“B-Dubs” Is Back: Brian Williams raps “Baby Got Back” on The Tonight Show

Brian Williams gives Sir Mix-A-Lot a run for his money on The Tonight Show (photo: courtesy of nbcnews.com)

Brian Williams gives Sir Mix-A-Lot a run for his money on The Tonight Show (photo: courtesy of nbcnews.com)

After this weekend’s sad news about the death of iconic radio personality Casey Kasem, we figured you might be down for a little comic relief. And no one does comic relief like Jimmy Fallon and the geniuses at NBC’s The Tonight Show.

You may remember back in April I posted a video of NBC Nightly News‘ managing editor and anchor Brian Williams “rapping” to Snoop Dogg’s “Gin And Juice.” Well, B-Dubs is back, and Jimmy’s got him covering another classic rap song. Ladies and gentlemen, Brian Williams rapping Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” Enjoy! ūüôā

These awesome mash-ups have become a semi-regular bit on the show, so it’s only a matter of time before “Bri-Wi” returns. Trust me, when that happens we’ll have it for you here.

In the meantime, be sure to check out Sing-N-Share for lots of your favorite rap and hip-hop tracks along with thousands of songs from other genres. It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s lots of fun.

Psy And Snoop Get Drunk And Krunk, But Is It Too Much?

Psy teams with Snoop Dogg in crazy new video that leaves some fans shaking their heads (Photo: nydailynews.com)

Psy teams with Snoop Dogg in crazy new video that leaves some fans shaking their heads (Photo: nydailynews.com)

Two years ago a relatively unknown Korean rapper by the name of “Psy” became a world-wide pop-culture phenom and spawned an inescapable international dance craze with the release of his hit song “Gangnam Style.” The song and its comical companion video, which just recently surpassed the 2 billion (that’s right… billion!) viewer mark on YouTube, launched Psy into superstar status almost overnight. And now he’s at it again with his newest internet sensation, “Hangover.”

This time, however, Psy teams up with the legendary (and infamous) Snoop Dogg¬†(aka Snoop Lion) to takes his image in a drastically new direction, that of an overindulgent, alcohol-fueled partygoer enjoying the “perks” of stardom. Or as Lindsay Lohan calls it, “an average Tuesday.” ūüėČ

Published just three days ago (June 8), the video has already garnered more than 38 million views on Psy’s official YouTube channel and is generating a plethora of mixed responses ranging from praise to outright disgust. Then there are those who fall somewhere in the middle. As one commenter put it, “This song is 50% s–t, and 50% amazing!” Lmao. Way to be 100% noncommittal.

Love him or hate him, Psy is back and it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere anytime soon. Will “Hangover” come anywhere near to the success of “Gangnam Style?” Only time will tell, but my guess is no, if for no other reason than the fact that for all of it’s ridiculousness, there just isn’t anything special about it. Sure, it’s fun and has star power, but I don’t see anything setting it apart from all the other dance songs/videos out there. Just my opinion.

Plus, it’s hard to beat that iconic “horse” dance…

“Live” Michael Jackson Performance Wows at Billboard Awards!

The immortal Michael Jackson gives an amazing posthumous "live" performance at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards (photo: popsugar.com)

The immortal Michael Jackson gives an amazing posthumous “live” performance at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards (photo: popsugar.com)

It’s as if he never died. Michael Jackson has been turning heads and making headlines over the past several weeks, just like he did before his tragic and untimely death in June of 2009. His new hit single “Love Never Felt So good” (performed with Justin Timberlake) debuted at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, the official video has reached over 9.5 million views on VEVO, and the parent album,¬†Xscape,¬†is currently vying for the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

To top it off, Jackson rocked the Billboard Music Awards last night with a “live” holographic performance of another track from the Xscape album,¬†“Slave To The Rhythm.”

The performance brought out an array of emotional responses, both positive and negative. While many MJ fans were tearful over the chance to see their idol on stage one more time, many others took to Twitter to voice their displeasure over the idea that the music industry continues to exploit Michael and make money at his expense.

