Kendrick Lamar may be the prize of TDE‘s roster, but he’s certainly not the only one with a few in the chamber. Early this year, SZA‘s album campaign commenced and halted at once, with the arrival of the standalone single “Drew Barrymore.” A release date of February 3rd came and went, and in the months since, her label-mate and frequent collaborator leap-frogged over SZA, announcing his next project with not one, but two new singles and an eye-grabbing video to boot. Then, in the wake of Kendrick ‘s “HUMBLE” release, the … Read entire story.
After a stint as the assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets, Patrick Ewing has been hired as the head coach at his alma mater, Georgetown University. A four-year student athlete at the DC institution, Ewing holds records to this day. He replaces John Thompson III, son of his own college coach, John Thompson Jr. Those old enough to remember Ewing’s career with the Hoyas know it to be nothing short of heroic. An imposing defender and bully on the boards, he faced Michael Jordan and UNC’s Tar Heels (a school Ewing himself almost attended) in the 1982 NCAA Finals, a classic by any and all measures. They’d lose that match but return… Read entire story.
“Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man” #1 by Sam Spratt) based on 2Pac’s “All Eyez on Me” (1996) It’s been over three months since Marvel‘s last batch of variant hip-hop covers. But today the comic book giant strikes back with another grip that’s sure to scratch music and panel-flipping itches alike. Five new covers arrive today with hat-tips to geniuses like Tupac, RZA, Frank Ocean, Method Man and Masters of Ceremony, each receiving specially-dedicated takes on iconic album covers featuring stars of the MU; Nick Fury, X-Men, Luke Cage and the like. On March 17… Read entire story.
Yesterday, Moonlight took home a grip of golden statuettes at the Oscars, including the award for “Best Picture” (in what was hands-down the strangest on-screen live TV moment this writer’s has ever witnessed.) The film — directed by Barry Jenkins — has been the subject of think-pieces galore and is easily amongst the year’s best films with or without the academy’s co-sign. Today a new think-piece of sorts surfaces with the release of OG Ron C‘s chopped (never slopped) recalibration of the film’s outstanding soundtrack, featuring Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, Jidenna, Goodie Mob, Yasiin Bey (fka Mos … Read entire story.
Suppose Erykah Badu‘s meant a lot to quite a few of your favorite artists over the last two years. Perhaps as much to them as to you. But rare is the opportunity to actually hear one of the pioneer’s contemporaries actually speak to her influence and immutable glow. Over her birthday weekend, Badu shared a clip of DMX in a rare sentimental mood, finding the NYC rapper reflecting on just how profound The Badu Effect has been in his life. Earlier this month, both Dark Man X and Badu shared a bill at the first annual Soulquarius Festival, along with the entire new guard of hip-hop and r&… Read entire story.
This Friday, Steve Lacy will complete the trifecta of solo projects from The Internet, following Matt Martians‘ The Drum Chord Theory and Syd‘s FIN. Today, he shares “Dark Red” via Beats 1 premiere, a smoldering second single off Steve Lacy’s Demo, following the buoyant lead-off, “Some” and its Cusack-on-the-lawn-channeling video. The project will serve as Lacy’s debut full-length, capping off a year that saw copious collaborative gems, including J. Cole’s “Foldin’ Clothes” and extensive work on both Martians and Syd’s records, alongside seasoned hit-makers and budding talents like KARI FAUX, Tay Dreamin and more. Hear Steve Lacy’s… Read entire story.
So it’s the first President’s Day in the most hated administration in American history. There’s a lot of feelings in the air, and reasonably so. Some are taking to the streets for “Not My President’s Day” rallies, others are sitting back praying for a quiet day in headlines. Whichever route you take, you’ll need something in your ear. And seeing as how we’ve officially reentered the streaming phase of Prince’s afterglow, The Purple Planet’s a damn-good place to start. Though the high-heeled-stage-stomper was best known for his prolific songwriting and death-defying-showmanship, our reverence for him, more often than not, fails to consider a razor-… Read entire story.
Leave it to Calvin Harris to pry Frank Ocean out for a criminally-rare collaborative appearance. Last month, the producer teased a track with Ocean on his Snapchat fueling anticipation for a chart-topper. Today, Harris has offered a glimpse at an updated version of the track that features new vocals from Migos‘ Offset. Yes, this brings us one step closer to the Migos/Frank O. link up you didn’t know you needed in your life. But outside of the song’s confirmed, yet underdeveloped, existence, and the understanding that if this thing drops it all float on star-power alone, there isn’t all too much to see or hear just yet. Frank Ocean’s only non-Blond(e)… Read entire story.
In 2006, Pharrell hopped out of The Neptunes and embarked on a solo ride through a world he helped forge with the release of In My Mind. The record cashed-in more than a decade’s worth of hook-ups, wrangling A-list collaborators of his storied past to set up the first move in his climb to a stellar standalone legacy. But the A1s know of a slightly-altered version of the album, Out of My Mind, entirely remade by The Roots with contributions from some of Philly’s finest in the year following the breakaway release. Maybe you caught it on the boards, or maybe it was brought to you by a well-intentioned homie, but with the announcement… Read entire story.
“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” For weeks ahead of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, the world was left guessing as to who might be tapped for their holy grail Prince tribute. Names were tossed around the ether, Frank Ocean mentioned that he wanted to be the one as he clapped back at the show’s producers over the weekend. But it wasn’t until last week that we learned Bruno Mars would be the man in the purple suit. And what a treat it was. With The Time in his back pocket and a spot-on “white cloud” guitar replica in hand, … Read entire story.
Saturday Night Live was back at it with the political barbs this past weekend. Melissa McCarthy reprised her role as alternative fact specialist, Sean Spicer, while Alec Baldwin continued his streak of Trump swings. But it wasn’t all politics as usual on the iconic late-night sketch show. SNL offered a take on the momentarily private lives of the week’s real stars: the Carter twins (the first of two high-profile weekend appearances.) With Kenan Thompson and Tracy Morgan starring as the already beloved belly-busters, a sonogram reveals the daily lives of the in utero duo, already cracking jokes at their mother’s expense, lolling over life on the … Read entire story.
Ahead of a fresh grip of tour dates, MNDSGN has release an astrally-projected disco cut for your sink your teeth and feet into. The Stones Throw producer taps into his glitziest and most uptempo self on the new single “GOTEEM,” taking a trip to the stars on the back of a propulsive groove, punctuated with string jabs and a relentless bass line. It arrives on the heels of a new Joyce Wrice collaboration and a lush performance of “Lather” live and direct from the label’s dungeon quarters. Hear the latest from MNDSGN down below and scroll on to peep his full touring docket for Europe and Japan. Jump back to acquaint yourself with his stud sophomore … Read entire story.