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People On The Internet Are Questioning Why Mariah Carey Is Being Honored At VH1’s Hip Hop Honors But This List Will Answer Everything

Last week, VH1 announced the network would commemorate Mariah Carey during this year’s “Hip Hop Honors.” If you’re one of the people on the Internet wondering what the “songbird supreme” has to do with the rap game, the answer is plenty. Since the ’90s, the part-venezolana has been lending her five-octave vocal range to hip-hop classics, and heavyweights like Nas, Jay Z, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Snoop Dogg, to name a few, have returned the favor by rapping over her R&B chart-toppers. But if you’re still skeptical, the songs below will prove that Mariah is the queen of hip-hop collaborations and that her honor at the annual event, which airs on VH1 Monday night at 9/8c, is long overdue.

1. In 1995, Mariah showed she was hip-hop’s R&B “Fantasy” in this megahit featuring ODB.

In the early ‘90s, Mariah had already proven she would be one of the most successful talents of the decade. And in hip-hop, Wu-Tang Clan was revolutionizing the game. So it made sense that the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard would lend his distinctive half-rapped, half-sung style to one of the biggest R&B/hip-hop collabs to date.

2. Listening to the Long Island, New York-born diva sing over a hip-hop beat is like “Honey,” just like this remix featuring The Lox and Mase.

In 1997, Mariah set her sights on the hip-hop collab crown, dropping several hits this year and the ones following with rap stars. But in “Honey,” she also gave us bounce and shimmy dance goals that we’re still using on the dancefloor.

3. In “The Roof,” Mariah brings sweet vocals and lyrics over one of hip-hop’s hardest beats.

In this underrated jam, built around a sample from “Shook Ones Part II” by Mobb Deep, Mariah brought in the Queensbridge duo, making a romantic track even gangstas could vibe to.

4. The fellas of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony crush Mariah’s heart in “Breakdown” and bless the world with one of the best breakup songs of all time.

If you’re a brown or black girl heartbroken in the ‘hood, this 1998 classic with Cleveland’s greatest rap group has accompanied you through lonely nights. This masterpiece alone made her a contender for the Best Hip-Hop Collaborator title.

5. Mariah is the rap game’s “Sweetheart,” and this megahit with Jermaine Dupri let all other R&B stars know.

In this ‘98 smash hit, Mariah proved she could make great collabs with hard lyricists as well as commercial acts like Atlanta’s Dupri.

6. With “Heartbreaker,” Mariah and Jay Z showed us what urban music royalty sounds like.

When one of the queens of R&B joins one of the kings of hip-hop, only sovereign sounds can be expected. That’s what happened in 1999, when the New York giants dropped this collab fave to end the millennium.

7. Mariah’s remix to “Thank God I Found You,” featuring Nas and Joe, had every listener wishing they could “make it last.”

With this early 2000 hit, Mariah made it clear that she was bringing her fire collabos into the millennium, and she did it with one of the best rappers of all time: Queensbridge’s Nasir Jones. In this remix, which is also a remake of Keith Sweat’s “Make It Last Forever,” the trio deliver one of the most underrated rap/R&B love records of the decade.

8. Mariah is every teary-eyed heartbroken gal in “Crybaby” featuring Snoop Dogg.

In this smooth jam from 2000, the diva sings about not being able to let go of an ex. That’s when Long Beach, Calif.’s own Snoop Dogg comes in and raps her some advice to move on, creating straight gold.

9. A less popular, but still oh so dope, jam of the early 2000s is “You Got Me.”

In this 2002 song from her “Charmbracelet” album, Mariah reunites with the Brooklyn emcee who broke her heart in ‘99, Jay Z, and collabs for the first time with Philly giant Freeway, gifting fans with the perfect track for when you’re sprung on a crush.

10. Mariah knows “What You Want,” and that’s why she hopped on this Busta Rhymes banger featuring Flipmode Squad.

In 2003, la reina linked up with fellow Long Island star Busta in “I Know What You Want,” gifting students everywhere with the ultimate spring break jam.

11. A year later, she teamed up with old pal Jadakiss for “U Make Me Wanna.”

Mariah and the finest emcee out of Yonkers, New York, Jada-Muah, made the ultimate love jam in this hit that had even the hardest dudes singing “K.I.S.S. Me.”

12. In 2005, the two reunited, along with Styles P, for the hip-hop remix of Mariah’s megahit “We Belong Together.”

In the early 2000s, the world couldn’t get enough of Mariah’s “We Belong Together.” The hit, off of her “The Emancipation of Mimi” album, proved the diva was back and as poppin’ as ever. But to show that she also remained the ruler of the hip-hop collabs, she dropped this gem with rappers she had made hits with in the past.

