Foxy Brown Calls Herself And Ron Browz ‘2010’s Bonnie & Clyde’

Ron Browz may be a name many believed would stay behind in 2009, but Harlem’s Ether Boy is pedaling forward with a surprise female by his side—none other than Brooklyn’s own Foxy Brown.

The two were snapped two weeks ago inside Wyclef’s studio, Platinum Sounds, working on their recently released collabo, “Ride Ya Bike (She’s A Biker),” Browz’s first single since May’s “Gimme 20 Dollars.” The 27-year-old rapper/producer says he and Brown met for the first time while in JFK airport this past April and shared an instant connection.

“The chemistry was really cool. It felt like we had already known each other. So when we exchanged numbers and I called her, it was no problem for me to say, ‘Foxy I need you on this record,’” Browz told VIBE. “Artists like her who haven’t been out in a while are usually picky, but she was just like, ‘You seem cool, let’s get it done.’”


That same positive energy persisted during the recording of “Ride Ya Bike,” which premiered on Hot 97 last weekend before surfacing on the Web on Wednesday (Feb. 24). “As soon as Foxy got in the studio, took her jacket off and I played the record, she was like ‘This is hot, give me a pen!’” said Browz. “It was like a little party.”

The fun even went so far as to spark Brown’s memories of her golden days with another New York rapper. “Yesterday, she told me this song reminds her of ‘Ain’t No Nigga’ with Jay-Z. She was like, ‘I feel like it’s 1996 again. We’re the 2010 Bonnie and Clyde, so we’re just going to do mad records.’” 

Though many artists might feel humbly unmerited to such a compliment, Browz viewed it as a reaffirmation of his talent. “When artists that big believe in me, it just gives me more ammunition to do what I do. ’Cause it’s from people who love hip-hop, that embrace it. They don’t care if it’s AutoTuned, they don’t care if it’s not. As long as it’s dope or fresh, they’re with it. And that’s what she’s on. We speak everyday now and hang out. The vibe is there.” 

Browz also added that his album, scheduled for a spring release and distributed independently through Ether Boy Records, will either be titled The Club King or, per Brown’s suggestion, Harlem’s Don. —Tracy Garraud

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Fans Are Asking Crayola To Name A Crayon After Nipsey Hussle

The hip-hop game is still mourning the death of Nipsey Hussle. There have been many memorials and tributes made out of respect for the rapper, who was killed on Mar. 31 in front of his clothing store. It looks like fans of the Victory Lap musician are attempting to make sure his colorful spirit is felt anywhere and everywhere.

In 2017, Crayola tweeted out that they needed some help naming their new shocking blue crayon color. A fan quote-tweeted the two-year-old inquiry, stating that the then-new color should be called "Nipsey Blue."

The tweet caught on, with many others adding responses that the color should pertain to Hussle, with ideas such as 60’s Blue, Marathon Blue, Crenshaw Blue and Victory Blue. Since the tweet is quite old, these names won't be making the cut this time around. The crayon was actually named "Bluetiful" back in September 2017.

Hussle was honored with a mural outside of a basketball court in Los Angeles, and it was also announced that the intersection of South LA's Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue will officially be renamed in honor of the Grammy nominee.

Nipsey Blue

— Glasses Malone (@gmalone) April 25, 2019

Nipsey Blue Blue Laces 60’s Blue Marathon Blue Crenshaw Blue Victory Blue Motivation Blue Slauson Boy Blue Blueprint TMC Blue RSC Blue Brynhurst Blue Ocean View Blue - You see where I’m going with this... 🏁💙🏃🏾‍♂️

— TreezJobs | FatSpike (@FilmMakingTreez) April 25, 2019

Nipsey Blue 🏁 .. with portions of the proceeds going to inner city stem programs for kids

— Chris Cap (@ChrisCapLive) April 25, 2019

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'Empire' Made History By Airing The First Black Gay Wedding On Network TV

Wedding bells have just made their way into the history books. Last night (April 25), FOX's Empire became the first network television show to air a black gay wedding. Jamal and his fiancé Kai (Jussie Smollett and Toby Onwumere, respectively) jump the broom and swap vows in the episode titled "Never Doubt I Love."

As an added treat, Empire even tapped the legendary Chaka Khan to perform at the fictional star-studded wedding (Mario and Wood Harris even showed up) which, as evidenced by the episode BTS video, was a moment for everyone right to the stars of the show themselves. “Today’s wedding is special and controversial,” Khan said of using her voice for this particular cameo. “But my answer to all that is just love is love.”

Cast members Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe agree that Jamal and Kai's wedding might have just become the best Empire wedding.

While this doesn't necessarily take away from the controversy still surrounding Smollett's case in Chicago, it was a cause for celebration regarding diversity and representation on television nonetheless. As Ms. Khan said, right here and right now, the most important thing to note is that love is love.

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Frankie Beverly Shares His Thoughts On Beyonce's Rendition Of "Before I Let Go"

In 1981, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly released a hit that's cemented its presence from cassette tapes to streaming services for your summertime cookout playlist. "Before I Let Go" found a home at the thirteenth spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart during its release, but now its melodies are being housed under a new rendition.

In mid-April, Beyonce gifted fans with her take on the aforementioned single, which debuted to fanfare with the release of her Netflix Homecoming documentary. The program displayed a behind-the-scenes look at the production of her 2018 Coachella performance.

In an interview with Billboard, Beverly said the "All Night" singer's team connected with him "a week or two age" to notify him of the remix. "When they played it, that's when I heard the first draft of it, and I was blown away. It's a blessing," he said. "It's amazing how she works, she's very smart. I'm caught off guard, but in a beautiful way...Then the way she just released it, it's off the chain. She's done so much, this is one of the high points of my life."

On the premise of the original song, Beverly said he reached a crossroads in a past relationship. "It was just up and down, and by the end of it, I wrote a song because I was feeling I needed to get out of it," he shared. "I was so into the girl, but it just wasn't working out. I was thinking, 'What am I gonna do?' and that thought inspired the song. I was going to try to do all of these things 'before I let go.' It was a situation I had to get out of, but I was in love."

The legendary artist also revealed that he never imagined "Before I Let Go" would persevere in this capacity. "It really changed everything for me," he said. "It was a huge song at the time, and it's one of those things this band will be able to carry on forever."

Beyonce's rendition also sparked a #BeforeILetGo challenge which she promoted via her Instagram Story.

finally ! Beyoncé used IG stories for the first time since the first time (once) last year! And this time she used it to share fan videos of the #BeforeILetGoChallenge ! Y’all better go make some videos while she’s blessing y’all on her page! and play the lotto if your featured

— 🇵🇸 FADIA KADER (@FADIA) April 23, 2019


Absolutely Nobody:

My arse: #BeforeILetGoChallenge take 22! Action!

— SyllabusMag (@SyllabusMag) April 23, 2019

#Get it in, Granma!! This is some inter-generational love. 🖤#BeforeILetGoChallenege

— AliyatLecky (@aliyatlecky) April 25, 2019

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