June 24, 2019

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Kanye, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes Create A Hip-Hop ‘Alliance’ On ‘Thank You’

BROOKLYN, New York — The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards brought a ton of hip-hop talent from all over to Brooklyn, and Busta Rhymes made sure he rolled out the red carpet for his out-of-town friends Kanye West and Lil Wayne. He also seized the opportunity and shoot a music video on Saturday.

"I was just trying to capitalize on the moment of us all being in the same city, at the same time," Busta told MTV News when he walked the red carpet on Sunday night.

"Thank You" features Q-Tip, Kanye West and Lil Wayne, and while the all-star collaboration needs no reasoning, Busta had a very deliberate reason to bring the three MCs together. "We did everything in our power to show the camaraderie, because it's been a lot of talk that over the last year or two about conflict between G.O.O.D. Music and Young Money and Cash Money," the Dungeon Dragon told us.

There was a time when Drake and Kanye West weren't on speaking terms, and Lil Wayne's beef with Pusha T spilled over into records, but Bus says it was all overblown. "I just wanted to put it to bed and create an eventful moment where me and Wayne being Young Money/Cash Money on one team, Q-Tip and Kanye be on another movement on G.O.O.D. Music; just showing that camaraderie and that alliance and just making it official on a real hip-hop level," he explained.

The single will be featured on Busta's forthcoming Extinction Level Event 2, and though the song hasn't been released ...

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Eminem Goes ‘Berzerk’ On New Single

If Eminem was looking to get his old stroke back on his upcoming eight solo album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, he's right on target with the album's first single, "Berzerk."

Joining the likes of Jay Z and Kayne West in tapping old school hip-hop legend Rick Rubin to produce his music, Slim Shady employed the Buddha of Beats to give the song, which dropped Monday night, his signature mix of booming beats and classic rock samples.

"Now this s---'s about to kick off, this party looks wack/Let's take it back to straight hip-hop and start it from scratch/I'm 'bout to bloody this track up, everybody get back/
That's why my pen needs a pad cause my rhymes on the raaag/Just like I did with addiction I'm 'bout to kick it," rhymes Em over a spare, rock and roll beat enhanced by a sample of the "kick it" hook from the Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right (To Party)."

The song also samples Billy Squier's 1981 hit "The Stroke," which makes total sense given the Rubin connection. The former Def Jam co-founder helped Run-DMC and the Beasties blow their careers up with songs that melded rap and hard rock and "Bezerk" unquestionably has the feel of one of Rubin's 1980s classics. And, after a more somber mood on his post-rehab Relapse and Recovery albums, "Berzerk" brings Em right back to the fun-filled, loose and playful vibe of such early efforts as the original Marshall Mathers LP from 2000.

Even the placeholder video for it takes you back, as it features ...

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One Direction Answer Fans Questions: Did They Get Yours?

One Direction are just days away from releasing their new movie, . The Morgan Spurlock-directed documentary/concert flick hits theaters on August 30, giving fans an inside look at what it's like to be in the group.

Ahead of the release, MTV News got the fivesome, who took home a Moonman on Sunday for Best Song of the Summer, to answer some fan questions. So, make sure to click on the video below to see/hear what 1D had to say — we're looking at you, @luanelemes, @CalumIsRuggedd and @Young_Dreamer_7.

Could Niall Horan And Zayn Malik Pull A 'Freaky Friday'? 1D Spills All!

Niall Horan: We're not the kind of pranky kind of band. We don't pull pranks on each other, do we really? It's kind of a bit like everyone around us gets pranked. Liam Payne: We had a big water fight and I threw cereal at one of our band members onstage; that was a bit of a prank.

@CalumIsRuggedd: Will you ask them their favorite songs as of right now?? Harry Styles: My favorite song is "Flowers In The Window" by Travis. Niall: I'm gonna go with Maroon 5's new one ["Love Somebody"]. Zayn Malik: Favorite song of the moment is [Migos' "Versace"]. "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace." Liam: I'm gonna go with Drake "Hold On."

