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VH1 GOES BEHIND THE MUSIC WITH SIX NEW EPISODES

Behind The Music Returns On March 15 With Episodes Featuring Pitbull, T-Pain, Brandy And More


Behind The Music has long been one of VH1′s flagship series and we’re excited to announce that the show is set to return for another season on March 15. This season will feature several of rap and hip/hop’s most influential artists in recent years, including Brandy, Nas, Pitbull, Game, T-Pain and Akon. For more information about the new season of Behind The Music, we’ve got the press release below with all the air dates and times.

VH1 GOES BEHIND THE MUSIC WITH SIX NEW EPISODES

Featured Artists Include: Pitbull, Game, T-Pain, Akon, Brandy and Nas
Premiering Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT

Catch All Behind The Music Episodes On VH1.com
The Morning After Each On-Air Premiere



Santa Monica, CA – February 14, 2012 – VH1′s five-time Emmy-nominated documentary series “Behind The Music” returns to focus on six of today’s most influential hip hop/urban artists. This season’s roster includes: Pitbull, Game, T-Pain, Akon, Brandy and Nas. In addition to the dramatic storytelling that made “Behind The Music” a worldwide hit, the series will feature originally shot footage of each artist at work today, anchoring each story in the current day and connecting the past with the present. The new season will premiere Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT.

“Behind The Music: Pitbull” – premieres Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT
It’s only through struggle that resilience arises and for Armando Christian Perez, better known to the world as Pitbull,the past ten years have seen the charismaticCuban-American rapper evolve from an embattled upstart to become one of the most entertaining acts in all of pop music.Growing up in the gang-infested neighborhoods of Miami, Florida,Pitbullsawhip hop as a way out of the streetsand into a better life. With his lighter complexion and “Spanglish” rhymes, he made an unlikely battle rapper, but his quick tongue and talent for wordplay earned him his first record contract at 20 years old. He spent the nextseveralyears honing his craft and transforming himselfinto an international superstar whose rapid-fire rhymes, billion-dollar beats and infectious hookscontinue to take the world by storm.

By the time his sixth studio album Planet Pit was releasedthis past year, Pitbull had transformed into a platinum-selling global sensation, whose knockout smash of the summer”Give Me Everything” climbed to the top ofthe Billboard Hot 100 and Pop charts andwas also a top ten hit in 15 countries.In this installment of “Behind the Music,” Pitbull opens up about his family struggles and how reconnecting with his dad as an adult filled a void in his life. With interviews with Lil’ Jon, rap legend Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew, and hip hop mogul Irv Gotti, along with Pitbull’s family and inner circle, “Behind the Music” follows Pitbull’s extraordinary journey from the negative to the positive, topping charts and touching livesall around the world.


“Behind The Music: Game” – premieres Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT

“Behind The Music: Game” tracks the unlikely rise of a young gangbanger from Compton into the most successful west coast rapper since N.W.A. and Snoop Dogg. Born into a life of drugs and hustling, by the age of seven he was in a foster home. By high school, he was a full-time gang member and drug dealer. After being shot five times and left for dead, Game dedicated himself to becoming a rapper and against all odds, rose to the top of the genre, putting west coast gangsta rap back on the map. Despite numerous beefs, battles with depression and multiple arrests, Game has managed to stay on top with four consecutive #1 hit albums. Featuring candid, no holds barred interviews with Game, his family and close friends, Behind the Music: Game is a riveting portrait of one of hip-hop’s most misunderstood artists.

Behind The Music: T-Pain – premieres Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT

“Behind the Music: T-Pain” explores the rise of a shy kid from Tallahassee, Florida to the heights of the music industry. T-Pain was born Faheem Najm into a stable, middle class family that supported his natural curiosity and talent in music at a very young age.An outsiderin school, T-Pain spent his childhood locked in his makeshift bedroom “studio,” producing his own music, eventually dropping out of the 8th grade to pursue his dreams full-time. As a teenager, he found local success with a group called the Nappy Headz.Frustrated by the lack of opportunities in Tallahassee, the falling apart of his family and a tense relationship with his father, T-Pain ran away from home and signed with Akon’s fledgling label, Konvict Records. Finally on the national scene, his use of auto-tune created a signature sound and he quickly became one of the most sought-after producers, working with everyone from Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Britney Spears. A multi-platinum selling artist in his own right with 2005′s Rappa Ternt Sanga, 2007′s Epiphany, 2008′s Thr33 Ringz and his most recent release rEVOLVEr , T-Pain has produced and been featured on over 45 top ten songs and 16 No. 1′s.

Those participating in the special include: T-Pain, his family including wife Amber Najm, his parents and brother, Eric “DoeBoy” Youman, Akon and BU, Akon’s brother and the person who gave T-Pain his first big break with a label and Michael Blumstein, Dave Abrams and Rocco Valdez from Chase Entertainment.

