BTS’ RM Just Dropped His Solo Playlist ‘Mono’ And It’s Like Free Therapy

Over the weekend, BTS‘ lead rapper RM announced the impending arrival of a surprise solo mixtape playlist called Mono — his first solo release since 2015’s self-titled mixtape, RM. Well, Mono officially dropped Stateside today (October 22), and it has listeners deep in their feelings.

The seven-track playlist finds the rapper getting vulnerable and laying his deep insecurities bare on songs like “Tokyo” and “Seoul” (produced by electronic duo Honne). It’s equal parts wistful and weary, and the theme of loneliness is constant throughout, particularly resonate on the delicate “Moonchild.” The mood breaks on “Everythingoes,” a powerful collaboration with Korean artists Nell that highlights the resilience of the human spirit. “It will pass, someday, for sure, for certain,” RM sings.

Big Hit Entertainment also dropped the monochromatic animated music video for “Forever Rain,” the release’s moody, emotional closer. “I wish it would rain all day long,” RM raps, slowly. “‘Cause then I wish someone can cry for me, yeah / Wish it would rain all day long / ‘Cause then the people wouldn’t look at me, yeah.”

RM wrote and produced the entire playlist alongside frequent BTS producers Pdogg and Hiss Noise. Fans are the only ones emotionally reeling from Mono — RM’s fellow bandmates are too.

Vocalist Jimin took to social media to praise “Seoul” with a sobbing emoji. (Honestly, same.)

Listen to Mono here.

Normani Drops Two New Songs With Supreme Bop Maestro Calvin Harris

Linking up with ultra major bop architect Calvin Harris is always a good idea; just ask Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Sam Smith — the list goes on. Another name you can add to it now, and another authority on the matter of Harris’s bop supremacy, is Normani.

The two have connected for a new pair of dance floor-ready pop tunes including “Checklist,” also featuring WizKid, and the house-influenced “Slow Down.” The latter seems of a piece with Harris’s previous 2018 house-pop hits, including “One Kiss” with Lipa and “Promises” with Smith. On both, though, Normani brings an urgent and dynamic energy that marks a high point here in the early part of the former Fifth Harmony singer‘s burgeoning solo career.

These two cuts don’t sound much alike, but both are showcases for Normani’s vocals to take center stage. On “Checklist,” she adopts a delivery reminiscent of reggae to match the fluttering rhythms, while she ramps up the speed to increase the heat on the strobe light-primed “Slow Down.”

On Instagram, she shouted out her collaborators for these two tracks. “Throughout the process of working on my album I have gotten the opportunity to get in the room with some of the most talented human beings everrrrr like ever ever!!!!,” Normani wrote, singling out Harris and WizKid, as well as Jessie Reyez and Starrah, who worked on the songs.

In the wake of 5H’s hiatus announcement in March, Normani has appeared on the sultry “Love Lies” with Khalid and the remix of Reyez’s swaggering “Body Count” along with Kehlani. And earlier this month, she popped up with Davido on Quavo’s solo effort, Quavo Huncho. She’s keeping busy, and these two new tracks are nice additions to an already packed year for Normani.

Listen to the two very different tracks above and try to choose a favorite between them, if you can.

This 20-Year-Old Artist Carves Pumpkins Of Your Faves Every Halloween

Super fans dress up as their faves for Halloween. Super duper fans carve deeply-intricate portraits of their faves and their album art into pumpkins for Halloween!

That’s the prerogative for Megan, a 20-year-old artist whose pumpkin carvings have caught the eyes of fellow stans. Megan’s IRL-to-pumpkin comparison photos often rack up thousands of likes on her Twitter and Instagram pages.

In 2017, Megan’s intricate carvings of Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift caught the eyes of fans across the internet. It was Taylor Swift, in fact, who was at the core of how this all started a year earlier.

“The pumpkin carving actually started out as a bet with my sister in 2016,” Megan told TRL over Twitter direct messages. “She told me if I could carve the cover of 1989 on a pumpkin almost perfectly she would fly with me to Austin, Texas to see Taylor Swift’s Formula 1 concert.”

