Snoop Dogg is in Austin this week to take part in, and take in, the SXSW festivities, and in between all the events he’s chilling in a pop-up home he designed in a partnership with Airbnb. We stopped by the Dogg house and chatted with the legend for a couple minutes, discussing Rick Ross, who recently said Mastermind was inspired by Snoop’s records like Doggystyle, as well his excitement about the new wave of West Coast rap, led by Kendrick Lamar.
“That’s awesome to hear,” he said of inspiring the Bawse. “That’s what I made it for, to make people feel good.” Snoop, in turn, says he’s inspired by the new school of Cali hip-hop, which keeps him motivated.
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Shakira‘s “Dare (La La La)” has quite a history. The Afrojack-produced dance anthem was pegged as the lead single from the diva’s upcoming self-titled LP, but ultimately shelved in favor of Rihanna duet “Can’t Remember To Forget You” — despite a video being filmed in Portugal. The track is still included on the album, however.
The catchy club banger now resurfaces in a disarmingly glamorous Activia commercial. Multiple Shakiras represent dancing gut flora — it’s promoting probiotic yoghurt, after all! — while the chant-heavy song plays in the background. “Dare (La La La)” certainly sounds more commercial than Shak’s RiRi collab and new single “Empire”. Perhaps the Colombian beauty could release it next? Watch up top. More »
Sky Ferreira‘s “You’re Not The One” was one of the sharpest pop tracks of 2013, thanks to the acerbic lyrics and crisp guitars. But Austrian producer Cid Rim has pared away the pop-rock bite on this official remix, turning the song into a jittery bit of electronica. Sky’s vocals are pitched up and cut up for the chorus here, and the verses get a brittle, handclap-assisted beat underneath them. It’s a wholesale makeover, making for an intriguing listen.
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The video for “Turn Down For What,” DJ Snake trappy collab with crunk king Lil Jon, takes things to a whole new level of WTFness not quite seen before. In it, some dude’s invincible crotch causes him to crash through the roof of an apartment building and into some woman’s house. She freaks the eff out and throws a plant at his man junk and tries to beat it with a baseball bat, only to have her own booty star popping uncontrollably after it takes on the same Herculean powers.
These two then fall through the floor into the next apartment, and more chaos ensues. There’s rabid television humping, some mom’s massive, bouncing boobs and a trashy party to end all parties. But you know what? That original guy’s d*** keeps gyrating, even after everyone else is passed out. Solid. More »
Another of Coldplay‘s songs from their iTunes Fest SXSW set has hit the Web, after the full concert streamed last night (March 11). In addition to playing “Midnight,” “Magic” and “Always In My Head” live for the first time, here we have their debut of Ghost Stories track “Another’s Arms.”
As with the rest of the new material we’ve heard, the mid-tempo piece is restrained and utilizes repetitive guitar lines and eccentric (for Coldplay, at least) electronic flourishes (this time, those theremin-like space signals). But the track builds into what is the heftiest offering from the album yet, though it still never fully hits their usual anthemic rush.
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BANKS premiered her video for new single “Brain” today (March 12), which also served as the debut for the V Magazine cover girl‘s new bangs. Anyway, the Shlohmo-produced song is perhaps her strongest offering yet, and for the visual, director Barnaby Roper paired it with stark black-and-white images of the singer in a variety of sultry poses. By the time BANKS beautifully wails through that stirring second half of the song, flashes of pink are thrown into the mix.
We can’t wait to see what she’s got in store on her debut album later this year. Watch the video up top. More »