Behind the Scenes


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J. Cole and Dale Earnhardt Jr. graced the cover of ESPN The Magazine‘s Music Issue back in January. Now, the Grammy-nominated rapper and NASCAR star take viewers behind-the-scenes of their cover shoot.

Sitting down with Marty Smith, the two North Carolina natives discuss how their unlikely connection came about, Earnhardt Jr. becoming a fan of J. Cole when “Power Trip” came out, being examples of how different cultures can come together, and they go on a tour of Dale’s enormous 250 acre property in North Carolina.

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Sneaker enthusiasts and fans of Kanye West got to meet the man himself at the launch of his adidas Yeezy 750 Boost in NYC on Saturday morning. The rapper made a surprise appearance at the adidas Originals store in SoHo, personally presenting customers with a pair of the highly coveted hi-top sneaker. Retailing at $350, the shoe launched exclusively in New York City for NBA All-Star Weekend, where the only way to obtain a pair was on the newly launched adidas Confirmed app, which opened reservations on Thursday afternoon following Kanye’s adidas collection unveiling at a New York Fashion Week event.

The adidas Yeezy 750 Boost will launch worldwide on Saturday, February 28 at adidas flagship stores and select Consortium.

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Just one day after taking NYC by storm with his adidas fashion show and various concert appearances, Kanye West popped up at the John Elliott + Co. NYFW show on Thursday. West was spotted in all-black, was seated in second row taking in the Fall/Winter 2015 collection at Skylight Clarkson SQ, seen speaking with GQ Creative Director Jim Moore at one point. Once backstage, Kanye was all smiles hanging out with designer John Elliott, named one of GQ’s “Best New Menswear Designers of America” last March.

The two posed for photos and conducted an interview with Entertainment Tonight, which is set to air on Friday evening. Along with West, the NFL’s Victor Cruz and the NBA’s J.R. Smith and Nick Young were also in attendance. Rapidly creating a cult following since its creation two years ago, John Elliott’s menswear line has been seen worn by such celebrities like LeBron James and Scott Disick.

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Ty Dolla $ign’s momentum is only getting stronger. Along with contributing to Kanye West and Rihanna’s new records “Only One” and “FourFiveSeconds,” the L.A. singer-songwriter-producer’s current inspirational single “Stand For” is a favorite among many. Off his forthcoming debut album Free TC, Ty Dolla $ign is ready to drop the follow-up single “Drop That Kitty” featuring Charli XCX and Tinashe.

The trio recently shot a music video for the new record, that’s set to drop on iTunes March 17. Wiz Khalifa and Keke Palmer both make cameos in the video, as behind-the-scenes photos can be viewed below along the with song’s artwork.

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Big Sean is here to inspire, offer words of wisdom and lessons learned with his series of vlogs first debuted during 2013’s Hall of Fame run. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper returns with some more food for thought for listeners and viewers in “Patience.” As the Detroit rapper prepares us for his Dark Sky Paradise LP due February 24, watch his new vlog featuring appearances from Rihanna, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Travi$ Scott, Common, and Jhené Aiko.

Also included is Sean’s recap of his Los Angeles Grammy Weekend concert, with cameos from Justin Bieber, Kanye, Chris Brown, Kendall Jenner, J. Cole, and more.

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One day after giving fans one of the most memorable moments of the 57th annual Grammy Awards, Beyoncé digs deeper into the significance of her performance by giving her fans an inside look at the inspiration. Bey debuted an eight-minute mini-documentary where she narrates the story behind her Grammy performance of the gospel classic “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” during the Selma tribute. “First time I heard ‘Precious Lord’ I was a kid and my mother sang it to me, and my mother played me Mahalia Jackson’s version,” the 20-time Grammy Award-winner opened the behind-the-scenes clip with.

She sang the song with her eyes closed, and she was a vessel, and it was like God speaking using her body to speak and to heal,” says B recounting her experience as a child when she first heard the record. The music icon also broke down the importance of finding real men who have been through issues of racism, who also give their own personal accounts and experiences dealing with police, and more.

