French Montana and A$AP Rocky keep the party going in the video for their collaboration “Said N Done.”
We find the Coke Boy and A$AP Mob MC living next door to one another taking full advantage of their bachelor pads with simultaneous bashes full gorgeous women.
Directed by Eif Rivera, the video playful captures the duo rocking silk shirts and having fun as they smoke, jump on beds, and enjoy all the female attention. They eventually switch rooms for a glimpse of how the other is living. A$AP Ferg also makes a quick cameo.
“Said N Done” dropped back in August and was originally a single off Montana’s now scraped MC4.
Watch Montana and Rocky enjoy being bachelors above.
One of Nas‘ #1 and most controversial albums, Hip Hop Is Deadrecently turned 10 on December 19.
In order to celebrate the milestone, ESCO sat down with Mass Appeal in conjunction with Google Play Music to delve into some of the elements that sparked the controversy surrounding the album: the title, lead single, and Jay Z collaboration; as well as it’s place in hip-hop.
In the four-part video series the Queens legend reveals drawing inspiration from the title of De La Soul‘s sophomore effort De La Soul is Dead, talks about the creation of “Black Republican;” his first record with HOV following their nasty feud, discusses working on the namesake single with Will.i.Am, shares looking up to B.I.G. and Tupac plus so much more.
Watch Mass Appeal x Google Play Music’s “Celebrating A Decade Of Hip Hop Is Dead” below.
Alessia Cara reflects on growing up in the brand new visual for her single “Seventeen.”
Off her album Know-It-All the song delves into the idea that as children we have this deep longing to be older and we don’t really take the time to appreciate the journey of growing up.
The video opens with a young Cara riding the bus with her father. Eventually she becomes a spunky teenager riding the bus solo and with friends, a young adult, a new mom, the mother of a teenager, and finally her kid becomes an adult too; bringing the whole thing full circle.
Throughout the progression of the video Cara continues to age and eventually understands all that comes with getting older.
“I was too young to understand what it means,”
“I couldn’t wait ’till I could be seventeen / I thought she lied when she said take my time to breathe / Now I wish I could freeze the time at seventeen.”
Watch Alessia literally show her growth in “Seventeen” below.
Fresh off releasing his debut FREE 6LACK, 6LACK — pronounced black — delivers the visual for “Ex-Calling.”
The Atlanta rhymer/singer takes viewers to the strip club in a grainy black-and-white clip as he attempts to get his mind off a past relationship gone awry.
Still dealing with the feelings from the break-up, perfectly conveyed by the dark and moody aesthetic of the video combined with his somber tone; we see 6LACK make it rain as women gyrate up and down the pole.
“Ex Calling” appeared on 6LACK’s debut which dropped last month and is a remix to Future’s “Perkys Calling” off Purple Reign. Watch it below.
JoJo and Remy Ma link up to set the record straight and let all the frauds know being “FAB” isn’t a compliment.
The black-and-white visual takes us around New York City, and features JoJo sporting a camouflage top while venting about frenemies,
“Where were you when I needed you? Fake ass bitches / When they smile in your face but behind you, it ain’t well wishes / When they eatin’ all the food off your plate and they don’t do dishes / When they words and they actions blur and they don’t know different / No time for these fake-ass bitches.”
We soon find Remy putting “both middle fingers all the way up” while sitting atop an old whip. She shares the Mad Love. songstress sentiments on back stabbing phonies finding their way into your circle.
“You not my BFF/ You not my bestie / You a fake ass bitch just like the rest / See, I was all the way down, you was all the way gone / Now you tryna come back cause I’m all the way on.”
“FAB” is the “Leave (Get Out)” singer’s first collaboration with Terror Squad’s First Lady. JoJo also recently wrapped up a performance for “Disney’s Magical Holiday Celebration” where she delivered a powerful rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
The 25-year-old singer will be kicking off 2017 with her Mad Love. World Tour where she’ll be travelling across Europe and the U.S.
Watch JoJo and Remy sound off on fake ass bitches below and also peep if she’ll be coming to a city near you.
MAD LOVE. WORLD TOUR DATES
Jan. 15 – Dublin, IRE – Academy
Jan. 17 – London, UK – Koko
Jan. 18 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Jan. 19 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
Jan. 21 – Munich, GER – Ampere
Jan. 22 – Milan, IT – Tunnel Club
Jan. 23 – Köln, GER – Clubbahnhof
Jan. 26 – Copenhagen, DEN – Vega Jr.
