Videos

Jul
21
Video: Estelle – ‘Conqueror’

Estelle

After parting ways with Atlantic Records, Estelle ventures out on her own with her independent label Established 1980 Inc./BMG Rights. The British songstress proves that nothing can stop her in the inspirational video for “Conqueror,” the lead single off her upcoming album True Romance.

In the black-and-white clip, a male dancer turns his body into a canvas to drive home the powerful message.

“I’d rather stand tall than live on my knees / ‘Cause I am conqueror and I won’t accept defeat,” sings Estelle on the uplifting anthem.

Due November 4, her fourth album True Romance is comprised of four themes—passion, courage, true romance, and the bullshit.

“Every song fits into one of these themes,” said Estelle. “This is a real body of work, just like when you do an art piece, or when you have all these awesome images on your Instagram. You want people to see the full you.”

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Jul
20
Video: B.o.B f/ Mila J – ‘So What’

Mila J and B.o.B

B.o.B is getting his Beyoncé on. After dropping a slew of videos earlier this month, the Hustle Gang rapper serves up visuals for three more tracks off his 14-track mixtape No Genre Pt. 2.

He links up with fellow ATLien Jake Lambo in Boston in “The Nation” and throws a pool party with Mike Fresh in the video for the Sonny Digital-produced “Get Right.”

The party continues in “So What” featuring Mila J. Bobby Ray throws back Coronas and gets it in with some scantily-clad ladies at his plush pad, while the “Smoke, Drink, Break-Up” songstress and her girlfriends get drunk and dance on the kitchen countertop.

Mila has also collaborated with B.o.B on “Champion” off her debut EP M.I.LA, coming in September.

Get your fill of Bobby Ray below.

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Jul
18
Rap-Up TV: Yung Berg Talks Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Print,’ New Rihanna Record

Yung Berg is getting his hustle on. The Grammy-nominated producer-songwriter, who has worked with artists including Lil Wayne, Tamar Braxton, and Ray J, is cooking up hits for megastars including Rihanna, Diddy, and Nicki Minaj, who he calls one of his best friends in the industry.

The Pink Print is the female Blueprint,” Berg aka Hit Maka! told Rap-Up TV. “Jay Z put out the Blueprint. I think The Pink Print really personifies that, and not only that, I’m really involved in it.”

When asked what we can expect, he said, “You just gotta look out for greatness. It’s gonna be crazy.”

The album will be a true representation of who Nicki is. “I think she gave you guys a really great example with ‘Pills N Potions,’” he said. “It has rap in it, it has singing, but at the same token, it’s really just more about Nicki being Nicki. I really feel like she’s coming from the heart with this joint.”

When asked if Drake will be on the album, he said, “I wouldn’t put it past her. You gotta look out for some Drake records. Hopefully, I’m a part of that.”

He also penned a song called “All Night” for Rihanna, which was produced by Nic Nac (Chris Brown’s “Loyal”). “Me and Nic Nac went in,” he said. “It’s about being down all night.”

Additionally, he has been in the studio A&Ring Puff Daddy’s upcoming album Money Making Mitch.

Jul
18
Video: Juicy J f/ A$AP Rocky – ‘Scholarship’

Juicy J and A$AP Rocky

Juicy J has girls twerking to pay tuition in the video for his Stay Trippy banger “Scholarship.” From the streets to the strip club, the Memphis rapper keeps the cheeks clapping and the hundreds flying. He rides down the block in a drop-top with A$AP Rocky, and makes it rain at the gentlemen’s club while coeds work the pole.

“You a college chick / Keep twerkin’ baby, might earn you a scholarship,” raps Juicy.

Last fall, he awarded a $50,000 scholarship to 19-year-old biology major Zaire Holmes, but she didn’t have to twerk to win. Instead, she read the complete rules, which did not require any twerking to enter.

Additionally, Juicy guests on Ester Dean’s twerking anthem “Twerkin 4 Birkin.” Watch the steamy lyric video below.

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Jul
17
Video: Common f/ Big Sean – ‘Diamonds’ [Teaser]

Big Sean and Common

Shine bright like a diamond. Common connects with his G.O.O.D. Music brother Big Sean in the black-and-white video for “Diamonds,” which was shot last month in L.A.

“It’s a performance-based video, but [the director] is using our images to blend into all these things that represent those shining elements,” the Chicago MC told Rap-Up TV.

The No I.D.-produced song will appear on his album Nobody’s Smiling, which also features Jhené Aiko, Cocaine 80s, Elijah Blake, and Vince Staples.

Watch the teaser below.

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Jul
17
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Spoofs Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ in ‘Handy’ Video

Weird Al

“Weird Al” Yankovic gets “Handy” in the fourth video in his Mandatory Fun series. Following his spoofs of Pharrell’s “Happy,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” and Lorde’s “Royals,” the parodist puts his silly spin on Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX’s chart-topper “Fancy.”

Al plays a craftsman (“Remodeling is my only passion”), who patches drywall, cleans gutters, and even mows the lawn.

“I’m so handy / You already know / I’ll fix your plumbing when your toilets overflow,” he sings.

Watch Weird Al put in work.

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Jul
16
Willow Smith and SZA Duet in Brooklyn

SZA and Willow Smith

SZA graced the stage at the Red Bull Sound Select concert at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday night. In addition to performing tracks off her EP Z, the TDE songstress surprised the crowd by bringing out Willow Smith to duet on a previously unreleased song called “Domino.”

She bestowed praise upon the 13-year-old daughter of Will and Jada, and hinted at more music to come.

“Thank you to my baby girl my sunflower my genius my sister willow smith for coming out to perform our special song tonight !!!” wrote SZA. “baby your such a force to be dealt with and tonight you gave them a GLIMPSE..glow on I love you…if you wasn’t there to hear it you wasn’t there.. You’ll have to wait.”

Watch the soul sisters share the stage.

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