Entries tagged with: YG
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.
by Andrew Sacher
Ever since Jeremih's quietly-released 2012 mixtape Late Nights picked up steam, he's been promising to properly follow it with Late Nights The Album. He dropped tons of singles but kept pushing back the release, and earlier this week rumors floated around that it would actually come out Friday (today). As it turns out, it actually did!
It's got a lot of the singles he's been putting out (including yesterday's Ty Dolla $ign collaboration "Impatient") so if you've been following along, you've probably heard a lot of this already. It all came together really well though and it sticks to the approach he had on the mixtape, eschewing pop bangers for more subdued, downtempo R&B. (Well, except the DJ Mustard-produced YG collab "Don't Tell 'Em," which interpolates Snap!'s "Rhythm Is A Dancer" and cracked the Billboard Top 10 last year.) Other guests include J. Cole on "Planez," Future and Big Sean (doing one of his Drake impressions) on "Royalty," Migos on "Giv No Fucks," Juicy J and Twista on "Woosah," Jhene Aiko on "Worthy," and Feather on "I Did," which brings back some of the vibrato vocal effects he used on the great "Fuck U All The Time." Listen to the whole thing below.
Jeremih will be in NYC this weekend for a free show at SOB's on Saturday (12/5). You had to pick up a ticket (which are now gone) but entry is first come, first served.
by Andrew Sacher
Ty Dolla $ign's much-anticipated official debut album Free TC is finally out today (via Taylor Gang / Pu$haz Ink / Atlantic). The guest list is stacked, with modern rap (Kendrick Lamar, Future, Fetty Wap, Rae Sremmurd, YG), veteran R&B (R. Kelly, Brandy, Babyface), rap moguls (Kanye West and Puff Daddy -- on the same song), and weird outliers like E-40. The veteran R&B guests make a ton of sense; Ty's biggest song to date ("Paranoid") is over a DJ Mustard beat, and there are two here, but a chunk of this album actually sounds like the kind of R&B that was popular 15-20 years ago. The acoustic guitars on the Babyface collaboration "Solid" make it sound like a radio hit from no later than 2002, the same could be said for the clean electric guitars of "Horses In The Stable," and the slow jams of "Straight Up" fit in more with those guests than Ty's contemporaries (like say, The Weeknd or Miguel).
It's not all nostalgia though. The Metro Boomin-produced Trey Songz collab "Know Ya," the Future & Rae Sremmurd collab "Blase," and the Fetty Wap collab "When I See Ya" sound entirely of the moment. And as if you expected any less, Kendrick's show-stealing verse on "LA" (the first song on the record) continues to prove that he just cannot be stopped. There's a lot to unpack on this 16-song, 73-minute album, and now you can do just that by listening below.
As you may know, the FADER Fort returns to NYC this CMJ weekend on Friday (10/16) and Saturday (10/17) at Converse Rubber Tracks. Just a few artists were announced at first, but the entire multi-genre lineup is now here.
Friday has Aquilo, Martin Courtney (of Real Estate), Modern Baseball, Conner Youngblood, Whitney, Boogie, Kehlani and a special guest headliner.
Saturday has Bosco, Oscar, Allan Kingdom, Porches, Dilly Dally, Kranium, YG, Baauer and also a special guest (but not headliner).
Both are totally free, but RSVP is required.
by Andrew Sacher
Ty Dolla $ign is behind of the most undeniable pop-rap hits in recent years and Fetty Wap is behind at least two in the past year alone, so it's good news that they decided to team up for a song together, "When I See Ya." The track will appear on Ty's upcoming album Free TC, which now has a release date of November 13 (pre-order) and also features previous singles "Blase" featuring Future & Rae Sremmurd and "Only Right" featuring YG, Joe Moses & TeeCee 4800. "Blase" just got a new video this week. Watch that, with the "Only Right" video and "When I See Ya" song stream, below.
Ty Dolla $ign will be in NYC TONIGHT (9/17) for this week's edition of Just Blaze's weekly House Party at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now. Ty's only other upcoming appearances at the moment are three shows in California: Sacramento's TBD Fest with Tyler the Creator, RL Grime, Death Grips, Chance the Rapper, Mobb Deep, Dinsaour Jr, Tears For Fears and more; Mountain View's How The West Was Won with Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q and more; and Inglewood's Real 92.3 Presents 'The Real Show' with Kendrick Lamar, Future, Jeremih, Fetty Wap, Rae Sremmurd, Rich Homie Quan and Jidenna.
In related news, Fetty Wap also announced the release date for his new album: next week (9/25). Here's the artwork:
Fetty just played "679" on Fallon last night (9/16) (his second time on the show this year), backed by The Roots. You can watch that below too.
Tyler, the Creator is throwing his annual Camp Flog Gnaw festival at The Park @ LA Coliseum on November 14 this year. Despite saying over the summer that Odd Future wouldn't be performing as a group anymore, OFWGKTA is billed for this. The lineup also includes Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound (Daz Dillinger and Kurupt), A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Mac Miller, Atmosphere, YG, Trash Talk, Jhene Aiko, The Inernet, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Flosstradamus, TOKiMONSTA and more. Tickets go on sale today (9/15) at noon PST.
