Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Watch Kendrick Lamar Pay Tribute To Mac Miller’s Life, Music, And Contagious Smile

While the music world continues to feel the aftershocks from the unexpected passing of Mac Miller — who died on September 7 at age 26 — memorials and tributes for the late rapper have been flowing in. The latest comes from Kendrick Lamar, who thoughtfully remembered his friend and collaborator in a video recorded for Complex’s Open Late With Peter Rosenberg on Wednesday night (September 12).

After calling Miller a “funny, funny, funny individual” and talking about how he had “the same type of sick, twisted sense of humor” as him, Lamar continued, “Great musician, great writer. Just always had a smile on his face, and that’s something that I commend. No matter what he was going through, he didn’t make you feel sorry for him. He was strong about it.”

Lamar, who collaborated with Miller on 2016′s “God Is Fair, Sexy Nasty,” further commended the Pittsburgh MC’s unbridled positive energy.

“He always kept a smile on his face because he wanted you to smile too, and that’s just something I always loved,” he said. “No matter whatever personal issues, he gave you that energy. It wasn’t no ‘misery loves company’ with him. He showed a smile and you gave that smile right back. It made you feel good. So forever we gonna remember the life and we gonna remember that smile. Celebrate. Mac Miller. Love!”

Lamar’s video comes just a day after thousands of Miller’s family, friends, and fans gathered at Pittsburgh’s Blue Slide Park to honor his life with a hometown vigil.

The Open Late episode also featured Miller tributes from Macklemore, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ ign, and more. See the full episode here.

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Childish Gambino Pays Tribute To Mac Miller At His Live Show: ‘He Just Loved Music’

Mac Miller’s untimely death at 26 last week has ushered in a torrent of support, love, and memorializing from his peers in the music world and beyond. Notable moments came from his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande, who posted a striking photo of Mac over the weekend, as well as fellow rappers like Chance, Kyle, Wiz Khalifa, Post Malone, and more.

At a tour stop in Chicago, as The Fader points out, Childish Gambino offered his take on Miller’s death as well, pausing the show for a heartfelt musing on how the two complemented each other through the years. As the fan-captured video below shows, Gambino began with a simple declaration: “I’m a very sensitive person… but this Mac Miller shit got me fucked up.”

“He was so nice. Y’all don’t know, like, he was the sweetest guy,” he continued. “A lot of critics were like, ‘Yo, this corny-ass white dude,’ just like they’re like, ‘Yo, this corny-ass black dude.’ And we used to talk, and this kid, he just loved music.

“We should be allowed to be sad about that. Like, my heart was broken. And I feel good about being sad because it tells me that he was special, that I had a special moment.”

Gambino used Miller’s rise, which was concurrent with his own, as a reminder that people don’t have to be beholden to the narratives and expectations and definitions that other people place on them. “We’re all way too complex to be a narrative,” he concluded, before telling Miller he loves him and dedicating his song “Riot” to him.

Check out Gambino’s sweet tribute in the clip above.

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Logic’s ‘One Day’ Music Video Is A Stark Portrayal Of Families Separated At The Border

Logic has never shied away from delivering important messages in his art. His latest video for “One Day” featuring Ryan Tedder features the story of two men who live vastly different lives.

The Andy Hines-directed visual begins by introducing viewers to an immigrant family trying to cross the border. However, when they are captured, their son is taken to a separate detention center and eventually fostered by an American family. As the video progresses, we see the boy go to high school, college, and end up fulfilling his dream of becoming a doctor.

In contrast, a Caucasian family celebrates their son’s birthday and over the course of the seven-minute visual, he is corrupted by anger, hatred, and prejudice. He eventually becomes a neo-Nazi who almost dies as a result of his racism. The twist of the video pushes the two diverging storylines together in an unlikely way, but no spoilers here.

“One Day” features superb cameos from Michael Peña, Judy Reyes, and Luis Guzmán, who all turn in excellent performances. Logic and Ryan Tedder only make a brief appearance during the latter half of the video, but thankfully they will be performing their inspirational hit at the VMAs on Monday (August 20).

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Voting is now open at vma.mtv.com!

