The Music Mix Music news, reviews, albums, concerts, and downloads

Tag: Hip-Hop/Rap (1-10 of 879)

PartyNextDoor drops Drake-featuring single 'Recognize'

When Drake first started promoting his OVO label signee PartyNextDoor the Toronto-based R&B singer was widely dismissed as a less compelling replacement for the Weeknd, who had by that point outgrown his early role as Drizzy’s pet project. Following up a shout out on his boss’s recent motivational anthem “0-100,” PND returns with the new single “Recognize,” that moves a little further away from Weeknd-esque atmospheric R&B to explore a harder-edged sound that combines the rhythms of Southern trap rap with rock’s aggressively distorted tones. As for PND’s vocal game, he seems to have picked up a few new tricks from Future and Young Thug.

“Recognize” also features a verse from Drake, the only guest appearance on the track listing for PND’s next full-length, PARTYNEXTDOOR TWOout July 22. According to the impromptu OVO Sound shareholder report in the coda to “0-100,” the singer is also scheduled to release something next spring, suggesting that the new record is more like a mixtape, and that his official debut album is still to come.

In other OVO news, according to Billboardthe title of Drake’s as yet unrecorded fourth album will be Views From the 6.

READ FULL STORY

Yung Flight releases debut video 'To the Top'

Yung-Flight.jpg

Yung Flight is a 21-year-old rapper currently living in Northern Virginia. He has a new single called “To the Top” that gives a Southern twist to the current cloud rap wave and provides an excellent platform to show off his raspy, breathy flow and his willingness to take risks with rhyme schemes. It also has a sweet R&B-flavored hook. Flight’s still so new that that’s about all the information I have on him right now, aside from the fact that he’s working on his first mixtape.

In the video, he and his crew wander around New York City and do a lot of looking like they have plans to conquer it soonish. Judging by his first release, that doesn’t seem like an impossible goal.

READ FULL STORY

Azealia Banks splits from Universal, celebrates on Twitter

Controversy-courting NYC rapper Azealia Banks has split from Universal Music Group, according to her Twitter. In one of the extended tweet-tirades that have become her trademark since her 2011 single “212″ elevated her to underground stardom, she declared, “IM ABOUT TO GET OUT OF MY DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS THE BIG SURPRISE!!!!!,” fantasized about becoming “the cool indie chick I imagined I would be when I was 14,” and repeatedly compared herself to Celie, the protagonist in The Color Purple.

Banks signed with the mega-label in 2012, just weeks after “212,” a nearly seamless fusion of rap, dance music, and pop, became a viral sensation. While she’s released a mixtape and several singles since then, her musical output has been consistently overshadowed by her outspoken online presence, which includes publicly feuding with a wide range of musicians including Lil Kim, Lady Gaga, Diplo, Iggy Azalea, T.I., and “Harlem Shake” producer Baauer, as well as the occasional shot at her management and label.

The fate of Banks’s official debut album, Broke with Expensive Taste, which most recently had been slated for release this summer, remains unclear.

Haim teams up with A$AP Ferg on 'My Song 5' remix

Haim

“My Song 5″ is one of the more surprising moments on Haim’s breakout album Days Are Gone, interrupting a collection of clean-lined songs with an eccentrically gangly mishmash of angular melody, hard-rock drums, and a blatting, cartoony parody of a dubstep bass synth. The trio has doubled down on the song’s weirdness by releasing a new version with a verse from rapper A$AP Ferg, of “Shabba” fame.

Ferg’s verse is way raunchier than the original lyrics, but they continue the theme of confusion and garbled communication between romantic partners, and his raps work well with the song’s big-ass drums. Haim and Ferg are both coming off of highly successful records, and are well positioned to doing whatever they want next. They should consider messing with people’s heads and making a whole album together.

READ FULL STORY

Essence Festival wrap-up: Here's what you missed

Didn’t make it down to New Orleans for the 20th annual Essence Festival? (Essence, like EW, is a Time Inc. publication.) The bad news: You missed out on a Prince concert that may never make it online—at least, not in an officially sanctioned sort of way. The good news: You can catch a few highlights of the fest in the videos below.

