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Interview: LaurieAnn Gibson Explains Keri Hilson's "The Way You Love Me" Video

Our girl NecoleBitchie sat down and did an exclusive interview with LaurieAnn Gibson who has made her directional debut with this video. My initial reaction from this video was “Keri is wildin” but after reading this interview I must say LaurieAnn makes some very valid points.

Necole Bitchie: Keri Hilson’s new video is going crazy on the internet. Everyone is talking about it. For people who may not have seen the video yet, could you tell us a little bit about the concept of the video?

LaurieAnn: We didn’t expect the dirty version to leak. It is a story about a love affair. Keri is a bounty hunter and the person that she has to bring in is her love, her baby daddy, Columbus Short, who’s an actor who started out as a dancer. So she has like this ultimate decision to make that I feel like a lot of black women are faced with; Is he the right guy? Is he good enough? I love him. Listen, we are up against a lot of odds, we gotta support our black man against those odds. Do I turn him in? Do I honor my love and risk it all? So that’s basically what the concept of the video is. There’s a ‘to be continued’ so it’s going to be interesting. I’m actually going to take you back to the beginning of when they first met so it will make sense when it’s finished.

Necole Bitchie : I can imagine that you were under a lot of pressure especially for this video to be your directorial debut

LaurieAnn: Well the thing is I’ve been choreographing and then creative directing with a lot of Lady Gaga stuff. You know as a choreographer you basically direct movement so you’re in the trenches learning about directing for years. When Keri was like, “Lauri Ann, Polow has this record…I’m not sure about it”. I said “Keri, let me direct a lifestyle video. The thing is, the beat is so driving and it doesn’t have to necessarily be the full part of you. It can be a character or another side. How can we pull a record that Polow loves and not offend your fans?” I suggested we make a mini movie. So that’s how it started out and it was really innocent and because it was my directorial debut I didn’t have a lot of money. The label was looking at me with one eye open. A lot of people don’t understand that Keri’s really capable and really talented and a lot of the other females may not see her as a competitor. But legitimately she has a voice, she has an opinion…she has a passion. So I was like “Keri, if I could let you feel this comfortable you need to fight for your spot, fight for your right to go after what you really want.” So we just started and that’s how the collaborations started.

Necole Bitchie: My first thought when I saw the video was “men are going to love this, women are going to hate on it”. I looked on twitter and the men were going crazy, the women not so much. I have never seen Keri dance that hard though. Do you feel like this video can propel her into “a competing state” and open people’s eyes to “Keri has arrived”?

LaurieAnn: Absolutely Necole because I think the bar and the level is set. You have to risk it all in order to be number one and you know how we feel about Beyonce, she works non-stop. She’s in it giving you options, performing at a level that’s not comfortable. The thing is, Keri can go there, so it’s like she’s making them feel uncomfortable. It’s a risk she had to take. As a black woman it is a little bit uncomfortable but what we are saying is we get to this place sexually where we want to feel like we’re that sexy, we’re that fly and why not? I mean white girls get behind us, I mean I love you Kim Kardashian but enough! Black girls are fly, you know what I’m saying? We’re beat, we’re the reason for the season and we need to embrace it! It’s a little uncomfortable because they kindly, politely put us in our position. Black women stand up and take back what their tying to snatch from us behind closed doors.

Necole Bitchie: You brought up an interesting point because as black women, sometimes we are boxed in when it comes to our sexuality. We get backlash for suggestive photos or showing our bodies in a way that is totally acceptable when women of other races do it. It’s “sexy” when they do it. It’s “raunchy” when we do it. For example, I know it’s someone that you work with a lot too, Lady Gaga has all these amazing pictures that show off her body and it’s looked at as art but if those type of photos were done by an urban artist, they would get backlash.

LaurieAnn: You’re right Necole, your absolutely right. I find an excitement about what I’ve done with Gaga from finding her three and a half years ago without anybody. It’s also bitter sweet because it wasn’t a black girl. I’m not mad, I’m just saying but you’re absolutely right there’s complete facts to that and even with Kim Kardashian, we’re not judging you but had a black woman done a sex tape we would’ve been finished for life.

