Posts tagged "Busta Rhymes"

‘Nas: Time Is Illmatic’ Trailer Features Pharrell, Alicia Keys And Busta Rhymes: Watch

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Time Is Illmatic
“I was trying to make the perfect album,” Nas says of his 1994 debut Illmatic, in a just-released trailer for a documentary celebrating exactly that. Directed by One9, Nas: Time Is Illmatic details the creative process behind the Queensbridge, N.Y. rapper’s stunning debut, which received The Source‘s perfect, five-mic rating and became one of the most acclaimed hip-hop albums of all time.

Pharrell, Alicia Keys and Busta Rhymes all appear in the Time Is Illmatic trailer to help speak for Illmatic‘s influence. “It’s one of the best albums of all time,” Keys says. More »

Mariah Carey Graces The Cover Of Turkey’s First-Ever Gay Magazine ‘GayMag’: Morning Mix

:: The forever-elusive chanteuse Mariah Carey posed for the debut cover of Turkey’s first-ever gay magazine, GayMag. Mimi, you would. [Pink News]

:: Busta Rhymes guest-starred on a seriously bizarre commercial for the 2015 Toyota Sienna, otherwise known as the “Swagger Wagon.” Can we please all have a moment of silence for Busta?! [Oh No They Didn’t]

:: In light of Tony Bennett’s 88th glorious year on Earth, collaborator and pal Lady Gaga gave the jazz legend a birthday present that truly goes above and beyond expectations. [MTV]

:: Things got a little too real at Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On The Run” show at Pasedena’s Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday night as a 25-year-old man bit off another guy’s  finger during a brawl, causing “serious injury.” Yes, this actually happened. [Stereogum]

:: In response to recent comments about his weight, One Direction’s Liam Payne addresses his body image with a sense of humor and, of course, a good dosage of sass. [MTV]

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Busta Rhymes & Eminem’s “Calm Down”: Listen To The House Of Pain-Sampling Collaboration

Busta Rhymes and Eminem have unleashed their joint track “Calm Down,” and if you’re easily offended, you might want to sit this one out. The song, which is built on a sample from the opening of House Of Pain‘s ’90s staple “Jump Around,” finds Busta warning, “Bitches, I’m makin’ them skip with thou art, you don’t really wanna start when I growl!”

Eminem comes in halfway through and rants about Clive Davis coming out as bi in his memoir, then later makes reference to the music mogul driving “straight to the Gay Pride parade.” Oh, and of course he tosses in an f-bomb (not “fuck” — the other one) later in the song: “You ain’t the real Slim Shady / sit your ass down, faggot!”

Equally as charming is this line from Em: “Hey, Mrs. Lincoln, other than your husband’s brains that were leakin’, how’d you think that play was this weekend?” More »

Coachella 2014: Pharrell Brings Out Gwen Stefani, Busta Rhymes & Nelly: Watch

When Pharrell emerged as one half of the Neptunes in the mid-90s, they and producer Timbaland helped establish Virginia Beach as an unexpected Southern hip-hop capital as they revamped pop with spaced-out, stripped-down sound. They all boasted a singular vision but certainly didn’t act alone, as Pharrell proved through his star-studded Coachella set on April 12.

Before he closed with the ever-ubiquitous “Happy,” Pharrell kicked off his set with breakout solo hit “Frontin’” before guests popped up to perform their Neptunes-produced and -featured hits: Nelly for “Hot In Herre,” Snoop Dogg for “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” Busta Rhymes and Puff Daddy on “Pass the Courvoisier Pt. 2” and the biggest surprise of all, Gwen Stefani — who Pharrell simply addressed as “Queen” — for “Hollaback Girl.” (Watch his full set after the jump.) More »

Watch Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae & More Perform At NBA All-Star Game

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Pharrell & Phriends
The NBA All-Star Game took place Sunday night (February 16) in New Orleans, and everyone scored like 500 points. So the real draw was all the A-list music guests performing during the weekend festivities. Kendrick Lamar was up first, continuing his current hot streak performing “m.A.A.d city”/”Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” as part of the Slam Dunk contest Saturday.

On Sunday, Pharrell played the tip-off,  doing a marathon medley of basically every hit song he’s ever sung or rapped on (which is why it was 20-minute affair…well, that and the player intros). And he brought in some help from friends: Nelly for “Hot in Herre” (!), Busta Rhymes and Diddy for a “Pass the Courvoisier Part II” update (!!), other half of The Neptunes, Chad Hugo, for “Rock Star” and Snoop Dogg for “Beautiful.” This was in addition to parts of “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It to Me),” “Blurred Lines,” “Get Lucky” and “Happy.” And, truly, nothing will ever beat Bus shaking it to the Despicable Me 2 song.

