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Nas feat. Erykah Badu – “This Bitter Land”

Definitely the standout from the freshly released soundtrack to The Land,  Nas and Erykah Badu pair up for a touching track called “This Bitter Land.”  A glorious rendition of Dinah Washington‘s “This Bitter Earth,”  the Classical collab is beautifully orchestral complete with strings and powerful lyrics that form a rare treat definitely worth hearing. The upcoming film executive-produced by Nas about teen skateboarders in Cleveland’s underground Hip Hop scene is out today.


 

Erykah Badu – “Trill Friends”

Erykah Badu has become quite fond of remakes lately.  After dropping her own version of Drake‘s “Hotline Bling,” she spontaneously recorded a cover of Kanye West‘s “Real Friends” that also interpolates Whodini‘s classic “Friends.”  According to her Soundcloud, “Trill Friends” will be on her forthcoming mixtape called THIS $h!t TOO EASY.  Listen below.

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.

 

Album Stream: Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone

Inspired by Drake, Erykah Badu‘s mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone, (which features a cover of his hit “Hotline Bling” ) is finally out for your listening pleasure.  Reflecting on the impact of cellular devices and relationships, the sensual production is groovy, yet more modern and futuristic than her other projects.  References to Usher‘s “U Don’t Have to Call” and New Edition‘s “Mr. Telephone Man” perfectly complement the album’s theme, but the standout track boasts her ex Andre 3000 on the otherworldly finale “Hello.”

Listen to the entire album here.

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Erykah Badu – “Phone Down” (CDQ)

After streaming a live video of her new joint “Phone Down” on Periscope, Erykah Badu debuts the CDQ version on her Soundcloud.  Praised for her fantastic version of Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” she dedicates the sultry track to Aubrey as well and will be releasing her new mixtape, But U Caint Use My Phone soon.  Enjoy the splendor below.

Erykah Badu – “Hotline Bling” (Drake Cover)

Erykah Badu has dropped a stellar version of Drake‘s “Hotline Bling” co-written by her and Andre 3000‘s son, Seven Benjamin. The track is off the former Soulquarian‘s forthcoming mixtape called BUT U CAINT USE MY PHONE.   Production is provided by Zach Witness, Ethan Worland and Ben Hixon.

Hip Hop News 4/6

Tidal drops Rihanna and Beyonce exclusives that end up on YouTube.  Erykah Badu also debuted a short Western film on the service.

 Kid Cudi announced a new album is coming soon. (Read More)

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Kendrick Lamar recently got engaged and will throw out the first pitch at a Dodgers game this month.

GLC is working on a new album with Kanye West and Dame Dash.  Ye and Dame are also being sued by a Latin music group.

A$AP Rocky and Mos Def Yasiin Bey hit the stage together in London.

Diddy is developing a cartoon for FX. (Read More)

A man is claiming DMX and his entourage stole $3,200 in cash from him at a NJ gas station. (Read More) 

Plies was attacked on stage by a fan in Florida.

Hip Hop News 2/17

“I just don’t fuck with him as a person.” —Tyga on Drake during his Breakfast Club interview. He also denies dating Kylie Jenner and talks about the Cash Money situation. (Read More)

Drake‘s movie Homecoming: The Lost Footage will release in select theaters this March. (Read More)

Nicki Minaj​ speaks on  her relationship with Meek Mill​. (Read More) 

Khloe Kardashian and Amber Rose beef on Twitter about Tyga & Kylie Jenner: (Read More) 

A fight broke out at a club Rick Ross and Meek Mill attended during NBA All-Star weekend. (Read More)

 Erykah Badu and Azealia Banks take jabs at each other on Twitter. (Read More)

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 18

Did you know?

180. 2 Chainz has had over 8 ulcers and has to sleep on 4 pillows to prevent acid reflux.

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179. According to her Vine, Erykah Badus shoe size is 6.5 narrow.

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178. Tupac’s Me Against the World was originally called Out on Bail.

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177.  Jay Z spent $350,000 at Hermès around Christmas time in 2010. 1

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176. Mac Miller watched a lot of documentaries about plants and nature while making his You EP.  One of his favorites was Birds of the Gods2

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175.  Nate Dogg’s family originated from Clarksdale, Mississippi where Rick Ross is also from.  The two were first introduced on the set of Ludacris’ “Area Codes.” 3

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174.  Mos Def is a fan of architect Zaha Hadid’s work.  She was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious award in architecture. 4

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173. After completing high school, Ice-T served in the Army in the 25th Infantry Division. 5

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172. The Geto Boys’ “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” inspired Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘n’ Nite.” 6

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171. Before they were famous, Salt-n-Pepa worked at Sears with Martin Lawrence and Kid ‘n Play. 7

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References:
1. [NY Post http://pagesix.com/2010/12/26/only-the-best-for-beyonce/]

2. [http://noisey.vice.com/blog/mac-miller-opens-up]

3. [MTV http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1660222/nate-dogg-rick-ross.jhtml]

4. [Complex http://www.complex.com/style/2012/01/interview-a-conversation-on-style-with-yasiin-bey-the-artist-formerly-known-as-mos-def/page/2]

5. [Kid Cudi’s Twitter https://twitter.com/ducidni/status/360430046793564162]

6. [http://iplanethiphop.ning.com/profiles/blogs/rappers-who-served-in-the]

7. [http://hiphopwired.com/2011/04/14/salt-n%E2%80%99-pepa-appear-on-oprah-video/]