Posts Tagged ‘Video’

Charli XCX Is On Her ‘Marilyn Monroe Shit’ In Lil Xan’s ‘Moonlight’ Video

Charli XCX has been getting her girl-power on in 2018, with features on Rita Ora’s “Girls” and Tove Lo’s “Bitches,” and an opening slot on Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour with Camila Cabello. But for her latest move, the Brit pop machine leaves her posse behind and goes for a midnight ride with Lil Xan in his “Moonlight” video.

Directed by Austin Peters, the nocturnal visual finds Charli on her “Marilyn Monroe shit” and having a drunken late-night adventure with her 21-year-old partner-in-crime. She warned us on her most recent song, “5 in the Morning,” that she’s a badass insomniac, and this vid only proves her point. Charli serves looks in a seedy motel room before linking up with Xan at an abandoned pool and on a joyride down the empty L.A. streets, discovering all the possibilities that pop up while the rest of the world is asleep. All the while, Xan shows off his softer side with the introspective hook, “Happiness is all that matters, this I hope you know.”

“Moonlight” appears on Lil Xan’s star-studded debut album, Total Xanarchy, which arrived in April and boasts additional features from Diplo, YG, Rae Sremmurd, and 2 Chainz. The Cali rapper has a new project, Heartbreak Soldiers, due out this summer.

For more on Xan, check out his most recent interview with MTV News below.

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A$AP Rocky And Skepta’s Hometowns Collide In ‘Praise The Lord’ Video

A$ AP Rocky and Skepta show off their respective hometowns in the new video for “Praise the Lord (Da Shine),” and, as it turns out, New York and London aren’t that different after all.

Directed by Dexter Navy, the grainy, jet-setting clip features split-screen visuals that blend Rocky’s life in Harlem with Skepta’s world across the pond. Both rappers (Flacko in Dior chains and velour pants) are seen smoking, dancing, and being their generally charismatic selves as they wander their home bases with their loyal crews in tow. Their worlds eventually merge in the end, when they unite in Rocky’s native borough to cap off their catchy collab, which is built around a simple flute riff and an instantly memorable hook: “I came, I saw, I came, I saw / I praise, the Lord, then break, the law.”

The Skepta-featuring “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)” was produced by the grime rapper himself, and appears on A$ AP Rocky’s recently released third album, Testing. It also marks the second official video from Testing, following the trippy “A$ AP Forever” clip. Here’s hoping Rocky keeps the visuals coming.

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Cardi B’s ‘I Like It’ Video Features Shaved Ice And Bad Bunny Dance Moves

Can Cardi B have the song of the summer two years in a row? If “Bodak Yellow” is the reigning champ of 2017, then the release of the music video for “I Like It” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin is making a claim for 2018.

The Eif Rivera-directed visual is like a Santana video married an early 2000s Sean Paul video and they stopped at a resort manned by Snoop Dogg and Pharrell’s “Beautiful.” In short, “I Like It” is fun in the way any video with random shaved iced, Cardi B rapping about eating Halal, and Bad Bunny dancing like this is his last day on Earth could be. In an interview with Billboard, Bad Bunny described how the track came together.

“I remember I got a call and they told me that they wanted me to participate in Cardi B’s album,” Bunny said. “They told me the track was a surprise, even for her. The producers were working on it. She didn’t know that track was being made…I loved the track from the beginning.”

Cardi B is in the process of one last marketing push for her album Invasion of Privacy before she goes on a brief maternity leave. Last week, she proved once again that she is the ”Trap Selena” on Jennifer Lopez’s “Dinero” and dropped the Kill Bill-inspired video for “Be Careful.” It is safe to say Cardi is leaving fans with enough musical gifts until her triumphant return on tour with Bruno Mars this fall.

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Drake Apparently Wrote ‘Nice For What’ While Playing Video Games

Drake’s “Nice For What” is an intricate tightrope act. The song produced by Murda Beatz balances a Lauryn Hill sample, New Orleans bounce groove, and an intro from Big Freedia, but manages to make the disparate parts coalesce into one grand vision. Surprisingly, the story of how the song came together makes it seem like all of that complexity wasn’t difficult to manage. In an interview on the Rap Radar podcast, Murda Beatz shared that he worked on the song with Drake while the rapper was playing video games.

“We were chillin’ at Drake’s house,” Murda said. “We’re playing [NBA] 2K, and we came up with the idea to get like a female artist, to sample a female artist. So I asked my manager Cory, like, ‘Yo, what do you think?’ He’s like, ‘[Lauryn Hill's] “Ex-Factor” and then Drake’s like, ‘Oh, what part?’ And we picked the part, chopped it up, I made the beat while he was playing 2K.”

Murda also revealed that the first pass at the song was written in under two hours.

“He sat there,” Beatz continued. “Wrote the shit in front of me. Cut the shit in front of me. Yeah, we had the shit done, beat and song, probably like hour and a half.”

Murda Beatz is having a phenomenal year. He produced “Motorsport” for Migos and “I Do” on Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, along with an entire tape for Smokepurpp. Hopefully when Scorpion drops, there are a few more Murda concoctions.

Watch the entire interview on Tidal.

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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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