Christina Aguilera & Cee-Lo Green – “Make The World Move”
Okay, so it’s not a music video, but there’s no denying how catchy Christina Aguilera’s newest single is. The pop diva celebrated the release of her new album, Lotus, yesterday, crown and all. And what better way to promote the album than to perform a song live on your hit television show? The bedazzled XTina enlists the help of the incomparable Cee-Lo Green, who casually strolls around with a scepter. Does it make sense? Not really. But that’s Cee-Lo for ya.
Azealia Banks – “Atlantis”
Speaking of wacky performers, Azealia Banks’ new video for “Atlantis” looks like a crazy and colorful ode to screensavers from Windows 95. No flying toasters, but there’s plenty of Word Art and cartoon dolphins to last you a lifetime.
Wiz Khalifa (feat. The Weeknd) “Remember You”
It’s the oldest story in the book. Girl meets girl, girl takes girl to creepy contortionist party, there’s lots of crying…well, anyway, it makes for an interesting music video!
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Azealia Banks has kept mum in the past about some potential collaborations with some of pop’s heaviest hitters despite some heavy teases. So how do you get a burgeoning star like Banks to spill the beans? Have the interview in another country! I mean, it’s not like everything is recorded and uploaded to the internet for everyone to see these days, right?
Brazil’s Mix TV got a couple of heavy scoops when they spoke with the 20 year old rapper and got right down to brass tacks. So you worked with Kanye West right? What was it like making music with Lady Gaga?
Woah gorgeous Brazilian interviewer, don’t you think you’re being a little forward? Weren’t those collabs just rumors and conjecture?
Last week, the music industry lost a female veteran when Ms. Melodie of Boogie Down Productions died on Wednesday. Her 1989 release Diva made her one of the first emcees to spit alongside the heavy-hitting male rappers of the day, like ex-husband KRS-One.
The loss made me reflect on today’s female rappers, and the position they hold in the hip-hop world. Aside from Nicki Minaj, it seems that female rappers have all but disappeared from the mainstream landscape over the past few years.
But times may be changing. The days of Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown may be over, but a slew of new spitters have been staging some serious attacks, and a few familiar faces are poised to return, ready to make a big impact on the rap game.
Eve recently announced plans to release her oft-delayed project Lip Lock this fall. It will be her first album since Eve-Olution hit the streets 10 years ago. If things go her way, the former Ruff Ryder will be rocking radio waves again, showcasing her sick rhyming skills and ever-present ability to get a party started with her sexy but scathing style. She recently made her first-ever appearance at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans and received a warm welcome from legions of loyal fans who can’t wait for her return to the mic. (more…)
19-year-old Harlem, NY-based rapper Azealia Banks is not known for her subtlety or nuance. No, the spunky female MC has made a name for herself with tracks like “212,” a song which is as lyrically dense as it is lyrically explicit. Banks has also been fairly outspoken over her Twitter account, like many other rappers. But Banks took it to another level this past Friday. After it was revealed that Banks had ended her professional relationship with manager Troy Carter – with whom she had signed just two months prior – the rapper went on the offensive over Twitter.
“Guess what?: I’m still not going to let you manage me again. I’ve dealt with enough cyber bullying to see right thru this.”
“I will definitely be working BY MYSELF and saving MY 20% On management commissions while I avoid you sharks in the water….”
Banks went on to say that she would only work with a female manager or “a really gay man” in the future. Shortly after her tweet tirade, Banks deleted her account.
Banks later took to her Tumblr, posting that she was “NO LONGER WISHING TO BE A RAPPER.” This statement was later amended in a follow up post, with Banks saying that she would continue to rap, only that she did not “want the label and all the other crap that comes with the ‘rap game’.” Banks also stated that she would be communicating with her fans exclusively through her Tumblr going forward.
Carter, who notably manages Lady Gaga, had released a statement on the 7th, stating that he and Banks had ended their professional relationship “on very amicable terms.”
Moving at the speed of hype, 17-year-old Daytona Beach, FL native Kitty Pryde has been taking over the internet at a breakneck pace. Taking her name from a character from the X-Men comics, Pryde is the latest in a string of female MCs who have come to prominence in the past few months including Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea, and Kreayshawn. The “jail bait Hailey Williams of Rap,” Pryde has also drawn comparisons to hipster songbird Lana Del Rey; both seemingly came out of nowhere and have built buzz with the tumblr crowd thanks to a handful of woozy youtube videos.
Pryde’s output has been scant so far. That said, having a lone EP, The Lizzie McGuire Experience, and two singles to her name hasn’t gotten in the way of her rise in popularity. With write-ups in The Fader, Vice, Pretty Much Amazing, Idolator, and many more in the past two days alone, her ascent has been dizzyingly fast.
Watch the video for her latest single “Okay Cupid” and see what all the fuss is about.
Following her successful set at Coachella last weekend, reports state that rapper Azealia Banks will now be represented by Lady Gaga‘s manager, Troy Carter. She has also recently signed a deal with Universal Music, paving a bright future for the young Harlem native.
Banks rose to success following the release of her song “212,” which has received over ten million views on YouTube. The rapper has also worked with the likes of DJ Diplo and producer Richard Russell, and was previously signed to indie label XL Recordings. Banks’ debut album Broke With Expensive Taste is set for release September of this year.