Entries tagged with: Asap Rocky
photos by Tim Griffin
TVOTR / A$AP Rocky / Father John Misty / Drake & Future (via)
Is Drake the new Kanye?The 2015 Austin City Limits Festival kicked off on Friday and continued on Saturday (10/3) with Drake, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Alabama Shakes, Jose Gonzalez, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves, Father John Misty, Vince Staples and plenty more. Pictures of the second day of ACL are in this post.
Explosive pyrotechnics. Mad energy. The "6 God" backdrop and the whole field on his team. Drake hit the stage like he owned the world. When the backdrop flashed "If You're Reading This We Made It" I felt it in my body the way I do when I see 'Ye live. I seriously thought, "Wow, Drake has done it." Kanye is tabloid fodder and bad fashion and Drake is totally running the game. Drake's the new Kanye. And in that moment I really wanted it for him. That feeling stuck for a good portion of the set. Weirdly, the thing that undid it was when he brought out Future. We knew it was going to happen next week but tonight was a surprise. With the new collab album out it was an obvious choice and the crowd went wild and I actually liked the tracks they did. But Yeezy would never have done that and, more importantly, he'd never have to. He'd keep his 90 minutes all to himself and be completely riveting the whole time. [Deborah Sengupta Stith for Austin 360]
As the above review points out, Drake brought out Future during his set to play three songs off DS2 including the Drake collab "Where Ya At," and then the duo made the live debut of "Jumpman" and "Big Rings" off their collaborative album What A Time To Be Alive. Videos below. Drake also released another Beyonce collab over the weekend, "Can I." He debuted on his Apple Music Beats 1 show, OVO Sound Radio, and you can listen below.
ACL fest's first weekend wraps up Sunday (10/4) and if you're not there you can stream it live (via Red Bull TV) below. ACL does it again this coming weekend (10/9 - 10/11) too. UPDATE: Day 3 happened and pics are up.
photos by P Squared
A$AP Rocky / Tyler the Creator / Danny Brown / Vince Staples
Who everyone was really here to see, though, was A$AP Rocky, whose arrival took time. But that was fair: As the purple stage curtain drew back, it revealed a three-tiered platform that the crew had built between sets, replete with members of the A$AP Mob--including A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy--and Rocky's DJs.Four killer rappers, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown and Vince Staples are currently on the road together, and that tour hit NYC for a sold-out show at the Theater at MSG on Tuesday (9/22). As the above review points out, Rocky was who the most people came to see, but at least as exciting was opener Vince Staples whose Summertime '06 is one of the very best albums of this year. Vince came out during Rocky's set to do his song "Señorita" too. The floor was shaking big time from people jumping around. It was a wild show.
"Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2)" resonated throughout the arena as Rocky emerged, enveloped by flashing red lights and smoke. Throughout the course of the night, he played a bulk of At. Long. Last. A$AP, performing on all levels of the terrace-like structure.
At one point, everyone else left and it was just Rocky, illuminated on the second level. "Thanks to all the other acts for being talented, for their love and creativity. F*** all that mainstream s**t," he bellowed into the mic. His heartfelt moment was followed by one of the more heartfelt, melodic tracks from ALLA, "L$D." [Revolt TV]
More pictures and a video of the Vince/Rocky collab below...
Tyler, the Creator is throwing his annual Camp Flog Gnaw festival at The Park @ LA Coliseum on November 14 this year. Despite saying over the summer that Odd Future wouldn't be performing as a group anymore, OFWGKTA is billed for this. The lineup also includes Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound (Daz Dillinger and Kurupt), A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Mac Miller, Atmosphere, YG, Trash Talk, Jhene Aiko, The Inernet, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Flosstradamus, TOKiMONSTA and more. Tickets go on sale today (9/15) at noon PST.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Lucero at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Lucero will release their new album All A Man Should Do on September 18 via ATO. After two of the band's biggest-sounding horn-filled records, much of the new one sees them returning to a softer sound. It's actually the first album in their 15+ year career where frontman Ben Nichols played only acoustic guitar. We already posted first single "Went Looking For Warren Zevon's Los Angeles," which is a great example of that softer/acoustic sound, though new single "Can't You Hear Them Howl" brings the horns back and more closely recalls the last two records. Listen to that one below.
