Posts Tagged ‘song’

Nick Grant Tells Us How He Turned Inspiration From A Will Smith Movie Into A Song

1974′s iconic Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman is one of the sport’s all-time bouts. Before the pair squared off for eight rounds (ending with Ali toppling Foreman), local spectators in the crowd chanted their support for Ali, the underdog, in their native Lingala, “Ali Bomaye!” — translation: “Ali, kill him!”

This rallying cry has since become a go-to mantra in hip-hop, including for The Game in 2012, and now for South Carolina up-and-comer Nick Grant — the MTV PUSH artist for the month of September.

As he told MTV recently, he first encountered the phrase while watching Will Smith’s portrayal of the legendary boxer in 2001′s Ali. So he updated it with his own name for a song he called “Nicky Bomaye.”

“I just took that based on my position of the game and how I want to compete and contribute and always just want to be the best,” Grant told MTV. “Because that’s what hip-hop was based on from the start.”

He continued the boxing theme by calling DJ Khaled, whose trademark motivational maxims feature on the studio version of the track, the Mickey and/or Apollo Creed to his Rocky. “He’s encouraging me and talking me through it because in this time, I’m one of the guys that’s pushing that heavy and trying to put it back into the culture where people start to respect it again,” he said.

Watch Grant break down the meaning behind the song above. Then watch his full performance of “Nicky Boyame” below.

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Lil Xan On His New Song With Noah Cyrus: ‘I Fell In Love Really Fast’

It’s an exciting time to be Noah Cyrus and Lil Xan. Just hours after dropping their first collaborative track, the couple made their red pink carpet debut at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night (August 20).

While speaking to MTV News before the show, Xan and Noah talked up “Live or Die,” a mellow love song that finds them promising, “When you lay by my side / I see the whole world through your eyes / Ride or die, you and I.”

“We dropped it at midnight. It’s doing terrific. It’s a romantic, love kind of song. You know, I just fell in love with this girl really fast,” Lil Xan said, while Cyrus gushed beside him.

She added, “We wrote it really quick. We wrote, like, three songs in a week, and this was the one that we decided to put out. And we love it.”

As for those other two songs, the 18-year-old pop star and 21-year-old rapper — who confirmed their relationship with some Instagram PDA at the end of July — are still deciding how they’ll be released. They insist fans will hear the tracks eventually, and, in fact, an entire joint project (credited to both “Diego and Noah,” she said) may already be in the works.

“Some will go on her album, some will go on my album,” Xan explained. “And then we’re just going to continue making great music and keep on vibing. … A three-song EP, five-song EP — we’re so down for that.”

Check out “Live or Die” below, and keep those eyes peeled for more new music from Xan and Noah (#Xanoah?) — it sounds like these lovebirds are having quite the creative streak.

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Will Drake, Cardi B, Or Dua Lipa Win The VMA Song Of Summer Award? You Decide

There’s just a week to go until the 2018 VMAs, and all of your millions of votes are being tallied to determine which artists will take home a shiny Moon Person. But your job isn’t finished yet! Give those voting fingers a big stretch, because we’re revealing the nominees for one final category: Song of Summer, powered by truth.

Cardi B — who already racked up a whopping 10 nominations this year — now has two more to her name. “I Like It,” her smash with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, is up for the Song of Summer prize, as is her remix of “Girls Like You” with Maroon 5. Drake’s viral “In My Feelings” is also up for contention, but he’ll face stiff competition in Post Malone, Juice WRLD, and DJ Khaled. And on the pop front, Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss” is a strong contender, as is Ella Mai’s inescapable “Boo’d Up.”

Voting for the tournament-style Song of Summer opens this week on MTV’s Instagram Stories. The first round takes place today, the second round on Tuesday, and the third round — featuring the final two contenders — on Wednesday. Voting officially closes on Thursday, and the winner will be announced during the VMA pre-show, airing on Monday, August 20 at 8 p.m. ET.

See the full list of nominees below, and get voting for your fave!

  • Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”

  • Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – “I Like It”

  • DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo – “No Brainer”

  • Drake – “In My Feelings”

  • Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”

  • Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”

  • Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You (remix)”

  • Post Malone – “Better Now”

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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Drake Still Isn’t Over That Girl Who Said He Couldn’t Sing On 2 Chainz’s New Song

Drake has an excellent memory. On 2 Chainz’s “Bigger Than You” featuring Quavo, the Canadian rapper references a time when people weren’t as excited to hear him break the melodies out — “‘Member shorty told me she thought the raps good, but the singing’s off.’”

