Posts Tagged ‘Video’

Meek Mill Gets A Taste Of Freedom In Powerful ‘1942 Flows’ Video

While Meek Mill remains locked up, his team continues the “Free Meek” campaign with the release of his new video for “1942 Flows,” a reflective track from last year’s Wins and Losses.

The poignant clip begins with a fictional scene of Meek leaving prison and confronting a horde of reporters. He speaks candidly about his so-called freedom, saying, “I feel like a free slave, you know? I feel like I’ve been targeted by certain people. Just being out on the streets and knowing somebody can take your freedom at any time.”

“My freedom on the line,” he adds at one point. “Unfortunately, I made mistakes when I was younger. It’s trailing me for the rest of my life.”

The rest of the video is largely comprised of footage of scenes from Free Meek Mill rallies — featuring a cameo from Rick Ross — and it ends with the chants of protesters demanding his freedom. It’s an emotional watch, given Meek’s current situation, but it’s also a powerful plea for justice that demands to be seen.

Meek is currently serving two to four years in prison for probation violations. Last week, Judge Genece Brinkley denied the rapper’s bail request, but the Philadelphia District Attorney has since filed a motion saying he wouldn’t oppose Meek’s release on bail. The decision now rests on the Supreme Court.

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Aminé Snatched Your Wig And Wore It In His “Campfire” Video

Last year, Aminé made it known that he should not be mistaken as an average rapper with his standout album Good For You. The Portland MC has some of the smoothest bars to ever grace your ears and his songs are catchy AF. Today, Aminé formally announced his epic return with an Injury Reserve-assisted single called “Campfire” and the self-directed music video is a total riot. In it, he and Injury Reserve channel their inner Cosmo and Wanda as they rock some cute pink and green wigs while cruising around the wilderness in a whip with an energetic crew.

The wordplay on this track will definitely keep you stimulated, as Aminé endorses Oprah for president and claims that his “Spidey-senses tingle” when he’s surrounded by fake people. At one point, the boys get into a hilariously heated argument about the proper pronunciation of the word “rural”—-I’m not sure what the significance is, but the official definition pops up at the end of the visual which leads me to believe that it’s a sign. Fingers crossed that this new release is an indication that Aminé will be dropping a follow-up project soon!

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Cardi B’s ‘Bartier Cardi’ Video Is A Decadent Dream Of Furs And Half-Naked Men

Last night (April 2), Cardi B dropped the video for “Bartier Cardi” featuring 21 Savage. The surrealist and opulent vision is directed by Petra Collins who is known for what The New Yorker calls a ”dreamy, hyper-feminine aesthetic.” Throughout the video, the Bronx rapper is decked in luxurious furs as she raps in a mansion full of male eye candy and women counting money next to candy.

21 Savage is briefly kidnapped and forced to look at television screens that show nothing but static. Thankfully, the Atlanta rapper doesn’t seem to mind. 21 is either really into BDSM or potentially has a form of Stockholm syndrome.

Finally, a ”Bartier Cardi” visual wouldn’t be complete without a cameo from Offset. The video keeps it PG and avoids putting any anatomical regions on the Migos member. Guess Cardi and Offset will have to wait a little longer to “sell that porn.”

Last week, Cardi revealed that her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, is dropping on Friday (April 6). Recently she’s been teasing fans with updates like her rendition of Cheetah Girls anthem “Cinderella” and releasing her third single, “Be Careful.”

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Watch A Tribe Called Quest Go To Space And Tribute Phife Dawg In Their ‘Final’ Video

This is it. A Tribe Called Quest bids farewell with their new video for “The Space Program,” the opening track from the group’s stellar 2016 reunion album, We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.

The Warren Fu-directed video is being billed as the group’s last, and if that’s true, at least they can say they went out with a bang. It opens with Q-Tip waking up in a spaceship of sorts, as televisions broadcast footage of riots and racist imagery. It’s a theme that’s visited throughout the video, particularly at the end, when the ship malfunctions and the message “I CAN’T BREATHE” — which echoes the last words of Eric Garner — appears. In the end, the three remaining members of Tribe end up on a barren planet. The late, great Phife Dog’s presence, meanwhile, is beautifully represented by a green, glowing orb.

