Jessie J has been ruling the charts with “Bang Bang” in recent weeks—but she proved she has more than a few great performances in her when she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday.
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There’s a lot going on in the just-released music video for Ice Cube’s “Drop Girl,” the latest single from his forthcoming album Everythang’s Corrupt: The giant heads of Cube and his collaborators RedFoo and 2 Chainz, more than a few female derrieres, and… Wait, is that Neal from Freaks and Geeks?
That is in fact Samm Levine as the lead scientist handling research on ladies’ behinds. “The truth of the matter is that anyone who knows me in my personal life knows that finding the perfect booty is something I’m deeply concerned with and have been for years,” Levine tells EW. “I actually run a lab out of my basement. Everyone there is a volunteer, they come on their own volition. When they asked if they could shoot the music video there, I had no problem with it. It was really more of a documentary than anything else.” READ FULL STORY
The Syracuse hardcore band Perfect Pussy won the lion’s share of SXSW’s cool-kid attention. Destruction Unit put on some of the week’s most raucous shows. Bigger bands (well, relatively) like Speedy Ortiz, Cloud Nothings, Parquet Courts, and F—ed Up went above and beyond to put on a slew of killer parties.
But who cares about that crap, because Rick Ross has the No. 1 album in the country!!!! Did you know that Rick Ross has the No. 1 album in the country? If you didn’t, he and his hype man at the Fader Fort last night made sure to remind everyone over and over. And over.
As has been the trend for a few years now, Big Rap turned SXSW into its own game. The festival’s closing night drove that point home: Ross celebrated his chart-topping new record Mastermind by headlining Fader, A$AP Mob and Mobb Deep capped their own busy weeks at 1100 Warehouse, and 2 Chainz took over a showcase at Brazos Hall.
Clearly, it was a rap-heavy schedule, and that’s not even counting Jay And Kanye’s Samsung event Wednesday night or the shows by Future, Pusha T, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, B.o.B., Nas, and, um, Ludacris.
Yesterday saw the release of the new album by 2 Chainz. It’s called B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, and like the former Tity Boi’s first album Based on a T.R.U. Story, it has some exceptional production and a handful of inspired verses.
Chainz, like Nicki Minaj, is an ideal guest artist: Absolutely stellar at one minute, somewhat exhausting at four. Still, “Mainstream Ratchet” is as big a banger as you could hope for in 2013.
Of course, if this music thing doesn’t work out for Mr. Chainz, he can always fall back on his culinary skills. Anybody who follows Chainz on Instagram knows that the man is obsessed with a good meal, and he has decided to let you into his eating world: The deluxe edition of Me Time features a cook book, with each recipe lining up with one of the songs on the album.
Like “Beautiful Pain”? You should make his fried chicken. Hungry for some smoky kale greens? You’ll want to crank up “Black Unicorn.”The recipes all sound pretty delicious, and are relatively easy to execute. Many of them call for healthy dollops of “Me Time Sauce,” a tangy combination of mayonnaise, Old Bay, barbecue sauce, dijon mustard, and lemon juice.
The first step in making Me Time Sauce is, “Go to the mall, spend a handful of racks on a new outfit for the night.” The second? “Get a manicure and a pedicure.” Next? “Spend some more ‘Me Time’ at the house, catching up on old seasons of The Wire.”
Awesome advice like that is all over the Me Time cook book. Want to start making his garlicky green beans? “Call Fergie, invite her to watch a movie on Netflix. Once she accepts, start making green beans.” If you’re making Chainz mango salsa, the first step is to “Position yourself in a room surrounded by a handful of TVs playing SportsCenter with the sound off.” And once you’re done making his basic fried chicken, “Plate chicken for yourself, sit at the head of your dining room table and eat the chicken while you sing along to ‘Beautiful Pain.'”
It’s a delight, and also a shrewd move for 2 Chainz. After all, the deluxe editions of physical albums usually only contain a few extra tracks, which are available on iTunes anyway. Will the cook book draw more people into actual music stores to buy physical copies of Me Time?
As you probably know by now, Aziz Ansari is a friend of rap. Now thanks to Drake, the cuddly comedian is getting immortalized in song form: his douchey Randy character kicks of Drizzy’s latest, “All Me.”
Of course, he’s not the only guest; Big Sean and 2 Chainz also make sizable contributions to the track. Listen to it below, and let us know if you also think it’s kind of funny to hear 2 Chainz rap about Toronto:
The rapper born Tauheed Epps and formerly known as Tity Boi was arrested for possession of marijuana and Promethazine (a key ingredient in sizzurp, or lean). The drugs were found in his checked luggage and Los Angeles International Airport, and Chainz was escorted off the plane to get booked.
This is Chainz’ second drug-related arrest this year. Back in February, Maryland State Police detained him for marijuana possession after pulling over his van. (He was ultimately found not guilty.) He should probably commit those TSA guidelines to memory, because he’s going to be spending a lot of time on the road this summer as part of the America’s Most Wanted tour, which features Lil Wayne, T.I., French Montana, Hit-Boy, and G-Eazy.
Police say platinum-selling rapper 2 Chainz was robbed in San Francisco just hours before he was scheduled to perform at a concert in Oakland.
Sgt. Dennis Toomer says the hip-hop star, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, was walking with five members of his entourage near downtown Sunday afternoon. They were approached by three men, one of them holding a handgun.
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On the Charts: Maroon 5 takes over, Taylor Swift hits No. 1, Kelly Clarkson stuck on the 'Dark Side'
Maroon 5 have officially accomplished the rare feat of having not one but two singles in the Top 10 of Billboard‘s Hot 100 this week.
Although their smash “Payphone” is on its way down after peaking at No. 2 (this week it dropped from No. 5 to No. 7), their followup “One More Night” has wasted no time ascending the upper tiers of the chart. This week “Night” jumps 15-9, following major gains at radio and 170,000 additional downloads.
The two hit singles are driving album sales for the band’s fourth album Overexposed, which grew 59 percent to 36,000 copies this week — a $3.99 sale on Amazon also boosted sales substantially — and moved from No. 11 to No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The disc has moved 450,000 copies after eight weeks on the chart.
We’ll find out if “One More Night” can climb one spot higher than “Payphone” in the weeks to come, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers below:
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