Take a listen to the pleasantly suave cut from Chicago’s Mick Jenkins, JayIn, The O’My’s & Carter Lang called “Peace of Mind.” Mick has recently been on tour with Pro Era, and The O’My’s recently linked with Chance the Rapper and Nosaj Thing on “Cold Stares.”
After holding her own with a standout verse on Kendrick Lamar’s “Complexion,” Rapsody‘s name has been buzzing more than ever. Watch the North Carolina MC’s video for “Hard to Choose” (produced by 9th Wonder) off her Beauty and the Beast EP released last year.
After collaborating on “Mine” for Beyonce‘s surprise album, Drake and B are back with their latest track “Can I.” The song will be on Drizzy’s new studio album, Views From the Six. Listen to the leaked work in full here.
Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood” video beat Vevo’s single-day streaming record with 20.1 million views. (Read More)
Marina Abramovic apologized for claiming Jay Z stole her ideas and left her with nothing after “Picasso Baby.” (Read More)
Lil’ Wayne and Wiz Khalifa are now getting paid to DJ parties. (Read More)
Young Buck blamed Snoop Dogg for failing a drug test. (Read More)
Chinx‘s family is raising money to help cover his funeral costs. (Read More)
OG Maco inked a deal with Motown/Capitol Records. (Read More)
Grandmaster Flash joined Baz Luhrmann‘s Netflix series The Get Down. (Read More)
Listen to the unreleased Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga collaboration called “Partynauseous.” The song was originally meant to appear on K Dot’s 2012 masterpiece good kid, m.A.A.d. city. His Interscope labelmate also sang a version of “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” that didn’t make the final cut.
Check out Rober Glasper‘s rendition of Jhene Aiko‘s “The Worst” below. The Jazz pianist will be dropping an album of covers recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood last December. Songs by Kendrick Lamar, The Roots, John Legend and Bilal will also be included on the work fittingly called Covered.
Watch the new video from Snoop Dogg featuring the legendary Stevie Wonder and Pharrell Williams called “California Roll.” The smooth track is available on Snoop and P’s new album, Bush. The 1970’s inspired R&B/Funk project is available in stores and on iTunes now.
Enjoy the new A$AP Rocky video for “LSD.” Off of his forthcoming album A.L.L.A., the song and visuals are a psychedelic trip directed by Dexter Navy and co-directed by Rocky himself.
50 Cent steps away from his traditional sound using autotune on his latest party track called “Get Low.” With help from 2 Chainz, T.I. and Jeremih, the production sounds likely to be played in clubs throughout the summer.
Check out the new track from Gunplay and YG called “Wuzhanindoe.” Fans can enjoy the traditional West Coast production by DJ Mustard as they continue to wait on Gunplay’s Living Legend album.
Kanye West headlined Power 106’s Powerhouse this weekend and performed a new piano-driven track. Though his voice was hoarse, the show went on, and he graced the crowd with the first listen of “I Want It All.”
Watch the new video from Nicki Minaj and Beyonce set at Coachella called “Feelin’ Myself” produced by Hit-Boy and Queen B herself. The track is off of Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint album, which dropped December of last year.
Kendrick Lamar not only appeared in Taylor Swift‘s new video for “Bad Blood,” but also spits two verses. Taylor has been very vocal about being a Kendrick fan often singing his praises and spitting his “Backseat Freestyle” verbatim. Watch the star-studded video below.
As fans await the release of A$AP Rocky‘s A.L.L.A., a new Biggie inspired track called “What’s Beef?” has now surfaced. After dropping his Miguel and Rod Stewart assisted “Everyday,” fans can get another taste of his long-awaited album here.
Stream the new mixtape from rapper/producer Bishop Nehru called Nehruvia: The Nehruvian EP. Currently working on his studio debut album that will feature Nas, his most recent accolade has been working with MF Doom on NehruvianDOOM.
