Posts Tagged ‘Video Interview/Clips’

ON HEAVY ROTATION: GROUP 1 CREW – ‘DANGEROUS’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


If you took a bite of hip hop/urban pop and placed it in a blender with the Bible, you’d get Group 1 Crew. I recently discovered the single Dangerous and fell head over heels. Yes, the production is a bit safe for the current mainstream market, but in the Christian world, this is downright edgy. It’s a fun track that pierces deep with rich vocals and meaningful rhymes.

I’ve actually become a little obsessed with this song! My only beef is that there’s no video treatment to the track. So dear Group 1 Crew, if you’re reading this: MAKE A VIDEO! This song specifically could reach people that normally wouldn’t give Christian music a chance, and with a powerful visual to back it up, this song could really change perceptions and minds.

Listen to the highly-infectious Dangerous below + video introduction to the Group 1 Crew movement following. #JesusSwag

NO HOMO

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I’m sure I won’t be put under fire for speaking the truth, right?

The truth is this: our culture is male-, white-, and heterosexually-dominated. We’ve made huge leaps in the past hundred years, but the unspoken privileges these three groups continue to receive needs to be recognized, especially by those who benefit from them.

If you require evidence for such struggles in equality, you need not look any further than a society’s subcultures.

There’s a lot more I could say, but the video speaks for itself.

[Related Post: The Faggotry of Hip Hop]

Homophobia in Hip-Hop from Byron Hurt on Vimeo.

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.

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.

TEGAN & SARA INTERVIEWING CUTIES!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Yay for cute boys + cool musicians!

‘Heartthrob: The Interviews’ features Tegan & Sara interviewing, well, heartthrobs. Such a genius marketing campaign to promote their long-awaited new album Heartthrob, available now.

I could watch these clips all damn day!

PS: Skylar, call me!

ON HEAVY ROTATION: IMAGINE DRAGONS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Certain songs are like fuel. They take you places. Others are like pain medication. They get you through shit. When a song contains both of these elements, it’s a serious addiction waiting to happen.

That’s what this song is for me: a freakin’ addiction. I literally cannot stop playing it; I feel it in my veins. And while the music video was disappointing and weird (to see it, go find it for yourself), the song stands on its own. It’s rad and without flaw.

Check out Radioactive by Imagine Dragons below.

Love! Love! Love!

BOOBY TRAP!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Gotta give credit where credit is due! Bam!

JERRY BIEBER, AKA THE BIEBS’ WANG

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

And I’m officially disturbed!

So I don’t keep up with all the stupid teeny-bopper nonsense in the world, so I’m a little late to this perhaps, but I just found out that Justin Bieber’s fans call his, um, wing wang, Jerry. Yup! As in your friend’s dad. Or the guy sitting next to you at Starbucks. Or that dude from Parks & Recreation.

Funny, because it’s absolutely ridiculous. Depressing, because I have no faith left in the human race. JK, you guys!

See Jerry in action below! The little fella’s got some moves, huh?

Wait a second. What the hell am I talking about?!

Is it Friday yet?

To redeem myself/make up for the stupidity of this post, check out the incredible Biebs cover by VanLadyLove below. Love!

RYAN LESLIE IS ALL KINDS OF RIGHT

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Ryan Leslie has officially announced Ups & Downs as the second single off of his top-notch rap album Les Is More, and personally, I can’t get enuff of it! Described by the Associated Press to “surely send you up,” the feel-good jam is all kinds of right!

In conjunction with the release of Les is More, Leslie has been chosen as a brand ambassador for the Sony X Headphones (#SonyX) for their “Love To Give” (#SonyLove) campaign this holiday season. Ups & Downs is featured in a video vignette for the Sony X’s, where Leslie discusses the importance of having headphones that don’t dilute the honesty of the recording. The “Love To Give” campaign celebrates the spirit of giving, and features various other artists, including country pop singer Taylor Swift and hottie photographer Nigel Barker.

The first rap album from Ryan Leslie, Les Is More, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts simultaneously in 8 countries, including the U.S., Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, and Switzerland.

