We here at VH1 are strong believers that mothers are worthy of appreciation 365 days a year. That said, this Sunday is the official day we honor those special women in our lives. Seeing as how music has always been expressive and a reflection of the artist’s own life, it only makes sense that everyone from Tupac to Taylor Swift have created songs expressing their love for the woman that brought them into the world. Those songs cover the entire spectrum, from light and fun to heartfelt and emotional. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of our all-time favorite songs dedicated to moms. Since we don’t sing or rap, we’re leaving it to those that do to honor all the mamas. Happy Mother’s Day!
1. “Dear Mama”- Tupac
Tupac’s ode to his mother Afeni Shakur has to be one of the most touching and well known dedication songs in music.
2. “Mama’s Song” – Carrie Underwood
In this guitar heavy country song, Underwood reassures her mom that her husband to be is a great man, and marrying him doesn’t mean her mom is losing her.
3. “Hey Mama”- Kanye West
“It don’t got to be Mother’s Day or your birthday for me to call and say, ‘Hey, mama.’” When Kanye made this fun track for his mother, we never imagined it’d be the very song he’d perform in her honor after her death. Counting our lucky stars that she was able to hear it before she passed.
4. “The Best Day” – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift probably has a lot of great days seeing as how she’s one of the biggest country singers and all. But spending quality time with her mom tops the list of best days she’s ever had.
When Boyz II Men’s “A Song For Mama” played on the popular late 90s movie Soul Food, eyes welled with tears. Soulful voices singing lyrics that helms mothers as Queens would make any mama proud. Read more…
Buzz around upcoming Harlem rapper Azealia Banks is not overhyped considering she creates music like the new track “Jumanji” she dropped today. This is why the uber talented fire spitter doesn’t need beef on her climb to the top. Produced by Hudson Mohawke and Nick Hook, “Jumanji” is enticing with its blaring horn and African drum sound. Frankly, the beat is bananas, and definitely nod your head worthy. And her riveting flow is speedy, aligning itself perfectly with the instrumentation. When she raps, “Don’t make me remove your kufi, I do it because it’s my duty,” you hear the hunger in her voice, that unrelenting passion and confidence in what she has to say. And we’re listening.
“Jumanji” is the first single from her Fantastic mixtape set to be released this summer. Banks’ debut album Broke With Expensive Taste has been pushed back for a potential fall release, but in the meantime she tweeted she will drop her LP “1991″ within the next month. As Banks slowly but surely gains more attention we hope she steps away from Twitter feuds and sticks to dropping bombs in the studio. Let the music speak for itself. Check out a few of our favorite lines from “Jumanji.”
“They want my photo and pictures inside of they candid cameras/flawless, critics and scandals/man handle savage I damge ya/Real b*** all day/Uptown Broadway
“Reefer and cabanas/all my vehicles handsome”
“These b*** and their banter/f*** is up w/they grammar/they never talking money/I can’t never understand ‘em.”
“All of my b**** bougie/designer vagina Gucci/These n**** all kind of groupies/they flying they trying to scoop me.”
When she’s not on the tennis court serving her opponents Serena Williams is in the studio pouring her aggression into rap songs. On the court she’s no nonsense so we can totally see her releasing her inner #THUGLIFE on wax. TMZ posted her new untitled song, and it’s actually not horrible. A few lines are cliched like her opening, “I ball hall hard, no tennis racket,” but she has flow. Then there’s the unexpected slick line that makes you giggle, “Schooling these rappers, they should pay tuition.” We see you Serena!
Hands down the funniest lyric is when she slightly channels her inner Nicki Minaj and raps, “I ain’t never been a loser. And I’m always on top. Roofer.” Oh, Serena. You’ve been listening to Nicki’s “Hang it up. Flatscreen” punchline, haven’t you? This isn’t the first time the tennis champ has laid down a couple of bars. Last year TMZ reported she had recorded a couple of tracks with B Major Music Group, which is owned by Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie. With the right production and practice Serena may take the rap came by storm. When she adopts her new rap name (hmmm, maybe S-Dub) it’s officially rap city, rap rap city.
