Watch Solange, Dev Hynes, King, Moses Sumney rehearse “To Be Young Gifted and Black” cover
Solange, Dev Hynes, KING, and Moses Sumney. This group of celestial soul artists rehearse the Nina Simone original, Donny Hathaway version of “To be young gifted and black” for Solange’s FYF fest performance. A truly angelic and moving spirit is captured here as they vibe and sing together to this tune, that rings a much needed reminder to us all.
“It was a really special and spiritual moment of solidarity and pride, in celebrating our blackness. I was so grateful to share that with such beautiful like minded artist.”
Watch video below.
Watch Little Dragon Cover Kelis and Andre 3000’s “Millionaire”
Little Dragon recently graced Australia’s Triple J radio station with an appearance on Breakfast with Matt & Alex. During their stay, the Swedish band covered Kelis and Andre 3000‘s 2004 single “Millionaire.” The posse nailed every sound of Andre 3000’s hypnotizing production with ease as vocalist Yukimi Nagano adapted Kelis’ vocals. Nagano also gets several props for seamlessly tackling 3 Stack’s brisk rap verse. Check out the visual above.
Watch Jazmine Sullivan Perform an Acoustic Version of “Stupid Girls”
Independent radio network NPR caught up with Jazmine Sullivan during ESSENCE’s Music Festival this past July. While situated in New Orleans’ Clear-Vue barber shop, their cameras captured Sullivan performing an acoustic version of “Stupid Girls,” a tune reminding ladies to protect their hearts and minds. The Philly songstress wooed the crowd as she delivered an intimate performance which showcased her sultry vocals. Check out the video above. Jazmine Sullivan’s forthcoming album, Reality Show, is due later this year.
Watch Three Men in Heels Dance to Beyoncé
Conquering a Beyoncé routine can be complex, but for this trio of male dancers, their Bey-inspired dance mash-up was executed flawlessly. The latest YouTube masterpiece to go viral this week come from French choreographer Yanis Marshall and fellow dancers Arnaud Boursain and Mehdi Mamine, who delievered a fierce original dance routine to a melody of Beyonce hits including “Ring the Alarm,” “Upgrade U,” and “Crazy in Love” while pouncing in high-heeled stiletto boots. Marshall, a former contestant on Britain’s Got Talent, revealed that the video was a rehearsal for the trio’s final live performance on the show. Although they lost the contest to boy band Collabro, the video has received more than four million views since its release.
Watch the threesome slay in the video above.
Video: M.I.A., “Y.A.L.A.”
Watch electric goddess M.I.A. glow-in-the-dark at a rainbow rave in her new video for Matangi-featured track, “Y.A.L.A.“. The video was directed by Daniel Sannwald exclusively for iD Magazine, and is also in collaboration with KENZO, who she did a special mix for their Fall/Winter 2013 collection. If you don’t have new album Matangi, cop that now on iTunes.
Bonus: M.I.A. Performs on Late Night with Conan O’Brien
Video: Hot 97’s Angie Martinez Interviews Solange
In the midst of promoting Saint Heron, bosslady Solange stopped by Hot 97 to for an interview with Angie Martinez and DJ Enuff on The Angie Martinez Show. The ladies had an easy going conversation about pulling the “Beyonce Card,” part-time life in New Orleans, motherhood and more. Watch the interview clip above and stream “Cash In” below. Also, make sure to cop Saint Heron out now on Saint Records via iTunes.
Video: Kenna, “Relations” Feat. Childish Gambino
Totally here for Kenna‘s recent great funkdafied tunes. The Ethopian-born singer has been inching back into limelight with good constant backed by low key mega-producer, Chad Hugo, and he now comes with the visual for his Childish Gambino-assisted remix for “Relations“. Watch the video above and then save the track on your SoundCloud playlist below.
Video: Kendrick Lamar Freestyles During GQ’s ‘Men of the Year’ Shoot
Top Dawg Entertainment front-man Kendrick Lamar can toast to the new year with a clever smirk — if you ask me. Wrapping up the year up just right, the Compton rapper was crowned GQ‘s 2013 “Rapper of the Year” and is the cover star for the December issue. Watch him flex his crisp lyrical skills as he freestyles for GQ during his “Men of the Year” photo shoot.
Read the GQ piece here, out now, and watch the apparent exciting shoot and freestyle clip below:
Video: Woman Dances To Beyonce Moments Before Surgery
Need a picker-upper? Start your day off with a visual of sunshine. Meet Deborah Cohan, a woman that faced a double mastectomy the other day. Moments before going into surgery to have her breasts removed, Cohan and her medical team held an exclusive dance party in the operating room of Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco. This surgery takes a lot of courage and should surely serve as inspiration to all.
This inspiring 6-minute-long video, posted on YouTube, shows Cohan busting some serious moves as she wiggles and twerks to Beyonce’s hit “Get Me Bodied.” Cohan requested that friends and family make videos of themselves dancing to Bey too so that she could watch them during her recovery. “I have visions of a healing video montage,” she wrote. “Nothing brings me greater joy than catalyzing others to dance, move, be in their bodies. Are you with me people?”
Read more via Huffington Post.
Video: Jhené Aiko Performs “My Mine” in Toronto
Saint Heron singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko made her Canadian debut at the 7th Annual Manifesto Festival back in September, and now official footage has surfaced. Watch the Los Angeles native’s performance of “My Mine,” off her buzzworthy 2011 release, sailing soul(s). Jhené’s Sail Out EP drops November 12, the same day as our Saint Heron compilation. Make sure to cop both next week and peep some bonus goodies below.
Bonus: Jhené Aiko Live at Manifesto 2013
Bonus: Jhené Aiko Talks Working with Drake & Childish Gambino
Video: Solange Knowles & Toyin Odutola Interview w/ NOWNESS
Solange and talented Nigerian visual artist Toyin Odutola share their mutual love and appreciation in the last offering of NOWNESS and EDITION Hotel‘s series, “On Collaboration“. Watch the inspiring back-and-forth interview above and read a snippet of the featured post below.
“I think the essence of collaboration is being able to lay yourself on the line,” says singer and songwriter Solange Knowles, discussing visual artist Toyin Odutola’s powerful pen-and-marker works that explore identity in the fifth and final part of NOWNESS’ series created in conjunction with EDITION Hotels. “The best collaborations are not knowing what to expect; being completely open-minded and having a sense of vulnerability.” In this episode entitled “Inspiration,” the pair unpack their shared appreciation for one another: Knowles’ first correspondence with Odutola was after she looked to track down the artist’s intricate, embossed pieces after a sold-out exhibition at New York’s Jack Shainman Gallery; she went on to commission an artwork which brought the two creatives closer.
Read the rest via NOWNESS.