I recently spoke with Ben about the new record, their upcoming Sailor Jerry-presented tour, looking back on lyrics he wrote 15 years ago, True Detective, the unlikely Lucero sample A$AP Rocky used on his new album, and more. You can read that interview below.
The band's tour hits NYC on October 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: A$AP Rocky in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Here's a pretty amazing tour for rap fans: A$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 $3 when he plays the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at The Shop on August 10 (234 Starr St) with Lil Herb and Loaf Muzik. RSVP is open.
Yesterday, Danny Brown teamed up with producer Clams Casino for the Adult Swim Single "Worth It." Listen below.
by Andrew Sacher
Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky recently put out At.Long.Last.A$AP, which still sounds like a million dollars went into it, but moves from the pop rap-leanings of his last album into more psychedelic territory. He recently gave NYC a tiny, surprise hometown show at Union Pool, and now he's got one coming up that will be a little easier to get into: Best Buy Theater on July 23.
It's Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg's fourth annual PeterPalooza, and also includes Vic Mensa, Bodega Bamz and Remy Banks. Tickets are on sale now.
Rocky has other dates coming up too. All are listed, with the video for A.L.L.A highlight "L$D," below...
More surprises from A$AP Rocky who dropped his new album early this week. The rapper will play Union Pool on Sunday (5/31) which is a benefit for victims of the Nepal earthquake. The show also features a DJ set from Pat Mahoney, plus Morgan O' Kane, Susanna Raeven, CULTFEVER and Monster (DJ). The show goes from 6PM - 11 PM and tickets are $30 and proceeds will go towards Kids of Kathmandu, an organization founded in Brooklyn. Flyer below
A$AP Rocky's new album, At.Long.Last.A$AP (A.L.L.A.) had a release date of June 2, but in true 2015 rap fashion, Rocky "surprise" released the whole thing early. It has appearances from Kanye West, Schoolboy Q, Mos Def, M.I.A., Juicy J, UGK, Miguel, Danger Mouse, newcomer Joe Fox and more. Pick yours up at iTunes.
Check out the full tracklist and listen to the whole thing via Spotify below...
A$AP Rocky live for Red Bull Music Academy -- 5/7/15
A$AP Rocky debuted a new song during his Red Bull Music Academy live interview in NYC tonight. The track is called entitled "Everyday".
It heavily samples/covers 1972 Python Lee Jackson song "In a Broken Dream", which most famously features vocals by Rod Stewart. This new version also includes vocals by Miguel, and contributions by Mark Ronson. It will be on Rocky's new album At.Long.Last.A$AP, out June 2nd. Listen to that (and the original) below:
by Zack Baker
photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
LA rappers Overdoz dropped the video for their A$AP Ferg-featuring "F**k Yo' DJ," which has the whole crew going nuts to the thudding beat. The song spends most of its runtime (predictably) championing the rappers' production crew over everyone else's but they don't forget to toss in jabs about how much harder they party as well. Check the video out below.
Ferg recently dropped two videos to tide us over while we wait for his forthcoming Trap Lord followup. He'll also be heading out on Skrillex and Diplo's Full Flex Express tour as the only rapper on the train.
In related news, Ferg's crewmate A$AP Rocky has slowly been building to the release of his new album At.Long.Last.A$AP with a trio of advance singles and the Harlem rapper recently announced A.L.L.A.'s release date for May 12 via A$AP Worldwide/RCA. He'll be at this year's Red Bull Music Academy residency shortly before that for a sold-out talk at Madiba Harlem on May 7, and is now featured on a new Raekwon track. Listen to that collaboration below.
In one last bit of A$AP Mob news, A$AP Ant is playing a hometown show at The Studio at Webster Hall on May 4 with Sha Hef, Dougie F and DJ Michael Medium. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Check out the video for "F**k Yo' DJ" and Rocky's collaboration with Raekwon below...
by Andrew Sacher
A$AP Rocky recently announced his new album, At. Long.Last.A$AP (no release date yet, but that's pretty typical of rap lately), and today he dropped a new single, "M's." Assuming this will appear on A.L.L.A, that's seeming like an album to be pretty excited for. Listen below.
