This 20-Year-Old Artist Carves Pumpkins Of Your Faves Every Halloween

Super fans dress up as their faves for Halloween. Super duper fans carve deeply-intricate portraits of their faves and their album art into pumpkins for Halloween!

That’s the prerogative for Megan, a 20-year-old artist whose pumpkin carvings have caught the eyes of fellow stans. Megan’s IRL-to-pumpkin comparison photos often rack up thousands of likes on her Twitter and Instagram pages.

In 2017, Megan’s intricate carvings of Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift caught the eyes of fans across the internet. It was Taylor Swift, in fact, who was at the core of how this all started a year earlier.

“The pumpkin carving actually started out as a bet with my sister in 2016,” Megan told TRL over Twitter direct messages. “She told me if I could carve the cover of 1989 on a pumpkin almost perfectly she would fly with me to Austin, Texas to see Taylor Swift’s Formula 1 concert.”

Taking the bet seriously, Megan carved a perfect set of Taylor pumpkins and discovered a new, spooky talent. And yes, she got to go to that concert in Texas.

There weren’t many tutorials for the detailed, shading-based type of pumpkin carving that Megan has perfected, but with a lifelong passion for art and design, the technique came naturally.

“It’s all about carving different depths to create shading,” Megan told TRL about her method. “The more you carve out the lighter the pumpkin is, and vice versa. I mostly use an x-acto knife to do that but I also use clay modeling tools and a pumpkin drill.”

Last year’s carving of Shawn Mendes went particularly viral with more than 11,000 likes on Twitter. Not only has Megan mastered Shawn in pumpkin form, but as a fan she’s met him a few times, too.

“Not only do I love his music, but also his character,” Megan said. “He’s so genuine and real with his fans. He treats us almost like his friends.”

This year, Megan has already begun her pumpkins for Halloween, including a carving of Why Don’t We’s album art for 8 Letters that’s caught the attention of the boy band itself. Daniel responded “no way” to the pumpkin, Jonah followed her and the main band account retweeted the photos.

“I loved every song on the album,” Megan said of her newfound love for Why Don’t We. “It’s inspiring to see such young artists do what they do and be so successful.”

With Halloween quickly approaching, Megan has more pumpkin plans for 2018. “I’m planning on carving the cover of Shawn’s new album,” Megan said, “and another Taylor Swift one of her AMA performance. But I‘m also going to be carving some for a few local businesses, too.”

Watch out for Megan’s pumpkin carving talent to continue to blow minds on her Twitter and Instagram, right in time for the peak of spooky season.

Travis Scott Teaches Math And Drake Flies Through Space In ‘Sicko Mode’ Video

“Sicko Mode” is simply one of the biggest songs of 2018. It might be the song of 2018 for how it captures the power of two rappers with strong gravitational pulls joining together to occupy as much space in pop culture as they possibly can. We’re talking about one dude whose entire promo campaign was based around massive golden statues of his own head, and also Drake. It doesn’t get much bigger.

Fittingly, the “Sicko Mode” video, which dropped Friday (October 19), is also huge. Directed by Travis Scott himself and Event Video go-to man Dave Meyers, the clip renders Scott’s vision of his city, Houston, in fully chaotic and stylized splendor. It’s a dream, but it’s also real life. It’s pure Astroworld.

There’s so much to unpack in this video that the best way to experience is to, well, just watch it. But look out for some choice moments, including Scott appearing briefly as what looks to be a math professor and Drake flying through space like a freaked-out cat with a flower on its head. There’s also a sly joke when Scott raps, “I might take all my exes and put ’em all in a group,” where three women then appear styled like a ’60s girl group.

What’s not in this video is any trace amount of Ricky Martin, but it probably wouldn’t have worked with the overall aesthetic anyway.

As he said on Twitter, Scott was eager and anxious for the vid to drop, hyping himself up on caffeine and not sleeping. Now that it’s out there, I hope he can relax with a nice cup of chamomile! Watch the video above, then watch Scott talking about Astroworld with MTV News ahead of his VMA performance back in August.

Lil Wayne’s ‘Uproar’ Video Is A Party So Proper Shiggy Had To Be There

Lil Wayne was one of the stars of the BET Hip Hop Awards earlier this week. Accepting the I Am Hip Hop trophy during the ceremony, Weezy took time out to thank the off-duty police officer who saved his life after a suicide attempt at age 12. The result was a resounding round of applause and a standing O from the crowd (including folks like Busta Rhymes).

With all that in mind, it’s good to know that A) Tha Carter V has been out there for nearly a month now, and B) Wayne’s latest video for “Uproar” is a celebratory affair, complete with appearances by Swizz Beatz and by the maker of all things celebratory, Shiggy. It’s the #UproarChallenge, y’all. Join in.

When the album dropped in late September, the challenge went wide, so it only made sense that the song’s video would capture the experience. And with Wayne’s smiling face and plenty of dancers ecstatically making the song’s electricity come to life, it’s a proper celebration indeed.

