Pusha-T and Drake’s on-again, off-again feud was reignited today with the release of the former’s new album, Daytona. On the track “Infrared”, Pusha T mocks Drake’s alleged use of a ghost writer, rapping, “It was written like Nas/ But it came from Quentin.”
It took only a few hours for Drake to issue his response.“Don’t push me when I’m in album mode, you’re not even top five as far as your label talent goes,” Drake raps on a track he’s dubbed, “Duppy Freestyle.” He goes on, “There’s no malice in your heart, you’re an unapproachable dude,” a reference to his brother and former Clipse group mate No Malice, who has retired from music. In another dig, Drake raps, “I had a microphone of yours, but then the signature faded, I think that pretty much resembles what has been happening lately.” Drake also takes shot at Kanye West, who produced Dakota. “What do you really think of the nigga that’s making your beats?/ I’ve done things for him I thought he never would need/ Father had to stretch his hands out and get it from me/ I pop style for 30 hours, then let him repeat.” (Drake and Kanye last collaborated on a song called “Pop Style”). Later, Drake raps, “I could never have a Virgil in my circle and hold him back cuz’ he makes me nervous.” Virgil Abloh,...
alt-J’s Gus Unger-Hamilton leaves very little off the kitchen table in this installment of Kyle Meredith With…. The keyboardist and vocalist details their immersive new 3-D sound project, the challenges of performing their music live, and why catchy songs are crucial.
He also digresses on why alt-J considers themselves a “folk band,” how Radiohead inspired their latest single, “Hares On the Mountain”, the reasoning behind reworking the lyrics to “House of the Rising Sun”, and the thrill of winning the Mercury Prize.
Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Each episode, Meredith digs deep into an artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty. Rate the series now via iTunes.
It’s no secret that Danny Boyle is in line to direct the 25th James Bond film — he himself admitted as much during a recent red carpet interview. Tonight, however, EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios made it official: Boyle will indeed helm the follow-up to 2015’s Spectre, using a script written by from John Hodge, who Boyle previously worked with on Trainspotting. Daniel Craig will return to reprise his role as 007, likely for the final time.
A press release also confirms that production will begin on December 3rd, 2018, with a release date slated in the UK for October 25th, 2019. A worldwide release will follow on November 8th, distributed by Universal Pictures.
Boyle, known for films such as Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, and 127 Hours, was previously mentioned as a candidate to direct the two previous Bond films, 2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre, both of which ended up being helmed by Sam Mendes. Mendes removed himself from consideration for the 2019 Bond film, as did other popular candidates such as Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve, opening the door for Boyle to finally take the reigns.
Public Image Ltd. are turning 40 this year, and they’re celebrating in a variety of ways. Their documentary, The Public Image is Rotten, debuted at premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, and they’ll embark on a 32-date anniversary tour with the same name in the coming days. Now, John Lydon’s post-punk outfit have detailed their forthcoming 40th anniversary box set called, you guessed it, The Public Image is Rotten (Songs from the Heart).
Available in five-CD/two-DVD, six-LP, or digital formats, the set is due out July 20th via UMC. It features the PiL Singles Collection (1978-2015); a disc of B-sides, rarities, and radio sessions; 12-inch mixes and “dance tracks;” a collection of previously unreleased mixes and instrumentals; and a live album recorded at the New York Ritz on July 16th, 1989.
The DVDs include a number of promo and music videos, performances on the BBC TV shows Top of the Pops and Old Grey Whistle Test, and two complete live concerts from Estonia’s Tallinn Rock Summer Festival in 1988 and Sydney, Australia’s Enmore Theatre in 2013.
As a preview, the band has shared a previously unheard live recording of “Warrior” from the 1989 Ritz show. Check it out below.
Christine and The Queens returned earlier this month with the Dâm-Funk-featuring “Girlfriend”, the electropop project’s first new release since their 2015 self-titled debut album. Today sees the debut of the track’s video, and it’s a nice throwback to the early days of ’80s dance music when the visuals would just be powerful dancers in unique settings.
The clip takes inspiration from West Side Story and Michael Jackson’s “Bad”, with some of the choreography actually referencing those iconic musical landmarks. Director Jordan Bahat also took clear inspiration from Charles Ebbets’ instantly recognizable “Lunch Atop a Skyscrapper” — that photo of 1930s builders taking a break on a girder 60 stories in the air. In the video, Christine herself (aka Héloïse Letissier) dances through a construction site as she vents her romantic frustrations to her crew.
Watch it below.
