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Lady Gaga Channels The 1980s With A Little Help From R. Kelly On “Do What U Want”

2013 is going to go down in history as the year throwback pop took over the radio. Justin Timberlake led the Top 40 movement with “Suit & Tie,” Betty Who led indie acts with “Somebody Loves You,” and now Lady Gaga has recruited R&B legend R. Kelly to help her keep nostalgia alive and well with her ’80s drenched ARTPOP single “Do What You Want.”

Kicking off with a synth so thick it could rattle your skull through some decent headphones, “Do What U Want” is everything Gaga fans have been waiting for. “Applause” was a well-liked song, but it offered very little in terms of evolution from Born This Way. “Do What U Want” on the other hand, could not be more of a departure from the sound you’ve likely come to expect from Mother Monster. It’s relatively straightforward both musically and lyrically, though there are plenty of sexual undertones pulsing throughout, and nearly all her characteristic ‘theatric’ elements are nowhere to be found. This could be due to R. Kelly’s presence, but whatever the case, it makes for a single you won’t soon forget. Click below to stream “Do What U Want.”

ARTPOP is still a few weeks away from its November 5th release, but this seems like the beginning of the hype machine. Comment below and us know your thoughts on Gaga’s latest. Continue reading ‘Lady Gaga Channels The 1980s With A Little Help From R. Kelly On “Do What U Want”’

Thick As Thieves Go Viral With “Dangerous” Music Video

You may or may not know of Los Angeles-based rock/rap outfit Thick As Thieves, but by the end of this post there is a very high likelihood you will not be able to forget their name.

Recently, more and more artists have been hoping to find viral success by making odd (and sometimes horrendous) music videos that often have little or nothing to do with the content of the song. Many of these videos fail to take off of course, but every now and then a group comes along and hits the universal funny bone in such a way that people cannot help sharing their clip. Such is the case with “Dangerous,” the new video from Thick As Thieves. By combining their fun-loving sound with a video that features the group reenacting popular images from the site AwkwardFamilyPhotos, Thick As Thieves have created a hilarious video that is quickly helping the band gain notoriety. You can view the video below.

Thick As Thieves is made up of Nick Richey (MC), Sunday Lane (Lead Vocals/Piano), Max Helmerich (Vocals/Guitar), Jesse Dixon (Drums), Clint Ratliff (Vocals/Guitar) and Brennan McNally (Bass). Their EP These Days is currently available on iTunes. Head over to Soundcloud to check out additional tracks from the group. Continue reading ‘Thick As Thieves Go Viral With “Dangerous” Music Video’

Sammy Adams Releases “I Wish” Video

Sammy Adams, aka Boston’s Boy, has released the official video for his new single “I Wish.”

Everyone who has heard of Sammy Adams no doubt knows of him because of his ability to mix EDM with modern hip-hop to create a unique sound. This is the style he’s built his brand on, and every release up to this point has predominately featured high-energy tracks built off this blueprint. “I Wish,” however, is another monster entirely. It tosses these preconceptions to the wind and instead offers listeners a straight midtempo song about the shortcomings we all face in life. Fans hear Adams struggle to be everything to everyone, and through the official video learn a bit a about his writing process as well. You can view the clip at the end of this post.

The career of Sammy Adams has been an interesting one. After rising through the digital ranks with his self-produced tracks, Adams signed with RCA in mid-2012. No album has been announced, but there have been a handful of singles released throughout the year. “I Wish” feels more like an album track than a single, so we hope Adams announces plans to release more new music soon. Follow OurStage on Twitter for updates. Continue reading ‘Sammy Adams Releases “I Wish” Video’

Eminem Debuts “Rap God”

We all know Eminem is a rap superstar, but is he good enough to be considered a god? If you ask him, the answer is yes.

Having spent the better part of the last two months promoting his upcoming album on the strength of “Berzerk” and “Survival,” Eminem is showcasing yet another side of himself on his new single “Rap God.” The track is the third to surface off The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and as the title suggests, Eminem spends the majority of the near six-minute track spitting bar after bar about how and why he is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, of all time. You can stream the track at the end of this post.

Each “Rap God” verse is more impressive than the last, but unfortunately the beat leaves a lot to be desired. Em’s focus on delivering the most robust lyrical offering seems to have resulted in an overly simplistic accompaniment that runs out of steam long before Em does. Such simplicity is maybe necessary to allow the variety of flows showcased on the single, but considering that this track will eventually appear in the middle of a full album, it’s too mediocre to ignore.

Do you feel Eminem has earned the title of rap god? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is scheduled to be released November 5. Continue reading ‘Eminem Debuts “Rap God”’

Chief Keef Debuts “Emojis”

You had to know this was coming. Given the amount of rap released with references to technology and cell phones, it was only a matter of time before someone thought it smart to cash in on the icons that help convey the thoughts we’re too lazy to type out ourselves.

Chicago’s native street messiah Chief Keef has debuted a brand new song just days after releasing his Almighty So mixtape. The track, titled “Emojis,” takes aim at thotties who cannot understand that Keef no longer wants anything to do with them. The teen rap superstar spends bar after bar dissecting the ways digital communication kills relationships, and uses the hook to express how no amount of cutesy icons is going to win over his hardened heart. It’s a street anthem with a silly name and killer production that plays perfectly with everything else has released in 2013, and you can enjoy the track in full at the end of this post.

