“Rodney King was the confirmation of everything we have been rapping about since the early 70s,” KRS-One explains in Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots, one of two VH1 Rock Doc features that will debut next week at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. Narrated by Snoop Dogg and featuring new interviews with Nas, Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton and more, as well as rare archival footage of the likes of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, the film takes a look back at the riots that went down in South Central Los Angeles back in 1992 in the wake of the acquittal of four police officers accused of beating Rodney King. The documentary will examine the relationship between the violence manifested on the streets and the rage expressed in hip-hop music, and will premiere on Wednesday, March 14th at 10 p.m. CT.
For those of you who won’t be down in Austin next week, you’ll be able to catch Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots on VH1 on May 1, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
RELATED: VH1 Rock Docs To Premiere Two New Films At SXSW [VH1 Blog]
Today marks the 15th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G‘s assassination, and if you don’t know, well, now you know. Biggie’s legacy has been lasting — from that iconic dance scene in 10 Things I Hate About You featuring “Hypnotize”, to Rita Ora’s recent sample of “Party & Bullsh*t” in her new track of the same name, after 15 years, Biggie continues to be both pervasive and influential. Biggie, born Christopher George Latore Wallace, is an icon of hip hop, and a pioneer of East Coast rap, drawing attention to artists from New York at a time when West Coast rap was generally favored in the mainstream. He was murdered exactly 15 years ago today on March 9, 1997, and his killer is yet to be found. His posthumously released and poignantly titled album Life After Death, was released 15 days later to critical acclaim, reaching the pinnacle of number one on the US charts, proving that the legend of an artist is all the life that is needed to sustain their vision, even after they are passed.
If you’re not already familiar with French Montana, you will be soon: the Moroccan-born, Bronx-repping rapper recently recruited one of your favorite VH1 stars for his next music video, which will shoot next week in New York City. Having not yet been introduced in person, Mob Wives’ star Drita D’avanzo has been tweeting back and forth with Montana for about a week, expressing her excitement to be involved in bringing the visual for his song “Everything’s A Go” to life, a potential single that she’s already partial to.
And why wouldn’t Drita be excited? After being courted by Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group and Kanye West’s GOOD Music imprint, French Montana chose to ride out with Diddy and the good folks at Bad Boy Records/Interscope, making his already growing street buzz even more audible. Earlier this week, we caught up with the recently signed “Coke Boy” rapper to find out how this incredible collaboration came to fruition.
We absolutely loved having The Fray as our February Posted artist, and each week we hung out impatiently waiting for their intimate blog posts. Just when we thought our candid glimpse into the life of The Fray was over, the boys threw us yet another bone — this time in the form of a behind the scenes sneak peek at their new video for “Run For Your Life.” Filmed in the California desert, the boys took some time out to talk to us about the inspiration for the video. “Conceptually I love the idea of survivors guilt it’s an insidious black hole that people fall in,” says front man Isaac Slade. Guitarist Joe King adds, “Just lyrically alone it’s not a fluff song, it’s not about the club… it’s a serious song.” Serious indeed, according to Ben Wysocki who explains, “The video is a collection of people from different places in life deciding to use everything in them, emotionally, physically, to run… a beautiful portrayal of freedom and liberation.” Now we’re excited to see the full video — watch this space, because the full clip is due for release next week!
Nicki Minaj is really milking the slow burn for all it’s worth. With the release date of her new album being pushed back from its originally intended Valentine’s Day release, Nicki is keeping us interested with a succession of announcements related to the highly anticipated release. The new release date has been touted as April 3rd, and in the meantime, Nicki’s given us some revealing album art as a teaser. Here’s the art for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded:
An explosion of neon color, we’re thinking Nicki is reminiscent of Ke$ha‘s chaotic, otherworldly party aesthetic. In the same theme is the cover for the Deluxe Edition, which is ambiguously NSFW (in that we’re not sure if it really is or not), but you can check that out after the jump just to be on the safe side. What do you think of the album art? Let us know in the comments section!
John Mayer has run into some health problems, according to a blog post the singer published today. With a new album set to be released on May 22nd, a gig at next week’s SXSW festival and an upcoming tour, this isn’t exactly great news for the Mayer-stro. Indeed, it should be John Mayer’s year, with his first release and tour schedule since his controversial Rolling Stone interview in which he called Jessica Simpson “Sexual Napalm”, so the bad news is not particularly well timed for the performer.
