Migos Attempt High Tech Heist In ‘Frosted Flakes’

Migos have shared a new video for “Frosted Flakes,” a song set to appear on the forthcoming compilation album from Quality Control, Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 2. In it, Quavo and Takeoff are high-tech thieves on a mission for money, gold, and jewelry. But not everything is at it seems once the deed is done. After they return to their handler, deception is revealed. Come for the music and stay to see Quavo and Takeoff look like secret agents for four minutes.

When the visual starts, Quavo and Takeoff are well off, but looking for more. They’re approached by Mike Epps and a beautiful woman who, with another man, introduce the rappers to a grand scheme: Break into a tightly-secured facility and make off with its vast riches. Quavo and Takeoff make their way to the scene and it’s here that they tap into their inner-James Bond. Quavo silkily sneaks in and disables lasers while Takeoff makes use of a high tech gadget that helps him dispose of the guards.

The rappers embrace in the vault where they are surrounded by gold bars, rubies, and mountains of money. They fill what they can into their bags and make their ways back to the getaway van where their accomplice has been keeping a lookout. But once they return, guns are pointed at their faces. It’s then revealed that both Mike Epps and the beautiful woman have double-crossed them. The video ends before we can find out what happens next, but it sadly appears the rappers haven’t won this time.

Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 2 hits shelves on August 16. It’s a massive body of work that spans 35 tracks featuring artists like City Girls, Lil Baby, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion, Playboi Carti, Future, and more.

Watch Migos in “Frosted Flakes” up above.

BROCKHAMPTON Conquer Basketball And Glass Boxes In ‘Boy Bye’

BROCKHAMPTON‘s new album, Ginger, is coming out on August 23. Along with this surprise announcement, the boy band has released its third new single from the forthcoming LP in three weeks: “Boy Bye,” an alarmingly fast-paced tune that comes with a BROCKHAMPTON-signature video that’s wicked, wild, and wonderful. Those creepy Avatar-like people return for this one, and with an equally as mystifying giant.

“Boy Bye” is another bareboned beast, made up of mostly percussion with a stray melody here and there. It’s a joyous time, so it makes sense that the video for it, as well, is all in good fun. Dom McLennon is twirling a basketball while people around him malfunction. Matt Champion raps his energetic verse from inside a glass box a few stories high in the air. Kevin Abstract is surrounded by candles in darkness, shirtless, rapping to the void. Bearface stumbles through a drawling verse in a warehouse. There are a bunch of different scenes, tied together by randomness. Blue people fight in the background. There’s a giant sitting in a grassy field. The members get chased by masked figures in space outfits. Chaos would be the best way to describe it, and it suits BROCKHAMPTON’s MO.

“Boy Bye” follows the recently-released tunes “If You Pray Right” and “I Been Born Again.” Their last studio release was 2018’s IridescenceEarlier this year, Kevin Abstract released his own album, Arizona Baby.

Watch BROCKHAMPTON struggle in weird ways in “Boy Bye” up above.

A$AP Rocky Convicted Of Assault In Sweden But Avoids More Jail Time

This morning (August 14), A$AP Rocky was convicted of assault by the Stockholm District Court in Sweden. Instead of a jail sentence though, he was given a conditional sentence that involves a probationary period of two years, damages for the victim “for violation of his integrity and pain and suffering,” and repaying legal expenses to the state. His claim that he, along with the two other defendants, was acting in self-defense, was rejected. “Based on statements from two witnesses, the court finds that the defendants were not subject to a current or imminent criminal attack,” the ruling said.

On July 3, Rocky and the other defendants arrested after an altercation with two men in Stockholm on June 30. They were officially charged with assault on July 25. On August 2, he was released by Swedish authorities and wasn’t required to be present in court for their ruling.

A$AP Rocky performed his first show since being released over the weekend at 2019 Real Street Festival in California. While performing he spoke about his experience. “I just want to say, what I experienced it’s crazy,” Rocky shared with the crowd. “I’m so happy to be here – y’all don’t even understand. I’m so happy to be here right now. That was a scary, humbling experience, but I’m here right now. God is good.”

