Tuesday, November 19, 2013
To say that this has been the year of the SZA is an understatement. After gaining more momentum from her S EP, the songstress inked a deal with TDE, released "Teen Spirit" and hit the road with Little Dragon.
She's already collaborated with fellow TDE newbie Isaiah Rashad on "The Antydote" and now SZA links with soul brother #2 Ab-Soul on the rework of "ICE.MOON," kit with new lyrics. Enjoy below, and hit the jump for the visuals to the original!
ScHoolboy Q's album Oxymoron has been the next to drop for some time now, and while I'm growing impatient, I'm glad that TDE decided to share a morsel of the project with us in the form of "Man Of The Year." Stay tuned. The release date for Oxymoron is set to be released next week.
Previously: [VIDEO] ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, N.O.R.E. & More Remember Wu-Tang's ' Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)' Album
Thanks to my love for all things Neptunes related, I've been a fan of Kenna since Chad Hugo produced his 2001 album New Sacred Cow. I'm glad to see that the Virginia Beach bred musician is still going strong as he released the visuals to the Rick James inspired "Relations." Check the visuals below, which feature a verse for Because The Internet emcee Childish Gambino, and click HERE to learn more about Kenna's latest EP series, Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation is Suicide.
Previously: Jhené Aiko ft. Childish Gambino - "Bed Peace"
For once, I'm glad to see Chris Brown's name in a headline for his music instead of for his legal woes and other controversy. With his album X pushed back to 2014, Breezy holds his fans over with the 6 track mixtape X-Files. The 6 track EP features collaborations with Busta Rhymes, Ludacris and Kid Ink. Enjoy below, and be sure to hit the comments with your thoughts!
Previously: [Music Video] Chris Brown - "Fine China" + Hot 97 Interview With Angie Martinez [Video]
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Just as Rihanna closed out her Diamonds World Tour, she releases the visuals to Unapologetic's 5th single "What Now."
“It’s gonna be kinda eery, very creepy because ‘What Now’ is one of those songs that you can get really boring with the visual. Everybody’s probably expecting like a narrative type of video, a love story of some sorts, something really soft and pretty. It is pretty and kinda soft, but it’s really a little demented.” --Rihanna
Directed by The Uprising Creative
Previously: Wale - "Bad" (Remix) ft. Rihanna
Timbaland's had a busy year assisting on Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail and both of Justin Timberlake's platinum The 20/20 Experience releases. Now, the legendary producer has taken the time to share what he's got planned for his next solo project, Textbook Timbo, as he premiered new track "Know Bout Me" featuring Drake and Fauntleroy. Don't get too excited about "Ft. Jay Z..."His contribution to the record includes a few leftover ad-libs, not a hot 16.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
While "Hold On We're Going Home" and "All Me" might be the radio darlings of Drake's Nothing Was The Same, "Worst Behavior" is arguably the fan favorite. Apparently the DJ DAHI produced track is near and dear to Drizzy as well, since he and Director X crafted a 10+ minute visual for the track.
While I felt the urge to fast forward through the unfunny and unnecessarily long skit in the middle, the rest of the "Worst Behavior" video is pretty entertaining. Catch cameos from Juicy J, Project Pat, and Drake's father in this homage to Memphis below.
Previously: Drake - 'Nothing Was The Same'
Monday, November 11, 2013
I spent my entire shift at the good ol' 9 to 5 playing Jhené Aiko's new EP Sail Out, and I'm happy to see that it's doing extremely well on iTunes. Sail Out is currently in the top 3 albums overall and is currently king of the R&B charts.
To make things even better, Jhené offered up dramatic visuals to "The Worst," one of Sail Out's darker compositions. Perhaps we'll see her on season 2 of Orange Is The New Black? (Probably not, but definitely catch her alongside Drake, Miguel and Future on the remaining stops of Would You Like A Tour?)
Purchase Sail Out on iTunes HERE! It's also available for stream on Spotify.
Props to Noisey for the premiere, and head there to catch an exclusive interview with Ms. Aiko!
Previously: Jhené Aiko ft. Childish Gambino - "Bed Peace"
The Port representative and Gs staple Quent Young is easily one of the freshest emcees representing my hometown of Charlotte, NC. After building his repertoire with Conscious Thoughts, The Basquiat & Laid Back, it's clear Quent has found the best Southern-laced sound for his distinctly deep delivery on The Dream State.
Stream + download The Dream State after the jump, and check out the visuals for the catchy yet mellow standout, "Hippy Chick" featuring Nandi JOAL.
Directed by Lone Ranger Productions
Last year, Omarion solidified his status on the MMG roster with his impressive EP Care Package, and now that he's earned his stripes, he presents the Don Cannon hosted sequel. Stream and download Care Package 2 below, which features Audio Push, Nipsey Hussle, Casey Veggies, and Czar.
Hourglass Picks: "Leave You Alone," "Know You Better," "Diamonds & Hennessey"
[VIDEO] Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, N.O.R.E. & More Remember Wu-Tang's ' Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)' Album
Saturday, November 9th marked the 20th anniversay of Wu-Tang Clan's debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). While I was only 4 years old when it dropped, I still remember the impact the album had on me growing up thanks to my sister blasting it constantly. Once I'd matured and was able to appreciate it for myself, I went back to form my own love for the 9 man army.
Like myself and millions of others, today's upper echelon of emcees have also been inspired by the work and accomplishments of Wu-Tang. In a special Rap Fix Live moment with MTV's Sway, members U-God, Masta Killa and honorary member Cappadonna were presented with a video compilation of clips from N.O.R.E., DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, ScHoolboy Q, Big Sean and A$AP Rocky-- all expressing their gratitude for the Wu-Tang movement.
If you're looking to dig deeper into Enter The Wu-Tang, check out Rolling Stone's latest feature HERE.
Previously: The RZA - Blowin In The Wind