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Drake Reveals Dual Cover Art For ‘Nothing Was The Same’

Rap sensation Drake has revealed the cover art for his forthcoming album, Nothing Was The Same.

The release of two separate covers has sparked speculation that it will come in standard and deluxe edition, with each cover representing a different version of the album.

Moving away from the photography that dominated his previous albums, the covers for Nothing Was The Same features drawings of Drake. The first is of the rapper as a child, with a pick in his Afro and a wide-eyed expression. The second is of Drake as we know him now, with a gold chain and a confident gaze. You can view both designs below.

In addition to revealing the album art, Drake also announced last night that the album has been delayed one week until September 24. No reason for the move was offered, but we’ll update you if more information becomes available. Continue reading ‘Drake Reveals Dual Cover Art For ‘Nothing Was The Same’’

G-Eazy Debuts “Been On”

California native G-Eazy is kicking off what is promising to be a busy fall promotional run with the release of a new single entitled “Been On.”

It’s been a good summer for G-Eazy. In addition to touring alongside Lil Wayne, the Must Be Nice rapper has been putting the final touches on his long-awaited debut album. “Been On” is likely not an album cut, as it was released with zero warning as a free download, but it does showcase an evolution in Eazy’s sound. The ’50s-inspired pop themes that helped him rise to prominence have been replaced by a more modern hip-hop influence, and that is certainly not a bad thing. You can hear the track and view the official video at the end of this post.

Directed by Bobby Bruderle, the video for “Been On” features G-Eazy in a classic pose while lighting a blunt in super slow motion. Inspired by still photography, the video attempts to create a series of fluid images that also function as still photos.

G-Eazy has not revealed his album plans at this time, but we’ve heard that will be changing soon. Stay tuned for updates. Continue reading ‘G-Eazy Debuts “Been On”’

Fat Trel Releases ‘SDMG’ Mixape

OS Member Fat Trel has released a full download of his brand new mixtape, SDMG.

The results of months of hard work, SDMG arrived online late last night. The title sands for Sex, Drugs, Money, & Guns, which fits pretty well with the recurring themes found in the music. The project features 20 new tracks, with additional contributions from Wale, Smoke DZA, Danny Brown, Trouble, Black Cobain, YG, Red Cafe, Young Chop, Cardo, DJ Mustard, Harry Fraud, and more. You can stream and download the release on LiveMixtapes.

Fat Trel has been teasing tour dates across his social networks since June. Nothing concrete has been announced at this point, but rest assured we will update you as soon as more information becomes available.

Big Sean Releases “Beware” Video

Just a little under a week ahead of his new album hitting stores, Detroit native Big Sean has released the official video for his latest single, “Beware.”

The third Hall Of Fame single to surface ahead of the album’s August 27 street date, “Beware” pairs Big Sean with frequent collaborators Lil Wayne and Jhene Aiko. The video throws most of the song’s lyrical themes to the side in favor of a more psychedelic, performance-based clip, filled with vibrant colors and creative editing. We’re not complaining, as the final results are certainly mesmerizing in their own way, though it does feel like a bit of a wasted opportunity for storytelling. You can view the clip below.

Big Sean is rumored to be prepping another video release in the immediate future. After his record is in stores he will be popping up around the country for spot dates and eventually announcing his fall tour. Stay tuned for additional details in the coming weeks. Continue reading ‘Big Sean Releases “Beware” Video’

Chief Keef Releases ‘Bang Pt 2′ Mixtape

Following months and months of delays, Chicago native Chief Keef has finally released his highly-anticipated Bang Pt 2 mixtape.

The first of two mixtapes promised by Keef in 2013, Bang Pt 2 arrives roughly six months after we first expected it to debut. In the time Keef kept fans waiting, he made sure to release a steady stream of singles and, surprisingly, only a few made the cut for this release. Of the 16 tracks included, only four have surfaced before now, and only one features any guest appearances. Click here to download the album.

Chief Keef has been spotted playing one-off gigs around the country, but no concrete evidence has surfaced to suggest a new tour or album will surface anytime soon. We’ll keep our eyes peeled and update you as soon as that changes. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on Bang Pt 2.

