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Tommy Hilfiger's 20-year-old son Rich Hil has a new record deal because of course he does. (Rich Hil will be referred to as Rich Hil throughout because his rapping name is hysterically perfect.) This is actually Rich Hil's second record deal; he was previously signed to Swizz Beatz's now defunct Full Service Records. Rich Hil also made news last year when he was busted with a significant amount of marijuana in his trunk and entered court-ordered rehab. That stint inspired the mixtapes, wait for it--"Ricky Goes to Rehab" and "I Just Got Outta Rehab." Sounds like "Ernest Goes To Jail" and "Clifford Goes To Hollywood."
Saying nothing about Rich Hil's musical ability--because it's not clear if the has any, and to be fair he might, though we wouldn't bet on it--he's a portrait of entitlement, ignorance and delusion. Here are the lowlights/highlights of his ridiculous profile in the New York Observer. Read More...
This weekend's episode of "The DUB Magazine Project" takes us behind the curtain with super-producer Jim Jonsin, the middle-aged white guy who's written and produced enormous songs like Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" and T.I.'s "Whatever You Like." It's pretty fascinating to see Jonsin in the studio, slapping a few keys on his keyboard and punching a few buttons on the 808s to produce something that sounds like a track ready for the radio. What we're saying is, the guy has talent. At least when it comes to music. When it comes to choosing hats and growing beards, well, that's a different story.
Watch "The DUB Magazine Project" Sundays, at 1p/12c on MTV2.
A 55-year-old casino executive named A. Samuels has just done the unthinkable: He's challenged Rebecca Black for the best-worst music video title of 2011. Far as we can tell, Samuels is completely serious with his video for "Livin De Life," which you can download on iTunes for 99 cents. We don't have a clue what possessed him to make this video other than a passion for hip-hop. Good for an old dude livin' de life, but the video is just ridiculous.
Among other WTF moments: Samuels brags about having doctors and lawyers on call; his terrible accent in the beginning where he sets up his video; his awkward white-dude dance while wearing a white sweater in the middle of what looks like a summer day; when he mouths Jason Terry's lines while Terry is speaking. Basically this debacle is just one unabashed brag about a guy who appears to have a lot of money and wants everyone to know it. So, congratulations? Enjoy the show.
You may have noticed a strange thing going on with our corporate overlords. MTV is going through a bit of a musical rejuvenation, led by the relaunches of the music video-centric shows "120 Minutes" on MTV2 and "Headbangers Ball." And now the mothership is getting back into the underground game with "Weird Vibes," premiering today.
The MTV Hive show covers the alt-iest, indie-est, cutting-edgiest music that you absolutely need to know about with interviews, performances and, yes, music videos. "Vibes" was created by Shirley Braha, who previously helmed the critically acclaimed indie music series "New York Noise," which is no small feat considering she did that as a freaking intern. So we asked her: "Is rock and roll dead? And if so, are you here to save it?" Her response: "Yup, here I am."
If album sales don't meet expectations and those rumors about their differences on tour expenses are true, maybe Hova and Kanye could actually throw down backstage. Or maybe, maybe they'd do it in a ring! Yes people, it's time for a deathmatch!
The Throne, better known as Jay-Z and Kanye West, will premiere the first video from their debut collective Watch The Thronethis Thursday at 8:56 p.m. ET/PT. Tune into MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV.com or BET at that time to see the superstars rapping together on "Otis." It's tough to pick a favorite track on the LP, which has been on repeat since we grabbed it this week, but the song featuring legend Otis Redding is as good a place to start as any.
Only a handful of music video directors are big enough to helm such an undertaking. That is, if your hand can only hold one option. Spike Jonze's body of work makes him the obvious candidate to direct "Otis." Hype Williams may be the biggest name in hip-hop video directors, but he churns out a dozen videos yearly since 1995. When Jonze choosse to do a video, it's an event. So to understand what you're in store for with "Otis," here are the best six Spike Jonze-directed rap videos. Read More...
Coco has actually played the song before during his "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour." Click here for Conan's raw, emotional, just-broke-up-with-the-girlfriend rendition from the first stop of that tour back in April. For his more inspired take with less beard and more cheer, watch the clip below, and we'll even toss in Radiohead's original video, for good measure.