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'Nas: Time is Illmatic' tells the story behind an iconic album

In 1994, a relatively unknown hip-hop artist named Nas released his debut album Illmatic to mediocre sales. Over the next seven years, the album rode a surge of critical acclaim to platinum status in 2001—cementing itself as a landmark in East Coast hip-hop. Twenty years later, Nas is telling fans old and new the story of his creative roots in the documentary Nas: Time is Illmatic, out this week.

Today, the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival opener is in limited release in New York City and Los Angeles.  The doc, directed by One9, is described as “a thrilling account of Nas’ evolution from a young street poet to a visionary MC.” The 71-minute film offers an intimate narrative of the forces in Nas’ early life that shaped him as a music artist—from his childhood in Queensbridge N.Y. to his young adult years on the ’80s hip-hop scene—as well as firsthand insight into the time and place that bore Illmatic. “We knew we couldn’t tell the story of Illmatic without telling the culture around it,” One9 explained to Vice.

Time is Illmatic features interviews with Nas’ biggest influencers, including his brother, the father who left his family, and the producers on Illmatic: Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier. The filmmakers (mostly Nas’ friends) also spoke with the people that now count Nas as a profound influencer, like Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams. Time is Illmatic will screen tomorrow night only in a number of other cities. It will be available for download on iTunes/OnDemand on Friday Oct. 3.

 

Drake drops new single, hints at album release date

Rapper, Canadian, Saturday Night Live double-threat, and future ESPYs host Drake dropped a fresh song late last night. It’s called “0 to 100 / The Catch Up,” and it is as clear an elucidation of Drake’s state of mind as there is in his catalog.  READ FULL STORY

Listen to Grouplove's 'The Fault In Our Stars' soundtrack song 'Let Me In' - EXCLUSIVE

The upcoming The Fault In Our Stars is a love story based on a hugely beloved YA novel, so of course it comes armed with a sweet soundtrack full of decorated alt-pop wonders and feel-good tearjerkers.

The Fault In Our Stars — Music From The Motion Picture arrives on May 19 and features brand new tracks from Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, M83, Lykke Li, Jake Bugg, Ray LaMontagne, and a host of others. (Check out the entire track list at the bottom.)

One of those new songs is Grouplove’s “Let Me In,” a dreamy, synthy sing-along that gets its exclusive premiere below.

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Jake Bugg's 'Lightning Bolt' live for Record Store Day - hear it here EXCLUSIVE

Next Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent music retailers and the glory of vinyl.

One of the 400 exclusive special releases belongs to breakout Brit Jake Bugg, who is releasing the EP Live at Silver Platters. It’s a four-track collection of unplugged tunes performed at Seattle’s Silver Platters, including an acoustic rendition of his hit “Lightning Bolt.” Listen here:

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The stellar new mixtape from Mike Will Made It, rap's hottest producer -- featuring Future, Miley, Ciara, and more

Rap producer Mike Will, who made the beat for “We Can’t Stop” and executive produced Bangerz, got Miley Cyrus revving her motorbooty in 2013.

But he’s no Svengali. To Miley, at least, he acted more like a consigliere: the close advisor whose gravitas balanced out her wilder impulses. (“We Can’t Stop” makes for such a transfixing party anthem because of its wistful undercurrent.) Of course, any decent consigliere helps plot chaos as much as they counsel discretion. Will’s latest mixtape, #MikeWiLLBeenTriLL, showcases the stormy impulses that draw artists to him, making for a dark but ridiculously entertaining tour through the back rooms of today’s rap. (You can download it free from DatPiff.)

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Stream all of Heidecker & Wood's new album 'Some Things Never Stay the Same' - EXCLUSIVE

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Tim Heidecker is known primarily as one of the whacked-out comedy minds behind Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Tom Goes to the Mayor. But he’s also got a penchant for melody and an obsession with ’70s rock, which manifests in Heidecker & Wood, his tag-team with Tim and Eric composer David Wood.

