Wale, Rick Ross & More Attend WMG BET Awards After Party

Rick Ross attends the WMG BET Awards after party | Photo by Hiltron Bailey

WMG hosted a BET Awards after party on Sunday (July 1), presented by Coke Zero, Smart Water and Crown Royal Black at at Cecconi’s in Los Angeles. Among the attendees were Rick Ross, Common, Wale, Stalley, Meek Mill, Kirko Bangz, Gunplay, Jahill Beats, Brianna Perry, D-Nice and Diggy Simmons. Check out the images of the attendees after the cut. (more…)

Lupe Fiasco ‘Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)’ Video

Lupe Fiasco 'Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)'

Lupe Fiasco is out with the music video to his new single ‘Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)’, off the Chicago rapper’s fourth album ‘Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album’, out soon on Atlantic Records. The Alex Nazari directed video and was filmed in Lupe’s hometown and features the rapper with glowing eyes. The video features a cameo from Trae. Watch it via YouTube below.

Brianna ‘Back Der’ Video

Brianna 'Back Der'

Brianna Perry released the music video to her new single ‘Back Der’. The track is off the Poe Boy Music artist’s ‘Face Off’ mixtape, available to stream/download below. Watch the Twenty40 directed video via YouTube below.

T.I. ‘Love This Life’ Video

T.I. 'Love This Life'

T.I. released the music video to his new single ‘Love This Life’, off the Atlanta rapper’s eighth studio album ‘Trouble Man’, out September 4h on Atlantic Records. Asked about the song’s concept, the 31-year-old told XXL, “People who find themselves in a situation where the woman might say she wants to part ways with the man, but the man [is] like, ‘Let’s be sensible about this. You gonna leave all this? And go where?'”

Watch it via YouTube below.

Aer ‘Floats My Boat’ Video

Aer 'Floats My Boat'

Aer, featuring David von Mering and Carter Schultz, released the music video to their new single ‘Floats My Boat’, which was shot and edited by Matt Miggz. The track is off the Wayland, Massachusetts duo’s debut album ‘The Bright Side’, available now. Watch it via YouTube below.

Outasight Talks SXSW, The Pepsi Commercial, Album & Influences

Outasight singer karate chop

Hollywire caught up with Outasight at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, where the artist talked about his experience at SXSW,

On his SXSW experience:

It’s been great. I’ve been here two days. I was here Tuesday, and now I’m here today. We had a show Tuesday night at La Zona Rosa and that was really fun.

On seeing the Pepsi commercial for the first time using his ‘Tonight Is The Night’ hit:

The first time it aired was the Wednesday night when ‘X Factor’ premiered. I was at my apartment and had a bunch of friends over, popped the champagne and celebrated. I just knew that things were gonna dramatically change. I went on tour with Gym Class Heroes and I just got the phone call. Yeah, you’re gonna be performing on ‘X Factor’.

On his big jump in Facebook fans after ‘X Factor’:

It definitely went up dramatically, and thank you to all those people who liked me. I like you too.

On touring:

I’m never stopping touring. We’re about to go on a nationwide tour with Dev, to support her debut album which is dropping. I think it’s Dev, me and Wynter Gordon.

On his next single:

It’s a song called ‘Now or Never’. I’ve been performing it live and the response has been amazing and it’s huge.

On the new album:

My album is coming out this summer. I’m really excited about it. I’ve been working on it for a long time, so the material is really strong. Very cohesive, and it’s gonna be really good.

His influences:

My influences are very eclectic, which probably inspires me to be a little eclectic. I grew up listening to classic stuff, like the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Prince. I was a party kid. I used to go to raves with drum and bass. I was a party kid for many years in New York City. I was just inspired by so much. I’ve just done a lot of different styles of music, and my recent foray has been to play loud and fast.

Dream collaboration:

I have to do a hook for Jay-Z before my time is too late.

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Outasight Talks Musical Inspiration, Collaborations & Christmas

Outasight peace

‘Tonight Is The Night’ singer Outasight spoke with XL 106.7 at House of Blues in Orlando, Florida recently. The artist talked about how he was inspired to become a musician, collaborations and a Christmas wish.

On his start in music:

I was inspired by it all really. Growing up there was a lot of music around me, and I just realized right away that music invoked a feeling like nothing else did. I was like, I want to do this.

Does he remember his first rhyme?

My first rhyme, no. I remember older, older songs, but I don’t remember the first rhyme.

If he’d rather collaborate with Ke$ha or Lady Gaga:

They’re both very talented in their own way. Lady Gaga is a fellow New Yorker.

What he wants for Christmas:

World peace. I don’t know. I basically have everything I need. Maybe an iPad. Wanna get me an iPad?

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Outasight Talks Sports, Accents & Halloween

Outasight singer wants to fight

Outasight shared some of his favorite things with PupFresh.com, including his favorite sports teams, favorite one hit wonder, favorite accents, and more.

