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Pop Addicts Presents: Top 5 YouTuber's of 2011

2011 is coming to a close and we here at Pop Addicts thought it fitting to make a year end list of our favorite YouTuber’s who have kept us entertained all year long! Take a list at our top 5 YouTuber’s of 2011 below! 5. Awkward Black Girl Think of The Office with a black awkward girl as the lead cast member. Sounds hilarious, because it is! Created by a Stanford University graduate, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is an exaggerated version of Issa Rae’s awkward life. Check out the first episode below.

4. Kingsleyyy Kingsley is everyone’s favorite bitchy YouTuber, first jumping onto the scene with a viral entitled, “THINGS I HATE,” Kingsleyyy captured millions of YouTube users. King (his real name) still likes to complain, but he has introduced his viewers to a new side of him and quite frankly, we like it. Check out one of King’s viral videos below.

3. Glozell She’s like the goofy Aunt whose house you always want to go over. Glozell has been owning YouTube for a couple of years now with her unedited spontaneous videos of her reviewing videos and songs or just hilariously rambling. She’s on this list because she has yet to get old and I’m excited to see what she has in store for 2012. Check out one of my favorite Glozell videos below!

2. Patti Lahelle First of all, WHO IS THIS? The man or woman behind the hilarious series of Got 2B Real has not been revealed and we want to know! If you have not seen the break out show of 2011 then you need to catch up! Lahelle has created a series featuring our favorite ladies of the music industry saying the things we all say about each other. The editing is unparalleled and with season 2 beginning in a few days it goes with out saying the mystery YouTube has something up their sleeve for 2012. Check out the first episode of Got 2B Real below and get hooked!

1. The Skorpion Show 2011 has been the year of The Skorpion Show. Besides interviewing the world’s biggest pop star, celebrities that have seen the Skorpion Show include Beyoncé, Ciara, The Braxtons, Frankie (HOLLA), and more. How can you not love the two charismatic hosts Kevin & Makael and special guests (Cory Raw) and moments (Amber cursing out Tibby). I know that 2012 is going to be their best yet…. and if you don’t agree have several seats!

Who were some of your favorite YouTuber’s in 2011?

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Pop Addicts Presents: Alex's Top 11 Hip-Hop Albums of 2011

2012 is almost here, but not without another obligatory year end list to close it out. Welcome to “Alex’s first annual top hip-hop albums of the year-which-should-have-no-bearing-on-what-you’re-favorite-albums-of-the-year-are list.” There were a number of great albums released this year from both indie and mainstream artists alike, so here’s a look at what stood out for me.  

11. The Family Sign - Atmosphere

I never thought I’d rank an Atmosphere album at the bottom of a year-end hip-hop list, but with tracks like, “She’s Enough” and “Bad Bad Daddy,” as well as a small, but noticeable decline in some of Slug’s lyricism, I couldn’t bring myself to rank it above any of the other albums on the list. In saying that, The Family Sign, was still a better album than most released this year, and will continue to get multiple spins from me.

Standout Tracks: “Millennium Dodo” and “The Last To Say” The Family Sign - Atmosphere

 

10. Cole World: The Sideline Story - J. Cole

J. Cole took us for a ride, giving us a small glimpse of his life from before being signed, the day it happened, and where his life is at today with his #1 debut album. Cole World is a promising debut for the Roc Nation artist, bringing us a range of beats and storytelling that will capture you from beginning to end.

Standout Tracks: “Lost Ones” and “Nobody’s Perfect (feat. Missy Elliott)” Cole World - The Sideline Story - J Cole

9. Oneirology - CunninLynguists

Thoughtful lyricism, and perfectly sampled beats are standout aspects of Oneirology. Experimentation complimented the group perfectly on this album, where they take us for a look into the subconscious and dreams. Listen to it more than once, and take more from it than you did the first time; Oneirology is sure to go down as a classic in the CunninLynguists catalogue.

