Posts Tagged ‘Hip Hop’

CHER LLOYD FEAT. T.I. #CHERS100WISHES

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Cher Lloyd is about to make a few wishes come true.

The multi-platinum British songstress returns with her brand new single I Wish featuring hip-hop icon T.I. This past weekend, the song made its worldwide radio debut on Saturday Night Online – Live With Romeo, and the rising star just premiered a lyric video for the track.

I Wish delivers more than Lloyd’s infectious swagger; it also comes threaded with a thoughtful message.

Says Lloyd: “I think a lot of girls struggle with body image or get pissed off because the prettier girl with everything gets the guy. You want all of the things you think that other girl has. That’s not fair, and I think I should challenge that with the song. My favorite line of the song is, ‘I wish I woke up with a butt and a rack’. That’s exactly how I feel, and I think a lot of girls feel like that. That’s what I really want my fans to connect with. I’ve always said, ‘If you can’t take me as I am, don’t take me at all, because I will not change for anyone’.”

With that audience in mind, Lloyd has launched the “Cher Grants 100 Wishes to Her Fans” campaign in tandem with the song release. Listeners can enter to win prizes through a genie-style app culled from the single art. Just visit her official Facebook page to make a wish! Five prizes will be granted each day over the course of 20 days. Each prize will be a surprise though, and winners won’t find out what they’ve won until they’re contacted. Potential prizes include a voicemail from the singer, autographed poster, $50 Top Shop gift card, a pair of concert tickets, a pair of Nikes, and #CHERS100Wishes iPhone Cases.

I Wish is available on iTunes now!

Check out the official lyric video below.

[Related Post: Cher Lloyd Beautifully Covers Robyn]

***Update: Official music video below!***

CATA9TALES RETURN

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Welcome back to my hip-hop fix!

In case you’ve forgotten (though I hope you haven’t), Cata9tales consists of two boys with sizzling brains and beats to boot. (See? When an act inspires excessive alliterations, you know they’ve got something special!)

Chameleon’s Dream (the album that had me raving last year) was downloaded over 10,000 times, which not only propelled their act into a well-deserved spotlight, but also (I hope) helped the underground rap scene recognize its own evolution.

Our world is digital, which means our music is the same. Instead of fighting it, we need to breathe deep and dive in, determined to create something worthwhile and meaningful inside this new, unfeeling system. Who knows- we may even change it from within. Cata9tales’ utilization of electro undertones to unmask societal corruption does just that.

Hello Maybe Everything (the album I’ll be raving about this year) surprised me when I hit play. While their alternative influence is undeniably modern, more of their rhyming schemes evoke old-school associations. Berkley Priest saves his tongue-splitting lyricism for certain verses; Kreator’s mixing pulls him back and slows him down. In particular, their choruses have grown increasingly mellow. As a result, their sound is more passive, less abrasive. Perhaps that’ll make their message easier to swallow. (Truth always chokes the throat at first.)

No particular song stood out to me. Every track was unified with its successor, blending every quick-drop. Maybe they’d have done better with a short n’ sweet, ear-hooking EP. Oh well. Either way, I’m giddy they’re back.

PUSHA T DROPS CHRIS BROWN-ASSISTED ‘SWEET SERENADE’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Clipse rapper Pusha T recently tweeted a link to his new song, the Chris Brown-assisted Sweet Serenade. Produced by Swizz Beatz, the intelligently orchestrated track is a collaboration worth noticing.

The song will appear on Pusha T’s upcoming debut album, which will also include features from Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Future, Rick Ross, Ab-Liva, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell, The-Dream, Kanye West and Young Jeezy, with production by Kanye, Pharrell, The-Dream, Nottz and Don Cannon.

Cool fact: During a Twitter Q&A, Pusha T confirmed the album art will be handled by Kanye West’s creative collective and design group, DONDA.

Listen to Sweet Serenade featuring Chris Brown below.

Pusha T’s forthcoming solo debut, My Name Is My Name, is due out October 8th.

EPIC COMBO: IGGY AZALEA FEAT. T.I. – ‘CHANGE YOUR LIFE’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Some duos are made for each other: Ketchup/Mustard, Sonny/Cher/, Britney/Uggs. In today’s news of epic combos, comes Iggy Azalea’s new song, Change Your Life featuring T.I.

