This week on Top 20 Countdown, host Jim Shearer met up with Swizz Beatz in Miami to check out Beatz’ very own art collection on display at SCOPE Miami. Watch the clip to get an exclusive walk through of “The Dean Collection” from Beatz himself.
VH1 + SCOPE are bringing the perfect punch of art and music to Art Basel Miami Beach with chart-topping headliners NABIHA and Swizz Beatz at this year’s Official VH1 + SCOPE Party. Singer NABIHA will perform her biggest hits and Swizz Beatz will close out the night with an exclusive DJ set. Award-winning visual artist Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic will unveil his grand art installation NOESIS, which includes audio-visual projections that debuted at MoMA earlier this year. The party starts December 5th!
If you aren’t able to leave the cold temperatures behind and party with us during our ART + MUSIC + BEACH art show in Miami this week, at least you can listen to some hot tunes, courtesy of Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean!
What better way to take a break from the holiday season than to escape into the world of art and music? Well we’ve got just the thing for you — Art Basel Miami Beach. Kicking off in just a week, Art Basel is a four day art fair where artists, curators and fans of art from around the world descend on Miami to explore art while having a big party.
December 3 officially kicks off SCOPE’s week-long Art Show where VH1 + SCOPE are coming together and celebrating ART + MUSIC + BEACH. Art and music have influenced each other since the beginning of time and VH1 + SCOPE are joining forces to celebrate that epic collaboration.
We spoke to hip hop artist, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and artist, Hebru Brantley, who explained exactly how interconnected these two worlds are and how each of them are inspired by the other’s art.
Check out behind the scenes photos of Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and Hebru Brantley’s collaborative art and music experience.
Next stop on the OWN celebrity train is Alicia Keys who in the 30 second clip says, “Literally I was running from pimps and prostitutes to ‘Boom!’ I was on the Oprah show.” Ms. Keys sure knows how to dramatize a narrative in the same way that Oprah realized the missing ingredients for OWN were herself and celebrities. Read more…
David Letterman hates tattoos. And we’ll chalk this up to him being an ol’ school player. Alicia Keys stopped by Live on Letterman in beautiful yellow and blue two piece ensemble to perform her relatable ballad “Brand New Me.” But before she could perform the retrospective on finding her voice and identity after a relationship has ended, she chatted with Letterman on family life. Letterman being the anti-tattoo grump he was to Bieber, didn’t quite scold Alicia for her husband’s tattoos, but he did have way too many questions. Read more…
An iced coffee with brown sugar is the only request of the legend who spent the previous night indulging in cigars and Moet filled champagne flutes at his release party for his 10th studio album. “You love brown sugar don’t you?” the director of Visual Media at Def Jam jokes, responding to his Starbucks request. “Damn right,” he says with a smile as everyone in the room erupts with laughter. That’s the side of Nas the public rarely gets to see.
Nasir Jones is exactly what you’d expect—no fuss, polite, no big entourage, mellow and somewhat quiet—that is until you get him going on something he actually gives a damn about. By mid-afternoon he arrives to the VH1 office still feeling nice from all of the bubbly consumed at NYC’s Bagatelle the night before. He’s dressed in a white and black t-shirt plastered with Mr. T’s face on it, white shorts and black Gucci sneakers. For a rapper his jewelry is modest. The two gold chains he rocks are far from gaudy, and his wrists are adorned with a gold watch and one bracelet. That’s it. At 38 he doesn’t look much older than he did on 2001′s album cover for Stillmatic. You start to wonder if he physically ages.
Bred in the largest housing projects in North America, the Queensbridge rapper dropped out of school in the ninth grade to pursue rap. Although he didn’t always know if it’d pay off, it did, in a big way.
On the eve of Nas‘ Life Is Good release, he celebrated like any Don would–with champagne, cigars and friends. Nas had a busy night with a performance of “Daughters” on the Late Show with David Letterman, an interview with Hot 97′s Funkmaster Flex and his album release party at Bagatelle in NYC. When you’re a legend of Nas’ status there’s bound to be a lot of love in the room from peers. Throughout the night he shared laughs with Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Q-tip and Jermaine Dupri. Also in attendance were Beyonce, Angie Martinez, Tyson Beckford and others.
Its been four years since Nasty Nas’ last solo album, the controversial Untitled. Early reviews are already pegging Life Is Good as one of the best in his catalog, and potentially one of the best albums of the year. His road to the happy space he’s in of living his best life (word to Oprah) has been one of overcoming many trials and tribulations. But the glow in his eyes at last night’s release is the look of a man that has triumphed. The look of success and longevity. Check out our gallery of a few pictures from last night’s celebration.