Standout Tracks: “Murder (Act II) (feat. Big K.R.I.T.),” “Shattered Dreams,” and “Embers.” Oneirology - CunninLynguists

 

8. Watch The Throne - Jay-Z and Kanye West

Everyone heard this one. I don’t need to say anything. WE IN FRANCE!…I’m just sayin’. Standout Tracks: “New Day” and “Welcome To The Jungle” Watch the Throne - JAY Z & Kanye West

 

7. Bad Time Zoo - Sims

Minneapolis MC Sims delivers audiences themes of ups and downs, trials and tribulations of life with complex rhyme-schemes and beats perfected by Doomtree comrade, Lazerbeak. Messages of hypocrisy found in today’s society are delivered without sounding preachy, and Sims tells tales of just surviving, coping and sometimes desperation without coming across as self-pitying. Bad Time Zoo is a long-awaited follow up to his first release in 2005, Lights Out Paris, and was well worth the wait. Standout Tracks: “Hey You” and “When It Rolls In” Bad Time Zoo - Sims

 

6. October - Paul Thompson

Paul Thompsonbrings lyricism and storytelling to the forefront of his work, and as a result he gave us October, which is undoubtedly one of my favorite albums…no, not just of the year. Paul brings many different characters to life on the album—it’s almost impossible not to grow attached to each of them. Cryptic in nature and laced with vivid imagery, October is a must listen. I’m sure we’ll be seeing much more of Paul next year, and if his releases in 2011 are a foresight of things to come, he could very well land on 2012’s year-end list. Standout Tracks: “A Delicate Balance” and “The Raven Pt. 2 (feat. Z)” [Free Download here]  

5. Together/Apart - Grieves

Grieves put all the struggles of life into Together/Apart and although he often raps about hard times he dealt with the past two years, most of the album is surprisingly hopeful. Most importantly, the greatest message presented to listeners in the album is the fellowship music creates with all of us.

Standout Tracks: “Sunny Side of Hell,” “Tragic (feat. Brother Ali)” and “Bloody Poetry” Together/Apart - Grieves

 

4. No Kings - Doomtree

No Kings may very well be Minneapolis rap collective Doomtree’s most collaborative and experimental record to date. 5 different MCs, all with their own brand and unique style, somehow manage to mesh perfectly, creating an album of introspective material, packed with metaphors and in-your-face beats. With so many voices and styles, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume the album could be cluttered and non-cohesive, but rest assured, No Kings avoids all of that and compliments each MC’s style wonderfully. Standout Tracks: “No Way,” “Little Mercy,” and “Bolt Cutter” No Kings - Doomtree

3. Undun - The Roots

The Roots offer audiences their first concept album of their catalog, and the result is one of the most brilliant and touching of their career, with Undun. It’s a fluid soundtrack of the life and death of fictional character. Although there would be no complaints from me if the album was a little bit longer, lyricism is at an all-time high, with Black Thought spitting classic lines, paired with complimentary features and ?uestlove’s knack for unique and emotive beats; Undun is a must listen album of 2011.

Standout Tracks: “The OtherSide (feat. Bilal Oliver & Greg Porn)” and “I Remember” (But don’t listen to it unless you do it from beginning to end. Let this album tell its story.) Undun - The Roots

 

2. Give Me My Flowers While I Can Smell Them - Blu & Exile

West Coast MC, Blu and producer Exile give audiences a startlingly brilliant (and free) album, released just this December, although it was recorded in 2009. The album is unmastered, but when you have lyrics and storytelling as good as Blu, paired with Exile’s next-to-flawless beats, that hardly seems to matter. When two creative minds, the caliber of Blu and Exile mesh, the product is a timeless piece of art. Hip-hop lovers and doubters alike, you need to listen to Give Me My Flowers While I Can Smell Them. You’re missing out on something special until you do. Standout Tracks: “The Only One,” “She Said It’s Ok” and “Seasons” [Download here]  

