Behind the Scenes


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French Montana’s MC4 sophomore LP is slated to arrive later this summer on August 19. Lead by the singles “Figure It Out” featuring Kanye West and Nas, and “Lockjaw” with Kodak Black, the album is set to also feature guest appearances from Miguel, The LOX, and Beanie Sigel. The album’s next single reunites the Coke Boys rapper with his “Pop That” collaborator Drake on “No Shopping.”

Montana and Drizzy Drake escaped to La Romana in the Dominican Republic this week to film the Spiff TV-directed visual. ““No Shopping” coming soon,” said Drake in an Instagram caption, where the OVO CEO, French, and producer Noah “40” Shebib are posed on a resort.

Back in April, French Montana shared a snippet of the song on Snapchat along with some photos from the studio session.

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DJ Khaled continues to win. A day after closing HOT 97 Summer Jam on Sunday night (Jun. 5), the Snapchat King filmed the video for his upcoming single “I Got The Keys” on Monday afternoon. JAY Z and Future, who are featured on the song, both appeared during the video shoot which was filmed at the Queens Detention Facility in NYC.

Dressed up in black and white tuxedos, the trio were joined by various artists including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, Swizz Beatz, Bryson Tiller, Fabolous, T.I., Yo Gotti, and Busta Rhymes, who all make cameos in the visual. The song is set to appear on DJ Khaled’s ninth solo LP, Major Key, due later this year. Lead by the Drake-featured “For Free” (currently the #1 song on iTunes), the album will feature appearances by Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross, Bryson Tiller, Big Sean, and more.

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Dr. Dre made two surprise appearances during the second and final weekend of Coachella 2016 earlier this month: first with Ice Cube and the rest of N.W.A, then he joined his Aftermath protégé Anderson .Paak on stage the following day. In this new mini documentary dubbed All In a Day’s Work — the same name as Dre and .Paak’s Compton collaboration — Beats by Dre takes us behind-the-scenes of the pair’s memorable performance.

The five-minute film follows .Paak as he meets with Dre and successfully persuades him to perform with him. From there, the pair knuckle down to a few high-energy rehearsals while reflecting on their relationship. “The artists I like to work with are people who you know their voice from the first syllable,” says Dre. “Soon as [Anderson] opens his mouth you gonna know it’s him…And he’s coming with his voice, his delivery, his energy, he seems like an old soul.”

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After years of to-ing and fro-ing, the long-awaited Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me is officially a wrap. The project finished shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month and is currently in the editing process before it hits theaters this fall (fingers crossed). With our first look at the hotly anticipated flick, which was directed by music video extraordinaire Benny Boom, here’s some quick footage of lead actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. reenacting ‘Pac’s infamous courthouse interview from 1994.

In other news, All Eyez On Me‘s reenactment of Tupac’s death in Las Vegas apparently drew a crowd of reporters and on-lookers who mistook the scene for a real life murder. According to TMZ, “local reporters actually rushed to the scene during filming, mistaking the blanks for real gunshots.”

All Eyez On Me is slated for release this November — shortly after the 20th anniversary of Tupac’s death.

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Along with an album titled Free TC, Ty Dolla $ign has also decided to cook up a documentary of the same name in tribute to his brother. For those who listened to Ty’s last effort, you would know TC’s influence throughout the project, in various interludes and even a song on there. The documentary tells the story of TC and what led to his incarceration, for a crime the family says he didn’t commit.

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300 Entertainment CEO Lyor Cohen is the focal point of a new episode of CNBC’s Follow the Leader. The legendary music executive is observed doing his day-to-day duties, including one moment where cameras catch Cohen in a meeting with his artist Young Thug. In the short preview clip, Cohen speaks to Thugger on coming out of hiding and doing interviews, a promo strategy for his Slime Season 3 mixtape, and the rapper needing to focus more on songwriting and developing songs.

This year I want ten No. 1 singles,” Young Thug tells Lyor. “Ten? If you don’t freestyle, and you actually work on the singles and record great choruses and develop your songs… You just record so many songs and leave them like little orphans out there. You have to come back to them,” Cohen says in response.

Watch the clip below as Follow the Leader airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST.

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French Montana took to the sandy desert on Friday (Mar. 4) to film the video for “Figure It Out,” a standout off his Wave Gods mixtape. Montana, Kanye West, and Nas all roamed around the Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, California, bringing their popular collaboration to live with director Eif Rivera.

Kanye was all smiles on set, in one shot posing with French Montana as they showed off their unreleased adidas Yeezy 350 Boosts from the upcoming Yeezy Season 3 collection. “Something Special….. Figure it out!!!!!!! I got my gents right with that Henny on deck #teamhennessy,” said Nas in an Instagram caption, with a photo of both Kanye and French sitting on the wing of an aircraft.

Listen to “Figure It Out” here and check out some moments on set below.

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A special edition of Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album will release on Feb. 26 via Sony Legacy Recordings. Along with the 1979 LP, a new documentary titled Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall will also be included. Directed by Spike Lee, the film will look at the King of Pop’s rise from child star to cultural icon.

Airing on Showtime on Feb. 5, the first trailer from the documentary has been released online. Along with archival footage, it features new interviews from The Roots’ Questlove, and The Weeknd. “I’ve always used Michael as, first and foremost, a vocal inspiration, and Off the Wall was definitely the one that made me feel like I could sing,” says the XO singer in the preview. “I found my falsetto because of Off the Wall.”

Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, John Legend, L.A. Reid, Kobe Bryant and Misty Copeland alongside Jackson’s parents Katherine and Joe Jackson and brothers Jackie and Marlon Jackson will all appear in the Journey, which premieres Jan. 24 at the Sundance Film Festival prior to its Showtime broadcast.

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Just days after releasing the celebratory “What A Year” track, Big Sean keeps that title to recap an incredible 2015. In the visual year-in-review, the Detroit artist takes viewers on a near 365-day ride, from tour stops, to album promo events, studio sessions, family time, and the unforgettable “Finding Paradise” homecoming show.

Blink too fast and you may miss cameos from Kanye West, Eminem, Drake, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Jhené Aiko, and more.

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Back in July, Jeezy celebrated the 10-year-anniversary of his major-label debut album Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. Held at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, the magical night featured guest appearances by André 3000, Kanye West, Usher, T.I., Big Boi, Lloyd, and more. With his new Church In These Streets LP hitting stores next Friday, Jeezy releases an 11-minute documentary recap of the show.

From rehearsals, radio promo, and eventually the main show, watch all the action from the star-studded event below.

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