The Internet has pretty much come to a standstill this afternoon thanks to Jay-Z’s new track “Glory”, which features vocals from the youngest MC in the game, his 2-day-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter (aka The Notorious B.I.C.). In the halls here at Video Hits One, the song is pumping out of offices, tinny laptop speakers and even iPod earbuds, and has driven all of the women (and even some grown ass men) to tears. Well, your friendly VH1 Tuner editors have managed to keep the tears at a minimum and stay focused on the task at hand, and we’re happy to bring you this close reading of “Glory”:
BEYONCÉ SUFFERED A MISCARRIAGE … OR DID SHE?
Lyrics In Question: “False alarms and false starts, all made better by the sound of your heart / All the of the pain of the last time, I prayed so hard it was the last time” and “Last time the miscarriage was so tragic / We was afraid you’d disappear but nah baby, you magic”
Translation: Everyone in the media is inferring that this lyric is about Beyoncé, but there’s a pretty good chance that it isn’t. In Jay-Z’s song “This Can’t Be Life,” he makes reference to a stillborn baby (“Baby came out stillborn / So I gotta move on”) from a previous relationship, a fact that was also confirmed in his book Decoded. Now, this isn’t to say DEFINITIVELY that the reference isn’t to something that happened between Jay-Z and Beyoncé —as we know, these two are nothing if not tremendously private— but rather that all of the media speculation attributing this reference to Bey is a bit premature.
THAT SH*T CRAY: BLUE IVY CARTER WAS CONCEIVED IN PARIS
Lyric In Question: “You don’t yet know what swag is / But you was made in Paris / And Mama woke up the next day and shot her album package.”
Translation: Step off, Beyoncé birthers! Much has been made of the legitimacy of Beyoncé’s pregnancy, and the inclusion of this line is a not-so-subtle “Eff you” from Jay-Z to the haters. Because we’re nothing if not sticklers for the truth, we did some research and discovered that Bey and Jay took a 9-day trip to Paris from April 19,
20102011 until April 28, 2011. During this time, they recorded the vocals to “Lift Off” (which appeared on Jay and Ye’s Watch The Throne collaboration) and, apparently, made sweet, sweet love. If you do the math, that trip was eight months and some change ago.
All the daddies in the house holla at us! Obviously the joy of bringing a child into the world is boundless, and Jay-Z proved so today when he uploaded a new track celebrating the birth of Blue Ivy, “Glory,” to his website. Far from being staid or predictable, the song was raw, emotion filled and penned in Hov’s expert style. Unfortunately, not all songs daddies write for their babies are as touching as “Glory,” so we’ve taken this moment to reflect on some of the most boring “Look, I’m A New Dad!” songs from some high profile daddies. (Disclaimer: we get that you love your kid. We’re not disputing that or saying it’s wrong. You have every right to express your happiness, all we’re saying is that your song is boring, ZzzzZzzz).
Creed – “With Arms Wide Open”
Creed’s emotion fulled ode to front man Scott Stapp‘s son, Jagger, is the ultimate in “Look I’m A New Dad” snooze fests. Although now that we’re revisiting the track, we’ve got to say the epic power guitar solo in the second half saves the song from giving us the same “ho-hum” feeling we get when we see a Facebook friend post the seventy jillionth photo of their new born baby on their wall (if it still looks like a potato, we’re not interested). The apocalyptic video is pretty sweet too, and it’s made us a little bit nostalgic for really crappy CGI.
Will Smith – “Just The Two Of Us”
Dude. You used to be The Fresh Prince.
Well, that was quick! Earlier today, we predicted that Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z and Beyoncé‘s brand-new baby daughter, would make her recording debut when she turned 11 years-old. Well, it turns out she simply couldn’t wait that long for her shot at chart glory; the 2-days-old’s “vocals” are featured on Hova’s brand new track, “Glory”, which was just posted on his website LifeAndTimes.com. She’s credited here as B.I.C., which is an obvious tip of the cap to Jigga’s old friend, The Notorious B.I.G. Also, if you’re curious, the song was produced by Pharrell of The Neptunes.
For an artist who has built his entire career on his honest, confessional lyrics, this might just be the most candid and emotional song that Hov has ever put on wax. In it, he confesses that he and Beyoncé may have suffered through a miscarriage at some point in the past (“Last time the miscarriage was so tragic / We was afraid you’d disappear / But nah baby, you magic”) and ecstatically describes the joy at becoming a father (“Baby, I paint the sky blue / My greatest creation was you”). Being Jay-Z, though, he can’t help but get a bit braggadocious on the cut; in it, he sings “You don’t yet know what swag is / But you was made in Paris / And Mama woke up the next day and shot her album package.”
You can listen to “Glory” below:
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“Soft” rapper Drake seems to be illiciting some extreme reactions from people recently — they’re either madly in love and having his name tattooed to their forehead, or just plain mad and looking to beef. First it was Ludacris having a dig at Drake on his track “Bada Boom,” and now it looks like Common wants in on the Drake bashing action. On his new track, “Stay Schemin,” Common isn’t shy about blasting Drake.
Calling Drake out for starting the beef but failing to name Common as the subject of that beef, Common raps “Don’t play dumb, I’m the one that acknowledged it / Son of a b**ch, I imagine what your father is / She said, “How you make your opponent / The rapper of the moment?” His style, he don’t own it / Acting all hard when he hardly like that / You gon’ mess around and make me catch a body like that.” Common goes on to refer to Drake as “a b**ch that’s eighteen,” “amateur guy” and “Canada dry.” Common speaks the final verse, “Soft n***a. Make no mistake, I’m talking to Drake,” and challenges Drake with “don’t hide behind them other n****s,” before a sample of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” is played, presumably because Common wants Drake to be upfront about the beef. Yikes! We wonder if Drake will respond in kind, or if he’ll stay quiet and cryptic, which seems to be his M.O. (and it’s clearly offending people!). Listen to the track below.
