Entries tagged with: Dr Dre
Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year's Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in the UK). This year's Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine also just makes the list, coming in at #40. There's veteran representation from New Order, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Sparks if you count FFS. And there's interesting outliers like Fantasma, the South African band featuring the Sub Pop-signed Spoek Mathambo.
Stream that one and check out the full Top 40 below...
You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.
As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...
Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..
Check out the whole list below...
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.
British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.
Check out the full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Dr. Dre at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Back in August, Dr. Dre released his third solo album and first in 16 years, Compton, which proved he still had crucial material in him three decades into his career. Today he unveiled a track from the Compton sessions that didn't make the album, on his Apple Music Beats 1 show. It's called "Naked" and features Marsha Ambrosius of the reunited Floetry (who's on a few other Compton tracks) and Sly Piper, who was on Dre and Snoop's 2010 single "Kush" and the Dre-featuring track on Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city, also called "Compton." Listen below.
As you probably know, Dr. Dre released his first album in 16 years, Compton, over the summer. He never (legally) streamed it anywhere after the 24 hour stream on Apple Music (Spotify included), but now he did just legally let go of its track "Talk About It" (feat. King Mez & Justus) in the form of a lyric video. Check it out below.
by Andrew Sacher
It took him 16 years, but this past Friday Dr. Dre put out his third album, Compton, and it's way better than a Dr. Dre album in 2015 seemed like it would be. There's a lot of great stuff on there, and it's the type of album that demands (and deserves) repeated listens to soak it all in. As you might expect from a Dre album, it's got a bunch of his famous friends -- Kendrick Lamar is not surprisingly one of the biggest stars of this thing (maybe the biggest) and Snoop Dogg raps with a fire that's been missing from his recent funk and reggae excursions -- but also some newcomers. One of the more impressive new guests who's all over this album is Oxnard, California singer Anderson .Paak. He sings a lot of the hooks (and does the devastating "I can't breathe" part of "Deep Water"), including "Animals," Dre's first-ever collaboration with the equally-legendary producer DJ Premier. Premo spoke to Billboard about that song came to be:
When the whole Freddie Gray thing happened in Baltimore, Anderson called me and was like, "I'm real angry with what's going on with the police, and I just wrote a song to that other beat. I want to sent it to you and see what you think -- maybe we could leak it out, put it out in the streets and show that we're angry too."On that trip to Moscow, Premier and Anderson had also collaborated on the song "Til It's Done," which features Russian artist BMB Spacekid. Listen to that below.
When he sent it to me it was called "F.S.U." -- F--- Shit Up. In the hook he's saying, "Don't come around these parts, the whole world thinks we're animals/ The only way they want to turn the cameras on is when we're f---ing shit up." When he said that, I was like, "Yo that's dope." Anderson just happened to be going to a meeting with Dre -- he had already done a few songs with him, through their management. Anderson's from the West Coast as well.
When he told him he had a record with Premier that he did in Moscow, Dre said, "Let me hear it." Once he played it for him, [Dre] called right away and said, "Yo, I want to do this song for my soundtrack. I decided to do a soundtrack album last minute, and I want to put it out with the movie."
I said, "What do you want to do?" And he said, "I want to put a verse on it." Like, shit, Dre rapping on a verse? Hell yeah. The song was already done, and I explained how it came about with BMB Spacekid. He said, "I'll spit the verse and let you hear it and make sure you're cool with it, and if so let's add on to it. Come out to L.A. and we can add on a few more things to it."
...[Dre] showed me [Straight Outta Compton] in the studio, so I got to feel the whole energy of the movie. He had already said that the 1992 riots, with everything going on with the police after the Rodney King beating, was totally in that same vein as Anderson .Paak's lyrics. His verse is about the same thing: Why the f--- are they hassling me? They're harassing us and doing all this stuff, so it's still relevant to this day with how we're being treated.
He said, "All I'm going to do is change the title, from 'F.S.U.' to 'Animals,'" because that's what Anderson says in the hook.
Anderson is also one half of the Stones Throw-signed duo NxWorries with the producer Knxwledge. So far their only release is this year's "Suede" single, which you can also hear below. NxWorries are heading out on the road later this month to open the rescheduled Earl Sweatshirt tour, which also includes Remy Banks.
The tour hits NYC on August 22 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.
