With his fourth album, After Hours, on the way, The Weeknd has released the short film of the same name.
A bloody Abel is seen in the film in an inflamed state, giving a nod to what we can expect on the album as his smile fades away and the mood gets darker as he rooms Los Angeles. The “After Hours” single plays through the video, leaving room for more to come for the March 20 drop.
This week “Blinding Lights” became The Weeknd’s 7th #1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart, the most for any artist. The song also is #1 airplay song in both Germany and France for 7+ consecutive weeks, and it has recently hit #1 in Australia as well.
The Weeknd is set for tour that will kick off in on June 11 with dates set for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
Today marks the premiere of the video for “Catch the Sun” by Lil Baby — a song from the Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack, released by Motown Records. Arriving as Queen & Slim hits UK theaters, the quietly stunning visual will have its broadcast premiere via BET Jams, BET Hip-Hop and the Viacom billboard in Times Square.
In the video, Lil Baby and his co-star recreate the on-the-run love story of Queen & Slim. With its dreamlike beauty and captivating tension, the visual perfectly captures the introspective track. It was directed by Cam Busby (Wiz Khalifa, Kodak Black), who also helmed the video for Megan Thee Stallion x VickeeLo’s contribution to the soundtrack, “Ride or Die.”
The Atlantic noted, “The Atlanta rapper Lil Baby offers a reflection that’s more meditative than his usual repertoire; on ‘Catch the Sun,’ he waxes poetic about romance, fatherhood, and his upbringing.”
2019 was Baby’s biggest year as he passed over 10 billion global streams, earned his first Grammy nomination for “Drip Too Hard” and won his first award for Best New Artist at the BET Awards, and had three #1 songs at urban radio all to solidify himself as one of the most dominant global forces in rap.
Already classified as a legend, North Carolina’s own Rapsody released visuals to her song Afeni ft. PJ Morton featuring a classic hip hop hook by the late Tupac. The Roc Nation-signed hard hitter is delivering once again from her album Eve which features songs all named after an influential black woman.
Known for her brilliant bars and moving messages, the natural born lyricist breaks down the relationships between the black man, black woman and child. In the captivating video we witness a young couple in love warp into a single black mother raising her son. Bringing us wisdom and tears simultaneously Rapsody is a true queen in hip hop speaking for a generation of those who go unheard.
[Chorus: 2Pac] Now since we all came from a woman Got our names from a woman and our game from a woman I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women Do we hate our women? Now since we all
[Verse 1: Rapsody] My brothers (My brothers)‚ I love you (I love you) I hate to know some of you treat us like Glover (Glover) Black card revoked‚ maybe you could use Discover (Discover) Define yourself, do you feel the same way ’bout your mother? (Mother) Do you overlook our beauty, but you lovin’ on all the others (Others) Hope you teach your daughters all to stay away from suckas Like yourself if you don’t love yourself I’m so Southern (Southern)‚ I was taught to feed the soul with or without hot ovens Here’s a plate, know your hate come from a black man struggle (Struggle) We all in the same shape, so I know I fit your puzzle (Puzzle) Either way‚ we got your back, we only pray you’ll be our muscle (Pray you’ll be our muscle) Strength in the times we all overcome with trouble Every day we pullin’ doubles for ourself and home (For ourself and home) My mom and daddy taught me, early on, protect your own (Protect your own) We never stopped lovin’ you, so turn your love back on (Your love back on) And I pray you feel the same way as that 2Pac song We ain’t your hoes or your bitches, trophies, or meant for pimpin’ Recognize a gift from God outweighs a birthday or a Christmas To protect our lives, you gon’ take it to the limit? (You gon’ take it to the limit?) Rib of my rib, do you still feel us in ya
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.