James Harden, CP3, and Allen Iverson were among the stars in attendance at the NBAPA Player Awards that aired on BET last night (recorded Sunday in Vegas.)
Below, BET put together a classic, but always interesting video asking the above stars and more what they listen to before games. CP3 is pretty set on Weezy, who also performed “Glory” live on stage below, and AI… well, he’s pretty set on a certain artist too and it’s probably one you wouldn’t think of at first. Enjoy!
Thriller in 3-D? Sign me up.
Michael Jackson‘s legendary 14-minute music video for “Thriller” will be getting revived in 3-D next year as the video’s director John Landis has now settled a legal dispute with the singer’s estate. Landis hopes to release the video on Blu-ray and even in theaters, according to the New York Daily News, as specifics will now begin to be figured out. What a great way to spread Michael’s music to the new generations of children — hopefully this pans out for theatres.
Wait, Queen and MJ?!
I said that out loud as “There Must Be More To Life Than This” has hit the interwebs — a new, official record for Queen’s upcoming album, Queen Forever, and made even more official as Queen & Michael Jackson worked on this song 33 years ago. Madonna’s “Ray of Light” producer, William Orbit, put on the final polish for the song that certainly has a legendary aura about it from the first moment you press play. Enjoy below.
h/t Oyster Mag
A little #TBT action for ya today as I stumbled upon a Michael Jackson live concert at Madison Square Garden from September 10th, 2001, the night before the horrific events of 9/11 (#NeverForget). That alone is crazy to think about, and for the sake of this post, I’m focused on the joy that MJ brought the NYC fans in the video below. The crowd loved “You Rock My World” (one of my top-tier MJ faves of all-time too) and the performance became even more special when MJ brought out Usher for his smooth dance stylings at the end. And that’s not all. Chris Tucker, co-star of the “You Rock My World” video if you recall, also surprised and did a little nifty dance move himself. Watch out for all this in the performance video below (and brace yourself for a loud electronic intro too, ha).
And now… for some current Usher music and tidbits…
First, Usher performed his new single “She Came To Give It To You”, solo and acoustic style recently. The result is a version I prefer because it’s a smooth song in general that didn’t need a Nicki Minaj guest verse to contrast.
Rounding it all out is a new interview with XXL where Usher reveals the song title and concept for his upcoming collaboration with Drake.
The creative flips of vintage records continues with Raekwon’s #TBT series featuring a “double-side” with the Chef rhyming over some MJ/Jackson 5 classics in “Got To Be There/The Girl Is Mine”. I’m diggin’ the transition and overall, this is a pretty chill compilation that makes me want to start an all-MJ stretch for my rotation this morning. Peep:
DJ Deathpool might possibly have the mix of the year as he fused one of the bangers of the year with Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N****” and a Michael Jackson classic “They Don’t Care Bout Us” to illustrate through Hip-Hop frustrations with what has transpired in recent events in black communities facing brutality. Visuals below.
The second video to impact from MJ’s summer posthumous album, Xscape, is for the storytelling “Place With No Name”. The melody of the chorus reeled me in initially back in May and soon after, the rest of the song’s elements did too making it one of my top-tier faves off Xscape. The video mixes in vintage behind-the-scenes dance footage of an early 90s MJ with a choreographed man and woman giving life to the story. The black and white transition to color is one of the many effects added that contribute to the modern feeling of the video. I enjoyed it and feel it does honor MJ’s legacy, so give it a look-see above.