Lil Baby And DaBaby Pay Homage To A Grotesque Scarface Scene In ‘Baby’

Lil Baby and DaBaby — say that three times fast and your tongue will twist itself into the shape of a rotini pasta noodle — have released a new video for “Baby” that’s funny, scary, and influenced by the classic gangster film, Scarface. When a lucrative and mysterious job offer gets thrown your way, you don’t turn it down. Or maybe you do if “Baby” is trying to teach you a lesson, but we doubt it is. Just know what you’re signing up for first before accepting any new position. You could be holding on to a suitcase full of who knows what.

It turns out, that’s exactly what happens in “Baby.” Lil Baby and DaBaby are two saps down on their luck, with Lil Baby, in particular, working in a kitchen getting verbally harassed by his manager. When a mysterious guy with a luxurious suit gives him a job offer, Lil Baby flings his work smock at his former manager’s face at a hundred miles an hour, stepping into a world that he doesn’t quite understand.

The next we see of Lil Baby and DaBaby (whom Lil Baby informs of the job opportunity), they’re down in what looks like Miami, with a suitcase of something important for a transaction. It’s safe to assume so because they have expensive and tacky outfits and a spoiled look on their faces. It’s here that echoes of an infamously violent Scarface scene begin to unfold. While Lil Baby is ogling women from a lemon-yellow convertible, DaBaby is in a nearby hotel room, trying to buy some “product” from some buyers who eventually brandish weapons at him. If you’ve seen Scarface, you know that chainsaws come out and things get pretty dark.

Lucky for him, Lil Baby decides to come in and save the day in the most violent way imaginable. DaBaby escapes by the skin of his teeth and the two get away with the money and the product. That’s the best possible ending that anyone could hope for.

“Baby” will appear on the forthcoming Quality Control record label compilation album, Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 2 which comes out on August 16.

Watch Lil Baby and DaBaby live out a Scarface fantasy in “Baby” up above.

Khalid Will Be Playing A Benefit Concert For El Paso In September

In response to the mass shooting that took place on August 3 in El Paso, TX and claimed the lives of 22 people and injured 24 more, Khalid has announced a benefit concert, A Night For Suncity, that will take place on September 1 at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center at the University of Texas. Khalid, who attended high school in El Paso, was deeply impacted by the tragedy and is working to provide support for the city. Proceeds from the concert will go to the El Paso Community Foundation and El Paso Shooting Victims’ Fund.

“I have been rocked to the core by the horrific act of gun violence that came to El Paso, and by the continued acts of senseless violence that our country faces daily,” the singer revealed in a statement. “I want to give back to my community of El Paso, the city of the 915, who has given so much to me.” Tickets for the concert go on sale on August 14. In addition to the show, Khalid is also releasing “Forever Of The 915” t-shirts which will also see proceeds going to support victims of the shooting.

Khalid has a lot of love for the city of El Paso. Earlier this summer he donated school supplies inside of backpacks to students around the city. His 2018 EP, Suncity, was named in homage to El Paso as well.

Jonas Brothers Serve Up ’80s Hotness In Their Super-Suave ‘Only Human’ Video

After throwing it back to ’80s-era Miami Beach for “Cool,” Jonas Brothers are keeping the throwback vibes rolling right along for “Only Human.”

The bros’ latest single from their comeback album Happiness Begins is an insistently groovy bop, and its new video kicks the vintage swagger up several notches. It opens in a club packed with enthusiastic fans who bust out their best cheesy dance moves while singing and blowing bubbles. This place has it all: a horse statue, rotary telephones, disco balls, cheeseburgers, and an angry cab driver parked outside.

But the real stars, of course, are the brothers Jonas, who flash their flyest sunglasses and silkiest button-downs while singing about getting “drunk to an ’80s groove.” Special shout-outs to Kevin’s beer-chugging, Joe’s furniture-hopping, and Nick’s hilarious window shenanigans. You’ll understand once you hit play below.

The “Only Human” video arrives during a crazy-busy month for JB — the band kicked off an extensive U.S. tour last week, and they’re nominated for four awards at the VMAs, including Video of the Year for “Sucker.” If you want to see these three take home a Moon Person or two, get voting now!

And before you leave, take one last look at Nick’s very silly suaveness (because why would you fight or try to deny the way you feel about him?!):

The VMAs Just Got A Lot Juicier: Camila, Shawn, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, And More Will Perform

You might want to sit down, because we’re about to hit you with a TON of just-announced performers for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. Seven (yes, seven) new acts for the August 26 show have been revealed, and they’ll be bringing the juice, the bilingual bops, and the old town road along for the ride.

Taking the stage at this year’s VMAs are (*drumroll please*) Bad Bunny, Camila Cabello, J Balvin, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Rosalía, and Shawn Mendes.