Compton rapper YG, the man behind last year's very good My Krazy Life, was shot at a recording studio in LA this morning, TMZ reports. They say he was shot three times in the hip at around 1:45 AM in Studio City. He was apparently driven to a hospital, and was "very uncooperative" when police tried to interview him.
His condition is unknown, and no suspect has been named.
YG is supposed to tour this summer with J. Cole, Big Sean and Jeremih.
photo: Casey Veggies at Bamboozle 2012 (more by Leia Jospe)
California rapper Casey Veggies has been putting out a steady stream of mixtapes for a few years now, and this year he's planning on releasing his major label debut, Live & Grow. So far he's put out two singles that are set to appear on it, "The Boy" and "Backflip" featuring YG and Iamsu. You can watch the video for "Backflip" and stream "The Boy" below.
Casey also has a tour coming up, including a few dates opening for Big Sean (like his NJ show), and a few headlining dates as well.
The headlining dates have Casey in NYC on May 4 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the song stream and video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
So this explains why Big Sean had yet to announce a NYC date and why Jeremih dropped off the Kid Ink/Dej Loaf tour. The amazing quadruple bill of J. Cole, Big Sean, YG and Jeremih have announced an arena/amphitheater tour which brings them to NYC on August 4 at Madison Square Garden, and will also be nearby on July 31 at Susquehanna Bank Center and August 3 at PNC Bank Arts Center. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/27) at 10 AM with VIP Package/Citi Cardmember/Big Believers presales starting Tuesday (2/24) at 10 AM and Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales starting Thursday (2/26) at 10 AM.
The tour supports J. Cole's late-2014 release 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Big Sean's brand new Dark Sky Paradise (out this week), and YG's 2014 debut My Krazy Life. We're still patiently waiting on that new Jeremih album, but in the meantime he's been giving us a handful of singles and EPs.
All dates are listed, with some videos/song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As always, NYC has a good amount of upcoming local hip hop shows and tours passing through. Here's a rundown of some of the cool stuff coming up...
NYC kush lover Smoke DZA has a hometown show happening January 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with support from Manolo Rose, Tray Pizzy, JY, Dave East, Big Bz and Sha Hef. TIckets are on sale now. DZA's latest album was a collaboration with his group R.F.C. (Al-Doe, Bluntsmoker, NYMLo, and 183rd) called The Outsiders, which came out in late November. It features guests spots from A$AP Rocky, Cam'ron, Styles P, Chevy Woods, Dame Dash and Dom Kennedy, and production from Jahlil Beats, Ski Beatz, Lee Bannon and others. Stream it in full below.
The legendary Rakim squeezes in one more NYC show of 2014 before the year ends on December 27 at BB King's. It's a Christmas show presented by Funk Flex, and also featuring Special Ed, B Fats, Sponnie G and DJs Kool DJ Red Alert and DJ Chuck Chillout. Tickets are on sale now.
There's no lack of hip hop holiday celebrations in NYC between that Rakim show, the Run DMC Christmas show at Barclays Center on Friday (12/19) (tickets), the Le1f Kwanzaa show at SOB's on 12/28 (tickets), the Mykki Blanco show at Baby's All Right on New Year's Eve (tickets), and A$AP Ferg's opening set at the Skrillex/Diplo show at MSG on New Year's Eve (tickets).
Theophilus London recently released the new album, Vibes, which was executive produced by Kanye West, and also featured vocals from 'Ye, Blood Orange, Soko and more. He's now announced a tour in support of it for 2015 which hits NYC on February 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19). List of dates and a stream of the track with Blood Orange below.
Theophilus's NYC show is with trippy R&B singer Doja Cat and Atlanta rapper Father, who just performed on stage with Tyler, the Creator, whose tour hits NJ on 12/20 at Starland Ballroom (tickets) and NYC on 12/21 at Terminal 5 (sold out).
Iggy Azalea, who was playing SOB's only two years ago and will soon likely be dominating the Grammys (for better or for worse), is making the step up to Barclays Center (5/7) on her next tour. That tour is with Nick Jonas, who appears to being trying to reinvent himself as an R&B singer, and Tinashe, who's a much more promising R&B singer and played her own NYC show at Highline Ballroom earlier this week. (Anyone catch that?) Tickets for the Barclays Center show go on sale at 9 AM on Friday (12/19). All dates are listed below.
Chicago rapper Lil Durk recently dropped the single "B.O.N." (streaming below), and has plans to tour in 2015 including a NYC show on February 24 at Gramercy Theatre with Villain$ and The Rapper: H. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
YG's tour with Nipsey Hussle was supposed to hit Best Buy Theater in November, but it was rescheduled for January 9. Tickets are still available, and any purchased for the November show will be honored.
