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photo: LCD Soundsystem at MSG in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem

The holidays are over and we're fully back in action here at BrooklynVegan. We hope you're having a great new year so far, and in case you missed some of the big news that came over the past couple weeks, here's a roundup of some reminders:

LCD Soundsystem, following rumors they'd reunite, released a new song on Christmas Eve called "Christmas Will Break Your Heart" and word is they will play Coachella 2016.

Guns N' Roses will play Coachella too. Still no word on their exact lineup, but it's been reported that Axl and Slash will both be involved.

UPDATE: Coachella 2016 lineup ANNOUNCED

Another surprise song came on Christmas Day from Radiohead, who released "Spectre," an unreleased theme they had written for the James Bond movie of the same name. (As you probably know, Sam Smith's theme was used instead.)

Last year we got a new track from Kanye West on New Year's Day, and this time we got one on New Year's Eve called "Facts." It's more a freestyle that riffs on Drake & Future's "Jumpman" than a big new Kanye song (and Future collaborators Metro Boomin & Southside produced it), but it's new Kanye nonetheless. Listen here.

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night Festival (more by Tim Griffin)
Kendrick Lamar

We also got a new 7-minute video from Kendrick Lamar on New Year's Eve called God Is Gangsta. The video is for two songs off 2015's To Pimp A Butterfly, "u" and "For Sale?". Watch below. To Pimp A Butterfly topped our 50 favorite albums of 2015 list, which we put out on New Year's Eve.

As of Christmas Eve, The Beatles began streaming their entire discography on streaming services.

We also got a new song from Aphex Twin, a surprise EP from Krallice (following their surprise album from July), an unreleased Grimes song ("probably pre-Halifaxa"), three new songs from The Weeknd (a Travi$ Scott collab, a Future collab, and a remix of Jeremih's "Pass Dat"), a song on New Year's Eve from Big Sean called "What A Year" ft. Pharrell & Detail, a Christmas song from Miley Cyrus & The Flaming Lips, a stream of the new Hinds album (which they celebrate in NYC this week), and a new Timbaland mixtape. Listen to that one here and the rest below.

In sadder news, we lost rock god Lemmy Kilmister and John Bradbury of ska legends The Specials. We miss you both.

Continue reading "Guns N' Roses & LCD Soundsystem reunion news, new Kanye West, new Radiohead & more news you may have missed"

FADER

Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, below.

Continue reading "The FADER list their 107 favorite songs of 2015"

Adele


Twitter released their '2015 YEAR ON TWITTER' today. No real surprises as far as THE MOST POPULAR MUSICIANS go, and that includes Kendrick "11 Grammy Nominations" Lamar. Nothing very "indie" about this list either, but for those who love music industry data, you can peruse all the music-related stuff, below.

Continue reading "#YearOnTwitter data: Kanye For President, but Kendrick Lamar for best rap album; Adele says 'Hello' & more"

Grammy

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."

Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.

Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.

Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.

Continue reading "2016 Grammy Awards nominees (Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, The Weeknd, Tame Impala, Caribou, MMJ, Bjork, Wilco, Dr. Dre, Drake, Flying Lotus, Courtney Barnett, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Jeremih

Ever since Jeremih's quietly-released 2012 mixtape Late Nights picked up steam, he's been promising to properly follow it with Late Nights The Album. He dropped tons of singles but kept pushing back the release, and earlier this week rumors floated around that it would actually come out Friday (today). As it turns out, it actually did!

It's got a lot of the singles he's been putting out (including yesterday's Ty Dolla $ign collaboration "Impatient") so if you've been following along, you've probably heard a lot of this already. It all came together really well though and it sticks to the approach he had on the mixtape, eschewing pop bangers for more subdued, downtempo R&B. (Well, except the DJ Mustard-produced YG collab "Don't Tell 'Em," which interpolates Snap!'s "Rhythm Is A Dancer" and cracked the Billboard Top 10 last year.) Other guests include J. Cole on "Planez," Future and Big Sean (doing one of his Drake impressions) on "Royalty," Migos on "Giv No Fucks," Juicy J and Twista on "Woosah," Jhene Aiko on "Worthy," and Feather on "I Did," which brings back some of the vibrato vocal effects he used on the great "Fuck U All The Time." Listen to the whole thing below.