In the blog post announcing the news, Mayer writes, “During rehearsal on Tuesday, it came to mind that I should see my throat doctor because something didn’t feel/sound right. I went in for a visit on Wednesday and a scope of my vocal cords revealed that the granuloma has grown back where it had mostly healed. This is bad news. Because of this, I have no choice but to take an indefinite break from live performing. Though there will be a day when all of this will be behind me, it will sideline me for a longer period of time than I care to have you count down.”
He goes on to explain granuloma, before laying out his plans for the new album and his recovery; “Okay, so here’s the plan… Born and Raised will be released as scheduled, but because I don’t make a very good anything-other-than-a-musician, I’m going to begin writing the next album very soon. I feel really vibrant as a writer at the moment and there’s no reason not to begin the next album project in the time I would have been touring. Somewhere in all of this is another surgery and a very long chemically-imposed period of silence, so I hope you’ll understand that I have to really pick that date carefully.” Seemingly distraught, apologetic and sincere in his post, we’re wishing John Mayer a speedy recovery, and hope to see him back on stage for 2013!
John Mayer On “Sexual Napalm” Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston, Porn & His Penis [Huffington Post]
JCM & Co [John Mayer Blog]
[Photo: Getty Images]
According to The Hollywood Reporter, they have it on good authority that Britney Spears is deep in negotiations (via her fiance Jason Trawick) to become a judge on The X Factor. Since the show axed judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, there’s been speculation that Simon Cowell will be looking to replace them with some mighty super star strength — and Britney, love her or hate her, is undoubtedly one of the most powerful and influential women in pop. As Britney is signed to Sony Music’s RCA Records, which retains exclusive rights to X Factor artists, it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine Britney on the show. While there’s no comment yet from Britney’s camp, Cowell coyly states, “There’s going to be a lot of twists and turns over the next few weeks and a lot of things we’re going to announce.”
The Hollywood Reporter opines on the matter; “As one of Sony’s Music’s marquee acts (33 million albums sold in the U.S. and counting), Spears brings legitimacy as a successful recording artist, something critics of X Factor say was missing in last year’s competition, as well as a level of unpredictability and drama that also was largely absent from the Fox show when Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul were judges.” But what to you think? Would Britney be the perfect judge, given her long, iconic career in the pop spotlight? Or has Britney’s star dwindled with the rise of other popettes, throwing her credibility as a top-tier performer into question? Or do you not care, and think that regardless of her credentials, Brits will bring high drama to the show? Let us know in the poll below!
Britney Spears Nearing Deal to Judge ‘X Factor’ (Exclusive) [The Hollywood Reporter]
[Photo: Getty Images]
If it’s grand romance you want, then here it is, courtesy of The Lumineers. Surrounded by flashing fairy lights and bursting in and out of shadow, The Lumineers give what can only be described as a completely joy filled performance in their new video for “Ho Hey.” Bringing life to a dank setting in what appears to be a run down, abandoned house, flowers bloom against the stodgy background, and magically a crowd forms to join the band in chorus. Stomping, strumming, dancing and chanting, The Lumineers, with their supporters in tow, create an explosive moment where amidst the flashing lights, confetti begins to rain down on the celebration. The proclamation of love in the song isn’t melancholy at all, and it’s given the romantic inside us a cause to toe tap and stare whimsically out the window as we’re buoyed by the jubilance of The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey.”
Waka Flocka Flame Plays “Round Of Applause” At Kanye West’s Fashion Week After Party
Kanye West is injecting fashion with music, and it looks like Waka Flocka Flame‘s performance of “Round Of Applause” went off at Kanye’s Paris Fashion Week after party. [Prefix]
LCD Soundsystem Release Another Sneak Peek At Their Documentary
LCD Soundsystem have released another short trailer for their forthcoming documentary Shut Up And Play The Hits. The clip features the band playing “North American Scum” and James Murphy talking candidly about his age and how it influenced his decision to end the band. [Beats Per Minute]
This morning we reported that Metallica are going to start work on a 3D movie, but Katy Perry upped the stakes by announcing that she’s going to release a 3D film THIS SUMMER. Katy confirmed that the movie was on its way for the coming summer when she Tweeted:
Are you ready to get sprayed by Katy’s whipped cream boobs? We know we certainly are!
Katy Perry Confirms 3D ‘Part Of Me’ Concert Movie [Idolator]