Of that group, Mendes is the only seasoned VMA performer — this will be the third year in a row that he’s graced the stage, after singing “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” in 2017 and “In My Blood” (wet shirt and all) in 2018. The pop heartthrob is also looking to take home his first Moon Person; he’s nominated for five awards, including Artist of the Year.

Meanwhile, Mendes’s “Señorita” partner, Cabello, will perform at the awards show for the very first time. She’s far from a VMA newbie, though — last year, Cabello won Artist of the Year and Video of the Year, for her smash hit “Havana.” This year, she’s nominated alongside Mendes in four categories, including Best Collaboration.

Meanwhile, Best Latin nominees Rosalía, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin will all make their VMA debuts, as will “Old Town Road” superstar Lil Nas X, who’s up for eight awards, including Video of the Year and Song of the Year. And Lizzo — who’s attended twice, and is nominated for Best New Artist and Push Artist of the Year — will undoubtedly keep things juicy for her first time on the VMA stage.

The night is clearly shaping up to be a memorable one, with this all-star lineup joining previously announced performer Taylor Swift and Video Vanguard recipient, Missy Elliott. And there are still more exciting announcements to come…

The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from The Prudential Center on Monday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Voting is now open at vma.mtv.com!

Why Are Fans Split Over K-pop Supergroup SuperM?

By Caitlin Kelley

Last week, Capitol Music Group and Korean label SM Entertainment formally announced the launch of a K-pop supergroup called SuperM. Dubbed “the Avengers of K-pop,” the new boy band features some of SM’s most popular idols: SHINee‘s Taemin, EXO‘s Baekhyun and Kai, NCT‘s Mark and Taeyong, as well as WayV‘s Lucas and Ten.

Given that the seven members’ distribution of talent is heavily weighted toward dance prowess, it makes sense that SM founder Lee Soo-man envisions SuperM to specialize in “performance-based music with songs that highlight choreography.” The group is set to debut in the U.S. this October.

“We have put together seven super talented artists to perform differentiated music,” Soo-man stated. “SuperM will show you the core values of K-pop with music performance, fashion, and videos. All on a completely different scale, each with exceptional talent in dance, vocal, and rap.”

K-pop has been relying on risk aversion in recent years, front-loading the fan-attracting process with competition shows and pre-debut promotions. A strong fandom can make up for a rookie group’s growing pains. Not to mention, fan mobilization has been instrumental in putting K-pop on the international radar over the past couple of years.

But SM Entertainment — largely allergic to reality TV — is taking that to a whole new level. SuperM is combining the talents of established superstars who have over 35 years of post-debut experience between them. Saying their fanbases are built-in would be a vast understatement. The main question is: Will these three fandoms work together to support SuperM?

So far, reactions have been mixed.

While rumors of the supergroup circulated ahead of schedule, backlash was swift following the official announcement on August 7. The hashtag #SuperGroupDisbandParty trended on Twitter, while the majority of comments on SuperM’s first tweet came from embittered EXO-Ls, the fandom behind EXO. On paper, the A-team sounds like a stan’s dream come true — and it is… for some people! But the separate fandoms of the pre-established groups — SHINee, EXO, NCT, and WayV — have their reasons for the blow up.

As the loudest contingent, EXO-Ls’ concerns are heightened by the fact that EXO members are starting to enter their mandatory military enlistment period. Two members have already enlisted, and EXO won’t have a full lineup for a few years. So, fans are worried about the remaining members — particularly dancer and singer Kai — developing solo careers before they go on hiatus. Not to mention, singer Baekhyun, who made his successful solo debut in July, will have to enlist by 2021.

Fundamentally, every fandom has the same concern: Why spend resources on SuperM when you could invest in your established groups? As Redditor u/AnthaMi put it, “the timing seems pretty awkward: Exols and Shawols have been asking for better promotions for years, and especially for exols, have been rather disappointed. … It should be the moment where they set their solo career up, instead they are busy re-debuting in another group.”

The biggest takeaway from the backlash is that it’s not that easy to combine the powers of multiple fandoms. While international K-pop fandom has historically been more accommodating to multifandom (i.e. stanning more than one group), single group stans appear to be growing stronger amid increased competition for stateside promotions and attention. This factor already poses challenges for the NCT brand as the members shapeshift into endless subunits with no centralized lineup, which causes friction between NCT fans.

It’s not enough for a fandom to have mass. Fan mobilization requires a certain level of organization and coordinated efforts. The biggest fandoms rally around promotional goals to help their idols reach greater success. As it stands, Shawols, EXO-Ls, and NCTzens have very different fandom identities. Still, SM has high hopes for the potential of SuperM’s super-fandom. “We’re trying to unite the fandoms,” Chris Lee, SM A&R, said in an interview with Billboard. “Fans, please don’t worry about it. We’ll make you all happy.”

