Videos

Sep
11
Video: Boots – ‘Mercy’

Boots

The world was introduced to the many talents of Boots through Beyoncé’s surprise album. The elusive singer-songwriter, who wrote and produced the bulk of Beyoncé including “Partition” and “Drunk in Love,” has since scored the trailer for Shades of Grey and released his mixtape WinterSpringSummerFall in May.

Now he gives us the video for his latest song “Mercy.” In the self-directed clip, a bloodied and bruised Boots aka Jordy Asher walks, then runs down a deserted road before tragedy strikes in the last five seconds.

Watch the startling ending to his story.

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Sep
11
Video: Tyga – ‘Real Deal’

Tyga

It’s not the weekend yet, but Tyga hits the strip club in the video for his slapper “Real Deal.” Strippers work the pole as he makes it rain all night long in the NSFW clip, which features lots of booty.

Tyga is gearing up to release The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty on November 18. Kanye West will serve as executive producer.

“[Kanye] hears certain melodies that I wouldn’t hear or even think about adding,” Tyga told Nylon Guys. “He taught me that 808 drums and bass aren’t enough. You have to have that warmth.”

The Last Kings rapper also recently went in front of the lens to shoot a video for “Dope” with A$AP Rocky.

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Sep
11
Video: Kid Sister – ‘Higher’

Jane Jupiter

Kid Sister returns with DUSK2DAWN: The Diary of Jane Jupiter, her first mixtape in three years. The Chicago rapper, best known for her Kanye West-assisted hit “Pro Nails,” introduces her funky new sound and alter ego Jane Jupiter in the video for the Dam-Funk-assisted “Higher,” produced by Chad Hugo of The Neptunes.

“We are in the desert, and I’m wearing this suit, and kind of in this dystopian existence, this alien thing. Not super dialed-in, but it looked really visually striking,” she told Stereogum.

She also gets candid about her struggle with depression on the 12-track mixtape. “I felt suicidal all the time with idealizations, thinking about it in terms of real ways that it could happen. I was really, really, really sad,” she said.

But thankfully, she was able to get out of her dark place. “I feel like Jane Jupiter is perhaps me but in an exalted form,” she said.

Watch the rebirth of Kid Sister in the shiny new visuals.

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Sep
10
Nicki Minaj Talks Wardrobe Malfunction, Reacts to Ellen’s ‘Anaconda’ Parody

Nicki Minaj and Ellen

It was all about Nicki Minaj and her booty when the rap queen stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday. Unlike her previous appearance, this time she covered up and even surprised Ellen with her demure wardrobe.

She admitted that she was taken aback by the success of “Anaconda,” which has over 145 million views. “I was really shocked. I was like, ‘What just happened?’” she said.

Ellen debuted her own hilarious version of the video, which prompted laughs from Nicki. “You are hilarious!” she told her.

She also addressed her wardrobe malfunction at the VMAs. Her team wasn’t able to zip up her outfit in time, so she walked on stage nearly naked. “I didn’t have any underwear on, no underwear, no bra,” said Nicki. “I was butt ass naked.”

As a joke, Ellen presented her with a large safety pin to prevent it from happening in the future.

Plus, she played a word game called “Butt Wait There’s More,” inspired by her ass.

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Sep
10
Rap-Up TV: Elijah Blake Talks ‘Drift’ EP, J. Cole, & Writing for Rihanna

Elijah Blake has penned records for everyone from Britney Spears to Mary J. Blige, but on September 30 he will step into the spotlight with his own EP Drift. The majority of the eight tracks were produced by No I.D., with contributions from J. Cole, Pop & Oak, and Illangelo.

Rap-Up TV recently caught up with the multi-platinum singer-songwriter, who is managed by Roc Nation, to discuss the project.

“You can expect No I.D. at his finest. He’s pushing it,” said Blake, who is signed to No I.D.’s ARTium imprint on Def Jam. “I think everybody’s heard him do stuff for Common and Kanye, like the edgy hip-hop stuff, but this time they’ll really get a glimpse of No I.D. doing some cool, progressive R&B, soulful production.”

Cole produced and is featured on “Vendetta,” which leaked last year. “[Cole] felt like the song didn’t get the proper treatment, so this is our way of putting it back out there into the universe and letting people hear it in the best way possible,” said Blake.

When he’s not working on his own music, he’s been in the studio with Usher, Keyshia Cole, and Rihanna.

“She’s always on some new stuff. She never even stopped recording,” he said of the “Diamonds” singer. “I think right after the last album dropped, she was in the studio two weeks later. They ain’t even know what album they was gonna put it on, but that’s why she’s probably one of the best of our generation.”

Check out the Drift cover art and tracklisting below.

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Sep
10
Wiz Khalifa Performs ‘Stayin Out All Night’ on ‘Conan’

Wiz Khalifa

After celebrating his 27th birthday earlier in the week, Wiz Khalifa stopped by “Conan” on Tuesday night. Sporting a T-shirt with the words “Not Guilty” next to OJ’s face, the Taylor Gang chief gave a rock star performance of “Stayin Out All Night” as part of the show’s Summer Music Series.

His album Blacc Hollywood drops 6-10 on the Billboard 200 this week, selling 20,000 copies.

Watch Wiz crash the stage.

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Sep
10
Video: Faith Evans f/ Missy Elliott & Sharaya J – ‘I Deserve It’

Missy Elliott, Faith Evans, and Sharaya J

Four years after the release of her last album, Faith Evans returns in the Derek Blanks-directed video for “I Deserve It.”

With her girls Missy Elliott and Sharaya J by her side, the First lady hits the club in search of a mighty good man. But what she finds is a bunch of losers. Several suitors including YouTube sensation Ice JJ Fish try to put the moves on her, but it’s Terrell Owens who eventually knocks her off her feet.

Faith’s sixth album Incomparable is due November 25 featuring contributions from Jazmine Sullivan and Karen Clark-Sheard.

Watch the ladies make it hot.

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