Rick Ross may conflate “royalty” and “chief of state” in the God Forgives, I Don’t cut “Presidential,” but the the song’s new video shows that Rozay has got an eye for politics, too. The song itself is mostly about boss things like “Billie Jean thumping” babes and gold watches, but the video begins anyways with a sample from the speech President Obama gave at last week’s Democratic National Convention. “America, I never said this journey would be easy,” booms the President, assuring then, before “Presidential”‘s Pharrell beat kicks in, that, “Yes our path is harder, but it leads to a better place.” Obama might not have considered “weed crumbs on the cruise ship” when he imagined “a better place,” but there’s no denying that Ross believes that said ship is a marked improvement from “3rd floor projects, feel my point of view.” And so to at least on that point, big Bawse Rick Ross and big Boss Obama can see eye to eye, strictly presidential.
Ross wasn’t the only hip hop heavyweight to show love to President Obama this week. It’s only Tuesday, and already he has won the efforts and affections of some of hip hop’s biggest characters. Who else is feeling the blue this week? Let’s have a look: Read more…
Yesterday we introduced you to the calendarized concept of Cuffin’ Season, the time of year when folks start keeping their eyes open for a stable boo to hold them down through winter. Since we’re in Cuffin’ pre-season, it’s important that you get with the program – September 22nd is right around the corner, and a lack of early strategy might leave even the most sought-after single catches in the dust.
Each day this week, we’re unleashing Spotify playlists to help you both mentally prepare for suiters to reveal themselves and get inspired to start making your own roster of potential Cuffin’ candidates. Last night’s playlist was compiled with the Hopeless Romantics in mind, and today’s is geared toward a more challenging target: The Distracted Workaholics. You know the type. He or she is so career-minded, they’re almost impossible to pin down. During the day, they’re in meetings and deliver you delayed responses, and they’re working so late that your dinners turn into “let’s just get a drink,” or get canned altogether. But you like this person – a lot – because being focused and ambitious is attractive, and dating a bread-winner has a nice little caché to it. That, and you’re pretty sure the feelings are reciprocated, evidenced when they come up for air full-force, showering you with apologies and make-good efforts that flip your frown upside-down. Can that sort of inconsistency make for a good foundation, though?
Kanye West sort of freestyles for two minutes in Ice-T‘s Something From Nothing: Art of Rap documentary. And by “sort of” we mean it’s presented as a freestyle, but we doubt the rap was off the top of the dome. More on that later.
Back in June when Art of Rap aired in theaters, we shared the hilarious story of Ice-T’s favorite moment in the film being Rev Run’s retell how it felt to be on top. Let’s just say that story included syrup dripping into a bathtub. If you missed a slew of rap’s greats talk about the art of rap, you’re in luck. This Thursday at 9:00 PM ET/PT, VH1 will air the documentary in full. Kanye snapping is not something you want to miss. Read more…
One thing Azealia Banks can add to her “moments that have happened to very few others” list is Beyonce looking at her like, “Girl, get your s—- together.” At least that’s what the Young Rapunzel told Rolling Stone. Apparently Banks started crying once she realized Bey had been watching her goof around with Kanye West at the Met Ball. “Yes, and I met her – and I cried! It was so embarrassing,” the rapper told Rolling Stone. “It was at the Met Ball. I was f—— around with Kanye and she was sitting there, chilling and eating dinner. I freaked out. And I realized she saw me being a dummy and I started crying. Then I saw her expression, like, ‘Girl, get your s— together.’ I had to walk away and get myself together and pat my face, then come back to properly say hi!” Now that’s a story you tell your grandkids. Read more…
“Nuclear Family” opens Green Day‘s upcoming ¡Uno!, and though the guys have been mostly insistent that their upcoming trilogy of albums will be a departure from their past, this song and accompanying video again recall a certain Green Day of old. Back are the quick tempo and hammering drums, the lyrical references to angel’s piss gargled and warnings that “it won’t be long ’til I detonate,” and most of all that punchy spirit that united much of their earlier stuff.
If “Nuclear Family” were actually cut from Dookie, which it almost could be, this video would have been shot in Dirnt’s parent’s garage. But Dookie is nearly 20-years-old now, those little punks have grown, and Dirnt’s parent’s garage this is not. In their standard uniform of dark-lined eyes and patched-up military jackets, they go hard in a professional looking rehearsal space with professional looking instruments (a drum kit emblazoned with their album cover). And if you listen closely, you’ll even catch a classic rock yelp or two from Mr. Armstrong. Because nine albums later, they know for sure that — – punk rock or balladry, on big bikes or flanked by hot models — they always sound good so long as they rock hard.
