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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’

A Day To Remember Release “Golden Eagle” Rap Video

After years with Victory Records, A Day To Remember recently announced that they plan to release their long-awaited new album Common Courtesy independently in early October. Part of this transition means the band has also taken on marketing for their new project, and the results of those efforts bring us to today’s post.

Adding a comedic spin to Trinidad James‘ runaway smash “All Gold Everything,” A Day To Remember have released a hip-hop parody entitled “Golden Eagle.” The track features drummer Bobby Scruggs impersonating James in and out of the studio. Other members of ADTR appear in various scenes, with each making their own subtle references to the new album that awaits the world in October. You can view the clip below.

In addition to random comedic videos such as this, A Day To Remember have also released an ongoing studio update series to build excitement for the new album. Click here to view that series. Continue reading ‘A Day To Remember Release “Golden Eagle” Rap Video’

Wale Releases “Clappers” Music Video

Miley Cyrus may be busy distracting the world with the notion that twerking is the next big thing, but in other areas of hip-hop, the true genre trendsetters are continuing to deliver club-ready dance tracks that are heavy on the bass and light on gimmicks.

“Clappers” is the latest single to surface from DC native Wale. The song and video are focused on celebrating the beauty of girls who aren’t afraid to go wild on the dance floor. Nicki Minaj and Taylor Gang member Juicy J add verses to support this theme, and the results are one of the most exciting ‘club tracks’ to hit the urban scene in weeks.

Performance videos tend to vary very little in the grand scheme of things, and unfortunately “Clappers” is no different. While the song is fun and perhaps there is no visual concept that could improve upon the song’s basic subject matter, it is still an idea that’s been done before. Many, many times before.

Wale’s new album, The Gifted, is available now. Continue reading ‘Wale Releases “Clappers” Music Video’

The Weeknd Streams ‘Kiss Land’

After months of anticipation, Canadian crooner The Weeknd has released a stream of his new album Kiss Land a full weak ahead of its scheduled street date.

It does not feel like two years have passed since The Weeknd was the talk of the mixtape market, but it is indeed the truth. After signing with a major label, the Weekend reissued his breakout mixtapes as a single offering (Trilogy), then receded to the studio where he remained largely quiet until rumors of a new album began to blossom early this year. Once the word got out, so did new music, and this morning the entire sensual listening experience that is Kiss Land can be enjoyed by music fans around the globe. Head over to NPR to stream the album.

It’s hard to tell exactly what the future might hold for The Weeknd, but one thing that we know for sure is that he has plans to tour the globe in the months ahead. While we wait for dates to surface online, comment below and let us know your thoughts on Kiss Land. The album hits stores September 10.

Jay Z Releases “Magna Carta” Video Featuring Justin Timberlake

Coming off one of the summer’s most successful tours, Jay Z has partnered once more with Justin Timberlake to release the official music video for HOV’s new single, “Magna Carta.”

Released with zero advance promotion on Thursday, August 30, Jay Z’s video for “Magna Carta” marks the second time he and Justin Timberlake have shared the small screen this year. Unlike “Suit & Tie,” however, the visuals for “Magna Carta” have a decidedly dark tone. Jay appears sequestered in a cavernous, dilapidated room, staring at stacks of grainy televisions, while Timberlake wanders through an abandoned mansion filled with well choreographed ghosts.

“Magna Carta” is the second video to be release from Jay Z in a month, following the debut of “Picasso Baby” on HBO. Jay is playing his cards close with future promotional plans, but rest assured we’ll update you as soon as new developments arise. Until then, comment below and let us know your thoughts on Jay’s latest video. Continue reading ‘Jay Z Releases “Magna Carta” Video Featuring Justin Timberlake’

Danny Brown Releases “ODB” Video

There has been a growing distaste of mainstream hip-hop in recent months, with artists and fans alike complaining about the seemingly endless fascination and celebration of the party lifestyle. Be it talk of molly, throwing bands to make girls dance, or simply boasting about your possessions, it’s hard to look at the Billboard urban charts and find someone with anything original to say. That may soon change, however, and the world has Detroit native Danny Brown to thank.

Having built a reputation as one of the wildest lyricists in the game through his time on the mixtape circuit, Danny Brown spent the majority of the past year recording, inching his way towards becoming a household name. And 2013 has found Brown releasing a plethora of singles without making any available for download or purchase – almost unheard of in the modern music industry – but still his notoriety has continued to spread. Next month, his long-awaited debut album finally hits stores, and this morning, Brown kept anticipation high with the release of a new music video.

“ODB” is a typical Danny Brown track, which means for the unsuspecting hip-hop fan it might play a bit like a shock of high wattage electricity. Featuring a throwback hip-hop beat with thick and sinister-sounding synth lines adding melody, the track serves as a platform for Danny Brown to showcase his superb ability to manipulate language in ways not offered by other emcees in the game today. Even when the subject matter changes to the aforementioned well-worn territory of party life, Brown manages to make it feel new once more with original metaphors and seamless transitioning between topics.

For the “ODB” video, Brown partnered with producer Paul White to create a visual experience that matches the trippy-meets-surreal feel of Brown’s music. Danny appears in a dimly lit basement with a variety of blue, red, and green light layers applied in post rotating over the visuals. Mixed in with all of this is a series of video distortions, stretching and shrinking in the frame, and hand drawn scribbles that appear intermittently throughout the video. It’s a bit disorienting, but in the best possible way. You can view the clip below.

Danny Brown will release his new album, Old, on September 30.

Robin Thicke Release “Give It 2 U” Video

Coming off his most successful summer in a decade, hitmaker Robin Thicke is looking to extend his reign atop the charts with the release of his latest single, “Give It 2 U.”

Released as a single in remix form, “Give It 2 U” teams Thicke with 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar. The video finds all three artists coming together on a high school football field filled with gorgeous women in a variety of costumes. It’s kind of like the greatest parade that ever took place, only no one is there to see it other than the people performing (if that makes sense). You can view the clip below.

The single “Blurred Lines” completely changed the course of Robin Thicke’s career, and from the sounds of it “Give It 2 U” could very easily push him further into the public eye. His new album, which is also titled Blurred Lines, is available now. Continue reading ‘Robin Thicke Release “Give It 2 U” Video’


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