Recent Posts in hiphop - Page 3

January 9, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Ghostface

Toronto instrumental trio BadBadNotGood have teamed with Ghostface Killah for a new album, Sour Soul, which will be out Feb 24 via Lex Records. The band provide all the music -- the LP is 100% sample-free -- and was inspired by music from the '60s and '70s. Their styles go together well, judging from the two tracks have been released from the album so far. One of them, "Ray Gun," features DOOM whom Ghostface is collaborating on the long-planned/delayed DOOMSTARKS project. You can stream "Ray Gun," as well as "Gunshowers," featuring Elzhi, below.

Ghostface is busy these days. He released the 36 Seasons solo album last year along with the new Wu-Tang Clan album, A Better Tomorrow, and he said in a recent Reddit AMA that the DOOMSTARKS album would see release in 2015. There's also the other Wu-Tang album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which they're only making one copy of which will be sold via auction, and that's supposed to happen this year as well. We'll see. He and Raekown are also playing Coachella together.

Speaking of BadBadNotGood, if you didn't hear their reworking of Future Islands' "Seasons," that is worth seeking out.

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January 8, 2015

Saul Williams

On Sunday, January 18th, SOB's celebrates The 13th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. day. Due to the current climate of the nation, acknowledging this year's celebration is as important as it has ever been before. SOB's is privileged to announce that singer-songwriter, poet and actor Saul Williams will be taking the reigns of this incomparable ceremony. Historically, MLK day at SOB's has only been hosted by Talib Kweli (past 2 years) and the legendary Gil Scott-Heron; to who's memory SOB's has dedicate this show. NYC prepare yourself for a very special program as Saul Williams promises to present new music live on stage!!!
Tickets for the 13th annual MLK Day celebration at SOB's with Saul Williams are on sale now. Watch a video of Saul below...

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photo: Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lauryn Hill

The great Lauryn Hill, who last appeared live in NYC at the recent Bob Marley tribute at The Apollo, has an acoustic tour coming up this February. No word yet if more dates will be announced, but at the moment she's revealed two DC shows and four NYC shows. The NYC shows happen February 17 at Rough Trade, February 20 & 23 at Highline Ballroom and February 25 at Blue Note. Tickets for all four shows go on sale at noon on Saturday (1/10). Head here for Rough Trade/Highline tickets and here for Blue Note tickets.

All dates are listed, with a video of Lauryn on MTV Unplugged, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Fetty Wap

You may know Paterson, NJ rapper Fetty Wap from his buzzed-about 2014 single "Trap Queen" off his Up Next mixtape. Now, in a new interview with HotNewHipHop (video below), Fetty tells them he's signed a record deal (he won't say with who though) and has a new mixtape on the way. He also uploaded a new track "RGF Island" that makes it pretty clear "Trap Queen" isn't the only hook-filled trick up his sleeve. It's called a snippet but it's over two minutes and already sounds like a complete idea. Check it out below.

As discussed, Fetty is playing an all-New Jersey 'Hot 97 Who's Next' show at SOB's on January 20 with Kazzie, Dougie F and KC Bandz (tickets), but you can catch him in NYC much sooner than that. He's the guest at Just Blaze's weekly house party at Webster Hall tonight (1/8). Tickets for tonight are on sale now.

Also, don't bother asking about his eye.

Tonight's show flyer, a stream of the new song, the interview video, and the "Trap Queen" video, below...

Continue reading "Fetty Wap planning new mixtape, released a new song, playing Just Blaze's Webster Hall party tonight, SOB's later"

by Andrew Sacher

Future Brown
Future Brown

Back in 2013, electronic producers Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu and Lit City Trax's J-Cush formed the collaborative project Future Brown, and now they're set to release their self-titled debut album on February 24 via Warp. The album features previously released singles "Talkin Bandz" and "Wanna Party," as well as brand new single, "Room 502," the latter two of which feature Chicago rapper/singer Tink. The group's forward thinking production and Tink's vocals are a perfect match, as you can hear for yourself below. The album also features Kelela, Ian Isiah, Sicko Mobb and others. Tracklist below as well.

Tink's been working with other interesting collaborators lately too, including Sleigh Bells on the song "That Did It," and Kitty, Sasha Go Hard and Ryan Hemsworth on the song "Spotless." Stream both of those, with the Future Brown songs and tracklist, below...

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photo: Run the Jewels in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
RTJ

Run the Jewels may technically be opening for Jack White at the Saturdays of Coachella, but they'll also really be opening for him much sooner than that when his tour hits Madison Square Garden on January 30. If it seems weird that RTJ is opening for a rock band, it's worth considering that RTJ have Zack de la Rocha and Travis Barker on their newest record, and though Jack can seem like a rockist, he's openly a huge fan of Kanye, Jay Z and Daft Punk. In El-P's words, "When you get asked to open for jack white at MSG you say yes. its in the bible." Tickets are still available.

All dates for RTJ and Jack are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Heems

Some may say 2014 was a slow year for rap, but it doesn't look like anyone's gonna be saying that about 2015. We already got recent announcements of a new Action Bronson album (hear a new song) and a new Joey Bada$$ album (hear a new song ft. Kiesza), and now Heems has announced that he'll release Eat, Pray, Thug on March 10 via Megaforce. (Not to mention we're likely getting albums from Kanye, Kendrick, Chance and A$AP Rocky this year.)

