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Hip-hop star Missy Elliott hasn’t released an album in nine years, and the chart-topping rapper, singer, songwriter and producer has largely stayed away from the spotlight during that time. In a recent interview with Yahoo!, the former “Misdemeanor” Elliott spoke about her lengthy hiatus, and she revealed that her silence has been due to her perfectionism more than anything.

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Rapper Waka Flocka Flame has been added to the upcoming season of “Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta.” According to various reports, Waka has signed on to join the cast of VH1’s popular reality show, along with his fiance Tammy Rivera. No wedding date has been set for the couple, but Waka has admitted that he plans to get married very soon.

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Andre 3000 and Big Boi may not be immediately working on new material as OutKast, but the famed emcees are apparently prepping new music for new individual projects. According to Mr. DJ, OutKast’s longtime DJ and co-producer, 3000 and Big Boi are hard at work on new solo material. Big Boi has already released two solo albums, and Mr. DJ says he believes 3000 will release his solo debut sometime this year.

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The Ohio native made headlines last spring when it was announced that he was departing Kanye West’s G.O.O.D.. Music after becoming one of the bigger names on the label. But since then, Cudi hasn’t been making many waves–or much music. The rapper took to Twitter this weekend and apologized for his extended silence and promised new music in the form of an EP due in February.

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Former video vixen-turned-bestselling author Karrine Steffans has revealed that she’s planning to launch a scripted TV series for FOX. Steffans, who became a household name when she published Confessions of a Video Vixen, which revealed sordid backstage antics between her and several celebrities, told KMEL’s Shay Diddy that a show is now in the works.

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Marvin Sapp is one of the most celebrated artists in contemporary gospel. The superstar pastor and singer is stepping into a new phase of his career with the release of his first holiday-themed project, Christmas Card. While many may expect Sapp to take a “traditional” route with the seasonal album, he says that he decided to go in the complete opposite direction.

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