“Behind The Music: Akon” – premieres Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9pm et/pt

In “Behind The Music: Akon,” VH1 traces the artist’s early beginningsin Senegal, Africa, through his struggles forging an identify in America and his criminal past as a car thief, landing him inprison. While there he ultimately found redemption by turning to music. Under heavy media scrutiny after his commercial success, Akon was forced to defend hisheritage in the wake ofseveralcontroversial onstage incidents. BTM catches up withAkon for a-day-in-the-life as he promotes his forthcoming album, “Stadium.” In the special, Akon opens up about his home life and addresses the notorious onstage incidents that included dirty dancing with an underage daughter of a preacher in Trinidad and tossing a fan off the stage at a concert in New York. He also talks about discovering Lady Gaga and being the last artist to record with the legendary Michael Jackson. In an effort to promotecultural tolerance and understanding,Akon is charting a career path to become hip hop’s first truly global artist.

“Behind The Music: Brandy” – premieres Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT
“Behind The Music: Brandy” willchronicle the Grammy Award-winning artist from her days as young girl singing in her church choir toflourishinginto asuccessful musician and actress. It will alsofollow Brandy’strials and tribulations, both personally and professionally, andillustrating how shere-emergeed as a dynamic, hit-making musical recording artist with a successful acting career. At the tender age of 18, Brandy found herself dealing with the high costs of fame, maintaining her “perfect” image, all the while balancing her career as amusician andcoping with the pressures of starring in herhit TV series “Moesha.”

During this period, Brandy suffered life-altering tragic events, which are chronicled in this “Behind the Music” special. Raising her daughter as a single mom and serving as a role model in her community via her Norwood Kids Foundation, which supports music and the performing arts in public schools, Brandy is on top of her gameand currently in the studio working on her debut album for RCA/Chameleon Records set for release later this spring, as well asbeing a go-to actress for several TV and film roles including her upcoming role in Tyler Perry’s film “The Marriage Counselor,” as well as her roles on “90210,” BET’s scripted series “The Game” and serving as a mentor on the reality TV talent show for kids entitled ”Majors and Minors.”

“Behind The Music: Nas” – premieres Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT

“Behind The Music: Nas” tells the story of one of hip hop’s most daring and prolific icons. Raised in the gritty Queensbridge projects of New York City, Nas narrowly escaped his violent surroundings. He later channeled his experiences into a lyrical style that would revolutionize hip hop. A musical legend by the age of 20, Nas’ passion for music has carried him through a tumultuous career. Despite very public distractions including multiple feuds with hip hop’s biggest names, political controversy, a highly publicized divorce with R and B star Kelis, as well as the devastating loss of his mother, Nas’ seven consecutive platinum albums have cemented him as one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time. The special features candid interviews with Nas, members of his family, friends and hip hop luminaries including Russell Simmons, Q-Tip and Common. “Behind the Music: Nas” is the truly unfiltered story of Nasir Jones as it’s never been told before.

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Reply #1 posted 03/12/12 11:22am

Musicslave

Didn't they do one on Adam Lambert or somebody brand new to the game last season?

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Reply #2 posted 03/12/12 11:43am

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Wow look at VH1 going after the Ghetto crowd. PASS

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Reply #3 posted 03/12/12 11:45am

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Didn't they do one on Adam Lambert or somebody brand new to the game last season?

Yeah. Didn't watch that one. I did watch the Mary J./Cube/Missy/Nelly/Fiddy Teeths one. Mary J.'s was nice as was Cube's and Missy's. Nelly's and Fiddy's left a lot to be desired...

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Reply #4 posted 03/12/12 11:46am

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NaS and Brandy the only one's worth watching. The Game somewhat also. But Shitbull and T-Painfull.
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Reply #5 posted 03/12/12 12:03pm

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I like Nas, but not really interested in seeing any of those. boxed

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Reply #6 posted 03/12/12 12:47pm

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Isn't it better to do a BTM years after an artist has come out? see what all they accomplished?

I just recently watched one on Stink & DM that covered tons of ground of there career.Except NAS But this is just a remaster of his old one i guess? And why are half of these mofos criminals lol

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Reply #7 posted 03/12/12 1:27pm

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Farfunknugin said:

Wow look at VH1 going after the Ghetto crowd. PASS

Right? I remember when the show had a liitle more variety in it's artists that they featured. Now it's all hiphop bullshit. I'll probably still watch though. biggrin

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Reply #8 posted 03/12/12 1:29pm

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NaS and Brandy the only one's worth watching. The Game somewhat also. But Shitbull and T-Painfull.

That was funny!

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Reply #9 posted 03/12/12 1:59pm

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I don't like that they continue to do current artists just as a marketing tool for their new album.

I miss the days when people like M.C. Hammer, Vanilla Ice, Leif Garrett, etc. were on the show.

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Reply #10 posted 03/12/12 3:13pm

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Not interested in one of these, this series needs to end.

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Check out MyMusicMix New Music Blog!!!

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Reply #12 posted 03/12/12 7:31pm

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^ yep lol

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LittleBLUECorvette said:

NaS and Brandy the only one's worth watching. The Game somewhat also. But Shitbull and T-Painfull.

Yep pretty much... I would really be interested in Nas though. His a very unappreciated influential rapper and his story has yet to be read.

