Outkast, Muse and Arcade Fire have been announced as headline acts for Coachella 2014.

Each year the festival, which takes place over two weekends in April (11th-13th & 18th-20th) sees a whole load of acts take to the stage and of course this year is no exception. Pharrell, Disclosure, Nas, Solange, HAIM, Lana Del Rey, Blod Orange, the Internet, Shlohmo, A$AP Ferg and many others will all head to the desert to perform. It’s crazy how all those awesome names feel relatively unimpressive when stacked up under Outkast, right? Full line up above.

More info here. See you in the desert.

Pusha T made a lot of people happy when he announced he was going into the studio with Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo – aka The Neptunes for 20 days to record new music. Things got even more hyphy when he uploaded a snap of them all in the studio together. At the same time rumours began to swirl that the studio sessions were also being used to reunite The Clipse – a rumour that now seems pretty official after Pusha linked to a Karen Civil post on Facebook with the comment “Clipse working on new album”.

I’ll let you sit with that while you wipe your brains from off the wall. It’s happening.

Kendrick Lamar keeps the good kid, m.A.A.d city flame alight with a set of new visual for ‘Sing About Me’. The seven-time Grammy nominee teams up with graffiti artist Eddie Peake on the black and white video which sees Kendrick drive around his home-town Compton whilst Peake delivers a new piece of artwork. The transparency and subtlety of the clip mirrors the track’s message, the simple idea… “When the lights shut off, an artist’s dream is that their work will stand the test of time. The ones that influence our culture are the ones we most remember. Here, two powerful creative forces come together to elevate the status quo and lay ground to their legacy. This is their poetry. Sing about them. 

Influential New Jersey beat maker Clams Casio has released the third and final instalment of his instrumental mixtape series. Vol.3 which follows his 2011 and 2012 releases features beats from DOOM and A$AP Rocky as well as a plethora of unreleased gems. Download the full tape here.

Following a hugely successful year which saw Disclosure release their #1 selling debut album, embark on a successful world tour and receive a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Dance Album’ – it’s quite difficult to imagine how they’d round 2013 off. Well as per usual they manage to do so something special by commissioning two excellent remixes.

The first is put forward by the legendary DJ Premier - which for any artist is a ridiculous honour – who transforms the Sam Smith assisted ‘Latch’ into something completely new. The second offering comes from the slightly more obscure, but no less exciting electronic producer SOHN who dissects ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’. Take a listen to both – doubt you’ll be disappointed in either.

‘Latch’ (DJ Premiere Remix)

‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ (SOHN Remix)

Last week North London collective Piff Gang released a brand new mixtape appropriately titled Pizzy – it premiered on Fader.com. As one of the city’s finest rap outfits it’s unsurprising that their new 13-track tape supplies a plethora of crisp beats and unmistakable verses – fine-blazed to vibe to. PG’s strength has always been that they are a talented collective of sharp, well versed emcees who are fully immersed in and committed to the culture and generation that they minister too. Time to reach for that sticky and listen up.

… And shouts to all the producers who worked on this.

In the midst of recent holiday season celebrations, the main man JT acquires a few verses from some of his (other) favourite rappers, J Cole, A$AP Rocky and Pusha T to bless the TKO remix.

After a successful comeback year which has seen JT release two albums, this latest remix seals just how much everyone loves to support him – after all the hits do keep rolling. The three MC’s that are linked together on the Timberland produced beat take the opportunity to address their own agendas too, in particular J Cole, who ceases the moment to address the Kendrick Lamar verse on ‘Control’. Yeah. That… Again.

Get into it below.

Kanye’s new video premiered on Ellen, rightfully so too because this has to be a joke.

I don’t even know what this is. And I’m sure Yeezy will have a grand ol’ explanation (I didn’t stick around for the post-video interview on Ellen, but you can – just keep watching until the end) but this is not good. By any means. Maybe it isn’t meant to be, maybe it’s supposed to rile people up – either way, it’s a hot mess. Kim’s getting played… and/or paid (spot the difference).

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As you may (or may not) have heard, Childish Gambino is releasing his new album, Because the Internet  in about a month, precisely, December 10. After sharing a couple of tracks from the album, the rapper unveiled both the cover art (above) and the tracklisting, which will come with a script. The 19-track project will feature the likes of Chance the RapperJhene Aiko and Azealia Banks. Check out full track-listing after the jump.

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Once again Drake pulls out all the stops for a video, this time with a 10 minute ode to Memphis for Nothing Was The Same‘s standout track ‘Worst Behaviour’. Drizzy’s making a bit of a name for himself when it comes to his videos but in his case, it’s not necessarily for the best reasons. For those who find his over-emotional odes to woes, women and weed unbearably corny – his videos only add fuel to the fire. Make up your own mind watch ‘Worst Behaviour’ up top.

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