As if he didn’t already have the music world excited with the announcement of his second annual ASTROWORLD Festival a few days ago, Travis Scott is now gearing up for the release of new music in the form of a single titled “Highest in the Room.”
Dropping this Friday (October 4), Travis’ latest musical offering also comes accompanied by three different artwork designs (seen above). The main one seems to be the burning ladder extending into the clouds — it’s a dope work of art in itself that alludes to the song’s title perfectly without having to say much. The alternate cover goes for a more direct approach, infusing the words “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM” in a typeface that matches the Basquiat-esque figure also present in the artwork. The third could be a whole other song altogether, especially because a song titled “SHE FILLS MY MIND UP WITH IDEAS” with an alien head on the cover looks like a very Cactus Jack sorta move. Either way, we’re definitely excited to see what the rap superstar has to offer to cap off the workweek with.
Look out for “Highest in the Room” by Travis Scott to arrive this Friday (October 4). No word yet on if this is for a new album, but we’ll keep you updated with the latest.
Many peeped shorty from her stellar season on Jermaine Dupri’s hit show on Lifetime, The Rap Game.Others know her from her rough and rumble Baltimore accent and even rougher flows on the mic. She is undeniably in possession of one of the most gifted pens of her generations. But still, despite how dope she is, she tends to be a loner.
Hence, when she dropped her new record DEEvsEVERYBODY over the weekend, the title did not shock anyone. She has built a reputation as a fighter- and this project allows her to wear that sentiment on her sleeve.
Song for song… she brings something that is a most wonderful extension of the blazement that Rhapsody gave earlier this summer.
On her title cut, she approaches the song like she is Mayweather sparring with her lyrical opponents. And her Deebo has the same vibe. She steps to the mic with a crazy interpolation of the classic 90s Bad Boy joint, “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.” “Who’s hot, who not????” is a question you don’t have to ask… the answer again is clear. Continuing with a Bad Boyesque sequencing, she gets in her bag with the club banger “Whoa.”
By the fourth song, “HIGHS and lows!”she shifts her style. It is a needed departure from the tonality of the first three songs. So far, if you are listening to it from start to finish, it emerges as one of the best songs on the record thus far.
The fifth song is her first R&B feature, in “GEEKIN!” It is a love song and shows a more mature side of her. It is sweet to hear her so vulnerable. It also as a concept feels perfectly sequenced after “HIGHS and lows” and before the previously released, “All of Me!” The reason is simple… these three songs are commercial and prove that she has her finger on the pulse of her peers. It is hard… because so many rappers who are lyrical miracles find it hard to find the balance, but so far this project finds the balance.
deetranada has an interlude called “Feelings” that could be a song. It shows maturity and a musicality that shows that the project gets stronger and stronger the further you get in to it. Sure there is a lot of autotune and voiceboxing that distorts her raspy signature voice… but is excusable because she clearly has a POV that needs to be heard – however we get it. Its good.
Her storytelling rhyming skills on “Hoodlums” are exquisite. “Outside” is another bop. It shows that she has a good control over her instrument- combining those aforementioned storytelling with some melody. “PICC a Side” changes the game as it trap sound is a departure from the other type of songs on this album.
“I Might!” and “Beep Beep!” ride beats and clearly are crafted for the trap club scene. More often than not, the style that deetranda raps on songs like these in over shines her exceptional lyricism. For people who simply want to hear her r.a.p. this might be frustrating. They also are not the energy as the earlier songs… which is reclaimed with “ATTITUDE!” featuring StarrZ. She holds B-More down with her performance on this rapid paced joint.
The reflective song “ANXIETY!” featuring E. FOSTER could be an anthem for so many folk out there dealing with the pressures of the world and moving through a world where it is difficult to see who is friend or foe. The song is too short… because you want more… but it is just enough so that you appreciate what she is saying. Layered with musical texture, this might be one of the top four songs on the 15 track release. “FLAWS!” featuring E. FOSTER might be one of them also.
In a very Eminem-ish way, she has mastered a way to communicate depression, social angst and self-reflection on this project. It is quality and proves she is on her way to make a name for herself.
Sounds like the little girl from the TV show is grown up and ready to be seen en par with other femcees that have come before her.
We also send the emerging lyricist a salute for joining us this past August for SOURCE360 where she shines in both Brooklyn and Harlem. Count in it, deetranada will be a major star, soon come!
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.
One of the best mixmasters out of the ’90s underground Hip-Hop scene is making his return this year, as DJ Shadow just announced he’ll be dropping a double album filled with collaborations from a handful of rap all-stars.
The lineup for Our Pathetic Age is hefty to say the least, bringing some of today’s new kids on the block together with those we consider to be legends to the game. The features go from Nas, De La Soul, Run the Jewels, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon to rising MCs like Wiki, Dave East and See You Yesterday rapper-turned-actor Stro. The album will also include a few genre switch-ups as well, like Interpol’s Paul Banks and Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring — whether or not he’ll be channeling ‘Hemlock Ernst’ is to be determined. From the sound of “Rosie,” the double LP’s beat-thumping lead single, Shadow will definitely be borrowing from all across the music spectrum. The album will be released through Mass Appeal Records, similar to his 2017 EP, The Mountain Has Fallen.
