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When R&B singers start beefing, things can only go downhill.

Rappers, you guys better start watching out. Seems like the R&B contingent may be stepping into your territory. On Big Boy’s radio show, Ne-Yo recently threw some shots at Young Berg and Chris Brown. With regards to Berg, Ne-Yo agreed that dude needs a three-finger face slap, and with Brown, he said that dude has some personal hygiene problems.

Whoa. Those sound like fighting words! Not to mention, Chris Brown is doing commercials for Wrigley’s gum. At least his breath isn’t kicking, right? I mean, don’t you get some sort of life supply of gum for doing an endorsement?

The last guy who threw down for the R&B team was R.Kelly and we all know how that played out. Not well, not well at all. In fact, it didn’t play out so well that Jay-Z had Kelly pretty much booted from his tour. And to think, R. Kelly is one of the gangster-est R&B singers to ever croon on a mic.

However, with this Ne-Yo situation, it opens up the floodgates for other R&B singers to be chucking shots at the competition. This is one of those situations where things could get ugly and rappers are going to have to clean up the mess.

Imagine that.

With Ne-Yo taking not one but two shots at the competition, the whole natural order of urban music has been turned upside down. R&B singers are generally the level headed members of the music community, generally staying out of the beef that your everyday, run of the mill hip-hoppers love to get into. What’s going to happen is everyone from Trey Songz to The-Dream are going to be calling out their chart companions. With any luck, they’re going to have a sing off, which will not only provide some amazing radio songs, but also some great blog fodder.

But is this what we’ve come to? R&B singers picking fights with other R&B singers? If anything, this puts rappers into an awkward position as they need to pick the right side. Most rappers need at least one R&B track on their album if they’re going to sell any songs to the radio and if they side with the wrong singer they may end up on the wrong side of the playlist – as in not being played at all.

Of course, there’s one way to smooth all of this out, and it deals with the other guy that Ne-Yo called out; Young Berg.

For a guy whose songs most people can’t remember, Berg’s been called out for everything from the type of woman that he likes, to getting his chain stolen every other day like he’s trapped on Groundhog’s Day. Berg should go on the offensive and not only clap back at Ne-Yo, but also any other R&B singers out there, unless he wants to incur the upcoming R&B wrath that’s brewing.


beyonce-knowlesDid Beyonce take her latest video cues from Internet?

Last week, Beyonce debuted not one, but two new videos for her upcoming album. As with most things that Beyonce does, expectations were high. Very high! Around the time that the videos and songs were released, they were met with the usual praise and props. The video in particular that turned most heads was “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).” In the video, Beyonce who’s dressed in a leotard dances around with two of her sexiest dancers, and pretty much is alright with the world.

That is until, another more hilarious, video hits the Internet depicting pretty much the exact same dance moves that Beyonce and her pals feature in “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).”

This new, old video entitled “Mexican Breakfast” by Gwen Verdon became an internet sensation when it was set to DJ Unk’s track “Walk It Out.” Of course, gossip sites, and haters are claiming that ‘Bey-Z’ pretty much stole the whole choreography from the video. Generally, I’d be right there throwing stones at the glass houses with which I live in, but then something occurred to me?

What if the whole jack move is 100% intentional?

I mean, this is Beyonce we’re talking about. If she released a record of spoken word set to the sound of ducks quacking, she’d probably sell over a million copies in her first week. So who’s to say that she wouldn’t take her dance cues from a hokey video on Youtube?

Perhaps the same can be said for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).” Think about it like this. Beyonce probably has one of the most insane travelling/touring schedules of anyone short of a presidential candidate and given the fact that Youtube is like the third most visited site on the Internet, she probably saw “Mexican Breakfast” and thought it would be a good video to spoof. I mean, it’s not like she went out and actually covered the song.

If you really think about it, it’s not that much different than the any rapper making a video that spoofs Scarface, Goodfellas or any of the other mob movies they love to sample.

If anything, Beyonce deserves some sort of viral video award for popularizing the “Mexican Breakfast” dance. Let’s start the petition signing now!



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