After his stint in TGT, Tank ventures out solo again with “You’re My Star,” the new single from his upcoming sixth album Stronger. The R&B crooner shows just how madly in love he is as he sings his girl’s praises on the horn-heavy R&B jam, which samples The Jacksons’ “This Place Hotel.”
“I get chills every time I think about your smile / My heart skips a beat,” croons Tank.
He will perform at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans during Fourth of July weekend.
Converse brings together Frank Ocean and The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon for the latest in its “Three Artists. One Song” music series. Produced by Diplo, the reggae-and-rock-tinged “Hero” was recorded in London, Hawaii, and Los Angeles, and features additional vocals from the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir.
“I don’t know how we could expect a Clash-Frank Ocean-Diplo song to sound, but this sounds like that,” Diplo told Billboard. “It just has all kinds of vibes on it. We really had no rules.”
“Hero” marks the ninth collaboration in Converse’s “Three Artists. One Song”series, which has featured André 3000, Kid Cudi, Pharrell, Soulja Boy, and Gorillaz.
With Isaiah Rashad and ScHoolboy Q out the gate, SZA is up next. On April 8, TDE’s First Lady will release her new album Z featuring “Julia” and the DJ Dahi-produced “Babylon,” which kicks off with an intro from Mac Miller.
In the accompany video, which she co-directed with APLUSFILMZ, the New Jersey songstress gets baptized, laying out her belongings before stripping down and taking a plunge in the lake.
“This is probably the hardest I’ve ever worked on anything in my entire life,” SZA told Rap-Up TV “This might be the first thing I’ve ever been proud of—ever.”
In anticipation of her upcoming album, she will perform at several showcases during SXSW in Austin, Texas, next week.
Enemies become friends in the video for “War Ready.” Rick Ross joins forces with his former rival Jeezy and his MMG signee Tracy T in the action-packed visuals, shot during NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.
Gun shots ring out as the hip-hop titans turn a warehouse into a violentbattlefield in the TAJ-directed clip, which features cameos from Meek Mill, YG, DJ Khaled, and DJ Mustard.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Rozay spoke about squashing his beef with Jeezy. “We had past differences and we put that to the side being true bosses to do something big for the culture, which is bigger than both of us,” he said.
The Mike WiLL Made It-produced song appears on Ross’ sixth album Mastermind.
Kendrick Lamar continues to transcend hip-hop. After linking with Imagine Dragons on the remix to “Radioactive,” the TDE lyricist rocks with Aussie psych-rock band Tame Impala on “Backwards,” their genre-bending collaboration for the Divergent soundtrack.
K-Dot unleashes a vicious verse on top of the lush production, which is a reworking of Tame Impala’s Lonerism cut “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.”
Due March 11, the Divergent soundtrack also features Pia Mia, Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Ellie Goulding, and more.
Listen to “Backwards” below and stream the entire soundtrack at Pitchfork.
Michael Jackson is getting the Timbaland treatment. As part of his “Timbaland Thursdays” series, the super-producer has released a snippet of “Slave to the Rhythm,” his collaboration with the King of Pop. The minute-long track features unreleased vocals from the late legend over one of Timbo’s coveted beats.
“She’s a slave to the rhythm of love,” sings MJ.
A song of the same name leaked in 2010, while just last year, a pop-dance version featuring Justin Bieber surfaced.
In August, Timbaland announced that he had been working with L.A. Reid on a posthumous project from Jackson and that the first single would be a song entitled “Chicago.”
Ariana Grande joined Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, and other “Women of Soul” for a special concert at the White House on Thursday. AsPresident Obama and First Lady Michelle looked on, the 20-year-old pop diva charmed the audience.
“Mr. President, Mrs. Obama, what’s up, how are ya?” she asked the First Family. “What’s up? It’s all good?”
After getting the thumbs up from Mrs. Obama, she showed off her powerful pipes with a beautiful cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” which earned her a standing ovation.
“I’m going to sing a song by a woman who’s inspired me endlessly since I was a little girl,” said Ariana while introducing the ballad.
She also performed her own song “Tattooed Heart” off her debut Yours Truly.
For the finale, she dueted with Jill Scott, Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge,Patti LaBelle, and Janelle Monáe on “Proud Mary.”
The full concert, “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House,” will be broadcast April 7 on PBS.
YG escapes the drama and lets loose in the Benny Boom-directed video for his West Coast banger “Who Do You Love” featuring Drake.
When he suspects that his girlfriend has been cheating on him, the Compton rapper heads to a house party in Malibu, where he meets up with Drizzy. While he’s out popping bottles in the pool with some scantily-clad women, his girl is at home desperately trying to reach him.
“The video shoot was my first time partying with Drake in real life, but Drake is cool,” YG told BuzzFeed. “Drake got the bitches—of course he’s a fun guy to hang out with—he got the bitches.”
The DJ Mustard-produced song will appear on YG’s debut My Krazy Life, due March 18. He will also kick off a headlining tour on March 29.
Grab a red cup and watch YG party with some new friends.
Common climbs “The Ladder” of chaos on his contribution to Catch the Throne, HBO’s Game of Thrones-inspired mixtape. The hip-hop and reggaeton compilation includes 10 tracks, with appearances from Wale, Daddy Yankee, Big Boi, Magazeen, and Snow tha Product.
“I think about it when I’m in my zone, my life is like a game of thrones,” spits the Chicago MC.
He has been hard at work on his concept-driven album Nobody Smiling, which will be executive produced by No I.D.
Listen to Common’s cut below and stream the full mixtape on SoundCloud.
Ahead of the show’s April 6 premiere, HBO has enlisted 10 rappers for its Game of Thrones-inspired mixtape, Catch the Throne. The free hip-hop and reggaeton compilation will be available for download on March 11 featuring Common, Daddy Yankee, Big Boi, Magazeen, and Wale, who contributes the theme song “King Slayer.”
Over an epic beat, the D.C. rapper murders the competition with his razor-sharp rhymes.
He is also in the studio working on The Album About Nothing, due later this summer.
Catch the Throne Tracklisting
1. Big Boi – “Mother of Dragons”
2. Magazeen – “Iron Throne”
3. Bodega Bamz – “Win or Die”
4. Kilo Kish – “Magical Reality”
5. Daddy Yankee – “Born to Rule”
6. Dominik Omega – “Arya’s Prayer”
7. Snow – “Fire”
8. Dee Goodz – “The Parallel”
9. Common – “Interlude/The Ladder”
10. Wale – “King Slayer”
Ladies, report to the dance floor. Trevor Jackson wants you to “Drop It” once again in his remix video featuring B.o.B.
The 17-year-old heartthrob linked up with his Atlantic Records labelmate on the L.A. set. With director Mike Ho at the helm, Trevor performed some slick moves and cozied up to a sexy lady.
“We just clicked,” said Trevor of B.o.B. “Our chemistry was good on-camera and he just brought a whole new element to the video, so I’m thankful that he was able to make it out here.”
While the original video was more concept-driven, the remix video is pure visual. “I wanted to take my photography and make it move,” said Ho. “You’re gonna see more chemistry and more performance-driven [scenes], but beautiful shots.”
The song can be found on Trevor’s debut EP #NewThang, available now.
Following his appearance on “The Tonight Show” last week, Rick Ross invaded “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Wednesday. Accompanied by FrenchMontana, the MMG chief performed “Nobody,” his remake of Biggie’s Life After Death classic “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You).”
His sixth album Mastermind is expected to claim the No. 1 spot on next week’s charts with 145-160,000 copies.
Tune in to “Arsenio” tomorrow night for another performance from the Bawse.
Jenny has the block on lock. Following “Same Girl” and “Girls,” Jennifer Lopez unleashes her French Montana-assisted single “I Luh Ya Papi”, J.Lo professes her love to her man on the Detail-produced song.
“I put it down for a brother like you, give it to you right in the car that’s you,” she sings.
She recently shot a video for the song in Miami with director Jessy Terrero. There are also two additional versions featuring Big Sean and Tyga.
Her upcoming 10th album marks a return to her roots. While she didn’t reveal arelease date, she did say that she has to turn in the album by March 17.
“My roots are hip-hop, my roots are R&B, my roots are pop, my roots are Latin,” said J.Lo. “All that always comes out in my records. I’ve always found that when I follow my own heart, that’s when my music is the best. This album is right back to that for me.”
Oh God! Big Sean drops the solo version of “Sanctified,” which originally appears on Rick Ross’ album Mastermind. The Detroit rapper calls himself the “black Brad Pitt” on the soulful song, produced by Kanye West, Mike Dean, and DJ Mustard.
“That Detroit ni**a gettin’ married, but I’m still a player,” raps Naya Rivera’s fiancé on his holy verse.
Following the Rick Ross-assisted “New Agenda” and “Conscious Effort Freestyle,” Big K.R.I.T. lets loose the third song in his Week of K.R.I.T. series.The Mississippi MC rides alongside Harlem’s A$AP Ferg on “Lac Lac,” which he also produced.
“Open your mind / This could be the day / You don’t know the road, I could show the way,” raps K.R.I.T., whose new album Cadillactica is due later this year.
Chris Brown sparks up a collaboration with the Mastermind, Rick Ross, on “New Flame.” The R&B crooner, who was ordered back to rehab for two months, finds new love in the club on the bouncy synth-heavy production.
“Baby try a new thing, and let’s spark a new flame,” sings Breezy.
He is also expected to drop his collaboration with Ariana Grande, for which he was recently seen rehearsing for the video.
Due May 5, X is set to include collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, and Lil Wayne.
Fan of a Fan, his joint album with Tyga, is also on the way. A song called “Bitches” recently leaked, but Tyga told REVOLT that will not be the first single.
The “Man of the Year” is also the king of the charts. ScHoolboy Q’s major labeldebut Oxymoron enters the Billboard 200 at No. 1 this week.
The TDE rapper sold 139,000 copies in his first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan (via Billboard). He also debuts at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Oxymoron marks the first No. 1 for Top Dawg Entertainment, which previously peaked at No. 2 with Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 debut good kid, m.A.A.D city.
The Black Hippy also scores the largest debut for a rap album since Eminem’sThe Marshall Mathers LP 2 opened at No. 1 with 792,000 in November 2013.
Kid Cudi’s surprise release Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon lands at No. 4 with 87,000, giving the Cleveland rapper his fourth top 10. The digital-only set was released exclusively on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon MP3 on February 25 before expanding to other digital retailers on March 3.
Kid Cudi’s previous album, 2013′s Indicud, debuted at No. 2 with 136,000.
Rounding out the top 5 is former Aventura frontman Romeo Santos, whose second solo album Formula: Vol. 2 sold 85,000 copies.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, Nas digs in the crates and unearths a commercially unreleased freestyle. The nearly 10-minute track, recorded on “The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show” on October 28, 1993, features 6’9″ and Grand Wizard and can be found on the second part of Illmatic XX.
Due April 15, the two-disc compilation includes rare remixes, unreleased demos, and freestyles commemorating the anniversary of Nas’ seminal debut.
