Justin continues his modern Michael Jackson game with the visuals for “Suit & Tie”. No shade thrown his way, he’s super talented but the falsetto & the production techniques on many of his hits are straight takes from MJ & his various production partners, and his solid homage with the white socks. Anyway though it also appears Justin drops in touches of Frank Sinatra with the visuals and the classic class look permeating his recent appearances; we’ll see if it catches on with the public as its been attempted (R. Kelly has his fingers crossed).
All that said I’m a fan of the track unlike many others who were lukewarm on its arrival; I will have to agree with the masses there better be a pop/dance banger hidden somewhere in the upcoming album. Please don’t steer us one way and then leave us not fully satisfied (I see you Usher).
So this would have to officially go down as my first favorite thing of the new year. BBC’s Radio 1 linked up with DJ Benji B & composer Grant Windsor to put together a fantastic string ensemble accompanied mix of dance and hip hop of the past few years.
Its 52 minutes well spent.
Dwele – A.N.G.E.L
Flying Lotus – Do The Astral Plane
Ossie – Love Crazy
D-Malice – Gabryelle Refix
Bok Bok – Silo Pass
Wiley – Highs n Lows
S-X – Bricks
Timbaland – Ayo Technology (Instrumental)
Africa HiTech – Out in the Street (Snippet)
TNGHT – Higher Ground
Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean – Clique
Drake – Headlines
Jeremih – All The Time
Raphael Saadiq – Skyy Can You Feel Me
James Blake – Love What Happened Here
Radiohead – Everything in its Right Place
Released this morning as an exclusive via Jay Z’s Life+Times, hopefully that sorta platform gives [e a bigger profile; they are a band with a bright future. Further more on this track they were able to get Wale back on his shit, not that MMG Wale is bad, but I feel its content and style hasn’t given him a chance to shine and express why he was so hot a few years ago in the first place.
Frank Ocean’s bit of subversive disillusionment with the industry, though can be said about all artists when the line between content, commerce, and passion collide. A definite pop track with some slamming keys, which seems to emphasize every moment when Frank bites back at the industry.Read more
Now known as The Throne, Jay Z & Kanye West have announced the tour dates for their joint tour on the back of their upcoming Watch The Throne joint album. Hitting the road 2 weeks after the album drops (Aug. 8th), The Throne seems to want to get an early start on the back of their album. Album avail for preorder here – tix avail for preorder on July 28th.
Dates after the jump.Read more
Get your palm fronds ready as the kings approach the throne. Kanye & Jay released “Otis” onto the world yesterday afternoon via radio & Jay’s Life and Times. Featuring a perfectly placed sample of Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness” the two go in on some old school hip hop shit; trading verses, playing off each other’s words, just hip hop in a pure form, and they’re stunting all the way through. swag.
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis feat. Otis Redding
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Well Beyonce just blew my mind again with the video for her track “Girls” (Who Run The World). Intense visuals and she brings out some very Michael Jackson inspired moves in this joint.Read more
Over beers and burgers, one of my dudes asked me, since I am I guess in the industry, to put him on some new hip hop for him to check out. He’s aware of the J. Coles of the world but looking for something else. So this is what I came up with on the fly for shit I’ve been bumping for the past 2 months.
So I bring you Woofer Syrup; not everything on here will be by new artists, but I promise that I think at least most of it will be dope, and that if you have a problem with that kiss my ass and shoot me suggestions.
Each month a new 10, and not strictly hip hop. These are scoured from across the landscape of freely released music, but if artist A, B, and/or C have a problem with their track being posted here, get at me: Brock@social8gency.com.
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As we collectively wait for an absurdly expensive glowing ball to hit the ground, we are faced with a great unknown about the days ahead. We call family, we call friends, we make preposterous statements called ‘Resolutions’, and then proceed to do the same thing we always do: get hammered on our intoxicant of choice.
I for one am no different. I both enjoy and loathe the cycle that begins and, to be perfectly honest persists through, a new year. I call family, I call friends, and I drink, etc, the order being the only variable (Mom I apologize for 2005).
This is a New Years pattern we’ve all grown accustomed to, and is no different in music, especially Hip Hop. We go through the paces. Each year in recent history there is the call that there are no fresh artists, no fresh ideas, no lyricists, and of course the ubiquitous HIP HOP IS DEAD.