Oprah‘s interviewing magic was never lost when she ended her talk show of 25 years to take on her OWN network; she just didn’t have the programming to yield high ratings. Fortunately with OWN’s Next Chapter, Oprah has struck gold by interviewing household names like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, 50 Cent and next up, Usher. Beyond Usher’s No. 1 Looking 4 Myself there’s been headlines galore of Usher’s divorce, ugly custody battle and the loss of his stepson. He’s kept quiet about his personal life over the last three years. That is until Queen Oprah called. Let’s face it, you don’t turn down an opportunity to sit on the couch with Mother O. Read more…
One of the fall season’s most anticipated releases, G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer is just a few days away, ready to drop on September 18. Already, the all-star compilation’s lead singles, “Mercy,” “New God Flow,” “Cold” and “Clique”, have our G.O.O.D. music fever burning hot. The star-studded tracklist suggests that we’ve only known the beginning of it, because Kanye West is readying to drop another monster of an album on us. In the mix are G.O.O.D. Music men Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, D’Banj, Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi and John Legend, G.O.O.D. Music’s first lady Teyana Taylor, as well as a handful of unexpected others summonsed from Kanye’s thick rolodex, like Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah, The-Dream and Ma$e. No big deal, you know?
Can’t wait until Tuesday to hear all that new G.O.O.D. Music? Check out a preview now below or via iTunes. First up? The biggest R. Kelly hook calling on you to put your middle finger up. Okay! Until Tuesday, we leave you with that typically climactic, middle finger-flicking R.Kelly hook on the opening track, “To the World.” Read more…
Rick Ross may conflate “royalty” and “chief of state” in the God Forgives, I Don’t cut “Presidential,” but the the song’s new video shows that Rozay has got an eye for politics, too. The song itself is mostly about boss things like “Billie Jean thumping” babes and gold watches, but the video begins anyways with a sample from the speech President Obama gave at last week’s Democratic National Convention. “America, I never said this journey would be easy,” booms the President, assuring then, before “Presidential”‘s Pharrell beat kicks in, that, “Yes our path is harder, but it leads to a better place.” Obama might not have considered “weed crumbs on the cruise ship” when he imagined “a better place,” but there’s no denying that Ross believes that said ship is a marked improvement from “3rd floor projects, feel my point of view.” And so to at least on that point, big Bawse Rick Ross and big Boss Obama can see eye to eye, strictly presidential.
Ross wasn’t the only hip hop heavyweight to show love to President Obama this week. It’s only Tuesday, and already he has won the efforts and affections of some of hip hop’s biggest characters. Who else is feeling the blue this week? Let’s have a look: Read more…
Yesterday we introduced you to the calendarized concept of Cuffin’ Season, the time of year when folks start keeping their eyes open for a stable boo to hold them down through winter. Since we’re in Cuffin’ pre-season, it’s important that you get with the program – September 22nd is right around the corner, and a lack of early strategy might leave even the most sought-after single catches in the dust.
Each day this week, we’re unleashing Spotify playlists to help you both mentally prepare for suiters to reveal themselves and get inspired to start making your own roster of potential Cuffin’ candidates. Last night’s playlist was compiled with the Hopeless Romantics in mind, and today’s is geared toward a more challenging target: The Distracted Workaholics. You know the type. He or she is so career-minded, they’re almost impossible to pin down. During the day, they’re in meetings and deliver you delayed responses, and they’re working so late that your dinners turn into “let’s just get a drink,” or get canned altogether. But you like this person – a lot – because being focused and ambitious is attractive, and dating a bread-winner has a nice little caché to it. That, and you’re pretty sure the feelings are reciprocated, evidenced when they come up for air full-force, showering you with apologies and make-good efforts that flip your frown upside-down. Can that sort of inconsistency make for a good foundation, though?
Kanye West sort of freestyles for two minutes in Ice-T‘s Something From Nothing: Art of Rap documentary. And by “sort of” we mean it’s presented as a freestyle, but we doubt the rap was off the top of the dome. More on that later.
