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Meek Mill Was The Real Winner Of The Super Bowl

Meek Mill said it best, “I used to pray for times like this.” Tonight (February 4), the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl in franchise history and the moment was soundtracked by one of the most inspirational songs in hip-hop history.

In November, Mill was sentenced to two to four years after a judge ruled that he violated his probation. However, his city’s football team kept his name alive in the locker room and on the field. In a statement to Bleacher Report, the incarcerated rapper described how much the Eagles being inspired by his music meant to him.

“It really lifted my spirit to hear the team rally around my songs because that’s why I make music — to inspire others and bring people together,” said Meek. “The Eagles have also motivated me with the way they’ve overcome tough situations and injuries to succeed this year.”

Here are some of the best Meek Mill reactions from celebrities, fans, and sports fanatics.

  1. Dance, Dance We’re Falling Apart To Halftime

    We wouldn’t be mad if Meek Mill was having a dance, dance revolution in his cell. The man deserves it.

  2. Kiss The Ring

    Please get Jacob the Jeweler on the line ASAP and make this happen.

  3. Free Meek Mill

    The “Dreams and Nightmare (Intro)” means so much to the Eagles and the city of Philadelphia that #FreeMeekMill is trending on Twitter.

  4. Prison Break

    Someone call Wentworth Miller.

  5. Future Mills

    This gets the award for the most heartfelt message of the night.

  6. Where Is Uzi?

    Somewhere a Hot Topic employee is helping Lil Uzi Vert decide his outfit for the upcoming parade. Wonder if he’ll give a shout out to his city’s other famous rapper.

  7. Yo, Adrian!


Migos And Kung Fu Movies Merged In The ‘Stir Fry’ Video Thanks To This Director

Quotes from Gordon Parks, the ’70s U.K. glam scene, and Quavo’s nunchuck proficiency aren’t topics one might expect to discuss with the director of the latest Migos video. But Sing J. Lee isn’t most directors. At first glance, “Stir Fry” merely seems like another example of the burgeoning virality and humor at the center of the Migos’ growing brand. However, under the surface is a world of influences that may be lost on the average American.

Esoteric, thoughtful, and detailed, Lee bleeds his influences in conversation. He’ll break down how the lighting and aesthetic choices for “Stir Fry” come from legendary films by Wong Kar-wai. That thread will pull at another, and soon you’re learning a brief history of the traditional southern Chinese kung fu martial art Wing Chun.

Before working with the Atlanta trio, Lee had never worked with a rapper, let alone the biggest rap group in the world. So how does a British-born, Wales-raised director with parents from Hong Kong get tasked with merging the world of classic kung fu films and North Atlanta trap?

In an interview with MTV News, Lee discusses the wild making of the “Stir Fry” video.

MTV News: Does anything about the day you guys filmed the video stick out — anything that was super funny that will always stay with you?

Lee: I brought the game of Mahjong to this video, which is what you see them playing with Pharrell and Nigo and Migos are at the table. This was on the second day. We’re about ready to shoot, and Quavo and Pharrell ask, “How do you play this game and what is this game?” We anticipated this. We brought a Mahjong master to come down on set.

But we spent 20 minutes with this old Chinese guy explaining how to play this game of Mahjong. He explained it well, but he started backwards and went to the beginning. Just watching Migos, Nigo, and Pharrell just trying to figure out how to learn to play this Mahjong game was hilarious.

MTV News: How do you teach Quavo to use nunchucks or Takeoff to fight a wooden dummy?

Lee: My production designer JC Molina, he called me and was like, “I have cinderblocks, you know, the prop cinderblocks in my storage. Let’s bring them and put them into the set and maybe we can get one of them to chop it.” One of our extras turned out to be, like, a nunchucks master and brought nunchucks randomly. So on the day, we just spontaneously [said], OK great, let’s assign three different things for this training scene that we need to do anyway.

So Quavo wanted the nunchucks. I think he used to play with them when he was a kid. We gave Takeoff the wooden block to fight against. And Offset wanted to smash some cinderblocks. So that’s how they all came together.

MTV News: What was the thinking behind putting those bloopers at the end?