Jeremih will be in NYC this weekend for a free show at SOB's on Saturday (12/5). You had to pick up a ticket (which are now gone) but entry is first come, first served.

Continue reading "Jeremih's 'Late Nights The Album' is finally here (listen to it)"

photo: Vince Staples @ BV-RBSS @ The Shop (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Vince Staples
Red Bull

Like last year, Red Bull Sound Select is throwing 30 days of concerts in LA for the entire month of November. Artists playing include TV on the Radio, Grimes, Sylvan Esso, Joey Bada$$, Toro y Moi, Tinashe, Vince Staples, Big Sean, Kaytranada, iLoveMakonnen, Foals, Kiesza, Chromeo and more. Tickets for the whole thing are on sale now.

As you know if you read this site enough, BrooklynVegan is a Red Bull Sound Select partner. We curate/produce RBSS shows and bands in NY and NJ. Opening bands get "curated" into the RBSS program when they get asked to play their first RBSS show. Those bands then also become part of the pool of available opening bands we can "curate" on to future shows. Cakes Da Killa was curated into the program by Afropunk. BrooklynVegan's last show was on 9/4. We had Cakes Da Killa open for Against Me! in Asbury Park. Cakes also opens the next NYC RBSS show (curated by Popgun), and opens for Chromeo as part of 30 Days in LA.

Our last NYC show was with Vince Staples and Loaf Muzik in Brooklyn. Red Bull must have really liked that lineup because they booked it again as part of 30 Days in LA,.

We also had Lil Herb, who now goes by G Herbo, on that show. He's also playing 30 Days in LA, but with Joey Bada$$.

Nicole Dollanganger (photo by Susie Bell)
Nicole Dollanganger

The Grimes show will be opened by Nicole Dollanganger who is the first artist signed to Grimes' new label, Eerie Organization. The label will release her new album Natural Born Losers on October 9 and going by lead single "You're So Cool," if you like Grimes you'll probably dig Nicole too. After hearing a demo of the album, Grimes said: "It blew up my brain so hard that I literally started Eerie to fucking put it out because it's a crime against humanity for this music not to be heard."

Listen to that and check out the full '30 Days In LA' schedule (tickets HERE), below...

Continue reading "RBSS throwing 30 days of shows in LA again (TVOTR, Vince Staples, Grimes w/ Nicole Dollanganger, Tinashe & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Kendrick Lamar

The lineup for this year's Power 105.1 Powerhouse at Brooklyn's Barclays Center (10/22) is announced and it's pretty incredible. It'll be headlined by Kendrick Lamar (for whom it will be the first NYC show since the release of the incredible To Pimp A Butterfly), and it also includes Big Sean, Future, Fetty Wap, Meek Mill, Jeremih, Jidenna and Omarion. Tickets are on various presales now (password: BKSOCIAL) and the general on-sale starts Friday (9/4) at 10 AM.

Kendrick also plays the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Vegas this month. Watch his video for "Alright" below...

Continue reading "Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Future, Fetty Wap, Jeremih, Meek Mill & more playing Power 105.1 Powerhouse at Barclays"

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus hosted last night's VMA Awards on MTV where she did things like flash a nipple and get into an onstage confrontation with Nicki Minaj, who was giving an acceptance speech for Best Rap Video. Nikki called out Cyrus in a move that seemed straight out of the WWF/WWE Wresting playbook and some think it may have been about as real as that too. Decide for yourself: video of that is below. The VMA's ended with a performance by Cyrus of her single "Dooo It!" accompanied by a flock of drag queens.

That song is from her long-in-the-works collaborative album with The Flaming Lips, titled Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz which also features guest appearances from Ariel Pink, Phantogram's Sarah Barthel, Big Sean, her dad Billy Ray Cyrus, and more. She surprise released it right after the VMAs and you can stream the whole thing, and watch her VMA performance of "Dooo It!", below.

Miley will host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on October 3.