Favorite thing he follows:

Just sports probably I guess. I do follow sports. I’m a Giants, Knicks and Yankees fan being from New York. Big basketball fan so I follow the Knicks but NBA is on lockout so that’s not really too much to follow right now.

Favorite one-hit wonder:

How about, there was a really cool song by the Sneaker Pimps back in the day called ‘6 Underground’. Take me down, 6 underground. That was one of my favorite joints ever. It was a trip hop joint. It was really dope.

Favorite accent:

Would probably be when a woman has a foreign accent, like Italian or French or Spanish. It’s very sexy.

Favorite cartoon character:

It’s probably Stewie and Brian Griffin and their adventures together (on ‘Family Guy’).

Favorite Halloween outfit:

The favorite thing I’ve probably been for Halloween was Hunter S. Thompson and my friend Dan was my attorney. We were doing a little fear and loathing in Las Vegas and we rolled around all night partying as those two and debauchery ensued.

Watch the favorite things via YouTube below.

Outasight On Growing Up, ‘Tonight Is The Night’ & What’s Next

Outasight music

itsbongoboy.com caught up with Outasight recently. The Yonkers native talked about his smash hit ‘Tonight Is The Night’, growing up in New York, his musical evolution, dealing with fame, and what he’s working on now.

On growing up in Yonkers:

I grew up in the Burbs. Yonkers is actually a pretty big city, so I’m from a little bit more of a suburban area, but it’s also extremely close to New York City, so when it came to do music, especially in high school and moving forward from there, you had to come up to New York City.

On discovering music:

As a teenager, I just liked to rap. I liked to sing and be in bands… Always into performing. It took me a while to get in the studio and start making songs and get better at that.

On his musical evolution:

I think it comes down to if I asked you who you were in 2008 and who you are now, there’s probably two different people. I think we all continue to change and grow.

Going from a hustling local artist to a chart topper with ‘Tonight Is The Night’:

It’s amazing. It’s surreal and it’s something that I’m learning about everyday. I had Pepsi come holler and want to use a song of mine in a commercial, and being able to perform in ‘X Factor’ was like this is a whole other level that I had to get accustomed to.

If he realized ‘Tonight’ was going to be a hit:

No, we don’t, because I’d never written a hit yet. We were in the studio making it and we were just having fun… We just wanted to make a party record and we had it for a couple of months. We felt good about the song but we didn’t think this was the song that was gonna change everything. But then my management went in talks with Pepsi and Pepsi wanted to use that particular song and the rest is kind of history in the making.

What he’s doing now:

I’m always working. I’m working on an album constantly. It will be out next year.

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Field Mob’s Shawn Jay: Ludacris Uses DTP Artists For Tax Write-Offs

Shawn Jay and Smoke of Field Mob

Shawn Jay spoke with Tha Daily Persuit recently, talking about what he is working on, the Ludacris beef and more.

“The number one question I get, every barbershop, whatever I do… what’s up between you and Ludacris,” he explained. “So I guess this would be a good time to address it because I really stay away from that. I don’t know how to use another ni**a to sell records. I never sold what you might consider a substantial amount of records, like a million here, a million there. Yeah, I got over a total million sales easily, which is Field Mob true, and I’m loving that. I love having 400,000 sold gold fans. My inspirations aren’t compared to another person. I don’t sit home thinking, ‘Oh, I wanna be like Drake. I wanna be like Mike.’ No, I’m glad they’re doing their thing. But what God got going for me, I’m comfortable with that.”

Getting to the point, Shawn Jay said, “The Ludacris situation. I don’t like talking about a person when they’re not around, but when a pu**y is talking to a pu**y, if I’m a pu**y for talking about a pu**y, I’m the dyke. Luda is the whore, he’s my bitch. That’s just what it is. No dollar amount can stop that. We know each other, I’ve always showed you love. What I love about the story the most, when I was bigger than you, I treated you like you was bigger than me. When you got bigger than I, I couldn’t even talk to you. Don’t you love that Christopher Bridges? Since you gotta like that, this is easy for me. You know that you and Shocka use people, you use known artist to sign to DTP and y’all make DTP seem as though you’re doing something. Making big moves. We just signed Field Mob, yeah! We just got Scrappy, yeah! Shout out Lil Scrappy. When it’s all said and done, y’all know that’s a tax write-off. Has anyone that’s been on the DTP label ever been actually promoted, pushed, nothin? Have you ever?”

He added, “I don’t like you, I don’t fu** with you. I’m not angry with you though. People got it misconstrued. I’m not angry. I’m not a person to try to beef with a person just to sell records. That’s against everything Shawn Jay stands for. I’m a positive person.”

Watch the 36-minute interview via YouTube below.