On top of that, fans were confused about the choice of a U.S. debut. NCT 127 is already making headway overseas, and they reached No. 11 on the Billboard 200, making them the second-highest ranking K-pop group on the chart of all time. The Seoul-based subunit previously signed with Capitol Music Group and Caroline for global distribution, and until this point, they’ve seemed poised to break big in the U.S. market thanks to their international roster.

Then there’s the fact that SuperM is being introduced to American audiences with an overly complicated group structure. It’s already overwhelming for the average American to watch groups with more than five members. But add multiple groups with shared members into the mix? That’s a tough sell for the general public. SM is gonna have to stick with their built-in fandoms — who don’t all seem to be into it right now.

And if SuperM doesn’t attract K-pop fans, appealing to U.S. audiences might be even more of a challenge for reasons beyond their supergroup structure. There’s the idea that Americans generally latch onto artists who appear to be self-made. (Sometimes, the appearance of genuine artistry is marketing spin in the States.) The U.S. market is obsessed with “authenticity,” and that’s become a key word in crossover pushes for BTS, BLACKPINK, and Monsta X, amid Western press that still pegs K-pop as “manufactured.”

The truth, however, is that pop is hyper-industrialized around the globe. Labels like SM Entertainment just happen to be more upfront about the controlled environment their artists work in. In a separate interview with Billboard, SM’s Lee spoke about the company’s philosophy of “cultural technology.” At one point, he openly discussed SM’s goal of IP expansion: “You know, these artists, if we consider them as intellectual property,” he said, “they’re not products but as an analogy they can be looked at that way.”

That ethos hasn’t deterred the supporters of SuperM who, at the end of the day, would simply rather focus on the time and energy their idols have invested to get this far. “Prove them wrong,” one Twitter user wrote. “ill support you. super m lets debut proudly. youve worked hard.” The dissenters might be more vocal than the rest, but the fact that SuperM trended worldwide for several hours shows potential. That level of engagement means that there is widespread interest in the group — now it’s just a matter of turning public opinion around.

Charlie Puth Adds A Frosty Edge To 5 Seconds Of Summer’s ‘Easier’

5 Seconds Of Summer have released a new version of their breezy summer jam “Easier,” and this one features Charlie Puth who brings the same kind of bubbling disbelief that permeates his hit 2017 song, “How Long.” The result is that this version of “Easier” is even more heartbreaking than before, as it tests what Puth believes to be the limits of his partner’s fidelity. Nevertheless, his voice positively floats over the track.

It’s striking to hear Puth’s voice handling the intro and the chorus because it’s just a touch deeper and more cavernous than Luke’s of 5SOS. It makes his words sound a touch more sullen and unbelieving, horrified by his discovery of a partner who’s growing bored. In his new first verse, he sings, “Why you always looking at your phone / Watching people you don’t even know,” with such contempt that it stings. He then handles the pre-chorus with an icy, mechanical zeal, changing up the style of the relaxing tune. It’s a frosty refresh of the summer anthem.

5SOS released “Easier” earlier this year and it should appear on their follow-up LP to 2018’s Youngblood. The band will be heading out on tour with The Chainsmokers in September.

Listen to Charlie Puth’s contribution to “Easier” up above.

King Combs’s Two New Videos Are Diddy-Inspired Party Romps

King Combs, a.k.a. Lil Diddy, is carving out his own Bad Boy-inspired niche in the contemporary rap space. Just watch his two new videos released today (August 12) – “Surf” and “The West” – that show him having two very different kinds of fun; cannonballing into a pool at a lively party in the first, and on the beach rapping in front of a computer-generated Statue of Liberty in the second. He’s having a good time, and that’s all that matters. Like his father, Sean “Diddy” Combs, King Combs brings the spirit of the celebration with him wherever he goes.

In “Surf,” King is practicing his boxing skills before deciding that he should attend a pool party. Once he gets there, the real fun begins as he and his entourage mingle with an assortment of women, with King channeling Diddy’s charisma and good charm. City Girls, Tee Grizzley, and AZChike all bring their A-game on the track. In the second, “The West,” King trades verses with Kai Cash and 03 Greedo to the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and night skies on the roof of a building in New York City, possibly paying homage to his father’s stomping grounds. Both videos are the kind of high-life celebrations that make you excited to be off on the weekends.

“Surf” and “The West” both appear on King Combs’s EP, Cyncerely, C3, that dropped earlier this year. He recently appeared in Teyana Taylor‘s new video for “HYWI?”

Watch King Combs’s two new videos up above.

