Pusha T has been laying low over the past few months, but now the rapper has dropped a new track out of nowhere — “Lunch Money.” Produced by fellow G.O.O.D. Music labelmate and frequent collaborator Kanye West, the track has a weirdly bubbling, underwater sound that is laid underneath Pusha’s always-menacing flow: “This is crime by design / If the crown ain’t mine, tell me who am I behind?”
Pusha T’s debut LP My Name Is My Name was released in October 2013, and he’s been busy in the studio with Pharrell recording a follow-up. The rapper is recently featured on the mega-track “Meltdown” off the Lorde-curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack (released on November 17). Take a listen to “Lunch Money” after the jump! More »
I’m not sure if Kim Kardashian‘s butt-exposing Paper magazine cover actually succeeded in breaking the internet, but it sure made Twitter a bloodbath for a couple of days. One of the surprise victims was Lorde. She tweeted the pic along with the comment “mom”. As anyone under 30 can tell you, that basically translates as “I love you, please adopt me” but it was misinterpreted by bloggers as a dig. The Kiwi took to her blog last night (November 13) to set the record straight.
“I retweeted Kim’s amazing cover and wrote ‘MOM’, which among the youthz is a compliment; it basically jokingly means “adopt me/be my second mom/i think of you as a mother figure you are so epic” (obviously i love my own mama and she is the best tho) but straight after that i think someone else called out the cover saying Kim has no right to look that sexy as she is a mother which is TOTAL trash – why should that stop her?” she wrote.
“If anything i think she gets even more beautiful and sexy all the time like a fineass wine, and of course has every right to showcase that – but i think our two comments got lumped in and also maybe reporters don’t understand my breed of humour/worship. i am the biggest fan of [photographer] Jean-Paul Goude and of Grace Jones, as you know, and there’s no way i could support one and not the other you know?” Lorde elaborated. More »
If there’s one thing both Lorde and Kanye West do well, it’s Dark And Brooding. So call it a stroke of genius that West was enlisted to remix — or, ahem, Rework — the Grammy-winning Kiwi’s Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack single “Yellow Flicker Beat.” Here stripped bare of any pop flourishes, the song plays like an ominous film score piece, which, you know, is pretty apropos.
Fanatic followers of both may find this new version of the song falling somewhere between a religious experience and just sort of creepy. Head below to give a listen and see what you think. More »
Big Sean‘s break-up with Glee star Naya Rivera was one of the nastiest in recent memory. She blasted him on Twitter and then got married to a new dude in a matter of months. The rapper’s reply? Hooking up with Ariana Grande and releasing a biting diss track called “I Don’t Fuck With You” with classy lyrics like: “I don’t give a fuck about you and anything that you do.”
I think he wins. To celebrate the victory, the “Fire” hitmaker calls on a bunch of his famous friends for the football-themed video. There are appearances from radio personality Big Boy, rising R&B diva Teyana Taylor and producer DJ Mustard. Oh, and let’s not forget Kanye West‘s star turn as the MC’s coach. Watch Big Sean get his revenge up top. More »
Ring the alarm! It looks like that rumored tracklist for Beyonce‘s reissue of her surprise self-titled 2013 album was a fake. Columbia Records has issued a press release with the official tracklist for the two-CD, two-DVD Beyonce Platinum Edition Box Set (out November 24), which, in a nutshell, contains two new songs — “7/11″ and “Ring Off” — plus four remixes of previously released songs with featured guests Nicki Minaj (“Flawless”), Jay Z and Kanye West (“Drunk In Love”), Pharrell Williams (“Blow”) and Mr. Vegas (“Standing On The Sun”).
One of the DVDs contains 10 live performances from Beyonce and Jay Z’s epic 2014 On The Run Tour (including their joint performance of “Drunk In Love”), while the remaining two discs are the original album and DVD music video compilation released last December.
Catch the full tracklist for Bey’s hefty re-release below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Iggy Azalea and her friend dressed up as White Chicks for Halloween. Take note, Snoop Dogg. [BuzzFeed]
:: BenZel, the production duo that is Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch, dropped a song with Cashmere Cat and Juicy J. “Four” will appear on BenZel’s Men EP, out November 10. [Twitter]
:: Kanye West crashed an open mic night in Jersey City, N.J., to support family friend and 17-year-old rapper Jay Hype. West was “quiet, cool and collected.” [E!]