To celebrate the release, Nas will tour the U.S. this spring and perform the groundbreaking album in its entirety. The tour will kick off with performancesat the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Coachella in April.
Time Is Illmatic, a documentary that examines Illmatic, will also open the Tribeca Film Festival on April 16.
Far East Movement pumps out the raucous remix to their Riff Raff-assistedsingle “The Illest.” The L.A. group rounds up ScHoolboy Q and B.o.B., who deliver electric verses over the DJ E-Man-produced banger.
Look out for Far East Movement’s upcoming album KTown Riot.
2 Chainz helped write the ratchet handbook, so it’s only fitting that he gives us avideo for his B.O.A.T.S. II cut “Mainstream Ratchet.” The Atlanta rapper heads to Jamaica for the ratchet festivities in the fiery clip, which includes plenty of booty-clapping ladies and a cameo from Sean Paul.
2 Chainz is currently on his “2 G.O.O.D. to Be T.R.U. Tour” with Pusha T and August Alsina, which wraps March 24 in Washington, D.C.
Calling all party people. DJ Cassidy spreads love on the dance floor in the feel-good video for “Calling All Hearts” featuring Robin Thicke and Jessie J.
The X-directed clip was shot in London and features a 13-piece band, performing on a pink lacquer heart-shaped stage. British sensation Jessie J cozies up to a newly-single Thicke, while Cassidy rocks the turntables in a pastel suit and boater hat.
Cassidy, who is currently on tour with Thicke, is gearing up for the release of his debut Paradise Royale featuring R. Kelly, CeeLo Green, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, John Legend, and Kelly Rowland.
“I set out on a mission to bring the greatest and most universal dance music of all time back to the airwaves, back to nightlife, back to the dance floor,” said Cassidy.
Watch his all-pink party erupt on the dance floor.
Nearly 20 years after Clueless hit theaters, Iggy Azalea pays homage to the 1995 cult classic in the cinematic video for “Fancy” co-starring Charli XCX. The Aussie rap sensation rules the halls of Beverly Hills High School as socialite Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) in the X-directed clip.
The blonde bombshell filmed at the same high school where Clueless was shot,inviting 250 fans to be a part of the video. She rocked a ’90s wardrobe straight out of Cher’s designer closet and even shut down the freeway while recreating one scene.
“Iggy and her whole generation kinda grew up on this movie in a way that’s really personal,” said X.
Her debut The New Classic arrives April 15 featuring collaborations with T.I., Mavado, Watch the Duck, and Katy Perry, who co-wrote her next single.
Watch Iggy bring back the ’90s in her, like, totally awesome mini-movie.
Lupe Fiasco is just getting warmed up. Following “$nitches,” “$nitches 2 (30′s),” and “DopeBoysAtAllStarWeekend,” the Chicago spitter links with TDE’s Ab-Soul on “Thorns & Horns.” The lyricists demand respect as they exchange mean verses over a sinister chopped-and-screwed beat, produced by Floss & Fame.
“Amateurs get locked out / We janitors with the mops out / Clean house / I used to wanna be the GOAT, but I’m the ox now,” raps Lupe.
Prior to the release of his next album, T-Pain is hitting the road. The Auto-Tune King has announced dates for his “I Am T-Pain” North American tour.
The 34-city trek kicks off March 6 in Sacramento and travels across the U.S. and Canada this March and April, currently wrapping May 10 in San Angelo, Tx. T-Pain will be joined by his Nappy Boy signees, rapper Young Cash and singer Vantrease.
Additionally, the Tallahassee hitmaker will perform a DJ set at Haze nightclub in Las Vegas and several college campuses including the University of California, Riverside and Oxford College.
Tickets are available on T-Pain’s website Illuminappy.net.
Later this year, he plans to release his fifth album Stoicville: The Phoenixfeaturing the B.o.B-assisted single “Up Down (Do This All Day).”
“I Am T-Pain” Tour Dates
March 6 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
March 7 – Reno, NV – The Knitting Factory
March 8 – Olympia, WA – The Royal Lounge
March 9 – Boise, ID – The Knitting Factory
March 10 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo’s House of Music
March 11 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo’s House of Music
March 12 – Seattle, WA – Nuemos
March 13 – Eugene, OR – Studio 44
March 14 – Richland, WA – Joker’s Night Club
March 15 – Yakima, WA – The Season Hall
March 16 – Spokane, WA – The Knitting Factory
March 20 – Calgary, Canada – Marquee Beer Hall
March 21 – Vancouver, Canada – Venue
March 22 – Edmonton, Canada – Encore
March 23 – Canada – TBD
March 24 – Canada – TBD
March 25 – Canada – TBD
March 27 – Danville, IL – Club Deuce
March 28 – Chicago. IL – UIC Forum
March 29 – Peoria, IL – Civic Center
March 30 – Emporia, KS – The Granada
April 3 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theater
April 4 – Las Vegas, NV – Club Haze (DJ Set)**
April 5 – Merced, CA – TBD
April 10 – Albuquerque, NM – The Main Event
April 11 – Oxford, GA – Oxford College of Emory**
April 15 – Casper, WY – The Casper Event Center
April 17 – Magna, UT – The Great Saltair
April 19 – Great Falls, MT – Mansfield Center Ballroom
April 22 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater
April 23 – Billings, MT – Babcock, Theater
April 25 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
May 3 – Riverside, CA – University of California**
May 10 – San Angelo, TX – The Venue
For his latest #MashUpMondays release, Big Boi remixes his Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors cut “In the A” with Kito & Reija Lee’s “Run for Cover.” The OutKast rapper, along with fellow ATLiens T.I. and Ludacris, unleashes some rapid-fire rhymes over the dubstep beat.
“Yeah, you may be able to outtrap me, but none of you ni**as’ll ever outrap me,” proclaims Luda.
Rico Love dims the lights and sets the sexy mood with his raunchy remix to Sage the Gemini’s hit “Red Nose.” The Division1 hitmaker turns the club anthem into a slow jam as he sings seductively over the snapping beat.
“If you under 21, don’t listen to this record without an adult around,” warns Rico.
His debut EP, Discrete Luxury, released digitally last summer, will be available exclusively at Best Buy stores on April 8. The six tracks include the new single“Bitches Be Like.”
Over the next seven days, Big K.R.I.T. plans to give away seven new songs as part of the Week of K.R.I.T. To kick things off, the Mississippi MC teams with Miami’s own Rick Ross on “New Agenda.” Over a slow-rolling beat, produced by K.R.I.T., the two trade boastful bars.
K.R.I.T. is in the studio working on Cadillactica, the follow-up to his 2012 debutLive From the Underground.
“2014 is all about growth musically and new agendas,” he told Rolling Stone. “I’m excited for my supporters to hear the sound I’ve been creating.”
Rick Ross surprised his fans last night and dropped his sixth album Mastermindon iTunes, a day ahead of schedule.
To kick off his release week, the Miami kingpin assembles the troops and prepares for battle in the teaser for his latest single “War Ready” co-starring Jeezy and his MMG signee Tracy T.
Masked man toting guns and wearing hoodies approach an abandoned warehouse in the TAJ-directed video, which was shot in New Orleans last month.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Rozay spoke about squashing his beef with Jeezy. “We had past differences and we put that to the side being truebosses to do something big for the culture, which is bigger than both of us,” he said.
It’s a “Happy” day for Pharrell Williams. The Neptunes hitmaker has scored his first solo No. 1 single.
The Oscar-nominated song off his upcoming album G I R L dethrones Katy Perryand Juicy J’s “Dark Horse” and rises to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week. It also spends a second week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
This is Pharrell’s fourth Hot 100 No. 1, but first as a lead artist. He previously shared the honors with Snoop Dogg (“Drop It Like It’s Hot”), Ludacris (“Money Maker”), and Robin Thicke (“Blurred Lines”).
Next up, he will perform the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack cut at Sunday’s Academy Awards and release his second solo album G I R L on March 3.
Elsewhere on the Hot 100, John Legend lands his first top 10 as his piano ballad “All of Me” jumps 11-4.
In honor of reaching 500,000 Twitter followers, Kid Ink has liberated a leftover from his My Own Lane recording sessions. On “Woke Up This Morning” featuring Devin Cruise, the L.A. rapper recounts his wild night at the strip club and looks forward to doing it all over again.
“This was one of our favorite records for months in 2012,” he said, “but near the end of the album process, it got shaved off the tracklist as it didn’t really fit the overall sound of the album.”
On April 1, Kid Ink will hit the road for his 21-date “My Own Lane” tour with King Los and Bizzy Crook.
Rico Love has no filter. On his new single “Bitches Be Like,” co-produced by Danja, the Division1 hitmaker calls out the gold diggers (“You ain’t from D.C. / But you had the Million Man March up inside of you”), who chase after a richhusband in the club and document their phony lifestyle on Instagram.
“No talent, but she know Jimmy Fallon / No house, no car, but she be stylin’,” he raps.
Rico recently shot a video for the remix to “They Don’t Know” with Ludacris, Trey Songz, Tiara Thomas, T.I., and Emjay, and is currently working on his full-length debut Turn the Lights On.
With his album Mastermind just days away (and now streaming), Rick Ross drops a video for his freestyle “Oyster Perpetual.”
From the Las Vegas Strip to the strip club, Rozay gives us another peek into his bossy lifestyle in the black-and-white clip. He puffs a cigar while overlooking Sin City and hits up King of Diamonds in between shots of his album listening and label meetings.
Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator praised the clip, writing, “DUDE THIS IS SICK.”
In between recording her sophomore album Blackheart and preparing for Danity Kane’s comeback, Dawn Richard puts her dark spin on Katy Perry’s No. 1 PRISM single “Dark Horse.”
The leader of the Hearts teams with producer Noisecastle III (“Valkyrie”) on the mysterious “Unicorn” remix, which boasts a reworked beat and Dawn’s haunting vocals.
“It’s always fun to be in the lab with Noisecastle III,” said Dawn. “We were working on the Danity Kane project and decided to randomly take a break and this happened. Something only the Hearts can appreciate. We always do things with our little twist. Done in true Heart music form.”
Listen as Dawn brings Katy’s hit into her own world.
Four years after The Declaration, Ashanti ventures out on her own with herlong-awaited fifth album Braveheart (Written Entertainment/eOne). In advance of its March 4 release, the R&B songstress has made the album available to stream on Pandora.
The 13 tracks include the Rick Ross-assisted single “I Got It” and dancehall jam “First Real Love” with Beenie Man, plus collaborations with French Montana and Jeremih.
“A lot of people counted me out and that feeds my hunger and ignites my passion to continue my journey,” says Ashanti on the album intro. “I will continue to thrive, continue to prosper, I will continue to be brave. I am Braveheart.”
50 Cent is leaving the past behind. After severing ties with Interscope/Shady/Aftermath and going independent, the rap mogul has released the cinematic video for “The Funeral,” the first release under his new deal.
