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Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart turns 25 this year. For those who thought the genre was just a fad back in the 80s, I’m sure they also picked Beta or VHS ;) To celebrate the chart’s silver anniversary, the publication counted down the Top 100 hip-hop songs of all-time. Definitely a difficult feat. Rap has certainly evolved since the days of Ice-T and Salt-N-Pepa, but is still as dominant a force as ever. Believe it or not, even PSY’s “Gangnam Style” made the cut at No. 42.

I’ve only highlighted the magazine’s Top 10 tracks below, but here’s just a sampling of my favorite cuts to rank on the list but miss out on the top tier of the countdown:

Loungin” – LL Cool J (97), “Heartless” – Kanye West (95), “C’Mon N’ Ride It (The Train)” – Quad City DJ’s (90), “Jump” – Kriss Kross (76), “I’ll Do 4 U” – Father M.C. (72), “Funkdafied” – Da Brat (66), “Rump Shaker” – Wreckx-N-Effect (65), “Around The Way Girl” – LL Cool J (64), “Dilemma” – Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland (60), “I Got 5 On It” – Luniz (57), “Da’ Dip” – Freak Nasty (51), “In Da Club” – 50 Cent (37), “One More Chance / Stay With Me” – The Notorious B.I.G. (35), “Knockin’ Boots” – Candyman (34), “Treat ‘Em Right” – Chubb Rock (31), “Me So Horny” – The 2 Live Crew (28), “Drop It Like It’s Hot” – Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell (21), “Lean Back” – Terror Squad (20), “Best I Ever Had” – Drake (14), “Whatever You Like” – T.I. (13)

check out the Top 10 after the jump

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While in New York I was lucky enough to be invited by the original Drag Race winner, BeBe Zahara Benet, to her pre-release party for her new single “Face.” I was gagging the moment BeBe walked in wearing a black lace floor length dress and serving the room nothing but glamour and face. It was quite the little intimate show for friends and people who worked on the music video of Face which was nice because we actually all got to talk to BeBe throughout the night.

BeBe started the crowed off with a little back story to the upcoming album and how it’s been in the works for over a year. After a little story time with BeBe we moved into previewing a few of the songs off the album and I can safely say I was LIVING for them! There is definitely some great club thumpers on there with “I Feel It Coming” and “Eye Candy” which I can see both being big hits in the scene. My personal picks for eargasms were “Something Exciting” and “It Feels Right.” They lead away from the typical club/house and move more towards the pop/feel good sounds. “Something Exciting” just makes you wanna bop around your room in your underwear as you’re getting ready for your day and “It Feels Right” is more of a throwback to motown, folk, sunshine and butterflies sound which I really love. BeBe said it was very important for her to add in all the tribal and African influence because she is very proud of where she comes from and wanted to blend her two homes together with her music. I think BeBe’s hard work is going to pay off with this one as the album seemed to be pretty well rounded with great sounds.

After all the previews it was finally time for the premiere of the “Face” music video! The lights darkened, the room went silent and the rest was all Face from there. I can’t wait for the full album to come out, until then enjoy the official “Face” music video and the remix radio edit by Ranny.

You can get your copy of the Face EP on iTunes along with all the remixes

Oh and BeBe, your ring is getting sized ;)

check it out after the jump

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With a title like “Summer,” Calvin Harris is making it clear he’s gunning for the song of the Summer anthem title. He definitely has a pretty good shot with this track. Instead of enlisting some powerhouse vocals, the Scottish DJ returns as lead vocalist. He previously vowed to lay off singing his own songs after nabbing high-profile collaborations with Florence Welch, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Ellie Goulding and so on.

As James Bond stated, never say never. To be fair, the song contains very few lyrics. His last single to feature solely him was “Feels So Close” which peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. After releasing 15-second snippets all week long, the 30-year-old EDM artist has unleashed the full version. Check it out below.

listen to the track after the jump

Lady Gaga Gets Puked On At SXSW

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Oh Gaga!!! Just when you thought she had calmed down, she returns with more shocking antics. I guess anything for the sake of art or should I say #artpop.