1. Castor, The Twin - Dessa

If you’ve been searching for an album with a hint of philosophy, teeming with melancholy, and songs perfectly relate-able to the human experience, Dessa’s Castor, The Twin was made for you. The album is comprised of 10 zealous rearrangements of previously recorded material, and a new, advanced single from Dessa’s album slated for release in 2012. Dessa has made (another) truly timeless album, and although they’re lyrics we’ve heard before, the reworked material gives the audience an entirely different listening experience. Amazing how the “same” songs can take you somewhere completely new. Lyrically, musically and creatively, no one is touching Dessa right now. If she keeps putting out work this solid, I’m certain she’ll be monopolizing the top of many year-end lists to come. (I almost didn’t even put Castor on the list, mostly because hip-hop is too limiting of a description for the album, and because 10 of 11 tracks have been heard before, but then I realized…this was the best hip-hop record released this year. Who am I to deny that?

Standout Tracks: “Mineshaft,” “Dixon’s Girl” and “The Beekeeper” Castor, the Twin - Dessa

What are your favorite hip-hop albums of 2011?

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Pop Addicts Presents: The Top 10 Twitter Beefs of 2011

We’re in 2012 now, but 2011 was a great year for music. Some artists rose above their past, while some acted like straight up coons on twitter. Obviously in 2011, no one knew how to privately message. Instead they mentioned them on twitter, or threw subliminal shots. Some beefs even developed from twitter, which shows how relevant they really are. You probably forgot about half of these “tweefs,” but I’m here to remind you of the coonery, foolery, and buffoonery.

"Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Shout to Lloyd"-Miguel

There’s a reason why this beef is #10. R&B beefs can’t be taken seriously. In early July, Miguel thought it was acceptable to call out Lloyd for having a similar hairstyle to him. Lloyd later replied to this statement in a radio interview, but Miguel soon retracted his comment tweeting “Beef with Lloyd? Shots? None at all. Its 2011, Get Money.” His twitter name is @migmoney. That’s all we need to see.

I own g-unit that’s not a surprise I built it but I also own g-unot these fools are so far behind me its not funny,”-50 cent

So I guess we can put our G-Unit comeback dreams to the side now. As we already know, 50 cent and Game are not on the best terms. Someone tweeted 50 “DAMN @50cent still gets 25% of whatever @game sells." 50 responded "Well you know I’m a business man.” 50 cent continued to brag about how he owns G-Unit and the phrase “G-UNOT.” then all of a sudden Game says “N***a you don’t own G-Unot….. G-UNOT “OWNED” you !!! #300bars DEADED them wack ass clothes & them flunky n***s runnin wit you.”

50 cent wasn’t finished. He typed up a whole paragraph which included “Watch me destroy every one who put’s them selves in compaction with me. This album cycle it’s gonna be to hard to keep up with me.” The Game sent some more which ended with " I’m out…….. yo timeline is bout to get REAL BORING." Who won? Nobody did, and that’s why it’s near the bottom of the list.

" Hey @Trinarockstarr, at this point @Beyonce’s folding baby bump is more relevant than you are! "-Sandra Rose

This is one of the most random, but funny tweefs. It all started during an episode of Lala’s reality show ‘Full Court Life.’ Sandra Rose called Trina a lesbian, then all hell broke loose.

”@SandraRose F*ck u and your wack ass blogs!! U can start cuz bitch I will finish!!!!!” “@SandraRose Y are u even blogging about me! I don’t give a fuck about your lame ass blog! u disgusting ass ugly fucking peasant!!!!” If you thought it was over, Sandra Rose went a step further. THIS WAS THE END.

@Trinarockstarr, please don’t get me started on you. Da Brat didn’t even want to lie down with you and wake up with fleas. if it wasn’t for @peakpublicity I wouldn’t have put ur wack ass pics on my blog. u can bet it won’t happen again. I could go on and on about how u chased Da Brat all around the country bish. You’re a non muthafuckin factor trick! are you still chasing after married men because you’re not woman enough to keep a man of your own? Yet your publicist BEGGED me to feature your music video pics on my blog last week, right? You’re just mad because I told him u haven’t had a hit since the late 1970s. Remind me again: when was your last hit?