Continue reading "Miley Cyrus released surprise LP w/ the Flaming Lips, performed a song at the VMAs (which she hosted) --- listen"

Made In America

In addition to the Made In America-presented Mary J Blige show that happened last week and the second TBA one-day NYC show, the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America festival returns to Philly Labor Day Weekend. It happens September 5-6 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the lineup includes Beyonce, The Weeknd, J Cole, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Future, Duke Dumont, A-Trak, Santigold, Metric, De La Soul, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Vic Mensa, Flatbush Zombies, Creepoid, Superheaven, Hop Along, Waxahatchee, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and the general on-sale starts Monday (6/29) at noon.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Made In America 2015 lineup & tix: Beyonce, The Weeknd, J Cole, Modest Mouse, Death Cab, Earl Sweatshirt & more"

photo: Casey Veggies at Bamboozle 2012 (more by Leia Jospe)
Casey Veggies

California rapper Casey Veggies has been putting out a steady stream of mixtapes for a few years now, and this year he's planning on releasing his major label debut, Live & Grow. So far he's put out two singles that are set to appear on it, "The Boy" and "Backflip" featuring YG and Iamsu. You can watch the video for "Backflip" and stream "The Boy" below.

Casey also has a tour coming up, including a few dates opening for Big Sean (like his NJ show), and a few headlining dates as well.

The headlining dates have Casey in NYC on May 4 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the song stream and video, below...

Continue reading "Casey Veggies touring with and without Big Sean, planning 'Live & Grow' album (dates, video)"

Bodega Bamz

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...

Prolific local rapper Smoke DZA recently dropped the third installment of his Ringside EPs with R.F.C. producer 183rd, which you can stream or download for free below. His next hometown show happens Monday (4/6) at SOB's with J.Y. and Tray Pizzy. Tickets are on sale.

DZA is also playing producer Harry Fraud's FREE party TONIGHT (4/2) at Westway with Jesse Marco, Daytona, Adrian Lau, Al-Doe and Gloss Gang. Doors are at 9, and special guests are promised. Flyer below.

One of DZA's past collaborators, Bodega Bamz, is set to release his official debut album, Sidewalk Exec, on April 14 via 100 Keep It / Duck Down, produced entirely by V. Don. So far three songs from the album are out, "El-Rey," "Billy Bats," and "Bring Em Out" which features Flatbush Zombies. You can stream those below. The album also reportedly will feature the late A$AP Yams.

Bodega Bamz plays a release show for Sidewalk Exec on release day at SOB's (4/14). Peter Rosenberg & Cipha Sounds are hosting. Tickets are on sale.

Joey Fatts and A$ton Matthews, who have toured and collaborated with several A$AP Mob members, are signed to A$AP Yams' Yamborghini Records, and are 2/3 of the group Cutthroat Boyz with Vince Staples, are playing together on April 23 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Also on that bill is The Koolest, WavThang and Chase Manson. Tickets are on sale. Joey dropped the Ill Street Blues EP about a month ago, which you can stream below. All tour dates here.

Speaking of Vince Staples, his tour with Earl Sweatshirt hits NYC on April 18 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets are still available.

Vince and Earl's "Hive" partner Casey Veggies was recently added as an opener to Big Sean's NJ show happening April 22 at Starland Ballroom (tickets). Sean also plays NYC-area fest Hot 97 Summer Jam on June 7 (tickets); and his tour with J. Cole, YG and Jeremih hits NYC on August 4 at MSG (tickets).

Also on Summer Jam is Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$ (who has a NYC show at Terminal 5 on 4/19), Meek Mill & Dej Loaf (who both play NYC on their tour with Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Tinashe), and more.

Atlanta rapper Zach Farlow, who's been getting some buzz, partially thanks to his work with Rich Homie Quan and others, comes to NYC on April 8 at Santos Party House. That show's with Earlly Mac, and tickets are on sale now. Listen to his Rich Homie Quan collab, "Low," below.

