Recent Posts in hiphop

February 6, 2016

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Beyonce at Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Beyonce

Beyoncé just dropped "Formation," the first new song she's released since the 2014 expanded edition of her great 2013 album Beyoncé. It's got a beat by Mike WiLL Made-It, a Big Freedia sample, and it was co-written by Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd. If you liked her sorta-trap songs "***Flawless" and "7/11," you're gonna love this too. Oh and also, she says "I slay" about 90 times. As if we thought otherwise.

The video also pays a massive tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. According to The FADER, it was directed by Melina Matsoukas who also did the "Pretty Hurts" video. Watch it below and pick up a free download at beyonce.tidal.com. According to SPIN, she'll give the song its live debut Sunday night (2/7) at Super Bowl 50. The main act is Coldplay. Bruno Mars is promised too and Rihanna and Justin Timberlake are rumored. Lady Gaga will sing the National Anthem.

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February 5, 2016

photos by PSquared; words by Andrew Sacher

Anderson Paak

Last month, Anderson .Paak released Malibu, his first album since getting a serious career boost by being the breakout star of Dr. Dre's album Compton. He came to NYC this week to celebrate (after being delayed by Winter Storm Jonas), hitting The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday (2/3) and a sold-out SOB's show last night (2/4).

Last night's show began with just Anderson's DJ on stage, and seconds later Anderson's voice started coming through the PA as he slowly made his way to the stage. It was pretty clear from that instant that he'd have the crowd in the palm of his hands the whole night. He introduced his next song by shouting out Dr. Dre and DJ Premier (the latter of whom was in the house) and then played his Dre/Premo collab "Animals" from Compton. Once he got into the Malibu stuff, his ace band joined him on stage. In addition to the DJ (who also plays electronic drum pads), he's got a guitarist and a bassist, and Anderson himself takes over on live drums for about half the set. He's most entertaining when he's up front, so it's almost too bad that there isn't another full-time drummer, but when he gets behind that kit he kills. He's easily as good at drumming as he is at singing and rapping, and when he really goes off (like at the end of the Colbert performance), it's truly a sight to be seen and had the SOB's crowd was howling.

If you haven't seen Anderson .Paak yet, don't miss the chance. It was one of those shows where the album is already great but the live show just brings it to a whole other level.

Marcus Machado and Jay Watts opened, but we missed the latter. Check out more pictures from SOB's and the Colbert video below...

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Mobb Deep

Queensbridge rap vets Mobb Deep celebrated the 20th anniversary of their classic album The Infamous in 2015 (and 2014, actually), and this year they'll celebrate its also-great followup, 1996's Hell on Earth. They'll also give it a deluxe reissue with bonus material, Billboard reports.

The tour includes NYC shows on April 12 and 13 at the Blue Note, and they'll have the duo backed by Phony PPL. Though the Billboard announcement did say the whole tour is a Hell on Earth tour, Blue Note's website is actually saying they're performing The Infamous. Maybe we'll get some of both? Tickets for both NYC shows are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with a stream of Hell on Earth classic "Drop A Gem On Em," below...

Continue reading "Mobb Deep announce 'Hell on Earth' 20th anniversary tour and reissue (dates)"

Young Thug

Young Thug feuded with Future on Twitter this week over a shared album release date (Friday, 2/5). Ultimately, Future decided to wait 'til Saturday to release his new album, and in the midst of the feud, Thugger changed the title of his project from Slime Season 3 to I'm Up. The 9-track project is out now and you can stream it below...

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February 4, 2016

photo: G Herbo at BV-RBSS in 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
G Herbo

Pusha T is heading out on tour this year, and that tour just got two very solid openers. Chicago rappers (and old friends) G Herbo and Lil Bibby will open on all dates.

Those dates include the shows in NYC on March 26 at Playstation Theater and NJ on March 29 at Starland Ballroom. Tickets for both are still available. All dates are listed below.

