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It’s jarring when pop singers decide to spit a few rhymes.You never immediately think, “Ohh, that’s a good idea! Do that again.” Usually you want to ban them from microphones forever. However, on rare occasions, it’s surprisingly good. This is not a list of the top feMCs in the game. Far from it. We’re giving you the lady poppers who have dared to rap and weren’t so bad. It makes us respect them more and, heck, it even makes them sexier. Some have even gone on to use the whole rap thing in their careers. Check out the list of these bold ladies below.

1. Katy Perry


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We already know Katy Perry is fearless–she married Russell Brand and has dyed her hair every color on the rainbow, but we didn’t know she had it in her to rap. Last month she covered Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s “N***as in Paris” during a live performance at BBC Radio 1. “This is about to get real embarrassing,” she said before launching into it. While she censored all the expletives and made it a little too clean, the rendition is really not “embarrassing.” She even brought out the rapper in her complete with a Yankees fitted on. Not bad at all.

2. Selena Gomez


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It’s hard to keep a squeaky clean image growing up a Disney star, but Selena Gomezmanaged to do just that. No nude photos leaked, no scandals–nothing of the sort and she knows it. “Selena G, I’m known for my modesty,” is a line from this MTV EMA promo she did last year. She did it all with a bandana and flannel on–bleeped out expletives included. Selena G, if we’re allowed to call her that now, probably took some pointers from Nicki Minaj after she covered “Super Bass.”

3. Taylor Swift


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Taylor Swift aka T-Swizzle–yes, that’s what she called herself–was surprisingly good at her attempt at rap. She did a song called “Thug Story” with T-Pain and premiered it as the opening of the 2009 CMT Music Awards. With lyrics like “I’m so gangster you can find me baking cookies at night/You out clubbing but I just made caramel delight”–you can’t go wrong. She had everything in the video from the cars to the bling–no video babes though.

4. Miley Cyrus


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In 2009, Miley Cyrus decided she wanted to leave Twitter and stop “living for people.” What better way to announce that than a rap video? Cyrus made the song and video to explain to her fans why she left the social networking site. Let’s just say she should stick to singing more.

5. Amy Heidemann of Karmin


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Of course the other half of Karmin can pull off a rap song! Heidemann didn’t seriously attempt rap until the duo’s cover of “Look At Me Now” and look where it got them. Her rap skills have gone from covers to originals since she started out. She can probably teach the rest of these ladies a thing or two since she’s one of the very few people who can rapBusta Rhymes‘ verse without a stutter.

 

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It seems cray … but a simple warning that Jay Z and Kanye West included at the top of their “N**gas in Paris” video may have been the difference between life and death for some of their seizure-prone fans … this according to multiple epilepsy organizations.

The concern is obvious … since the video is filled with strobe lights and quick edits. The warning at the top of the video reads, “This video has been identified by Epilepsy Action to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.”

Now, the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy tell TMZ … “50,000 individuals lose their lives each year due to seizures and related causes. We applaud artists like Kanye West and Jay Z who recognize the potential dangers in their videos, movies and performances and are conscientious enough to warn patients and their families about the risks.”

And CURE isn’t alone in their praise … a rep for the Epilepsy Therapy Project tells us the organization “appreciates the sensitivities that Kanye and Jay Z showed in appropriately warning individuals with photosensitive epilepsy that their video may cause seizures.”

The rep adds, “Given the 4 million people who suffer from epilepsy in the US alone, we need to work together with the music industry on how best to destigmatize the condition and stop seizures and epilepsy once and for all so everyone can enjoy the music.”

Tracklist

01 Glory (Feat. B.I.C.)
02 Tower Heist
03 I Do (Feat. Andre 3000, Young Jeezy)
04 Talk That Talk (Feat. Rihanna, Rick Ross)
05 No Church In The Wild (Feat. Kanye West, Rick Ross, Meek
06 Niggas In Paris (Remix) (Feat. Kanye West, T.I.)
07 Mr Nice Watch (Feat. J Cole)
08 Boongie Drop
09 Illest Motherfucker Alive
10 713
11 DJ Self Freestyle
12 Gotta Have It
13 Made In America (Feat. Frank Ocean)
14 Why I Love You (Feat. Mr. )
15 Lift Off (Feat. Beyonce)
16 Criminology

Tracklist

01. Introduces Rihanna
02. If It’s Lovin’ That You Want
03. Rihanna Speaks On Growing Up Barbados & Pursuing Her Musical Career
04. Pon de Replay
05. Rihanna Speaking On Shooting Her First Video & Being Discovered
06. You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) (Ft. Vybz Kartel)
07. We Ride
08. Unfaithful [Urban Noize Remix]
09. SOS Live Performance (In Australia)
10. Break It Off (Ft. Sean Paul)
11. Where Rihanna See Herself In 5 Years
12. Umbrella (Ft. Jay-Z)
13. Rihanna Speaks On The Success Of Umbrella & Inspiration Behind Good Girl Gone Bad
14. Shut Up and Drive
15. Don’t Stop Music & Push Up On Me Live (Good Girls Gone Bad Tour)
16. Rihanna Talks About Her Favorite Records On Good Girl Gone Bad
17. Disturbia
18. Hate That I Love You (Ft. Ne-Yo)
19. Take A Bow
20. Rehab
21. Rihanna Speaks On Russian & Rated R (Rated R Era)
22. Russian Roulette
23. Wait Your Turn
24. Rockstar
25. Rihanna Speaks On The Writing Process Of Rated R
26. Hard
27. Rude Boy
28. Te Amo
29. Rihanna Speaks On Her Growth & Evolution With Rated R As An Artist
30. Only Girl (In the World)
31. S&M
32. Skin
33. Rihanna Describes LOUD As Being Expressive
34. What’s My Name (Ft. Drake)
35. Cheers (Drink to That)
36. California King Bed (Live On American Idol)
37. Rihanna Describes The Sound & Feel Of LOUD
38. Raining Men (Ft. Nicki Minaj)
39. Man Down
40. We Found Love
41. You Da One