Shura Tells The Transatlantic Love Story Behind Her New Album, Forevher

By Emma Madden

Shura’s in love. The English singer wrote an album about it, she moved to another country because of it, and now she’s very, very happy to talk about it. While Interviewing 101 says to save the gossipy, “How’s your dating life?” questions until the end, Shura brings up her girlfriend almost immediately, without prompting. In fact, she mentions “my girlfriend” 12 times throughout our hour-long conversation, both because, clearly she’s in love, but also because we’re here to talk about her second album, forevher, which is inextricably tied to the wellspring of true love, and the person who inspired it.

Forevher, out August 16 on Secretly Canadian, comes three years after Shura’s debut, Nothing’s Real, which was filled with what her fans call “heartbreak bangers.” It showcased Shura’s pop acumen, her knack for writing a euphonic hook, and her ability to convert grief of multiple kinds into a shimmering, effervescent pop time capsule. With it, Shura effectively became the Pied Piper of Heartbreak.

So no one is more surprised than Shura now that her sophomore album happens to be about successful, all-encompassing love. But love changes things. Love radically alters perception and beautifies reality; it brings everything together in perfect, poetic harmony. Now Shura’s noticing patterns everywhere. “Wherever I go I’m followed by some kind of home improvement,” she says to MTV News.

Twenty seconds before our call, a drill starts in the London apartment next to hers. When she moved into her girlfriend’s New York home last November, the builders came in to do work on the house next door. “I think it’s because I just wrote a U-Haul lesbian album,” she says. Even in conversation, Shura can twist a great hook.

“There’s nothing new to say about love, and this is effectively a love story,” she says of her new album. But it’s not exactly an orthodox one. Shura first met her girlfriend on an app called Raya, essentially a Tinder for famous people. She’d tried the latter, but fans soon spotted her between swipes. One went so far as to screenshot Shura’s Tinder and post it on Twitter, @-ing her in hopes of acknowledgement. “So I freaked and deleted it.”

Shura and the “not even famous” Raya woman spent months talking — her in Brooklyn, Shura in London — before they had the opportunity to meet at a MUNA gig in New York. She recalls the anticipation she felt between texting and touching on forevher’s fourth track “The Stage,” as she sings: “Are we gonna kiss? Exciting / I promised you my lips in writing,” memorializing the night they met into song. No one makes a transatlantic lesbian relationship sound more appealing than Shura. “Long-distance relationships are dramatic,” she says, “and I love the drama. I’m a drama queen.”

No longer paying rent for her place in London, Shura’s since moved into an apartment with her girlfriend in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. “Honestly, I was sort of worried about how it’d be when we moved in together,” she confesses, having gotten used to the long-distance dynamic. But being apart has taught the couple balance, and while she can’t see them staying in the U.S. forever, she’s happy to be exactly where she is right now. “I’m in love with New York because I fell in love in New York,” she says.

It’s been a welcome change, both for her life and her music. She’d been living in Shepherd’s Bush in West London with her twin brother for the past seven years, after moving out of their dad’s house together when they were 18. “We were dangerously close to becoming one of those sets of creepy twins people make documentaries about, where they live together their whole lives, and marry other twins.” Shura needed to be uprooted somehow.“I don’t know if that’s a product of growing up half-Russian, half-English, and not really feeling as though I fit in anywhere, that makes me wanna explore everywhere.”

Musically, too, she itches to explore every sound, taking a leaf out of Madonna’s book. “That’s a prime example of someone who is doing something new and exciting for every record,” she says. You won’t hear many sonic references to Madonna on forevher; those are reserved for a queer tapestry of artists, most immediately Prince. But Shura at least pays homage to the iconoclasm of The Queen of Pop in the video for second single “religion (u can lay your hands on me).”

“My earliest memory of a music video was ‘Like A Prayer,’” she says, and she’s since come to view religion as a part of “pop music law.” Shura’s converted herself from the Pied Piper of Heartbreak to the Vaping Lesbian Pope, as the video reveals. It also happens to be the first song Shura wrote for the album, after which “religion naturally seeped” itself into forevher.

