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Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On the Run” stadium tour came to a close over the weekend in Paris, France. Those who attended the electric show from music’s power couple were treated to various scenes from the pair’s short-film Bang Bang. Starring Queen Bey and Jay as their alter-egos, director Dikayl Rimmasch and Nowness presents for the first of a trilogy of short films.

“Two American outlaws speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac GTO with a manifest poise and stylish swagger that could only be embodied by the world’s foremost musical couple: Beyoncé and Jay Z. Directed by the New York-based filmmaker and photographer Dikayl Rimmasch, Bang Bang is a trilogy of short films starring Mr and Mrs Carter’s filmic alter egos, appearing throughout their two-and-a-half month long tour, On the Run, which celebrated its finale on Saturday at Stade de France in Paris. Rimmasch was introduced to Beyoncé and Jay Z via Mark Romanek, and with a creative cohort in the war photojournalist William Kaner put together a filmmaking approach and aesthetic inspired by French new wave cinema and the powerful intimacy of legendary independent director and mentor, Les Blank. Rimmasch’s stripped-back process paid dividends, allowing an incredibly fast, shoot-from-the-hip style using custom camera rigs that he had designed, 50-year-old Russian lenses and lighting effects by Archie Ciotti and Scott Spencer.”

Bang Bang, Part Two arrives on Tuesday as the couple’s On The Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z HBO special premieres on September 20. An exhibition and screening will be held at Clic Gallery New York in NYC on September 19. Watch below, and read as Dikayl Rimmasch speaks on about Bang Bang’s conception and working with the two music icons.

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Earlier this summer, Chris Brown and Drake put their much-publicized differences aside, ending their public beef. After a photo of the two stars in studio together surfaced online, Brown has appeared on the ESPYs with Drake, and a rumored performance was scheduled to happen at this year’s OVO Fest, that reportedly got haulted due to Chris Brown’s legal problems.

Sitting down with MTV News, Breezy opened up on why they chose to reconcile, Drake inviting him to ESPYs, and recording on plenty on new records together.

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Bad Boy’s reign at the top may have been short like a leprechaun, but there’s no denying the impact Puff Daddy and the Family had during the mid-late ’90s. With Biggie’s Ready to Die celebrating its 20th birthday this week, GQ have compiled an oral history of Bad Boy Entertainment, speaking to many of the key players involved in the label’s rise from street rap staples to shiny suit-rocking radio killas.

With input from Bad Boy artists and producers such as Ma$e, Jadakiss and Easy Mo Bee, as well as industry figures like Russell Simmons, Andre Harrell and Jessica Rosenblum — and not forgetting Sean Combs himself — the piece provides a comprehensive history lesson on the label’s early success, Puffy’s unparalleled (yet sometimes insufferable) hustle, and life after BIG for the notorious label.

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andre 3000 interview

Although he’s graced stages across the world on OutKast’s 20th anniversary reunion tour for the best part of the year, André 3000 has remained as reclusive as ever — until now. In a rare and revealing interview with New York Times’ Jon Caramanica, the legendary MC opens up about how the Jimi Hendrix biopic helped him out of his depression, that “horrible” Coachella performance and the advice he received from Prince afterwards, and being a “total dad” to his 16-year-old son, Seven.

Naturally, the conversation touches on the topic of new material, and while 3 Stacks sounds painfully reluctant to properly re-enter the rap game, he leaves us with a glimpse — just a glimpse — of hope: “The biggest thing about the tour is momentum. It’s helpful, because it makes me want to do music.”

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BET is in hot water again. On Monday afternoon’s airing of 106 & Park, special guest host Karrueche Tran gave a recap on Sunday night’s MTV VMAs during a segment called “Top Six Things Blue Ivy Thought About the VMAs.” Reading off a teleprompter, the No. 1 “thought” turned out to be a classless joke directed at Beyoncé and Jay Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy.

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The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are over, but while all eyes were on the main show and artists such as Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Usher, there were a few moments backstage that had social media buzzing. Right before going into a commercial break, cameras backstage caught Ariana Grande and Big Sean holding hands walking down a hallway. Leading up to Sunday night, rumors have been swirling about the G.O.O.D. Music rapper and pop singer being an item.

Another moment that had viewers talking happened after during the after show. As Nicki Minaj was being interviewed by MTV News’ Rob Markman, Iggy Azalea came over to congratulate Nicki on her performances. “You did great,” Azalea said to the Queen Barbz, as Minaj smiled and replied “Thank you baby.”

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All is not well with Mystikal and Cash Money Records. The New Orleans rapper isn’t happy with the label, and wants to be released from his contract.

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Joe Budden is a “wanted” man. On Saturday, the New York Police Department tweeted they are on the hunt for the New Jersey rapper in connection with a cell phone robbery. The NYPD reports the robbery took place on August 18 at 4:30 a.m., where Budden took the phone from his ex-girlfriend.

The 33-year-old took to Twitter, responding to the NYPD’s report.

“I’m gonna sue the living shit out u gentlemen. @NYPDnews. Manhunt…Suck my dick, lol I’ll be in a strip club in Astoria tonight. Let the “Man hunt” know. @NYPDnews. Glad to see our tax payer dollars being put to good use ! Lol”

Previously: Joe Budden Feat. Ransom – “Vietnam”

drake ovo fest 2014

The Toronto Raptors have to pay up because of comments made by Drake at OVO Fest 2014 earlier this month. The NBA franchise has been fined $25,000 by the league on Monday after October’s Very Own made comments on stage at OVO Fest in Toronto last Monday regarding Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant.

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Fabolous still has Loso’s Way 2 on the way. While his fifth solo album and first since 2009′s Loso’s Way has no scheduled release date, the Brooklyn MC caught up with MTV News to speak on recording new music with Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown. Collaboration with Chris Brown again after 2013′s “Ready,” Fab tells Nadeska Alexis to expect the record later this summer.

The two also take sometime to speak on the much-talked about single artwork to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” which arrives next Monday.

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