Music Videos

Aug
13
Video: Iggy Azalea f/ Rita Ora – ‘Black Widow’

Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea

Blonde ambition. Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora slay the screen in the cinematic video for “Black Widow,” the latest single off Iggy’s debut The New Classic. After channeling Clueless in her “Fancy” video, the Aussie rap sensation draws inspiration from Quentin Tarantino’s thriller Kill Bill.

The femme fatales star as sword-wielding samurais in the action-packed clip, which was shot in L.A. and features cameos from T.I. and Kill Bill star Michael Madsen. Iggy plays a waitress at a diner and dreams of exacting revenge on the obnoxious Madsen, but something gets to him first.

Before they went in front of the camera, the ladies underwent kung fu and samurai fight training.

They will perform the song live at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 24.

Watch them go in for the kill.

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Aug
12
Video: Ariana Grande f/ Zedd – ‘Break Free’

Ariana Grande

After topping the iTunes singles chart with the Big Sean-assisted “Best Mistake,” Ariana Grande surprises her Arianators with the video for “Break Free” featuring Zedd.

The pop crusader explores a galaxy far, far away in the futuristic clip, which was inspired by Barbarella and Star Wars. Ariana plays an intergalactic princess who comes to rescue the planet from the dark side. She uses her breasts as weapons and crushes the enemy robots before racing off in her spaceship with Zedd and some extraterrestrial friends.

“It’s inspired by Jane Fonda in Barbarella and Star Wars and space,” Ariana told Ryan Seacrest. “It’s more throwback, campy.”

Her sophomore album My Everything drops August 25 featuring The Weeknd, A$AP Ferg, and Childish Gambino, plus the Iggy Azalea-assisted hit “Problem” and “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J.

The day before her album release, Ariana will perform “Break Free” at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in L.A.

Blast into space with Princess Ariana.

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Aug
12
Video: Yo Gotti – ‘Errybody’

Yo Gotti

Yo Gotti shines a light on the culture of copycats in the satirical video for “Errybody.” A group of wannabe thugs from the suburbs pose as gangstas, but when the tables are turned on them, they show their true colors.

“Everybody wanna be a dope boy / Everybody wanna be a coke boy,” raps the Memphis MC, who is currently opening for Drake and Lil Wayne on tour.

The song is the first single off his upcoming seventh album The Art of Hustle.

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Aug
11
Video: K. Michelle – ‘Damn’

K. Michelle

Bad romance. K. Michelle falls for the wrong man in the dramatic video for “Damn.” The “Love & Hip Hop” star finds out that she’s being played, but she still can’t let go of the relationship.

“I just want him so bad that I take what he’s giving,” she sings.

The video features scenes from “K. Michelle: Rebellious Soul – The Musical,” premiering August 19 at 10 p.m. on VH1. Directed by Idris Elba, the “hip-hopera” includes eight songs from her album Rebellious Soul.

Watch love get the best of K.

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Aug
11
Video: Fences f/ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Arrows’

Fences

The rise and the fall. Macklemore chronicles his journey in the cinematic video for “Arrows,” the lead single from Seattle artist Fence’s upcoming debut Less Oceans.

Directed by Jason Koenig and award-winning photographer John Keatley, the visually-stunning clip was shot in Seattle over the course of a week.

“From a day dream to a warehouse. This is video is my entire aesthetic embodied,” said Fences’ Christopher Mansfield. “I lost a friend and found love and was killed by an arrow. I hope you all get lost in the world we built.”

Macklemore added, “This music video was our baby. And we raised that baby. We put hella time, love, and energy into that kid of ours. Dozens of all-nighters and studio sleep overs to make sure that kid was the best it could be before we put it out into the world, gave the kid some shoes and told our child to run. Run into the world. Show them who you are. You deserve to be free, baby.”

Lesser Oceans arrives October 14.

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Aug
11
Video: Rae Sremmurd – ‘No Flex Zone’

Rae Sremmurd

After spawning remixes from Juicy J, Pusha T, and Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd gives its Mike WiLL Made-It-produced anthem “No Flex Zone” the visual treatment. The Mississippi duo, comprised of Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee, gets a visit from Mike Epps, who tries to flex on them in his Ferrari. That’s when they activate the no flex shield.

They invite their friends over for a house party and cruise down the block in an old school BMW while keeping the posers away.

Signed to Mike WiLL’s EarDrummers label, the young MCs are readying their Sremm Life EP.

Enter the “No Flex Zone” below.

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Aug
11
Video: DJ Khaled f/ Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, & Jeremih – ‘Hold You Down’

Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, Jeremih, and DJ Khaled

Just hours after the song hit iTunes, DJ Khaled rolls out the video for “Hold You Down” starring Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, and Jeremih. Shot in the Hollywood Hills, the Gil Green-directed clip is a tribute to the ladies who hold it down for their men. Breezy salutes his ride-or-die chick, while Future puts his lady in the Bentley truck.

But it’s Khaled who steals the show with his acting skills.

“You’re smart. You’re loyal. You’re grateful. I appreciate that. Go buy your mom a house. Go guy your whole family houses,” says the We the Best chief as he hands his girl stacks of cash.

Watch Khaled’s Oscar-worthy performance and look out for his upcoming album I Changed A Lot, due this fall.

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