Pusha T and Drake are releasing albums within weeks of each other. So is there a competition brewing? During his interview with Rap-Up TV, the “Nosetalgia” rapper shared his thoughts on Drizzy’s latest album Nothing Was the Same.
“I think he got some cool joints up there,” said Pusha, whose debut My Name Is My Name arrives Tuesday.
But that doesn’t mean he sees him as a threat. “I don’t think me and him are in the same lane,” he continued. “I don’t wanna do any of that.”
He welcomes the rivalry, but shrugs off any comparisons. “I think we’re polar opposites, really. Polar opposites who can rap,” said Push. “The attitude of mine and the attitude of his, people wanna compare that. It’s cool. I think it’s good for hip-hop. People always compare, but if you ask me, nah.”
On Oct. 8, Pusha T will release his long-awaited debut My Name Is My Name featuring the opening track “King Push.” While Joaquin Phoenix was originally credited for producing the song, he did not actually make the beat. In an exclusive interview with Rap-Up TV, the G.O.O.D. Music MC clears up the confusion.
It was Kanye West who got the beat from the Oscar-nominated actor. “Joaquin Phoenix gave the beat to ‘Ye, so when I got the beat from ‘Ye, it was, ‘Yo, Joaquin gave me this beat,’” he says. “So me, I’m just like, ‘OK, I know Joaquin’s into music and you know the whole thing,’ so I’m like, ‘Oh, damn.’”
The credit actually goes to Sebastian Sartor, the stepson of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. “I believe it is the son of Lars Ulrich from Metallica,” says Pusha. “I hope I’m not wrong this time. It was mistaken because it came from Joaquin.”
While Phoenix did not produce “King Push,” MNIMN does feature production from heavy-hitters including Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, The-Dream, and Kanye West.
Hot on the heels of “Feds Watching” and “Where U Been?” 2 Chainz is readying a new single off his sophomore album B.O.A.T.S. II: #METIME. On Wednesday, he will head to New Orleans to shoot a video for the Mannie Fresh-produced “Used 2” featuring members of the ’90s hip-hop group who inspired the song.
“We just tryna get that whole Hot Boys feel again,” the Atlanta MC told Rap-Up TV. “I’m definitely tryna get Juvie there, a few other people if they come.”
He wanted to ensure that the visuals captured the song’s NOLA roots. “You always want to put the landscaping behind the actual authenticity of the record,” said 2 Chainz.
Legendary New Orleans producer Mannie Fresh crafted the beat using an iPad. “I remember saying, ‘OK badass, let me see you put it on this computer so I can rap on it,’ and he did, and now it’s a single.”
Mike Will Made-It has produced some of this year’s biggest hits for Rihanna (“Pour It Up”), Juicy J (“Bandz a Make Her Dance”), and Miley Cyrus (“We Can’t Stop”). And now he’s shooting for another win with his Michael Jordan-inspired single “23″ featuring Miley, Wiz Khalifa, and Juicy J.
The Atlanta hitmaker sat down with Rap-Up TV to discuss his collaboration with the pop superstar and the high school-themed music video, which will premiere on Monday, Sept. 23.
“It’s basically like a pep rally,” he said of the Hannah Lux Davis-directed clip. “I’m this kid at school and we play a trick on the principal. The principal leaves his office, I go in there and over the intercom start playing ’23.’ It just turns up the whole school.”
Everyone played their roles. “Miley’s like the hot chick in the school. Juicy’s like the dude that’s messing with all the teachers, the super senior. And then we got Wiz in there. He’s in the chemistry lab, he’s high as hell. The video gets trippy when he comes up.”
The visuals parallel their places in the music biz. “It’s just basically like what we are in the industry,” said Mike Will. “Juicy J been in the game for the longest and he’s still goin’, Wiz is that stoner that’s just coming in different on his own wave, and then Miley’s like the hot chick, and me I’m like the new kid that kinda took over the game and just brought everybody together.”
“23″ will appear on Mike Will Made-It’s upcoming album Est. in 1989, Pt. 3, which also features Kendrick Lamar, Ciara, 2 Chainz, and Future.
As one-third of production team The Smeezingtons (which also consists of Bruno Mars and Ari Levine), Philip Lawrence has penned hits for Alicia Keys, B.o.B, CeeLo Green, and Bruno.
Earlier this summer, the Grammy-nominated hitmaker released his solo debut Letters I Never Sent via Atlantic Records. During Bruno’s “Moonshine Jungle World Tour” stop in L.A., Phil invited Rap-Up TV on his tour bus, where he reflected on his success while humoring us with his jokes.
“It’s a collection of the music I like to listen to,” said Phil of his debut, which is now available on iTunes. “I’m a huge fan of folk music. I’m a huge fan of rock music, huge fan of Seal, Billy Joel, singer-songwriter guys. I think I was channeling my inner singer-songwriter with this album.”
