Beyoncé

Aug
21
Rap-Up TV: Jasmine V Talks Kendrick Lamar, Debut EP, & Love for Beyoncé

Three years after releasing her mixtape S(he) Be(lie)ve(d), Jasmine V has inked a deal with Interscope Records and is readying her debut EP. The 20-year-old L.A. singer, who starred alongside Justin Bieber in his “Baby” video, has amassed 1.7 million Twitter followers along the way and scored a coveted feature from Kendrick Lamar on her new single “That’s Me Right There.”

But the collaboration came as a surprise to many including Jasmine herself. “I didn’t believe it at first. I was like, ‘Something great happening to me, really?’” she told Rap-Up TV during a recent studio session. “I was trying to not get too excited about it, so I just let it ride out.”

One day, her management played her the mixed track, which she thought she had already heard. “We were listening to it and everybody pulls out their cell phones and cameras and they’re recording me and I’m just sitting there like, ‘This is weird.’ I heard the Kendrick verse pop up and I was just like, ‘What?’ I looked around and made sure nobody in the room was rapping or trying to be funny. But when it sunk in, I was like, ‘This is amazing.’”

Last month, she shot the video with Kendrick and director Gil Green. “It was great. He’s amazing,” she said of the TDE rapper. “So low key and he’s so quiet, but he’s such a humble guy. I was definitely honored and blessed to be on the same set as him.”

She plans to drop her as-yet-untitled EP later this summer featuring contributions from Harmony Samuels, Sam Hook, Soundz, Jeremih, Problem, and Ne-Yo.

While she’s been inspired by many artists, her favorite is Alicia Keys. “She’s my idol,” gushed Jasmine. “If I ever even just got to be in the same room with her, I’d go crazy. I love her. She’s beautiful, naturally pretty, she plays instruments, she writes songs, she sings awesome.”

She’s also a proud member of the BeyHive. “I saw [Beyoncé] in concert and I almost fainted. It was like seeing somebody that wasn’t from this planet,” she said.

A collaboration with Nicki Minaj is also at the top of her wish list. “Everything she puts out is amazing. So I feel like if she hopped on one of my songs, it would just make it that much better.”

Aug
21
Tina Knowles: Beyoncé and Jay Z’s Relationship Is ‘Perfect’

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Beyoncé and Jay Z have remained silent about their relationship status, but one family member is putting an end to the breakup rumors.

TMZ caught up with Bey’s mother Tina Knowles while she was leaving lunch with Kelly Rowland in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.

When asked whether her daughter and son-in-law were headed for divorce, she took the opportunity to set the record straight.

“Everything’s perfect!” said Knowles, adding that the Carters’ relationship is “very good.”

She also brushed off the naysayers. “Haters gon’ be haters, and there’s nothing we can do about that.”

In recent weeks, Beyoncé and Jay Z have been spotted together at the go-kart track, a restaurant opening, and on stage during their “On the Run Tour,” which will hit Paris on September 12 and 13.

Hear Mama T go on the record.

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Aug
17
Bang Bang: Beyoncé and Jay Z Star in ‘On the Run Tour’ Trailer

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Bang bang. Beyoncé and Jay Z star in yet another trailer for their upcoming “On the Run Tour” special. Mrs. Carter sings Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang” in a lounge while Jay smokes a cigar in a scene from their Bonnie and Clyde-inspired mini-movie. The cinematic clip is interspersed with footage from the U.S. leg of the tour, which wrapped earlier this month in San Francisco.

“On The Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z” will be taped on September 12 and 13 in Paris and air September 20 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Get a sneak peek of the dangerous duo in action.

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Aug
15
Beyoncé and Jay Z Race Go Karts at Sweet 16 Birthday Party

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Beyoncé and Jay Z have a need for speed. In between dates on their tour earlier this month, the superstar couple rented out indoor go-kart center K1 Speed to celebrate Jay Z’s niece Teanna’s 16th birthday.

Queen Bey put on her helmet and seatbelt and got behind the wheel of a red go kart, while Jay held Blue Ivy’s hand and walked around the raceway.

After crossing the finish line, a barefoot Bey took her 1st place position on the podium and showed off her “flawless” abs. The birthday girl threw up the Roc before being presented with a cake that said “Happy Sweet 16 TT.”

The Carters wrapped the U.S. leg of their “On the Run Tour” earlier this month and will head to Paris on September 12 and 13. The concerts will be taped for an HBO special to air on September 20.

See more pics from the fast and furious celebration.

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Aug
7
Beyoncé to Perform at MTV VMAs, Receive Video Vanguard Award

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All hail ‘Yoncé. Queen Bey will perform at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Aug
4
Nicki Minaj Talks Beyoncé ‘Flawless’ Remix, ‘Anaconda’ Artwork, & Remy Ma

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With “Anaconda” officially out, Nicki Minaj kicked off the radio promo by calling into Hot 97′s “Morning Show” and KIIS FM’s “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” to discuss her Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampled song and her “Flawless” collaboration with Beyoncé.

“After I got proper medical help and started breathing again, I was like, ‘What?’” said Nicki when she first heard that Beyoncé wanted her on the remix.

She once again stated that she is open to collaborating with Remy Ma, who was released from prison last week.

As for the racy “Anaconda” artwork, it was her idea to release it. Her manager was hesitant, but she wanted to push the envelope like her idol Madonna.

Plus, find out which is her favorite “Anaconda” meme and why bigger is better.

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Aug
2
New Music: Beyoncé f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘Flawless (Remix)’

Flawless (Remix)

Goddamn, goddamn, goddamn. The reigning queen of rap, Nicki Minaj, joins Queen Bey herself on the official remix to “Flawless.”

On the Hit-Boy-produced ladies’ anthem, Beyoncé declares herself “the shit” and speaks out about the infamous elevator fight between Jay Z and Solange. “Of course sometime shit go down when it’s a billion dollars on an elevator,” she sings.

Nicki delivers one of her best verses yet: “The queen of rap slaying with Queen Bey / If you ain’t on the team, you playin’ for team D.”

Listen to the epic collaboration below.

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