“It gave me license to play around with the idea of religion as a form of devotion; devotion is closer to love, and religion is close to sex in many ways, in that it finds itself in almost every culture,” she says. Religion, specifically Christianity, is one of many classical archetypes that she obscures, or rather queers, for the sake of telling her long-distance lesbian love story.

The album’s artwork, which depicts her girlfriend haloed by blue light and leaning into the grasp of her lover, is a take on one of heterosexuality’s most enduring images of love — Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss. “Taking that iconic image and replacing it with two women places it both within the eternal and the now,” she explains.

All of the artwork for her singles comes washed in a similarly thick shade of blue. She cites Maggie Nelson’s book Bluets, and even 2013 film Blue Is the Warmest Color as influences for that choice, as well as Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky who theorized a link between the color blue and the spiritual. “The darker the blue, the more it awakens the desire for the eternal,” he once wrote. Similarly, Shura suggests that “the act of loving is the desire for the eternal, and the desire for something to never end.”

So, what’s the point of falling in love when that person is eventually going to die? “I think that’s what’s so interesting about love,” she says. “It’s obviously amazing, but it also makes you more afraid.” Now she finds that heightened fear each time she boards a plane, knowing that if it crashed, her lover would be left destitute. It’s a thought she mulls over on “Princess Leia,” a track that strings together Carrie Fisher’s death and a soldier’s death (plus her own death) — two things that happened on Shura’s flight from England to Australia.

“I’ve thought about death pretty much every single day since I read St. Augustine’s Confessions when I was 21,” she says. One paragraph in particular stood out: “There’s a bit where he talks about his mother dying, and he writes about how he’s not so upset at the fact that she’s gone, but rather that they’re no longer coexisting at the same time.”

It’s an idea inadvertently explored on “tommy,” a track entirely devoted to a man Shura and her girlfriend met in Austin, Texas. On it, you’ll hear him telling Shura about his dead wife, how she came to him in a dream once and said: “It’s fine, please fall in love again.” “I think that’s one of the weirdest things about life,” Shura says on reflection, “We don’t choose to live, we just happen to exist, and by virtue of existing, one must die.”

“But anyway,” she says, “I don’t think I’ve answered your question about how to reconcile love with death.” Not that she needs to. Forevher does it for her.

Cardi B And Bernie Sanders Talk About Raising Minimum Wage In New Clip

While the full conversation between Cardi B and Democratic presidential candidate (and senator) Bernie Sanders has yet to be released, the rapper has unveiled a clip from the discussion that’s about an important topic to all Americans: minimum wage. Of all the questions and topics that she sourced from fans on Instagram for Democratic candidates, the rapper revealed that it was the one that popped up the most. The entire clip is only a minute and thirty seconds, but it’s a concise answer and important nugget of information for voters ahead of next year’s election.

In the video, Cardi wastes no time and doesn’t sugarcoat her question – she just comes out the gate swinging. “What are we going to do about wages in America?” she asks. “For example, me as a New Yorker, not now but you know, when I was not famous, I just felt like no matter how many jobs I get, I wasn’t able to make ends meet. Like, I wasn’t able to pay my rent, get transportation, and eat.” Sanders acknowledged the absurdly low wages that are offered across the country and then responded with his plan. “Legislation that I’ve introduced, which was passed in the house recently, would raise that minimum wage to $15 an hour,” he said. “What we also have to do is make it easier for workers to join unions so they can sit down and engage in collective bargaining and earn a decent living.”

In the accompanying caption on Instagram, Cardi B revealed that this isn’t the only video that’s coming. “Keep sending your questions, we will be addressing more of these soon!” she wrote. Last month, she posted a picture of their conversation, also hinting at more of it to release in the near-future. “Together, let’s build a movement of young people to transform this country,” she wrote then.

Watch Cardi B and Bernie Sanders talk about wages up above.

How Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’ Is Changing The Way We Feel About Being Single

Lizzo’s given fans so much this year, from up-tempo anthems to daily mantras. The singer-rapper-flautist kicked 2019 off with “Juice,” a single overflowing with self-love where she refers to herself as the “baddest bitch” and a “whole damn meal.” And while the song continued to gain popularity among her single fans over the course of several months, nothing could’ve prepared Lizzo for the powerful, chart-climbing resurgence of “Truth Hurts” this past spring — a track she released two years ago that, at the time, almost made her ditch her career altogether. “The day I released ‘Truth Hurts’ was probably one of the darkest days I’ve had ever in my career,” she told People. “I remember thinking, ‘If I quit music now, nobody would notice. This is my best song ever, and nobody cares.’” But Lizzo wasn’t down for long, telling the mag, “The song that made me want to quit is the song that everyone’s falling in love with me for.”

The sudden revival of the song — which is all about embracing the single life and succumbing to the realization that men are only great “‘til they gotta be great”— came when it was featured in the Netflix rom-com Someone Great, starring Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, and DeWanda Wise back in April. The “Truth Hurts” scene sees Rodriguez dancing around the kitchen in her underwear as she drunkenly sings the most empowering post-breakup lyric: “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch.” It’s a big mood. And despite being two years old already, the empowering single recently reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming a go-to self-love anthem for single women everywhere — many of whom doubted whether they’d ever be able to survive without a relationship.

“In the past, I attached my identity and worth to being loved/shown attention from another person,” Anna, a Lizzo fan, wrote to MTV News. “When the relationship would end, it left me completely lost. … Lizzo’s song helped me separate my identity from my relationship status. It helped me realize that I was worthy of love and belonging whether I was single or not.” And perhaps even more importantly, it taught her to never settle for anything less than she deserves. “After I stopped settling for relationships, I realized that that energy quickly filtered into the rest of my life,” she said. “I no longer settled for subpar. I started going after what I wanted and following my dreams.”

Anna’s certainly not the only one who, at one time, found her worth in other people. According to online psychologist Carolin Müller, we’ve been culturally conditioned to consider certain aspects of our lives as positives, and relationships are one of them. “Those norms are often driven by all kinds of media … so if you live in an era where being single is considered bad and being in a relationship is considered cool, it is normal that you feel a kind of pressure,” Müller said. Bella DePaulo, author of Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After, agrees, though she also says we have more than just the media to blame for feeding us the same old relationship tropes. “The valuing of marriage and devaluing of single people is pervasive,” DePaulo said. “It is in popular culture, in our churches, in politics, in the workplace, in the marketplace, in schools and universities, and in everyday life. There is no escaping it.”

But “Truth Hurts” teaches that being single isn’t a bad thing, and its music video challenges the very social construct of marriage. In it, Lizzo’s dressed as a bride, veil and all. But after twerking at the altar instead of exchanging vows, she ultimately winds up marrying herself. Müller calls this “a reversal of values,” something also heard in equally empowering songs like Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” for example — which inspired strong, independent women to throw their ringless hands up and dance — and more recently, Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next,” which similarly positions the pop star in a committed relationship with herself.

These songs’ positive messages help debunk the outdated notion that being single is sad, lonely, and not a status someone would ever willfully opt into. “Being single or being in a relationship does not have a direct effect on the wellbeing of a person,” Müller said. And if you ask DePaulo, “Truth Hurts” offers yet another way for singles to flip the switch on the all-too-familiar narrative that relationships are absolutely essential to one’s happiness. “That’s important,” she said. “When it seems like singles just can’t catch a break, along comes a catchy song with empowering lyrics.”

For Ally, another Lizzo fan, those empowering lyrics have shown that you’ll never really know what you’re capable of until you spend some much-needed time by yourself. “After coming out of a five-and-a-half-year relationship somewhat unexpectedly, I felt empty and lost,” she said. “I hadn’t been single since I was 16 years old so I didn’t even know how to do things without having someone right there with me.” Lizzo’s celebratory words — “I put the sing in single / Ain’t worried ’bout a ring on my finger” goes one standout couplet — helped Ally find an independence within herself that she never knew existed. “I think it’s made me stop and appreciate the beauty of being on your own  — especially in your 20s,” she said. “I’ve since come to realize how important it is to be on your own for a little. I think this time allows you to really objectively determine who you are and what you want.”

(Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

Typically, one doesn’t abruptly switch from hating being single to loving it. But listening to Lizzo’s smile through her delivery of lines like “I got boy problems, that’s the human in me / Bling bling, then I solve ’em, that’s the goddess in me” can certainly make someone feel empowered in their singleness — at least for a little while. And if you decide to listen more than once, it can seriously impact your attitude in a really positive way. “Listening to this song on repeat is like reciting a mantra, or repeating a thought or a sentence every day,” Müller said. “… It has a real influence on your attitude.”

Jessica, another fan of Lizzo’s girl-power anthem, can attest. After being in four different long-term relationships, she’s found herself feeling “lonely and bored” — and it doesn’t help that many of her friends are posting their engagement and pregnancy announcements on Instagram every week. But even though she still feels pressure to find love, the song initiated a noticeable difference in her attitude toward being single. “[It] has given me that extra boost on days when I really need it,” she said. “It’s the song I get ready to before a first date, but also the song I listen to on the way home after a horrible first date. The song I listen to cleaning when I feel like I’m going to be alone forever, or when I see an ex on social media getting married.” One song doesn’t have to completely change how you feel about being single, but if listening to “Truth Hurts” can encourage you to put one foot in front of the other and stop comparing your love life to everyone else’s, then isn’t it worth listening to… over and over and over again?

“This song made me feel confident in that other women have experienced the ups and downs of breakups and being single,” Jessica said. And it’s true. Other women — Lizzo included — have felt extraordinary discomfort in being single, but just because you’re single doesn’t mean your life isn’t overflowing with love. “Durable happiness and well-being is really not related to being in a relationship,” Müller says. “Self-love is a primordial condition for psychological well-being.” And the more songs continue to preach about self-love, the more people will truly feel it.

Lil Baby And DaBaby Pay Homage To A Grotesque Scarface Scene In ‘Baby’

Lil Baby and DaBaby — say that three times fast and your tongue will twist itself into the shape of a rotini pasta noodle — have released a new video for “Baby” that’s funny, scary, and influenced by the classic gangster film, Scarface. When a lucrative and mysterious job offer gets thrown your way, you don’t turn it down. Or maybe you do if “Baby” is trying to teach you a lesson, but we doubt it is. Just know what you’re signing up for first before accepting any new position. You could be holding on to a suitcase full of who knows what.

It turns out, that’s exactly what happens in “Baby.” Lil Baby and DaBaby are two saps down on their luck, with Lil Baby, in particular, working in a kitchen getting verbally harassed by his manager. When a mysterious guy with a luxurious suit gives him a job offer, Lil Baby flings his work smock at his former manager’s face at a hundred miles an hour, stepping into a world that he doesn’t quite understand.

The next we see of Lil Baby and DaBaby (whom Lil Baby informs of the job opportunity), they’re down in what looks like Miami, with a suitcase of something important for a transaction. It’s safe to assume so because they have expensive and tacky outfits and a spoiled look on their faces. It’s here that echoes of an infamously violent Scarface scene begin to unfold. While Lil Baby is ogling women from a lemon-yellow convertible, DaBaby is in a nearby hotel room, trying to buy some “product” from some buyers who eventually brandish weapons at him. If you’ve seen Scarface, you know that chainsaws come out and things get pretty dark.

Lucky for him, Lil Baby decides to come in and save the day in the most violent way imaginable. DaBaby escapes by the skin of his teeth and the two get away with the money and the product. That’s the best possible ending that anyone could hope for.

“Baby” will appear on the forthcoming Quality Control record label compilation album, Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 2 which comes out on August 16.

Watch Lil Baby and DaBaby live out a Scarface fantasy in “Baby” up above.

