WATCH: Kanye West Talks 'Cruel Summer'

Kanye West hasn't been one for interviews in recent years (see: Matt Lauer interview), and his public speaking roles have been limited, but the rap mogul has taken some time to discuss his latest project, G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer, in a new video.

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WATCH: Cast of Hundreds Joins Mike Tompkins For 'Pitch Perfect' Music Video

Whether or not you're a fan of Nicki Minaj's "Starships," it's hard to deny the talent Mike Tompkins demonstrates in each of his videos. This video is no different, except that the cast of the film Pitch Perfect and 300 fans take part in this a capella tune.

Pitch Perfect releases on Sept. 28.

Read about Tompkins here in January's issue of Variance.


WATCH: Behind the Scenes With The Last Names

Indie duo The Last Names are preparing to debut their first full-length effort on Oct. 2, but this week the band is providing an interesting look behind the scenes of the creation of their vinyl artwork and packaging.

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WATCH: Frank Ocean Performs 'Thinkin Bout You' at MTV VMAs

Somewhere in the middle of all the rap tracks and synth beats during Thursday night's MTV VMAs, one artist stood out. Like Adele's performance of "Someone Like You" at the 2011 VMAs, Frank Ocean gave this year's audience a stripped-down, acoustic version of his "Thinkin Bout You." Watch the video below.

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WATCH: Missy Elliott Performs Two New Songs

Last week, Timbaland revealed that sometime over Labor Day weekend, fans could expect two new tracks from Missy Elliott. While studio versions of said songs were not immediately available, Elliott did appear onstage with Timbaland over the weekend to perform "9th Inning" and "Triple Threat," both of which are expected to be on her upcoming album--which has not been given an official release date. She also performed some of her hits ("Get Ur Freak On" and "Lose Control") and offered a prayer for Chris Lighty.

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Jay-Z Joins Pearl Jam to Close Out Made in America with '99 Problems'

On the final day of Jay-Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia, the Brooklyn emcee joined headlining act Pearl Jam for one final performance. Following a surprise appearance by Kanye West and most of his G.O.O.D. Music crew on the first night, on Sunday Jay-Z closed out the fest with "99 Problems," a popular track off his Black Album.

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