I take everything bad I said about Vine back. It’s not just a boring social media tool that celebrities can use to appear “hip,” “cool” or “normal.” It’s somehow become this cesspool of weird videos. And because of the format, it doesn’t make vertical video so apparent or annoying. While there are some horrendously boring videos (I still don’t care about what you ate this morning) to dig through, it’s not hard to find the gold mine. Like, for example, all I had to do was search the hashtag #IbelieveIcanfly and this was the weird I can find.
From tying toys onto fans while playing the iconic R. Kelly song in the background to “editing” the video so it looks like you’re forever in a video game, this is the kind of 6 second hilarity the video-based social media app has to offer.
Just another reason to wish I was at Coachella instead of rotting beneath a pile of exams and unwanted April snow.
Last night Phoenix took the stage, and as if they weren’t amazing enough on their own, they decided to bring an equally amazing friend along with them. R. Kelly joined the band during their encore for an INSANE mash-up of their respective biggest hits, “1901″ and “Ignition: Remix.”
The quality may not be great, but if I close my eyes and think hard enough, I’m in the front row dancing the night away to the crazy-catchy tune.
Watch the video and be prepared to be floored by the unexpectedly brilliant combination:
When it comes to hip hop covers, often than not you’re left thinking “why would they even attempt covering THAT song!?” But then there are those that cause you to begin dancing around your room with excitement.
But what’s most surprising is when those covers are done by non-hip hop artists. I don’t know if it’s the initial shock of “oh my god, this actually sounds good,” or the weird juxtaposition of when the song is done in another genre entirely. The bottom line, though, is that they’re good and all we want to do is listen to them.
Here are 10 of the best hip hop covers from non-hip hop artists.
Ed Sheeran and Passenger — “No Diggity / Thrift Shop”
A pretty recent cover comes from music’s most soulful ginger, Ed Sheeran, who teamed up with Passenger’s Mike Rosenberg during a recent visit to Australian radio to give us an amazing mash up of Blackstreet’s 90′s hit “No Diggity” and Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.”
Ed Sheeran — “Empire State of Mind”
Ed Sheeran makes another appearance on this list with his cover of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State” of Mind for BBC Radio 1. Ed can do no wrong, so it’s no surprise that this cover (like everything he does) is nothing short of perfection.
Remember when we didn’t have iPods so we had to watch the music video channel on so we could dance around with all our favourite artists? And how excited were you when those little player things came out and you could buy a song card?
If you re-listen to some of these songs you ran around the house belting as a kid, you’d realize that most of them are really dirty. In fact, almost all of them are explicitly about sex and sexual acts. While no one EVER knew what Shaggy was saying in his songs, but rest assured all of his lyrics were pretty raunchy. Surpisingly, the same is true for O-Town. They were a cute boy band, but who knew they were singing about how often they think about sex? And that they were graphically describing their wet dreams?
Yes, sorry to traumatize you, but all those clean cut teeny bopper bands were anything but. Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Spice Girls—they were all guilty of tricking you into thinking their songs were innocent. Really, they are all about sex. Sex. Sex. And more sex. The only sad thing is that while today’s music is very much the same in this regard—if not more explicit—we all thought the good ol’ days were different. I guess not.
Personally, I was a little scared by the whole O-Town giving us a little too much information at first. I have since come to realize that nothing will persuade me that the music of the 90′s (my childhood) isn’t superior to the music of now. I would much rather listen to raunchy N’Sync then 50 Cent’s “B*tch Get In My Car,” or “Candy Shop” any day of the week. That’s a fact.
Liquid Dreams (O-Town)
“Liquid Dreams / my Liquid Dreams / Waterfall and streams / these liquid dreams”
Ignition Remix (R. Kelly)
“I’m about to take my key/ and stick it in the ignition”
Every Six Seconds (O-Town)
There’s no doubt that R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix)” is an incredibly sexy song — now that I’ve grown up and fully understand the lyrics — but it’s hardly romantic. At least that’s what I thought before I heard James Dalby’s acoustic cover.
I know what you’re thinking. And while I agree that this song is a tad overdone in the world of YouTube cover artists, this one is worth a listen. He may not be as cute as Joseph Gordon-Levitt or as well-known as Young the Giant (both of whom have covered the song in the past), but he does a damn good job making it his own.
He has also posted covers including Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” and Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody,” and they’re both amazing! This guy should not go unheard.
In the world of celebrity news, there’s no shortage of hits and misses. This week, Jennifer Lawrence gets in a fender bender because she thought she saw Honey Boo Boo and One Direction calls Piers Morgan stinky.
