A lone woman on a track with three great emcees outshines her male peers. Allow us to introduce you to Kris Stephens. T.I.‘s “Memories Back Then” featuring B.o.B, Kendrick Lamar and Kris Stephens on the chorus should’ve made Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head. Originally the banger was titled “Somebody That I Used To Know” with a sample from Gotye from his song of the same name, according to Hip Hop Wired. It’s assumed a sample clearance is why we have the new version with vocals by T.I.’s artist Kris Stephens. And no shade to Gotye at all because we adore him, but we couldn’t imagine this track without Kris’s sultry voice. Read more…
Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, T.I. hooked up with The Roots to perform “Ball,” the lead single off his brand new album Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head. And while he may have been short his collaborator Lil Wayne, he was in no way lacking in energy. The self-proclaimed Trouble Man, keeping it simple in a grey sweatshirt and a single (though thick!) gold chain around his neck, and his hype man threw themselves around the stage all aflutter while spitting as assuredly as ever. Seriously, if there were a way to capture whatever it was T.I. did on that stage last night, you could probably provide power to at least Atlanta, but probably the greater metro area, as well. And then T.I. could take a break from music, take a break from all his television and movie gigs and still be watching those bottles, those models and those stacks multiply. That said, can you blame him for being so excited? We couldn’t, because this song gets us going, too.
Big Boi came back in the game figuratively screaming, “I will not lose.” Aside from the positive reviews Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors has received, we finally will get the Andre 3000 and Big Boi reunion we’ve impatiently waited six years for. There’s no Outkast album that we know of in the works, but Big Boi is planning on adding a verse to Frank Ocean‘s “Pink Matter,” which already features 3 Stacks. Read more…
Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t. After taking a deep-dive into this year’s VH1.com streaming data, we’ve come up with a list of the Top 40 Most-Watched Videos of 2012. All you favorites are below, and there are even some underdog surprises that we didn’t expect to rank so favorably. So yeah, consider this an early New Year’s gift, and start re-living all the music video glory that took place in this incredible year of the apocalypse.
40. Gavin DeGraw “Sweeter”
39. The Fray “Heartbeat”
38. Gym Class Heroes “The Fighter featuring Ryan Tedder”
37. Bruno Mars “Grenade”
36. Adam Lambert “Never Close Our Eyes”
35. Daughtry “Crawling Back To You”
34. Tamia “Beautiful Surprise”
33. Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
32. Ellie Goulding “Lights”
31. David Guetta “Titanium (Ft. Sia)”
Earlier this month, Big Boi suggested to the Village Voice that his long time partner in crime Andre 3000‘s absence on his upcoming album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, due out December 11th, was a matter of priority — the no good, very bad news: “He had to do some Gillette shit. No for real.” — before calling his comments back and calling for an end to all questions Outkast related. The two ATLiens insist things are good between them, and with past label drama settled they are free to make music together as they please; but unfortunately, for one reason another and to the great dismay of Outkast-stans far and wide, they aren’t. But they are both still making music, and both had something new to share yesterday: Big Boi, his banging hometown anthem “In The A;” and as for Andre, his much-anticipated feature on T.I.‘s “Sorry.” It’s not a new Outkast song exactly, but if played in quick succession, these two songs might be of some consolation to yearning fans.
The big day is upon us: Happy Election Day! After many months of endorsements and rallying, even the most famous and busy musicians are taking some time to hit the polls or submit their absentee ballots. And because it’s such a special day, many are snapping (sometimes illegal) photos and sharing the experience. Below, because we sincerely hope you’ll follow their example and exercise your right to vote today, we’re rounding-up all their Tweets and Instagrams as they share them. Until the polls close… Read more…
T.I. made good on his promise that his forthcoming Trouble Man would be reminiscent of the Trap Muzik days. “Trap Back Bumpin” proved this to be true. Now, the visual for “Ball” featuring Lil Wayne is further evidence that one thing T.I. knows best– the trap. “Ball” is unarguably a club record. The sped up drums are bound to make someone drop down and get their eagle on, girl. In appealing to the audience that has been with T.I.P. since I’m Serious–before the commercial success, before the movies, before the hit reality show–he takes it back to the ‘hood. Read more…
Last week Creed‘s Scott Stapp left the internet wide eyed and wondering with his story about the time T.I. came to his rescue after he had tried to jump from his penthouse suite’s balcony. Stapp covered most of the big questions — Did they know each other? Yes, they had worked together on the Passion of The Christ compilation and they both love Alabama football. Why was T.I. there? He had checked into the last room, at the last minute. What’s T.I.’s favorite Creed song? Just kidding, Carrie Keagan must have asked that during the commercial break. — but left us with one nagging one: why would they wait so long to share such an unlikely and miraculous story?
T.I. called in to VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live this morning to share his side of the story, and in his telling he explained why he’s kept the heroic act under wraps for so long. First prefacing that “you got to keep in mind that my life has been rather eventful since 2006,” he took us back to that day at the Delano. He and his crew had just checked in, and they were out on the balcony taking in the view when all of a sudden they noticed a groaning above them: Read more…
Creed frontman Scott Stapp was on Big Morning Buzz yesterday, talking inspiration and chatting about his new tell-all, Sinner’s Creed. And at the gentle urging of host Carrie Keagan, he opened up about an unlikely and life-saving moment he shared with T.I.
As Stapp tells us, he was cooped up in an all-white-everything penthouse suite at Delano hotel in Miami, several days deep into a binge — “that prism of alcohol and drug addiction,” he calls it — and looking for an end or out. He climbed over the balcony and fell the forty feet to the ground, really doing “some damage” along the way. “I couldn’t move, I laid out there for about two and a half hours and a guardian angel showed up,” he recalls.
The “guardian angel” was wearing an Alabama hat that tipped Stapp off to his identity: Stapp and T.I. first met while working on Passion of the Christ: Original Songs Inspired By The Film, and had discussed their shared love for the ‘Bama ballers. “I said, ‘Roll Tide’ and he looked at me and put two and two together. He really saved my life,” Stapp said, recalling the blood dripped on T.I.’s feet and adding with a laugh that “there’s more details in the book.” Sinner’s Creed is out now.
There are stranger occurrences, but none quite like the treat of Rick Ross‘ upcoming The Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape cover. Hey, he’s made reference to being the “only fat n—- in a sauna with Jews,” and maybe he was inspired by Drake‘s bar mitzvah themed “HYFR” video, which in turn led to Ross’ head protruding from the Star of David. But since it’s a “black” bar mitzvah celebration, in Rozay’s mind this equates to flashiness. The fox fur draped across his shoulder, the blinged out shades, the gold pinky ring, these are all signs of success for a crop of rappers like Ross who grew up with nearly nothing. Leave it to Ricky to put a hood tale spin on God’s “chosen people” like only a boss could. Read more…