Entries tagged with: Wiz Khalifa
Aziz Ansari (w/ Eric Wareheim) in 'Master of None'
It is Awards Season. The Grammy nominations were announced earlier this week and now the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has just announced the nominees for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards. Todd Haynes' period drama, Carol, received the most film nominations with five. On the television side, five shows tied for most nominations (three each): Mr. Robot, Fargo, Transparent, Outlander, and American Crime. Mr Robot and Fargo are both shows written about on BV, and we're happy to report that Aziz Ansari got a nomination for Best Actor, Comedy for his terrific Netflix series Master of None.
As far as musical things go, Brian Wilson scored a nomination for "One Kind of Love" from Love and Mercy, the biopic about his life. Other noms were Wiz Khalifa for "See You Again" from Furious 7; Ellie Goulding for "Love Me Like You Do" from 50 Shades of Grey; David Lang for "Simple Sound" from Youth; and Sam Smith for "Writing's on the Wall" from Bond flick Spectre.
On the score side: Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto score for The Revenant (which the National's Bryce Dessner worked on) was nominated, as was Ennio Morricone for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, Alexandre Desplat for The Danish Girl, Carter Burwell for Carol and Daniel Pemberton for Steve Jobs.
And as far as the big film categories go: "Best Motion Picture, Drama" nominations are Carol, Mad Max, The Revenant, Room, and Spotlight; "Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical" noms are The Big Short, Joy, The Martian, Spy and Trainwreck. On the television side: "Best TV Series, Drama" nominations are Empire, Game of Thrones, Mr. Robot, Narcos, and Outlander; "Best TV Series, Comedy" noms are Casual, Mozart in the Jungle, Orange is the New Black, Silicon Valley, Transparent and Veep.
Full list of 2016 Golden Globe nominations, 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.
by Andrew Sacher
Atlanta rap group Two-9 recently put out their newest mixtape, B4FRVR, on Mike Will Made It's Ear Drummers label. Mike Will also executive produced it and did the beat sfor a handful of the songs, and labelmates Rae Sremmurd appear, as do Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa. It's a pretty diverse tape, one that should appeal to fans of Rae Sremmurd's slow rap, Drake's melodic Rap&B, and the harder/faster stuff Two-9's hometown is known for. Stream it in full below.
Two-9 will be in NYC for two shows this week. First they play the 'Hot 97 Who's Next' show at SOB's on Thursday (2/19) with OVO's Mike Zombie (who produced Drake's "Started From the Bottom" and released his own mixtape in December) and Fame School (tickets). Later that night, they'll head to Webster Hall along with Mike Will Made It for Just Blaze's weekly House Party. Funk Flex will be at this week's party too, and tickets are on sale.
In related news, Mike Will Made It produced a handful of tracks on the new Juicy J mixtape, Blue Dream & Lean 2, and Rae Sremmurd feature on that one too. You can download that for free at DatPiff and stream it in full, with the Two-9 tape, below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Meek Mill at SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Meek Mill, whose 2013 appearance at Power 105.1 Powerhouse saw him bring out Nicki Minaj, whose new album he appears on and who he might be dating, will return to NYC for a Power 105.1-presented show on February 12 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets are on sale now.
An all-female lineup of Nitty Scott MC, Celeste and Chelsea Reject takes place that same weekend on January 24 at Acheron. Tickets are on sale. Nitty appears on the new single by LoVel, "College," which just got the video treatment today (dir. Llama). You can watch that below.
And one more: Awkwafina plays SOB's on February 16 with Lyricks, Rekstizzy, Decipher aka Danny Chung, Mike B and DJ Zo. Tickets are on sale.
The always-great Curren$y returns to NYC on March 5 at BB King's. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/16).
Slaughterhouse's Joell Ortiz teams up with past collaborator Akon to honor the tenth anniversary of the murder of Akon's manager, Robert 'Screw' Montanez, on January 30 at Stage 48. Tickets for that are on sale.
California's Iamsu! and Atlanta's Rome Fortune are heading out on a tour this spring which hits NYC on April 24 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates here.