Heems has stayed active since Das Racist broke up, releasing mixtapes and other things, but this will be his first official solo album. The album features guitar from Blood Orange and Rafiq Bhatia, plus production from Blood Orange as well as Gordon Voidwell, Harry Fraud, Boody B and more. Gordon produced the first single, "Sometimes," which is a banger and can be streamed below.

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Rapper and noted lover of the delicious, Action Bronson will deliver his new album, Mr. Wonderful, on March 24 via Vice/Atlantic. The record features guest appearances from Chance the Rapper, Meyhem Lauren, Big Body Res, Party Supplies, and production from Drake cohort Noah "40" Shebib, Mark Ronson, and The Alchemist. Bronson also boasts of a Billy Joel sample (apparently hard to come by) on opening cut "Brand New Car," for what it's worth. We'll have to wait to hear that one, but you can get a taste of Mr. Wonderful via new single "Actin Crazy." Listen to that below.

You can catch Action Bronson live at Coachella in April. Those two appearances are his only current dates.

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January 5, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Yeezus Sir Paul

As always, there's been some notable news in the hip hop community lately -- like the new N.E.R.D. songs -- and now that the holidays are behind us, we're taking this chance to round up some of the stuff we've missed. Here's some of that news, plus a few upcoming NYC shows...

As you may have heard, on New Year's Day Kanye West and Paul McCartney released a collaborative track called "Only One," which a press release calls "the first publicly available recording from what has become a prolific musical collaboration between these two legendary artists" and is sung from the perspective of Kanye's late mother. The idea of Yeezus and Sir Paul on a track together may seem more like it'd happen for the novelty of that collaboration than because they work really well together, but if you haven't listened you should check this song out. It's very good.

Onetime Kanye tour DJ A-Trak (who thinks, despite what you say, that 2014 was one of the best years for rap) reunited Dipset members Cam'ron and Juelz Santana on the single "Dipshits" in 2014, which was followed by a full Dipset set at Wu-Tang's Barclays Center show. Now, the group of Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey are preparing to continue that reunion with a mixtape and a five-stop US tour this year. The plans were revealed by Funkmaster Flex on Instagram (via FACT). No tour dates announced yet, but stay tuned.

Cam'ron's sorta-recent Fool's Gold Day Off showmate Danny Brown is also up to something, it's non-musical though. He told Australian radio station Triple J (via FACT) that he's working on a Dr. Seuss-inspird children's book:

"It's really about self-esteem in black girls, I guess", says Brown. "You know how black women do so much - process their hair, change their eye colour - it's really about a little girl who does all these things to herself and changes herself and she realises she's just better off the way she is."

Brown started writing the book for his daughter, and claims that he "wants it to be real Dr. Seuss-y. The Grinch, Green Eggs And Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish - what was going on in that guy's brain to be able to write those things? I think I AM Dr. Seuss! I'm The Grinch, I'm all his characters come to life in rap music."

That should be interesting. In less positive news, Danny's fellow "1 Train" rapper Joey Bada$$ was charged with assault after allegedly punching a security guard at Australian music festival Falls Festival, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. The guard allegedly told police he thought Joey was an unauthorized person. After the incident went down, the guard was treated for a broken nose and other facial injuries, and Joey was arrested after the show. Pitchfork points out a representative for Joey offered an official statement reading "There was a misunderstanding with security at the Byron Falls Festival show, which resulted in charges being laid by NSW Police. After fully cooperating with Police, Joey was granted bail and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge."

Death Grips before they "broke up" (more by Wei Shi)
DG

In rap news that is just kind of weird, Death Grips, who are supposedly broken up, released a new instrumental album called Fashion Week that you can download for free. They also announced that their double album, The Powers That B, will actually come out as a physical release on February 10 via Harvest Records.

Now for some upcoming shows. Father, who we mentioned is opening for Theophilus London on February 16 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), is also playing his own show on January 22 at Baby's All Right with special guests. Tickets are on sale now. His album, Young Hot Ebony, made Stereogum's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2014 list, it features iLoveMakonnen and others, and can be streamed below.

Two days earlier than that is the next 'Hot 97 Who's Next' show at SOB's (1/20) with a lineup of NJ rappers Kazzie, Dougie F., Fetty Wap and KC Bandz. Tickets are on sale now. Dougie F put out the single "Back Up On It" on Mad Decent not long ago. You can watch the video for that, with a Fetty Wap video, below.

For something more classic, Brooklyn vets Smif-n-Wessun are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1995 debut, Dah Shinin', on January 14 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.

One last thing, while Run the Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike) was by far the consensus hip hop favorite of 2014 (and many critics' favorite of any genre), with duo Freddie Gibbs & Madlib trailing not far behind, it was the duo of Royce da 5'9" and DJ Premier, aka PRyme, who topped HipHopDX's list. As discussed, PRhyme's tour hits NYC on February 22 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.

Streams and videos below...

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NERD

Perhaps you've noticed that Pharrell has been having a huge moment over the past year or two, thanks to "Get Lucky," "Happy," "Blurred Lines" and whatever else the man with the peculiar taste in hats has been up to. He hasn't hesitated to remind everyone that he's been at it for years though, bringing out Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Nelly and more at Coachella to perform the massive hits he produced for them in the early 2000s, and bringing out the members of his long-running group N.E.R.D. at Odd Future's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival.

Now he's making new music with N.E.R.D. too, including three songs for the soundtrack of the upcoming Spongebob movie, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. The movie comes out February 6, and will feature new N.E.R.D. songs "Squeeze Me," "Patrick Star," and "Sandy Squirrel," the first of which you can now stream below via Spotify.

Film trailer below too...

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