As if [my personal] excitement for Drake’s new album wasn’t hype enough, now comes the news that everyones favourite game-changing Scotsman will be contributing to Nothing Was the Same. Gah. Having successfully transitioned from underground God to mainstream super producer, Hudmo’s alignment with Drizzy following his work on Kanye’sYeezus makes complete sense. Unlike most in hip hop Drake openly embraces the evolution of his sound and already has a proven track record of working with innovative (… and British) producers. The new LP will also feature appearances from Lil’ Wayne (standard) & Jay Z. Nothing Was the Same is out September 17th.
After what looked like a historic night in Toronto last night, Drake keeps the momentum up by dropping another new song from his upcoming third album Nothing Was the Same. The finespun disco heartbeat of ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’ featuring Majid Jordan and it’s obvious R&B bearing is another savvy release from Aubrey; Not only does it feature some of the best singing of his career to date (dude has come a long way since So Far Gone) but it also displays Drizzy’s unwavering goal to push the limits of what a hip hop artist (one of the biggest in the world) can legitimately do. More than that though, it again demonstrates Drake’s ability to push the boundaries of popular music without alienating anyone. That’s not easy, see Yeezus. Plus, this sounds like some 80′s Anita Baker type shit – win.
MTV has announced that Kanye West will return to the VMA stage for the seventh time to perform ‘Black Skinhead’ from his most recent album Yeezus. Kanye first appeared on the VMA stage back in ’04 with a performance of ‘Jesus Walks’, ‘All Falls Down’ and ‘Through the Wire’ and after this performanc Yeezus will tie Madonna for the most VMA performances by a single artist to date. He will join Lady Gaga who will perform her new single from her upcoming album ARTPOP, while additional performers are still TBA. #dosomethingcrazyYe #immaletyoufinish
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards air on Sunday, August 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, from the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, NY.
A few unexpected but exciting inclusions cropped up in the production credits for Kanye West’sYeezus - among them the efforts of homegrown talent Evian Christ and tastemaker Benji B. Part of Kanye’s ensemble motley crew also included relative unknown (but PinBoard supported) producer Arca. With two LP’s already under his belt via New York label UNO, the Brooklyn native has built an enduring reputation as a specialist in genre-defying, trippy, bass hungry beats which are occasionally complimented by distorted vocals. His latest offering &&&&& is a 25 minute collection of his latest warped and wonderful concoctions. Take a listen below…
… You’ll be able to catch Arca alongside Evian Christ, Lil Silva, Sampha and Fatima Al Qadiri at the next Deviation session at XOYO on August 2nd – more info here.
Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino has been on the rap scene since 2008, with the release of his debut album Sick Boi. However, it’s his latest record, Camp, with standout tracks like ‘Bonfire‘ and ‘Heartbeat‘ that flung him into the spotlight. Anyway, having had a breather from playing at 2012′s Coachella and acting a bit, Glover’s back to cement his reputation. And so we arrive at his latest cut ‘Centipede’. It’s a deceivingly soulful, jazzy number at first, but then Gambino unleashes an unyielding beat that recalls the tone of Kanye’sThe College Dropout - perhaps not the only Yeezy comparison that could be made here. Check it out below.
After an unfinished version of Kanye’s ‘Black Skinheads’ video leaked early, West took to his twitter to explain that the official video has been worked on for “5 months” with creative collaborator and renowned photographer Nick Knight. The video premiered on West’s official website today, which explained how users can interact with the visual by adjusting the motion speed, which also enables them take still ‘screen grabs’ of it (“creating their own art” in the process). Watch the after the jump and head over to kanyewest.com to interact with it…
While the world still debates Yeezus, yesterday it’s creator released the albums first music video for ‘Black Skinhead’. The post-Manson (although not sampled) saga is depicted through videogame-like animation and is in itself a pretty compelling watch. All black with very little let up, the dark visual captures the angst and irritation Kanye compellingly put into the record.
Today marks the official U.S release of Kanye West’s sixth studio album Yeezus; To coincide with it’s launch West has released his “American Psycho” themed short film starring Kim Kardasian’s brother-in-law Scott Disick and BFF Jonathan Cheban. An over the top and somewhat bizarre production, the film is more about Kanye taking the piss than it is anything else. Terrible performances aside, the script is pretty hilarious…
Pusha T comes through with a new video for his Kanye West & Don Cannon produced single ‘Numbers on the Boards’. Watch closely for cameros from West & Chief Keef, and prep for Pusha’s forthcoming new album My Name Is My Name due out July 16th.
Earlier today Kanye West sparked huge excitement among fans when he tweeted the words “June Eighteen” on twitter. Speculation about what the cryptic date implied spread like wildfire; it was briefly confirmed by Elliott Wilson to be the release date for West’s follow up to 2010′s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - but that was quickly retracted. Either way with little over a month to go until June 18th – it’s safe to assume we’ll have more Kanye news soon.