Entries tagged with: Miguel
Talib Kweli music is just falling from the sky this summer. He released Train of Thought: Lost Lyrics, Rare Releases & Beautiful B-Sides Vol.1 last month, and over the weekend he surprise-released a FREE album, Fuck The Money. It includes contributions from Miguel, Ab-Soul, Kaytranada, Styles P, The Alchemist and more. Download it here and stream it below.
We already knew some of the collaborators on Disclosure's upcoming sophomore album, Caracal (due 9/25 via PMR/Island), and now they've revealed the full list, including some big names. Miguel, The Weeknd, Lorde and past collaborator Sam Smith are among them. Check out the full tracklist below.
Sam Smith, who was the lead singer on the unstoppable "Latch," sings on new single "Omen." Do you think it lives up to its predecessor? Listen below.
Disclosure's only two upcoming US shows are at NYC's Madison Square Garden and LA's Memorial Sports Arena.
photo: Miguel at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Miguel is currently on tour, and will hit NYC this Sunday (8/2) for a big show at Terminal 5. T5 is now sold out, but luckily Miguel added a second show here. It's also a much smaller one: Bowery Ballroom on August 5. Tickets go on sale Thursday (7/30) at noon, and they'll probably go fast. Miguel's tour also hits New Haven, Long Island, Atlantic City and more. Updated dates are listed below.
The tour is in support of his great new album Wildheart, which he put out two videos from this week. One is for "NWA" and the other is for "...goingtohell." Check out both, with the list of tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Miguel is a week away from releasing Wildheart, his followup to 2012's great Kaleidoscope Dream, and it's now streaming in full. Like his last album, it's sultry R&B with bits of psychedelia and rock guitar, and once again it's that fantastic voice that sets him apart from other people doing similar things. You can listen to the whole thing at NPR.
Miguel will play a much tinier NYC show before than that, on June 30 at Le Poisson Rouge. It's an NPR First Listen Live show, which means it streams live on NPR (at 9 PM EST). The show is FREE with RSVP, which opens Friday (6/26) at noon via the NPR R&B, NPR Music, and Miguel twitters. More info here.
Video for Wildheart standout "Coffee" below...
photo: Miguel at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Since then, he announced a tour, including a few shows in the NYC-area. He plays NYC proper on August 2 at Terminal 5, Sayreville, NJ on August 5 at Starland Ballroom, and Long Island on August 7 at The Space at Westbury. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/19) at noon. Those shows, and the whole tour, will be opened by Dorothy.
All dates (including other nearby shows in New Haven and Atlantic City) are listed, with the video for "Coffee," below...
R&B singer Miguel's anticipated followup to 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream, Wildheart, is due June 29 via ByStorm/RCA. Like he did for the last album, he's been revealing songs from it in batches. He released an EP in December with the songs "NWA," "Coffee," and "Hollywood Dreams," and today he dropped three more: "FLESH," "...goingtohell," and "face the sun," which features Lenny Kravitz. Listen below.
Miguel has some shows coming up, but none in NYC. Lenny Kravitz plays here in August for Afropunk Fest.
UPDATE: The video for "Coffee" is out now too, and also below...
A$AP Rocky's new album, At.Long.Last.A$AP (A.L.L.A.) had a release date of June 2, but in true 2015 rap fashion, Rocky "surprise" released the whole thing early. It has appearances from Kanye West, Schoolboy Q, Mos Def, M.I.A., Juicy J, UGK, Miguel, Danger Mouse, newcomer Joe Fox and more. Pick yours up at iTunes.
Check out the full tracklist and listen to the whole thing via Spotify below...
photos courtesy of Vans
Hudson Mohawke at Mohawk during SXSW 2015
Hudson Mohawke is releasing a new album called Lantern on June 16 via Warp which includes collaborations with a handful of big names, including Antony, Miguel and Jhene Aiko. The first single is a collaboration with a smaller name, Irfane who sang on Breakbot's "Baby I'm Yours." It's called "Very First Breath" and can be streamed, with the tracklist, below.
