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August 8, 2015

Sean Price (left) w/ Pharoahe Monch at Pete Rock's release party in Brooklyn in June
Sean Price

The Source reports that according to his friends and family, Brooklyn rapper Sean Price passed away in his sleep this morning. He was 43. Cause of death is currently unknown.

Sean left his mark on New York rap as one half of the influential duo Heltah Skeltah and a member of the supergroup Boot Camp Clik. Even as new trends entered the genre, Sean stayed true to his '90s-style roots, delivering uncompromising lyricism on his solo albums and as a member of the trio Random Axe. Duck Down had announced earlier this month that they'd release his next mixtape, Songs in the Key of Price, on August 21.

Rest in peace Sean P. Your music will definitely not be forgotten.

Listen to two singles from Songs in the Key of Price, with some of Sean's classic videos and tweets from fellow musicians about his passing, below...

Continue reading "Sean Price, RIP"

August 7, 2015

Dr Dre

As you probably know, N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton hits theaters next week (8/14) and the soundtrack to the movie is Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, which is technically the first Dr. Dre album since 1999's 2001. If you're wondering why he scrapped Detox: "I worked my ass off on it, and I don't think I did a good enough job."

The album features appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, The Game, Jill Scott, BJ the Chicago Kid, Marsha Ambrosius, Xzibit and more. It's out now. Dre says he's donating all the royalties from the album to help start a performing arts center in Compton. Tracklist below.

Noisey also has an exclusive 11-minute HBO First Look of the biopic, which you can watch below.

Ice Cube & special guests will be performing what's billed as Straight Outta Compton Remix at Riot Fest Denver & Chicago. No word yet on exactly what's in store, but we also know that N.W.A. are talking about a reunion tour with Eminem in place of the late Eazy-E. N.W.A. members reunited on stage during the BET Experience in June, but Dr. Dre didn't show up to that one. Watch them playing "Fuck The Police" at that show, below.

Continue reading "Dr. Dre's new album 'Compton' is out now; Ice Cube & friends playing 'Straight Outta Compton' at Riot Fest; NWA may tour"

August 5, 2015

Eaters Moment of Inertia

Brooklyn electronic duo Eaters recently worked with visual artist Christopher Duffy on a project for the Chrysler Museum of Art's Glass Studio in Norfolk, VA that was titled "Moment of Inertia":

Moment of Inertia is an audio-visual experiment from the group Eaters, conceived by visual artist and group member Christopher Duffy. A large cylinder of glass serves as a manually-spun platter for an altered turntable, playing an original composition cut to acetate. Void of a motor of any sort, the turntable slows over the course of the composition, eventually coming to a complete stop. Throughout the experience, tempo and pitch fluctuate, exploring perceptions of speed, elasticity, and entropy.
The artwork above is a picture of the "Moment of Inertia" acetate on the glass cylinder and you can check out video of it in action, below. You can also stream the original source recording, as well as the acetate and the recording of it on the glass cylinder. That makes its premiere in this post and you can listen below. "Moment of Inertia" will show in New York and other North American cities later this year.

As mentioned, Eaters are currently out with Seattle's Shabazz Palaces and that tour hits NYC tonight (8/5) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available. All Eaters tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Eaters share "Moment of Inertia" from audio-visual art project, play NYC tonight with Shabazz Palaces"

August 4, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo: A$AP Rocky in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
A$AP Rocky

Here's a pretty amazing tour for rap fans: A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown and Vince Staples are all teaming up together to hit the road this summer/fall. More dates are still TBA, but they've announced one round of shows which hits NYC's Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 22. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/7) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Chase presales starting Thursday (8/6) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Vince Staples fans can see him headline a NYC show for only $3 when he plays the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at The Shop on August 10 (234 Starr St) with Lil Herb and Loaf Muzik. RSVP is open.

Yesterday, Danny Brown teamed up with producer Clams Casino for the Adult Swim Single "Worth It." Listen below.

Continue reading "A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown & Vince Staples announce tour ++ Danny has a new song w/ Clams Casino"

August 2, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Vic Mensa at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa's rise has been quite the interesting one. It's almost hard to remember how closely tied to Chance the Rapper he was only two years ago, considering both have gone in wildly different directions. He put out a couple impressive singles last year -- the danceable "Down On My Luck" and the Kaytranada collaboration "Wimme Nah" -- and so far this year he's released two even better ones. There's the Kanye West-featuring "U Mad" that came out back in the spring (following Vic's appearance on Kanye's "Wolves" single) and the more recent Skrillex collaboration, "No Chill." Say what you will about Skrillex's own music, but he's undeniably great when he produces for rappers (like "Wild for the Night" with A$AP Rocky, who Vic opened for in NYC last month).

Vic also recently released a freestyle called "Heir to the Throne" which disses fellow Kanye collaborator Travi$ Scott and pays tribute to Jay Z, whose Roc Nation imprint will release Vic's debut album. It's titled Traffic and is due out at some point this year. Vic also recently released a cover of Future's "Codeine Crazy," which like the aforementioned tracks, is streaming below.