Just when we were getting excited about Andre 3000 rocking out in his new role as the late, great musicianJimi Hendrix in All Is By My Side, the Wall Street Journal reports there may be slight glitch that has the potential to halt the project. According to the report, the Hendrix family estate released a statement denying any involvement with the project. Experience Hendrix LLC is a family owned company that manages the late musician’s music and publishing. In the statement, Hendrix LLC says they have “made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation.”
There’s good news though! The CEO of the company, Janie Hendrix (Jimi’s sister), along with the board, isn’t opposed to being involved with a biopic, per the press release. “Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix, sister of Jimi Hendrix, and the EH board have not ruled out a ‘biopic’ in the future though producing partners would, out of necessity, have to involve the company from the inception of any such film project if it is to include original Jimi Hendrix music or compositions.” So, basically, All Is By My Side won’t have any original music by Hendrix since the estate wasn’t involved from jump. That is, unless the producers of All Is By My Side decide to pony up and pay some big bucks to the Hendrix clan. We hope the two sides can figure this out, because this is one movie that we cannot wait to see!
Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by TMS alums Frank Hannon (Tesla) and Michael Schenker (Eddie Trunk’s idol), as well as Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), who talked about Pearl Jam holding out on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame until another band gets it. Find out what band they’re holding out on and watch the entire episode online, here.
This week, Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy from The Cult stop by to discuss the band, their future, and their newest album, Choice of Weapon. Ian gets candid on his time playing with The Doors and how he almost played Jim Morrison in a movie. See Ian and Billy from The Cult as well as Doro Pesch (Warlock) on an all new episode of That Metal Show this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/10 CT on VH1 Classic. Read more…
As if Chriannagate wasn’t messy enough, last night Chris Brown released a freestyle over Kanye West’s “Way Too Cold (Theraflu)” that sounds like a diss toward his ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Talk about a bad case of the ex. In the freestyle Brown raps, “Don’t f*ck with my old bitches/like a bad fur/every industry n*gga done had her/trick or treat like a pumpkin/just to smash her.” OUCH.
Per TMZ, Rihanna must have gotten wind of the diss track and responded by unfollowing him on Twitter promptly. She also Instagrammed a pink Tweegram that read, “Take that thumb out your butt.” Looks like Rihanna has finally had enough of Brown continually treating her like garbage.
In typical battle of the ex fashion, Brown also unfollowed Rihanna and eventually tweeted: Read more…
Pop star diva Briney Spears can now add judge of The X Factor to her ridiculously long list of achievements. Back in March, rumors sparked about the starlet potentially joining judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid, but nothing was confirmed. E! News reports Spears signed a $15 million contract to judge one season of the popular singing competition show. Would you expect anything less for the one and only Britney Spears? Read more…
Nelly Furtado is larger than life in her new video “Big Hoops (Bigger The Better).” Furtado walks around the city in stilts as onlookers stare in awe of the freak attraction, which is kind of a neat concept. In the song Furtado talks about partying, meeting a guy and not wanting to talk about sex. “I don’t want to talk about sex when I express myself tonight,” she sings. But don’t expect to see the typical party scene with a bunch of hot guys fawning over her beauty. Furtado is way too cool for the ordinary. Read more…
When she’s not riding on the side of flipped cars, M.I.A. is focused on creating artwork– the same artwork she designed for Beck’s beer bottles. Spin.com caught up with M.I.A. to chat about her new art endeavors and where she’s at with her highly anticipated fourth album. Since she flipped the bird in this year’s Super Bowl (where she performed with Madonna and Nicki Minaj), M.I.A. has been fairly lowkey. Before that she dropped an impromptu video for “Bad Girls,” but hasn’t followed up with another single from her forthcoming album Matangi. Until she satisfies our curiosity we’re happy to watch “Bad Girls” on repeat. Read more…
For a minute there we thought Justin Bieber had joined the #moneyteam after this weekend’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto fight where Biebs was pictured holding Mayweather’s championship belts in the ring. Don’t fret. He may love the #moneyteam, but his performance on last night’s season finale of the “The Voice” proves he’s focused on the music. Before Jermaine Paul was pronounced this season’s winner, the 18-year-old pop heartthrob performed his first Believe single “Boyfriend,” which is soaring on the iTunes charts holding down the No. 4 spot. Read more…