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G-Eazy Reveals He Was Working On New Music With Halsey Days Before They Broke Up

The craziest kind of breakup tends to be the most unexpected. On Tuesday (July 3), Halsey shocked fans by announcing that she and G-Eazy were “taking time apart.” And while fans of the PDA-friendly couple are mourning the break-up, the blow is made even worse by G-Eazy’s new revelation that the pair may have been plotting new music together.

In an interview with Billboard conducted days before the couple broke up, G-Eazy revealed, “We were just in the studio the other night and we made a couple records. She’s one of the most talented people in music.”

The “Him & I” rapper also explained how special it is to make records with someone you love.

“When you get to collaborate with the person you’re in love with and share this experience of making a song and performing a song, and the person you’re sharing it with is that… that’s really dope,” he said.

Halsey’s short statement didn’t shed light on the reason for her and G-Eazy’s sudden split. The singer wished her ex “the best,” but later shared an Instagram post with a potentially shady Drake lyric as its caption. Some fans are even claiming that a recent Halsey tweet that says “pumpkin eater” could hint at why the couple broke up. It’s safe to say this isn’t the end of the conspiracy theories.

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Migos Remake Netflix’s Narcos In The Music Video For ‘Narcos’

When the topic of who is putting out the best music videos in hip-hop arises, most people stick to artists like Drake and Kendrick Lamar, and maybe slip in J. Cole. It might be hyperbole to call that a modern travesty, but it clearly is one. Migos, with Quavo in the director’s chair, have created some of the most entertaining visuals of 2018 and they’re still underrated.

“Motorsport” was Fast & Furious meets The Jetsons, “Stir Fry” was a kung fu movie-inspired epic, and “Walk It Talk It” transported viewers back to the days of Soul Train lines.

The Atlanta trio’s reign thankfully continues with the release of “Narcos,” which finds Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff cosplaying as Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel. “Narcos” is ludicrous, captivating, and hilarious in the way only Migos know how to be. There is a gunfight with 21 Savage. The rappers’ tucked-in Polo attire is dripping with swag. Quavo has the time of his life on a boat. What more could you ask for?

“Narcos” isn’t the first time the infectious energy of Migos has taken over a video. In an interview with MTV News, director Sing J. Lee discussed how Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff’s comedic chops inspired him to include a blooper reel in “Stir Fry.”

“Well, because of how funny Migos were actually on the day,” Lee said. “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.”

So when are we going to let Quavo into the Academy?

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KYLE Opens Up About How Kid Cudi’s Music Saved His Life On TRL

TRL guest KYLE is slowly becoming the king of collabs, but Sway Calloway was most interested in a recent studio session with Chance the Rapper, Quavo, Rich The Kid and French Montana that he casually posted on Instagram. KYLE wouldn’t reveal too much about what went down, but he did share some highlights from the experience.

After that, he explained the origins of his strong bond to Kid Cudi’s music and how the rapper got him through a hard time in his life. “I felt like I found somebody who understood,” said KYLE. “He showed me the power of music. You can save somebody’s life with it.” Needless to say that meeting Kid Cudi at Coachella was the ultimate full-circle moment for him. He adds, “I was so happy to see my superhero in the flesh.”

KYLE also opened up about what it means to have his own holiday in his hometown of Ventura and the importance of giving back to his community. TRL airs on weekdays at 8:00am ET!

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Why Did Kanye Invite TMZ To His Office To Preview New Music?

Kanye West really does love Donald Trump, and no amount of texts from John Legend is stopping that. On Thursday (April 26), the Chicago rapper — wearing a pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” hat — teased new music for TMZ’s Harvey Levin. Over a minimal beat that sounds unfinished, Kanye spit a brief and provocative a cappella verse.

“Hopped off the Amistad and made ‘I’m a God,’ / It’s always a lituation when I’m involved,” Kanye proudly proclaims. Unfortunately, Yeezy’s rhymes do not feel like a lituation. Kanye’s first bar is likely referring to the Amistad slave rebellion. In 1839, 53 Africans revolted on the Amistad schooner as they tried to sail back to their homeland. The lyric is confusing considering West recently called slavery a trend on Twitter.