“It’s a concept for a story I wrote that’s written like film where it’s not all talkand one piece,” explained 50. “There’s a lot of flashbacks. It starts at the end and goes back like the movies.”
His first indie album Animal Ambition drops June 3. On March 18, fans will be able to pre-order the album and receive two instant tracks, while the videos will premiere online.
As part of his new agreement, he will pay Caroline/Capitol/UMG only 7% of wholesale per album in exchange for distribution and support.
“It’s freedom to invest in your own ideas,” he told Forbes. “If ever I had a horse that I was betting on at the track, I’d like to be the horse. Let it be me, goddammit, because I’m going to run as hard as I can.”
Gucci Mane goes to battle with his critics on his remix to Rick Ross and Jeezy’sMastermind single “War Ready.” The Brick Squad captain, who faces 20 years in jail for weapons possession, rattles off a confessional verse about his troubled past over the Mike WiLL Made It-produced beat.
“I’m not the average celebrity, can’t let you get the best of me,” he declares.
Plus, go behind the scenes of Rozay and Jeezy’s explosive video below.
She ruled the jungle as Tarzan’s wife Jane in “Roar” and for her latest video,Katy Perry rules ancient Egypt as Katy Patra. The pop superstar transforms into an Egyptian queen in the magical video for her No. 1 single “Dark Horse” featuring Juicy J.
Kings travel from around the world to win her heart, but only one will be “top dawg.” They come bearing lavish gifts including diamonds, a gold chariot on hydraulics, and even a pyramid, but none are able to impress her and she turns her suitors to sand.
Katy shows off her stripper moves on the pole, Juicy J emerges from a sarcophagus, and even cuddly Boo the Dog makes a cameo.
Will anyone be able to gain her love or will they all fall victim to her wrath? Watch the epic story unfold.
Pia Mia took the Internet by storm, and now she’s ready to take her career tothe next level. The 17-year-old singer-songwriter has signed a deal with Interscope Records.
The Pacific Island girl, who was born and raised on Guam, became a viral sensation with her YouTube covers of Rihanna and Bruno Mars and her a capella performance of “Hold On, We’re Going Home” in front of Drake, Kanye West, and the Kardashians.
On February 25, her six-track debut EP, The Gift (Wolfpack/Interscope), will be available at digital retailers featuring her single “Red Love” and cover of “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” An eight-track version of the EP was released for free in December.
“I want to show everyone that people from small places can achieve their dreams no matter how big they are,” said Pia.
Additionally, her song “Fight for You” featuring Chance the Rapper will be featured on the soundtrack to the sci-fi thriller Divergent, available March 11.
Ashanti heads to the islands with the “King of the Dancehall” Beenie Man on her flirty new single “First Real Love,” produced by Teetimus. The R&B diva effortlessly rides the riddim, while the Jamaican superstar adds his reggae flavor.
“It’s my first real love and I don’t want to lose it now / But every time we get so close, I feel that love will lose us both / It’s my first real love out of all,” coos Ashanti.
The song is taken off her upcoming album Braveheart, due March 4. In addition to Beenie, she has collaborated with Rick Ross, French Montana, and Jeremih.
On March 18, YG will enter the big leagues with his long-awaited debut My Krazy Life. The Compton rapper has revealed the tracklisting for the album, which will be released on Pu$haz Ink/CTE World/Def Jam.
The 14 tracks include the DJ Mustard-produced hit “My Ni**a” and the Drake-assisted follow-up “Who Do You Love?”
The hip-hop-heavy guest list also boasts appearances from Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, and TDE’s own Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Jay Rock.
“It’s gonna put me on that level with all the other mainstream artists,” YG told MTV News. “I’ve been considered an underground artist because I’ve been doing mixtapes and indie tours on my own, but this is gonna put me [in the] mainstream because the record label is gonna come in. They’re gonna put all themoney behind me. All that branding will take it to another level.”
See the tracklisting below.
My Krazy Life Tracklisting
1. “The Put On Intro”
3. “I Just Wanna Party (feat. ScHoolboy Q & Jay Rock)
4. “Left, Right” (feat. DJ Mustard)
5. “Bicken Back Being Bool”
6. “Meet the Flockers” (feat. Tee Cee)
7. “My N***a” (feat. Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan)
8. “Do It To Ya” (feat. TeeFLii)
9. “Me & My Bitch” (feat. Tory Lanez)
10. “Who Do You Love?” (feat. Drake)
11. “Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)” (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
13. “Thank God (Interlude)” (feat. Big TC & RJ)
14. “Sorry Momma” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
50 Cent is venturing out on his own. After 12 years at a major label, the hip-hop mogul has decided to go independent.
The rapper announced on Thursday that he’s leaving his longtime label, Interscope Records and Eminem and Dr. Dre’s imprint, Shady/Aftermath.
He and G-Unit Records have signed a worldwide distribution and services agreement with Caroline, the independent label at Capitol Music Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group.
During his time at Shady/Aftermath/Interscope, 50 released five albums including his 2003 debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’, The Massacre, Curtis, andBefore I Self Destruct, and sold over 30 million copies.
“I have had great success to date with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope and I’d like to thank Eminem and Dr. Dre for giving me an incredible opportunity,” said 50 in statement. “I’ve learned so much from them through the years. I am excited to enter this new era where I can carry out my creative vision.”
His mentor Eminem wished him well. “Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50′s career. Shady simply would not be what it is without 50 Cent,” said the Detroit rapper. “I’ve developed a great friendship with 50 over the years, and that’s not going to change. We know 50 will have success in his new situation, and we remain supporters of both him and G-Unit.”
Under the new deal, his first release will be Animal Ambition, due June 3. On March 18, fans will be able to pre-order the album and receive two instanttracks, while the videos will premiere online. An additional song and video will debut each week leading up to the album’s release.
Pharrell Williams made his fans especially “Happy” when he announced the title and release date for his first album in eight years. So what exactly does G I R L mean?
Before his performance at the BRIT Awards, the Oscar nominee broke down the all-caps title, which is written with two spaces between each letter.
“The reason why I named it G I R L in capital letters is because when you look at it, it looks a little weird,” he told Zane Lowe. “And the reason why it does is because society is a little unbalanced. And I just thought like, if I’m gonna make an album, I need to make an album that says everything that I’ve ever wanted to say, like dreamt of.”
The title is an homage to all the women in his life. “Women have been so good to me over this entire career and they’ve done so much for my family,” said Pharrell, who has a son with his wife Helen Lasichanh. “Everything I’ve ever gotten is because they’ve paid for so they’re like my bosses—indirectly and directly. I wanted to analyze that for a second.”
He continued, “I admire women in a lot of ways, but I needed to make sure that everyone knew that. On the surface, I do look and I do like them and I appreciate them in my little dirty ways here and there, but at the core, is what I’m telling you. We need them. Every living breathing human being on this planet regardless to your sexual orientation benefits from two things from a woman: the agreement to enter the act and the agreement to have you. So they have the power. Every human being has come through those silver-lined doors.”
He wants his fans to remember that when they listen to the album, which arrives March 3. “I want everyone to keep in mind that at the core, when you cut this album open that’s what comes out is that purpose. G I R L, I think, is my best work yet.”
Watch his explanation below and see Pharrell get emotional in the trailer.
TDE meets Wu-Tang on “Blind Threats.” With less than a week until his major label debut Oxymoron arrives, ScHoolboy Q breaks off his collaboration with Raekwon. On the dark record, produced by Lord Quest, the L.A. rapper reflects on trying times.
“Misery loves company / It was just me and my ni**as, we was tryna to survive / But we would never make it out alive, should we live it or die, oxymoron,” he raps.
He met up with Raekwon in an elevator in Europe. “I had that song. I did it and I just needed someone from Wu-Tang on there, whether it was Cappadonna or Raekwon or Ghostface,” he said during his L.A. listening session. “Me and Raekwon happened to run into each other. I wasn’t gonna say something until he said something to me. We’ve been trying to get a record together for at least eight months.”
In addition to the Chef, Oxymoron also features collaborations with 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, the Creator, Kurupt, and more.
Following her brief appearance on Monday’s premiere, Lady Gaga helped Jimmy Fallon christen his “Tonight Show” stage with a white-hot performanceof the title track off her album ARTPOP.
With blonde hair cascading down her back, the pop superstar opened her dramatic set by playing an avant-garde piano before descending a white staircase and jamming with her band as smoke filled the stage.
On May 4, she will kick off her “artRave: The ARTPOP Ball” tour in Ft. Lauderdale. She also recently shot a video for “G.U.Y.” at Hearst Castle.
The year of Pharrell continues. After scoring an Oscar nomination and four Grammys including Producer of the Year, the “Happy” hitmaker has announced a title and release date for his second solo album.
G I R L, his first project since 2006′s In My Mind, will arrive on March 3 via Columbia Records.
“When Columbia Records presented me with the opportunity to make an album, three things came to mind,” said Pharrell. “One was the sense of overwhelming honor that I felt when I realized that they were interested in partnering with me on the album that I had always dreamt of making. Two, it would have to feel festive and urgent. And three, I instantly knew it would be called G I R L. I hope you like it.”
The 10 tracks are now available for pre-order on iTunes featuring the first single “Happy,” which is currently No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The upbeat hit also appears on the soundtrack to the animated film Despicable Me 2.
Pharrell revealed the cover art and posted a 30-second trailer of him in the studio, laughing, crying, and recording with composer Hans Zimmer and an orchestra.
On the eve of his album release, he will perform his Oscar-nominated hit at the 86th Annual Academy Awards. He will also tour with Bruno Mars on select dates this spring/summer and play Coachella in April.
Pharrell made one of his biggest fan’s dream come true when he surprised her as part of Mastercard’s “Priceless Surprises.” The Neptunes hitmaker showed up to a preschool where children’s drama workshop facilitator Queen was running a playgroup.
While she danced to his song “Happy,” Pharrell boogied his way into the room, much to Queen’s surprise. She was overcome with emotion as Pharrell took her hand and danced along to his Oscar-nominated hit.
“This song was meant for people like yourself to keep you, keep me, keep them, keep us all going,” he told her. “You’re absolutely carrying a torch for the impetus of the record. And this is priceless what you do, the way you inspire these children, so thank you very much.
Watch Pharrell put a smile on one lucky fan’s face.
The remixes keep coming. Following Kanye West and Diplo, The Weeknd ups the ante with his seductive remix to Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love.” In honor of his 24th birthday, the Canadian crooner brings Bey’s hit single into his world with a dark and provocative reinterpretation.
“February = new age, new xo gear, new music,” he tweeted.
Go all night with The Weeknd’s intoxicating remix.
Mad Decent top dawg Diplo just dropped this Beyonce – Drunk In Love (Diplo Remix) out of nowhere last night. Giving this Beyonce track the proper trap music rub down for a late valentines day present to all. A little something extra to turn up to with your bae while you wait to grab tickets to the Mad Decent Boat Party.
