In the latest episode of the Pharrell Williams-hosted web series, ARTST TLK, he sits down with superstar R&B crooner Usher to discuss his long, illustrious career. In the nearly half-hour sit-down, the two artists discuss everything from his own humble beginnings in a church choir to mentoring another young artist, Justin Bieber, and guiding him into becoming the household name he is today. In the candid interview, Usher also discusses what it's like to be a sex symbol at such a young age and on the flip side, what love is to him. As a special treat, Williams brings out Leah LaBelle, his newest singer, to join in on the conversation. Watch it all for yourself above and get some inspiration for your day.
If you still haven't heard what Kanye West did over the weekend, then we're just going to chalk it up that you've been asleep for the last couple of days. On Friday night/early Saturday morning, Ye released a new visual for "New Slaves," from his forthcoming and tentatively titled album, Yeezus. And while any drop-off from Kanye is always a big affair, this one was slightly different. The G.O.O.D. Music head honcho decided to project the aesthetic on 66 buildings across the world. This of course had people lining up in the streets of various cities throughout. Here, Sway of MTV spoke with Kendrick Lamar on the event, as expectantly, Kendrick says he is inspired by the delivery and cannot wait to hear West's new album. To check the sit-down in its entirety, press play above.
Fresh off his performance at the Hangout Festival in Alabama, Kendrick Lamar sat down with MTV to share his thoughts on Kanye West’s premiere of “New Slaves” (that was projected on 66 buildings across the world on Friday night) and his upcoming album Yeezus (check the artwork here).
On the premiere: It sounded crazy. That whole marketing scheme is crazy. It’s very inspiring. After a while you get to a point in hip-hop where certain tactics get watered down. How much music can you release on the Internet to get it hot? How many singles can you put out? How many videos can you possibly do?
On the album: That’s crazy, I want to hear that. That’s that creative Kanye genius stuff out the box … whatever way is his way of being creative and getting his message across through that album, that’s the culture. I can’t wait to hear it.
A$AP Rocky is no stranger to the sports world, as he recently contributed to both the adidas #QuickAintFair campaign and EA Sports commercial for FIFA Soccer 13. In brand new sit down interview on Cabbie Presents, with Canadian sportscaster Cabral Richards, Rocky discusses his cosign from LeBron James, his resemblance to soccer star Didier Drogba and a few other sports-related topics.
In the latest installment of Mass Appeal’s Off Tha Wall series, Seattle’s Aaron Cohen discusses Nas’ impact on him personally, Wu-Tang, the Seattle hip hop scene, his dream studio session and how much he hates when people chew with their mouths open.
Alongside Doggie Diamonds and DJ Blazita of Forbez DVD, the former Terror Squad member speaks on the folklore that was the beef between Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella and Fat Joe’s Terror Squad, including the infamous “head cracked with a bottle” tale.
I have always said that ol’ boy is going to have to change his name if he wants a proper push. Keep it real: suburban, corporate, and most-of-the-non-hood America will be petrified to have a guy nicknamed “Gunplay” roll through their town before knowing what he even looks like (which doesn’t help matters either… I’m just saying). Anyways, MMG’s one man goon squad man sat down with DJ Blazita and Doggie Diamonds to talk his new project, his BFF Curtis Jackson and more.
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