WINNER: SANDRA ROSE

In reality, this tweef should be #10, but the people who participated in this put it up a few spots. Ciara and 50 cent were always rumored to be in a relationship for years. It started on the 31st of January when 50 tweeted that he was at the Playboy Mansion, and asked who would want to be his pimped out ho. Of course, the thirsty hoes replied to 50, and Ciara was lurking.

Ciara tweeted ““The things people tweet say a lot about their character, pay attention!:)”

Then 50 Cent tweeted ” “Yea I tweet things that reflect my character b*tch. I have a sense of humor get one.l ol that’s why you’re 3 mill followers behind me.” BOOM! Ciara was obviously shook , and all she could tweet was ” “ooohh, tell em why u mad b!” Ciara and 50 Cent no longer follow each other. 50 cent still has 3 million more followers.

WINNER: 50 Cent

In the midst of a big US tour, you would think twitter would be the last thing on Chris Brown’s mind. Unfortunately, there will always be that one person who wants to provoke poor Chris. News reporter Andy Levy attacked Chris on his show, and on twitter.

Chris replied ” if i put a black light besides your face it would show all the times u had my nuts in ya mouth! Be Nice!” Then all of a sudden Danny Zuker.

I don’t know who Andy Levy thinks he is. This lobster clawed looking fool always has something negative to say. We all know what Chris did, he’s paid for his mistakes. Even though he acts like an ass on twitter occasionally, he’s still human, and learning.

“Bitch you have crows feet, laugh lines, your knees knocked, and on the Essence cover you had stretch marks. Do you really?”-Twitter Woman

Who would of thought the nice church lady J.Hud would ever get in a tweef with a random person? The woman asked J.Hud about her weight loss, and Jennifer Hudson let her know how she feels!

@1984Lips4daze didn’t waste any time and tweeted "Bitch don’t do it because I will drag your ass from WHERE YOU AT all the way here down south." OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (school kid voice).

"Bitch u were a size 24, could only pull a gay man and you attack because you’re a size 0?#LETSNOT"

It’s obvious who won this: @1984Lips4daze

"SUN IN THE SKY, YOU KNOW HOW I…." *turns channel*

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Pop Addicts Presents: The Top 11 Biggest Moments in Pop Culture of 2011

2011 was a year of both triumph and tragedy; tornadoes and earthquakes in strange places, tsunamis, wars, Bin Laden, Gaddafi and Mubarak’s all gone, but this list is not about any of the important things that happened this year.

This indulgent and shallow list is of the “Top 11 Biggest Moments in Pop Culture” because frankly, we like to be entertained. So get ready for the first annual list of moments that rocked the world, had us engaged, disgusted, hopeful and downright irate. Let’s begin, shall we?

#11 Planking takes over the world

You’ve seen the pictures. You’ve probably participated. The craze of taking a picture laying flat on strange objects and posting them on social networks took over in 2011. There were injuries and even a death, but that did not stop the world and a number of celebrities from making fools of themselves and their children on the Internet. Not everyone should be a parent.

#10 Charlie Sheen goes postal & gets pink slip

Charlie Sheen has never been stable, but this year he went off the deep end and became one of the 15% unemployed in America. President Obama doesn’t need this. It all started in January with trashing the Plaza hotel room, dodging rehab, media rants dissing “Two And A Half Men” and its producers, flings with “goddesses,” and more coonery eventually contributed to his ousting.

Soon after, in another series of peculiar interviews, he coined the terms, “Tiger Blood,” and “Winning,” to which T-shirts, buttons and other memorabilia were made. He then joined twitter, went on an ill-received comedy tour and now has a new sitcom premiering on FX next year called Anger Management. Talk about a downgrade.

