Kendrick Lamar Reveals The Greatest Single Rap Verse Of All Time


Debating the single greatest rap verse is a barbershop question for the ages, right next to “Who’s your Top Five?” and “Who is the GOAT?” In an interview with Variety, Kendrick Lamar was asked his opinion on “the greatest single verse of all time,” and he gave the honor to someone special.

“Probably have to be Snoop Dogg’s,” said Lamar. “Hey, one, two, three, and to the four, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre. First rap I learned.”

The verse Kendrick is referring to comes from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s 1992 hit “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang,” the first single off The Chronic. The choice isn’t a surprise considering Lamar’s West Coast lineage. Snoop infamously passed the torch of West Coast rap to Kung Fu Kenny in 2011.

While Kendrick didn’t pick a verse from his catalog for the honor, he previously revealed to i-D that he believes “FEAR.” is his greatest lyrical accomplishment.

“It’s completely honest,” said Kendrick. “The first verse is everything that I feared from the time that I was 7 years old. The second verse I was 17, in the third it’s everything I feared when I was 27. These verses are completely honest.”

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a rapper in 20 years answering the same question with a Kendrick verse. The only problem is, which one?


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P!nk Goes All Fifty Shades Of Gray On Channing Tatum In New Video


Magic Mike heartthrob Channing Tatum has finally met his match: P!nk, the daredevil singer who recently performed “Beautiful Trauma” while dangling off a skyscraper. In the single’s new music video, P!nk and Tatum team up to take down gender roles.

At first, “Beautiful Trauma” — cowritten by Jack Antonoff — focuses on P!nk and Tatum’s not-so-picture-perfect relationship. She plays his domestic wife; he plays her stoic husband waiting for dinner. Then she catches him secretly trying on her dress, and nothing is ever the same again.

Just as “Beautiful Trauma” destroys stereotypes, P!nk shared a similar message of acceptance at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards last August. When she accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, one of the night’s most prestigious honors, she told the audience a beautiful story about her daughter. Willow, 6, was worried she “[looked] like a boy with long hair.”

P!nk’s full response deserves a standing ovation, but here’s a particularly badass highlight.

I said, ‘Do you see me growing my hair?’ She said, ‘No mama.’ I said, ‘Do you see me changing my body?’ ‘No mama.’ ‘Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?’ ‘No mama.’ ‘Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?’ ‘Yes mama.’ … We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl, and we help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty.

Moments later, MTV News correspodent Gaby Wilson caught up with P!nk backstage to find out what Willow thought of her mom’s empowering speech.


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G-Eazy Says His New Halsey Collab Is A ‘Bonnie And Clyde’ Love Song


From Cardi B to Britney Spears to Bebe Rexha, G-Eazy has a thing for collaborating with massively talented women. “Him & I” — a new song off his forthcoming The Beautiful & Damned, due out December 15 — is no exception. This time around, he’s teamed up with Halsey, his girlfriend.

“Me and Halsey, we just clicked like that,” G-Eazy told MTV News correspondent Gaby Wilson about how “Him & I” came together. “We made the record and it came from a really genuine, authentic place, and I think when music comes from a place like that, is when music is at its best.”

“That’s a Bonnie and Clyde song,” he continued, “that’s a star-crossed lovers song, that’s a crazy in love, like, we would kill for each other, we would die for each other kind of thing.”

Great minds must think alike, because Halsey was also inspired by this “star-crossed lovers” theme — more specifically, Romeo and Juliet — when she wrote her sophomore album, hopeless fountain kingdom. Less than three months after its release, she was performing (and making out) with G-Eazy onstage in New Orleans. They definitely aren’t shy about PDA.

“She’s a really special person,” G-Eazy added. “A really beautiful person, a really beautiful artist, and she just sounds good on everything. I’m just obsessed with her.” Swoooon!


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It’s Supergirl vs. Supergirl In The CW’s Action-Packed Superhero Crossover Promo


Trust me: Nothing can prepare you for Crisis on Earth-X. The CW’s action-packed crossover event, which kicks off Monday, November 27 during Supergirl, promises to be the network’s most ambitious superhero spectacle yet as more than 20 of the network’s small-screen heroes assemble for the very first time.