The NYC rapper doesn't have a hometown show scheduled at the moment, but he will be speaking during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency.
photo: A$AP Rocky in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky told GQ the title of his upcoming album in a new interview. At.Long.Last.A$AP still doesn't have a release date, but we do know that it features Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, Juicy J, and Clams Casino, and was executive produced by Danger Mouse and the late A$AP Yams. He also spat a new verse from the album during the photoshoot, and video of that is below. No word if A.L.L.A includes recent singles "Multiply" and "Lord Pretty Flocko Jodye 2", but you can watch the videos for those below too.
Rocky was also announced for Lollapalooza today.
Brooklyn Bodega's annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival returns to various BK venues from July 8-11 this year. The 2015 headliner is long-running Chicago great Common, who plays 'The Big Show' on Saturday, 7/11 at 50 Kent. Full lineup for that show and more details TBA.
Tickets for the fest are on sale now. All currently announced events, below.
Common was initially rumored in a Medium.com article to be playing one of Samsung's SXSW shows, though that hasn't been confirmed, and a newer Mashable article on the shows that came out today only mentions that Iggy Azalea, A$AP Rocky and Hot Chip are headlining the shows. They play March 18, 19, and 20, respectively, at a TBA location.
photo: Merzbow at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
This year includes a night of all African electronic artists at Villain, a GHE20G0TH1K's biggest ever party which will happen at BK Bazaar with a big lineup including New Orleans Bounce 'sissy rapper' Sissy Nobby's first-ever NYC appearance, the premiere of a new Kid Millions (of Oneida) piece with 20 musicians, a conversation with A$AP Rocky, a PC Music showcase with all their artists and SOPHIE at BRIC House, a conversation with George Clinton, the biggest-ever Nothing Changes party at Output with Merzbow and many others, a Tri Angle Records 5th anniversary party on Wall Street with most of the label's roster, the return of Frankie Bones' Storm Rave party, the debut of FKA twigs' new live show with dancers and more, an Arthur Russell tribute with Dev Hynes, Cults,
Phosphorescent (UPDATE: Phosphoresent was initially listed as part of this but is no longer on the lineup), Sam Amidon, Little Scream and more.
Tickets are on sale. The full schedule, with more info, below...
photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Late last year, A$AP Ferg returned with the new mixtape Ferg Forever, a nice tide-over while we wait for the followup to his excellent Trap Lord. In the past week, he's dropped videos for two of that mixtape's tracks. The first was for "Doe-Active," directed by Spike Jordan and featuring a cameo from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and the second was for "Dope Walk," directed by Matt Starr and featuring appearances by Kanye West, Beyonce, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Haim, Rihanna and Justin Bieber. Watch both below.
In related news, this Sunday (3/1) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy will play a
free show presented by DXC/Dunkxchange. At the show, you can buy, sell and trade sneakers and apparel. There will also be performances by GRZLXMODE and GI Dara, and music by DJ Mpure and DJ Rob Cast. Unlike most BKNB shows this one is ticketed ($15 advance, $20 at the door) and the flyer is below.
Ferg also has shows coming up, mostly in Australia and New Zealand, but also a couple US festivals including Pitchfork. All dates are listed below.
A$AP Rocky's also on board for US festival BUKU Music + Art Project happening in New Orleans on March 13 & 14 with Passion Pit, TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, DJ Windows 98, Die Antwoord, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Portugal. The Man, Hudson Mohawke, iLoveMakonnen, XXYYXX, Raury, Big Freedia and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale.
by Andrew Sacher
As always, NYC has a good amount of upcoming local hip hop shows and tours passing through. Here's a rundown of some of the cool stuff coming up...
NYC kush lover Smoke DZA has a hometown show happening January 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from Manolo Rose, Tray Pizzy, JY, Dave East, Big Bz and Sha Hef. TIckets are on sale now. DZA's latest album was a collaboration with his group R.F.C. (Al-Doe, Bluntsmoker, NYMLo, and 183rd) called The Outsiders, which came out in late November. It features guests spots from A$AP Rocky, Cam'ron, Styles P, Chevy Woods, Dame Dash and Dom Kennedy, and production from Jahlil Beats, Ski Beatz, Lee Bannon and others. Stream it in full below.
The legendary Rakim squeezes in one more NYC show of 2014 before the year ends on December 27 at BB King's. It's a Christmas show presented by Funk Flex, and also featuring Special Ed, B Fats, Sponnie G and DJs Kool DJ Red Alert and DJ Chuck Chillout. Tickets are on sale now.