The epic clip also includes a ton of cameos throughout, from Vince Staples, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae, Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Rosario Dawson, Anderson .Paak, Common, Questlove, and more. They all appear to rap the song’s urgent hook: “Gotta get it together forever / Gotta get it together for brothers / Gotta get it together for sisters / For mothers and fathers and dead n—as.”

At the end, we see a dedication that reads “For Malik,” or Phife Dawg, who passed away in 2016. As the credits roll, a montage of classic ATCQ photos appear, as the group’s 1990 hit “Can I Kick It?” plays.

Preview the clip below, and watch the full 8-minute video exclusively on Apple Music.

Following the video’s premiere on Thursday (March 29), Q-Tip spoke to Zane Lowe about Phife’s passing. He said, “I miss my boy still. … And in this moment, I just break up when I hear my man’s voice or when I see [a] picture of us, or even if it’s not a Tribe record, I could hear a song that we grew up with, and we will always talk about something that was a personal favorite of ours or a tour favorite, or something that we would joke about or we would recall things like that.”

He continued, “But in terms of the actual group, in a professional setting, you know — I have the closure. I’m good with it. I look back at what we contributed to hip-hop, I look back at what we contributed to music, sometimes with disbelief.”

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2 Chainz, YG, And Offset’s Badass Moms Steal The Show In ‘Proud’ Video

Mother’s Day is coming up and 2 Chainz, YG, and Offset made sure their gift will be way better than anything you get for your mom. Today (March 28), the trio released the music video for “Proud,” which features the moms demonstrating where their sons get their rapping DNA.

The Chainz and Howard Ross-directed visual starts with Momma Chainz hanging with her son’s dog Trappy as she lets fans know her offspring, “Bought my momma’s first house with the juug money / Bought my momma’s second house with the club money.” Next, YG’s mom shows up decked in all red as her son emphatically tells listeners, “My momma ain’t raise no ho” Finally, Offset’s mother gets to sport a diamond-encrusted chain with the Migos member’s name on it. No more awkward conversations about what your kid is up to at the grocery store; the chain speaks for itself.

2 Chainz’s mom has a huge reason to show a lot of pride. Recently, the artist formerly known as Tity Boi revealed on the Rap Radar podcast that he is the proud owner of his masters after re-negotiating his deal with Def Jam.

“Truth be told, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music was my last album with them [Def Jam],” 2 Chainz said. “I did a four-album deal, not no five. I just re-signed [for] a couple more albums, got my masters, that’s what’s going on now.”

Hopefully, this isn’t the last we see of Momma Chainz. Can anyone say collab project?

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Drake And Trouble’s ‘Bring It Back’ Video Is A Moody Masterpiece

Today (March 26), Trouble and Mike Will Made-It released the video to “Bring It Back” featuring Drake. The black-and-white short film focuses on the Atlanta rapper navigating the streets and how that intertwines with his partner’s life as a stripper. The video culminates with an appearance from Drake as he plays video games with Mike Will and raps his verse to Trouble.

Last Friday (March 23), Trouble dropped his project, Edgewood. His debut features guest verses from The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, and Boosie Badazz and production from the Ear Drummer head honcho.

Earlier this month, Mike Will Made-It announced that he was signing Trouble to Ear Drummer Records his imprint on Interscope Records. In a statement to Complex, he discussed what makes the Atlanta rapper so special.

“No other producer and artist combo can pull off what Trouble and I are about to do,” Mike said. “Edgewood is only the beginning. I really felt like it was time for a level up for Trouble — I’ve been watching his grind for years now, since we were young as fuck, coming up in Atlanta on the music scene, trying to make something out of nothing. Trouble is the only person from the city who’s going to give you that raw, pure, honest, real rap, mixed with originality, new flavor, new flows and new lingo. He has the grind, work ethic, and dedication to back it up and the city knows.”

Listen to Edgewood below.

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Lil Yachty And His Crew Take Over A Desert Trailer Park In New ‘Count Me In’ Video

Fresh off the release of Lil Boat 2, Lil Yachty has dropped a desert-set video for album standout “Count Me In.”

