There’s something unintentionally hilarious about James Blake’s new visual for “Mile High” that features Travis Scott. Depending on how you look at it, the video is either the world’s greatest advertisement for fresh coffee or a primer on how to look dumbstruck when someone’s talking to you and you’re not listening. You have to see it for yourself below.
The scene opens up with the sexiest coffee preparation that you’ll ever see. Blake makes himself comfy with a cup of joe at a local shop (that isn’t Starbucks) when Scott comes in excited, eager to tell the singer about his life. The enthusiasm in his eyes and frantic movements aren’t matched by Blake whose only focus is perfecting this amazingly brown fixture. It looks like it’s pretty early in the morning, so can we honestly blame him?
As Blake stirs the cup, the camera becomes immersed in the swirling vortex inside of it where the two artists then perform the sullen track produced by Metro Boomin. Whisps of coffee smoke sway around them until the ending when the camera zooms back out revealing a surprise; we’ve been watching the video from Blake’s perspective, not the cup’s. It’s revealed that he hasn’t heard a word that Scott has said. He’s gazing off into the distance like we all do when we don’t really feel like talking.
Blake may not have been listening to Scott, but yesterday the world did when the rapper performed “Sicko Mode” at the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show alongside Maroon 5 and Big Boi. Flying meteors and SpongeBob Squarepants, of all people, made an appearance. You can’t make something like this up.
“Mile High” appears on Blake’s fourth studio album Assume Form that dropped last month. You’ll be to catch a live performance of the record when Blake embarks on a North American tour in support of the album in a few weeks, with the trek kicking off on February 18 in Atlanta. If you go, just make sure you aren’t staring at Blake on stage with glassed-over eyes.
Rozzi’s “Bad Together” — the deeply personal track from her debut album of the same name — deserved an equally-personal video. And the singer-songwriter happily obliged.
Two months after dropping Bad Together in November of last year, Rozzi is releasing the one-shot music video for her title track today and gave TRL the exclusive first look. Rozzi might as well offer tissue boxes to viewers of the video, too, as her fans will feel the San Francisco native’s break-up pain for all three minutes and 45 seconds.
“I wrote the lyrics to ‘Bad Together’ at a random hotel in Laguna Beach four days after a break up,” Rozzi says in a statement shared with TRL. “This song was me trying to find a place for all my emotions – I didn’t care if it was good, I was writing it for myself.”
Though she may have written “Bad Together” for herself, Rozzi’s soaring yet raw vocals on the track, accompanied by her no-holds-barred lyricism, makes the song relatable to anyone who’s gone through the end of a relationship.
“Needless to say, it’s a very personal song so we wanted the video to be just as personal,” Rozzi continues in the statement. “A single shot of my face with no make up, the emphasis is on the story and the heartbreak behind it.”
Directed by Nick Leopold, Rozzi’s mission for the video came to life. Looking straight into the camera, Rozzi doesn’t just sing “Bad Together” as the background moves behind her – she performs it.
Open up your heart and check out Rozzi’s music video for “Bad Together,” below.
Tonight’s Super Bowl LIII halftime show in Atlanta was a mesmerizing experience for both rock and hip-hop fans. Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi all came together for a thrilling show that brought some excitement to a game that started slowly. Check out the performance below.
Maroon 5 began the show with an ethereal performance of “Harder to Breathe’ as plumes of fire raced around the outer edge of the M-shaped stage. They went into “This Love” immediately after — complete with a guitar solo from frontman Adam Levine.
After an introduction from SpongeBob Squarepents, Scott then launched into a mosh-worthy rendition of “Sicko Mode” as flying meteors crashed to the ground. He brought fire to the performance as well, with thick, billowing flames that made the stage look like it was being destroyed in real time.
From there, Maroon 5 brought out a drumline and an entire choir for their performance of “Girls Like You” while the crowd waved its hands in unison behind them. Afterwards, the band transitioned to “She Will Be Loved” as audience members holding globe-shaped lamps stood under lights that arranged into the phrase “One Love.”
