Archive for the 'Behind The Scenes' Category

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

Video: Wiz Khalifa – DayToday: Boys of Zummer (Ep. 1)

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Join Wiz and crew as they attend the Grammys, shoot the “Sleaze” video and kick off the Days of Zummer Tour with Fall Out Boy in the latest installment of Day Today.

Previously: Magazeen ft. Wale & Wizkid – So Low Wine

Video: Big Sean – Focus (Vlog)

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Over some behind the scenes footage from Summer Jam, his most recent videos and the BET Awards, Sean Don enlightens us on the nature and importance of focus.

Previously: Big Sean ft. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – Play No Games

Behind the Scenes of Kendrick Lamar’s Mass Appeal Cover

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Here’s a behind the scenes look at Kendrick’s photoshoot for the cover of Mass Appeal issue #56, which is on newsstands now.

If you haven’t yet, you must immediately go watch K.Dot’s new video for “Alright”.

Previously: Kendrick Lamar Covers Mass Appeal