(Photos + Video) Behind The Scenes: RJ x DJ Mustard ft. Rae Sremmurd – Hard Way

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I hit the set of RJ and DJ Mustard‘s video for “Hard Way” with Rae Sremmurd, and it was lit! YG was in the building as well as DJ Carisma and Haha Davis, and we had a real life party while shooting the scenes!

Check out some more pics of yours truly on set below, as well as the official interview and BTS footage I put together for REVOLT!
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Music Video Box: New Visuals From Cardi B, Pusha T, Chris Brown + More!

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My spirit animal Cardi B is making her Love & Hip-Hop debut this month (although they kept her out of the premiere last night,) and simultaneously launching her music career as well. After delivering a surprisingly solid verse on Shaggy‘s dancehall record “Boom Boom,” Cardi drops her first solo track “Cheap Ass Weave,” a parody about…well, cheap ass weaves.

Before the album drops on Friday, Pusha T surprised fans with the visual to “Crutches, Crosses, Caskets” off of Darkest Before Dawn yesterday. Keeping with the theme of the title, the dark video sees Push on a carousel with some nuns, dressing like and taking part in activities that one wouldn’t consider too holy.

Check out these visuals below, plus new videos from OVO signee Roy Wood$, as well as Chris Brown.
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#TBT Mixtape: Ty Dolla $ign – Beach House

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Ty Dolla $ign released his Beach House mixtape in October of 2012, hosted by DJ Ill Will and DJ Mustard. This would go on to be the first of 2 installments in the Beach House series, followed by his debut EP of the same name in January of 2014, as well as a tour.

The 13-track mixtape featured hits like “My Cabana,” “4 A Young” and “Know Y I Came,” (all 3 of which are in my “Top 25 Most Played” on iTunes) as well as collabs with IAMSU!, Kid Ink, Joe Moses, Dom Kennedy…and even production by PartyNextDoor, way before the OVO co-sign!

Y’all know I love Ty Dolla $ign everything, but this body of work is definitely my favorite from him as a whole…so far. His debut album, Free TC, will be arriving later this year, and I know that’s going to be insane too! Get Beach House below, plus a few music videos from the project as well.
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Music Video: Machine Gun Kelly – Till I Die

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Back in November, I headed out to the Midwest to join Machine Gun Kelly and his EST team for the Cleveland premiere of his first-ever movie role in Beyond The Lights. During my 3-day stay, he also shot the video to his new single “Till I Die,” and I fell in LOVE with this track!

Going back to the places in Cleveland that mean the most to him, the visual to MGK‘s 216 anthem goes from the streets of some of the most notorious areas of the city, to the very first house he and his friends ever lived in together, to the club where he toasted to life and celebrated his movie role with the people he came up with (aaaand me, LOL.)

It’s been over two years since Kells released his debut album Lace Up and gained international exposure thanks to his mega-hits like “Wild Boy” and “Invincible,” and he’s finally gearing up for his sophomore effort, leading off with the Justice League-produced “Till I Die.” It’s MGK SZN, y’all! Get into the Casey McPerry-directed vid below! (And of course – look out for a cameo by me and my cell phone in the BTS at the end because duh.)
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Music Video: Mike Zombie – 616

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New Jersey native Mike Zombie was introduced to the masses in 2013, when Drake released his Grammy-nominated single “Started From The Bottom” with Zombie on the track. After discovering Mike in 2012 through their mutual friend, battle rapper Hollow Da Don, Drake signed him to a production deal on his OVO Sound imprint, and as they say, the rest is history.

Most recently, Mike had the likes of the legendary Jay Z, the newly-released Remy MaMeek Mill, Rick Ross and French Montana on one of his beats, courtesy of DJ Khaled‘s “They Don’t Love You No More“…but Mike isn’t only a producer. The talented 22-year-old has been simultaneously crafting his skills as a lyricist for as long as he’s been producing, and has put out numerous projects over the years. Rapping over all of his own beats of course, Mike‘s most recent project was 2013’s The End Of The Beginning, which spawned his current single and video, “616.” Though one would assume the song’s title is in reference to an area code of some sort, it’s actually an ode to a local haunt that Mike and his friends apparently had some epic times at in their late teens.

The video has been spinning on MTV Jams and mtvU for the last month, and is now up to be put in rotation on mtvU with help from fan votes! I hadn’t stumbled on Mike‘s rapping until just recently so I wasn’t going to post the video, but in the spirit of garnering more votes, here it is. Check it out below and MAKE SURE YOU GO HERE TO VOTE! Amazing talent coming out of New Jersey? You know I’m supporting this one!
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(Photos) Throwback Thursday: How Dip Set & Saving My Lunch Money Brought Me To A Career In Music

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When people say things like, “Dip Set changed my life” or, “I was the biggest Dip Set fan ever,” (yes, people say those things…LOL) I don’t even bother to engage in a debate with them because winning would be too effortless. Dip Set REALLY changed my life. Because of my love (or slight obsession, either one) for them in high school, I chose the career path I embarked on, I met people who put me in the right place to advance in said career and I learned early on how to move around in the music business. Suffice to say, what Dip Set did for me trumps you hands down. Unless you’re like, Freekey Zekey. He probably has a better story than me. Anyway, here’s the 411:
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(Video) Kool John ft. P-Lo – B*tch I Look Good [MUSIC VIDEO]

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Off Kool John’s latest release, $hmop City, he links up with his HBK brother P-Lo for the visual to “B*tch I Look Good.” Of course – there’s no shortage of Bernie’ing and dope graphics, as expected from the Heartbreak Gang! Get into the Adrian Per-directed video below!
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