Future Retreats To The Tropics For Epic Vacation Celebration in ‘Please Tell Me’

Future is back with a new video for “Please Tell Me” that’s relaxing and provocative, with a sprinkle of luxury. Get ready for sunbathed locales, at least four different kinds of tropical trees, and distracting photo filters and angles that’ll have your eyes bouncing around to each corner of the screen like you’re playing Brickbreaker. This is one vacation that you’ll want to replicate.

Future takes us into his traveling lifestyle with “Please Tell Me,” showing the camera the beautiful women that he likes to spend leisurely time with in undisclosed countries at secret mansions. There’s some dancing involved, as well as some board games and sunbathing. But what really permeates the visual is a feeling of otherworldliness. At times, it’s blurry; at other times, it’s hit with retro filters that make it feel utterly timelessness. Through the relaxing visual, still frames of vacation snapshots are shown. Future wants you to know that he has a lot of fun. We can definitely see that.

“Please Tell Me” appears on his recently released EP Save Me that dropped in June. Its video follows the previously shared visuals for “Government Official,” Xanax Damage,” “Love Thy Enemies,” and “St. Lucia.

Watch Future enjoy his vacation in “Please Me” up above.

Missy Elliott, Culture-Shifting Visionary, Is Your 2019 VMA Video Vanguard

We know you heard about a lot of great MC’s, but they ain’t got nothin’ on Missy Elliott, whose culture-shifting, forward-thinking videography will be honored at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. That’s right: “Misdemeanor” herself is this year’s recipient of the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

The Virginia rapper will join the ranks of fellow icons like Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Madonna, and last year’s recipient, Jennifer Lopez, with the prestigious prize, which honors an artist’s remarkable body of work. For Elliott, that means celebrating over 20 years of art that redefined the music video landscape as we know it.

Beginning with her first-ever vid, for 1997’s “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” — a.k.a. the one where she made blow-up trash bags chic — the singer/rapper/producer has been responsible for some of the most audacious looks, flyest choreography, and wildest visual effects seen onscreen. That includes the afrofuturistic “She’s A Bitch,” the funky-fresh “Gossip Folks,” and the absolutely legendary “Work It.”

Elliott has a long, prosperous history with the VMAs — she’s won seven Moon Person trophies, including Video of the Year in 2003 for “Work It” and Best Hip-Hop Video in 2005 for “Lose Control.” She’s also hit the VMA stage three times before, including a medley of “Get Ur Freak On” and “One Minute Man” in 2001, and an appearance in 2006 during which she recreated her “The Rain” look (Jeep, blow-up suit, and all) in tribute to longtime collaborator Hype Williams, who received that year’s Vanguard Award.

Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

With a long-awaited seventh album on the way, Elliott’s reign as rap royalty is far from over, as is her standing as a VMA legend. Along with receiving the Video Vanguard Award, she’ll also hit the stage for what’s sure to be an explosive live performance that’ll have everyone losing control — don’t miss(y) it.

The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from The Prudential Center on Monday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Voting is now open at vma.mtv.com!

Taylor Swift Thinks Those ‘Drunk Taylor’ Memes Are Just As Funny As You Do

Taylor Swift was feeling herself at her Los Angeles party on Saturday night (August 10), and the entire world was grooving along with her.

More importantly, her party was the birthplace of the now-infamous “Drunk Taylor” meme, and the world has been laughing alongside her ever since we got a glimpse of her celebrating her cast, crew, and music videos. The best part? As it turns out, Taylor thought it was all just as amusing as we did.

The songstress posted a few snaps from the party on Instagram along with a caption that cemented how much fun she was having.

“Threw a party to celebrate with the people who made the ME! & YNTCD videos with me- and we had so much fun that ‘Drunk Taylor’ is trending on Twitter. CHEERS,” she wrote. Yes, girl, get that relaxation time in!

Swift hung out with friends in celebration of her 10 (!!) VMA nominations, bringing together guests like Laverne Cox, Hayley Kiyoko, and A’keria Davenport, who brought us the lovely snaps of Taylor that quickly turned into the “Drunk Taylor” meme.

Taylor was recorded dancing along to her own song while tousling her hair and really getting into it, eventually settling down onto a couch. The “You Need to Calm Down” singer seemed pretty tipsy, but she’s has yet to comment on whether she actually was or not. Either way, it was still hilarious.

And everyone else thought so, too, because this clip was immediately the meme heard ’round the internet, as fans couldn’t get enough of Taylor’s hilarious “drunk-or-is-she?” dance.

We can’t decide what’s better: the hundreds of memes still being paraded around social media, or the fact that Taylor has probably been looking at every single one of them. There you have it. Taylor, queen of bops, is also the queen of memes. We have no choice but to stan.