We’ll begin backstage with first night headliner Nas:

READ FULL STORY

Kanye performs in weird mask, gets booed for 20-minute 'rant'

Kanye West really, really likes to interrupt his live performances to deliver impromptu lectures—usually on the nature of his own genius and the world’s attempts to hold him back. His audiences, on the other hand, don’t seem so hot on them.

Just three weeks after getting booed at Bonnaroo, the same thing happened again at London’s Wireless fest. While the Bonnaroo incident was largely due to residual animosity over his disastrous appearance at the festival six years ago, the crowd at Wireless turned against West during an on-stage tirade about the difficulties he’s had establishing himself as a serious player in the world of high fashion, among other things. It lasted a reported 20 minutes. READ FULL STORY

'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Stories Behind The Songs

For 35 years, “Weird Al” Yankovic has been music’s most reliable satirist, sending up the biggest pop hits and the most iconic artists for the sake of belly laughs. He’s about to release a brand new album called Mandatory Fun on July 15, so to prepare for a fresh batch of tunes we caught up with Yankovic to get the stories behind hits both big and small.  READ FULL STORY

Video: Get hooked on Tunde Olaniran's 'Critical'

Tunde-Olaniran.jpg

While many of his contemporaries work to cultivate an air of mystery through secret identities and un-Google-able stage names, Tunde Olaniran is generating a more intriguingly ambiguous vibe with a fraction of the effort. A native of Flint, Michigan, better known as Detroit’s less quaint sibling, Olaniran works in the gaps between hip-hop, R&B, dance music, and punk, weaving together aggressive beats, noisy electronics, and an intuitive knack for melody into a seamless, surprisingly pop-friendly whole. His recent five-song EP Yung Archetype sounds like Yeezus as a soul record, or if The-Dream made a record with TV on the Radio.

Last week Olaniran released a video for the brooding, spacious Yung Archetype track “Critical,” which he wrote for a family member who was diagnosed with cancer. It’s an emotionally intense four-and-a-half-minute ride, but I’ve had it on heavy rotation nonetheless. Hit the jump to get hooked. READ FULL STORY

Beck: On the scene at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom

A few months back, I had the distinct pleasure of receiving a phone call from Beck. The connection wasn’t great, though I chalked that up to the fact that he was calling me from a parallel universe—one that was not wholly unlike the one I exist in, but both slightly more contemplative and way more funky.

We discussed the artists, albums, and songs that have informed his life, and more than once he brought up British death metal band Carcass (whose Surgical Steel was one of my favorite albums of 2013). He seemed mostly charmed by their insane-sounding song titles (“Cadaveric Incubator of Endoparasites” was a favorite), but based on Beck’s show at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday night, he also digs Carcass because, when given the chance, he likes to shred. READ FULL STORY

Rapper-turned-popster Kitty unveils new video for 'Marijuana'

Kitty.jpg

The Florida-born, NYC-based musician Kitty used to go by the name Kitty Pryde, and she used to be a rapper. Her 2012 song “Okay Cupid” was a pretty massive viral hit (its official video has nearly a million and a half views on YouTube) that brought her a decent amount of acclaim amidst an epic amount of hate from people who saw a young female rapper who didn’t seem interested in rapping about things that grouchy hip-hop fans are necessarily into as a sign of the impending apocalypse (or something).

Kitty still raps, but she’s broadened her overall approach and started moving toward straight-up pop, which considering the sing-songy flow she’s been showing off since “Okay Cupid” isn’t too drastic a leap. Last month she released an EP called Impatiens, which she quickly followed up with a new track, “Marijuana,” that now has a video. It’s her most successful stab at a pop song yet, with a bubbly, laid-back beat that fits the title well, plus a vocal part that ups the melodic quotient while still retaining just enough hip-hop inflection to make the track snap. The end result is a special kind of summer jam that forgoes the celebratory grooves that typify the genre in favor of an effortless chill that can act as mental air conditioning during ridiculously hot and humid days, which should come in handy very soon.

Check it out after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos in Music

Advertisement

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP