Speaking with Murder Master Music Show, Williams recounted, "That was our first encounter with Suge Knight and his henchman." The Source Awards wouldn't let bodyguards sit next the artists they were guarding, which made him uncomfortable at the time. "I think that was by design 'cause they really wanted the artists to be able to network with each other, but it also gives people who got beef with other artists to get at them," Williams said.
From the sidelines, Williams noticed Eminem getting into something with a bunch of guys wearing red shirts, and Knight was affiliated with the Bloods. "So I come from where I was at--I had to come back around--I noticed Em's face changing, he's turning like tomato red. There's a sea of red guys around him. I had to bust through the middle man and snatch him up. Like, 'Hey man what the hell's going on up here?' This is exactly what they said, 'Death Row, motherf--, Death Row.'"
When he began questioning the men surrounding Eminem, Williams learned they were there thanks to Knight. Williams said they told him, "Man, Suge Knight sent us to strongarm him and it's going down."
Things reached such a fever pitch that Williams tried to get Eminem out of awards show altogether. Read more here.
The response was always "no thanks." By the time of Prince's death, Weird Al had long given up on trying to convince the "Purple Rain" singer that a parody cover was worth doing.
"I hadn't approached him in about 20 years because he always said no, but I had this fantasy that he'd come out with a new song, I'd have a great idea, he'd finally say yes and it would erase decades of weirdness between us," Al told People. "But that's obviously not going to be the case."
In the interview, Yankovic gave readers a small taste of what could have been. "I had a parody of 'Let's Go Crazy' that was about The Beverly Hillbillies," Yankovic said. "And I wanted to do something funny with 'When Doves Cry' and 'Kiss.' For '1999,' I wanted to do an infomercial where you could get anything you wanted by dialing 1-800-something-1999." Read more here.
Unearthed from the bowels of YouTube, it's a video of Ocean covering Radiohead's 1995 classic, "Fake Plastic Trees." The ethereal live set was performed at a Spotify event just as Channel Orange was stealing listeners' hearts. As he finishes the Radiohead portion, he seamlessly transitions into "Voodoo," an unreleased gem from Orange.
If fans weren't already excited for Ocean's sophomore album, there's plenty of material from the vaults to mine. This Radiohead cover is sure to get everyone into the groove. Check it out here.
"My new album & the beginning of a new era," Britney tweeted, sharing what is presumably the album's cover. "Available 8/26 on @AppleMusic. Pre-order tonight at midnight ET."
The lead single from Spears' new album is "Make Me," featuring G-Eazy; a steamy music video is expected to drop shortly. Check out Britney's tweet here.
He had the following to say about the effort, "I wasn't expecting to write a record. I honestly wasn't expecting to do much of anything. Winter in Omaha can have a paralyzing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favor.
"I was just staying up late every night playing piano and watching the snow pile up outside the window. Next thing I knew I had burned through all the firewood in the garage and had more than enough songs for a record.
"I recorded them quick to get them down but then it just felt right to leave them alone." See the track details here.
Urban posted the video of himself covering Maren Morris' "'80s Mercedes," giving credit where credit is due. "A little @marenmorris while we're hangin' at home. #80smercedes 🎥: 5 year old Faith Urban"
Maren Morris, along with Brett Eldredge, is currently opening for Keith Urban on his Ripcord tour. Check out Urban's full post including the video clip here.
Now it appears that Puth is throwing a little shade at the Biebs again. Justin took to Instagram to give a little song writing advice, saying, "If u write music take notes from the greatest writer to ever do it Jason Boyd aka Poo bear."
Although Justin was giving love to his boy, and Purpose collaborator, Charlie apparently disagreed because he sent out a tweet saying "If you write music, write from the heart. You don't take notes, you hear them." Check out the posts here.
MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! Concert Series will announce performers in the coming weeks, but each night promises to be a little different. Hill said about the tour, "The MLH Caravan allows me to continue the theme of unity and celebration of the many facets of cultural and artistic beauty throughout the African diaspora while on tour this summer and fall.
"In these days of tension, tumult and transition, an exchange of this kind can yield direction, expression, understanding and empowerment as well as connection, self Love and appreciation that hopefully overflows into our respective communities." Read more and see the dates here.
When Stefani's boyfriend, country star Blake Shelton, joined her on stage at DTE Energy Music Theater for a duet on "Go Ahead and Break My Heart," Stefani couldn't quit smiling.
Shelton and Stefani co-wrote the hit song, which appears on his latest album, If I'm Honest. They have performed it several times together, debuting the song on The Voice in May, which they were both judges on at the time. They also played it at this year's Billboard Music Awards on May 22, during Shelton's set June 18 at the Country Jam in Colorado and at Stefani's concert on July 16 in Virginia Beach, Va. Read more here.
Corden has tapped Kanye West to participate not once but twice in "Carpool Karaoke," and unfortunately the rapper has had to cancel both times. Corden didn't specify why, simply explaining something had come up. "He'll do it eventually," he told British GQ. "He wants to do it."
But just because West had to back out that doesn't mean he was rude about it. According to Corden, West made sure to send along a memorable apology. Three dozen white roses to be exact. "Arranged in the shape of a cube," Corden added. "What could be more Kanye than that?" Read more here.
After a four-month break from releasing mixtapes, Young Thug returns this month with the release of Jeffrey, due to drop August 16th. The mixtape's title is Young Thug's first name--the rapper was born Jeffrey Lamar Williams in Atlanta.
If Jeffrey is any indication, perhaps he'll mine some unheard autobiographical material this time around. Young Thug has begun teasing his forthcoming tape on Instagram. Read more here.
The EDM-like beat and club feel that appear on the album's track are gone, replaced only with her voice as she conveys a different, more emotional tone to the song.
In the video, Grande sings to an empty room, her vocals echoing slightly off the walls and adding a slight haunting quality to the version. Rather than face the camera, she paces back and forth and lets the lyrics do their work. Since it is a lyric video, the song's words are presented in big bold letters rather than the clever animation that is so often seen in a lyric video. Check out the clip here.
Vincent has been been known for covers of songs by Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Eminem and Adele, but this is a perfect choice, considering the popularity of the new Pokemon Go app.
The app was released nearly twenty years after the franchise started. Anthony Vincent recorded the viral hit in 20 styles, specific to the 90's, the decade that gave us Pokemon.
After a spot-on impression of the original track, sung by Jason Paige, Vincent switches from Aqua to Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork to Blink-182 and K-Ci and Jojo to Marilyn Manson with the ease of a master.
He also touches on Destiny's Child, Mase, Rob Zombie and singer-songwriter Paula Cole, whose track "I Don't Want to Wait" served as the theme for another classic Nineties show, Dawson's Creek. Check it out here.
Appearing on The Tonight Show Tuesday night (August 2), Hill recounted a time he was trying to lose weight after gaining it for his latest role in War Dogs. His doctor asked him to track what he ate and then send along an email with the list. But after Hill did just that, his doctor didn't respond.
Hill told Fallon, "I was looking an hour later through my sent messages, and [my doctor] didn't e-mail back, and he usually says 'Okay' or something." It turns out he's sent it to the wrong person. "And it must have been 'DR' because it was 'doctor,' and I had sent it to Drake. So Drake, who I don't know well at all--I've met him once--he got an e-mail from me that just sent like 'Yogurt. Salad. Chicken.' And it just said 'Jonah' at the end of it."
But to add that hilarity the fact that Drake never responded to the random email. "He never wrote back," Hill said. "Never spoke to the guy. Another guy I gotta duck for the rest of my life on the long laundry list of people I can never speak to again." Watch the full story here.
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