In the run up to his second studio album, Big Sean drops the track “Control (HOF) featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica. Despite it being the Detroit rapper’s song, Lamar’s verse EASILY overshadows anything the other two MCs have to offer on the “straight-rap” track. According to Sean the NO I.D.-produced track won’t be included on Hall of Fame due to an issue with clearing the sample, but we’re glad we get to hear it regardless. Listen for yourself below and look for Big Sean’s Hall of Fame to release on August 27.
Lady Gaga premieres the lead single off of the new album ARTPOP a week early in order to combat the low quality snippets that surfaced over the weekend. This is the first single from Lady Gaga’s new highly anticipated album which is scheduled for release on November 11. ‘Applause’, is currently subject to the fiercest pop battle of 2013 (Katy Perry released ‘Roar’ today too). Gaga plans on releasing the official music video for her new single on August 19 and is expected to perform at MTV’s Video Music Awards on August 25.
Listen to the track below, and give it a clap or two if you like it. She’d want it that way.
Finally, Kanye West released the official video for “Black Skinhead”! West and his creative team DONDA have worked with renowned photographer and director Nick Knight on the official music video for his new track “Black Skinhead” from the Yeezus album. The video was officially released today and comes along with an interactive experience on KanyeWest.com. Users can change the motion speed and corresponding sound and one can also capture still images of the compelling visual language of the video. BTW, Kanye’s marketing team is amazing!!!!
Get the full experience now here.
Tru Fam had an excellent year, winning hearts and minds, respectively, with the first single “Drip N’ Gold” from the new EP. The young East Coast rappers are making noise with their latest project “Thrill” featuring King Faro ,Gino Lispi and Bryce Alvord. The new music is showing a deeper darker side to the rap duo, unleashing a lot of coiled energy and new found creativity. The album is a bewildering one, combining melancholic background vocals, relentless tick and bass, the menace of twins’ darker corners, big tunnel-y dance beats, and plenty of other sounds just waiting to be excavated. The first single from the duo’s EP, entitled “Thrill”, sets the tone straight off the back. While songs like Driven featuring Gino Lispi, fall on the side of Tru Fams’s poppier work, with a sparkly build and mid-range vocals. These guys are known for great music, so who knows what the rest of the EP will sound like, but “Thrill” is a promising taster.
Maybe it’s premature to claim good kid, m.A.A.d city to be the hip hop album of the year but between its vivid storytelling and thought-stripping flow, its competition is as shallow as the bowl of a glass pipe. Unless the game ditches high-on-life socialites and an obsession with runways to produce another piece of provocative literature, the record sits in the driver’s seat bumping Thug Motivation 101. That’s exactly where the Compton protégé puts the listener; rather than add a spotlight to turn the attention to his mic, Kendrick Lamar provides the faint glow of a lighter to introduce you to an inclusive sketch of his upbringing, where “IV’s are on top of IV’s”, “the orphanage we call the ghetto is quite a routine” and he’s anxiously “trying to conquer the city with disobedience”.
It’s far from wholesome but the production behind it, which shifts from diffused jazz soundtracks “good kid” to scripts of wounding bass and warped lush tones “Real”, fits snug with a binding approach. If that’s not enough, Lamar’s lyrical precision will stomp your mouth. His narratives are addictive revivals of conscious rap inflicted with realism, portraying playful arrogance “Backseat Freestyle”, snap backs to reality “Money Trees” and relationship woes that have enough bravado to lay next to a Janet Jackson sample on “Poetic Justice”. At 25-years-old, it’s hard to believe good kid is a non-fiction rap novel based on a West Side story but the major label debut is nothing short of authenticity in its purest form. Prominently because Lamar doesn’t know an antonym for originality or how to simply restrain maturity and though hip hop isn’t in need of a saviour, he’s its voice when the streets go pitch black.
Download: Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
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This Autumn (Idk why but the word Autumn makes me laugh so hard, don’t judge me) , The xx will finally be releasing their sophomore album – Coexist. Today we get to listen to the first single of the album, ‘Angels’. I’m not going to lie I started swaying side to side as soon as this came on. Lighters in the air, close your eyes and listen…too much? Okay well for you non-weird jokers just press play and listen…better? Anyways, If you pre-order Coexist on iTunes tonight, you get a free download of ‘Angels’. Listen to the track now here above.
Check out the full tour dates of The xx here below:
07-23 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
07-25 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
07-28 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theater
07-29 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
07-31 Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre
08-02 New York, NY – Terminal 5
08-09 Sibenik, Croatia – Terraneo Festival
08-10 Budapest, Hungary – Sziget Festival
08-11 St Pere, France – La Route du Rock
08-18 St Polten, Austria – FM4 Frequency Festival
08-19 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival
08-31 Laois, Ireland – Electric Picnic
09-07 Isle of Wight, England – Bestival
10-05 Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue Theatre
10-06 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
10-07 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10-10 Las Vegas, NV – The Pool at the Cosmopolitan
10-11 San Diego, CA – Soma
10-12 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10-13 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
10-14 San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Fest
10-16 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10-17 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
10-19 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10-20 Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
10-21 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre
10-24 Quebec City, Quebec – Imperial De Quebec
10-25 Boston, MA – House of Blues
10-28 Bronx, NY – Paradise Theater
10-29 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
10-30 Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
In honor of the “Up & Away” album release cameras followed Kid Ink for an entire week.
The visual includes Kid Ink and his team at an in-store signings in LA, Ventura & the OC as well as Album Release Parties in Los Angeles & Las Vegas. And last but not least Power 106 Powerhouse. It’s really a dope piece that gives us a look at the creative, spinning and fast-paced world he lives in. Wheels Up…and Away!
“Up & Away” Now Available on iTunes: http://bit.ly/UpAndAwayKidInk
Footage Shot by S Dot B & Hardhead
Edited by On Point Films
Uggghhhhh Futuristic Lingo NEVER disappoints!!! I think I’ll have this song blasting in my car all summer! Check out the NEW single from Futuristic Lingo called “X’s & O’s” ft. Cocoa Sarai! Available on iTunes June 26th! Produced by DJ TechNeek.
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The 58s and B. White present the official release of “The Verdict” which features production from the likes of Big Jerm, Statik Selektah, Sledgren and more with features from Boaz, Primavera Vills, Mayo and more. B. White on his 2nd mixtape is quickly becoming one of the leading names in Pittsburgh Hip-Hop. The Verdict has the formula of a dope hip-hop mixtape: banging beats with some vicious rhymes. Its thats simple. DOWNLOAD
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Snippets of the song and artwork were released in bits over the last week. Late last night Lupe Fiasco has released the full audio for his new track, Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free). You can listen to the tunes now here below.