HudMo just played SXSW last week (photo above from his show at House of Vans at the Mohawk, two more below), and he's now announced more dates, including a NYC show. He comes here on May 28 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/27) at 10 AM with Live Nation, LN Mobile App, and Music Geeks presales starting Wednesday (3/25) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Big Sean - 'Dark Sky Paradise'
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...
by Andrew Sacher
Miguel hasn't released an album since 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream, but he's stayed active, working with Jessie Ware, Janelle Monae, Beyonce and others. And now he's uploaded a surprise 3-song EP to his Soundcloud, which is pretty thirst-quenching for anyone that's longing for a Kaleidoscope Dream followup.
The first song is called "NWA" and features Kurupt. Stream all three below...
Jessie Ware at Flow Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Jessie Ware's already released a few songs from her upcoming Tough Love album (due 10/6 in the UK and 10/21 in North America via PMR/Island), and now she's put out "Kind Of... Sometimes... Maybe," which she co-wrote with Miguel, along with BenZel (Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch) who executive produced the album. Check it out below.
Jessie's tour hits NYC on October 28 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
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...
by Andrew Sacher
Sam Smith at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Amber North)
While soccer fans watched the World Cup play out on a jumbotron at the Kalliope stage, [Sam Smith] attracted Bonnaroo's youngest, hippest, style-conscious attendees at The Other Tent.Bonnaroo went down over the weekend and among other things featured one of the biggest US crowds British pop singer Sam Smith had yet to play to. The Disclosure collaborator played the stripped version of their collaboration "Latch" (which appears in that form on his new album), his own hits ("Stay With Me," "Leave Your Lover"), and covered the Arctic Monkeys' "Do I Wanna Know?," a song that band opened their set at the same festival with two days later. (MS MR also covered it during their Bonnaroo set.) Sam also joined Disclosure during their 'Roo set just hours later and performed "Latch" once again. You can watch a video of Sam's Arctic Monkeys cover, with his setlist from the festival, below.
Smith's debut album, "In the Lonely Hour," entered the U.K. charts at No. 1 last month, and it looks to make a big splash when it hits U.S. stores on Tuesday. Like few other acts on this year's bill, he's very much a star of the moment. A suave, British soul singer, laying smooth falsetto melodies over '80s-tinged funk and R&B - just a few short years ago, it would have been considered the opposite of hip. The tide has obviously turned. [The Tennessean]
Sam will be sticking around NYC this week, doing a record signing at Rough Trade on Thursday (6/19). You just need to buy his record that day to get a wristband for the 6 PM event.
Another Disclosure collaborator Jessie Ware announced that her new album would be out at some point this year via PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope and told Pitchfork it features collaborations with Miguel, Ed Sheeran, Julio Bashmore, Dave Okumu, Kid Harpoon, James Ford and Nineteen85. Its first single "Tough Love" is out now, and it's a more laid back single as far as Jessie Ware songs go with an almost James Blake-like quality to the chorus. This one was produced by BenZel, aka Two Inch Punch (who produced Sam Smith's "Money On My Mind") and Benny Blanco (who's written/produced huge songs like Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger").
Listen to that, with the Sam Smith stuff, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
2 Chainz / Miguel @ Best Buy Theater - 4/30/13
Power 105.1's DJ Prostyle celebrated his birthday at Best Buy Theater this past Wednesday (4/30) with sets from 2 Chainz, Miguel and a number of other friends. During 2 Chainz's set, he called out Funkmaster Flex who had said on one of ESPN's recent 'Highly Questionable?' shows that 2 Chainz did the worst freestyle on his show. At Best Buy Theater 2 Chainz said, "I don't give a fuck what Funkmaster Flex gotta say about this nigga from Atlanta. [...] Fuck you and what you think about me, nigga!" You can hear his whole response in a video below.
Pictures of the show are in this post too, and they continue, along with that video and another of 2 Chainz's set, below...
Miguel at Made In America 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
R&B crooner Miguel and guest-verse-fave 2 Chainz both have some separate dates coming up this year, but they'll join forces to celebrate DJ Prostyle's (Power 105.1) birthday in NYC on April 30 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for this double bill go on sale Friday (4/4) at noon. Each artist's dates are listed below.
On his recent T.R.U. Tour, a woman, who reportedly goes by the name of Tina, tried to get close to rapper Cap 1, which led to an awkward encounter between her and Chainz' entourageYou can watch that video below.
