Music Videos

Jul
2
Video: The-Dream – ‘Black’

The-Dream

The-Dream marches against oppression in the video for his powerful anthem “Black.” Inspired by Nelson Mandela, the Daniel Sanwald-directed clip was filmed in Langa Township, South Africa, and is dedicated to those who feel alienated by racism, classism, religion, politics, and sexual preference.

“I needed to take a step in a direction away from my comfort zone and do and say and sing something worthwhile,” said The-Dream. “I think this way all the time, and I spend most of my day in the battle of being Black and being a minority. Money has not changed my status in the department of racism and or classism.”

“Black” is the first release by The-Dream since leaving Def Jam and reuniting with longtime production partner Tricky Stewart. The hitmakers are working on numerous projects for this fall.

Watch The-Dream break down barriers and spark a conversation.

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Jul
1
Video: Robin Thicke – ‘Still Madly Crazy’

Still Madly Crazy

With his album Paula in stores today, Robin Thicke keeps love alive in the sweet and innocent video for his piano ballad “Still Madly Crazy.”

The R&B crooner casts 10 8-year-olds to reenact a wedding. Decked out in their formal wear, the adorable bunch sings along to the tender lyrics and toasts the bride and groom before getting into a cake fight.

Thicke does not appear in the clip, but he will appear live on “GMA” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” tomorrow.

You can stream all 14 tracks off Paula here.

“Obviously all the songs were about her or about how I feel about her,” he told Ryan Seacrest of his estranged wife Paula Patton. “A lot of songwriters have done this kind of thing before. They won’t tell you in the title or they’ll be suggestive. I was just like, ‘There’s no reason to hide who this is about.’ It’s all about her.”

Watch Thicke’s touching tribute below.

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Jun
30
Video: Ma$e f/ Eric Bellinger – ‘Nothing’

Nothing

Ma$e salutes the independent ladies in the video for his Nic Nac-produced single “Nothing.” The Harlem rapper meets “Basketball Wife” Malaysia Pargo at a diner in the desert, but she flips the script and takes him for a ride in her fancy whip. They shop on Melrose and hit up a pool party in the Juwan Lee-directed clip.

His first album in a decade, Now We Even, is due in October featuring Kanye West, Rick Ross, and Dipset.

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Jun
30
Video: Rich Gang f/ Young Thug & Rich Homie Quan – ‘Lifestyle’

Lifestyle

Started from the bottom, now they’re here. Rich Gang toasts to success in the video for “Lifestyle.” From the hood to private jets, Birdman, Young Thug, and Rich Homie Quan reflect on their grind to the top. Young Thug kisses his mama before handing her a stack of cash, while Birdman sails into the sunset on his yacht.

See how they’re living now.

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Jun
30
Video: August Alsina f/ Rick Ross – ‘Benediction’

August Alsina

Fresh off his two wins at last night’s BET Awards, August Alsina counts his blessings in the video for “Benediction” featuring Rick Ross.

The New Orleans crooner celebrates the good life as he smokes a cigar poolside with a bikini-clad babe. Rozay, who’s looking much slimmer these days, joins his labelmate in the halls of a church. Plus, look for a cameo from DJ Khaled.

August will kick off his “Testimony Live” tour on August 14 in Seattle.

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Jun
28
Video: Luke James f/ Rick Ross – ‘Options’

Luke James

Luke James shares his pain in the minimalistic video for “Options,” the first single off his upcoming album.

The New Orleans crooner, who’s toured with BeyoncĂ© and released two mixtapes, pours his heart out as he performs on an empty soundstage. Clad in black, a dapper Rick Ross boasts about running the city while posted alongside him.

The song will appear on Luke’s self-titled N.A.R.S./Def Jam debut, due September 23.

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Jun
26
Video: August Alsina f/ Pusha T – ‘FML’

August Alsina

August Alsina confronts his demons in the dark and deadly video for “FML” (Fuck My Life). The clip, which he directed with Payne Lindsey, opens with a bloody Pusha T witnessing himself being carried off in a stretcher. Investigators discover August hanging from a rope inside the house before we see what led to his suicide.

“I never thought that I would be here / I never thought I’d get this far,” he sings as he burns money and wears a hat that says “Death.”

The video ends with a hopeful message from August: “I’ve been where you are. Through the struggle and through the pain. It’s what makes us stronger than most. When there seems to be no way forward you have to make a way.”

He also gives out the number to the national suicide prevention lifeline.

On August 14, August will embark on his “Testimony Live” tour in Seattle.

Warning: The video below contains graphic content.

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