Big Sean is the latest rapper to break the pop mold, following the footsteps of Nelly, Wiz Khalifa and Kanye West. His Chris Brown-assisted urban chart-topper “My Last” garnered him so much attention that MTV nominated him for the “Best New Artist” Video Music Award.
In a recent interview with MTV, Sean revealed he didn’t want to record the song.
“When No ID gave me that beat for the song “My Last,” I did not want to do it at all.”
He later explained No ID convinced him by stating his alternatives.
“He was like, ‘Man, do you want to be a mixtape rapper forever, or do you want to make songs people can live to and dance to?’ ” Read More
After making a triumphant comeback with Still Standing, Monica plans to keep the streak going with her seventh studio album New Life.
Recently, she filmed the video for the lead single, “Anything (To Find You),” featuring Rick Ross, with Chris Robinson. Hip Hollywood caught up with the ATL songbird where she discussed removing Lil’ Kim from the record. Read More
America’s favorite face on camera, Cassie, strikes a pose on the cover of “Illuminati Issue” of Idoll Magazine, the second issue from the magazine that was created by renowned agencies such as Elite, Wilhelmina, One and Next, and is available exclusively to models and industry heads.
The issue offers advice, tips and issues facing the modeling industry, including the ‘Illuminati: The new model Order’.
Last night, the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards were held at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. One of music’s lyrical assassins Drake, who is ironically signed to Young Money, won a handful of awards including “Songwriter of the Year” for penning tracks “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready),” “Find Your Love” and more. In his speech, he thanks his mother, Kanye West and André 3000, and slights former President of Universal Motown Sylvia Rhone. Read More
Judging by his credentials and success, one would assume Hawaiian crooner Bruno Mars was a veteran; however, tomorrow will mark Mars’ first time hitting the Video Music Awards stage as a solo artist.
Not only will he perform, Bruno is in the running for four Moonmen – Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Pop Video and Best Choreography. Read More
The West’s hope Kendrick Lamar matches the mellow “ADHD” with a slow motion Va$htie-directed visual. The 24-year-old Compton-based rapper sports an “I Love New York” fleece for the third visual lifted from his debut album Section.80.
As you may know, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) “is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination.” It’s widely accepted that our generation is the poster-child for mass ADHD, and Va$htie plays with this theory in Kendrick’s video.
In the first verse, Lamar tells the tale of a loss generation where age doesn’t exist, and people find comfort in vicodin, marijuana and other drugs to slow them down. He states no opposition, but a plethora of alternatives can be assumed.
Later in the verse, he suddenly transfers his attention to a girl, where he raps about her throughout – which emphasizes on the attention disorder.
On the surface, the actual video doesn’t relate to the message in the song; however, the references says otherwise. Case in point, the cinematography and certain scenes resemble that of 90′s movies (convenient store, bike riding). Although it had its problems, the 90′s were a time when awareness was cognitive, events that took place two days ago weren’t considered old, dated or irrelevant, and drugs weren’t as openly abused (at house parties), unlike today.
Also, the dog mask appeared in 1977 film Killer of Sheep, which may or may not be an intended reference by Va$htie (for the sake of my review, it is a reference). The film exposes a black Los Angeles ghetto, where teenagers succumbed to “societal pressures,” and adults “struggled to live with dignity in their poverty” or fell victim to crime in an attempt to get out of poverty. Identical to what happens today, according to Kendrick’s “ADHD.” Read More
Within the first few seconds, Robin Thicke‘s distinct vocals can be recognized on the Motown-esque “I’m an Animal.” It picks up where the risqué Sex Therapy leaves off, and adopts a soulful aggression Christina Aguilera circa 2006 would envy.
In July, Robin performed at a Remy Martin event in New York City, but did not speak on any album details. Hopefully “Animal” is an indication for the sound of Thicke’s fifth studio album. During a time when mainstream music is plagued by pulsating beats and repetitive lyrics, the release of “Animal” is quite refreshing.
Listen to the audio, provided by Interscope below… Read More
What artist releases 14 free tracks and follows that with even more new material? Every rapper post-2009 you say? Well Curren$y is the current culprit. Earlier this week, Spitta released his DJ Drama-hosted mixtape Verde Terrace, which followed the Pilot Talk series, Return To The Winners, Covert Coup and Weekend At Burnie’s.
Earlier today, Curren$y liberated “Smoke Sum’n,” which has a verse from Lil’ Wayne. It was intended for the original release of Verde Terrace, but apparently Spitta isn’t a fan of checking emails. Read More