Entries tagged with: Erykah Badu
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...
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.
photos by P Squared
Fresh off the release of her But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape, neo-soul queen Erykah Badu played a sold-out Brooklyn show at Kings Theatre last night (12/2). She played stuff off the new tape, but also made time for classics like "Tyrone," "Bag Lady," and more. Pictures and a 15-minute video (via Periscope) are in this post.
After show, Erykah headed to Williamsburg to DJ the restaurant Diviera Drive. Anyone catch that?
More pictures and the video below...
Erykah Badu, who just released her But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape last week, plays NYC tonight (12/2) at Kings Theatre. It's sold out, but whether you have tickets to the show or not, you can keep the party going with Erykah when she DJs Williamsburg restuarant Diviera Drive after the show. She'll be under her DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown moniker, and Rashad Smith and Natasha Diggs are DJing too. 10 PM start. Tickets are on sale now, and it's "incredibly limited capacity." More info here.
Cindy Lee - 'Act of Tenderness'
Gorilla vs Bear has published his Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, writing, "We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site." The list includes Panda Bear, Jamie xx, Grimes, Vince Staples, Leon Bridges, both Beach House albums (Thank Your Lucky Stars is ranked higher), U.S. Girls, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Young Thug, Toro y Moi, Empress Of, Joanna Newsom, Knxwledge, Molly Nilsson and more. Check out the whole thing below.
The list also includes Cindy Lee, the project that was formed by ex-Women guitarist/singer Patrick Flegel when two of his other bandmates (including his brother Matt) formed Viet Cong. He released the Malenkost tape and the Act of Tenderness album this year, both of which made GvsB's list (#32 and #5, respectively). You can download both for free at Cindy Lee's geocities website. Stream the latter below.
Last month, Erykah Badu released a remix/cover of Drake's "Hotline Bling," which she now used as the inspiration for her But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape which is out today on Apple Music. That remix reappears but it's now called "Cel U Lar Device." Erykah's ex-boyfriend and past collaborator Andre 3000 appears, on the song "Hello." DatPiff has a stream of the whole thing, which you can listen to below.
Update: It was previously reported that Drake was featured on "U Use to Call Me" but Central Track confirms that it's Atlanta rapper ItsRoutine (aka Aubrey Davis), not Drake. He's on "What's Yo Phone Number" too.
Erykah plays NYC on Wednesday (12/2) at Kings Theater (sold out).
There's always a good amount of hip hop shows happening in and around NYC, but we don't get a chance to post about all of it. Here's a roundup of some cool stuff coming up that we haven't talked about yet, new music, and more:
Hot 97 is throwing a holiday show at Newark's Prudential Center on December 5 that's pretty stacked with both the old and the new: Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Sean Paul, Jeremih and Fetty Wap. Tickets are available.
Speaking of, Puff Daddy is planning a sequel to his hits-filled 1997 debut No Way Out (called No Way Out 2), but in the meantime he just released the MMM mixtape ("Money Making Mitch") which features Jadakiss, Styles P, Pusha T, Lil Kim, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Travi$ Scott, Ty Dolla $ign and more; and co-production from Young Chop, Mike Will Made It, Hit-Boy, Harry Fraud and more. You can stream the whole thing below.
For another stacked Newark show: the recurring 'Masters of Ceremony' concert, that brings a number of influential old school heads together, happens again on November 27 at NJPAC with KRS-One, The LOX, Ja Rule, Rakim, Mad Lion, Lords of the Underground and Black Moon. Tickets are available.
You can catch the legendary Rakim much sooner than that though. He plays TONIGHT (11/11) at SOB's in Manhattan in with Ceez, JSwiss and Lyricks. Tickets for tonight's show are available.
For more old school rap in NYC tonight, GZA, Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, Rhymefest, Ma Dukes and more are being honored at the Hip-Hop Education Center's first annual Extra Credit Awards at NYU's Kimmel Center from 6 to 9 PM.
Coincidentally (?) the same night as the 'Masters of Ceremony' show, Ja Rule's collaborator Ashanti plays a NYC show at BB King's (11/27). Tickets are available.
Another guy who was shaping the sound of mainstream hip hop around the same time as Puff Daddy, Timbaland, has a new memoir called The Emperor of Sound coming out November 17. The next day, he'll come to NYC for an interview/book launch at Highline Ballroom (11/18) (tickets).
Timbaland's also been putting out some new songs lately. He recently dropped "Them Jeans" featuring Migos and "UFO" featuring Future and Tink. Listen to both below. He's also teasing a new track with Pusha T.
