Jennifer Hudson f/ Iggy Azalea “He Ain’t Going Nowhere” (prod. Pharrell)

It’s 2014 so when you see Iggy Azalea and Pharrell as contributors for a new single, you only assume it’s aimed for the mainstream. Fortunately, this is Jennifer Hudson’s single so it’s more on the fresh end of the spectrum than cookie cutter.

Pharrell first establishes the tone with a funky, edgy and not happy-go-lucky beat. Note the subtleties throughout the transitions and Iggy’s guest verse. Before we get there, J-Hud’s piercing vocals give this song a resonating impact and thankfully she stays true to a lyrical story. Iggy puts down a fast flow, which is what I was hoping for because if she slowed it down to a talking tone than it woulda killed this single for me. I feel like J-Hud can carry this one by her lonesome, but Iggy’s presence should raise “He Ain’t Going Nowhere” upwards on the charts. I’m cool with it because the single doesn’t try to do that, though it’s certainly crossing over. Plus, this Pharrell production is a hot one that I hope other artists remix. At this point, hear for yourselves below… off Jennifer Hudson’s upcoming album, JHUD — out next Tuesday the 23rd.

Kanye West ‘Made In America’ Full Set

Tonight, Kanye West headlined Philadelphia’s Made In America Festival: Day 1 as he came out to his 2014 set of the large rectangular screen and a series of turn-up songs like “Black Skinhead”, “I Don’t Like” (still showin’ the Chi love), and “Mercy”. I’m diving into this myself but read on Twitter there was no new music debuted and also a mishap with the lighting that ‘Ye instructed Virgil Abloh to fix. Parts 1 and 2 of Kanye West ‘Made In America’ full set is above.

Down below, more HD full stream sets of J. Cole & Iggy Azalea just prior to ‘Ye.

J. Lo f/ Iggy Azalea “Booty (Remix)”

New friends J. Lo & Iggy Azalea team up for the remix to the former’s album cut that samples Diplo & Swick’s “Dat A Freak”. With Hype Williams said to be directing the video, and the hotness of Iggy Azalea on the charts, and yes the general hotness of Iggy Azalea & J. Lo, I suspect we’ll see this single rise up the charts as summer comes to a close.

2014 VMAs Performances

The 2014 VMAs — standing this year for the 2014 Video Minaj Awards — just concluded with a flurry of big-name performances in the books.

Nicki Minaj seemingly appeared in all of them. Ok, I’m exaggerating a little bit, but Nicki opened the show with Ariana Grande & Jessie J and performed with Usher too. Sam Smith slowed things down with his performance of the top 5 hit, “Stay With Me” (I think of John Legend’s song of nearly the same name when I hear this though, no shade.) Common led a moment of silence for #Ferguson — this is as great as it sounds on paper. Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora performed their Kill Bill-inspired “Black Widow”…

BUT it was Beyonce that stole the show away from Nicki and the others, making the VMAs her own. Her show-ending performance featured a snippeted version of every song from her self-titled album and about 47 heartwarming moments with Jay & Blue Ivy watching on. Fast forward all the way down for those. She was phenomenal, and her performance was phenomenal. Could the VMAs have closed out any more perfectly?

2014 VMAs Performances (Videos)

Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj & Jessie J

Rita Ora reacts.
Rita Ora reacts.

Usher & Nicki Minaj

Usher's fantastic photobomb is MEME'd.
Usher’s fantastic photobomb is MEME’d.


Sam Smith

Ariana & Big Sean (Photo)

FWIW, confirmation.
FWIW, confirmation.


Common leads moment of silence for #Ferguson

(Video hopefully coming soon)
(Video hopefully coming soon) Details


Hip hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change.


Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora

Somewhere… Drake is missing out on the VMAs…



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Blue Ivy dancing to “Flawless”
“Go Mommy!” — Blue Ivy

Dave Skylark’s Very Special VMA Special

Here’s the funniest thing you’ll see all day.

Seth Rogen & James Franco, longtime buddy actor/comedians, are also hosting this year’s VMAs and for some creative promo, they stage the fictitious talk show: Dave Skylark’s Very Special VMA Special. Franco plays a deliberately dumb and inappropriate talk show host with Seth Rogen as the head producer directing things from the control room.

Among Skylark’s guests: Jason Derulo, Iggy Azalea, and Nicki Minaj who all appear and have to put up with Skylark’s ridiculous questions. Franco, as you’d assume, pulls all of them off perfectly with each segment with the artist getting exceedingly awkward and confrontational. There are numerous, hilarious highlights in all of the segments with Ben Schwartz also appearing as each artist’s publicist. Love the premise, love the execution so put aside 20 minutes, enjoy a late lunch, and watch above.

Look out for the text descriptions that are added in each segment. They’re all flawless. Example:

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Also: easily one of my favorite questions.

“It was honestly so hard not to bust out laughing at this question, great job @sethrogen & @jamesfrancotv”

Iggy Azalea f/ Rita Ora “Black Widow”

Iggy is set to tackle the charts again with the help of Rita Ora and this new Kill Bill-inspired music video for “Black Widow”. It’s prefaced by an entertaining 2-minute skit that sees Rita Ora as the girlfriend of a controlling older man and Iggy as their waitress. Then the fantasy begins. See how it goes above and look out for a cameo from T.I.



Iggy Azalea to cameo in Fast 7

As if 2014 could get any better for Iggy Azalea, her 2015 will assuredly be pretty cool now too. Vin Diesel himself confirmed that Iggy will be appearing in Fast 7, due out next April. We’ll see what small role she’ll get, but no doubt you’re going to notice her. Can’t wait for Fast 7; I’m really looking forward to how the story progresses with Jason Statham and around the tragic death of Paul Walker.

Sidebar: For those wondering, that’s Iggy channeling Cruella DeVille from 2013 above.