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  • Christina Applegate probably never imagined that her Married With Children character Kelly Bundy would inspire a rap song, but a hip-hop ode has been penned in her honor.

    Easton, Pennsylvania rapper Big PA uses Kelly Bundy as a metaphor for cocaine.

    Though using "white girl" as code for the white powdery substance has been a longstanding trend in hip-hop (Young Jeezy even has a song called "Christina Aguilera"), Big PA wanted to come up with a reference with a bit more history.

    "Kelly Bundy was the first white girl in America every guy wanted, especially in my era," Big PA told Yahoo Music's Hip Hop Media Training. "So all the songs out there referencing white girls and drugs and drug paraphernalia, she's one of the very first and closest you can get to a pure uncut white girl."

    In the video directed by Travis Leaf Glover, Big PA rolls with an entourage of Kelly Bundy lookalikes with bleached blonde hair, cut off jean shorts, fish net stockings and tank tops.

    The Coke Boys producer,

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    Bubba Knight, an original member of Gladys Knight and The Pips, sang Al Green's "Love and Happiness" and The Beatles' "Yesterday" Wednesday and Friday night during a segment of his sister's set on the "Soul Train Cruise."

    In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Music, the talented singer, who incorporated a number of comedic bits in his performance, explained why the group was called The Pips.

    After a seven year old Gladys won the televised singing competition Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour TV show in 1952, she later formed a singing group with her siblings and cousins.

    "After she won Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour that's when we had a party in my backyard, and that's when Gladys Knight and The Pips performed because this guy took his record player home and we decided to give a talent show with everybody that was left," Bubba said. "And, we decided to sing, my two cousins and my older sister Brenda."

    When their mother heard them sing together she suggested that they form a group.

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    Tony Cornelius, son of late "Soul Train" creator and host Don Cornelius, joined more than 30 legendary R&B acts aboard the "Soul Train Cruise" that sailed from San Diego, California to Puerta Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico from Saturday, October 5 to Saturday, October 12.

    Following The Don Cornelius Tribute panel with The Whispers, Jeffrey Osborne and Jennifer Holliday, Cornelius spoke to Yahoo Music about his father's legacy.

    Cornelius said Stevie Wonder encouraged him to create the Don Cornelius Foundation in memory of his father who committed suicide in 2012 and that the organization provides support to others battling mental illness.

    Cornelius also explained how his father coined the popular "love, peace and soul" catch phrase used to close out the show and offered the backstory on his dad's famous photo with political rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Check out Yahoo Music's interview with Cornelius' eldest son:

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    Before Earth, Wind and Fire's electrifying performance Wednesday, during the "Soul Train Cruise"'s stop in Puerta Vallarta, members Verdine White, Ralph Johnson and Phillip Bailey offered an update on the health of group founder Maurice White.

    Maurice has been battling Parkinson's Disease for more than 20 years.

    During an interview with cruise host Dane Butcher, Verdine, Maurice's younger brother and group bassist, thanks fans for their support.

    "Everybody knows that he has Parkison's," Verdine said. "Thank you for your prayers and wishes. It was a pivotal moment for the three of us, having to go out without him and he gave us his blessings."

    Ralph explained how they keep Maurice's legacy alive.

    "Whenever we perform his spirit is on the stage," Ralph said. "Maurice's spirit lives through the music. He was the architect of Earth, Wind and Fire."

    Phillip added that though Maurice is out of the limelight, he is doing OK.

    "His spirits are still strong. He still runs things like he

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  • Paris Jones joins a list of contemporary rappers like Kanye West, Drake and Kid Cudi who would rather not confine themselves to the genre's cookie-cutter stereotypes.

    Yahoo Music has the exclusive premiere of his new EP, You're Invited To The Assassination Of Patrick Campbell, that travels from Auto-Tune ballads ("Ashley Brown"), easy, soul-stirring mid-tempos ("Okay"), drum and bass infused underground hip-hop tracks ("Name Droppin'"), spacey, hypnotic metaphor treats ("Birds And Horses") and an experimental interpretation of Drake's "I'll Take Care Of You" that has been slowed down to chopped and screwed like speed.

    Aside from his alternative production sound, the artist with roots in Virginia and California intermixes his singing and raps with ease and is free enough to take on topics that introspective or braggadocio.

    Take a listen and let us know what you think. Like it? You can download it today only at Paris's site. Check here for details!