Back in June when Art of Rap aired in theaters, we shared the hilarious story of Ice-T’s favorite moment in the film being Rev Run’s retell how it felt to be on top. Let’s just say that story included syrup dripping into a bathtub. If you missed a slew of rap’s greats talk about the art of rap, you’re in luck. This Thursday at 9:00 PM ET/PT, VH1 will air the documentary in full. Kanye snapping is not something you want to miss. Read more…
One thing Azealia Banks can add to her “moments that have happened to very few others” list is Beyonce looking at her like, “Girl, get your s—- together.” At least that’s what the Young Rapunzel told Rolling Stone. Apparently Banks started crying once she realized Bey had been watching her goof around with Kanye West at the Met Ball. “Yes, and I met her – and I cried! It was so embarrassing,” the rapper told Rolling Stone. “It was at the Met Ball. I was f—— around with Kanye and she was sitting there, chilling and eating dinner. I freaked out. And I realized she saw me being a dummy and I started crying. Then I saw her expression, like, ‘Girl, get your s— together.’ I had to walk away and get myself together and pat my face, then come back to properly say hi!” Now that’s a story you tell your grandkids. Read more…
“Nuclear Family” opens Green Day‘s upcoming ¡Uno!, and though the guys have been mostly insistent that their upcoming trilogy of albums will be a departure from their past, this song and accompanying video again recall a certain Green Day of old. Back are the quick tempo and hammering drums, the lyrical references to angel’s piss gargled and warnings that “it won’t be long ’til I detonate,” and most of all that punchy spirit that united much of their earlier stuff.
If “Nuclear Family” were actually cut from Dookie, which it almost could be, this video would have been shot in Dirnt’s parent’s garage. But Dookie is nearly 20-years-old now, those little punks have grown, and Dirnt’s parent’s garage this is not. In their standard uniform of dark-lined eyes and patched-up military jackets, they go hard in a professional looking rehearsal space with professional looking instruments (a drum kit emblazoned with their album cover). And if you listen closely, you’ll even catch a classic rock yelp or two from Mr. Armstrong. Because nine albums later, they know for sure that — – punk rock or balladry, on big bikes or flanked by hot models — they always sound good so long as they rock hard.
Those turning into opening night of Saturday Night Live‘s this weekend will be treated to a performance from scheduled musical guest Frank Ocean, and today Ocean shares that he’s bringing a guest of his own with him: his “bro” John Mayer. Mayer is supposed to be taking it easy after throat surgery, but has already forgone the doctor’s orders to play with Walk The Moon pre-VMAs, and we are happy to see him doing it again to help Ocean kick-off this 38th season of SNL.
Ocean tweeted the good news this morning, writing “SNL this weekend. Me and the bro John Mayer.” And though nothing has been officially confirmed, he’s got the internet alight with possibilities. Maybe Ocean and his “bro” will do something with “White,” that smooth grooving Channel Orange interlude. Perhaps more likely, the two will perform Ocean’s 10-minute ode to strippers, “Pyramids,” which ends with an uncredited Mayer guitar solo. Otherwise, Mayer could probably do some good to “Thinking About You,” which Ocean played acoustic at VMAs; or maybe he could bring his maybe-girlfriend Katy Perry along for the “Sweet Life”/”California Gurls” medley that we just realized we need. Because — not sugar-free — mango, peaches and whipped cream bras, wouldn’t that be something?
Last week, Britney tweeted her love for PSY‘s giddy-up “Gangnam Style” dance, suggesting that, “I should possibly learn the choreography. Anybody wanna teach me?! haha.” Ellen DeGeneres saw real brilliance in the thought, and took the opportunity of Britney’s visit to Ellen yesterday to turn that dream to reality.
“Oh!” Britney twanged, when Ellen surprised her with a lesson from the man most up to the task, PSY himself. Now signed to Scooter Braun’s Schoolboy records, he made sure to introduce himself properly before moving onto the lesson. Hands soft, he instructed, and bounce like you’re riding a horse. Britney seemed a little confused that they asked her to go off program, but when the music hit, she nailed the dance like the pro she is — high heels and tight dress and all. As PSY insists, “dress classy and dance cheesy.”
Who will be next to go Gangnam? Mr. Romney, we say it’s your move. Everybody is doing it!
Bad Boy Mase has spent the past six months patiently working himself back into the game, from the pulpit to the mic, one remix verse and surprise appearance at a time. Next week, Mase is scheduled to make a big return next week with a feature on G.O.O.D. Music’s much anticipated all-star comp, Cruel Summer. And before then, he’s warming up with a quick verse on Miguel‘s slinky showstopper, “Adorn,” off of his Kaleidoscope Dreams: Water Preview.
Mase uses his opening verse to spoil his object of his adoration with vacations to all the “places Mrs. Obama went” and “gifts that are prominent.” Because “every bad girl need ‘em a good guy,” he raps, flow back in familiar form. He sounds comfortable alongside a tender Miguel, and this team-up lends a helpful relevance to a rapper long looking for a welcome back and a nice name check for the young R&B artist well on the come-up.