Stream the Beyonce – Drunk In Love (Diplo Remix) below, and holler in the comments and let us know what you think.
Diplo‘s brand of high energy, light hearted, party-primed productions always tends to make booties bounce and crowds go wild. He commands the party with his signature dance floor destroyers, blending dance hall, trap music, and twerk selections into both his original works and his leading-edge remixes. Off of his October 2013 EP Revolution, Diplo’s certified rump-shaker “Biggie Bounce” is now getting a little remix treatment of it’s own, as New Orleans bred producer, and close friend of the RTT family, Kid Kamillionadds his own spin to Diplo’s funky, twerk-inducing heater.
Kid Kamillion’s “Biggie Bounce” remix ups the ante right off the bat, swapping Travis Porter and Angger Dimas‘ lyrical verses for some clean vocal chops and swirling loops. The original mix is as bouncy as they come (obviously…), however the Kid comes through with an electrifying tempo boost, giving the track a vibe best described as Nu-Bounce. From a bubbly build to the remix’s wild, back-popping break, this remix is meant for some serious party action. Blending elements from multiple genres, Kid Kamillion’s latest release proves versatile ability as a producer and reflects his wide musical background.
Released via Mad Decent, you can stream the remix below, or purchase it on iTunes.
To kick off his first show as “Tonight Show” host, Jimmy Fallon welcomed Will Smith. In the tradition of his past “Late Night” skits with Justin Timberlake and Michelle Obama, the talk show host teamed up with the “Fresh Prince” for a viral segment entitled the “Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing.”
Dressed in baggy overalls and Timberlands, they ran through some famous hip-hop dance crazes—from the “Cabbage Patch” to the “MC Hammer” to the “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” ending with the “twerk.”
Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Mike Tyson, Robert De Niro, and more also made cameos during Jimmy’s inaugural show.
Kelis is serving up some fierce fashion in the video for “Jerk Ribs,” the first single off her upcoming album Food. In the colorful clip, the fashionista takes usbehind the scenes of her album packaging shoot. She gets glammed up and turns the streets of Mexico into a catwalk as Mister Cartoon photographs her. She also performs at a garden party, where a giraffe roams the property.
“This song is the cornerstone of my album,” Kelis told TIME. “So I wanted thevideo to look like my life, my love—back to the beginning.”
She is putting the finishing touches on her sixth album Food, due April 22. The 13 tracks were produced entirely by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek.
The Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef also stars in her own Cooking Channel special,“Saucy and Sweet,” premiering February 26 at 8:30 p.m.
Last Kings meets Taylor Gang on the first remix to Wiz Khalifa’s BlaccHollywood single “We Dem Boyz.” Only a week after the song’s premiere, Tyga adds some new bars to the Detail-produced track, boasting about his cash flow and making “$10 mill off hats.”
Tyga, along with Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, will be featured on the new Young Money single “Senile” off the Rise of an Empire compilation, due March 11.
The song was originally supposed to drop this week, but according to Tyga, it will now be available as a free download on iTunes next week.
Kid Ink rides out on the remix to his DJ Mustard-produced single “Show Me” with 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Trey Songz, and Chris Brown. The song, which appears on his No. 1 album My Own Lane, premiered moments ago on Power 106.
The L.A. spitter puts on for the West Coast, Trey and Juicy get freaky on their verses, and 2 Chainz delivers some laughable lines (“Just bought a car, that bitch came with Grey Poupon”).
On April 1, Kid Ink will hit the road for his 21-date “My Own Lane” tour with King Los and Bizzy Crook.
After announcing his new album Sex Playlist earlier in the week, Omarion debuts his first single “You Like It.” The MMG crooner gets down to business and gives it to his girl just the way she likes it on the infectious R&B jam, which borrows from DeBarge’s ’80s hit “I Like It.”
“Come and get what you want / Ain’t no need to fight it all / Girl, I know that you like it,” he sings.
Omarion’s fourth solo album, Sex Playlist, is due this summer.
Kid Cudi has unveiled the cover art and tracklisting for his album SatelliteFlight: The Journey to Mother Moon. The digital edition includes 10 tracks, with an appearance from Raphael Saadiq (“Balmain Jeans”).
“This is just the digital release track listing,” tweeted Cudi, who designed the cover himself. “New jams will be added for the physical, kind of like a extended ‘Directors Cut’!”
The Need for Speed star didn’t announce an exact release date, but previously said that it would drop sometime in February.
Satellite Flight, which includes production from Dot Da Genius, serves as a prelude to Man on the Moon 3.
“It’s all attached to the story,” he explained. “When Man on the Moon 3 comes out, you’ll be able to play this EP and segue into Man on the Moon 3. It will be a seamless connection.”
See the tracklisting below.
Satellite Flight Tracklisting
1. “Destination: Mother Moon”
2. “Going to the Ceremony”
3. “SATELLITE FLIGHT”
4. “Copernicus Landing”
5. “Balmain Jeans” feat. Raphael Saadiq
6. “Too Bad I Have to Destroy You Now”
7. “Internal Bleeding”
8. “In My Dreams 2015″
9. “Return of the Moon Man (Original Score)”
10. “Troubled Boy”
Tamar Braxton is giving Robin Thicke’s single “For the Rest of My Life” some new life. The “Braxton Family Values” star joins the ladies’ man on the remix to his Blurred Lines ballad, which he penned about his wife Paula Patton.
The R&B powerhouses set off sparks as they ask “Baby will you stay mine?” on the wedding anthem.
On February 21, Thicke will hit the road with another one of R&B’s leading ladies, K. Michelle.
Nicki Minaj reveals her big surprise, dropping the Nabil-directed video for her new single “Lookin Ass Nigga.” The song is set to appear on her upcoming third album The Pink Print and the Young Money compilation Rise of an Empire, due March 11.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mariah Carey returns with a stone groove smash for all the lovers. The big-voiced diva gets swept away by an intoxicating love on “You’re Mine (Eternal),” the new single off her first album in five years, due May 6.
“I can’t seem to live without your love / Suffocating here by myself / Dying for your touch,” sings an emotional Mimi on the hard-hitting ballad, which she wrote and produced with Rodney Jerkins.
Things get even hotter on the R&B remix, on which she trades passionate verses with heartthrob Trey Songz.
The video, shot at Puerto Rico’s El Yungue National Rain Forest, will premiere today at 7:50 p.m. EST on MTV, while the remix video debuts Friday on BET’s “106 & Park.”
Does Mariah have another hit on her hands? Listen to both versions below.
After crossing the $100 million mark with his movie Ride Along, Ice Cube returns to his rap roots on his new single “Sic Them Youngins On ‘Em.” The rapper-turned-actor unleashes his lethal flow on the West Coast banger, which is set to appear on his upcoming 10th album Everythang’s Corrupt, due May 13.
“Puttin’ the rap game on alert / Fuck with them and I will revert / Back to the old days, back to the old ways, back to the AKs fuckin’ up doorways,” spits Cube, who was recognized at “BET Honors” over the weekend.
Fifty years after the Beatles made their U.S. debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Alicia Keys and John Legend teamed up to honor the Fab Four during last night’s CBS special “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles.”
Seated at pianos, the R&B powerhouses put a soulful spin on the band’s 1970 classic “Let It Be,” receiving a standing ovation from the audience including Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
“Tonight I am an honorary Beatle! LOL!” tweeted Alicia, while Legend added, “i think i might have to add ‘let it be’ to the All of Me Tour set list.”
The star-studded tribute also featured performances from Pharrell and Brad Paisley, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and more.
Elijah Blake channels Killa Cam on his new single “Sing for Me” featuring Rick Ross and The Game. The singer-songwriter, who’s written for Rihanna, Usher, and Keyshia Cole, samples Cam’ron’s 2002 hit “Oh Boy” on the seductive track, produced by MIDI Mafia and Fayo & Chill.
The wait is over for Ashanti fans. On March 4, the R&B songstress will release her long-awaited fifth album Braveheart on Written Entertainment/Entertainment One.
In addition to announcing an official release date, Ashanti has revealed the 13 tracks, which includes appearances from French Montana, Jeremih, and Beenie Man. Two additional songs are featured on the Target deluxe edition.
The video for her Rick Ross-assisted single “I Got It” will premiere this week. Ashanti will also shoot the video for her next single, “First Real Love,” later this month in Jamaica with reggae star Beenie Man.
Additionally, she is writing music for the upcoming Tupac biopic, to be released in 2015.
See the tracklisting below.
5. “Early in the Morning” feat. French Montana
6. “3 Words”
7. “Love Games” feat. Jeremih
9. “Never Should Have”
10. “She Can’t”
11. “Don’t Tell Me No”
12. “I Got It” feat. Rick Ross
13. “First Real Love” feat. Beenie Man/Outro
14. “Bonafide Survivor” (Target Exclusive)
15. “RIP” (Target Exclusive)
Machine Gun Kelly is back with some “Black Magic.” The Cleveland MC channels Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” and shouts “Free Boosie” alongside his EST affiliate Tezo on the two-minute-45-second freestyle.
“here’s a little Sunday night freestyle for yall EST mufuckas from me and @tezo,” tweeted MGK.
He is working on his next mixtape EST 4 Life II and stars as rapper Kid Culprit in the Amar’e Stoudemire-produced film Blackbird, which co-stars Minnie Driver and Danny Glover. The-Dream will be writing and producing four original songs for the movie.
Earlier today, Toronto producer, Illangelo released a free 24 track album entitled, The_demos: ’10, via his bandcamp. The compilation of the demos are from 2010, documenting Carlo Montagnese’s (Illangelo) life and his last shot at making music, prior to becoming the famed producer behind The Weeknd’s success.
The West Coast was in the house when Kid Ink visited BBC Radio 1Xtra’s “Live Lounge” during his trip to the U.K. The L.A. rapper performed his Chris Brown-assisted hit “Show Me” and paid homage to Snoop Dogg with a cover of his 1994Doggystyle single “Gin and Juice.”
“The @1Xtra fam asked me to cover a classic song, so of course I had to do a Westside classic! Whatup Uncle @SnoopDogg,” tweeted Kid Ink.
A week before Valentine’s Day, Toni Braxton and Babyface brought their love songs to the “Good Morning America” Winter Concert Series. The dynamic duo performed “Hurt You” and their acoustic ballad “Where Did We Go Wrong?” off their duets album Love, Marriage & Divorce.
Toni also discussed her brief retirement from music and how Babyface talked her out of it. “I was going through a really dark phase in my life,” she told Robin Roberts. “I was contemplating retiring and this guy here said, ‘It’s not time. What are you doing?’”
The album is expected to debut in the top 5 with 50-55,000 copies.
On March 18, they will kick off their two-week stint in After Midnight, the Broadway musical tribute to Harlem’s Cotton Club.
After rocking Roseland Ballroom on his “2 G.O.O.D. 2 Be T.R.U. Tour,” 2 Chainzreturned to “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” for the show’s second to lastepisode. Looking fresh as hell in a white suit, the Grammy-nominated rapper performed “Outroduction” off B.O.A.T.S. II with some help from The Roots.