Backed by his 2006 single “I’m On It (Kryptonite),” hometown legend Big Boi then drove onto the stage in an antique convertible Cadillac while wearing a mink jacket. He followed it up with “The Way You Move” with collaborator Sleepy Brown as Maroon 5 danced along with them for a soothing, soulful experience.
The performance ended after Maroon 5 retook the stage for a medley of “Sugar” and “Moves Like Jagger.” Once they finished these two final numbers, an assortment of fireworks exploded into the sky over Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Though Super Bowl LIII has lacked in drama, the halftime show gave the night some much-needed life.
21 Savage has released the video for “A Lot,” the introspective first song from his new album I Am > I Was. J. Cole is here for his verse, which is suspiciously absent from the physical CD version. The same amount of soul evident in the smooth tune exists here, making us both hungry and thankful for family at the same time.
In a stark departure from his more lavish visuals, “A Lot” keeps things simple. 21 Savage and J. Cole attend a family gathering complete with fresh home-cooked foods, smiling extended relatives, and a beautiful, yet slightly imposing, mansion. But with large family comes emotional baggage and we get a peek into what these people carry — from dead friends to incarcerated associates. In the midst of all of this, 21 Savage makes it clear that living in the moment is what’s most important.
21 Savage’s I Am > I Was became his first album, following 2017’s Issa Album, to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It sold 131,000 units in its first week. Earlier this week, 21 Savage and a mesmerizing sequin jacket, as a replacement for J. Cole, performed “A Lot” on the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Check out the full video above.
By Trey Alston
Ariana Grande’s trap-infused, Thank U, Next single “7 Rings” came with a visual centered around an iconic pink house. 2 Chainz noted the similarities to his own Pink Trap House promotion and Grande’s video, sparking rumors that the situation created bad blood between them.
Grande ended all speculation with the release of the official remix of “7 Rings,” featuring Chainz himself. The rapper adds a snarky, telling verse to the original. Listen to the remix below.
2 Chainz’s funny barking is displayed in full force on Grande’s single. Among his typical barrage of jaunts, jest, and similes, there’s one line that seems to acknowledge his influence on the “7 Rings” music video: “My ideas are priceless / I know I’m the nicest,” he raps.
2 Chainz released his fourth studio album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, in 2017 and opened up a pink house in Atlanta known as the “Trap House” as a promotional attraction. Since its opening, the house has offered free HIV testing, Halloween attractions, and a number of other community services and activities.
Grande’s upcoming album Thank U, Next drops on February 8. The song “7 Rings” was responsible for Grande’s recent tattoo snafu when she had Japanese kanji characters for “small BBQ grill” etched on her skin instead of the song’s title. But don’t worry — it’s since been fixed.
Can anyone emote quite like Ben Platt? Known for his emotionally devastating performance in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway — which earned the singer a Tony, Grammy, and Emmy by the age of 25 — Platt is now baring his own soul to the world with his forthcoming debut album, Sing to Me Instead.
On Friday (February 1), the performer released the first two tracks from his first solo studio release, including its lead single, “Bad Habit.” The piano ballad finds Platt yearning for a former love, the lingering thoughts of whom he can’t seem to kick — like a bad habit. The song builds and ultimately swells to a crescendo of raw emotion and pitch-perfect vocals.
In the video, Platt sits at his piano and belts out the song, before taking a cab to a photo gallery full of snapshots from what appears to be a past relationship. It’s a simple yet deeply intimate look at a young artist shedding his skin for everyone to see.
Platt tells EW that Sing to Me Instead will chart the highs and lows of a relationship, beginning at the end. “As the tracks progress, you go back to the beginning of the relationship and see where the complications come from and what was the good and bad and what brought the singer to this place of feeling this addiction so deeply,” he said. “There’s reveling in the goodness of it and there’s the vindictive break-up of it all; there’s the feeling as it dissolves and trying to hold onto it – all the different stages I created from an amalgam of the relationships I’ve had in my life.”
The second single, “Ease My Mind,” is another piano-driven track, but this one finds the singer-songwriter opening up about an anxiety that only a lover can quell. The powerful song is tinged with R&B and gospel, and if it’s indicative of what else we can expect from the 12-track LP, then we’re definitely in.
