Ten years ago, Drake dropped out of high school in order to attend the fictional Degrassi High. But he spent the summer hunkered down to finish his degree, and earlier this month he passed the final exam that stood between him and his diploma. Not surprisingly, the star pupil was then called on to speak at his commencement ceremony. And boy, did he deliver with as earnest and honest a speech as we could have hoped for.
Drake used his time at the podium to thank the teachers who helped him and his uncle for inspiring, and to dedicate his brand spanking new diploma to his mother, a retired high school teacher herself. “It’s not about the popular kids, it’s not about the kids that don’t feel as popular, because all that changes in life,” and then being ever earnest as he is, he impressed upon the smartphone baring audience the importance of following through: Read more…
If you’re East Coast-based like us, it’s likely that you’re fully focused on the approaching weather. Hurricane Sandy is like the Sandy at the end of Grease–the one with the crazy leather pants and cigarette? Do you understand our stress now? To help get through the storm, we’ve put together a playlist full of Sandy-inspired songs for all you Spotify users out there: (Rock You Like A) Hurricane Sandy: Get Through The Storm With Some Jams.
There’s no way Gabrielle Union‘s turning 40 today still looking like the lead cheerleader from 2000′s Bring It On. Oh, but she is. For her birthday celebration in Miami Gabby was gifted with an epic moment in hip-hop. Will Smith (Fresh Prince!) and Doug E. Fresh hyped the party up as the two rapped together getting the party all the way live. Doug E. Fresh had to show these young kids who he is, and what better way to do that than rap over Cali Swag District’s “Teach Me How To Dougie,” inspired by the one and only. Before the beat dropped Will told the crowd, “‘Cause the young boys don’t even really know where it came from.” Well, allow two OGs to show you. Read more…
Like dropping a cherry on top of her whirlwind release week, Taylor Swift visited Katie Couric at ABC News on Friday night to announce that she is taking her record breaking new album Red out on tour. The tour will kick-off on March 13 (13 being Taylor’s lucky number) in Omaha, Nebraska, and will hit 45 North American cities for a total of 58 shows. And then — good news to great news! — she announced that she’ll be taking VH1 You Oughta Know‘s Ed Sheeran with her.
“Happy to announce that I am special guest on @taylorswift13′s tour of North America next year, cannot wait,” tweeted Ed after the good news broke. The young singer-song writer from England puts on a truly impressive show, and gets along famously with Taylor. If they can make a casual kitchen floor duet sound this good, can you imagine what will happen when they bring their Red duet “Everything Has Changed” to a big stage? We suspect you won’t want to miss it.
Tickets go on sale November 16th, will you be there?
From first crush to crushing heart break and anything or everything in between, Taylor Swift has left no love story untold. She’s kept awake in “Enchanted,” and deflated and defeated in “White Horse.” She’s dated guys with record collections full of records cooler than hers, and dumped for girls with vintage dresses instead of dignity. And she’s put it all into song. No matter what you’re feeling, she’s got a song for you.
We’re no doctors, but we’d suggest Weezy go easy on the aerocraft for the next 72 hours. Just one day after TMZ reported that Lil Wayne suffered “seizure-like symptoms” aboard his private jet, forcing an emergency landing in Texas, the site now claims the rapper was hospitalized again for another seizure. Apparently Wayne was attempting to fly from Texas to Los Angeles when the second seizure struck, and the pilot was forced to land in Louisiana. Young Money crew, maybe it’s time to call Amtrak and see what they can do for Weezy? Or Enterprise? Or just prevent him from flying for a few days?
VH1 Divas is less than 2 months away, y’all! This year’s special will broadcast live from Los Angeles on Sunday, December 16 at 9 p.m. ET/8 Central. We can’t reveal any of this year’s participants quite yet, but we can assure you that this year’s show is going to be one for the books. Keep your eyes peeled while you’re watching VH1 this weekend, for we’ll be revealing the very first teaser video during one of your favorite shows. Until then, though, feast your eyes on this amazing new piece of promo art for this year’s show. Get ready to DANCE!
Who is Lil Reese? Let’s start there. He hasn’t exactly put out any quality music that warrants the type of attention he receives. He’s a Chicago rapper most known for his affiliation with fellow Glory Boys Entertainment rappers Chief Keef and Lil Durk. Def Jam saw something in the teenager and signed him. Both Reese and his partner in crime Chief Keef have been called out for the type of poor behavior they glamorize. Keef made headlines last month for his dismissive “LMAO” tweet upon finding out rapper lil JoJo–whom he was beefing with–was murdered.
Birds of a feather…You know the rest. In a video that recently surfaced you can see a boy who is suspected to be Lil Reese beating up an unidentified woman. What the two are arguing over isn’t clear, but the woman can be heard asking, “Who the f— let them in here?” She also asks him to keep his hands to himself to which he doesn’t oblige. He punches her repeatedly. He stomps her repeatedly. The truly sad part is the number of people who didn’t intervene. Lil Reese didn’t deny it was him either. He tweeted, “The haters tryna see a mf Dwn lol Dey gotta b broke and bored wanna upload sum sh-t from years ago damnn we winnin it’s 2 late.”
Sigh. And this is what’s being rewarded with major record label deals these days, eh? Youth homicide in Chicago is real; and devastating. This type of violence against women is a piece of the thread to the larger issue. Rapping about street life because it’s what you’ve grown up seeing is one thing. Living that actual life, laughing about it and promoting it is quite another. It’s high time we all give careful consideration to the type of foolishness we give platforms to.
Daughtry swung by VH1′s Big Morning Buzz to treat us to an intimate performance this morning. Just back from some magical looking “Dune Smashing” adventures in Dubai, the guys looked fresh and tan and sounded more than “something good.” They performed “The Start Of Something Good,” the latest single off of their album Break The Spell, but they stripped it down to just acoustic guitars so that it felt especially intimate when Chris sings, “I’m starting to believe that this could be the start of something good.” Daughtry can rock a big arena as hard as anyone, and they can fill a tiny space just as well. What do you think of Daughtry stripped?
You might think you know what dubstep is, but have you every really “felt it”? Let Comedy Central’s Key & Peele show you what it’s like.
In need of a soundtrack for their apartment packing, Key and Peele put on “the dubstep.” Key’s never heard of dubstep, and Peele tells him to, “Just wait for the drop,” because — oh boy! Is he in for a treat. What begins with involuntary body-waving quickly becomes bloody noses, which eventually give way to pulled teeth and apartment destruction. There’s a motion to turn it off and a Hootie and the Blowfish joke, but Key persists and is so moved by it that he ends up taking a swan dive out the window. Our first dubstep experience was a tad more tame, but their point about the way that first bass drop hits — like, really hits — is well taken. Bravo!