The champagne was flowing as Nas celebrated the release of his 10th album Life Is Good at a private party hosted by Moët & Chandon in New York City on Monday night. The intimate event, which kicked off the Moët Rose Lounge series, commenced with a sit-down dinner at Bagatelle.
Q-Tip played DJ as guests including Jay-Z, a camera-shy Beyoncé, Wale, Teyana Taylor, Swizz Beatz, Bridget Kelly, Jermaine Dupri, and “Empire Girls” Adrienne Bailon and Julissa Bermudez stopped by to toast the man of the hour.
Before he and Nas set the stage on fire at the ESPYS with their summertime anthem “Summer on Smash,” Swizz Beatz filled us in on his latest projects.
The hip-hop impresario is working on his mixtape Limitless and announced that Chris Brown and Ludacris are featured on the single “Everyday Birthday.” “Get ready to have fun ya’ll,” he told Rap-Up TV.
He has also been cooking up tracks for Alicia Keys’ upcoming album, revealing that she has some “special surprises” in store next week. A video for the Swizz-produced single “New Day” will be shot soon. “Just thing big, just think new day,” he teased.
While careful not to reveal too much, he did say that his Grammy-winning wife has recorded an “amazing” song with Babyface. “It’s a timeless piece,” said Swizz of Alicia’s fifth album.
In addition to music, Swizz is applying his Midas touch to other ventures. Since becoming Reebok’s creative director, sales of the company have jumped 30 percent. Next up, he will oversee a new campaign for Aston Martin.
Nas was feeling good and looking good when he hit the stage at the 2012 ESPY Awards. Throughout the show, the dapper rapper delivered a medley of songs off his upcoming album Life Is Good including “The Don,” “Nasty,” and “Summer on Smash,” for which he was joined by Swizz Beatz. See hip-hop royalty rock the mic in front of sports’ biggest stars.
The summer just got hotter. Nas drops his summertime anthem “Summer on Smash” from his upcoming album Life Is Good, due Tuesday. The Don cooks up a feel-good banger, featuring a cool verse from Miguel and Swizz Beatz’ slick production. Bump this in your Jeep all summer long.
Slaughterhouse lets the dollar circulate on “Throw It Away,” the second single off their upcoming Shady Records debut welcome to: OUR HOUSE, due August 28. The big spenders make it rain (and call it a tax write-off) on the flashy Swizz Beatz-produced record.
“You know I ain’t Jay-Z honey, but I’ma act like I ain’t never had money and throw it away,” raps Swizz on the catchy hook.
Pusha T swerves in the fast lane with Swizz Beatz on “Lambo,” nicknamed “Mercy Part 2.” G.O.O.D. Music’s outspoken member stunts over the bouncy beat, which boasts a catchy Auto-Tuned hook and a verse from Swizzy. Put your keys in the air.
The dads got their due this Father’s Day as celebrities paid tribute to the father figures in their lives. Chris Brown took a break from his busy schedule and returned home to spend the day with his pops.
Fresh from Ireland where he was shooting the Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is by My Side, André 3000 joined his OutKast partner-in-rhyme and fellow father Big Boi for a poolside party with their kids.
Young Jeezy kicked it with his son and his mother, who he presented with Louis Vuitton luggage for her birthday. Game received a framed photo of his family from his daughter Cali Dream. The Weeknd poured out some Hennessy with Drake’s father Dennis Graham. Jaden Smith and his famous father Will posed together for a father-son pic, while Swizz Beatz enjoyed some fun in the sun with his wife and youngest son Egypt.
See how some of hip-hop and R&B’s biggest stars spent their Father’s Day.