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Favorite Albums of 2015 List

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2015 was such a great year for music that I ended up writing about way too many albums that resonated with me. Here is my list of personal favorites in no particular order.

Lupe FiascoTetsuo & Youth 

His best work in years, Lupe‘s masterpiece divided into four seasons includes clever punchlines and discusses social issues accompanied by a medley of instruments including violins and atypical banjos.

Erykah Badu But You Caint Use My Phone

Dedicated to society’s fixation with cell phones, Ms. Badu analyzes their affect on relationships over futuristic Funk on a project sparked by Drake‘s “Hotline Bling.”

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

Already earning countless accolades including 11 Grammy nominations, Kendrick documents his battles with inner demons while exposing racial inequality and promoting Black pride on a unique fusion of Jazz and Funk.

LogicThe Incredible True Story

A space travel concept album that takes place in the future makes an intriguing listen filled with rapid-fire flows and stellar production influenced by Yeezy, Outkast and golden era Hip Hop.

The Internet Ego Death

The mature and developed effort by the former Odd Future act wows longtime and new fans with Grammy-nominated sensual and airy R&B melodies.

Phony Ppl – Yesterday’s Tomorrow

The nine member band exhibit alluring and state-of-the-art instrumentation that dazzles on this mellow Jazz, Hip Hop and R&B laced work.

Tyler, The Creator –  Cherry Bomb

Tyler showcases a vast range of beautiful production (based on his favorite musical genres) that includes strings, electric guitars and xylophones as he encourages listeners to soar to new heights.

Freddie Gibbs – Shadow of a Doubt

Gangsta Gibbs displays bold versatility on a hard as steel album that touches on old drug habits and features unexpected guests like Gucci Mane.

Kali Uchis – Por Vida EP

Kali‘s candy coated voice perfectly complements this well-executed smooth and nostalgic R&B album that sounds like it escaped from the 60s.

Travis $cott – Rodeo

A dark and melodic ode to indulging in libations and the Hollywood lifestyle, Rodeo channels elements of his mentor’s most influential album – 808s and Heartbreak.

Dr. Dre – Compton

Dr. Dre‘s return to Hip Hop brings Compton to life with a rich and pictorial West Coast soundtrack assisted by both legends and newcomers.

Mick JenkinsWave[s]

Mick Jenkins urges present day society to seek more truth and provides listeners with awe-inspiring bars and overall good vibes.

A$AP Rocky – A.L.L.A.

A kaleidoscopic and experimental approach to his sophomore effort finds Flacko not only rapping over organs and guitars, but harmonizing on tracks from time to time.

Puff DaddyMMM

Puffy and his formerly absent Family make sure the hustler’s spirit lives on thanks to his latest gem dedicated to Money Making Mitch from Paid in Full.

Pusha T – Darkest Before Dawn

Dense lyricism and an unconventional assortment of first-class beats compose an album so resplendent it is sure to pique fans’ interest in 2016‘s King Push.

Tame Impala – Currents

Tame Impala‘s third studio album filled with colorful psychedelia will have you floating on feel-good notes perfect for mood lifting or scenic drives.

Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Bush

Snoop and Pharrell team up to create 1970s inspired grooves that pay homage to some of California’s finest assets: women, weed, and weather.

Miguel – Wildheart

Miguel‘s sexy collection of love songs is fiery and well-produced, yet also manages to simultaneously emit honesty and rawness.

 

Ice-T and Coco Land TV Show with Telepictures

Have rapper/actor Ice-T and his voluptuous model/actress wife Coco recently sealed a deal with Telepictures Productions?   It appears one of Hip Hop’s beloved couples well known for their E! hit series, Ice Loves Cocomay be gracing your TV screens once again.

Last week Ice’s son, Tracy Marrow Jr.,  instagrammed a video celebrating at dinner with their “new team.”

If you look closely, you can spot two Telepictures executives, Stuart Krasnow  and Chris Noonan seated at the table toasting the couple.