13. This 2008 track with T.I. shows why we’ll all be loving Mariah “long time.”

In “I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time,” the always-relevant Mariah brought Atlanta heavy-hitter T.I. to her bubblegum love song, showing newcomers she could re-enter the game at any time and still make fire with the most popular rap artists.

14. One of the 8179817047874 reasons we’re “Obsessed” with Mariah is because of collabos like this one with Gucci Mane.

If it’s 2009 and you’re singing a song about being bad af and having lame dudes (i.e. Eminem) obsess over you, there’s probably no better rapper to bring onto a track than Atlanta’s own Gucci Mane. Mariah always knows what she’s doing when it comes to her remixes.

15. Anyone who claims Mariah isn’t the queen of the hip-hop collab needs to get “Up Out My Face,” like her 2010 jam with Nicki Minaj.

This hit with the Queens, NY rapper wasn’t the first time she made a track with a female emcee (there was her “Heartbreaker” remix with Missy Elliot and Da Brat and her “Loverboy” remix featuring Da Brat, Ludacris, Twenty II and Shawnna, to name a couple), but it was the most mainstream one. What else can you expect when two divas of the urban genre appear together as dolls in a Target-esque music video?

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If you’re a Mariah fan, you know Mimi has several other tracks with rappers, from Cam’ron and Twista to Bow Wow, Fatman Scoop and more. Let us know your faves in the comments!

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

Stay grateful you did not grow up in the era of Snapchat/ Instagram/ Facebook kids because you can delete but your recorded actions can still come back to bite. Cardi B knows the story. While the Afro-Latina queen of Trap isn’ making any apologies, the latest video to be dug up from her past is requiring her to give some answers.

Video of the singer, recalling a time in her life in which she felt forced to drug and rob men while seducing them has resurfaced.

Over the weekend, video of the “Money” rapper recalling how she used to drug and rob men resurfaced.

The video, which was recorded during an Instagram live broadcast, sees Cardi as she goes on a tearful verbal tirade about her past. This after, someone apparently questioned her success and accused her of not “putting in no fucking work.”

“I had to go ‘oh yeah, you wanna fuck me? Yeah yeah yeah let’s go to this hotel.’ And then I’d drug [expletivie] up and I’d rob them. That’s what I used to do.”

Users online were quick to comment.

“The fact that cardi b admitted to drugging and robbing men she would take back to a hotel for sex blows my mind,” wrote Twitter user @itsangelaa. “That’s not ‘keeping it real.’ that’s a crime.”

“I wonder what woulda happened if it were the other way round,” @BTSisthecauseo5 commented.

At the onset of the backlash, the rapper seemed to take the comments rather lightly.

The following day she also tweeted “IM THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE, IM THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE and I love it.”

On Tuesday, however, after users on Instagram and Twitter continued to simmer, she was forced to issue comment.

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In a post to her Instagram, the rapper responded to the comments about the video by saying: “I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”


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Leslie Grace And Super Junior’s “Lo Siento” Is The Hit All Latinx K-Pop Fans Have Been Waiting For

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Leslie Grace And Super Junior’s “Lo Siento” Is The Hit All Latinx K-Pop Fans Have Been Waiting For

The year 2017 marks a time of major multilingual and multicultural musical collaborations. With Luis Fonsi’s remix of “Despacito,” featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, climbing to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 16 weeks, and J Balvin and Willy William’s remix for “Mi Gente,” featuring Beyoncé, making it to the No. 3 spot, the western music market is opening up to music in Spanish. But these aren’t the only collaborations bridging different cultures and genres. In the era of globalization, K-pop, short for Korean pop music, is an international phenomenon, and the genre is beginning to meld its addictive melodies with urban Latin pop. Evidence: K-pop boy band Super Junior’s recent collaboration with Leslie Grace.

Debuting in 2005, the fellas of Super Junior are the kings of Hallyu — the Korean wave. At their height, 15 men donned the Super Junior title, but, due to departures, mandatory military service and other issues, only Siwon, Donghae, Eunhyuk, Shindong, Yesung, Heechul and Leeteuk are currently active. As a group, the men have led a revolution in the industry, spurring forward electro-pop and R&B-influenced dance tracks.

