By Rob Markman
Chris Brown has a string of memorable award show performances and on Sunday night (May 19), Breezy added another to his his collection when he took the stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
With his forthcoming X album on the way, Brown used the opportunity to show off some pretty dope dance moves set to the LP’s first single "Fine China." With an Asian-tuned backdrop Brown strutted up and down his elaborate stage wearing an all black suit. The Michael Jackson-inspired tune produced some pretty MJ-esque kick-steps and dance moves to match.
Brown did bring his own flavor to the stage however, most notably with his red glowing mic stand which he tossed back and forth while singing, "It’s alright, I’m not dangerous."
Just like the "Fine China" vid, Brown told a story of forbidden love on stage and towards the end of his performance stopped the music and put on a choreographed kung-fu fight scene with some tough-looking back-up dancers. To close Breezy diddy-bopped to a rocked out guitar solo and disappeared behind a screen door before giving showing off a few more Jackson-inspired moves.
"MJ, I can honestly say he's probably my greatest influence," Brown told MTV News back in April. "Michael, he just set the foundation for every other artist to try to be great. ... I'm inspired to be as great and just try to be the best Chris Brown I can be in the process."
Mannie Fresh may not be a part of the upcoming Big Tymers album, but the multiplatinum producer and rapper is plenty busy with a collaborative album of his own. Fresh and Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) have been hard at work on their OMFGOD LP, but every time they get close to wrapping it up, new inspiration hits them. Read the full story at MTV News.
Young Jeezy has added some new firepower to his CTE label in the form of Detroit rap group Doughboyz Cashout, announcing the news on Wednesday night (May 15). Read the full story at MTV News.
By Henna Kathiya
After sharing an Instagram photo of himself posing with Eminem last month, the Internets were curious to find out what the two Detroit natives were up to. Not much was said about the session, which also included Royce da 5'9", but it was assumed that Sean was working with them on his sophomore album Hall of Fame. In a recent appearance on "NiteCap With Peter Bailey," Sean spoke about what went down during the epic studio session.
While he didn’t confirm that any of the songs they worked on would appear on his next album, Big Sean did mention how they bonded over being from the Motor City. “It was crazy just coming from Detroit. We sat and talked for a couple of hours, even before we did anything musically. I was just telling them how much—how crazy it is man coming from The D,” he said. “Them was the superstars. Them was the heroes in rap music. And they showed me that you can be worldwide. Cause it was always local heroes, but obviously one of the biggest rappers in the world is from Detroit. It was a big deal there. It was an honor man, straight up.”
Sean, who partnered with Adidas last year, also spoke about the Rick Ross controversy with Reebok. “The content for this new album has been way more mature. People are gonna see as soon as you start putting the content out. I don’t think you should necessarily censor what you say if you feel like how you feel,” he explained. “I don’t think he ever censors what he says. He apologized for it. I don’t think he meant it how it came across…You gotta have a sense of what’s right and what’s wrong.”
Sean's album doesn’t have a release date just yet but he did tell MTV News, “I'm not trying to hype it up or talk it up but it's obviously the best work I've done and I'm excited about it."
Fans aren't really feeling the idea of a Big Tymers album that excludes Mannie Fresh, and the former Cash Money producer definitely appreciates their outcry on his behalf. During last week's episode of "RapFix Live," Birdman confirmed that there was a new project on the way that would only include himself, Lil Wayne and Drake, and on Wednesday (May 15) Mannie Fresh gave Sway his reaction to the news. "It's kinda like doing a Jackson 5 album with Boyz II Men," he said via Skype. "Two different eras, great artists, but Boyz II Men is not the Jackson 5." Read the full story at MTV News or hear him explain in the video above.
Juicy J and Mannie Fresh joined us on Wednesday's (May 15) episode of "RapFix Live," but it was Lore'l, Oun-P and DJ Tony Touch who stuck around to close out the show with a freestyle. Watch full episodes of "RapFix Live" at RapFixLive.MTV.com.
Chance the Rapper caught up with MTV News' Mixtape Daily to shed some insight on his latest project Acid Rap and he took some time to break down an important verse on the track "Everybody's Something."
"Everybody's Something": "I used to tell h--s I was dark light or off white, but I'll fight if a n---a said that I talk white/ And both my parents was black but they saw it fit that I talk right/ With my drawers hid but my hard head stayed in the clouds like a lost kite."
In the video above, hear Chance explain why someone accusing him of "talking white" meant that a fight was inevitable and why he used to tell girls that he was bi-racial.