YG delivers the final mastered version of his hit new single, “Who Do U Love,” featuring YMCMB’s Drake. Check out the Compton native’s club smash which will be featured on his forthcoming LP, My Krazy Life. Fans can pick up YG’s CTE debut on March 18.
T-Pain is back in the mix with a new music video for his latest single “Up Down (Do This all Day)” featuring Grand Hustle’s Bobby Ray. The auto-tune enthusiast picks up right where he left off as he delivers another energetic party jam that’ll have you wanting to two-step in no time. Backed by a bangin’ DJ Mustard instrumental, Pain’s music video showcases a straight backyard boogie as the rapper turned singer gets things has some fun and showcases a throwback theme meant to embody the ’90s. If you look closely there’s also a scene included which resembles something out of the film, Poetic Justice, with a Janet Jackson lookalike. “Up Down (Do This all Day)” will be featured on T-Pain’s upcoming album, Stoicville: The Phoenix, which is due out sometime next year.
Life+Times catches up with DJ Mustard out in California as the newest Roc Nation signee breaks down his creative direction, passion for music and much more. Take a look as Mustard praises Steve Aoki’s movement and shares his hopes to follow the DJ’s same business model in order to fill a void in Hip Hop with and hold down his own tour. Mustard also speaks on his upcoming album which is in the works and addresses his influence in club’s around the world with his style of production. The Los Angeles native explains why he hopes to demonstrate his versatility more, links up with Will.I.Am at Record Plant and touches on using music as means of staying out of trouble as a kid.
Young Dro is back with a new remix for his single, “Strong,” and this time the Atlanta native brings along G.O.O.D. Music’s 2 Chainz. Backed by some thick funky bass and slappin’ claps, Dro and 2 Chainz deliver a catchy smoke anthem that’ll have you wanting to two-step in no time. The original version of “Strong” is featured on Young Dro’s new LP, High Times.
HipHopSince1987′s E-Money catches up with YG backstage at a recent performance in Philadelphia for a short Q&A session. Check out the Compton native break down for the camera how he was able to link up with Def Jam label mate Young Jeezy and subsequently become a part of CTE. The rapper also briefly addresses his relationship with beatsmith, DJ Mustard, and reveals fans can look forward to some top notch production from him on his upcoming album, My Krazy Life. E-Money also attempts to get some updated information from YG on his potential collaborative mixtape with Nipsey Hussle but the rapper decides to downplay the question and leave viewers in suspense.
Nipsey Hussle was all the way live from House of Blues in West Hollywood. Take a look as the Los Angeles native gets into his latest single “1 of 1” featured on the rapper’s new Crenshaw mixtape. Fans were also treated to a surprise visit from DJ Mustard who hit the stage to soak in the moment alongside neighborhood Nip.
Young Dro delivers an ode to marijuana with his newest song appropriately titled “Strong.” Produced by DJ Mustard, the track is set to be featured on Dro’s upcoming High Times LP which is due out on October 15. Equipped with a thick and funky bass line, “Strong” sounds like something out of the West Coast as the Hustle Gang rapper drops rhymes about his money flow, women and his search for that fire strain.
Controversial and oddball rapper Riff Raff made his debut on television as an artist in episode five of AXS TV and DJ Skee’s new show SKEE Live. Known for his eccentric behavior, the Houston, Texas artist unapologetically made himself comfortable as he laid out across DJ Skee’s cocaine white colored couch, propped his elbows up and opened himself up to a series of questions.
Never one to disappoint, Riff’s over-the-top personality, down South accent and vibrant attire helped the rapper shine for the cameras when it was time to go live. The special appearance also served as the rapper’s first time performing on the small-screen. Decked out in a signature style cut off T-shirt, Tom Ford sunglasses, a chinchilla scarf, Jordan sneakers, board shorts and plenty of gaudy jewelry, Riff Raff stayed true to himself and never attempted to turn down his familiar theatrics in front of a television audience.
At one point in the interview, Riff decided to boast about his Versace inspired hair braids and decided to pass DJ Skee his fluffy chinchilla scarf to wear during live taping. Always a good sport, the host also found himself eventually rocking Riff’s limited edition sunglasses while the rapper enthusiastically bragged about the missing tint on the bottom half of the lenses. It was obvious Riff Raff was in a good mood and having fun as his attention at times drifted away from the topic at hand and his sidebar commentary occasionally detoured the conversation.
The rapper’s quirky yet charismatic manners continued as he admitted to having expensive spending habits and shared with audiences that he doesn’t believe in saving money. In fact, Riff openly expressed his need for convenience and solitude after he joked about buying a private plane and a planet of his own if he could. Interestingly enough, the former reality TV star also revealed that fans could potentially see his music crossover to an alternative genre in the future, as he continues to branch out and work with different artists. Riff Raff also reassured viewers at home that he indeed has music he’s recorded with Drake but was vague on when any of it would actually surface.
After walking off set a bit prematurely, Riff made his way to L.A. Live’s Conga Room to close out the show with a live performance of “Raiders vs. Hawks” and his new hit “How To Be The Man” which boasts production from DJ Mustard. Equipped with back flipping hype man and a confident demeanor, the colorful rapper brought his energy to the stage, exchanged daps and pounds with DJ Skee and thanked the crowd as he faded to black after a short return to television.
After dropping a new track every week and building anticipation for the release of his latest mixtape #IDGAF, Ludacris keeps the ball rollin’ with his new single “Helluva Night”. When he’s not making movies, Luda also keeps the party going over a bouncy and inviting instrumental produced by DJ Mustard. Though the concept of being overly intoxicated and having a crazy night isn’t exactly groundbreaking music, it’s clear the record will serve its purpose for its intended audience inside the club. Keep an eye out for Luda’s upcoming album Ludaversal which is set to drop sometime this year.
YG hits Sway’s morning show and gives some insight into his collaborative mixtape “Two of America’s Most Wanted” which is set to drop before the end of the year with rapper Nipsey Hussle. Another interesting topic of discussion is YG’s take on the current rap scene that continues to grow on the west coast.