The comment section was filled to the brim with day-one fans and seasoned celebrities alike including Certified Lover Boy, Drake; hip-hop mogul, Joe Budden; and even the legendary Quincy Jones. Let’s just say that the comment section didn’t disappoint.
As much of a showman as Soulja Boy is, the Atlanta-native brought out a flurry of surprise guests including, French Montana for their unreleased remix of “She Make It Clap,” which he teased on Instagram a few weeks prior. In addition to this, Soulja Boy teased Nicki Minaj’s version of the TikTok banger after bringing out Romeo for some classics.
Interestingly, Romeo and Bow Wow were supposed to have their own Verzuz battle before the arrangement fizzled out in a heated (and very personal) exchange. Awkward! Still, Bow Wow, being unfazed with sharing the stage with his former collaborator after twenty years, had his own star-studded line-up of guests. This included DJ Paul for the “Side 2 Side” remix, Omarion for “Let Me Hold You” as well as Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri and Dem Franchize Boyz for the “I Think They Like Me” remix.
You can imagine, right? The show was an out-and-out spectacle. There was the bickering over Beyoncé when Bow Wow spun his So So Def remix “Jumpin’ Jumpin’” with Destiny’s Child. A flex, of course. But Soulja Boy wasted no time in reminding the rapper-turned-actor that he had worked with the Queen too with the sample for “Hold Up.” Then there were the dance moves. Oh, boy! Bow Wow brought out the C-walk for “Say My Name,” which fittingly featured Snoop Dogg. Even O.T. Genasis gave his approval! Then, he did the Harlem Shake to “Take Ya Home.” It’s safe to say that Bow was feeling himself. But Soulja was never letting that slide. To the tune of “Crank That,” the rapper slid on his hand-painted sunglasses to break out the legendary moves that took the internet by storm over a decade ago.
One of our favourite highlights from the show however, really took us down memory lane. Bow Wow, also known as Shad Moss, rolled back the years by playing his debut single, “Bounce With Me” featuring Xscape. With the crowd hype and the momentum in full swing, Mr. 106 & Park turned around to reveal the original custom-made Cleveland Browns jersey from his Beware of Dog album cover.
Never thought I would be seeing that in 2021! In the end, the better man won. Arguably, Soulja Boy’s hits have been more impactful on culture, even to this day, but overall, Bow Wow’s longevity and extensive archive prevailed. Remember, this man has been around since he was six!
Once the winner was announced (and the car keys were handed over), the verbal sparring came to an end. The two chopped it up, gave praise and paid homage to each other’s cultural impact. As chaotic as the night was – the rappers didn’t reach the minimum twenty rounds – this battle will definitely go down in Verzuz history. Check out the replay on the official VerzuzTV webpage.
Soon after hitting the music scene with admirable singles like; “Music Saved Me” and “Crashed,” 17dreams finally released his long-awaited album “Mr Nice Guy" on 25th June. The versatile artist had thrown his fans in a frenzy, with many of them wondering when the day would come. Here it is!
17dreams' style of music is an exploitation of new genres and styles not seen commonly in the UK music industry, and today, we introduce his debut album to the rest of the world;
Mr Nice Guy – The Album
Recommended Tracks: Nice Guy, April Fools, Music Saved me, Let it Go.
As you navigate your way through the 15-track album, you can tell that this is by far the best introduction any artist would want to come with into the music business. 17dreams put out his best on all the 15 songs regarding production, lyrical execution, and message. The album features songs like; Nice Guy, Scars, April Fools, Better as friends, and Music saved me, together with so many other excellent tracks. He also featured a couple of his very close friends in the music business on this one. All the songs on this album will not disappoint you if you are a music lover in general. The album has various styles, with hip hop taking the center for most of the tracks.
Indeed, the tracks on the album are very profound and well organized. My favorite song, "Music Save Me," from this album has a comprehensive blend of musical instruments that were balanced nicely to give the artist another kind of sound. The production done in this song will show you how talented 17dreams is when it comes to music delivery. One may not notice that this is his first album because his level of maturity in music displayed on the album deserves a lot of credit.
For those who are not yet familiar with 17dreams, this is now the time to listen to his first classic album. The tracks deliver a message to those nice guys searching for love. Still, they can't find someone to stay, the old guns with scars from different relationships, those that have always been fooled, and even the unlucky lads that are kept better off as friends. All the songs are connected by production and message in the song, and each track will make you want to listen to the next one that follows.
Born in Peterborough, United Kingdom on 18th March 2001, 17dreams grew up outside London with just his family. Ever since he was a kid, he always envisioned being an artist and started singing at just two years. He began making his music at the age of 19 and developed his influence from artists like Juice WRLD and Trippie Redd.
17dreams was first recognized in the music scene when his single “Fly You Away” hit over six thousand streams in the first month it was released. Since then, he has worked on many more tracks with artists like 8liss, Lil Xavy, and JTVION. We can anticipate a very bright future for 17dreams, and with his debut album “Mr Nice Guy," his journey has begun.
If the reports are true, Nicki Minaj just became a mommy! And even though details are scarce right now, TMZ reports that the rap queen and her husband, Kenneth Petty, welcomed a baby into the world, though no further information — including the baby's sex — has come through just yet.
People and Us Weekly have also confirmed the news. Both report that Minaj gave birth yesterday, September 30, in Los Angeles.
Rilo Kiley came into my life when I was 16. I couldn't have found the California indie-rock band at a more pivotal time. At that age, I was dealing with two terrible relationships back-to-back that broke my spirit, while also feeling like an outsider in high school. Jenny Lewis's songwriting helped me find solace; her songs made me feel like she was the cool older friend guiding me through it all, validating my emotions, with songs like "Capturing Moods," "Go Ahead," and "Glendora."
