I don’t want to rag on rap music, because, well- that’s a losing fight. And I am a fan of plenty of rap artists, namely Kid Cudi, Eminem, Atmosphere, and you know- rappers rapping about real things, not gold diggers and “booty,” sorry Kanye… Now if Mr. West’s ego was any bigger, it would form its own website and create a following on social media, then make the bold claim that it was bigger than Kanye (even though it’s an extension of him) and proclaim it to be the new rockstar. Rappers, while I have the utmost respect for most of you, please don’t take his words to heart. You’re not the new ” rockstars ” because, well, rockstars are really kind of…irrelevant. In fact, before the days of the first ever Woodstock, the word “rockstar” really didn’t exist. Following the major life altering festival, musicians and their bands were soon garnering bigger followings and what followed was your average being a drugged up bunch of party boys (and girls) that often got themselves into more trouble than it was worth. So if you mean to say that rappers are becoming more prominent in the light of being more reckless, stupid, and short-sighted, okay, go for it, but say that, not “rockstars.” The word “rockstar” has to be earned by, you know, playing rock music. (P.S. if you’re looking to now produce a new rock oriented album, Mr. West, I would be happy to slam it for you. Just say the word.) Musicians have slowed their roles and started thinking proactively about their health, and becoming less and less of these God-like characters, which is fine, because we love them even more. It’s very wrong, however, to suggest that you’re in the same league as people like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Dead Boys, Blondie, Ramones, Poison, and Twisted Sister.
Cyrus is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to her expression of music, and her latest project with rapper Future doesn’t disappoint. The 20-year-old songstress strips down naked to portray an alien for his video for “Real and True,” a track featuring Cyrus on his forthcoming album, “Honest.” Dan Steinberg/Invision for Epic Records/AP Images Miley Cyrus strips down and is coverd in body paint on the set of Future’s new music video for ‘Real and True.’ While the “We Can’t Stop” singer’s nudity is masked by metallic body pant, the photos released Wednesday give a clear sneak peek of what is to come in the futuristic clip. RELATED: MILEY CYRUS THANKS LIAM HEMSWORTH IN NEW ALBUM DEDICATIONS Cyrus’ collaboration with Future was a returned favor, as he is featured on Cryus’ new album, “Bangerz, in the emotional track “My Darlin.’” “We got a lot of great records, and it all came from conversation and having a nice vibe,” Future explained in an interview with MTV. Frank Micelotta/Invision for Epic Records/AP Images Future and Miley Cyrus behind the scenes of his new music video for ‘Real and True,’ which will be on his album ‘Honest.’ RELATED: MILEY CYRUS BREAKS SILENCE ON BROKEN ENGAGEMENT TO LIAM HEMSWORTH “Whenever she allowed me in her personal life through conversation, I tried to take that vibe and go to the booth. I told her, ‘You’ve gotta embrace your fears. If something’s bothering you, you’ve gotta run toward it. If you’re crying about it, you need to cry till you can’t cry anymore. If you try to hold it back, then it’s gonna eat you up. But if you embrace [it], the music moves.’” “The songs I did with her [are] very touching,” he added about their meaningful jams. RELATED: MILEY CYRUS’ ‘BANGERZ’ HITS NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD TOP 200 CHART “Certain days it’s about money, partying and vibing, and some days [it's about needing] somebody to stand by you and hold you down.
Diddy’s new channel, Revolt, aims to be a music hub
Theres no destination channel any more for music, says Combs, better known as P. Diddy. Revolt will become for music what ESPN is for sports and CNN is for news. Starting a new channel isnt for the faint of heart, as Oprah Winfreys battle to get OWN on its feet has demonstrated. Making music work on television has also been a challenge. For all the cultural impact of MTV, it never had a huge audience, it was criticized in the beginning for largely excluding black music, and in recent years it has become more a reality, drama and lifestyle channel. Diddy told TV writers this summer hes up to the challenge, citing the way he built his own brand as an artist, promoter, actor and entrepreneur. I know where we want to go, and I surround myself with people who can get us there, he said. Revolts CEO is Keith Clinkscales, a long-time media executive who cofounded Vibe magazine with Quincy Jones and most recently partnered with ESPN on The Shadow League, a digital sports platform. The president is Andy Schuon, who has been an executive at Warner Bros. Records, Ticketmaster and MTV. Revolt reminds me a lot of MTV in the early days, said Schuon, except now, with social media, the playing field is so much broader. Val Boreland says thats why she left Comedy Central, where she was senior vice president of program and multiplatform strategy, to become Revolts executive VP. The audience today doesnt just want to watch, says Boreland. It wants to be involved. Well let them do that. As Diddy explains it, the viewers will help shape Revolts programming through social media. That means allowing total creative freedom for artists, he said more like the Internet than a TV channel.