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!
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"
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
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
Monday, October 7, 2013
Backed by the ever-passionate Kanye West, Pusha T's solo debut album My Name Is My Name will finally be upon us tomorrow, October 8th. Despite King Push claiming that his rival Drake is no competition, I have no doubt that his rival's Nothing Was The Same will be a major point of reference for most when critiquing MNIMN.
Stream My Name Is My Name below courtesy of Myspace, and hit the jump to catch the visuals to the Kendrick Lamar featured "Nosetalgia."
John Legend's new album Love In The Future has proven itself to be one of my most valuable purchases this year. While the project is near and dear to my heart, I can only imagine what it means to Mr. Legend and his beautiful wife Chrissy Teigen.
"All Of Me" was written entirely by John as a tribute to Chrissy, and after performing the song at his own wedding, John brings us into their world with the visuals to the timeless standout. Watch the intimate music video below and click HERE to purchase Love In The Future now on iTunes.
Previously: John Legend ft. Rick Ross - "Who Do We Think We Are"
Friday, September 20, 2013
Never in my 24 years did I think I'll ever see Bun B doing choreography with Solange. That alone (plus Mannie Fresh's cameo) is enough to make you press play, but the fact that "Lovers In The Parking Lot" is a great song with a fun and extremely random visual is the real kicker. Laundromats, semi-abandoned malls, beauty supply stores... what's next, Solange?
The True EP is in stores now!
Previously: Solange Knowles ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Looks Good With Trouble" (Remix)
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake have collaborated quite a bit this year--from "Suit & Tie," the Legends Of The Summer tour, a soon to be released track on Justin's The 20/20 Experience: Part 2 Of 2, to Jay-Z's MCHG opener "Holy Grail."
While the song itself is big, the visuals by Anthony Mandler take record to another level. Magna Carta... Holy Grail is in stores now!
Monday, August 19, 2013
After Kendrick Lamar stole the show on Big Sean's "Control," it's good to see that Sean is returning the the focus back to promoting his singles that will land on August 27's Hall Of Fame. Check out the trippy visuals to the Lil Wayne and Jhené Aiko featured "Beware" below, and hit the jump to catch Sean and Jhené's recent performance of the track on Jimmy Kimmel live.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
I'm not one to vocally deem myself an avid fan of Odd Future, but my CD collection from the past year begs to differ. After streaming Earl Sweatshirt's new album, I'm positive that my physical copies of Frank Ocean's Channel Orange and Tyler, The Creator's Wolf will soon be joined by Doris.
Now that the "Where's Earl?" phenomenon has ended and the shock value surrounding Odd Future has calmed down a bit, it's time to see if the nineteen-year old emcee is really the prodigy he's been proclaimed to be. Stream Doris courtesy of Odd Future's Souncloud HERE, and check out the visuals to the Tyler, The Creator featured "Whoa" below. Be sure to cop on August 20th if you like what you hear!
Previously: Earl Sweatshirt ft. Frank Ocean - "Sunday"
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
|Levels to this $hit|
Catch cameos from T.I., Irv Gotti, DJ Clue, DJ Khaled, DJ Drama, Rick Ross, and more below, and hit the jump for Meek's response to Kendrick's controversial verse on "Control."
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
While his breakthrough single "I Want You" proved without a doubt that he had some of the best male vocals in the industry right now, Luke James initially presented a very clean cut image. Thanks to the success of his 2012 mixtape Whispers In The Dark and his role as Beyonce's opening act for her European and U.S. Mrs. Carter Show tour dates, people are finally seeing that the New Orleans singer's got just the right amount of edge.
Peep a cameo from Kevin Cossom below as you tune in to the visuals for "Oh God" featuring Hit-Boy, my favorite Luke James track. Also and prepare yourself for his film debut in November's Black Nativity as well as his N.A.R.S/Def Jam debut album Made To Love!
The moral of this story: Never underestimate the little guys...
As a bonus, hit the jump to catch Just Blaze's recent interview with Power 105's The Breakfast Club!
I just left Brooklyn last week, but I'm already looking to cop a plane ticket back thanks to this new video from The Koolest. The Durham, NC duo take us back to the golden era of Hip Hop with "1995," a cut that is set to appear on their forthcoming LP Nerds At The Kool Table.
Watch below as GUE favorite Napoleon Da Legend keeps it fresh with Dan The Don and Dinero P, and be sure to hit the comments with your thoughts on "1995!"
Previously: Napoleon Da Legend - Junk Yard Dog [Music Video]
A few weeks before ForteBowie's Vice Haus EP dropped and "Gucci Mayne" debuted (sans the "y"), I had an inkling that the single would be a breakthrough moment for the Atlanta musician. It's only a matter of time at this point as he plans to release Vice Haus: Deluxe Edition.
Peep the video for "Gucci Mayne" below, which serves as an authentic yet intricate introduction to the ATLien known as ForteBowie.
Premiered by Complex.
Previously: [New Mixtape] ForteBowie - 'Vice Haus'
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I was fortunate enough to get a front row view of Clear Soul Forces at last year's A3C Festival, and while I was already a fan of the music, their energy on stage is what really sold me.
On September 17th, the foursome plans to drop their sophomore solo project Gold PP7s worldwide via Fatbeats Records, but for now enjoy the visuals to "Ain't Playin" as E-Fav, L.A.Z., Noveliss, and Ilajide continue Detroit's tradition of greatness.
Previously: Sound & Vision Episode 2: "Clear Soul Forces" (Documentary)
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
For most of the music heads out there, Chance The Rapper still holds the title for best mixtape of the year with his breakout project Acid Rap as we head towards the third quarter. In case you need a reminder of what the Chicago bred golden boy has to offer, or if this is your official introduction to Chance The Rapper, check out the galactic visuals for "Everybody's Something" below.
Directed by Austin Vesely
Previously: [New Mixtape] Chance The Rapper - 'Acid Rap'