Trinidad James Releases ’10 Pc Mild’ Mixtape

Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over.

Making good on promises he made at the beginning of the month, Atlanta native Trinidad James has released his highly-anticipated 10 Pc Mild mixtape. The album, which is the first to surface from James in 2013, is the second release ever for the buzzworthy rapper. His debut boasted the singles “All Gold Everything” and “Female$ Wanted,” which helped catapult him to the national stage, but for this release James has kept every song under wraps until today. His hope is that fans will experience all ten tracks in sequential order, and having heard the record ourselves we can understand why. James has delivered a cohesive, wild listening experience that works best when played from beginning to end. Head over to LiveMixtapes to stream and download 10 Pc Mild.

Trinidad James wrapped up a nationwide summer tour last night in Ohio. He has yet to reveal fall touring plans, but we’re heard rumors that he’ll be joining a star-studded lineup for a string of shows in the months ahead. Stay tuned for updates.

Trinidad James Announces ’10 Pc Mild’ Mixtape, Reveals Artwork

Less than a year after topping the charts with his debut single “All Gold Everything,” Atlanta rapper Trinidad James has announced plans to release a new mixtape tomorrow, August 13.

Borrowing its name from James’ favorite chicken wing order, 10 Pc Mild will hit digital outlets around midday Tuesday and offer fans the first new music from James since his October 2012 release, Don’t Be S.A.F.E. (Sensitive As Fuck Everyday). You can view the official artwork for the release below.

In a surprising marketing move, Trinidad James has announced that he has no plans to release material before the full mixtape is made available. Further, he’s also chosen to not mention any featured artists in advance, in hopes that fans will start at the beginning and enjoy the full album listening experience. Do you think this is a wise move? Comment below and let us know your thoughts. We’ll post a link to 10 Pc Mild as soon as it becomes available. Continue reading ‘Trinidad James Announces ’10 Pc Mild’ Mixtape, Reveals Artwork’

Hoodie Allen Performs “No Interruption”

On the heels of a new tour announcement, New York emcee Hoodie Allen has released an acoustic performance video.

When most people think about hip-hop, acoustic guitars are rarely part of the equation. Of course, the majority of rap music is built on 808s and samples, but there are a number of artists who have proven that the acoustic is just as welcome as the drum machine. We can now mark Hoodie Allen among them.

In a new video posted on YouTube over the weekend, Allen appears in a well-lit room for a rare acoustic rendition of “No Interruption.” The song flows as well as it does in its original form, and may just pack a bit more of an emotional punch. You can watch the performance and see for yourself, below. Continue reading ‘Hoodie Allen Performs “No Interruption”’

KYLE Releases And Streams Debut Album

California rapper KYLE has released his long-awaited debut album, Beautiful Loser, and his marketing plan is second-to-none.

Piracy is everywhere these days, and fight as we might it’s more than likely not going anywhere anytime soon. Some artists have learned to work with this problem, offering free music up front and hoping people will show support in time, but today Kyle is changing the game and trying something a bit different.

Early this morning, Kyle uploaded his debut album Beautiful Loser onto SoundCloud as a stream. And while he included links to buy the album from a number of digital retailers, the 20-something emcee also set the stream to include unlimited free downloads. He’s clearly hoping you will love the album enough to show support in the form of financial contributions, but, more importantly, he wants fans to hear his music, and understands that not everyone is able to buy music 24/7. You can experience Beautiful Loser, for free, on SoundCloud.

John Legend Releases “Made To Love” Video

Just a short while after debuting his new song, John Legend has stepped away from the piano keys long enough to deliver the official “Made To Love” music video.

Standing against a white backdrop, “Made To Love” opens on a profile of Legend. As the grandiose track begins to play, the clip cuts between various shots of Legend and a plethora of odd visuals involving unclothed couples in rather unique positions very closely to one another. It looks even weirder than it sounds, but the track is so good you’ll stick it out regardless.

Strange video concepts aside, we think John Legend has another hit on his hands. Comment below and let us know if you agree. Continue reading ‘John Legend Releases “Made To Love” Video’

 


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