Speaking of rap books, DJ Ross One just released Rap Tees: A Collection of Hip-Hop T-Shirts 1980-1999. The description reads:
Beginning with the earliest rap concert shirts from the Sugar Hill Gang and New York Fresh Fest, circa 1980-84, and spanning the next two decades, Rap Tees includes rare shirts from a wide selection of the who's-who of the business including: Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Beastie Boys, Eric B and Rakim, Wu Tang Clan, Jay Z, Nas, EMPD, and many, many more. Rap Tees bookends the golden age of rap with unique street-corner memorial shirts commemorating the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.There's a sample of three of the shirts above, via MIke Nouveau's Instagram.
That Timbaland/Tink collab isn't the only new Future song. He just put one out called "Last Breath," produced by Metro Boomin and Ludwig Goransson, that will appear on the soundtrack to the upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed. Listen below.
The busiest band in rap, The Roots, can always be found as Fallon's house band and you can always catch Questlove's mostly-weekly DJ night at Brooklyn Bowl, and they'll play a Long Island show the Saturday after Christmas at The Paramount (12/26). Tickets are available.
Roots member Black Thought is on the brand new Freddie GIbbs song, "Extradite." That's one of two songs that Gibbs put out today, the other being "Packages," and both will appear on his Shadow of a Doubt mixtape due 11/20 via ESGN. Listen below.
A few other upcoming NYC shows: Key! plays SOB's on November 17 (tickets).
We're not crazy about G-Eazy, but we do want to let you know that A$AP Ferg is opening his Terminal 5 show on January 24. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, general on-sale starts Friday (11/13) at noon.
Oxymorrons play the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on 11/18 with Turquoise Jeep, Pants Velour and Kosha Dillz; and Knitting Factory on 12/9 (tickets).
And a few more new songs: Ty Dolla $ign released "LA" (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Brandy & James Fauntleroy) off his new album Free TC, due out next week. Lil Durk & DeJ Loaf released "My Beyonce"; Atmosphere, Aesop Rock and Blueprint teamed up for "This Lonely Rose"; and Erykah Badu (who plays Brooklyn in December) released "Phone Down" off her upcoming But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape. Listen to all of those below.
Other previously-discussed shows coming up in and around NYC: Lupe Fiasco, Azealia Banks (NYC is her only not-cancelled tour date), Jay Rock, Joey Bada$$, the A Tribe Called Quest reissue party, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, Vince Staples, Kevin Gates, and more.
photo: Erykah Badu at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Neo-soul great Erykah Badu has been talking for a while about a followup to 2010's New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, though so far there's still no concrete word on that. (She did appear on Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment's album this year though.) In the meantime she's stayed active in the live show department, and she has a few more dates coming up this year.
One happens in NYC on December 2 at Kings Theatre. Tickets for that show are on venue presale now (anyone know the password?) and the general on-sale begins Friday (10/2) at 10 AM.
All known dates are listed, with a stream of the song with Chance the Rapper, below...
The annual Roots Picnic will return to Philly's Festival Pier on May 30 and this year's lineup was announced today, via Billboard. In addition to The Roots' own set, they'll back Erykah Badu for her set, and it also includes The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Rae Sremmurd, Afrika Bambaataa, Hudson Mohawke, DJ Windows 98 (aka Arcade Fire's Win Butler), Bishop Nehru, Raury, DJ Mustard and more.
Tickets fo on sale Friday (3/13) at noon. Full lineup 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...
It's pretty much impossible for TV reporters to do man-on-the-street segments without someone mugging for the camera behind them. Few, however, have gotten such an aggressive videobombing as WPIX reporter Mario Diaz got while trying to report on Shia Labeouf's bizarre arrest over the weekend. Making things 100% more surreal was that the person doing it was singer Erykah Badu, who paraded back and fourth behind him and then tried to kiss him. He brushed her off and kept his composure, video of the craziness is in this post.
After initially denying it was her on Twitter, Badu eventually copped to it:
Mario replied with good humor:
Erykah just opened for Dave Chappelle on Thursday (6/26) as part of his 10-night Radio City Music Hall run. Video of Badu's videobombing below...
As previously discussed, Dave Chappelle is playing Radio City Music Hall in June, and since we last spoke his June 19 show was expanded to a 5-night run (6/18-22) which are all sold out.
In addition to those comedy shows, Chappelle will also do three more shows at the venue from June 24-26 that include different musical guests each night. On 6/24 it's The Roots, followed by Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier (who's up to other stuff too) and Janelle Monae on 6/25, and finally Erykah Badu on 6/26. Each one will also feature a full orchestra. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Monday (6/2) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Thursday (5/29) at 10 AM and a local presale starting Saturday (5/31) at 10 AM.
