Posts Tagged ‘Video’

Justin Bieber Is All Smiles In DJ Khaled’s Star-Studded ‘No Brainer’ Video

It’s Bieber season once again! After owning Summer ’17 with his features on the ubiquitous hits “Despacito” and “I’m the One,” Justin is back with his first music video appearance of 2018. This time around, the newly engaged pop star reconnects with DJ Khaled and his “I’m the One” collaborators Chance the Rapper and Quavo for another certified banger. Because why ditch a winning formula?!

“No Brainer” has all the makings of a summer smash: an all-star roster, tons of energy, and a feel-good, sing-along chorus. The crew keeps the hype sky-high in the accompanying video, which finds Quavo channeling his inner Picasso, Chance giving a rare hat-less appearance, Khaled calling the shots, and lots of cuteness from Asahd, Khaled’s son/mini-mogul, who also gets a co-directing credit on the vid. Bieber, meanwhile, has never looked happier as he dances in checkered Vans while snacking on a corn dog. We missed you, JB.

“No Brainer” is believed to be the second single off of DJ Khaled’s upcoming album, Father of Asahd, following the Jay-Z and Beyoncé-featuring “Top Off.” Expect more all-star bangers coming soon.

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Drake Sips The Tea In New London-Touring ‘Nonstop’ Video

After spilling all the tea — about himself, his son, and his controversies — on his latest chart-topping album, Drake is sitting back to sip a little tea himself. In the new video for Scorpion standout “Nonstop,” Drizzy makes London his playground, taking in the sights while throwing a luxe tea party for one. Simply because he can.

The Theo Skudra-directed clip begins with Drake prepping for his recent surprise performance at London’s Wireless festival. After thoroughly hyping up his British fans, he moves the party to a smoky nightclub, where Quavo, French Montana, and his OVO comrades make cameos. There’s also a scene where he rides through town atop a double-decker bus, but the aforementioned high tea is clearly the highlight.

“Nonstop” — which was released as an Apple Music exclusive — follows Drake’s high-concept videos for “I’m Upset,” “Nice for What,” and the VMA-nominated “God’s Plan.” The Toronto MC was recently spotted in New Orleans filming what’s believed to be the video for his current No. 1 hit, “In My Feelings,” so it looks like he’s keeping the visuals coming.

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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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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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