But for the other teenage girls I knew, the musical icon they related to the most was Taylor Swift. At the time, I wrote off Swift, focusing on her imperfections. Her songs comparing herself to the popular cheerleader and wanting a fairytale romance felt infantile, and the slut-shaming in "Better Than Revenge" made me uncomfortable.
But four years ago, I began to realize that Swift and Lewis have far more in common than a certain ex. In 2016, I stumbled upon a playlist Swift made for iTunes from 2010. It's no longer available online, but it features Rilo Kiley's "Silver Lining" off the band's last album, Under the Blacklight. It's a ballad about finding strength in leaving behind an unhealthy relationship. When I noticed the track in the playlist, everything clicked.
Last Friday (October 2), the K-pop group Blackpink released their highly anticipated, debut Korean-language LP, The Album. Its eight tracks boasted a deft mixing of genres — EDM, hip-hop, pop rock — featuring high-profile collaborations with stateside superstars Cardi B ("Bet You Wanna") and Selena Gomez ("Ice Cream"). The project marked a major career milestone for the four girls — Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa — catapulting them into the mainstream.
But the road to success wasn't always an easy one, and that hard-won journey is captured in a new documentary, hitting Netflix later this month. On Monday (October 5), the streaming giant surprise-dropped the trailer for the Caroline Suh-directed Blackpink: Light Up the Sky, which follows the quartet from their time as trainees in Seoul (they debuted in 2016) through the moment they became the first South Korean girl group to perform at Coachella in 2019.
"Who would have imagined thousands of people singing in Korean?" Jennie asked in the trailer, remembering Blackpink's Coachella debut. "We grew into something that we didn't even know was possible," Rosé said. The documentary will tell Blackpink's story through never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage as well as one-on-one interviews with the girls and the producers who helped shape their powerful sound. It will be in your area on October 14.
MTV's iconic Internet video clip show Ridiculousness -- with host Rob Dyrdek as well as Sterling "Steelo" Brim and Chanel West Coast
-- is commemorating its 500th episode tonight. The gang will look back
at their most treasured moments, unforgettable celebrity guests and much
more. Oh, and Chanel's laughter.
Mxmtoon’s Maia is one of the busiest young women in the indie-pop world, but you wouldn’t know it from a cursory glance at her space. Zooming in for a video call with MTV News from her apartment in Brooklyn, the 20-year-old social media star-turned-pro singer-songwriter readily accepts compliments of her lush surroundings. Cascading houseplants and small trinkets adorn the white shelves on the wall behind her. “I’m an introvert,” she says, “so I'm fine with just hanging out in my room, taking care of my plants.”
The serene setup is a stark contrast to Maia’s jam-packed schedule: She dropped her second EP of 2020, Dusk, on October 1, less than a year after releasing 2019’s Masquerade, her first full-length studio album. She’s been churning out daily 10- to 15-minute episodes of her history-themed podcast, 365 Days With Mxmtoon, since September 14. Twitter, Instagram, Twitch — you name it, Maia uses it, and the digital native’s 4 million combined followers are a captive audience.
Maia (who goes by her first name to have a semblance of privacy in the digital age) describes Dusk as the “sad but beautiful” companion piece to April’s Dawn EP. She wrestles deftly with feelings of loneliness and depression, pairing ukulele and piano instrumentals — both nods to her internet origins as a teen uploading ukulele tutorials to YouTube — with the diaristic lyrics her young fans have come to know and love. “I just wanted to make something that felt like I could progress as an artist but not leave behind my roots,” she says.
What is Ava Max going as for Halloween this year? "Something hellish. I feel hellish, as you can tell," she said to MTV News on a recent Zoom call. "I'm wearing all black. I've been wearing all black the last two weeks a lot."
Of course, feeling hellish is only half of Max's story. On the "Sweet But Psycho" singer's energetic debut album, Heaven & Hell, she's both angel and devil, as asymmetrical as her trademark hairstyle. Max split the LP into its two titular parts after dreaming up the concept en route to the 2019 VMAs, where she performed during the red-carpet pre-show. She finished the ethereal opening track, "H.E.A.V.E.N.," during quarantine earlier this year with producer and collaborator Cirkut. And to listen to Heaven & Hell is to discover not divine highs and evil lows, but a steady stream of uptempo electro-pop that could power an hourlong cycling class, a much-needed solo dance session, and just getting shit done.
That's by design, too. "I try and make it super empowering, each song, and motivating, but I also want there to be a story, but then I also want you to be able to dance to it," she said. "But then on top of that, I want it to be weird and theatrical. So I feel like, personally I like to have my cake and eat it, too."
“Don’t be afraid of COVID. Don’t let it dominate your lives.”
Those were the words of President Donald Trump on Monday, October 5, after spending 72 hours in Walter Reed Hospital where he was treated for coronavirus with a cocktail of drugs hardly any other American would be able to receive. At the time he tweeted his message, over 7.4 million people in the United States. had contracted COVID-19, with more than 210,000 dead. Later, on Wednesday (October 7), Trump released a direct-to-camera video in which he described contracting the virus as a "blessing from God."
In many ways, Trump’s recent diagnosis felt inevitable, like the closing act of some Shakespearean tragedy. Since March, he’s continued to downplay the severity of the virus, promising it will simply “go away,” all while dismissing the importance of masks, despite their proven effectiveness. From the start of the pandemic, lack of proper testing and an undersupply of PPE for health care professionals created an uphill battle, but Trump continued to worsen things by presenting misleading information to the American public, from promoting unproven medical treatments to overhyping an inaccurate vaccine timeline. And while unreliable information is always a concern in the era of social media, according to a recent study from Cornell University, perhaps the largest driver of misinformation regarding the coronavirus has been the president himself.