Their first album, Starting From Nowhere, genuflected at the altar of yacht rock, and their new album Some Things Never Stay The Same is an homage to crunchy ’70s singer-songwriter types like Randy Newman, Warren Zevon, and Harry Nilsson. The fact that its gently mocking shouldn’t get in the way of the fact that tunes like “Cocaine” and “Getaway Man” could easily have found their way onto the Singers & Songwriters series.

Some Things Never Stay The Same isn’t out until next Tuesday, November 12, but you can stream it in full below. You can also check out the video for “Getaway Man” below, and stay tuned to JASH (the YouTube network co-founded by Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Michael Cera, Sarah Silverman,  and Reggie Watts) for more on Heidecker & Wood.  READ FULL STORY

Eminem's 'Marshall Mathers LP2,' streaming now -- Is this a new, self-aware Slim Shady?

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Eminem wouldn’t be Eminem—or Slim Shady, or Marshall Mathers—if he didn’t allot some of his whizbang rhymes to homophobic slurs and misogynistic fantasies. “Rap God,” a single from his eighth album in which he belittles unnamed rivals as “fags” and “gay,” kicked up the latest in a long line of debates about his compulsion to attack women and gay men.

But on The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (which is streaming now on iTunes, ahead of its Nov. 5 sale date), the 41-year-old works his me-or-my-demons shell game more furiously than ever. On the seven-minute-plus opener “Bad Guy,” he imagines his own commeuppance, as the brother of his old stalker character “Stan” kidnaps Em to avenge his late sibling. Facing death, Marshall hears his “lack of a conscience”: “I’m the bullies you hate, that you became/With every faggot you slaughtered/Coming back on ya, every woman you insult/That, with the double standard you had when it comes to your daughters.”

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'Dallas Buyers Club' soundtrack: Hear new songs from Tegan and Sara, Neon Trees, My Morning Jacket and more - EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE

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One of this fall’s most anticipated movies, The Dallas Buyers Club, tells the true story of Texas native Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), whose 1986 HIV diagnosis, received in an era before treatment was readily available, spurred him to start his own prescription drug-smuggling ring.

The movie, which also stars Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, and Jennifer Garner, doesn’t open until this Friday, November 1, but you can stream the soundtrack exclusively here today. The album features brand new compositions by the likes of Tegan and Sara, My Morning Jacket, Fitz and the Tantrums, Neon Trees, Cold War Kids, and Leto’s own band Thirty Seconds to Mars. The album kicks off with Shuggie Otis’ stoned-soul anthem “Sweet Thang,” and also includes two classic T. Rex songs.

If you buy the album on iTunes (where it goes on sale today), 40 cents of every sale will go to the AIDS relief charity Project (RED)‘s Global Fund.  Jared Leto will be taking over Project (RED)’s Twitter account today at 11:30 AM Eastern/8:30 AM Pacific to answer questions about the movie, the soundtrack, and AIDS awareness.

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Hear a clip of the Lumineers' 'Hunger Games' track 'Gale Song' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Can suspenders be used as a weapon? Leave it to the resourceful kids of The Hunger Games to try: The upcoming Catching Fire soundtrack will feature a brand-new contribution from ho-heyin’ Denver folk trio the Lumineers, and you can hear a clip of it exclusively here.

The new number is titled “Gale Song,” and after many hours of exhaustive research, we’ve concluded that it probably has something to do with the character in the movie named Gale. (Or very strong winds?)

Give the song a 90-second listen below:

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Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' now streaming in full -- hear it here

Do you have one hour, 25 minutes and 16 seconds? If so, you can now hear Arcade Fire’s Reflektor in its entirety. (It should take you a bit less time to read my somewhat skeptical review of the album.)

The new teaser comes with an album-length lyric video that shows people dancing. They are not the same people who were pranked at Arcade Fire’s show this past weekend in Brooklyn. They are, in fact, Brazilian—the footage seems to have been taken from the 1959 movie Black Orpheus. (One of the songs on the album is called “It’s Never Over [Oh Orpheus].”)

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