Tracklist

01 Got 2 Luv U . Alexis Jordan3:17
02 She Doesn’t Mind 3:47
03 Body 4:10
04 What I Want 3:57
05 Won’t Stop (Turn Me Out) 4:14
06 Dream Girl 3:54
07 Hold On4:08
08 How Deep Is Your Love feat. Kelly Rowland 3:20
09 Put It On You3:35
10 Roll Wid Di Don 3:41
11 Touch The Sky feat. DJ Ammo 3:52
12 Wedding Crasher 3:01

Katy Perry Big Winner at People's Choice Awards | Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Despite not appearing at Wednesday’s 38th annual People’s Choice Awards, Katy Perry was the big winner of the night.

Perry, whose 14-month marriage to Russell Brand ended last month, was honored in five categories, as favorite female artist, tour headliner and for song of the year for “ET” with Kanye West, music video for “Last Friday Night” and TV guest star for How I Met Your Mother.

In a Twitter message earlier in the week, Perry said she wouldn’t attend but told fans, “I want to thank u all for voting for me, fingers crossed!”

Sound of 2012: Frank Ocean

The BBC Sound Of 2012 list showcases some of music’s most exciting emerging stars, selected by more than 180 leading critics, bloggers and broadcasters.

This year’s runner-up is 24-year-old US R&B singer Frank Ocean. He is the penultimate artist to be revealed from the top five. The winner will be named on Friday.

Last June, Frank Ocean wrote down what he would tell his younger self if he could go back in time five years.

“You’re on a plane right now to the east coast to work with Kanye West and Jay-Z,” his message read. “It’s all working out kid. You made it.”

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Ocean has a right to be pleased with how far he has come.

Five years earlier, the 18-year-old Ocean had moved to Los Angeles from his native New Orleans and was struggling to make music while processing insurance claims. “I hated it,” he says.

But he would soon begin to make his name as a songwriter, co-writing tracks for Justin Bieber and John Legend, before joining the sprawling hip-hop collective Odd Future.

He signed a solo record deal but, frustrated with being left to languish in the major label system, decided to post his debut album Nostalgia, Ultra online for free last February.

Despite a lack of conventional promotion, fans soon cottoned on and the praise gathered pace.

Before long, he was on the plane to record vocals for two tracks on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s heavyweight collaboration Watch The Throne.

He was also called upon to co-write a track for Beyonce’s latest album 4, while his LP was ranked among the best of 2011 by a number of critics.

The Guardian, placing Nostalgia, Ultra third on its list of the best of albums of 2011, enthused about the “artistic vision that was his and his alone”.

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Frank Ocean moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina in 2005

Los Angeles Times pop critic Randall Roberts compared Ocean to Kanye West and Drake, adding that he “one-ups them with more wit and better narratives”.

What would his 18-year-old self make of it all? “I think he’d be pretty stoked about it,” Ocean replies. “I’ve been working towards these moments for a considerable amount of time.”

Nostalgia, Ultra is an album packed with warm tones, languid grooves, satisfying hooks and vivid stories, helped by samples from the likes of Coldplay, MGMT and The Eagles.

Bridging the gap between classic vocal R&B and smart hip-hop, that artistic vision makes the album rare in its feeling of completeness and coherence.

“Have you ever seen Boyz N the Hood?” he asks, referring to the 1991 film.

“There are certain movies that are shot with a summer haze, that look like the best part of summer. That vibe in that film is super nostalgic for me and I was chasing those colours, trying to make a record that had that feel.”

Ocean, born Christopher Breaux, grew up with jazz in the streets and his mother’s CDs – Celine Dion, Anita Baker, the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack – on the car stereo.

As a teen, he did neighbourhood chores to fund his first studio sessions. “Oh man I had numerous hustles,” he recalls. “They all tended to be legal. Washing cars was one of them, and mowing lawns and walking dogs.”

Studio destroyed

Then in 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated his city and his recording facilities.

“The storm itself didn’t make me move, but the storm ruined my recording environment and the studio I was working in got looted and destroyed by floodwater,” he says. “I didn’t have a place to work in New Orleans so I left and came to LA.”

He intended to stay for just six weeks. But, starting to mix in music industry circles, realised he needed to stay longer to make things happen.

He fell in with producers whose main aim, he says, was to provide songs for other artists, and he co-wrote the song Quickly for John Legend in 2008 and Bigger for Justin Bieber the following year.

“There was a point where I was composing for other people, and it might have been comfy to continue to do that and enjoy that income stream and the anonymity,” he says. “But that’s not why I moved away from school and away from family.”

‘Dreams and talent’

The record deal with Def Jam followed, but he grew frustrated at their inaction after, in his words, “signing a kid with dreams and talent with no intention of following through”.

Given the reception the album has had since he released it himself, does he regret not putting it out the official way and getting the exposure that record label marketing muscle and chart success would have brought?

“No,” he says emphatically and repeatedly (and I am editing his forthright language), adding: “I make pop culture,” and insisting the charts do not matter.

Relations with Def Jam have been repaired and his second album – the first official release – is due this spring.

“We’re cool,” he says. “There is a new album coming. I’m super proud of it.”

If the next album can live up to its self-leaked predecessor, this is the start of the story for Frank Ocean.

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