Necole Bitchie: There wouldn’t be any endorsements…

LaurieAnn: Sell a shoe? Please! Just saying this is reality and instead of beating us down it’s a celebratory thing. It’s a yes Keri, okay we get it, it’s a record that Polow gave you and we had to interpret it. So we did it in the form of film and creativity. But she looks amazing, she’s strong, she chooses her man..it’s to be continued. Give her the time to let it unfold, to embrace this level and see what she comes with before you count her out so quickly.

Necole Bitchie: When you were presenting your ideas to Keri for this video, were there reservations on her end?

LaurieAnn: She did have reservations; it was a mixture of both. She loved the freedom and the protection that I gave her as the director. I was like “you’re screaming to prove you are a competitor in the ring…that Keri can sing, dance and act”. I didn’t make the record. I’m just delivering the record. There’s no way around, “Love me, Love me, it’s the way you love me, thug me.” I didn’t want to make it mine. So creatively I wanted to elevate you and challenge you to really break the front wall. I was like we gotta get Ricky on there, Faith came in, Dawn, Jojo..it was really a loving set and everyone had fun. She was a little bit like “Yikes!” I was like “You have the ability, so you want to be fearless and in your face on this. Promote the idea there should be no judgment and really stand for something or fall for anything.”

Necole Bitchie: Most artists get to a certain point in their career were they have to take risks. Sometimes they have to shut out all of the noise…what critics are going to say and just go for it. That’s when most artists reach their full potential.

LaurieAnn: She listens to the record company, she listens to the kids..she listens and sometimes they let her down. It wasn’t so literally, it was a break out on many levels.

And we’re not saying that this is for her younger fans by no way! Trust me I wish the dirty version didn’t get leaked because for my brand as well it’s a little uncomfortable. But it is based on the dance, it’s no one bumping and grinding, no one slapping her butt, she’s dancing to her full potential. Beyonce does a lot of sexual hip rolls so it’s just unexpected but it’s not without a particular artistic approach. For my young black girls, it is a video, it is a stretch. She is acting…she doesn’t stray from going to school…stay committed…believe in your dreams…trust God..be loyal. These are things that we live by. These are things I live by but there’s the other human side that’s like “We are the baddest bitches in the game.”


Interview: LaurieAnn Gibson Explains Keri Hilson’s “The Way You Love Me” Video

Our girl NecoleBitchie sat down and did an exclusive interview with LaurieAnn Gibson who has made her directional debut with this video. My initial reaction from this video was “Keri is wildin” but after reading this interview I must say LaurieAnn makes some very valid points.

Necole Bitchie: Keri Hilson’s new video is going crazy on the internet. Everyone is talking about it. For people who may not have seen the video yet, could you tell us a little bit about the concept of the video?

LaurieAnn: We didn’t expect the dirty version to leak. It is a story about a love affair. Keri is a bounty hunter and the person that she has to bring in is her love, her baby daddy, Columbus Short, who’s an actor who started out as a dancer. So she has like this ultimate decision to make that I feel like a lot of black women are faced with; Is he the right guy? Is he good enough? I love him. Listen, we are up against a lot of odds, we gotta support our black man against those odds. Do I turn him in? Do I honor my love and risk it all? So that’s basically what the concept of the video is. There’s a ‘to be continued’ so it’s going to be interesting. I’m actually going to take you back to the beginning of when they first met so it will make sense when it’s finished.

Necole Bitchie : I can imagine that you were under a lot of pressure especially for this video to be your directorial debut

LaurieAnn: Well the thing is I’ve been choreographing and then creative directing with a lot of Lady Gaga stuff. You know as a choreographer you basically direct movement so you’re in the trenches learning about directing for years. When Keri was like, “Lauri Ann, Polow has this record…I’m not sure about it”. I said “Keri, let me direct a lifestyle video. The thing is, the beat is so driving and it doesn’t have to necessarily be the full part of you. It can be a character or another side. How can we pull a record that Polow loves and not offend your fans?” I suggested we make a mini movie. So that’s how it started out and it was really innocent and because it was my directorial debut I didn’t have a lot of money. The label was looking at me with one eye open. A lot of people don’t understand that Keri’s really capable and really talented and a lot of the other females may not see her as a competitor. But legitimately she has a voice, she has an opinion…she has a passion. So I was like “Keri, if I could let you feel this comfortable you need to fight for your spot, fight for your right to go after what you really want.” So we just started and that’s how the collaborations started.