G Herbo (fka Lil Herb) has been pretty prolific lately. The past few months have seen his Joey Bada$$ collab "Lord Knows," his Ballin Like I'm Kobe mixtape, and more. Stream that mixtape below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Future

Last night, Future revealed that his next proper album EVOL would be out this Saturday (2/6) and that it features his great The Weeknd collaboration "Low Life." It also features "Fly Shit Only" which just premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show. It starts with a haunting guitar arpeggio, and once the beat drops Future just lets it rip. Between this and "Low Life," there's no sign that EVOL won't be good. Listen below.

Future begins a tour with Ty Dolla $ign this month.

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photo: Down at Best Buy Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Down

Yesterday, Phil Anselmo's band Down were kicked off a Dutch festival following Anselmo's racist remark and gesture at the recent Dimebash show. Now, he's suggesting that his bandmates in Down move on without him. He writes on his website:

To all this will concern,

Every citizen in this entire world has the unalienable right to live with dignity and respect without hate or oppression. And I mean this, with all of my crushed, yet, guilty heart.

It's common knowledge that we can choose to either learn from our mistakes, or continue on a path of insensitivity and destruction.

I am utterly responsible for the mistakes I have made, and can only give you my word to no longer do them in the present, through ACTION, not just mere words.

My band mates are now experiencing the consequences of my behavior, and I now publicly apologize to them as well. Never in my entire lifetime would I drag them down with me, and I've privately suggested to them that they move on without me.

My biggest obstacle(s) are the over-indulging in the booze and blurting out spiteful, ignorant reductions of the human spirit itself. I will address these issues, head-on.

I'm repulsed by my own actions, and the self-loathing I'm going through right now is justified by the hurt I've caused.

I realize we live in a society where apologies are NOT accepted easily, yet long for a day when they can be, but I also understand if I'm shunned till I hit the dirt.

From the bottom of my heart, and with all sincerity, I once again am truly sorry for the pain I have caused.

With truth, love, hope & respect-
Philip H. Anselmo

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J Dilla

The tenth annual J Dilla tribute, Donuts are Forever, happens in NYC on February 13 at Brooklyn Bowl. This year's will be hosted by Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest, and it also features DJ Spinna, Illa J, Daru Jones & The Ruff Pack and Run P. Tickets are on sale now.

That show is two days after another veteran hip hop DJ, Stretch Armstrong, takes over the same venue for a special edition of the weekly Bowl Train party (2/11). (Usually it's Questlove). The following week (2/18) is also a special guest veteran, Pete Rock. Other than that, Questlove does his usual thing tonight (2/4) and has more Bowl Trains scheduled through March 31. Tickets for all of them are available.

Watch the video for J Dilla's "Last Donut of the Night" below...

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February 3, 2016

by Andrew Sacher

photo: A$AP Rocky at ACL Fest 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
ASAP Rocky

As you obviously know, the first Zoolander movie featured the late David Bowie. That movie gets a sequel next week (2/12), and this one features musicians too. A new trailer is out, and it's got a scene with A$AP Rocky rapping and his collaborator Skrillex in the DJ booth. Does that mean they'll be the new David Bo--just kidding, watch the trailer below.

Rocky's been pretty busy lately otherwise too. In the past few days he released the new Pharrell collaboration "Hear Me," the video for "JD" off last year's At.Long.Last.A$AP, and a longer version of "Yamborghini High" featuring Juicy J. Check out all of that below too.

He's also one of the rumored guests for Kanye's new album.

Continue reading "A$AP Rocky is in the new 'Zoolander 2' trailer (watch)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Grimes at M for Montreal 2015 (more by Bruno Destombes)
Grimes

Back in 2013, Grimes posted a list of her favorite songs of all time to tumblr. Today, she shared and discussed five albums that changed her life via TIDAL. Here's the list:

OutKast - Stankonia
Tool - Aenima
Beyoncé - Beyoncé
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
In some ways, you could say Art Angels sounds like a mix of those five albums, right? She discusses each one too, and you can read everything she has to say here.

OutKast, Tool, Beyonce, and Animal Collective all also appear on her song list.

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