Posts tagged "Drake"

The ‘Beyonce’ Credits: Justin Timberlake, Pharrell & The Mystery Known As Boots

Beyonce assembled an army of R&B experts and pop luminaries on her self-titled fifth album. She reunited with producers who had a hand in some previous favorites (The-DreamFrank Ocean, Ryan Tedder), linked up with new blood (Hit-Boy, Chairlift‘s Caroline Polachek) and brought on producers whose names you may not know but whose work you definitely know (Key Wane, frequent Ke$ha collaborator Ammo). Oh, and there’s also some really new blood care of a Blue Ivy feature.

The primary players include Pharrell, the Midas touch trifecta of Justin Timberlake, J-Roc and Timbaland (as with 20/20 Part 2, they left no clunky sex metaphor unturned) and a pop mysterion known as Boots (#whoisboots). Sia, Drake, Noah “40″ Shebib and Miguel also notched credits on the mega-release. As for the videos, everyone from Terry Richardson to frigging Lil Internet to Bey herself had directing duties.

That’s a whole lot of people, and we don’t know what kind of threats were hovering over them to prevent details from leaking out, but it worked and now we have Beyonce. So below, find the full credits broken down in an easier-to-read song-by-song list. More »

Drake & Jay Z Join Timbaland On Gritty “Know Bout Me”: See The Lyric Video

Timbaland never really went away, but thanks to his work on Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/2o Experience, as well as Jay Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail, there’s a renewed interest in the super-producer as he enters a new era of his career. With more eyes on him again, Tim’s prepping another solo album, Textbook Timbo (I guess judging by the title, that’s bad news for anyone who’s tired of his trademark skittering, beat-boxing sounds). Tim today (December 12) has dropped the lyric video for monster single “Know Bout Me.” Featuring Drake, Jay Z and James Fauntleroy, the beat consists of a “Tubular Bells”-like piano loop unspooling over a trap stomp.

Jay is relegated to an opening ad-lib, but Drizzy more than makes up for the absence with a few standout lines, including this couplet: “I been singing and rapping, I make a killing in both / If I had to choose a Jackson, man I’m feelin’ like Bo.” There’s still too much of Timbo’s chirping and scatting for our liking, but other than that, it’s pretty dope! Makes us think he saved his fresh material for this release and unloaded all the leftovers on 20/20 Part 2.

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Demi Lovato Couldn’t Go Thirty Minutes Without Cocaine: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Demi Lovato has opened up about the extent of her pre-rehab drug habit, admitting that she couldn’t go 30 minutes without cocaine and would even smuggle it on airplanes. [Just Jared]

:: Looking for new threads? Drake is opening pop-up stores in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, Chicago, Miami and New Orleans. Now you have no excuse to be unfashionable! [Vibe]

:: Britney Spears gets lip injections. That is one of the many completely non-shocking revelations in her interview with InStyle magazine. Oh, she also enjoys face masks!  [Billboard]

:: Congratulations go to The Wanted‘s Siva Kaneswaran, proposed to his shoe designer girlfriend Nareesha McCafferey. Sorry, ladies. She said yes! [People]

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Drake Pulls Out Of Grammy Nominations Concert

A last-minute scheduling conflict has kept Drake from being able to make his appearance at tonight’s Grammy nominations concert, says Drake’s publicist. (Who else?) TMZ reports that his publicist cites scheduling complications: “[He's] currently in the middle of his nationwide ‘Would You Like A Tour?’ and sincerely apologizes to his fans that he can’t be there.”

There’s a wrinkle to this fable, though: He doesn’t have a show this evening. Hmph. Maybe he just needs an extra night to rest those pipes.  More »

Joey Fatone Is Now A Spokesman For Hair Loss: Morning Mix

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:: Instead of saying “Bye Bye Bye” to his hairline, former ‘N Sync member Joey Fatone revitalized his locks and is now the spokesman of a hair restoration company. Congrats? [Spin]

:: Miley Cyrus has made Time magazine’s best and worst dressed lists. It seems like teddy bear print bodysuits are almost back in fashion! [Billboard]

:: Returning to where it all began, boy band Emblem3 dropped by X Factor to perform “Just For One Day” and announce their first headline tour, which kicks off in 2014. [Gossip Cop]

:: Drake aims to pay it forward by building a recording studio for kids in a struggling Philadelphia high school. Hopefully he also gives them some pointers on how to use it. [Vibe]

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Drake Unveils Air Jordan Collab: See The OVO Stingray Sample Packs

Kanye West may have napalmed his bridges with Nike and joined Team Adidas, but Nike will be just fine without the Air Yeezy, because now they’ve got Drake. During the Would You Like A Tour? stop in Nike’s hometown of Portland last night (December 3), Drizzy announced that he’s “Team Jordan.” He accompanied the announcement with photos of two white OVO-branded Jordans — part of the OVO Stingray X sample pack and OVO Stingray XII sample pack.

