ANDRE 3000 TO DIRECT RICK ROSS‘ “SIXTEEN” VIDEO
The Bawse says that each God Forgives, I Don’t cut will get a video, and that he’s tapped the Outkast star to direct the video for “Sixteen.” He already raps, sings and plays banjo on the song, so why not? [MTV] Read more…
This is triumph at its best. Now that that’s out of the way, we’re gushing over Mariah Carey‘s “Triumphant” featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill from her upcoming 14th studio album. She may be one of the best selling music artists of all times, but Mariah knows all about victory after people counted her out. But when you’ve sold over 200 million records, have a five range octave and have 18 No. 1 singles, you don’t stay down for long. Over light piano keys Philly rapper Meek Mill effortlessly raps about grinding from the bottom to make it to the top. The brevity of Mariah’s voice in each octave is powerful and chilling at the same time. When she sings, “Can’t fall down stay triumphant keep on living/Stay on your toes/Get off the ropes/Don’t let em ever count you out/Realize all things are possible/In your heart who’s the greatest/Reach for the stars/Be all that you are/And make em all fall down” you believe her, because that’s the only thing to do when hearing a voice so beautiful. Read more…
Not willing to sit around and wait for someone else to do it, Beyoncé has decided that the world needs a Beyoncé and that she’s the one most fit to make it. According to the Los Angeles Times, Bey and her agents have begun shopping a film — “a mix of music and personal study, blending concert footage with confessional interview,” to be directed by Beyoncé herself — to Hollywood studios. Pop star, mom and wife, actress, blogger extraordinaire — if anyone is fit to do it all, we would count the Queen B. This project should be fast tracked in no time.
Last summer, she starred in (but did not direct) a mini-documentary about the run up to and making of her album 4. Beyoncé: Year of 4 included footage of Bey floating in the Red Sea (“The coral was spectacular!”), making ROC diamond shadow puppets with her nephew Juelz, and whittling down a track-list with Jay in a label boardroom. Running just twenty minutes, it was an intimate and insightful look into one of today’s biggest stars, and we can only anticipate what a full-length feature, à la Katy Perry’s Part of Me or Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never, might show. More Blue Ivy, that best be for sure.
Re-live the magic of Beyoncé: Year of 4 below!
It’s been an extravaganza of 2012 London Olympics highlights from the exposed boob controversy to Samuel L. Jackson’s awesome live tweets of the events. There’s never a dull moment. Equally exciting is the lineup for the A Symphony Of British Music televised concert and the performers for the closing ceremony on August 12. Our very own You Oughta Know artist Ed Sheeran recently told BBC he was playing at the closing ceremony with Pink Floyd. “I’m playing the closing ceremony — which I think is kinda cool right? A lot of people think that I’m doing a song with The Who, but I’m not — I’m doing a song with Pink Floyd. I’m doing “Wish You Were Here,” he told BBC. Well apparently Pink Floyd didn’t get that memo. Read more…
Frank Ocean‘s summer in the spotlight continues today with the release of photos from a new sitting with photographer to the hip and powerful, Terry Richardson. Ocean has joined his Odd Future brethren on visits to the studio past, notably the time they shot their epic and free-whiling “Oldie” video (super cute best-friend stuff, but probably NSFW if you’re without headphones today), and more recently to shoot the XXL spread that resulted in these beautiful and intimate pre-Channel Orange shots of Ocean. Back in New York again last week for a coupling of Odd Future and Frank Ocean shows, the boys sure enough showed up once more at Uncle Terry’s for another raucous free-style session and shoot. Today, Richardson posted some of that day’s outtakes to his Diary. Ocean in his new favorite red, white and blue handkerchief, a shirtless Tyler making mischief, and Earl Sweatshirt back in the mix — Wolf Gang’s all there! And two things are for sure: these boys have a ton fun together, and Richardson knows how to capture it all.
Check out their freestyle below (Ocean comes in at the end, leaving us to wonder what he was up to that whole time! And again, we warn: lots of “mature” language), and browse the gallery of images below or on Terry’s Diary.
Pitbull and Shakira on any track together is a combustible explosion of flavor. Pitbull’s “Get It Started” featuring Shakira oozes sultry, making it impossible to take your eyes off of either of them. Pitbull, like the OG that he is, has hired a private detective to spy on the woman he loves who is living a double life as another man’s woman. But this is a dance song, not a sappy tale. Pitbull dances in his luxurious living room while his lady parties it up at the club. When she tries to escape on her own she is captured and taken back to the unlucky guy until Pitbull rescues her to which she thanks him by a passionate night of romance. In a sequins gold dress Shakira sings her heart out on top of the world. And to celebrate the couple reuniting Pitbull treats her to his very own concert with thousands of screaming fans and fireworks. The explosion of fireworks were only an inkling as explosive as Pitbull and Shakira’s collaboration and hotness in this David Russo directed video. Read more…
Apparently Azealia Banks didn’t read our plea for her to get out of her own way. The tally of her rap beefs is pretty meaty. The latest addition to the tally of Twitter wars Azealia has ignited is Nicki Minaj. Earlier this week Azealia Banks tweeted, “I got invited to tour with Nicki Minaj in Europe but I cant go because I have to finish my album during that time.” Seems promising, right? Unless of course Azealia was telling a little white lie. Read more…
An iced coffee with brown sugar is the only request of the legend who spent the previous night indulging in cigars and Moet filled champagne flutes at his release party for his 10th studio album. “You love brown sugar don’t you?” the director of Visual Media at Def Jam jokes, responding to his Starbucks request. “Damn right,” he says with a smile as everyone in the room erupts with laughter. That’s the side of Nas the public rarely gets to see.
Nasir Jones is exactly what you’d expect—no fuss, polite, no big entourage, mellow and somewhat quiet—that is until you get him going on something he actually gives a damn about. By mid-afternoon he arrives to the VH1 office still feeling nice from all of the bubbly consumed at NYC’s Bagatelle the night before. He’s dressed in a white and black t-shirt plastered with Mr. T’s face on it, white shorts and black Gucci sneakers. For a rapper his jewelry is modest. The two gold chains he rocks are far from gaudy, and his wrists are adorned with a gold watch and one bracelet. That’s it. At 38 he doesn’t look much older than he did on 2001′s album cover for Stillmatic. You start to wonder if he physically ages.
Bred in the largest housing projects in North America, the Queensbridge rapper dropped out of school in the ninth grade to pursue rap. Although he didn’t always know if it’d pay off, it did, in a big way.
Jason Mraz teared up while talking about “I Won’t Give Up” during his VH1 Storytellers taping. The song speaks to the stagnant points in life and love. “I was really bummed out, and I hate sharing that, because I’ve had everything, I’ve had all my dreams come true,” he said. “And yet,” he continued, “One still experiences melancholy.” And so he set — or, he says it “was coming out whether I like it or not” — the feelings to song, and it has since become his mantra.
Though there were no tears last night on Conan, he performed still with all the same emotional charge. His long locks tucked underneath his trademark fedora, he played the Love Is A Four Letter Word single quietly at first, then building drum rolls and conviction to the song’s climax — “I had to learn what I got, and what I’m not and who I am” — before jamming it out until the end. We might make this our mantra, too.
Check out Mraz’s Conan performance above, and hear him talk about the song on VH1 Storytellers below.