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Danny Brown Releases ‘Old’ Album Trailer

Detroit native Danny Brown has released a trailer for his highly-anticipated debut album, Old.

Brown has already built himself a rep. He’s a troublemaker with a fondness for drugs and a heart of gold, building a fun-loving brand in the world of hip-hop. But in the trailer for Old, there are essentially no lighthearted moments. Brown showcases his Detroit neighborhood, including the homes of friends and neighbors, and the dilapidated buildings that are littered throughout the once thriving city. It’s simple and powerful, and sets up Old as an effort produced by a more mature Danny Brown than what fans heard on XXX. You can view the clip below.

Old arrives in stores September 30, which is just in time for Brown’s fall co-headlining tour with Action Bronson. Click here to view the full tour itinerary. Continue reading ‘Danny Brown Releases ‘Old’ Album Trailer’

Nelly And T.I. Collaborate On “Rick James”

Rick James may no longer be with us, but the legend of his smooth moves with ladies lives on today thanks to a new single from Nelly and T.I.

Featuring a thick, funky bass line as its backbone, “Rick James” found its way online this morning thanks to our friends at HipHopDX. The track brings together Nelly and T.I. for a celebration the good life, with bottles in the air and dancing on the tables. The verses don’t hold much weight, but the hook won’t let up. You can stream the song below.

And of course the man who owns all modern Rick James references, Dave Chappelle, gets a sample, delivering his famous “I’m rich, bitch” before the chorus.

“Rick James” could easily make it at commercial radio. It falls in line between Justin Timberlake‘s “Take Back The Night” and Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines,” but is unique enough to stand on its own merit. Comment below and let us know your thoughts. Continue reading ‘Nelly And T.I. Collaborate On “Rick James”’

Drake Streams “Wu-Tang Forever”

Young Money heartthrob Drake continues to build anticipation for his upcoming album this morning with the release of new song entitled “Wu-Tang Forever.”

If Donnie And Marie were “a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll,” Drake’s style can be summarized as a little bit rap and a little bit R&B. He’s built a brand on the ability to combine these two influences, and on “Wu-Tang Forever,” he showcases the latest evolution of that successful recipe. You can stream the song below.

Drake has released three singles to date from the forthcoming LP Nothing Was The Same, and of those three, “Wu-Tang Forever” seems the most likely to find traction at radio. “Started From The Bottom” was a hit, but not on the same level as previous Drake singles. This sounds like classic Drake, so it will be interesting to see how fans react when it gets the full promotional push.

Nothing Was The Same hits stores September 24. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the new material. Continue reading ‘Drake Streams “Wu-Tang Forever”’

2 Chainz Releases “Where U Been” Video

G.O.O.D. Music member 2 Chainz has released the official video for his latest B.O.A.T.S 2: Me Time single, “Where U Been.”

2 Chainz is an artist many people continue to have a love/hate relationship with. He’s often on the cusp of delivering something great, working frequently with talented collaborators, but from time to time he delivers tracks so lyrically mindless that it’s hard to appreciate the sonic depth of the track. “Where U Been” comes dangerously close to this territory, but once the hook kicks in its hard to find anything worth griping about.

B.O.A.T.S. 2: Me Time hit stores earlier this week. Check out the clip for “Where U Been” below. Continue reading ’2 Chainz Releases “Where U Been” Video’

Sean Kingston Debuts “Seasonal Love”

Sean Kingston burst onto the music scene in the mid-2000s with the inescapable pop smash “Beautiful Girls.” The song went on to be one of the biggest hits of 2007, which in turned made Kingston a household name, but a sudden jet ski accident in 2011 nearly ended his career (and life). Now he’s finally ready to return to the pop world, and earlier today release a new music video for his single “Seasonal Love.”

Featuring outdoor performance footage, imagery from a strip club, and a model that may set your monitor ablaze, the later visuals from Kingston reintroduce the vocalist as grown man with money to spare. Viewers watch as Sean attempts to woo the girl of his dreams, only to later learn he love is far more conditional than he original thought. Drama ensues, and without spoiling the twist someone soon learns that no amount of money can cover the pain of unrequited love.

People change in time, and since the days “Beautiful Girls” Sean Kingston has evolved into more of an R&B artist than top 40 pop. The results of this change is the sensual and often sexually charged “Seasonal Love,” which features a sizzling verse from Maybach Music Group member Wale. It’s not the kind of song you expect to see topping the radio charts, but it’s sure to gain enough traction to help Kingston step back into the urban music arena. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on his new material. Continue reading ‘Sean Kingston Debuts “Seasonal Love”’

Eminem Releases “Berzerk” Video

Eminem has a long history of releasing music videos that offer unique and often hilarious visual accompaniments for his generally vicious wordplay. His early work featured a number of parodies of subjects ranging from movies to celebrities, and now it’s our obsession with technology that seems to have caught Em’s eye.

