On Twitter, Machine Gun Kelly has announced that the music video for "La La La (The Floating Song)" will be released tomorrow. Produced by Chase N Cashe, the song was featured as one of the extra tracks on the deluxe edition of the rapper's "Lace Up" album.
Rolling Stone has the premiere of the album cover for French Montana's "Excuse My French." Check it out below. According to Bad Boy President Harve Pierre, the cover is meant to evoke "the journey of an artist that has come from Morocco to New York and worked his way to becoming one of hip hop's hottest movements."
Pusha T has released a new mixtape, "Wrath of Caine," and it features a collaboration with French Montana. Titled "It Doesn't Matter," the song was produced by Harry Fraud. You can download it at LiveMixtapes.com and listen below.
When Miss Info asked Pusha T to name a standout track from the mixtape, the first song he named was this one. Check out that conversation below, as well.
It seems like that April 16 release date for French Montana's "Excuse My French" is getting pretty firm. The rapper has released a promo for the upcoming "Excuse My French" tour which is said to be "coming soon." Watch below.
"Money Work" featuring French Montana (produced by Clyde Stokes for Tuneheadz)
"F*** Ya Friend" featuring Wale and French Montana (produced by Styles for Dangerous LLC)
"Balling Out" featuring French Montana
MTV2 is bringing back "Wild 'N Out," Nick Cannon's comedy show that ran from 2005 through 2007 on MTV. Machine Gun Kelly was a featured guest on an episode that taped today and he posted a photo on his Facebook page. It is not clear when the episode will air.
MTV's RapFix has some behind the scenes footage from the music video shoot for will.i.am's "Scream & Shout (Remix)." The song, which was released today, features Britney Spears, Hit Boy, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil' Wayne and Diddy. Watch the footage below.
Late last night, Britney Spears revealed that Diddy would be featured on the remix to will.i.am's "Scream & Shout." The original featured Spears, who is also on the remix, which also adds Hit Boy, Waka Flocka Flame and Lil' Wayne. Waka Flocka Flame tweeted that a music video for the song was "coming real soon," a message which will.i.am retweeted. Watch the original below.
Fuse has a great feature on Lord Finesse for their Crate Diggers series. Watch below. At the start of it, he says how he wanted to do a remix for Mary J. Blige, but Diddy said he wasn't ready and, instead, wanted the producer to work with an up and coming rapper: Biggie Smalls.
"I used to hang out with Puff," he said. "[We would] go to his crib, bug out. The prize remix you wanted to do was Mary. Mary was blazing. I want to do a Mary remix. 'You're not ready for a Mary remix.' He was like, 'I want you to work with Big.' Big? Who's Big? He was Biggie Smalls at the time. I was like, OK, I was open minded. When I heard this dude, it started with the 'Party & Bulls***' remix. When I had a chance to really hear this dude flow, I knew he was exceptional then. Just his flow, 'cause it just bounced all over and it came back on beat."
Lord Finesse also reflected on "Suicidal Thoughts," a record he produced that would serve as the finale on The Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album, "Ready to Die."
"I'm playing him beats and he picks this just God forsaken, don't let me catch you in the alley beat. I'm like, 'What you gonna do with that?' 'Naw, I got an idea, I got an idea.' And it's like, 'You sure?' As a producer, I don't want to just sell you a beat to make a dollar. I want to make sure you gonna do something incredible with it and I never heard the record until it came out. And when I heard it, it was just like... crazy. I just remember somebody telling me 'Yo, your joint made the album, 'Ness.' It actually closes the album. I was shocked."
Last week, a previously unreleased reference vocal from The Notorious B.I.G. appeared online. A reference track provides the performer with guidance on how the lines should be performed. This particular reference was for the opening verse on Junior M.A.F.I.A.'s White Chalk, Pt. 2," which was featured on the soundtrack for the 1996 film "Original Gangstas."
In November, Ciroc announced that they had partnered with Esquire to launch "Ultra Premium Cut," a contest for filmmakers interested in producing a New Year's Eve commercial for Ciroc, set in the theme of responsible celebration. The winning entry was posted on Ciroc's YouTube channel yesterday.
Filmmaker John Ryan Johnson, an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) candidate at New York Tisch School of the Arts, took home the honor. Watch his commercial below, care of his Vimeo profile.
French Montana has released the music video for "Tic Toc" featuring Trina. It was directed by Jon J. of Dre Films/Maybach Films. The song was featured on Montana's "Mac & Cheese 3" mixtape. Watch below.
Good news for those who wanted to pick it up: Best Buy has included on the song and "Mixtape Madness," a 5 song mixtape that you can only buy through the retailer. It is only $4.99.
In addition, they are running a promotion where you can buy two albums for $9.99 and get "Mixtape Madness" for free. It includes the standard edition of "Lace Up," in addition to albums by Kendrick Lamar, Game, Slaughterhouse and Chief Keef, all of whom have one song each on "Mixtape Madness."
In an interview with DJ Steph Floss, Machine Gun Kelly said that he plans to release a new mixtape and a new album this year. The interview touches on a number of interesting subjects, including the rapper's suggestions for how Cleveland artists can break out on a wider scale and why he warmed to the idea of working with Diddy and Bad Boy. Watch below.
Red Cafe has released the music video for "Gucci Everything" from his "American Psycho" mixtape. It features Chief Keef, French Montana and Fabolous. The mixtape version also featured Game. The visual was directed by Joe Puma. Watch below.
In an interview with Montreality, Machine Gun Kelly discusses his favorite books, favorite video game of all-time, his plans for 2013, artists he'd like to collaborate with and more. Watch below. Warning: not appropriate for all audiences.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today. French Montana's "Pop That" run isn't over yet as the song gains ground and fails to drop on a single chart.
The Billboard 200
123. "Lace Up" by Machine Gun Kelly (down from 119).
Top Current Albums
113. "Lace Up" by Machine Gun Kelly (down from 101).
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
21. "Lace Up" by Machine Gun Kelly (down from 19).
Earlier today, Machine Gun Kelly released "Ratchet," the first single from E-V's upcoming "B**** I'm From Cleveland 3." The song features Ray Jr., E-V, Tezo, Dub-O, JP Did This 1 and Pooh Gutta. Before the day was over, MGK went ahead and released the visual for the song. Watch below.
Machine Gun Kelly has released "Ratchet," the first single off of E-V's upcoming "B**** I'm From Cleveland 3." The song, which features Ray Jr., E-V, Tezo, Dub-O, JP Did This 1 and Pooh Gutta, was produced by JP Did This 1. Listen to it and download below.
P.A.P.I., also known as N.O.R.E., has released the music video to his French Montana-featured single, "Tadow." The song also features 2 Chainz and Pusha T. It was directed by Will Millions and includes party footage with a number of figures in hip-hop, including Diddy.
Hot Lotto has released a new single, "Comin For It," which features Los. You can listen to it below care of the Xpensive Entertainment YouTube page. The video description includes a link where you can download it for free.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released yesterday. Machine Gun Kelly gets a nice boost, including a re-appearance on The Billboard 200 and an 80 spot gain on the Top Current Albums chart.
The Billboard 200
119. "Lace Up" by Machine Gun Kelly (re-entry).
Top Current Albums
101. "Lace Up" by Machine Gun Kelly (up from 181).
On January 8, Discovery Channel will be premiering "Africa," a seven-part series that "brings the continent to life with never-before-filmed species, animal behaviors and secret, natural wonders of the world." The TV was on this evening and a promo for it came on and I recognized a familiar tune: "Come With Me" by Diddy featuring Jimmy Page, from the "Godzilla" soundtrack. Watch below.