Ocean tweeted the good news this morning, writing “SNL this weekend. Me and the bro John Mayer.” And though nothing has been officially confirmed, he’s got the internet alight with possibilities. Maybe Ocean and his “bro” will do something with “White,” that smooth grooving Channel Orange interlude. Perhaps more likely, the two will perform Ocean’s 10-minute ode to strippers, “Pyramids,” which ends with an uncredited Mayer guitar solo. Otherwise, Mayer could probably do some good to “Thinking About You,” which Ocean played acoustic at VMAs; or maybe he could bring his maybe-girlfriend Katy Perry along for the “Sweet Life”/”California Gurls” medley that we just realized we need. Because — not sugar-free — mango, peaches and whipped cream bras, wouldn’t that be something?
Last week, Britney tweeted her love for PSY‘s giddy-up “Gangnam Style” dance, suggesting that, “I should possibly learn the choreography. Anybody wanna teach me?! haha.” Ellen DeGeneres saw real brilliance in the thought, and took the opportunity of Britney’s visit to Ellen yesterday to turn that dream to reality.
“Oh!” Britney twanged, when Ellen surprised her with a lesson from the man most up to the task, PSY himself. Now signed to Scooter Braun’s Schoolboy records, he made sure to introduce himself properly before moving onto the lesson. Hands soft, he instructed, and bounce like you’re riding a horse. Britney seemed a little confused that they asked her to go off program, but when the music hit, she nailed the dance like the pro she is — high heels and tight dress and all. As PSY insists, “dress classy and dance cheesy.”
Who will be next to go Gangnam? Mr. Romney, we say it’s your move. Everybody is doing it!
Bad Boy Mase has spent the past six months patiently working himself back into the game, from the pulpit to the mic, one remix verse and surprise appearance at a time. Next week, Mase is scheduled to make a big return next week with a feature on G.O.O.D. Music’s much anticipated all-star comp, Cruel Summer. And before then, he’s warming up with a quick verse on Miguel‘s slinky showstopper, “Adorn,” off of his Kaleidoscope Dreams: Water Preview.
Mase uses his opening verse to spoil his object of his adoration with vacations to all the “places Mrs. Obama went” and “gifts that are prominent.” Because “every bad girl need ‘em a good guy,” he raps, flow back in familiar form. He sounds comfortable alongside a tender Miguel, and this team-up lends a helpful relevance to a rapper long looking for a welcome back and a nice name check for the young R&B artist well on the come-up.
Summer’s on its way out, y’all, and despite the fact that it’s been an amazing one, the time has come to switch gears and start preparing for the colder months. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been secretly daydreaming of pumpkin spice lattes and outerwear weather for the last few weeks — afraid to tell your friends though, because they’ll accuse you of wishing summer away. But beyond the autumn staples we love to ingest and layer on, there are also some more important priorities to consider, like who will be keeping you warm during those nights when the crisp fall air zips into your open bedroom window. Burr. No Gucci Mane.
With that in mind, there are a few things you need to know now that it’s nearly Cuffin’ Season. Officially kicking off on September 22nd, the primary goal during Cuffin’ Season is to find yourself a consistent relationship or hookup partner to last you through the winter months when, let’s face it, you’re more than likely gonna be stuck indoors most nights. All the late-night partying and random flings that summertime afforded you will quickly become less appealing when words like “wind chill factor” once again start becoming part of our daily lexicon, so now’s the time to take a good look around and determine which potential love-interests are out there to settle down with before they get scooped up. You don’t want to find yourself bored, horny, and needing some companionship in the house all winter long, do you?
To bring you up to speed, we’re currently in Cuffin’ pre-season, mourning the impending loss of our most savage summer nights and kissing all that skin we’ve been feasting our eyes on goodbye. No more muscle Ts or spaghetti strap dresses; we’re all about that scarf and hoodie life now. Time is of the essence to lock-in a good candidate to cuff this year, and like the good folks at ToySldrs.com said when they unleashed this year’s Cuffin’ Season calendar, “You don’t wing excellence.”
Lil’ Kim has been working non-stop to reclaim her throne. Kim performed at Webster Hall for the Opening Ceremony’s 10th anniversary party for New York Fashion Week. Kim’s new material is few and far between, but the Queen Bee easily rocks the crowd with no new album, just classic hits. Kim’s stage presence is undeniable. The energy from the audience matched hers as she performed “Crush On You” among other Kim favorites. When she does a show she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She danced across the stage and got up close and personal with her fans. Just like the “Return of the Queen” show in the Bronx, Kim knows how to get everyone amped. Her flow is as raw as it was when she reigned in the 90s. Those of us that want Kim to win (we certainly do!), are patiently waiting for an album that will match her iconic status.