Kendrick Lamar made headlines when he brought out Lil’ Kim at Power 105.1′s Powerhouse, but the Queen Bee was also supposed to hit the stage with K. Michelle. Rap-Up TV caught up with the “V.S.O.P.” singer, who explained why the moment never came to life.
“The time at Powerhouse got moved up,” she said. “So you know us women, we take a long time to get ready and the time was so back-to-back, there was no room to move. She didn’t make it to hit the stage with me in time. I was bummed, but the show must go on.”
Despite the mishap, the ladies remain friends. “She’s always been a K. Michelle fan and I’ve always been a Lil’ Kim fan,” she said.
They are even planning to collaborate on a new song. “I’m actually having her work on it this week,” said K during her show at L.A.’s House of Blues last week.
There has been a lack of collaborations between females in music. When asked why, K put it bluntly: “‘Cause they bitches.”
She continued, “We don’t see a lot of collaborations between female artists because they’re really chickenheads. It’s so catty, like, ‘Oh, you got my wig.’ Girl, shut up. What are we doing here? Let’s make music. Rappers can come together and collab. It’s rare that you see females come together. I’m definitely for the collabs with all the great female artists that are out now.”
However, you will see female unity on her upcoming VH1 show “No New Friends.” “It’s basically about my life as an artist, a mother, and a businesswoman,” said the “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” star. “You guys get to see, not just the pop-off K. Michelle, curse you out, but you get to see really all of me.”
K. Michelle is currently on her “Rebellious Soul” tour with Sevyn Streeter and Tiara Thomas, and is gearing up for a Christmas edition of her album Rebellious Soul.
K. Michelle has been packing venues on her first headlining tour. Rap-Up TV caught up with the R&B songstress backstage during the second stop of her “Rebellious Soul” tour at L.A.’s House of Blues this week.
“It’s really amazing because when they said I was doing a tour on my own I got scared,” she said. “I was like, ‘No one’s gonna be there.’ So for both nights to be wall-to-wall, it’s been ridiculous and very humbling.”
The tour also features Sevyn Streeter and Tiara Thomas, the latter of which will join her in Dallas on Nov. 11. “Female artists can be very catty, and I wanted to do some newbies that could really bring something to the table,” she said of her supporting acts. “Tiara Thomas, we both have the same manager and her writing is amazing. And Sevyn is one of the best new writers that I’ve heard.”
After topping the charts with her debut Rebellious Soul, the “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” star is planning to release a Christmas version of her album just in time for the holidays.
“There’s gonna be a Rebellious Soul, it kinda is like Christmas,” she revealed. “I didn’t want to do a full out Christmas album, I don’t know if I’m a Christmas artist right now, but I wanted to give out a gift to my fans for Christmas.”
The re-release, tentatively due later this month, will include two original songs and three Christmas covers including her soulful remake of “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
With Halloween around the corner, Naya Rivera has been thinking of costumes. She and her fiancé Big Sean are planning to dress up as a couple this year. They’ve already discussed some ideas, which she shared with Rap-Up TV.
“If we do go, Sean and I kinda wanted to be Cleopatra and Pharaoh, but I don’t know if he’s gonna wanna go shirtless and wear a skirt,” said the “Sorry” singer, who may attend her “Glee” co-star Matthew Morrison’s party.
But if that doesn’t work out, they’re considering another less glamorous idea. “Maybe we’ll just be ketchup and mustard,” she laughed.
In the past, she’s dressed up in a group. “One year we were all the Rugrats and last year we were all Looney Tunes.”
TLC revisited their 20-year legacy with the VH1 movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story and album 20. Now the best-selling female group is looking toward the future with the release of an all-new album.
One of the songs they recorded for the 2014 release is “Posh Life,” co-written by Dallas Austin and Lady Gaga. During an interview with Rap-Up TV, T-Boz and Chilli spoke about collaborating with the pop superstar.
“She actually wrote that with Dallas for her album,” said Chilli. “She told him that she wanted a song that was formatted just like TLC.”
But she decided not to use the song on ARTPOP. “She said it was too TLC. She didn’t want to offend us ’cause she was such a fan,” added T-Boz.
So under the guidance of Austin, TLC went to the studio and recorded the track before playing it for Gaga herself. “She was so excited,” said T-Boz. “She wants to be involved, but we’re trying to see if we can work that out, record company to record company.”
