Videos

Apr
14
Pharrell Gets Emotional During Oprah Interview

Pharrell and Oprah

Pharrell has had a tremendous year. After winning four Grammys and performing at the Academy Awards, the humble hitmaker sat down with Oprah Winfrey on “Oprah Prime,” which aired Sunday on OWN.

While watching fans around the world dance to his hit “Happy,” the 41-year-old was overcome with emotion and broke down in tears.

“It’s overwhelming because I love what I do and people have believed in me for so long that I can make it to this point, to feel that,” said Pharrell.

He also opened up about the obstacles he faced while trying to launch a solo career. “I had accepted that I was gonna be a writer and a producer, and I was happy to be the guy standing next to the guy,” he said.

He looked to Jay Z and Puff Daddy for mentorship, but realized that he wasn’t serving his purpose. “I misinterpreted what Jay was doing. I wanted the private jets, the girls.”

Plus, find out what music he grew up listening to, his ability to see music in colors, and the book that changed his life.

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Apr
14
Video: Childish Gambino – ‘Sweatpants’

Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino multiplies in the trippy video for “Sweatpants,” the latest release from his album Because the Internet. The rapper-actor plays different characters at a diner including a waitress, who all look just like him.

But he wasn’t happy with the way the visuals were presented.

“so this sweatpants video and blog was important to us,” he tweeted. “and it wasnt handled correctly.”

He complained about his label, Glassnote Records. “we were told a lot of things were gonna happen and they were all lies. so im done. someone buy me out of this contract,” he said. “a lot of people came around after our first week sales. all those people are welcome now. def jam, atlantic, whatever. i dont like record companies. but im not having another project go through this.”

Watch the imaginitive video below and stick around until the end to see a clip of “Urn.”

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Apr
14
Video: Jhené Aiko – ‘Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle)’

Jhené Aiko

The day after making her Coachella debut, Jhené Aiko premieres the emotional video for “Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle)” off her EP Sail Out.

When she finds out that her man has been cheating, she gets revenge by setting his sneakers on fire and keying his car. As tears roll down her face, Jhené commiserates with her BFF Krissy and reflects on happier times in her relationship.

“I was not the only one to you / So I was the only lonely one,” she sings on the No I.D.-produced track.

Jhené is putting the finishing touches on her full-length debut Souled Out, due this summer.

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Apr
14
Video: SZA f/ Isaiah Rashad – ‘Warm Winds’

SZA

Fresh off the release of her EP Z, SZA liberates the video for “Warm Winds” featuring her Top Dawg labelmate Isaiah Rashad. In the grainy and artsy clip, which she directed with APLUS FILMZ, the first lady of TDE becomes one with nature, running through a field and walking down a deserted path as the wind blows through her hair.

In an interview with Vogue, the 24-year-old New Jersey native spoke about her stunning natural look.

“I grew up Muslim, and wore the hijab through middle school,” said SZA. “The only girl that I could look to for natural hair inspiration growing up was Lauryn Hill. I wanted dreads but my mom wanted me to wait until I was 16, by which time I didn’t want them anymore.”

Strike up SZA’s enchanting visuals below.

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Apr
14
Video: Wiz Khalifa – ‘We Dem Boyz’

Wiz Khalifa

Hol up, hol up. Wiz Khalifa goes back to the ‘hood in the video for his single “We Dem Boyz.” The rapper smokes a blunt in his house before making his way down the block, walking past an ice cream truck, a BBQ, and even Ty Dolla $ign, who pulls up in his car. The party flows into the streets and he turns up with some of his boys including B.o.B, Big K.R.I.T., and Rich Homie Quan.

Wiz’ upcoming album Blacc Hollywood is due later this year featuring collaborations with Miley Cyrus and Adele.

Watch Taylor Gang take over the neighborhood.

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Apr
14
Video: Alicia Keys f/ Kendrick Lamar & Pharrell – ‘It’s On Again’

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys debuts the video for her super hero anthem “It’s On Again” for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. The cinematic clip, which was shot in downtown L.A., co-stars Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, and composer Hans Zimmer, and features footage from the movie.

The soundtrack arrives April 22, while the film opens in U.S. theaters on May 2.

Watch the superstars join forces for the super hero soundtrack.

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Apr
14
Jhené Aiko Brings Out Drake at Coachella

Jhené Aiko lived out one of her dreams, performing for the first time at Coachella on Sunday. The L.A. songstress was joined by some famous friends as she capped off the first weekend of the festival in the desert.

Backed by her suit-clad band and a string quartet, she opened her late-night set with “Bed Peace,” on which she was joined by Childish Gambino. She continued with more cuts off her Sail Out EP including “The Worst” and “Stay Ready,” plus covers of Tupac’s “Keep Ya Head Up” and Erykah Badu’s “On & On.”

The crowd went wild when Jhené’s “musical soulmate” Drake hit the stage for a surprise performance of “From Time,” their duet off his latest album Nothing Was the Same. The tourmates shared a warm embrace and some words.

“This is my first time at Coachella, by the way,” Drake told festivalgoers. “So I want to let you know that it’s a motherfuckin’ honor to be here with you tonight, and you better make some noise for Jhené one more time.”

Catch Childish Gambino’s cameo below.

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