To digress from live shows for a second, December is once again a time for last-minute hip hop releases. In addition to the looong-awaited D'Angelo album, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint and J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, there's the new Kevin Gates mixtape, Luca Brasi 2, the sequel to his excellent 2013 mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story. Like that mixtape (and Stranger than Fiction and By Any Means, which have come out since), it's got Kevin seamlessly moving back and forth between melodic singing and aggressive rap. Kevin's prolific output can be a little intimidating to approach, but some of his best songs so far -- "Perfect Imperfection" and "Sit Down" are two early standouts -- are on here. Download the tape for free at DatPiff and stream it below.
The lists of Theophilus and Iggy/Tinashe dates, and the Theophilus/Blood Orange, Lil Durk and Smoke DZA song streams, also below...
First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.
We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.
See the list for yourself below...
Caribou's most recent album, Our Love, has gotten much acclaim this year, showing up on a number of publications' Best of 2014 lists. If you're wondering what Caribou main man Dan Snaith's favorite albums and songs of the year are, you're in luck -- he was nice enough to give us his lists for both. The same artist tops both his LP and tracks list and you can find out who that is below.
As mentioned, Caribou's latest release is Carl Craig's "c2's Set U Free RMX" of "Your Love Will Set You Free" which is out now digitally and will be out on 12" vinyl soon. Caribou will be touring the West Coast in February.
Remix stream and Caribou's Top 10 LPs and tracks of 2014, below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
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...
by Andrew Sacher
The best-of 2014 albums lists continue with FACT, who always put out an interesting list and this year is no exception. You've got a few of the year-end list regulars like FKA twigs, Angel Olsen, Ariel Pink, Grouper, YG, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib and Shabazz Palaces, but also a handful of obscurer rap, electronic and experimental choices. FACT's list is always a good one to find something you missed during the year that you end up falling in love with, so check it out. Also, it's the first list we've seen where Sun Kil Moon beats The War On Drugs! (who actually aren't on here at all).
SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.
NPR have posted their Top 50 Albums of 2014, and like it usually is, it's one of the more diverse year-end lists we've seen so far. There's a lot of the indie that shows up on many of these lists (The War On Drugs, St. Vincent, Spoon, Perfume Genius, Angel Olsen, etc), the hip hop (Run the Jewels, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, YG, Isaiah Rashad, etc), the big-name pop (Taylor Swift, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert), the metal (Pallbearer) and plenty of others, as well as classical, jazz, world music, a Latin funk band with an album's worth of Black Sabbath covers, and still more.
Check out their full list in alphabetical order below...
A$AP Ferg in Queens in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
A$AP Ferg returned this week with a new mixtape, Ferg Forever. It's got production from Big K.R.I.T., Clams Casino, Mike Will Made It and others, with M.I.A., Big Sean, SZA, YG, Wynter Gordon and more making guest appearances. You can stream that in full below and download it for free at DatPiff.
After NYE, Ferg heads out on a tour with YG. That tour doesn't include any NYC dates but there are nearby stops in Connecticut, Boston and Philly. All dates are listed, with the new mixtape stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
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 $ign/2 Chainz-featuring "Down On Me" below.
DJ Mustard has a few shows coming up, including NYC TONIGHT (11/19) at Output with Nadus, Austin Millz and Jasonscott. Will any of his many collaborators show up? Tickets for tonight's show are available.
All dates (including the February Holy Ship! 2015) are listed, with that video, below...
Compton rapper YG put out his well-received proper debut album, My Krazy Life, earlier this year, and he'll be heading back on tour in support of it soon. Most of the tour is co-headlining with A$AP Ferg, though unfortunately the closest it comes to NYC is on November 22 at Toad's Place in CT (tickets). However, during that tour YG will headline NYC without Ferg on November 17 at Best Buy Theater. That show is being opened by Nipsey Hussle. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a video form My Krazy Life, below...
As previously mentioned, Jay Z is throwing his Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philly and LA this year, simultaneously on August 30-31. The lineup for Philly has just been announced and includes Kanye West and Kings of Leon as headliners, plus The National, Pharrell, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, Grimes, De La Soul, Baauer, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost and more. Full lineup below.
UPDATE: The LA lineup was also announced and it includes headliners Imagine Dragons and John Mayer plus Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Metric, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Schoolboy Q, YG, Dr. Dog, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA and more. Full lineup below.
2-day passes for both fests are on sale now.
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...
Production great Shlohmo recently announced that he'd be touring North America this year after his appearance at Coachella, and since we last spoke, that tour has been expanded. It already included a NYC show happening on May 7 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and it now also includes one at Bowery Ballroom (5/8) a day later. Both are with Purple. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon and tickets for the MHOW show (same link) are still available. All dates are listed below.
Shlohmo will also be in Austin for SXSW, where he'll join Jeremih for his set at day 2 (3/13) of FADER Fort. The rest of that lineup includes Chromeo, Theophilus London, Eagulls, Sam Smith, Mas Ysa, Connan Mockaskin, Glass Animals, 100s and Buscabulla. The day 1 lineup includes Little Dragon, YG, London Grammar, Isaiah Rashad, SZA, The Orwells, Temples, and more. RSVP is open.
Shlohmo and Jeremih have an EP coming out soon. You can stream a track from that, along with the list of Shlohmo dates, below...