Harry: I would pick Superman. Then actually, no I wouldn't. If you were best mates with Superman, you'd always be Superman's best mate. You could be like a really nice guy and they'd be like 'Well he's Superman so go on.' But you could ...

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Jennifer Lawrence ‘Brings It’ In ‘American Hustle,’ Says Director

The trailer for director David O. Russell's swinging '70s drama starring Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams, made its debut less than a month ago, and it's already garnered the kind of Oscar buzz studio execs would sell their first, second and third born to curry. But, as Russell told MTV News as part of our Fall Movie Preview, it's something he tries to not think too much about.

"There's really nothing you can do about it," the auteur said of the early awards speculation surrounding his film, loosely based on the events of Abscam. "I think you just have to do your best to humbly make the best movie you can make, and let the movie speak for itself. I think you can't really get caught up in that."

You can hardly blame Academy Award watchers for being bullish about the film's prospects, though. After all, Russell films have a habit of earning their actors Oscar nods — and wins. Bale and Melissa Leo scored trophies for their performances in 2010's "The Fighter," with costar Adams also earning a nomination. And Russell's most recent film, "Silver Linings Playbook" helped Lawrence score her first win, with co-stars Cooper and Robert De Niro also getting nods.

But, as Russell was quick to point out, Oscar hasn't changed his 23-year-old star.

"I mean ... no, it didn't really change it because with the dynamic that was created — it's very dynamic and sweet and fun, and she had an enormous amount of fun playing this role and ...

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How Chris Hemsworth’s Homemade Audition Got Him Into ‘Rush’

When a filmmaker makes a movie based on historical events, there's added pressure to do the real-life story justice on top of creating a quality film. Much of the additional stress comes in the form of casting, and when Ron Howard wanted to tell the story of Niki Lauda and James Hunt's legendary rivalry in "

An exclusive clip that MTV News is debuting as part of our Fall Movie Preview demonstrates just how important the rivalry between the on-screen Lauda and Hunt is for "Rush."

As Howard told MTV News in an interview, casting Daniel Brühl as Lauda, the celebrated Austrian Formula One racer, was surprisingly easy. Peter Morgan, who wrote "Rush," "Frost/Nixon" and "The Queen," suggested the "Inglourious Basterds" standout for the role, and Howard was inclined to agree with the pick.

"Brühl is like a chameleon. He's like one of those actors. Every generation has maybe two, but most often one. He's a real artist, a great guy to work with," Howard said. "In talking to him, I could tell how challenged he was and determined to created Niki Lauda, a character that's known very well internationally."

Hunt, the British driver who would challenge Lauda just days after a serious crash, was another matter altogether. "We immediately had a great Lauda, but every bit as important — if not more important — was James Hunt, also an icon and tougher to immediately fill, so that was a matter of casting," Howard said. "I started meeting some people, started thinking about it, and it wasn't going very well. I thought, ...

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What Was Wiz And Amber’s Most Frame-Worthy Wedding Moment?

BROOKLYN, New York — The celebration just doesn't stop for Wiz Khalifa. On Sunday, the Taylor Gang captain hit the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards exactly one week after he and wife Amber Rose commemorated their marriage with a ceremony for family and friends.

And though the night's big 'NSYNC reunion left even Wiz completely stoked, he told MTV News that walking down the aisle with Amber was truly a moment he'll never forget. So what was the highlight?

"Probably the first dance with me and Amber," Wiz told us when we spoke to him on the red carpet outside the Barclays Center. Though he wouldn't reveal which song they danced to, the rapper added that "seeing her walk down the aisle ... was just mind-blowing."

The night before their wedding ceremony, Amber posted a celebratory twerk video to Instagram that quickly went viral. On the day of the actual event, Wiz's Taylor Gang took to Twitter to give a few updates.

Wiz's life may seem like a nonstop party, but the Pittsburgh MC is hard at work on his third solo LP, Blacc Hollywood, a record he said is heavily inspired by his and Amber's son, Sebastian, who was born in February.