Considering the previous bar mentions a time when he had a pre-paid phone it is safe to assume this was probably anywhere between 2007 – 2009, where Drake was first coming into his singing voice on projects like So Far Gone. What is the chance this is the same girl who told Drake he’d never be “as big as Trey Songz” on “From Time?”

Thankfully, “Bigger Than You” isn’t all about women who said Drake needed to work on hitting the correct notes. Quavo handles the hook, which is about warning fans he’s on “baller alert,” while the fine ladies are on “caller alert.” 2 Chainz also blesses us with the punchline, “Chain so big, should have came with a kickstand,” which same.

In February, Chainz announced the release of his next album, Rap Or Go To The League, in front of a blimp. On Instagram, the Atlanta rapper described the theme of his fifth studio album would center on race relations and the stereotypes he faced growing up.

“With the height of racial tensions across America I felt I should do my part in explaining some of the brain washing formulas used in my community,” Chainz wrote. “This album not only touches on those who did succeed thru entertainment but those who didn’t! Welcome to Rap or Go TO THE LEAGUE!”

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Kanye West’s New Song ‘Lift Yourself’ Is Here, And It’s Mostly About Poop

Kanye West has made his musical return, and there’s no way it sounds like anything you might’ve predicted. Unless, that is, you guessed that his first new song since 2016 would be about poop.

On Friday night (April 27), the Chicago rapper — who’s been causing drama all week with his divisive, Trump-supporting tweets — tweeted the link to his website, which now auto-plays a song called “Lift Yourself.” The majority of the track features a chorus of soulful voices singing, “Lift yourself up on your feet, let’s get it on.” Almost two minutes in, ‘Ye speaks over the track, saying, “They don’t realize though, this next verse, this next verse though, these bars, watch this.” He then launches into a “verse” in which he mostly raps a variation of, “whoopdedy-scoop, whoopdedy-whoop-scoop-poop,” followed by an abrupt end. You just can’t make this shit up.

Hours before the song’s release on Friday, West teased “Lift Yourself” by tweeting, “I’m going to drop a song with a verse that will bring Ebro the closure he’s been seeking.” Ebro, of course, is the radio host Kanye’s been semi-feuding with all week. He also added, “the bars,” with a ton of fire emojis to really drive his point home.

Head to kanyewest.com to hear the song in full, and look out for more new music soon. The rapper recently announced that he has a new solo album arriving on June 1, followed by a collaborative project with Kid Cudi on June 8. Let’s hope he gives us some fresh bars that aren’t just about poop.

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This Rapper Turned The Boy Meets World Theme Song Into A Banger

Who knew the universe needed a rap version of the Boy Meets World theme song? Apparently, Ski Mask The Slump God was aware of this glaring omission from reality and set to make everything right. Yesterday (April 19), the Broward County rapper released “SKIMeetsWorld.” The JamzTurnMeUp-produced beat samples the season one theme song by Ray Colcord. However, this sample is not to be confused with the season five through seven theme written by Phil Rosenthal.

“SKIMeetsWorld” might borrow heavily from the family-friendly ABC show, but the song’s content is enough to make Mr. Feeny squirm. Ski raps about his above-average sexual prowess using beloved children’s cartoons like Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, and Toucan Sam. Approach the track cautiously if you’re afraid of getting your childhood ruined.

The original version of “SKIMeetsWorld” was supposed to feature Busta Rhymes. Ski Mask alluded to that fact in a recent interview with XXL.

“I got verse from Busta Rhymes for my song ‘Boy Meets World,’ Slump God said. “Super excited about it. The song is gonna be crazy and he killed his verse, so I can’t wait for y’all to hear it. Also, he’s hoping on other beats I have left over from Timbaland and then we gonna add him on those tracks, so it should be crazy. He’s going to be in the video for “Nationwide” as well because the video for that song is inspired by Busta Rhymes’ crazy videos from back in the days.”

Ski Mask’s next mixtape, Beware of the Book of Eli, is rumored to drop in April. Praying Topanga gets a feature.

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How Swae Lee’s Producer Gave Him The Sauce For His First Solo Song

On February 28, Swae Lee emerged from his chrysalis with “Hurt To Look.” Since 2014, the public has watched Lee transition from the prepubescent sugar rush of Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone” to the nocturnal adrenaline spike of “Black Beatles” two years later. He’s brought titans of pop like The Weeknd and Future into his world. Lee’s pen inspired a nation to get into “Formation.” His hook was literally and figuratively “Unforgettable.”