"You ain't gonna catch nothing out here but a cold, baby. Put something on your back, baby," 2 Chainz joked in a viral video called #IsThisYoThot, referring to a term that stands for "that hoe over there."
In less messy news, Miguel is on the Girls Season 2 Soundtrack which is out now. You can stream his contribution, "Simplethings," along with the lists of dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Kim Gordon on 'Girls'
HBO series Girls was nominated for two Golden Globes but didn't win either on last night's awards ceremony. (The show lost to Brooklyn Nine Nine and Lena Dunham lost to Amy Poehler [who also co hosted the GGs].) At the same time elsewhere on the television dial, Girls made its Season 3 premiere with two back-to-back episodes. We knew this was coming but didn't know when -- the first episode featured Sonic Youth / Body/Head's Kim Gordon as Mindy, a member of Jessa's (Jemima Kirke) support group at rehab. The two don't get along. This is actually the third show with "Girl" in the title Gordon has acted in (the others being Gossip and Gilmore) but this is by far the meatiest part she's played. HBO has the whole premiere episode up on its YouTube channel to watch for free.
Meanwhile, a second soundtrack from the, titled Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do, will be released February 11 and features music by Vampire Weekend, Lily Allen, Beck, Cat Power, Jake Bugg, Aimee Mann and more. One of the tracks exlusive to the soundtrack is Jenny Lewis' "Completely Not Me" which features in the second episode's closing credits, is apparently a collaboration with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. You can listen to that over at Entertainment Weekly. Tracklist for the soundtrack is below.
In related news, while not the song from the Girls soundtrack, Lily Allen has released a new track, "Air Balloon," from her forthcoming new album and that can be streamed 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...
by Andrew Sacher
If you've been on the internet at all today, you probably know that the event of the day is that Beyonce released a self-titled album with no singles and no announcements on iTunes around midnight. By now you've most likely already heard it or intentionally haven't listened to it, and I think as much as anyone else that we shouldn't review this thing immediately (and we can save it for our Best of 2014 lists, right?). That being said, it's also been fun to spend the day discussing the album, so let's discuss.
The album's only guest spots come from deservedly big names Jay Z ("Drunk in Love") Frank Ocean ("Superpower") and Drake ("Mine"), plus a moving feminist speech from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on "Flawless" (a reworking of "Bow Down"), and her daughter Blue Ivy on the album's final track, "Blue." There's also co-writing/production credits from Miguel, Caroline Polachek (of Chairlift), Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Sia, Drake producer Noah "40" Shebib and others. That cast isn't too surprising (except maybe Caroline Polachek), but it's a nice reminder if you needed it that certain big name artists are consistently working with the artists that complement them best, rather than just piling on other big name guests.
As I write this I'm on my fifth listen, and the album itself is sounding pretty impressive so far. Her last album, 4, was maybe the first Beyonce album to truly contain no filler, but even most of that album got overshadowed by standout singles like "Countdown" and "Love on Top." At the moment, it's not sounding like there's a track on Beyonce that could be a standout single, which is maybe why, like the similarly album-oriented Yeezus, they chose to release it without any preceding singles. (You also won't be able to purchase individual tracks on iTunes until December 20.) Like Yeezus, and The 20/20 Experience, Beyonce is instead a new album from a megastar that uses her status to unveil a full-length collection of forward-thinking music to the mainstream, the underground, and well, just about everybody. The future-R&B that guests Frank Ocean and Drake make on their own albums is the style most prevalent here, and mixing that with one of the most undeniably great voices in today's pop music makes Beyonce a hell of a listen.
You also may have heard that Beyonce is calling the album a "visual album," and it was released with 17 videos for the 14 tracks (a few bonus videos included). You can watch a playlist of 30-second clips of each video, along with the tracklist, below...
A$AP Rocky at Made In America 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Other Ball is a new annual live music event that raises money for Arms Around the Child, an organization that takes care of children infected/affected by HIV in Africa and India. The inaugural event takes place on December 10 at Highline Ballroom in NYC with sets from The Black Keys, A$AP Rocky, Miguel, Lyyke Li and Mikky Ekko. Jeff Bhasker is the musical director, Mark Ronson is hosting, and his sister Samantha Ronson will be DJing. The dress code for the event is "more black leather than black tie," and there will be a "flowing bar and exquisite tapas." Regarding the event, a press release (via Broadway World) reads:
"When Mark approached us about 'The Other Ball' and told us the incredible story of Arms Around the Child and Leigh Blake and her team's work to make positive change in the lives of helpless and exposed children across the world, there was no question regarding our support," says TOPSHOP TOPMAN. "This event will bring creative hearts and minds together in one of this year's most exciting events and will no doubt raise awareness and much-needed funds to enable Leigh and her team to continue their invaluable work for these extremely vulnerable young people."$2000 tickets for the event are on sale now.