430. Kid Cudi‘s “Maniac” and “Marijuana” videos were directed by Shia Labeouf. 1
429. Before he was president, Vic Mensa ran through Obama‘s backyard trying to escape the cops due to writing graffiti.2
428. Big Sean started writing “Win Some or Lose Some” in 2012. (3:50 mark)
427. Chance The Rapper got his Madonna collaboration after being recommended by Jay Z. 3
426. ScHoolboy Q hates ketchup.4
425. Will Smith introduced Afeni Shakur and Voletta Wallace, Tupac and Biggie‘s moms, for the first time at the 1999 VMAs.5
424. Epic wanted Ghostface Killah to add two more verses to “Cherchez La Ghost.” 6
423. Juvenile wanted to sign Young Buck to Cash Money, but had no interest in Lloyd Banks.7
422. Action Bronson was once in a tampon commercial. (0:10 mark)
421. Prodigy and Havoc (of Mobb Deep) were introduced to each other in the lunchroom at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan when they were 15.8
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M.I.A. recently dropped the infectious “Platforms” on her SoundCloud page out of the blue. Labeled a demo, it’s unclear whether it will end up on a forthcoming project, but one can only hope it means fans can expect to hear more from her soon.
Check out the latest from Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky featuring Miguel and Rod Stewart called “Everyday.” His new album, A.L.L.A., created in London is heavily inspired by 1960s psychedelic music and is due in stores June 2.
Check out the Live Mixtape (JD Edition) from J. Period and The Roots‘ Black Thought. Recorded in one take at Boombox’s #16Bars over James Brown instrumentals, visuals of the session are set to be released as well.
Listen to the smooth and noteworthy Pro Era track from Nyck Caution featuring Joey Bada$$ called “World In Your Pocket.” produced by Chuck Strangers.
Listen to the energetic, funky and soulful project, Real People, by the Tokyo-born, Berkeley-bred rapper/producer Lyrics Born. Entirely recorded in New Orleans and produced by Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman of jazz-funk band Galactic, he refers to the Louisiana city as possibly “the last true ‘music town’ in America, maybe in the world.”
Check out the self-directed visuals to another track from the ever retro stylish Colombian songstress Kali Uchis. The upbeat “Rush” produced by Nouvelle Vague LA can be found on her Por Vida EP released earlier this year.
Chemical Brothers and Q-Tip team up for their first collaboration since “Galvanize” released 10 years ago. Watch the new video for “Go” by Oscar-winning French filmmaker, Michel Gondry. The track will be on the British duo’s forthcoming Born in the Echoes.
The name of Mac Miller‘s latest “Boo! (Interlude)” is a fitting title for the Pittsburgh rapper who hasn’t dropped new material since last year’s Faces.
Nine years since the release of Lupe Fiasco‘s debut album, Food and Liquor, he makes a statement in his video for “It Just Might Be Okay.” Enjoy the visuals below directed by Chris & Blaq.
Tyler, The Creator played a new track during a recent show on tour called “Nobody Fuckin’ With T.” Possibly a production scrapped from his new album, Cherry Bomb, it’s filled with pounding bass and horns with the title’s repetitive message.
After a four month hiatus on social media, Tyler, The Creator dropped his latest effort, Cherry Bomb, with one thing in mind: a tweet. An observer commented that Tyler’s music sounded nothing like any of the musicians he listened to, and it apparently struck a powerful chord with the multifaceted artist. Well-known for his cartoonish personality and violent rhymes, the Odd Future leader offered no inkling of his broad taste in music including acts like Stereolab, Nas and Marvin Gaye.
Though the self-taught producer displayed growth on 2013’s WOLF both sonically and lyrically, his production on Cherry Bomb easily trumps his vintage sound often composed of simple synths and snares.