Kanye continues his verse by comparing parents to strippers and claiming the anonymous guardians teach white dominance.

See I say what they say when the mic is off
Parents are the strippers
Strip kids of they confidence
Teach white dominance
Question your common sense
See I been washed in tradition that Imma rinse

Over the weekend, Kanye shared he has a solo album and a project with Kid Cudi releasing in June. So this verse might appear on either project.

Kanye’s return to Twitter has been met with controversy. Snoop Dogg and Ice-T aren’t feeling West’s support of Donald Trump. Chance The Rapper and Kim Kardashian have gone out of their way to defend Kanye’s right to speak his feelings. Earlier today (April 26), Kanye leaked a conversation between him and John Legend and accused his former G.O.O.D. Music artist of manipulating his “free thought.”

The album rollout for Kanye’s seventh studio album has been a bizarre and exhausting ride. It is hard to tell where the rapper will go next from here.

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Morning Bop: OSHUN Makes The Music World A Much Better Place

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. Thursday’s #MorningBop is “My World” by OSHUN featuring Jorja Smith because Taurus season is on the horizon and this is the jam you should blast during the transition.

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

  1. Tyler, The Creator shares “ROSE TINTED CHEEKS”

    I wish that all of my rough drafts sounded this good.

  2. Watch Let’s Eat Grandma’s music video for “It’s Not Just Me”

    The SOPHIE-produced track is straight off the duo’s forthcoming debut album I’m All Ears due out on June 29 via Transgressive.

  3. Watch the Kevin Abstract-directed visual for Slow Hollows’ “Lessons For Later”

    Welcome back, Austin W. Anderson.

  4. D∆WN offers a dark and sexy cover of Janelle Monáe’s “PYNK”

    Janelle approves and that’s honestly all that matters.

  5. Stop what you’re doing and stream The Trp’s soak EP

    It’s dripping with feel-good vibes.

  6. Dijon casually drops a pretty new single called “SKIN”

    I think I just found the song that I’m going to set for my night time skincare routine.

  7. CupcakKe drops a video for “Spoiled Milk Titties”

  8. VanJess releases their IAMNOBODI-produced single “Addicted”

    Say no more ladies, I’m hooked!

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Juicy J On The Rebirth Of ‘Who Run It’: ‘Three 6 Mafia’s Music Will Never Die’

Juicy J is humble. He has ample reason to brag, but still, he’s humble. In 2018, the Billboard charts and radio are filled with interpolations of, samples of, and homages to Three 6 Mafia, the Memphis group he helped found in 1991.

G-Eazy, A$ AP Ferg, and Future all lifted lyrics from Juicy’s “Slob On My Knob” to chart-topping success. Rae Sremmurd’s “Powerglide” features a sample of “Side To Side.” G Herbo, with the expert timing of DJ Bay Bay, introduced the “Who Run It” beat to a new generation. Now A$ AP Rocky, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Trippie Redd, and CupcakKe are updating the 1999 classic.

Somehow, Juicy knows all of this and stills comes off modest. Over the phone, his words tumble out with the same ferocity as his bars, but his energetic disbelief juxtaposes the delivery. In a conversation that most will read and never hear, he still comes with the same exuberance of a radio show. He plugs new artists like Hendry AZ, gets excited to describe how he’s executive producing a new $ uicideboy$ album, and shares that his new production for Project Pat sounds like ’90s Juicy.

On Monday (April 9), Juicy updated “Who Run It” with a new freestyle, which is hilarious considering two things. First, the Delfonics-sampling track still sounds so current that it doesn’t need a facelift. Second, the Juicy of 2018 sounds as fresh as the Juicy of 1999.

In an interview with MTV News, Juicy discusses the reception of “Who Run It,” its iconic music video, and how it feels to know that Three 6 Mafia is arguably more relevant in 2018 than they were in 1999.

MTV News: How has it felt to see the reception to “Who Run It” almost 19 years later?

