Videos

Jul
24
T.I. Performs with Fall Out Boy on VH1’s ‘SoundClash’

Fall Out Boy, T.I., and London Grammar

The King held court with some unlikely collaborators on VH1’s new series “SoundClash.” Hosted by Diplo and executive produced by Questlove, the show brings diverse acts together on one stage to perform their current hits, covers, and collaborations.

During last night’s premiere, T.I. brought down the house with his hits including “Bring ‘Em Out,” “What You Know,” and his latest single “No Mediocre.”

For the finale, he joined Fall Out Boy and British trip-hop group London Grammar for a once-in-a-lifetime performance of “Live Your Life.”

Catch the inaugural episode below.

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Jul
24
Video: Chance the Rapper – ‘I Am Very Very Lonely’

Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper teases his upcoming Lollapalooza gig with the short and steamy video for “I Am Very Very Lonely,” a track he released in April. A couple makes passionate love—humping, grinding, and twerking against each other—in the shadows while Chance provides the late-night soundtrack.

“It’s just me and la cucaracha / Cold piece with the hot Sriracha tonight,” sings the Acid Rap MC.

He will showcase new material during his Lollapalooza gig in Chicago on August 3. The concert will be streamed live.

Unleash the freak fest below.

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Jul
24
J. Cole Brings Out Drake, Kendrick Lamar at L.A. Show

J. Cole and Drake

Grand opening, grand closing. J. Cole capped off his second annual “Dollar & A Dream” tour with a bang.

Following sold-out shows in London, New York, Miami, Raleigh, and Chicago, the Roc Nation MC performed two back-to-back shows at L.A.’s Belasco Theater on Wednesday night. His Dreamvillains lined up for hours to get their hands on the coveted $1 tickets, and they got much more than they paid for.

In addition to performing his 5-year-old mixtape The Warm Up in its entirety, Cole surprised the crowd by bringing out Drake, who performed “Trophies,” “0 to 100,” and “Worst Behavior.”

“These are the only two kings in the game right now on stage,” said Drizzy as he stood alongside Cole.

During his second show, L.A.’s own Kendrick Lamar joined Cole onstage for “Poetic Justice,” “Backseat Freestyle,” and “m.A.A.d city.”

If you weren’t lucky enough to score a ticket, check out some footage below.

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Jul
24
Common and Jhené Aiko Perform ‘Blak Majik’ on ‘Kimmel’

Jhené Aiko, Jimmy Kimmel, Common, and Vince Staples

In celebration of his album release, Common took over the outdoor stage on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday and brought along some special guests. The Chicago veteran got the crowd hype with “Blak Majik” featuring Jhené Aiko and was joined by Vince Staples for “Kingdom.”

His 10th album Nobody’s Smiling, which also features Big Sean and Cocaine 80s, is expected to sell 18-21,000 copies in its first week.

Watch Common perform with his friends.

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Jul
24
Beyoncé Remixes ‘Crazy in Love’ for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Trailer

Beyoncé

Uh oh. Beyoncé lends her voice to one of the most anticipated films of 2015, Fifty Shades of Grey. After teasing a clip over the weekend, Queen Bey rolls out the full two-and-a-half-minute trailer, which features a breathy remix to her 2003 hit “Crazy in Love.” The music was scored by Boots, who co-wrote and produced the bulk of her self-titled album.

The erotic thriller, based off the first novel in E. L. James’ romance trilogy, stars Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, and Rita Ora, who plays Christian Grey’s sister.

Fifty Shades of Grey is scheduled to open in theaters on Valentine’s Day 2015.

Get a first look at all the steamy action below.

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Jul
23
Video: Mobb Deep f/ Mack Wilds – ‘Low’

Mobb Deep

Love blooms in the most unlikely of places in the video for “Low,” the Boi-1da and Havoc-produced track off Mobb Deep’s album The Infamous Mobb Deep, which was released in April.

When their homie goes to jail, his girl falls in love with his best friend, but not everyone approves. Things take a violent turn when their relationship is exposed.

“How can we love if this love is never supposed to be?” asks Mack Wilds, who also appears in the clip.

Watch the dark love story unfold.

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Jul
23
Rap-Up TV: Common Talks State of Hip-Hop, Praises Kendrick Lamar and Nicki Minaj

With his 10th album Nobody’s Smiling in stores, Common sat down with Rap-Up TV for part two of our exclusive interview. A 20-year veteran himself, the Chi-town MC weighed in on the current state of hip-hop.

“I love hip-hop. I love where hip-hop is. There’s future in hip-hop,” he said. “You always have dark, light, quality, non-quality, but there’s some quality hip-hop out there.”

He singled out the TDE camp in particular. “I can appreciate the aspects of the quality hip-hop and the freedom that I get out of artists, whether it’s Ab-Soul or Kendrick Lamar,” he said. “Their whole team does unique things.”

So can we expect a collaboration between him and the Compton MC? “Man, I would love to do a record with Kendrick,” said Common. “That album [good kid, m.A.A.d city] to me is like one of the most complete albums we’ve heard in hip-hop in a long time. It was the album that set a milestone [...] from the new era of rap artists.”

He also praised Nicki Minaj’s Chicago-inspired record “Chi-Raq.” “I love that joint. I was rockin’ it as soon as I heard it,” he said. “I think Nicki Minaj is a dope MC. She can really rhyme to me. From what she did on ‘Monster’ to now, she still is snappin’. When you hear her rap, you’re like, damn, this woman is cold. I mess with Nicki Minaj.”

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