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Outkast May Reunite At Coachella 2014

After announcing an indefinite hiatus nearly seven years ago, it looks like Big Boi and Andre 3000, AKA Outkast, may finally be reuniting. Although the duo have successfully dodged reunion questions for the better part of their hiatus, Billboard is reporting that the two will end their hiatus at next year’s Coachella—as a headlining act no less. Speaking about the news, Billboard says:

“One source tells Billboard that there have definitely been ‘some conversations’ about Outkast reuniting, while another says it is ‘all systems go’ for Big Boi and Andre 3000 to end their hiatus next year. A rep for Outkast did not comment for this story, while reps for their current label home, Epic, as well as Coachella organizer Goldenvoice, did not respond to request for comment at press time.”

Now, we don’t want to get your hopes up, but let’s not forget that Coachella is a festival that is notorious for hosting reunions, such as the celebrated returns of My Bloody Valentine, The Pixies, and the Stooges. Tell us what you think—is this reunion too good to be true?

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Review: Yonas, ‘The Transition’

Last night, at midnight, Yonas dropped his latest album, The Transition (Deluxe Edition). It’s a fantastic effort, bringing a much needed depth to today’s pop music scene, and Yonas is at the top of his game.

The Transition is as much a singer-songwriter album as a pop or hip-hop album. It is lyrically introspective and confessional in a way that many of Yonas’ leading contemporaries have flirted with but not achieved. He resists a lot of the distracting, one-dimensional ego tripping that plays so exhaustingly trite on pop radio’s hit singles. Instead, Yonas speaks honestly about his background, his art, his dreams, and most thoroughly, his struggle with the world. Does this all include some healthy self-aggrandizement? Sure it does, because that’s a true and universal part of the human experience. To eschew that part of himself would be dishonest and thus not in keeping with the tone of The Transition.

And that tone is both real and dark. The album kicks off with “Set It Off,” which is both a mission statement and a harbinger of the stormy record ahead. Yonas is ready for whatever comes: “The heat is over, it’s cold now / The people coming for your soul now /  Everybody ’round me got a gun / You’d be stupid as a motherfucker walkin’ round without one.” Is he being literal? Is it a comment on the reality of urban life? It doesn’t matter, because we get the sense of the dangers, both apparent and hidden, that are seemingly innate to the world. “Have you ever felt like you’re wrong even when you’re dead right? / Cause everyone else [who was] dead right end up dead when they pull up at a red light,” he muses, before invoking JFKMalcolm X, Tupac, and MLK.
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Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift Take Home Billboard Touring Awards

Last night marked the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards as heavyweights Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, P!nk, The Rolling Stones, One Direction, and George Strait all took home some of the night’s top honors. Based heavily on the Billboard Boxscore chart and box office performances between October 1, 2012, and September 30, 2013, the awards saw industry veteran Bon Jovi win Top Tour and Top Draw, while Taylor Swift’s raved about Red tour (featuring Ed Sheeran) was named Top Package.

Check out the full list of winners below, and let us know in the comments who had your vote.

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The Massive Map of Hip-Hop Monikers

The delightful Pop Chart Lab has released a new addition to their line of hip-hop charts, this one titled The Massive Map of Hip-Hop Monikers. It breaks down and categorizes names of known hip-hop artists, organizing them by common attributes like rhymes, misspellings, stars, and numbers. It is huge, incorporating more than 1,000 names.

See also Pop Chart Lab’s Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names and the Magnificent Map of Rap Names. [via FACT].

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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”’

 


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