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It’s a Rap 12.17.15
By Shonassee Shaver, Contributing Writer
Published December 16, 2015

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Patti Labelle welcomes Viral Video Sensation James Wright Chanel to Cooking Channel Pie Special

Grammy-winning artist Patti LaBelle and viral video sensation James Wright Chanel come together to cook, sing and bake Patti’s Sweet Potato Pie in the holiday special Patti LaBelle’s Holiday Pies, which premiered Wednesday, December 16 on Cooking Channel. It’s a dream come true for James, whose viral video singing the praises of Patti’s Pie has been viewed over four million times, as he joins his idol in the kitchen to share stories, songs, recipes and uproarious laughs. Patti is all about the holidays and making her homemade pies this time of year. During the special she starts off with her favorite Apple-Peach Cobbler and famous Holiday Brisket Pot-Pie. For the headliner, Patti and James hit a high note and make her now infamous Sweet Potato Pie. Patti LaBelle’s Holiday Pies will also air on Food Network on Sunday, December 20th at 10:30am ET/PT. Patti LaBelle’s Holiday Pies is produced by Powerhouse Productions.


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Monica brings Soulful Sounds During the Holiday Season with Her New Album Code Red

Singer Monica is back with her eighth studio album, Code Red, which will be released by RCA Records on December 18.

The lead single “Just Right for Me,” featuring Lil Wayne was released and debuted at number 26 on the US Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart during the week of July 25, 2015 and has since reached number 12 on the chart.

Code Red featuring vocals from Missy Elliott and her daughter Laiyah is featured on the album. In anticipation of her upcoming album, Monica is on tour for The Code Red Experience. This marks her first solo concert tour in years. The 22-date venue began on November 12 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas and continued throughout the US before concluding on December 13 in New York City at the Gramercy Theatre.

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Chris Brown Names album Royalty After His Daughter

After releasing a collaborative studio album Fan of a Fan: The Album on February 24, 2015, Chris Brown is back with his seventh album Royalty, titled after his daughter who shares the cover of his album. Due December 18, Royalty contains the already popular singles “Liquor,” “Zero,” “Back to Sleep” and “Fine By Me.”.

“For me, most of the records that I make are more sexual, that’s how my daughter was made,” Chris said. “I wouldn’t change my whole regimen of how I move and how I act music-wise. I do music that can appeal to all different ages and all different races.”

Brown is currently on tour hitting the Hollywood Palladium December 18 and Drais Beach Club Night Club in Las Vegas January 1.

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Jeezy Gets Real with new album Church in These Streets

Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy dropped his new album Church in These Streets on November 13. The album is supported by singles “God”, “Church in These Streets”, “Gold Bottles” and “Sweet Life”, featuring Janelle Monáe. His album landed at #4 on the chart, moving 107,316 total units and selling 98,380 albums. To date, the rapper has had two #1 albums in his decade-long career: 2006’s The Inspiration and 2008’s The Recession.

“It’s a serious album, and I want people to take it seriously. It’s one of those albums that I feel has that type of message in it. It’s not church, per se, but more like people congregating and getting together. This is a certain way of life, and I wanted to come at it from a leader’s perspective like nah, there’s some real things going on out here in the world, and we’re gonna talk about them today—the good, the bad, the ugly. Everything,” he said.

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Naughty By Nature Celebrates 25th Anniversary Tour and Prepares for New Project

Grammy Award winning, platinum-selling hip-hop trio Naughty By Nature are back in full force, announcing their 25th Anniversary Tour which is set to hit 26 major cities across the U.S. in 2016.

After kicking off the international leg of the tour earlier this month, the group will return to the states on January 27, kicking off in Greensboro, NC.

“We’re recording a new project, got that classic merchandise, we are a legendary brand and group. We put on one of the best live shows in the business, and after 25 years we are still here,” the group noted in a statement.

In 1989 the New Jersey natives took the hip hop scene by storm, originally calling themselves ‘The New Style.’ Comprised of Vin Rock, Treach and DJ Kay Gee, their debut single, “O.P.P” was one of the first rap songs to ever hit #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was dubbed one of the 100 best rap singles by The Source.

“The greatest show on earth is not a circus, it’s a Naughty hip-hop circuit,” said Treach. “Get your tickets early! You’ve been warned.” As part of the 25th Anniversary celebration Naughty By Nature is set to release a new EP and documentary.

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