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- When you're as obsessive as Pharrell Williams about crafting melodies and spaced-out hip-hop club beats, you don't even have to think about making a solo album. It just happens. Williams, one-half of the Neptunes hitmaking team -- and the best-dressed man in the world, according to Esquire magazine -- was fiddling around in the lab between recording sessions with artists like Mariah Carey, Omarion and Slim Thug, when out popped his new CD "In My Mind." "When I'm working on certain acts -- in between sessions, before the session, after the session, or like while they're at lunch -- I stay working, and I make beats," Williams told asap last week while preparing for a Vibe Awards rehearsal. (continue reading)

- Songstress Ashanti is rumored to be at the top of the list of new artists being eyed by Bad Boy Entertainment. The fate of Ashanti's label The Inc. is undetermined, with its current status being halted by a federal investigation for money laundering and racketeering. Bad Boy is newly distributed through Atlantic and insiders say that executives are hoping to woo Ashanti to their new home. Her last album Concrete Rose was released late last year on the boutique label, went it was still under the Island Def Jam umbrella.

- ATL's finest come together to recreate famous 1958 'A Great Day in Harlem' photo by Art Kane. On Friday, what seemed to be impossible was done. More than 50 members of Atlanta's music community came out to stand together, unified. Literally. Call it "A Great Day in Atlanta." T.I., Ludacris, Bobby Valentino, members of Disturbing Tha Peace, the Ying Yang Twins, T-Mo and Kujo Goodie, TLC's T-Boz, the ladies of Crime Mob, Organized Noize, Killer Mike, Field Mob (okay I'm hating, them niggas are from Albany, GA not ATL), Mr. Collipark, Jermaine Dupri, influential music exec Kawan "KP" Prather, DJ Crew the Aphilliates, Bone Crusher, Boys N Da Hood, Young Jeezy and others gathered to recreate the famous 1958 "A Great Day in Harlem" photo by Art Kane. For the original, Kane assembled close to 60 members of the jazz community in New York's Harlem neighborhood -- including Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Henry "Red" Allen -- to pose together. The ATL gathering will be part of the upcoming MTV special "My Block: Atlanta." (via mtv.com)

You can see plenty of behind-the-scenes footage and the actual "A Great Day in Atlanta" photo which was taken by Amanda Marsalis December 11 at 4:30 p.m. ET on MTV2.

- This goes out to my BX crew: Remy Ma is giving away 600 turkeys and 400 hams (the good ones) for families in need today. Visit Beautiful Hustle for more info.

- Did anybody watch the AMA's last night? I forgot all about it!

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