In today’s MTV News Video Digest we have a broad array of interviews for you ranging from The Hunger Games’ star Jennifer Lawrence to Kid Cudi, Avengers director Joss Wheldon at SXSW and Diddy remembering his favorite Notorious BIG song.
The Hunger Games premiered in Los Angeles and MTV News was on the carpet to talk to the stars of the film. Katniss herself, Jennifer Lawrence, was glad she didn’t have to put herself on fire tonight.
After generating significant attention with his "A Vintage State of Mind" Mixtape, Fokis steps behind the scenes to release Stryfe, a Local MU-12 Union member and artist on his Loyalty Digital Corp. Roster... Stryfe is a witty lyricist from Detroit who is able to communicate real life issues through clever wordplay. With the first single "SHELLS" a dynamic and energetic, yet gritty song that represents everyday life of the ghetto. Upon completing his forthcoming LP, "The Last Resort", Stryfe teamed up with fellow Detroit native CYDI's BreadWinner to release an EP, “The Opening Act,” which will serve as the prelude to his debut LP.
Toronto and NYC-based MC, producer, and songwriter 4th Pyramid is excited to release his new album, The Pyramid Scheme, which marks his first album release since signing his Silk Ivory label to a joint venture with Lyrics To Go/Universal Music. The album, which was produced by 4th Pyramid, Rich Kidd, Simahlak, Maco Polo, and Jersey Jay, encapsulates Pyramid’s up-all-night jet-set attitude and features Greg Nice, Saukrates, Cosmo Baker, and more. To celebrate the release, Pyramid is now sharing his latest video for the single "Can't Stop."
Featuring Iron Solomon, Statik Selektah & Buckshot. Fans heading to SXSW this week can see Buckshot, Statik Selektah & Iron Solomon performing at the Duck Down x Blacksmith showcase on Friday, March 16th at La Zona Rosa. Doors open at 8PM. Additional performances by Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Smif N Wessun, Mr. MFN eXquire, Bad Rabbits & more.
High Life, the second single from Rotterdam MC, Silex, is a testament to the struggles he has endured up to this point in his career. Like any other artist, sacrifices have to be made at times, but at what cost? Silex addresses the daily struggles he has faced in his personal life as he sought the ‘high life’.
“Music provides me with a natural high and having been living the ‘high life’ for so long, I felt my grasp on reality falter for a split second,” Silex explains. “I had to tighten the reigns a bit and when I heard the sample in the track, I had to address a situation which was a major turning point for me. Folks say that out of something bad comes something good and in this instance the good is my second official single, so it can’t all be bad.”
To celebrate the release of his new 2-CD album Oakwood Grain I & II, Maspyke and Low Budget producer Roddy Rod is debuting one of the vocal tracks from the primarily-instrumental project: "Truly 1Derful," featuring fellow DMV native Cynthia Hawkes. Oakwood Grain I & II features more than 30 thumping instrumentals, plus a few choice vocal guests (including Finale, Muhsinah, Bilal Salaam, Wayna, and more).