Behind the Scenes


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J. Cole’s surprise was spoiled early Thursday morning (Dec. 1) when news leaked that he will be releasing a new album called 4 Your Eyez Only on December 9. No additional details are know about the follow-up to Cole World’s multi-platinum 2014 Forest Hills Drive LP.

Shortly after midnight on Friday (Dec. 2), J. Cole decides to release the 40-minute documentary Eyez. Premiered on TIDAL, fans asking what the Roc Nation MC has been up to get their answer in Eyez. Viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at J. Cole following a long year of touring, plus time in the studio working with various producers and previewing new records off the new album dropping next week.

Available to TIDAL and non-TIDAL subscribers, watch Eyez here and below.

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G.O.O.D. Music’s youngest in charge are the new cover stars of Paper Magazine’s Living For Fashion issue. Travi$ Scott and Teyana Taylor show off their stylish looks in their separate features shot and styled by the collective of by Albert Watson, Anna Trevelyan, Pieter Henket, Daniel Arroyo, and Kyle Luu.

Along with announcing the upcoming short-film documenting the creation of his Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight album, Scott touches on his love for Kid Cudi, and work with André 3000 and Kendrick Lamar. Taylor meanwhile, speaks on her unforgettable appearance in Kanye West’s “Fade” video, working on her new solo album, motherhood and more.

Scott is seen styled in items by Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang and Supreme, while Teyana sticks to Yeezy Season 4 and Norma Kamali. Check out some photos and clips below, as the new issue is out at newsstands now.

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Meek Mill is the latest artist to be featured in Noisey’s Raps documentary series. Filmed in 2015, the 9-minute piece finds Meek Mill giving viewers a timeline of his rise to stardom. From the struggles growing up in Philadelphia, to dreams of becoming rich. The Dreamchasers rapper also touches on facing legal troubles at a young age, advice given by Jay Z once he got successful, fatherhood, his dirt biking hobby and more.

The documentary features behind-the-scenes footage in studio and on the road, plus moments between Meek Mill and his girlfriend Nicki Minaj. When touching on his superstar running mate, the MMG spitter describes his relationship as “living a dream.”

Watch it below.

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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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