#9 Katy Perry matches Michael Jackson’s record

Pop starlet Katy Perry made history by tying Michael Jackson’s record of 5 #1’s from a single album and being the only female artist to ever achieve the feat. Granted, her accomplishments weren’t met without their share of criticism, due to the price slashing and last minute remixes which helped catapult her into the number #1 position, but she still deserves recognition. If only a remix and discount could fix her marriage.

#8 When turning a ho into housewife goes wrong

We all knew it wouldn’t last. The writing was on the wall as if it were 1999 and I was Beyonce. Kim Kardashian and basketball player Kris Humphries became engaged after dating 6 months and after 72 days of marriage, divorce papers were filed citing “irreconcilable differences. Humphries is trying to get the marriage annulled, due to fraud. He knew who she was when he married and and still decided to partake in the staged $10 million dollar wedding. No sympathy here.

#7 It’s over! Don’t call, text, BBM, call my Mama or come to my job

A number of high-profile relationships came to an end this year, including Kobe & Vanessa Bryant, Ashton Kutcher & Demi Moore, Bishop Eddie Long and Vanessa Long, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shiver and more. The common reason? Cheating husbands.

#6 Those we lost

2011 was filled with much sadness as we lost a Hollywood Queen, a Hip-Hop icon, a pioneer and visionary, one of R&B’s soul diva and a UK singer/ songwriter whose music and voice resonated with all generations.

Elizabeth Taylor, at the age of 79 passed away from heart failure. She was one of the last of Hollywood’s golden era and her legacy of class, sophistication, philanthropy and many classic films will forever live on. He was on his way towards a comeback and had just performed on stage for the first time in 15 years, and suddenly, in the blink of an eye, he was gone.

Rap legend Heavy D, who helped usher is a new era of music (New Jack Swing) is remembered for his stage presence, and being an overall lovable, positive, giving and charismatic individual. Elements all represented in his music. Heavy D passed away suddenly at the age of 44 from a blood clot.

The inspiring innovator that changed the world today as we know it, Steve Jobs passed away after an ongoing battle with cancer. Jobs has changed the way we communicate, we work, we live and in many ways we don’t even realize yet. RIP to a forward thinking pioneer in technology. We knew might happen, but hoped it wouldn’t.

UK Grammy Award winner Amy Winehouse was unable to overcome her problems with substance abuse and passed away due to alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. Winehouse in her short recording career produced some of the most honest, insightful and timeless music ever.

R&B legend Vesta Williams was the under-appreciated heart and soul of a genre, who is remembered not just for her amazing vocal ability, but more so for the amazing human being that she was. At the age of 53, an enlarged heart caused her death, but her personality, kindness, beauty and talent will never be forgotten.  

#5 Hats on hats on hats as a Prince Is Married

The First Missionary Baptist Methodist Episcopal Church of God in Christ members ain’t got nothing on on the hats of the Royal family and friends. Prince William married Kate Middleton in a lavish spectacle watched by over 700 million people worldwide. Many of us remember when Princess Diana passed away and have watched her two boys grow into men. This wedding would have made her proud.

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New Music: Sheree From 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' "Who Gon' Check Me Boo" (Nene Diss)

Apparently anyone can make a song and get away with it. Sheree from the ‘Real Housewives’ franchise randomly released a new single titled “Who Gon’ Check Me Boo”….a season late. In the song, she boasts about the money she doesn’t has, and she also disses fellow cast member Nene Leakes. Not only did she even think to release this song, but she was bold enough to put it on iTunes.

You can download “Who Gon Check Me Boo” HERE.

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Timbaland Admits to Being in Love with Aaliyah

Super-producer Timbaland has finally admitted what the world knew all along, that he was in love with the late R&B icon, Aaliyah. In a sit down with E! for his True Hollywood Story, the Grammy Award winner discussed being smitten with the “Back And Forth” singer, but decided to become a brother figure to her instead. Timbaland’s E!’s True Hollywood Story airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

"When I first met Aaliyah—it time for the world to hear this, I’m gonna give a little secret—I was in love with her. I said, But I’m not…She just a baby, I’m old,” Timbaland says. “I said to myself, ‘I’m just gonna be her brother.’ Oh man, I was fightin’, I was fightin’ a lot—a big war. But I loved Aaliyah.”