Wiz Khalifa's been making an annual thing out of going on summer amphitheater tours, and 2015 will be no exception. But while these tours are usually with cool rappers like A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ and Smoke DZA or Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan, this year it's with, uh, Fall Out Boy. If you're into that sort of thing, you have a few chances to see it in the NYC-area including Susquehanna Bank Center, PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach. Tickets go on sale at noon on January 23.
Lastly, though he has no NYC date announced at the moment, Australian rapper REMI has announced he'll make his US debut at SXSW this year. You can get a taste of his quality avant-rap from the video for "Tyson," below. Hopefully he decides to hit NYC too while he's here.
Other previously-discussed hip hop shows coming up in NYC include Rae Sreummurd (tonight, 1/15), Joey Bada$$, Snoop Dogg / Puff Daddy, Lauryn Hill, Fetty Wap, PRhyme (DJ Premier and Royce da 5'9"), and still more. What else?
The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.
Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
by Andrew Sacher
"Mustard on the beat, ho!" You can pretty much turn on rap radio at any time of the day and hear that multiple times -- between producing hits for YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Tinashe, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Tyga and so many more, DJ Mustard is basically everywhere. And not for nothing, he knows his way around a beat. He also put out his proper debut album this year, 10 Summers, which was produced entirely by Mustard himself and featured contributions from plenty of big names likes YG, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign, Nipsey Hussle, Iamsu!, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Fabolous, Dom Kennedy, Lil Boosie and more. You can preview the album and download it for cheap ($3.99) over at Google Play, and check out the video for the Ty Dolla $ign/2 Chainz-featuring "Down On Me" below.
DJ Mustard has a few shows coming up, including NYC TONIGHT (11/19) at Output with Nadus, Austin Millz and Jasonscott. Will any of his many collaborators show up? Tickets for tonight's show are available.
All dates (including the February Holy Ship! 2015) are listed, with that video, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.
Rapper Ty Dolla $ign's had quite the year so far, going from someone with a bit of buzz to landing spots on Hot 97 Summer Jam, XXL's Freshmen cover and Wiz Khalifa's 'Under the Influence of Music' tour. He's now announced a tour of his own which has him headlining some of his biggest venues yet, like NYC's Irving Plaza on November 2 with Mack Wilds. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Ty also just put out a free mixtape, Sign Language, with guest spots from Big Sean, BJ the Chicago Kid, Juicy J, Rich Homie Quan, Casey Veggies, Jeremih, Wiz Khalifa and more, with production from DJ Mustard, FKi and more. You can stream that, with the list of dates, below...
Danny Brown at MHOW in April (more by Dylan Johnson)
Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q and Action Bronson are teaming up to play Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg's third annual PeterPalooza on July 23 at Best Buy Theater in NYC. Tickets for this stacked hip hop show go on sale today (6/27) at noon.
All three rappers are keeping busy in other ways too. Schoolboy Q just played Central Park and announced a tour opening for The Weeknd with Jhene Aiko which hits NYC's Barclays Center on September 19. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, July 11 with Fan Club/Citi presales starting Tuesday, July 8 at 10 AM and Live Nation/Venue/Tickemaster presales starting Thursday, July 10 at 10 AM.
Q was also added to a few dates on 2014's 'Under the Influence of Music' tour including the Holmdel, NJ stop happening August 3 at PNC Bank Arts Center with Wiz KHalifa, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
Action Bronson also has other dates coming up including the previously discussed big NYC show with Phantogram happening September 13 on Pier 97. Tickets for that show are still available. He also plays upstate NY festival The Hudson Project
And Danny Brown has many other upcoming dates as well (no others in NYC at the moment), including multiple festivals such as Pitchfork Festival, Made In America Philly and Bumbershoot. Those are all listed, with lists of dates for Schoolboy Q and Action Bronson, below...
