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by Andrew Sacher

Rihanna

Earlier this week, Rihanna tweeted that she was listening to her much-delayed new album ANTI, implying its release was imminent. Billboard then said it'd be out this week, and earlier tonight a TIDAL user noticed that it was (probably accidentally) uploaded to the streaming service. It was quickly taken down, but not before TIDAL users were able to leak it.

The leak reveals a few interesting things about this record. It doesn't feature any of last year's singles, including the great "Bitch Better Have My Money" (or "FourFiveSeconds" or "American Oxygen"). It does include the Drake collaboration "Work" that came out today (not her first Drake collab, of course) and that explains why she called it ANTI's lead single earlier. Also, unless a really good Rihanna impostor threw this in the leak, it includes a cover of Tame Impala's "New Person, Same Old Mistakes" (retitled "Same Ol' Mistakes"), the last track on last year's Currents. This means RiRi turned down a Grimes song but would've happily taken a Tame Impala song.

The only credited guest aside from Drake is SZA on opening track "Consideration," though The Weeknd, The-Dream and Travi$ Scott all worked on "Woo." Producers include DJ Mustard ("Needed Me"), Timbaland ("Yeah, I Said It"), No I.D. ("Higher"), Boi-1da ("Work"), and more. As reported last year, the album was executive produced by Kanye West (whose own new album has quite the saga surrounding it this week as well). Listen to rips of "Work" and the Tame Impala cover, with the tracklist, below. Update: Streams removed.

UPDATE: Now that it leaked, the album is officially out. You can listen here if you have TIDAL (and otherwise you can hear samples). And that Tame Impala cover is in fact real.

UPDATE 2: It's now a free download for a limited time only, using the code ANTI.

UPDATE 3 (1/28): The deluxe edition is out now with three bonus tracks: "Goodnight Gotham," "Pose," and "Sex With Me." "Goodnight Gotham" is a remix of Florence + the Machine's song "Only If For A Night."

This probably won't be a surprise, but early listens reveal that much of it is in the vein of atmospheric R&B that's dominated both pop and indie for a few years now. And more so than her other recent releases, it feels built to be an "album album," as superstar albums in the post-Yeezus/The 20/20 Experience/BEYONCÉ world often are. (Her last, 2012's Unapologetic, came out before those three did.) It's pretty good stuff to these ears. What do you think?

As previously mentioned, Rihanna is touring with Travi$ Scott in support of the album. It hits NYC on March 27 and 30 at Barclays Center. Tickets for those shows are still available.

Continue reading "Rihanna's 'ANTI' is out now, includes a Tame Impala cover and a Drake collab, but not "BBHMM" (free download)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Vince Staples at 50 Kent this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Vince Staples

Vince Staples' Hell Can Wait EP was one of the most promising releases from a young rapper we heard last year, so needless to say we've been highly anticipating his debut album. The album, titled Summertime '06, comes out next week (6/30) via Blacksmith, Artium and Def Jam, and it's now streaming in full. Parts of it recall Hell Can Wait, while other parts have him exploring new territory. There's excellent production -- mostly by No I.D., but Clams Casino, DJ Dahi, Christian Rich and Brian Kidd also contribute -- and some cool guest appearances, including Jhene Aiko, Daley, Joey Fatts, A$ton Matthews and some soulful vocals on "Might Be Wrong" from James Fauntleroy.

It's presented as a double album, with intro tracks ("Ramona Park Legend" parts 1 and 2) and outro tracks ("Summertime" and "'06") for each. (Though for reference, it's shorter in length than both Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky's new albums, which aren't double albums.) It's good stuff, and you can listen below via NPR.

In related news, Vince also appears on "Get the Money" off the new Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge album, Twelve Reasons to Die II. That song is out now too, and can be streamed below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Vince Staples

Last year, rapper Vince Staples put out his Hell Can Wait EP which changed him pretty quickly from a promising artist to one of the most exciting young rappers around. It's an excellent EP, and one of the best releases of last year in any genre. Now, he's finally ready to put out his proper debut album, which is called Summertime '06 and executive produced by No I.D. According to a press release, it's due June 30 via Blacksmith, Artium, and Def Jam.

First single "Señorita" is out now, and it has Vince in killer form with guest contributions from Future. Listen below.

Vince's recent tour with Earl Sweatshirt was cancelled, and though Vince won't be on Earl's rescheduled NYC date for August, you can catch him in NYC at the Run the Jewels / Sleigh Bells Northside show happening June 14 at 50 Kent. Tickets for that show are still available, and you can also try to get in using a Northside badge.

Continue reading "Vince Staples announces debut album, 'Summertime '06' (listen to new single "Señorita")"

Jay-Z (right) with Jaz. Note, not a recent picture.
Jay-Z

Jay-Z's bid for a festival, known as Made in America, will return to Philadelphia in 2013, setting aside August 31- September 1 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the second edition. Check out a teaser trailer below, and line-up is forthcoming.

In other Jigga news, the man who REALLY started from the bottom (sorry, Drake- lol) has moved his Roc Nation venture away from Columbia Records and back to Universal:

News comes today from Jay & Roc Nation themselves that they've decided on Universal Music Group as their parent label, departing from multi-year deals that had Roc Nation records, including the most successful release from the company thus far, J. Cole's 2011 debut Cole World: The Sideline Story, releasing on Columbia Records.... Roc Nation's next release, which appears to be J. Cole's oft-delayed, but highly-anticipated sophomore effort Born Sinner, will be released on Roc Nation/Universal Music Group. -[The Source]
Roc Nation currently houses J. Cole, Jay Electronica and others, while managing such names as Rihanna, Meek Mill, Wale, Timbaland, and No I.D.

As mentioned, Jay-Z will join Justin Timberlake for a pair of shows at Yankee Stadium on July 19 & 20. Tickets for both are still available, but probably not for long.

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T.I. at SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
T.I.

Atlanta MC T.I. is prepping to release Trouble Man, his eighth studio album, before the end of the year. Though not named after the the excellent Marvin Gaye soundtrack of the same name, as a recent listening party can attest, the LP does dip its toes into samples from that effort while logging guest spots from R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, No I.D., P!nk, Cee-Lo, Pharrell Williams and more. Gotye gets into the mix via a sample on TI's track "Somebody That I Used To Know". Stream some tracks below.

In the meantime, the promotional arm is in full swing for T.I. and you can look for the MC to play some live dates. One of those goes down in NYC on December 18th at Best Buy. Tickets are on sale now.

All known tour dates, those song streams and some video is below

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