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.

Little Mix And Nicki Minaj’s ‘Woman Like Me’ Is Girl Power At Its Loudest And Proudest

The wait is over: Little Mix — the British girl group behind such sassy, brassy anthems as “Power,” “Hair,” and “Salute” — are back and badder than ever.

For the lead single off their upcoming fifth album, the girls joined forces with Nicki Minaj for “Woman Like Me,” a reggae-tinged jam co-written by Ed Sheeran and Jess Glynne. It puts Little Mix back in familiar, boss-minded, pop-powered terrain, as they wonder whether a guy could fall for a strong, “unconventional” woman.

“I always say what I’m feeling / I was born without a zip on my mouth,” Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock begin, before Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards ask on the chorus: “My momma always said, ‘Girl, you’re trouble’ and / And now I wonder, could you fall for a woman like me?” Minaj, meanwhile, comes through with characteristically confident bars about being “a bad Trini bitch”: “Greatest of all time, ’cause I’m a chameleon / I switch it up for every era, I’m really bomb / These bitches really wanna be Nicki, I’m really mom.”

A few days before the release of “Woman Like Me,” Little Mix shared on Instagram that the song is “about celebrating women in every shape and form.” They added, “We don’t feel like there are enough places to celebrate women right now… so we wanted to make one!”

Another reason for them to celebrate? The collaboration marks a true full-circle moment for Little Mix, who covered Nicki’s hit “Super Bass” while competing on the U.K.’s The X Factor way back in 2011. In a radio interview on Friday morning, the girls talked about what “a dream” it’s been to collaborate with Nicki, and the rapper responded in her own Instagram post, writing, “Dear Girls, 7 years later, & here we are. With the perfect song! All things in time right? Thank you for having me.”

“Woman Like Me” may be a “perfect song” for Nicki in more ways than one — she only needs one more Billboard Hot 100 entry to become the first female artist in history with 100 entries. Will the Little Mix collab be the one that gives her that milestone? We’ll find out soon!

Little Mix Fans Have All The Feels About “Woman Like Me” Featuring Nicki Minaj

Scoring a glow-up seven years in the making, Little Mix recorded their new lead single with Nicki Minaj after covering “Super Bass” on The X Factor in October 2011. Less than a day after the gals released “Woman Like Me” featuring Nicki, it’s already gone number one on iTunes in the U.K.

Now that the track is out in all its glory, Mixers can’t get enough of how everything’s come full circle.

Beyond just the excitement for the collab, Mixers obsessed over the song itself and the confidence that radiates from Jesy, Leigh-Anne, Jade and Perrie in their lyrics and vocals.

Fans showed love for Nicki’s verse, too, celebrating all the woman-to-woman love that defines “Woman Like You.”

Nicki herself endorsed the Little Mix girls, calling them “pretty fkn dope” on Instagram.

Naturally, both Little Mix fans and Nicki fans are going all-in to buy, stream and promote “Woman Like Me.” While Little Mix looks for a single to beat the commercial success of their single “Wings” in the U.S., Nicki’s just one song away from achieving 100 charted songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

Check out “Woman Like Me” by Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj below to help give both artists the chart success they’re vying for.

Sage, Kesha, And Chika Unite To Break The Gun-Violence Cycle In Powerful New Video

After this year’s horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead, young new artist Sage began work on a song. Sage, then a high-school senior, brought an early version of the tune to his sister, Kesha. On the final track — released on Friday (October 12) via a gripping video made in partnership with March For Our Lives — the two team up on a powerful, memorable chorus: “I don’t wanna be brave / I just wanna be safe.”

The song’s three minutes are also highlighted by verses from rising Nigerian-American rapper Chika, whose words paint a painfully visual of the gun-violence epidemic in America. And in the accompanying video, that epidemic, and its frustrating cyclicality, is on full display.

Sage appears briefly on a television alongside talking heads discussing that very cycle, but the rest of the runtime is devoted to portraying what’s called “the most vicious cycle” — in other words, what happens after a mass shooting, when we ultimately end up exactly where we began. To illustrate this, the YouTube upload contains three runs of the same video, caught in a seemingly endless loop, as a gunman’s bullet (and the gun lobby’s deep pockets) sets off a twisted Rube Goldberg-like labyrinth of damage throughout a school.

Kesha paired her contributions on this song with a stirring op-ed in Teen Vogue, also published on October 12. “It’s sad to me that many politicians, pundits, and everyday Americans dismiss gun violence, not just mass shootings in schools, as just another part of the culture in our country,” she wrote. “I wish it wasn’t. It doesn’t have to be.”

She references her brother Sage, as well as their collaborator Chika, as fellow supporters of “candidates who support common sense gun laws in this November’s midterm elections, so that we can finally end senseless gun violence.”

“United, our voices are more powerful, and now we want to ask you to be part of this movement with us,” she ends the op-ed, calling for everyone to come together to “break the vicious cycle.” Read her full, compelling letter here, and watch the “Safe” music video above.

For more from March For Our Lives, see MTV News’s coverage from the historic rally in March 2018 below.

Shawn Mendes Takes On An Immortal Classic With New ‘Under Pressure’ Cover

In 1981, Queen and David Bowie teamed up for a song that would become immortal. “Under Pressure” continues to work, nearly 40 years later, because of its simple formula: It’s a duet, but it’s also got one of the best bass lines ever written and tons of claps and snaps, which make everything as sticky as possible. It’s wonderful.

The song’s a bold one to cover, but I used to rock the hell out to the My Chemical Romance and The Used version, which still absolutely rules. The latest pair to try their hand at it are Shawn Mendes and teddy<3 (the new stage name of Mendes’s longtime collaborator Teddy Geiger), and their version is a spindly, acoustic-led showcase for their powerful and singular voices, particularly Mendes’s.

While teddy<3 leads on the chorus, Mendes’s soaring raspy falsetto is the centerpiece here, even hitting Freddie Mercury’s iconic whistle-high note during the bridge. Geiger co-wrote Mendes’s biggest hits — including “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” and “Stitches” — and Mendes has spoken highly of her and of their partnership. But “Under Pressure” marks the first time they’ve been on record together, and they’re a perfect match.

The pair made the song for the upcoming Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, as both pointed out on social media. “So honored Shawn asked me to sing with him,” Geiger wrote on Instagram.

Mendes added that they recorded their version “to honor Freddie, and for a cause really close to our hearts, to benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust in the fight against HIV/AIDS.” All profits from the song will go directly to the organization, which members of Queen founded after Mercury’s death from AIDS in 1991.

Stream their “Under Pressure” cover above, and purchase it here. Play it loud for maximum effect until Bohemian Rhapsody hits theaters on November 2 in the U.S.

Charli XCX And Troye Sivan Cosplay As Spice Girls, BSB, And Eminem In ‘1999’ Video

Last week, Charli XCX and Troye Sivan dropped the nostalgia-fueled pop banger “1999,” complete with spot-on Matrix-inspired single art. If listening to the track managed to dredge up all your precious pre-millennium memories, then you’ll be psyched to find out that the video is that, times infinity.

Charli and Troye raided the costume closet of your dreams for the vid, which references various pop culture moments, movies, and celebs from the late ’90s. Charli cosplays as all five Spice Girls, TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and a turtlenecked Steve Jobs, while Troye dresses up as goateed Backstreet Boys, a Ramen-curled Justin Timberlake, and a bleach-haired Slim Shady. Together, they recreate iconic scenes from Titanic and The Matrix, and even revive Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan’s wild look from the 1998 VMAs.

Elsewhere, The Sims computer game surfaces, as do Skechers sneakers, Surge soda, and Baby-G watches. It might take you a couple views to catch each and every ’90s wink, but it’s entirely worth it — this vid is totally buggin’!

So what did we learn today? Apparently, Charli (a self-proclaimed “’90s bitch”) and Troye have “invented nostalgia.” Thanks, you two!

Quavo’s ‘BUBBLEGUM’ Video Looks Like An Outtake From Ready Player One

You’ve probably never thought about what Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One would’ve looked like if it had starred Quavo instead of Tye Sheridan. But on the off chance that you have, you’re going to be really into Q’s new video.

The “B U B B L E G U M” visual, which Quavo co-directed with Daps, opens with the Migos rapper putting on a VR headset in the midst of an apocalypse. The device beams him to a futuristic lab straight out of TLC’s “No Scrubs,” where a bunch of models perform tests on him while chewing a lot of bubblegum (obviously). Of course, Quavo has to return to reality eventually, and when he does, his girl — played by model and actress Draya Michele — is still by his side.

“B U B B L E G U M” follows “Workin Me” and “Lamb Talk” as the latest release from Quavo’s debut solo album, Quavo Huncho. The project arrives on Friday (October 12) and is rumored to feature collaborations with Drake, Cardi B, Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, and his Migos groupmates, Takeoff and Offset.

The new video also arrives one day after Migos picked up their first American Music Award, for Favorite Duo or Group — Pop/Rock. It’s shaping up to be a huge week for Quavo in more ways than one.