In it, R. Kelly discusses the making of "F*** You Tonight" on The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Life After Death" album and reveals that it was Biggie who first heard him sing "I Believe I Can Fly," telling him it was a hit.
French Montana has released the visual for "Everywhere We Go," off of the "Coke Boys 3" mixtape It was directed by DRE Films and features cameos from Rick Ross, DJ Clue, Lil' Kim and more. Warning: content suitable for adult audiences only.
They discussed the flash mob that led to his arrest, the origins of the phrase "lace up" and his loyalty to Cleveland.
He opened up about drug abuse that he was able to put a stop to last year after his "musical crew" threatened to leave him. Recently, after some trouble that he declined to detail, he found himself on the phone with Bad Boy CEO Diddy and Interscope Geffen A&M Records Chairman Jimmy Iovine.
"'Quit playing with fire.' That was what they said to me," MGK told Soeder. "They said, 'Why do you always choose the dumbest [expletive] to play with? If you play with fire, you're going to get burned.' I guess I'm finally learning that."
Briddy of i SQUARE has launched a website at briddydreams.com. Along with what you might expect, he also has a new mixtape available, titled "Endless Days & Sleepness Nights," which you can download for free.
According to frequent DMX collaborator Dame Grease, the music video for DMX's "I Don't Dance" will premiere on MTV Jams on June 23 and will play all day on the hour. You can view some behind the scenes footage: here and here.
Machine Gun Kelly has released a visual for "EST 4 Life," off of his "Half Naked & Almost Famous" EP. The song features Dubo and DJ Xplosive and the video was directed by Fredo Tovar and Scott Fleishman of Aplusfilmz. Watch below.
Maybach Music Group released their album, "Self Made 2," for streaming today on YouTube. This includes "I Be Puttin' On" by Wale featuring Wiz Khalifa, French Montana and Roscoe Dash. You can listen to this track below at the 0:26:45 mark.
Maybach Music Group released their album, "Self Made 2," for streaming today on YouTube. This includes "All Birds" by Rick Ross featuring French Montana. You can listen to this track below at the 0:15:58 mark.
HOT 97's Peter Rosenberg, Cipha Sounds and Kay Foxx had Machine Gun Kelly on their show recently for a half hour long interview where they covered a number of topics. They discussed his ban from the Highline Ballroom, his stage presence, beef, his legal trouble and more. The video is below.
Among the more interesting things that MGK revealed was that the consistent trouble he's landed in, namely arrests, fights, lawsuits, being banned from 2 shows on the Hostile Takeover tour, had led Bad Boy to consider shelving his album and the rapper's management to discuss leaving him.
"I'm on like a 3 week and 4 days of sobriety of anger," he said. "I was about to basically be shelved by my label and my management was gonna leave because I have the worst attitude in the world."
"This is the first time I've really talked about it, but it got really serious. I almost got kicked off the tour. Me and Tech had a really great relationship, but I would be like beefing with other people on the tour. And then you think about it - if someone stepped at my best friend and came at him sideways and was doing all this stuff and was attacking my merch guy, I would be like, 'get this little guy out of here.' Tech was really fighting for me, which was crazy. Now that I look back, I'm like I can't believe I was that unappreciative."
Over the weekend, Complex reported that Machine Gun Kelly had been banned from performing when the Hostile Takeover Tour rolled into New York City for a June 17 show at Highline Ballroom.
Complex talked with the rapper, who expressed concern over how he is being received as a performer.
"Iím a huge lyricist, but I think people pay attention to me cutting myself on stage or getting in fights or climbing up on a balcony and hanging upside down and s*** like that, instead of focusing on me standing on top of people rapping every single word perfectly, [rapidly] and clearly," he said.
"I think I'm gonna start releasing more content, and start focusing on how I'm a bad motherf***** when I'm on the microphone," he continued. "I'm a bad motherf***** in real life too, but I'm gonna start focusing [more on my music] so it's like, 'Wow, this guy is doing more good than bad.' I think I was caught up in not trying to over-saturate the market, and let people pay attention to the beauty in my songwriting."
Last week, Machine Gun Kelly revealed that he was given the opportunity to perform at the much hyped boxing match between Manny Pacquio and Timothy Bradley. According to his message, he turned it down because he already had a commitment: a concert in Cleveland.
He referenced this decision in the video below, alongside Josh Cribbs, who is a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns football team. The topic of the clip is the alleged disloyalty of LeBron James to the city of Cleveland.
Today, he released a clip titled "Le Premier," that shows some highlights from his trip. He stakes the claim that before any other rapper was coming to the event, Puff Daddy was. According to Billboard's Erika Ramirez, the short film was directed by Robert Alexander and is scored to …dith Paif's "Ne Me Quitte Pas." Watch it below.
Care of French Montana's Twitter, Hip Hop Connection is offering a free download of "I'm a Cokeboy" by Chinx Drugz featuring French Montana, produced by Harry Fraud. The song will be featured on Drugz's upcoming mixtape, "Cocaine Riot 2." Check out the single cover below.
Yesterday, Diddy sent a pair of tweets that indicated that singer Megan Nicole had been signed to Bad Boy Records. The first tweet was a "shout out to the Bad Boy family," listing Nicole alongside Bad Boy artists Los, Cassie, French Montana, Red Cafe and Machine Gun Kelly. The second tweet was "TURN UP!," directed toward Nicole and ending with "#BADBOY2.0." Diddy and the label have been referring to the current Bad Boy roster as "Bad Boy 2.0."
This isn't the first I had heard of Nicole. In April, singer/songwriter Jack Knight said on Twitter that he was in the studio with Nicole and that she was a Bad Boy artist. I followed up with him to verify his statement and his response was to delete the tweet and tell me "no."
Earlier this month, songwriter/producer Angel Jerez mentioned Nicole, saying that he was in the studio working on a record for "Bad Boy's pop artist."
The 18 year old singer has developed a substantial following online, with over 100,000 followers on Twitter, 600,000 likes on Facebook and 900,000 subscribers on YouTube.
Requests for comment from both Bad Boy Records and Nicole's management team, sent this afternoon, were not immediately returned. If I hear something, we'll have an update.
During a concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Drake brought French Montana on stage for "Shot Caller," playing hype man. He gave Montana quite an introduction, labeling the rapper as one of the "kings" of New York. Watch below.
He shares a few interesting stories, including how he helped Diddy bring his remix concept to life. They also talk about how Busta Rhymes wanted Black Rob's "Fire in Da Hole" for his album. Rhymes had contributed a verse for the song, but refused to clear his vocals when Bad Boy purchased the record from Dofat. Check out the interview for more.
Shortly thereafter, MGK's manager Ashleigh Veverka retweeted me and saying that the story was "false." She told me that the date was incorrect. I contacted Bad Boy with Ms. Veverka's comments and, upon review, they now say that the date was sent in error and that they do not have a release date for the project.
According to Capricorn Clark, Machine Gun Kelly's music video for "Invincible" will premiere on Sunday. It'll be online on MTV.com and will also be appearing on some MTV television networks, including MTV ("Sucker Free Countdown" at 11 AM and 11 PM ET), MTV Jams, MTV Hits and mtvU. The song features Ester Dean.
Rick Ross has released an unofficial music video for his single "Touch'N You" featuring Usher. Shot in France during the Cannes Film Festival, the clip features cameos from Diddy and Cassie. Watch below.