Earl's initial tour dates had Vince Staples opening, but he isn't on the rescheduled dates. He does, however, play a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show tonight (8/10).
Anderson also has a handful of solo releases out (some under the name Breezy Lovejoy) and other notable collaborations, including TOKiMONSTA's 2014 single "Realla" and another Stones Throw artist, Jonwayne's song "Green Light" off this year's Jonwayne Is Retired EP. You can stream those, and his most recent solo single "Switch-Up," below.
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.
by Bill Pearis
Apple Music, the new streaming-radio-social-etc platform from the iTunes/iPod/iPad/Macbook folks, launched Tuesday (6/30) on IOS devices, and today (7/1) it was included with the brand new version of iTunes. It seems to want to take on Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, Sirius/XM and everything else in one fell swoop. It features personalized "radio stations" based on an artist you like, or your music library, and they offer curated playlists from artists (like St. Vincent) and influencers (like Pitchfork) -- though finding them on Apple Music is not so easy, currently. You can listen to Thom Yorke's solo records on Apple Music (it's not on Spotify) and AC/DC who just agreed to put their music on various streaming platforms yesterday. Dr. Dre's The Chronic is exclusively streaming on Apple Music too. You can check out Apple Music with their three-month free trial.
More interesting, to me at least, is Beats 1 Radio, a live radio station (well, at least 12 hours a day currently) broadcasting from NYC, LA and London and featuring shows by Zane Lowe (who left BBC 1 for Apple), Hot 97 personality Ebro Darden and Rinse FM's Julie Adenuga. There are also shows hosted by St. Vincent and QOTSA's Josh Homme. It feels very freeform -- at one point today Zane Lowe followed a cut from noisy UK indie band Spring King with A$AP Rocky's "Everyday" -- but very pro radio sounding (sound effects, talking all over the songs) at the same time. The station is spearheaded by Trent Reznor (who worked for Beats before Apple acquired it) and he talked to Rolling Stone about his involvement:
I think having access to all the music in the world is great, but it then starts to place a burden on what the experience is like navigating through, now that you have access to everything," Reznor explains. "I think that naturally places the burden on having an experience be great. I want that feeling of walking into an independent record shop, if there are still any that exist, like Amoeba [Records], and being delighted by the choices and the way music is presented to you with love and care. It's exciting. And you leave with stuff you wouldn't have dreamed you wanted and you're excited to listen and share it and experience it.Beats 1 can be listened to without subscribing to Apple Music, by the way, and you can make requests.
As for the social aspects of Apple Music, there is a "Connect" feature that allows musicians to upload songs, videos and photos that aren't already within Apple Music's system. For example, when I clicked on "connect," I was shown that Sonic Youth have offered up a live version of "Shaking Hell" (cool) and that Belle & Sebastian had uploaded a photo (shrug).
Is any of this enough for you to try it out or cancel your Spotify account? Apple Music doesn't work on Sonos systems yet but the wireless speaker manufacturers are promising compatibility by the end of the year.
Dr. Dre at Coachella in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Dr. Dre's only been talking about his new album Detox (the followup to 1999's 2001) for oh, just something like twelve years now. There's still no word on when that's coming out (obviously), but a new update about it came in Jeff Weiss and Nocando's "Shots Fired" podcast (via Pitchfork), where they revealed that if it ever comes out, it won't be called Detox. According to Aftermath producer Dawaun Parker, Dre ditched that title two years ago.
Watch the video for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's 2010 single "Kush," supposedly recorded for Detox--err or whatever it's called, below...
Grimes and 2 Chainz
Taylor Swift realizing *NSYNC appeared on stage
From many points in Brooklyn, one could look up and see the lit up blimp in the air hovering over the Barclays Center yesterday (8/25). It was where the overhead shots were being filmed during the pre-show which included the big crowds outside around the Brooklyn streets that MTV got closed down to create the red carpet for the VMAs....
A red carpet, set up on Dean Street near Flatbush Avenue, was completely invisible to many non-ticketed fans and the general public who were mainly cordoned in a pen at the Best Buy on Atlantic Avenue between Fort Greene Place and Sixth Avenue.Meanwhile, during the ceremony, we got performances from Kanye West (playing "Blood on the Leaves," not "Black Skinhead"), Justin Timberlake (on-stage *NSYNC reunion included), Drake, Kendrick Lamar (joining Robin Thicke, who, um, palled around with Miley Cyrus on stage), Lady Gaga (playing her new EDM-inspired single), and more.
