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Rick Ross and David Copperfield hang out on stage in Vegas -- VIDEO

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You know that thing when rappers shout out the name of a seemingly completely unrelated public figure in the middle of a verse, making you ponder how it would be to walk in on Robin Williams lecturing Jay-Z  about seizing the day in an empty English classroom or eavesdrop on the Lil Wayne-Bill Gates phone call wherein they discuss the finer points of exceeding baller status?

The Meek Mill-assisted Rick Ross track “Black Magic,” one of several standouts on Maybach Music Group’s recent compilation effort Self Made Vol. 2, has a hook that rhymes: “Poof! There go the car/Poof! there go the crib/Poof! A hundred mil, David Copperfield/David Copperfield, David Copperfield.”

You know where this is headed.

Rick Ross was performing in Las Vegas last night, and revealed in the midst of his set that he had a special guest waiting in the wings: “This is a mother—-in’ icon.  In his field, he the greatest that ever did it.  So, I want you to drop the music at the same time.  Drop the music, let’s go.”

And then, this happened:

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian together at last (for the 98th time) in 'I Wish You Would/Cold' music video -- WATCH

The KimYe love train is moving along just fine, thank you very much.

Just  weeks after validating the seriousness of their romance with the ever-important reality TV bow, Kanye and his boo (or is it Kim and her beau?… the obstacles this relationship will have to overcome!) are back out showing the world just how much they really do love each other.  The milestone reached this time around?  A Kim music video cameo!

That’s right, you can go ahead and add “video vixen” to the ongoing list of the reality star’s many, many talents.

The freshly anointed “perfect bitch” graces the lens in the new clip for the Kanye and DJ Khaled collaboration ‘Theraflu ‘Cold,’ just as her man professes his devotion to her and his not-so-subtle distaste for her estranged NBA-star husband: “I’ll admit I fell in love with Kim/’round the same time she fell in love with him./Well that’s cool, baby girl,  do your thang/He’s just lucky I ain’t had Jay drop him from the team.”

(That Kris Humphries diss is a reference to the fact that Kanye’s ‘Watch The Throne,’ wingman, Jay-Z, is a co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, Humphries’ current NBA squad — no sweat off Kris’s back, though.  As of today, we are happy to report that he is still a Net, and will be for the foreseeable future)

The Hype Williams-directed clip actually features two Kanye-led tracks–the first of which, ‘I Wish You Would,’ features Rick Ross and is set to appear on the upcoming Khaled album Kiss the Ring.

Check out the video below, and fast-forward to the 5:12 mark if you just can’t wait to see you some Kardashian magic.  Don’t blink, though, or you’ll miss her.  You know Kim…always has been a bit camera shy.

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BET Awards 2012 winners: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce dominate

Blue Ivy Carter just got a bunch of shiny new toys to play with.

The BET Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, and big winners included Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and, of course, Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé.

The show kicked off with a Kanye-induced bang as the rapper, decked in all-white, joined 2 Chainz and eventual Best New Artist winner Big Sean to perform their runaway rap hit “Mercy,” which Music Mix can verify has been blaring from 90% of car stereos in Brooklyn all summer. West, who brought Kim Kardashian as his date to the awards, also ran through “Theraflu,” the cut that outed the couple in the first place.

That performance segued to host Samuel L. Jackson coming out with Red Hook Summer director Spike Lee to deliver a parody version of the Jay and Kanye single “N—-s in Paris”; we’ll include the video once it shows up online.

Other performances at the event came from the likes of Usher, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz, Melanie Fiona, D’angelo(!), Rick Ross and his on-fire Maybach Music Group, and Chris Brown.

The night also featured an extensive Whitney Houston tribute, which brought out a long list of guests to commemorate the late singer, including: Monica, Brandy (who sang “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”), Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston (singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”), and none other than Chaka Khan, who took us home with “I’m Every Woman.”

As for the awards themselves, some people outside the Jay-’Ye-Bey trinity managed to swipe prizes: Wale and Miguel won for Best Collaboration, Chris Brown took home the Best Male R&B Artist and the AOL Fandemonium awards, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Check out the full list of the night’s winners below:

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Flaming Lips surpass Jay-Z to set world record for most live shows in 24 hours

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Looks like Hova took a day off from watching the throne.

Last night in New Orleans, the Flaming Lips finished their eighth live show of the day, thus stealing Jay-Z’s Guinness World Record for the most shows in multiple cities in a 24-hour period.

The Lips began their record-breaking journey by playing a show in Memphis on Wednesday, following that up with a string of gigs along the Mississippi River Delta. By the time the Wayne Coyne-led band wrapped up in New Orleans, they were presented a certificate marking their achievement. In a statement, Coyne described the feat as “an absurd joy.”

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Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'No Church in the Wild' video: Watch it here

It’s hard to watch the Throne if it isn’t there.