Taking the bet seriously, Megan carved a perfect set of Taylor pumpkins and discovered a new, spooky talent. And yes, she got to go to that concert in Texas.

There weren’t many tutorials for the detailed, shading-based type of pumpkin carving that Megan has perfected, but with a lifelong passion for art and design, the technique came naturally.

“It’s all about carving different depths to create shading,” Megan told TRL about her method. “The more you carve out the lighter the pumpkin is, and vice versa. I mostly use an x-acto knife to do that but I also use clay modeling tools and a pumpkin drill.”

Last year’s carving of Shawn Mendes went particularly viral with more than 11,000 likes on Twitter. Not only has Megan mastered Shawn in pumpkin form, but as a fan she’s met him a few times, too.

“Not only do I love his music, but also his character,” Megan said. “He’s so genuine and real with his fans. He treats us almost like his friends.”

This year, Megan has already begun her pumpkins for Halloween, including a carving of Why Don’t We’s album art for 8 Letters that’s caught the attention of the boy band itself. Daniel responded “no way” to the pumpkin, Jonah followed her and the main band account retweeted the photos.

“I loved every song on the album,” Megan said of her newfound love for Why Don’t We. “It’s inspiring to see such young artists do what they do and be so successful.”

With Halloween quickly approaching, Megan has more pumpkin plans for 2018. “I’m planning on carving the cover of Shawn’s new album,” Megan said, “and another Taylor Swift one of her AMA performance. But I‘m also going to be carving some for a few local businesses, too.”

Watch out for Megan’s pumpkin carving talent to continue to blow minds on her Twitter and Instagram, right in time for the peak of spooky season.

Travis Scott Teaches Math And Drake Flies Through Space In ‘Sicko Mode’ Video

“Sicko Mode” is simply one of the biggest songs of 2018. It might be the song of 2018 for how it captures the power of two rappers with strong gravitational pulls joining together to occupy as much space in pop culture as they possibly can. We’re talking about one dude whose entire promo campaign was based around massive golden statues of his own head, and also Drake. It doesn’t get much bigger.

Fittingly, the “Sicko Mode” video, which dropped Friday (October 19), is also huge. Directed by Travis Scott himself and Event Video go-to man Dave Meyers, the clip renders Scott’s vision of his city, Houston, in fully chaotic and stylized splendor. It’s a dream, but it’s also real life. It’s pure Astroworld.

There’s so much to unpack in this video that the best way to experience is to, well, just watch it. But look out for some choice moments, including Scott appearing briefly as what looks to be a math professor and Drake flying through space like a freaked-out cat with a flower on its head. There’s also a sly joke when Scott raps, “I might take all my exes and put ’em all in a group,” where three women then appear styled like a ’60s girl group.

What’s not in this video is any trace amount of Ricky Martin, but it probably wouldn’t have worked with the overall aesthetic anyway.

As he said on Twitter, Scott was eager and anxious for the vid to drop, hyping himself up on caffeine and not sleeping. Now that it’s out there, I hope he can relax with a nice cup of chamomile! Watch the video above, then watch Scott talking about Astroworld with MTV News ahead of his VMA performance back in August.

Lil Wayne’s ‘Uproar’ Video Is A Party So Proper Shiggy Had To Be There

Lil Wayne was one of the stars of the BET Hip Hop Awards earlier this week. Accepting the I Am Hip Hop trophy during the ceremony, Weezy took time out to thank the off-duty police officer who saved his life after a suicide attempt at age 12. The result was a resounding round of applause and a standing O from the crowd (including folks like Busta Rhymes).

With all that in mind, it’s good to know that A) Tha Carter V has been out there for nearly a month now, and B) Wayne’s latest video for “Uproar” is a celebratory affair, complete with appearances by Swizz Beatz and by the maker of all things celebratory, Shiggy. It’s the #UproarChallenge, y’all. Join in.

When the album dropped in late September, the challenge went wide, so it only made sense that the song’s video would capture the experience. And with Wayne’s smiling face and plenty of dancers ecstatically making the song’s electricity come to life, it’s a proper celebration indeed.