Another penned area, at Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street, gave a small group of fans a distant peek at the carpet, but it was still a full city block away.
"Obviously they can't let everyone in for security reasons, but we can't see anything at all," said Donna Hall, 28, who came from Queens. "I've been out here with my friends since 3 p.m. and we've been trying to find the best vantage point possible, but we settled here because at least we could see a glimpse of the red carpet. [DNA Info]
Daft Punk didn't perform, but they did walk the red carpet and sit in the audience in their masks which they also wore to present 'Best Female Music Video' with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. They also debuted part of the video for "Lose Yourself to Dance."
Vampire Weekend, who are headlining the Barclays Center in September, presented an award to One Direction.
Jay-Z and Beyonce were strangely nowhere to be found.
Eminem also pulled a Jay Z and announced his new album, MMLP2 (the sequel to 2000's Marshall Mathers LP), in a commercial that aired during the VMAs. The album was executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, and it's due out November 5. Meanwhile, the single, "Berserk," will drop this Tuesday (8/27).
If you watched, what did you think? Should Miley Cyrus stop being so trashy? Should Robin Thicke stop being so creepy? Should Kanye stop being so serious? Does Justin Timberlake have really long arms? Does anyone really care that *NSYNC showed up (for a minute and a half)? If you didn't watch, or need a refresher, some videos from the night are below...
by Andrew Sacher
If, like me, you've been listening to Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city all week, you've probably noticed that in addition to Kendrick's impeccable flow, the whole record is backed by great production too. One of the finer moments beatwise comes on album closer, "Compton," which was helmed by veteran producer Just Blaze. There aren't many rappers who don't sound great over a Just Blaze beat, but this track (which happens to include a killer guest verse by Dr. Dre) is immediately up there as one of those great hip hop joint efforts like Jay-Z and Eminem's "Renegade" or Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and D'Angelo's "Imagine."
If you live in NYC and wanna see the man behind that track, consider yourself in luck because Just Blaze is playing Santos Party House tonight (10/25) with DJ Soul. Doors are at 11 PM and admission is $5 before midnight and $10 after. It's Just Blaze's only announced show at the moment.
The flier for that show and a stream of "Compton" are below.
photos by David Andrako
"The biggest difference between Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining set tonight and last Sunday was that everyone knew about the Tupac Shakur hologram [or is it?] and had their smartphones and cameras ready to capture the hologram for "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted."Dre & Snoop once again closed down as weekend of Coachella 2012 last night (4/22), but this time for good. It also may be the last time we ever see hologram Tupac, according to Dre (though he doesn't seem that convincing). Watch him talk about it along with more pictures from (the first three songs of) their Sunday night festival set, below...
Beyond that, the hip-hop legends delivered a parade of hip-hop stars again, including Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar and Tony Yayo.
Kurupt didn't make the trip this week, though.
That being said, while the set list was just like last week, it still delivered in an epic way and was a fitting end to the most epic Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival yet, one that saw the ever-popular taste-making pop culture event expand to two weekends with identical lineups." [PE]
"The "resurrection" of rapper Tupac Shakur wowed audiences at the Coachella music festival. But the illusion isn't a hologram, as some have reported -- it's actually a 2-dimensional video cleverly projected using technology based on an old theatre trick." [Roxanne Palmer @ IBTimes]Not-hologram Tupac performed with Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre at Coachella over the weekend (and presumably will again at Coachella this coming weekend). Watch the video HERE.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Snoop smokes a spliff @ Coachella
You saw the setlist and a few pictures from throughout the Sunday night Coachella headlining set by Snoop Dogg, Dre & friends. Here are more pictures (of the first three songs from the photo pit), and a video of the whole hologram Tupac segment. Watch that and a couple of other clips from the show (Eminem included), with the pics, below...
Black Sabbath (more by Tim Griffin)
A birdie reports that the re-reunited Black Sabbath was actually supposed to be headlining one of the (two) days of Coachella this year, but that the band was forced to cancel today due to the sad revelation that Tony Iommi has cancer. Goldenvoice scrambled last minute to find a replacement and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (or maybe it was the Black Keys) is what they came up with. Full 2012 lineup HERE. Poster below...
