Rae Sremmurd have exploded onto the scene with their summer anthem “No Flex Zone,” and the record is about to get even bigger. The Mississippi duo, comprised of Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee, have tapped Nicki Minaj and Pusha T for the official remix.
“It’s coming very soon. Right now we’re just building up the hype,” they told Rap-Up TV. “The streets is talking. The world is talking. Everybody is saying ‘No Flex Zone.’ When it gets to its boiling point, that’s when we’re gonna drop that bomb.”
Mike WiLL Made-It, who signed the duo to his EarDrummers label, had nothing but praise for his young protégés, who are readying their Sremm Life EP.
“I’m one of their biggest fans. They put Tupelo on the map, since the great Elvis has died,” said the super-producer. “They got a long career ahead of them. Real talented kids. I don’t really vouch for too many people, but these guys right here are superstars.”
Mike WiLL has also been working on his studio album Est. in 1989 Pt. 3 and recently premiered the new single “Buy the World” featuring Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar.
“I’m working with all the originals in all different genres,” he said. “I don’t wanna drop too many names. I’ma drop a triple-disc album, pop records, urban records, everything.”
He has also produced a song called “New New” for Keyshia Cole’s upcoming album Point of No Return.
Starting next week, Bow Wow will officially retire his stage name and go by his birth name, Shad Moss. But the change shouldn’t come as a surprise.
“It’s a name that they heard my whole career,” he told Rap-Up TV at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. “To me, it wasn’t really that big of a deal. I was laughing at the reaction that everybody was making it the biggest news in the world. It was just hilarious ’cause I was like, ‘Shit. I’m just using my normal name.’”
He had been thinking about making the transition for some time now. “I always threw hints about it through my music, but for all my fans that grow with me, they know the name,” he said. “So for them, it’s really not a change.”
It’s just part of his growth as an artist and business man. “I’m embarking on so many different things now, television, clothing, you name it. It’s kinda hard for me to be just Bow Wow. I gotta play both sides of the field.”
Plus, hear him praise his mentor Jermaine Dupri for inspiring his big moves.
BK has left the building. After six years at Roc Nation, Bridget Kelly has parted ways with Jay Z’s label. While there had been rumblings, the R&B songstress confirmed the news to Rap-Up TV at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Thursday.
“Honestly we needed to part ways,” she said. “You outgrow situations sometimes. I still feel their love. They’re still people I confide in and people that I have a really strong personal relationship with, so in order to keep that intact we needed to just go our separate ways.”
She’s ready to embark on the next chapter of her career as an independent artist. “It was scary at first,” she admitted, “but it’s liberating to know that I can just go in with whoever and put anything out that I want to and say what I want to.”
Bridget is moving forward with the September release of her long-awaited debut album. “I’m really excited ’cause I’m getting to say what I wanna say and talk about all the love in my life and all the stuff I’ve been going through.”
The secret is out. Chris Brown will be taking the stage at the 2014 BET Awards on Sunday for the first time since his release from jail. While there has not been an official announcement, his friend Tank confirmed the rumors to Rap-Up TV.
“We’re getting ready to see him get back on stage at the BET Awards,” said Tank at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills on Thursday. “I’m super excited about that. He’s got some new material that is really going to floor everybody.”
But he doesn’t want to ruin the surprise. “I’ve been kinda staying away from it ’cause I wanna be that guy in the audience that’s a real fan and really appreciate it for what it is. I’ll be sitting there waiting with my eyes open.”
Tank has heard Breezy’s upcoming album X, and promises it will be worth the wait. “All I can say is he hasn’t lost his step. He’s only gotten better. This kid is amazing. He just keeps getting better.”
On August 12, Tank will release his own album Stronger. “This album reflects how happy I am,” he said. “I’ve been through the storm and I’ve made it out, and on the other side of that storm was some sunshine. So right now we’re dancing in that sunshine and it’s good.”
Plus, he confirmed that he will reunite with Tyrese and Ginuwine for a new TGT album. “We gotta do it. The people want it, they need it. We’re already signed on for it. There’s a check that comes along with it. We’re ready to rock.”