There's no lack of hip hop holiday celebrations in NYC between that Rakim show, the Run DMC Christmas show at Barclays Center on Friday (12/19) (tickets), the Le1f Kwanzaa show at SOB's on 12/28 (tickets), the Mykki Blanco show at Baby's All Right on New Year's Eve (tickets), and A$AP Ferg's opening set at the Skrillex/Diplo show at MSG on New Year's Eve (tickets).
Theophilus London recently released the new album, Vibes, which was executive produced by Kanye West, and also featured vocals from 'Ye, Blood Orange, Soko and more. He's now announced a tour in support of it for 2015 which hits NYC on February 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19). List of dates and a stream of the track with Blood Orange below.
Theophilus's NYC show is with trippy R&B singer Doja Cat and Atlanta rapper Father, who just performed on stage with Tyler, the Creator, whose tour hits NJ on 12/20 at Starland Ballroom (tickets) and NYC on 12/21 at Terminal 5 (sold out).
Iggy Azalea, who was playing SOB's only two years ago and will soon likely be dominating the Grammys (for better or for worse), is making the step up to Barclays Center (5/7) on her next tour. That tour is with Nick Jonas, who appears to being trying to reinvent himself as an R&B singer, and Tinashe, who's a much more promising R&B singer and played her own NYC show at Highline Ballroom earlier this week. (Anyone catch that?) Tickets for the Barclays Center show go on sale at 9 AM on Friday (12/19). All dates are listed below.
Chicago rapper Lil Durk recently dropped the single "B.O.N." (streaming below), and has plans to tour in 2015 including a NYC show on February 24 at Gramercy Theatre with Villain$ and The Rapper: H. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
YG's tour with Nipsey Hussle was supposed to hit Best Buy Theater in November, but it was rescheduled for January 9. Tickets are still available, and any purchased for the November show will be honored.
To digress from live shows for a second, December is once again a time for last-minute hip hop releases. In addition to the looong-awaited D'Angelo album, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint and J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, there's the new Kevin Gates mixtape, Luca Brasi 2, the sequel to his excellent 2013 mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story. Like that mixtape (and Stranger than Fiction and By Any Means, which have come out since), it's got Kevin seamlessly moving back and forth between melodic singing and aggressive rap. Kevin's prolific output can be a little intimidating to approach, but some of his best songs so far -- "Perfect Imperfection" and "Sit Down" are two early standouts -- are on here. Download the tape for free at DatPiff and stream it below.
The lists of Theophilus and Iggy/Tinashe dates, and the Theophilus/Blood Orange, Lil Durk and Smoke DZA song streams, also below...
DJ Shadow at Irving Plaza in September (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
While his tour with Cut Chemist is over, legendary producer DJ Shadow remains busy. His new Liquid Amber imprint just put out Bleep Bloop's new EP 10 Watt Lazer, the label's first release from anyone other than its founder. Bleep Bloop works along the same hip-hop grounded blueprint as Shadow, but his tracks tend to gaze more into the future than the past for inspiration. Says Shadow himself:
This is the first Liquid Amber release by an artist other than myself, so it's an exciting and challenging phase of the process. I'm learning something new daily, and that's rewarding. With Aaron's music, it's not hard for me to be motivated to work on his behalf. He's one of the artists pushing boundaries, and that's a cause I'll always get behind.Check out the entire spacey Bleep Bloop EP below.
In other news, DJ Shadow is one of the artists featured on the limited edition 59-song re-release of the soundtrack to this year's Grand Theft Auto V. That features the game's original score -- by Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist + Oh No -- as mixed by DJ Shadow, as well cuts from the soundtrack featuring original music from Flying Lotus, A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Twin Shadow, Wavves, Yeasayer, as well as classics from the various radio stations you can listen to in the game.
The soundtrack is out now in both three-disc CD and a massive six-LP vinyl sets in collaboration with Nas' Mass Appeal Records.
