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:: Will.i.am attended this year’s American Music Awards, only to criticize the industry it was celebrating. “Everything around music right now is so 2000s, like 2003,” he said. Such wise words. [Page Six]
:: West coast Charli XCX fans, listen up! The London Queen will celebrate the release of her sophomore album, Sucker, by hosting and performing at a free launch party in San Francisco. [Popjustice]
:: “Katy Perry, quite contrary, how do your lashes grow?” Her latest, super-girly Cover Girl ad has the answer! [Twitter]
:: Busta Rhymes was apparently too turnt, as he fell off stage during an O.T. Genasis concert in New York. He was headbanging when he lost his balance and took a nasty spill, cutting his head open. (Don’t worry, he’s fine.) [Stereogum]
:: Tyler, the Creator called Shady Records’ 15th anniversary compilation Shady XV “f—ing ASS.” For the record, the Odd Future ringleader is a die-hard Eminem fan. [MTV UK]
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“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 »
:: 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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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 »
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
, 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
‘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 »
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 »