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Rap-Up TV: Philip Lawrence Talks Solo Debut, Success, & Pranking Bruno Mars

As one-third of production team The Smeezingtons (which also consists of Bruno Mars and Ari Levine), Philip Lawrence has penned hits for Alicia Keys, B.o.B, CeeLo Green, and Bruno.

Earlier this summer, the Grammy-nominated hitmaker released his solo debut Letters I Never Sent via Atlantic Records. During Bruno’s “Moonshine Jungle World Tour” stop in L.A., Phil invited Rap-Up TV on his tour bus, where he reflected on his success while humoring us with his jokes.

“It’s a collection of the music I like to listen to,” said Phil of his debut, which is now available on iTunes. “I’m a huge fan of folk music. I’m a huge fan of rock music, huge fan of Seal, Billy Joel, singer-songwriter guys. I think I was channeling my inner singer-songwriter with this album.”

He and Bruno have racked up awards and traveled the world together. “It’s a rare thing that you not only get to experience this kind of success and the wonderful things that we’ve been exposed to, but to do it with your boy, to do it with someone you came up with, to do it with someone who equally believes in you, there’s a huge sense of camaraderie,” he said.

But despite their success, they remain humble. “Every day I walk on that stage, we look at each other and go, ‘We did it.’ It’s really, really cool.”

Plus, find out the hilarious prank Phil pulled on Bruno onstage, what it was like to meet his idol Babyface, and which artists are on his wish list of collaborators.

Before playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show with Bruno next year, Phil will make a triumphant return to his hometown of Evansville, Indiana on Saturday for a special concert at the Victory Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

Bruno Mars to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Bruno Mars has sold out arenas on his “Moonshine Jungle World Tour,” and now he’s gearing up to play for his largest audience yet. The R&B crooner will headline next year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

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Bruno Mars Unleashes ‘Gorilla’ at VMAs

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Bruno Mars made a bang at the VMAs. The R&B heartthrob put on an electrifying performance of “Gorilla” at Sunday’s show. Laser beams shot across the stage and explosions erupted as he recreated the performance from his “Moonshine Jungle World Tour.”

He also took home two awards for Best Male Video for “Locked Out of Heaven” and Best Choreography for “Treasure.”

Watch Bruno unleash the beast below.

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Bruno Mars, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, & Nelly Perform on ‘The Voice’ Finale

Pitbull and Christina Aguilera

“The Voice” capped off its season with a star-studded finale. Christina Aguilera returned to NBC’s singing competition to perform “Feel This Moment” with Pitbull on Tuesday’s show.

The pop diva descended on a platform, while Mr. Worldwide worked up a sweat in his suit. Confetti poured down on them as Shakira and Usher looked on.

Nelly also joined Florida Georgia Line to perform their country collaboration “Cruise,” and Bruno Mars rocked the stage with his latest single “Treasure.”

Watch the stars hit the stage below.

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Video: Bruno Mars – ‘Treasure’

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Bruno Mars brings back the ’80s in the throwback video for “Treasure,” the third single off his album Unorthodox Jukebox. The Hawaiian hitmaker dances under a disco ball with his band, the Hooligans, in red suits and leopard-print shirts, and charms a young lady in the grainy visuals, which are reminiscent of a VHS recording.

Bruno will kick off “The Moonshine Jungle World Tour” on June 22 in Washington, D.C.

Following the death of his mother earlier this month, Bruno thanked his fans for their support. “So thankful for all the love during the most difficult time in my life. Ill be back on my feet again soon.Thats what mom wants, she told me,” he tweeted.

Catch him performing on the season finale of “The Voice” on Tuesday, June 18.

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Bruno Mars’ Mother Dies of Brain Aneurysm

Bernadette and Bruno

The mother of Bruno Mars died in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Saturday. Bernadette Hernandez was 55 years old and suffered a brain aneurysm, a rep for the Grammy-winning singer told The Associated Press.

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Video: Major Lazer f/ Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz, Tyga, & Mystic – ‘Bubble Butt’

Bubble Butt

Major Lazer shakes up the block with the bootylicious video for “Bubble Butt,” their Free the Universe single featuring Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz, Tyga, and Mystic. It’s just another boring night at home for three girls until “ButtZilla” saves the day, injecting their flat asses with silicon to make them fatter. The ladies show off their newly plump assets on the dance floor. Warning: This video contains an extreme amount of twerking and jiggling.

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