DJ Khaled f/ Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, & Big Sean “How Many Times”

By now, it’s pretty much a given how formulaic a new DJ Khaled single is, and today, so is the video. The self-aware DJ Khaled presents another ridiculous 30 second skit that I can easily see Aziz Ansari’s Tom Haverford character loving and then the video proceeds to showcase the ladies while the other 3 artists do their thing with Khaled minimally shouting again on the hook. Even the hook (by Brown) and verses (by Wayne, Sean, and Brown) are formulaic also — nothing new really from any of em except a little bit of a lazy flow from Sean and a combination of Future and Migos from Breezy. *shrugs* Not my style but it’ll be summer’s style for sure.

Big Sean “One Man Can Change The World” on Jimmy Fallon

Much respect to Big Sean with the song choice and the heartfelt dedication preface to his late Grandma on tonight’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

This is one of the best songs off Dark Sky Paradise and Sean took the stage to deliver some substance, inspiration, and relatability to the late night audience likely hearing this for the first time. Adding to the emphasis on the words is the subtle, and minimal piano melody that will stick with you just as much as the message. Sean caps it off with a brief, yet again inspiring message to the public that you can be anything you want to be. Cliche, sure, but true and fitting with the song. Give this a good look below.

And if you’re wondering that’s Rose Byrne and LL Cool J along with Jimmy and Big Sean as they also played Pictionary for the fun, late night game below.

Finally, I also suppose a Big Sean post today should warrant mentioning of the official announcement… that he and Ariana Grande have broken up, with reps citing conflicting tour schedules that would keep them apart for a long time. Take it for what it is, but they were cool while it lasted.

Fall Out Boy “Uma Thurman”

It’s not everyday you see Fall Out Boy atop these pages, but their video for “Uma Thurman” today is definitely a great watch for this fun Friday.

That’s because the concept is fun as hell. They gave a fan the chance to be their assistant for 24 hours and, well, they went crazy with it. Crazy meaning paintball, off-roading, walking a zebra, and even bringing over chicks to Patrick Stump (literally though). Amidst the full “day” of events, the assistant is of course backstage at a Fall Out Boy show and runs into Big Sean and Action Bronson. Hah! There’s your hip hop crossover on an otherwise fun video… with a great message at the end (see: below.)

when people ask us what life is on the road or backstage- i always think of how they picture it in their head. that was the intent of the uma video to deliver fly on the wall look into our life backstage and at home only on steroids. not only did we want to show what it was like, we wanted to bring someone into our world so they could experience it too.

fall out boy has always been based on inclusion. if you dont fit in anywhere else you can fit in here.

Ps – we hope you can support the very special message at the end of the video.

Said message at the end of the video is summed up in this tweet. Props to Fall Out Boy for including this in the vein of their fun video — their support for same sex marriage.


Drake announces OVO Fest lineup

OVO Fest is already going on 6 years, which is crazy to think about, but it’ll go down the first weekend of August without a hitch and today, Drake announced the full lineup.

Looks like he’ll be merging J. Cole’s summer tour and calling on good friend Kevin Hart to perform in the T. Dot. No doubt the ‘6th’ version of OVO Fest will be a special one given that Views From The 6 should be up next.

In other news… (as you may have suspected…)

Big Sean f/ Drake & Kanye West “Blessings”

The visuals for Big Sean f/ Drake & Kanye West “Blessings” are here, and directed by Darren Craig. This was shot during All-Star Weekend when the three artists were in New York City. All three don’t appear together but Big Sean appears with both Drake and Kanye separately.

The video is done in black and white with some cool visual effects that matches the Dark Sky Paradise aesthetic. Best part was probably the editing at the beginning of Kanye’s verse. Worst part? Maybe how flagrant the Beats By Dre product placement continues to be. I’d rather see it more subtly in music videos at least.