Taylor Swift brings out The Weeknd

Another high-profile look for the superstar developing before our eyes. The Weeknd was a special surprise guest and below, performed his new single “Can’t Feel My Face” to the legions of T-Swift fans in New Jersey.

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(More info on Weeknd’s newly announced album.)

To top it off, Taylor brought out the entire U.S. Women’s World Cup team too. #SquadGoals (?)

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Taylor Swift f/ Kendrick Lamar “Bad Blood”

The Tay-Tay x K. Dot collab turned from wishful thinking to reality tonight as “Bad Blood” just premiered in both audio and video form.

Kendrick delivers not one, but two slick verses and Ms. Swift admittedly drops a catchy hook. That said… top 10 hit for sure?

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I then watched the video (dir. Joesph Kahn), which premiered at the same time and features a flurry of celebrities making cameos as characters around Catastrophe (Swift) and Welvin Da Great (Lamar a.k.a. Morpheus). It’s over the top, sure, but has some cool moments and technology throughout (my favorite being the car they sit in.)

What does everyone think of Kendrick’s guest appearance on a song/video like this? Does the crossover work or maybe it hurts his rep? Tweet me your thoughts @gowherehiphop

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Young Buck Releasing New ‘Behind The Wall’ Book

Fresh off the release of his new ‘10 Bulletz‘ mixtape, G-Unit Artist Young Buck is set to debut a new publication with Resource Printing, Inc. ($REVI) called: Young Buck “Behind The Wall” – A celebrities life in prison based on a true story.

After selling millions of records, traveling the world with 50 Cent and the G-Unit crew and becoming a international rap superstar in the early 2000s, David “Young Buck” Brown fell from grace with a thud in 2012 when he was sentenced to 18 months in a Federal prison in Mississippi, on weapons charges. There the talented rhyme slinger, who grew up hard while running the streets of Nashville, TN, was forced to reevaluate the decisions that landed him behind bars by facing his fears and acknowledging his past failures so he could begin to craft a new plan that would help to once again rise him to the top. Buck’s tale is a modern day version of the redemption of a powerful hip-hop celebrity who fell off course but was able to learn from his mistakes enough to change the path of his future, while also learning how to help others in his unfortunate situation to do the same

Release date: Coming soon

“I love hip-hop! The first song I memorized was “Fireman” by Lil Wayne. Ever since then…it’s Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, the Game. When I was in high school, my boyfriend and I would drive around and he’d always point to this neighborhood where [rapper] Young Buck lived. We would drive and look at his cars and be like, “Oh my gawd! Those cars are so cool! I wonder if he’s in there!” – Taylor Swift

 

Kanye talks Beck, Yeezy Boost, more

Kanye chopped it up with Ryan Seacrest this morning for an extensive interview in the wake of his latest Grammys moment and ‘Ye cleared things up very well about what he was thinking and what he was trying to convey. You’ll hear him say it was a bad choice of words on his part when he said Beck should respect artistry. He further calls the Grammys a joke and also notes they’re musician’s Super Bowl. Plus, a great anecdote about Taylor Swift coming up to him immediately after the Beck incident and now they’re even talkin about getting in the studio.

“I felt that even though the Grammys some times gives awards to people who you wouldn’t think should win in the category, as a respect to artists, we mention the other artist’s name in our speech. And that was the point I was making about it. There’s like many of times I gave other people my award, literally made them come up onstage. Maroon 5, when they won best new artist, [Adam Levine] mentioned me because it was the College Dropout and [it had] 10 nominations and all that.”

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More Grammys talk: ‘Ye wants to sit with the Grammys committee to discuss voting changes and won’t be back until he is able to do so. Nice, there’s a lesson to people to not just stop at acknowledging an issue but offering to propose a solution too.

For those who care more about the Yeezy Boost, first and foremost the shoe comes out Saturday. Kanye also apologized that everyone won’t be able to get them right away (9,000 will be available at $350) but does say that over time, everyone who will want Yeezys will have ’em and that’s what he’s all about. Phew! Lastly, Kanye will be streaming his adidas x Yeezy collection presentation to 40 worldwide locations and will have 10 presentations total so more people in Brooklyn and around the world can see the experience.

Listen up above for even more small tidbits on how “FourFiveSeconds” came together and more. Nice interview by ‘Ye.