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February 18, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Two-9

Atlanta rap group Two-9 recently put out their newest mixtape, B4FRVR, on Mike Will Made It's Ear Drummers label. Mike Will also executive produced it and did the beat sfor a handful of the songs, and labelmates Rae Sremmurd appear, as do Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa. It's a pretty diverse tape, one that should appeal to fans of Rae Sremmurd's slow rap, Drake's melodic Rap&B, and the harder/faster stuff Two-9's hometown is known for. Stream it in full below.

Two-9 will be in NYC for two shows this week. First they play the 'Hot 97 Who's Next' show at SOB's on Thursday (2/19) with OVO's Mike Zombie (who produced Drake's "Started From the Bottom" and released his own mixtape in December) and Fame School (tickets). Later that night, they'll head to Webster Hall along with Mike Will Made It for Just Blaze's weekly House Party. Funk Flex will be at this week's party too, and tickets are on sale.

In related news, Mike Will Made It produced a handful of tracks on the new Juicy J mixtape, Blue Dream & Lean 2, and Rae Sremmurd feature on that one too. You can download that for free at DatPiff and stream it in full, with the Two-9 tape, below.

Continue reading "Two-9 released a mixtape, playing 2 NYC shows this week; Juicy J's new mixtape out now too (stream)"

February 17, 2015

by Andrew Sacher

Big Sean - 'Dark Sky Paradise'
Big Sean

We've already gotten a few tastes of Big Sean's new album, Dark Sky Paradise (due next week, 2/24, via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam), and now he's just given us two more songs. One is "One Man Can Change The World," a piano ballad with guest sung vocals from Kanye West (who's also on the great "Blessings" with Drake and the "All Your Fault" clip) and John Legend, as well as the downtempo rap of "Win Some, Lose Some" which features past collaborator Jhene Aiko. Listen to both below, along with a mix of snippets from the album.

UPDATE: Big Sean announced a few dates, including a NYC-area show happening April 22 at Starland Ballroom in NJ. Tickets for that go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (2/19) at 9 AM. All currently known dates (more TBA?) are below.

In related news, Kanye collaborator Cashmere Cat (who co-produced Ye's new single "Wolves" that he just debuted at his fashion show and then performed on SNL 40) also just co-produced (with Stargate) the new single for another Kanye collaborator, Ty Dolla $ign. It's called "Drop That Kitty" and has an all-star cast of guest appearances from Charli XCX and Tinashe. They all bring their own personalities to the song: Ty in auto-tuned sung-rap mode, shouty/sassy Charli, and soulful Tinashe. Check it out below.

Cashmere Cat will be on tour soon supporting Ariana Grande, including her MSG shows on 3/20 & 3/21, and headlining his own NYC show on March 21 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

Tinashe is also supporting a bigger star (and Ariana Grande collaborator) on an arena tour, Iggy Azalea, including her Barclays Center show on May 7.

And Charli XCX will return to NYC for Governors Ball, which just announced its daily lineups.

In more related news, Big Sean recently put out his own verse for "Used To" from the new Drake mixtape (and from Lil Wayne's mixtape). You can listen to that below too. Like Kanye and Big Sean, Drake was in NYC this past weekend for a surprise show at Irving Plaza, which he brought Kanye out during. Video of that below.

And speaking of Kanye collaborators, producer Hudson Mohawke tweeted yesterday that he's in the studio with Miguel, so that's something to look forward to.

Song streams below...

Continue reading "Big Sean shares new songs/dates; Ty Dolla $ign, Charli XCX & Tinashe release single; Hudson Mohawke working w/ Miguel"

February 13, 2015

photo via SiriusXM Instagram
Kanye

Kanye West's concert at Madison Square Park Thursday night drew in thousands of fans and spectators, despite the backlash from Flatiron community and business leaders.

A long line of concertgoers had to go through three blocks of barricaded streets to get to the free show at Flatiron Pedestrian Plaza inside Madison Square Park. The 37-year-old rapper's fans braved the freezing temperatures and the small green space and were thrilled with a big screen, bright lights and plenty of tunes.

...The packed show worried Community Board 5 and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who pushed the city to reconsider holding the concert at the park. Brewer said she couldn't fathom why Roc Nation, Jay Z's media company which produced the show, didn't stage the concert at a bigger outdoor space such as Times Square.

Some of the concertgoers said they had no problem with the tighter quarters of Madison Square Park, however. [AMNY]

Kanye West had a pretty eventful Thursday. Earlier in the afternoon, he debuted a new song "Wolves" at the fashion show for his new Adidas line, and then at night he played the first annual Roc City Classic at Flatiron Pedestrian Plaza, which Kevin Durant co-hosted. As you can see in the picture above, it was packed. Were you one of the people in attendance? If not, did you stream it online?

