Nov
25
DeJ Loaf Performs ‘Try Me’ on ‘Tonight Show’

DeJ Loaf

DeJ Loaf has everyone from T.I. to Jimmy Fallon singing her praises. On Monday night, the Detroit rapper made her network television debut on “The Tonight Show.” Wearing a knit robe and shades, the 23-year-old performed her underground hit “Try Me” with some help from The Roots.

Her second mixtape Sell Sole dropped last month and she is working on her Columbia Records debut for release in 2015.

“I’m here to stay. Legendary, ya feel me?” said DeJ during a recent appearance on “106 & Park.” “I’m just ready to go crazy. I’ve been waiting my whole life for this.”

Watch her bring her cool and confident swagger to late night.

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Nov
24
Pharrell Williams Stars in Chanel Short Film [Teaser]

Pharrell Williams and Cara Delevingne

Pharrell Williams makes a royal appearance in Chanel’s short film Reincarnation. The “Happy” hitmaker gets romantic with model Cara Delevingne in the clip, which was directed by Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld.

The video tells the story of Coco Chanel, and her inspiration for Chanel’s signature jacket. When she goes to Austria in 1954, she spots the hotel elevator hand (played by Pharrell), who is the inspiration behind the jacket.

In addition to starring in the film, Pharrell composed and wrote the lyrics to “CC the World,” the soundtrack which accompanies Reincarnation.

The full film will premiere on December 1. Watch the trailer below.

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Nov
24
New Music: Tinashe f/ Jeezy – ‘Pretend (Remix)’

Tinashe and Jeezy

Can we pretend? Tinashe swaps out A$AP Rocky for Jeezy on the remix to her Aquarius single. The Snowman raps about Grey Poupon and boasts about his pipe game (“I could have been a plumber”) on the seductive Detail production.

On December 5, Tinashe will kick off the U.S. leg of her “Aquarius” tour.

Hear Jizzle on the remix below.

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Nov
24
New Music: Jordin Sparks – ‘How Bout Now (Remix)’

Jordin Sparks

Following her breakup with Jason Derulo, Jordin Sparks is going on the record. The “American Idol” champ puts her ex on blast on her stinging remix to Drake’s “How Bout Now.”

“Remember I deleted all my other guys’ numbers out my phone for ya? / Remember when you broke your neck and I had to wash your back for ya?” she sings.

“You didn’t really fuck with me way back then, but how bout now? / ‘Cause I’m up right now and you suck right now.”

Listen to the first offering from her mixtape Bye Felicia, which drops Tuesday at 11:11 a.m. PST.

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Nov
24
J. Cole Gives a Tour of His Childhood Home

J. Cole

In anticipation of his upcoming third album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole gave Complex a tour of his three-bedroom, two-bath childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he lived with his mother and brother.

“This is the first house I ever owned in my life and it just happens to be the last house I grew up in,” said Cole of the 1,698-square-foot crib that he purchased in June of this year for $121,000.

He showed off his bedroom, which he recreated to look like the room he grew up in. “I tried to get as accurate as possible, messy,” he said.

Cole used to rap in the mirror and write his rhymes in that room. “I became way more introspective. This is where I started dreaming the dream.”

He cut pictures of his favorite rappers out of magazines and put up posters on the wall. He begged his mother to buy him a beat machine and she eventually did, and that’s when he started making his own beats.

But despite all the fame and fortune that would follow, he realized that the materialistic things were only temporary, and the love for his family and music was the most important.

“That’s what buying this house represented for me,” he explained. “It was validation, it was vindication for them foreclosing this place [on] my mom, and it was also a symbol for me like I know what’s important. You can’t run from home.”

Cole plans to allow a family to move in to the house “very close to rent free” every two years.

Take a trip down memory lane with Jermaine Cole.

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Nov
24
New Music: Mark Ronson f/ Mystikal – ‘Feel Right’

Bruno Mars, Mystikal, and Mark Ronson

If you watched “SNL” this weekend, you would have seen Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ debut performance of “Uptown Funk” and the premiere of “Feel Right” with Mystikal. The “Locked Out of Heaven” producer gets down with the New Orleans rapper, who channels James Brown on the funky jam, while Bruno provides ad libs.

“Rhyming kung fu that split bamboo / Crowd rocking ain’t no stopping that rapping ass fool,” spits an animated Mystikal.

Both tracks will appear on Ronson’s upcoming fourth album Uptown Special, due January 27.

Check out the lyric video below.

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Nov
24
Video: Faith Evans – ‘Fragile’

Faith Evans

To celebrate the release of her eighth album Incomparable, Faith Evans drops the “Scandal”-inspired video for “Fragile,” which features a sample of The Mamas & the Papas’ “California Dreamin’.”

In the cinematic clip, directed by Derek Blanks, the First Lady of R&B stars as the First Lady of the United States in her very own White House. Pooch Hall plays her unfaithful husband and president. While she’s taking care of their two kids, he is cheating on her with one of his staff members, but Faith puts on a smile and acts like everything is OK.

The video is sure to ignite some controversy for its parallels to Evans’ past relationship with Biggie.

Watch the presidential plot play out below.

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