"My son really just motivated me because I was kinda confused as to what I needed to do next and what was the best moves for me," he admitted. "When I had him it kinda became all clear. So this album is gonna be really edgy. It's gonna be really fun and going back to my roots, but ...

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Miley Cyrus’ Fluffy, Marshmallowy VMA Set: What You Didn’t See

Miley Cyrus left little to the imagination with her risqué performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, but aside from all of that extra tongue and twerkin', the 20-year-old star put some serious thought into the props for her stage show.

Miley hit the stage to perform her hit single "We Can't Stop," before joining Robin Thicke briefly on "Blurred Lines," and prop designer Almitra Corey gave MTV News a rundown of what they sketched out behind the scenes.

In addition to emerging from the belly of a giant bear to perform, Miley was also flanked by even more of the furry creatures while she gyrated across the stage. "It was all Miley's idea to have as many bears as possible," Corey explained. "We had an illustrator and cartoonist design the faces of the bears, including those for the girls who were twerkers and 'Amazon Ashley,' who had the bear head on her back and was throwing out marshmallow treats into the audience. Those were designed by an artist named Todd 'REAS' James."

She noted that Diane Martel — who directed Miley's "We Can't Stop," plus Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and "Give It 2 U" videos — had some input as well. "It was a collaborative effort between Miley and director Diane Martel," she said. "They wanted there to be a lot going on, like a carnival aspect that would be kind of crazy and get weird and I think it was accomplished."

As Corey pointed out, Miley's dancer Amazon Ashley was busy passing out treats to ...

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Miley Hugged Up On <i>Who?</i> Behind The Scenes At The VMAs

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards provided us with plenty of memorable on-screen moments — Miley, we're looking at you — but, as is often the case with a show this massive, some of the best moments actually happen off camera, when the stars let their guard down and prove that, yes, they're just like you and I (except for Gaga, of course ... she's basically from another dimension entirely).

As luck would have it, MTV News had reporters stashed all over Brooklyn on Sunday night, from the red carpet corner of Dean Street and Sixth Ave to the very VIP Vault hidden deep beneath Barclays Center, where the night's biggest acts kicked back, relaxed and drank from an open bar (beer, wine and champagne only). Seriously, if a star stepped off stage, ducked around a corner, or even tried to hide in a dressing room, our intrepid team of writers was there, and now, we've compiled their notes to bring you the behind-the-scenes moments that otherwise would have gone unnoticed.

This is the VMAs You Didn't See.

Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus certainly dominated discussions following the show, but, from the moment they rolled onto the red carpet (and we do mean rolled), they let it be known that the VMAs were definitely their show. Gaga arrived in the back of a vintage Rolls Royce, one that was supposed to stop feet before the carpet began ... only the Mother Monster decided she was going to step out in style, and had her driver take the luxury car ...

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Justin Timberlake Says He’s ‘Not Worthy’ Of VMA Video Vanguard Award

Since it came at the tail end of his epic, career-spanning Video Music Awards performance — and subsequent 'NSync reunion (!!!) — it's kind of difficult to remember that Justin Timberlake also won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at Sunday night's show.

Which is saying something, considering it's the VMAs highest honor, an award given out to music-video innovators like its namesake, not to mention Madonna, U2, R.E.M. and the Beastie Boys.

And as you could tell by his humble, slightly self-effacing acceptance speech, Timberlake doesn't quite consider himself to be in the same company of those legends ... sentiments he echoed earlier in the day, when he sat down with MTV News' Sway Calloway to discuss his upcoming VMA performance, and the Video Vanguard Award.

"This is the 'You got old award,'" he joked. "No, in all seriousness, when you look at the people I'm included with [in] receiving this award, I don't feel like I'm worthy of it, but I'm not going to pass it up."

He also added that the award had him in a nostalgic mood ... and not just because he's made so many iconic videos over the past two decades. As it turns out, he was also giving us a sly bit of foreshadowing to Sunday night's onstage reunion with his former 'NSync bandmates.

"To come here and perform again, there's a little bit of nostalgia for me," he said. "It feels like a good time to be back at the VMAs"

And after everything we witnessed at last night's show, we'd have to agree ...

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