Videos

Sep
14
Video: DJ SpinKing f/ Tyga, Jeremih, & Velous – ‘Adult Swim’

Jeremih and Tyga

Summer may almost be over, but the party don’t stop in the video for “Adult Swim.” DJ SpinKing calls out his homies Tyga, Jeremih, and Velous and heads to Malibu for a beachside bash. The fellas ride ATVs and smoke the hookah, while bikini-clad babes strut around on the sand.

The original song, produced by Vinylz and SpinKing, features A$AP Ferg, but he does not appear in the video.

Drop the top and ride out.

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Sep
13
Rap-Up TV: Jhené Aiko Talks ‘Drunk Texting’ with Chris Brown

Common, J. Cole, and Drake have all co-signed Jhené Aiko, and now Chris Brown is calling on the in-demand songstress. The two engage in some “Drunk Texting” on their intoxicating duet off Brown’s new album X.

With her own album Souled Out in stores, Rap-Up TV caught up with the L.A. native to find out how the collaboration came to be.

The singers have known each other since Chris released his 2005 debut, and things happened organically. “For me, I like to just do things that I really like. If I like the song, then I’ll do it,” said Jhené.

“They sent the song and it was easy. I just had to go in there and sing it with him. I actually recorded it in this tight schedule, but I really did enjoy the song and I felt like people are really gonna be singing this. They’re gonna relate to the song ’cause everyone of drinking age can relate to drunk texting.”

She’s been a CB fan since “Run It,” and admires his perseverance. “I’ve always been a fan of the music and just his drive to keep going despite everything that happens, and I feel like I can relate to that because it happens, especially in this industry,” she explained. “They’re gonna come after you, time and time and time, you’re always gonna be your mistakes in people’s eyes. But it’s not about that. At the end of the day, it’s about the music.”

Check back for more from our exclusive interview with Jhené next week.

Sep
12
Video: Chris Brown f/ Ariana Grande – ‘Don’t Be Gone Too Long’

Chris Brown and Ariana Grande

Chris Brown sparks a new flame with Ariana Grande in the long-awaited video for their pop-dance collaboration “Don’t Be Gone Too Long.” The medieval-themed clip, directed by Brown, was shot earlier this year, but was put on hold after Chris’ jail sentence.

The pop superstars show off their chemistry in the romantic scenes. Ariana plays a princess, who falls in love with Chris, but the kingdom does not approve of their relationship. Breezy is captured and locked away, but nothing can keep them apart. He eventually manages to escape and return to his love.

A version of the song without Ariana appears on Chris’ album X, which drops Tuesday.

Watch their forbidden love story unfold.

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Sep
12
Video: August Alsina f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘No Love’ [Teaser]

Nicki Minaj and August Alsina

August Alsina has shared a teaser for his “No Love” video featuring Nicki Minaj. After a slight delay, the Benny Boom-directed clip will premiere Monday at 6 p.m. EST on VEVO. August took to Instagram to explain the reason behind the hold up.

“I know it took a while but when you dealing with labels, editing, so on so forth your art lies in someone’s hands which can cause a hold up. & sometimes perfection can take a while,” he said. “#SorryForTheWaitAnyhow Thanks for stickin it out and bearing with me.”

In a recent interview with Rap-Up TV, August opened up about shooting the video with the “Anaconda” rapper.

“Nicki was very, very deeply involved with this one in particular, as far as the video goes,” he said. “She had a vision for it and she really, really is a big fan of the record, which was real important to me because it makes it that much more special.”

Get a sneak peek below.

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Sep
12
Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj Perform ‘Flawless’ Remix at ‘On the Run Tour’ in Paris

Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé

Queen Bey was joined by the queen of rap during the “On the Run Tour” in Paris on Friday. Nicki Minaj hit the stage to perform the “Flawless (Remix)” with Beyoncé for the first time live. Matching Bey in Versus Versace, Nicki spit her explosive verse as the words “curvalicious” and “delicious” appeared on the giant screen behind her.

The concert was taped for an HBO special, which will air on Saturday, September 20.

“The QUEEN, could never thank you enough,” tweeted Nicki, who posed for a selfie with Bey.

It’s rumored that the ladies are shooting a video for the song while in Paris. Nicki posted a photo of her and director Francesco Carrozzini on set.

Watch some of the concert footage below.

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Sep
12
Lyrica Anderson Covers DJ Khaled’s ‘Hold You Down’

Lyrica Anderson

When she’s not writing hits for Beyoncé (“Jealous”) and Jennifer Hudson (“Walk It Out”), Lyrica Anderson is quickly making a name for herself as a solo artist.

In May, the L.A. singer-songwriter, who was previously signed to Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group, released her ’90s R&B-inspired EP King Me 2 featuring Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, and Kevin Gates.

Now the gifted scribe has given DJ Khaled’s “Hold You Down” a makeover, showing off her sultry vocals and lyrical skills.

You can also hear her pen game on Tinashe’s A$AP Rocky-assisted single “Pretend” and Jeezy’s “Fuck the World” featuring August Alsina.

Watch Lyrica’s Khaled cover and get to know her in our exclusive interview below.

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Sep
11
Chris Brown Performs on ‘The Tonight Show’

Chris Brown

Breezy’s back. Chris Brown lit up late night with an electrifying performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday. Backed by The Roots and dressed in all red, the R&B superstar performed the Diplo-produced title track off his upcoming album X and his hit single “Loyal,” wowing with his smooth vocals and fancy footwork.

Due September 16, X features an all-star roster including Kendrick Lamar, Brandy, R. Kelly, Usher, Rick Ross, Jhené Aiko, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, and more.

He will celebrate the album release with an appearance on “106 & Park” on Tuesday.

See Breezy get back to business.

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