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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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.”

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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Video: Gwen Stefani f/ Pharrell Williams – ‘Spark the Fire’ [Teaser]

Gwen and Pharrell

Gwen Stefani reunites with her “Hollaback Girl” collaborator Pharrell Williams in the Harajuku-inspired video for “Spark the Fire.” During her appearance on “Ellen,” the No Doubt frontwoman debuted a 10-second snippet of the animated clip, directed by Sophie Muller (“Baby Don’t Lie”). “The Voice” coaches dance while text bubbles and emojis pop up on screen.

“OMG, OMG, I’m back again / Original feel good is what I defend,” sings Gwen.

“She really wanted the world to know, ‘Listen, this is me, this is Gwen Stefani. I’m back, I’m making a statement, and I’m not standing down for anything,’” explained Pharrell. “In my mind, I’m like, ‘This sounds like feminism. This sounds like I’m unapologetic for me being a woman and me being in this business and being in this world.’”

Watch them spark a new flame.

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DeJ Loaf Performs ‘Try Me’ on ‘Tonight Show’

DeJ Loaf

DeJ Loaf has everyone from T.I. to Jimmy Fallon singing her praises. On Monday night, the Detroit rapper made her network television debut on “The Tonight Show.” Wearing a knit robe and shades, the 23-year-old performed her underground hit “Try Me” with some help from The Roots.

Her second mixtape Sell Sole dropped last month and she is working on her Columbia Records debut for release in 2015.

“I’m here to stay. Legendary, ya feel me?” said DeJ during a recent appearance on “106 & Park.” “I’m just ready to go crazy. I’ve been waiting my whole life for this.”

Watch her bring her cool and confident swagger to late night.

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Pharrell Williams Stars in Chanel Short Film [Teaser]

Pharrell Williams and Cara Delevingne

Pharrell Williams makes a royal appearance in Chanel’s short film Reincarnation. The “Happy” hitmaker gets romantic with model Cara Delevingne in the clip, which was directed by Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld.

The video tells the story of Coco Chanel, and her inspiration for Chanel’s signature jacket. When she goes to Austria in 1954, she spots the hotel elevator hand (played by Pharrell), who is the inspiration behind the jacket.

In addition to starring in the film, Pharrell composed and wrote the lyrics to “CC the World,” the soundtrack which accompanies Reincarnation.

The full film will premiere on December 1. Watch the trailer below.

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Video: Faith Evans – ‘Fragile’

Faith Evans

To celebrate the release of her eighth album Incomparable, Faith Evans drops the “Scandal”-inspired video for “Fragile,” which features a sample of The Mamas & the Papas’ “California Dreamin’.”

In the cinematic clip, directed by Derek Blanks, the First Lady of R&B stars as the First Lady of the United States in her very own White House. Pooch Hall plays her unfaithful husband and president. While she’s taking care of their two kids, he is cheating on her with one of his staff members, but Faith puts on a smile and acts like everything is OK.

The video is sure to ignite some controversy for its parallels to Evans’ past relationship with Biggie.

Watch the presidential plot play out below.

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