Khalid Will Be Playing A Benefit Concert For El Paso In September

In response to the mass shooting that took place on August 3 in El Paso, TX and claimed the lives of 22 people and injured 24 more, Khalid has announced a benefit concert, A Night For Suncity, that will take place on September 1 at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center at the University of Texas. Khalid, who attended high school in El Paso, was deeply impacted by the tragedy and is working to provide support for the city. Proceeds from the concert will go to the El Paso Community Foundation and El Paso Shooting Victims’ Fund.

“I have been rocked to the core by the horrific act of gun violence that came to El Paso, and by the continued acts of senseless violence that our country faces daily,” the singer revealed in a statement. “I want to give back to my community of El Paso, the city of the 915, who has given so much to me.” Tickets for the concert go on sale on August 14. In addition to the show, Khalid is also releasing “Forever Of The 915” t-shirts which will also see proceeds going to support victims of the shooting.

Khalid has a lot of love for the city of El Paso. Earlier this summer he donated school supplies inside of backpacks to students around the city. His 2018 EP, Suncity, was named in homage to El Paso as well.

Jonas Brothers Serve Up ’80s Hotness In Their Super-Suave ‘Only Human’ Video

After throwing it back to ’80s-era Miami Beach for “Cool,” Jonas Brothers are keeping the throwback vibes rolling right along for “Only Human.”

The bros’ latest single from their comeback album Happiness Begins is an insistently groovy bop, and its new video kicks the vintage swagger up several notches. It opens in a club packed with enthusiastic fans who bust out their best cheesy dance moves while singing and blowing bubbles. This place has it all: a horse statue, rotary telephones, disco balls, cheeseburgers, and an angry cab driver parked outside.

But the real stars, of course, are the brothers Jonas, who flash their flyest sunglasses and silkiest button-downs while singing about getting “drunk to an ’80s groove.” Special shout-outs to Kevin’s beer-chugging, Joe’s furniture-hopping, and Nick’s hilarious window shenanigans. You’ll understand once you hit play below.

The “Only Human” video arrives during a crazy-busy month for JB — the band kicked off an extensive U.S. tour last week, and they’re nominated for four awards at the VMAs, including Video of the Year for “Sucker.” If you want to see these three take home a Moon Person or two, get voting now!

And before you leave, take one last look at Nick’s very silly suaveness (because why would you fight or try to deny the way you feel about him?!):

The VMAs Just Got A Lot Juicier: Camila, Shawn, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, And More Will Perform

You might want to sit down, because we’re about to hit you with a TON of just-announced performers for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. Seven (yes, seven) new acts for the August 26 show have been revealed, and they’ll be bringing the juice, the bilingual bops, and the old town road along for the ride.

Taking the stage at this year’s VMAs are (*drumroll please*) Bad Bunny, Camila Cabello, J Balvin, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Rosalía, and Shawn Mendes.

Of that group, Mendes is the only seasoned VMA performer — this will be the third year in a row that he’s graced the stage, after singing “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” in 2017 and “In My Blood” (wet shirt and all) in 2018. The pop heartthrob is also looking to take home his first Moon Person; he’s nominated for five awards, including Artist of the Year.

Meanwhile, Mendes’s “Señorita” partner, Cabello, will perform at the awards show for the very first time. She’s far from a VMA newbie, though — last year, Cabello won Artist of the Year and Video of the Year, for her smash hit “Havana.” This year, she’s nominated alongside Mendes in four categories, including Best Collaboration.

Meanwhile, Best Latin nominees Rosalía, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin will all make their VMA debuts, as will “Old Town Road” superstar Lil Nas X, who’s up for eight awards, including Video of the Year and Song of the Year. And Lizzo — who’s attended twice, and is nominated for Best New Artist and Push Artist of the Year — will undoubtedly keep things juicy for her first time on the VMA stage.

The night is clearly shaping up to be a memorable one, with this all-star lineup joining previously announced performer Taylor Swift and Video Vanguard recipient, Missy Elliott. And there are still more exciting announcements to come…

The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from The Prudential Center on Monday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Voting is now open at vma.mtv.com!