And lastly, DJ Shadow's "Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt," from his classic 1996 album Endtroducing, is featured in a new commercial for the new Chevy Malibu, with a pitchman's voiceover replacing the myth-making spoken word of the original track (sad?). Check out the commercial and Bleep Bloop's EP below...
by Andrew Sacher
Tinashe first began picking up significant buzz earlier this year thanks to her Schoolboy Q-featuring, DJ Mustard-produced single "2 On," which later appeared on her debut album Aquarius which came out last month. The album -- also featuring guest spots from Dev Hynes, A$AP Rocky and Future, as well as production from Dev, Mike Will Made It, Evian Christ, Cashmere Cat, Boi-1da and others -- is mostly alt-R&B in the vein of The Weeknd or the self-titled Beyonce album. It's a sound that's been endlessly replicated over the past few years, but Aquarius is one of the better albums of this kind to come out this year. Watch the videos for "2 On" and the A$AP Rocky-featuring "Pretend," and stream the Dev Hynes-featuring "Bet," below.
Tinashe was recently in NYC for Power 105.1 Powerhouse, and she'll return for a headlining show on her North American tour in December. That tour hits Highline Ballroom on December 15. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the videos/stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
The Weeknd announced a four-date tour with support from Schoolboy Q and Jhene Aiko that begins in NYC this September. The R&B singer's last time headlining NYC was a 2-night stand at Radio City but he's now making the jump up to an arena for a show on September 19 at Barclays Center. Even with strong support like Schoolboy Q, that's a big jump! Tickets for the show are not on sale yet but should be soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed, with a stream of The Weeknd's brand new single "Often," below.
Schoolboy Q was just in NYC last night (6/25) to play Central Park Summerstage. He brought out tons of guests, including his Black Hippy partner Ab-Soul, who played material off his new album These Days..., members of A$AP Mob (including Rocky), Flatbush Zombies and Action Bronson. Did you go to the show? How was it?
The Weeknd's list of dates and new song, below...
A$AP Rocky in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party is returning this year from July 25-27, and the initial lineup has been announced. It includes A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Spoon, The War on Drugs, XXYYXX, Angel Olsen, Chromeo, Matt & Kim and more. 3-day passes are on sale now.
Full initial lineup below...
We just posted about Shlohmo's tour, and now here's an announcement that his fellow Wedidit Collective member RL Grime will be heading out on the road this year too. The trap producer will return to NYC to headline his largest show here yet on May 6 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon. A couple of the Texas dates that happen a few days prior are with his pal Baauer, but no other acts announced for the NYC show yet. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Baauer, he made a track with A$AP Rocky called "Riot Rave" for Rocky's upcoming instrumental album, Beauty N the Beast: Slowed Down Sessions Chapter 1. Check it out, with a couple RL Grime streams and his list of dates, below...
A$AP Rocky at Made In America 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky and French dance producer Gesaffelstein joined forces for "In Distress," which appears on the upcoming soundtrack to Divergent (due out 3/11), along with tracks from Tame Impala & Kendrick Lamar, M83, Chance the Rapper & Pia Mia and more. Check it out, via Complex, below...
Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q just had to cancel his February show with Janelle Monae (she plays Lehman College tonight, 1/28), but fortunately we'll still get to see him soon. He's just announced a full tour in support of his upcoming Oxymoron LP with support from Odd Future/Black Hippy associate Vince Staples and new TDE-signee Isaiah Rashad. The tour hits NYC on March 4 at Best Buy Theater and NJ on March 5 at Starland Ballroom Tickets for the NYC show and tickets for the NJ show go on sale Friday (1/31) at noon. All
known dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Tour announced in full (including SXSW), all dates below.
The much-anticipated Oxymoron is due out February 25 via Interscope, and more details continue to be revealed. We just saw the album artwork and heard another track, and now XXL Mag points to a purported tracklist. It features previously-released songs "Collard Greens" (ft. Kendrick Lamar), "Man of the Year" and "Break The Bank" (but not "Yay Yay"), and in addition to Kendrick, guests include A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Ab Soul, 2 Chainz, Tyler the Creator, Raekwon and Suga Free, plus the entire Black Hippy crew appearing on one song. Check out the tracklist and streams of the three singles, plus a clip of another LP cut, "Gangsta," below.
Schoolboy Q also recently performed "Man of the Year" on Fallon, which you can watch a video of below.
Meanwhile, Isaiah Rashad also released his new album, Cilvia Demo, today (1/28), and just released the video for its track "Soliloquy." The album features fellow recent TDE-signee SZA on two songs, plus Schoolboy Q and fellow Black Hippy member Jay Rock on another. You can watch the "Soliloquy" video and stream a few other tracks from the tape below.
All dates are listed, along with streams, videos, and tracklist, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...