In the Nick Roney-directed vid, Yachty ventures to the sands with his Sailing Team crew, which apparently now includes Danielle Bregoli, a.k.a. Bhad Bhabie, a.k.a. the “Cash Me Outside” girl. She appears around the 36-second mark, squatting next to Yachty outside of a bright yellow trailer. Guess her cameo hints at an official Yachty co-sign?

Elsewhere in the grainy vid, there’s a guy swinging a samurai sword, a couple boxers duking it out, and, for some disturbing reason, a cat hanging from a tree branch. Meanwhile, Yachty models his finest pair of overalls while he and his crew take over a skate park and drive ATVs through the sand dunes. Just your average desert hang.

For more from Lil Yachty, check out his recent, Lil Boat 2-centric interview with MTV News below.

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Post Malone And Ty Dolla $ign Are Apocalypse Buddies In ‘Psycho’ Video

Ever wonder how Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ ign would fare in the apocalypse? Look no further than the video for “Psycho.” The James DeFina-directed visual sees Malone and Ty stranded in a desert wasteland where only the powers of flamethrowers and R&B music can set them free.

It isn’t exactly clear what caused this disastrous future. The only hint viewers ever get is a wolf puppet that potentially ate all of the people except for Post, Dolla $ ign, and a kid holding a teddy bear. Also, flamethrowers are the only weapons that seem to kill these puppets even though the “Rockstar” singer is seen in a tank for most of the video. Why didn’t he ever use the tank?

In a 2017 Rolling Stone interview, Post Malone described his affinity for guns and why he is preparing for something bad to happen.

“They’re fun, they’re practical, and bad shit happens,” said Malone. “If you hurt me, I’m gonna hurt you back…The world is going to shit. They’re taking away a lot of our rights. We have a shitty thing going on in the White House – I don’t like Trump. But I don’t think it’s just him. Something’s coming.”

Guess this is the future that Malone was preparing for.

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Migos And Drake Prove The Soul Train Line Is Forever In ‘Walk It Talk It’ Video

Migos are becoming the undisputed kings of hip-hop music videos. Between the kung fu movie-inspired “Stir Fry” and Offset and Ric Flair’s opulent masterpiece “Ric Flair Drip,” the Atlanta trio is proving they are a cinematic force to be reckoned with in 2018. Yesterday (March 18), Migos decided to pay homage to the 1970s with the visual for “Walk It Talk It” featuring Drake.

The Daps and Quavo-directed music video honors the legendary television show Soul Train. Between the expertly crafted afros, Drake’s dripping Jheri curl, and the famous Soul Train line, “Walk It Talk It” is proof that ’70s style never dies. Fans are even treated to Offset’s rare pop lockin’ moves.

Migos has a history of hilarious music videos. In a recent MTV News interview, director Sing J. Lee touched upon how funny Migos were on set for the “Stir Fry” video.

“When we were doing take after take … the whole set was cracking up,” said Lee. “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.”

So far this year, Migos have become martial arts masters, wrestling demigods, and disco superstars. Hopefully, the next frontier for Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff has something to do with cowboys or aliens or taking down the mad titan Thanos. Marvel, give Migos a call.

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G-Eazy And Charlie Puth Party Through The Decades In New ‘Sober’ Video

G-Eazy broke out the costume trunk for his latest video, rocking throwback looks from decades past for the Charlie Puth-assisted “Sober.”

The Colin Tilley-directed video kicks off with a bloodied and bruised Eazy waking up in a pile of trash, seemingly suffering a hellish hangover. He stumbles into a building that turns out to be a kind of portal, and spends the rest of the vid traveling through time. First he downs beer in the Prohibition Era, then he’s a horny husband in the ‘50s, and then he’s a long-haired hippie reveling in a psychedelic ‘70s house party. The vid comes full-circle after Eazy’s transformation into a ‘90s rave kid who runs from the cops and eventually finds himself landing in that same pile of trash.

Puth, meanwhile, doesn’t get too involved in the chaos, only appearing to sing the chorus from atop a roof in a junkyard. Bummer for him.

“Sober” follows the Halsey collaboration “Him & I” as the latest single from G-Eazy’s third album, The Beautiful & Damned. For more from the rapper, see him reading his most “extra” Instagram comments in the vid below.

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