RZA pens a heartfelt tribute to his friend and co-star Paul Walker following the actor’s tragic death. He composed the haunting piano ballad “Destiny Bends” with his two sons and vocalist Will Wells. The actors, who star in the upcoming crime drama Brick Mansion, shared a respect for each other’s art and were both fathers.
“On that highway where heaven begins, I lost a friend,” sings Wells on the sketch demo.
“I met Paul on the set of the film Brick Mansion, where we talked, laughed, and exchanged ideas of life and fatherhood,” said the Wu-Tang rapper. “I only knew him personally for less than a year, but we knew each other through our work and art. We saw in each other a kindred spirit of men coming from unlikely circumstances, and rising to be the light and beacon of our family and loved ones.”
Brick Mansion is due in theaters in November 2014.
Justin Bieber is starting with the man in the mirror. The teen heartthrob gets introspective on the latest release in his #MusicMondays series. On the vulnerable piano ballad “Change Me,” he asks his girl to help him become a better man through patience and understanding.
“Maybe you could change me/ Maybe you could be the light that opens up my eyes,” sings JB.
In addition to new music, he will drop the video for “All That Matters” on Monday at 7:30 p.m. EST on VEVO.
R. Kelly and Kelly Rowland are going “All the Way.” The R&B icon and Destiny’s Child diva close the curtains and keep the bed rocking until the early morning on their steamy slow jam off Black Panties.
“There ain’t no such thing as a half with sex, so baby boy, we might as well go all the way,” coos Kelly in a falsetto, while Kellz responds, “You don’t know if you’re addicted till you relapse from detox of loving each other.”
Due December 10, the album also features collaborations with Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Migos, Juicy J, and Future.
“Black Panties is something that’s gonna be like the 12 Play,” said Kellz. “If anybody out there knows about 12 Play, you know about Black Panties ’cause it’s basically 12 Play upgraded, like a phone that’s got new apps on it. I’ve remixed my whole career.”
Following a string of sad Christmas songs from Kevin McCall, Tamar Braxton, and K. Michelle, RaVaughn shares her Christmas woes on “Just Another Holiday.” The L.A. singer-songwriter, who is signed to Ne-Yo’s Compound U label, is overcome with sadness as she thinks about spending the holidays alone.
“Since you’ve been gone away/ It will never be the same/ Without you here, it’s just another holiday,” sings a brokenhearted RaVaughn over the Phatboiz production.
Next year, she will release her debut album, which is expected to feature appearances from Wale, Fabolous, Marsha Ambrosius, John Legend, and Miguel.
While Black Friday came and went without her mixtape Hardcore 2K13, Lil’ Kim comes through with a new song. Following the dancehall-infused “Dead Gal Walking,” the rap mafiosa extends her reign on her ominous anthem “I Am Kimmy Blanco.”
“I am Kimmy Blanco/ The motherfuckin’ head honcho/ So you better have your poncho/ I’m about to rain on you pronto,” she declares.
She also posted the tracklisting for Hardcore 2K13. The 13 tracks include appearances from Miley Cyrus (“Bad Bitch”), French Montana (“Suicide”), Yo Gotti (“Stadium Muzic”), and Jadakiss (“Real Sick”), plus three bonus tracks.
Listen to the Queen Bee rule with her bossy banger.
Lights out. In honor of Black Friday, Justin Timberlake delivers a one-two punch with the remix to his Timbaland-produced single “TKO.” The pop superstar recruits hip-hop heavy-hitters J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, and Pusha T, who show out with their vicious verses.
Cole kicks things off by responding to Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse. “Everybody and they mama gassed/ Even my mama asked what I’ma do/ Decisions, decisions/ In case this is war then I’ll load up on all ammunition/ If a ni**a want problems my trigger’s on auto/ I’ll make sure that nobody miss ‘em,” he raps in the style of Drake’s “Versace” flow.
Pretty Flacko pops off on his verse, addressing the rumor mill and his love life, before King Push steps up to the mic. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper, who appeared on JT’s 2002 single “Like I Love You,” once again states his case for album of the year.
“All this album of the year talk/ Ni**as claimin’ they the best out/ I been hot since The Purple Tape and this Cuban’s poking my chest out,” he proclaims.
Who had the best verse? Re-up with round two below.
Christmas just won’t be the same for Kevin McCall. The R&B singer-songwriter, who is signed to Chris Brown’s CBE label, debuts his somber holiday song “Merry Little Christmas (Without You)” on Black Friday. Instead of feeling the joy of the season, he is left lonely because his girl is not there to celebrate with him.
“The holidays ain’t never been the same ever since you went away,” he croons on the D. Ware production.
The song will appear on his EP XMas Love, which will be released on Tuesday, December 3.
Just hours after recording it, Mac Miller liberates his Big Jerm-produced song “I Come in Peace,” which borrows its title from the 1990 sci-fi thriller.
The Pittsburgh rapper spews off a series of rambling thoughts. Over the course of three minutes, we learn that if he has a daughter, he wants to name her Rosa Parks, he dreams about having a threesome with Serena and Venus, and that he watches “Scandal” in his Gucci sandals.
“raps that i think are good right now but in 3 days i will ask myself what the fuck i was talking about,” explained Mac.