Boosie and the Biebs? While behind bars, the Louisiana rapper wrote over 1000 songs including one for Justin Bieber called “Stalking You.” While he hasn’t been able to connect with the pop superstar, he’s confident it will happen (Paging Scooter Braun).
“We’re looking at these bad girls, but it’s stalking you in a good way,” Boosie told Rap-Up TV of the record. “Like if you were mine, we’d be straight. That’s the record I got for him.”
He also hopes to collaborate with Drake, who invited him to Texas for Houston Appreciation Weekend earlier this month.
“I like Drake music,” said Boosie. “He got different music and even though it’s not the music I was raised on, I can listen to it and be like, ‘Yeah.’ I’d rather listen to Drake than a dude who talkin’ about the streets and he’s lying.”
In addition to releasing Touchdown 2 Cause Hell on July 15, he plans to drop another album by the end of the year. “I got so much material, so I’m tryna drop it and hit ‘em again in December,” he said. “There’s no time to play. It’s just gonna be a crazy album.”
If that wasn’t enough, a movie called Boosie is also in the works. “Even if you never listened to my music, just go check the movie out. Then you can see what I’ve been through and see this not no cakewalk.”
The ladies of Love Dollhouse are ready to take on the world. As the first act signed to Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind’s label All Def Music, the teen trio—comprised of Chelsea, Ryan, and Jasmine—recently dropped their summertime single “Can I” and is readying their debut album with help from Claude Kelly, The Stereotypes, and Kadis & Sean.
Rap-Up TV caught up with the Detroit natives during a recent trip to L.A., where they dished on their music, inspirations, and dream collaborations.
“‘Can I’ is basically putting a girl in a guy’s perspective,” said Ryan of the group’s Claude Kelly-penned single. “They’re taking control of the relationship. It’s so fun. It’s funky, it’s groovy, it makes you dance.”
While they’ve been inspired by everyone from Aaliyah to Prince, the girls have drawn comparisons to R&B groups like Destiny’s Child and TLC.
“We definitely look up to TLC,” said Ryan. “We have no problem with us being compared to them. We still wanna make our own stamp, of course.”
They also shared their dream collaborations—Jasmine would love to work with Missy Elliott, Chelsea hopes to snag Snoop Dogg, and Ryan is an Ariana Grande fan.
When they’re not in the studio, you can find the shopping addicts at the mall or the local amusement park.
Get to know R&B’s hottest new girl group and watch the video for “Can I” below.
Lil Boosie hit the ground running following his release from prison in early March. The Baton Rouge rapper, who was serving a 52-month sentence for a drug conviction and probation violation, has already appeared on remixes for K Camp and T-Pain and released several records of his own including his latest single “Heart of a Lion.”
Rap-Up TV caught up with the Badazz himself during his trip to L.A. this week, where he reflected on the past few months since his homecoming.
“I’m out here and I’m just getting blessed in so many ways,” said Boosie. “It’s just been a big learning experience for me. A lot of fun, a lot of business also.”
So what’s the first thing he did upon his release? “I went got my kids, went to a suite, ate me a steak and loaded baked potato, got me some pussy and some head,” he revealed. “I was refreshed. I’m kinda hot right now, so they got a lotta legs open.”
After satisfying himself, he got right back in the studio to work on his album Touchdown 2 Cause Hell, due July 15. He’s assembled an all-star lineup including T.I., Rich Homie Quan, Yo Gotti, Lyfe Jennings (“Cold Hearted”), and more.
Meek Mill and Webbie guest on the club record “I Got Dat” (He also recorded for Meek’s album). “I came home and met Meek and me and Meek been tight ever since,” he said of the MMG MC. “We come from the same upbringing, so I guess that’s why we click clackin’. He wanna see me win, I wanna see him win.”
While he hasn’t decided on his next single, he’s eyeing his Keyshia Cole collaboration “Black Heaven” or the Trey Songz-assisted “FaceTime,” which was inspired by his newfound love for Apple’s video chat technology.
If that wasn’t enough, he’s also been in the studio with Chris Brown. “That’s for Chris’ album. And Chris got one for my album also,” he said. “Me, him, and Tyga on his record and me and him solo on my record. It’s something for the ladies and they gon’ like it.”