Behind the Scenes


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A day after shaking up the internet with a racy cover, PAPER Magazine release their full cover story and sexy shoot of Nicki Minaj for their “Break the Internet” issue. Interviewed by Liza Dye, the Young Money Queen speaks on her heavy presence on social media and staying active with her fans, offering to pay for her fans’ college tuition, the possibility of an all-female Watch the Throne album and her fans wanting Beyoncé to be a part of it, a collaborative project with Future that got scrapped, plans of doing more movies, and more.

Shot by Ellen von Unwerth, Minaj lets her bad side out during the sexy cover shoot. The Queens MC is seen styled in pieces by Jean-Paul Gaultier, Gucci, Djula, Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani. The new issue hits newsstands nationwide on Nov. 28, and can be purchased here. Check out some excerpts from Minaj’s cover story, plus some photos from the shoot below.

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Lil’ Uzi Vert sent Twitter into a frenzy, teasing fans that a freestyle video with A$AP Rocky and Metro Boomin was on the way. Hours later, A$AP Mob released their online DVD AWGE Vol. 1. Taking a page from street DVDs like Smack and Cocaine City in the mid-2000s, the 21-minute video gives viewers behind-the-scenes access to the lives of A$AP Mob. Along with The Weeknd, Tyler, the Creator and Chief Keef making cameos, Uzi and Pretty Flacko trade verses on a street corner over a beat made by Metro Boomin.

Watch the freestyle and full AWGE Vol. 1 DVD below.

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Rihanna is the face of ELLE Magazine’s upcoming October issue. The pop superstar revealed her latest cover, which coincides with the launch of her Fenty Beauty makeup line that drops at midnight. On the first of three covers, RiRi is seen wearing her new cosmetic collection, shining in Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix ‘UNICORN’ shade. Along with posting both alternate covers on her Instagram account, Rihanna uploaded behind-the-scenes video of her shoot for ELLE.

For the upcoming cover story, the 29-year-old is asked questions by fellow celebrities like Tyra Banks, Eminem, A$AP Rocky, April Bloomfield, Zac Posen, Pharrell Williams. “Ten minutes before I lost my virginity…and I’m holding you to that offer. LOL,” says Rihanna in response to magician David Copperfield, who offers and asks the singer where she would like to go if he can make her disappear and reappear anywhere in the world.

Rihanna’s sixth ELLE Magazine issue hits newsstands on September 19.

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Following “Footnotes For ‘The Story Of O.J’,” JAY-Z returns with episode two of his current viral series. In “Footnotes For ‘4:44′,” JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Paul, Will Smith and Aziz Ansari touch on the subject of love, maturity and struggles some males go through when entering a relationship. “I just ran into this place and we built this big, beautiful mansion of a relationship that wasn’t totally built on the 100 percent truth,” says JAY-Z in the 11-minute piece. “Then it starts cracking, and then things start happening that the public can see … We had to go a point and be like, ‘Tear this down,’ and then start from the beginning.”

Chris Rock, Meek Mill, Anthony Anderson and others also make appearances. The clip ends with a preview of the upcoming music video for “Bam” featuring Damian Marley. Filmed in Jamaica, the video premieres at 4:44 p.m. EST this Friday.

Watch “Footnotes For ‘4:44′” below and over on TIDAL.

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DJ Khaled’s Grateful album is now exactly one week away. The star-studded ‘musical event’ is set to hit stores on June 23, and the DJ/producer is giving fans another potential smash-hit set to take over the charts. First teased recently when photos surfaced online, DJ Khaled has landed the Rihanna vocals, getting the pop superstar on the song “Wild Thoughts.” The song, which samples Santana’s 2000 smash-hit “Maria Maria,” also features R&B singer Bryson Tiller. The sizzling collaboration also comes with a vibrant music video, directed by Colin Tilley. Filmed in Miami’s Little Haiti, Khaled and RiRi dance through local the market with kids, before connecting with the ‘T R A P S O U L’ singer for a fireworks-filled performance shot.

Grateful includes previously released collaborations with Jay Z, Beyoncé (“Shining“), Drake (“To the Max“), Chance The Rapper and Justin Bieber (“I’m the One“). Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Nas, Calvin Harris, Future, Rick Ross, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott, 2 Chainz and more make guest appearances on the album which can be pre-ordered here.

Watch the VEVO premiere of “Wild Thoughts” below and get the song on iTunes.

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DJ Khaled is going all out for his forthcoming album, Grateful. Due June 23, the album already includes high-powered collaborations with Beyoncé and JAY Z, Justin Bieber and Lil’ Wayne, and now his latest single “To the Max” featuring Drake. It appears Khaled is already preparing to orchestrate another smash, as the mogul/music maestro recently connected with Rihanna to film a music video. Photos surfaced online on Tuesday (Jun. 6) of Khaled and the pop superstar in Miami’s Little Haiti. In one scene, RiRi is spotted amongst young girls from the community of Little Haiti, dancing in large hoop earrings and a vibrant pink outfit.

In the main shot, Rihanna is seen wearing a a two-piece yellow outfit by Balenciaga, standing beside DJ Khaled and singer Bryson Tiller who also makes a cameo. Late last month, DJ Khaled confirmed Rihanna will appear on his 10th studio album, that’s also set to feature appearances by Nicki Minaj, Nas, 2 Chainz, and Travi$ Scott.

UPDATE (6/6): On Tuesday, Khaled filmed a music video for song off the album with Nas and Travi$ Scott.

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Domani showcases his light Southern drawl, mature lyrical abilities, and a deceptively seasoned sing-song flow in the politically charged visual for “Beat The System.” Serving as the latest leak in support of his well-received Constellation project, the video follows the ATL native through a black-and-white meditation.

Watch the Xavier Ruffin & Phillyflyboy directed clip after the break.

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In the latest episode of their Deconstructed series, Genius hits the studio with producer Ludwig Göransson to get the scoop on how Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” was created. The Swedish producer, who has worked heavily on all of Gambino’s albums since 2011’s Camp, shows us exactly how the pair blended a bunch of different ideas and instruments into one spectacular song.

“It’s all very organic, just how instruments sounded back then,” Göransson says of the song’s Funkadelic inspiration. “I think that was something we wanted to capture with our music.”

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A$AP Ferg has a new project on the way titled Still Striving. Announced last month, the campaign for the Trap Lord’s new offering began with the single “East Coast” featuring Remy Ma. Recently, the Harlem and Bronx MCs connected to film the record’s music video directed by Sage English.

As far as creating the song and the visual, I just feel like I wanted to bring the New York energy back — bring it back to the fun videos and creativity and innovation,” Ferg tells Billboard, who were on set of the video shoot. A$AP Rocky, the rest of A$AP Mob, and French Montana also appears in the clip set to drop in the coming weeks.

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French Montana has another potential smash-hit on his hands with the single “Unforgettable.” Along with the Future-assisted “No Pressure,” the Coke Boys rapper released the melodic track featuring Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee last week.

Back in March, Montana and Swae Lee headed to Africa, where they filmed the song’s accompanying visual in the country of Uganda. Posted on Instagram, various photos and clips from the shoot shows the Bronx-native amongst people from the local community of Kampala, embracing children who show off their dance routines on film. On Wednesday night (Apr. 12), French posted a short trailer of the music video before it premieres this Friday (Apr. 14).

Watch below and check out some photos from the video shoot.

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