"I'm deeply honored to be involved in the first annual event for Arms Around the Child, The Other Ball. Leigh is a force of nature and through her tireless work and insane energy has launched two life-changing organizations, Red Hot and Keep A Child Alive, which have between them raised $50 million and helped to save over three million lives," says producer and artist Mark Ronson. "Leigh puts on some of the most memorable events. The Black Ball, the annual fundraising event for Keep a Child Alive, has featured mini concerts with everyone from Adele to Jay Z. The Other Ball is going to be its cool little sibling."
Danny Brown's Old is one of the most anticipated rap albums of the year, and while holding your breath for a rap release is never a good idea (we've got our fingers crossed for that September 30 release date though), we're feeling one step closer to Old actually seeing the light of day, now that it's officially got album artwork. And pretty great artwork at that. That's it above (via Danny's instagram). It was designed by Sam Chirnside, and the painting is by Leila D'Amato. His newish video for "ODB" is below.
Danny recently made appearances at Afro-Punk Fest, Fool's Gold Day Off, and the NYU Mystery Concert, and he's set to play Rock the Bells NJ in October and open for Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in November.
Meanwhile, the group Danny is a part of, Bruiser Brigade will be playing NYC without him (he'll be at Rock the Bells in California) on September 15 at Mercury Lounge. The Detroit crew will be joined by some hometown pals like producer Nick Speed (50 Cent, M.O.P., Talib Kweli) and rapper Dusty McFly, in addition to NYC producer Hillie Hill (Nas, Biggie) and A La $ole of Joey Bada$$'s Pro Era crew. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
There's some other good rap shows coming in NYC too, including afro-beat rapper Blitz the Ambassador, who is headlining The Studio at Webster Hall on September 19 with opening sets from Old Money, Boima, and Caktuz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Eve, who's got a new album out this year, was supposed to play Irving Plaza back in August, but she'll instead play Gramercy Theatre on September 12. Opening the show is Dyme-A-Duzin (of Phony PPL) and Camille Safiya. Tickets are on sale now, and any tickets purchased for Irving Plaza are being honored.
Not exactly rap, but neo-soul singer Bilal, who released his solid new album A Love Surreal earlier this year, will play the New School Alumni Jazz Night at Highline Ballroom on September 18. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
On the topic of anticipated rap albums, which we were talking about above, Drake also shed some more light on his new album, Nothing Was The Same, which is due out on September 24. He just revealed the tracklist which features previously released singles "Started From the Bottom" and "Hold On, We're Going Home," and "All Me" appears as a bonus track on the deluxe edition. The only guest rappers are Jay Z and Detail. Check out the full tracklist below, and that's the artwork above.
Both Drake and Jay Z appear on the second installment of Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, which is due out September 30. Justin returns to NYC to play Barclays Center on November 6. Tickets for that show are still available (though Ticketmaster says "not many left"). Artwork and tracklist for his new LP, below.
Things aren't looking so bright in Miguel's world lately, as he was just charged with two counts of DUI after his August arrest.
A$AP Rocky also just faced some legal charges. TMZ reports that due to an incident that occurred while he was performing at Jay Z's Made In America Festival, Rocky was charged with misdemeanor simple assault for allegedly slapping a woman in the crowd. TMZ writes, "The woman claims A$AP was trying to make his way through a crowd of dancing fans -- with a bunch of girls pulling on his shirt -- when A$AP turned and fired off an open-hand slap, connecting with her face. The woman claims she was injured from the alleged slap -- suffering whiplash from the impact." It's not the first time he was accused of something like this.
A$AP Rocky and Drake's third "Fuckin' Problems" partner, Kendrick Lamar, will be in NYC with his Black Hippy friends Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, plus young Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru, on September 10 at Williamsburg Park. Tickets for that show are still available.
