‘It’s great to see him at the top of his game right now,’ Drizzy tells MTV News from set of Deuce’s ‘No Lie’ video.
By Rob Markman, with reporting by Felicia Morris
and Drake have developed quite the camaraderie. Not only are the two currently touring together on Drizzy’s Club Paradise run, the Toronto MC also provides the hook on Deuce’s new single, “No Lie,” off his upcoming debut album, Based on a T.R.U. Story. But their relationship dates further back than fans may actually know.
“Like I say in the song, ‘Me and Chainz go way back,’ that’s no lie,”
Drake recently told MTV News from 2 Chainz’s video shoot in Los Angeles. “I spent a lot of my early days with Young Money on the road with 2 Chainz. We definitely built a rapport. It’s great to see him at the top of his game right now. The world loves him and it’s well deserved. He’s a hardworking guy.”
Back then, 2 Chainz was known as Tity Boi, one-half of the Atlanta duo Playaz Circle, and he was riding high off of the group’s stand-out Lil Wayne-assisted single “Duffle Bag Boy.” Drake, on the other hand, hadn’t yet broken through; he spent significant time with the YMCMB team before dropping his 2009 classic So Far Gone.
“This record is just the first time that we’ve got to work, and within the first few days the feedback has been incredible,” Drizzy said of “No Lie,” which was released on May 1.
“I’m excited about the record — I feel like it’s another anthem,” 2 Chainz said of his debut’s official first single, before putting it in context with his previous mixtape singles. “It’s like a ‘to be continued’ of what I did with ‘Spend It’ and ‘Riot’ and just bring that energy back to the scene.”
The two wasted no time preparing the video, shooting it only two days after the song was dropped to the public. “Director X is shooting the video and it’s great, a lot of beautiful women,” Drake said of the temperature on set. “It’s definitely a performance video. X took more of an artistic approach. Everybody’s looking good — it’s gonna be great.”
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Phillip Phillips joins her in the bottom two for the first time, while David Cook and Jennifer Lopez hit the stage.
By Adam Graham
Phillip Phillips was given his first taste of the bottom two, but it was Hollie Cavanagh who was eliminated from “American Idol” on Thursday (May 10).
Cavanagh, the 18-year-old from McKinney, Texas, received the lowest number of votes from the nearly 70 million votes cast, according to host Ryan Seacrest. Cavanagh received harsh marks for her performance of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” on Wednesday’s performance episode; Randy Jackson called it “the wrong choice at the wrong time.”
Cavanagh just missed a trip back to Texas as part of the top three “Hometown Heroes” visits, which happen on next week’s show.
The Liverpudlian kept it together while singing Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” at the close of the show, though her close friend Joshua Ledet was shown tearing up nearby onstage.
Mentor Jimmy Iovine had all but written off Cavanagh after “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” “I assumed she understood the core of the song. Evidently, she did not,” Iovine said in his weekly roundup of the week’s performances. “She did not have the personal experience or the professional experience to take on this song. When the chorus came in, she hit the opera button. And at that moment, I felt she crashed and burned and lost out to those other three singers.”
He had high praise for the others. He said Phillip Phillips “finally delivered on the promise that we’ve been looking for all year” with his version of Damien Rice’s “Volcano”; Jessica Sanchez “murdered” her performance of the “Dreamgirls” hit “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, “referring to it as “shock and awe”; and Ledet “created a piece of magic that is very rarely seen on the “American Idol” stage” with his take on James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” “I’ve seen Prince, I’ve seen Bruce Springsteen do that, but I’ve never seen that on ‘American Idol,’ ” Iovine said. “It was so, so captivating. I want to see it again and again and again.”
Iovine added that he thinks the competition is up for grabs. “Last year, I knew Scotty was gonna win the whole thing. This year, I haven’t got a clue who’s going to get into the final,” he said. “Any one of them, with the right song and the right note, can steal the show. It’s up to them and, eventually, America’s vote.”
When the results were read, Sanchez was the first one told she made the top three, followed by Ledet.
Also on the show, seventh-season “Idol” winner David Cook dropped by to perform “The Last Song I’ll Write for You,” and Jennifer Lopez turned in a performance of her song “Dance Again.”
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‘I almost don’t want to applaud him too much, because I wish he would have done this a long time ago,’ blogger tells MTV News.
By Kara Warner
continues to be a hot topic of conversation. Just about everyone has an opinion on the issue, including Hollywood’s movers and shakers.
With all the overwhelming enthusiasm for the president’s announcement, there is also cautious optimism on the subject, given the issue’s continued hot-button status in pop culture, as well as around the nation. Perez Hilton is a public figure who counts himself among the cautiously optimistic, mostly because the issue is so loaded and political.
“It was definitely happy news, but I almost don’t want to applaud him too much, because I wish he would have done this a long time ago,” Hilton told MTV News. “Having said that, it’s better that he did it than not. He could have waited until after the election. However, it’s clearly a calculated move in that he felt confident that this won’t hurt his chances at getting re-elected, and that’s why he did it.”
Hilton went on to say that he will happily applaud the president for his actions, but not too loudly.
“He’s still playing a game, it is what it is, and it’s still something that is positive and a step in the right direction,” he said. “I think it’s ultimately a self-defeating fight, because gay marriage is a given. It’s going to happen, it’s just a question of how soon and, of course, as a gay man and someone who believes in equal rights for all, I would rather it happen sooner rather than later.”
