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T.I. releases No Mercy

After a drug arrest and parole violation, southern rapper T.I. is headed back to jail for another 11 months. His new album No Mercy, originally named "King Uncaged" to celebrate his release from prison, is instead an introspective and somewhat depressing glimpse at a guy who used to crush his competitors with bravado and arrogance.

Tip still has the flow and raw skills that took him to the top, but it's hard to ignore the over indulgence of self pity throughout the album. The cover of the album looks like T.I. wiping way a tear, a far cry from the days of Urban Legend, when Tip told us in the first line of his second solo album, "And in case you forgot, I'm the King." It sounded ridiculous at the time, but the attitude behind T.I.'s premature self-anointment was ultimately what skyrocketed him to the top. No Mercy is missing this overwhelming self-confidence, and as a result, people are starting to forget who is King.

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Who is CanKoone?

Rapper/artist CanKoone sits next to his personal manager Jeff Jacobs. They are an intriguing pair; two years of working together has cultivated a close friendship between the Bronx native and the young, savvy manager from the Upper East Side. The 27 year old rap artist wears different shades of black, a bandana around his neck and a beanie.

CanKoone's skills are not only as a rapper, but as a songwriter and a businessman, one that, with the help of Jacobs, is plotting a launch on the music industry that’s been years in the making.

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M is for Mixology

We’ve already established that New Year’s Eve is going to be a long night of drinking and dancing all around New York City. But for those of you who like to pre-game before a night of partying, we’ve got a few drinks that will make your celebration one to remember (or not remember at all).

One drink that’s sure to be a hit is Purple Haze, a tasty recipe calling for two ounces of vodka, ¾ glass of orange juice, and some blackberry schnapps thrown in. It’ll have you in a daze before you walk out the door.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
L is for Lounges

If you're looking for a swank, hip lounge to celebrate this New Year's Eve, you might want to check out some of these hot venues in NYC to kick off the New Year

At La Zarza, voted East Village's number one exotic resto-lounge, they will be hosting a five hour open bar, including a champagne toast at midnight. Even better, a ticket to La Zarza includes a complimentary ticket to the Juliet after party.

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K is for Kiss

Looking to curl up next to someone this New Year’s Eve? Hoping to meet the girl of your dreams when the clock strikes midnight? Look no further than these sexy, chic parties and you will be sure to have a romantic evening in the works.

The massive, 18,000 square foot mega-club that is BLVD is a sight to see. With three venues, seven rooms, and two levels all under one roof, this monster club is known as a celebrity hangout. But, within all the madness is PINK, a cozy, ultra-sexy lounge complete with pink lighting to set the mood. Meet some new people or bring a date to this prime New Year’s destination.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
J is for Jason Derulo

R&B and pop sensation Jason Derulo will be performing at Eden Roc in Miami this New Year's Eve.

If there’s one party we’ve got our eye on it’s the Eden Roc NYE 2011 bash, Singer/songrwriter Jason Derulo is on the agenda to serenade guests poolside while bringing in the New Year. He is a new star on the rise and this promises to be one of hottest New Year's events.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
I is for International Guests

We all know that New York City is the greatest city on earth. The rest of the world seems to agree, as international peeps flood the island of Manhattan every year for the best New Year’s Eve parties around.

One of the most popular destinations this New Year’s Eve will be Marquee, located in West Chelsea and known as a legend among Manhattan’s chic nightclub circuit. Celebrities, divas, and international party animals meet here on a regular basis for a party that is hard to beat.

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H is for Hotels

On New Year's Eve, some of the hottest parties will be taking place at the best hotels around Manhattan. If you want to party in style at one of these preferred nightlife destinations, check out our top hotel choices to bring in the year 2011 with a bang.

First up is Aspen Social Club at The Stay Hotel. Located on West 47th Street, this stylish, sexy hotel was designed by owner Vikram Chatwal to be a five star wonder in the heart of Times Square. The club inside, created by nightlife entrepreneur Greg Brier, is a Rocky Mountain wonderland, impersonating a chic, swanky chalet.

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F is for Family Friendly

New Year's Eve in New York City. It's 2011. Where do you go? What do you wear? Who are the celebs that are going to be rubbing elbows with you at the open bar? Every day until New Year's Eve, we are going to give you the best of the best on where to be and how to have a night to remember to kick off the New Year. Today we continue with the letter ‘F.’

F is for Family Friendly

This New Year's Eve, many of the hottest destinations in New York City nightlife will be hosting parties opened to kids under the age of 21. Take your younger siblings or your kids out for a New Year's celebration where everyone can really have fun.

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E is for Eats

New Year's Eve in New York City. It's 2011. Where do you go? What do you wear? Who are the celebs that are going to be rubbing elbows with you at the open bar? Every day until New Year's Eve, we are going to give you the best of the best on where to be and how to have a night to remember to kick off the New Year. Today we continue with the letter ‘E.’

E is for Eats

We all know that New Year’s Eve is going to be a night of heavy drinking. But you can also expect some delicious food from some of the best restaurants around New York City during the holiday season. Check out these popular restaurants that will be throwing New Year’s bashes.