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November 27, 2015

Erykah Badu

Last month, Erykah Badu released a remix/cover of Drake's "Hotline Bling," which she now used as the inspiration for her But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape which is out today on Apple Music. That remix reappears but it's now called "Cel U Lar Device." Erykah's ex-boyfriend and past collaborator Andre 3000 appears, on the song "Hello." DatPiff has a stream of the whole thing, which you can listen to below.

Update: It was previously reported that Drake was featured on "U Use to Call Me" but Central Track confirms that it's Atlanta rapper ItsRoutine (aka Aubrey Davis), not Drake. He's on "What's Yo Phone Number" too.

Erykah plays NYC on Wednesday (12/2) at Kings Theater (sold out).

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November 24, 2015


Remember that Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin that they were only pressing one copy of and selling it for a price "in the millions"? Well, Forbes reports that it's been sold:

The saga continues: Wu-Tang Clan's secret album, whose existence was first revealed by FORBES nearly two years ago, has been sold by online auction house Paddle8. The identity of the buyer, however, remains unknown.

...Paddle8 representatives confirmed the sale of Wu-Tang's to FORBES during interviews for a magazine story on the auction house. When contacted for comment, Azzougarh referred FORBES to Paddle8; a company representative reached by email today would not offer any details on the album's buyer or when it was sold.

Part of the mystery of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin's sale may have to do with the elaborate restrictions around its release. At the time Paddle8 was announced as Wu-Tang's chosen auction house, Azzougarh said legal language around the album would prevent a buyer from releasing it commercially for nearly a century.

"After 88 years the copyright, which includes public and commercial rights, automatically transfers to the owner of the work," he explained. "However, it will still be his or her choice at that [point] to release it or not release it."

At the very least, we can safely say it's currently our most anticipated album of 2103.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Angel Haze

Angel Haze celebrated her new hard-edged mixtape Back To The Woods with a Baby's show back in September, and right now she's on a proper tour in support of it. That tour included another show in her hometown of NYC last night (11/23) at SOB's. Angel's a super confident performer who had no trouble commanding the crowd, and they clearly loved her. She invited a bunch of audience members up on stage, a couple of which flashed the crowd (she did tweet beforehand: "NY BETTER TURN ALL THE WAY THE FUCK UP TONIGHT. I WANT TITTIES & MADNESS"). Rock NYC was there, and they write:

Last night she was the Babe Ruthless, flirting with the girls, her androgynous, gender neutral visage was a come on for the wimmin who were coming on to her. And she was in the mood to play -right away she upped the ante again and the place exploded. From an early rave to "On Fire", to a gigantic singalong to "The Wolves" to an energizer bunny jump along "Babe Ruthless" and to a penultimate "New York" followed by encore (Sia featured on the record) "Battle Cry", this was through the roof hip hop.
We missed the first opener, Stella, but more pictures of Angel and the second opener ShowTuFli below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Lady Leshurr

It seems like "Queen's Speech Ep. 4″ really made you more of a popular name around the internet. Why do you think that is?

I think "Queen's Speech 2″ really hit it off. But, for the Americans to find out about me, most of them found me through there ["Queen's Speech Ep. 4″]. There's a guy called DeLorean that posted my video on Facebook and he's got like 30 million views now. And I think he brought a lot of attention to that. So it's mainly him just posting that. Now, Erykah Badu shared some love, she said it's ill. And Natalie from Floetry. It's just crazy the people that are reaching out to me who's showing respect and love. It's overwhelming really. [The Boombox]

UK rapper Lady Leshurr has been around for a few years, contributing her vocals to Orbital's "Wonky," Basement Jaxx's Something About You," and more. As the interview quoted above points out, she's been getting a lot of hype for her own material thanks to the suddenly-viral "Queen's Speech Ep. 4." It's already gained her comparisons to Azealia Banks and Nicki Minaj (who she remixed more than once and sampled on "Queen's Speech 2"), and it's easy to see why it's taking off. Check out some of her stuff below.

Leshurr comes to the US to make her NYC debut on December 12 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are on sale now. It's her only upcoming US date, but she has couple other international shows. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Lady Leshurr collaborated with Orbital and Basement Jaxx, remixed Nicki Minaj, making NYC debut (listen)"

November 23, 2015

by Andrew Sacher


RIhanna announced a 2016 tour with support in North America from Travi$ Scott and support in Europe from The Weeknd (who's on tour now with Travi$ Scott) and Big Sean.

The tour hits Brooklyn on March 27 at Barclays Center and Newark on April 2 at Prudential Center. Tickets for Brooklyn go on sale 12/3 at 10 AM with VIP, AmEx, Samsung, Tidal presales starting 11/30 at 10 AM and Live Nation, venue, Facebook presales starting 12/2 at 10 AM. Newark ticket info should be up soon (same link). All dates are listed below.

