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She Found Love? 10 Hotties Rihanna Has Been Linked To Romantically

We're starting to get the feeling that Rihanna is going to be linked to every guy on the planet at some point in time. Seriously. Not a day goes by that we don't hear that she's texting this guy or sneaking around with that guy. It's gotten so ridiculous that if she is doing half the things that the tabloids say she's doing when it comes to dating, then we're concerned about her health! Like, when does she have time to eat and sleep?!

We know that all tabloid stories are not created equal. So, most of the stories about Rihanna's love life that get reported probably aren't true. And, that includes the latest rumor that involves Rih-Rih sending Robert Pattinson "sexy, funny texts" in the wake of his breakup with Kristen Stewart. But, still, it's pretty amazing that she gets linked to so many guys these days. So, in light of the most recent story, we decided to put together a list of 10 Guys Rihanna Has Been Linked To Romantically In Recent Years (minus some of the more obvious ones like Chris Brown, Drake, and Matt Kemp). There's no way she's possibly hooked up with all of these guys. Er, right?

The Guy: Ashton Kutcher
When They Were Linked Together: March 2012
Were The Rumors Legit? Probably. Although they were never spotted out in public together, the tabloids did catch Rihanna leaving Ashton's house late one night. And, Rih-Rih also went on Twitter shortly after the rumors started and revealed that even her mother had made a joke to her about the alleged relationship. That obviously doesn't prove anything. But, we wouldn't rule this one out without a firmer denial from Rihanna's camp.

The Guy: J.R. Smith
When They Were Linked Together: May 2012
Were The Rumors Legit? Probably not. In Miami, Rihanna and the New York Knicks guard were spotted getting cozy inside the LIV nightclub. However, they were never spotted together again and we haven't heard about them dating since then. So, we don't think this was anything serious.

The Guy: Shia LaBeouf
When They Were Linked Together: August 2007
Were The Rumors Legit? Yes. Although they didn't date for very long, LaBeouf came out in 2009 and admitted that he and Rihanna did go on at least one date. But, that was it. "The spark wasn't there," he said. "We weren't passionate about each other in that way, so we remain friends."

The Guy: Meek Mill
When They Were Linked Together: May 2012
Were The Rumors Legit? We don't think so. They did reportedly pop up in a New York City strip club one night and threw some dollars around together (awwwwwww!). But, Meek later admitted that he has a girlfriend back in Philly, so we don't think anything happened.

The Guy: Josh Hartnett
When They Were Linked Together: October 2007
Were The Rumors Legit? No—at least, according to Rihanna. Although photogs captured them hugged up in an NYC club one night, Rih-Rih contended that they were just "friends" who happened to share management. "You can't even go out with a friend who's a celebrity and have a good time without people making s--- up," she said. "Well, at least he's good-looking, right?"

The Guy: Ryan Phillippe
When They Were Linked Together: February 2011
Were The Rumors Legit? Doubtful. For one, the "relationship" these two had reportedly went on when Phillippe was supposed to be dating Amanda Seyfriend. And, all of the evidence about it came from anonymous sources, not Rihanna or Phillippe. So, this rumor never really developed into anything.

The Guy: Omarion
When They Were Linked Together: April 2007
Were The Rumors Legit? Nope. After Rihanna and O were spotted having dinner in L.A. one night, rumors started flying. But, she denied that they were anything more than friends. He said he didn't "know her like that." And, that was that.

The Guy: Darren McFadden
When They Were Linked Together: May 2012
Were The Rumors Legit? Not a chance. The connection between these two was that they apparently met on the beach in Honolulu one day (while DMC was with his girlfriend) and that, a couple weeks later, Rih-Rih wore a Raiders sweatshirt (while she was in the strip club with Meek Mill, no less!). That's it. So, while the tabloids had these two pegged as a couple as a result of that flimsy evidence, we have to call a "false start" on them.

The Guy: Dudley O'Shaughnessy
When They Were Linked Together: October 2011
Were The Rumors Legit? For at least a week. He starred in the music video for her video, "We Found Love," after he was hand-selected by Rih-Rih. And, they even hit the town a few times shortly after the video debuted. But, have you heard from him since? No. So, even if they were together, it was only a fling.

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Ella Mai Puts The Ball In Your Court With "Shot Clock" Visuals

Kobe, KD, Kyrie, how about Ella Mai?

Marking her third official single from her self-titled debut album, the 24-year-old dropped a new video from her charting project, bringing "Shot Clock" to life in her B-ball themed clip.

The Colin Tilley directed visual captures the essence of the young singer, framing her unique style and iridescent vocal abilities. The clip captures the various parts of Mai's magnetic energy, as she stars in her own thematic love story.

The two-time Grammy nominee goes through the many downs that occur in relationships while the red beams of shot clock shine in the background slowly reaching zero, a neon indicator of her lessening patience, the singer finds herself alone.