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And among K-pop, they also have one of the strongest fan bases in Latin America. The group has long captivated these audiences with hits like “Sorry Sorry,” “Mr. Simple” and “Mamacita,” and Super Junior has made sure to visit their Latin American E.L.F — what they call their fans — on three separate tours since 2013, holding arena shows in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru. It must be noted that the group has yet to hold a single solo show in the U.S.

For many years, Super Junior and SM Entertainment, their label, had seen the excitement from their supporters in Latin America and wanted to show their gratitude by releasing a song partly sung in Spanish. In March, the group dropped “Lo Siento,” a tune about finding romance on the dance floor, featuring Dominican-American singer Leslie Grace and the Latino production duo Play-N-Skillz as part of the extended version of their eighth album, Replay.  

“The song with Super Junior and Play-N-Skillz came out of nowhere. None of us really knew each other,” Leslie Grace, who was recommended to the K-pop group by the Argentine-Venezuelan sibling duo Play-N-Skillz, told FIERCE. “The beauty of it was [having the opportunity of] discovering something that’s been happening hugely in its own right in a different side of the world, and discovering it for the first time and saying, ‘Man, I wanna be a part of that. I don’t know anything about it up until this point, but I really want to be a part of that.’”

While it’s commonplace for K-pop groups to release records in Japanese or Mandarin in order to cater to Asian music markets, or English one-offs for international fans, no act had ventured into singing in Spanish or acknowledged their Latin American fans with a song quite like Super Junior.

“Lo Siento” is a true K-pop and urban Latin-pop mashup. It plays up the typical Spanish guitar and blends a familiar Latin flair with the energy and the mix of pop, dance and hip-hop that K-pop is known for. The music video, shot in South Korea, even features the “Díganle” singer dancing along with the guys of Super Junior.

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The trilingual track debuted at No. 13 on Billboard’s Latin digital sales chart, the first K-pop entry ever. A bit over two weeks after the music video dropped, “Lo Siento” surpassed 20 million views, which was three times more than what their last Korean single, “Black Suit,” accumulated.

While “Lo Siento” isn’t the first time K-pop artists have teamed up with Latin ones nor used Latin genres in their music, it is the first instance that we can actually call a real collaboration. In 2016, for instance, Ricky Martin released a version of his hit “Vente Pa’ Ca” featuring Wendy from K-pop girl group Red Velvet, though she sang in English, and Mexican boy band CD9 released “Get Dumb” with Korean girl group Crayon Pop. In both cases, the artists simply exchanged vocals, put them together and released the song with little fanfare. With “Lo Siento,” however, not only did Leslie fly to Korea to be in the music video, but Super Junior invited her and Play-N-Skillz on their Latin American tour last month.

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Stopping in Buenos Aires, Lima, Santiago and Mexico City, Leslie, Play-N-Skillz and Super Junior played before a total of 55,000 fans. The stars blew up the stage with “Lo Siento,” but both Play-N-Skillz and Leslie also had the chance to perform their own sets during the show.

“It never stops being a surprise, with my most recent released single ‘Duro y Suave,’ for [the crowd] to sing it back to me,” the 23-year-old singer, who came to fame after the release of her bachata remake of The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” in 2013, told us. “I know it’s Super Junior’s crowd. I know that their fans are so accepting and loving, and I knew that they would be attentive during the show, but you don’t expect everyone to connect, especially a crowd that’s so different, to your music when you’re the special guest.”

Leslie is currently finishing her new album, which she says will drop by the end of the year. She’s also very excited about potentially finishing another leg of the tour with Super Junior. “They’re trying to see if we can do some more shows in Latin America, in Central America, go to the countries we didn’t get to go to in South America, like Colombia [and] Brazil,” she said.

Just like with “Despacito” and “Mi Gente,” “Lo Siento” is bringing together different cultures, languages and even fandoms from various parts of the world that don’t get to interact as much through music in a compact, smooth earworm.

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“For us to come together just fully based off of mutual artistic respect, and for something like this to happen, and now everybody really enjoying it despite the cultural differences, that to me was the biggest takeaway and the biggest blessing to now be a part of Super Junior’s story and them a huge part of mine,” Leslie said.  

During an interview in Times Square, the dominicana gave the boys a quick dance lesson — and it was all caught on camera.

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“Bridging cultures one dance step at a time! First Super Junior with me and ‘Group Dance’ in their land South Korea, and now me with them and ‘Bachata’ in my home NYC,” Grace, 23, captioned a video of the dance sesh she posted on Instagram. “Proud to be your instructor, @eunhyukee44 hahaha! You are officially baptized the best bachatero out of Korea by the princess of bachata — BOOM!”

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