2018

Childish Gambino Releases “Feels Like Summer” Animated Visual

by Shantel Pass | published: Sep 02, 2018

While Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, Childish Gambino is giving the season a second wind with the release of his “Feels Like Summer” visual directed by Donald Glover, Ivan Dixon & Greg Sharp. The star-studded animation features cameos from Justin Richburg-designed cartoon incarnations of Will Smith, Outkast, Janelle Monae, SZA, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Kid Cudi, Chance The Rapper, Birdman, Future, Metro Boomin, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, and many more as residents of Gambino’s neighborhood. With music is in his ears while on a pre-dusk stroll home, he observes his celebrity neighbors and takes in summer’s energy. Watch the full “Feels Like Summer” visual above.

2018

ICYMI: Ari Lennox Shares Acoustic Rendition of “Whipped Cream”

by Shantel Pass | published: Sep 01, 2018

In July, Ari Lennox dropped her new single “Whipped Cream” with an accompanying story about its “deceiving, receiving, not giving headass” muse. Since, she’s openly shared a personal struggle with mental health and the difficulty of balancing that with her art. While it seemed that she may indefinitely give up music, we’re elated to find this isn’t the case after all. A few days ago, Lennox shared an acoustic rendition of “Whipped Cream” featuring Joe Endozo on guitar and her arrestingly supernatural, honey-thick tone. Watch the effortlessly perfect, millennial chanteuse’s heavenly performance above.

2018

Sunni Colón Releases Long Awaited ‘Satin Psicodelic’ EP

by Maia Seals | published: Aug 30, 2018

Sunni Colón has released his newest EP Satin Psicodelic (via Stem) as well as a minute-long, avante-garde short film titled “7th Sky.” After teasing fans with a string of singles drops this year, which included 3 funky songs from the new EP, we’ve received 4 more tracks to enjoy as summer comes to a close. Colón genre bends by continuing to carry the funk in songs like “Strands of The Future,” adding calmer elements in tracks like “Guava,” and by giving you Bossa Nova in “Satin PSICODELIC”.

Similar to the narrative in the 7th Sky visual, the EP embodies a beach vibe. It’s reminiscent of sitting shore side and breathing in the misty air as you make the trip in the car. Each song creates a visual in your mind. Colón has a way of creating nostalgic sounds that carry you to places you’ve never been before. It feels familiar yet new.

Get ready to go on a different type of trip, stream “Satin Psicodelic” below and watch 7th Sky above.

2018

Kilo Kish Returns with “Elegance”

by Shantel Pass | published: Aug 30, 2018

Kilo Kish is gearing up for the release of her forthcoming EP Mothe. Until then, fans have a taste of what’s to come in the project’s first single titled “Elegance.” The track arrives with its accompanying visual that finds the Los Angeles-based artist in her own pink-hued, Tokyo-set wonderland. The song itself is a dreamy game of patty cake between heavy-handed dubstep effects and Kilo Kish’s featherlight vocals.

I called it ‘Mothe’ because I just feel like I am in a transitionary period. I’ve gone through a mental transformation so I wanted it to be symbolized by something that goes through metamorphosis,” Kilo Kish told Paper Mag. Mothe is due for release on September 7th. Watch the “Elegance” visual above.

2018

Blood Orange Shares “Saint” Visual

by Shantel Pass | published: Aug 28, 2018

While we’re relishing in the glory and freshness of Blood Orange‘s Negro Swan, the album’s latest blessing dropped today in the form of a visual for “Saint.” Dev Hynes and his friends – including India Moore (of FX’s Pose), designer Ana Kraš and Kai the Black Angel – enjoy a dreamy kickback where he provides the esoteric evening’s soundtrack live, and on multiple instruments. The self-directed visual follows “Jewelry” and “Charcoal Baby,” Negro Swan’s two leading singles. Watch “Saint” above and be sure to catch Blood Orange on tour.

2018

Listen to Blood Orange’s Enchanting ‘Negro Swan’ Album

by Shantel Pass | published: Aug 24, 2018

Negro Swan

Blood Orange’s Negro Swan arrives today with the same enchanting tenderness exuded on his 2016 effort, Freetown Sound. Previously released tracks “Charcoal Baby” (and the “Family” interlude from its visual), “Chewing Gum” (featuring A$AP Rocky and Project Pat) and “Jewelry” (which continues – from the album’s opener “Orlando” – the brilliant Janet Mock’s explanation on her reclamation of “doing too much”). The project also contains features from Steve Lacy on “Out of Your League,” Georgia Anne Muldrow on “Runnin” and Puff Daddy and Tei Shi on the Hip Hop-tinged cut about fear and love titled “Hope.”

The album is versatile – both personal and universal – and it’s packed with messages in a collage of reminders that Blackness is as precious and sweet as it is tiresome and dark. Like in “Vulture Baby,” where Blood Orange sings “Give it some time/ See how it goes/ She’ll change her mind…” about  “…white people who have got their cred by flirting with rap culture, and now they’re gonna show their country roots,” or in “Dagenham Dream” where his childhood memories of being jumped and hospitalized weave pocketed percussions, and even in the hustling horns lacing praises of Blackness on “Saint.”

Standout number “Holy Will” contains vocals from Ian Isiah (and collaborator Eva) sampling “Center of Thy Will” by the legendary Clark Sisters that feels like pure restoration of the heart. Listen to Blood Orange’s Negro Swan below.