The extended promo for the anticipated two-part crossover begins at Barry and Iris’s intimate wedding ceremony, where the happy couple is surrounded by their closest friends and family. What could possibly go wrong? Well, you see, everything starts going awry once Nazis from Earth-X arrive to soil WestAllen’s nuptials. Things get considerably worse for Earth’s mightiest heroes when they discover that the Nazis have a doomsday weapon that looks a lot like Kara Zor-El.

That’s right. It’s Good Supergirl vs. Evil Supergirl. Here’s hoping kryptonite is just as effective against Kara from Earth-X.

Is it just me or does this look more epic than Justice League?

Somehow, that’s not even the most stressful part of the promo. At some point in the trailer Nate screams, “Jax is hit!” as one-half of the Firestorm duo hits the ground. Is this how departing series regular Victor Garber, who portrays Jax’s other half, Martin Stein, will make his official exit from the DC Universe? By saving Jax’s life by sacrificing his own?

Unfortunately, we still have one more week to wait and see how this all unfolds. Until then, here’s the official synopsis for the four-hour event:

“Barry and Iris’s wedding brings the gang together, but things go awry when villains from Earth-X attack the ceremony. All of the superheroes band together with help from their super friends like Citizen Cold, The Ray, Felicity Smoak, Iris West, and Alex Danvers to take on their most formidable villains yet. Earth’s mightiest heroes — Green Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, and White Canary — lead their teams into battle to save the world.”

Remember: The two-hour Crisis on Earth-X Part 1 airs November 27 at 8 p.m. ET, and Part 2 concludes with another two-hour episode on November 28 at 8 p.m. ET.


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Demi Lovato And Kehlani’s Tour Announcement Is One Big ‘Love Fest’


After revealing that DJ Khaled will join her on tour in 2018, Demi Lovato is back with another exciting announcement. (Cue the mandatory Khaled GIF.)

At the American Music Awards on Sunday night (November 19), Lovato and Khaled partied backstage with Kehlani, who will join them on the duo’s upcoming 20-date arena trek. Lovato made the announcement with a video in which all three artists hype up the “biggest tour ever” and mug with Khaled’s baby son, Asahd. Some of the kids from Stranger Things even crashed the vid, adorably telling Lovato that Camp Rock was their “jam” (her reaction was, of course, amazing).

Kehlani later shared a celebratory pic with her new tour mates, writing, “SURPRISE. I’m joining @ddlovato & @djkhaled on tour in February 2018! Gunna be fun as hell thanks for having me!!! See ya soon! ✨✨ aye fuck yeah ARENAS!!”

Lovato, Khaled, and Kehlani’s sure-to-be-awesome North American tour kicks off on February 26 in San Diego and wraps up on March 31 in Tampa, Florida. See the full list of dates here.

Earlier this month, Kehlani spoke to MTV News about how she used to have a “crazy obsession” with Lovato around the Camp Rock era. She also admitted she was thoroughly “shook” after Lovato shouted her out as being a major source of inspiration for Tell Me You Love Me. Sounds like these mutual fans are going to have a blast on the road together.


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Teen Mom OG‘s Ryan Edwards Is Married


Ryan Edwards and Mackenzie Standifer said “I do” in a small ceremony during the most recent season finale of Teen Mom OG — but the lovebirds just tied the knot (again) on their official wedding day.

Bentley’s dad and his lady love were married on Saturday, November 18, according to E! News. The newlyweds began dating in May 2016, and Ryan popped the question (with the TMOG cameras rolling) the following December (you can relive the proposal in the video below).

While the two always planned to be joined in holy matrimony in November 2017, they had decided to fast-track becoming husband and wife to help Ryan legalize his rights to son Bentley. Only their parents (and the crew of the long-running series) were aware they were taking this relationship step.

“He just wants that written on paper, and I’m all for that,” the bride-to-be explained to producer Jeni just before donning her gown. “The lawyer thinks it will be better if we are legally married before the custody is all worked out.”

Fast-forward to the present — and it’s the couple’s planned wedding day. Be sure to offer your sincere well wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Edwards in the comments, and don’t miss the two — as well as Maci and her family — when they return to Teen Mom OG on Monday, November 27 at 9/8c! In the meantime, check out the following preview of what’s to come when the brand-new episodes debut:


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Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley On Making Fun Of The Strokes For ‘Still Waiting’


Do you remember way back in the fall of 2002 when Sum 41 officially changed their name to The Sums? No? Well, true, that never actually happened. But after the band released its “Still Waiting” music video, some fans really thought it did.