Beyonce also touched on her family’s history, specifically her grandparents, who marched with the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch the piece below.

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Music’s biggest night is now wrapped up — and as you know — a U.K. artist shined the most during the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Sam Smith received the most wins of the night, leaving with four GRAMMYs including “Record of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” and “Best Pop Vocal Album.” Right behind the “Stay With Me” singer was Beyoncé and Pharrell — who both recieved three trophies each. During the pre-show, where most of the Rap and R&B categories were handed out, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar took home two GRAMMYs each.

While Kendrick Lamar’s “i” won “Best Rap Song” and “Best Rap Performance,” Eminem got top honor with “Best Rap Album” for The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Among the red carpet arrivals, various performances, and near stage crash by Kanye West, one highlight rap fans enjoyed was during a segment honoring those who passed away in the past year. A$AP Mob co-founder A$AP Yams was mentioned during the touching moment, which came as a great surprise to his fans.

During commercial breaks, Kanye and Taylor Swift appeared to have became friends, Ed Sheeran caught up with Jay Z and Nas, and Rihanna had an adorable moment with Blue Ivy Carter backstage. Check out all the winners and backstage/behind-the-scenes photos from the GRAMMYs below.

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The GRAMMY Awards are almost here, as music’s biggest stars are doing final preparations. Three of those stars, Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney, rehearsed on Friday night ahead of the 57th annual show. Just moments after unveiling his adidas Yeezy 750 Boost sneaker, Kanye joined the pop princess and Beatles legend at Staples Center to get some practice time in. In an image Rihanna posted on Instagram, the trio is seen performing in a drawn off area covered by large drapes.

Returning to the GRAMMYs for the first-time in six years, Kanye will be performing “FourFiveSeconds” with RiRi and Sir Paul, plus what’s being called “never-before-seen” solo performance. During break from rehearsal, Kanye caught up with Bow Wow, who partnered with CBS for a GRAMMYs challenge with various artists. “Me and Kanye at #grammys rehearsal. We chopped it up for about 15mins he showed me new kicks and explained the concept to me,” said Bow Wow in a photo caption.

You can catch the performance during the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards on CBS, this Sunday night at 8 p.m. EST.

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Rae Sremmurd, Nicki Minaj and Young Thug recently got together to film the video for their strip club banger “Throw Some Mo.” Nicki Minaj took to Instagram on Friday afternoon, posting some shots on set of the party video, set at roller skating rink. Migos and producer Mike WiLL Made-It, mentor of the Rae Sremmurd duo of Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy, were also present.

“Throw Some Mo” is the current single off Rae Sremmurd’s Sremm Life debut album, landing at No. 5 on Billboard’s album charts. Check out a group shot photo below.

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The biggest night in music is almost here as the countdown begins for the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards. As final preparations are being done, we now have a sneak peek into where some of the big stars will be seated this weekend. Returning to perform at the GRAMMY Awards for the first-time in six years, Kanye West will have the best seat in the house, sitting front-row with wife Kim Kardashian West. Beyoncé and Jay Z also will be seated at the front, as the legendary Stevie Wonder, who will be honored with a 2-hour GRAMMY Special next Tuesday, sits behind The Carters.

A couple seats down from the power couple are Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, both also hitting the stage that night. Directly behind KimYe are R&B heavyweights John Legend and Mary J. Blige, as “Fancy” collaborators Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX are together in the next row. Judging from the photos, which leaked online on Thursday, Taylor Swift appears on be seated in the same row with Kanye, which will sure be a hot topic following 2009 MTV VMAs debacle. Gwen Stefani, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, and HAIM are other artists who will get a close view of the action which all goes down live from Staples Center in Los Angeles this Sunday, Feb. 8 on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.

Hosted by LL Cool J, the show will feature performances from Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Common and John Legend, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran, and more. Beyoncé and Sam Smith each lead the pack with six nominations each.

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