Back during his final show during the first leg of the Yeezus tour, Kanye West brought out Drake
for “Forever” and “All Me” in Toronto. Last night (February 27), Drake returned the favor, inviting West on stage to perform “Black Skinhead” at his Berlin show. Ye rose up through a stage platform as the percussion kicked in (with that industrial clanging, it’s definitely the right song to be playing in Germany), and tore through the song.
Drizzy was going H.A.M. behind Ye during pretty much the entirety of the performance, showing he’d make a great hype man, and it was pretty endearing actually. “I want you to understand, this is my dear friend,” Drake told the crowd. “This is the reason I’m standing in front of you today, this is the mentor, this is the God, this is the genius of all geniuses, this is the man that is Kanye motherfucking West.”
Check out the performance below. More »
brought his awkwardly titled Would You Like A Tour? tour to Europe, and for Tuesday’s Paris show he brought out his old pal Rihanna
as a surprise guest for their 2011 cut “Take Care.” Dressed in matching white getups, they looked prettyyyy comfortable together during the sexy duet, grinding in the middle and then horsing around with a dance-off during the song’s coda.
Watch the performance up top, and check out Drizzy’s Instagram post with Rihanna below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Katy Perry has come under fire for burning an Allah pendant in her high-camp “Dark Horse” video. It turns out that one of the characters she zaps is wearing religious jewelry and now 44,000 offended Muslims have signed a petition to get the video removed from YouTube. [Spin]
:: Could there be love in the air? Rihanna joined former flame Drake on stage in Paris to belt out their 2011 hit duet “Take Care”. Drizzy would certainly be an upgrade from Chris Brown. [Rap-Up]
:: Kanye West sure knows how to keep busy. The in-demand MC/shoe designer has signed on as executive producer of Tyga‘s new LP The Gold Album. Ye always delivers so this should be something special. [MissInfo.tv]
:: A not always reliable website is speculating that Robin Thicke‘s MTV VMA performance with Miley Cyrus is one of the reasons for the crooner’s separation from wife Paula Patton. I’m sure they had bigger problems than a foam finger. [Hollywood Life]
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‘s “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
for SBTV recently and delivered a surprisingly lovely acoustic version. The 21-year-old strips Drizzy’s hit back to basics and shows off his vocal prowess. It’s not an easy track to put a unique spin on (everyone has already covered it
) but he does an admirable job.
2014 could hold big things for the Brit. He reached the top five in his homeland late last year with “R U Crazy” and has been in the studio with Labrinth and Travie McCoy cooking up hits. If Conor’s interpretation of “Hold On, We’re Going Home” is any indication, he could be moving towards a more mature sound on his sophomore set. Watch up top. More »
took to their fresh new Instagram account
to announce another headlining spot on their massive festival tour of North America this summer. Andre 3000
and Big Boi
will be headlining the first night of Drake
‘s OVO Fest in Toronto on August 3 — the poster lists the duo “+ Special Guests,” and Drake will headline the following night.
So it’s time to start guessing who they’ll bring out, and which song Drizzy will join Outkast for. (My money’s on “Roses,” since it contains the Drake Trifecta: rapping, singing and shading an ex.)
Check out the ATLiens’ Instagram post below. More »
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 »