Bask in the greatness that is Ryan Leslie below!

Happy Holidays, errbody!

P!NK CREATES FLAWLESS PIECE OF ART

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


A flawless piece of art. Quite possibly the best video I’ve seen all damn year…

Directed by Floria Sigismondi and choreographed by the Golden Boyz, Pink’s just-released video for Try is a visual feast, spilling over the brim with passion, paint, and vicious acrobatics. Dancer Colt Prattes (Ummm, what a f*cking hottie! Sorry, had a moment!) takes on the leading male role in the video, creating a physically emotional and relatable presence with Pink in a series of modern dance scenes.

Try is the second single released from her latest album, The Truth About Love, and on a personal level, one of my favorites from the album. No joke, I’ve played this damn song probably 500x since the disc was released.

This may be a bold statement, but I think this is Pink’s greatest piece of work, from a visual slash music video perspective.

Pink agrees: “Making this video was the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire career. I never wanted it to end. It’s my favorite video ever.”

Stunning music video + recent live performance following.

[Related Post: New P!nk Cuts Like A Razorblade]

FEELIN’ LIKE A CIGGY WITH THE USED

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Sometimes ya just feel like a butt. Know what I mean? A ciggy! Yup. That’s pretty much the shallow explanation of the new video for Put Me Out by The Used.

The track, which is actually a metaphor for a love gone sour, is featured on the band’s latest album, Vulnerable.

Describing the video, frontman Bert McCracken told Fuse: “When I am at a rock show, I am able to simply be myself. Plus, sometimes we all feel like a cigarette.”

The amped-up tune has McCracken scrockin’ (screamin’ + rockin’ = a new word I just invented; get into it!): “I gave you everything, you threw it away/ Put me out like a cigarette, out like a cigarette.”

The band is currently headlining its own U.S. gigs with Twin Atlantic and Stars in Stereo.

Recent interview + the just-released video for Put Me Out below.

PALOMA FAITH CONCERT TIC GIVEAWAY!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com
The above pic is interactive, so scroll your mouses (mice?) over it, people! Pretty dope, right?

Paloma Faith is coming to the Big Apple and we’re feelin’ like Oprah. Yup! We’re doing a giveaway!

Paloma, who’s in the vibe of Lana Del Rey meets Florence and the Machine, is playing at Joe’s Pub on September 11th.

To celebrate the intense awesomeness that is this pixie pop package, BiggerThanBeyonce is giving away a set of tickets to the upcoming show.

To enter, LIKE us on Facebook or FOLLOW us on Twitter, and let a hoe know!

May the odds ever be in your flavah.

*Winners will be notified by noon on Monday 9/10/12

Paloma Faith EPK from Epic on Vimeo.

CONVERSATION W/ ALANIS MORISSETTE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Last night, I attended ‘A Conversation with Alanis Morissette,’ hosted by Rolling Stone editor Anthony DeCurtis. Yup! Little ol’ me was in the presence of music biz royalty, y’all!

Besides a few awkward moments, the entire conversation was blistering and brilliant. Alanis spoke with such eloquence and depth, that at times, I felt like my brain was freezing with splendidness.

The woman is so deep, she’s a gaping hole! (Compliment, people.)

But for real, besides the fact that she’s been a revolutionary comet for women in music, she also came across as enlightened and vulnerably potent; an undeniably genuine human being.

Below are a few of my favorite quotes from the night:

“I feel like I have these gifts, and if I don’t use them, things start to go terribly wrong.”

“We’re all expressing pieces of God every day, whether we know it or not.”

“The songwriting process is exhausting and effortless at the same time.”

“I’m an alpha woman – and there’s tons of us – and at one point, we would have been burned at the stake and had our heads chopped off, but now we’re being championed. There’s never been a greater time to be a woman.”

“Marriage and committed relationships are a hotbed for healing.”

Love her!

Havoc and Bright Lights, Morissette’s eighth studio album, is out now.

#IWASHERE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I WAS HERE.