No one can argue that this past year belonged to Pharrell. Now with news of his upcoming solo LP G I R L actually seeing the light of day, its time for The Neptunes‘ breakout star to divulge why this year seems slated be another colossal one for him. BBC1′ Zane Lowe go the chance to catch up with P at the 2014 BRIT Awards–where he stepped on stage to perform his summer smash “Get Lucky” with the his hit-making patriarch Nile Rodgers– asking in particular what brought the solo effort to fruition, to which P explained that everyone he had been working with –particularly Daft Punk– had acknowledged his enormous potential as a frontman–except for him. And so Columbia extended their… Read entire story.
Talib Kweli gives fans a peek at his life in rhymes from his point of view in the video for “Rare Portraits”, which follows the MC from the bottom to the backstage area to the spotlight where he performs the Oh No produced track for a packed house full of screaming fans. The video directed by Joel Clare places a magnifying glass on the hard work of climbing your way to the top – in this case center stage – as Kweli drops autobiographical verses that detail a few of the chance meetings and history-making moments that have gone on to define his career as a world-renowned … Read entire story.
Who frets over legal troubles? Gucci Mane surely doesn’t, nor does his many run-ins with the long arm of the law stop him from releasing new music. The Brick Squad rapper went jacking for beats on Rick Ross’ hard hitting street single, “War Ready.” An audio clip of a judge throwing the book at some criminal plays before Gucci kicks his bars. “Say Gucci got a murder one, I killed a man allegedly/ I’m the average celebrity/ Can’t let you get the best of me,” he raps on the Mike WiLL Made It-produced beat. Sadly, a bid in prison could be Gucci’s reality sooner than later. In December, the rapper… Read entire story.
How often have you been asked to steal an artwork? That’s exactly what Kiwie did in his last exhibition.Read more: Kiwie and treasure hunting Read entire story.
Today’s top picks… The top 10 Most Unlikely Sample Sources >> (Music Radar) Music Radar looks at some of the most unlikely samples that producers have used for their creative delights. Random picks include Congo Natty’s sample of Aled Jones and Burial sample of the Metal Gear Solid 2 score. Social Media Killed the DJs Club Residency >> (Crossfadr) Has the rise of social media changed the face of DJing in dance music? Crossfadr investigates… Stream ‘Sip Paint’, the Hip-Hop Influenced New EP from Jack Dice >> (XLR8R) ‘Sip Paint’ is the new EP from Jack Dice which is due out on Modern Love. Check it out below… “Underground Means Nothing” : Andy Blake >> (Fact) Take a… Read entire story.