Posts Tagged ‘Video’

Eminem Infects An Entire City With A Shady Symbiote In ‘Venom’ Video

Just in time for the release of Marvel’s blockbuster Venom, Eminem has released the official video for his track of the same name. Unsurprisingly, it’s a dark and murky affair that has plenty of body-hopping symbiote action but, sadly, no Tom Hardy.

The “Venom” visual is a continuation of Em’s video for “Fall,” which ends with him smashing a CD copy of his (oft-panned) 2017 album, Revival. That disc houses an alien symbiote similar to Venom’s, and it causes a bunch of everyday people — and even a dog! — to spaz out and rap Em’s bars while haphazardly infecting one another. After working its way through the city, the virus eventually gets back to the Detroit MC, who in turn morphs into Venom itself in the vid’s final moments.

Along with appearing on the film’s soundtrack, “Venom” is the closing track on Eminem’s recent surprise-dropped album Kamikaze, which hit No. 1, becoming the rapper’s ninth chart-topping solo project. Venom hits theaters today (October 5).

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Watch Post Malone Smash Guitars And Shotgun Beers In ‘Better Now’ Video

If you loved watching Post Malone and Aerosmith smash a guitar onstage at the VMAs, you’ll definitely want to watch the rapper’s new video for “Better Now.”

Released on Friday (October 5), the Adam Degross-directed vid chronicles Post’s touring adventures via a black-and-white compilation of his finest live moments. When he’s not performing in front of throngs of hyped fans, we see Post shotgunning a Bud Light, riding a scooter, wearing a tiara, and, of course, gleefully smashing an axe. All of this has nothing to do with the breakup-centric lyrics of “Better Now,” but it doesn’t really matter — this is about seeing Post in his element and proving why he’s a bonafide rockstar.

“Better Now” is yet another top 10 hit from Malone’s chart-topping sophomore album, beerbongs & bentleys. It’s been a banner year for the rapper, and he’s not slowing down yet — on October 28, he’s set to throw his inaugural Posty Fest, headlined by himself and Travis Scott. Check out the full lineup below.

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Cardi B Is The ‘Queen Of Talkin’ Shit’ In Pardison Fontaine’s New Video

We haven’t heard Cardi B on wax since her feature on Lil Yachty’s “Who Want the Smoke” in July, and a lot’s happened to the Bronx MC since then. Most notably, she and husband Offset welcomed a baby girl together in July, but she’s also found herself at the center of a heated, ugly feud with Nicki Minaj.

On Thursday (September 20), Cardi turned the focus back on music with a fresh feature on Pardison Fontaine’s new single, “Backin’ It Up.” Cardi and Pardi are longtime friends and collaborators — he wrote two of her biggest hits, “Bodak Yellow” and “Be Careful” — and Cardi recently shared a video of them partying together years before she blew up. She wrote of their new collab, “I’m really happy to be joining him on his next single BACKIN’ IT UP, which will be dropping later on! I did the song and shot the video while I was 5 and a half months pregnant! I was cranky as fuck but I knew that it was going to be a Hit! Hit! Hit!”

In the newly released video, Pardi and his crew post up in a pizza shop before taking over a dimly lit dance floor. That’s where Cardi joins the fun, rocking a big fur coat and spitting characteristically confident lyrics. “I’m the queen of talkin’ shit and I’m backin’ it up,” she proclaims, later asserting, “Bitches think they fuckin’ with me, must be sick in the head / Why don’t you chill with the beef and get some chicken instead?”

It’s unclear whether “Backin’ It Up” will appear on Cardi’s upcoming project, which she originally targeted for a September 1 release. That date has obviously come and gone, but no matter when her new material arrives, it’s good to see her back.

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Noah Cyrus And Lil Xan’s ‘Live Or Die’ Video Immortalizes Their Doomed Romance

Two weeks after Noah Cyrus and Lil Xan very publicly and messily announced their breakup, we’ve gotten an unexpected reminder of their fleeting summer fling.

