2014

Diddy Returns As Puff Daddy For New Album

by SHABAZZ | published: Mar 25, 2014

As he does his part to change the swing of music television with Revolt, Diddy will also adopt his classic Puff Daddy moniker for his forthcoming album, MMM. To tease the new effort, he releases a teaser for his new single “Big Homie,” featuring Rick Ross and French Montana.

It would be great if we got Bad Boy-era material from Mr. Combs — you know, with bomb sample loops and the whole nine. However, that doesn’t quite seem like the case. The new single definitely sounds like it’s keeping up with the current “turn up” motion.

The full visual for “Big Homie” will drop next week, but until then, indulge in the sample clip above. Also, never forget his transformation into P. Diddy. Enjoy the flashback below:

Bonus: P. Diddy, “D.I.D.D.Y. (prod. The Neptunes) (Video)

2014

Frank Ocean is Working on His Sophomore Album

by Adeshola Adigun | published: Mar 25, 2014

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It’s official, Frank Ocean is in the studio working on his forthcoming sophomore album.

Since the release of his debut Channel Orange in 2012, we’ve gotten plenty guest vocals from the crooner on cuts from the likes of Diplo, Kanye West, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, but no solo releases. However, thanks to this Instagram post from photographer/video director Nabil Elderkin, we can official stop pondering and actually prepare for some fresh material from the New Orleans-bred musician. Keep a lookout on more details, set to hopefully come soon.

2014

Damon Albarn’s ‘Africa Express Presents’ Album Recieves Deluxe Edition

by Adeshola Adigun | published: Mar 25, 2014

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Originally released this past December, Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes will receive a deluxe edition, scheduled to drop April 19th in celebration of Record Store Day via Transgressive. The effort is the product of collaborations between Western and Malian musicians during a week-long visit to Africa, and will feature five new bonus tracks. Contributors include Damon Albarn, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Malian band Songhoy Blues, members of Metronomy and Django Django, and more.

Africa Express is a project spearheaded by Albarn, known for his work as front-man for Blur and the vocalist for Gorillaz. The goal of album is to unite western and African musicians for various collaborations.

Watch the official video for the second track off the Soubour album and check out the new tracklist below:

01 Adama Koita: “Fantainfalla Toyi Bolo” (Produced by Two Inch Punch)
02 Songhoy Blues: “Soubour” (Produced by Nick Zinner & Remi Kabaka)
03 Ghostpoet feat. Doucoura: “Season Change” (Produced by Two Inch Punch & Damon Albarn)
04 Bijou: “Dougoudé Sarrafo” (Produced by Damon Albarn)
05 Lil Silva: “Bouramsy” (Produced by Lil Silva)
06 Talbi: “Rapou Kanou” (Produced by Two Inch Punch)
07 Gambari ft. Kankou Kouyaté: “Yamore” (Produced by Damon Albarn)
08 Yacouba Sissoko Band: “Chanson Denko Tapestry” (Produced by Brian Eno)
09 Lobi Traoré Band: “Deni Kelen Be Koko” (Produced by David Maclean)
10 Moussa Traoré: “Farafina” (Produced by Damon Albarn)
11 Tiemoko Sogodogo: “Latégué” (Produced by Brian Eno)
12 Kokanko Sata: “Djoti Sayoro Don” (Produced by Damon Albarn and Two Inch Punch) [Bonus]
13 Remi Kabaka ft. Batoma Sidibé: “Milk” (Produced by Remi Kabaka and Batoma Sidibé) [Bonus]
14 Gambari and Olugbenga: “Wade in the Water” (Produced by Olugbenga) [Bonus]
15 Tiemoko Sogodogo – “Man Nyale Totebereye” (Produced by Brian Eno) [Bonus]
16 “Another Power Cut” [Bonus]

2014

Watch Lil Boosie’s Post-Prison Press Conference

by Adeshola Adigun | published: Mar 11, 2014

Angela Yee of the Breakfast Club mediated a press conference with Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie yesterday, March 10th. This is the rapper’s first official public appearance since his release from prison last Wednesday, after a five year stint for various charges. During the press conference, Yee invited Bun B, Young Jeezy, right hand Webbie and Boosie’s own mother to share some dear words about the “Wipe Me Down” featured-rapper and their thoughts on his return. She followed by opening the floor to Boosie’s lawyers, who shed light on the legal side of things before her in-depth chat with the artist.

