Music Videos

Oct
29
Video: August Alsina – ‘Grindin”

August Alsina

Six weeks after collapsing on stage during his show at New York City’s Irving Plaza, August Alsina gets back to business. The New Orleans crooner, who was hospitalized for exhaustion, dehydration, and seizures, spent three days in a coma and was forced to cancel the remaining dates on his “Testimony Live” tour.

But the hustle continues. On his first new song on six months, which was inspired by Lil Wayne’s “Grindin’,” he address the rumors, haters, and his now famous fall.

“A lot of these lames kept hatin’ on a ni**a / When I took a little fall you was steppin on a ni**a,” he sings on the Knucklehead-produced track.

He continues, “I just got of out of a coma / It showed me that when God is for me, no weapon can hold me / That’s why I go hard for N.O. and my homies, and I pay homage to ni**as before me.”

August will perform for his largest audience yet when he joins Usher on his “UR Experience” tour beginning November 1 in Montreal.

Watch him confront his critics and put on for his city in the dark and haunting video.

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Oct
28
Video: Danity Kane – ‘Rhythm of Love’

Danity Kane

Danity Kane may have disbanded, but they spread love in the feel-good video for “Rhythm of Love,” a fan favorite off their farewell album DK3, which was released this week (stream it here).

Aubrey, Dawn, and Shannon don’t appear in the Dan Fisher-directed clip, instead letting everyday people illustrate their message. Lovestruck men start dancing and singing the infectious lyrics when they see women who catch their eye. From a pool boy to Spider-Man, the fellas get lost in the rhythm of love and one lucky dude even scores a phone number.

Despite the breakup, DK’s fans are still showing their support by making the album No. 1 on iTunes R&B chart.

Watch what happens when love takes over.

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Oct
28
Video Premiere: Don Benjamin f/ Eric Bellinger – ‘Jealous’

Don Benjamin

After starring as Keyshia Cole’s love interest in her Point of No Return video series, Don Benjamin drops the video for his Redwine-produced single “Jealous” featuring Eric Bellinger.

Directed by Toroh Films, the clip stars Miami model and Justin Bieber’s gal pal Chantel Jeffries. While his girl (played by Jeffries) sits at home jealous, Don hits up Crooks & Castles, but he can’t keep the ladies off him.

The model-turned-rapper has built a massive following on Instagram (over 850k followers) and has appeared on “America’s Next Top Model” and in fashion campaigns for Guess, Moods of Norway, and Pink Dolphin. Now he has set his sights on the music industry with the release of his debut album, due out next year.

“Jealous” is now available on iTunes. Watch the video exclusively on Rap-Up.com.

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Oct
27
Video: Future – ‘Hardly’

Future

On the eve of his Monster mixtape release, Future pays tribute to his Freebandz associate OG Double D, who was shot and killed last year. The Atlanta rapper fights his demons in the self-directed video for the 808 Mafia-produced “Hardly.” As he sits against an all-white set, Future Hendrix laments about being treated like an outcast and numbs his pain with molly and champagne.

“Trying to find right in my wrong / Hope my legacy live on,” he emotes.

Future’s Monster mixtape drops Tuesday at 10:28 p.m. EST featuring “Break the Rules” and the title track.

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Oct
27
Video: Calvin Harris f/ Big Sean – ‘Open Wide’

Big Sean

Oh Gawd. Riding high off his new anthem “I Don’t F**k With You,” Big Sean joins Calvin Harris in the Emil Nava-directed video for the U.K. hitmaker’s new single “Open Wide.” The G.O.O.D. Music rapper has a showdown in the desert in the action-packed clip.

“Open that shit wide, let me see how big your mouth is,” raps Sean over Harris’ signature production, adding, “This goes out to…You know who this goes out to.”

Harris’ forthcoming album Motion drops November 4 featuring Tinashe, Ellie Goulding, Gwen Stefani, Haim, John Newman, R3hab, and Firebeatz.

Watch Sean storm the desert in the explosive visuals.

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Oct
27
Video: Kid Ink f/ Usher & Tinashe – ‘Body Language’

Kid Ink, Usher, and Tinashe

Kid Ink gives us plenty to talk about in the voyeuristic video for “Body Language.” Inspired by a peep show, the Darren Craig-directed clip was shot in Atlanta and features Usher, Tinashe, and plenty of booty-popping ladies.

The L.A. rapper and R&B superstar ogle at their voluptuous—and very flexible—co-stars as they put their finest assets on display. They twerk in glass boxes, while Kid Ink pours himself a drink and watches the steamy action. Usher shows off his slick style and Tinashe looks stunning in a black leotard and green latex dress.

The song, produced by Stargate and Cashmere Cat, is the first single off Kid Ink’s upcoming album, due in 2015. He and Tinashe will both hit the stage at Power 106′s Cali Christmas on December 5.

Feast your sights on all the eye candy below.

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Oct
26
Video: Rick Ross f/ R. Kelly – ‘Keep Doin’ That (Rich Bitch)’

Rick Ross and R. Kelly

There’s no shortage of extravagance in the video for “Keep Doin’ That (Rich Bitch),” the first single off Rick Ross’ seventh album Hood Billionaire. The Bawse and R. Kelly take over a mansion in Atlanta and flex their wealth and women. They rock furs, smoke cigars, and make it rain as Black Bottle Girls shake their asses and strut around in barely-there outfits.

Supermodel Jessica White plays Rozay’s “rich chick,” while T.I., Jeezy, Jermaine Dupri, and DJ Khaled make cameos in the opulent clip.

Hood Billionaire drops November 24 featuring Jay Z and the DJ Toomp-produced “Elvis Presley Blvd” featuring Project Pat.

Watch them show out in the flashy visuals.

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