HIT: Jennifer Lawrence car accident caused by wishful Honey Boo Boo thinking
With each and every uninhabited Jennifer Lawrence interview, the actress continues to give us more and more reasons to love her. This week, The Hunger Games starlet had to explain how she rear-ended a family in Georgia because she thought she saw Honey Boo Boo. On the 0.00001 per cent chance Lawrence reads this, we can totally be BFFs, nerd out on Harry Potter and watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo together. Call me!
MISS: CNN’s Piers Morgan vs. One Direction
On the heels of the news that David Beckham was leaving the L.A. Galaxy, CNN’s Piers Morgan tweeted, “No serious top flight team would sign Beckham for football reasons any more- he should retire gracefully.” 1D’s Liam Payne and Harry Styles harmlessly replied to Morgan saying that Beckham is their hero. Apparently, that was enough for Morgan to throw in a couple of unwarranted 1D quips of his own, including a suggestion that Beckham should join the group and Harry should grow a pair. Was it a feeble attempt on Morgan’s part to finally get some publicity in America since joining CNN? Maybe, maybe not. But we do know the boys got the last laugh as #PiersMorganisSmelly trended on Twitter.
HIT: Journalists go crazy on 777 tour
Hands down some of the best stories of the week had to be the ones filtering out of the 777 Boeing airplane Rihanna and her crew hired to take her, 150 or so journalists and fans to seven cities in seven days for her 777 tour (see where she’s going with the 7s?). While the singer stayed up till 6 a.m. slinging out shots from behind the bar, some music journalists were going crazy due to lack of sleep and access to the singer. During one airplane ride, a radio DJ from Australia went streaking down the airplane aisles to the delight of his tired and frustrated peers. Another reporter, this time from GQ, somehow managed to keep typing a story out on his laptop even though he was falling asleep. At the end of the tour on Tuesday, Rihanna apologized for her absence and mentioned that she would do it all again (I can hear the invitations being ripped apart now).
MISS: R. Kelly wants to bring Trapped in the Closet to Broadway Read more…
In the world of celebrity news, there’s no shortage of hits and misses. This week, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are slated to host the Golden Globes and Aaron Carter thinks Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and the Beast” video looks like “Aaron’s Party.”
HIT: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey to host the Golden Globes
Unlike most celebrities at the Golden Globes, I liked Ricky Gervais and his snarky humour just fine but these two SNL alums can make do the ugly laugh/cry at any moment. Just so we’re clear, this is how I feel about the golden duo hosting the Globes in January: 1) CRYING, 2) ALL THE FEELS, and 3) FOUR FOR YOU GLEN COCO. YOU GO, GLEN COCO. Need I say more?
MISS: Aaron Carter thinks Justin Bieber copied him
On Monday, former teen star Aaron Carter tweeted, “Justin Bieber’s new video reminds me of my video for Aaron’s Party.” Carter must be slightly delusional if he thinks Justin Bieber’s video for “Beauty and the Beat” is a rip-off. If so, he might as well add the likes of Janet Jackson, Katy Perry and any other artist who’s done a house party video. Carter’s not as original as he would like us to believe or else he’d still be famous.
HIT: Megan Fox had her baby weeks ago
Megan Fox gave birth to her son Noah Shannon Green on September 27th which was weeks ago. According to her Facebook page, she wanted to announce the news herself instead of someone leaking it. ”…He is healthy, happy, and perfect,” she wrote. “We are humbled to have the opportunity to call ourselves the parents of this beautiful soul and I am forever grateful to God for allowing me to know this kind of boundless, immaculate love.” The obligatory congratulations goes out to the happy couple and their beautiful bundle of joy as well as an additional pat on the back for keeping it a secret for so long. I think that a) people must not really care about Megan Fox anymore if no one is stalking her, or b) she gave birth in the middle of California desert to avoid the paparazzi.
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This Jehovah’s Witness video PSA against masturbation is much better when set to the soft, sexual sounds of R. Kelly’s “Ignition.” Though I can’t understand ASL, some of the signs fit perfectly with the song, which was remixed over the original video by TheFlyWalrus. Unfortunately for JW, their original message is now completely reversed.
Remember when I told you about R. Kelly’s autobiography in which he recounts the time he cried at the end of the Notebook? The aptly titled “Soulacoaster: the Diary of Me” also includes another shining moment where Kelly once ran into into Tupac Shakur.
If you’re like me and don’t plan to pick up this literary gem, don’t fret, Jimmy Kimmel has our back. He somehow managed to persuade Gary Oldman (a.k.a. Sirius Black from the Harry Potter) to perform a dramatic reading from Kelly’s autobiography.
I never thought I would ever hear Gary Oldman say “What up, baby?,” and “we’ll just let it do what it do” in a posh, British accent. I may not buy the book, but I would buy the audiobook if Oldman was reading it. It’s just so utterly confusing and amazing at the same time. It probably is the best dramatic reading I’ve seen since Gilbert Gottfried read “50 Shades of Grey.”