:: Lauryn Hill‘s set at the Voodoo Fest in New Orleans was cut short after the singer entered the stage 30 minutes late. The mic was cut off, Michael Jackson‘s “Billie Jean” came on and the lights were dimmed, to Hill’s frustration. [Billboard]
:: Naviyd Ely Raymond, age 6, does not think that his father Usher is a great singer. “He doesn’t care about what I do as much,” Usher says. “He’s like, ‘I’m the star. Who are you? You sing?’” [Page Six]
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It’s no secret that Kanye West is a humbly vain person, as is the Instagram-loving Madonna. So when the two stars came together for a once-in-a-lifetime selfie, the result was just magic! Both artists attended the Keep A Child Alive‘s 11th Annual Black Ball in NYC last night (October 30), and found time to share their best Blue Steel poses. The pop legend posted the picture on her Instagram, with the caption: “Self Obsession much? #unapologeticbitches”
Madonna has also been cooking up some tunes with Nas. The rapper shared a photo of himself and Madge in the studio, with the singer licking his face (classy). But can you imagine what that collaboration will sound like? She is working hard on her forthcoming thirteenth (!!) studio album, and has been spotted in the studio with music superstars like Alicia Keys, Avicii and Diplo. Natalia Kills and MNEK have also discussed their experience working with Madonna on the new project.
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Lorde talks how she took charge of the third Hunger Games soundtrack in Billboard‘s November issue – highlighting the meetings, cold calls and the artistic risks. She emphasizes that she wouldn’t have been satisfied with making an EP, as suggested by Lionsgate — the Hollywood studio behind the franchise. She also says that with Mockingjay – Part 1, she fulfilled a personal career goal of hers. “I’d really wanted to A&R a record,” she says to Billboard. “And I basically got to do that.”
All of this helps to portray Lorde as a singular artist, someone who would actually pair The Chemical Brothers with Miguel (“This Is Not a Game”) and feature Q-Tip, Pusha T, HAIM and herself on the same song. What’s also memorable is how she revealed that yes, she still gets nervous. “I’m the worst person ever at talking to people I don’t know on the phone — I can’t even order pizza,” Lorde says of reaching out to personal idol Kanye West. “I would put off calling him. I’d say, it’s 12:57, I’ll do it at 1.” More »
Did You Hear?
:: Taylor Swift has already claimed her status as a true New Yorker (she even made a song about it), and now the singer is crowned the NYC Welcome Ambassador! Her main duty will be representing the city for incoming tourists. [MTV]
:: Sam Smith is the latest star featured in Vibe magazine, and the Brit talks about the constant Adele comparisons, Lady Gaga, his fear of coming out, and why he doesn’t like twerking. Read all about it here.
:: We’ve already made the announcement that Prince will take over the Saturday Night Live stage on November 1, but more details have come forth! The legendary entertainer will perform for eight minutes straight, a first in the 40-year history of the show. How cool is that? [via press release]
:: Boy, are those Directioners loyal! One Direction‘s fans helped their “Steal My Girl” video break the Vevo record for the most views in 24 hours. The record was previously broken by Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” visual. [PopCrush]
:: Finally, there is some type of bonding in the female rap community! Missy Elliot, Lil Kim and Da Brat plan to reunite at this year’s Soul Train Awards. The trio co-starred on 1997′s female anthem “Not Tonight.” Wendy Williams will host the Soul Train Awards, which will air on BET and Centric on November 30. [Billboard]
:: Like Britney Spears and possibly Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West could have been a huge Las Vegas star. But the rapper has reportedly turned down a $4.5 million offer for a residency at Planet Hollywood’s Axis Theater. [Billboard]
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Sketch comedy mainstay Saturday Night Live, now in its 40th year, can either be a career-launching platform or a soul-destroying one. And with each episode, artists take a gamble by walking onto the live series’ stage and giving it their all. (Well, sometimes they walk on stage only to jig off a minute later, but more on that below.)
We’ve started to notice a pattern here, which is that the SNL performances deemed to be “terrible” occur about every other year, and only in the even years. Right on schedule, Danish singer MØ backed up Iggy Azalea this past weekend, giving the show its first water-cooler live performance (in a not-so-good way) since Lana Del Rey in 2012.
Below, we rounded up five of the most dissed Saturday Night Live showings by musical acts from the past decade. We then took a closer look at what happened to their individual careers after the fact. Some were able to pick up the pieces (the pieces, the pieces of me), while others, well… More »