Thundercat‘s latest shockingly enlists legends Michael McDonald (Steely Dan) and Kenny Loggins for an alluring track built on plenty of blissful synths entitled “Show You the Way.” The vocals meld perfectly over the beat crafted by Flying Lotus and Thundercat himself. Look for the track on his next LP, Drunk, which will feature Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa dropping February 24. Definitely press play below if you’re in need of a melodious escape.
470. The art on Chance the Rapper‘s Coloring Book is a photo of him looking down at his daughter. He wanted the cover to depict “the future being bigger than himself.” (via)
469. Growing up, Anderson Paak used to recite Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg lyrics for show & tell & would often get in trouble for beatboxing in class. (via)
468. R.Kelly planned to collaborate with Tupac on an album before doing Best of Both Worlds with Jay Z. (via)
467. J. Cole snuck into LA Reid‘s son’s My Super Sweet Sixteen party hoping to get exposure as an artist & made an appearance in the episode. (via)
466. Pusha T held the the first-ever live music event at Calipatria State Prison. (via)
465. YG didn’t rap on “Thank God” due to being arrested on the prior song “1 AM.” The 1st verse by Big TC (Ty Dolla $ign’s brother) was recorded in actual prison. (via)
464. Pharrell‘s “Can I Have It Like That” was originally for Puff Daddy & “there was a couple of guys kinda fightin’ over it,” according to P. (via)
463. Rick Rubin has known Dr. Dre since he met N.W.A. while they were recording Straight Outta Compton, and Eminem‘s “Rap God” marked the first time they worked together. (via)
462. While she was in prison, Oprah sent Lil’ Kim three of her favorite books “for inspiration and motivation.” (via)
461. Some of Frank Ocean‘s favorite movies include A Clockwork Orange, Taxi Driver, Django, Alien, Spartacus, Psycho, ATL & Eraser Head. (via)
Premiered on Drake‘s Beats 1 show, A$AP Rocky and Pharrell team up for a new track called “Hear Me.” An easy listen mixed with braggadocio and a sample resembling Mista’s “Blackberry Molasses,” the track can be heard below on SoundCloud.
Grammy nominated rapper Big Sean recounts his 2015 success with a celebratory track called “What a Year.” Featuring Pharrell and Detail, the track is produced by the latter, Bobby Johnson, Frank Dukes, Maneesh and Amaire Johnson. Listen to the song below on SoundCloud.
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 Fiasco – Tetsuo & 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.
Logic – The 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 $cott – Rodeo
A dark and melodic ode to indulging in libations and the Hollywood lifestyle, Rodeo channels elements of his mentor’s most influential album – 808s and Heartbreak.
Dr. Dre – Compton
Dr. Dre‘s return to Hip Hop brings Compton to life with a rich and pictorial West Coast soundtrack assisted by both legends and newcomers.
Mick Jenkins – Wave[s]
Mick Jenkins urges present day society to seek more truth and provides listeners with awe-inspiring bars and overall good vibes.
A$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 Daddy – MMM
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.
Missy Elliott is back with her first music video in almost eight years. The brassy and bass-heavy party track “WTF (Where They From)” is produced by fellow Virginia artist Pharrell Williams. Accompanied by a futuristic wardrobe, wild makeup and hover boards, the visuals punctuate the everlasting creativity she has always been praised for. Enjoy her comeback below.
Though most hardcore N.E.R.D. fans have already heard the band’s unreleased “Locked Away,” Pharrell recently shared the track with the world on Apple Music‘s OTHERtone while guest Tyler, The Creator conversed with the illustrious producer. Listen to the track below.
Enjoy the trippy new visuals from Bia for her latest track “#CHOLASEASON.” The Boston artist has worked with T.I. to Jennifer Hudson, Usher, and us currently working on her debut studio album with Pharrell Williams.
Ever wondered what would happen if all social media accounts were suddenly inaccessible? Watch what happens to a group of Inglewood teens in the new video for Awreeoh‘s “Don’t Get Deleted.” Produced by Pharrell Williams, the N.E.R.D. influenced track is from the new film, Dope.
Suspect in Lil’ Wayne bus shooting turned himself in. (Read More)
Wayne also attempted to attack referee at a St. Louis Charity basketball game. (Read More)
Drake and Pharrell have been confirmed for Apple’s revamped music service (minus that $19 million payday). (Read More)
Kanye West honored Pharrell Williams with Fashion Icon Award at the CFDA Awards. (Read More)
Nick Young and Iggy Azalea are engaged. (Read More)
Jay Z shared his first ever playlist on TIDAL. (Read More)
A$AP Rocky confirmed a posthumous A$AP Yams album is in the works. (Read More)
USC‘s Hip Hop School of Arts is the first of its kind. (Read More)
Geto Boys are reuniting and may have a new album on the way. (Read More)
Fabolous welcomed a new son. (Read More)
Tom Hanks’ son uses the N-Word on social media and in his music. (Read More)