OLDMAN FOR ALL THE AWARDS!
Watch the video below:
In the world of celebrity news, there’s no shortage of hits and misses. This week, Anderson Cooper and Frank Ocean make some important announcements, and R. Kelly cried because of The Notebook.
HIT: Odd Future’s Frank Ocean reveals his first love was a man
The rising R&B star recently revealed that his first love was a man via Tumblr. His Odd Future mate Tyler the Creator said he was proud of Ocean on Twitter, and in reality, we all should be. Ocean works primarily in a corner of music that has often been considered homophobic. With that being said, he has tremendous amounts of courage as it’s a risky career move to reveal something that personal, but will also mean so much to loads of other people. Times are a-changing, people!
MISS: R. Kelly says “the Notebook” broke up his marriage
The R&B singer revealed in his new biography that he cried at the end of The Notebook as he realized his marriage was nowhere near as loving as Allie and Noah’s. One, I think R. Kelly is an ugly crier. I don’t know why but it’s how I imagined this moment. Two, I really hope he writes a song about this moment and calls it “Gosling + McAdams 4Ever.”
HIT: Anderson Cooper comes out, says he’s gay Read more…
I think everyone remembers where they were the first time they saw a part of R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet.” I was in my university’s school newsroom and we were gathered around the production computer. We were’t smiling or laughing, we were just in complete shock. How is this a thing? But at the same time, it was awesome.
I don’t know how I feel about R. Kelly planning a follow up to his cult classic “Trapped in the Closet.” That
music video hip hopera devoured a good portion of my life a couple years back and I don’t know if I can afford to lose more time. But the other part of me can’t wait to see what salacious drama comes up next.
He’s teaming up with IFC to premiere the latest in the 22 chapter saga. He said in a statement about the upcoming chapters:
“The Alien is back and It has brought friends along. When I first began experiencing the unknown journey of writing ‘Trapped in the Closet’ I knew after the first chapter that I had tapped into something that was not of this earth. And being the nosy person that I am, I more than anyone wanted to know what the second chapter would be,” he said. “And now here we are at chapter 23, trapped in the million dollar question — what the hell is the package? Well ladies and gentlemen not only am I ready to reveal what the package is, but I have many more chapters to share. I hope you’re as excited as I am. Ok ‘Trapped in the Closet’ fans put on your seatbelts ‘cause ‘Trapped in the Closet’ is coming to take you away.”
Here we go again. Watch the twenty-second part below, in case you forget what happened. [Source]
I love this slightly ironic cover of “Ignition” by Young the Giant.
The group was inspired by R. Kelly’s track and chose to perform it out of a list of songs provided by A.V. Club. The band narrowed the list down to Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” and “Ignition” but ultimately decided to do something different.
The best part is when the interviewer asks if their choice was ironic and frontman Sameer Gadhia says there was a bit of irony, but they’re trying to be somewhat serious. Then it flips to the boys performing in rented fur coats, which they donned to channel the R&B singer’s spirit. I’m officially crushing!
Young Jeezy and Ne-Yo think their music video for “Leave You Alone” will be so epic that it deserves it’s own trailer. So, basically it’s a movie.
There’s no hint of the TM-103 song in the trailer. In the Jizzle-narrated clip he drives through the hood and narrates how life is so hard because he never knows if he’ll see the sun the next morning. The hustling life consists of so many perils and trouble is always around. Oh! And there’s a brunette love interest named Olivia, a beauty from a rival Latin crew: ”My life, this life, will never be the same again, Her name is Olivia, yeah.” Plot twist!
The minute and half trailer is more Hollywood than music. The full video for will be out on March 9 and I’m just crossing my fingers it doesn’t go all R. Kelly on us.
While performing in Melbourne, Australia, Kanye treated his fans to a lengthy, auto tuned freestyle about his ex. Yeezy returned to his 808 days and ‘computer crooned’ the song Say You Will.
He went off script and started his own R-Kelly-like musical rant about texting a girl he used to date at 2:45 in the morning. It’s nice to see that even Kanye West, the man with marble boardroom tables and fur pillows, drunk dials like the rest of us.
Watch the video below, it’s highly entertaining and should make you chuckle. Special thanks to our friends at MTV Canada who tweeted the link.
R. Kelly’s infamous “Trapped in the Closet” installments not only brought us a whole lot of laughter, they also brought two actors close together. So close, actually, that they got married.
The two actors in the series who played a cheating couple, Rolando Boyce and LeShay Tomlinson found love in a hopeless place. AUX writesthe couple fell in love on the set six years ago and tied the knot three years later. Is this just me or is this the first time infidelity brought two people closer together?