This visual was released in the midst of the "Boo'd Up" songstress' first debut tour currently venturing through the United States and Parts of Europe. Check out the tour dates below to see if R&B's new golden child is coming to a city near you and watch her video for "Shot Clock" above.

THE DEBUT TOUR

Jan 18 – Berlin, DE- Festsaal Kreuzberg Jan 20 – Hamburg, DE- Grosse Freiheit Jan 21 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Main Hall Jan 22 – Stockholm, SE - Berns Jan 24 – Oslo, NO – Rockefeller Music Hall Feb 12 - Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom Feb 14 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo Feb 15 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom Feb 17 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades Feb 19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater Feb 20 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Feb 22 – Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee Feb 23 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues Feb 25 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre Feb 27 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Feb 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater Mar 2 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall Mar 3 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall Mar 5 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Mar 6 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Mar 7 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda Mar 9 – Boston, MA - Royale Mar 11 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel Mar 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts Mar 15 – Silver Spring, M.D. – The Fillmore Silver Spring Mar 16 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage Mar 19 – Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle Mar 20 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live Mar 21 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live Mar 24 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Mar 26 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Mar 27 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Mar 28 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre

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9th Wonder Talks Collabo Album With Smif N Wessun And The Soul Council

A few weeks fresh off the 23rd anniversary of their classic debut album, Da Shinin', Brooklyn duo Smif N Wessun (Steele and Tek) have released the video for the soul smacking single, "Testify" produced by Khrysis, off their newest album, The All. The project, produced entirely by Grammy-nominated producer 9th Wonder and his Soul Council team, brings the hardcore feel of SNW's best work to the forefront.

“9th Wonder and the Soul Council provide the perfect backdrop for Tek and I to deliver heartfelt lyrical content,” Steele reveals directly. “It’s a true tale of ups and downs, wins and losses, growth and acceptance. It speaks to the hearts and minds of all people; particularly our followers and fans of all ages and ethnicities.”

When artists who rep a certain quality sector of hip-hop music resurface to offer newness to an audience, the longtime fans are looking to bring that old thing back while looking to reflect and push forward at the same time.

"'Testify' is a realistic reflective look back on our accomplishments and failures throughout our career and serves as a precursor to what you will experience on The All,” Steele continues. "This project is a reality check for SNW, one that reflects the struggles and obstacles that we’ve had to endure to survive at the level we occupy in the hip-hop arena."

9th Wonder took the project on as a lover of the group, "My goal is to make sure that we cement the legacy of the artist, but at the same time update the artist. We came up with the concept of  The All (based on a speech from Louis Farrakhan), you can never underestimate the essence of Islam in Hip-Hop. Given the fact that SNW are both Muslim and so many others are as well, we couldn't forget that part."

Going into new chambers of living is needed when you have been recording albums for over 20 years. 9th explains, "we wanted them to talk about stuff they wouldn't normally talk about on records, as they are in a different point in their lives, very grown man. It gives something to our generation to listen to, appreciate and celebrate without feeling old, without feeling outdated. We also wanted to let them know, the legends can still do it."

As the word legend gets thrown around a lot, it's not a far off title for the duo of Tek and Steele. "Some bestow the 'legend' tag upon us (we are very appreciative of that)," says Steele. "And we are chronicling that journey throughout the album.”

The full project will be dropping on February 22nd, 2019 on Duck Down Records. You can pre-order the album here and group merch here.

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Premiere: Duck Down Records' Smif-N-Wessun Returns With Khrysis-Produced 'Testify'

It's been nearly 25 years to the day since their classic debut Dah Shinin' impacted in January 1995, but legendary Brooklyn duo Smif-N-Wessun is still representing the culture with authority and authenticity. "Testify," the premiere music video from their upcoming album The All, adds another notch to their storied catalogs.

"Testify" begins with old photos of group members Tek and Steele in their 90s heyday, but they don't spend much time there before getting busy with present day rhymes. Over a backdrop from Khrysis, the Duck Down Records duo confidently announces their return while solidifying their legendary pedigree. The song gives a short but sweet taste from The All, their upcoming album produced entirely by 9th Wonder and the Soul Council.

“9th Wonder and the Soul Council provide the perfect backdrop for Tek and I to deliver heartfelt lyrical content,” Steele told VIBE. “It’s a true tale of ups and downs, wins and losses, growth and acceptance. It speaks to the hearts and minds of ALL people; particularly our followers and fans of ALL ages and ethnicities.”

‘Testify” is a realistic reflective look back on our accomplishments and failures throughout our career and serves as a precursor to what you will experience on The All,” Steele continued. "This project is a reality check for SNW, one that reflects the struggles and obstacles that we’ve had to endure to survive at the level we occupy in the hip-hop arena. Some, bestow the “Legend” tag upon us (we are very appreciative of that) and we are chronicling that journey throughout the album.”

The All is scheduled for a February 22, 2019 release on Duck Down Records, and is available for pre-order.

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