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...
by Andrew Sacher
After an EP and a mixtape, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar released his debut LP Section.80 last month via Top Dawg Entertainment. The album features contributions by fellow Black Hippy members and production by J. Cole on the epic closing track "HiiiPoWer." You can watch the video for that below.
Kendrick is also rumored to appear on Dr. Dre's Detox (if that ever actually comes out) and is on Game (formerly The Game)'s The R.E.D. Album, which after being delayed for about two years, was released today (8/23) via DGC/Interscope. He appears on the album's first full track, "The City," and absolutely kills it. Between Game's fury, Kendrick's breakneck lyrical flow, and Cool & Dre's production, the track is one of the album's highest points. Some other standout guests appear throughout the LP including Tyler, the Creator and Lil Wayne on "Martins vs. Goblins," Big Boi and E-40 on "Speakers on Blast", and Drake on "Good Girls Go Bad." You can stream those tracks below and order the album on Amazon.
Kendrick has a few shows coming up including one on August 31 at S.O.B.'s in NYC with Trav, Los, and Sim City. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In related news, Smoke DZA is having an album release party for his upcoming LP Rolling Stoned on August 29 at S.O.B.'s with special guests Asap Rocky, Bun B, Va$htie and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now. You can catch DZA in NYC again when he returns as part of the Smokers Club Tour with Curren$y, Method Man, Big K.R.I.T, and others.
Speaking of J. Cole, his debut LP, Cole World: The Sideline Story is set to be released on September 27 via Jay-Z's Roc Nation imprint. The video for the album's single, "Work Out," is below. He's set to kick off the 'Cole World: World Tour' on Tuesday (8/23) in Canada and continue touring internationally through mid-December. The tour hits NYC on October 25 at Best Buy Theatre. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/26) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/24) at 10 AM and an internet presale starting Thursday (8/25) at 10 AM.
All dates and videos below...
Dipset with Dr. Dre
"The Diplomats, also popularly known as Dipset, are a Harlem-based hip hop group founded by Cam'ron and Jim Jones in 1997. The original members of the group were Cam'ron, Freekey Zekey, and Jim Jones ; who all grew up together in Harlem. Juelz Santana would later be added to the group in 2000." [Wiki]Cam'ron, Juelz, and Jim Jones have killed the noise and reformed The Diplomats who are set to take off on the live stage, November 26th at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC (tickets to the post-Thanksgiving show will cost you $63.50- $73.50).
No word if any of the other Dipset crew will be on board as well (Hell Rell, Un Kasa, Byrd Gang, J.R. Writer, 40 Cal, etc, etc). What is known is that the crew is preparing a new LP (Diplomatic Immunity 3?) and have enlisted Dr Dre for the production (as pictured above). Though no label is currently attached, the LP will reportedly hit next year and Freeky Zeeky recently insinuated that Dipset will sign with Interscope Records in the near future. No other details are known, but if you have questions you can always try and call Jim Jones at (917) 675-3685. Seriously.
More soon, but for now, you can check out an interview with Jim Jones performed in the Dipset practice space, and other videos, below.
"Yankee Stadium was #EPIC last night. Performances by JayZ,Drake,Kanye West,Eminem,G-Unit,Dr.Dre,Nicki Minaj,B.O.B & Eminem all on one stage!" -ThisIsChi_JEG
"Apparently a Coldplay concert broke out in the middle of Jay-Z's Yankee Stadium set last night. Can safely say no one saw that coming." -BarthDoesThings
"I've been trying to find a word to explain the Jay-Z/Eminem Yankee Stadium show.. I got it.. WOW!!!!!" -DJCK_BROOKLYN
Jay-Z & Chris Martin on stage @ Yankee Stadium
Jay-Z and Eminem tore down Yankee Stadium last night (9/13), the first of TWO shows that the pair of MCs will play in the Bronx. And there were guests... Kanye was present. Chris Martin of Coldplay dropped in. Beyonce had her say. Dr Dre was there. 50 Cent too. Not to mention Drake, Nicky Minaj, D12, B.O.B, Swizz Beatz, Lloyd Banks, and many others.