Two weekends ago, Vic played hometown festival Pitchfork Festival, and on Friday (7/31) he made a surprise appearance at another hometown festival, Lollapalooza. He jumped down about 15 feet from the DJ booth to the stage during Dillon Francis' set and proceeded to dance on stage. It's pretty amazing considering that jump looks like it hurt. Watch below, and stay tuned for a Dillon Francis remix of "U Mad." The next day at Lollapalooza, Travi$ Scott was arrested during his set.

Vic has more dates coming up, including the first of two Mad Decent Block Parties in Brooklyn (8/8) (sold out), Philly's Made In America festival, and the big Asbury Park (9/19) show with How to Dress Well, The Front Bottoms and more (tickets).

All dates are listed, with videos and song streams, below...

Continue reading "Vic Mensa dove off Dillon Francis' DJ booth at Lollapalooza, playing more shows, prepping debut album (dates, videos)"

July 31, 2015

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Sweetlife Fest 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Kendrick Lamar

Following the video for "Alright" off Kendrick Lamar's incredible To Pimp A Butterfly, he's now made a video for "For Free? (Interlude)." It was directed by Joe Weil and the Little Homies. Watch it below.

Kendrick plays Osheaga this weekend.

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar made a video for "For Free? (Interlude)""

photo: Chance the Rapper at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper announced a tour earlier this week, including a NYC show happening October 23 at Terminal 5. That went on sale today and sold out very quickly, but now Chance added a second show for October 25 at Terminal 5. Since we last spoke, he also revealed the tour openers: Hiatus Kaiyote, D.R.A.M., Towkio and Metro Boomin. Tickets for the 10/25 show go on sale today (7/31) at 3 PM.

Chance also added a new LA show. Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Chance the Rapper adds dates in NYC & LA, reveals openers"

Disclosure

We already knew some of the collaborators on Disclosure's upcoming sophomore album, Caracal (due 9/25 via PMR/Island), and now they've revealed the full list, including some big names. Miguel, The Weeknd, Lorde and past collaborator Sam Smith are among them. Check out the full tracklist below.

Sam Smith, who was the lead singer on the unstoppable "Latch," sings on new single "Omen." Do you think it lives up to its predecessor? Listen below.

Disclosure's only two upcoming US shows are at NYC's Madison Square Garden and LA's Memorial Sports Arena.

Speaking of Miguel, his tour hits NYC at Terminal 5 on Sunday (8/2) (sold out) and the much smaller Bowery Ballroom on 8/5 (tickets).

Continue reading "Miguel, The Weeknd & more to appear on Disclosure's new LP"

photo: Azealia Banks at Coachella 2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks isn't exactly the most frequent live performer, and just as she was set to go on her first lengthy tour, it's been cancelled. She says the reason is that co-headliner K. Michelle is now "unavailable" this fall, but also that she's working on rescheduling certain dates:

Hey Rebels! To say I am crushed is an understatement. I try my best to push myself over the limit and if you don't listen to your body it will make you listen. While currently filming numerous television shows, readying my businesses and working on my new album, I simply cannot overexert myself anymore than I already am. So it is with a broken heart, I have to postpone the tour with me and @AzealiaBanks at this time. Before the negativity and assumptions from naysayers and media outlets begins, I'd like for everyone to know the truth. First, there is absolutely no drama between me and Azealia. We have a mutual respect for each other as women and artists. I can't wait to get in the studio with her and for you all to hear what she's been working on. Secondly, it wasn't low ticket sales. Due to such an overwhelming response with this tour there have been conversations about adding a second show in various cities. Above all, my fans mean the world to me and the last thing that I want to do is disappoint. I want to thank all of you for having my back and supporting me throughout the good and the bad. I can't wait for all of you to see what's in store and hear this new music! All tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded and I'll see you guys at the top next year! New album. New tour. ❤️ -K. Michelle

A photo posted by K. Michelle (@kmichellemusic) on

The NYC show would have happened September 26 at Best Buy Theater.

July 30, 2015

Mad Decent

The 2015 Mad Decent Block Party tour starts in Atlanta this Friday (7/31), and afterparties for select cities have been announced. So far there's Alanta, Ft. Lauderdale, Philly, and both NYC dates. Details on each are here.

The NYC parties happen August 8 at Webster Hall and August 9 at Verboten with "Mad Decent All-Stars" billed for both nights. We're not sure exactly who that is, but it seems likely that some of the artists playing the day shows will show up. Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.

Those day shows both happen at Coney Island's MCU Park. 8/8 has 4B, Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, Die Antwoord, Getn & Jawns, Major Lazer, VIc Mensa, Lunice, Tommy Trash, and Yellow Claw (sold out). 8/9 has CL, Gorgon City (DJ), Grandtheft, iLoveMakonnen, Jack U (aka Skrillex & Diplo), Knife party, Party Favor, Tyler the Creator and What So Not (tickets).