Future just dropped 56 Nights by surprise, a new tape produced almost entirely by Southside. Download it for free here. Future also recently hinted at a Dirty Sprite 2 mixtape and one produced by Mike WiLL called Ape Shit.
Death Grips are streaming their "final" album, Jenny Death, which is the second half of double album The Powers That B. They also posted that they "might make some more" records on Facebook. Whether it's their actual last album or not, you can stream it in the replies.
If I had to pick an era of jazz, it would not be pre-jazz, but that being said, jazz is the music of America and it's the most American music form of all except for maybe hip-hop. So I think him appealing to that and appealing to '70s funk and R&B, rather than just trying to get another hit… I wasn't expecting him to be so particular about the feel of the album from a musical standpoint. I thought he was going to have a lot to say lyrically, and the music was going to not be industry-dictated but take more of a backseat to the lyrics. And by no means was that the case.
Drake has announced his 6th annual OVO Fest to take place in Toronto on August 2nd and 3rd. The first day of the fest will feature performaces by J. Cole, Big Sean, YG, Jeremih, and more. The second day will feature special guests who have yet to be announced; past guests have included Kanye, Lil Wayne, and many more. Check out the admat in the replies.
Drake continues to prove how indomitable he is right now - every single song from If You're Reading This It's Too Late has entered the Billboard Hot Hip-Hop/R&B Chart, giving him a grand total of 21 songs appearing on the chart, which works out to 42% of the chart. This breaks his own record of 14 songs on the chart at one time (which he matched last week), to give you an idea of how insane this is.
Kendrick is attempting a lot in one song. It’s an internal monologue, made public, in which he’s working out his own issues, acknowledging his own demons. Is it conservative? Is he coming down hard on black people? Is he coming down surprisingly hard on white people? Does he fully understand race and power and inequality as much as one perhaps should before jumping in this sea of generalizations? There are days and weeks and months and infinities left to parse out these ideas. But what is true from even the first listen is that Kendrick is talking directly to black people.
Drake has posted a short film titled "Jungle." It features home video of him as a child and footage of him experiencing Toronto, his hometown. It also includes short interpolations of new music as well. Watch it in the replies.
In this final couplet, Kendrick Lamar employs a rhetorical move akin to—and in its way even more devastating than—Common’s move in the last line of “I Used to Love H.E.R.”: snapping an entire lyric into place with a surprise revelation of something hitherto left unspoken. In “H.E.R.”, Common reveals the identity of the song’s “her”—hip hop itself—forcing the listener to re-evaluate the entire meaning and intent of the song. Here, Kendrick Lamar reveals the nature of the enigmatic hypocrisy that the speaker has previously confessed to three times in the song without elaborating: that he grieved...
Kanye Westtweeted something yesterday, knowing full well we'd go gaga. And then he totally 180'd us, because all he was announcing was that Big Sean's new album is called Dark Sky Paradise. Gonna be a while before I trust you again, Mr. West. The album comes out February 24th, and an album sampler featuring Kanye is in the replies.