For something more old school, Masta Ace's group eMC (with Wordsworth and Stricklin) are releasing their first full length since their 2008 debut this year. It's called The Tonite Show, and will be out May 5 via M3/Penalty Entertainment/Sony Red. You can watch the video for one of its singles, "Fly Thoughts" (ft. Pearl Gates), below. eMC play a release show for that album on 4/20 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale. Masta Ace also plays a SummerStage show, but details are still TBA.

Mobb Deep

Fellow NYC vets Mobb Deep will continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic The Infamous with a show on April 26 at BB King's with Funkmaster Flex, Alchemist and Smif N Wessun. Tickets are on sale.

Smif N Wessun also play DJ Mike Nice's 40th Birthday Bash on May 20 at Stage 48 with Kool G Rap, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, The Faculty, Royal Flush, Miilkbone, Odoub & Sean Strange, Persia, Kent Lucas, ThaRegime, D.C., J. Rebel, and Dayshawn Losey. Tickets are on sale.

One more old school New York group: Salt N Pepa play BB King's on July 16. Tickets are on sale.

There's also two hip hop shows happening in NYC tonight (4/2): Fetty Wap at Webster Hall for the one-year anniversary of Just Blaze's House Party, and The Lox at The Wick. Like Masta Ace, The Lox also have a TBA SummerStage show.

As for the rest of this weekend, you can catch rapper Cakes Da Killa opening for kitschy synth pop group AVAN LAVA at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (4/3) (tickets), and that same night hip hop producer The Gaslamp Killer headlines a big lineup at Capitale with Kidnap Kid, Vashtie and many others (tickets). Cakes recently put out the new song "Serve It Up," which you can stream below.

Other previously-discussed hip hop shows happening in NYC include Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival with Common, Shabazz Palaces, Azealia Banks, The Game (The Documentary 10th anniversary), Migos / OG Maco, Jedi Mind Tricks, Yelawolf, Tyler the Creator, Action Bronson (NJ), Kool AD, iLoveMakonnen, Black Milk, Talib Kweli / Immortal Technique, Death Grips? and more.

What else?

Continue reading "NYC hip hop roundup: Mobb Deep, Bodega Bamz, Joey Fatts, Smoke DZA, eMC, Kool G Rap, Cakes Da Killa & more"

Summer Jam

Hot 97 Summer Jam returns to East Rutherford, NJ's MetLife Stadium on June 7 this year, and the lineup is now announced. Kendrick Lamar (who's played the main stage and the side stage before) is headlining this year, and the rest of the main stage includes Big Sean, Fabolous, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino and more. The side stage has Travi$ Scott, Joey Bada$$, Dej Loaf and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Meek Mill and Dej Loaf also play the NYC-area when their tour with Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Tinashe hits Barclays Center, PNC Bank Arts Center and Susquehanna Bank Center this summer.

Big Sean plays the area when his tour with J. Cole, YG and Jeremih hits MSG, Susquehanna Bank Center and PNC Bank Arts Center.

Joey Bada$$ also has a Terminal 5 show.

photo: A$AP Ferg in Queens in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Ferg

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.

Continue reading "A$AP Ferg made two star-studded videos; A$AP Mob mems playing NYC show on Sunday; Rocky playing Buku Fest"

by Andrew Sacher

J Cole

So this explains why Big Sean had yet to announce a NYC date and why Jeremih dropped off the Kid Ink/Dej Loaf tour. The amazing quadruple bill of J. Cole, Big Sean, YG and Jeremih have announced an arena/amphitheater tour which brings them to NYC on August 4 at Madison Square Garden, and will also be nearby on July 31 at Susquehanna Bank Center and August 3 at PNC Bank Arts Center. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/27) at 10 AM with VIP Package/Citi Cardmember/Big Believers presales starting Tuesday (2/24) at 10 AM and Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales starting Thursday (2/26) at 10 AM.

The tour supports J. Cole's late-2014 release 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Big Sean's brand new Dark Sky Paradise (out this week), and YG's 2014 debut My Krazy Life. We're still patiently waiting on that new Jeremih album, but in the meantime he's been giving us a handful of singles and EPs.

All dates are listed, with some videos/song streams, below...

