Chris Brown

Aug
26
Rap-Up TV: August Alsina Talks Nicki Minaj, Second Album, & Chris Brown

In the last four months, August Alsina has topped the R&B charts with his debut Testimony, won two BET Awards, and is currently headlining his first tour. Rap-Up TV caught up with the 21-year-old New Orleans crooner during the L.A. stop of his “Testimony Live” tour at the House of Blues to discuss his wins including a collaboration with Nicki Minaj on his latest single “No Love.”

He was the one who reached out to Nicki, and it turns out she was a big fan of the song. The two recently shot a video with director Benny Boom.

“Nicki was very, very deeply involved with this one in particular, as far as the video goes,” said August. “She had a vision for it and she really, really is a big fan of the record, which was real important to me because it makes it that much more special.”

While he hasn’t started work on his sophomore album, August plans to incorporate his new experiences. “I haven’t really stepped foot into the studio yet,” he said. “I’m outchea workin’, outchea livin’ a little more, so I guess when I do step in, I have a few things to talk about. It’s just a new world, new life, new livin’, new experiences. I’m gettin’ older. I wanna make sure I take my time with it and actually be in a place where I can put my all and my everything into the studio.”

He recently collaborated with Chris Brown on DJ Khaled’s single “Hold You Down,” and there may be more collaborations to come. “Chris is the bro. That’s the homie,” he said. “I was just with him the other day going through music and I think that type of shit just naturally happens or naturally comes about ’cause we kick it more than anything and then it’s like, ‘Oh, shit ni**a. I got this song. Wanna hop on it?’ We’ve been vibin’ to some shit, so you never know.”

Plus, hear him weigh in on the Michael Brown shooting.

Aug
24
Tracklisting: Chris Brown – ‘X’

X

After much anticipation and several delays, Chris Brown has revealed the tracklisting for his sixth album X via iTunes.

The follow-up to 2012′s Fortune includes the platinum hit “Loyal” featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga and “New Flame” with Usher and Rick Ross.

The 17-track standard edition features appearances from Jhené Aiko, Trey Songz, R. Kelly, Akon, and Kendrick Lamar, with production from Diplo, Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Danja, and Drumma Boy.

The deluxe adds four songs including “Fine China,” “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj, and the Aaliyah-assisted “Don’t Think They Know.”

“I tried to stay away from the Euro beats, and not go totally pop,” Breezy told Rolling Stone last year. “Instead, I wanted to take the Quincy Jones approach. The record pays homage to the Stevie Wonders, the Michael Jacksons, the Sam Cookes. I wanted to put that classic essence of R&B and soul with the new age of music now.”

X arrives September 16. See the star-studded lineup below.

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Aug
24
Suge Knight Shot During Pre-VMA Party

Suge Knight

A pre-VMA party turned violent in the early hours of Sunday, leaving three people injured including Suge Knight.

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Aug
23
Ludacris, Chris Brown Honored at 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

Ludacris

The stars came out to salute Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Friday. The rapper-actor-mogul was honored with the BMI President’s Award for his achievement in songwriting and his global influence on culture and the entertainment industry.

Following video tributes from Usher, Lil Jon, and Tom Cruise, Luda thanked his mother, girlfriend Eudoxie, and his team.

“Nobody could do it by themselves,” said a humbled Luda. “It’s really the people that’s behind you and the strong foundation that you have is extremely important.”

He then loosened his bow tie and hit the stage for a medley of his greatest hits including “What’s Your Fantasy,” “Yeah,” “How Low,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Area Codes,” and “Move Bitch” with special guest Mystikal.

The star-studded event also celebrated the songwriters, producers, and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year, with performances from TeeFlii (“24 Hours”) and Tamar Braxton (“Love and War”).

Zendaya won the BMI Social Star Award and Detail, J-Roc, and DJ Mustard were honored as Producers of the Year. The West Coast hitmaker brought out YG to perform “My Hitta” and “Who Do You Love.”

Chris Brown was also in the house and received a Special Citation of Achievement recognizing over 1 million broadcast performances of his hit “Forever.”

“I just appreciate all the singers and the songwriters who helped me get to this point making all this great music,” said Breezy. “I didn’t do it by myself. The fans really jumpstarted it.”

Future accepted multiple awards including one for his ex Ciara’s “Body Party,” which he co-wrote and produced.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis earned Song of the Year for “Can’t Hold Us” and Lil Wayne was crowned Songwriter of the Year.

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Aug
22
Chris Brown and Rihanna Come Together at Charity Basketball Game

Rihanna and Chris Brown

Chris Brown and Rihanna reunited for a good cause. The former couple was just feet away from each other at CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano’s Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday night.

Team Sabathia took on Team Cano during the competitive match-up, which featured celebrity players including Ne-Yo, Fabolous, DJ Khaled, and DJ Clue.

But the real MVP was Breezy, who scored 18 points, while his ex RiRi sipped D’USSE courtside and watched with her girlfriends including Skylar Diggins, Melissa Forde, and Cara Delevingne.

Sabathia and Cano had some help coaching on the sidelines from NBA and MLB pros including Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and more.

The event was a huge success, raising over $1 million for Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation and Cano’s RC22 Foundation.

See more pics from the all-star affair below.

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Aug
22
New Music: Chris Brown – ‘X’

X

With less than a month until its release, Chris Brown shares the Diplo-produced title track off his upcoming album X. Breezy, who recently got back together with his girlfriend Karrueche, sings about a woman who played with his heart (Rihanna?), but he’s not going back no more.

“I know just who you are / You put me on layaway / You just like to heart shop,” he sings, before declaring, “I think that it’s over / I swear to God I’m moving on.”

X is due September 16.

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Aug
20
Chris Brown Is Ready to Start a Family with Karrueche

Karrueche and Chris Brown

Chris Brown and Karrueche are drunk in love. After a brief breakup, the couple is back together. To show his dedication to his loyal girlfriend, Chris posted a photo of her on Instagram as his Woman Crush Wednesday and even spoke about starting a family together.

“@karrueche damn near 5 years and this woman still putting up with my shit,” he said. “Need to have this baby and stop playing! Lol! My WCW.”

On Monday, Karrueche named Chris her Man Crush Monday. “Lovers.. Friends.. We love, we laugh, we fight.. It’s complicated and I can’t explain it but it’s not for you to understand but us .. My MCM,” she said.

The on-again, off-again couple broke up briefly after allegations that Chris cheated on her during his trip to St. Tropez. Chris insisted that the rumors were false and they were able to hash things out at Chris’ charity flag football game over the weekend.

Their fans were happy to see them reunite. “You guys are the perf couple stop messing it breezy,” said one commenter, while another added, “I swear you guys are the cutest thing.”

See Breezy’s X-inspired dedication to Karrueche below.

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