The DailyMail‘s video below also shows Ice, Coco and Little Ice stepping out of Madeo for a “pre-Valentine’s Day date night,” but Ice’s blue polo and Coco’s gold bracelet in both videos are proof it was a congratulatory dinner that took place the 13th.

Further research dug up a screenshot of Coco’s deleted tweet inviting fans to join the couple for an interview special with a live studio audience.

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According to the Warner Brothers website, Telepictures has aired shows like TMZ and The Real which both air on Fox Networks, so it seems likely Ice and Coco will follow suit.

 

 

A History of Pharrell’s Fashion Collaborations

With the recent announcement of Pharrell’s partnership with Adidas, this timeline is dedicated to a history of his various other fashion launches and collaborations.

Think this still isn’t enough to make the high fashion hopeful Yeezus jealous?

He has his own eco-friendly textile company Bionic Yarn and has also partnered with a slew of other designers for custom-made pieces.  (e.g. His infamous purple Hermès travel bag, iced out Rubik’s Cube by Jacob & Co. and ridiculously bejeweled BAPE x G-Shock in his younger days).  

Click the photo below for a better look.

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Love Is Evol: A Collection of Eminem Songs About Love and Heartbreak

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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The Revolution Will Be Televised: Revolt TV Launch

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Grown weary longing for the days when MTV would play music videos and broke up-and-coming artists?  Look no further than Revolt TV.  

Diddy‘s new cable network (on Comcast and Time Warner) dedicated to musicians “who put time into their visuals and artistry” strives to become the “new #1 name in music” by letting fans run its content through social media.

Launched October 21, from Biggie’s childhood stoop in Brooklyn, the channel promises to push the envelope and provide a platform for quality music from various genres and eras.

With videos ranging from Hip Hop’s A$AP Rocky to Techno’s Gesaffelstein and Rock’s Phoenix, the diverse mix of visuals is a breath of fresh air for music fans who were left for dead with MTV shows like Jersey Shore and Teen Mom in lieu of the long-lived TRL or Unplugged.

The outlet’s resuscitation of the music video also offers hope to the myriad of unsigned artists dreaming of stardom.  Within the first 24 hours of premiering, a song “Beat Up Kidz” by The oOohh Baby Gimme Mores, a band with only 217 followers on Twitter, was aired to the masses.

Of course, mainstream artists like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Miley Cyrus (not to mention Diddy’s girl, Cassie) are shown plenty of love, but they provide the Pop Culture conversation pieces and fashion trends the current generation of music enthusiasts have only been able to watch sporadically via Vevo and YouTube.

Though the programming itself is not particularly groundbreaking, it may be the catalyst that may once again spark creativity, unite the music community and also expose viewers to new artists without the hassle of scouring blogs, relying on radio or word of mouth.

Locate the channel in your area or stream online at: http://www.revolt.tv/

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Here are some of the videos already in rotation:

Notorious B.I.G. – “Juicy”

King Krule – “Easy Easy”

Toro y Moi “Rose Quartz”

Sleigh Bells – “Bitter Rivals”

Run DMC – “Run’s House”

Schoolboy Q feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Collard Greens”

Audio Push – “Shine On”

Bloc Party “Ratchet”

Disclosure – “F For you”

Solange – “Lovers in the Parking Lot”

A$AP Rocky – “Fashion Killa”

Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”

Beastie Boys – “So What’cha Want”

M.I.A. “Bad Girls”

Amy Winehouse – “You Know I’m No Good”

Bruno Mars – “Gorilla”

Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”

Miguel – “Candles in the sun”

Gesaffelstein “Hate or Glory” 

HipHopDX Article: Between You, Me & Yeezus: Meeting Kanye West & Tyler, the Creator

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Click here to read about my experience at Casey Veggies’ El Rey show. Surprise guests included Kanye West and Tyler, the Creator.

http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/editorials/id.2155/title.between-you-me-yeezus-meeting-kanye-west-tyler-the-creator