Videos

Nov
17
YG Previews ‘Blame It on the Streets’ Short Film

YG

On December 15, YG will release his short film and soundtrack Blame It on the Streets. The Bompton rapper tells the story behind the music in the gritty and violent visuals, which offer a glimpse into a day in YG’s “krazy” life growing up in Compton.

He co-wrote the script with Lucky Rodgers and stars in it alongside Rick Gonzales and Jade Yorker.

“The short film is basically the life behind a couple of records off My Krazy Life,” YG told The FADER. “When you listen to that album it feels like you are watching a movie, so I wrote this film to give people a chance to see what my ‘krazy’ life is all about.”

The nine-song soundtrack features collaborations with DJ Mustard, DJ Quik, Nipsey Hussle, Mac 10, and more.

Watch the trailer and see the tracklisting below.

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Nov
17
Video: Mark Ronson f/ Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’

Uptown Funk

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars take you to funkytown in the throwback video for “Uptown Funk,” the first single from Ronson’s fourth album Uptown Special. The duo behind “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Gorilla” show out in the streets in their dapper ’80s attire. Looking smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy, Bruno and his Hooligans bust out their best moves before hitting the salon to get a fresh perm.

Uptown Special, which arrives January 27, was written and produced with Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Drake) over 18 months in London, Memphis, L.A., and New York.

“Before smart phones, bottle service, and smoking bans, people came to the club, found their spot, and stayed all night, absorbed in the music,” said Ronson. “With Uptown Special I set out to capture the feeling I remember from those New York nights.”

Tune in to “SNL” this weekend to see them perform the song live.

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Nov
15
Kendrick Lamar Performs on ‘SNL’

Kendrick Lamar

All hail King Kendrick. The Compton rapper made an epic return to “SNL” this weekend and proved why he’s one of hip-hop’s best with an exhilarating performance of his single “i.”

With his hair half braided, black contacts in his eyes, and sweat dripping down his face, Kendrick tore through the Isley Brothers-sampled song, dedicating it to his homies in the pen. He even recreated some of his famous dance moves from the music video.

For his second performance of the night, he brought out his TDE labelmate Jay Rock to perform “Pay for It.” They traded chilling verses against harsh white lights, while Canadian singer Chantal Kreviazuk played piano and sang the hook.

He also appeared in a funny skit for a celebrity duets record called Young Tarts & Old Farts, which paired old timers with new artists. The Kendrick rapped alongside a fake Barry Manilow, while other pairings included Lionel Richie and Ariana Grande, Diana Ross and Macklemore, James Taylor and 2 Chainz, and Elton John and Blue Ivy.

Get out your seat in praise of K-Dot.

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Nov
15
T.I. Brings Out Drake in Toronto

T.I., Drake, and P. Reign

During the Canadian leg of his “Paperwork Tour,” T.I. linked up with Canada’s own Drake in his hometown of Toronto on Friday night. He and fellow Toronto native P. Reign performed their collaboration “DnF” and Drizzy saluted the King.

“I would not be where I am in my career without this man right here,” said Drake. “This man gave me one of the most important talks of my life at one of the most important times of my life and his life. Those are words I’ll never forget. I want you to make some noise for T.I., the motherfu**in’ most legendary ni**a out here.”

With Tip and P. Reign by his side, Drake kept the hometown crowd on its feet with “0 to 100″ and his newest song “6 God.”

In related news, T.I. recently shot a video for his new Paperwork single “G’ Shit” featuring Jeezy.

Watch Hustle Gang meet OVO in T-Dot.

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Nov
13
Mary J. Blige Performs ‘Right Now’ on ‘Ellen’

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige brought The London Sessions to “Ellen” on Thursday. The R&B queen graced the stage with a hair-raising performance of “Right Now,” written and produced by Disclosure, Sam Smith, and Jimmy Napes, and sat down to discuss the project, which Ellen called her favorite Mary album.

In anticipation of the December 2 release, Mary will perform at the American Music Awards on Nov. 23, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Dec. 1, and “A Very GRAMMY Christmas,” which airs Dec. 5.

See MJB shut it down.

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Nov
13
Video: Nicole Scherzinger – ‘Run’

Nicole Scherzinger

With her sophomore album Big Fat Lie now available overseas, Nicole Scherzinger strips down in the vulnerable video for her third single “Run.” The heartbroken singer gets emotional as she lies on the cold floors of an empty mansion with tears in her eyes.

She was brought to tears while recording the raw ballad. “The song is deeply personal to me and it does show another side to me, a vulnerable side that people don’t normally get to see, a more raw side, an authentic side,” Nicole told Rap-Up TV.

Big Fat Lie is scheduled to hit U.S. shores in early 2015 featuring at least one collaboration with T.I. and production from Tricky Stewart and The-Dream.

Starting next month, Nicole can be seen in the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats.

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Nov
13
Video: Rick Ross f/ Yo Gotti – ‘Trap Luv’

Yo Gotti and Rick Ross

After “Movin’ Bass” with Jay Z, Rick Ross takes it back to the trap with his latest song and video for “Trap Luv” off his seventh album Hood Billionaire.

The MMG boss links with Memphis’ own Yo Gotti in the gritty clip, directed by Dre Films. Rozay reps for the dope boys and likens himself to Lionel Richie, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Ronald Reagan while standing alongside a group of children in the projects. DJ Khaled also makes a cameo and the video ends with a dedication to Mike Brown.

Hood Billionaire arrives November 24 featuring K. Michelle, Snoop Dogg, Big K.R.I.T., Boosie Badazz, and R. Kelly.

Watch Rozay show love to the streets.

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