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
Wiz Khalifa on 2013 'Under the Influence of Music' tour (more by Tim Griffin)
The 'Under the Influence of Music' hip hop tour that Wiz Khalifa co-headlined with A$AP Rocky last year will return to North America this summer. Wiz (the tour's founder) plays again, this time with Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini, IAMSU! and DJ Drama. The tour hits the NYC-area for shows on July 31 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and August 3 at PNC Bank Arts Center. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale Friday (4/25) at 10 AM with Ticketmaster/Facebook/Live Nation presales starting Thursday (4/24) at 10 AM. Citi Cardmember presales are ongoing. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Wiz and Ty Dolla $ign will be in the NYC-area sooner for Hot 97 Summer Jam on June 1. Tickets for that one-day festival, which also includes 50 Cent, Nas, The Roots, Action Bronson and more, are still available.
Ty Dolla $ign also plays a free NYC show two days after Summer Jam in Red Hook Park (6/3), as part of the 2014 Summerstage season.
All 'Under the Influence of Music' dates are listed below...
Protests are underway after Bishop Ford students found out on Monday that the 50+ year old Catholic high school on 19th Street in Windsor Terrace was being shut down due to low enrollment and no money. If you'd like to help try and save it, there's a petition.
You may have never heard of Bishop Ford but you may have heard about their breakdancing teacher and might recognize the school via its iconic radio tower south of Park Slope near GreenWood Cemetery and the Prospect Expressway. You might also recognize some of its interior via vidoes by R.E.M. (directed by Michael Moore), Drake (directed by Kanye West), and Mike WiLL (starring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J). Watch the (not-very-Catholic) videos filmed at Bishop Ford, below...
Action Bronson at Irving Plaza in January (more by Lukas Hodge)
One-day NYC-area hip hop festival Hot 97 Summer Jam returns to East Rutherford, NJ's MetLife Stadium on June 1 this year. The two-stage lineup was just announced and the main stage includes 50 Cent, Nas, The Roots, Wiz Khalifa, DJ Mustard w/ YG & Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz, Action Bronson, Troy Ave and more, plus Nicki Minaj (joining Lil Wayne and Young Money), following her guest appearance at last year's Summer Jam, which followed her canceling her set at 2012's. Meanwhile, the Festival Stage includes Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea, Jhene Aiko, Nipsey Hussle and more.
Tickets are currently on presale (password: "SJ2014"), and they go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/4) at noon. Full lineup below.
Full Summer Jam lineup and flyer below...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
Norwegian beatmaker Cashmere Cat just returned this week with a new EP, Wedding Bells, via LuckyMe. In honor of the EP's release, he just put out the video for the title track, which you can watch, along with another EP cut "With Me," below. Cashmere Cat also just teamed up with Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa and Jeremih for a song called "Party Girls" which plays off the chorus of "Barbie Girl" (seriously). You can listen to that below too.
Cashmere Cat has a few US shows coming up this March surrounding his appearance at BUKU Fest. Those shows include a stop in NYC on March 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Obey City and Trippy Turtle (who may actually be Cashmere Cat). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/12) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with video and streams, below...
Another of the many festivals Outkast are reuniting for this year is Alabam's Hangout Music Festival, which goes down in Gulf Shores from May 16-18. The rest of the lineup is pretty impressive too, including The Black Keys, The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips, Conor Oberst, Tegan and Sara, Chance the Rapper, Andrew WK, Black Lips, Valerie June, Le1f, Diarrhea Planet and more.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (1/16) at 10 AM. Full lineup below...
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...
Big Sean & Juicy J @ Terminal 5 - 8/27/13 (via Rick Dange)
Gracing the stage for over an hour, Big Sean turned NYC upside down while performing tracks from the new album like "Toyota Music," "Mona Lisa" and "You Don't Know." The GOOD Music rapper also dipped into his catalog performing tracks like "Ass," "I Don't Like" and "Mercy." The night was dedicated to the fans so Big Sean had a few surprises lined up for the crowd's pleasure. Juicy J who also released his album Stay Trippy yesterday joined the Detroit rapper to perform "Show Out." On top of Juicy J, the Taylor Gang capo Wiz Khalifa joined Sean on stage to perform "Gang Bang" from his Cabin Fever mixtape.Detroit rapper Big Sean released his expansive new album, Hall of Fame yesterday (8/27), and to celebrate he stopped in NYC for a last-minute free Terminal 5 show, which the above review is from. In addition to playing material from his new album, he also did some tracks he guests on (like Drake's "All Me"). As mentioned above, Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa came out, as did Meek Mill to do their collaborative track, "Burn."