Since they married, Rolando and LeShay have had two kids together. The couple looked incredibly dashing in their wedding photo that TMZ posted.
As R. Kelly just announced 32 more installments of “Trapped in the Closet” are in the works, let’s hope the newly wed couple lasts longer than that.
You may know him from 3rd Rock From the Sun or 500 Days of Summer or perhaps his most recent film, 50/50. Good ol’ Joe is not just an actor but sometimes a musician.
At a recent stint at Ohio State University, Joseph Gordon-Levitt performed a few songs on acoustic guitar for a large crowd of students. One of the songs on the setlist was “Ignition” by the man who believes he could fly, R. Kelly. Yes, the same man who believes midgets were in his closet. The same man that hits on little girls and denies it afterwards. R. Kelly is a very unlikely artist for a indie film star like Joseph to cover, however, because it’s so surprising is why this video is so entertaining.
Halfway through the song, Joseph asks the audience if they lik sex. “Me too!” he replies, and continues to sing the sexually charged song.
Joseph, feel free to stick your key in my ignition whenever you want. Watch the video posted below.
This news might be a few days old, and it might involve a totally irrelevant celebrity, but it just had to be reported on.
R. Kelly (famous for the one-liner in “Ignition” and a criminal pedophilia lawsuit a few years back) wants to finish the album Michael Jackson had started recording before his death. No lie. You gotta give this guy credit for trying but I think you would agree this is a little tasteful and way too soon.
After both of his nephews were suspects of attempted robbery on November 6, R. Kelly’s 16-year-old nephew Brayel Kelly- who was injured after being shot in the incident- has been charged as an adult with attempted murder.
According to MTV News, Calumet City police said that Brayel went into a barbershop and allegedly tried to rob the owner by producing a gun and demanding that the owner place his money and jewelry in a plastic bag. However, after the owner cooperated, he also took out a weapon, which caused Kelly and the owner to exchange gunshots, leaving Kelly shot in the back.
Carey Kelly told reporters that one bullet collapsed his son’s lung and the other pierced his liver, and the boy remains hospitalized in intensive care at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
Brayel has been charged with attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, and aggravated discharge of a firearm. Cook County Judge Reginald Baker set his bond for $200,000 on Friday. A preliminary hearing on the matter is scheduled for December 3. He faces six to 30 years in prison if convicted, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
Brayel’s older brother Brandon, who allegedly acted as a lookout, has not been charged.
R. Kelly is experiencing a couple of family issues lately, as his nephews Brayel and Brandon Kelly are suspects in police custody, for an armed-robbery attempt, following a shooting at a Chicago-area barbershop Thursday that ended with one of them in the hospital.
Brayel is in intensive care in the Advocate Christ Medical Center, after being shot in the abdomen and chest area.
According to MTV News, police were told that the two brothers went for a haircut in a barbershop, however after receiving the haircut, one of the brothers apparently produced a gun, in an attempt to rob the barbershop owner. The man complied, while placing money and jewlery in a plastic bag, before then also producing his own weapon.
Both exchanged gun shots before the police found and arrested the two boys a few blocks away, with Brayel shot in the back.
R. Kelly’s brother as well as the boys’ father, Carey Kelly, told reporters that he believes his sons were the victims of the attempted robbery, not the perpetrators, since there is a widespread belief that the more famous Kelly had shared his wealth with his family.
The Cook County state’s attorney’s office, which had previously tried R. Kelly on charges of child pornography earlier this year, would be the prosecutor in the case if the brothers are charged with attempted robbery. The office told MTV News that they are currently looking at “all the facts being compiled by the police.”
Brandon and Brayel are among Carey Kelly’s six children. Carey previously told MTV News in 2006 that his sons, but not his daughters, used to have a close relationship with their famous uncle. “My boys have been around Robert to go to his house, shoot pool, play basketball, before all this,” he said, referring to the criminal allegations against R. Kelly. After a falling out, those visits were no more.
After less than a day of deliberations, a jury acquitted R. Kelly of all 14 counts of child pornography charges, reports E! News.
“R. Kelly was found not guilty, because they had the best jury that Cook County could produce,” Kelly’s attorney, Sam Adam Jr. said outside the courtroom.
Although it took more than six years for the case to go to court, the trial only began last month and lasted four weeks.
R. Kelly was charged with allegedly videotaping himself having sex with a girl prosecutors claimed was a minor at the time. The alleged victim, now 23, refused to testify against Kelly.
If convicted, the R & B singer could have faced a minimum of four years in prison and a maximum of 15 years and would have had to register as a sex offender in Illinois.
Kelly did not testify during the trial.