Necole Bitchie: My first thought when I saw the video was “men are going to love this, women are going to hate on it”. I looked on twitter and the men were going crazy, the women not so much. I have never seen Keri dance that hard though. Do you feel like this video can propel her into “a competing state” and open people’s eyes to “Keri has arrived”?

LaurieAnn: Absolutely Necole because I think the bar and the level is set. You have to risk it all in order to be number one and you know how we feel about Beyonce, she works non-stop. She’s in it giving you options, performing at a level that’s not comfortable. The thing is, Keri can go there, so it’s like she’s making them feel uncomfortable. It’s a risk she had to take. As a black woman it is a little bit uncomfortable but what we are saying is we get to this place sexually where we want to feel like we’re that sexy, we’re that fly and why not? I mean white girls get behind us, I mean I love you Kim Kardashian but enough! Black girls are fly, you know what I’m saying? We’re beat, we’re the reason for the season and we need to embrace it! It’s a little uncomfortable because they kindly, politely put us in our position. Black women stand up and take back what their tying to snatch from us behind closed doors.

Necole Bitchie: You brought up an interesting point because as black women, sometimes we are boxed in when it comes to our sexuality. We get backlash for suggestive photos or showing our bodies in a way that is totally acceptable when women of other races do it. It’s “sexy” when they do it. It’s “raunchy” when we do it. For example, I know it’s someone that you work with a lot too, Lady Gaga has all these amazing pictures that show off her body and it’s looked at as art but if those type of photos were done by an urban artist, they would get backlash.

LaurieAnn: You’re right Necole, your absolutely right. I find an excitement about what I’ve done with Gaga from finding her three and a half years ago without anybody. It’s also bitter sweet because it wasn’t a black girl. I’m not mad, I’m just saying but you’re absolutely right there’s complete facts to that and even with Kim Kardashian, we’re not judging you but had a black woman done a sex tape we would’ve been finished for life.

Necole Bitchie: There wouldn’t be any endorsements…

LaurieAnn: Sell a shoe? Please! Just saying this is reality and instead of beating us down it’s a celebratory thing. It’s a yes Keri, okay we get it, it’s a record that Polow gave you and we had to interpret it. So we did it in the form of film and creativity. But she looks amazing, she’s strong, she chooses her man..it’s to be continued. Give her the time to let it unfold, to embrace this level and see what she comes with before you count her out so quickly.

Necole Bitchie: When you were presenting your ideas to Keri for this video, were there reservations on her end?

LaurieAnn: She did have reservations; it was a mixture of both. She loved the freedom and the protection that I gave her as the director. I was like “you’re screaming to prove you are a competitor in the ring…that Keri can sing, dance and act”. I didn’t make the record. I’m just delivering the record. There’s no way around, “Love me, Love me, it’s the way you love me, thug me.” I didn’t want to make it mine. So creatively I wanted to elevate you and challenge you to really break the front wall. I was like we gotta get Ricky on there, Faith came in, Dawn, Jojo..it was really a loving set and everyone had fun. She was a little bit like “Yikes!” I was like “You have the ability, so you want to be fearless and in your face on this. Promote the idea there should be no judgment and really stand for something or fall for anything.”

Necole Bitchie: Most artists get to a certain point in their career were they have to take risks. Sometimes they have to shut out all of the noise…what critics are going to say and just go for it. That’s when most artists reach their full potential.

LaurieAnn: She listens to the record company, she listens to the kids..she listens and sometimes they let her down. It wasn’t so literally, it was a break out on many levels.

And we’re not saying that this is for her younger fans by no way! Trust me I wish the dirty version didn’t get leaked because for my brand as well it’s a little uncomfortable. But it is based on the dance, it’s no one bumping and grinding, no one slapping her butt, she’s dancing to her full potential. Beyonce does a lot of sexual hip rolls so it’s just unexpected but it’s not without a particular artistic approach. For my young black girls, it is a video, it is a stretch. She is acting…she doesn’t stray from going to school…stay committed…believe in your dreams…trust God..be loyal. These are things that we live by. These are things I live by but there’s the other human side that’s like “We are the baddest bitches in the game.”