But like others have said... they really need to end these series....

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mjscarousal said:



LittleBLUECorvette said:


NaS and Brandy the only one's worth watching. The Game somewhat also. But Shitbull and T-Painfull.


Yep pretty much... I would really be interested in Nas though. His a very unappreciated influential rapper and his story has yet to be read.




But like others have said... they really need to end these series....


I don't think they need to end it, jus need beter artist. What has Akon done to get a behind the music? Four of the Six haven't even been in the game 10 years.
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mjscarousal said:

LittleBLUECorvette said:

NaS and Brandy the only one's worth watching. The Game somewhat also. But Shitbull and T-Painfull.

Yep pretty much... I would really be interested in Nas though. His a very unappreciated influential rapper and his story has yet to be read.

But like others have said... they really need to end these series....

I won't be suprised if TVOne does an "Unsung" or a "Life After" on him.....

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November said:

mjscarousal said:

Yep pretty much... I would really be interested in Nas though. His a very unappreciated influential rapper and his story has yet to be read.

But like others have said... they really need to end these series....

I won't be suprised if TVOne does an "Unsung" or a "Life After" on him.....

No need too, if Behind the Music has done the job.

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LittleBLUECorvette said:

November said:

I won't be suprised if TVOne does an "Unsung" or a "Life After" on him.....

No need too, if Behind the Music has done the job.

But will they do it any justice though? I dunno Ive thought the Behind the Music episodes were okay.... I agree they need to cover better artists but this is VH1 were talking about.... its not ever going to be on the level of Unsung... they mostly cater to what is current., theyve ALWAYS been that way...

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mjscarousal said:

LittleBLUECorvette said:

No need too, if Behind the Music has done the job.

But will they do it any justice though? I dunno Ive thought the Behind the Music episodes were okay.... I agree they need to cover better artists but this is VH1 were talking about.... its not ever going to be on the level of Unsung... they mostly cater to what is current., theyve ALWAYS been that way...

This crap is current? Wow... Can't wait for the Behind The Music on Flim Flam

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Reply #19 posted 03/14/12 3:59pm

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Nas...Brandy...maybe the Game

Who the heck cares about the other 3.

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mjscarousal said:

LittleBLUECorvette said:

No need too, if Behind the Music has done the job.

But will they do it any justice though? I dunno Ive thought the Behind the Music episodes were okay.... I agree they need to cover better artists but this is VH1 were talking about.... its not ever going to be on the level of Unsung... they mostly cater to what is current., theyve ALWAYS been that way...

which sucks....because when BTM started, they were based on 70's and 80's artists who were no longer current. I remember MTV or VH1 had "Driven" focused on the current artists.


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November said:

mjscarousal said:

But will they do it any justice though? I dunno Ive thought the Behind the Music episodes were okay.... I agree they need to cover better artists but this is VH1 were talking about.... its not ever going to be on the level of Unsung... they mostly cater to what is current., theyve ALWAYS been that way...

which sucks....because when BTM started, they were based on 70's and 80's artists who were no longer current. I remember MTV or VH1 had "Driven" focused on the current artists.


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YOUR RIGHT... They did use to focus on older artists but that slowly changed... Its been years since they have done a proper deserving BTM.

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Brandy & Nas, I can understand because they have been in the music industry for more than a decade. nod But the other 4 artists? Oh GTFO out of here VH-1 & ViaCon for those sorry ass ideas. rolleyes

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Brandy & Nas, I can understand because they have been in the music industry for more than a decade. nod But the other 4 artists? Oh GTFO out of here VH-1 & ViaCon for those sorry ass ideas. rolleyes

That's what i was saying! makes no sense why T-Pain of all people need a BTM

And seriousley why the hell where almost all of them pretty criminals lol

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Gunsnhalen said:

TonyVanDam said:

Brandy & Nas, I can understand because they have been in the music industry for more than a decade. nod But the other 4 artists? Oh GTFO out of here VH-1 & ViaCon for those sorry ass ideas. rolleyes

That's what i was saying! makes no sense why T-Pain of all people need a BTM

And seriousley why the hell where almost all of them pretty criminals lol

Exactly. nod The name of the show is Behind The Music, NOT Behind The Software!

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Reply #25 posted 03/15/12 6:42am

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ahhhh Pitbull one of the most undeserving 'artists' to make it big in the last few years.

At least T Pain makes me laugh.

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I was let down by most of their new choices...I was thinking..have they done everyone then???
The series doesn't need to end...it just got relaunched. They should have at least had more wise choices....smh
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TLC still has the best BTM of all time. "Turn on Channel 5, Lisa done burned the house down!"

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TLC still has the best BTM of all time. "Turn on Channel 5, Lisa done burned the house down!"

lol That was my favorite BTM moment as well when they intersect footage of the fire with Chili and T-Boz's reenactments. lol

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TLC still has the best BTM of all time. "Turn on Channel 5, Lisa done burned the house down!"

OMG YESSSS!!! Chili talkin about how foine her brother was, Left Eye's explanation of how they went broke...

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