Juicy J: Man, it’s amazing. I always figured that the music would be bigger than what we thought when we was doing it back in the day, cause it was so different. Our style is different. Our sound of music is different. The way we make beats is different. And I always just felt that it would impact sometime. Back in the day, we was underground music. It was only a certain amount of people heard it. A lot of the songs that people are discovering now, nobody had never heard of those songs.

I always felt like the music was bigger than what we was making. We making the music, but I felt like it was going to be something bigger than what we thought. And here it is. Now 20 years later you see everything reocurring, “Slob On My Knob,” “Chickenhead,” “Who Run It,” “Late Nite Tip.”

MTV News: Did you guys envision that type of longevity?

Juicy: It’s such a blessing. Coming from a little underground group from Memphis, Tennessee and then winning an Academy Award, selling millions of records, performing at the Academy Awards, we won an American Music Award, I mean, like, an MTV Award. It’s such a blessing. It’s just incredible. The music is classic.

MTV News: Have you seen G Herbo’s original freestyle that started this whole new wave?

Juicy: I saw it. Shouts out to G Herbo. Shouts out to Hollyhood Bay Bay. That’s my dawg. That’s the DJ that pulled the beat up. He pulled the beat up and Herb just killed it. Shout out Trippie Redd and Lil Yachty, A$ AP Rocky, you know, everybody that’s paying homage. I seen that flow. I was like, wow.

MTV News: So far who do you feel has done the beat justice?

Juicy: Man, I think everyone did their thing. Everybody has their own style. The way they do their music. I enjoyed them all.

It just feels good to see these youngins pull that instrumental up and just rip it like that. That’s a good feeling, man, that this music is timeless. It’s classic. Three 6 Mafia’s music will never die.

MTV News: Do you remember what is was like making that song back then?

Juicy: Man, when we made our songs, we used to get high and go into the studio and just turn up. [laughs] You know what I’m saying. I remember the video and everything too. Man, we was just crunk, drunk. You know what I’m saying? High as hell. High as hell in the studio. High as hell in the video.

MTV News: That video was iconic. What do you remember about that day?

Juicy: Man, I remember we was hanging out the car. I thought I was gonna fall off the car and shit. The way we was sitting on that car. It was a truck, riding down the street in this truck, and we was doing this action scene. I thought we was going to fall of that motherfucker, man.

That was a crazy video and it was all underground. All this stuff was underground, you know? We made amazing music that was straight underground. We didn’t get much radio play back in the day. We didn’t get a lot of radio play. Nothing like that. Just to see the impact on it now is just amazing.

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Kanye West Is Apparently Back On His Mountaintop Making Music

Kanye West famously recorded his 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, in Hawaii, and the stories of personalities as disparate as Rick Ross, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and Nicki Minaj making music amid clouds of weed smoke are legendary. As West works on his new LP, reportedly in picturesque Wyoming, I can’t help but wonder: Are such revelries happening on this majestic mountaintop out west?

According to some recent updates from eagle-eyed Kanye fan accounts, the answer might be yes. And that’s exciting.

Above is a sample of the natural wonders by which West has apparently surrounded himself, along with a quick little snippet of his own head (complete with what looks like pink hair). Photos on fan accounts seem to confirm this, as well as Kim Kardashian’s presence out there too, doing some skiing.

But even more important than West’s hair or Kim’s slope work is who else has seemingly made the trek up to Kanye’s mountaintop creative kingdom (and it does seem to be creative, as per this shot of recording/editing software). In the past week or so, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Nas, A$ AP Bari, King Louie, and The-Dream have all been reportedly spotted in Wyoming, along with producers Jeff Bhasker, Wheezy, and Pi’erre Bourne.

Of course, just because all these talented musicians and writers happen to be in the same general location as Kanye at the same time he is doesn’t mean they’re recording with him. And even if they are, there’s no guarantee that their contributions will be made into final songs at all, let along songs that make it to a hypothetical eighth West LP.

But it still could mean that. And that’s good news, especially after West’s erratic behavior and eventually canceled Saint Pablo Tour at the end of 2016.

The last we heard from him, he popped back up on Instagram for a day — Valentine’s Day — as a grand romantic gesture for his wife. Maybe the next thing we’ll hear is a song or two — music he didn’t have to go all the way to Hawaii to make.

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