Last Lap: Wednesday’s Odds And Ends In Music News


Big Sean Video Features Kanye West And Cheesecake
And don’t the two go hand-in-hand? The Hype Williams-directed video for Big Sean‘s “Marvin and Chardonnay” splits the difference between Williams’s 2005 clip for Kanye West‘s “Gold Digger” and “Best I Ever Had,” the Drake video that West directed. [YouTube]

Blink-182 Release New Song
Two weeks after premiering the video for lead single “Up All Night,” Blink-182 have released another cut from Neighborhoods (due out September 27). “After Midnight” is available as a free download for winners of a mind-numbingly simple stopwatch game that we nevertheless kept playing until we won (after 13 attempts). [Spin]

50 Cent To Launch New Energy Drink For Charity
In “I Get Money,” 50 Cent rapped about making a personal fortune in the beverage industry. (“I took quarter water, sold it in bottles for two bucks. Coca-Cola came and bought it for billions, what the f—k?”) Now the rapper hopes to repeat the feat for charity with his new enterprise Street King. 50 promises that each sale of a Street King Energy Shot will provide one hot meal for a hungry child in Africa (though non-profit partnership specifics have yet to be revealed). [This Is 50]

Phish Organize Benefit Show For Vermonters Affected By Hurricane Irene Flooding
Speaking of good deeds, Vermont’s own Phish will be holding a benefit show next week outside Burlington—their first Vermont show since reuniting in 2009. Proceeds will benefit the band’s own WaterWheel Foundation, which is currently concentrating on Vermont flood-relief efforts. [Rolling Stone]

The D.O.C. Can’t Help Flirting With Erykah Badu In Interviews
After The D.O.C. told The Dallas Observer last month that “he hopes to film a reality show before long about the goings-on in [Erykah Badu‘s Houston] house, ending with a wedding between him and Badu,” the soul singer’s camp was quick to fire back with a sly rejoinder: “The D.O.C.’s comments were either taken out of context, improperly interpreted or reflective of his now not-so-secret desires.” MTV News asked the West Coast rapper and ghostwriter for a response, and he didn’t exactly back off from his “now not-so-secret desires”: “I love Erykah and I know she loves me.” He claimed that the reality-show idea was a joke, and admitted that marriage was not in the cards. As for him and Badu (and their daughter)? “We are both in love with that baby girl, and that’s what it’s really all about.” [MTV News]

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