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Exclusive Details: Jermaine Dupri Talks Jagged Edge, Ne-Yo Dishes On Forthcoming Album



After five successful studio albums, multiple Grammy wins and dozens of hit singles, Ne-Yo officially became the recipient of ASCAP’s Golden Note Award.

During Thursday night’s 27th annul ASCAP Rhythm and Soul event, the singer took home the coveted award which recognizes songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones.

“I am  not worthy of this award, but I got some work to do so I can be worthy of this award,” the r&b stud told HipHollywood while on the red carpet.

The decoration comes ahead of the signer’s forthcoming sixth studio album, Non Fiction. “We are shooting for a September release,” the singer shared with us. “Every song on the album is a true story. This album is a rebirth of story telling, I’m one of the last great story tellers on the face of this planet so this album is just putting a magnifying glass on that fact.”

Some of the evening’s other top honorees included Mike Will Made It and Jermaine Dupri, who took home the ASCAP Founders Award; one of the most prestigious honors that ASCAP gives to songwriters and composers.

“I think the most humbling part about is the names that gotten this award before me,” Durpi said of the past recipients, which include Ashford & Simpson, Dr. Dre, Berry Gordy, Diddy and Paul McCartney.

27th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards - Backstage

The rapper/producer, who was dapper in a floral, tuxedo jacket recently produced Mariah Carey’s latest album, is working with Bow Wow Shad Moss on new music and just rekindled his relationship with r&b group, Jagged Edge. JD and JE are working together again to bring fans an album we’ve been anticipating for years, J.E. Heartbreak Too.

“It’s going to be exciting. If you liked J.E Heartbreak the first one, you’re going to love this album. That’s all I can tell you,” Durpi explained.

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs



If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.


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