Common – “Stay Schemin (Remix/Drake Diss)” [Pigeons & Planes]
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Diagnosed with lymphoma, Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi is refusing to let his illness put a dampener on the band’s much anticipated reunion. At 63 years old, Iommi announced that the lymphoma is still in early stages and that he’s “upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.” Last year Black Sabbath announced that they would reunite for a tour and new album, and it seems that despite Iommi’s health problems they plan to soldier ahead. The album will be the first album in 30 years featuring the band’s original lineup, and while we’re looking forward to the release, we’re now preoccupied with sending Iommi well wishes.
Tony Iommi has lymphoma, still participating in Black Sabbath reunion [A.V. Club]
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This weekend, the world welcomed baby Blue Ivy Carter, the offspring of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and possibly the most important baby on earth right now (or ever, who knows?) into its open arms. After months of speculation, second guessing, and red herrings, the baby girl is finally here and now we’ve got a whole new set of questions to deal with. For starters: When are we going to see baby Blue Ivy? Do you think she’s made of gold or magic or sparkles? Does she have super powers? Will she grow up to fulfill Mom and Dad’s musical legacy? And if so, how long do we have to wait to hear the chosen one’s voice on a record?
With all these questions in mind, we tracked down some other famous babies with musician parents, found out how long it took them to get from the womb to the recording studio, and employed the law of averages to try and figure out when we can expect Blue Ivy’s first number one song. According to the following cross section, we’re expecting Blue Ivy to lay down her first album by age 11…
- Sean Lennon, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In 1981, at the age of 5, Sean recited a story on his mother’s album Season of Glass.
- Hailie Jade Mathers, daughter of Marshall Mathers a.k.a Eminem. At age 6, Hailie’s vocal was featured on Eminem’s “My Dad’s Gone Crazy”.
- Chloe Lattanzi, daughter of Olivia Newton John. At age 8, Chloe provided backing vocals for “The Way Of Love” from Olivia’s 1994 album Gaia.
If you missed this week’s VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, you’re in luck. Not only is it re-airing tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. on VH1, but we’ve got this week’s complete list of the week’s 20 hottest videos for you. Katy Perry‘s wistful “The One That Got Away” may not have reached the #1 position on the Billboard charts yet, but she can rest easy knowing tonight that she’s captured the #1 spot on our first Top 20 Video Countdown of 2012.
1. Katy Perry, “The One That Got Away” [WATCH]
2. Daughtry – “Crawling Back To You”
3. Rihanna, “We Found Love”
4. Bruno Mars, “It Will Rain” [WATCH]
5. Adele – “Someone Like You” [WATCH]
6. Coldplay – “Paradise” [WATCH]
7. David Guetta featuring Usher – “Without You” [WATCH]
8. The Fray, “Heartbeat” [WATCH]
9. Jessie J – “Domino”
10. Pitbull ft. Chris Brown – “International Love”
Find Out Why America Loves Skrillex
Nitsuh Abebe reflects on America’s obsession with Skrillex, the mainstreaming of dubstep and dissects what dance/club music means to American music consumers. [Vulture]
Lady Gaga Accused Of Stealing
New York artist and general kooky lady, Colette, has made a protest video claiming that Lady Gaga stole her “art” for a Barney’s window installation. Colette’s work is similar to Gaga’s, but we’re starting to get sick of the whole “Someone famous stole my art” game. [Gothamist]
Now that we’re done with reflecting on 2011, it’s time to start projecting into 2012. With the reign of Adele perhaps taking a brief hiatus, and buzz building around several newcomers, some legendary reunions and highly anticipated sophomore albums, 2012 is already shaping up to be a year filled with some pretty amazing music. We’ve put together a list of 20 of our most anticipated albums for 2012 — what are you looking forward to in 2012?
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die (Expected Release Date: 01/27): Possibly the most hyped artist of 2011, we’re excited for the record to finally come out so we can stop judging the hype and start judging the material! She landed a highly coveted spot as the musical guest on the January 14th episode of Saturday Night Live, so expect the clamor to grow.
Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth (Expected Release Date: 02/07): Aside from a couple of songs that made it onto the band’s 1996 Best Of set, the band hasn’t cut any new material in the studio with original lead singer David Lee Roth since 1984, so anticipation for this project is through the roof. After a blistering reunion set at Cafe Wha? in New York City last night, there’s a good chance the boys still have it in ‘em.
Sleigh Bells – Reign Of Terror (Expected Release Date: 02/14): After Sleigh Bells’ killer debut with Treats, we’re biting our nails to find out whether their sophomore effort will be just as good. If the release of the first single off the new album, “Born To Lose”, is anything to go by, we won’t be disappointed.
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Expected Release Date: 02/14): Since Nicki Minaj Tweeted that the new album will feature all new material (as opposed to a re-release), we’ve been painting everything pink in anticipation. Barbz at the ready!
God? Are you there? It’s me, Demi! Pop star Demi Lovato has taken to her Twitter to vent her frustration at God. Is she going through some traumatic times? We know Demi’s had some troubles with her health in the past, and after her stint in rehab we hope that she’s making a speedy recovery. Despite calling out God for his/her absence in her Tweets, Demi still has an overall air of positivity — one of the reasons we love her so much — and her final Tweet of the bunch (Frank Ocean “Swim Good” inspired perhaps?) left us with a sense that everything is going to be OK, and even we took some inspiration for ourselves! See the Tweets we’re talking about below.
Demi Lovato Questions God, Sings Along With Skrillex On Twitter [Pop Dust]
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