'Ye didn't play "Wolves" at the show, but he did close the set with his recent Paul McCartney collaboration "Only One." He brought out his G.O.O.D. Music pals Travi$ Scott, 2 Chainz, Pusha T and Big Sean, and did a handful of their songs too. The show opened with three Travi$ Scott/2 Chainz songs, and later on they included Big Sean's recent Kanye-featuring single, "Blessings," Sean's huge hit "I Don't Fuck With You," posse cuts "Don't Like" and "Clique," and more. He also brought out rising Paterson, NJ rapper Fetty Wap (who also opened for Meek Mill at Best Buy Theater the same night) for his buzzy "Trap Queen." "I wanna bring out a special guest. Young new artist, my favorite song out," he said. Jay Z and Beyonce must like it too, since they were in the crowd dancing to it, as you can see in a short clip below.

Travi$ Scott also recently expanded his tour with Young Thug and is on the surprise new Drake album. Drake plays an NBA All-Star Weekend show too (with Nas).

Full setlist, a few more pictures and videos, and the "Wolves" video ICYMI, also below...

Continue reading "Kanye West played to massive crowd outside Madison Square Park, Fetty Wap & other guests included (pics, video, setlist)"

Drake

Drake said he'd be releasing an album this year called Views from the 6, and it's unclear if this in instead of or in addition to that, but he just dropped a new 17-song release called If You're Reading This It's Too Late. It's available on iTunes now and it's an official Cash Money release. It features his Lil Wayne collaboration "Used To" from Wayne's recent mixtape, and the previously released single "6 God." Travi$ Scott and Partynextdoor are on it too, and Partynextdoor, 40, Boi-1da and others produced.

A full album stream was up on OVO's Soundcloud, but then taken down. Now there's one via livemixtapes that you can stream below (for now at least), with the 14-minute short film "Jungle" that he put out earlier today.

Drake will also be in NYC for an NBA All-Star Weekend show with Nas at Irving Plaza on Friday.

Continue reading "Drake just put out a surprise 17-song album called 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late'"

February 12, 2015

photo via Adidas
Kanye

So far this year, Kanye West has released the Paul McCartney collaboration "Only One," the Macca/Rihanna collab, "FourFiveSeconds," and earlier today at the fashion show for his new Adidas shoe (part of the ongoing NY Fashion Week) he debuted another new song, "Wolves," featuring Sia, Vic Mensa and production by Cashmere Cat and Sinjin Hawke. It's said to be the first track on his upcoming album. Watch a video of the debut, below.

UPDATE: The full official video of the show is out now, and watchable below. "Wolves" starts at the 8:19 mark.

Kanye also appears on Big Sean"s new song, "All Your Fault," which a 30-second clip of was just released. Kanye produced it, along with Travi$ Scott (who recently expanded his tour with Young Thug). The song will appear on Big Sean's upcoming new album, Dark Sky Paradise, which is out on February 24 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam. Kanye (and Drake) also appear on previous single "Blessings." Listen to that, and the "All Your Fault" clip, below.

Meanwhile, Kanye's NYC show for NBA All-Star Weekend is TONIGHT (2/12) at 8 PM outside Madison Square Park. If you didn't get in, you can stream it live. UPDATE: It happened.

Continue reading "Kanye West debuted new song ft. Sia, Vic Mensa, Cashmere Cat & Sinjin Hawke at fashion show, on Big Sean's new song"

by Andrew Sacher

Young Thug
Young Thug

Fast-rising rappers Young Thug and Travi$ Scott recently announced a tour together which hits NYC on March 12 at Webster Hall. That show quickly sold out, but they've since added a late show happening afterwards at 10:30 PM. Tickets for the newly-added show are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.

This week, Young Thug also dropped a new track with frequent collaborator Rich Homie Quan, "Whatever." Together, these guys are pretty much running the whole melodic rap thing going on, and "Whatever" is no exception. Check it out below.

Continue reading "Young Thug releases new song w/ Rich Homie Quan, expands tour w/ Travi$ Scott (updated dates & stream)"

Dipset

Dipset already revealed the first stop of their reunion tour, happening February 24 at BB King's (tickets), and now the whole thing has been announced. It includes another NYC show happening February 28 at CPAC Nightclub (1020 E 48th St in East Flatbush), plus SXSW, dates in NJ, CT and more. Funkmaster Flex will be at all stops.

All dates are listed, with the recently-released "Victory" freestyle, below...

