Rap-Up TV: DJ Mustard Talks ‘10 Summers,’ Rihanna Ballad, & Jay Z

On Monday, DJ Mustard dropped his star-studded debut 10 Summers for free via Google Play. Prior to its release, the 24-year-old beatmaker teamed up with Brisk Bodega to preview the album for tastemakers at a listening event in L.A.

The project, which he describes as a “good classic West Coast album,” features appearances from Big Sean, Lil Wayne, YG, Lil Boosie, 2 Chainz, and more.

As the producer behind some of the West Coast’s biggest hits including Tyga’s “Rack City,” YG’s “My Hitta,” and Kid Ink’s “Show Me,” Mustard has been compared to the legendary Dr. Dre.

“That’s a big comparison,” he told Rap-Up TV. “I’m just happy that they’re comparing me to somebody that’s a billionaire. I can’t really complain.”

Now Mustard is expanding his résumé by producing for superstars including Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and Rihanna.

“I got a song on her album already, but I’m tryna get some more,” he said. “It’s a ballad. It’s not like anything you’ve ever heard from me before. Some new shit. New sound. Might have me here for the next 30 [summers].”

Signed to Roc Nation, the in-demand hitmaker has also sent four beats to his boss Jay Z, and is confident a collaboration will happen. “We got a relationship, so I’m sure that’s coming regardless,” he said.

So where does he see himself a year from now? “Probably like $15 million up. I’m almost there. I think a year from now I should have $15 million. I’ll be cool.”

Rihanna Unleashes Tribal Style in W Magazine


Good girl gone tribal. Rihanna comes alive in the pages of W magazine. The “world’s wildest style icon” graces the cover of the magazine’s September issue. In the stunning photos shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, RiRi rocks tribal-inspired outfits and makeup.

She dons a Michael Kors fur coat and Alexander McQueen hooded cape while posing alongside wolves, and completes her animalistic makeover with a Ashley Lloyd headdress and a septum ring.

RiRi described her survivalist look as “eskimo horror.”

In another spread for the magazine, the fashion chameleon models Balmain alongside supermodels Naomi Campbell and Iman.

“3 Bad Balmain Bitche$ #BlackBeauty #3Generations #LEGENDS #BALMAIN,” she tweeted.

Check out more pics of the Balmain beauties below.

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Eminem and Rihanna Kick Off ‘Monster Tour’ at Rose Bowl

Rihanna and Eminem

Just days after Beyoncé and Jay Z wrapped the U.S. leg of their “On the Run Tour,” another powerhouse duo kicked off theirs. Eminem and Rihanna unleashed the three-city “Monster Tour” at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday.

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Drake Shows Love to Rihanna Following Devil Controversy


Drake is clearing up rumors that he dissed his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

During OVO Fest in Toronto on Monday, the Canadian rapper was performing “Days in the East” when a fiery 6 flashed on the screen behind him followed by a photo of the “Diamonds” singer. The satanic imagery repeated itself three times.

While many thought he was insinuating that Rihanna was the devil, Drake took to Twitter to clarify.

“My album title is VIEWS FROM THE 6. The 6 is Toronto,” he said on Wednesday. “Rih is a great girl who I know is about to kill this tour with Eminem. It’s all love!!”

The superstars have dated on and off, but haven’t been seen together in a while.

Watch the controversial imagery below.

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Win Tickets to Eminem and Rihanna’s ‘Monster Tour’ in L.A.!

The Monster Tour

In just one day, Eminem and Rihanna will kick off their co-headlining “Monster Tour.” After giving fans a preview at Lollapalooza, the powerhouse duo will bring its three-city stadium show to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday and Friday.

Rap-Up is giving two lucky readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to the epic outing, which travels to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on August 16-17, and Detroit’s Comerica Park on August 22-23.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or enter to win below.

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Rihanna Goes Green for MAC Viva Glam


All green everything. Rihanna switches up her look yet again in an ad for MAC Cosmetics’ Viva Glam campaign. The fashion icon rocks a bright green wig and lime green dress in the striking image, which she revealed on Twitter.

The lipstick and lipglass will go on sale in September with all sales benefitting women, men, and children living with HIV/AIDS.

Rihanna is creative and philanthropic partners with MAC Cosmetics, and hopes to raise $40 million while promoting safe sex amongst young people. “I want you to have fun—I love having fun—but you have to be responsible, you have to be safe. Protect yourself. You have to look out for yourself,” she said.

Just last week, RiRi unveiled the first ads for her men’s fragrance “Rogue Man,” which also hits stores in September.

On Thursday, she will kick off her three-city “Monster Tour” with Eminem at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Eminem and Rihanna Perform ‘Stan’ at Lollapalooza

Rihanna and Eminem

Lollapalooza kicked off with performances from Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, and Eminem, who closed out day 1 of the three-day festival in Chicago on Friday.

Wearing grey jersey shorts and a T-shirt printed with LL Cool J’s Bigger and Deffer album cover, the hip-hop superstar returned to Lolla for the first time since 2011, performing a 90-minute set on the Samsung Galaxy stage at Grant Park.

In addition to ripping through hits including “My Name Is,” “Not Afraid,” and “The Real Slim Shady,” Em welcomed special guest Rihanna. The powerhouse duo gave fans a preview of their upcoming “Monster Tour” by performing their No. 1 collaborations “Love the Way You Lie” and “The Monster.”

But the highlight was when Rihanna filled in for Dido on Em’s 2000 single “Stan,” while the crowd waved their hands and sang along.

“Thank you @Eminem and Chicago for letting me share this moment with you at #Lollapalooza,” tweeted RiRi.

The music superstars will kick off their co-headlining tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, August 8. The three-city stadium trek will also play Detroit’s Comerica Park and New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

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