see if it sticks.

Props: DontHateBeHated via JayZFans

Sidebar: There’s also a tracklist floating around that we’re not gonna print here. Think people! It’s Aug 3rd. The album’s release date is Sept. 11. There’s still plenty of time for a “PSA” move. Anything, including the cover image above can still change.