We’re not sure exactly where you live, but here in New York City, there’s a palpable feeling of excitement coursing through the streets. After dealing with (an admittedly mild) winter for the last few months, the sun has begun to creep out, resulting in people shedding their winter coats and gearing up for warm weather. With the summer months rapidly approaching, the jockeying for this year’s Song Of The Summer has already begun. British singer Rita Ora is one of the first artists out of the gate to stake a claim in the race with her infectious hit, “How We Do (Party),” a song that is built off the Notorious B.I.G.‘s high-life anthem “Party And Bullsh*t.” (We’ve got the official video for “How We Do” below.)
“To me, ‘party’ and ‘bullsh*t’ summed up a party,” Rita told us when she swung by our VH1 headquarters a few weeks ago. “So we took the quote and turned it into a summer jam.”
The song, which made a huge splash when Jay-Z and Rita showed up to debut in on Z100 back in February, is already stirring up a significant amount of heat, particularly it’s refrain of “Cause when the sun sets baby, on the avenue/I get that drunk sex feeling, yeah when I’m with you.” The hashtag #drunksexfeeling has been popping up on Twitter repeatedly, so we asked the Roc Nation artist if she was ever concerned with that phrase becoming a lightning rod for controversy.
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…
That appears to be the case! In addition to sharing a bunch of awesome photos with the world on her brand new Tumblr, Beyoncé has posted a video of herself discussing the origins of her daughter Blue Ivy Carter’s name. Nope, haters, it’s not a shout-out to the Illuminati; rather, it seems that Beyonce stumbled upon a beautiful sight while walking through the woods in Jamaica (apparently on the same trip where she showed her bare, controversial baby bump for the first and only time for the cameras).
“Woke up this morning, we took a nice little walk, and passed by this beautiful tree,” Beyoncé tells the cameraman in the video above, who is most definitely Jay-Z (you can clearly hear him say “Go” at the very beginning of the video). “I think it’s Blue Ivy, which would be quite appropriate.”
So, there you have it! Beyoncé and Jay-Z named their daughter after a tree. We’re just glad they didn’t walk by a Weeping Willow tree that morning! Then again, maybe that’s what inspired Will and Jada Pinkett Smith?
If you are an active member of the Tumblr community, your dashboard has no doubt been taken over this morning by Beyoncé. King B herself launched beyonce.tumblr.com this morning, a site that is chock full of pictures of Bey and her hubby Jay-Z enjoying the good life (and their untold riches) over the last few years. As you’ll recall, the couple decided to release the first pics of baby Blue Ivy Carter on the rapidly growing social blogging platform recently, which makes us think that they have invested some of their beacoup bucks in the site.
Either way, there are dozens upon dozens of pictures of B and J on the new site. Pictures of them smoking Cubanos together, relaxing in the French Riviera and just generally goofing off. There’s a bunch of solo Beyoncé pics, too, including her dressed up as Spiderman (Spiderwoman?), and even some snaps of her buried in the sand looking like the fly-est mermaid you ever did see. We’ve picked our 20 favorite pictures to share with you below, but be sure to head over to beyonce.tumblr.com and check them all out for yourself!
Rumors are circulating that Jay-Z is looking for big bucks — $150 million to be exact — to send wifey and baby momma Beyoncé on tour. Apparently, a source told the New York Post, “Just weeks after the birth of Blue Ivy, Jay met with Live Nation to discuss a tour for Beyoncé… He wanted a deal worth about $150 million, but they countered with a lower offer.” While representatives from the Bey-Z camp have not commented on the matter, we can’t help but feel a little bit giddy, and are crossing our fingers that there’s some truth in the report. We were expecting an extended hiatus from Bey after the birth of Blue Ivy, and would obviously love to see her back on the road and performing for us. That does beg the question however — what of the baby? Would Blue Ivy embark on her first ever tour, not even a year old? Could momma Bey possibly leave her behind so soon after she came into the world?
Gossip monster aside, we’re really enjoying this performance. It starts of slowly but by the end Katy is really into it, and her vocal becomes more aggressive as she spits into the microphone. We imagine there’s some discomfort at having a woman, and a white woman no less, sing the controversial lyrics, but Katy carries it off with poise, eloquence, and some serious attitude. Our favorite part is when she raps, “That so cray / Ain’t it Kate?” Talk about adding a personal touch! Is this a career change for Katy? Are we going to see her rapping her own material in the future? Or do we smell another Kanye collaboration? A feature on Watch The Throne II, perhaps?
We heard that Jay-Z‘s performance at SXSW last night was riveting, sweaty, and iconic. With Hov reportedly letting the crowd take over for him from time to time, tickets to the show were highly sought after and hard to come by, and largely given out to American Express holding contest winners. So imagine our luck when the whole thing got put up online at American Express’ youtube site (here), after being streamed live last night. No really. We know what we’re doing tonight — inviting all our friends over, putting the concert on the big screen and moshing around the room throwing out some very, very loud singing and rapping. If you need to get into the mood, watch the fan filmed video above of Jay performing “99 Problems” — a classic and crowd favorite. Jay also played the newest edition to his repertoire, “Glory”, an ode to the tiny baby Blue Ivy Carter. After the jump you can see the full set list if you need even more inspiration to watch, but get in quick; the stream is only available online for a week!
15 Things You Didn’t Know About Jay-Z
Ahead of Jay-Z‘s SXSW performance tonight, Complex Magazine talked to Hov’s engineer and friend, Young Guru. So here are 15 fascinating things you didn’t know about Jay, including that his new album is not a concept album but it has a concept, and that there’s “serious consideration” being given to a Watch The Throne sequel. [Complex]
Jack White Kicks Off His Solo Tour in Chattanooga
And Rolling Stone have an amazing gallery of images to get you in the mood to appreciate Jack White as a solo artist. With Blunderbuss on the way, this is the first solo album and supporting tour in White’s career. [Rolling Stone]
When you first heard Jay-Z‘s “Glory,” did you imagine Jay-Z penning the track as Beyoncé pushed and groaned, tiny baby Blue screaming as she emerged from the womb? Or did you imagine the little bundle of joy, peacefully sleeping in the nook of her glowing father’s arm as he whispered lyrics to her? Whatever fantasy you had, forget it, because “Glory” collaborator Pharrell Williams has just dropped a truth bomb, revealing that Jay-Z was working on the track before baby Blue was even born. Pharrell said, “[Jay-Z and Beyoncé], they live a different lifestyle, and it was important for him to stop everything that he had going on and just sort of make statement to his baby and his wife.” He added that when they wrote the song, they had Stevie Wonder‘s “Isn’t She Lovely” in mind, and that Jay-Z underwent a similar process for his first son, but that he’s “more quiet and private about his life”. We don’t think the dream need be entirely shattered though — now we’re imagining Hova in the evening, maybe by a fireplace, resting his head on Bey’s full belly while he jots down words about the bundle of joy inside.
Of the track itself, “R.I.P.” is set to be a pop anthem. With synth led beats, the song is a powerful dance number following in 2011′s trend towards club fueled pop, but this time with a grittier edge that takes shape with Ora’s sexy vocal and Tinie Tempah’s energetic verse. With a girl power theme, the track makes happy bedfellows with other hits of the season including Katy Perry‘s angry, moving on, triumph against heart break, “Part Of Me.” At only 21-years-old the British/Alabnian Ora should be both revered and feared. As Jay-Z’s newest protegee, it seems like Ora’s destiny is written, so prepare yourself for Ora to be the number one lady in pop this year.