That tenor makes sense given the piled-up legal battles that prevented Tha Carter V from being released for about four years. In an interview on The Tonight Show earlier this month, Weezy elaborated a bit on how the troubles sidelined his creativity.

“I’m so into what I’m doing every day, meaning my craft, that when I have to go too far into something else, I put somebody else in charge of it,” he said. “When there’s somebody else that was in charge of it messes up, then everything blows up. That’s how everything blew up. We just needed the debris to clear.”

In the “Uproar” video, there’s not a trace of debris to found. And it feels good. Check out the clip above.

Post Malone And Swae Lee Drop Their Swinging Spider-Man Soundtrack Single

Post Malone and Swae Lee have swung through with another must-hear collaboration. After teaming up for “Spoil My Night” from Post’s latest album, the rockstar and the Rae Sremmurd MC are back with “Sunflower,” a new song from the soundtrack for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

For their latest joint musical venture, Post and Swae commit fully to crooning, trading melodic and heartfelt verses inspired by the animated film’s hero, Miles Morales. Swae Lee kicks things off, singing, “You’re a sunflower, I think your love would be too much,” while Post reprises the hook: “Or you’ll be left in the dust / Unless I stick by ya / You’re the sunflower.” It’s a short, sweet, and synthy pop song that Swae recently dubbed “a majestic record.” Listen below to decide for yourself.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is set in a universe that features multiple Spider-Men, though the protagonist is Morales, a half-black, half-Puerto Rican teen from Brooklyn (he’s the one who sings along while pulling double duty as a high schooler and a city-saver in the above video). The film and its accompanying soundtrack — which also features music from Vince Staples — are out on December 14.

PRETTYMUCH (And MINIMUCH) Prep For The Funktion Tour With “Real Friends”

A five-day campaign consisting of the PRETTYMUCH boys posing with their mini-mes culminated in the release of a new single, “Real Friends,” just over 24 hours before kicking off their Funktion Tour in Seattle.

That timing was no accident, considering the track is largely an ode to tour life and the BEANZ, the dedicated PRETTYMUCH fanbase that can’t wait to see their faves on the road this fall. Since the release of “Real Friends,” the BEANZ are obsessing over the song’s lyrical shoutout to the Funktion Tour.

That line has BEANZ getting all the feels about how the PRETTYMUCH boys view their fans as, well, real friends — not just fans in a stadium.

Featuring photos of PRETTYMUCH and the BEANZ meeting, the “Real Friends” lyric visual looks back at past tours before the boys meet new and returning fans this fall. It’s even been deemed the Funktion Tour anthem as the BEANZ race to learn the lyrics.

The nostalgia doesn’t stop there, with the “Real Friends” cover art featuring young, lookalike versions of Zion, Nick, Austin, Edwin and Brandon. The crew of little PRETTYMUCH boys, nicknamed MINIMUCH by fans, have inspired the BEANZ to share their own childhood photos.

Check out the fan-favorite lyric video for “Real Friends” below and learn the lyrics before your local stop on the Funktion Tour.

Drake’s Producer 40 Gave Up The Info About His Son, Pusha T Says

One of the biggest hip-hop stories of 2018 remains the revelation that Drake apparently had a son in secret. Pusha T first dug up the dirt and aired it out on his vicious dis track “The Story of Adidon” back in May, rapping, “We talkin’ character, let me keep with the facts / You are hiding a child, let that boy come home / Deadbeat mothafucka playin’ border patrol, ooh / Adonis is your son and he deserves more than an Adidas press run, that’s real.”

Drake seemed to confirm the allegations on his album Scorpion the following month, stating on the melancholy “Emotionless” that, “I wasn’t hidin’ my kid from the world / I was hidin’ the world from my kid.” But one of the lingering questions from this entire saga remains where exactly Pusha got his intel from. Signs potentially pointed to Kanye, who produced Pusha’s DAYTONA album earlier this year (and who’s long been engaged in a cold war of sorts with Drake), but ‘Ye denied it in a tweetstorm in September.

Pusha himself appeared on Joe Budden’s podcast on Wednesday (October 17) to lay the matter to rest, admitting that his information came from Noah “40” Shebib, Drake’s trusted collaborator and co-founder of OVO Sound.