"The concert lasted well past midnight, and a few thousand in the crowd started to make their way to the exits while Jay-Z was still rapping to beat the after-concert rush. But most stayed behind, sensing what Jay-Z told them. ''This is historic: They ain't never gonna be another night like tonight.''After the show, Jigga, Mrs Hova, and guests headed down to the 40/40 Club for a nightcap.
Well, maybe one more night -- the pair has another show at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday." [NY Times]
The madness continues tonight (9/14) at Yankee Stadium. A bunch of videos and both setlists (with guests listed) from last night, below...
"Best Buy is kicking off the Club Beats experience by hosting several celebrations across the country with today's top music talent, including this Thursday November 19th @ the Best Buy store location in New York City's Union Square. Club Beats starts at 4pm with appearances by Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine (Charmain Interscope Geffen A&M Records), will.i.am, Major Lazer featuring Diplo & David Guetta special guest DJ performances."
Diplo DJ'd at the Woodie Awards at Roseland last night, and they also billed him as "Diplo from Major Lazer". I guess that is how he is known from now on?
The assets of Death Row Records, said to include master recordings of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, were auctioned off today (Jan. 15) for $18 million to WIDEawake Entertainment Group, a development company out of Canada. Because of the less-than-expected acquisition price, the only creditor likely to capture a return after lawyers and other Chapter 11 administrative fees are paid is the Internal Revenue Service.In related(???) news, the movie Notorious opens today ("The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm."). Trailer below...
That means other creditors, including unsecured ones like co-founder Lydia Harris, will be left out in the cold. Harris isn't content with the verdict.
"This was all a scam from the beginning," a disgruntled Harris tells Billboard. "Everyone wanted me to bring judgment down, and so I brought on the case. But now I'm not getting paid because I'm an unsecured creditor? Yet, administrators are getting paid and Suge [Knight]'s bills are still getting paid? If it wasn't for me no one would be getting money. They made sure it happened this way because I was the biggest creditor. There must be some internal thing going on and I'm obviously not in on it." [Billboard]
by Black Bubblegum
"People think I'm in the independent category by choice."
Brother Ali is a minority, but not in the ways you might expect. First, he's a white rapper in a genre filled with mostly black artists. Second, Brother Ali is an albino.Brother Ali came up in the same midwest hip hop scene that birthed fellow indie b-boy and Rhymesayers co-owner Slug, making a name for himself through his self-produced and self-released debut Rites Of Passage. On the strength of Rites, Ali signed to Rhymesayers and dropped Shadows On The Sun, followed by the Champion EP and ultimately The Undisputed Truth in 2007. He's not strictly a "booth" rhymer either. He battled and triumphed over freestyle champ and Rhymesayers MC Eyedea at Scribble 2000, and he has logged more than 500 shows on four continents.
Ali, who was born Jason Newman, converted to Islam when he was 15. He says that he felt like an outsider among white people, and has never identified with the word "white."
"I was taken in, early on, by black folks," he says. "Those are the people who taught me the things that I needed to know to survive being who and what I am." [NPR]
Brother Ali will be back in NYC to play a free show at South Street Seaport on Friday, August 1st (8 pm) with notorious DJ Crew The Rub (7 pm). We cornered Ali for a moment before that show as he dropped two pennies on working with Rhymesayers go-to guy Ant, the follow-up to The Undisputed Truth, and why he thinks 50 Cent is ill.
BrooklynVegan: Ant has produced each of your last few records. Is there something about Ant's production that you feel complements your own style/flow? Are there any plans on working with any other producers and if so, who?
Brother Ali: Ant and I have been working together for several years and he's one of my closest friends. Not only do I love his beats but we share a similar outlook on music and life. He's a true producer in the sense that he sees elements of the people he works with as human beings and creates musical beds that allow those things to come out in the work. He has an ability to read people and help them present themselves in a really raw and personal way. There are other producers that I like and respect but I just can't believe that I could have the same creative chemistry with someone I don't really know.
interview continued below...
Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd. (OTCBB: DKAM), a leading owner, developer and marketer of premium beverages, today announced a new beverage venture in association with Grammy Award-winning producer and artist, Dr. Dre. Drinks Americas and Dr. Dre have formed a partnership to identify, develop, and market premium non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. The partnership's first premium beverages will be a super premium cognac selection, followed by a unique new to market sparkling vodka (which is now being crafted). Drinks Americas and Dr. Dre also plan to enter the growing imported premium tequila category. [CNN]