Getting your friends together in one place can be hard, so Janelle Monáe took the easy route and had her famous friends—Kimbra, Esperanza Spalding, Monica, Estelle, and TLC’s T-Boz—video chat in to her latest music video to join the party.
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On a good day, rapper T.I. and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris have enough drama going on in their lives to test the very limits of the reality show they’ve inhabited since 2011 on T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, and the past few months have been particularly dramatic—even by their standards.
Never ones to handle things anything close to quietly, Tip and Tiny have apparently decided to address the situation through a pair of songs about their relationship. Yesterday, T.I. released a new single, “Stay,” a slow jam with an early-Kanye-style chipmunk soul sample and nostalgia-drenched lyrics that profess undying devotion to a woman with the clumsily earnest hyperbole of a New Edition song. (“Girl, together or apart / But you’ll be forever in my heart, I swear.”)
T.I. and boxer Floyd Mayweather have been beefing recently, and back in May the situation escalated when Mayweather seemingly claimed during a press conference to have slept with Tiny. (Mayweather says he was misheard.) At the same time, the runaway success of T.I.’s protege Iggy Azalea has reignited longstanding rumors that their relationship extends beyond business.
At nearly the same time “Stay” went online, Tiny was posting a new video for “What You Gon Do?” which offers a much different take, and as its combative title suggests (the dirty version is actually called “What The F@#K You Gon Do?”), it doesn’t share “Stay”‘s optimistic perspective. The co-writer of “No Scrubs,” Harris is an expert at airing out men who don’t meet her standards, and the lyrics run down a long list of a partner’s shortcomings, interspersed with threats to up and leave him. The combination of unflinching frankness and a beat that consists of little more than a fantastically deep bass line is enough to blow the sappy “Stay” out of the water. If Tiny and T.I. are entering a full-blown feud with one another (whether actual, scripted or somewhere in between), she’s taking an early lead.
If Iggy Azalea, the Australian-born rapper-model, really wanted our attention today—September 9, 2013, the day Miley Cyrus licked a sledgehammer (and a bunch of other videos came out)—she would’ve had T.I. wear the pasties.
Instead, the video for “Change Your Life” entered the fray with Azalea emerging from a pool in bright-red nipple lids (not to mention lounging on a diving board in a nominally SFW gold chain mail top), and T.I. neglecting only a tie.
Still, this is a good time to check in with a potential new pop star who’s hard to locate in the current firmament. Is she a pugnacious rapper, like Nicki Minaj? A utility provocateur, like Miley? The Lana Del Rey of rap (whatever that means, beyond pure amazingness)?
With apologies to Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, and Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is undoubtedly the song that will define the summer of 2013. So naturally, with the sort of exposure and success it has scored, it has come under fire from people trying to get a piece of the action.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Thicke (along with track cohorts Pharrell Williams and T.I.) filed a suit in federal court in California against both the family of Marvin Gaye and a publishing company that holds the rights to some of Funkadelic’s compositions. The reason? Both of those parties have claimed that “Blurred Lines” borrows from their own work, and thus they should be entitled to royalties.
The Gaye family’s claim is especially absurd, as they claim that “Blurred Lines” feels and sounds the same as Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up,” and that, according to the suit, “the Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work.”
Meanwhile, Bridgeport Music says that “Blurred Lines” sounds too much like Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways.” Both parties have threatened litigation if they aren’t paid, which is why Thicke, Williams, and T.I. have filed suit in order to get the matter settled immediately.
Give a listen to “Blurred Lines,” Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” and Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways” below. READ FULL STORY
Robin Thicke’s new music video is too hot for YouTube.
A representative for the R&B crooner said Monday that his unrated video for “Blurred Lines” was banned from the website. The clip features nude models prowling around Thicke and rappers T.I. and Pharrell.
A rep for YouTube didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment. The video is still playing on the music video website Vevo.
Thicke’s unrated clip was released last week and garnered more than 1 million views in days. It became a water cooler topic on the blogs and entertainment websites. The original video was released a week before and has 1.3 million views.
Thicke said in an interview last week that he had sought the approval of his wife, actress Paula Patton, to shoot with nude models
Fans who’ve been obsessively Googling to find out the latest status of Lil Wayne’s health can rest their weary keyboards: the Tunechi has offered visual confirmation that he is alive and well.
The rapper, of course, was hospitalized after suffering a series massive seizures in Los Angeles last week. He was released Monday night, but many were still concerned for Weezy’s health. So to put his fans’ minds at ease and thank them for their well wishes, Wayne recorded a video with T.I. to let everyone know all was well.
“I just want to say thank you to all y’all for all your prayers,” Wayne says in the TMZ-obtained video, which was recorded slightly before midnight on Wednesday. “I swear to God I felt that love while I was laid up on that motherf—ing hospital bed. I just want all y’all to know that I’m good — I’m more than good.”
The rapper also included a half-hearted plug for his upcoming album I Am Not a Human Being II, which he says “you can go get that s— if you want, or if not, whatever.”
“Also, I’m still going on tour,” he continued. At this point, he beckoned a much livelier T.I. to enter from the wings, and the two excitedly discussed their upcoming plans. Wayne then brought the clip to a close by telling viewers, “Kiss my fist.”
Pucker up and watch the video below:
EW talked to the OutKast-famed rapper about filling the big (left) shoes of his critically acclaimed 2010 solo debut Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, his response to hearing André 3000 apologize to him in T.I.’s recent “Sorry”, and how the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan influenced Vicious Lies‘ first track. READ FULL STORY
Sorry Ms. Jackson — this is probably not for real.
Before the rumor mills start churning about an OutKast reunion (too late!) we need to stress that Big Boi and André 3000 have not recently shared a studio space, but they have shared a studio partner.
Each rapper separately collaborated with T.I. on two tracks that were released into the blogosphere last night: Big Boi’s “In the A,” from of his upcoming album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, and T.I.’s “Sorry,” from his own upcoming Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, features an Andre verse.
However, if you listen hard enough, you can find a glimmer of hope in André’s contribution: “This the type of s— that’ll make you call your rap partner/and say I’m sorry I’m awkward/ my fault for fu–ing up the tour.”
Well, then call him already, André! Gillette can sponsor your totally not-f—ed-up reunion tour.
T.I. famously served two stints in prison at the near-height of his career, and that time is one of the many subjects the rapper delves into in tonight’s Behind the Music on VH1. The hour of television — which EW has an exclusive video sneak peek of below — is an update to the 2009 episode the series originally produced on T.I.
Of course, after T.I. (born Clifford Harris) was released from jail in 2010, he embarked on a media tour that found him talking about his time behind bars — and one of those appearances, a portion of a Larry King interview, is included in the exclusive clip below.
But T.I. also does a fresh interview with VH1, where he expresses some of the hardships of serving time. “I don’t think I have to sell the fact that prison sucks,” the rapper and father of six says in the exclusive clip below. “When you have your liberties and the loves of your life taken away from you, it puts a lot of things in perspective.”
You can catch the entire Behind the Music: T.I. episode tonight at 10 p.m. on VH1, but until then, whet your appetite with this exclusive sneak peek at the hour here on EW.com:
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