He has launched his own limited edition sneaker with adidas and is readying the next chapter in his B.O.A.T.S. series, B.O.A.T.S. III.
“B.O.A.T.S. is like a real healthy timeline of Tity Boy [or] 2 Chainz,” he told MTV News. “When I say, ‘I started from the trap, now I rap,’ it’s basically that.”
His tour with Pusha T and August Alsina continues through March with stops in Chicago, L.A., Miami, and Houston.
‘Yonce is all over the charts like liquor. The singer’s Jay Z-assisted single“Drunk in Love” rises to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.
Following her opening performance at the Grammys, the song off her self-titled album jumps 13-2, due to an increase in streams and digital sales (viaBillboard). She also earns her seventh No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songschart.
“Drunk in Love” gives Bey her 15th top 10 and first since Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” which reached No. 3 in April 2010. It’s also her highest-chartingsong since “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” spent four weeks at No. 1 in December 2008.
The 32-year-old ties Connie Francis and Olivia Newton-John for seventh place among women with the most top 10s in the Hot 100′s 55-year history, surpassing P!nk, Donna Summer, and Taylor Swift.
Jay Z also extends his reign for the most Hot 100 top 10s among rappers with 21, 12 of those in a lead role.
“Drunk” is the couple’s fourth shared Hot 100 top 10 following “’03 Bonnie & Clyde,” “Crazy in Love,” and “Déjà Vu.”
Elsewhere on the chart, Katy Perry remains No. 1 with her Juicy J-assistedsingle “Dark Horse,” while Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber” falls 2-3 and Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz jumps 6-4.
Producer of the Year Pharrell bounds 11-8 with his Oscar-nominated single“Happy,” which becomes his seventh Hot 100 top 10 and second as a lead artist following 2003′s “Frontin’.”
Lyrica Anderson wishes she could take it all back in the video for “Unf*ck You” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. The R&B singer-songwriter, who has written for Demi Lovato, Trey Songz, and Missy Elliott, sits topless in a throne as she sings aboutmoving on from her ex, while champagne bottles unpop.
“I wish that I could unf*ck you ’cause boy you don’t deserve my love,” sings Lyrica, while Ty Dolla $ign plays her undeserving man.
Her EP King Me 2, the follow-up to last year’s mixtape King Me, is due later this spring featuring Wiz Khalifa and Kevin Gates.
Lyrica has also penned Jennifer Hudson’s next single “Walk It Off,” produced by Timbaland.
Twenty years after releasing his seminal debut Illmatic, Nas will commemorate the milestone with a 20th anniversary album, tour, and documentary.
The 2-CD set, entitled Illmatic XX, will arrive April 15 via SONY Legacy featuring rare remixes, unreleased demos, and freestyles.
To celebrate the release, Nas has also announced that he will tour the U.S.,performing Illmatic from front to back. The tour will kick off this spring at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April.
“With Illmatic, I didn’t think about it. I just did it,” said Nas. “I believe everybody has good instincts. Now I’m a man from that past and I’m supremely grateful. There’s a Nigerian proverb ‘What is past is prologue.’ I’m here today because of Illmatic.”
A feature-length documentary called Time Is Illmatic will also be released in 2014. The film documents the making of Illmatic, the social conditions that created it, and the music legacy passed down from Nas’ father, jazz musician Olu Dara.
Illmatic XX Tracklisting
Disc 1: Remastered Original Album
1. “The Genesis”
2. “N.Y. State of Mind”
3. “Life’s a Bitch”
4. “The World Is Yours”
6. “Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)”
7. “One Love”
8. “One Time 4 Your Mind”
10. “It Ain’t Hard to Tell”
Disc 2: Demos, Remixes & Live Radio
1. “I’m a Villain” (previously unreleased)
2. The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993 (previously unreleased freestyle)
3. “Halftime (Butcher Remix)”
4. “It Ain’t Hard to Tell (Remix)” (promo single)
5. “One Love (LG Main Mix)”
6. “Life’s a Bitch (Arsenal Mix)” (promo single)
7. “One Love (One L Main Mix)”
8. “The World Is Yours (Tip Mix)”
9. “It Ain’t Hard to Tell (The Stink Mix)” (UK single)
10. “It Ain’t Hard to Tell (The Laidback Remix)” (UK single)
With his 2 Chainz-assisted single “Talk Dirty” rising up the charts, Jason Derulo debuts the video for “Stupid Love,” the latest release from his album Tattoos.
In the Gil Green-directed clip, the 24-year-old heartthrob goes to extremes to show his lady how much he loves her. He maxes out his credit cards, buys his and her Jeeps, and even puts his life on the line, resulting in a tragic ending.
His real-life girlfriend Jordin Sparks was overcome with emotion upon hearing the record. “This song is so heartfelt. Took my breath away when @jasonderulo 1st played it for me,” she said.
Sky Ferreira’s profile exploded with the release of ‘Everything Is Embarrassing’ in 2012. After toiling in pop music for years, repeatedly tossed about by major label reps who simultaneously thought they knew best and had no idea what to do with her, it was the no-budget, Grant Singer-shot video which finally announced Ferreira as an artist to the world. Since then, Ferreira’s ghostly synth-pop has appeared on the short but sweet Ghost EP, and the musically diverse and emotionally raw album Night Time, My Time.
Ferreira’s heightened profile didn’t come without additional challenges. The conventionally attractive model had to endure the typical sexist response, struggling to be taken seriously as an artist who is a) a woman, b) on a major label, and c) had been adopted by, and therefore had to contend with, the indie world. That said, if you strip away all the bullshit, what’s left is one of 2013′s most outstanding records, presenting Ferreira as a person of fierce independence who’s nevertheless unafraid to seem afraid and unapologetically vulnerable.Night Time, My Time, like its creator, contains multitudes. We talked about tabloid headlines, Miley Cyrus, and the gladiatorial battle of being a woman in pop.
Sky, what is your motivation to make music? I know at one point it was to get outta high school.
I never really had motivation to make music. It’s just something I always did. I never really had to think about it. I remember someone asking me, like, “What do you wanna be when you grew up?” and I was like “Singer” and that’s what I ended up being. So I guess it’s just something I always knew.
Your lyrics are often nakedly confessional and quite bluntly personal and one thing I’ve always wondered: is it painful to repeat and relive those things at your shows?
Yeah, I think it depends on what headspace I’m in. Sometimes it’s really hard to take some of the songs, depending on the moment. I tend to get overwhelmed by the whole live experience in general.
[Laughs] I think I’m still too emotional, ‘cos I think that’s probably the only way I can do my stuff well, by being vulnerable and emotional. But sometimes, yeah, it’s a bit much for me. All the songs are obviously really personal, it’s not like I’m thinking about something I made up in my head or something.
Is it frustrating to have so much of your press focused on things other than your music? A lot of the headlines seem very condescending and tabloid-y.
It’s annoying but it’s part of my job. It’s definitely something I could do without but there’s worse problems. All it is is a bunch of rumours, you know? I have a pretty high tolerance for what I’ll stand for. I’ll usually just ignore most of it. But if someone crosses the line then I’ll say something. I’ve learnt to ignore it but it took me a while. It took me, like, years. I’m not necessarily over it, but I think it bothered me a lot more when the album wasn’t out. Now that the album is out, I just let that speak for itself.
Now that Night Time, My Time is out and you’ve started to distinguish yourself as your own artist, do you feel like you’ve freed yourself from the industry dickheads who kept you down previously, or is it just a different kind of game now?
I think it’s a bit of both, I guess. I’m kinda learning how to take everything for what it is, you know? Like, I can’t force people to change. I’ve been open about my experience with the music industry because I think people need to know about that. Not just for my sake – ‘cos at the time my album kept getting delayed and stuff – but I started when I was 16, so like if someone actually told me about that stuff I think I would’ve been well more prepared, but I think you also have to experience it to actually know it too. No one can really tell it to you. It’s more just like a warning I guess, if someone actually wanted to do it that young, and decided to go the way I did more so than the Disney route.
It makes me think of Miley Cyrus, who came up through the whole Disney thing and is now trying to distinguish her identity away from all that.
The thing about her I like is she embraces that stuff. She’s just older now and she’s moved on from it. Maybe at first she was trying to break away from it but I think at this point she’s broken away from it and people are still trying to hang onto it.
You’re touring with Miley on the Bangerz tour. How’d that happen?
I think she just really liked the album. She contacted me and we hung out a few times, we just started talking, and she invited me on tour. She’s been really supportive about the album. I remember when it came out, she tweeted about it, telling people to buy it which is kind of really helpful ‘cos a lot of people listen to her. [Laughs] We just have a good relationship. We’re supportive of each other. It’s not really competitive, which is nice. There’s no weird undertone to it, which does happen a lot with female musicians, sadly.
Sometimes it seems like female musicians are put in competition with each other, like there can only be so many women in pop at one time.
Yeah, I think it’s partially to do with the fact that people make them that way, like we feel like we have to be competitive with each other. I mean it happens to males too, being called the new band that was out two days ago, you know? So there’s always that, but also I think it’s in human nature with females in general. I try to not do that. I try to go into it positive, but there’s definitely that weird thing where if this girl fucks up this thing, that means I’m better. There’s always this weird “I want what she has because I can’t have it” or “She has it and I want it now.” It’s kind of like girls with boyfriends. I’ve dated guys where no girl would talk to them and then suddenly they’re all talking to them when I’m dating them. It’s happened to my friends too. “I want what she has,” that whole thing. But it definitely has to do with the media too, constantly comparing girls and putting girls against each other.
How did ‘My Molly’ come about?
I’ve known Ariel [Pink] for a long time and it really was just for fun. He sent me the original ‘My Molly’ and I just rearranged it a bit and changed some of the words and made it related to me. Basically it was like, I’m in LA, he’s in LA, let’s just record it. It was fun, we hung out. Then we made a video for it. It wasn’t anything really official, that’s why I didn’t really put my name, and Ariel didn’t really put his name, ‘cos it’s neither of our songs, it’s just a song. So we put it out for fun. Maybe we’ll do more together.
This record was a long, long time coming and you’ve said you’re ready to move onto the next thing. So, what’s going on with new material?
I have a few ideas about stuff I want to do. I feel like most people don’t have the pressures I had for my first album. I had second album pressure for my first album. Maybe it’ll turn into something else but I’m just working on stuff for fun. That’s what balances out the rest of the stuff that has to do with being an artist. The best part is making the music. That’s what keeps me feeling good about all of it, so I try to fit it in as much as possible.
Cool, thanks Sky. You should come to Australia.
Yeah, I’d love to! [At this point, PR cuts in: "She'll be there end of March"] Oh, yeah! I’m coming in March, I guess. I’ve never been before but I’m very excited.