Lee "Scratch" Perry @ LPR during RBMA 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Remember when the Red Bull Music Academy "took over" New York City for most of May 2013, bringing in such luminaries as Brian Eno, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Giorgio Moroder, Kim Gordon, James Murphy, and many more to play and talk about music? You can relive that month -- or get a taste of what you missed -- in a new documentary, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music:
What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music explores the challenges that a life in music can bring. Shot with hand-held cameras in a cinema verité style at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg, the film seeks to go beyond music, and ask questions about life itself.The film will screen in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit on February 17 and then be released on the internet for free on February 18. Trailer for the documentary is below.
Additionally, there is a coffee table book too titled For the Record: Conversations with People Who Have Shaped the Way We Listen to Music which pairs artists with journalists and music industry types and lets the discourse flow. Nile Rodgers, Sly & Robbie, Erykah Badu, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Modeselektor and more are featured and all the pairings are listed, along with the book art, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
Janelle Monae was doing the forward-thinking R&B thing a couple years before it blew up, and now her new album The Electric Lady is set to drop in the midst of all the rage. (September 10 via Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy Records, to be specific). It includes tracks with Erykah Badu, Miguel, Prince, Solange, Big Boi, Cee-Lo Green, and Esperanza Spalding.
Janelle recently announced an extensive tour in support of the album which previously didn't include a NYC date, but now one's been added: October 18 at The Apollo. Tickets for her show at the legendary venue go on Live Nation/Ticketmaster/Apollo A-List presales today (8/29) at 10 AM (password for Live Nation presale is "summer," for Ticketmaster presale is "electriclady," and for Apollo A-List presale is "apollo") and the general on-sale begins Thursday, September 5 at noon.
All dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from her new album and the tracklist, below...
As discussed, Erykah Badu and Yasiin Bey have joined forces for a fascinating show called "YOU'RE CAUSING QUITE A DISTURBANCE":
A collaboration with four-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012-2013 Brooklyn Phil Artist-in-Residence ERYKAH BADU and 2011-2012 Brooklyn Phil Artist-in-Residence YASIIN BEY (Mos Def) Featuring new arrangements from Badu's 2008 album New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War by Brooklyn composer TED HEARNE (plus original music by Hearne) as well as the legendary arrangements of Yasiin Bey's songs by composer DEREK BERMEL (plus original music by Bermel)The June 8 show at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House have sold out, but a second show has been added the next night (6/9). Tickets go on sale on May 20.
In related news, Brothers Hypnotic, a film about the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will screen for free on Friday (5/17) as part of the Rooftop Films series, and will feature a live appearance from the group who have worked with both Badu and Bey.
As mentioned, Janelle Monae collaborator Erykah Badu (under the name DJ Low Down Loretta Brown) is coming to NYC during the Red Bull Music Academy residency to DJ a Brainfeeder Session at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (4/30), which is now sold out. We hinted at Flying Lotus being a special guest at that show, but we just found out it's arguably more exciting than that. He'll be there, but not for a Flying Lotus set. Instead, he'll be making the NYC debut of his rap project Captain Murphy. Plus, the bill will include rap duo The Underachievers (who play a free show in June), Teebs, Azizi Gibson, and PBDY.
Show flyer and a Captain Murphy video below...
photos by Wei Shi, words by Andrew Sacher
Janelle @ Coachella
Janelle Monae recently wrapped up two weekends at Coachella 2013, having played both Saturdays of the festival. We missed her the first weekend, but caught her set during the second one, and pictures from that are in this post. Janelle stuck mainly to material from her excellent 2010 debut LP, The ArchAndroid, save for a track off of her first EP and a cover of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," which you can watch a video of below.
Janelle's debut is one of those arty R&B albums that just predated the explosion of the genre. While it still holds up, it had been feeling like high time that she gets on releasing that followup, and after Coachella ended, she did just that. Janelle announced that her new album is called The Electric Lady (release date TBA) and revealed its very good first single, "Q.U.E.E.N.," which features guest vocals form Erykah Badu.
Check out that song, along with more pictures, the setlist and that video from her Coachella set, below...
Tyler, the Creator's album, Wolf, leaked and in response the Odd Future rapper has posted it on OFWGKTA's official Soundcloud. Featuring guest appearances from Laetitia Sadier, Erykah Badu and more, you can stream it below.
You may have already heard some of it at Tyler's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg last weekend.
Flying Lotus at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Flying Lotus is playing a NYC show on May 5 at Terminal 5 with Thundercat, as part of the upcoming Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency. It's since been announced that the Terminal 5 show is part of a larger tour FlyLo and Thundercat will be on, and Nigel Godrich's Ultraista is on many of the dates, including the NYC show, as well. Tickets for the NYC show are still available.
