Drake brought his Would You Like a Tour? to Brooklyn on Monday night, performing at the Barclays Center as the spirit of Hov and Jason Kidd watched over him. Because it was a few days after his 27th birthday, and New York is the best place to celebrate any occasion, Drizzy threw himself a party during the show. And he was generous enough to invite 18,000 of his closest friends!
They’re young, they’re talented, and they’re hot. Hip-hop is all about style and bravado, but just like anything in life, a little eye candy doesn’t hurt. Jay and Bey might be the reigning King and Queen, but there’s a collection of gorgeous duos nipping at their heels.
Happy Drizzy Week! Fresh off the release of third album, Nothing Was The Same, Drake has dropped the new video for “Hold On We’re Going Home.” The official clip transports the Toronto star back to ’80s Miami, where he’s the boss of a (likely shady) burgeoning empire consisting of A$AP Rocky, Majid Jordan, and the rest of his OVO buddies. The kind of power they’ve established helps get them exclusive tables at fancy clubs, but it also makes them and the ones they love potential targets. Borrowing heavily from mob classics by casting Scarface actor Steven Bauer, what we get is a crime caper that allows Drake to emote around lingerie AND shoot a gun while his friends rock Flock of Seagulls hair.
Are Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian returning to the X Factor this season? Who’s going to battle it out for a Billboard Music Award? And which tracks have already been leaked from Jay-Z’s The Great Gatsby soundtrack?
Just a handful of days after releasing the video for “Poetic Justice,”Kendrick Lamar graced the East Coast and performed two back-to-back shows in NYC’s Roseland Ballroom last night. Whether or not his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city will be considered a “classic” will take time to determine, but one thing is becoming clear: the MC’s slow burn mainstream transition feels natural, and his evolution as an artist is a pleasure to witness.
Miley Cyrus‘s March Cosmopolitan cover story is the interview that keeps on giving. Not only did she reveal two key groups to align yourself with if you want to make it in showbiz (that would be “Brazilians and gays”) and go bra-less on newsstands nationwide, but she finally elaborated on plans for her new album. We’ve seen some Twitter communication between Miley and Odd Future‘s Tyler, the Creator–including a enthusiastic suggestion to “get fat and watch TV”–and now we have proof that this friendly banter may have been born in the booth. Says Miley:
I wrote this song with Mary J. Blige, and Tyler, The Creator heard it and said, “I am obsessed with this song, and I will guest on it if you promise me that you will keep it on the album.’”And he killed it!
While Tyler isn’t the first artist we’d guess Destiny Hope would call for studio time, but when combined with her performance of “Rebel Yell” and penchant for dropping Twitter truthbombs, we’re liking the diva more and more each day. As we wait for what will be either a head-scratcher of epic proportions or the reinvention of music (not to mention Disney star career paths) entirely, let’s look back at some of the more unexpected, and to be frank, WTF musical collaborations over the years.
There’s excitement about the Harlem kid who unapologetically wears plaits and pushes fashion boundaries by fearlessly rocking a skirt. Almost a full month before A$AP Rocky‘s long awaited LongLiveASAP his full album leaked to his disappointment. It’s expected for an album to leak a week prior to release, but a full month is a devastating blow to a new artist. When your entire LP leaks individual songs will soon follow. “I Come Apart,” a bonus track featuring Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine hit the ‘net today showcasing one of the many experimental sounds he toys with.
He opens sounding like a younger Kanye. “I thought you said you’d never leave.” With little bass A$AP opts for a calm flow. By his final verse he’s gone from sounding like Yeezy to Wiz Khalifa. Florence’s voice is the song’s glory. Instinctively you hone in on the chorus she sings. A$AP takes chances. It has been one of his greatest assets. You’re unable to put A$AP in any type of box. He knows that and lives by it in his music.
Happy New Year! While we were out celebrating, many musicians hit stages across the country to help ring in 2013 in grand style. Let’s relive the magic of the eve with a few of our favorite performances:
Taylor Swift rang in the new year in Times Square, wearing a glittering red moto-jacket and black leather pants, and with just a dash of trouble. A very hyped up version of “I Knew You Were Trouble,” her new single and her foray into dub-step, that is. The chorus’ much ballyhooed about wubb-wubbs were dialed all the way up for the occasion, and matched with some impressive pyrotechnics. There was also a little calypso added to the second verse, because why not? Then she transitioned into “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” not a beat missed and the cute “this is exhausting” skit and all. And of course she and her new beau, One Direction‘s Harry Styles, sealed the night with a kiss. Aww!
2012 was the year of being or getting #turntup. Crunk songs encouraging partying, drinking and the good life were the soundtrack to turning up. French Montana‘s “Pop That” instructed women on how to, err, pop their booties at a party or club. It easily was one of the summer’s most popular anthems. In the same vein was Juicy J‘s “Bands A Make Her Dance” which suggests rolls of money secured by a rubber band will indeed make a girl dance. Not that we frequented the strip club or anything, but word on the street is strippers made this their unofficial theme song.
Other crunk songs had less to do with booty popping or stripping and more to do with intimacy–straight grown and sexy style. Take for instance Kelly Rowland‘s “Motivation” that inspired a body roll whether you were at your desk at work or in your car at a red light. Fun.‘s “We Are Young” isn’t your typical crunk song, however, if the DJ played this song at a party you witnessed the crowd going wild. So without further ado, here’s 16 of the year’s crunkest songs. Shout out to the artists for enabling our turned up ways. Read more…
The year is running down, and like everyone else, we are bundling up our most memorable musical moments from the year into a slew of Best Of’s. Before we get to the more obvious lists — the best albums, the best songs — we thought we would have a little fun. First up: 9 delightful collaborations, made all the more so for their unexpectedness. We aren’t talking Watch The Throne-style of-course-they-would team-ups, we’re talking collaborations that we couldn’t in our wildest dreams have imagined or that we thought we would never see, like — well, these nine:
Barton Hollow is totally “an indie record much cooler than mine,” but more careful observer might have predicted this unlikely but delightful collaboration, as Swift began yammering about her fellow Nashville transplants The Civil Wars on twitter long before this was even a possibility. We, however, were left breathless upon learning that one of the day’s biggest pop stars had teamed-up with one of our favorite You Oughta Know acts — and for a song for such a pivotal moment in the Hunger Games movie, no less! Joy Williams harmonizing turns Taylor’s girlish coo haunting, and John Paul White‘s patient guitar plucking gets the whole thing swirling. See also:“The Last Time,” Taylor’s distressed duet with Gary Lightbody of Northern Ireland’s mostly absent as of late folk rock set Snow Patrol. Taylor is a slick machine when it comes to her music, and it was a surprise to see her reaching out of bounds for this one.
Hard to believe as it may be given the boom box beats and all the sing-rapping that resulted, Warrior is allegedly a tribute to the genre Ke$ha loves the most: rock and roll. If you really strain your ears, you may hear some of that “old hippie rock” in the breakdown of “Die Young.” You won’t have to try so hard with “Dirty Pop,” which features Iggy Pop, a true and blue rock star and someone Ke$ha has spent a lot of time talking about through the years. The joy she must have felt the first time she heard him call her “Wild Child” on her own song is evident. See also:“2012,” K$’s duet with fellow weirdos The Flaming Lips.