Recently NPR has rolled out an amazing onslaught of Tiny Desk Concerts but BJ the Chicago Kid aimed to smash all of them. The Windy City singer hit the NPR offices and let off an impressive nine songs in the 17-minute run.
BJ fans and newcomers get treated to a discography spanning set that brings hits from his pre-album days, his In My Mind debut and his most recent 1123 which released this summer.
If this small set was impressive you can catch these songs and more in full on his 1123 tour, which gets back in motion later this month.
Check out his reaction to his performance and the actual set below.
Last night rap legends Black Moon performed at the renowned SOB’s in New York City to a crowd of hip hop enthusiasts.
Performing songs off their new album Rise Of Da Moon released on Duck Down Music, the audience got a live taste of gems off the new album. The album features Smif-n-Wessun, Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan and Rockness Monsta with over 15 new tracks produced exclusively by Da BeatminerzBlack Moon which consists of DJ Evil Dee, Buckshot, and 5 FT rocked a few joints off the most talked about hip hop album of the year. Word on the street is this project is the perfect balance of incredible beats and rhymes. Mr. Walt, 1/2 of the production duo Da Beatminerz set the tone for the stage before his brother Evil Dee jumped on the turntables. Showcasing the origins of hip hop, Buckshot and 5 FT controlled the crowd while Evil Dee effortlessly killed the 1 and 2’s.
Smif-N-Wessun surprised the crowd with their classic rendition of ‘Bucktown’ bringing back memories only the 90’s could bring. Sean Price’s wife came onstage and Rock from Health Skeltah showed up to rep his Boot Camp Click Family. Rapping every word of the undeniable golden era classics, the packed house proved they came out to hear real hip hop.
Summer Walker has the highest streamed R&B album created by a woman in history, as apart of her celebration she stopped by NPR for her Tiny Desk performance.
Backed by a band and supported by her pink stuffed animal, affectionately named “Friend,” the 23-year-old star brought a five-song set to the NPR office.
“Look, I’m really freaking excited to be here but I have social anxiety like a mother******,” Walker said during her performance. “I’m freaked the hell out, I’m sweating, but this is so exciting for me.”
You can see Summer Walker perform “Session 32,” “Wasted,” “Girls Need Love,” “Riot,” and “Playing Games.” below
Epix is set to bring the story of Bumpy Johnson to your screens with the release of Godfather of Harlem. Hip-Hop artists, Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz, and DMX have joined forces for the music video for “Just in Case,” which is apart of the show’s soundtrack.
The video emerges viewers into the world of the show, bringing Whitaker and Swizz to the screen and bringing in Ross to be the hitter Whitaker needs and DMX bringing the heat and his trademark bark.
The Original Series Soundtrack is curated by Swizz Beatz.
You can view the video below and if you want to get a further taste of the soundtrack you can hear “Business Is Business” by Dave East and A$AP Ferg and “Saints and Shadows” by Emeli Sandé and Swizz Beatz below.
Swizz Beatz also serves as the shows Executive Music Producer.
Godfather of Harlem tells the true story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from eleven years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Nigél Thatch) – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.Godfather of Harlem is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.
Anyone that got turnt up with Big Sean and A$AP Ferg during their performance of “Bezerk” at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards last month will definitely get a kick out their equally wild new music video that just dropped today.
Featuring a core cameo by Hit-Boy, who also produced the head-thumping track off Big Sean’s upcoming album Don Life, the video takes us from the trap all the way to Tune Town with a stunning set of visuals directed by Sean, Ferg and director Mike Carson. From the squad of looney-looking kids who seem to be up to no good, to a hot air balloon party with a strict dress code — white tees only! — this music video looked like loads of fun to create for everyone involved in the production.
Peep the music video for “Bezerk” by Big Sean & A$AP Ferg above, and be on the lookout for Sean’s upcoming album, Don Life, in the near future.
Following an unfortunate connection to that now-infamous Tekashi 6ix9ine case, Casanova is moving on and upwards with his career by prepping us for his upcoming album Behind These Scars with a new single that features UK rapper Giggs.
Directed by burgeoning creative Mollana Burke, the music video for “Live” gives a black & white look into the struggles that both MCs have faced during their respective come-ups in the game. Set in the Peckham district of South London, the scenes deal with issues that many inner city residents around the world face on a daily: poverty, spousal drama, childcare woes, maintaining a stable household and ultimately finding religion — the latter issue we see Cas and Giggs uniting to discover in the end.
