Here we go: Future has announced his new album EVOL will be available for preorder on iTunes at midnight, and has been tweeting about a "new deal" with Apple Music, which likely means its an Apple exclusive release, with it potentially premiering on DJ Khaled's Apple Radio show on Friday. Check out the artwork in the replies. Meanwhile, Young Thug's, who has a new mixtape I'm Up is due out Friday, twitter is filled with barely-veiled shots at Future.
Drake is appearing in a T-Mobile ad during the Super Bowl in which he accepts changes to "Hotline Bling" at the suggestion of corporate executives. Watch in the replies, and wonder with me: is meta commentary for a company any better than flat out selling your art?
Future just dropped Purple Reign a few weeks back, but apparently he's already got another one coming this friday: DJ Khaled announced on Snapchat alongside Future himself that he will be premiering a new Future album on his We The Best radio show debut on Apple Music. The show will air at 8 PM EST on Friday.
Meek Milldropped his second4-4 EP last night, including a song that is a direct response to many of Drake's lyrics on his new single "Summer Sixteen." On Instagram, Meek claimed he was able to respond to the song so quickly because "the ghostwriter told me" about the lyrics.
Rapper B.O.B. has recently become vocal about the so-called "Flat Earther" movement. Rock Star astrophysicist responded to him on Twitter, but has now appeared on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show to explain basic physics and math to the star. Check out the science burns here.
"In a free society, you can and should think whatever you want. And if you want to think the world is flat, go right ahead. But if you think the world is flat, and you have influence over others, as would successful rappers or even presidential candidates, then being wrong becomes being harmful."
In what is already the most bizarre story of the year to date, B.O.B, noted "flat earth" conspiracy theorist, has released a diss track directed at Neil Degrasse Tyson called "Flatline." B.O.B also shouts out a well-known Holocaust denier as well in the track. This story gets more and more depressing as I read more into it. The education system has seriously failed him. Hit the replies to listen to this trainwreck if you dare.
Lil Wayne has been mired in a conflict with his label, Cash Money, for over a year now and has repeatedly dissed the label's head and man he has referred to as his dad, Birdman over no less than three mixtapes and a Drake mixtape seemingly aimed in his direction. Birdman was also implicated in a plot to murder Wayne over the summer (alongside Young Thug), but it seems like things might be cooling down after the pair have appeared togethertwice now since NYE. Maybe the perpetually delayed Carter V is closer than we thought.
Meek Mill dropped a new EP titled 4/4 (yes he disses Drake and 50 Cent on it) over the weekend that you can stream here, and also dropped a new single titled "Problem" that can be found in the replies.
Complex has posted a fascinating piece attempting to dissect which hip-hop artist ruled each year of music since 1979. What do you think, do you agree with their selections? Do you think Kendrick (or Future) deserved the nod for 2015 over Drake?
Itís still important to consider that the Best Rapper Alive debate is different from the GOAT conversation. Being the BRA doesnít mean youíre the biggest or the most successful; it just means you're the Best at one particular moment. Of course in hip-hop, being the best is intrinsically about being BIG. And being at your best doesnít make you the best, so if your prime coincides with someone elseís, well, hey, thereís always next year.
Check out a newly surfaced Earl Sweatshirt song, "Mirror," in the replies. The track is a B-side from last year's I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside.
"It's just way more progressive and it's not produced by me," Earl told Pitchfork about the song. "It's just one verse and a hook and I was just snapping on that shit. It's funny: When I was making the album, I was talking about making ďmirror raps,Ē which are fly for you when you're getting ready to go to school. Raps you're trying say in the damn mirror."
Kanye West's forthcoming seventh LP SWISH (formerly known as So Help Me God), doesn't have a release date and it seems like one isn't coming anytime soon. Pusha T, one of Kanye's closest collaborators who was recently named president of Kanye's label GOOD Music, recently gave an interview where he said even he doesn't know when the album is coming. Yeezy Season may or may not be approaching.
Future is not shy about his love for lean, the Sprite and cough medicine mixture, going so far as to name his recent album DS2 (Dirty Sprite 2) for it. It seems like Robitussin might reciprocate, with a recent ad featuring a colorful cloud of germs bearing a striking resemblance to DS2's art. Check out the ad and the art in the replies to compare and let me know if maybe I'm seeing things.
