Behind the Scenes


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It’s good day for the city of New York City. Despite the fact that Trump was just in Long Island spreading his racist jargon, some real outstanding New Yorkers made the rap-blog-news today (Sept 26).

First up is Jay Z, who showed Gucci Mane love at Beyonce’s Formation tour in Atlanta. Along with Khaled, Tip, Thugger, and more, hip-hop’s current reigning champs got together backstage for some photo opps.

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Travis Scott’s earned his first-ever No. 1 album this week, as Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight took top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper/producer celebrates that feat by releasing the 20-minute documentary, LA FLAME. Co-directed by Scott and Travis Tripp, the documentary follows the Houston-native all across the globe as he prepares to drop his sophomore LP.

Fans get behind-the-scenes access to various festival performances including this month’s Made In America Festival. From the strip clubs and studio sessions, to private jets and arena tours with Rihanna, Travis gives viewers an extensive look into his busy lifestyle. Kanye West, Diddy, Mike Dean, Seth Rogen, and NBA CHampion Kevin Garnett all make appearances.

Watch LA FLAME below.

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Logic closed out last year with the release of his sophomore album, The Incredible True Story. Leading up to its release, the Maryland rapper went on a tour, but instead of performing sold-out shows he instead visited various fans nationwide at their homes. Logic decides to release that footage as a part of the 36-minute Incredible Journey documentary.

In the documentary, viewers get a look at Logic’s door-to-door fan tour, plus behind-the-scenes access to the lead up and release of the album. Watch below and get Logic’s Bobby Tarantino mixtape here.

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The countdown is on as the 2016 Rio Olympics starts next month on August 5. As a part of Gillette’s “Perfect Isn’t Pretty” campaign, producer Ariel Rechtshaid provides a remix of Sia’s “Unstoppable” anthem that features a guest verse from G.O.O.D. Music’s Pusha T. The “(Perfect Isn’t Pretty Mix)” also includes percussion from Afro-Brazilian marching band Olodum.

Sia, who’s a friend of mine, and then Pusha T came in towards the end because the song felt like it could use his edge and a verse on it,” Rechtshaid tells Billboard, who premiered the song. “People get to see the end results a lot and they think it was a beautiful ride,” says Pusha in a mini-doc that also comes with the song. “They don’t even think about the steps it took to get to that final place.”

Listen to the remix and watch the mini-doc below.

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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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