The Red Bull Music Academy shows also include a previously mentioned Brainfeeder Session at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 30 which Erykah Badu is DJing (under the name DJ Low Down Loretta Brown). We're not totally sure who else is going to be there, but we wouldn't rule out Flying Lotus himself making an appearance. Tickets for that one are still available.
FlyLo will also be at SXSW for both Flying Lotus shows and Captain Murphy (his rap alter ago) shows. As mentioned earlier today, some of those Captain Murphy shows are collaborative sets with Earl Sweatshirt.
All Flying Lotus dates are listed, along with a live video, below...
Flying Lotus at Le Poisson Rouge in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, most of the shows in the upcoming Red Bull Music Academy NYC series went on sale today, but RBMA have just added another huge show to that list. Brainfeeder head Flying Lotus will be headlining Terminal 5 on May 5 with collaborator Thundercat (something those two have done before). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/8) at noon.
And because the Brainfeeder crew can't come to NYC for just one show, they're also doing a Red Bull Music Academy-presented Brainfeeder Session at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 30 with special guest DJ Low Down Loretta Brown (aka Erykah Badu). Knowing Brainfeeder, it wouldn't be surprising of other members of the crew show up to that too. Tickets for the MHOW show are on sale now.
In related news, FACT reports that Flying Lotus will be contributing to the new album by drum & bass legend Goldie, along with Burial and Photek.
In more Brainfeeder news, Lapalux, who has some impressive EPs out on the label, will release his debut full length, Nostalchic, on March 26. You can stream two tracks from that album, "Guuurl" and "Forlorn" (feat. Busdriver), below.
Those streams and a list of all Flying Lotus dates, including SXSW, below...
Erykah Badu at Afropunk 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
"Queen of Neo-Soul" Erykah Badu has some scattered live dates scheduled for this year and she'll be making a trip to NYC for a pretty busy weekend here in June. For one, she was added to NYC festival Governors Ball, which goes down on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9. Tickets for that festival are still available.
While she's here, she'll be performing her 2008 album, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), live at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on June 8 with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Brooklyn Philharmonic's 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), who will also be performing a "reprise of selected works" from his 2012 Brooklyn Philharmonic installment, with Lena Horne and the Bed-Stuy Tradition. This show will be taking place right next door to the Barclays Center, a venue Mos Def has some issues with. Mos Def previously performed with Erykah Badu at Afropunk Fest 2012. Tickets for the BAM show are on sale now.
A list of all Erykah Badu dates and the video for "Honey" off of New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Gretchen Robinette has contritued her thoughts on favorite photos that she took in 2012, leaving us with shots of Ghostface, Janelle Monae, The Walkmen and more. Check out more shots from the uber-talented Robinette below.
Her set of favorite contributions joins fellow photographers Caroline Harrison, Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya, Fred Pessaro // BBG, Chris La Putt and Ryan Muir.
More photos are below.
Obama hugs Bruce Springsteen (pre-election night)
A selection of tweets reacting to Obama's big win last night....
":)" - Grizzly Bear
"YES" - Amanda Palmer
"yeah!!!!" - Laurel Halo
"FUCK YES" - HEALTH
"fuck yeah." - Colin Meloy
"FUCK YEAH AMERICA!!! #OBAMA" - King Tuff
Jazz/hip hop/soul/etc artist Robert Glasper released the impressive Black Radio LP earlier this year and he'll follow that with an EP of remixes from the album, Black Radio Recovered - The Remix EP, this Tuesday (10/9) via Blue Note Records. The EP features remixes by 9th Wonder, Pete Rock, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Questlove, and one by Robert Glasper himself, along with Jewels. Starting this week, he's been revealing the remixes at his facebook and twitter as they premiere around the web.
Okayplayer has the 9th Wonder (featuring Phonte) remix of "Afro Blue" (ft. Erykah Badu), Complex has Pete Rock remix of "Black Radio" (ft. Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def), and Afropunk just posted the Georgia Anne Muldrow remix of "The Consequences of Jealousy." You can stream all three of those remixes below and stay tuned for the rest.
Robert Glasper is also on tour now and he'll hit NYC this month for a CMJ show, which happens on October 16 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He'll also return to NYC a couple months later to play Harlem Stage on December 13 and 14. He'll do two shows each night (one at 7:30 and one at 10:00). Tickets for all four of those shows are on sale now.
Speaking of 9th Wonder, he plays a Rapsody party at SOB's TONIGHT (10/3) with Josh Baze, Peter Rose, and host Peter Rosenberg (of Hot 97). Tickets for tonight's show are available.
A list of all dates and those remix streams are below.