That tenor makes sense given the piled-up legal battles that prevented Tha Carter V from being released for about four years. In an interview on The Tonight Show earlier this month, Weezy elaborated a bit on how the troubles sidelined his creativity.

“I’m so into what I’m doing every day, meaning my craft, that when I have to go too far into something else, I put somebody else in charge of it,” he said. “When there’s somebody else that was in charge of it messes up, then everything blows up. That’s how everything blew up. We just needed the debris to clear.”

In the “Uproar” video, there’s not a trace of debris to found. And it feels good. Check out the clip above.

Post Malone And Swae Lee Drop Their Swinging Spider-Man Soundtrack Single

Post Malone and Swae Lee have swung through with another must-hear collaboration. After teaming up for “Spoil My Night” from Post’s latest album, the rockstar and the Rae Sremmurd MC are back with “Sunflower,” a new song from the soundtrack for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

For their latest joint musical venture, Post and Swae commit fully to crooning, trading melodic and heartfelt verses inspired by the animated film’s hero, Miles Morales. Swae Lee kicks things off, singing, “You’re a sunflower, I think your love would be too much,” while Post reprises the hook: “Or you’ll be left in the dust / Unless I stick by ya / You’re the sunflower.” It’s a short, sweet, and synthy pop song that Swae recently dubbed “a majestic record.” Listen below to decide for yourself.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is set in a universe that features multiple Spider-Men, though the protagonist is Morales, a half-black, half-Puerto Rican teen from Brooklyn (he’s the one who sings along while pulling double duty as a high schooler and a city-saver in the above video). The film and its accompanying soundtrack — which also features music from Vince Staples — are out on December 14.

Zayn Tries And Fails To Play It Smooth On New Song ‘Fingers’

Zayn‘s string of 2018 releases have really run the gamut, genre-wise — from the poppy “Let Me,” to the rocking “Sour Diesel,” to the Timbaland collab “Too Much” — but the crooner’s newest single brings him right back to Mind Of Mine territory.

“Fingers” is an alluring slow jam about texting and unrequited love, with Z playing the part of the brooding yearner. “I’ve been fucked and I want ya / I can’t even text ya / ‘Cause my fingers ain’t broken, but my heart is,” he laments over a pitched-up vocal sample, with his signature hazy tone. He admits he’s not as “smooth” as he wants to be, but he admirably finds the will to send one last text: “If you wanna let me know where you hiding, I could come and love you.”

It’s unclear if this is the “sick tune” Zayn thinks is fit for a Cardi B feature, but no doubt she’d sound phenomenal on this — it’s got a “Ring“-esque quality to it.

“Fingers” is presumably the latest taste of Zayn’s currently unscheduled sophomore album, the follow-up to 2016’s Mind Of Mine. At this point, the project is still shrouded in mystery, but Z’s had a pretty productive 2018, dropping a handful of buzz tracks and a few action-packed music videos. Hopefully he’ll bring “Fingers” to life in a similarly unique way — and drop some clues about that new album.

PRETTYMUCH (And MINIMUCH) Prep For The Funktion Tour With “Real Friends”

A five-day campaign consisting of the PRETTYMUCH boys posing with their mini-mes culminated in the release of a new single, “Real Friends,” just over 24 hours before kicking off their Funktion Tour in Seattle.

That timing was no accident, considering the track is largely an ode to tour life and the BEANZ, the dedicated PRETTYMUCH fanbase that can’t wait to see their faves on the road this fall. Since the release of “Real Friends,” the BEANZ are obsessing over the song’s lyrical shoutout to the Funktion Tour.

That line has BEANZ getting all the feels about how the PRETTYMUCH boys view their fans as, well, real friends — not just fans in a stadium.

Featuring photos of PRETTYMUCH and the BEANZ meeting, the “Real Friends” lyric visual looks back at past tours before the boys meet new and returning fans this fall. It’s even been deemed the Funktion Tour anthem as the BEANZ race to learn the lyrics.

The nostalgia doesn’t stop there, with the “Real Friends” cover art featuring young, lookalike versions of Zion, Nick, Austin, Edwin and Brandon. The crew of little PRETTYMUCH boys, nicknamed MINIMUCH by fans, have inspired the BEANZ to share their own childhood photos.

Check out the fan-favorite lyric video for “Real Friends” below and learn the lyrics before your local stop on the Funktion Tour.

Drake’s Producer 40 Gave Up The Info About His Son, Pusha T Says

One of the biggest hip-hop stories of 2018 remains the revelation that Drake apparently had a son in secret. Pusha T first dug up the dirt and aired it out on his vicious dis track “The Story of Adidon” back in May, rapping, “We talkin’ character, let me keep with the facts / You are hiding a child, let that boy come home / Deadbeat mothafucka playin’ border patrol, ooh / Adonis is your son and he deserves more than an Adidas press run, that’s real.”

