Videos

Aug
19
Video: Nicki Minaj – ‘Anaconda’

Nicki Minaj

Baby got back. Nicki Minaj drops the big and bootyful video for her Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampled banger “Anaconda.” The tropical-themed clip, directed by Colin Tilley, stars the reigning rap queen in all her voluptuous glory.

She shakes her famous ass in a rainforest before heading to the gym, where she does yoga in a G-string. Next, it’s to the kitchen, where she sprays whipped cream on her breasts and eats a banana. In between her chair choreography, she gives Drake a lap dance he won’t ever forget…but just don’t touch.

Produced by Polow Da Don and Da Internz, the raucous rump shaker will appear on Nicki’s upcoming third album The Pinkprint, due this fall.

The video is everything and more, and we cannot lie.

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Aug
19
Video: Trey Songz – ‘What’s Best for You’

Trey Songz

Trey Songz doubles his pleasure in the video for “What’s Best for You,” the latest single off his chart-topping album Trigga. In the cinematic clip, which debuted on Twitter, the R&B heartthrob juggles two relationships at the same damn time. He charms both ladies, but in the end, he’s left in an empty bed.

“I want what’s best for you, but I don’t want you to leave / It’s not about what I want, but it’s all about what you need,” sings Trey.

Just last week, he and Chris Brown announced a co-headlining tour for this fall.

See Trigga go from hero to zero real quick.

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Aug
19
Rap-Up TV: K. Michelle Is Ready to ‘Snatch Wigs’ with Sophomore Album

K. Michelle has parlayed her reality show fame into hit singles, a No. 1 album, and now a musical. The “Love & Hip Hop” alum will star in her first hip-hopera, “K. Michelle: Rebellious Soul – The Musical,” airing tonight at 10 p.m. on VH1. Directed by Idris Elba, the 30-minute special features eight songs from her debut Rebellious Soul.

Rap-Up TV caught up with the buxom beauty at her house in Los Angeles, where she resides with her two dogs, Pacer and Puff Daddy.

“I wanted to turn my album into a story,” she said. “Each of my songs tell a story about something I’ve had to go through and something I’ve done. So I said, why not take this and turn this album into a piece and turn these songs into a conversation and make you better understand a lot of my thought process behind the records.”

The Memphis songstress is also putting the finishing touches on her sophomore album with help from Eric Hudson, Pop & Oak, and Timothy Bloom. “My second album is absolutely amazingly scary good, juicy, yummy,” she said. “I’ve been working with a lot of producers that are musicians. I don’t do the beatmakers. I’m not gonna run and do what’s hot right now, no.”

The first single is due in the next two to three weeks, with the album out this fall. “It’s basically done. I’ve locked myself away. We’ll be announcing a lot coming up about it very soon.”

The album will feature a surprise country duet. “I love country music. I have a country record that we’re doing, a country feature that you’re never gonna expect,” said K. “It’s just me musically. I threw myself into it.”

She drew inspiration from some of her peers. “You study the greats and people you admire, like I loved how Christina Aguilera, each album had a sound. It had a feel. It was a different sound. Kanye’s good at that, a themed album with sounds and everything. I wanted to make sure coming back before snatching these girls’ wigs, I had to make sure that I snatched it in a manner of musicality and I wanted people to know that I am a musician. This album is so musical. I feel like it’s so ahead of its time.”

Aug
19
Jennifer Hudson Performs on ‘Today’

Jennifer Hudson

New York City woke up to the soulful sounds of Jennifer Hudson. Showing off her toned tummy in a “Strong” T-shirt, the powerhouse diva took over Rockefeller Plaza on Tuesday for the “Today” concert series, and belted out “It’s Your World,” “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” and her brand new song “Dangerous” off her upcoming album JHUD, due September 23.

“With this album, I feel as though you get a sense of my energy and that’s why we named it JHUD because you’re getting to know the girl and not just the public persona of Jennifer Hudson,” she said. “I want you to know the person.”

She worked with Timbaland and Pharrell on her third LP, which is a departure from her usual big ballads. “That’s all a part of artistry, is reinventing yourself,” she explained. “I don’t believe in being boxed in, or limits.”

In addition to her career, the Oscar and Grammy winner is busy being a mother to her five-year-old son David, who starts kindergarten this week. “I feel like I just had him!” she said.

Watch JHUD shut down the Plaza with her powerful pipes.

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Aug
19
Behind the Video: Teyana Taylor – ‘Maybe’

Teyana Taylor

G.O.O.D. girl gone bad. Teyana Taylor takes a trip to the dark side in the video for “Maybe” featuring Pusha T and Yo Gotti. G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady takes “106 & Park” behind the scenes of the sexy and mysterious clip, which was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut.

A lingerie-clad Teyana does a striptease in a medieval mansion and rocks blonde and purpleish-gray wigs.

“The look that I was going for was the whole underworld, kinda sassy, kinda sexy place,” she explained.

The full video will premiere this week, while her debut album VII is set for release on October 21.

Go behind the scenes below.

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Aug
19
Video: HAIM f/ A$AP Ferg – ‘My Song 5′

Vanessa Bayer and A$AP Ferg

A$AP Ferg invades daytime television in the video for HAIM’s “My Song 5.” Directed by Dugan O’Neal, the comical clip centers around a Jerry Springer-type talk show called “The Dallas Murphy Show.”

Vanessa Bayer of “Saturday Night Live” plays host Dallas Murphy, and the video features cameos from a cat-loving Ke$ha, Big Sean, Grimes, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Ariel Rechtshaid, and the Traplord himself, who discovers that his girlfriend has a girlfriend.

The original song appears on the sister trio’s debut album Days Are Gone, which was released in September.

Watch all the drama go down.

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Aug
18
Drake, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Iggy Azalea, & Lady Gaga Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Iggy Azalea

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken social media by storm, and has everyone from Oprah to Kobe Bryant getting wet for a good cause.

Your favorite rappers and singers are also participating in the phenomenon while raising money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Inspired by 29-year-old former college baseball player Pete Frates, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over $13 million.

During the “Drake Vs. Lil Wayne” tour, Drake accepted the challenge on stage, while his tourmate poured the ice water over his head. He then nominated BeyoncĂ©.

J.Lo got an ice bath from her twins and challenged her “Booty” partners Pitbull and Iggy Azalea.

Wearing an orange bikini, a screaming Iggy got soaked and called upon T.I., Charli XCX, and her “Black Widow” collaborator Rita Ora.

A blond Chris Brown challenged Bow Wow, Trey Songz, and The Game, who in turn nominated Tyrese, T.I., and Omarion.

A shirtless Justin Bieber challenged President Obama, who opted to donate money instead.

Kylie Jenner dumped a bucket on Tyga, but not before he challenged Nicki Minaj, Drake, and August Alsina.

Lady Gaga had the most avant-garde presentation, dumping a silver ice bucket over her head while maintaining a serious face.

Tinashe turned it into a family affair, taking the challenge with her parents and brothers, while Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids took the plunge together.

Watch some of the wet and wild videos below.

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