The Rihanna-related events of the week included the release of her new ‘Man Down’ video, which was quickly followed by the disapproval of its violent content by several entertainment watchdog groups such as the Parents TV Council and Industry Ears. And now the expected rebuttal from the Barbadian has arrived, with the singer taking to her twitter account to defend her latest video from critics.
In a detailed tweet, Rihanna wrote, “I’m a 23 year old rock star with NO KIDS! What’s up with everybody wantin’ me to be a parent? I’m just a girl, I can only be your/our voice!. Cuz we all know how difficult/embarrassing it is to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone especially our parents! And this is why! … Cuz we turn the other cheek! U can’t hide your kids from society, or they’ll never learn how to adapt! This is the REAL WORLD! … The music industry isn’t exactly Parents R Us! We have the freedom to make art, LET US! It’s your job to make sure they don’t turn out like US.”
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Another Rihanna music video and another episode of controversy!
Rihanna’s recently-released ‘Man Down’ music video, in which she is depicted as a rape victim who finds her rapist and murders him in front of everyone, is the subject of some major criticism from the Parents Television Council (PTC).
The video has been condemned by the PTC, which claims that the violence-filled clip shows RiRi in an “implied rape scene with a man whom she later guns down in an act of premeditated murder.”
The PTC along with a few other entertainment industry watchdogs released a statement after the controversial video’s release, condemning the gory contents of the clip and claiming that the video encourages young females to opt for violent methods to get justice. Continue reading Rihanna Stirs Up Controversy with ‘Man Down’ Music Video »
The music video for Death Cab for Cutie’s ‘You Are a tourist’ had a very temporary feel to it. Shot as a live performance clip and released instantly for the fans as the official video, the clip didn’t turn out to be as memorable as the band wanted it to be. Hence, when they decided to make a video for their next song ‘Home Is a Fire,’ they were looking for something that would stick in viewers’ minds and that is exactly why they hired Shepard Fairey to assist them with their new clip.
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Dr. Dre’s friendship with The Game may have some competition as now there is a new ‘Dre’ in town, with whom the Los Angeles-born MC is getting buddies with. Well actually it’s the production duo of Cool and Dre, who we’re talking about. The Miami-based producers are the creative force behind ‘Red Nation’-the first single of Game’s forthcoming studio collection The R.E.D. Album.
Speaking with MTV from his hometown city of Los Angeles where he was busy shooting the Red Nation video, Game lavished immense praise on his longtime collaborators. He said that from his very initial days in the rap business to his current project, Cool and Dre have always been supportive and have provided him with great material for him throughout his rap career. Game considers the two as his brothers in the music industry and they have always responded by repaying the respect that the Game has for them. ‘Red Nation,’ ‘Big Dreams’ and the Ne-Yo featuring ‘Camera Phone’ are all shining examples of the trio’s understanding and hitmaking combination.
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There is no doubting the fact that frequently ‘high’ Wiz Khalifa is quickly climbing the ‘high’ echelons of rap-stardom. The lanky MC’s debut album ‘Rolling Papers’ was released last week and it immediately shot to number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, thanks to the 197,000 copies sold in its debut week.
Such a great response is even more meaningful for Wiz Khalifa, because more than half of Rolling Papers songs have been composed and directed by I.D. Labs, the production group with whom he has long been associated with. However, the main ‘Black and Yellow’ tune was developed by Stargate group.
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Ludacris may be one of the premier rap stars in the game at the moment, but that doesn’t deter him from lending a helping hand to up and coming MCs.
Earlier today, the actor cum rapper was in attendance at NYC’s Highline Ballroom as a star guest for a rap competition Live Large Project 2. The winner of the competition will be given a cash prize of $5,000 and the chance to perform with Ludacris at Miami’s Springfest 2011.
Ludacris was also part of the inaugural Live Large project last year and according to Disturbing Tha Peace Records owner, the event reminds the Atlanta-based rapper of his days of struggle when he used to try hard to get what the Live Large contestants crave for now. Continue reading ‘Live Large’ Rap Contest MCs Inspire Ludacris »
More than twelve months after the filming, 30 Seconds to Mars has finally unveiled the music video for the song ‘This is War.’ The video was released earlier today (April 6) after the band became tired of answering constant questions regarding the suspicious delay of the video, which contains heavy doses of message as well as special effects.
The video opens up with a famous H.G. Wells quote, “If we don’t end war, war will end us.” The anti-war theme is set in the very beginning and therefore the end, in which all kinds of heavy war weapons (computer generated) are destroyed, seems very fitting to the whole concept. However, while the band makes sure that their anti-war and pro-peace message is heard by all and sundry, it remains confusing that why the group chose to wear US Army costumes in the video, as the American army is considered anything but anti-war in global circles.
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