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    Religion hasn't always been the easiest subject for Ja Rule, who co-stars with Adrienne Bailon, in the Reverence Gospel Media Films' release I'm In Love With A Church Girl out Oct. 18.

    Ja Rule's character Miles Montego makes an effort to work on his faith when he falls for the lovely Vanessa Leon, a devout Christian played by Adrienne Bailon.

    In real life, Ja Rule was raised during much of his childhood as a Jehovah's Witness. Because the organization does not believe in celebrating birthdays, the hip-hop star did not have his first party until he was a tween.

    During an exclusive interview with Hip Hop Media Training, Ja Rule and Adrienne discuss his first birthday cake, their roles as a couple, the time her parents gave a bible to one of her boyfriends, and more.


    Ja, I know with you having been a Jehovah's Witness, you didn't celebrate your birthday. Do you remember the first time you celebrated your

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  • Ricky Romance likes women with experience.

    In his new song and video "MILF," he puts the moves on Linda Hogan, reality TV star and ex-wife of famed wrestler Hulk Hogan.

    In the song, Ricky fawns over an older woman. In the video, he dreams about being a pool guy for a sexy middle-aged woman who invites him inside her house for some overtime.

    On the catchy hip hop and R&B track featuring Ray Lavendar, sings about his attraction to a mature woman. "She done left the kids at home. She's down at the club," he sings. "She about 35. But she get low, low like she about 25."

    After watching the video, I came up with seven ways Miss Linda seduced Ricky:

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    Bangerz is the perfect name for Miley Cyrus's fourth album due out on Oct. 8. The 13-song record (16 on the deluxe version) is packed tight with hit records.

    Yes, the public is tired of Miley's pathetic attempts to receive attention by any means necessary whether twerking, swearing, fondling dwarves or wearing revealing outfits, but the former child star has a secret weapon – talent.

    Miley can sing and is wildly creative. Her obnoxious outbursts paired with production genius from the likes of Mike WiLL Made It, Pharrell Williams and will.i.am have created one of the most addicting, crass pop records that is inarguably the year's guilty pleasure.

    She's taken leads from the greatest pop artists of the last 30 years and makes them her own, a hard to accomplish feat.

    Here's my track-by-track review:

    "Adore You" – Miley opens the album with sensual adlibs on this soulful pop ballad wit punchy violins, soft pianos, warm base grooves and a bit of layered doo-wop backing vocals. She applies a

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  • Here's a challenge for a couple contemporary R&B and gospel singers – turn Foreigner's 1984 No. 1 Brit-pop ballad "I Want To Know What Love Is" into a church song.

    The task apparently came easy for Ruben Studdard and Le'Andria Johnson, who mastered the art of covering songs during their successful stints on singing competitions "American Idol" and "Sunday's Best."

    Ruben and Le'Andria perform the song as a spirit-filled duet for Paul Porter's album F.R.E.E. and Yahoo Music has the exclusive audio premiere.

    Even though the original features backing vocals from the New Jersey Mass Choir, Paul, Ruben and Le'Andria stamp their version with downhome Baptist soul.

    Le'Andria's verse is especially fitting as a faith-based message. She sings, "Now this mountain I must climb. Feels like a world upon my shoulders. And though the clouds I see love shine. It keeps me warm as life grows colder."

    F.R.E.E. will be released on Oct. 29 and features production from Blac Elvis and Harold Lilly, who has

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  • KeKe Palmer, 20, has been a fan of TLC since she was 6 or 7 years old, so it's a dream come true that she portrays Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas in the VH1 move CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.

    But she was initially turned down for the role.

    When KeKe and her mother learned that a TLC film was in the works, they inquired but received disappointing news.

    "We called in and they were like, 'Actually we're not taking known actors,'" KeKe told Yahoo Music during Part 1 of an exclusive three-part video interview. "'We want the girls playing TLC to unknown.'"

    KeKe understood the decision but was pleased to later receive a callback to audition.

    Also, in Part 1, KeKe discusses bonding with Chilli, including watching Twilight at her house, and getting lessons on TLC dance moves.

    In Part 2, KeKe, who also starred in movies Akeelah And The Bee and Joyful Noise, described remaking videos for TLC's "No Scrubs," "Creep" and "Waterfalls," and how the group remained triumphant despite problems with their

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