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Oct
24
Rap-Up TV: T.I. Talks Chris Brown Collaboration, Signing Troy Ave

With his ninth album Paperwork in stores this week, T.I. celebrated its release with a concert for iHeartRadio on Thursday in Burbank, Calif. Before hitting the Honda Stage to perform his hits including “Bring ‘Em Out,” “Live Your Life,” and “About the Money,” the King caught up with Rap-Up TV to discuss collaborating with Chris Brown on the raunchy bedroom banger “Private Show.”

“We wanted to make grown women cream themselves. I think that was the pure, definite intention behind the record,” said Tip. “I think that we were both kinda trying to one-up one another: ‘You’re not gonna make a girl cream before me. I’m gonna say something that you didn’t say and it’s gonna make her feel a way that you didn’t make her feel.’ We just kinda continued that volley back and forth and then we had a little ball of inappropriate innuendos at the end of it called ‘Private Show.’”

Earlier this week, Troy Ave fueled speculation that he signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle label by appearing on the Hustle Gang remix to DeJ Loaf’s “Try Me” alongside Tip and Trae Tha Truth. While a contract may not be finalized, T.I. considers Troy to be Hustle Gang.

“Never mind the paperwork, I can’t really speak for the deals or the solidification of a professional relationship, but personally he’s definitely Hustle Gang. That’s something that I feel comfortable saying.”

He praised the Brooklyn rapper, who was among this year’s XXL Freshman Class. “He’s a solid cat,” said Tip. “He has something that New York has been missing for quite some time and he’s not afraid to be a New Yorker. I salute him for that early on.”

T.I. is battling it out against Logic on next week’s charts, but sales are not his priority anymore. “Don’t get me wrong, everybody wants to do well in everything that they do, but at the same time you have to judge yourself based on a scale of the statistics of what’s considered normal or acceptable for today. Ultimately the fans receiving it and really being able to relate to the music and really appreciating it as much as we appreciated putting it together, that is more important to us at this point in time.”

The multi-tasking mogul doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. He will star in the upcoming Marvel movie Ant Man and has already chosen titles for his next two albums, Paperwork: The Return and Paperwork: Love and Liability.

Oct
24
Iggy Azalea and Jim Carrey Star in ‘SNL’ Promo

Jim Carrey and Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea is putting in work. After dropping her new single “Beg for It,” the blonde bombshell will play musical guest on this weekend’s Halloween episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Iggs stars alongside host Jim Carrey in a series of funny promos. She plays it cool, while the quirky comedian has some fun with her name and a fake grill.

Iggy will hit the stage to perform “Beg for It” with MØ for the first time, and maybe even appear in a skit.

“SNL is going to be so sick,” she tweeted earlier this month. “I’ve been working with the amazing Jamie King on all my new live ideas. He is brilliant and understands me.”

Watch I-G-G-Y bring her talents to 30 Rock.

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Oct
24
PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake Perform ‘Recognize’ at S.O.B.’s

PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake

On the eve of his 28th birthday, Drake turned up with PARTYNEXTDOOR during his first NYC show at S.O.B.’s on Thursday night. After joining him onstage during the tour kickoff in Montreal earlier this month, Drizzy and his OVO Sound signee performed “Recognize” for the packed crowd, while PND pleased with other material off his album PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO.

Drake told his fellow Canadian to soak it all in. “It’s moments like tonight that you’ll never forget, my man,” he said, adding, “Even though it’s my birthday at midnight, I just want to let you know that I’m proud to be here with this guy, ’cause it’s your night tonight, boy.”

PND’s “PARTYNEXTDOOR Live” tour continues through November 22 with stops in Miami, Atlanta, Toronto, and L.A.

Watch OVO put it down at S.O.B.’s.

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Oct
23
Video: Tamar Braxton f/ Future – ‘Let Me Know’

Tamar Braxton

In between hosting “The Real” and taping her reality show “Tamar & Vince,” Tamar Braxton still finds time to slay the screen in the extravagant video for her new single “Let Me Know.” The R&B songstress shines in all her diva glory in the clip, which she directed. She switches up her look several times, from blonde to brunette, and even covers her naked body in glitter.

The Future-assisted song samples Aaliyah’s “At Your Best (You Are Love).” “I’m definitely a fan of Aaliyah,” Tamar said of the late singer. “She was one of my good friends because her uncle [Barry Hankerson] and my sister [Toni] were affiliated at the time, so I spent a lot of time with her.”

Tamar is currently in the studio finishing the follow-up to last year’s Love and War. The new season of “Tamar & Vince” premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on WE tv.

Tamartians, get your life below.

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Oct
23
Jennifer Lopez Performs Dance Medley at We Day Vancouver

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez celebrated the power of youth with a dazzling performance at We Day Vancouver, the annual event honoring young people who create positive change around the world.

Following an introduction from host Selena Gomez, the pop superstar/philanthropist closed out the show with a dance medley of hits including “Let’s Get Loud,” “On the Floor,” “Get Right,” and her latest hit “Booty.”

“Ya’ll think it’s over ’cause it ain’t over,” said J.Lo before showing out with her dance moves.

She applauded the students for their hard work. “You make the world a better place,” she said. “I am very proud of you all.”

J.Lo is reportedly close to inking a $26 million deal for her own Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood.

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Oct
23
Video: Mary J. Blige – ‘Right Now’

Mary J. Blige

When the queen comes to town, everything shuts down. Mary J. Blige lands in London in the Mike Ho-directed video for “Right Now,” the Disclosure-produced single off her upcoming album The London Sessions. The R&B matriarch rides through the streets in a black Bentley before pulling up to an underground dance club and hitting the stage as fans go wild.

The London Sessions (see tracklisting) is due December 2 featuring production from Rodney Jerkins, Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé, and Naughty Boy.

On November 23, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will grace the stage at the American Music Awards in L.A. Her collaborator Sam Smith is also among the performers.

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Oct
22
Sam Smith Wins Big at MOBO Awards; Jeremih, Jessie J, & Kid Ink Perform

Sam Smith

Sam Smith continued his breakthrough year at the 2014 MOBO Awards. The British sensation picked up four awards including Best R&B/Soul Act, Best Male Act, and Best Song for “Stay With Me” at the 19th annual ceremony at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on Wednesday.

Eve presented the Best Album to Smith for his critically-acclaimed debut In the Lonely Hour. “I just want to thank ever single person who wrote on my record with me and was my personal therapist for a good year,” said Smith, who dedicated the award to his parents.

Nicole Scherzinger served up her single “On the Rocks” off her album Big Fat Lie, which was released in the U.K. earlier in the week. Jessie J was joined by special guest Kid Ink on “Burnin’ Up,” and Jeremih had the crowd moving along to his top 10 hit “Don’t Tell ‘Em.”

K. Michelle turned heads on the red carpet in a bootylicious black dress, Eve arrived with her husband Maximillion Cooper, and Kid Ink brought his own hot date.

Other MOBO winners included Beyoncé for Best International Act and Jessie J for Best Female Act.

Check out more photos and performances below.

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