“Yeah, people believed that for a while,” singer and songwriter Deryck Whibley told MTV News recently. It would have made some sense. After elevating their visibility in 2001 and 2002 via director Marc Klasfeld’s youthful, punkish, and energetic music videos, Sum 41 — a Beastie Boys-meets-Blink-182 pop/punk/metal hybrid — found themselves competing with the latest fashionable trend in rock music: the “The” bands. You know, The Strokes, The White Stripes, The Hives, The Vines, et al, dominating magazine covers as the faces of the hip, so-called garage-rock revival.

That’s why it made sense to rebrand themselves. The parodic “Still Waiting” video, also directed by Klasfeld, opened with Sum 41 being called into the Island Records office to discuss a new direction. “The number-band thing is out,” a manic executive (played by comic actor Will Sasso) tells the group before re-christening them The Sums. And the name change is just the beginning.

“You guys smoke?” Sasso asks, then throws an unopened pack of cigarettes at drummer Steve Jocz. “Yeah, you do now. Smoke ’em up, Johnny.” They get new, Euro-centric, art-school names; instead of Steve, Deryck, Dave, and Jason (a.k.a. “Cone”), The Sums now consist of Sergio, Sven, Holmes, and Thurston. Perhaps most staggering of all, The Sums now perform in a uniform of skinny ties, backlit by gigantic, lit-up letters spelling out their new moniker.

“It was so hard not to laugh the whole time,” Whibley said about playing the straight man. “Every single take, [Sasso] was doing something different, and it was funny, and we’re not used to being on camera and not allowed to laugh.”

“At the end of the day, the thought that went into our videos was, we wanted to have a little element of humor but also an element of performance,” Whibley said. “I’m not a very funny guy, so the humor was usually either making fun of something or other people being funny in the video.”

In this case, Klasfeld teamed back up with the band to lampoon The Strokes, the emblems of rock music’s then-recent shift from playful and suburban to cosmopolitan and sophisticated. “I went to all of those videos that were happening at that moment and sort of picked and chose and satirized things that they did,” Klasfeld told MTV News. In this case, the specific look of The Strokes and the idiosyncrasies of their “Last Nite” and “Hard to Explain” videos.

“Still Waiting” is the kind of clip that, had it dropped in 2017, would be dissected across the internet for its sly references and jabs — a falling drum kit piece, a quick subliminal shot, specific lighting, and more. But Whibley insisted there was no adversarial relationship between Sum 41 and The Strokes. In fact, one night at an English hotel before the video came out, Whibley stayed up all night partying with Strokes singer Julian Casablancas, who he’d befriended due to their bands being in concurrent press cycles, and ran the idea by him just to make sure.

“Everyone else had kinda disappeared, and it’s now like 9 in the morning, so it’s one of those kinda parties,” Whibley said. “Julian and I [were] in the lobby drinking, and I just told him, ‘We got this idea for this video. What do you think? Do we have your blessing or do you hate it?’ And he was dying laughing. He goes, ‘Please do it! You have to do it.’ So we said, alright, cool, we have his blessing.”

“The way we looked at it was how quickly genres can come and go, and you can be the It band of a genre, and all of a sudden, a year later, it’s a whole new thing,” Whibley said. “That’s why the intro was so important to us because it set up that we’re making fun of ourselves. We’re irrelevant now because of all these new bands that are the new cool thing.”

Neither Whibley nor Klasfeld could remember precisely where the concept for “Still Waiting” originated, though at that time, the band’s team (including Klasfeld and Island Records A&R guy Lewis Largent) brainstormed ideas regularly. One of those ideas, written as a treatment by Klasfeld, became the pop-culture-action-figures-come-alive video for “The Hell Song” video, which continues the gentle prodding at TRL celebrity culture. It’s also, of course, a performance video.

“The reason that video worked is that video budgets were so big at that point and so outrageous that it’s like, wait a second, let’s go in the completely opposite direction and do something that’s handmade,” Klasfeld said.

Conduct any unofficial Sum 41 poll and you’re likely to collect near-unanimous results that “Fat Lip” is the quintessential Sum 41 song and video. But the legacy of “Still Waiting” shines through in some of the band’s most recent videos, including the web culture-satirizing “Fake My Own Death” from 2016 — directed by Klasfeld. Parody never goes out of style.