Kanye and Nicki Debut BIG on Billboard!

 

Congrats are in order!!

Kanye’s newest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, enters the Billboard Chart at #1 with 518,775 copies.  His last album, 808’s & Heartbreaks sold just over 450,000 in its debut week.

Nicki Minaj enters the charts at a very impressive #2 with 371,049 copies sold.  Say what you want, but this Barbie is making the money.  She will definitely go gold.

Rihanna’s album is down 35%, but still at an impressive #3 with 133, 662 sold.

Ne-Yo’s latest album, Libra Scale, scored a #8 debut, with 117,000 copies.

Honorable mention go to Lloyd Banks: Banks’ The Hunger For More 2 had a #25 debut which is great, especially since the album is released from an independent label.

Disappointing mention goes to Jay-Z: His greatest hits album debuted at #41…Jigga who?!

Congrats to everyone!!!!!


New Music: "Ass on the Floor" Dirty Money

 

Dirty Money have collaborated with Swizz Beats and his #MonsterMondays for a new rump shaka called “Ass on the Floor.”  I think they’re purpose is to…get your ass on the floor….obviously.  I like it…I’d dance to it in the club.  What do you think?

 


New Music: “Ass on the Floor” Dirty Money

 

Dirty Money have collaborated with Swizz Beats and his #MonsterMondays for a new rump shaka called “Ass on the Floor.”  I think they’re purpose is to…get your ass on the floor….obviously.  I like it…I’d dance to it in the club.  What do you think?

 


Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa on XXL

 

XXL has named Rick Ross Man of the Year and Wiz Khalifa Rookie of the Year.  Ross had one of the biggest rap albums this year and Khalifa’s Kush and Orange Juice got a lot of buzz.  Wiz turned down Drake to go on his own very successful tour; the fact that he was able to sell out all of his dates as a newcomer is quite impressive.  It should also be noted that this is the first issue handled by new Editor-In-Chief, Bonsu Thompson.

In related news, Ross told XXL that his walk-on in the middle of the Soul Train Awards had nothing to do with Eminem, who he lost an award to:

“Not at all,” Ross told the mag, citing production issues as the reason for his early exit. “I been going to award shows for a long time and I’ve never had a problem with who won. I’m happy I’m recognized. We were in the trailer, going over these particular [performance] issues [with the show’s producers]. Out of respect, we came back out there to give them a reaction to the nomination. They gave the award to Eminem. I applauded. Big record. That wasn’t the issue. Like I said, the things we requested weren’t met.”

And Wiz had this to say about his music and tour:

“It’s not just the weed. The music is awesome,” he explained. “The music is great. Just from the beats that I pick, I’m a fan of my producers. They push me. The vibe is so positive, you can be who you want to be. The weed just goes with it. See, when I was in high school, I wasn’t in the streets. I had friends that were in the streets, but I just smoked with them. I had straight white kids that I just kicked it with and they smoked more than the kids in the streets. So I kicked it with everybody, but we were all on the same sh– mentally.”

I like both of these rappers and think the titles are well-deserved.  The issue hits stands December 21st.

 

 

 


Tupac, Tupac, Tupac!!!!!!!

 

Ok….I will definitely be buying this book!!!  It has just been announced that hip-hop journalist Kevin Powell has signed a deal with publishing company Simon & Schuster to write Tupac Shakur: The Authorized Biography… authourized by his mama specifically. She says:

“Kevin Powell is doing this Tupac Shakur biography with my full blessings. I trust him and his history of documenting my son’s life, and I know he will do the book from his heart.”

More from Powell:

“It is an honor to write what will be the definitive biography on the life and times of Tupac Shakur, one of the greatest icons in hip-hop and pop culture history.”

There isn’t a release date yet, but it is highly anticipated, of course!

ALSO, January 26th is the release date for Uncensored and Uncut: The Lost Prison Tapes, a documentary about the time Pac spent in prison.

AND Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) is set to direct an upcoming biopic about the last day of Tupac’s life.

Oh my, oh my…I can’t wait to see how all of these projects turn out!!!