Both shoes are all-white with gold detailing and translucent soles revealing a gold OVO logo. Check out more sneaker porn below. More »

Drake Previews One Of Those Unreleased Aaliyah Songs: Listen

Earlier this year, Drake revealed that he’d dropped out of a planned album of posthumous Aaliyah music. But he indicated there were unheard tracks with him on them, though it’s unclear when, if ever, they’ll be released. Today, though, Drizzy posted an Instagram video which seems to feature snippets of one of those songs.

Unfortunately, the clip comprises disjointed chunks, rather than a continuous 15-second take, but here’s what we can tell from the video: the song is slow and empty, like pretty much every Drake/Shebib arrangement, vocals that appear to be Aaliyah’s are featured heavily, Drake sings as well (which, of course, doesn’t rule out the possibility that he also raps on it) and Drake is fueled by Cheez-Its.

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Keith Urban Got A New Haircut: Morning Mix

:: Stop press. Keith Urban finally trimmed his trademark locks! To be honest, it’s not a huge change but that hasn’t stopped his distraught fans freaking out. [Just Jared]

:: Lorde described the lyrical content of some Nicki Minaj and Drake songs as “completely irrelevant.” True talk or time for some media training? [Vibe]

:: It’s the thought that counts, right? Birdman handed out free turkeys to the needy in a Miami park — before driving off in his $2.5 million red Bugatti. I mean, he had to get there somehow. [TMZ]

:: James Blake delivers his best Beyonce impersonation on a recently surfaced remix of Destiny’s Child classic “Bills Bills Bills”. Can he tackle “Say My Name” next? [Spin]

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Nicki Minaj & Snoop Dogg Join Drake On Stage: Watch

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So Proud
“No New Friends?” According to Drake, not exactly. He has already invited a slew of high-profile guests (Wiz KhalifaJuvenile) to join him on stage during his tour, which already features Miguel and Future. And at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on November 25, he brought out two extra special guests: fellow Young Money signee Nicki Minaj and West Coast rap king Snoop Dogg.

As Minaj and Drake performed their Take Care duet “Make Me Proud,” the two showed no signs of tension. It’s as if they wanted to show that choice lines from Drake’s “Tuscan Leather,” off Nothing Was the Same, spoke of the past and not the present: “Not even talkin’ to Nicki, communication is breaking / I dropped the ball on some personal shit, I need to embrace it.” They exchanged smiles and playfully sized each other up, before Drake demanded more applause for Minaj. “Los Angeles, make some noise for one of the most beautiful, talented women in the entire world,” he said to the crowd.

And when Snoop Dogg took the stage, Drake made the calm but charismatic rap star feel at home. After he performed “The Next Episode” and “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang,” Drake called him “one of the most important people not only in music, but just in the world.” Then, he asked if Snoop could perform another. Without hesitation, Snoop lit up a blunt, then inhaled before launching “Drop It Like It’s Hot.”

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Drake’s “Worst Behavior” Video Features His Father, Juicy J, Lots Of Glaring & A Comedy Sketch: Watch

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Angry Drizzy
If you thought Drake‘s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” video was an epic production, well then you’ll be blown away by his 10-minute “Worst Behavior” visual. Drizzy and Director X helmed the video, which was shot in Memphis and features cameos from Juicy J, Project Pat and even Drake’s father, all of whom lip-sync to the Nothing Was The Same track.

Drake does his best mean-mugging for this one, delivering each “Remember?” and “Muhfucker!” with a glare at the camera, but his hard stance is softened when the vid cuts to a completely superfluous and overlong sketch starring Juicy and a dude dressed as an OVO mascot. The inexplicable bit of comedy makes Odd Future‘s Loiter Squad seem like Monty Python.

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