See, brief as their romance was, the 18-year-old singer and 22-year-old rapper managed to be quite the productive couple, recording and releasing the mellow, synth-heavy collab “Live or Die” in August. And on Monday (September 17), they unceremoniously leaked the track’s accompanying video, which immortalizes their doomed love in one very shadowy clip.

Cyrus co-directed the vid alongside Tony Corella, and it finds Xoah in happier times; cuddling and kissing by a fireplace as a spotlight illuminates their moves. Meanwhile, they pledge their loyalty to one another by promising, “When you lay by my side / I see the whole world through your eyes / Ride or die, you and I.” Sure, it’s pretty awkward to watch now, but just pretend you’re seeing it *without* the prior knowledge of knowing these two might’ve broken up over an X-rated Charlie Puth meme.

In happier news, Noah is gearing up for the release of her debut EP, Good Cry, which arrives on September 21. Xan, meanwhile, may or may not be quitting music altogether, so cherish “Live or Die” while you can.

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Eminem’s ‘Lucky You’ Video Sends A Message To Young Rappers: He’s Watching

Since dropping his ninth album, Kamikaze, out of the blue in late August, Eminem’s been in the news a lot. Most of the headlines stem from the rapper’s ongoing beefs with everyone from Joe Budden to Machine Gun Kelly, but it appears Em is now turning the focus back on promoting his new project. After outrunning his critics in the eerie video for “Fall,” Em now finds himself stalked by copycats in the vid for the Joyner Lucas-featuring “Lucky You,” released on Thursday (September 13). (And no, they’re not the bleached Slim Shady clones from the 2000 VMAs… though that would’ve been pretty great.)

The inspiration behind the vid is pretty straightforward: Eminem inspired an entire generation of MCs, and he believes they shamelessly and deliberately copy his every move. The video takes that concept literally, as hordes of hooded, red-eyed men imitate him and Lucas as they rap on top of wrecked cars in a run-down town. Em and Lucas proceed to have some fun with it, making their imitators dab, hump the air, and hop on one foot while patting their heads. Lightheartedness aside, however, it’s clear Em is sending a message to the hip-hop world: They may be watching his every move, but he’s watching them, too.

Though Kamikaze has sparked countless debates about the return of Slim Shady, the album still sold enough to deliver the ninth No. 1 album of Eminem’s career. Maybe this was the revival fans were waiting for.

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Nicki Minaj Has Turned Your Favorite Rappers Into Puppets In ‘Barbie Dreams’ Video

The summer of Nicki Minaj continues. Fresh off a contentious weekend with Cardi B — one that apparently culminated in Cardi throwing a shoe at her — Nicki took to her Queen Radio show yesterday to both address the incident and reveal that a video for “Barbie Dreams” was about to drop.

Then the “Barbie Dreams” video did drop. But who knew it would feature some of the biggest rappers of the 2000s rendered in puppet form?

It makes sense, in a way: Nicki spends the song deconstructing why everyone from Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Drake, her own ex-fiancé Meek Mill, Quavo, Rae Sremmurd, and more either can or cannot get with her. (Spoiler: None can.) Weezy, DJ Khaled, Tekashi69, and more get turned into puppets as Nicki raps the song in a series of staggering wig and costume changes.

The “Barbie Dreams” clip was directed by storied auteur Hype Williams. Right when the beat changes for Nicki to deliver her fierce last verse, the puppets wisely all disappear, leaving the rapper alone at the center of her own creation.

This new video comes just a few days after Nicki popped up in the visual for the alternate version of K-pop group BTS’s “Idol,” rocking similarly colorful and striking hair choices.

If you’re keeping track at home, this one marks two puppet-centric rap videos in two weeks, if you count Kanye and Lil Pump’s surreal fantasy “I Love It” as an at least puppet-adjacent visual.

Check out “Barbie Dreams” above, and make sure you tune into the next episode of Queen Radio. They seem to just keep getting wilder.

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Watch Kanye West And Lil Pump Basically Become Lego People In ‘I Love It’ Video

It’s been a big week for Kanye West. After tweeting an apology to Drake for letting their relationship sour, he served as the creative director for the inaugural Pornhub Awards Thursday night (September 6).