BFFs Jay-Z and Kanye released the official “No Church in the Wild” video late last night, making the track the third from their 2011 super-collaboration Watch the Throne to get a clip.

It is, however, the first that doesn’t involve an appearance from either rapper, or even guest crooner Frank Ocean.

Instead of kaleidoscopic wizardry and flashy, Aziz Ansari-approved sports cars, the bleakly shot, Romain Gavras-directed video focuses on a violent yet somehow vaguely boring uprising in the streets of Prague. Dissatisfied youth, aggressive police, burning cars — you get the idea.

While watching it, we were secretly wishing that one of the rioters would take off his bandana and reveal himself to be Jay or ‘Ye, ready to spice things up a bit. Alas, our prayers were not answered, and five minutes later, the video ends with… more rioting.

We’re not saying we have to see famous people in every music video, but when a project is basically built on megastar wattage like the Throne is, it wouldn’t hurt.

Take a peek at the “No Church in the Wild” video for yourself and let us know if you agree:

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BET Awards 2012: Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z leads the nominations

Can’t tell him nothing — though Kanye might actually like to know that he leads the pack of nominations for this year’s BET Awards with seven nods, including six for his Watch the Throne collab with Jay-Z, and one for Director of the Year.

Mrs. Shawn Carter didn’t do too shabby either; Beyonce comes in a close second with six noms, for “Countdown” and “Love on Top.” Chris Brown, Drake, Lil Wayne and J.Cole are also multiple nominees.

Samuel L. Jackson will host, and Brown and Nicki Minaj are among those confirmed to perform at the ceremony July 1 in Los Angeles. For a full list of categories and nominees, see below: READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z announces lineup for Budweiser festival in Philly: Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Odd Future, and more

Philadelphia has more than Bruce Springsteen concerts to look forward this summer.

As previously announced, the Jay-Z-curated Budweiser Made In America festival in Philly is on for Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-2), and today the lineup’s been released.

We already knew the biggest act, of course: Shawn Carter himself. But now he’s invited Pearl Jam to co-headline the weekend, which follows through on his promise of inject the lineup with a healthy dose of rock.

As for the rest of the event’s confirmed performers, Passion Pit, Skrillex, Janelle Monae, Maybach Music (a.k.a. Rick Ross, Wale, and Meek Mill), Santigold, Odd Future, Calvin Harris, and X are among the bigger acts slated to perform.

Yep, that’s right, that X. Hova knows his first-wave L.A. punk ish!
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Jay-Z announces Philadelphia music festival

Jay-Z is in a Philadelphia State of Mind. The rapper has announced a two-day music festival in Philadelphia. It’ll feature nearly 30 acts “that embody the American spirit” across three stages at Fairmount Park on Sept 1. and Sept. 2, which is Labor Day weekend.

Jay-Z was joined by Mayor Michael Nutter on Monday atop the city’s art museum steps, made famous by Rocky. The “Budweiser Made in America” festival will benefit United Way Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Tickets go on sale May 23 and will include rap, rock, R&B, Latin and dance performers.

The New York-born rapper says 70 percent of the acts are confirmed. A feverish crowd of fans was on hand, chanting his name. When one yelled out that Jay-Z’s was the best, the rapper paused and said: “I agree.”

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French presidential candidate borrows Kanye and Jay-Z's 'N--as in Paris' for campaign video

With the national election getting ready for the long summer slog, we can look forward to a cavalcade of inappropriate song use. (Remember all the musicians who got upset about John McCain using their music during the 2008 campaign? Or when Jackson Browne sued the Republicans? Or earlier this year when Tom Petty asked Michele Bachmann to stop using “American Girl”? Prepare for a whole lot of cease-and-desist letters, Mitt Romney.)

Whatever famous names and songs Romney and Barack Obama end up co-opting for their causes, neither of them will be able to top French presidential candidate François Hollande, who is in the midst of a push towards a run-off vote on May 6 with incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. In a three-minute spot that plugs Hollande’s support of the Parisian suburbs, he chose Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “N—-s In Paris” as a soundtrack. He even leaves in the wacky Will Ferrell sample.

As a piece of political propaganda, it succeeds, even with lyrical snafus (that “fish filet” line sounds especially goofy in this context). Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

President still thinks Kanye West is a jackass; Beyonce still thinks First Lady is the best

President Obama is no flip-flopper.

As the general election starts to shape up, our sitting commander in chief made sure to get a jump start on likely opponent and noted mind changer Mitt Romney by reassuring the public of his commitment to one of the most pressing matters of the day: Kanye West’s jackassitude.

In his in-depth profile of Yeezy for The Atlantic, David Samuels asked the president if he preferred Kanye West or Jay-Z, the hip-hop equivalent of “boxers or briefs?”

Of course, Obama replied as expected: “Jay-Z.”

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