What many may not know is that Andre “Bizness Boi” Robertson along with Fwdslxsh and EY helped create the bed for Swae to so expertly flex on “How To Look.” The 30-year-old spent years building toward this moment. In 2011, his grandmother assisted the then-aspiring producer in his move from Milwaukee to Atlanta. Over the course of three years, Bizness worked with artists like T.I., Lil Scrappy, and Trae the Truth. In 2014, his relocation to Los Angeles led to work with PartyNextDoor (“Don’t Run,” “You’ve Been Missed,” “Don’t Know How”) and 6Lack (“MTFU”).

It takes a village to build a pop star, and Bizness is helping lay a solid foundation for the Rae Sremmurd star-turned-soloist. In an interview with MTV News, Bizness Boi reveals the origins of “Hurt To Look” and describes what it is like to collaborate with Swae Lee.

MTV News: How did you first connect with Swae Lee?

Bizness Boi: So my homie Jon Wells — he’s a DJ for them. He was just listening to me and Ye Ali’s [L.A.-via-Indiana rapper-singer] music. Basically, they heard it. They was on a tour bus. Rae Sremmurd was on a tour bus. Then Swae Lee was like, “Yo, who is that?” Then he let ‘em know. He’s like, “Yo, who making these beats?” Jon hit me like, “Yo, Swae and them are loving your beats. Can you send a pack?”

So I started sending beats to Jon, and Jon would forward them over to Swae Lee. Then Jon was like, “Send them straight to Swae Lee now.” So I was sending, sending, sending beats. So I DMed [Swae Lee] one day. I was just reaching out to him. I was like, “Yo, I’m gonna send you a pack today.” He hit me back like, “Yo, I love your beats. You already got two on my album.” I was like “Oh, OK.”

MTV News: How did “Hurt To Look” come about? Was it something that you had in mind for Swae Lee? What was the origin?

Bizness: When I work with artists, I like to give them new sounds and new types of beats, basically. Just so they can step outside their box. Just push themselves.

I was sending him all types of beats. He gravitated to the newer sounding — I don’t want to say pop beats, but, like, the single that just dropped, more of those types of beats he was gravitating to. The “Hurt To Look”-type sound, just something different from the Rae Sremmurd stuff.

MTV News: Have you gotten a chance to get into the studio with him and see how he records and writes?

Bizness: Yeah, when we came back from OVO Fest, he invited me over. ‘Cause we was like, “We’re flying back today.” Me and my manager were flying back that night. He’s like “Yo, as soon as you touch down, pull up to the crib.” I pulled up. I was doing beats.

He actually records himself. He know how to record himself, do all the effects and everything. Basically, he if like a beat, he’ll just load it up and then put the phone right there and press record and go in.

MTV News: What do you think it is about your production — Swae Lee ghostwrites, so does PND — that attracts them?

Bizness: I just understood throughout my journey, once you work with writers and R&B artists, artists period, it’s our job as producers to make the most melodic or simple beats possible, if that makes sense.

If you put too much in the beat, it kinda takes away from their creativity, because they’ll be restricted on melodies and stuff like that. So when I make beats, I try to keep it minimal, but real standout-ish.

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Vince Staples’ New Song Has A Not-So-Subtle Message For All His Haters

Earlier this week, Vince Staples randomly launched a GoFundMe campaign to financially support his lifestyle. If all his haters helped him reach his goal of $ 2 million, he promised to shut up forever. Yesterday, the Long Beach rapper was crushed when he found out that his “early retirement” fundraiser was taken down, but after tweeting to Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres for help, the page was quickly reinstated. (Right now, he has raised almost $ 1500.) As it turns out, this was all promotion for his newly released single “Get The F*ck Off My Dick” which can be abbreviated as “GTFOMD.”

On the Ritz Reynolds and DJ Dahi-produced track, Vince eloquently fires back at every facet of the music industry from critics and journalists to record labels and award ceremonies. “This the sound I made, won’t nobody knock me off my wave,” he spits with confidence. Last year, Vince dropped Big Fish Theory which has been hailed by many as his most experimental album yet. No confirmation on whether or not “GTFOMD” means that a fresh full-length album is on the way, but I’m *very* into it either way. Raise your middle fingers in the air and bump the track below.

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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.

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Old-School Kanye West Is Back and His New Song Is Amazing




Old-School Kanye West Is Back and His New Song Is Amazing

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