Behind the Scenes


The official kickoff to festival season started on Friday, as Day 1 of Coachella 2018 began at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. The Weeknd headlined opening night with an electrifying set of hits, while SZA was joined by TDE labelmates Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad, plus Trippie Redd. Snoop Dogg brought the good vibes to Jamiroquai’s set, meanwhile Belly was joined by Rich the Kid and NAV over at the GOBI Tent. Chance the Rapper and H.E.R. made guest appearances earlier in the day for KYLE and Daniel Caesar’s sets respectively.

The major highlight from Day 1 came from the latest social media sensation, Mason Ramsey. Dubbed the “Walmart Kid,” Ramsey was invited by DJ/producer Whethan to yodel “Lovesick Blues” as Justin Bieber was enjoying the moment from backstage. A Coachella regular, Rihanna, was spotted moving around the Polo Club grounds watching a few of the late-night sets. Vince Staples (with Kendrick Lamar), Rita Ora, Jamie Foxx, Kelela, Steve Aoki also highlighted a busy first day. Check out some photos and video below.

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The Barbz can calm down, Nicki Minaj and Quavo have moved past their “Motor Sport” rift. While premiering her two new singles last week, Nicki Minaj sat down with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 radio for an extended candid interview. During the conversation, an emotional Minaj expressed disappointment in the Migos star for not backing her up when the “Motor Sport” controversy with Cardi B first popped up. Nicki’s hardcore fans flooded Quavo’s Instagram account, firing back at the Atlanta rapper for now defending their Queen.

The two have no resolved their issues. “He apologized. Y’all can stop torturing him now. 🤣 The Generous Queen FORGIVES,” tweeted the Young Money Queen. Shortly after, Minaj posted a video of the two in the studio and later were spotted together taking in Day 1 of Coachella 2018 on Friday night (Apr. 13). Nicki would later post a clip from a Coachella after party, where she’s seen with Quavo, Kylie Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Travi$ Scott and Chance the Rapper.

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Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy is finally here. With her long-awaited debut album now out and in-stores, the Bronx star now shifts focus to her upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Serving as musical guest, the “Bodak Yellow” hitmaker is joined this weekend’s guest host, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. Leading up to the show, SNL drops a promo ad starring Cardi B, Boseman, and comedian Leslie Jones. Filled with Black Panther references and Cardi’s trademark ad-libs, watch below.

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The Migos will invade Saturday Night Live this weekend, with special guest host Charles Barkley. Ahead of the live broadcast, the Atlanta trio and NBA Hall of Famer appear in a new promo spot for the upcoming episode. In the clip, Sir Charles gets ahead of himself, interrupting Offset and SNL‘s Kate McKinnon going back-and-forth with their personal shout outs. Quavo, Offset and Takeoff will appear as musical guests, performing tracks off their No. 1 album CULTURE II.

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Drake’s dominance on the charts continued, when his new single “God’s Plan” debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week. Remaining at the top spot for a second straight record, the infectious smash-hit appears to have a music video on the way. On Monday (Feb. 5), the 6 God was spotted in the sunshine state, filming a visual for the track at Miami Senior High School in Miami, FL. Surrounded by thousands of screaming fans, Drake is seen filming various scenes on the school grounds, including a drone-filmed shot in the air where he’s lifted by a crane.

In one fan-captured video, Drake is seen reportedly donating at $50,000 check to the school’s music department. The Toronto rapper also promised the school OVO-designed uniforms.

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A$AP Mob creative AWGE updated their website on Friday (Jan. 18) with new merchandise and a forum section. The collective also dropped Vol. 2 of their DVD series, filled with behind-the-scenes content viewers don’t normally see. Jay Electronica, YG, Lil’ Yachty, Curren$y, Metro Boomin, KEY!, Ski Mask the Slump God, and more all appear in the 38-minute clip. A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg freestyling, and the world premiere of Playboi Carti’s “Lookin'” video are some of the exclusives that appear on the DVD.

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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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