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6f252_justin_timberlake_06Singer/actor Justin Timberlake appeared on The Jimmy Fallon Show last night to talk up his new movie The Social Network (which I am looking forward to seeing btw). While there, he and host Jimmy performed what at first appeared to be an impromptu rap medley! Accompanied instrumentally by hip hop legends The Roots (who also serve as the show’s house band), they stormed through an impressive set, which included old school faves from the likes of the Sugarhill Gang, RUN DMC, the Beastie Boys, Tupac,The Notorious B.I.G, Dre Dre and Snoop Dogg, as well as some more recent hits from artists such as Jay-Z. The pair even attempted to mimic the voices and styles of the rappers whose hits they delivered, and threw in a few dance moves, all to hilarious effect!

But all in all, they did a great job! Check it out below!

micBET aired their  documentary ‘My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women & Hip Hop’ earlier this week and someone over at their Washington DC offices must have read my mind, as this the timing of the programme is very apt, with all the debate surrounding Nicki Minaj at the moment. The show highlights the rise of women in the male-dominated world of Hip-Hop and the challenges they have faced, and no doubt continue to face. It features lots of great old school footage, as well as guest commentators including Roxanne Shante, Trina, MC Lyte, Lil Mama, YoYo, Eve, Missy Elliott, former The Source editor Kim Osorio and others. Check it out below:




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UPDATED: January 21st 2011: Okay, so it’s been nearly six months since I wrote the below post and I admit Nicki Minaj has managed to win me over since then. I’m man woman enough to admit when I have been a bit hasty with my words. Although I think I was justified with my opinion at the time. However it was her verse on Kanye’s Monster, where she out-did both Kanye and fellow featured guest ‘the mighty’ Jay-Z, that did it (It was probably that verse that prompted ‘Kanye to make such a statement in the first place! Lol!). She killed it! Before then, her guest verses just weren’t impressing me, and she was coming across as a caricature with no real substance, but she got me with that one. Good and proper! Now her quirky image,voices and personality are not simply annoying and crazy, as combined with her clearly showcased talent, her whole package makes for a very likeable artist.

And she’s continue to impress ever me since. Pink Friday is a very tight album, I cannot lie, and it is selling like crazy, so I’m clearly not the only one who thinks so. Although popularity and tabloid press doesn’t mean you are talented, the fact she managed to bring London, England to a standstill wherever she went on her press jaunt last week, was pretty amazing as the pandemonium that ensued is not something that happens when the average female rapper comes to town. Heck, I even went to a recent fancy dress party dressed as Nicki, complete with fake over-sized bumper! I STILL feel like she’s got a LONG way to go to live up to Kanye’s prediction, but what a difference six months can make, and I think she could probably give a few of the below women on the below list a run for their money right now. What do you reckon? Do you agree? And if so, which ones?

ORIGINAL POST: August 13th, 2010: So Kanye West thinks that Nicki Minaj has it in her to be the best rapper of all time, next to Eminem? I love Kanye and all he does in the studio and a lot of things out of it, but his statement: ‘I think she has the most potential out of everyone to be the Number 2 rapper of all time’ is something I can not and will not cosign! To paraphrase one of his own rhymes ‘Bitch… are you smoking reefer?’ (Roses, Late Registration, 2005), no matter how big Nicki Minaj gets she ain’t never gonna be no second greatest rapper of all time, and that’s coming from somebody that actually likes her. I also don’t agree on the Eminem thing either,  but that is another discussion for another time. So back to Nicki, and it’s not just the fact that she is not even in the running to be the second greatest rapper of all time, she isn’t even in the running to be the greatest ‘female’ rapper of all time. I acknowledge that ‘Ye did say potential, but I’m still not buying.

There is a long list of female rappers that will always be greater than Nicki Minaj in my humble opinion. I admit a lot of are them are either washed up, in jail, on hiatus or out of the game and unlikely to make any real comeback now, but at their peak they were great. The fact that all of them have had hits that date back to at least the 90s is pure coincidence, but it also says a lot about the current state of hip hop, as it seems in the absence of anything truly amazing, peeps (like Kanye) are handing out unworthy titles, like an MTV award to Taylor Swift just before Mr West bum-rushes the stage! I will say image, lyrics, videos, impact and emotion all play a part here. Sales do too, but not as much – so we are talking quality not quantity . So… In no particular order (I’m way too indecisive to do it any other way), here goes my ‘Ten Female rappers greater than Nicki Minaj’

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WMel++Kim2hen I think about the 80s and 90s, one of the things that stand out is how many family music groups there were – that’s groups made up of, or featuring siblings. I have already written posts about Musical Youth, Debarge, 5 Star, Jodeci and Bros on here (check the music archives for those!). But as you all know there are a lot more that fit the bill.

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Pairing: Beyonce and Alicia Keys in Rio

This week the web has been buzzing with stolen shots of Alicia Keys and Beyonce filming the new video for their duet Put It In A Love Song. Set  in sunny Rio de Janeiro, the video appears to have a colourful carnival theme, with the ladies dressed in an array of sexy and African-inspired outfits.

I wasn’t a major fan of the ballad, which features on Alicia Key’s current album The Element of Freedom, when I initially heard it, but the video is looking good.

Alicia and Beyonce getting together on a song made me cast my mind back to some memorable old school  female collaborations. check them out after the cut!