Behind the Scenes


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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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The Godfather
 

Though it’s hard to believe, Marlon Brando almost didn’t get the role as the legendary ‘The Godfather.’ The actor was originally seen as “toxic” by the studio at the time of casting. It was the legendary actor’s screen test for the Paramount produced-film that caused director Francis Ford Coppola to lock in his Don Vito Corleone.

During an interview with Annette Insdorf, Coppola revealed how Brando morphed into his Oscar-winning character in a matter of moments with some random props and household items.

“We went to his house on Mulholland Drive and it was early, he wasn’t up. There’s a rumble and the door opens, and in walks this beautiful man with long blond hair, in a Japanese robe. And he came out and looked at all this and figured out what was going on, and he took his hair … he did it up himself in the back, and he took shoe polish and he made it black and he put on a shirt. He took some Kleenex and he pretended to stuff tissue into his mouth. And then he started acting but not saying anything.”

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Kodak Black’s Painting Pictures debut album is out now, featuring appearances by Future, Bun B, Jeezy, Young Thug, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. To go along with the album, Kodak Black releases a new documentary entitled Project Baby. The 25-minute documentary gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the Florida rapper, who was raised in the streets of Pompano Beach.

Kodak details his life growing up, start as a rapper, his rise to fame, and various legal issues that has hampered him. Along with commentary from Kodak himself, his family and childhood friends also make appearances in the documentary. The young star currently remains in jail for violating probation earlier this month, as the status of his release is unknown.

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Fresh off becoming the first-ever musician in Billboard’s 61-year history to score back-to-back No. 1 albums in consecutive weeks, Future is back to work. The Atlanta artist headed to Toronto this week, to film a music video for “Comin Out Strong” off his HNDRXX LP. The Weeknd, who is featured on the song, joined the rapper to shoot scenes of the dark visual directed by Toronto collective Kid. (Big Sean “Bounce Back,” The Weeknd “Reminder”).

In photos posted by both artists online, a majority of the video was filmed on the city’s subway line. “Made my own family. FBGXO,” captioned Future in one shot, standing on the subway platform alongside the XO crooner. Fans can expect the finished product to arrive before Future embarks on “The Nobody Safe” tour with Migos, Tory Lanez, Kodak Black, Young Thug and A$AP Ferg, kicking off May 4 in Memphis.

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