“The information came from 40. It didn’t come from Kanye at all,” Pusha said. “40 is sleeping with a woman, he talks to her daily five or six hours a day, provides opportunity for… and ultimately speaks about how he’s disgruntled about certain things. Notoriety and things involving Drake and his career, so on and so forth. With that also came the fact that Drake has a child. With that also came the trip that everybody took to go see the child and bring him gifts and all this information. She divulged this information. That’s where it came from.”

Pusha’s claim comes after Drake’s recent admission that he’d recorded a dis track aimed at Pusha after “The Story of Adidon” but left it on the cutting-room floor. Of course, there’s enough to delve into on “Duppy Freestyle,” the shot Drake fired after Pusha’s initial dis, “Infrared,” that ignited this entire beef.

Interestingly, on “Adidon,” Pusha also directs some of his ire at 40 himself, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. “OVO 40, hunched over like he 80, tick, tick, tick / How much time he got? That man is sick, sick, sick,” he raps.

You can hear the whole conversation in context, and much more, by listening to the entire episode below. And if you need a refresher, listen to “The Story of Adidon” above — then maybe go for a walk outside.

Cardi B Proved She’s Rap’s Latest General At The BET Hip Hop Awards

Cardi B came to wage war.

At the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday night (October 16), the Bronx rapper tore through an inspirational performance of Invasion of Privacy opener “Get Up 10.” Surrounded by backup dancers clad in camo, Cardi rapped, “Real bitch, only thing fake is the boobs / Get money, go hard, you’re mothafuckin’ right,” in an early highlight of the performance. As she hit the middle of the bar, her small army moved in unison with a striking confidence. Hip-hop’s reigning general had arrived.

However, the awards show hit its peak during “Backin’ It Up.” Cardi’s frequent co-writer Pardison Fontaine came out to deliver his surging hit, but it was the mid-show twerk that is guaranteed to go viral.

In an October interview with Genius, Pardison described how the collaboration came together.

“I remember just hearing the beat from J-Louis, and they was playing me some of his beats, and I was like, ‘Nah. I need that one immediately,’ so I just got to recording,” explained Fontaine. “Before I knew it, I had a little concept. I’m like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be something hard,’ so I shot it over to Cardi. She was messing with it, and she was even pregnant at the time, you know what I’m saying? And she still knocked out the verse. Like, you really gon’ body me on my own record?”

Watch Cardi’s full performance in the video above.

Eminem Becomes A City-Hovering Villain Doing ‘Venom’ On The Empire State Building

Tom Hardy is Venom; we know this much to be true. But Eminem made his own impressive play for superhero (antihero?) greatness on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night (October 15) by performing his song “Venom” at the top of the Empire State Building.

You’re probably thinking, “Oh cool, the top of the ESB. I did that when I was 14.” And sure, same. But this dude goes to the top — meaning the observation deck where we’ve surely all been by now — and then he goes further up the spire.

And then, somehow, he travels up even higher, to the point where the fog at such an elevation creates an ominous sheen on the whole ordeal. It’s pretty cool, and it finally explains the building’s wild nighttime light show noticed by New Yorkers earlier this month.

To be fair, this is less of a performance than a high-stakes, vérité music video, but Em pulls it off with his trademark fierceness and determination to conquer the city. It’s all part of the show’s annual week of filming in Brooklyn as opposed to its usual home in L.A. — and this time, at least Jimmy made someone other than Guillermo ascend the great Art Deco landmark. By elevator.

Guillermo, naturally, makes a brief appearance to awkwardly embrace Em and be his buddy as they climb up to the spire. I hope he wasn’t made to pick up all the microphones Em discarded throughout the building because there are a lot of them. I feel legitimately bad for the person who had to.

“Venom” appears both on Em’s new album, Kamikaze (which dropped in late August), and on the soundtrack to the film of the same name. As far as I can tell, there are no scheduled screenings to watch the movie at the top of the ESB, which is a missed opportunity for sure.

Instead, you can watch Em complete his impressive feat and live vicariously through him in the video above.