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Must Listen Monday

While all of the tracks on this week’s Must Listen Monday list each represent different musical genres, they all have one thing in common-they’re perfect for your growing summer playlists. For the baby makers out there, Ms. Monica returns with some Lil’ Wayne assistance on her new breezy tune, “Just Right For Me,” as does Mr Ginuwine, who makes his return to bedroom form with the aptly titled, “Leave It In.” For all of the soul divas out there, up-and-coming tune temptress Lianne La Havas delivers the righteous, “What You Won’t Do,” and bold overseas diva, Elliphant smashes the list with her whirling power ballad, “Love Me Badder.” 

Also included in the list is Swedish dance diva, Robyn, who finally makes her grand return to funky form on “Love is Free,” a bouncing banger she stars on with DJ/music producer, La Bagatelle Magique, which is guaranteed to make all your Must Listen Monday dreams come true. Hey, it’s almost July, so those playlists should be ready to go…let today’s list give you even more reason to get your summer music party on. 

Monica/Lil Wayne/”Just Right For Me”

Lianne La Havas/”What You Don’t Do”

Robyn/La Bagatelle Magique /”Love Is Free” 

Ginuwine/”Leave It In”

Tink/”I Like”

Dam-Funk/”We Continue”

Alina Baraz/Galimatias/”Fantasy”/Felix Jaehn Remix

Elliphant/”Love Me Badder”

Billie Black/”Going Under”

Adam Lambert/”Ghost Town”/Kream Remix

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Mixtape Music News/BET Awards Edition

1.Janet…..

Of course, the most hyped moment of last night’s BET krunk-tacle came in the form of one iconic star: Ms. Janet Jackson. BET awarded the iconic diva with the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award, and enlisted her longtime friends and producers, Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam, as well as Ciara, Jason Derulo and Tinashe to honor her werk–and they most certainly did. 

“We began a fantastic journey with a friend we celebrate tonight. She came to us a young woman with a lot to say and boy did she say it. She is Ms. Janet Jackson,” Lewis said as he and Jimmy Jam introduced the tribute. “At the time there were few women demanding respect and sounding so funky doing it,” Jimmy Jam said. “Janet’s music and her vocal expressions were empowering innovative and provocative.” Once Janet hit the stage after the tribute, looking absolutely fabulous of course, she took front-and-center, telling the crowd,  “It’s been a very long journey to this moment,” she said. “My heart is so full. Thank you God for making anything, everything possible. Twenty-five years ago, we created Rhythm Nation hoping the world would be a better place. But today there’s even more to be done.”

 “To all the fans,” she said, “I’ve missed you so much and I love you so much.”

Check out the fiery tribute right here.

2.Lil’ Kim and her new face just made the entrance of the year…..

Another highlight of last night’s show was an all-star performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of Puff Daddy‘s Bad Boy Records. During the explosive tribute to the iconic label, the Bad Boy mogul – looking lavish his old, old school custom red leather ensemble – recruited a dozen of the label’s biggest artists, which included Ma$e, Jadakiss, Faith Evans and 112 for a dazzling 10-minute mega-medley that also paid tribute to the late, great Biggie Smalls. But, perhaps the biggest moment came when the ratchet queen bee herself, Ms. Lil Kim popped up on stage…literally…in what we will be known as the entrance of the century. You just have to watch right here.

3…..and then Diddy fell through it….

Why is everybody falling this year? 

4.It was actually a good show…..

Overall, last night’s show was quite entertaining;hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson owned it and the show was laced with plenty of rousing performances, most notably Kendrick Lamar who explosively opened things up with “Alright, ” Janelle Monae certainly got her “Yoga” on, and The Weeknd, who sung his hit, ‘”Earned It,” tore it up alongside Ms. Alicia Keys. (It’s nice to hear you again, girl.)

Also in the music mix, the show paid tribute to legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award after singers Tori Kelly, Ne-Yo and Robin Thicke paid belted out some of his trademark tunes. Robinson, 75, used his speech (and sang!!)as an opportunity to let the youngsters in the industry know that a little humility goes a long way. 

“You didn’t start this,” he said. “You were not the first in line. The line started way, way, way, way, way before your great, great, great-grandparents were born. Also, you are not the end of the line. So don’t be so full of yourselves.” Preach, Mr. Smokey!! Check out the legend’s speech right here

Then there was…Ms. RiRi. Early on in the show, the “Bitch Better Have My Money” bitch was sitting front and center with a roll of silver duct tape, which we still can’t explain.  The camera also panned over a few times to show her getting her party on (including during a performance of her now notoriously former boyfriend Chris Brown) but it was what she did backstage that had fans scratching their heads. Allegedly, Cameras “caught her” seconds before coming on stage asking “But why?” and throwing a stack of money in BET executive Stephen Hill‘s face…which was later on to be revealed as a stunt.

5.That created some truly fabulous memes…….

As with every awards program, there’s always plenty of memes to go around, and last night’s show was no exception. For all of your BET Awards meme pleasure, Billboard rounded up their favorite 20, but Philly Mixtape‘s personal favorite came in that hilarious Total meme that popped up after it was noticed that the now defunct former Bad Boy R&B trio were noticeably absent from the tribute. (“Can’t You See“=classic.) Check it out below and then check out the rest of the memes right here….they will absolutely make your Monday. 

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Independent Diva Groove of the Day/Destiny’s Child/”Independent Women,Part 1″

What…a….weekend. So much to celebrate, so much to be thankful for and so just much love all around. Lucky for all of us, those coveted rainbow-tinged celebrations certainly don’t need to end as we get ready to get down with even more independence with this weekend’s 4th of July festivities! So, to keep those parties pulsating, all week long Philly Mixtape will be serving up some truly fabulous independent diva grooves to not only ring in the 4th, but to keep all your glitter bombs exploding well past the upcoming holiday weekend.

Of course, it’s always necessary to start the freedom party with “Independent Women, Pt. 1.” by our girls of Destiny’s Child. Not only did the Charlie Angels inspired number become Beyonce‘s, err, the gals biggest hit, but it was also the first time they let Michelle sing. As we all know, the blockbuster song came at a crucial time in the music career of DC, where preceding the release of “Independent,” there was all sorts of drama with Latoya Luckett and those other girls, which in turn made DC a trio; leaving Michelle the only new diva standing. Whatever the drama, it all worked because it would help their album, Survivor, climb the charts and would inch Ms. Beyonce closer and closer to her solo career. Oh, and those groovy ’70s-kissed outfits in the accompanying video….you better werk, Ms. Tina Knowles