Watch the music video for Casanova and Giggs’ collaborative cut “Live” above, and look out for the Brooklyn-bred rapper’s new album, Behind These Scars, to drop on October 11.
Nas received tons of praise for his “greatest-hits-never-heard” compilation album The Lost Tapes 2 when it released back in July, and now the legendary MC is keeping that momentum going with a new music video for the album cut “War Against Love.”
With Jason Goldwatch behind the wheel as director and editor, Nas spits a story that’s realistic, in some instances poignant, and ultimately serves to let us know what really matters when it comes to the world we live in today. Images of poverty, nuclear explosions, the harsh side of the Civil Rights movement and even Agent Orange himself are superimposed with images of blooming flowers, Martin Luther King Jr., birds in flight and beautiful imagery overall — he literally highlights both the good and bad of society as the three-and-a-half minute clip plays out. Underneath it all, Nas can be seen spitting the lyrics to the song with a stoic expression, showing neither grief nor optimism for the images playing before his eyes. In short, it’s a truly impressive body of work that will sit with you well beyond the abrupt ending.
Watch the music video for “War Against Love” by Nas above, and listen to The Lost Tapes 2 courtesy of Mass Appeal Records and Def Jam on all streaming platforms now.
“Take your hoodie off / Why you hide your face from me?
Make your fucking mind up / I am sick of waiting patiently.
How come you the best to me? / I know you the worst for me.
Boy, you sweet as sugar; diabetic to the first degree.”
The opening bars from Tyler, The Creator’s latest single “A BOY IS A GUN*” are clearly about a male lover, but it’s his new music video for the IGOR album cut that visually confirms his stance on same-sex relationships.
After rapping about “kissing white boys since 2004” on the Flower Boy standout “I Ain’t Got Time!,” the debate on Tyler’s actual sexuality has been a topic of discussion by his global fanbase and the industry alike. However, whether he’s trolling to challenge the epidemic of homosexuality in Hip-Hop or he’s actually somewhere on the spectrum, the truth is that he’s one of the biggest advocates for LGBTQ representation in rap and his support doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon based off his new WOLF HALEY-directed (aka himself) music video. The cinematography overall is rooted in a ’60s-style aesthetic, from the retro ‘fits and dream-like filter to Tyler’s Twiggy-inspired blonde wig. From the artsy vibes to the inclusive narrative, we say he nailed it with this one.
Watch the new music video for “A BOY IS A GUN*” by Tyler, The Creator above, and stream IGOR right now on all streaming platforms.
Curren$y dropped some fire with his latest EP Hot August Nights back in August, and it looks like the N’awlins-bred emcee is extending the summer vibes into September with a new music video for the mixtape cut “Must Admit.”
“Cheeky” in more ways than one, the visuals were handled by director Yuset Pozo and shows Spitta Andretti in a position that everyone wants to be in during the last leg of summer — rooftop vibes, FTW! From calling in a barber to get him fresh before the night’s shenanigans, to hosting a few poolside video vixens with barely-there bathing suits on, the Southern indie rap all-star definitely knows how to cap off the season on the right note. Being that in past years we got used to getting mixtapes by the droves from Spitta, Hot August Nights being his only solo delivery of 2019 makes this a moment worth appreciating, especially for those who rep that Jet Life daily.
Watch the new music video for “Must Admit” by Curren$y above, and stream Hot August Nights on streaming platforms and websites like Datpiff.
Following the sci-fi-themed animated YouTube visuals for his hit single “Panini” when it first dropped earlier this summer, Lil Nas X has now unveiled an official music video for the song that’s just as tech-savvy and even features the beautiful Skai Jackson as his leading lady.
Directed by YouTuber Mike Diva, the new “Panini” video takes us into a world that’s completely taken over by the “Old Town Road” hitmaker. Digital billboards, in-flight movies, 3D Beats by Dre ads — there’s literally no avoiding this guy, as Skai finds out quickly throughout the two-and-a-half minute clip. However, in this Fifth Element-inspired reality, it becomes apparent that Lil Nas X isn’t going anywhere and is just beginning to embark on his worldwide domination. Hmm…that sounds pretty accurate to how things are playing out in the real world, doesn’t it?
Watch the official music video for Lil Nas X’s hit single “Panini” above, and be sure to listen to his 7 EP on all streaming platforms now.