Speaking to the involvement of Hollywood — and, more specifically, the news that “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy announced Thursday (May 10) his plans to host a fundraiser for Obama during his visit to Los Angeles — Hilton emphasized the fact that same-sex marriage is an issue that everyone should be talking about and aware of, not just celebrities.
“I think Hollywood is great — I’m part of it — but I also feel like same-sex marriage and quality is an issue that is important everywhere,” he said. “I think an everyday person can be just as or more effective in creating change than celebrities. It is important to have people in Hollywood to talk about it, important for people to be out of the closet, important to have represented in the media, but it’s just as powerful for everybody to do their part. There are a lot more famous people than non-famous people.
“Obviously, I think has done great work,” Hilton continued. “My biggest wish for this country is in 20 years we have a viable at least four-party system. People need more options than just a Democratic candidate and a Republican candidate. I wish we had four great candidates from different parties to choose from. It’s time to change the way things work. It’s been this way for so long. It needs to evolve and grow.
Louie responds to ‘Ye’s shout-out on G.O.O.D. Music’s ‘I Don’t Like’ remix: ‘It was crazy,’ Chicago MC tells Mixtape Daily.
By Rob Markman, with reporting by Vanessa White Wolf
Fire Starter: King Louie
It isn’t just a Chicago thing anymore — just ask King Louie. There was a time when 24-year-old Louis Johnson was just making music for fans within his native city’s borders, but in the past year, the Eastside Chi-town MC has seen his name spread like wildfire. A well-timed Kanye Westplug only fanned the flames.
“I was coming from the dentist, he had gave me all those meds, so I was kinda out of whack,” Louie told Mixtape Daily of when he first heard Yeezy name-check him on the G.O.O.D. Music remix to Chief Keef’s underground riot starter “I Don’t Like.”
“Shout-out to L.E.P., J Boogie, right?/ Chief Keef, King Louie, this is Chi, right?” ‘Ye spits on the souped-up remix, which hit the Web last week on May 1.
“It was crazy, because you don’t think them type of guys on that level hear your music just coming from the hood,” Louie said of his surprise during an L.A. interview three days after the song dropped.
Though Louie plays humble, it has been increasingly difficult to ignore his musical output. His 2011 track “Too Cool” has been consistently buzzing thanks to its infectious hook and polished music video. It also doesn’t hurt that he joined forces with Kanye’s former manager John Monopoly about eight months ago.
Now, Louie is signed to independent label Lawless Inc. and continues to pump out street-inspired, hard-hitting, dope-boy music. His latest mixtape, Motion Picture, serves as an appetizer for his upcoming album, Dope & Shrimp.
Lou was about 16 years old when he first started hitting the recording studio. He started taking rap seriously after he got kicked out of high school. Now KL is part of a budding Chicago music scene that includes Chief Keef, Rockie Fresh, L.E.P. Bogus Boys, YP and Def Jam’s latest signees Lil’ Durk and Lil’ Reese. “The music scene is crazy. It’s younger and energetic. … It’s fun again,” Louie said of his city’s new crop of spitters.
King Louie is particularly proud that he has had a hand in influencing a lot of Chi’s new talent: He and 16-year-old Keef are frequent collaborators. “Makes me feel like I did something right for my peers,” he said.
Now that rap’s spotlight is shining on him and his team, King Louie doesn’t plan to let up his verbal assault any time soon. Next up is Dope & Shrimp, a title Louie said he chose because all he does is “smoke dope and eat shrimp.”
“It’s more mature; you can tell that I’m growing,” he explained. “You can hear the growth and development in my craft. Sounds like a better Louie.”
For other artists featured in Mixtape Daily, check out Mixtape Daily Headlines.
‘More Than This’ performance is from ‘Up All Night: The Live Tour DVD,’ due May 29.
By Jocelyn Vena
You know what’s better than blasting One Direction‘s “More Than This” over and over again in your room? Popping in their concert DVD, “Up All Night: The Live Tour DVD,” and watching them sing it to you. Obviously.
While it will be a few weeks until the concert special hits shelves, the guys released their “More Than This” performance Thursday (May 10) to get their already-excited fans even more hyped for the DVD’s arrival. After One Direction teased the video one day before, fans can now see it includes everything they could possibly want.
The guys, decked out in gray and maroon prep-school uniforms, circle the stage, taking turns singing the song about unrequited love and watching your crush succumb to the charms of another guy. In between shots of the guys singing the song are ones of their fans singing and screaming along. As the song ends, the guys sit on a lime-green couch and continue to pine for their lady love.
“Up All Night: The Live Tour DVD” hits stores May 29, just days after One Direction launch their North American tour in Fairfax, Virginia. It marks the group’s first-ever Stateside headlining trek; they previously opened for Big Time Rush.
Fans shouldn’t worry if they miss the group this time around: One Direction will also play a special show at Madison Square Garden in December before coming back to the U.S. in 2013 as part of their world tour. The 2013 North American dates will begin June 13 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before continuing around the U.S. and Canada and coming to a close August 7 in Los Angeles.
“Our fans are simply the best in the world,” Niall Horan said in a statement about the tour. “The support they have shown us has been incredible, and we’re all so grateful to each and every one of them. We can’t wait to see everyone this summer at Madison Square Garden and, of course, when we play our world tour in 2013.”
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