After engaging in sessions with film composer, Hans Zimmer, his advanced skill set is noticeable as he layers elaborate instrumentation in the project’s opener. “Deathcamp” contains hard bass, hammering guitars and intermittent screams as he pays homage to Rock god Iggy Pop and N.E.R.D. The mellow sequel to “Bimmer,” “2Seater” contains pianos, organs, saxophones and orchestral violins that help detail a romantic drive with his girl before the beat switches into the whimsical “Hairblows.”
He dodges jailbait on “Fucking Young” (a likely nod to Pharrell‘s “Young Girl”) accompanied by Moog synthesizers fit for the legendary Stevie Wonder. “‘Cause girl you’re perfect, but you’re too fucking young/And when temptation calls my phone, I never pick up,” Charlie Wilson croons. “Keep Da O’s” with the aforementioned Skateboard P starts off as intense and piercing, yet somehow evolves into a slow Doo Wop beat that sounds influenced by The Flamingos.
A far cry from his earlier lyrics, “Kill People, Burn Shit, Fuck School,” Tyler’s new thematic incantation, “Find Your Wings” aims to inspire his listeners similar to the way Pharrell’s “You Can Do It Too” spoke to him in his early years. The song is dedicated to discovering and pursuing one’s passion with lyrics like, “The sky’s your home, there’s no limit, you know you gotta/Find your wings.” He harmonizes with frequent collaborator, Kali Uchis, over the beautifully serene Jazz track complete with xylophones and a feature from Roy Ayers
Crowd favorite “Smuckers” is accompanied by Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West over a brassy beat, and he warns his audience about the glamorization of gang life with ScHoolboy Q and Toro y Moi on the brief, but pungent “Run.” “Lies what they got on their plate, they gon eat you/They got a homie called Karma, he gon meet you,” he delivers rapidly.
The mixing on the album, however, has its flaws with vocals falling victim to the thundering production at times. As a fan of raw and unpolished tracks (see last year’s “Diaper“), listeners are left struggling to discern lyrics as the bass heavy and Yeezus-like synths pulse over the chaotic title track. The outcome, however, still manages to be both melodic and well-suited for his Punk-like performances.
Following the script-like album trilogy centered around a love triangle, Cherry Bomb seems to hint at Tyler’s upcoming film debut, WOLF, which was announced in 2013 after he shared the colorful trailer via Twitter. The end of the lust-driven “Blow My Load” contains a GOLF Radio contest giving away tickets to a triple feature movie with a censored one-syllable title. A skit reveals him killing time before a film begins at Moon Theatres, and the album ends with the line, “It’s about to start,” as the unworldly “OKAGA, CA” laced with vocals from Leon Ware singing, “Let’s got the Moon,” comes to a close. His stunning visuals for “Fucking Young” also incorporate cinema scenes and a large Moon Theatres marquee (4:41 mark).
A well-executed fusion of musical genres, Cherry Bomb, shows exceptional maturation, remarkable range and fearlessness choosing to harmonize instead of rap on multiple tracks. It dazzles with its rich production, few samples and upbeat content that may leave hardcore fans yearning for Tyler’s trademark angst, but could potentially land him more album placements. At 24, Tyler’s startling progression in a two year time frame has already surpassed some of his predecessors’ beat making techniques, and it will be utterly intriguing to witness how advanced his artistry will eventually become.
Love has been terribly unkind to Eminem over the years. Read on to discover the evolution of Eminem’s most honest and personal songs about love and heartbreak over the past few decades.
The Game of Love
In his early days, Em touched on relationships and breakups with these two songs from his first solo effort.
Eminem feat. Eye-Kyu – “Searchin’” (Infinite, 1996)
The only true Hip Hop love song of his career features a 24-year-old Em romantically gushing, “I got some game that I’m preparing to run/The way your lips sparkle and glare in the sun.” This is a rare gem that doesn’t result in anguish or violence.
Eminem – “Jealousy Woes II” (Infinite, 1996)
Em vents about a money-hungry girl who leaves him for another man. “Leaving me in sorrow, Brandy never felt so brokenhearted/I fell apart when you departed,” he vents.
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATL6FCtvDpc
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