will.i.am is out with the music video to his new single ‘Feelin’ Myself’, featuring Miley Cyrus, French Montana and Wiz Khalifa, off the expanded version of the Black Eyed Peas rapper’s fourth studio album ‘#willpower’, out now on Interscope Records. Watch the Michael Jurkovac and Pasha Shapiro directed video via YouTube below.
Pitbull is out with the music video to his new single ‘Timber’, featuring Ke$ha, off the Miami rapper’s EP ‘Meltdown’, out now on Mr 305. Watch the David Rousseau directed video via YouTube below.
Shottie teamed up with west coast legend Ras Kass in his latest music video for ‘Skyrider’, taken from the Miami recording artist’s debut album ‘Delorean’, available now. Shottie is due to release his follow up album ‘The Blackest Rose’ later this year. Watch the ‘Skyrider’ clip via YouTube below.
Snoop Lion is out with the music video for ‘The Good Good’, featuring his artist IZA. The track is taken from the Long Beach, California rapper formerly known as Snoop Dogg’s latest album ‘Reincarnated’. The video doubles as a music video and continuation of Snoop’s new Overstock.com ad campaign that recently launched. The video features Snoop’s family and singer Mali Nicole.
Ahead of the Daytona 500, T.I. hit 150 mph in a NASCAR ride with the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The rapper followed an instructor around the track building up speed before breaking 150 mph, confessing to a bit of nerves seeing the outside wall going around the turns.
“I always wanted to drive a NASCAR racecar on the track, and I’m about to go Ricky Bobby fast,” T.I. said. “Listen, I’ve been trained by professionals. I watched a 7 1/2 minute instructional video. It’s extremely instructional, so I’ve been doing this as long as it needs to be done for me to do this. You don’t try this at home, okay?”
Talking about his approach, the rapper said, “When I was driving I was really just trying to get a feel for the car. It doesn’t drive like a normal street car, so I was really trying to estimate how much of the wheel I had to turn to maintain a safe distance around that curve. I could tell with the second round of laps, I was a lot more comfortable, and as I got more comfortable with it, I could accelerate and pick up speed.”
Would he consider doing it professionally? “Naw, I would consider doing it more so I could get better at it. There’s cats who have been out here doing it since they were like 3 and 4 years old. They’re probably as good at this as I am at what I do.”
Before heading out, T.I. told the professionals, “It takes real nerves of steel. I respect what you guys do.”
Watch the webisode via YouTube below.
The second episode of ‘Countdown to T.I.’ captures the days leading up to the release of Tip’s new album, ‘Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head’. The rapper talked about the meaning behind the album title, collaborations with Pharrell, Cee-Lo Green and Andre 3000, and his favorite track on the disc.
The rapper was asked what fans could expect from the new album, responding, “All of your favorite ‘Trap Muzik’ and I’m serious moments and sounds, mixed with a lot more diversified mainstream commercial sound. I’m gonna try to take ‘Trap Muzik’, ‘King’ and ‘Paper Trail’ and ball them up into ‘Trouble Man’.”
On adding ‘Heavy Is The Head’ to the album title, he said, “I think one of the truest things I’ve ever heard is ‘Heavy is the head of he who wears the crown’. Considering the fact that I’m wearing the crown, I can expect my head to be heavy, you know what I’m sayin’? I did like 127 songs while recording this project.”
As for a favorite track from the album, T.I. explained, “Listen, I’ma say somethin’ to ya, I, myself, am like the father to all of these songs, and no proper parent chooses a favorite child.”
Discussing his favorite collaboration on the album, Tip responded, “All of my collaborations for this project have been extremely memorable, and I appreciate everybody’s contribution to the project. I would have to say because of how long it actually took to get this done and how long it’s been in the works, I would have to say the Andre 3000 collaboration for the record ‘Sorry’.”
Watch the webisode via YouTube below.
T.I. is featured in a series of webisodes called ‘Countdown to T.I.’, with the first following the rapper as he does promo for his new album ‘Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head’. Tip is seen doing a full day of promo in New York City with stops at Atlantic Records, then BET and MTV, where T.I. plays back and discusses his new album for the staff.