Wale keeps the booties bouncing with the remix to his strip club anthem “Clappers,” which he unleashed on his blog. The D.C. rapper gives his Giftedsingle a head-to-toe makeover, complete with a new beat from Hit-Boy and fresh verses from Rick Ross, Fat Trel, and Young Thug. Clappers to the front.
Miguel doesn’t ask for much. The R&B crooner wants a woman he can smoke with, lay with, and laugh with on his new song “Simplethings” off the soundtrackto HBO’s “Girls,” due February 11.
“I just want the simple things / I just want you,” he sings.
The guitar-driven record, which was commissioned by “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham, appears on Girls, Vol. 2: All Adventurous Women Do…, along with contributions from Vampire Weekend, Beck, and Lily Allen.
E-40 checks into the Pink Motel with some sexy ladies in the retro-themed video for his bedroom banger “Chitty Bang.” The Cali spitter links with Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign, while Nick Cannon plays a pimp-like character named Mr. Nickles. Juicy makes out with one voluptuous vixen in the kitchen of a diner and they cruise through the drive-in theater in their old school whips.
The song appears on 40′s latest album The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil, Pt. 4, 5, & 6.
On February 25, TDE’s ScHoolboy Q will step up to the plate with his major label debut Oxymoron. After much anticipation, the South Central L.A. rapper has unveiled the tracklisting via iTunes.
The 15-track standard edition includes the singles “Collard Greens” and “Man of the Year,” with appearances from his TDE labelmates Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, and SZA, plus 2 Chainz, Tyler, the Creator, Kurupt, Raekwon, and more.
Following the album’s release, the Black Hippy will kick off his U.S. tour on March 1 in Providence, R.I., before making his way to Europe in May with supporting acts Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples.
A deluxe edition of Oxymoron will also be available with two additional songs including the Boi-1da-produced “Yay Yay.”
See the tracklisting below.
2. “Los Awesome” (feat. Jay Rock)
3. “Collard Greens” (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
4. “What They Want” (feat. 2 Chainz)
5. “Hoover Street”
6. “Studio” (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)
8. “The Purge” (feat. Tyler, the Creator & Kurupt)
9. “Blind Threats” (feat. Raekwon)
10. “Hell of a Night”
11. “Break the Bank”
12. “Man of the Year”
13. “His & Her Friend” (feat. SZA)
14. “Grooveline Pt. 2″ (feat. Suga Free)
15. “F**k LA”
Hip-hop and dance collide on Iggy Azalea’s club-ready remix to DJ Green Lantern and DJ Valentino Khan’s single “Know About Me.” The Aussie rap sensation spazzes out on the explosive track, which boasts a marching-band beat and rattling bassline.
“The remix I did for Iggy Azalea’s ‘Bounce’ had already been received really well, so this is like a continuation of that working relationship,” DJ Green Lantern told Rolling Stone. “The finished product is a really nice mix of ideas between Valentino Khan and I, using the vocals Iggy provided.”
Iggy will play London’s Wireless Festival 2014 in July and is working on her debut The New Classic.
Rick Ross pulls the trigger on the deluxe cover for his sixth album Mastermind.The illustrated artwork, designed by famed pop artist Mr. Brainwash, showsRozay holding a gun to his head with colorful blood spurting out the other side.
On February 11, the MMG boss will drop his new single “War Ready” featuring Jeezy, which he describes as “the hit single the streets have waited years for.”
He has been in the studio with DJ Khaled and Diddy putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2012′s God Forgives, I Don’t.
Mastermind arrives March 4 featuring the Jay Z-assisted single “Devil Is a Lie” and “No Games” with Future.
See him unveil the deluxe cover art in full below.
Following remixes from Wale, Rick Ross, and The Weeknd, Lorde gets the remixtreatment from T-Pain on his T-Mix to her Grammy-winning Song of the Year “Royals” featuring his Nappy Boy artist Young Cash.
“I don’t want people to think that I just only T-Mix hood songs and street songs,” T-Pain told Rap-Up TV. “So I’ma go ahead and T-Mix that ‘Royals’ and get some royalties off of that thang.”
Listen to T-Pain give the chart-topping hit an Auto-Tune makeover.
Before there was Naya Rivera, there was Ashley. Big Sean raps about his ex-girlfriend in the cinematic video for his third Hall of Fame single featuring Miguel. The G.O.O.D. Music MC wrote the emotional song about his high schoolsweetheart before they split up in early 2013.
In the graphic clip, Sean’s ex plots to kidnap and kill him. After being violently attacked in his garage, he is tied up and taken to a motel as his topless ex and her new man make out in front of him.
Eventually he escapes his captor by beating her with a baseball bat, but he is caught again and taken to the desert, where he is forced to dig a ditch. We see him fight back and hear a gun shot before it goes black.
Miguel was in the hot seat during his visit to Power 106. While being interviewed by J Cruz and Justin Credible, the “Adorn” singer spoke about collaborating with Beyoncé on “Rocket” and what he thinks of Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy snub.
“He definitely should have won Best Rap Album,” said Miguel, who worked with Kendrick on “How Many Drinks?” “But I thought it was really cool that Macklemore sent him that text message. … That was very gracious of him.”
He also played a game of “F**k, Marry, Kill” with the sexy trio of Nicki Minaj, Kelly Rowland, and Jhené Aiko. Without hesitation, he made his selections and provided explanations.
“Just because I feel like she’s probably crazy in bed, it might be a little bit of fun, I’ma F Nicki. She got that thang,” he said of the Young Money rapper.
Plus, find out who he thinks would make a “house a home” and which singer would get the axe.
Shakira and Rihanna turn up the heat in the smoldering video for “Can’t Remember to Forget You.” The femme fatales combine their sexy superpowers in the Joseph Kahn-directed clip.
Clad in black swimsuits, the Caribbean bombshells smoke cigars while kissing and touching each other on a lounge chair. A blonde and wet Shakira bangs the drums and plays the guitar in a pool of water, while a black-haired RiRi flaunts her banging body.
“Shakira is one of my favorite artists. I look up to her so much. She’s an icon in my eyes,” said Rihanna, while her Colombian co-star returned the compliment, “She’s the sexiest person I’ve ever met.”
Shakira’s self-titled album is due March 25 featuring contributions from Ne-Yo, Sia, and John Hill.
Lauryn Hill doesn’t settle for ordinary. During her “Homecoming” concert at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, the former Fugee put a fresh spin on “Final Hour,” a track off The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The show occurred in November, but she has just released some professionally-shot footage.
“I have to make these things sustainable to perform,” Ms. Hill told the crowd. “‘Cause you wouldn’t want me to be like a robot, do the same thing every night.”
She will continue her “Homecoming Series” through February with upcoming shows in Red Bank, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Miami.
Fresh off their “Iz U Down” collaboration, Tyga links up with fellow L.A. rapper Kid Ink on the remix to “Main Chick.” Chris Brown also lends his vocals to the remix and original, which appears on Kid Ink’s album My Own Lane.
On February 15, Tyga will open his Last Kings flagship store on Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles.
Plus, watch him teach Danity Kane’s Aubrey O’Day how to ghost ride the whip as part of MTV’s “Retromania: Hip-Hop Week.”
Juicy J is taking his trippy show on the road this spring. Fresh off his No. 1 single with Katy Perry, the Memphis rapper has announced dates for his “Never Sober” tour.
The 25-city U.S. trek kicks off on February 20 in Jacksonville, FL and will make stops in New York, Atlanta, and Nashville, ending March 30 in Lincoln, NE. He will be joined by special guests Travi$ Scott and Project Pat on select dates.
Juicy has also announced that “Talkin’ Bout” featuring Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa will serve as the next single off his album Stay Trippy.
He is currently in the studio working on his sophomore album to be released later this year.
See an itinerary below.
“Never Sober” Tour Dates
February 20 – Jacksonville, FL – Plush *^
February 21 – Orlando, FL – Firestone Live *^
February 26 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *^
February 28 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre ^
March 1 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues *^
March 4 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live *^
March 5 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre *^
March 6 – Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre *^
March 7 – Richmond, VA – The National *^
March 8 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva *^
March 11 – Boston, MA – House of Blues *^
March 12 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza *^
March 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts *^
March 14 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom ^
March 15 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory ^
March 16 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights *^
March 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Zoo *^
March 22 – Chattanooga, TN – Track 29 ^
March 23 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works *^
March 25 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot *^
March 26 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre *^
March 27 – Clive, IA – 7 Flags Event Center *^
March 28 – St. Paul, MN – Myth *^
March 29 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave *^
March 30 – Lincoln, NE – The Bourbon Theatre *^
What do you get when you combine Celine Dion’s big voice and Ne-Yo’s songwriting skills? An “Incredible” duet. The pop diva and R&B crooner went in front of the lens to shoot a video for their collaboration off Celine’s latest albumLoved Me Back to Life. “Good Morning America” was on set as they filmed on a rooftop in downtown L.A. last week.
It was Celine’s 13-year-old son son René-Charles Angelil who persuaded her to do the collaboration. “He said, ‘Mom, you don’t even have to listen to the song. You have to do it,’” said Celine.
At first, Ne-Yo was hesitant about singing with the vocal powerhouse. “The issue for me, initially, was the whole concept of a duet,” he said. “You know, it’s Celine Dion.”
But the 45-year-old veteran was able to learn from her 31-year-old collaborator. “Ne-Yo, among other artists, gave me the chance to still be the best of myself with a little bit of tweaking the sound, on a modern approach,” she said.
Their inspirational anthem will be played at next month’s 2014 WinterOlympics in Sochi.
Ludacris is back with the wild soundtrack to your next celebration. The Atlanta rapper rounds up Wiz Khalifa, Jeremih, and Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat for “Party Girls,” which samples Aqua’s 1997 hit “Barbie Girl.”
“I need party girls in my party world / Titties plastic, ass fantastic / They just brush my hair and touch me everywhere / I don’t say shit and they be gettin’ naked,” sings Jeremih on the hook.
In between filming Fast & Furious 7, Luda has been in studio working on his eighth album Ludaversal, due later this year.
Shakira and Rihanna are turning up the heat in the video for “Can’t Remember to Forget You.” Ahead of Thursday’s premiere, Shakira has shared a new photo from the set. The sexy singers smoke cigars while cozying up to each other in the Joseph Kahn-directed clip.
The Colombian bombshell praised her Caribbean co-star. “Her voice in this song is just unreal ’cause she is reggae,” said Shakira. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard afemale singer deliver her lines in a reggae song with such authenticity. I’m just over the moon to know that we did a video together and we did this song together.”
“The Voice” judge has also collaborated with Sia, Ne-Yo, and John Hill on her upcoming self-titled album, due March 25.
The full video will premiere tomorrow on VEVO. Check out another pic from the set below.
It was revealed today on instagram that Chance The Rapperhas begun working in the studio with both Skrillexand Mike Will Made It (the producer behind such hits as: No Lie (2 Chainz), Bandz A Make Her Dance (Juicy J), and… that last Miley Cyrus Album).