In addition to the English version, Christine and The Queens have released a French take on the song retitled “Damn, dis-moi”. Check that out below.
Hopefully with more new music in tow, Christine and The Queens are heading out on a fall tour through North America and Europe. Check out their complete tour itinerary for dates and locations.
Earlier this month, several women accused Ameer Vann of BROCKHAMPTON of sexual misconduct, including allegations that he was “mentally abusive” and had engaged in relations with a minor. Vann immediately refuted the claims, but now founding member Kevin Abstract has addressed the situation during a live stream with fans, as High Snobiety points out. He also says that, as a result of the accusations, BROCKHAMPTON will be pushing back the release date of their upcoming album, Puppy, which was originally scheduled to drop in June.
Singer-songwriter Rhett Rowa, who previously had been in a relationship with Vann, said he was “emotionally manipulative and mentally abusive.” She also claimed that he had a pattern of “abusing” women and had engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor. A Twitter user named @GIGlNOTHADID also lodged additional claims of sexual misconduct, but the tweets have since been deleted.
Vann subsequently denied the allegations in a statement. “I’ve been in relationships where I’ve fucked up and disrespected my partners,” he wrote. “I’ve cheated and been dismissive to my exes. In response to the claims of emotional and sexual abuse: Although my behavior has been selfish, childish, and unkind, I have never criminally harmed anyone or disrespected their boundaries. I have never had relations with a minor or violated anybody’s consent… I’m sorry for lying and letting my friends down. I’m sorry for placing my...
The Lowdown: CHVRCHES burst onto the mainstream music scene in 2013 with big synths, bigger hooks, and almost immediate international success. But there was also a sort of scrappy, confrontational passion to their first record and its follow-up, Every Open Eye, especially present in lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s vocal delivery, that made the music stick in ways that go beyond a typical well-constructed pop earworm. On their third full-length, Love Is Dead, the Scottish synth pop band go broader than ever before, embracing all the hallmarks of successful pop singles and abandoning much of the fierceness, attitude, and strangeness that made their past music feel unique and urgent.
The Good: The exuberant, nostalgic “Graffiti” and the punchy, political “Graves” have the most organic danceability, and they also benefit from being the most focused songs on the record. “Graffiti” delivers a vibrant, concrete image: teenagers scrawling their emotions on the walls of bathroom stalls. “Graves” offers scenes of bodies washing up on shores while the powerful and unfeeling hide away, and its surging chorus offers a perfect soundtrack for resistance.
The NYPD began investigating Weinstein in November following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. Some 80 women, including prominent actresses, have accused Weinstein of misconduct ranging from rape to harassment.
The Times reports that Weinstein will face charges in connection to at least one accuser, Lucia Evans, who said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during a business meeting in 2004. Prosecutors have also investigated allegations made by Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta, who said Weinstein raped her twice in 2010.
Weinstein is also under investigation by local prosecutors in Los Angeles and by police in London. What’s more, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that federal prosecutors at New York’s Southern District had opened their own investigation over Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse and whether he lured or induced women to travel across state lines for the purpose of committing a sex crime, which is a federal crime.
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Ahead of Friday’s release of his new album, Daytona, Pusha-T appeared on the Angie Martinez Show on Wednesday. Over the course of their 20-minute conversation, Pusha revealed a few interesting tidbits about the album’s creation and his ongoing collaboration with Kanye West.
For one, Pusha said the reason he doesn’t yet have artwork for the album is because of Kanye. As Pusha explained, Kanye called him up yesterday to tell him “he wasn’t feeling” the original artwork. Instead, Kanye wanted to go with an unidentified photo that cost $85,000 to license. “This is what people need to see to go along with this music,” Kanye told Pusha before offering to pay for it himself.
Daytona is the first in a series of records to be produced by Kanye and released over the next five weeks, including Kanye’s ninth solo album and Kanye’s Kids See Ghosts collaborative LP with Kid Cudi, along with new solo LPs from Nas and Teyana Taylor. Pusha said there’s been some discussion about a tour featuring all five artists. He also said that he and Nas have discussed the possibility of heading out on a co-headlining tour of their own.
Pusha also discussed his and Kanye’s opposing political views as well as his relationships with Pharrell and No Malice. Watch the full interview below.
R. Kelly hasn’t been in public much since new accusations of sexual abuse and his alleged “sex cult” came out last year. He’s played a few concerts here and there, but has mostly kept himself away from the media’s eye. Now, however, footage has come online of the R&B singer commenting on his critics and the #MuteRKelly movement to a private group of friends.