Meanwhile, the man behind the hook on "Fuckin' Problems," 2 Chainz, will NOT be at Williamsburg Park, because despite being scheduled to play five days after Kendrick, he cancelled his show.
What other hip hop shows in NYC are you excited for? And when is Schoolboy Q's album coming out???
Tracklists, video, and more, below...
Miguel at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Miguel... has been charged with 2 counts of drunk driving stemming from his August 15 arrest in L.A... [when] the 27-year-old was initially stopped for excessively dark tint on the windows of his 2013 BMW X6 ... and during the stop, cops suspected Miguel had been drinking. -[TMZ]Law enforcement sources say Miguel was cooperative during the bust ... and that his blood alcohol level was .10 ... just above the legal limit in California. He'll face a judge next week.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Nine Inch Nails / Kendrick Lamar / Miguel
Nine Inch Nails headlined the second night of Made In America, filling the "rock legend" slot occupied by Pearl Jam at last year's festival. As with Pearl Jam, many fans showed up mainly to see the headliner, and others left before their set. Like Public Enemy, who played the Rocky stage the prior day, NIN do not fit into the #YOLO vibe, which means that a good amount of the audience don't know what to do with their music. Are girls expected to grind? Should guys twirl their t-shirts over their heads? There's no question that it's a much different era from the one when Trent Reznor and crew leveled the stage at Woodstock '94 and had their zeitgeist moment. [CBS Philly]The Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America Festival on Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway wrapped up on Sunday (9/1) with sets from Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Miguel, Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar/Schoolboy Q/Ab-Soul/Jay Rock), Diarrhea Planet and Solange. Pictures of those artists are in this post. The second day of the festival also included sets by The Gaslight Anthem, Wavves, AlunaGeorge, The Front Bottoms, Pujol, The Underachievers, and more.
Kendrick Lamar/Ab-Soul/Jay Rock and AlunaGeorge will be playing NYC soon. Nine Inch Nails (with Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Queens of the Stone Age (with The Kills) will be playing the Jay Z-affiliated Barclays Center later this year.
Cloud Nothings at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As discussed, the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America Festival is returning this weekend to Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway (8/31-9/1), and the mostly pop/rap/R&B festival just got a little more, um... punk. Aside from the fact that it already included The Gaslight Anthem (who are pretty much a festival regular by now anyway), the lineup now includes Cloud Nothings, Restorations, Balance & Composure, The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, PUJOL, and more. And you thought it was weird when Jay Z saw Grizzly Bear.
UPDATE: And one more: Wavves was added to the TBA slot on Sunday.
Other non-punk additions that have happened since we last spoke include Rudimental and The Underachievers. The full schedule was also recently announced, and you can check that out below.
Many of the artists playing Made In America also have NYC or NJ shows this weekend (or soon after), including The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, Rudimental, The Underachievers, Kendrick, Ab Soul & Jay Rock, AlunaGeorge, Haim, and 2 Chainz.
Made In America schedule 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...
by Andrew Sacher
Since his radio-ready debut, rapper Big Sean has released an evolutionary mixtape and has had some memorable guest verses ("Mercy," "Burn," "Show Out," "All Me"), that have set the anticipation pretty high for his sophomore album, Hall of Fame (the one that doesn't feature Kendrick Lamar's murderous verse). Much of the album is void of club hits and instead indebted to the introverted emotional rap of Drake or latter-day Kanye, especially on the recent Jhene Aiko-featuring single, "Beware." It also features guest appearances from Miguel, Nas, Kid Cudi, Young Jeezy, Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, and others.
Big Sean is also touring this year, including a run with Tyler, the Creator and Kid Cudi, and a NYC-area appearance in October for Rock the Bells NJ, which also includes Black Hippy, A$AP Mob, Jhene Aiko, Juicy J, J Cole, and more (tickets). Sean and Jhene AIko recently performed "Beware" together on Jimmy Kimmel Live, so maybe there's a chance that will happen again at Rock the Bells? Video of them on Kimmel, below.
He was also supposed to be in NYC this Thursday (8/22) for a conversation at Gramercy Theatre, but that has been canceled.
All upcoming dates are listed, along with the 'Kimmel' video and two music videos from the new album, below...