On Friday, the Pharrell-curated compilation album i am OTHER Volume 1 debuted, which spotlighted 10 emerging creators and their COVID-19 inspired tracks. As part of the launch, we also announced our continued partnership with i am OTHER to champion emerging artists with the news of i am OTHER Volume 2.
The new project will highlight innovative, original work that promotes messages of empowerment, unity, and social justice. Today we’re sharing more details about how creators can submit their tracks to be considered for Volume 2, learn more here.
To commemorate Volume 2, we worked with Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club brand to design a limited edition t-shirt that underscores the universal healing power of music. The t-shirt is now available for presale here, with net proceeds going to the New Virginia Majority Education Fund.
DJ Khaled has continued to build the hype and momentum for his upcoming singles with Drake. The We The Best Boss was recently posted with a real life Owl in the studio as a teaser. On Sunday, he posted an animated video of an Owl flying with keys. Each video was in preparation for Monday’s big announcement. While many thought he was gearing up for one release, fans had no idea.
The Father of Asahd took to Twitter to announce two new singles featuring Drake. The OVO honcho recently stated that his upcoming album is 80% complete. 2 songs with DJ Khaled will certainly help to usher in a new Drake project. The dynamic duo have teamed up in the past for some of Khaled’s biggest hits, including “I’m On One,” “No New Friends,” “For Free,” and “To The Max.”
Legendary emcee and actor Big Daddy Kane has taken it back to his Golden Era roots, creating music relative to the social climate as done by all creative greats. Teaming up with another Golden Era terror, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal takes it up a notch by exposing today’s injustices and magnifying #45’s presidential inadequacies.
With the feel of the 1991 PE hit “Burn Hollywood Burn” feat. Kane and Ice Cube, “Enough” aggressively attacks the system while touting sentiments of the Black Lives Matter movement. Salute to the Golden Era for keeping the masses on point!
Legendary rapper, hip-hop producer, and founding member of the influential collective Diggin’ In The Crates Crew (D.I.T.C.), Lord Finesseis back with his most ambitious project to date: Motown State of Mind, a set of handpicked Motown classics remixed and reimagined. The inspired new remix album will be available to stream on June 26 via Motown/UMe and the remix of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” is available to stream now (available here).
In true DJ style, the remixes will also be released as a 45 RPM box set on July 24 containing seven 7-inch records on black vinyl featuring the remixed version on Side A and the classic original on Side B. In support of the release, there will be digital activations throughout June including livestreams and IG live takeovers from Motown’s various handles.
Curated and arranged for the new generation, going back to the original masters/sources, the remixes include chart toppers such as Michael Jackson’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are” and DeBarge’s “I Like It” alongside deep cuts from Motown’s catalog like Sisters Love’s “Now Is The Time.”
“Now Is The Time” is a unique track as it was originally recorded in 1970 and in 1973 the group recorded a version of the song which was produced by Willie Hutch and appeared in the movie The Mack, but was never officially released. As an ode to the 1973 version, Lord Finesse and J Zone (producer, drummer, multi-instrumentalist, rapper, and writer) recreate the song as if it was released that year. The instrumental version of the track will be included as the B-side in the 45 box set.
The reimagined versions also feature collaborations from the likes of Dinky Bingham (the CEO of production/publishing company Dinky B. Music and a producer of gold and platinum hits for artists such as Changing Faces, New Edition, Kylie Minogue andJaheim) as well as producer Tall Black Guy (who’s worked with artists such as Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Anthony Valadez, Jazzy Jeff, Questlove, amongst others).
Lord Finesse classifies the remixes to be his “best project to date.” “I’m my own worst critic. If I like it, I don’t think no one can really tell me anything,” he explains. With that in mind, Finesse closes out the album with a mastermind remix of the critically acclaimed Jackson 5 medley “I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save.” The standalone singles of those three original aforementioned tracks, alongside the release of their fourth single “I’ll Be There,” made the group the first to debut with four consecutive number one hits on Billboard’sHot 100.
If you’re a Notorious B.I.G. fan and you thought that you knew every single verse ever released by the King Of NY, then think again.
NYC producer Statik Selektah posted a totally unheard verse from Big Poppa himself this past weekend, while thanking creative director Joe Lyons for the “reminder.”
Lyons has announced via IG @everydayisacanvas page that he is prepping a live Biggie show on May 14, featuring more unheard and unreleased verses from the late Ready To Die emcee. Check out the verse dropped by Selektah below.
Over the weekend, music lovers received new projects from DaBaby, Westside Gunn and more. DaBaby’s new release, Blame It On Baby comes less than a year after his sophomore release, Kirk. On the other hand, Westside Gunn’s, Pray For Paris is his third solo release.
The Griselda rapper took to Twitter to repost a photoshopped picture portraying his album’s quality to be better than DaBaby’s, Blame It On Baby.
Rap’s competitive nature still reigns amongst rappers. Pray For Paris revives the posse cuts missing from Hip-Hop. Of course, the album features his Gunn’s Griselda family, Conway and Benny The Butcher. In addition, Tylerthe Creator, Joey Bada$$, Wale, Freddie Gibbs and more make appearances on the album as well. The album’s cover art and packaging was created by Virgil Abloh. The Off White head honcho played the entire album on Twitch prior to its release.
DaBaby album features an all-star cast including Megan Thee Stallion, Future, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Roddy Ricch, Ashanti and more. The album sparked a number of hilarious memes across social media. Black Twitter did not go easy on Rap’s 2019 rookie of the year. One fan even commented about people criticizing the Charlotte, NC rapper for having one flow.
Despite the ridicule of Blame on Baby’s quality, the album is projected to move over 150,000 units in its first week.
Both Westside Gunn and DaBaby represent different aspects of Hip-Hop, so who do you think had the better album?
Rap sensation DaBaby (South Coast Music Group/Interscope Records) is bracing to shake up the music world yet again with the release of his third album, Blame It On Baby.
With his captivating bass-filled voice and high charisma, the Charlotte rapper commands each of the 13-tracks; from the blazing opening song “Can’t Stop” to “NASTY” featuring Ashanti and Megan Thee Stallion. Also included on the album is DaBaby’s most recent single, “Find My Way.” The single was followed up by a suspenseful 10-minute Reel Goats-directed short film which has already received more than 11 million views on YouTube. Guest appearances include Quavo, Future, Roddy Ricch, Ashanti, Megan Thee Stallion, A Boogie wit da Hoodie and YoungBoy Never Broke Again.
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
Royce 5’9” has reinvented himself once again and straight snapped with his new video for Black Savage featuring Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, CyHi The Prynce & T.I. Beginning the video off with a quote from James Baldwin, Royce’s agenda is clear from the gate. “You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not with it’s idea of you.”
Spitting straight bars that teach, Royce’s level of lyricism steps up another notch as he continues to propel with each project.
Vulgar like Akinyele, focus like Dr. Sebi We did it your way but now the culture is boppin’ to our Sinatra medley/ I’m limitless energy, they gimmicks and imagery Kendrick, Cole and the Kennedys, lyrical Holy Trinity General of the city, they into promoting silly beef
Straight out of black gangsta flick, the men appear in a glamorous private party adorned with a African choir. The men bring soul and bars back to hip hop on the melodic production. Sy Ari Da Kid kills the chorus while CyHi The Prince brings the delivery he’s known for.
‘Huh, they tryna take the soul out of soul Niggas say I sold out, I never sold out a show’
And T.I. reaches back into his Troubleman persona to boast of his black greatness. Check out the video below!