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‘And I Cannot Lie’: The Oral History of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s ‘Baby Got Back’ Video

19 December 2013 1:00 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

America received the ultimate booty call on May 7, 1992, courtesy of Seattle rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot and his song “Baby Got Back.” Since its release through legendary rap-rock producer Rick Rubin’s Def American label, the up-tempo track — which spent five weeks at No. 1 and was the second-best-selling single of 1992, after Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” — has become our national anthem of ass, spawning innumerable parodies, cover versions (most notably Jonathan Coulton’s viral 2005 version), and references, including on Friends and in Shrek and Charlie’s Angels movies. The song’s long-lasting success owes greatly to its winking video, which, aside from featuring Sir Mix-a-Lot dancing atop a giant derrière and countless buttocks-related visual puns, generated a healthy amount of buzz when MTV banned it and fans, including Bruce Springsteen, countered that it offered a far more realistic glimpse at the female form than other music videos of the day. »

- Rob Kemp

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Kanye: Bruno Mars Won All the Motherf**king VMAs

21 November 2013 8:11 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Why do the MTV Video Music Awards make Kanye West so angry?! Following his outburst at the 2009 awards during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech, the controversial rapper is now lashing out at Bruno Mars and his big Vma wins.

During his Yeezus tour stop at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, where the VMAs were held in August, West revealed that prior to his performance at the awards show, his producer Rick Rubin told him to "do your motherf**king song and leave."

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But the profanities and Vma bashing didn't stop there. "Bruno Mars won all the motherf**king awards and sh**," the 36-year-old musician told the crowd during Wednesday's (Nov. 20) show. "And I was thinking about what Rick Rubin told me, because I don’t give a f**k about no TV show. But what I care about is if you're an artist and you work hard as f**k and »

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Russell Simmons Signs With Wme

8 November 2013 11:20 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Hip-hop mogul, film and television producer and entrepreneur Russell Simmons has signed with Wme for representation in all areas. He was at CAA. The representation shift follows the Def Jam founder’s decision earlier this year to move full time to Los Angeles to focus on building his film and TV businesses, run by Jake Stein and recently appointed Chris Conti, respectively. Under a two-year first-look deal at HBO, which Simmons inked in May, he is executive producing a high-profile new drama project from 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen. Simmons’ other entertainment endeavors include being the co-founder of the new YouTube channel All Def Digital and of the production company Simmons-Lathan Media Group with partner Stan Lathan, which was behind HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and hit feature The Nutty Professor, among others. Simmons also is the owner and founder of Rush Communications, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Eminem’s New ‘MMLP2′ Album Released: Fans React On Twitter

6 November 2013 6:27 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

The rapper’s fans weighed in on his new album, ‘MMLP2,’ on Twitter — and Em, 41, is definitely a ‘Rap God!’ Do you love the album too, HollywoodLifers?

Eminem‘s hotly-anticipated new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, was officially released on Nov. 5. Fans can’t get enough of it already, tweeting that they’re going to listen to his tracks all day!

Eminem: Fans React On Twitter To ‘MMLP2′

Here’s what fans had to say about Em’s new album:

Eminem is that guy!!!! Definitely a Grammy winning album #MMLP2

Rob Vinci (@Rob_Vinci) November 6, 2013

MMLP2 on repeat all day »

- Ivy Jacobson

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Track-by-track review: Eminem's 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' is a compelling return to form

4 November 2013 8:27 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Eminem’s head has always been an intensely troubling place to visit and, despite getting sober and turning 40, Marshall Mathers seems to have found little peace, but his irreverent sense of humor is definitely still in place amid the freak show. On “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” out Tuesday (5), Eminem, Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin have made an album that is not so much a sequel to his 2000 classic, “The Marshall Mathers LP,” as it recalls his unselfconscious stream of consciousness from an era when he  was less concerned with spouting a mood and message as he was with »

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Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Album Review

4 November 2013 4:03 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

“When a kid’s getting bullied and shoots up his school and they blame it on Marilyn / And the heroin, where were the parents at?” said Marshall Bruce Mathers III at twenty-eight years old, a fresh-faced hypercritical political observer with a pen and a supersonic tongue, but still a “ten year old degenerate grabbing on [his] genitals” at heart.

Thirteen years later, after terrorising Moby for still making music at thirty-six, it seems a lifetime of staring outwards has caught up on Eminem – in ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’, he is more self-aware and diffident than ever. In a moment of stark honesty during ‘Asshole’, he confesses “It’s apparent I shouldn’t have been a parent, I’ll never grow up”. If self-reflection is his new outlet of expression, what does this mean for the music? Is the second king of controversy (the worst thing since Elvis Presley) a soft touch? »

- Jack Haworth

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VH1 Sets 4-Part Hip Hop Doc ‘The Tanning Of America’ For February Debut

30 October 2013 12:20 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

VH1 has marked a February 2014 premiere for its latest “rock doc,” although it’s rap and not rock music that’s at the center of this 4-part documentary. The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop, based on Steve Stoute’s bestseller The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created A Culture That Rewrote The Rules Of The New Economy, takes a trip down memory lane to examine how hip-hop culture influenced music, film, television, fashion, business, race relations and the politics that opened the door for Obama’s America. “Tanning” in this case is a phrase coined by Stoute for the deep-rooted influence traditionally African-American hip-hop has had on pop culture from The Jeffersons to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, to Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to Eminem’s 8 Mile. Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys, 30 for 30‘s Broke and The U) directed the docu with Alfred Spellman producing, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Jake Bugg premieres Shane Meadows-directed video 'Slumville Sunrise'

21 October 2013 4:47 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jake Bugg has premiered his video for 'Slumville Sunrise', directed by Shane Meadows.