After much anticipation, YG drops the full CDQ/mastered version of his new single “Who Do You Love?” featuring Drake. The Compton lyricist brings his West Coast flavor to the DJ Mustard-produced banger, which previously leakedin December and even spawned a remix featuring The Game.
Drake bigs up Game and Lil Wayne on his cocky verse. “Young Money shit / Me and Lil Wayne too big,” he raps.
YG explained how the collaboration came together. “I sent him a beat, he liked the beat, said ‘this the one, I’ma hop on,’ so he hopped on it and we’re about to shoot that video too,” he told MTV News.
Look for the song on YG’s Def Jam debut My Krazy Life, available March 18.
Carolina native J. Cole, who is known for unexpectedly releasing mixtapes, and singles and freestyles that have fans rushing to the websites and on separate occasions temporarily “breaking” the internet, announces via his Twitter account that for his birthday today he has released a new mixtape titled“Revenge Of The Dreamers.”11 brand new tracks that will leave you awestruck as always. Unlike most of Coles releases, this mixtape has quite a bit of features, mostly from people in Coles ’Dreamville‘ circle. Even ending the mixtape with a Original Version of the smash radio hit “Crooked Smiles”which samples the widely used Tupac beat “Str8 Ballin.”Only one hour after release through Audiomack.com, the mixtape has nearly 200K plays, assuring any naysayer J. Cole is a massive force in the hiphop world.
I recommend checking out “May The Bitter Man Win”and “Blowin Smoke” first. But the whole mixtape is definitely worth a spot on your iPod.
About a half an hour after the release, J. Cole blasted out another Tweet with a number to call, a trend we’re seeing more and more. And one I personally think is an amazing way to connect with a the massive fanbase these artists have. In the message Cole addresses talks of an upcoming album, and other bodies of work, but carefully saying “There will be no news or info, just be ready.”
Toni Braxton and Babyface take a ride on the “Roller Coaster” of love on their sultry new ballad. The R&B powerhouses go back and forth, singing about the highs and lows of their relationship on the emotional song.
“When love is like a roller coaster / Always up and down / When love takes over your emotion / Spins you round and round,” emotes the duo.
On February 4, they will release their collaborative album Love, Marriage &Divorce featuring the singles “Hurt You” and “Where Did We Go Wrong?”
Hip-hop lovers’ dreams will be realized at this summer’s Wireless Festival in the U.K. Kanye West, Drake, and OutKast are among this year’s performers.
Now in its 10th year, the three-day festival will take place from July 4-6, and will rotate between London’s Finsbury Park and Birmingham’s Perry Park.
Kanye West will bring his “Yeezus Tour” to Finsbury Park on Friday and PerryPark on Sunday with a lineup that also includes Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea, and Angel Haze.
Drake will connect with his U.K. fans, along with supporting acts Wiz Khalifa, Azealia Banks, A$AP Ferg, Chance the Rapper, and Earl Sweatshirt.
Headliner Bruno Mars will join special guest OutKast, marking one of only twofestival appearances that André 3000 and Big Boi will make in the U.K. this year. Salt-N-Pepa and Ellie Goulding are also on the bill.
Tickets go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. See the full lineup below.
Kelis returns to satisfy her hungry fans with Food, her first album in four years. In advance of its April 22 release date, the singer (and certified chef) serves up the cover and tracklisting via iTunes.
The 13 tracks include food-inspired titles such as “Cobbler,” “Fish Fry,” and “Biscuits ‘n’ Gravy.” The album is now available for pre-order on iTunes along with the lead single “Jerk Ribs.”
The follow-up to 2010′s Flesh Tone will be released on U.K. indie label Ninja Tune. It was produced entirely by Dave Sitek, the founder of rock band TV on the Radio and producer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Food is described as “a soul record that’s as raw and alternative as it is classic.” The 34-year-old explores pain, happiness, and everything in between, while showcasing her “most frank and vulnerable vocals to date.”
TDE’s Isaiah Rashad skips the gimmicks and shines a light on his raw talent in the video for “Soliloquy.” In the simple black-and-white clip, the Chattanooga MC gives us a taste of what we can expect from his Cilvia Demo, which drops oniTunes tomorrow.
The 14 tracks feature his TDE labelmates ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and SZA, plusproduction from Black Metaphor, The Antydote, and Danny Dee.
“His project is amazing,” SZA told Rap-Up TV. “It’s probably one of the most inspiring pieces of work I’ve ever heard.”
Last night, he joined SZA, Kendrick, and the rest of his TDE family at a Fan Appreciation Show at L.A.’s House of Blues.
Wiz Khalifa kicks off the week on a high note with the carefree video for “Chapo” featuring fellow Taylor Gang member Berner. Amber Rose’s husband gives us a glimpse into his rock star lifestyle, which includes plenty of liquor, weed, andfast cars. He shows off his accolades and blazes up as the sun sets.
Wiz and the rest of his Taylors are readying a compilation, and Wiz has his own album Blacc Hollywood due this year.
Shanell wears her heart on her sleeve in the video for “Boy Stop Playin’,” thelatest release off her Midnight Mimosas EP. In the black-and-white clip, an emotional SnL pleads for her man’s love as she travels from city to cityperforming shows.
“I put my heart up on the line / Boy stop playin’ / All I wanna do is love you,” she sings.
The Young Money songstress is putting the finishing touches on her Nobody’s Bitch 2 EP and will appear on the upcoming Young Money: Rise of an Empirecompilation, due March 11.
Rico Love has earned his bragging rights. The super-producer behind hits for Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Usher unleashes a boastful remix to Rick Ross and Jay Z’s “Devil Is a Lie.” On the three-minute freestyle, Mr. Turn the Lights On raps about popping champagne and signing to his own label, while paying respect to the late DJ Nando.
“Puff should’ve signed me / When I was 19, I was raw then / Now I’m more raw, but I’m rich / Got a car big enough to fit another ni**a car in,” spits Rico over the horn-heavy instrumental.
His EP Discrete Luxury is available now, while his full-length debut Turn the Lights On is due later this year.
Jennifer Hudson’s powerful pipes aren’t the only reason she’s turning heads. The R&B diva puts her best assets on display in the slick video for her Pharrell-produced single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” featuring T.I.
A svelte J-Hud shows off her post-Weight Watchers figure in sexy looks including a red bustier, leotard, and sunglasses as she dances alongside hershirtless male co-stars. A dapper Tip dons a tuxedo while getting treated to his own peep show.
J-Hud has been working with Timbaland, Pharrell, and R. Kelly (“It’s Your World”) on her upcoming third album.
“Some of the songs have a nice old school swag to them, but I think people will be very pleasantly surprised with this album ’cause it’s about the mood and the groove and real music,” she told Yahoo! Music of the follow-up to 2011′s IRemember Me.
After smashing the charts with his Chris Brown-assisted single “Show Me,” Kid Ink unleashes the freaks in the video for “Iz U Down” featuring Tyga. The West Coast MCs bring their girl-on-girl fantasies to life as two women passionately make out in the back seat of a Range Rover.
“I can tell by the way you’ve been looking at your girlfriend,” raps Kid Ink.
His major label debut My Own Lane entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3 last week, selling 50,000 copies.
Following the blockbuster opening of his movie Ride Along, Ice Cube has set his sights on the world of children’s literature. During his appearance on “Arsenio,” the hip-hop icon put his gangsta spin on the book Goodnight Moon. He flipped the words to the classic story, rapping about “punk ass bears,” “blunts and kush,” and “crumb snatchers everywhere.”
He also discussed his upcoming album Everythang’s Corrupt, due May 13.
“I’m talking about corruption everywhere,” said Cube. “I’m talking about a lot of youngsters done moved away from the drink and the weed. They on the pills. I talk about they gotta get off the pills and narcotics. There’s really a lot of stuff still that needs to be talked about, needs to be rapped about, and who best than Ice Cube to do it?”
An N.W.A. biopic is also in the works with director F. Gary Gray. He wants his son, rap newcomer OMG, to play a young version of himself. “I don’t want to just do it just because he’s my son. I want to do it ’cause he’s the best guy for the job,” said Cube.
Watch him bring his talents straight outta Compton and to the couch.
YG rides out with an all-star cast on the remix to his DJ Mustard-produced street smash “My Nigga.” The Compton MC grabs verses from Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill, and Nicki Minaj, who holds it down for her “bitches.”
“I just got $250,000 for a verse, ni**a/ I don’t know is it me or it’s your thirst, ni**a / You ni**as ain’t got no joints / Like the injured Chris Paul, you ain’t got no point,” spits Nicki.
YG’s Def Jam debut My Krazy Life is due March 18 featuring Drake, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, and more.
After debuting the song live at New York’s Terminal 5 over the weekend, Disclosure rolls out the full studio version of their single “F for You” featuring Mary J. Blige. The R&B powerhouse adds her soulful vocals to the U.K. duo’s EDM hit and gets down in the illustrated video.
The original song appears on Disclosure’s debut album Settle, which is nominated for Best Dance Album at Sunday’s Grammys.
They also recently collaborated with Bishop Nehru and the legendary Q-Tip, who shared a photo on Instagram.
Watch Disclosure hold court with the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.
Jennifer Hudson is busting out some new moves in her sexiest video yet. The Oscar and Grammy winner gets into the groove in the teaser for her Pharrell-produced single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” featuring T.I.
Yahoo! Music takes us behind the scenes as J-Hud dances in a pink leotard andsunglasses alongside her shirtless male dancers. The confident singer shows off her svelte figure as she performs choreographed moves by Fatima Robinson.
The Weight Watchers spokeswoman has been working with Timbaland and Pharrell on her upcoming third album.
“Some of the songs have a nice old school swag to them, but I think people will be very pleasantly surprised with this album ’cause it’s about the mood and the groove and real music,” J-Hud told Yahoo!
She has also collaborated with fellow Chicagoan R. Kelly on a song called “It’s Your World.” “It has that Chicago thing on it,” she said.
Get a first look before the full video premieres Thursday on VEVO.
Future hits the block and whips it real hard in the video for his Metro Boomin-produced hustler’s anthem “How It Was” off DJ Esco’s mixtape No Sleep. In the By Be El Be-directed clip, the Freebandz rapper turns up and tears up thestreets of L.A. in his Beemer after dark.
“A lil sum for the fans that’s patiently waiting on the album,” tweeted Future, who is expecting a child with his fiancée Ciara.
He has enlisted Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus for his upcoming sophomore albumHonest. “#Honest is the album of the year.. Hear it here first,” proclaimed producer Mike WiLL Made It.
Kat Dahlia reps for her ‘hood on the Miami remix to her single “Clocks” featuring the 305′s own Ace Hood. DJ Khaled’s protégé, who just dropped his mixtape Starvation 3, speeds things up on his guest verse.
Kat has also released two other regional remixes of the song featuring German dancehall band Seeed and Brazilian rapper Gabriel O Pensador.
Fresh off the No. 3 debut of his album My Own Lane, Kid Ink proves that he’s “The Man” by jumping on the remix to Aloe Blacc’s victorious anthem. The L.A. lyricist sings his own praises over the horn-heavy production.