Speaking to the all-male group, Kelly says the efforts to silence his music has come “too late,” adding, “they shoulda did this shit 30 years ago. It’s too late. The music has been injected into the world.” He then proposes a toast: “To all the strong motherfuckers in here right now. Motherfuckers like you is why I still continue to do what I do, because I have a basketball mentality. As long as I’ve got the ball, the world is on defense.”
As SPIN reports, NBA forward Antoine Walker was amongst the people in the room and apparently live-streamed the moment on Facebook this past Wednesday, May 17th. Another man, Chicago’s Remus Jackson IV, later posted the video himself the follow day. Not long after, an attorney and media personality named Exavier Pop came across it because Walker was tagged in the post. He then reposted the specific clip you can watch below because he “deemed it extremely newsworthy.”So, remember that I told you about that random Antoine Walker...
Last week, Grimes revealed that she’s thinking of legally changing her name, and that her decision has been encouraged — as well as partially inspired — by her new boyfriend, Elon Musk. Now in the latest chapter of This Most Unexpected Romance saga, the musician born Claire Boucher has spoken out in defense of the Space X founder over some of his more controversial business practices.
Longtime Grimes fans have been quick to point out how Musk’s recent actions conflict with the musician’s more progressive views. In particular, fans took issue with Tesla and reports that the company fired employees that were trying to unionize. In a now-deleted tweet, Boucher attempted to shut down fans’ concerns by calling those reports “fake news.”
“He has never prevented them from unionizing,” she insisted. “It’s quite literally fake news. Trust me, I’ve investigated this heavily and even visited factories.” Additionally, she claimed to “have receipts” of proof, but declined to share any of them until she has new music to share.Amazing pic.twitter.com/gzS1ntgswY — Luke O'Neil (@lukeoneil47) May 22, 2018
That didn’t stop fans from pressing Boucher — a self-described “anti-imperialist” — on her new beau’s pro-capitalist ideology. (According to one Twitter user, Grimes took the...
Femdot is a first generation Nigerian and a graduate of DePaul University’s Department of Biological Sciences, imbuing the Chicago rapper with a fresh, far-reaching POV. He’s been making a splash in the local scene as a member of the Get Rich With Your Friends collective, and now the young talent is due to drop his debut LP, Delacreme 2, on June 6th via Closed Sessions.
“The root of who you are can be explained through a collection of moments in your life. These not only define you, but are used when one needs reassurance of what it means to be themselves, at the core. That’s what Delacreme 2 is,” Femdot says in a press statement. “By using defining moments in my life and keeping them in a place in my heart that I can access if I need to, I created a time capsule of sorts inside of me. So here’s that process on wax.”
Following up on the recently released “Alright”, Femdot’s shared new single “Ryu”, which features production by fellow Get Rich With Your Friends member Charles Lauste. Rich in disparate melodies and textures, the stormy track sets Fembot’s livewire rhymes against thundering pianos, church bells, and a ghostly choir.
Of the song, he tells Hottest New Hip-Hop, “‘Ryu’ really highlights the clash of karma and wants. Is doing questionable things to get what you want worth the karma that it brings?”
Check out the song below, as well as the album’s artwork and tracklist.
Briana Bette continues to shine in her many creative endeavors and still repping for Texas strong. The curvy Texas beauty has been on our site two times in the past for very good reasons, and we’d figure as the saying goes, “third time’s a charm.”
Some might remember Bette as one of the thick-a-saurus rexes in Kendrick Lamar’s “King Kunta” video and generally stunting with the best of them via Instagram. Along with hosting the Bigger And Better podcast, Bette is heavy into fitness and is a proud psychology graduate from the University of Houston.
Check out Texas babe Brianna Bette, our latest Baes & Baddies entry, below and on the following pages.
That didn’t take very long at all. Less than 24 hours after Pusha T set the Internet on fire with his new album, Daytona, that features bars aimed at Drake, the 6 God has already responded.
Drizzy just dropped “Duppy Freestyle,” and he wants all the smoke.
If you’ve been under a rock, Pusha’s track “Infrared” took multiple shots at Drake and his use of ghostwriters, per usual. Push confirmed to The Breakfast Club that the retort was due to Drake’s “Two Birds One Stone” from a...
Even with an empty house — and even before his hero turned up to jam — Shawn Mendes was clearly enjoying himself as he strummed his guitar at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood on a recent afternoon.
“Feels good to be back onstage,” the 19-year-old heartthrob from Toronto said to a thousand unfilled...