In this role, ‘Ye apparently assisted with the particular design of the trophies for the ceremony, and NSFW merch bearing the likenesses of night’s winners is currently available for purchase at the Yeezy online store. But Kanye didn’t stop there; he also dropped a brand-new song with Lil Pump called “I Love It,” the video for which is an absolute trip.

The song itself only spans about two minutes, but the accompanying visual (directed by Kanye and Amanda Adelson) squeezes every moment of lunacy from those 130 seconds. It doesn’t amount to much more than Kanye and Pump warped and shrunk into what might be best described as Lego block people, waddling along and delivering the song’s hook: “You’re such a fucking ho / I love it.” But that’s plenty.

Kanye and Pump rock comically overlarge footwear; Kaney’s is an exaggerated version of the sandals he was ridiculed for wearing to 2 Chainz’s wedding in late August. Comedian Adele Givens gets a featured credit here, too, for a bit of her standup that bookends the song.

It’s notable that apart from a verse that’s mostly Kanye repeating, “I’m a sick fuck, I like a quick fuck,” his contributions to the song come from winking ad-libs, including one particularly knowing “scoop!” halfway through the song. The whole thing is wild, and you can watch it, in its fairly NSFW glory, above.

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Nicki Minaj Is A Selfie-Taking Neon Peacock In New BTS ‘Idol’ Video

Nicki Minaj is having a summer. She released her fourth album, Queen, in August amid some minor controversies, then took the stage triumphantly at the 2018 MTV VMAs, performing her headline-grabbing “Barbie Dreams.” Shortly after, Nicki popped up on an alternate version of the song “Idol” from global K-pop megastars BTS.

And now, she’s back with BTS in the psychedelic graffiti spray that is the new music video for “Idol.” Minaj surfaces about three minuted into the lavish clip, opulently peacocking in an incredible floral jacket and done up in neon green hair.

The whole visual is an absolute trip, and Nicki’s part only accounts for about 15 percent of it. The rest sees the BTS gang — Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook — dancing in sumptuously colorful locales and robed in equally sumptuous outfits. At one point, one scene transitions into another by way of Jimin’s mouth, which becomes a trippy portal into a new realm. That new realm features explosions of color and lots of high kicks.

This video looks like it cost $ 6 million to make. And it kinda rules! (And who knows, maybe it did.)

BTS had a pretty incredible summer, too, releasing their new compilation Love Yourself: Answer in late August. It became their second album to top the Billboard 200 chart, after this year’s earlier Love Yourself: Tear. North American fans are rightfully amped about the South Korean group’s upcoming shows in the U.S., which kicked off last night at Los Angeles’s Staples Center.

With world-expanding, endlessly stimulating videos like this — and life-affirming lyrics that preach self-acceptance — it only makes sense. Check out the otherworldly visual above.

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Eminem’s Nightmarish ‘Fall’ Video Signifies The Return Of Slim Shady

Eminem surprise-released his tenth album, Kamikaze, last week, and the biggest surprise on it may have been the involvement of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who sings on the controversial “Fall.” Vernon was surprised himself — on Twitter, he distanced himself from the song, in which Em aims a homophobic slur at Tyler, the Creator. Vernon also vowed, “we are gonna kill this track.” Days later, “Fall” is not only still alive, but it also has a cinematic video, which Eminem dropped on Tuesday (September 4). Needless to say, Vernon isn’t in it.

The video opens with Em driving shotgun with Royce Da 5’9″ as his phone gets bombarded with reviews panning his 2017 album, Revival. Frustrated, he throws his device to the floor before a shadowy monster (possibly a reference to the Venom symbiote) emerges from it and stalks the Detroit MC through empty streets and office buildings. It catches up to him in the end, and Em’s demonic alter-ego seemingly rises, smashing the case of a Revival CD and signifying the return of Slim Shady.

“Fall” isn’t the only Kamikaze track that finds Eminem lashing out at the hip-hop world. Check out the video below for a full breakdown of his targets.

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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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