He and Bruno have racked up awards and traveled the world together. “It’s a rare thing that you not only get to experience this kind of success and the wonderful things that we’ve been exposed to, but to do it with your boy, to do it with someone you came up with, to do it with someone who equally believes in you, there’s a huge sense of camaraderie,” he said.
But despite their success, they remain humble. “Every day I walk on that stage, we look at each other and go, ‘We did it.’ It’s really, really cool.”
Plus, find out the hilarious prank Phil pulled on Bruno onstage, what it was like to meet his idol Babyface, and which artists are on his wish list of collaborators.
Before playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show with Bruno next year, Phil will make a triumphant return to his hometown of Evansville, Indiana on Saturday for a special concert at the Victory Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.
Eve is currently traveling across the country on her first tour in over a decade. Rap-Up TV caught up with the hip-hop icon before she hit the stage at The Roxy in L.A. last week. She chatted about her next album, working with Lil’ Kim and Missy Elliott, and Nicki Minaj’s lyric on “I Be On Dat.”
While she’s enjoying the positive feedback she’s received from her latest album Lip Lock, she’s already thinking about her next project.
“I am happy that this album is so different ’cause now I can do what I want,” said Eve, who stars in the post-apocalyptic thriller Bounty Killer. “I’m ready to get back in the studio.”
She has developed a friendship with Lil’ Kim and wants to work with her more. “I love Kim. I’ve always been a Kim fan since I was in high school. I was smoking a lot of blunts listening to Kim. I would love to get with her on another record.”
Nicki Minaj raised some eyebrows when she rapped about Eve on Meek Mill’s “I Be On Dat” (“It’s a Ruff ride, E-V-E”). So how did Eve react to the verse?
“I think it’s cool. As long as it’s not derogatory, I’m fine with it. I fucks with her,” she said. “As long as we keep it in peace, it’s fine.”
She also issued a message to those who try to pit them against one another: “It needs to stop, seriously.”
Plus, find out what she thinks of Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse and up-and-coming femcee Angel Haze.
Eve’s “Lip Lock” tour continues tonight at New York’s Gramercy Theatre before wrapping on Friday at Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Is a Danity Kane reunion in the works? The rumor mill has been all abuzz about the return of the platinum girl group. Four out of five members—Dawn Richard, Aubrey O’Day, Shannon Bex, and Aundrea Fimbres (D. Woods was absent)—were photographed having lunch together in May and DanityKane.com has been relaunched with a countdown leading up to tomorrow’s MTV VMAs. Dawn hinted at things to come during an exclusive interview with Rap-Up TV.
“The countdown seems like it’s marking the beginning of the VMAs, doesn’t it? Like the opening of it, doesn’t it?” she said.
The group released two No. 1 albums on Bad Boy Records, but was disbanded by Diddy following the release of 2008′s Welcome to the Dollhouse. Five years later, they were able to put their differences aside and come together again.
“I’m having a blast with having them back in my life,” said Dawn, who is working on her solo album Blackheart. “We’re back at a place where we can speak to each other and hang with each other. It’s been a long time since we just sipped some wine and been like, ‘What up girl?’”
They hashed out their issues during the lunch meeting. “That meeting was five hours of ‘For real, you did that? That was why you did that? Oh, you’re not a bitch. I hated you,’” said Dawn. “It was beautiful to find out that we were stupid in thinking the things that we thought.”
She was surprised to see all the positive reaction to their reunion. “I don’t know how people could even remember us, let alone even care enough to be that excited and none of it was negative.”
So is the group, who was brought together on MTV’s “Making the Band 3,” plotting another reality show? “I guess you’ll have to wait and see,” teased Dawn.
Kanye West does not appear on Hall of Fame, but things are still G.O.O.D. between Big Sean and his mentor. During his interview with Rap-Up TV, the Detroit MC revealed what Yeezus thought of his sophomore album.
“He was jamming to it, he was proud of it,” said Sean. “There’s always some things that we may disagree on, but as an artist, you just gotta roll with what you wanna roll with. He definitely respects that and supports me and I support him.”
But one song stood out to him the most. “Kanye’s favorite song was definitely ‘Mona Lisa,’” he said of Da Internz production. “He was the one who reminded me how good that song was. He really loves the beat and the words too.”
While he and ‘Ye did collaborate, he is keeping their record for his next album. “We did have a song, but I’m probably gonna save it for my next one ’cause it wasn’t really necessary for this one.”
As for his collaboration with fellow Detroit native Eminem, the song was not completed in time to make the cut. “It was supposed to have been done by now, but it’s not all the way done. Like I said, you’ll get it, man.”
Once he wraps his tour with Kid Cudi in the fall, he will announce his own “Hall of Fame” tour. “I can guarantee that when I do go on my headlining tour, it’s gonna be a great show,” said Sean.