While it’s still an enjoyable summer season, Chris Brown cools it down plenty in his latest video for “All About You”. The deluxe bonus cut off his #1 album F.A.M.E. was filmed back in the winter as the pop star journey’s through the woods. Last week Brown announced that he’ll be delivering a full-fledged rap mixtape titled Boy in Detention dropping on August 5th.
Many fans are familiar with the Roc Nation upstart Bridget Kelly gracing “Empire State of Mind” while on tour with Jay-Z the past two years. Now, the songstress is set to drop her upcoming debut album and to start it off she offers “Thinking About Forever”. We got a preview of the Frank Ocean-written record when the Odd Future member himself released his demo version yesterday.
New Music: Bridget Kelly - “Thinking About Forever” (written by Frank Ocean)
“After singing on ‘Empire State of Mind’ with me on tour, Bridget Kelly is ready for her close up. ” – Andy WarHov (Jay-Z)
The Blink 182 drummer enlists some of the most famous fast-spitting lyricists in the visual for “Let’s Go”. The song which appears on Travis Barker’s Give The Drumma Some LP boasts a lineup of Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Jon, Twista, and Yelawolf.
It’s always good see friends getting the shine they deserve. Our boys at GasfaceMedia linked up with another homie, Ray from New York City based streetwear brand Mighty Healthy. Personally it’s one of my favorite brand for tees and it was like that even before I met Ray (haha). I think it’s their designs influenced from old school New York, 90′s skateboarding culture and hip-hop that really draw me. in Check out this clip that explores the brand and Ray’s roots a little closer.
Beyoncé took it to the talk shows this week, performing and chatting with both Jimmy Fallon and the gals on The View. But I feel like t he most exciting part was her Fallon performance of “Best Thing I Never Had,” where in addition to her standard all-girl band, she was joined by The Roots who definitely gave the song a different energy.
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Bey talks Kelly Rowland, her year off, a new movie, and Jay-Z… (more…)
How this Consequence vs. G.O.O.D. Music war manages to intensify by the day is beyond me, but the exiled rapper from Queens took time to fire right back at Pusha-T on the same radio station he spoke to yesterday in Chicago. There’s no other way to put it but Cons completely sh*ts on Push and Kanye… again. (Props To FSD)
“[Pusha] lyrically cannot compete and that’s the reason for the extra smoke & mirrors and the attempt at discrediting, Cons told WGCI. “You guys have a song in rotation that disproves everything he says. He said “Yo there’s nobody checking for me. I’ma tell you who’s checking for me Chicago, Beyonce’s checking for me.”
As you can see he took it a step further by bringing Beyonce’s into this and by default the other half of ‘The Throne” is now involved.
“You know why Beyonce’s checking for me? If you have the full album and you listen to song 5, it’s a record called “Party.” I’m performing the chorus on “Party,” and I also had a hand in co-producing “Party,” so I want Chicago to understand clearly, if you’re saying Beyonce Knowles Carter is a nobody then you’re disrespectful and you’re misinformed, and you’re disrespecting her fans by questioning her taste level.”
Cons calls Pusha a “worker” and brings Pharrell, Jay-Z, Rhymesfest, GLC and more in the mix…
Audio of the full interview and new diss song “Straighten It Out”…
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There’s few new shows on TV that I actually watch now-a-days. I mean I still watch Seinfeld re-runs… But Louie on FX is probably on top of my “must see TV” list. Awkward ass comedian Louis C.K. stars as Louie, a divorced father of two cute daughters that are actually smarter than him on the show (or at least less awkward) living in New York City. There isn’t much action on the half hour program but ridiculous real life situations and Louie’s inability to grasp human concepts make for a hilarious time. Vulture did a dope write-up on the last night’s show, check it out below.
With a show as tonally erratic and narratively elastic as Louie, it can be hard to find themes connecting one episode to the next. But after last night’s installment, I think we can safely divine at least one central idea for season two: Namely, that Louis C.K. really has it in for the homeless. In the last month and a half, he’s shown them losing their heads in traffic, getting abducted by the government, and, in last night’s opening “Subway” segment, washing their asses in public.
A few Twitpics from Jay and Kanye’s “Otis” video landed on FakeShoreDrive and word is that Spike Jonze is directing this one in Los Angeles. But in more Watch The Throne news, independent retailers across the country have come together to write an open letter to Kanye West and Jay-Z expressing how giving iTunes and Best Buy exclusivity on the first release of the project severely affects their business.
Dear Jay-Z and Kanye West,
Independent record stores serve our communities. Our passion is music, and we convey this to the millions of customers who come to our stores. That’s what we do.
Four years ago independent music stores across the country banded together to create Record Store Day. Our goal was to counter the negative media coverage about the supposed demise of record stores brought on by the closing of the Tower stores and to respond to the music business practices that fans deemed to be manipulative and onerous.
After attending Amy Winehouse’s funeral on Monday, Mark Ronson gave a live tribute to the late star at his concert in Greenwich, UK. Accompanied by Dave McCabe, lead singer of The Zutons (who originally wrote and released “Valerie” before Amy’s version was a hit), Ronson played the track and shared some moving words with the crowd.
NME quotes Mark as sharing the following moving words with the audience:
It’s really lovely getting to play some music here for you tonight. That’s what makes everything better. I went to her service yesterday and there was a rabbi that spoke and he said that somebody’s life is measured in deeds and not years and that’s the best thing I heard yesterday. The genius in that woman and what she shared with us is pretty special. I’m not going to get all morbid on you. It’s just nice to be playing music to people who like good music. She is my sister, wherever she is.
Although the two had a falling out during the last album’s recording, it’s clear he still cared for her.
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Ronson performs a remix of “Back to Black”…
plus Amy’s band of 10 years perform “Valerie”… (more…)
MTV caught up with Young Jeezy backstage at this TM101 anniversary concert in Atlanta. Among the topics, Mr. Jenkins speaks about the various past delays his upcoming Thug Motivation 103 (Sept 20) had in 2010, and how his new single “Shake Life” is to uplift people.
“At the end of the day, I’m not about to give nobody no music to make a deadline, I’m gonna give them something to live and die by. If it ain’t classic, it ain’t monumental, I don’t want to be a part of it. I make hits, man. I make classics. I can’t just give somebody something just ’cause it’s time. It’s better late than never baby, trust.”
“I just put out ‘Shake Life,’ it’s crazy. It’s a special record to me. It’s just one of those records to uplift. But if you’re worried about club bangers, I got an album full of those sh–s, too easy.”