Aloe’s new album Lift Your Spirit is due March 25. The soul crooner will also hit the road with Bruno Mars on his “Moonshine Jungle World Tour” for select dates starting in May.
Fat Joe and 50 Cent are leaving the beef behind. The former rap rivals join forces on DJ Kay Slay’s brand new song “Free Again” off the Drama King’s upcoming album Rhyme or Die. Instead of taking shots at each other, the New York MCs exchange friendly fire over the StreetRunner-produced record.
“It’s an anthem when I rant / Fuck you think I am Kanye / I had them wearing vests, now these ni**as wear dresses,” raps Fif, who plans to release his new project Animal Ambition early this year.
The two previously shared the stage at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards during a tribute to their late manager Chris Lighty.
Listen to them put their differences aside and come together.
After dropping “Count Up That Loot” earlier this month, Nipsey Hussle checks back in with “Hotel Suite,” the second leak in his #CrenshawTour series. Over a soulful sample, the L.A. spitter reps for the west and gets in the sheets with a “famous freak.”
You can catch Nipsey on his “Crenshaw Tour,” which travels across the U.S. and Europe through March.
Yeezus is coming to the X Games. The rap god will bless the stage at the inaugural event in Austin this spring.
The sports and music festival will take place on June 5-8 at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.
The G.O.O.D. Music rapper joins a 13-act bill that also includes the Flaming Lips, Pretty Lights, Gary Clark Jr., Mac Miller, Slightly Stoopid, Bad Religion, Dillon Francis, Mayer Hawthorne, Wavves, Cash Cash, and more.
In addition to music, athletes will participate in competitions including BMX, skateboarding, Moto X, and RallyCross.
“X Games Austin 2014, will be a four day sports, music and lifestyle festival,” said ESPN’s Scott Guglielmino. “The best athletes, competing at the highest levels remain the core of X Games. But we’re incredibly excited about being able to create a full-scale festival around that, which celebrates some of the other elements of the X Games lifestyle—music, friends, family, food and fun.”
Tickets for X Games Austin go on sale Friday, January 24 at 1 p.m.
Before he hits the X Games stage, Kanye will resume his “Yeezus Tour,”beginning February 13 in University Park, Pa.
It was a good day for Ice Cube. Not only did his movie open at No. 1 at the box office, but he also got to live out his lyrics and get his name on the Goodyear blimp.
On his 1993 hit “It Was a Good Day,” the rap veteran describes the perfect day in South Central L.A. “Even saw the lights of the Goodyear Blimp / And it read, ‘Ice Cube’s a pimp,’” he raps.
Over 20 years after the release of the song, Cube’s name was put up in lights on the blimp thanks to an Internet fundraising petition.
Three fans calling themselves “Team Good Day Blimp” vowed to raise $25,000 for at-risk youth charity A Place Called Home if Goodyear would fly the blimp on January 20, the date that inspired the song.
Once Cube agreed and Jimmy Fallon promoted the petition on his “Late Night” show, Goodyear signed on. While organizers were hoping for the blimp to say “Ice Cube’s a Pimp,” Goodyear agreed to a more family-friendly message: “Ice Cube Says Today Is a Good Day.”
“I knew this song had legs when we did it, and it’s actually my most popular song,” said Cube. “I never knew that 20 years later, people would still be this interested in the song and the lyrics, and that the song would do something this special for some good kids.”
Goodyear flew its blimp over South Central L.A. with Cube and kids from A Place Called Home on board. He also presented the charity with a check for $25,000.
Cube also received a big check of his own as Ride Along, his comedy with Kevin Hart, debuted at No. 1 with $41.2 million.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Alicia Keys celebrates strong and courageous men and women on her previously unreleased song “Power.” The “Superwoman” searches within to find her strength on the empowering record, which she recorded in 2007 and just released on her website The Vault.
“This is one of my favorite unreleased songs,” said Alicia. “I was looking for my power. This song says it all. All of these pics inspire me! They represent the power of being yourself and finding yourself! Shine on!”
Romeo Santos is calling on some of his favorite artists for his new album. Thebachata king has tapped Drake and Nicki Minaj for Formula, Vol. 2.
In a video promo, the former Aventura frontman revealed that the Young Money stars will appear on his sophomore LP when it arrives on February 25. Other featured guests include Marc Anthony, Carlos Santana, Tego Calderón, and Kevin Hart.
Earlier this month, Nicki previewed their collaboration, on which she can be heard rapping in Spanish.
“It’s me tho, the CEO/ Dame beso, yo necesito,” she raps.
Formula, Vol. 2 marks the follow-up to Santos’ 2011 solo debut, which featured Usher and Lil Wayne.
Jennifer Lopez returned to the Bronx in the video for “Same Girl,” and now she’s teaming up with a rapper from her hometown. Over the weekend, the pop diva hit the studio with Bad Boy’s own French Montana.
French posted a photo of himself with J.Lo, tweeting, “#samegirl @jlo #staytuned #southbronx #working.”
Just last week, J.Lo dropped a teaser for her “Same Girl” video. The full song, penned by Chris Brown, is expected to premiere any day now.
“Rack City” producer DJ Mustard also tweeted that he has some music for the “American Idol” judge. “Yo somebody tell @JLo I got some bangers waiting for her !!!!!” he wrote, to which she responded, “where they at @DJmustard??”
In addition to French and Chris, J.Lo has collaborated with Future, Big Sean, Robin Thicke, Sia, and RedOne on her upcoming 10th album.
French, who is working on his sophomore album Mac & Cheese 4, dropped a video for “Paranoid” off his debut Excuse My French. Watch below.
Big Boi is doing it all for the fans. The OutKast rapper is speaking out about his reunion with André 3000 for the first time since the announcement.
“We celebrating 20 years, a milestone in our careers, and it’s for the fans,” he told REVOLT at HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Sundance soirée in Park City, Utah.
He is looking forward to returning to the stage with his other half. “I can’t wait to get on stage with my brother Three Stacks and kill ‘em,” added Big. “It’s a long time to still be doing music at a high caliber and having fun doing it.”
In April, OutKast will headline Coachella in Indio, Calif. and play New York City’s Governors Ball in June. They have also lined up 40 other festival dates for the spring and summer.
In honor of their 20th anniversary, the hip-hop duo has joined Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and relaunched their website.
Kanye West is going up in flames. Pop’s firestarter heats up the cover ofInterview magazine’s February 2014 “Men’s Issue.” In the avant-garde photos, shot by Steven Klein, a burnt and sweaty Kanye sports a diamond grill whilebreathing fire. Inside the pages, a shirtless ‘Ye rocks Maison Martin Margiela masks and covers himself in white powder.
12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen conducted an in-depth interview with the 36-year-old music mastermind via phone, where he discussed everything from the “Bound 2” video and fatherhood to being snubbed in the major categories by the Grammys and his ultimate goal.
“I’m like a broadcaster for futurism, for dreamers, for people who believe in themselves,” said ‘Ye, whose album Yeezus was recently certified platinum.
See more photos and read highlights from the interview below.
On people trying to silence him: “People are strategically trying to do things to mute my voice in some way or make me look like I’m a lunatic or pinpoint the inaccuracies in my grammar to somehow take away from the overall message of what I’m saying.”
On his admiration for Madonna: “Madonna, I think, is the greatest visual musical artist that we’ve ever had. If you look at her photo log, the photographers that she was able to work with throughout her career framed her in the proper way. It was the proper context. It was that visual that made sure that everything was gonna cut through in a certain way.”
On the “Bound 2″ video: “I think all that stuff around it is just that: controversy. I think people are afraid of dreams, and that video is one of the closest things to the way that dreams look and feel, or the way joy looks and feels, with the colors.”
On fatherhood: “I think I have to experience it for another few years to be able to give you an opinion. It’s all brand new, how it feels to be a father. There are some things that I understand, certain things that I don’t understand, certain things that I like to get off my chest in interviews, certain things that I want to talk about. But when we talk about love, I don’t have an answer. All I can say is that I’m happy I have it.”
On success: “I just want to create more. I would be fine with making less money. I actually spend the majority of my money attempting to create more things. Not buying things or solidifying myself or trying to make my house bigger, or trying to show people how many Louis Vuitton bags I can get, or buying my way to a good seat at the table. My definition of success, again, is getting my ideas out there. The first company that has really given me a shot is Adidas. They did the deal … I mean, Damon Dash did the deal, at the end of the day. He signed Kanye West 12 years ago.”
On his goal and obstacles: “My mission is about what I want to create. It’s for people, for humanity. It’s about things that can make the world better. I’m not saying that I’m going to make a better world; I’m just saying that I will provide some things that will help, and my glass ceiling that I’m facing is based on my color.”
On being snubbed by the Grammys: “I’ve been nominated for Best Album maybe three times. I made Dark Fantasy and Watch the Throne less than a year apart and neither of them got nominated. “Ni**as in Paris” wasn’t nominated for Best Song either. But let’s go into the fact that I have the most Grammys of any 36-year-old or 40-year-old or whatever, and I’ve never won a Grammy outside of the Rap or R&B categories.”
LA native, Bridge, an artist partnered with the lifestyle blog FingersxCrossed, has released his latest installment over Grammy nominated producer Dpat’s ‘Bloom’ record off his latest EP ‘In Bloom.’ You can read more about Bridge’s personal relationship with the track by expanding the soundcloud window.
When he’s not giving away a $50,000 scholarship, Juicy J takes another opportunity to flex on his ballers’ anthem “Blow Out.” The Memphis rapper shows out by buying a plane, betting a million on the Lakers, and partying with politicians—all in under four minutes.
In addition to his own music, he can be heard on Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” which has been selected as the new single from her album PRISM.
Hear Juicy boast and spend bundles of cash on the flashy record.
Pusha T reunites with one-third of the Re-Up Gang, Ab-Liva, in the video for “Suicide,” the latest song off My Name Is My Name to get the visual treatment. In the artsy clip, directed by Nathan Brown, the G.O.O.D. Music spitter sports a shirt from his County of Milan capsule collection while rapping in the shadows.
On January 28, he will launch his Canadian tour in Vancouver before joining 2 Chainz on his “2 Good to Be T.R.U. Tour” on February 4.
Pull the trigger on King Push’s killer visuals below.
Kandi Burruss is using her voice to vent. On her new single “Let Them Love,” the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star snaps back at her mother, Mama Joyce, who has publicly disapproved of her relationship with fiancé Todd Tucker, who she called a “gold digger.”
“You’re sittin’ here lonely/ You’re sittin’ here by yourself/ So stop giving advice on relationships to everybody else,” sings Kandi. “Let a person love who they love/ Why would you wanna be the cause of someone’s breakup?”
The emotional song is taken from the soundtrack to Kandi’s play “A Mother’s Love,” which opened in Atlanta.
Listen to her put her mama on blast on the 90-second snippet. The full song will hit iTunes on January 21.