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Nov
26
Rap-Up TV: YG Talks ‘Blame It On the Streets,’ Fergie, & Kendrick Lamar’s ‘i’

YG topped the charts and won critical acclaim for his debut My Krazy Life, and before the year is over, he will release his first movie and soundtrack Blame It On the Streets. The 30-minute short film, which he stars in and co-wrote with Lucky Rodgers, was inspired by his “krazy” life in Compton, and the nine-track album features DJ Mustard, DJ Quik, Nipsey Hussle, Mack 10, and more.

Before he hit the red carpet at the L.A. screening at Hollywood’s famed TCL Chinese Theatre, he sat down with Rap-Up TV to reflect on his incredible year.

“I feel good. [When] we came into the whole making of My Krazy Life, one of the goals was to come out the studio with a classic album and to come out with a short film for the album,” he explained. “We couldn’t get the movie done in enough time to come out with the album ’cause there was a lot of shit going on. But we figured out a way to still put an album out the same year with the label’s support and that was do a short film with the soundtrack.”

On Sunday, he shared the stage with Fergie while performing “L.A.LOVE (la la)” at the American Music Awards. “That shit was crazy. Shout out to Fergie for fuckin’ with me on that record, for real,” said YG. “She really fuck with people. She’s showin’ us love.”

He worked with fellow Compton MC Kendrick Lamar on My Krazy Life, so what does he think of his self-love single “i”?

“I fuck with it hard,” said YG. “He did his shit right there. That’s gon’ take him to a whole ‘nother level.”

My Krazy Life has been praised as one of the best rap albums of 2014, but YG remains humble.

“It was a bad year for the rap game,” he said. “For me, it was easy ’cause it really wasn’t no albums that dropped like that. It was like five rap albums. You got [ScHoolboy] Q, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Future…”

So will we see a new album in 2015? “Shit, I don’t know. Maybe 2016,” he said.

Blame It On the Streets will be available in stores and online on December 15.

Nov
26
Pitbull and Ne-Yo Perform ‘Time of Our Lives’ on ‘Kimmel’

Ne-Yo and Pitbull

Fresh off hosting and performing at Sunday’s AMAs, Pitbull brought the party to Hollywood on Tuesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Clad in a black suit, Mr. Worldwide hit the outdoor stage to perform his Penguins of Madagascar theme song “Celebrate” and was joined by Ne-Yo for their turn-up anthem “Times of Our Lives.”

Both songs can be found on Pit’s album Globalization, which also features Chris Brown, Sean Paul, Jason Derulo, and more.

Pitbull will ring in the new year in Miami by hosting “Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution” on Fox, and can be seen on tour with Enrique Iglesias.

Catch their sizzling set below.

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Nov
26
Lil Wayne Surprises at Juicy J Show

Lil Wayne and Juicy J

Juicy J brought his trippy hits to the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood as part of Red Bull Sound Select’s “30 Days in L.A.” concert series on Tuesday.

The crowd went wild when Lil Wayne hit the stage to perform “Bandz a Make Her Dance,” while Juicy made it rain. With a blunt in hand, Weezy stuck around to perform his Carter V single “Believe Me” and his verse from Chris Brown’s “Loyal.”

“Much luv 2my slime Juicy J 4 bringing me out last night at his show!!” tweeted Weezy. “Been knowing Juicy 4 20 years & he been a G da whole time RIP Lord Infamous.”

Watch them turn up in Hollywood.

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Nov
26
Jennifer Hudson, Nick Jonas Perform on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Finale

Jennifer Hudson

“Dancing With the Stars” capped off its 19th season with a dazzling performance from Jennifer Hudson. The Oscar winner showed out in all her diva glory while singing “Go All Night” with British electro duo Gorgon City.

Looking sexy in a sparkly white dress, inspired by Toni Braxton, JHUD ignited the ballroom floor with her powerful pipes.

During Tuesday’s finale, Meghan Trainor also performed a medley of “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin,” while a dapper Nick Jonas hit the outdoor stage to sing his seductive single “Jealous” accompanied by two ballroom dancers.

Check out the performances below.

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Nov
26
Wu-Tang Clan Brings ‘Ruckus in B Minor’ to ‘Letterman’

Method Man

Wu-Tang Clan forever. Six out of nine members of the legendary hip-hop crew (Raekwon, Ghostface, and GZA were M.I.A.) invaded the stage on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Tuesday to perform “Ruckus in B Minor” off their highly-anticipated reunion album A Better Tomorrow.

“The Shaolin and the Wu-Tang is very dangerous,” said RZA before launching into the song, while Method Man, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna took turns on the mic.

Last week, the group dropped its latest single “Necklace” off the album, which hits shelves on December 2.

Watch them bring the “Ruckus” to late night.

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Nov
25
Rap-Up TV: Jazmine Sullivan Talks Return to Music, New Album

Jazmine Sullivan is back. After a three-and-a-half-year hiatus, the Philly songstress made a triumphant return to the stage in London in March and is readying her first album in four years for release in 2015. During a recent tour stop in L.A., Rap-Up TV caught up with the R&B powerhouse to discuss her long-awaited return to music and the real reason behind her hiatus.

Following the release of her 2010 album Love Me Back, Jazmine vanished from the music industry. While she told the public that she needed time to figure out who she was, she was hiding a painful secret.

“I was going through a really hard time in a relationship and it kinda really took away all my joy from everything,” she revealed. “It became too much for me to try to go out and perform and smile, so I just decided I need to take a break.”

However, she did not expect her hiatus to last years. “I probably thought it would be at least a month. A month turned into two and two turned into years, but I’m glad to be back though.”

Her third album Reality Show (the title was inspired by her love for reality shows) is done and features production from Salaam Remi, Anthony Bell, and Key Wane. “I’m really proud of it. I worked harder on this album than any album,” she said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself ’cause I haven’t been out in so long.”

But don’t expect the sad songs of the past. “I found it best to kinda not talk about [the relationship]. I was trying to get my mind off of that,” she said. “The songs are really colorful, just about life in general and reality from my eyes.”

She’s also put down the crowbar. “I’m done busting windows. I’m done with that,” she laughed.

Reality Show includes the Meek Mill-assisted “Dumb,” the soulful “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Mascara,” which she calls one of her favorites. “It shows that I’ve grown as a writer and I just love how laid-back it is.”

Nov
25
Video: Rick Ross – ‘Hood Billionaire’

Rick Ross

Just a day after premiering the video for “If They Knew” with K. Michelle, Rick Ross serves up a double dose with the title track “Hood Billionaire.” The MMG mogul stays decked out in gold jewelry and an Alexander McQueen scarf while boasting about his bossy status. The Dre Films-directed clip also includes cameos from Diddy and DJ Khaled.

Hood Billionaire, which features Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, and Boosie BadAzz, is out now.

Watch the latest from the Untouchable Maybach Music Empire.

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