The Skylar Grey concert last night was one of my favorite shows I've seen this summer. Hearing her perform is a blessing for anyone that gets the chance; her epic live vocals will move you in ways a recorded album can't. While I got the chance to record her sing the roof off with singles on the new album "Don't Look Down", I was most excited about releasing this straight through shot of her peformance of "Invisible". I think it's a beautiful piece, and something I'm in love with artistically. Of course stay tuned for our interview with Skylar, which will have more clips of her bangin' vocals from some of her biggest singles and features. Skylar — hope our paths cross again; you are an awesome creator, and we love what you do! #gowhereyoulove
BUMP: Be sure to check out our newest exclusive video — TGT out in L.A.! With an abnormally busy weekend of content kickstarted by #YeezySeason, we want to make sure this didn't get lost in the shuffle!
Originally posted Friday May 17th.
It's been a big couple of days for TGT as the R&B supergroup consisting of Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tankas they just released their new video for "Sex Ain't Never Felt Better" and took over 106 & Park today with the premiere. Plus, they'll be coming to a city near you this summer on the "3 Kings Tour" when their debut album drops (dates here).
Our Gowhere L.A. team was on site during the filming of the music video and talked with the trio on the set above. The video spotlights some raw behind the scenes footage of the making of the video, while Tyrese leads the way in describing the "art imitates life" concept for the music video. "We look at R&B music as a form of escapism," adds Tyrese.
I'd like to add that I resonate with these concepts and what Tyrese was saying in this interview. In general, it's great to hear these three come together for a classic, contemporary R&B record like "Sex Never Felt Better" and surely more good music like this to come.
Lastly, also tune in for the fun story about how the song itself was created. Tank shares the details of how Tyrese came up with the hook and it's a never-before-heard look into the creative process, which is always cool to find out about. And oh yeah, this time next week... they mention it... and I'll be there... Fast 6 in theatres!
Shoutout to Terrence Jones & Hona Costello on the making of this video out in L.A. After watching above, go ahead and watch the final product INCYMI below!
Last week araabMUZIK(one of my favs) came through Chicago for his Professional Use Only Tour at The Mid with React Presents. Check out the footage I filmed and edited for a nice recap of the night — he kills it on the MPC!
Our next video production from SXSW has a different feel from the rest. Why? Well, look how up close we were filming Action Bronson, as we captured his lyrical hit "Larry Csonka" at Viceland on the last night of the festival.
Now first off, Rip and I absolutely love it when rappers name a song after a random, now-retired sports athlete. Super Bowl winner, Miami Dolphin Hall-Of-Famer, and American Gladiators co-host Larry Csonka may just take the cake. Action Bronson chose to perform this song to put some more light on his lyrical side and that's driven home with the last quarter of the song going a capella. I especially dig these bars at the end, and really throughout. So whether this is your first time hearing "Larry Csonka" or if you've been rocking with the new XXL Freshman for awhile, press play above and see how these lyrics are passionately delivered and brought to life by Action Bronson.
There were a lot of special shows and experiences at SXSW 2013 — intimate settings, major artists, dynamic venues. One standout performance that had me floored was Wyclef Jean, who brought out the soul, and sprinkled some magic dust to close out his set with "911". As Wyclef ripped the guitar, his vocals also brought chills; he channeled his signature note on this one — classic Wyclef!
The SXSW footage continues! One of the many poppin' venues that attracted some buzz in Austin this year was Vice's Viceland, which featured a 3-day showcase with Kendrick Lamar headlining their final night this past Saturday.
Our team was in attendance, hyped from a potential Jay-Z appearance rumor, and just excited to see K.Dot perform 'Good Kid, M.A.A.D City' was enough. Following Kendrick's career rise, this year's SXSW was just another marker signifying just how much bigger his presence has gotten. You can always tell when someone put in the years to craft their skills through sincere willingness and intention; there is a fearlessness that radiates out from the absolute knowing of what one is capable of. This is why it's exciting to see Kendrick — the decade he spent honing his abilities are now bearing fruit; a master is one who is capable of holding a flowing stability while allowing the magic to shine out!
"If one really wishes to be master of an art, technical knowledge is not enough. One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an "artless art" growing out of the Unconscious."
— D.T. SUZUKI
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
Therefore, before he was going to hit the stage, the crowd already knew the show was gonna be special — so for everyone that missed it, enjoy a taste of what Kendrick delivered that night in Austin with the video performance of "Money Trees" featuring Jay Rock!
BUMP: Perhaps our best performance video to date! Our first of many more to come from SXSW (including more on Cudi). Enjoy!
- Sgt. Tibs
03.15.13: The wizard knows how to get the crowd hype! Last night Kid Cudi performed at the Myspace Chevrolet SECRET SHOW at SXSW 2013 and delivered an absolutely spectacular show. We got a chance to capture his performance of 'Memories & Day 'N' Nite' to give you a taste of the epic night which ended with a set by Diplo. More videos to come SXSW 2013!
Last week, T.I. stopped off in Chicago as part of his nationwide promo tour for Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, and above is our informative and highly entertaining new sit-down with Julian On Da Radio!