“This album I’m going for vintage T.I. sound, ‘Trap Musik’ and street sh**,” T.I. explained, “with the diverse mainstream commercial records say a la ‘Paper Trail’. We are looking to find as many ways to align ourselves with you. We are open to collaborating with worthy collaborators, financiers.”
Introducing a track, T.I. explained, “This is called ‘Sorry’ and it features Andre 3000. Probably one of the most sophisticated, introspective jewels on the album. The best Andre 3000 verse outside of an Outkast album, ever. Ever, ever.”
As for his strategy releasing material, Tip advised, “The hit comes when you have the perfect marriage between jammin’ ass music and timing. Timing has a lot to do with everything, like if you release a certain record when it’s not time to, it won’t receive, it won’t be embraced as it should be. I just wish I could drop everything all at once and y’all pick it, tell me what to do.”
Watch the webisode via YouTube below.
Game visited with 92 Q in Baltimore the other day to promote his new VH1 reality series ‘Marrying The Game’, where the rapper talked about how it compares to other reality shows and how his fiance Tiffney Cambridge talked him into being on the program.
“It’s her reality show. She was like, ‘I’m tired of teaching. I’ve been teaching for 10 plus years and I need to be out there like Shaunie O’Neal and Evelyn and do my thing. Would you just take the meeting with the VH1 people?’,” Game explained. “I’m like yo, I’m not a reality show type of dude you know what I mean? Finally she wore me down. Sometimes your woman, she got ways. She bought an outfit and she twerked it a little different way than she did the last week, so she got me down there and they start talking about a million dollars or something like that. Whatever we’re shooting for, a million dollars, I’m with it. So we did it and reality set it so if the wedding was on, then it was off, and the rest of it November 19th the world is gonna be able to watch.”
As for how the show differs from T.I. and Tiny, he said, “You know what, I love T.I. and Tiny’s show. It involves family, it’s a street dude and Tiny, they good. They’re like the good hood couple that made it. LaLa have coy, she’s playing it safe and Melo he’s an NBA superstar, it’s all good. Jim and Chrissy they do their New York thing, they’re doing their thing. We’re in LA, we’re ratchet fabulous. My family, my kid’s crazy man. I’m a little crazy. The only one that’s got sense on the show probably is my grandma and wifey depending on which episode you catch, but even she gets on her character a little bit and she’s all the way Christian, but we’re dealing with infidelity and clubs and chillin and getting a little crazy man, so it’s dope. Ours play out a little bit more like a movie than a reality show.”
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Game is out with behind the scenes footage from his ‘Celebration’ music video, directed by Matt Alonzo. The track is from the Los Angeles rapper’s upcoming fifth studio album ‘Jesus Piece’.
Game introduced the video saying, “You all know what it is. It’s Game. Hurricane. The song is ‘Celebration’, produced by SAP and Cool & Dre, featuring the homies Lil Weezy, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa and Tyga. We’re gonna be out here all day just having fun. The video is a little bit reminiscent of ‘Like A G Thang’. I wanted people to come and really be having a good time. You know, eating, playing ball, having fun, a little drank, a little smoke. Kids will be out here. Good time, man.”
Matt Alonzo described his gameplan stating, “I really wanted to show what the artists life were like away from the stage and limelight and all that stuff. That’s kind of what we captured here today. Barbeque, real life stuff… It’s a nice, relaxed day. We’ve got a nice audience here. Saturday, nice audience is here, chilling, the sun’s out. It couldn’t be better.”
After the shoot rapped up on the third day, Matt said, “Crazy, crazy video. Crazy three days of shooting. I’m done, I’m tired. It’s now time to go to the editing board and start cutting stuff up.”
Watch the footage via YouTube below.
Future recently visited “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” and talked always being in the studio, how he’s a fan of Lady Gaga and revealed his favorite gospel song.
On staying out of trouble, the rapper said, “Studio lab rat. You’ve got to be. You’ve got to stay in the studio and just keep feeding the people.”
Asked about being a big Lady Gaga fan, he said, “It isn’t even about her, but it’s about her style. I like people who do things different.”
When asked his favorite gospel song, Future said, “It’s gotta be Kirk Franklin ‘Stomp’.”
Watch the interview via YouTube below.