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.
View all the Instagram photos in full below. More »
“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 »
Every year, mothers are praised
for their love and dedication for what seems like the entirety of May while fathers are quietly shoved into the background. But this time around, these doting dads will
get the shine they deserve here on Idolator! Father’s Day (this Sunday, June 15 — don’t forgot to buy Dear Ol’ Dad a gift!) is a day to spend quality time with the most influential man in your life and make him feel special.
There are so many awesome dads around the world, and many of them happen to be our favorite musicians. Given this, we’ve compiled a playlist that features songs that are either performed by famous fathers or are an artist’s ode to their dads. Check it out below! More »
A week ago, Arcade Fire
brought out Blondie
‘s Debbie Harry
to perform “Heart of Glass” for the band’s first headlining set
at Coachella, adding to the number of high-profile guests at this year’s festival. During the second weekend, though, a duo dressed as Daft Punk
crashed the Montreal band’s set for a slo-mo version of their comeback single “Get Lucky.” Frontman Win Butler
stormed the stage. “What the fuck is happening? What is this? What is this guys, seriously?” he said.
Of course, Beck would actually join Arcade Fire later to cover Prince‘s 1981 single “Controversy.”
Before Arcade Fire teased the crowd, and as Butler likely figured, Coachella saw a slew of surprise guests. A giddy Kid Cudi invited Haim and favorite band MGMT to help perform songs like “Pursuit of Happyness.” Later, Nas continued to celebrate his legacy (his iconic debut Illmatic just turned 20) with help from Lauryn Hill. Hill’s return to music may have been drawn-out and frustrating at times, but she seemed to stop time with her fiery performance in “Ready or Not” alone, proving that she’s still in fighting shape.
Surprise guests may be now totally expected at Coachella, but they’re always welcome. See clips from Arcade Fire, Nas and Kid Cudi’s performances after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Jennifer Lopez was honored April 12 at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards with the Vanguard Award, for being an advocate for gay rights and serving as executive producer of The Fosters, an ABC Family series about a lesbian couple raising their children. Watch her touching speech above. [AP]
:: Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys married Lauren Kitt in Santa Barbara on April 11. “I said I’d never get married,” Carter has said, a sentiment that fellow Backstret Boy AJ McLean repeated on Instagram (“the wedding that most of u thought would never happen”). [PEOPLE]
:: While Beyonce crashed her sister Solange‘s set at Coachella, Jay Z joined Nas on stage to perform vintage cuts “Dead Presidents II” and “Where I’m From,” reestablishing that their beef is officially a distant memory. [Billboard]
:: Speaking of Nas, the trailer for Time Is Illmatic debuted on April 11. The documentary details the making of the Queens rapper’s rap debut, which turns 20 this year and is still considered his best work. [MTV]
:: Muse paid tribute at Coachella to Nirvana with a cover of “Lithium,” which the English band debuted a week prior at Lollapalooza Brazil. “This next song’s for a great singer who died 20 years ago,” frontman Matt Bellamy said, referring to the recent anniversary of Kurt Cobain‘s death. [Billboard]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
It’s the first week of spring, which means — duh!
— it’s time to start thinking about August…and in particular, Lollapalooza. The annual three-day Chicago event (held this time from August 1 -3 at Grant Park) is one of the final big fests to reveal its lineup, and now that the names are out there, you’ll probably notice a lot of familiar faces.
Heading things up is Eminem, a Lolla vet (2011) who will cap the first night. Also scheduled to perform on August 1: Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Zedd, Chvrches and others. Outkast, no strangers to the 2014 festival circuit, headline on August 2, while Kings Of Leon — who previously played Lollapalooza in 2003, 2007 and 2009 — are at the top of an August 3 heap that also includes Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, Chromeo and Betty Who.
Calvin Harris is on the roster for night #2, and last performed at the festival in 2012. He also did stints at Lollapalooza Chile and Lollapalooza Brazil, both in 2012. Full lineup for the 2014 Chicago fest is below. More »
There was “Let Nas Down” and “Made Nas Proud,”
and now J. Cole
has delivered a heartfelt speech praising his favorite MC. The Born Sinner
spoke at the VIBE
Impact Awards to tribute Nas, reminiscing about how hearing It Was Written
for the first time when he was nine converted him from 2Pac
to the Queensbridge legend.
“Once I fell in love with the art form of rhyming it was clear to see what I was drawn to, and it was a few things. It was introspection, storytelling, emotion and lyricism,” Cole said from the podium. “And, during my early romance with hip-hop, there was one rapper who was and still is the poster child for all of those qualities that I just named and that’s Nasir Jones, obviously. ” More »
Despite the fact that her fourteenth album has been delayed, pushed back and delayed again
, Mariah Carey
is finally on the home stretch, now putting putting last minute touches on her upcoming LP The Art Of Letting Go
. The songbird posted some behind-the-scenes photos on Twitter, showing her work in the studio with Nas
and longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri.
She also posted a picture with her “castmates,” which includes top producers and songwriters like Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Mike Will Made-It and Hit-Boy, while wearing a studio-friendly sling and a huge smile on her face. Hopefully the icon’s latest will drop sooner rather than later — although it still doesn’t have a release date. (Yikes.)
View the rest of Mariah’s tweets and studio pictures below. More »
For the past week, the best MCs in hip-hop (as well as Riff Raff
and Michael Lohan
, apparently) have been grubbing around in the aftermath
of Kendrick Lamar
‘s now epochal, world-beating verse on Big Sean
The track’s most hot-button lines have Lamar insisting
that “I’m the king of New York / King of the coast / One hand I juggle them both.” While some NYC MCs have taken the call to arms seriously (Fabolous
), and others have basically told Lamar to watch his back (Jim Jones
), Nas —
who, along with Jay Z
, could legitimately lay claim to the five boroughs’ hip-hop crown — has taken an altogether different approach: stuttering, bewildered confusion.
During a quick interview with Miss Info at the Hennessy launch party for their new OS Gemeos-designed V.S bottle (what?), Nas was asked about Lamar’s boasts, and proceeded to stumble through a pretty opaque response: “Wow. My reaction is wow. I love hip-hop right now. …Certain fans like certain eras of rap, certain fans are not up on certain eras, so they don’t really remember all of them. Yeah, yeah, yeah, KRS-One, MC Shan and all the way to Busy Bee. This is what hip-hop is all about. You gotta ask [Kendrick what he meant].” Miss Info then asked him if he’s offended by the claim, to which he responded, “I’m a listener.”
So…that’s…something. Watch the interview below. More »
‘s Hall Of Fame
tracklist was spotted on Amazon by the keen eyes over at Hip Hop N More
before the listing was removed. The August 27 release gets 15 tracks with almost as many guest spots, including cameos from top MCs like Lil Wayne
and Kid Cudi
, plus features from Miguel
and Ellie Goulding
The G.O.O.D. Music rapper also snagged a feature from Juicy J, whose own Stay Trippy eclipses even this all-star roster in terms of sheer star power, and drops on the same day. We feel the need to inform you he’s on a track called “Milf” with Nicki Minaj. Check out the full lineup below. More »