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New Music: Adam Lambert "Better Than I Know Myself"

American Idol runner up, Adam Lambert announced that his album Trespassing will be released March 20th. Now, the first single titled “Better Than I Know Myself” has premiered. Lambert bears his soul on the Pop-Rock mid-tempo. Listen to “Better Than I Know Myself” here.

The first single “Better Than I Know Myself” highly contrasts his first single of his debut album, For Your Entertainment. This could be a big hit on the radio. The perfect collaboration for Adam would be a Pink song.

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R&B Christmas Revisited: Day 4 Boyz II Men "Let It Snow"

"R&B Christmas Revisited" is a new series only on PopAddicts. Everyday leading to Christmas, we will revisit a Christmas cover by various R&B artists. These covers can range from the 80’s to the 90’s, even 2000’s. There may even be some original Christmas songs. Have you ever wondered if  one of your favorite R&B artists had a Christmas album or song? Visit PopAddicts.com daily for a revisit to the most obscure, but brilliant R&B Christmas covers.

Tuesday the "R&B Christmas Revisited" artist was SWV, with the cover of “Give Love on Christmas Day.”

Wednesday  the "R&B Christmas Revisited" artist was Musiq Soulchild, with his version of ” O Christmas Tree.”

Thursday, the  "R&B Christmas Revisited" artist was Toni Braxton, and her original song “Christmas In Jamaica.”

Find out which R&B artist will be the second of many a part of “R&B Christmas Revisited” below.

Boyz 2 Men ft Brian McKnight “Let It Snow”

Legendary R&B group Boyz II Men were on top of the world when they released their first Christmas album Christmas Interpretations in 1993. “Let It Snow” features silky smooth harmonies from Boyz 2 Men, with help from R&B crooner Brian McKnight. This is no ordinary version of “Let it Snow.” They totally revamped the song and made it an intimate R&B song, and gave it new lyrics, new vocals, and new life.

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Brandy Working with Frank Ocean, New Music out in March

Billboard caught up with “the vocal bible,” Brandy to discuss her upcoming sixth studio album, which many are hoping will bring her back to the forefront of music and at the top of the charts. The Grammy Award winner disclosed that along with Timbaland, Sean Garrett, Rico Love and Bangladesh, she will be collaborating with Odd Future’s Frank Ocean and that we can expect her album in March of 2012. Check out some of the best bits below.

On the sound she’s aiming for

"What I’m truly excited about is how the album is all about R&B and figuring out the new sound of R&B, and that was the challenge for me. I wanted to do something different — I didn’t want to just sing about love over regular beats. I think the fans have been very patient with me, but I just wanted to make sure that this album was right — the right type of music, the right core. I feel like we’re getting to that point where I felt comfortable with putting something out."

On working with Frank Ocean for a second time

"We’ve always had that great chemistry, and we both understand music in the same ways. To work with him on this album was great as well, and I hope I can get in [the studio] with him some more because his music is just so moving; I’m inspired by him. I think he’s a great artist and he hasn’t even touched on what he will touch on in the future."

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Video: Drake Headlines Cali Christmas with Special Guest Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber &Tyga

Young Money rapper Drake headlined Power 106’s Cali Christmas last night and performed a number of his hits including, “Fancy,” “Say Something,” Headlines,” “Marvin’s Room,” just to name a few. Drake also had a special treat for the fans, as he brought out Justin Bieber to perform “Trust Issues,” Lil Wayne for “The Motto,” and Tyga to perform “Rack City.”

Watch here as Drake tears the stage down at the Gibson Amphitheater below.  What was the 2pac-esqe rant about at the very end? Yew mad Drizzy?

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