Entries tagged with: The Game
by Andrew Sacher
Dr. Dre has always had a way of finding a relative unknown to feature on his albums, who ends up getting a lot bigger in their own right a year later (you know, like Snoop Dogg). When he released Compton last year, it seemed like the breakout star of the album was going to be Anderson .Paak (who has a major presence on six of its tracks), so it's very satisfying to know that Anderson's first post-Compton album is here and it's fantastic. It's called Malibu and it's out today (order yours), and you can listen to it via Spotify below.
Dre's not on the album but it's very much in the same world as Compton, and even more accurately, it's in the same world as Compton contributor Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. Guest appearances come from Rapsody, who's got a standout verse on TPAB, and she shows up with just as much fire here. Kendrick's Black Hippy groupmate Schoolboy Q is his usual crazed self on early single "Am I Wrong." Compton guest BJ the Chicago Kid surfaces again here on "The Waters," a track with keys by TPAB contributor Robert Glasper. And there's The Game, whose own career got a major push from Dre a decade ago and who sounded in great form on Compton, as he does here. (Other notable guests include Talib Kweli and producers 9th Wonder, Madlib, Kaytranada and Hi-Tek.) It's also got a similar approach to To Pimp A Butterfly in the way it fuses modern hip hop with old soul and funk, and like that album, it sounds alive. The basslines are legitimately funky, the drums are hopping, and Anderson himself sounds unpredictable and off-the-cuff much in the way Kendrick does. With his delivery that's usually somewhere between singing and rapping, he also often recalls Chance the Rapper.
Malibu has 16 songs that clock in at just over an hour and it doesn't have one bad track, but an especially great one is the most recent single "Come Down." Hi-Tek samples "Hatikvah" for it, which is an unlikely yet very successful source for a funk/rap hybrid, and Anderson's shouted "I might never come down!" is Malibu's most instantly-sticky hook. I'd recommend just diving into the album start to finish, but if you want a quick taste of it, start here.
The album comes out right on the heels of last month's Link Up & Suede, the debut EP from NxWorries, Anderson's duo with Kxwledge (who's also on To Pimp A Butterfly). Anderson also has some shows coming up, including Coachella and NYC on January 25 at SOB's (tickets). All dates are listed, with the Malibu stream, below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Morgan Walker, illustration by Claire O'Neill/NPR
The year-end lists keep coming. Today, NPR Music published their 50 Favorite Albums of 2015 list. As usual, it's all over the map genre-wise, with classical, jazz, electronic, rap, mainstream pop, lo-fi DIY, indie rock, folk, country, metal and more.
It's got some of the albums that appear on most of these lists, like Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Future, Vince Staples, Joanna Newsom and Alabama Shakes, but plenty of surprises too. It's the first list I've seen with the Beauty Pill album, and the first non-rap list I've seen with The Game. It's also got often-underrated albums from Colleen, Jazmine Sullivan and Low. And there's bound to be something on it you haven't heard yet.
Read their commentary here and check out the full list 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.
Cleveland hip hop vets Bone Thugs-N-Harmony have been playing their 1995 sophomore album, E. 1999 Eternal, in full on tour this year, and that tour's recently been expanded into the summer.
The new dates bring them to NYC on July 30 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on Live Nation/Music Geeks (pw: musicgeeks) presales today (4/22) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale starts Friday (4/24) at 10 AM.
Bone Thugs were also announced for Ice-T's inaugural Art of Rap Festival which takes place at Irvine, CA's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on July 18 and Mountain View, CA's Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 19. A lot of the artists (including Ice-T and Bone Thugs) play both days, and others on the bill include The Game, Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, DJ Quik, Dough E Fresh, EPM, King T, Grand Master Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, Mack 10, Naughty Nation ft. Treach & Kaygee, Rakim, Ras Kass, Slick Rick, The Alkaholics, Too Short, Warren G, Xzibit, Cold Crush Brothers and Rapper's Delight. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 AM.