Watch the conference above, and peep his recent release titled “Wartime” featuring Webbie below:

2014

Lil Boosie Released From Prison

by SHABAZZ | published: Mar 06, 2014

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We can finally retire the #FreeBoosie hashtags. Torrence Hatch, known under his rap moniker as Lil Boosie, was released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary yesterday evening, confirmed by Warden Burl Cain with WAFB Channel 9. The Baton-Rouge rapper most notable for his verse on club banger “Wipe Me Down” was incarcerated in 2009 for a third-offense marijuana possession charge. The stay was extended after he attempting to smuggle drugs into prison. Then, in 2012 he faced an additional murder charge, but was found not guilty.

Officially a free man, the self-proclaimed Bad Azz rapper will serve the remainder of his sentence on parole until 2018. Atlantic Records has organized a press conference for this forthcoming Monday in New Orleans, where Boosie will speak for the first time prior to his sentencing.

Bonus: Boosie, “Zoom” Feat. Yung Joc

2014

Watch Part 1 & 2 of ScHoolboy Q’s CRWN Interview

by Adeshola Adigun | published: Mar 04, 2014

In part one of Elliott Wilson’s CRWN interview with ScHoolboy Q, the “Man of the Year” rapper sheds light on how he got his rap name and talks Oxymoron collaborations with Pharrell, Tyler, the Creator and others. He also chats about gangsta rap and doesn’t shy away from sharing his feelings on rapper’s being too nice nowadays.

UPDATED: In part two, Q tells the story behind his now signature bucket hats, his gritty ad-libs and randomly, losing his driver’s license.

Watch the clip above. Oxymoron is out now.

2014

Kanye West’s DONDA Partners With Jay Z’s Roc Nation

by Adeshola Adigun | published: Mar 03, 2014

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Kanye West‘s creative house DONDA partners with Jay Z‘s Roc Nation imprint. Announced via their website, the full-service entertainment company — which already overseas a diverse roster of talent including Rihanna, Shakira, Timbaland and many others — will manage all of DONDA Music’s business affairs and will “focus on Mr. West’s international recording brand and worldwide touring ventures.”

Mr. West officially branded DONDA in 2011 with the groundbreaking packaging and tour design for Watch The Throne. The following year, DONDA conceptualized and introduced an immersive new way to experience cinema: the 7-Screen Surround Vision experience in Cannes, France. The short film Cruel Summer, a visual companion to the G.O.O.D. Music album of the same name, employed the new techniques in both filming and viewing. In 2013, DONDA oversaw the concept and design for Mr. West’s minimalist YEEZUS album packaging and groundbreaking global launch, including a guerilla-marketing campaign, the “New Slaves” projections. DONDA is at the center of concept, design and production of Mr. West’s lauded concert experience, the YEEZUS TOUR. DONDA has designed and produced album packaging, staging, music videos and content for Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Pusha T and more.

This is a grand look for both parties — especially for Jay Z, whose Roc Nation Sports agency has crafted an all-star roster including Robinson Cano, Kevin Durant, Victor Cruz and more within it’s first year. The news adds on to West’s winning streak as well, as it follows the trailer release announcing his forthcoming Hype Williams-directed YEEZUS tour film.

2014

Kendrick Lamar To Release New Album

by Adeshola Adigun | published: Feb 28, 2014

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In Billboard‘s new cover story with Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q, the Top Dawg Entertainment rappers reveal album release date details from every artist on the label, including K.Dot’s highly-anticipated follow-up to 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city, set for a September release. Black Hippy –the super-group composed of TDE spitters Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock — is also set to release their debut album this year.

ScHoolboy Q’s label debut Oxymoron released last week, and is projected to land at the top spot of the charts this week. Nashville newcomer Isaiah Rashad’s Oilvia Demo was recently released and has since been well-received by the blogosphere. And lastly, the clan’s first lady SZA’s is geared to release her Z EP in April.

Read the full Billboard cover story here.

2014

Kanye West Debuts ‘Yeezus’ Tour Film Trailer

by Adeshola Adigun | published: Feb 28, 2014

After teasing the clip during his appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Kanye West took to his website to release the official trailer for his forthcoming Yeezus tour film. The Hype Williams-directed motion picture is reminiscent to Jay Z’s 2004-released Fade to Black effort, the documented Madison Square Garden concert that was suppose to be Hov’s final performance due to his announced retirement from the rap game. The Yeezus film is set to release in theatres, with more details to come.

Watch the trailer clip above, and then revisit the “Runaway” short-film from his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album.

Bonus: Kanye West, “Runaway” (Short-Film)