The tour is supporting Rihanna's eighth album ANTI, which is executive-produced by Kanye West, and includes the Kanye/Paul McCartney collab "FourFiveSeconds," the undeniably banging "Bitch Better Have My Money," and "American Oxygen." She also just launched the site which has snippets of other tracks. It's apparently coming out this Friday (11/27) exclusively on TIDAL and everywhere else on 12/4. Watch the video for #BBHMM (like you haven't already) and an ANTI/Samsung commercial that premiered during the AMAs, below. That's the album artwork above.

Travi$ Scott plays NYC again sooner: New Year's Eve.

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by Andrew Sacher

Anderson .Paak & TOKiMONSTA
Anderson Paak Tokimonsta

California R&B/soul singer Anderson .Paak (who's all over the new Dr. Dre album and who we profiled here) recently dropped two new songs. One is the '70s-soul/funk-inspired "Am I Wrong," a collaboration with Schoolboy Q, and the other is the danceable "Put It Down," his second collaboration with EDM producer TOKiMONSTA. Stream both below.

Anderson is also heading out on a tour with TOKiMONSTA later this month, and hitting NYC twice in December. They play Bowery Ballroom on 12/2 and Rough Trade on 12/3, both of which also have Two Fresh on the bill. Rough Trade is sold out, but tickets for Bowery are available.

All dates are listed below...

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November 21, 2015


Atlanta rapper Future put out four full length releases this year -- DS2, the Drake collab What A Time To Be Alive, and the Beast Mode and 56 Nights mixtapes -- and he'll be wrapping up this banner year with a New Year's Eve show at NYC's Pier 36 with a DJ set from Rudimental. It's part of the RPM-presented Big Week NYC and tickets are on sale now.

As part of the same series, Future collaborator Travi$ Scott opens for Nicky Romero and The Chainsmokers at Pier 94 on NYE (tickets).

Future put out a video for "Rich $ex" off DS2 this week. Watch that, with the list of all of his tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Future playing Pier 36 on New Year's Eve with DJ Rudimental (tour dates, video); Travi$ Scott doing the same on Pier 94"

November 20, 2015


Last year, iLoveMakonnen put out a self-titled EP that (among other things) had the songs "I Don't Sell Molly No More" and "Club Goin' Up On A Tuesday," which you pretty much couldn't leave your house without hearing. Today he dropped its followup EP, titled I LOVE MAKONNEN 2, via OVO Sound/Warner Bros. The 7-song EP features contributions from DJ Mustard and Santigold (who has a new LP on the way), among others. You can stream the whole thing below.

Makonnen has some west coast dates coming up (including RBSS' 30 Days in LA). All dates are listed below...

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November 19, 2015

photos by Mimi Hong

HudMo / The-Dream
Hudson Mohawke

After playing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Pitchfork Paris and more, Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke brought his tour to NYC's Webster Hall last night (11/18). He played a couple TNGHT songs, his remix of Gucci Mane's "Party Animal," and of course plenty of his own stuff. He played Philly a night earlier, and here's a review of that, via Oogeewoogee:

The Scottish producer/DJ emerged on stage surrounded by fog as a near seizure-inducing light show took place. The lazer-like red streams of light and loud pops of noise were attention grabbing to say the least. Mohawke, flanked by a keyboardist and midi drummer (both excellent), went straight into a nonstop energetic set, devoid of any vocals. The set covered solo material and cuts from his TNGHT project with Canadian producer Lunice, made the audience members who stuck around very happy they did so as they twisted and turned rhythmically to Mohawke and his two man band's sonic creations.
Like in Philly, R&B singer The-Dream opened and some local DJs kicked off the night (in NYC it was Nick Hook, Kitty Cash and Hiyawatha / Matt FX). We didn't get there until The-Dream went on, but more pictures of him and HudMo below...

Continue reading "Hudson Mohawke & The-Dream @ Webster Hall (pics)"

photo: Slick Rick at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
Slick Rick

It's been a good day for old school hip hop heads, with that weird Chinese Tupac biopic and the Nas / Juicy J / Pimp C song off the posthumous Pimp C album, but it doesn't stop there. There are some good NYC shows coming up with veterans too:

Slick Rick plays his annual birthday show on January 15 at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/20) at 10 AM. He also plays New Year's Eve in Deroit with Whodini, Doug E. Fresh, EPMD and Big Daddy Kane, and has other upcoming shows too.

Raekwon squeezes in a hometown one-off on December 17 at SOB's (tickets). The day before (12/16) at the same venue, Pharoahe Monch & friends will do the same (tickets).

Duck Down celebrates its 20th anniversary with a show on December 3 at BB King's that has Boot Camp Clik, Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun, Black Moon, Da Beatminerz and O.G.C.. Tickets for that stacked lineup are on sale now.

As previously mentioned, KRS-One and Naughty by Nature have shows soon too.

Watch some classic videos below...

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