It is the latest track to be unveiled from his second studio album Shangri La. Watch below as Bugg plays a jewel thief on the run:

Bugg will release Shangri La on November 18. It is named after producer Rick Rubin's Malibu studio where it was recorded.

The singer-songwriter, who released his self-titled debut album last year, previously said of the record: "It came quick but, for me, music's what I do to get away from stuff... Even though it's been crazy, when I have time to myself, it's me picking up my guitar.

"I travelled lots and had some crazy experiences, so I had a lot to write about!"

Meadows, who directed Stone Roses movie Made of Stone, has joked to Digital Spy that a new Roses album in 2015 would be quick for the band. »

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Eminem Song List for 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' - Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar Featured

11 October 2013 9:45 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

The song list for Eminem's 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' is below - it features Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar. The 'Berzerk' rapper teams up with the Bajan singer on a new track called 'The Monster', following on from the success of their last collaboration, mega hit 'Love the Way You Lie' from Eminem's last album 'Recovery'. Rising rapper Kendrick stars on a song called 'Love Game'. He has previously said his invitation to appear on the record came as a complete surprise. He told MTV: ''It was unexpected. I just went to Detroit [Eminem's home city]. I had a show out there and I got a call saying, 'Come to the studio, fast.' So we did it.'' Elsewhere on the album - produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin - Fun. singer Nate Ruess appears on 'Headlights', a surprising choice, given the indie star's last collaboration was with pop singer Pink. »

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Rihanna & Kendrick Lamar Featured On Eminem’s New Album ‘MMLP2′

11 October 2013 9:32 AM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Guess who’s back, back again? Shady! Eminem released the official track list for his new album ‘Marshall Mathers LP 2′ on Oct. 10 via Twitter and revealed that he’ll be accompanied by some serious hip hop royalty.

We’re getting closer and closer to the release date of Eminem’s latest album, Marshall Mathers LP 2 (out on Nov. 5), and now we’ve got even more reason to be excited. On Oct. 10, Em revealed the album’s track list, which includes huge names like Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, and many more!

Eminem Releases Track List & Album Art For ‘MMLP2′

The track list reveals that Rihanna will be featured on a song called “The Monster,” while Kendrick will square off with Em on a song titled, “Love Game.” This will be the first time we hear K.Dot and Slim Shady on a song together, though we have sampled RiRi and Eminem together before, »

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Lars Ulrich Exclusive Interview: “After Some Kind Of Monster, Nothing Scares Me”

9 October 2013 7:58 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

They say never meet your idols, and I can appreciate the underlying wisdom in that, though it has always struck me as being a bit of a joyless and dour belief. Definitely a very British one, as well.

Statements like this tend to make my hackles rise. I know within my heart of hearts that even if my hero spat on my shoe, stole my girlfriend and then drop-kicked me into moving traffic, I would still rather take the chance than fear that they would not live up to my expectations. I don’t mind my bubble being burst every now and again, and – more to the point – what if “they” are wrong? What if by some stratospheric twist of fate the person you have revered for countless years actually proves to be every bit the legend you believed he or she was all along?

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- Mike Willoughby

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Stream The Avett Brothers' New Album, Magpie and the Dandelion

9 October 2013 7:55 AM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

As they did with The Carpenter, The Avett Bros. teamed up with super producer Rick Rubin for Magpie and the Dandelion. Though its title might bring to mind something out of a Wes Anderson film, the band chose the imagery of a magpie, a crow-like bird, and a dandelion to symbolize the themes of "youthful wonder" that pervade the album. "Those kinds of feelings live and breathe inside this album," the band said in a press release. »

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Eminem's 'Berzerk' video gets Rick Rubin, Kendrick Lamar cameos: Watch

9 September 2013 3:16 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Fish eye lens, backtracking, fake VHS stripes, hyper-contrast, oh my! Eminem's music video is kicking it old-school, and the rapper's brought a few friends along in the time machine. Rick Rubin, Yelawolf, Kendrick Lamar, Em's Bad Meets Evil cohort Royce Da 5'9″ and Kid Rock all make cameos for the new-old clip, which Eminem previewed last night during one of the most awkward live television appearances ever. If you weren't embracing the boombox retro style of the single before, Eminem is practically begging you too, now. All it's missing is Mike D and Ad-Rock hugging it out with Billy Squier. With »

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Eminem Premieres New Music Video For ‘Berzerk’ — Watch

9 September 2013 1:11 PM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Guess who’s back, back again. Eminem premiered the full video for his new single, ‘Berzerk,’ on Vevo on Sept. 9, paving the way for his new album release on Nov. 5. The Beastie Boys-inspired track features cameos from Kendrick Lamar, Def Jam Records co-founder Rick Ruben and more. Read on to find out who else makes an appearance and check out the video!