Continue reading "J. Cole, Big Sean, YG & Jeremih announce tour, playing MSG"

by Andrew Sacher

Big Sean

Big Sean's already released a handful of songs from his new album Dark Sky Paradise (due next week via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam), and now he's put out two more. One is the full version of his Kanye West collaboration, "All Your Fault," that he put out a 30-second clip of last week. The full version's an even huger song than that clip hinted at. Backed by dark, ornate production from Kanye, his protege Travi$ Scott and others, the song opens with an auto-tuned hook from Kanye that goes into the kind of biting verses he delivered on Yeezus. Then Sean takes over the spotlight, and finally the song ends with the two of them going back and forth. The other song he put out is a bonus track, "Research," a collaboration with his pop star girlfriend Ariana Grande. You can listen to both below.

Sean still hasn't announced a full tour, but more dates keep popping up. He's got an upstate NY show on April 12, and a NJ show April 22 at Starland Ballroom (tix on sale Friday, 2/20, at noon), so hopefully that means a NYC date is coming around that time too. All known dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Big Sean drops 2 more songs (one w/ Kanye), expands tour"

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"

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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)"

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

Meek Mill
Meek Mill

Meek Mill already has one sold-out NYC show happening this month at Best Buy Theater (2/12), and he'll also be part of an excellent lineup at Webster Hall (2/15) three days later with Troy Ave, Jeezy, Fabolous and Yo Gotti plus DJ Envy, DJ Clue, DJ Drama, and DJ Infamous. Tickets for this massive show are on sale now.

The rappers on the Webster Hall show also all have new (or relatively new) music. Meek Mill is planning to release a new album called Dreams Worth More Than Money this year and recently dropped the video for his new single "B-Boy," which features his famous friends Big Sean and A$AP Ferg. Check it out below. Big Sean's got a new album on the way too.

Jeezy and T.I. recently put out a short film for their collaborative track "G' Shit" (also with Watch The Duck) off Tip's 2014 album, Paperwork. The 12+ minute video stars T.I., Jeezy, Wood Harris (aka Avon Barksdale from The Wire), and T.I.'s former Boss star Rotimi as '60s gangsters, and you can check it out for yourself below.

Fabolous returned on Christmas with the '90s-influenced new album, The Young OG Project, his first full length since 2009's Loso's Way. He's also planning to release Loso's Way 2 this year, but while you wait for that, check out the video for Young OG Project opener "Lituation" below.

Troy Ave also takes it back to the '90s, teaming up with fellow New York rapper Fat Joe (who's likely an influence on Troy) for Fat Joe's new single "How U Luv Dat." Listen below.

Yo Gotti recently dropped his new Concealed mixtape (download) and even more recently put out the video for the title track. You can watch that below too.

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Rae Sremmurd

Rap duo Rae Sremmurd, whose hits "No Flex Zone" and "No Type" you may know if you use the internet, listen to the radio, or frequent bars, attend parties or other public places that play music, released their mostly-Mike WiLL Made-It-produced debut album, SremmLife, earlier this month via Interscope and Mike Will's EarDrummers imprint. (Rae Sremmurd spelled backwards is Ear Drummers.) In addition to Mike Will, there's production by Chief Keef associate Young Chop ("My X"), and guest appearances by Nicki Minaj & Young Thug ("Throw Sum Mo"), Big Sean ("Yno"), and Jace of Two-Y ("Unlock the Swag"). If you haven't heard the album, you can listen below via Rdio.

Rae Sremmurd have four NY-area shows coming up this week, including a NYC appearance on Thursday at Webster Hall, where they'll be the guest at this week's edition of Just Blaze's House Party (last week was Fetty Wap). Tickets for that show are on sale now. After that, they play Clinton, NY; Howell, NJ; and Danbury, CT. All dates are listed below.

Waka Flocka Flame, who remixed "No Flex Zone" with his own verses not long ago, also has a Webster Hall show coming up, which happens on 4/20 and has special guests promised. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/16).

He has other dates before that too. All are listed, with his remix of "No Flex Zone" and the SremmLife album stream, below...

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FADER

The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.

Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...