Continue reading "Dipset announce more reunion dates, including 2nd NYC show"

February 11, 2015

Wu-Tang

Coolio's PornHub collaboration is so last year. This week, the worlds of music and porn can't stop finding new ways to collide:

Wu-Tang Clan member, and no stranger to acting, RZA will be appearing in the upcoming biopic on the "World's First Latina adult film star" Vanessa del Rio (titled Vanessa del Rio). It also stars Zulay Henao as the lead, with Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos), Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black), and others. In the director's chair is metal music video guy Thomas Mignone (Type O Negative, Megadeth), and Datari Turner produced. RZA "portrays a character who works the doors at the burlesque club Vanessa dances at. After hours, he secretly uses the club's audio gear to pursue his true passion of music, laying down tracks and rhymes in the new hip hop and rap genres being explored at the time."

In other news, though it was initially announced that Miley Cyrus would be showing her "Tongue Tied" video (made with filmmaker Quentin Jones) at the previously-mentioned, upcoming NYC Porn Festival at Secret Project Robot, the video will not actually be part of it. Why not? NY Post says "The festival's organizer lied when he said Cyrus had personally submitted the film." Huh.

Luckily for those who still want to see the video, you can watch it below. It might not be the safest thing for work, but it's not really any more risqué than her "Wrecking Ball" video that's all over cable TV. Unlike her participation in the "Free the Nipple" campaign, there's no actual nudity.

Meanwhile, the fest otherwise goes down as planned at Brooklyn's Secret Project Robot from February 27 through March 1 and tickets for individual screenings can be purchased at the festival's website. Unlike Miley, musician James Franco will be there, and like Miley, he was nominated for but did not win a Grammy this past weekend.

Azealia Banks almost nude
Azealia Banks

In still more music/porn news, it's been announced that rapper Azealia Banks will pose nude for Playboy. The editors say it's "sure to break the Internet." Kim Kardashian's palms are already sweating. This may be Azealia's first nude photo shoot for mainstream media, but it's not like she hasn't come close before.

And in one last bit of news related (but not to porn) to RZA, his fellow Wu-Tang Clan member GZA is saying he's finally going to release that new album Dark Matter this fall. Ahead of that, he's released a non-album single, "The Mexican" (based on Babe Ruth's 1972 song of the same name) which features Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello on guitar, Hanni El Khatib, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson (whose band just announced a tour). Listen below.

Continue reading "This week in music/porn: RZA in Vanessa del Rio biopic; Miley no longer in NYC Porn Fest; Azealia Banks posing for Playboy"

Hip Hop

Kanye, Drake / Nas, The LOX and Meek Mill aren't the only hip hop shows happening in NYC in celebration of NBA All-Star Weekend. There's also one at Santos Party House on Thursday (2/12), billed as 'Video Music Box Presents: 4 The Love of Hip Hop,' with a huge lineup that includes M.O.P., Steele (of Smif N Wessun), Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, Mr. Cheeks (of Lost Boyz), Dres (of Black Sheep), Large Professor, Royal Flush, Nine, Akinyele, King Just and a handful of others. Full lineup on the flyer above, and surprise guests are promised too. Tickets are on sale now.

In related news, the venue's weekly 'Freedom Party' goes down the next night (2/13) with Just Blaze, who does his own party at Webster Hall on Thursday, which is the same night as the 'Love of Hip Hop' show at Santos and also an NBA All-Star Weekend celebration. Tickets for both of those are on sale.

Also on Thursday, Grantland is presenting 'NBA After Dark Live' at Baby's All Right, but that's sold out.

Game of Thrones

There will be a second official Game of Thrones mixtape coming in March and featuring Method Man, Snoop Dogg, Yandel and other hip hop artists. Catch the Throne: The Mixtape Vol. 2 will incorporate score and dialogue samples from last year's fourth season. Says Snoop:

Off the top, I love Game of Thrones - I even gave my expert analysis of this season on my GGN show. It's like the rap game, it's gangster, about family, loyalty and trying to get to the top. I had to get involved. Give the fans a little b it of how I see it.
Changing things up for this second go-round, metal bands Anthrax and Killswitch Engage will be involved in this one too. Says Anthrax's Scott Ian:
As fans of Game of Thrones, we are extremely excited to collaborate on this project. Recording a song about the Lannister family allows us to connect more with our fans and Game of Thrones fans in a way we would have never imagined.
Maybe this takes the sting off losing a Metal Grammy to Tenacious D, just a little.

Catch the Throne: The Mixtape Vol. 2 is, of course, part of the hype leadup to Game of Thrones' fifth season which premieres on HBO on April 12. HBO recently aired a half-hour GoT special, Game of Thrones Season 5: A Day in the Life, which follows the show's production units filming in three different countries on the same day. You can watch that, along with the Season 5 trailer, below...

Continue reading "Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Anthrax & more featured on new 'Game of Thrones' mixtape ++ watch S5 making-of special"