Did You Hear?
:: Christina Aguilera got engaged on Valentine’s Day to longtime boyfriend Matthew Rutler. The two met in 2010 on the set of Burlesque, where Rutler worked as a production assistant. [Billboard]
:: Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter V has a release date, after all: May 5. After Cash Money hinted of a surprise release, Drake invited his Young Money boss on stage during an NBA All-Star concert to tell the news himself. [Miss Info]
:: Speaking of All-Star Week: Average pop stars perform during NBA’s All-Star Week. Not Drake — he escorted and even assisted Toronto Raptors’ Terrence Ross for his turn at the slam dunk contest. [Rap Radar]
:: Hot Chip‘s Joe Goddard spins a house-inspired remix of Neneh Cherry‘s “Out of the Black,” featuring Robyn. Cherry’s next album Blank Project, produced by Four Tet, is out February 25. [SPIN]
:: Nicki Minaj received an offer for an unusual collaboration — from Boost Mobile. “Rough week? Let US sing a song back to you. Tweet us a love note & we’ll turn it into a love song,” it tweeted, in response to one “Lookin’ Ass N***a” line in particular (“Frontin’ like they got a plan, Boost Mobile ass n***a”). [The Angie Review]
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Hours after blowing up the Internet
for ever-so-slightly dissing Kanye West
in his Rolling Stone
interview, then throwing a Twitter tantrum about the quotes making it to the story and getting bumped off the cover for Philip Seymour Hoffman
has apologized. Which is a smart move, because whining about losing out on “his” cover because of the unexpected death of PSH makes him sound like a petulant brat.
So that’s probably why Drizzy deleted the tweets and penned an apology today (Feburary 14), which he posted just after midnight on his OVO blog. The rapper explains he wasn’t mad about being bumped, just in the way it was executed by RS, because he claims they didn’t give him the option of pulling the story without the cover. “I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment,” he wrote.
The star concluded, “I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way. I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover. I guess this is a day to learn and grow.” Sounds remorseful and less bratty! Read Drake’s full statement below. More »
was profiled in the latest issue of Rolling Stone
, and used the platform to take a shit all over Macklemore
. But the story (which isn’t online yet) also quotes him poking fun at some of Kanye West
lyrics (he wouldn’t be the first). “There were some real questionable bars on there. Like that, ‘Swaghilli,’ line? Come on man,” he supposedly told the mag. “Even Fabolous wouldn’t say some shit like that.”
Perhaps panicking at the prospect of more G.O.O.D.-OVO tension, Drizzy took to Twitter this morning (February 13) to dispute the quote. “I never commented on Yeezus for my interview portion of Rolling Stone,” he clarified. “They also took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue.” The cover for the issue ended up being the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Ugh, whining that your precious magazine cover was swapped out in favor of a tribute to a recently deceased actor? Not a good look. Probably realizing that, Drake launched another tweet for damage control, but sounded equally callous: “I’m disgusted with that. RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil.”
Then he signed off by retiring from the print game. “I’m done doing interviews for magazines. I just want to give my music to the people. That’s the only way my message gets across accurately.” More »
sat down with Rolling Stone
for the mag’s latest issue, and at some point he weighed in on the great Macklemore
post-Grammy controversy of 2014, bringing together so many layers of hip-hop nerdery for Rap Twitter. Anyway, last month, Macklemore took home the Grammy for Best Rap Album, but soon after texted (and proceeded to post for public consumption) an apology to K-Dot for robbing him of the award. “I wanted you to win. You should have,” Macklemore wrote at the time. Well, Drake thinks that’s, like, the worst behavior
“That shit was wack as fuck,” Drizzy told the magazine. “I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music.’ It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine.” Drake knows a thing or two about cheap/genuine emotions.
He also echoed Lamar’s (decidedly more measured) response, saying, “This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick. Whether people wanna say it’s racial, or whether it’s just the fact that he tapped into something we can’t tap into. That’s just how the cards fall.” More »
We all know Foxes
sounds amazing singing over soaring synths on songs like “Clarity”
but the talented Brit sounds equally great with only a piano to keep her company. Need proof? Look no further than the beautiful acoustic mash-up of Drake
‘s “Hold On We’re Going Home”
‘s “The Monster”
Performed on Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show, the songs come together surprisingly well — particularly when you consider that one is a love song and the other documents a battle with personal demons. However, in the “Let Go For Tonight” diva’s capable hands they both just sound achingly sad and pretty. Listen to Foxes at full flight after the jump. More »
Back in October, a Cash Money executive tweeted that new music from Lil Wayne
‘s Tha Carter V was on the horizon
. After months of silence regarding what would be Weezy’s 11th solo LP, the cycle is kicking up hype once again, as Drake
cryptically tweeted “CARTER V” in the wee hours this morning (February 10).
Wayne’s latest release was his Dedication 5 mixtape, which was preceded by the LP I Am Not A Human Being II in March 2013. So does this mean the latest installment of his career-defining Carter series will be arriving soon? Does it mean Drizzy is on it? Check out Drake’s tweet below and see if you can read between the lines. More »
served as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live
on January 18, where he kept the show lively with a strong opening monologue (in which he apologized for the proliferation of “YOLO”) and a string of solid impressions — from Jay-Z
to Lil Wayne
as Urkel to Katt Williams
Later, he took the stage to perform a medley of “Started From The Bottom” and “Trophies” on a mostly darkened stage, illuminated by only a red light that made him look oddly saturated. More »
To prep for his hosting and performing gig on Saturday Night Live
this weekend, Drake
on Thursday (January 16) appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
and warmed up those comedy muscles. And, actually, got some pointers for how best to use them. Drake and Fallon’s opening discussion was a comedy nerd’s dream, as they talked about the process of putting an SNL
episode together, and Drake revealed that Lorne Michaels
made him shave his trademark George Michael
“Yesterday I did the read-through and it was like probably one of the best days of my life, it was incredible,” the star added, before asking the SNL alum for some pointers. Drizzy also revealed his favorite sketch of all time was when Jay Z joined Will Ferrell‘s Robert Goulet character.
They also talked about his first-ever audition (which happened to be for Degrassi), and why he stays sober for his own concerts. Check out the very entertaining interview up top, which also includes Drake losing to Fallon in a rousing game of beer hockey. More »
is the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live
‘s January 18 episode this weekend, and the hip-hop titan hunkered down in the recording studio with cast members Bobby Moynihan
and Jay Pharoah
for four-and-a-half minutes’ worth of promos. There are plenty of “Hey Drake, listen to this beat I made” gags, but the best bits involve a stupid “Started From The Bottom” joke and a scene with Drizzy showing off his dramatic acting skills.
With this appearance, the Nothing Was The Same rapper will join the pantheon of pop stars who have pulled double duty on the show recently, including Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. Watch his promos up top. More »
have been teasing
a “Wu Tang Forever”
remix for a while now, and while the trail has gone cold regarding the involvement of the actual Wu Tang Clan
, we now know that A$AP Rocky
is definitely involved. A sleuth for Noisey
snuck into the shoot for the remix’s music video, which took place in Rocky’s Harlem stomping grounds Sunday night (January 12) and involved the two young stars.
The writer offers up a few details from the shoot — the video used a stage on a rooftop and a white grand piano — but one very Drake-y tidbit stands out among all others. “Between takes managers shouted for Drake’s hot chocolate.” Ten bucks says Drizzy calls it “hot cocoa” and takes his with mini marshmallows. More »