Bun B Hosts Food Drive For Kids On 2nd Annual ‘Bun B Day’

By Maurice Bobb

The second annual “Bun B Day” celebration was held in Houston on Thursday (August 30) and even when it’s his day, the Trill OG thinks of others.

Instead of submerging himself in celebratory superfluity for Bernard “Bun B” Freeman Day (as declared by Houston Mayor Annise Parker) the UGK rapper lent his star power to a much greater cause: children.

“When the mayor awarded me Bun B Day and I stood before city council, I told them that I wanted Bun B Day to be about helping the children of Houston,” the Trill OG told MTV News. “I feel that’s always been the first priority.”

Bun hosted a food drive for the Houston Food Bank ahead of Hunger Action Month in September to “start tearing down these walls that we have in our community and start unifying again as people.” Bun said he believes that the lack of unity in communities brings more problematic side effects than just not knowing your neighbor.

“I notice that people live in these apartment buildings and these subdivisions and unless you grew up with people like in the hood, most people don’t really know each other,” Bun said. “They don’t socialize and they don’t associate, and we want to stop that. That’s why crime has become more and more prevalent because people don’t know who’s coming in and out of the neighborhood. That’s why we have a lot of misidentified people as criminals because people don’t even know the children that are their own neighbors. They’re calling [the] police on somebody that stays seven blocks away in the same neighborhood. We don’t come out and unite as a community anymore.”

On hand to assist the revered rap vet were rappers Marcus Manchild and Trae Tha Truth, who just released his latest mixtape, Tha Blackprint.

“It’s always good when you get people on our level doing what we can for the community,” Trae said. “And it’s a good thing that he teamed up with the Houston Food Bank. That’s kind of like history for us. He’s down on whatever I’m doing for the kids and when I heard about him doing what he’s doing for the Houston Food Bank — and on top of the fact that it’s his day — that’s my brother, so I came out to support.”

The first anniversary of Bun B Day was just the beginning of many more charitable anniversaries to come for the Professor of Trill. “This is the beginning of me trying to honor that pledge [to the mayor] and the first place that we decided to stop was with the Houston Food Bank because right now they’ re focusing on getting the kids good, healthy meals on the weekend,” Bun said.

The Houston Food Bank is a new, 308,000 square-foot facility and is the nation’s largest Feeding America food bank. Charity-minded Houstonians dropped off various food stuffs and, in return, were treated to a meet and greet with the Port Arthur-bred MC.


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Nas Toasts To The Good Life In ‘Bye Baby’ Video

By Rob Markman

It’s hard to say goodbye, but Nas has clearly moved on. It’s been two years since God’s Son and his ex-wife Kelis finalized their divorce, but with his latest music video the multiplatinum rap icon kisses his old life good bye and toasts to a new beginning.

The Aristotle-directed “Bye Baby” starts with a familiar scene as Nas sits in a white suit with Kelis’ green wedding dress draped across his knee. It’s the same scene captured on the front cover of Nasir’s latest masterpiece Life is Good. ‘Bye baby, I guess you know why I walked away/ When we walked to the alter that was an awesome day,” he begins to rap as a sampling of Guy’s 1988 track “Goodbye Love.” The video even features performance shots with the group’s lead singer Aaron Hall.

The usually guarded MC marches through a empty home with an open bottle of cognac in hand. He is clearly going through emotions as he stands on the balcony reflecting and then sifting through his ex’s bare closet taking a frustrated swipe at the left over clothes and hangers.

Before he can truly let go Nas digs through old home film, finding footage from his wedding day that he then sits to watch. The video does a great job in creating (or recreating a moment) in Nas’ life. Only he knows how he dealt with his actual break-up, but adding his and Kelis’ actual wedding footage is an excellent touch.

By the third act it’s clear that the strained marriage is beyond repair as Nas and a Kelis stand-in sign divorce papers in the presence of their attorneys. “Listen, can you imagine writing your deposition/ Divorce lawyer tellin’ you how this thing gonna be ending,” he rhymes, marking the scene.