This isn’t the first time a deceased music icon has been resurrected via modern technology. Back in 2007, Celine Dion performed a duet side-by-side with “The King,” Elvis Presley¬†on American Idol. And in 2012, Coachella thrilled concert-goers with an amazing holographic performance from Tupac as he walked the stage and performed with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre (NSFW).

With how quickly technology continues to improve and break through previously set barriers, iconic rock stars of the past truly are becoming immortal… whether they want to be or not.

Fallon Showcases Brian Williams’ Mad Skillz!

Brian Williams on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (photo courtesy NBC)

Brian Williams on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (photo courtesy NBC)

Jimmy Fallon is at it again! Famous for his comedic tributes to music with skits like the¬†History of Rap¬†with Justin Timberlake and the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing¬†with Will Smith, Jimmy has also featured NBC Nightly News’ very own Brian Williams in a series of re-mixed news broadcasts set to popular hip-hop tracks. Thanks to Fallon’s tech-wizards on Monday night (4/21) Williams was laid back, sippin’ on “Gin and Juice.”

While Williams is highly respected as a news journalist, the thing about pop-culture is that you also become famous for whatever the pubic decides you’re famous for. “It’s all anyone mentions to me anymore,” he told Fallon in an interview Monday night on the Tonight Show. According to Williams, actor Cuba Gooding Jr. approached him at a New York Rangers game and informed him that he, Williams, was now a “huge figure in the rap and hip-hop community.”

The Snoop Dogg remix is only the most recent in what has become an ongoing series featuring “B-Dubs,” one of the many nicknames Fallon has given to the prolific news man. Among others, Williams has also covered Sugar Hill Gang‘s “Rapper’s Delight” (with an assist by fellow anchor Lester Holt) and “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

I love how Fallon regularly mixes music with comedy. Not only are the skits funny as hell, but they also help to pique interest in various music genres and remind people that yesterday’s music was pretty dang awesome!

Pharrell Williams – Man of the Year

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Photo courtesy of thehollywoodshuffle.com

If you didn’t know who Pharrell Williams was a year ago I bet you do now. He’s the man behind the hat, your favorite artists’ favorite producer, and the voice behind the feel good¬†songs you can’t seem to get out of your head.¬†Pharrell’s been in the music industry for¬†nearly two decades,¬†but in the past¬†year¬†has taken the¬†world by storm. And things only seem to be getting bigger and better for Skateboard P.

You can call him the renaissance man of music; he raps, sings, writes, and produces. Pharrell and Chad Hugo formed The Neptunes, a production duo responsible for hit songs from numerous hip hop, pop, and R&B artists such as Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Usher, and¬†Kelis. The two also¬†founded the record label Star Trak under Universal Music Group and linked up with Shay Haley to create the group N.E.R.D. It wasn’t until 2003 that¬†Pharrell released his first solo track, “Frontin’.”

So how exactly has he dominated 2013 and 2014?¬†Well, he produced and was¬†featured on the¬†anthem of the summer, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”¬†He collaborated with Daft Punk on their single “Get Lucky” which won Record of the Year at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.¬†Last but not least “Happy” (which has received the ultimate cover treatment) from Despicable Me 2 scored¬†Pharrell¬†an Academy Award nomination for¬†Best Original Song.


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Forget About Dre? No way, says karaoke ace!

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In a market saturated by modern-day hip hop and performers like Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West, it can be all too easy to forget about the innovators who are largely responsible for the success of today’s artists.

Grammy winner Dr. Dre is one such innovator. Best known for his triple-platinum album ‚ÄúThe Chronic,‚ÄĚ (considered by many to be one of the greatest rap/Hip-Hop albums ever produced ) Dre was also instrumental in the careers of several other iconic artists, including Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

At least one fan refuses to forget this fact. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mr. Vincent Marcus! This fresh young talent pays homage to both the legendary Dr. Dre and arguably his most famous progeny Eminem with this spot-on karaoke rendition of the appropriately-titled 2001 hit “Forgot About Dre.” (NSFW)

With his smooth transitions and impressive flow style, this young man could easily have a career in the music industry. Dre, if you’re out there, Mr. Marcus may be just what the “Dr.” ordered.