Jan. 28 – Birmingham, UK – Institute 2
Jan. 29 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Jan. 30 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC2
Feb. 15 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Feb. 17 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
Feb. 19 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Feb. 20 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theatre
Feb. 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
Feb. 23 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory OC
Feb. 24 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues – San Diego
Feb. 25 – Scottsdale, AZ – Livewire
Feb. 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
March 1 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
March 3 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
March 4 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
March 5 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
March 7 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
March 8 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District
March 10 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
March 11 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater
March 12 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
March 19 – New Orleans, LA – Republic NOLA
March 21 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
March 22 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
March 23 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
March 25 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
March 26 – Columbia, SC – Music Farm Columbia
March 28 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
March 30 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues – Cleveland
March 31 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall (Indoor)
April 1 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
April 3 – Richmond, VA – The National
April 4 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
April 6 – Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim Entertainment Center
April 7 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
April 8 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater
April 10 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
April 11 – Dallas, TX – Trees
April 12 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
April 14 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
April 18 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
April 19 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
April 21 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
April 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
April 23 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
April 28 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theatre
April 30 – Boston, MA – Royale
May 2 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
May 3 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Ab-Soul and Bas use the visual for their recent collaboration “Braille” to show us something new.
Using Paris as their backdrop, the duo take us to rooftops that overlook the Eiffel Tower, La Petite Ceinture, and even underground; creating a stunning contrast between the beautiful architecture of the city and the parts most don’t dare venture.
“Braille” is expected to be on Soulo’s upcoming project, which follows 2014’s These Days…
Watch the bosses Ab-Soul and Bas in the video for “Braille” below.
The holiday season is upon us and there’s one film with its sights set on becoming a holiday classic. Almost Christmas, the new family holiday comedy from writer/director David Talbert and producer Will Packer, follows Walter the patriarch of the Meyers family as he attempts to keep his family together after the death of the family matriarch. His wish is for everyone to get along under the same roof for five days without killing each other which proves to be no easy task.
Starring Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, Romany Malco, Jessie T. Usher, Mo’Nique, Omar Epps, JB Smoove, Nicole Ari Parker, John Michael Higgins, Keri Hilson and D.C. Young Fly the movie delivers the laughs and drama making it a holiday film everyone can relate to.
SFPL‘s own Arlene Danna chatted with producer Will Packer and Omar Epps who plays the neighbor next door Malachi, and has hopes of rekindling his romance with Rachel portrayed by Gabriel Union. Packer and Epps dished on how the movie came to be, working with comedic masterminds Mo’Nique and J.B. Smoove, being on set, as well as the importance of family especially during the holidays.
Loved the movie. Could you briefly tell us about the film, your character, and his role in the film?
Epps: What I loved about the film is how they flipped the usual storyline. Normally, it’s the patriarch who passes, and it’s the mother who holds it all together. It’s about love, family, and the trial and tribulations that come with that. Everyone will be able to relate because we all come from family, we all have our own interpersonal relationships. So and so doesn’t get along with such and such and oh here comes crazy uncle so and so. My character grew up with the family. He’s known them his whole life and he’s back home visiting as well. He has some history with Gabriel Union’s character Rachel who has been holding onto a grudge all these years over a misunderstanding.
The scene where you’re helping Gabriel Union’s character squeeze in through the window was it hard to keep a straight face? We’re you guys able to bang it out or did it take a few takes.
Epps: Oh yes, that was a good one. We did do it a couple of times but we banged it out rather quickly. Gabi was only going to fall in through that window but so many times. [Laughs]
The chemistry between everyone definitely shows on-screen. How was it being on set? Did you guys play any practical jokes on each other? Any memorable moments?
Epps: Gabi and I have known each other for years so we had that synergy throughout the whole film. Everyone was great though. There was so much respect on set. There weren’t necessarily practical jokes but we formed this camaraderie and we shared a lot of laughs. Some of the most memorable moments for me were watching the scenes I wasn’t in. Mo’Nique and J.B. are hilarious. It was great to see them do their thing.
What 5 fly things are you looking forward to receiving this Christmas?
Epps: Well I don’t really care about getting anything for Christmas. For me it’s more about getting to spend time with my family and making it special for my kids. So I’m just really looking forward to getting this family time in.
Hi Will. I’m a fan of your work. Absolutely loved the film. At the end everyone including myself stood up and applauded.
Packer: Wow, really. Thank you, that’s great. It means a lot.
Almost Christmas is your second holiday film. Going into it was making sure it was noticeably different from This Christmas something you always had in the back of your mind?
