Jason Derulo really wants you to give a damn about his music. Perhaps his desires will come to fruition if he stops blatantly jacking the styles of already popular artists.
The poor man’s Chris Brown surpassed his doppelgänger with the 2 Chainz-assisted “Talk Dirty,” but on his latest track, “Side Fx,” he sounds like Trey Songz and Mario in the more distinct parts of the song. On top of that, sections of the production sounds like the beat from Miguel’s “Pay Me.” (The “gimme pound gimme euro gimme yen” song.) Read More
In case you missed the memo from his first 11 albums, 46-year-old Robert Kelly would like to remind you that he’s a sex “Genius.” There’s not much else to be said about this song. R. Kelly being “blessed with the insight to please” women’s bodies is pretty much the premise and conclusion. His 12th album, Black Panties, is due out on November 11th via RCA.
Are you familiar with John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s two-week-long “Bed-Ins for Peace”? Neither am I. That’s why it’s great to have conscious contemporary artists like Jhené Aiko and Childish Gambino exposing neglected moments of American history.
The artistic duo appear disheveled on the grainy, Tumblr-friendly cover art. They both hold a single, colored flowers, clearly symbolizing whatever took place in the bed moments before the photo was snapped. Jhené details their sensual adventures on “Bed Peace,” a title taken from John and Yoko’s accompanying documentary. Read More
- Janelle Monáe would really prefer you all to focus on her music and not her sexuality.
- Some bold fan snatched Beyoncé offstage during “Irreplaceable.” Mrs. Carter’s bodyguard swiftly saves the damsel in distress, and she went on unfazed.
- Chris Brown plans on supporting his X album with a world arena tour and packaging his life in a John Singleton-lensed documentary.
- Miley Cyrus isn’t the only mainstream diva bitten by the Juicy J bug; Katy Perry tapped Juicy for “Dark Horse,” a promo single from her Prism album. Astonishingly, it isn’t generic fodder.
- Britney Spears new single, “Work Bitch,” is more basic than the cover art. The single will likely flop, so the Pop icon is desperately begging fans to support the record.
- Gucci Mane was arrested Saturday morning after cussing out a few Atlanta cops (they probably deserved it) while in possession of marijuana and a gun. This happened after he squared off with some R&B singer named Show at Lenox Square.
- Although Azealia Banks’ debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, is still pending, the combative rapper is already giving fans a taste of her sophomore album, Fantasea II: The Second Wave. Stream “Count Contessa” on SoundCloud. (I still don’t get what she does.)
- Jaden Smith has been tweeting some really weird things, y’all.
- Rick Ross and Yo Gotti appear in Gunplay’s cheaply made video for “Gallardo.” (Irony?) Strippers twerk throughout, so all is forgiven.The heavy-hitting track appears on MMG’s Self Made, Vol. 3.
- Speaking of Rozay, a fan fainted when she saw the Biggest Bawse at an MMG in-store signing. It’s obviously a stunt (or he indeed put molly in her champagne), but it still happened.
- Lee Daniels’ The Butler, an independent historical drama staring FOrest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, crosses the $100 million Box Office milestone.
- The Arctic Monkeys puts an indie rock spin on Drake’s top ten hit, “Hold On, We’re Going Home.”
- Solange wears socks with sandals in a video posted on her label’s website—SaintRecords.com.
- Ronald Isley is still the smoothest R&B cat in the business. “My Favorite” found him collaborating with Kem, who wrote, produced and is featured on the track.
Obviously Kelly Price went to the Olivia Pope School of Public Speaking. The “booked” diva is a master when it comes to enunciation, breath control, diction, inflection, tone and eye contact. When she wants you to accept her lies as truths, she speaks swiftly and clearly without stumbling over her words.
Perhaps this sorcery is effective to mindless fans looking for validation everywhere except where it matters, but in 2013, before an audience of virtual anthropologists (people engulfed by reality TV), her efforts are futile. Read More
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones turned 40 yesterday, but if you follow his social media accounts, you know he’s been celebrating all week. Thursday, September 12th, Hennessy threw God’s Son an incredible birthday bash in New York City, and the “One Mic” rapper wore a snazzy, pink blazer to the extravaganza. Read More
- Nick Jonas wants to be Taylor Swift so badly. “R.I.P.” singer Rita Ora ripped his heart out, and he laments on new song “What Do I Mean To You.” He admitted the bitter lyrics were about Rita—whose name he mentions in the second verse—in a recent interview.
- The beautiful LeToya Luckett stars in Future’s video for “Honest.” The Colin Tilley-lensed video is shot so well, you almost disregard the blood streaming from your ears.
- Elle Varner’s relationship with NBA player Iman Shumpert has already met its demise.
- Tinie Tempah follows “Trampoline,” one of the worst records I’ve ever heard, with “Children of the Sun,” a universally appealing track courtesy of John Martin’s soaring chorus. Tinie’s inspired verses aren’t that bad either.
- Lorde is the latest indie sensation on the brink of mainstream superstardom, which means she’s at the brink of obscurity. The Lana Del Rey-inspired singer has followed her top ten debut single, “Royals,” with a less infectious but equally impressive track titled “Team.”
- Solange is featured on the titular track of Janelle Monáe’s The Electric Lady, but Lady Monáe felt the song needed a few more eccentric souls. She recruited rap legends Big Boi and Cee Lo Green for the remix.
- Britney Spears looks bored and constipated on the “Work Bitch!” single cover.
- Kanye West has been charged with criminal battery and attempted grand theft for “attacking” a paparazzo at LAX back in July.
- Sam, portrayed by Tyler, the Creator, orders his goons to beat up Wolf Haley, also portrayed by Tyler, in the trailer for WOLF, the movie adaptation of his latest album.
- If the members of Odd Future were less offensive and made music crafted for radio, they’d be Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The way these guys’ minds are set up…look, they stay inspiring me. Watch Mack & Ryan’s video for “White Walls.” There are a lot of cameos
- Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes recruits Jason Mraz for his new single, radio-friendly single “Rough Water.”
Ahead of its September 24th release date, Drake is slowly liberating tracks from his third album Nothing Was the Same. Following the Wu-Tang-approved “Wu-Tang Forever,” the former Degrassi star took to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to premiere “Too Much,” featuring Sampha, with a well-enunciated presentation.
On the first verse, Drake says that despite “stackin’ up like [he's] fundraisin’,” he won’t become complacent like most recording artists in his position. He also gives some backstory about his second home, Houston, and he references a few H-Town staples (Bun B, Paul Wall and Mike Jones) while doing so. Read More