If you haven’t already heard of Kreayshawn, the white, female rapper from Oakland, California has been snagging some serious buzz on the internets since she released her video for “Gucci Gucci” two weeks ago. Being chummy with Soulja Boy, “Based God” Lil B, and members of the hardcore L.A. rap collective Odd Future certainly hasn’t hurt the tiny, blunt-smoking lady-goon’s popularity, and rumors are swirling that she landed a million-dollar record deal with Sony over the weekend. Her quirky lyrics might make us giggle, but why should she be on your radar, and what does all the hoopla around her really stem from?
“Gucci Gucci” is an ode to Kreayshawn’s own flyness, but what makes us scratch our heads the most while watching this braggadocio-laden clip is the fact that the loudly-dressed, foul-mouthed rapper announces she’s openly into girls. Lots of girls. And she’ll even snatch up YOUR bitches — at her leisure. But is this bi-curious shtick organic? If it is, more power to her; we’re just a bit skeptical because, frankly, we’ve seen it before. Especially recently. It almost seems like becoming a successful female pop star these days means pseudo-lesbianism is baked into the artist’s marketing plan!
Just take a look at our list of five female artists below; they’re at the top of their game and crushing competitors, but at one point or another, they all allegedly dabbled in bisexual or gay experimentation. But was it Truth or Farce?
Mobycame under fire from The Guardian‘s Michael Cragg yesterday for his comments to AOL’s Spinner UK about the current pop world. “It’s fun, but I don’t think of it as music,” the artist told Shelley White. “It’s manufactured. I appreciate it as pop culture phenomenon and some of the songs I like if I hear them in a shopping mall or something, but it doesn’t function as music for me.”
The Civil Wars stopped by our offices a couple of weeks ago for a You Oughta Know Live performance in our lobby, and our co-workers were all struck by the Nashville-based duo’s on-stage chemistry. Not only do John Paul White and Joy Williams lock eyes while singing duets, the two have voices that sound like they were created to harmonize together. This “musical alchemy,” as Joy refers to it, may have helped the pop-folk act top charts on iTunes and Billboard and land an opening spot for Adele, who blogged that they are “the BEST live band i have EVER seen.” VH1 photographer Jen Marigliano spent time with The Civil Wars on their recent trip to NYC, documenting the duo’s style and how the two interact on and off the stage. More images after the jump. — Matt Muro
“Start of the day: Cooper Square Hotel, NYC” — Joy Williams
The Babyface-penned ballad is an ode of sorts to a bad ex-boyfriend from whose missteps Beyonc?’s narrator learned valuable lessons for her future. The Bruce Hornsby-esque piano line and Beyonc?’s delivery make up for lyrical missteps like “I bet it sucks to be you right now” (which is the right idea, certainly, but maybe not the best syntactical choice).
What do you think of the new song? Let us know in the comments!
The Big Morning Buzz Live train has been going full steam for a month now, so hopefully you’ve all settled into a rhythm and are watching (or DVRing) the show every morning at 9:30 a.m. We’ve got some great guests coming in this week, but if you’re the type of person who prefers something a little more interactive than simply watching an interview on television, we’ve got something you’ll be mighty interested in.
We have partnered with a new company called VYou to give YOU an opportunity to play interviewer to some of today’s biggest celebrities. All you have to do is to submit a question for either our lovely host Carrie Keagan or any of our upcoming guests through the widget above or by visiting our Big Morning Buzz Live page on VYou.com. Then, kick back and wait for them to respond via webcam when they stop by our offices. Technology!
Swizz Beatz is a man with a plan. The super-producer, NYU professor (at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at Tisch), and entrepreneur (his business collaborators include Kid Robot, Reebok, and the Jean-Michel Basquiat Estate) came to the MTV/VH1 offices recently to preview his new album, Haute Living. He’s already released the first single from the album, “Everyday (Coolin’),” featuring Eve:
No, you’re not seeing double: Coachella 2012 will take place April 13-15, and then again April 20-22, promoters Goldenvoice have announced. Their rationale is straightforward: tickets for Coachella 2011 sold out within a week, and “some … purchased through non legitimate sources and were inconvenienced, gouged or totally scammed.” Read more…
Scotty McCreery‘s debut single “I Love You This Big” premiered less than a week ago on the American Idol season finale, but the new Idol’s song has racked up enough airplay since then to debut at #32 on the Country Songs chart?the highest debut for a new artist on that chart since it reverted to airplay-only in 1990. (The previous record-holder was also a reality-show winner: Brad Cotter of Nashville Star, whose first single “I Meant To” debuted at #42.) McCreery’s popularity with country listeners?plus unflagging support from his hometown country station, which has rebranded itself as “Scotty 94.7″?led to the new record.
Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina‘s “Like My Mother Does” is also getting enough country radio support to debut at #49 on the same chart. These airplay figures, plus digital sales numbers, could spell good news for the Idol vets on the Hot 100 on Thursday.
Over the long Memorial Day weekend, we’re guessing that most of you probably took advantage of the good weather and went outside to barbecue with friends and family. However, those of you who are either heliophobic or addicted to air conditioning likely took to the Internet instead, where one of the weekend’s biggest stories revolved around the supposed “leak” of the redband trailer for the upcoming film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The highly-anticipated adaptation of the best-selling book by the late Stieg Larsson not only stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, but is also directed by the maestro of gloomy psychological thrillers, David Fincher.
The trailer is somewhat unique in that it doesn’t contain a single line of dialogue, but that doesn’t mean that the tone of the film isn’t readily apparent. Keeping in line with the graphic content of the novels, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo looks to be Fincher’s most ominous and scary film since Se7en, thanks in large part to the decision to score the trailer with Trent Reznor and Karen O‘s hauntingly driven cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “Immigrant Song.” There’s a certain mystical feel to the Led Zep original, but Rezner and O’s swaps that essence for something, well, colder; it’s got a sonic aura that’s as icy as the Scandinavian landscapes contained within the film and, frankly, gave us nightmares when we went to sleep last night.
Even though this trailer only contains a small portion of the song, this new take on “Immigrant Song” already ranks among our all-time favorite Led Zeppelin cover songs. Do you feel the same way? What Led Zep cover songs are your favorites? Hit us up in the comments below!