Packer: Not really. You know This Christmas is one of my favorite movies that I’ve made. It’s one of those movies that audiences really responded to. It shows on cable TV every year. People will hit me and go, “When are you going to do a sequel? We want another Christmas movie.” Dave sent me a script at the perfect time, but it was about a family coming together around Thanksgiving after the death of the matriarch. I called him and I said, “Dave, I love it. I’ve got one note for you. Let’s make it Christmas instead of Thanksgiving, and let’s go make this movie.” He said, “All right. I’m in.” If you’re going to make a holiday movie it has to be about the biggest holiday of all. You can avoid people all year-long, but Christmas is the one time that you’ve gotta spend time with the folks you haven’t seen since last Christmas, and that’s true for a lot of families. After that the first person I called was Gabrielle Union. I’ve known Gab for a while and we’ve done a bunch of projects together in the past. I called her up and I go, “Gee, what do you think? I think this is the one we should do. We should produce it together.” She goes, “I’m in,” and everything just started moving from there.
You mentioned immediately reaching out to Gabriel. Prior to shooting the film did you have other people in mind for the cast as well? It’s clear the cast had great chemistry it really translated on-screen. J.B. Smoove and Mo’Nique did a superb job of bringing the laughs.
Packer: Gabi was really the anchor that helped attract the rest of the cast. Danny Glover is a legend. Everyone was great. Nicole Ari Parker, Omar Epps, Mo’Nique, J.B. Smoove, Kimberly Elise, Romany Malco, they all did such an amazing job. We even have these up and comers representing the younger generation with Jessie T. Usher, and D.C. Young Fly. The cast was able to really embody these characters and tell the story of this family that I feel will definitely resonate with audiences.
My favorite scene was the scene with everyone gathered around the table for Christmas dinner. There were so many layers and as it progressed the comedy just got bigger and bigger. The kids also really stole the show, I think. I loved them texting back and forth with all the emoji’s and how they set-up the phone so they wouldn’t miss any of the action. How was it capturing that scene? How did everything come together? Was it written that way originally or was there some improvisation?
Packer: I have to give props to Dave for making a really solid script. The smart thing that Dave did was that he allowed his actors to embody the characters in their own way and to bring their own perspective and nuances to the characters. In the specific scene I thought it was important to include the kids texting because that’s actually what would be taking place. The way that scene was shot is how you see it, that scene is continuously moving. The transition from the dining room to the kitchen and back again was flawless. It was shot that way intentionally. We didn’t shoot the dining room and cut then go to the kitchen. We wanted it to progress naturally and the end result was better than we had imagined.
What does fly mean to you?
Packer: To me fly means being unapologetically you. Fly means standing by your convictions and making your own path. Fly is about setting your sights on something and never wavering from accomplishing it.
What are you looking forward to this holiday season?
Packer: I love the holidays. I love family movies. My immediate family is small. I have one sister, and I grew up with both my parents. Family was always very important. The holidays were the time when all the extended family would get together. I did grow up in the South. I grew up with a great sense of culture and tradition and all of that. So I’m just really looking forward to the time off and getting to spend that time with family. Work keeps me really busy so it’s nice to get a break and get that quality time in.
Almost Christmas opens in theaters Friday Nov. 11. Watch the trailer below and don’t miss out on a film destined to be a staple family Christmas movie for year’s to come.
Mac Miller debuts the video for “Stay,” off his recent effort The Divine Feminine LP.
Taking some time to watch the sunrise on a gorgeous beach on a chilly morning, Miller reflects on a relationship with a special someone that’s left him with a lot of unanswered questions.
“Yeah, hold up, wait a motherfuckin’ second / I know you stressin’, you don’t gotta keep me guessin’ / I’m full of questions, in return I get the silent treatment / I don’t know why I’m speakin’ / You say, you say, you say / It’s way too late, goodbye, you leavin’ / Why you got me stressin’?”
The stunning video features amazing aerial shots of Miller as he wanders the beach frantic at the thought of losing his girl. “Stay” follows the visual for the Anderson .Paak assisted “Dang!,” which dropped back in August.
D.R.A.M. readies for the release of his upcoming debut Big Baby D.R.A.M. by unleashing the visual for “Cash Machine,” his infectious new single.
The “Cash Machine” video finds the Virginia native riding around a picturesque neighborhood on a tricycle. The neighborhood is full of gorgeous woman dancing, lemonade stands, and a rocking pool party; as he makes it rain all around him.
Decked out in pink, D.R.A.M. talks about his financial come up and rising success.
“I’m in the sky like all the time and now it’s no layover / My records all across the wave and there was no payola / This money new, these hundreds blue, I’m talkin’ no Crayola.”
Big Baby D.R.A.M. drops tomorrow. In the meantime watch D.R.A.M.’s “Cash Machine” above.