Enter “Berzerk.” Debuting online shortly after the Video Music Awards, the first single off Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2 harkens back to the aggressive delivery that caught the attention of frequent collaborator Dr. Dre in the late ’90s. The official video arrived online yesterday, and fittingly features footage that looks as if it were filmed on VHS. The clip shows grainy images of Em roaming the streets of Detroit and performing in front of an elaborate Beats By Dre ad, along with various familiar faces spliced between archival footage meant to evoke the high energy feel of the music, and finally some obvious nods to the Beastie Boys. It’s odd, somewhat hilarious, and at time downright weird, but is nevertheless completely enjoyable throughout. You can view the clip below.

We know more music from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 will be available before the album’s November release, but at this time no additional information is available. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on “Berzerk.” Continue reading ‘Eminem Releases “Berzerk” Video’

T-Pain Kickstarts A Comeback With “Up Down”

In the last decade of hip-hop, few artists have had as many ups and downs as T-Pain. Having come up during the heyday of vocoder/autotune, the Florida-bred emcee has struggled to find radio hits in recent years. Still, his tours sold out and offers to collaborate continued to roll in. T-Pain kept quiet, working on major singles as opportunities arose, and now it seems he’s finally set for a comeback with his new single, “Up Down.”

Time can change a person in many ways, but those worried T-Pain would abandon his love of vocoder can rest easy knowing the rapper’s signature robotic voice is still completely intact on his new material. “Up Down” pairs Pain with Atlanta kingpin B.o.B. for a track about the girls at clubs that make you want to spend all of your money. It’s catchy, simple, and complete with a great hook. You can view the song’s official lyric video below.

T-Pain has certainly taken a major risk by refusing to change his vocal approach over the years, but “Up Downs” is proof enough he still knows how to craft a radio/club-ready hit. This track might be forgotten in a year, but it will certainly help T-Pain regain his credibility in the urban music scene. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the performance. Continue reading ‘T-Pain Kickstarts A Comeback With “Up Down”’

Watch Eazy-E Be Resurrected Via Hologram At Rock The Bells

Move over, Tupac. There’s another dead rapper making headlines thanks to modern technology.

Saturday night in San Bernardino, California, the members of Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony resurrected rapper Eazy-E using the same hologram technology that brought Tupac Shakur to Coachella 2012. The event was part of Rock The Bells, which just so happened to take place on the day that E would have turned 50, had he not died from complications related to AIDS in the early ’90s. The show included performances of “Straight Outta Compton,” “Boyz-n-the-Hood,” and “Foe tha Love of $.” You can view fan-filmed footage of the event below.

It may be pretty cool that we live in a world where holograms can so closely resemble real people, but we’re not sold on the need to bring musicians back from the dead. These one-off events are fun publicity grabs, but they’re also undeniably creepy, and what they really mean to an audience remains to be seen.

Rock The Bells was not done playing God just yet. Last night, the festival again turned to hologram technology when Ol’ Dirty Bastard made an ‘appearance’ during closing night performances. No footage is available at this time, but we’ll post a link as soon as decent video surfaces. Continue reading ‘Watch Eazy-E Be Resurrected Via Hologram At Rock The Bells’

Justin Bieber Releases “Wait For A Minute” Featuring Tyga

Justin Bieber continues to push his sound from pop to urban this afternoon with the release of a new single entitled “Wait For A Minute.”

The first new material to surface directly from Bieber in months, “Wait For A Minute” is essentially a club song with minimalist production. The teen sensation croons about his love, the club, and setting the mood right while Young Money member Tyga adds a verse about his worth to breathe a shot of energy into an otherwise subdued jam. You can stream the track at the end of this post.

“Wait For A Minute” is the kind of song you check out because of the names and repeat because of the production. While Bieber’s efforts to evolve are admirable, there is little worth remembering about his new material. The deep bass and synth that drives the melody, however, is bound to inspire countless remixes and freestyles in the months ahead. Comment below and let us know your thoughts. Continue reading ‘Justin Bieber Releases “Wait For A Minute” Featuring Tyga’

Jay Z Unveils ‘Magna Carta’ World Tour Dates

Capping off one of his biggest years in recent memory, Jay Z has unveiled plans to embark on the Magna Carta world tour before 2013 comes to a close.

Announced this morning, just hours after news broke that frequent collaborator Kanye West would also be hitting the road, Jay Z has plans to touch down in cities around the globe beginning the first week of November. Tickets for the new dates go on sale next Thursday, September 12. You can view the full itinerary below.

A Facebook pre-sale is planned for the Magna Carta tour, with an exclusive code being distributed to participating fans beginning Wednesday September 11. Information on accessing that code will vary by location, but will be revealed in the coming days on Jay Z’s page.

Jay’s new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, is available now. Continue reading ‘Jay Z Unveils ‘Magna Carta’ World Tour Dates’

 


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