Informative? Because T.I. reveals a couple of interesting anecdotes in relation to the album, including the one artist he had not really known before collaborating for the album. And which were some of the toughest tracks and collabs of the 127 (!) that he recorded for the album, that didn't make the final tracklist. (SPOILER: One is "Trap N****" f/ Pharrell).
Highly entertaining? Because Julian premieres a new segment called "60 Second Quickies", where he asks rapid-fire questions to Tip in 60 seconds, where he has to answer with the first thing that comes to mind. Watch and see an unfiltered T.I. be caught off guard, or have the exact answer that will make you laugh out loud.
"60 Second Quickie" Examples:
What's the largest sum of money you've ever deposited in your bank account?
Who is someone, living or dead, you would have dinner with?
What is something perfect to have on a date?
Furthermore, check out the story behind the interview that I posted last week when, literally at the conclusion of our interview, T.I. bumped into Marlon Wayans at the elevator. Crazy! It warrants mentioning that, even though T.I. was on a time crunch, he was real genuine and grateful to us and we'd like to reciprocate the same to T.I. for his time and positive energy. Gowhere You Love!
And lastly, the video also contains some footage from the Trouble Man listening party we attended later that night, and I'd be remiss not to drop some thoughts on one of my favorite artists' new album.
- Of the singles that were previewed prior to today, "Sorry" f/ Andre 3000 and "Trap Back Jumpin'" are heavy in my rotation.
- "Can You Learn" featuring R. Kelly features a strong chorus from the latter and is a track with substance that I was expecting from Kellz' other high-profile rap collab earlier this year.
- "Guns And Roses" featuring Pink will be that Billboard single that charts the highest off this album. And it's a legit one with a relatable concept (how you can't stand someone not being with you, but can't stand them when they are), some dope rhymes from Tip, and sultry vocals from Pink. Another *Tibs Fav.
- "Wonderful Life" featuring Akon is my favorite concept from T.I. on the album. In a couple of verses, he speaks to himself from the perspective of his dad, and late friend Philant Johnson. An all-caps *TIBS FAV. off that alone (and Akon does his thing as well).
- "Hallelujah" is perhaps the most left-field of records you'd expect from T.I., but when you think harder about it, it's really not. Tip channels a gospel style singer for the chorus and an appreciation to the one above! The type of feel-good record I've been vibing with the most these past few months, and a fitting conclusion to the album.
- Everyone went bananas for "Memories Back Then" featuring B.o.B & Kendrick Lamar - a track that unfortunately won't make the album with the sample that's intended (as described in my post of the download for it earlier today)
- Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head is a strong album from beginning to end, and continuing to grow on me. I hesitate to put it on the tier of Paper Trail and King, however, but as a T.I. fan since the beginning, I'm not disappointed in the album. A must-grab come tomorrow, December 18th.
Last week at New Era's downtown flagship store in Chicago, we sat down with Big Boijust before getting an exclusive listen to his upcoming album, 'Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors'!
In a collaborative video with our friends at Rap Genius, GY312 talks to Big Boi about how personal the album is to him - find out how the title is derived from the ATL emcee's grandma. We also get a genuine reaction from Big Boi about the creative GIF-style artwork for the album, the fun behind his bowling name (yup, Big Boi bowls in a league every Wednesday with his studio mates), and last but not least, a lyric from "In The A" is officially verified for Rap Genius. Catch the line in a slick graphic in the video and then hear the song for yourself here.
Lastly, catch a glimpse of the listening party itself with footage of the happenings at New Era, including a sneak peak at how the album monumentally starts off at the very end of the video. Other tracks to look out for: the fast-paced flows on the B.o.B collab "Shoes For Running", another Sleepy Brown feature that connects in "The Thickets", and (released earlier today) "She Hates Me" featuring Kid Cudi. The album has an impressive variety of sounds and I can't wait to sit down with it myself on December 11th.
One last shoutout to Rap Genius and GY312 as the groove maker just moved to NYC this weekend to build with RG. Follow 'em both closely for more major moves to come. Groove!
Last Saturday, we were on hand for Dwyane Wade's annual Chicago Has Talent Showcase - a talent show for Chicago's youth to express their skills in music, rapping, singing, dancing, spoken word, and more. I love going to the show every year to take in a variety of heartwarming performances that really illustrate an astonishing amount of talent from kids and teenagers of the area. Case in point: 1st place winner Maeya Ryan is an 11-year old pianist who could belt the high notes where if you had your eyes closed, you would think you're listening to Adele. She was amazing. The video above spotlights all of the performers so you can really get a sense of the types of talents on display!
But that's not all! Julian also chatted with one of the judges of the Talent Showcase - former Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams - and one of the co-hosts of the evening, actress Tika Sumpter. Also performing at the Chicago Theatre was Jacob Latimore (who really had the young crowd going crazy) and Coco Jones, and you can see snippets of their performances too. All in all, it was an entertaining show and all for a great cause! Watch all the highlights and interviews above and remember to check out Wade's World Foundation for more!