On the Messengers-produced track, the fresh-faced rapper’s got major hustle and flow. Simply put, this is a spitfire collaboration that works. It’s full of spark and has an addictive beat that sticks.

Listen to Iggy Azalea’s Change Your Life featuring T.I. below.

Repeat! Repeat! Repeat!

NEW VIDEO: LUKE JAMES FEAT. HIT-BOY

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


A few months back, I wrote about R&B newcomer Luke James and his rise to stardom as an opening act on Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter Show tour. At the time, his single/video combo for I.O.U. was creating waves and noteworthy in its own right.

Today, James has premiered a new music video for his single Oh God (featuring Hit-Boy), and it’s pretty cool. Directed by Sarah McColgan, the clip is cinematic, classy and oh-so-chic. Three labels that also seem to fit James as an artist.

Luke’s debut album, Made To Love, is set to drop later this year.

Watch the just-released video for Oh God below.

[Related Post: Luke James Comes #Beyoncé-Approved]

JAY-Z’S UNEXPECTED SUBWAY FRIEND REVIEWS ‘MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Last year, Jay-Z rode the New York subway and bumped into 67-year-old Ellen Grossman, who charmingly had no idea who he was.

After the clip of the encounter went viral, it’s safe to say that she’s now become a new-found fan of the iconic Brooklyn rapper. In fact, she’s digging the rapper’s latest LP, Magna Carta Holy Grail, and offered her opinion on his latest body of work.

Grossman told MTV News: “It sounds like he’s really going deep into his heart and into fatherhood and even the meaning of fame. He’s saying that the money’s nice, but there’s life beyond that, that he’s exploring. I picked that up from the papers but I felt it in the man too, when I met him. That he had a depth to him.”

With regards to the track Holy Grail (featuring Justin Timberlake), she said: “It started out as a complaint about lovers and relationships. It was pretty mellow and you could go with it… but when Jay-Z came in and he was talking about Kurt Cobain, [he was saying] ‘OK, fame has its price.’ And even someone very famous and rich is capable of suicide. It really hit you hard and the soundscape was just exquisite, so it was pretty amazing.”

Grossman also offered two thumbs up when dishing on the track Part II (On the Run), featuring Queen Beyonce.

“It was very sexy. I heard Jay-Z refer to himself as an outlaw and I think [Bey’s] response seemed to be that she would embrace it all. There’s a real connection and real willingness to show their vulnerability… It was pretty awesome.”

Grossman, a visual artist (visit her website HERE), even shared her thoughts on Jay-Z’s aesthetic choices for the new album: “He does a lot of the glamour stuff — the lights and the good clothing, or even the casual clothing, but incredible lighting, strobing and audience reaction but I wonder, since his album seems something of a shift, if he’ll go somewhere else with it.”

Magna Carta Holy Grail is out now.

Footage of the subway encounter/interview below + new Jay track following.

I love this woman! So cute!

ROBYN DROPS GENDER-REVERSING VIDEO FOR ‘U SHOULD KNOW BETTER’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

The random return of Robyn!

Although it’s been three years since the release of her kick ass Body Talk, Robyn has decided to release a conceptual video for U Should Know Better, her collaboration on the album with the one and only Snoop Dogg.
Not only is the video cool and original (something Robyn’s become a poster child for), the video breaks into the topic of gender, as Robyn and Snoop are replaced in the clip by youthful, cross-gender versions of themselves. Robyn is played by a young platinum blonde boy, while Snoop appears as a lanky teen girl with braids.

The video was conceptualized by Robyn and Decida, her longtime stylist and choreographer (who was also responsible for the moves seen in Dancing On My Own).

Decida wrote a press release to accompany the release, saying:

Hopefully the U Should Know Better video sparks some laughs, but also thoughts on what identity really is. Would you be the same person in another context? Does society have certain expectations of a person based on class, gender, colour, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and cultural background? How much do these expectations then affect your so-called self? I kind of like the idea that we grow up in a transnational pop cultural mosh pit were you can choose who you want to be instead. All of this is what our 2FACED1 project is about, to know identity is dependent on context and therefore is something fluid.

Robyn never disappoints! Love it!

Video + behind-the-scenes clip following.

