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.”
Pusha T and Drake are releasing albums within weeks of each other. So is there a competition brewing? During his interview with Rap-Up TV, the “Nosetalgia” rapper shared his thoughts on Drizzy’s latest album Nothing Was the Same.
“I think he got some cool joints up there,” said Pusha, whose debut My Name Is My Name arrives Tuesday.
But that doesn’t mean he sees him as a threat. “I don’t think me and him are in the same lane,” he continued. “I don’t wanna do any of that.”
He welcomes the rivalry, but shrugs off any comparisons. “I think we’re polar opposites, really. Polar opposites who can rap,” said Push. “The attitude of mine and the attitude of his, people wanna compare that. It’s cool. I think it’s good for hip-hop. People always compare, but if you ask me, nah.”
On Oct. 8, Pusha T will release his long-awaited debut My Name Is My Name featuring the opening track “King Push.” While Joaquin Phoenix was originally credited for producing the song, he did not actually make the beat. In an exclusive interview with Rap-Up TV, the G.O.O.D. Music MC clears up the confusion.
It was Kanye West who got the beat from the Oscar-nominated actor. “Joaquin Phoenix gave the beat to ‘Ye, so when I got the beat from ‘Ye, it was, ‘Yo, Joaquin gave me this beat,’” he says. “So me, I’m just like, ‘OK, I know Joaquin’s into music and you know the whole thing,’ so I’m like, ‘Oh, damn.’”
The credit actually goes to Sebastian Sartor, the stepson of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. “I believe it is the son of Lars Ulrich from Metallica,” says Pusha. “I hope I’m not wrong this time. It was mistaken because it came from Joaquin.”
While Phoenix did not produce “King Push,” MNIMN does feature production from heavy-hitters including Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, The-Dream, and Kanye West.
Hot on the heels of “Feds Watching” and “Where U Been?” 2 Chainz is readying a new single off his sophomore album B.O.A.T.S. II: #METIME. On Wednesday, he will head to New Orleans to shoot a video for the Mannie Fresh-produced “Used 2” featuring members of the ’90s hip-hop group who inspired the song.
“We just tryna get that whole Hot Boys feel again,” the Atlanta MC told Rap-Up TV. “I’m definitely tryna get Juvie there, a few other people if they come.”
He wanted to ensure that the visuals captured the song’s NOLA roots. “You always want to put the landscaping behind the actual authenticity of the record,” said 2 Chainz.
Legendary New Orleans producer Mannie Fresh crafted the beat using an iPad. “I remember saying, ‘OK badass, let me see you put it on this computer so I can rap on it,’ and he did, and now it’s a single.”
Mike Will Made-It has produced some of this year’s biggest hits for Rihanna (“Pour It Up”), Juicy J (“Bandz a Make Her Dance”), and Miley Cyrus (“We Can’t Stop”). And now he’s shooting for another win with his Michael Jordan-inspired single “23″ featuring Miley, Wiz Khalifa, and Juicy J.
The Atlanta hitmaker sat down with Rap-Up TV to discuss his collaboration with the pop superstar and the high school-themed music video, which will premiere on Monday, Sept. 23.
“It’s basically like a pep rally,” he said of the Hannah Lux Davis-directed clip. “I’m this kid at school and we play a trick on the principal. The principal leaves his office, I go in there and over the intercom start playing ’23.’ It just turns up the whole school.”
Everyone played their roles. “Miley’s like the hot chick in the school. Juicy’s like the dude that’s messing with all the teachers, the super senior. And then we got Wiz in there. He’s in the chemistry lab, he’s high as hell. The video gets trippy when he comes up.”
The visuals parallel their places in the music biz. “It’s just basically like what we are in the industry,” said Mike Will. “Juicy J been in the game for the longest and he’s still goin’, Wiz is that stoner that’s just coming in different on his own wave, and then Miley’s like the hot chick, and me I’m like the new kid that kinda took over the game and just brought everybody together.”
“23″ will appear on Mike Will Made-It’s upcoming album Est. in 1989, Pt. 3, which also features Kendrick Lamar, Ciara, 2 Chainz, and Future.
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.