Behind the Scenes


MissInfo: People are usually shocked when I tell them that I’m actually kind of shy in real life…but it’s true. Pulling out stories from others is a breeze, but talking about myself is pure struggle. That said, I loved opening up my humble abode to our friends from the FADER and Sonos for their incredible “At Home With” series because I know that there are so many folks out there just like me, cramming family, friends, work, and of course, music into their day.
Watch as I drag MissInfo.TV‘s Mikey Fresh to the farmer’s market, have a brainstorming meeting about our upcoming site redesign (it’s finally coming!), eat bagels and lox with my girls, and listen to some tunes with my 3-month old baby boy, Max. Most importantly…I get to share some thoughts about being a working mom isn’t a sacrifice, it’s a bonus!

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The Weeknd’s long-awaited sophomore LP Beauty Behind the Madness, hits stores on Friday. The Toronto singer, who will be performing at the MTV VMAs on Sunday, lands the cover of Billboard’s September issue. In the cover story, The Weeknd discusses his transition from an elusive artist with a cult following to a pop star, joining Taylor Swift on stage this summer, working with producer Max Martin and songwriter Savan Kotecha, and idolizing Michael Jackson.

Tesfaye admires, even emulates, trailblazing black pop giants. One of his prime role models, along with Prince, is Michael Jackson: When he first read the lyrics to “Dirty Diana,” which he covered on Trilogy, Tesfaye says, “I got emotional — it’s when I first knew I wanted to write songs.” Indeed, critics have compared the bubble and flow of “Can’t Feel My Face” to Jackson, and [Savan] Kotecha says the groove of “In the Night” was inspired by the “swing” of Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.”

Read the cover story here and go behind-the-scenes of the shoot below.

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Travi$ Scott’s much-anticipated Rodeo debut album is a little over two weeks away, hitting stores on September 4. The G.O.O.D. Music/Hustle Gang artist-producer stars in a new Beats by Dre commerical, promoting their new collaboration with L.A. based company UNDFTD. In the ad, Scott hits the studio and gives us a preview of track No. 16 off Rodeo, “Never Catch Me.”

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Hip-hop’s new popular couple, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj, filmed the video for their hot single “All Eyes On You.” Minaj took to Instagram on Sunday, sharing a few photos behind-the-scenes of the steamy shoot. The two deep in love birds cozy up in two shots, as Nicki is seen towel-wrapped in a bathroom scene.

Minaj also shared some home videos from the couple recent trip to Hawaii, where they walk in each other’s arms along the shore. The song, which also features Chris Brown, is the current single off Meek Mill’s Dreams Worth More Than Money album which debuted No. 1 on Billboard.

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In the south, specifically Atlanta, it’s well known records are broken not on radio but in the strip clubs. The top spot many local artists try an make it big is the world famous gentlemen’s club, Magic City. GQ looks deeper into the hot spot with a new 20-minute documentary directed by Lauren Greenfield. The piece features commentary and appearances from Future and DJ Esco, two artists who started their rise together at Magic City.

In this full-length documentary by award winner Lauren Greenfield, we get to know the strippers, rappers, hustlers, and dreamers that make up the legendary Magic City. More than just a strip club, the ATL hot spot is where aspiring rappers use the club’s influence in the hip hop industry to try and make it big, and where dancers and DJs call the shots as they seek out their own fame and fortune

Watch below.

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Before releasing the hood cinamatic visual for “Real Sisters,” news surfaced earlier this week that a new Future album was on the way. Turns out fans won’t have to wait much longer as Future will be dropping Dirty Sprite 2 (DS2) on July 17. The 18-track project, available for pre-order on iTunes, includes the street anthems “F*ck Up Some Commas” and “Real Sisters.”

Those who pre-order now will also receive a brand new song “Blow a Bag,” produced by Future’s go-to producers: Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital and Southside. Along with the album, the 31-year-old will be debuting the documentary Like I Never Left. Watch the trailer and listen to “Blow a Bag” below.

UPDATE (7/14): Tracklisting added below.

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The world is waiting for Rihanna’s forthcoming eighth solo album. Campaigning for most of 2015, we get one-step closer to the pop superstar’s anticipated LP, as RiRi takes viewers to the studio. In the 3-minute clip, we watch as Rihanna records her latest single “Bitch Better Have My Money.” From recording the vocals to playing the final cut, watch as the Bajan beauty puts the Deputy-produced club banger together.

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Drake had Instagram buzzing after the rapper posted clips from a major party he held at his Yolo Estate mansion in Los Angeles on Monday. Kanye West, French Montana, Travi$ Scott, Amber Rose and The Game were some of the popular attendees spotted at the private party. Later in the day, the Toronto superstar connected with The Game to film a video for “100,” a new yet-to-be-released single off The Documentary 2 LP.

Game and Drizzy are seen moving around Compton, filming various scenes in the neighborhood were The Game grew up. Producer Cardo took to Twitter early Tuesday morning confirming he along with Johnny Juliano produced the song. The record contains parts of Drake’s recent freestyle, performing at the “Jungle” tour stop in Detroit last month.

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Big Sean takes us behind-the-scenes of the making of Dark Sky Paradise. In the 12-minute documentary shot by Zeno Jones, the Detroit rapper gives access to the creation of his No. 1 album. Buried in his newly built home studio, you see the G.O.O.D. Music artist working tirelessly on songs like “Research,” “Paradise,” and “One Man Can Change the World.” It features appearances from Diddy, John Legend, Jhené Aiko, DJ Khaled and Travi$ Scott.

Premiered earlier this week on Tidal, the full documentary is now available on YouTube below.

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Meek Mill headed back home to North Philadelphia on Tuesday to film a music video for the song “Check.” While the whole community was invited out to the shoot, a confrontation between Meek’s Dreamchasers crew and former DC artist Louie V Gutta took place. According to TMZ, the two rappers were seen talking as their respective entourages verbally went at it, until someone pulled out a gun and pistol whipped a person standing near Louie V Gutta.

The scene turned chaotic as people ran, but luckily no shots were fired. Local police report no arrests have bee made currently.

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