Eminem‘s fans are going berzerk over his new song! Em takes us way back in his latest video, rapping in front of a huge boom box and making subtle references to the 1992 Beastie Boys “So What Cha Want” video by donning a beanie and a Pistons T-shirt. Talk about old school! 

Eminem’s ‘Berzerk’ — New Music Video Premieres On Vevo

After a teaser for Em’s new video aired at halftime during the Notre Dame-Michigan game on Sept. 7, we couldn’t wait to see the full version! »

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Eminem's 'Berzerk' music video features Kid Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and more - Watch the video

9 September 2013 11:52 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Eminem debuted his long-awaited music video for his new single "Berzerk," on Monday (Sept. 9) after his bizarre intro on Espn Saturday night (Sept. 7), and the clip boasts a big roster of cameos.

The video features Eminem -- real name Marshall Mathers -- rapping and generally Dgaf-ing with spray paint and his own style of dancing with guest appearances from Kid Rock, Kendrick Lamar, track producer Rick Rubin, and members of Slaughterhouse. Interspersed throughout the video is vintage footage of Billy Squier -- whose "The Stroke" provides one of the samples for "Berzerk -- as well as footage of riots and violent fights.

And is it just us, or does Eminem defy all the laws of nature and just never age? The 40-year-old rapper looks exactly the same as he did when he first broke out in '97. 

Watch the full music video below:

"The Marshall Mathers LP 2" drops Nov. 5. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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‘Berzerk’ Video: Eminem Got Rick Rubin to Stand Up

9 September 2013 10:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Don't worry: the "Berzerk" video is far more comfortable than the NFL segment that previewed it over the weekend. (Though, to be fair to Eminem, he just looked nervous?) Anyway, here is fish-eyed Eminem, with a boombox, standing Rick Rubin, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Rock, and Yelawolf in supporting roles. One assumes that K-Fed was too busy to make an appearance.  »

- Amanda Dobbins

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Music News - Ed Sheeran Plans Three Albums in Three Years

6 September 2013 1:33 PM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Music News - Ed Sheeran is planning to release three albums in three years. The 22-year-old singer is set to treat his fans to a wealth of new material, including a long-awaited follow up to his 2011 debut studio album '+', in 2014 followed by albums in 2015 and 2016. While he has already penned 70 tracks, he is yet to decide which direction his upcoming record will take. He said: ''I've demoed 70 songs. I'm hoping to release three [albums] in three years. ''I've got the whole months of October and November to decide what to do.'' Ed has teamed up with legendary producer Rick Rubin - who has worked with the likes of LL Cool J, Eminem, Slipknot and Sir Mick Jagger - on his second studio album and is delighted with the amount of help he has got from the Def Jam Records co-founder. He added to Rolling Stone magazine: ''Rick had »

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Eminem Releases New Single "Berzerk"—Listen Now!

27 August 2013 10:35 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Eminem is kickin' it old school. Just one day after teasing his new single, "Berzerk," in a commercial for Beats by Dre during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, the rapper dropped the whole darn thing on Monday. And if you're fans of such '80s hits as Billy Squier's "The Stroke" and the Beastie Boys' "Fight for Your Right (to Party)," well, you've come to the right place as the tune samples from both. Of course, hearing a bit of the Beasties isn't a total shock seeing how the song is produced by Rick Rubin, who had a huge hand in that group's success. "Berzerk" is off of Eminem's upcoming album MMLP2—as in Marshall Mathers LP »

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Listen to Eminem's new single 'Berzerk': Was it worth the wait?

27 August 2013 9:47 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Eminem teamed with Rick Rubin and Dr. Dre for his new single "Berzerk," and went old-school. As in retro beats, retro jokes. Who would have thought, with Rubin... This rowdy rock-based handle flyer starts with cadence and a sample from Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere": "Now this sh*t's about to kick off, this party looks wack / Let's take it back to straight hip-hop and start it from scratch." Cute, Em, now let's really get to our first maxi pad joke. Billy Squier's "The Stroke" makes up the guts of the beat, amplified by lung-rattling stadium bass and snare, edging off the »

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Eminem Disses Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom In New Single "Berzerk"

27 August 2013 7:41 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

The real Slim Shady is back with a new song and new victims!On Monday, Eminem released the audio for his latest single "Berzerk" -- and he's throwin' shade at some of today's biggest tabloid fixtures. The song, which mixes hooks from the Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right (To Party)" and samples of Billy Squier's "The Stroke," features some pretty cruel digs at Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom and Kevin Federline. Click here to listen to Eminem's "Berzerk.""All I know is I fell asleep and woke up in that Monte Carlo with the ugly Kardashian ... Lamar, oh sorry yo, we done both set the bar low," he raps in an apparent dig at Khloe.He also calls out Federline for having five kids with three baby mamas -- rapping "So baby make just like K-Fed and let yourself go, let yourself go." On Sunday, Eminem announced the »

- tooFab Staff

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