For those attempting to keep track, Chief Keef has released three mixtapes so far in 2013, and that is following the December 2012 release of his debut album. “Emojis” proves Keef still has a lot to offer, so don’t be surprised if another mixtape of material finds its way online before the end of the year. Until then, comment below and let us know your thoughts on Keef’s latest. Continue reading ‘Chief Keef Debuts “Emojis”’

Rick Ross Adds A Hip-Hop Twist to “Hold On We’re Going Home”

Drake surprised fans and critics worldwide when he released “Hold On We’re Going Home” in the middle of August. The song was the second to surface off his new album Nothing Was The Same, but unlike its predecessor (“Started From The Bottom”) the track featured absolutely no rap. If anything, the song channeled 80s pop and added a twist of modern RnB to spice things up, showcasing a completely different side of the Canadian artist than many heard seen in some time. Fans were reluctant to accept the change at first, but the single has gone on to become a major success, and now one of hip-hop’s finest has delivered a killer remix to keep genre fans happy

There is no equal in hip-hop to Maybach Music Group leader Rick Ross. He’s single-handedly built an empire on top of lies about his past, and in the process helped countless up and comers find careers in music. Now, in the midst of preparing to release his own new album, the king of MMG tackles Drake’s smooth-talking hit with his own take on “Hold On We’re Going Home.” The Florida-based rapper adds to new verses to the track, but thematically keeps things in line with the heartfelt-yet-dirty talk of the original. You can stream the remix below.

Drake’s Nothing Was The Same is available now wherever music is sold. Rick Ross’ new album, Mastermind, is expected to drop before the end of 2013. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on this new remix. Continue reading ‘Rick Ross Adds A Hip-Hop Twist to “Hold On We’re Going Home”’

Pusha T Releases “Pain” Video

G.O.O.D. Music‘s Pusha T has been on a promotional run lately that shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. He’s released three music videos in the last two weeks, and this morning that number became four when “Pain” found its way to YouTube.

“Pain” was actually the first song to be released off Pusha T’s recent album, My Name Is My Name. The song hit the net in October 2012, a full year ahead of the album, and has since been used for freestyle and remixes galore. Now, set to an entire black and white video, the song is given new life. You can view the video below.

The concept for “Pain” is simple, but highly effective. It’s mostly stark black-and-white images of Pusha, backlit in silhouette, with stock footage of civil rights struggles and arrests mixed in. The imagery matches his lines, and the references in certain bars pair up perfectly with the archive footage, adding a whole different kind of emotional weight to the proceedings.

My Name Is My Name is available now and comes highly recommended by our staff. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the video. Continue reading ‘Pusha T Releases “Pain” Video’

Tyler, The Creator Releases “Tamale” Video

Odd Future mastermind Tyler, The Creator has released the video for his latest single, “Tamale.”

Described as “a visual interpretation of Tyler’s mind,” the official video for “Tamale” is a brightly lit journey through a world filled with golfing, oversized books, floating (sometimes eyeless) heads, therapist couches, and random appearances from Pharrell. It’s essentially the music video equivalent to a Cartoon Network program, only with far more profanity and innuendo. You can view the video at the end of this post.

It was not that long ago that Tyler, The Creator and the rest of Odd Future were average, skateboard-loving teenagers hanging out in California. Tyler changed everything when he became a viral sensation for his “Yonkers” music video, which included a now infamous sequence where the young rapper devoured a live cockroach. Careers were launched, tours were staged, and suddenly Tyler found himself with the challenge of one-upping his breakout video. Two years and about a dozen videos later, he may have finally accomplished that task with “Tamale.” Comment below and let us know your thoughts. Continue reading ‘Tyler, The Creator Releases “Tamale” Video’

Waka Flocka Flame Releases ‘From Roaches To Rolex’ Mixtape

Never one to go longer than a few months between releases, Brick Squad leader Waka Flocka Flame has debuted his new mixtape, From Roaches To Rolex.

The tale of Waka Flocka Flame is an odd one. Having built a strong following on the mixtape circuit for a number of years, Flocka broke through to the mainstream thanks the viral success of his video for “Hard In The Paint.” The clip was no different from any other Flocka created, but the beat’s abrasive nature and equally grabbing lyricism carried it to a level of exposure the 20-something had at that point never experienced. This led to a major label deal, and three albums later Waka Flocka Flame is still releasing free music every chance he gets. You can find a download link for From Roaches To Rolex at the end of this post. Continue reading ‘Waka Flocka Flame Releases ‘From Roaches To Rolex’ Mixtape’

Lauryn Hill Debuts “Consumerism”

With her prison sentence coming to a close, Fugees member Lauryn Hill has wasted no time returning to music with the release of a new single entitled “Consumerism.”

When most people think of Lauryn Hill they instantly recall the years spent supporting her chart-topping Miseducation album. This was an era in Hill’s career where her hip-hop influence took a bit of a back seat to her more soulful side, and to this day that record plays as well as the day it was released. “Consumerism,” however, could not have strayed further from that gentle, radio-ready sound. It’s a boisterous, high-speed rant on everything from greed to religion and politics that demands your full attention. You can stream the single on HipHopDX.



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