“It’s almost identical to the ‘Still Waiting’ video,” Whibley said. “We’re just making fun of whatever’s current right now just the same way we were. … Now that I think about, probably one of the coolest things about those old videos and [‘Still Waiting’] in particular because it’s about something at that time [is that] people still come up to me and say that they like the video now. It still translates.”


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Watch K-Pop Superstars BTS Tear Up The Stage At The AMAs


On Sunday night (November 19), the American Music Awards took over the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and as usual, the awards show left plenty to talk about. Selena Gomez, rocking a new look, returned to the stage for the first time since her kidney transplant, and P!nk’s latest array of dizzying acrobatics took things to new heights (literally) by pulling a Spider-Man on the side of a downtown hotel.

But perhaps no performance was as talked-about even before the show began as that of BTS, the South Korean boy-band K-pop superstars who made their choreography-heavy U.S. television debut on the AMAs stage.

“To be honest, I’m a little bit nervous to announce this next performance,” The Chainsmokers’ Drew Taggart said before his musical partner, Alex Pall, introduced the group. (Taggart has a writing credit on “Best of Me,” a track from BTS’ recent Love Yourself: Her release.)

Before taking the stage, BTS told Billboard on the red carpet that the fact of their performance was a “miracle.” “All we dreamed was performing in front of, like, 10,000 people. That was our final dream,” member Kim Nam-joon said. “Tonight, we’re gonna perform in front of millions of people by television. So, it’s a miracle.”

The group’s fanbase has steadily ballooned globally, and the AMAs stage was the perfect place to debut BTS to folks who’ve never even heard of them before. Of course, it was also a dream come true for their fans in the States — just watch the video above for the full impact.


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Ansel Elgort Reacting To BTS Performing At The AMAs Is Literally Me


BTS *finally* made their officially U.S. television debut last night, performing “DNA” live at the American Music Awards. The boy band officially became the first K-pop group to perform at the event–a very BIG deal–which means that the night was naturally all about them as the BTS Army practically invaded Los Angeles. The bEST part is that during an interview on the red carpet, Ansel Elgort revealed that he was a member of said BTS fandom:

When it was finally time for BTS to hit the stage, the entire audience was up on their feet and chanting. Ansel Elgort, as I would have, looked liked he was having the time of his life during the performance:

It didn’t take long for this adorable moment to turn into a meme on Twitter because Ansel is the living embodiment of a proud mom watching her children thrive.

Ansel initially become a fan of BTS after he met the guys at the Billboard Music Awards in May. A few months later, he ran into the group again while visiting South Korea to promote Baby Driver. Apparently, they’ve all been friends ever since! Ansel obvi captured the night on his Instagram Story:

Like a true fan, Ansel used the AMAs as a meet-and-greet opportunity with his new faves, and just bless his heart and this photo.


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Morning Bop: Follow BANKS Into Her “Gemini Feed”


Welcome to Morning Bop: each AM, we’ll be providing you with a blast of the latest music news headlines along with the perfect song you need to start your day. Monday’s #MorningBop is “Gemini Feed” by BANKS because it wards off that passive aggressive energy you’re bound to encounter the first day back from the weekend.

While you crank that up, here are 7 trending news stories to keep tabs on today:

  1. Noah Cyrus and Matoma collab on “Slow”

    Play this banger and make the first move already!

  2. Demi Lovato and Luis Fonsi get steamy in “Échame La Culpa”

    This video makes us want to sweat out the winter all season long.

  3. Lauv walks a lonely road in the visual for “Paris In The Rain”

    With all that finger snapping going on, it doesn’t get more romantic than that!

  4. Green Day has a message for Donald Trump on “Back In The USA”

    Make America hardcore again.

  5. Life is a party in Rae Sremmurd’s “Perplexing Pegasus” video

    If only stacks of hundred dollar bills were party favors at all the events.

  6. Hailee Steinfeld recruits Alesso, Florida Georgia Line, watt for “Let Me Go”

    We suddenly have the urge to cancel all of our plans to go on a road trip.

  7. Quincy gives us a glimpse of his life behind-the-scenes in “What You Rappin’ For?”

    Shoutouts to DC Young Fly in the chorus!


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