Kendrick Lamar, who received some criticism for the lyrics on his To Pimp A Butterfly track "The Blacker The Berry" for hewing closely to respectability politics, has shed some more light on the line and clarified it in an interview with NPR. Lamar said "The message Iím sending to myself ó I canít change the world until I change myself first, for instance, when Chad [Keaton, a childhood friend,] was killed, I canít disregard the emotion of me relapsing and feeling the same anger that I felt when I was 16, 17 ó when I wanted the next family to hurt, because you made my family hurt. Them emotions were still running in me, thinking about him being slain like that. Whether Iím a rap star or...
But itís more than a simple dialectic between art and commerce. Kendrickís appearance on Taylor Swiftís ďBad BloodĒ remix mars any notion of false purity; Drake has surely written a sincere song or two that doesnít try to turn a Hooters waitress into Helen of Troy. Theyíre ultimately wrestling for the throne of an art form with plenty of room for both to co-exist.
Future and The Weeknd have shared a new collaborative track titled "Low Life" that can be streamed in the replies. The Weeknd also remixed Jeremih's Late Nights highlight "Pass Dat," which can also be streamed in the replies.
Pusha T's new album, King Push: Darkest Before Dawn - The Prelude (what a terrible title) is now available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music. The ten track album serves as an appetizer for King Push, due out Spring 2016.
Ty Dolla $ign's "Blase," a highlight off his excellent debut album Free T.C. that featured Future and Rae Sremmurd, just got the all-star remix treatment twice: one remix features Jeezy, Juicy J, and Diddy, while the other features A$AP Ferg, T.I., and French Montana. Stream both in the replies and catch Ty on tour with Future next year.
Pusha T has announced the preorder for his new album Darkest Before Dawn, billed as the prelude to his upcoming King Push. Darkest is out Dec. 18th and features Kanye West, ASAP Rocky, Kehlani, The-Dream, and more. He's also released "Crutches, Crosses, Caskets" produced by Diddy on Apple Music. Check out the full tracklisting in the replies.
It's the end of the year, so every one and their mother, and now, their president, are here with their favorite bits of pop culture. President Obama, for some reason, gave an interview to People Magazine and discussed his favorite song of the year, Kendrick Lamar's "How Much A Dollar Cost." The first lady's favorite song? Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk." Wonder what Adele song was Queen Elizabeth's jam.
Drake hasn't been shy about the troubled relationship he has with Cash Money Records, and this probably won't help things: Hits Daily Double reports that his massive single "Hotline Bling" wasn't nominated for any Grammys this year because of a "clerical error." Presumably it got lost in Birdman's pile of paperwork for his "oil company."
Future and Ty Dolla $ign have announced the Purple Reign Tour, kicking off in February 2016 and taking them around the country. Hit the replies for the tours dates and announcement video while I have a heart attack.
Martin Shkreli, the drug company exec widely loathed for jacking prices of a life saving drug 5,000% higher, is apparently the anonymous buyer of the one-of-a-kindWu-Tang album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. Shkreli mentions the possibility of paying other artists to record albums just for him, and also says "I could be convinced to listen to it earlier if Taylor Swift wants to hear it or something like that, but for now, I think Iím going to kind of save it for a rainy day," and RZA says they donated a significant portion of the purchase to charity. I hate this dude.
I love that record! I actually asked [Universal Music CEO] David Joseph about it. I heard a track on Beats 1 and I loved it so much. But heís got himself into trouble, hasnít he? I love all of that, itís unexpected. I remember when Blind Faith came out, with a nude girl and John & Yoko, you had to buy it in a black plastic bag. And you should be able to do things like that but we donít live in that kind of world anymore.
Futurejust dropped the (NSFW) video for his DS2 track "Rich $ex," with a starring appearance from Blac Chyna. It's raunchy as fuck and in the replies. This is Future's 28th video this year, which no one cares about besides me.
Pusha T has shared a new track from his upcoming sophomore solo album King Push. It's called "Untouchable," which you can stream in the replies. Also, he was recently named president of GOOD Music, which is Kanye's own imprint and home to Big Sean and John Legend. Clearly this is a way to get Push some executive experience to get him on Kanye's 2020 candidacy.
Classixx have shared a new single called "Whatever I Want" featuring T-Pain with Apple Music, noting that they "heard the instrumental for 'Can't Believe It' and feeling kindred." That shared connection is extremely evident on the song which can be heard here.
Future has shared "Last Breath," his contribution to the soundtrack of the upcoming film Creed. The song flips Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" and was coproduced by Metro Boomin and Childish Gambino's go-to producer Ludwig Goransson.
Young Thug has been claiming he's going to release two mixtapes on Halloween: one is a collaborative effort with Migos titled MigosThuggin, and the other is Slime Season 2, a sequel to his just-released mixtape.