Lee: Well, because of how funny Migos were actually on the day. When we were doing take after take and the whole set was cracking up. Me and the label were discussing that actually — you know what, we probably have some really funny moments amazing moments and we should definitely use them and roll them at the end like the Rush Hour bloopers or the Jackie Chan movies.

I think it makes Migos look really likable and it was really funny. You can see how fun shooting this actual project was. Again, it was another great moment to [pay homage to] Asian kung fu movies.

MTV News: Is the “Stir Fry” video inspired by a specific kung fu movie or movies? Or is it something where you pulled from a lot of different films?

Lee: In terms of style and in terms of the aesthetic and the lighting, I was looking at old favorites like In the Mood For Love by Wong Kar-wai or 2046. In terms of the films, I was looking at obviously Bruce Lee films with Enter the Dragon and Fist of Fury. When I got to the martial arts element, I was really looking to try and capture that and write that in a way that we really don’t see it captured in American cinema.

In American cinema, fight sequences are really dramatic and dynamic, and there’s lots of cuts and slow-mo and high-speed. With those old Chinese films, they really don’t cut unless absolutely necessary. They really hold on their shots and let the action play out, and this was something that I thought the viewer wouldn’t pick up on, but definitely sense that tone. They’ve seen it before.

So I was looking at the fight sequences in films like House of Flying Daggers and the Ip Man films with Donnie Yen. The fighting style I wanted to pay homage to again was Wing Chun, which is what Ip Man was famous for. It’s what Bruce Lee learned before he created his own martial arts. It’s a very fast and dynamic form of fighting. It’s nimble and it’s exciting.

MTV News: A majority of Asian imagery in pop culture tends to be watered down, highly offensive, or problematic, and there is rarely a full immersion in a culture. Did you ever have a conversation with Migos about respecting and not appropriating Asian culture for the music video?

Lee: We didn’t, but I think there was just an unspoken agreement. I mean, I like to think they brought me onto this project because they liked the idea. I think that’s what happened. It was fortunate that I’m also Chinese.

As someone who, at this point in my own personal projects, is really focused on profiling correctly and empowering our community, I like to think of myself as just a director, but there’s also a great opportunity to be a Chinese director on this one specifically. They, throughout the whole project, just treated everything with a lot of respect, and we didn’t have a conversation, but I think there was the assumption that we are going to do this right.


Iggy Azalea Is Mostly Singing On Her New Pop Song With Quavo

Four years after breaking big with The New Classic, Iggy Azalea has had a career that’s seen almost as many dips as peaks. But the Aussie rapper is still on the grind, and on Friday (February 2), she returned with the new single “Savior.”

There are two major surprises about this hooky, radio-friendly jam: 1) Featured artist Quavo doesn’t get his own verse and is instead relegated to hook duty, and 2) Iggy barely raps on it! This is Iggy in full-on pop mode, pondering over dancehall-inspired synths, “My heart beats for you only / I wonder if you even know me.” Quavo, meanwhile, lends his Auto-Tuned touch to the instantly hummable refrain: “I’ve been looking for a savior.”

In a video posted to Twitter, Iggy explained why the song hits home for her, saying, “It is not a record about you needing a man or a woman to come and save you in a relationship. It’s about you being your own savior and finding your own strength within yourself to figure it the fuck out. It’s a really hard record for me to have written and I think it’s going to be one I really struggle to perform, too, just ‘cause I’ll probably wanna cry every single time.”

She added in a separate tweet, “I just wanted to share what I went thru with depression for the last few years and spread a message that you can find your happy.”

According to Genius, “Savior” is the lead single from Iggy’s upcoming sophomore album, Surviving the Summer (meaning Digital Distortion has apparently been scrapped once and for all). Keep your eyes peeled for the LP’s arrival this year.


Bruno Mars Is Plotting A Celebratory Tour With ‘Lil Sis’ Cardi B

Fresh off his domination at the Grammys, Bruno Mars is plotting a victory lap around the country — and he’s bringing a very in-demand guest with him.

The 24K Magic singer — who won six Grammys last weekend, including Album of the Year — hinted on Thursday night (February 1) that he’ll embark on another U.S. tour this year. Mars last toured North America from July to November 2017, but he says he wants to take another spin to “celebrate 24K Magic together one last time.”