The journey to Hall of Fame has been life changing and adventurous for Big Sean. Various times throughout his performance he broke down the origin of the tracks from on Hall of Fame. Throughout the album he mentions his parents who played a big role in his life and during the performance of his current single "Fire," the rapper embraced his father on stage for the celebratory track. After performing another powerful track from the album, "World Ablaze," the Detroit rapper goes in depth with the crowd, encouraging them regardless of what obstacles come their way they should never give up and to follow their dreams. [The Source]
Some videos from T5, including Juicy J, Meek Mill, and Wiz's appearances, below...
A$AP Rocky at Public Assembly in February (more by Dylan Johnson)
A$AP Rocky is currently on his arena tour with Rihanna which hits the NYC area on April 28 at Prudential Center and May 4 and 5 at Barclays Center, and after recently scheduling a smaller Highline Ballroom show during it which he quickly cancelled, Rocky has announced another huge tour to go down this summer. It's a co-headlining tour with Wiz Khalifa and support comes from Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era, Rockie Fresh, Trinidad Jame$, B.o.B. and Berner. Smoke DZA opens some dates in select cities (but not the NYC-area dates) too.
That tour, dubbed the "Under the Influence of Music Tour" hits the NYC area for big amiphitheater shows at PNC Bank Arts Center on August 2 in Holmdel, NJ, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 6 in Wantagh, NY and Comcast Theatre on August 8 in Hartford, CT. Those shows happen about a month before A$AP Rocky plays the Jay-Z curated Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philly. Tickets for all shows on the tour go on sale Saturday (4/27) at 10 AM. Citi Cardmember presales start on Tuesday (4/23) at 10 AM and Live Nation presales start Friday (4/26) at 10 AM for the Jones Beach and Comcast Theatre shows. A four-ticket promotional offer for the PNC Bank Arts Center show starts Monday, April 29 at 10 AM.
Meanwhile, Joey Bada$$ just brought his tour with Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers through NYC for shows at Highline Ballroom (4/18) at Gramercy Theater (4/20), and he also has upcoming dates at The Roots Picnic (6/1) in Philly (tickets) and Hot 97 Summer Jam's Festival Village (6/2) in NJ (tickets). Check out a video of Joey rapping his verse on A$AP Rocky's "1 Train" at yesterday's Gramercy Theater show.
Wiz Khalifa's new live EP with Curren$y is also available on iTunes now.
All dates are listed, along with the tour trailer video, tour flyer, and A$AP Rocky's video for "Fuckin' Problems," below...
by Andrew Sacher
Though the attention being paid to futuristic R&B has been more prevalent than ever in the past two years, it's also been interesting to look back on the ways the sound did exist in years prior. And even more exciting to see some of those artists making comebacks. Miguel's Kaleidoscope Dream was one of last year's better albums, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't tempt me to dust off my copy of FutureSex/LoveSounds. And only a few months after doing that? Boom: The 20/20 Experience. Another thing I went back to last year was Cassie's only album -- her 2006 self titled debut -- specifically it's opening track/huge hit, "Me & U." The thick bass and airy vocals of that track are way more similar to the post-Weeknd world of R&B than I remembered, and it more than holds up.