In other related news, Sports Nation had Bone Thugs sing "Crossroads" from E. 1999 Eternal after NBA star Blake Griffin dunked three times on Aaron Baynes. Watch that video, with the list of Bone Thugs dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Compton rapper The Game's recent albums have been hit or miss, but 2005's The Documentary is a classic of its time. It was made under the guidance of, and with production by, Dr. Dre and a couple of Dre's other collaborators from that era contributed too. 50 Cent (whose career was also at a high point then) executive produced it with Dre and appeared on a handful of tracks including memorable singles "Westside Story" and "How We Do." And a still-spirited Eminem shows up on "We Ain't." Not to mention Kanye West, Just Blaze, Timbaland, the late Nate Dogg and more all lent their talents to the album too.
The album turned 10 earlier this year on January 18, the same day Game played a 10th anniversary show for it in LA and brought out Dre and Kendrick Lamar. He's now also set to play a 10th anniversary show for it in NYC, which will happen
April 14 at BB King's. UPDATE: moved to June 21. Tickets are on sale now. Will any guests come out at this one too?
He also has a Cambridge show coming up, but that one doesn't appear to be billed as a Documentary show. Listen to some Documentary highlights, with all known dates, below...
Def Jam Records, the label responsible for some of the most influential hip hop ever released (Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Kanye West, much more), is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and in honor of that they'll throw a big show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on October 16. It's got a lineup of artists from throughout Def Jam's history as a label with legends, currently-rising artists and plenty in between, including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous, Foxy Brown, Jhené Aiko, Onyx, Method Man, Redman, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Warren G, EPMD, and Jeremih. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 22 at 10 AM with AmEx/Radio/Venue/Promotor/Ticketmaster presales starting Thursday, August 21 at 10 AM.
Def Jam is also releasing two versions of a limited edition box set in honor of the anniversary, which "will include Selections From The Roots of Def Jam, which is curated by Rick Rubin and features music that inspired him to create the label, as well as a two-volume compilation of Def Jam Recordings' Greatest Hits." 'Def Jam 30' video below.
Method Man will also be part of another big Barclays Center show on September 20, when his group Wu-Tang Clan play their show with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Lil Kim, The Diplomats, Curren$y and Dom Kennedy (tickets).
EPMD were also added to the NYC stop of Dirtybird's 'BBQ tour' which happens on Sunday (8/17) at 50 Kent with Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Christian Martin, Justin Jay and Ardalan. Tickets are on sale for that show.
We also mentioned that Jeremih is playing a free NYC show with Run the Jewels this month, for which RSVP is now closed.
Rick Ross also appears on Jeezy's new single "Beautiful" which also features The Game. The song's off Jeezy's upcoming album, Seen It All, which also features Jay Z, T.I., YG, Lil Boosie, Kelly Rowland and more. You can stream the new single below...
This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:
We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..
Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.
Pandora's principal asset is the music.
Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.
The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.
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...
(King Khan and) BBQ @ MHOW, CMJ (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* Fastball @ Maxwell's
* Jim Gaffigan @ Town Hall
* Arlo Guthrie @ Carnegie Hall
* Harry Connick Jr @ City Center
* Fishbone @ Knitting Factory
* Real Estate @ Cake Shop (free, late)
* Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio @ Iridium Jazz Club
* They Might Be Giants @ (le) poisson rouge
* Devon Williams & The Feverfew @ Cake Shop
* Ewan Pearson & 2020 Soundsystem @ Studio B
* The So So Glos, Lidia Stone, Radiates & Banzai @ Silent Barn
* El Guincho & Prefuse 73 (both DJ sets) @ (le) poisson rouge
* Gang Gang Dance, Marnie Stern & 18th Dye @ Santos Party House
* Amazing Baby, MBAR, The Muggabears & My Best Fiend @ Mercury Lounge
* King Khan & BBQ Show, Golden Triangle & The Jacuzzi Boys @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
What do you think of Fishbone in 2008? They play Knitting Factory tonight.
King Khan is also at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday. That show is with Vivian Girls.
The Game was born today in 1979.
"I feel like I invite music into my life rather than solicit it. I like peppering my career with very successful music as opposed to going out in a very highly competitive field and missing a lot to get the occasional hit. I have the luxury of doing that because film is my primary career." - says John Travolta on singing in Bolt.