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Dej Loaf

Dej Loaf, who may or may not be the future of hip hop, has scheduled a NYC show happening at SOB's on Monday (12/8). It's the next edition of Hot 97's "Who's Next?" series and also features Boldy James, Kiyanne and Spank Jus Bizness. Tickets are on sale now.

Dej recently played her single "Try Me" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with The Roots, which you can watch below. was also one of the many Detroit rappers featured on Eminem's song "Detroit vs Everybody" from his new Shady Records compilation, Shady XV. Also on the song is Danny Brown, Big Sean, Royce da 5'9" and Trick Trick. You can listen to that below too.

That's the same compilation where Eminem threatened to rape Iggy Azalea in a song: "So what's it gon' be? Put that shit away Iggy. You don't wanna blow that rape whistle on me. Scream! I love it. 'Fore I get lost with the gettin' off." That song came out not long after Em said he'd punch Lana Del Rey in the face in a freestyle. Keepin' it classy, Marshall.

Speaking of Iggy, Azealia Banks took to Twitter once again to fire a slew of angry tweets at her. This time it was to say she doesn't care about black people. She wrote, "its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen... Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren't huh?" and "Don't just be down to ride Black Dick..... If you with us you WITH US!!!!" She also tweeted a "Christmas Carol" which was deleted but Buzzfeed still has up: "I'mmmm Dreeeeaaming Of a Whiiiiiiteee Racisttttt !!!" Iggy's response: "we've all read the script 49584068408540 billion times now, find a new game plan." She then suggested to her followers that they sign petitions, protest or donate and provided some productive ways you can help.

Meanwhile, both Iggy AND Eminem (and Macklemore) better step back, says J. Cole.

Dej Loaf video and song stream below...

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A$AP Ferg in Queens in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
A$AP Ferg

A$AP Ferg returned this week with a new mixtape, Ferg Forever. It's got production from Big K.R.I.T., Clams Casino, Mike Will Made It and others, with M.I.A., Big Sean, SZA, YG, Wynter Gordon and more making guest appearances. You can stream that in full below and download it for free at DatPiff.

A$AP Ferg, UK dance group Rudimental, and Yellow Claw were recently added as openers to Diplo & Skrillex's NYE show at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for that show are still available.

After NYE, Ferg heads out on a tour with YG. That tour doesn't include any NYC dates but there are nearby stops in Connecticut, Boston and Philly. All dates are listed, with the new mixtape stream, below...

Continue reading "A$AP Ferg released a new mixtape, opening Diplo & Skrillex's NYE show w/ Rudimental, touring w/ YG (dates, stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

DJ Mustard

"Mustard on the beat, ho!" You can pretty much turn on rap radio at any time of the day and hear that multiple times -- between producing hits for YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Tinashe, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Tyga and so many more, DJ Mustard is basically everywhere. And not for nothing, he knows his way around a beat. He also put out his proper debut album this year, 10 Summers, which was produced entirely by Mustard himself and featured contributions from plenty of big names likes YG, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign, Nipsey Hussle, Iamsu!, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Fabolous, Dom Kennedy, Lil Boosie and more. You can preview the album and download it for cheap ($3.99) over at Google Play, and check out the video for the Ty Dolla $ign/2 Chainz-featuring "Down On Me" below.

DJ Mustard has a few shows coming up, including NYC TONIGHT (11/19) at Output with Nadus, Austin Millz and Jasonscott. Will any of his many collaborators show up? Tickets for tonight's show are available.

All dates (including the February Holy Ship! 2015) are listed, with that video, below...

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Ty$

Rapper Ty Dolla $ign's had quite the year so far, going from someone with a bit of buzz to landing spots on Hot 97 Summer Jam, XXL's Freshmen cover and Wiz Khalifa's 'Under the Influence of Music' tour. He's now announced a tour of his own which has him headlining some of his biggest venues yet, like NYC's Irving Plaza on November 2 with Mack Wilds. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Ty also just put out a free mixtape, Sign Language, with guest spots from Big Sean, BJ the Chicago Kid, Juicy J, Rich Homie Quan, Casey Veggies, Jeremih, Wiz Khalifa and more, with production from DJ Mustard, FKi and more. You can stream that, with the list of dates, below...

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