While in the studio, T-Boz also had a chance to hear some of Gaga’s ARTPOP. “Bananas!” she said. “She has this song with T.I. ['Jewels N' Drugs'] that’s so bomb. I was like floored, I loved it. She’s coming with some stuff, that’s all I’m sayin’.”
Now that she has worked with her fiancé Big Sean, Naya Rivera has her eye on a collaboration with another one of her favorite people, Jennifer Lopez.
“I would love to work with J.Lo. I’m kinda going after that one,” the “Glee” star told Rap-Up TV. “She’s the definition of longevity and what it means to be an empire and a brand and to still be liked at the same time.”
It turns out J.Lo is also a fan. “She actually loved ‘Sorry,’ and when she said that, I was like, ‘OK, well I should just retire.’ That’s awesome.”
They are already discussing a collaboration for Naya’s upcoming debut, due in 2014. “She said that she would love to,” said Naya. “I’m really liking the ’90s throwback vibe…so maybe we’ll do something like that.”
Plus, she reveals her top 5 favorite rappers. Can you guess who made her list?
After only six months of dating, Big Sean popped the question to his “Glee” star girlfriend Naya Rivera. With a big rock on her hand, the newly-engaged actress-singer gushed about her romantic fiancé to Rap-Up TV.
“He is such a casanova,” said a blushing Naya, who reveals that the rapper makes her breakfast and even sings to her (Her single “Sorry” is his preference).
In return, she sings Lionel Richie’s “Hello” and Sean’s own music. “I rap a lot of Hall of Fame songs to him,” said Naya.
When it comes to the music industry, Naya turns to her man for advice. “I’m always asking him what should be my next move or should I do this or should I do that,” she said. “He gives me great advice. He’s been through it.”
So could we be seeing Sean on an episode of “Glee”? “He’s like the biggest Gleek now. … He should be the newest glee club member. He wouldn’t be able to go on tour anymore, so he wouldn’t want that,” she laughed.
Pusha T has declared My Name Is My Name the best rap album of the year, and hip-hop fans will get to decide for themselves when his solo debut arrives in stores and online today. During his interview with Rap-Up TV, the G.O.O.D. Music MC backed up his lofty claim.
“Lyrically, My Name Is My Name is untouchable,” said a confident Pusha. “Production-wise, it is definitely the best produced album of the year by far. Ultimately, it’s the only album to me that really restores the feeling of hip-hop. I think everything else is easy listening. I feel like mine really makes you put an ‘S’ on your chest and calls for a course of action. It’s music you can front to, like LL [Cool J] would have said back then.”
In addition to “Sweet Serenade” featuring Chris Brown and the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Nosetalgia,” the album features Rick Ross, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Kelly Rowland, and The-Dream.
“It’s car music,” explained Pusha. “It’s roll down all the windows in your car and ride past the club three times before you get out so everybody knows what you listening to ’cause that music describes you and it makes you feel like something. I feel like that’s a win for me.”
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Unlike some of his peers, Pusha T was not offended when he heard his name called out on Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse. Instead of firing back, the G.O.O.D. Music MC applauded Kendrick and even joined forces with him on “Nosetalgia.”
“Kendrick is an artist who I would classify as the new generation,” said Pusha of the Compton MC. “He’s like the voice of the new generation, I believe.”
During his listening party in New York, Kanye West got on the mic to deliver his now famous “Everything Is Pusha T” rant, which even caught Pusha off guard.
“I didn’t know where that was gonna go, but I was just hoping that everybody taped it and they did,” he told Rap-Up TV. “He went on one of his rants. We speak candidly about our perception of the culture and where it is and what we’ve started, what we’ve been innovators of, and what trends we’ve set. I didn’t know he was ready to share that with everybody else.”
When Kanye called out Jimmy Kimmel for spoofing his BBC interview, it was just Kanye being Kanye, said Pusha, who jumped to his defense.
“People just really need to understand that he’s really no nonsense,” explained Pusha. “He’s very passionate about everything he’s telling to the people. Nine times out of 10, he’s enlightening you or showing you the way. I feel like when someone makes light of it, he may take it to heart. I’m Team Kanye. I don’t really care about the other guy.”