This year’s Billboard Music Awards was definitely one for the books! From Miguel to Justin Bieber to Nicki Minaj who wasn’t at the awards. Some artists like Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez killed their performances others had the audience feeling a little different. Who had the best performance? Hit the jump and watch all videos below.
After premiering “New Slaves” on 66 buildings worldwide, Kanye West makes his appearance on Saturday Night Live! He performs two new tracks off his upcoming album, Yeezus and it’s definitely a new Kanye. He kicked off the night with “Black Skinhead,” wearing a black leather jacket – channeling his inner rock star. For his next performance, he performs “New Slaves,” wearing a more relaxed fit; a black scoop-neck. Hit the jump to watch both of his performances.
Here’s a spoiler, the studio version to “New Slaves” features Frank Ocean!
Before his Saturday Night Live appearance, Kanye West pull the ultimate marketing tactic and premiers his new song “New Slaves” on 66 buildings throughout North America, Europe, and Australia! Downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and the Hollywood area were taken over by Kanye. The video was quite simple; a black-and-white clip of Ye rapping to the camera, but the message was strong! Hit the jump to watch his video.
As if you weren’t already excited for the summer, K. Roosevelt along with Hit-Boy, make the anxiety worse! On the visuals for his single “Do Me Now,” that’s still on heavy rotation everywhere, he takes us to the bay where there’s eye-candy every where. It was only right for the sexy track to get summer vibe for its visuals.
All furred-out, coming out of a black helicopter with a sexy lady by his side, is the start to The-Dream‘s visuals for “IV Play.” He performs for three sexy ladies and in return gets a front seat to a free show by the vixens. Look out for The-Dream’s upcoming album, due May 28. Hit the jump to watch the clip.
Young rapper, with an old-school flow, meet this week’s #TELLAFRIEND Artist of the Week, Joey Bada$$. It was freshman year of high school that he started his focus on rapping, today he’s one of the youngest in the game with the strongest buzz. He’s come a long way, from uploading a video of himself freestyling on YouTube, to World Star Hip Hop picking it up and with that catching the attention of his current manager, Jonny Shipes.
At only 18, not only is Joey a rapper but he was recently named Eckó Untld. Creative Director! Don’t sleep on this guy, hit the jump and get familiar with Joey Bada$$.
The wait is over! Gilbere Forte releases his highly anticipated tape, PRAY. The 10-track EP has features from De Carlo, Active Child and Nylo. We got the opportunity to sit Gilbere and listen to some of his tracks earlier this year, so we knew this tape would fall nothing short from amazing.
Don’t sleep on Gilbere, he was our debut artist for our #TELLAFRIEND Artist of the Week segment! So, do yourself a favor, download this tape and tweet me your favorite track! Hit the jump to listen and download.
Two years ago today, after being signed to a label, Jake&Papa decided to drop it and take the independent route. Fast forward 3 tapes, 49 songs & 8 videos later these guys have become an R&B sensation. To celebrate their anniversary, they treat their fans to a cover of their current favorite track out, Chris Brown‘s, “Fine China.” Look out for their EP, Athena’s Erotica, hitting iTunes later this year. Hit the jump to watch the clip.
With his good kid, m.A.A.d. city album out, Kendrick Lamar releases the visuals to his track, “B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” He takes us to church on this clip and really reflects as his attends a funeral. A very deep video, watch below.
Mariah Carey and Miguel drop a sexy, simple set of visuals for their new track, “#Beautiful.” Mariah rides on the back of Miguel’s motorcycle on the clip and teases him in a barn wearing a short yellow dress. Total summer visuals throughout the clip. Hit the jump and watch below.
Pharrell and Jermaine Dupri‘s protégé, Leah LaBelle releases playful visuals to her track, “Lolita.” She casts a spell on all the boys in the neighborhood, dancing in the street in a cute skirt. A fun track to keep on rotation this summer, watch the video below.
French Montana rides through the mean streets of NYC in a Lambo living it up with his boys and Ciroc bottles. The Eif Rivera-directed video holds cameos from Diddy and Ricky Rozay who also party with French. Hit the jump to watch the clip.