Riding high off the success of his breakout single “Caroline”, the Ethiopian rapper drops a video for his new slap. Keep an eye out for cameos from Kari Faux and Leon Bridges.
“Here’s a fun fact about Noname’s Tiny Desk Concert: It almost didn’t happen. Around the time of their D.C. stop, she (born Fatimah Warner) and her bandmates got their first dose of tour sickness. Thanks to rest, medicine and our mutual excitement, she made her way into the NPR offices the following day. If there ever was a ‘Noname’ way of doing things, this is definitely her signature method. It’s in the way she’s able to muster a smile while performing a heartbreaking tale of abortion. It’s those sometimes bleak, melancholy lyrics over brilliant, colorful production.
These intriguing juxtapositions are what propelled Telefone to our top 50 albums of 2016. She prefaced her performance of “Reality Check” by saying: “I kind of talk in like, scramble-think, so hopefully you guys follow it.” “Scramble-think” refers to the clever metaphors she weaves in detailing the many ways she’s dodged destiny. On “Bye Bye Baby,” she raps:
Somebody let the yellow in
Bye bye blue
I’m gonna fall in love again
These lyrics, their colors, represent the sector she commands in hip-hop today. The yellow: The bright side. (Of course, there’s plenty of gloom and doom to rap about — especially coming from Chicago — but there’s also plenty of light.)
There’s an appropriate moment of silence in the office, before the applause, following her emotional medley. She asked us if we liked it. We loved it — and you likely will too.” – Bobby Carter via NPR
Directed by Kahlil Joseph
“36-minute film that serves as a companion piece to his album of the same name, via Apple Music. It was directed by Khalil Joseph, best known for his work on Beyoncé’s Lemonade film. The new film is a series of vignettes featuring “ghostly spiritual surfer guides, crop circle dance formations, time altering narrative leaps,” and performances by Sampha.” – Pitchfork
The West Coast’s producer/rapper combo has reconciled and are back in the studio. YG and Mustard’s collaborative mixtape, 400 Summers, drops soon.
Calvin Harris has been delivering some summertime cookout type fire lately. First he dropped Slide with Frank Ocean and Migos, and now he’s following that up with Heatstroke – an accurately titled groove to keep his sounds in your headphones throughout the summer.
Wizkid’s new single, fka “Hush Up The Noise” finally drops for real after being premiered on OVO Sound Radio back in February.
“Y’all got till April 7th to get y’all sh*t together” – K. Dot.
…Guess the good kid got impatient. Check out the new drop from the TDE MC above
PND has been on a fire run lately. The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter continues his streak of releases with a remix of Bruno Mars’ single “That’s What I Like”
Get a look at the real when HBO and Dreamville drop the 1st installment of the documentary series for J. Cole’s latest album 4 Your Eyez Only. This docu-series is the follow up to the similar series for the 2014 Forest Hills Drive album, and if this is anything like that was, you’ll be in for a treat.
The DMV upstart connects with frequent collaborator Cicero for this cut from Link’s new album At What Cost, which is available now.