Drake seemed to confirm the allegations on his album Scorpion the following month, stating on the melancholy “Emotionless” that, “I wasn’t hidin’ my kid from the world / I was hidin’ the world from my kid.” But one of the lingering questions from this entire saga remains where exactly Pusha got his intel from. Signs potentially pointed to Kanye, who produced Pusha’s DAYTONA album earlier this year (and who’s long been engaged in a cold war of sorts with Drake), but ‘Ye denied it in a tweetstorm in September.

Pusha himself appeared on Joe Budden’s podcast on Wednesday (October 17) to lay the matter to rest, admitting that his information came from Noah “40” Shebib, Drake’s trusted collaborator and co-founder of OVO Sound.

“The information came from 40. It didn’t come from Kanye at all,” Pusha said. “40 is sleeping with a woman, he talks to her daily five or six hours a day, provides opportunity for… and ultimately speaks about how he’s disgruntled about certain things. Notoriety and things involving Drake and his career, so on and so forth. With that also came the fact that Drake has a child. With that also came the trip that everybody took to go see the child and bring him gifts and all this information. She divulged this information. That’s where it came from.”

Pusha’s claim comes after Drake’s recent admission that he’d recorded a dis track aimed at Pusha after “The Story of Adidon” but left it on the cutting-room floor. Of course, there’s enough to delve into on “Duppy Freestyle,” the shot Drake fired after Pusha’s initial dis, “Infrared,” that ignited this entire beef.

Interestingly, on “Adidon,” Pusha also directs some of his ire at 40 himself, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. “OVO 40, hunched over like he 80, tick, tick, tick / How much time he got? That man is sick, sick, sick,” he raps.

You can hear the whole conversation in context, and much more, by listening to the entire episode below. And if you need a refresher, listen to “The Story of Adidon” above — then maybe go for a walk outside.

Cardi B Proved She’s Rap’s Latest General At The BET Hip Hop Awards

Cardi B came to wage war.

At the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday night (October 16), the Bronx rapper tore through an inspirational performance of Invasion of Privacy opener “Get Up 10.” Surrounded by backup dancers clad in camo, Cardi rapped, “Real bitch, only thing fake is the boobs / Get money, go hard, you’re mothafuckin’ right,” in an early highlight of the performance. As she hit the middle of the bar, her small army moved in unison with a striking confidence. Hip-hop’s reigning general had arrived.

However, the awards show hit its peak during “Backin’ It Up.” Cardi’s frequent co-writer Pardison Fontaine came out to deliver his surging hit, but it was the mid-show twerk that is guaranteed to go viral.

In an October interview with Genius, Pardison described how the collaboration came together.

“I remember just hearing the beat from J-Louis, and they was playing me some of his beats, and I was like, ‘Nah. I need that one immediately,’ so I just got to recording,” explained Fontaine. “Before I knew it, I had a little concept. I’m like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be something hard,’ so I shot it over to Cardi. She was messing with it, and she was even pregnant at the time, you know what I’m saying? And she still knocked out the verse. Like, you really gon’ body me on my own record?”

Watch Cardi’s full performance in the video above.

Little Mix And Nicki Minaj’s ‘Woman Like Me’ Is Girl Power At Its Loudest And Proudest

The wait is over: Little Mix — the British girl group behind such sassy, brassy anthems as “Power,” “Hair,” and “Salute” — are back and badder than ever.

For the lead single off their upcoming fifth album, the girls joined forces with Nicki Minaj for “Woman Like Me,” a reggae-tinged jam co-written by Ed Sheeran and Jess Glynne. It puts Little Mix back in familiar, boss-minded, pop-powered terrain, as they wonder whether a guy could fall for a strong, “unconventional” woman.

“I always say what I’m feeling / I was born without a zip on my mouth,” Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock begin, before Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards ask on the chorus: “My momma always said, ‘Girl, you’re trouble’ and / And now I wonder, could you fall for a woman like me?” Minaj, meanwhile, comes through with characteristically confident bars about being “a bad Trini bitch”: “Greatest of all time, ’cause I’m a chameleon / I switch it up for every era, I’m really bomb / These bitches really wanna be Nicki, I’m really mom.”

A few days before the release of “Woman Like Me,” Little Mix shared on Instagram that the song is “about celebrating women in every shape and form.” They added, “We don’t feel like there are enough places to celebrate women right now… so we wanted to make one!”

Another reason for them to celebrate? The collaboration marks a true full-circle moment for Little Mix, who covered Nicki’s hit “Super Bass” while competing on the U.K.’s The X Factor way back in 2011. In a radio interview on Friday morning, the girls talked about what “a dream” it’s been to collaborate with Nicki, and the rapper responded in her own Instagram post, writing, “Dear Girls, 7 years later, & here we are. With the perfect song! All things in time right? Thank you for having me.”

“Woman Like Me” may be a “perfect song” for Nicki in more ways than one — she only needs one more Billboard Hot 100 entry to become the first female artist in history with 100 entries. Will the Little Mix collab be the one that gives her that milestone? We’ll find out soon!