Then, after Gary Clark Jr. busted out “Bright Lights” for the halftime show, Janelle Monae joined him with Earth, Wind And Fire, Trombone Shorty and Doctor John for “Electric Lady” and “Shining Star.” Check out Pharrell and phriends up top, and watch the rest below.  More »

Azealia Banks And Busta Rhymes’ “Partition” Remix Has Been Removed For Copyright Infringement

Azealia Banks can’t take a break. She’s had more Twitter beefs than hot dinners, is no closer to releasing her debut LP than Blue Ivy and now got a rap across the knuckles from Beyonce‘s legal team for unofficially remixing “Partition”. As with everything in the struggle femcee’s life — this is messy.

The remix was actually announced by Busta Rhymes but eventually appeared on Azealia’s SoundCloud after a minor delay. “They had my partition remix taken down for copyright reasons…..” the hapless rap diva tweeted earlier today (January 13) before adding: “Let the games begin.”

Unofficial remixes are extremely common in the hip-hop world, so this could mean one of two things. Beyonce really hated Azealia and Busta’s version (it was pretty terrible) or Queen Bey has plans to release an officical remix further down the line. Read the femcee’s exasperated tweets after the jump. More »

Busta Rhymes Teams Up With Azealia Banks For Unofficial Remix Of Beyonce’s “Partition”: Listen

Busta Rhymes finally followed through on his promise (threat?) to remix Beyonce‘s semi-pornographic album highlight “Partition” this afternoon (January 9). The involvement of Twitter beef enthusiast Azealia Banks was a surprise, however, and the unofficial overhaul somehow ended up on her SoundCloud.

“Partition” is such a sexy song — with such quotable lyrics — that it’s kind of hard to ruin. Busta begins the remix by expressing his admiration for Beyonce before rapping about receiving a backseat blow job. Fair enough. That’s where Azealia steps in to deliver an unusually demure verse. Take a listen to the sexy romp after the jump. More »

Busta Rhymes Will Release A Remix Of Beyonce’s “Partition” Tomorrow

Beyonce‘s new album is jam-packed with slinky bedroom anthems but the borderline-pornographic “Partition” has really captured the imagination with its lusty tale of pre-club car sex. As such, it was almost inevitable a canny MC would add a verse to the jam and today (January 7) Busta Rhymes stepped to the front of the line.

The rap legend jumped on Twitter this morning to let fans know that he features on a remix of “Partition”. He also let slip that it will drop tomorrow (January 8). This could go either way. The steamy song definitely lends itself to a new interpretation but I always imagined the participation of a fiery femcee like Iggy Azalea or Angel Haze. Oh well, let’s give Busta the benefit of the doubt. See his tweet after the jump. More »

Azealia Banks Delays ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ Release Again

Azealia Banks has confirmed that her debut album has been delayed by a few more months. Recently scheduled for a release in January, after initially being set for a fall 2012 release, Broke With Expensive Taste will debut in March. Why? Among other reasons, “the label changed their mind,” she says.

In the process, Banks backed up and elaborated on Twitter comments saying that her delay is due to perfectionism, and from nearly all aspects of her career. Now, nearly a year after her label Interscope insisted that she give up her Twitter password, she says that their relationship is “so good right now.” After a year of collaborating with, then dissing hot-topic artists (Pharrell, Disclosure), she reveals that she’s since teamed with Busta Rhymes for “some fire for the streets” and Ariel Pink for art exclusively for her fans. And months after she posted her Broke tracklist, Banks noted to one fan that she’s been working non-stop since “212,” has recorded 30 new tracks and decided with her label that her first single will be “Chasing Time,” a song that doesn’t appear to be listed. More »

Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Q-Tip Play Hype Men In Busta Rhymes’ “Thank You” Video: Watch

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Busta Rhymes“Thank You” video initially appears to be a Brady Bunch affair. Directed by Director X (of Drake‘s “Worst Behavior”), the split-screen effort begins by introducing the two hip-hop labels being represented: Lil Wayne‘s Young Money (Busta) and Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music (Q-Tip, of legendary rap trio A Tribe Called Quest).

Instead, as with lyrical duties on the track itself, Busta and Q-Tip divide the screen time almost neatly in half. West briefly appears as still as a cardboard cut-out, while Weezy fades into the background, a strange feat unto itself. To a pop fan, the “Thank You” video may seem like these label heads deferred the dirty work to its signees. To a hip-hop fan though, it should feel like the reunion that they never knew they wanted.

Last week, A Tribe Called Quest opened for West for two of four Yeezus tour stops in New York — their last-ever performances. Given the bittersweet news, to watch the video is witness Busta and Q-Tip join forces as they did in Tribe’s heyday, like in the remix of The Low End Theory‘s “Scenario” and Midnight Marauders‘ “Oh My God.” “Thank You” is a rap family get-together, just not the sort that people may have expected — and that’s a great thing.

Watch the video up top, then revisit “Oh My God” after the jump. More »