They Might Be Giants play Apollo 18 in its entirety at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (early). El Guincho and Prefuse 73 DJ Le Poisson Rouge tonight (late). They Might Be Giants play Le Poisson Rouge again on January 31st. El Guincho plays Le Poisson Rouge on December 2nd.
Todd P isn't currently listing any shows, but says, "...a bit of a quiet spell for me. Don't worry though, there are a whole lot of secret(ish) shows in the works, plus some much much bigger plans still in the early but very time consuming stages..."
The Christmas tree lighting @ South Street Seaport is today. The Big Apple Chorus will be there today and every weekend until Christmas. Ice skating and other (more fun) live music is coming to the Seaport soon too. Rockefeller Center's tree gets lit on December 3rd.
Jdimytai Damour, RIP
Video of Reverend Billy preaching in Union Square on Buy Nothing Day (Black Friday) (yesterday) below...
by Black Bubblegum
You might have seen that Boot Camp Clik members Black Moon & Smif N Wessun (aka Black Smif N Wessun) are playing the Knitting Factory and performing the classics. Fellow BCC compadres Heltah Skeltah are also playing a show of their own as part of Hot 97's Who's Next Live series (Whaaa? Heltah Skeltah is Who's NEXT? when did Nocturnal come out again?) at SOB's on Sept 3rd, hosted by the mighty Pete Rosenberg. Tickets are on sale. Check it out, and if you've never heard Pete Rosenberg's show on Hot 97 (chances are, you haven't... it's on sundays from 4-9AM), I urge you to do so or subscribe to the podcast (iTunes).
Project X featuring Rhythm X (aka Dr Dooom, aka Big Willie Smith aka Dr Octagon aka Poppa Large aka Kool Keith), Tim "Fuck Compton" Dog, and Marc Live are playing BB Kings on Oct 10th. Tickets are on sale. While I can't say that I am feeling Tim Dog's rhymes (ick) or the fake-me-out Pharrell wannabe on falsetto, Kool Keith live is an interesting prospect. Hopefully we'll get some Cenobites stuff as an encore.
Speaking of Pharrell, NERD will open for Common at Roseland Ballroom on Oct 4th. NERD dropped Seeing Sounds in June. Common's Invicible Summer is due.... this fall?
Probably the most interesting (note: interesting, NOT exciting) of all the upcoming shows, multi-platinum MC The Game scheduled a show with fellow G-Unit ex-patroit Young Buck at Irving Plaza on Aug 26th. Tickets are still available. The Game drops his new album LAX that same day. The Game recently announced that he would replace Mack 10 as a member of Westside Connection. Fellow Westside Connection-ers Ice Cube and W.C. are also playing Irving Plaza on 9/8. Tickets are still available.
Lots and lots of old schoolers are also coming through the five boroughs.... the Ruler Slick Rick is back at Europa on Sept 18th (tickets here), Method Man & Redman at Nokia on Oct 17th (on sale here), ganja kings Cypress Hill are at Nokia on Oct 30th (tickets here), and Rob Base (no DJ EZ Rock?) is playing Sept 26th at Southpaw (tickets here).
* Pitchfork gave British Sea Power a U.2.
* Chart Attacks says Yeasayer Beat MGMT In Blogger Band War
* Chart Attack declares Cat Power's indie cred dead
* Appeals Court Upholds Isley's Sentence
* Stone Temple Pilots Reunites For Ohio Festival
* The Game is going to jail on a gun charge
* New Mr Men character is French and rude
British Sea Power's new video for the song "No Lucifer" that seems to sample a bit of Arcade Fire is below....
TRAVIS BARKER & THE GAME (CRED)
Ghostface speaks on More Fish.
Speaking of, watch Jay-Z's new video for Lost nes here
Freekey Zeekey of Dipset fame (?) signed a multi-million dollar record deal two days after getting out of jail.
To see exactly what is wrong with hip hop watch the Fly High RMX video by Jim Jones. Then on the same page watch Blood Diamonds by Nas to recover somewhat.