Sing to Me Instead drops March 29 from Atlantic Records.
By Trey Alston
One of Nicki Minaj’s longtime strengths has been her willingness to get crazy. Her name is practically synonymous with theatricality. On Friday (February 1), she released a demonic new visual for “Hard White” that shows how much she goes the extra mile with her work. It reaffirms her queen status in the realm of the living, although it’s shot in the realm of the dead.
The visual is made up a mix of dark magical scenery and twisted backdrops. Nicki appears as a witchy figure, wearing a mix of costumes that look both majestic and increasingly terrifying. There’s one scene that looks to be a futuristic throne room where she operates in full control. In others, there are naked, painted people moving demonically. Its title may be “Hard White,” and while white historically has symbolized purity, this lavish, sinister video represents anything but.
In the midst of the frantic movements and simmering flames, Nicki raps about her twisted rule of rap’s domain. “Mirror, mirror, who’s the fairest? / You the motherfucking fairest, Nicki,” she raps, repeating a line delivered by the Evil Queen of the classic film Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. That bar alone really sells the idea of the song, that a hard-nosed dominating woman emcee is perched upon her throne.
“Hard White” comes from Nicki’s 2018 album, Queen. It’s the fifth single following “Chun-Li,” “Bed,” “Barbie Dreams,” and “Majesty.” She’s getting ready to go on the European leg of The Nicki Wrld Tour with Juice WRLD, who replaced Future as the co-headliner. She dropped the equally captivating video for “Good Form” in November.
Watch the chaos unfold in the video above.
The ‘Harry’ singer explained how she pulled off the astonishing hoax in a video posted to YouTube on Thursday.
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By Trey Alston
In 2017, Lil Peep told XXL that iLoveMakonnen and Fall Out Boy were artists that he listened to while growing up. After his untimely death later that year, any chance at a collaboration between all three parties seemed to wither away. That changed on Thursday (January 31) with the release of “I’ve Been Waiting,” the three-way song that sees a departed artist’s wishes come true.
The funky record finds Lil Peep, iLoveMakonnen, and Fall Out Boy singing about the pain caused by a lover’s actions. It’s upbeat enough to undoubtedly find its way onto the dance floor and it’s a nice departure from Peep’s past sullen works. ILoveMakonnen is one of five producers – the others being Louis Bell, Brenton Duvall, IIVI, and Brian Lee – credited to the song.
iLoveMakonnen, in a recent conversation with XXL, revealed that to make the song happen, he sent the track to the band after conversing with backing vocalist/songwriter/bassist Pete Wentz. iLoveMakonnen told Rolling Stone that he and Peep recorded over the instrumental in 2017. After Lil Peep’s death, Wentz reached out to offer condolences and things went from there. The song should appear on Lil Peep and iLoveMakonnen’s forthcoming collaboration Diamonds, set to drop this year. ILoveMakonnen also appears on two other posthumous Lil Peep records, “Sunlight on Your Skin” and “Falling Down.”
Listen to the late rapper’s dream collaboration above.
By Trey Alston
Lil Baby is one of the biggest stars in rap right now. In 2018 he became a household name thanks to key collaborations with Drake (“Yes Indeed”), Gunna (“Drip Too Hard”), and City Girls (“Season”). On Thursday (January 31), he released a video for “Global” that shows the level of success that comes with making it to this level.
Lil Baby’s latest visual is made up of performance footage, stunning foreign locales, and mesmerized fans. The rapper keeps it simple while showing off what kinds of things he does when he’s not in the booth. At one point, he shows that he’s in the Bahamas; another moment, he’s deep into a performance onstage.
Pretty soon, Lil Baby will have more tour clips to include in future music videos. Yesterday, the rapper announced that he’s heading on tour with City Girls and Blueface for the New Generations Tour. It kicks off in March in Houston and wraps up in Atlanta in April.
“Global” appeared on last year’s Street Gossip EP. The project was one of three that he released last year, along with Harder Than Ever and Drip Harder with Gunna. Check out the world-trekking video for “Global” below.