Archive for the 'Behind The Scenes' Category

The Closest Look Yet at Kanye West’s Yeezy Collection

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

The new issue of GQ (with Stephen Colbert on the cover) features a package that spotlights the first season of Kanye’s Yeezy collection for adidas and in this behind the scenes clip Style editor Will Welch and Creative Director Jim Moore share some of their favorite pieces with The Weeknd serving as the model.

Check out some images from the photo shoot here, and read The Weeknd’s interview here.

Previously: Here’s Kanye’s New adidas Shoe, the Yeezy Boost

Video: Future ft. Drake – Where Ya At (Behind the Scenes)

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Oh they’re miling this video roll-out. Go behind the scenes with Future as he shoots the “Where Ya At” video in Toronto with Drake during OVO Fest weekend. DS2 is out now.

Previously: Future ft. Drake – Where Ya At (Teaser)

Statik Selektah Breaks Down the “In The Wind” Beat

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

In this new episode of Duck Down’s ‘Making The Beat’ series, Statik Selektah walks us through the creation of the beat for “In The Wind” featuring Joey Bada$$, Big K.R.I.T and Chauncy Sherod. Stream the track here and be sure to pick up Statik’s new album Lucky 7.

Below, check out Statik’s video/vlog for “Harley’s Blues”, a song he created to raise awareness about the pregnancy complication Hyperemesis gravidarum.

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Meek Mill Talks Prison, Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Here’s some behind the scenes and interview footage from a photo shoot Meek recently sat for to accompany a new article in Billboard by Ben Detrick. He speaks briefly on the tribulations of being in a celebrity relationship, his time in prison and his Twitter beef with Joe Budden. He also says that the etiquette class he was forced to take for probation cost $10,000, which wtf? What if you’re not a rich rapper? In other news, he still hasn’t dropped a Drake response.

Previously: Hannibal Buress Looks for Meek Mill Fans in Beverly Hills

Video: Wiz Khalifa – DayToday: Boys of Zummer (Ep. 3)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Wiz’s Boys of Zummer vlog series continues with “The Play” video shoot with his son, his Tonight Show rehearsal and more behind the scenes stuff from the tour.

Previously: Wiz Khalifa – DayToday: Boys of Zummer (Ep. 2)

In The Lab with Papoose

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015


Words by Eric Diep
Images by Lauren Gesswein

DJ Premier’s new producer home is in the deep depths of Kaufman Astoria Studios, a historic lot in Queens, New York, where they filmed classics like Goodfellas and Carlito’s Way. Inside the basement of one of the stage buildings, it’s decorated with movie posters worthy of display: Men in Black 3 and The Accidental Husband are just a few wall ornaments that complement movie paraphernalia in the hallways. Navigating through requires careful directions from security on the grounds, but once you reach Preemo’s studio it’s everything you would imagine. The space is adorned with plaques from iconic projects by Gang Starr, Big L and The Notorious B.I.G. Other plaques from Death Row Records and Roc-A-Fella Records are also on display to show the longevity of his career that’s still very active to this day.

While Brooklyn vets like Jay Z, Fabolous and Talib Kweli get a lot of respect for their contributions to the culture, there’s a fighting spirit within Papoose that many don’t give him credit for. The 37-year-old MC gets more press for what he says publicly about younger MCs (Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar) and rap at large than his music, but that’s because what he says isn’t too far from the truth. Shamele Mackie has been a student of the game ever since he picked up a mic and impressed everyone with his wordplay on “Alphabetical Slaughter.” As his career progressed through the years, he cared less about what people think and focused more on delivering music to supporters who’ve been there since his start. You Can’t Stop Destiny, his follow-up to The Nacirema Dream, sums up his whole mantra: No matter who brings you down, you can’t stop what’s aligned in the stars. For him, it’s being the top MC of the world.

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Behind the Scenes of Straight Outta Compton with Fab Five Freddy & N.W.A

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Fab Five Freddy hits the set of the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton and speaks with Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella and director F. Gary Gray about the significance of the film, shooting on the streets of LA and the legacy of the World’s most Dangerous Group.

In theaters August 14th.

Previously: N.W.A. Performs “Fuck The Police” in LA

Video: Wiz Khalifa – DayToday: Boys of Zummer (Ep. 2)

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Catch up with Wiz’s latest adventures in the new episode of DayToday. He burns some nuclear weed at the crib, goes bowling, shoots the “See You Again” video and continues on the road for the Boys of Zummer Tour with Fall Out Boy.

Previously: Krept & Konan ft. Wiz Khalifa – Do It For The Gang (Video)

Video: Rhythm Roulette with The Heatmakerz & Fred The Godson

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Rsonist of The Heatmakerz is the latest contestant for Mass Appeal’s “Rhythm Roulette” challenge. After selecting a trio of records at random, he chops up a couple of samples from two of them and then invites Fred The Godson to spit over the resulting beat.

Previously: Al-Doe ft. Dave East – Hell’s Angels (Prod. by The Heatmakerz)

Behind the Scenes of Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise Tour

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Here’s a behind the scenes look at Big Sean’s Spring Tour in support of the Dark Sky Paradise album. It features a look at Sean’s rehearsal sessions, some of the tour stops and introductions to the tour band and DJ Mo Beatz.

Previously: DeJ Loaf ft. Big Sean – Back Up