Fans are anxiously awaiting tonight’s Behind the Music featuring Nas, debuting at 9 p.m. ET/PT. While you patiently wait for that, though, we have a treat for you — a special 30 second preview of the upcoming video to his latest single, “The Don.” The track, which has a very “New York” feel to it, features production credits by Salaam Remi, Da Internz and the late Heavy D.
“The Don” is the second single from Nas’ 10th studio album, tentatively titled Life Is Good, which is set to be released this summer. From what we can see, Nas grasps the gritty, the hustle and beauty of his birthplace. It goes without saying that he is definitely donned up.
One of the great things about Yo! MTV Raps was the versatility of talented artists that appeared as guests on the show. Everyone from Usher to MC Hammer to Eddie Murphy stopped by to talk to Ed Lover and Doctor Dre. Speaking of Murphy, no one is exempt from this funny man’s scathing sense of humor.
According to Dre, when he and Ed Lover interviewed a young burgeoning Murphy, it was 95 degrees that day, which would be fine, except the interview was outdoors. That day, Doctor Dre decided to wear a tight fitting, multicolored leather jacket despite the scorching heat. Not one to let an opportunity to tease the host pass, the master of stand up comedy made him feel silly for wearing such a thing on a brutally hot day.
Sad news to pass along this afternoon. Dick Clark, the pioneering TV host of American Bandstand, passed away this afternoon. TMZ is reporting that Clark, who had been suffering from a number of ailments over the last ten years or so of his life, died after suffering a heart attack. He was 82 years old.
Dick Clark began his career shortly after graduating high school back in 1947, working for a radio station in upstate New York that his uncle owned. He quickly moved up the ranks, graduating from weatherman to disc jockey in a short period of time. He began hosting a program called Bandstand, which played the most popular songs of the day. Thanks to a combination of his moxie, business acumen and good looks, he was recruited by the fledgling American Broadcasting Company to bring his radio show to television in 1957, which was rechristened as American Bandstand. The show would go on to run for over 30 years, hosting acts as legendary and varied as Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5, Run-D.M.C., R.E.M. and Prince.
Ashanti’s back! Resurfacing from her nearly four year hiatus–her last album Declaration dropped in 2008– the once crowned princess of R&B has something to prove. Along with gearing up for her fifth studio album Braveheart, Ashanti revealed a smoking hot new look at her live performance on Jimmy Kimmel in LA. Her long curly burgundy red and black tresses bounced freely as she performed “The Woman You Love,” the explosive single from her upcoming album to be released June 19. Her latest single is true to form– an amazing beat with lyrics that any woman whose been in love with no reciprocity can relate to. It doesn’t hurt that Busta Rhymes delivers an incomparable flow that only Busta could. In her performance she croons over the instruments, pleading to be the woman he loves. After making her case, she decides she’s fed up and sings, “You’re just no good.” Don’t mess with a woman scorned. With lyrics like that we wonder if the Braveheart title resembles her need to be brave to love again, or a warning to future boyfriends that he’ll need a brave heart to deal get with her. Ashanti looks great and sounds good. Girlfriend has even been working on her dance moves. Work, girl! Read more…
Tonight, legendary emcee Nas joins this season’s Behind the Music alumni of artists like Aaliyah, Nelly, T-Pain, Game and Akon. In the program, the Queens rapper —who entered the hip hop game back in 1994 with the classic Illmatic— opens up about life, love, loss and beef.
Speaking of the latter, Nas’ 2001 rivalry with Jay-Z was, without question, one of hip-hop’s all-time biggest beefs. In this exclusive clip, Nas talks about his reconciliation with one of the game’s biggest luminaries. After the diss records and the hype had dwindled, Nas remembers L.A. Reid asking if he’d be willing to talk to Jay. He went to the studio where Jay was, and like two true New Yorkers whose hearts beat hip-hop, the two dapped each other while laughing. When Nas signed to Def Jam in 2006, Jay-Z said, “You can’t sign an artist of Nas stature. You can only partner with him.”
Watch Behind the Music: Nas tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Read more…
Well, as some slightly pessimistic fellow once pointed out, all good things must come to an end. After a stellar five-week run on Dancing With The Stars, VH1 BFF Gavin DeGraw and his dance partner Karina Smirnoff got sent home on last night’s Dancing With The Stars elimination episode. Gavin and Karina’s samba routine on Tuesday night’s episode was not well-received by the judges, but the two made a valiant effort to win the audience and the judges over last night by performing the Cha Cha during the Dance Duel portion of the evening, which saw them squaring off against Urkel and Kym Johnson. Unfortunately for Gavin and Karina, the judges chose in favor of Urkel, sending Gavin packing. It was a great run for Gavin, and with a slew of concert dates supporting his new album Sweeter on the docket, we’re pretty sure he’ll get over this temporary disappointment in no time.
It wasn’t all sad news on DWTS last night, though. Train, whose new album California 37 is in stores now, performed their new hit single “Drive By” on the show last night. The video for “Drive By” is currently #2 on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, so maybe this will give the song the boost it needs to top Katy Perry on the charts. Watch Train perform “Drive By” below, and be sure to tune-in to VH1 this Saturday morning at 9 a.m. to see where Train places this week!
Tupac’sresurrection in the form of a hologram at Coachella this past weekend has everyone talking. Except, that is, the man who birthed the idea.
Dr. Dre’s idea to resurrect Tupac with hologram technology was brought to fruition with the help of Digital Domain Media Group Inc., the Wall Street Journal reports. They’re the same media company that created the digital version of Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. However, there are still a few unanswered questions about the ramifications of technology like this: Who financially gains from the Coachella performance of Tupac? (TMZ reports that Dre made a contribution, blessed by Tupac’s mom Afeni Shakur, to The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation for the rights to use his image). And how much money was dished out to make it all happen? (Reportedly, it could cost anywhere from $100,000-$400,000.) Dre isn’t saying, but maybe there’s a reason: Could it be that he doesn’t want to let the cat entirely out of the bag until after he performs at Coachella again this weekend as a means of trying to maintain the suspension of disbelief? Either way, we can’t wait to see what HoloPac performs this weekend. “California Love,” anyone?
If you didn’t already know, this is K’naan! We caught up with our You Oughta Know artist of the month at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC’s Greenwich Village earlier this month, where he performed a sultry set featuring his songs “Take a Minute” (which you can watch below), “Bulletproof Pride” and “Is Anybody Out There?” (which you can watch here). Hearing his passionate vocals over live acoustics was musical heaven, and seeing him perform in such an intimate setting really accentuated both the power and poetical flow of his lyrics.
Before, during and after his performance, K’naan proved to be a super friendly and very chill guy. Our ace photographer Colin Gray got to spend some extra time with him for the latest installment of our on-going Music Seen series. Enjoy!
Fingers crossed, y’all! We make no bones about the fact that our favorite contestant on this season of Dancing With The Stars is Gavin DeGraw and, now more than ever, he needs your support. He and his partner Karina Smirnoff danced the samba on the show last night; however, unlike other weeks, the two didn’t seem to be in total sync. (We’ve got the video for you below.)
Judging by the scores that the duo received from the judging panel, tonight’s elimination ceremony proves to be a challenging one for Team Gavin DeGraw; he and Karina received the lowest scores of the evening. “Are you suffering from tropical fever?”, judge Bruno Tonioli asked Gavin. Hey buddy, lay off our guy!
Be sure to tune-in to ABC tonight —with your fingers crossed, natch!—to see if Gavin can make it through! And watch Gavin’s EXCLUSIVE video commentary above, too… GOOD LUCK, GAVIN!