But that’s not all. To sweeten the deal, Mars is bringing a special guest on tour: the one and only Cardi B, who features on Mars’s “Finesse (Remix).” “Annndddd…what if I told u imma bring my lil sis @iamcardib on tour so we can really turn your city upside down! Make this finale a party!!” Mars wrote.

No dates or venues have been announced as of yet. Mars is currently wrapping up the Latin American leg of his 24K Magic world tour, and is then scheduled to hit Las Vegas for a four-night run of shows, followed by lengthy legs in Australia, Asia, and Europe. He has international shows booked through July, so it looks like he won’t be returning stateside for a while. But when he does, it’ll probably look a little something like this (meaning it’ll be SO worth the wait):


Morning Bop: Time To Get Into Beyoncé’s “Formation”

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Morning Bop: End The Month With A Mike WiLL Made-It Banger

Welcome to Morning Bop: each AM, we’ll be providing you with a blast of the latest music news headlines along with the perfect song you need to start your day. Wednesday’s #MorningBop is “23″ by Mike WiLL Made-It featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J because the BANGERZ era was lowkey baller.

While you crank that up, here are seven trending news stories to keep tabs on today:

  1. Anna Burch unleashes “Quit The Curse”

    The single is the title track from her debut album which is out on February 2 via Polyvinyl Records.

  2. Rostam’s “Bike Dream” is a beautiful tour of Paris

  3. CHVRCHES might be back?!

    No idea what this cryptic clip means, but I am ready for the return of the best band from Glasgow!

  4. Rich Brian shares a trailer for his debut album

    Amen is slated to drop on February 2.

  5. Let’s Eat Grandma drops “HOT PINK”

    The lo-fi banger is produced by SOPHIE.

  6. TOKiMONSTA shares her video for “I Wish I Could” featuring Selah Sue

  7. Onyx Collective releases visual for “Fruit Stand”

    Can someone please send me to Japan immediately?


Morning Bop: Get Up And “D.A.N.C.E.” All Day Long

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Logic Calls Out Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Line In Impassioned Grammy Performance

Following his powerful performance of “1-800-273-8255” at the VMAs last year, Logic delivered yet another show-stopping moment at the Grammys on Sunday night (January 28).

With Alessia Cara and Khalid by his side, the rapper performed his suicide prevention anthem with stunning poignancy and emotion. Once again, he was surrounded by suicide attempt survivors and loss survivors, and the screens behind him lit up with the song’s title, named after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. At the end of the song, Logic launched into a fiery speech that urged the crowd to “stand and fight for those who are not weak, but have yet to discover the strength that the evil of this world has done its best to conceal.”

He continued, “On behalf of those who fight for equality in a world that is not equal, not just, and not ready for the change we are here to bring, I say unto you, bring us your tired, your poor, and any immigrant who seeks refuge. For together, we can build not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united.”

Following his performance, Logic shared a photo of the print-out of his speech on Twitter. Notably, he wrote “NOT SHITHOLES” in big, bold letters to describe “beautiful countries filled with culture, diversity, and thousands of years of history.” His word choice was bleeped on the CBS telecast, but it’s vital that he got the message across: one that clearly calls out President Trump’s recent comments about immigrants.

“1-800-273-8255” lost both categories it was nominated for this year — Song of the Year and Best Music Video — but it’s performances like these that prove its remarkable impact.


Morning Bop: Noname Would Want You To Hit The “Diddy Bop” This Weekend

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Did Migos Take Inspiration From Kim and Kanye’s Wedding For Their Latest Performance?

Offset might not be planning his wedding to Cardi B yet, but it seems like he’s being influenced by other famous nuptials. Last night (January 25), Migos appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and performed their Pharrell-produced song “Stir Fry” in front of a wall full of white roses. The scenery is very similar to the wedding of a producer that features on Culture II.

For those that don’t remember, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were married in front of a wall of white flowers in 2014. The estimated cost of the extravagant flowers is $ 136,000. If Migos spent that much on their Tonight Show performance, it would go down as the baddest and boujeeist flex the show has seen in its 64-year existence.

Culture II at a whopping 24 tracks, is out now and features Drake, Travis Scott, and 21 Savage among other star-studded guest appearances.


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