Music Videos

Jul
30
Video: Jagged Edge – ‘Hope’

Jagged Edge

Fourteen years after the release of their double-platinum album J.E. Heartbreak, Jagged Edge is back to restore love to R&B. The quartet behind the hits “Let’s Get Married” and “Where the Party At?” carry out their mission in the video for the first single “Hope.”

Shot in Atlanta, the seven-minute clip opens with a mini movie. The guys get into a bar fight and then work to restore their love, while assuring their ladies that they are ready to settle down.

“When you’ve been away as long as we have, you want to come out with something that people are like, ‘I know that’s Jagged Edge,’” the group told Rap-Up. “So we felt like the best way to do that was to give them something that sonically felt like we made it in the ’90s.”

The ballad, written and produced by twin brothers Brian and Brandon Casey and Bryan-Michael Cox, is set to appear on J.E. Heartbreak Too, executive produced by Jermaine Dupri.

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Jul
30
Video: Janelle Monáe – ‘Electric Lady’

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe celebrates the “Electric Ladies” in her life in the video for the title track off her latest album.

The leader of the Androids heads back to college as a member of a sorority called the Electro Phi Betas. The ladies throw a party at their sorority house, doing the electric slide with some co-eds and even bringing out a marching band. Look for cameos from T.I., T-Boz, Estelle, Esperanza Spalding, Monica, Kimbra, and even Janelle’s mother.

Janelle recently honored First Lady Michelle Obama as the “First Electric Lady.” “First of all, I am honored to be the First Electric Lady. I got my letter in the mail—I framed it; it’s up,” said Obama. “I love that she is one of the young artists here who is making music that means something. She has a message. She has a voice. She has a power in her.”

Watch Janelle and her Electric Ladies get down.

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Jul
29
Video: DJ Mustard f/ Ty Dolla $ign & 2 Chainz – ‘Down On Me’

2 Chainz, DJ Mustard, and Ty Dolla $ign

DJ Mustard has become one of the most in-demand hitmakers in hip-hop, producing for everyone from T.I. to Tinashe. On August 12, the L.A. beatmaster will release his debut album 10 Summers for free via Google Play.

The 12 tracks include appearances from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Boosie, Jeezy, Fabolous, YG, Big Sean, and more.

He teams with 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign in the video for the first single “Down On Me.” Shot in a warehouse in Atlanta, the Matt Swinsky-directed clip features a menagerie of exotic animals including snakes, crocodiles, and wolves, plus plenty of big booties.

Step into their wild world.

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Jul
29
Video: Ja Rule – ‘SuperStar’

Ja Rule

Since his release from prison last May, Ja Rule has penned a memoir Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man and starred in the Christian drama I’m in Love with a Church Girl.

He also continues to promote his 2012 album Pain Is Love 2, which was released while he was serving a 28-month sentence for attempted illegal gun possession and tax evasion.

In his latest video for “SuperStar,” the Queens rapper shares his addiction to the fast life while cruising down the Las Vegas Strip in a Phantom.

Rule is already working on Genius Loves Company, his first album since PIL2, to be released in 2015.

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Jul
29
Video: French Montana f/ Fabolous & Wale – ‘R&B Bitches’

Ashanti and French Montana

From Mary J. Blige to Miley Cyrus, French Montana pays tribute to the baddest chicks in music in the Eif Rivera-directed video for “R&B Bitches” featuring Fabolous and Wale. The Coke Boy is surrounded by ladies as he cruises in his yacht, and hollers at one of his dream girls, Ashanti.

Loso shares his dreams of bagging a pop star like Kelly Clarkson or Christina Aguilera, while Wale has a thing for Tinashe and Erykah Badu.

French is currently working on his album Mac & Cheese 4 with Kanye West, who produced five or six tracks including one called “Gucci Mane” featuring Rick Ross and Lil Wayne. The first single, “Don’t Panic,” is expected soon.

See them salute the Rihannas and Rowlands.

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Jul
28
Video: K Camp – ‘Blessing’

K Camp

First he cut ‘em off, and now K Camp is showing gratitude to the special lady in his life in the cinematic video for “Blessing,” the second single off his debut EP In Due Time. When the Atlanta rapper hits it big, he helps pay for his ex-girlfriend’s college tuition, but her new man get jealous of their relationship and reacts violently.

“It’s real deep, something different for me,” K Camp told Rap-Up. “It’s like we shot a movie. I did one performance scene and everything else was acting.”

The video carries a powerful message: “It’s easy to get caught up with the day to day, but don’t forget to hold on to your Blessing.”

K Camp has been working on his full-length debut, and has been in the studio with Ty Dolla $ign, Problem, and Big Sean.

Witness the tragic ending to his love story.

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Jul
28
Video: Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, & Ty Dolla $ign – ‘Shell Shocked’

Wiz Khalifa

Turtle power. Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign join forces in the illustrated video for the Kill the Noise and Madsonik-produced banger “Shell Shocked” off the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundtrack. The hip-hop trio step into the action-packed world of Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael in Michael Bay’s movie.

“[Paramount] heard about how big of a fan I was of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their whole legacy,” said Wiz. “I actually have Donatello tattooed on my leg, so when they asked me to do it, just being a fan and being a musician, it made sense. In my generation, I think everyone who listens to me loves the Turtles as much as I do, so it just made sense.”

The reboot of the animated TV series, starring Megan Fox and Johnny Knoxville, opens in theaters on August 8.

Watch them bring the blockbuster to life. Cowabunga, dudes!

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