2018

Maségo Shares ‘Lady Lady’ Tracklist and SiR-assisted Single “Old Age”

by Shantel Pass | published: Aug 23, 2018

Masego

We’re now officially two weeks away from the release of Maségo’s debut Lady Lady album and it’s almost as if he feels fans’ anxiousness since he’s graciously sharing another of its singles with us today. The SiR-assisted “Old Age” finds the fellas enamored with an older woman’s magnetizing appeal. While Maségo breaks down the charm he finds in the sophisticated types who “ain’t with the tech or the messages,” the groovy finesse of SiR’s rich tone pump through the second verse’s description of his Sanaa Lathan-like dream girl.

Lady Lady drops September 7th and you can check out the tracklist below. Listen to “Old Age” below and be sure to catch Maségo on tour.

Lady Lady Tracklist
1. Silk…
2. I Had a Vision
3. Lavish Lullaby
4. Old Age ft. SiR
5. Prone
6. Sugar Walls
7. Queen Tings ft. Tiffany Gouche
8. Just a Little ft. Dewayne Jackson
9. Shawty Fishin’ (Blame the Net)
10. Lady Lady
11. 24 hr. Relationship
12. Black Love
13. Tadow ft. FKJ

Photography by Philipp Raheem

2018

ICYMI: Watch Vivian Green’s Colorful New Visual for “Vibes”

by Maia Seals | published: Aug 23, 2018

R&B songstress Vivian Green is back with a new visual for “Vibes” from her 2017 album VGVI. The song is a carefree anthem about letting go, and having your relationship soar by simply relying on the energy you give and receive. Directed by photographer Derek Blanks, the visual embraces warmer hues and puts you right in the mood for the sound that gathered you there to watch. Highlighting Green’s signature look – the cropped tank, big hoops and long flowy skirt, which she premiered in her first video over a decade ago – Green takes you through a day in her life as she plays waitress in a soul food restaurant. There you can find her singing and interacting with regulars, while dancing and celebrating life in-between. Her son Jordan even makes a cameo in one of the final restaurant shots.

Since coming on the scene back in 2002, Green has managed to stay on the map and recently snag her a well earned spot on Billboard’s top 10 for adult R&B AirPlay. Watch Vivian Green star in “Vibes” above.

2018

Neek Bucks Commemorates the 20th Anniversary of Jay-Z’s “Streets is Watching”

by Saint Heron | published: Aug 23, 2018

Harlem’s own Neek Bucks is bridging NYC’s boroughs with an homage to a film from Brooklyn’s finest, Jay-Z. Commemorating the two decade milestone of “Streets is Watching,” Neek Bucks gives the musical short a new spin that is, “reminiscent of the cultural impact of New York City’s hip-hop past and what can be expected of its future.” Watch above.

 

2018

Empress Of Shares “When I’m With Him” Visual and Announces ‘Us’ LP

by Shantel Pass | published: Aug 22, 2018

Empress Of is back with a somber-yet-light number that we can all relate to. “When I’m With Him” finds the California-based singer-songwriter exhausted by her own efforts with a dying love. The single comes her forthcoming album Us, a follow up to 2015’s Me, which is set for release on October 19th via Terrible Records. You can watch it’s accompanying self-directed visual above.

Be sure to preorder Us on vinyl and catch Empress Of on tour (dates below).

Upcoming Tour Dates
8/22 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park*
8/23 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory*
8/24 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory*
8/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo*
8/27 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theatre
8/29 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst*
 
*= w/ Mura Masa

 

2018

A$AP Rocky Joins Blood Orange for “Chewing Gum” Premiere on Kimmel

by Shantel Pass | published: Aug 17, 2018

With about a week left in the countdown to the arrival of his forthcoming Negro Swan album, Blood Orange appeared on Kimmel to premiere the project’s third single. “Chewing Gum” is an eccentric blend of whimsical synths and punchy Trap rhythms to which A$AP Rocky lends a verse of bars that perfectly complement Blood Orange’s tender vocals. Watch their performance above.

Negro Swan is slated for release on August 24th and will include additional features and contributions from Puff Daddy, Steve Lacy, Janet Mock, Kelsey Lu, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Ian Isiah, Amandla Stenberg and more. You can preorder it now.

2018

ICYMI: Watch Doja Cat Star In her New Video for “Mooo!”

by Maia Seals | published: Aug 15, 2018

Although Doja Cat started her music career more than 4 years ago with her debut PurrEP, followed by her debut album Amala  released earlier this year, people are flocking to her after her most recent release. On August 10th, Doja Cat dropped a satirical video for a self-produced song called “Mooo!” Unaware that the song would take off, she originally tweeted a clip on twitter asking fans “should I honestly post the rest of this insane shit?” After receiving positive feedback from vegans and carnivores alike, she humbly posted the full length visual.

The low-budget home video was recorded with a bed-sheet as a green screen which was used to project farm scenes as she sang, ate, and twerked to her track. She wore a two piece cow outfit as she sang “Bitch I’m a cow. Bitch I’m a cow. I’m not a cat I don’t say meow.” and “My milkshake brings all the boys to the farm.” Since its posting, it’s racked up almost 900,000 views and is still climbing. Could this be the video that catapults Doja Cat into the (well deserved) spotlight?

Check out the visual for “Mooo!” above.

Photography by: Jabari Jacobs