Cassie had been dropping some singles here and there since her '06 album, but almost seven years later, there was still no sign of another full length release. However, like JT did in March, Cassie ended her lengthy absence last week with the release of her free mixtape, RockaByeBaby. It might be "just a mixtape" (whatever that really means at this point anyway), but RockaByeBaby serves as a worthy followup to Cassie, and as a whole release, it might even be better. The album is stacked with guest appearances (Jeremih, Pusha T, Fabolous, Meek Mill, Too $hort, and others) and the producers are no slackers here either (Mike Will Made It, Young Chop, and more), but it's not over-saturated with guests. Even the verses from some of the weaker rappers (Wiz Khalifa) work pretty well here. And some of the samples used are noticeably big songs (Kendrick Lamar's "m.A.A.d City," Tyga's "Do My Dance"), which can be a turnoff, but she uses them well.
Overall, the thing really feels like an album. Too often with mixtapes I find myself filtering through 20-something songs for the 10 good ones, but RockaByeBaby has no fat to trim. Its 13 tracks (12, not including the intro) clock in at 37 minutes, and they're all strong. The collaboration with Jeremih, "Sound of Love," is an early standout, with both singers bouncing off of each other really nicely. A little surprisingly, Fabolous' guest verse on "I Love It" is actually one of the most memorable moments of the album. And the chorus of "Paradise" (with its "pair of dice" pun) is one you'll find yourself humming after the album ends.
Download RockaByeBaby for free over at DatPiff and stream it in its entirety below...
Phoenix at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 4/5/2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
Two days after announcing the existence of the second edition of Jay-Z's of Made in America festival, here comes the initial line-up. Set to go down August 31 - September 1 at Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway, look for appearances from Beyonce, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel (who is collaborating with Kendrick), Solange, The Gaslight Anthem (who just announced two huge NYC shows), Phoenix (who just played MHoW and SNL), 2Chainz and more.
UPDATE: an initial announcement accidentally included artists from the 2012 lineup mixed in with the 2013 lineup. Those mistakes made it into our post but are now fixed.
So far no details on ticketing. Full line-up is below...
Frank Ocean performing at 2013 Grammys
The 2013 Grammys went down last night (2/10), and here's a quick recap of some of the winners and videos of performances.
The big ones: Gotye took home Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used To Know" (beating The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, fun., Frank Ocean, and Taylor Swift), Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year (beating The Black Keys, fun., Frank Ocean, and Jack White), and fun. took Song of the Year and Best New Artist (totally robbing Miguel's "Adorn" and "Call Me Maybe," and Frank Ocean (!), respectively). Other wins included Skrillex for Best Dance Recording (sorry Al Walser), The Black Keys for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album, Gotye for Best Alternative Music Album (beating Fiona Apple, Bjork, M83, and Tom Waits), Usher's "Climax" for Best R&B Performance, Beyonce's "Love On Top" for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Miguel's "Adorn" for Best R&B Song, Frank Ocean for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Robert Glasper Experiment for Best R&B Album, Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Niggas In Paris" for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song and their song, "No Church In The Wild" (feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream) for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Drake's Take Care for Best Rap Album, Dr. John's Dan Auerbach-produced Locked Down for Best Blues Album, Jimmy Cliff's Tim Armstrong-produced Rebirth for Best Reggae Album, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo score for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Bjork's Biophilia for Best Recording Package, The Beach Boys' long-awaited The Smile Sessions for Best Historical Album, Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, and Mumford and Sons' "Big Easy Express" for Best Long Form Music Video. There were many other categories too and you can check out the full list of winners HERE.
And of course, during the Awards Ceremony a number of artists gave performances, which you can watch videos of below. You can see Miguel and Wiz Khalifa doing "Adorn," Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z doing "Suit and Tie" and then JT doing "Pusher Love Girl," The Black Keys, Dr. John, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band doing "Lonely Boy," Jack White doing "Freedom At 21" with his all-guy band (he also played "Love Interruption" with his all-girl band but no video of that at the moment), Frank Ocean doing "Forrest Gump" with a thematically appropriate visual backdrop, a big tribute to Levon Helm with Elton John, Mavis Staples, members of Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, and others, and finally, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Z-Trip, Tom Morello, and Travis Barker doing "Whaddup" with a small piece of Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn."
Check out the entire list of 2013 Grammy Nominations 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