The 27-year-old singer flew down to Austin to attend this year’s SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival to perform a special one-hour concert on the Doritos #BoldStage. Entry to the show was only granted to those who proved their boldness by completing a Doritos Bold Mission. Those lucky enough to gain entry definitely saw an eyeful.

During her performance of “Swine,” Mother Monster rode a mechanical bull with a lady in a sexually-provocative way. On the complete opposite of what I think is sexy, said lady put her fingers down her throat and barfed a green substance all over Gaga. Can you imagine if it was Doritos chunks that flew instead ;) If you’re into vomit, the following video is definitely a must-see. Check it out below.

watch the clip after the jump

G.R.L. Shows Their ‘Ugly Heart’ On New Track

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G.R.L. can currently be heard on Pitbull’s “Wild Wild Love,” the follow-up single to his megasmash “Timber.” It probably won’t reach the heights of the Kesha-assisted track, but it’ll definitely give Robin Antin’s new Pussycat Dolls the exposure they need.

In addition to providing the hook to Mr. Worldwide’s latest single, the quintet also released a new single. I have to say it’s their best one to date. “Ugly Heart” is a catchy pop track with a folk vibe. Thank God it’s not another EDM track. The song is leaps and bounds better than that hot mess they contributed to the Smurfs 2 soundtrack. The Dr. Luke-produced single definitely has potential. Give it a listen below.

check it out after the jump

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Jennifer Lopez debuted her “I Luh Ya Papi” music video on Thursday night during American Idol. As every respectable social media user knows, it’s #tbt or Throwback Thursdays for all not in the know. Fittingly enough, J. Lo wears a pantsuit very reminiscent of her iconic chest-baring Grammy Versace dress in her new visual. As hot as the 44-year-old singer looks, she doesn’t hold a candle to the stable of chiseled men surrounding her.

Taking a page out of every rapper’s music video, Lopez flips the script and objectifies men for once. Her gal pals come up with the idea when a label rep suggests some pretty lame-ass video concepts during a pitch meeting. While Jennifer parades around in glamorous clothing, scantily-clad men show off their muscular frames. Her friends get in on the action and even grope a few of them. #luckybitches

As nice as the video is to look at, the title of the single still annoys me ;) Check out the sexy clip below which also features French Montana.

watch the clip after the jump

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Recently, Beyonce notched her 19th Billboard Dance chart-topper with “Blow,” placing her in a tie for third with Janet Jackson on the all-time list. Only Madonna and Rihanna have more dance hits with 43 and 21 respectively. I have a feeling with this hot new Dave Aude remix of “Partition” the 32-year-old singer will pass Janet and inch closer to RiRi. Aude has outdone himself with his latest concoction.

In other Bey-related news, Vanessa Hudgens and a few of her gal pals pay homage to the singer by choreographing a sexy routine to “Yonce.” They definitely capture Mrs. Carter’s hairography and booty-dropping, but can’t match B’s high-octane ferocity. Check out the video below along with Aude’s “Partition” remix.

video and remix after the jump

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As many of you know, I have this unhealthy obsession with Pitbull. I can’t explain it nor do I even understand it myself, but I do. Naturally, when I saw him featured on this track, I had to write a post about it.

After getting into some freaky adult fun with Enrique Iglesias, Mr. Worldwide reigns it in to hang with Austin Mahone. It’s a little odd the 17-year-old has such a club-ready anthem on his hands given that he’s not of age. They do make for an odd pairing. It almost comes off as a father-son duet ;) I digress.

Mmm Yeah” is undeniably catchy, especially the hook. The music video is Jamiroquai meets early Usher. It features Mahone and Pitbull working out their best dance moves on a conveyer belt a la Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity” while video hos watch on. Check out the Gil Green-directed clip below.

watch the clip after the jump

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