Listen to “Rosie” off DJ Shadow’s upcoming album Our Pathetic Age below, and make sure to look out for the full project to drop on November 15.
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.
He may be known as Martha Stewart’s bestie today, but there was a time when Snoop Dogg was one of the most loc’d out rappers in Hip-Hop. As he prepares to release his 17th studio album I Wanna Thank Me, it looks like the rap pioneer is getting back to his Long Beach roots in the music video for his latest Swizz Beatz-assisted single “Countdown.”
The video shows both Swizz & Snoop decked out in blue bandanas and plaid button-down shirts that Tha Doggfather rapper helped make popular during his days as an active member of the Crips gang. Whether or not he’s still affiliated is not up for public discussion, but the main thing worth nothing is that the track slaps harder than the hydraulic low-riders featured in the video itself. Beautiful video vixens, a dancing clown posse and of course clouds of that good green are all included throughout, but it’s the crisp delivery of Snoop’s flow that will have you hitting the replay button to make sure we haven’t time-warped back into 1993 — basically, our favorite OG still got it!
Watch Snoop Dogg’s new music video for “Countdown” featuring Swizz Beatz above, and check for ‘I Wanna Thank Me‘ — the album was named after his viral Hollywood Walk of Fame acceptance speech — when it drops this August.
Lizzo has been receiving tons of critical acclaim for her major label debut album Cuz I Love You that dropped back in April. One of the standout tracks is a high-energy cut called “Tempo” that features her idol Missy Elliott, and now the fun has extended into a new music video that’s truly a sight to see.
It’s hard to even pinpoint a highlight in the almost three-minute clip because, well, the video itself is one big highlight from start to finish. Lizzo is a vision as she twerks with her “thicc” and beautiful backup dancers, meanwhile Missy brings back those quirky-cool visual effects from her “Work It” days as she hops out a lowrider and keeps it fresh in a tracksuit and kicks. Heck, Lizzo even gets to flex her flute skills at the end that solidifies her as the next big quadruple threat. From the fashion (two-pieces and thongs galore!) to the impressive bars by both femcees alike, this is definitely one video that will have you entertained the whole way through.
Watch the new music video for “Tempo” by Lizzo and Missy Elliott above, and listen to ‘Cuz I Love You‘ now on all streaming platforms if you haven’t already.
After unveiling the cover art and release date for his debut studio album The Big Day last week, Chance the Rapper has finally release the highly-anticipated project to much fanfare amongst critics and followers alike. To assist the LP rollout, young Chano has also dropped some cool album merch for fans to rock as well.
This extensive set has all the key essentials to everyone’s wardrobe this summer, including T-shirts, caps, long-sleeved shirts and hoodies for the cooler days ahead. There’s also a small range of accessories too, included a sticker pack and lighter for those that want that smoke. Every item comes with a digital copy of The Big Day, which is delivered to your email address immediately after purchase. Those that still enjoy a physical CD copy can cop those as well, which also come with a digital version as well. Chance is also selling pre-sale access to future shows and raffle tickets for fan experiences and exclusive prizes, both retailing for $10 USD and benefitting the non-profit organization SocialWorks in his hometown of Chicago.
Cop Chance The Rapper’s ‘The Big Day‘ album merch collection right now over on ChanceRaps.com. All items will ship in four weeks, with some items on pre-order until Fall 2019. See the full set below:
The acting bug has a firm grip on Kid Cudi, and it doesn’t seem like it’ll be going away anytime soon. Not only has the Cleveland-bred rap star announced that a new album is on the way, he’s also already given the project a name and confirmed that a companion TV show in partnership with Netflix will also be part of the LP rollout.
Entergalactic will be something you've never experienced. I promise it'll be a fun ride. Lot of good friends involved. Great songs too! The cast is coming together. I know a year from now seems like forever but itll be here before u know it!
Entergalactic is the title for both the upcoming album and the show, which is being described as an “adult animated series.” The latter will see Cudi working alongside Kenya Barris (Black-ish), who will serve as one of the series’ executive producers. Also in the EP role will be Ian Edelman, who worked with Cudi on HBO’s cult classic How to Make It in America, and the Demon Slayin’MC himself will write, executive produce and of course star as the main character.
As The Hollywood Reporter describes it, Entergalactic will showcase music from the new album of the same name, and the plot focuses on a young man (more than likely played by Kid Cudi) on his journey to discover love. This will be the third acting role so far on Mr. Mescudi’s plate, following the Bill & Ted: Face the Music “threequel” that was announced last month and a return to HBO for a Luca Guadagnino-led series titled We Are Who We Are. Let’s go, future EGOT!
‘Entergalactic‘, the new album and Netflix series by Kid Cudi, are both expected to debut in 2020. Oh, and in case you were wondering: