Fantasia, Monica, Tweet Pay Homage to Missy Elliott at ‘Hip Hop Honors’

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After a six-year hiatus, VH1’s Hip Hop Honors, a special program dedicated to honoring many legends throughout the history of the genre, returned on Monday night.  The ceremony celebrated the impact of female hip-hop icons including Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa and Lil’ Kim. It featured performances from the likes of Lil’ Mama, Teyana Taylor, Keke Palmer, Ashanti and many more. The one stand out performance was the tribute to Missy Elliott with Fantasia, Tweet and Monica.

Fantasia kicked off the tribute with her 2004 hit single “Free Yourself,” which was co-written by Missy Elliott. Donning a beautiful white dress, Fanny delivered an emotionally-packed performance. The songstress belted out the song with the crowd singing (and Missy herself) singing right along with her.

Following Fantasia was Monica, who performed her hit “So Gone,” which was written and produced by the Missy as well.  Closing out the individual performances, Tweet performed her signature hit “Oops (Oh My),” which was co-written by Missy.

The tribute did not end with Tweet, as the trio got together for the performance of “Lady Marmalade,” the 2001 Grammy-winning song Elliott produced for the film Moulin Rouge!

Watch the tribute performance below.

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Toni Braxton Shares Video for ‘Long As I Live’

Following the season six premiere of Braxton Family Values, Toni Braxton releases a visual for her latest single “Long As I Live.”

In the Mike Ho-directed video, Braxton and her dance partner showcase some smooth dance moves. Her sisters Tamar and Towanda also make an appearance in the video.

“Long As I Live” is the second single from Braxton’s new album, Sex & Cigarettes, out now on Def Jam Records. The song is currently No. 14 on Urban AC radio.

Watch Toni Braxton’s video for “Long As I Live” below.

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H.E.R. Releases Video for ‘Focus’

H.E.R. caps off this week with a visual for her fan-favorite track “Focus.”

The Sarah McColgan-directed clip follows H.E.R. as she tries to get her man’s attention. However, he’s so distracted by other things – like his phone. “Can you focus on me?” she sings.

“Focus” appears on the mysterious singer’s self-titled project that dropped last year. She is currently gearing up to release her debut album later this year.

In other news, H.E.R. is set to perform at the Broccoli City Festival in Washington, D.C. on April 28, alongside Miguel and Daniel Caesar.

Watch H.E.R.’s “Focus” video below.

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Trevor Jackson Releases Video for ‘Apocalypse’

Actor/singer Trevor Jackson has released the accompanying visual for his latest single “Apocalypse.”

Directed by Jackson himself, the video shows him literally going through different obstacles — as the world is coming to an end — just to be with his lover. According to Jackson, the video is a representation of being unafraid to go places where others are scared to go for love.

“Apocalypse” is lifted from Jackson’s forthcoming project, Rough Drafts Pt. 1, which will drop on March 23 via Born Art/Empire. The 15-track LP, which was recorded in Jackson’s living room, includes features from Lecrae and Iyn Jay.

Jackson will support Rough Drafts while serving as the special guest on Justine Skye’s Ultraviolet Tour, which begins tonight in Washington, D.C.

Watch the video for Trevor Jackson’s “Apocalypse” below.

Rough Drafts Pt. 1 Track List
1. Cover Page (Intro)
2. Ambience
3. My House
4. All I Am (Featuring Lecrae)
5. Know Something
6. Brokenhearted
7. Lituationship
8. Night Time
9. Right Now
10. *Rip*
11. How that Sound
12. Apocalypse
13. Unpacking
14. 27:17 (Featuring Iyn Jay)
15. Anakin (Featuring Iyn Jay)

Trevor Jackson Tour Dates
March 21: Washington, D.C. – Songbyrd Music House
March 22: Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
March 23: Boston, MA – Sonia
March 24: New York, NY – S.O.B’s
March 26: Chicago, IL – Subterranean
March 27: Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
March 29: Detroit, MI – The Shelter
April 1: Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
April 3: Dallas, TX – Cambridge Room (House of Blues)
April 4: Houston, TX – The Studio at Warehouse Live
April 7: Los Angeles, CA – The Mint

Pre-order Rough Drafts Pt. 1 here.

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