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.”
On July 15, Marsha Ambrosius will release her sophomore album Friends & Lovers featuring production from Pop & Oak, Da Internz, Eric Hudson, and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.
The gifted singer-songwriter, who’s worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Dr. Dre, recently sat down with Rap-Up TV to discuss her famous collaborators and the follow-up to her 2011 debut, which she calls her “baby.”
“It’s been a tedious, very rewarding journey as far as creating the album, but that’s what I do. I make albums,” she said. “I had to live and breathe this, whether that was the heartache, whether that was getting over it, whether that was lust, love, fuck, love, whatever it was, I had to be there. For me, that’s what I’ve been enjoying the most is living it.”
She also revealed that every song on the album will have a visual starting with the single “Run.” “I have to make a movie surrounding this album. Everything’s gonna have a video. Everything will have a story behind it. It really is the sequel to what Late Nights & Early Mornings was. Late Nights & Early Mornings resulted in some Friends & Lovers.”
In addition to working on her album, she has been back in the studio with Dr. Dre. “This is our seventh year. We went to Hawaii just before the end of last year for a couple of weeks and got to really cram in with the production team that he’s got going now, Focus and the squad, so we’ve been working. You’ll get to slowly see the work.”
But if you’re still waiting for Detox, don’t hold your breath. “Detox was a title that was thrown around so many years ago,” said Marsha. “There’s so many other things in the works for you to not have to be concerned about anyone detoxing. It sounds like a fitness center now. No. You’ll see something else.”
Plus, she’s collaborated with her longtime friend Kanye West. “I don’t know what it’s for, but there’s a couple of things floating around. You’ll hear them soon.”
Tinashe has been all over the airwaves with her DJ Mustard-produced single “2 On” featuring ScHoolboy Q. But the L.A. singer’s success didn’t happen overnight. After getting her start in the girl group The Stunners and appearing in movies and TV shows including “Two and a Half Men,” she went on to release three mixtapes including last year’s Black Water.
Now the 21-year-old is readying her RCA Records debut Aquarius for release later this summer.
She has been in the studio with hitmakers including Mike WiLL Made It, Boi-1da, Dev Hynes, Clams Casino, and A$AP Rocky, who appears on the Detail-produced “Pretend.”
“The song with Rocky is definitely kind of a contemporary-sounding song,” she told Rap-Up TV. “It doesn’t really sound like a lot of other songs on the radio, but it’s a midtempo feel and it’s kinda minimalistic in the track.”
She also went to Atlanta to work with Future on the Jasper-produced “How Many Times.” “[Future] kept it straight ‘hood on this track, which I was super excited about,” said Tinashe. “I think it’s an interesting blend between an R&B vibe and there being some hip-hop thrown in there.”
Growing up, she listened to Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Sade, Keith Sweat, and Tony! Toni! Toné! “My parents played a lot of ’90s R&B in the house, so I think I was just naturally kind of influenced by that type of music.”
But she’s been drawing comparisons to one particular R&B singer. “I think being compared to Aaliyah is a huge compliment,” she said. “Interestingly enough, she wasn’t a person who I really idolized or was influenced by growing up, but I think it’s just cool that people find similarities and comparisons in our different styles.”