EVE REMAINS HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION – ‘NEVER GONE’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I’ve always thought the best artists are the most hurt. And if that’s the case, Eve remains Queen. Eve bares her battle scars like a heavyweight champion. The new album isn’t about taking back any title, because she’s never truly been dethroned. Her lyrics are undeniable, high class, honest, raw, potent, deep. There’s not a single female rapper in the game that keeps it as genuine and piercing as E.V.E.

This track is an instant classic.

Listen to the incredible Never Gone (feat. Chrisette Michele) below.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Complete and total inspiration!

JESSIE J GOES BALD FOR ‘WILD’ CLIP

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

BTB favorite, Jessie J, has re-entered the ring. In the Emil Nava-directed clip for new single Wild, the powerhouse takes over a modern white set, belting the track in nothing but heels and underwear. Adorning a shaved skull, Jessie J is later joined by Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal who push the track over the edge.

Big Sean certainly brings the drama in a plush fur coat.

J recently spoke with U.K. radio station Capital FM and mentioned that she’s been working with Calvin Harris and Dr. Luke on the new album. She penned every song with producer Claude Kelly with the exception of the track with Harris, which was written by Ester Dean.

A release date and title is still TBD.

The album’s first single, Wild, is currently available on iTunes.

Wild video below!

EVE! #LIPLOCK ALBUM RELEASE PARTY!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Myself w/ the one and only EVE, last night at her album release party!

Hosted by Simyone Lounge

[Related Post: Autographed Eve/Lip Lock Giveaway!]

#EVE + #BIGGERTHANBEYONCE.COM AUTOGRAPHED ‘LIP LOCK’ GIVEAWAY!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“… a hellacious new song … finds Eve hungrier than ever, unleashing a torrent of lyrical destruction over beat of guttural bass grooves and a twisted, eerie vocal sample.”
ROLLING STONE

“… hypnotizing … a completely different sound.”
COMPLEX

“ … no matter the vibe or subject matter, Eve doesn’t seem to let up on her flow … Lip Lock may shape up to be a smart, modern update to her already confident songs.”
IDOLATOR

“…fierce bars from Ruff Ryder’s former First Lady … Eve keeps the momentum strong leading into the release of her comeback album, Lip Lock.”

MISS INFO

“… bossy rhymes over a bouncy anthem … haunting hook … dancehall flavor.”
RAP-UP

Contest alert!

Today, all eyes are on EVE. The multi-platinum selling artist and iconic hip-hop pioneer has unleashed the fierce video for her latest single, the self-titled EVE, TODAY via VEVO! “EVE is one of my fave songs on the album,” the rapper recently told Rolling Stone, who premiered an exclusive stream of the track online last week. “It’s in ya face, it’s all me.”

In celebration of the upcoming release of her long-awaited album, Lip Lock, out May 14, BiggerThanBeyonce.Com is doing an official giveaway!

For your chance to win a SIGNED COPY OF THE NEW ALBUM + LITHOGRAPH, please follow us on Twitter (@biggrthnbeyonce) and give us a shout-out with hashtag #EVE. Be creative and have fun with it!

The winner will be announced day of release!

Good luck!

Upcoming appearances:

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (May 3rd)
Good Morning America (May 14th)
106 & Park (May 15) &
The Wendy Williams Show (May 16)

[Related Post: Eve Feat. Gabe Saporta – ‘Make It Out This Town’]

ON HEAVY ROTATION: EVE FEAT. GABE SAPORTA – ‘MAKE IT OUT THIS TOWN’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


To anyone who’s ever felt trapped, this one’s for you.

[Intro hook: Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship]

When I close my eyes
I can see me fly in the hope
High above the clouds
Swear I won’t look back if I get chance
Oh – I won’t come back around

[Verse 1: Eve]

Yo, have you ever laid in bed and it’s late in the night
Staring at the ceiling talking to God about life?
Asking when it’s gonna happen, just maybe it might
Made a lot of life turns, some wrong and some right
Wanna know when it’s your second, your minute, your time
Sick of dreaming, wanna lay the pictures in your mind
Never been like all the others, you’re one of a kind
I know you’re feeling like you wanna break free, it’s a sign
Just wanna fly above it all, see where you can land
Know that you can do it on your own cause you can
Know that you can conquer all with a plan
Forget about the negatives buried in the sand
Yeah, never forget this is your life
Your path, your dream, this is your fight
Victory you’ll see, you’ll be alright
Get through the darkness, on the other end is pure light

