Rick Ross rolls out the short film for “Box Chevy,” the street single off his upcoming album Mastermind. The Maybach Music boss enlists actors Tyrin Turner, Dennis L.A. White, and Bigga Rankin for the 10-minute video, directed by Dre Films. He hits the streets in his white box Chevy and takes it back to the ‘hood as girls twerk on top of cars. Ride out to Rozay’s latest.
Stacy Barthe shares her hope for a brighter tomorrow in the powerful video for “Hell Yeah!” Despite all the suffering going on in the world, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter tries to uplift the people as images of homelessness and Hurricane Sandy flash across the screen. An optimistic Rozay prays in the church before a choir joins in.
Signed to John Legend’s Homeschool Records/Motown, the Brooklyn native has been working behind the scenes, writing for T.I. (“Sorry”), Rihanna (“Cheers”), and Katy Perry.
French Montana adds some island flavor to his single “Freaks.” With less than a month to go until his debut Excuse My French drops, the Bad Boy rapper re-ups with the remix featuring DJ Khaled, Mavado, Rick Ross, and Wale. Rozay raps in a Jamaican patois, while Mavado sings the hook on the Rico Love production.
Say what you want about Rick Ross, but you can’t knock his hustle. The Maybach Music boss unleashes his wild side in the video for “Ice Cold,” his collaboration with his MMG signee Omarion off last year’s God Forgives, I Don’t.
A shirtless Rozay smokes a cigar and poses with exotic women, animals, and cars, while Maybach O sings with a python around his neck. MMG’s own Stalley also makes a cameo.
Ross’ new album Mastermind is due this summer. Check out the video for his cold cut below.
On May 14, Eve will return with her first album in over a decade, Lip Lock. The hip-hop trailblazer sat down with Rap-Up TV to discuss her long-awaited comeback record, which features appearances from Snoop Lion, Missy Elliott, Dawn Richard, Chrisette Michele, Juicy J, Pusha T, and more.
Label politics kept her in limbo for years, but she has no regrets. “I’m happy it took this long because I actually feel as excited as I did the first time I came out,” she said.
The follow-up to 2002’s Eve-Olution shows her many sides. “This is my album. It’s completely Eve. It’s completely all of me,” she said. “I think you hear all my influences musically on this record. You’re definitely getting insight into who I am as a woman, an artist, as a person right now.”
She also weighed in on the controversy surrounding Rick Ross’ pro-rape lyrics, which ended with the termination of his Reebok deal. “I think they did what was in their right as a corporation,” explained Eve. “People still have to remember it is a business and there are shareholders that are bigger than just Reebok that are probably looking at this situation and being like, ‘You know what, this is not something that we want to represent.’”
While she realizes it’s only words, she did take offense. “As a woman, I’m like, ‘Whoa.’ It just makes you think in a different way. I feel like it’s wordplay, but at the same time, it does make you think twice, like what do you mean? Are you that dude? It’s not OK.”
Eve is currently promoting her Gabe Saporta-assisted single “Make It Out This Town,” but has already lined up the next single, “EVE” featuring Miss Kitty. A stripped-down video was recently shot in London where she lives. “That’s one of my favorite tracks,” she said.
Rockie Fresh celebrates his birthday with “Panera Bread,” a new collaboration with his MMG boss Rick Ross. Rozay kicks off the track, rapping about his cherry red Panamera, while his Chicago protégé cooks up some dope bars on the Lunice-produced beat.
The song will appear on Rockie’s surprise mixtape The Birthday Tape dropping this week.
DJ Khaled calls on the usual suspects for “No New Friends,” a quasi-remix to Drake’s “Started From the Bottom” featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and Future. The song, produced by Boi-1da and 40, is slated to appear on Khaled’s upcoming album Suffering From Success.
Drizzy pledges his allegiance to his crew on the melodic hook. “Still ride with my day one ni**as, I don’t really need no new friends,” sings the Canadian rapper, who plans to drop another new song this week.
Rozay remains loyal to his homies, Weezy reps for his YMCMB family, and Future sings lyrics from C-Murder’s “Down for My Ni**az.”
Does Khaled have another anthem on his hands? Listen and weigh in below.