At the clip’s close a confident Nas has moved on, toasting with boys to new beginnings while laughing and grinning ear-to-ear. Life is Good after all.

What did you think of Nas’ “Bye Babye” video? Let us know in the comments!

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2 Chainz & Kanye West – Birthday (video)

2 Chainz & Kanye West has finally released the video for ‘Birthday’, which is a single from Chainz Based On a T.R.U. Story‘s album. The concept for the video is about two guys with a birthday wish, ‘STRIPPERS’. And they got exactly what their desires wished.

Check out the video for 2 Chainz ‘Birthday’ ft. Kanye West.

Chris Lighty’s Death Initially Ruled As Suicide

By Nadeska Alexis with reporting by Rob Markman

Music industry veteran Chris Lighty is dead at the age of 44 after an apparent suicide committed in his Bronx, New York apartment on Thursday (August 30)

Lighty, the founder of Violator Entertainment, was a manager to music heavyweights such as Mariah Carey and LL Cool J. Police responded to a call 670 West 232nd Street in the Bronx, New York, at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. Officers discovered Lighty with a gunshot wound to the head and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities recovered a black semi-automatic pistol at the scene and tell MTV News that Lighty’s wound appear to be self-inflicted.

Lighty got his start in the 1980s, building his reputation from the ground up. He emerged from the Native Tongues camp and went on to start Violator, which has helped to launch the careers of stars such as Missy Elliott, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Nas, LL Cool J and more.

According to the New York Daily News, Lighty had been dealing with some personal issues that included a divorce from his wife last year and an IRS debt that totaled around $5 million.

As news of his death broke, members of the hip-hop community who have worked with Lighty began tweeting out their disbelief that he was gone. A message from Def Jam Records’ Twitter account read, “We lost a great one today, Rest in Peace Chris Lighty. Forever in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Fat Joe, who has worked closely with Lighty, wrote, “R.I.P CHRIS LIGHTY THE MAN THAT SAVED MY LIFE!!! I Would Be Nothing Without YOU!!! My Kids Appreciate YOU God Bless Chris Lighty.” Saigon added, “If this Chris Lighty sh– is true, that just f—ed up my whole YEAR. He was my manager for 2 years.”

Lighty began working at Rush Management, under the guidance of Lyor Cohen and Russell Simmons, in 1988, picking up the savvy marketing skills and brand-building expertise that would later culminate in Violator.

Upon hearing the news of his death, Simmons issued a somber statement, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of a hip-hop hero. Chris Lighty has been a dear friend of mine since he was a kid. Was a brilliant partner in business and I was so proud of all that he had accomplished,” Simmons wrote via Global Grind. “He is an amazing example of how a passionate kid from the street can go to the most even-keeled, smart, thoughtful manager in the business and a generous philanthropist. He was loved by everyone who knew him, including me. He will be missed greatly by all of us.”

In recent years he teamed up with Warner Music Group to launch Brand Asset Group, in an effort to further his knack for branding to a wider range of artists and last September merged with Primary Wave to create Primary Violator management company.

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Lil Kim is ready to Make History: Plastic Surgery Talk

VH1 preparing for the airing of their Behind The Music with Lil Kim aka Queen Bee. The Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, New York feMcee is ready to drop the scoop on her run with plastic surgery that had many fans like WT@#$%. Guessing Behind The Music wouldn’t be worth watching if this matter wasn’t the center of the show, as the world has heard about other things before, such as her relationship with the late Notorious B.I.G., whom was leader of their Junior Mafia crew until Biggie’s March 9, 1997 demise.

See Lil Kim ft. Lil Cease before the plastic surgery make-over in her Crush On You video.

Nicki Minaj – I Am Your Leader – Ft. Rick Ross – Camron

“I Am Your Leader” by Nicki Minaj produced by Hit Boy is one of the nicest tracks on her new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Young Money . This song features Maybach Music’s CEO Rick Ross and Cam’ron. Nicki squeezed in a Lil Kim diss in her verse while Rozay followed her with a dope verse of his own. Cam’ron verse was good, maybe this song will put him back on the scene for a while. Check out the video below.