[Hook]

When I close my eyes
I can see me fly in the hope
High above the clouds
Swear I won’t look back
If I get chance
I will come back around
If I make it out this time, yeah
I gotta make it out this time, yeah
I’m gonna make it out this time, yeah
I’m gonna roll the dice
And take a risk tonight
Gotta make it out this time

[Verse 2: Eve]

Have you ever felt alone like the whole world was missing?
And when you prayed it seemed like no one was listening
You try to keep the faith and keep on living
But when you struggling the future looks distant
All your hope seem to be just pipe dreams
And you really gotta wonder what your life means
That’s when you gotta pick yourself up out the dust
Make a change and find a place in your heart you trust
You ain’t always gotta take the first card your dealt
In this life only you can represent yourself
Never let your circumstances hold you back
You were born free, never gotta feel trapped
And on the pursuit to happiness you’re gonna feel pain
But the only way to win is to stay in the game
The naysayers they’re gonna try and embarrass ya
But I’ve learned that the struggle builds character

[Hook]

[Bridge: Eve]

Put your hands in the air now
If you feel it let me hear you loud
Put your hands in the air now
Yeah, ain’t nobody gonna hold you down
Yeah, come on, come on

[Hook]

Eve’s first studio album in ten years, Lip Lock, will drop on May 14th!

[Related Post: New Eve Featuring Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship]

DRAKE + SCANTILY CLAD VOLLEYBALL BABES = NEW ‘5AM IN TORONTO’ CLIP

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Drizzy ‘My Baby Daddy’ Drake is back, bitches!

Drake has just premiered the music video for new single 5AM In Toronto, and of course, I’m lovin’ it. Directed by Ram Accoumeh + Andrew Hamilton, the video features the Canadian rapper sippin’ some dranky drank outside while putting his haters in place. Ya know, the usual.

From there, the clip shows Driz walking into a 24/7 volleyball court with a bar! (Do these actually exist?) Drake then proceeds to charm the pants off of some volleyball video vixens (yay, alliteration!) with his massive talent and G.O.S. (General Overall Sexiness) <-- Yeah, I just made this up. Go me?

Drake’s 3rd studio album, Nothing Was The Same, will drop later this year.

Check out Drake’s 5AM In Toronto video (NSFW) below.

SNOOP LION

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

In case you haven’t heard, the one and only Snoop Dogg has released a new single under the name Snoop Lion. No, I’m not kidding. This is actually quite cool, because A.) it’s unexpected and somewhat funny & B.) it’s for an amazing cause: ending gun violence.

On No Guns Allowed, Snoop teams up with Drake and daughter Cori B. in a plea for peace on the streets.

Produced by Major Lazer and Ariel Rechtshaid, Snoop rhymes about putting weapons down on the reggae-influenced track: “Cause, no guns are allowed, in here tonight/ We’re gonna have a free-for-all, no fights/ I wanna get lost in the crowd, in here tonight.”

Go Snoop Lion!

Snoop’s 11th studio album, Reincarnated, drops on April 23rd.

Listen to Snoop Lion’s No Guns Allowed (featuring Cori B. and Drake) below + interview w/ Snoop explaining the inspiration behind the song following.

NEW EVE FEATURING GABE SAPORTA OF COBRA STARSHIP!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Grammy Award-winning artist Eve is back and werkin’ for a cause! Her brand new single, Make It Out This Town (featuring Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta), first premiered last month as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ National Mentoring Month conference in Washington, D.C. The track is a radio-friendly pop gem, an inspiring and uplifting ‘overcoming the odds’ type of anthem.

Eve was recently named a National Celebrity Ambassador for the charity.

Says Eve: “I am releasing Make It Out This Town as my first single from Lip Lock because I wanted to share the positive place I have come into. I went through obstacles to get my music and message out and nothing embodies this more than this song, which also mirrors my recent honor and connection that comes with my role as an ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters. The song is dedicated to them.”

Make It Out This Town is the official single released from Eve’s long-awaited, much-anticipated album, Lip Lock, due out May 14th.

Can’t get enuff! Such a feel-good jam!