Surprise! On the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s Me Against the World, Kendrick Lamar released his new album To Pimp a Butterfly. The follow-up to his 2012 debut good kid, m.A.A.d city hit iTunes on Sunday night, a week ahead of its scheduled March 23 release.
But the early rollout was seemingly part of Kendrick’s plan. “Yesterday. March 14th. Was a Special Day,” tweeted K-Dot. “20 yrs. Later.
The 16 tracks, which incorporate elements of funk, spoken-word poetry, and free-jazz, include the Grammy-winning “i,” “The Blacker the Berry,” and “King Kunta,” with appearances from Snoop Dogg, Ron Isley, Bilal, James Fauntleroy, George Clinton, and more.
After dropping the song and video ‘Lips’ back in November, Sisqo continues to make his way back into the music industry with ‘Monsta,’ a new song on his forthcoming LP, ‘Last Dragon.’
On the slickly-produced ballad, the former Dru Hill frontman tells a woman he’s the perfect match for her, even though she’s hesitant about starting a romance.
“You don’t never want to leave me, baby, you never want to run away / Because this love has got so much more to give to you / So let’s turn the lights down, you might be scared because I’m that muthaf—a / But if it goes bump, bump up in the dark it’ll turn into a lover,” he croons.
The bedroom banger would fit in any playlist alongside Chris Brown or Trey Songz, proving Sisqo knows what works with the current R&B set of fans.
But will the 36-year-old be able to capture lightning in a bottle twice and come anywhere close to the success he had during his ‘Thong Song’ days? It’s up to you to go and support when ‘Last Dragon’ arrives Feb. 10.
Singer/songwriter Joe Cocker has died following a battle with lung cancer. He was 70. For my old head out there he had that huge hit song “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong” (from the movie ‘An Officer and a Gentleman)’.
For my youngins check out the song believe and you can hear where Dr. Dre got the sample for California Love, with Tupac Shakur and Roger Troutman (Song “Woman to Woman”)
Nicki Minaj’s third album The Pinkprint lands in stores today. On her most personal project yet, the rap queen holds court with Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and Meek Mill, and enlists production from hitmakers including Da Internz, Mike WiLL Made-It, Dr. Luke, Hit-Boy, and Boi-1da.
From big booty anthems (“Anaconda”) to big ballads (“Grand Piano”), the 32-year-old icon shows her versatility, while keeping in check with her mixtape roots. She reveals her secrets on the confessional opening number “All Things Go,” and proves that she can rap with the best of them on “Four Door Aventador.”
“I think the album is so classic,” Nicki said of the follow-up to 2012′s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. “It’s gonna feel so good and I think it will probably be something that female rappers look to as a Pinkprint for years to come.”
Did The Pinkprint make its mark with critics? The reviews are in.
Los Angeles Times: The Pinkprint won’t fully placate the hard-core rap heads, but it’s got the bangs and the thrills many of us have hoped for, even if it’s a slow build kind of power and slacks at times. 3/4
The New York Times: The Pinkprint is her third studio album, and like the first two it’s full of compromises and half-successes. Sometimes she wants to be cousins with OneRepublic, sometimes Lil Wayne. And she succeeds at both, though only one of those goals is noble.
USA Today: The deftly syncopated and haunting “All Things Go” seems more authentically confessional, with Minaj admitting to her doubts and her dreams. The more upbeat “The Night Is Still Young,” with its funky bass and guitars, is another high point, with Minaj professing, “Life is a journey/I just want to enjoy the ride.” 2.5/4
New York Daily News: It’s the most pop-friendly album of her career, primed for evening the playing field with teen-adored stars like [Iggy] Azalea. 3/5
New York Post: The New Yorker serves up a surprisingly introspective and atmospheric third album, The Pinkprint. … She’s still Nicki, but the person is now just as big as the persona. 3/4
The Atlantic: As a personal statement, The Pinkprint works effectively. As analbum … it has some issues. There are absolutely highlights: The Beyoncé-featuring “Feeling Myself” is a delightfully cocky boast for both queens. The two Meek Mill collaborations—”Big Daddy” and “Buy a Heart”—practically bounce through the listener, they’re so energetic.
One year after Beyoncé shocked the world with her digital drop, D’Angelo surprises with the release of his first album in nearly 15 years, Black Messiah. The follow-up to 2000′s Voodoo hit iTunes on Sunday night, marking the long-awaited return of R&B’s prodigal son.
Author Nelson George made the official announcement hours earlier at a listening party at the Dream Hotel in New York City, hosted by Red Bull Music Academy and Afropunk. “It’s been a really, pretty closely guarded secret as these things go,” he said.
While D’Angelo did a good job maintaining its secrecy, there were hints in the days leading up to release via a 15-second trailer and ads posted around NYC.
The 12 tracks, which he recorded with his band The Vanguard, include the lead single “Really Love” and funky “Sugah Daddy,” which dropped earlier today.
D’Angelo addressed the controversial album title. “It’s about people rising up in Ferguson and in Egypt and in Occupy Wall Street and in every place where a community has had enough and decided to make change happen,” he said in a statement. “Not every song on this album is politically charged (though many are), but calling this album Black Messiah creates a landscape where those songs can live to the fullest.”
Upon its release, the album became a trending topic as fans welcomed D’Angelo back. “It’s a passion project, and it’s everything,” said The Roots’ Questlove, who played on the album. “I really don’t want to give a hyperbolic, grandiose statement, but it’s everything.”
Stream Black Messiah below via Spotify.
Omarion dropped his raunchy new album, Sex Playlist, on iTunes
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In the wake of the protests in Ferguson, Tink uses her voice to take a stand on the chilling track “Tell the Children.” Over the Timbaland production, the 19-year-old Chicago rapper-singer fires a warning (“Tell the children to watch out / Keep running”).
Still commemorating his Shady Records 15-year anniversary, Eminem’s new mixtape Shady Classics gathers all the label’s hit singles, remixes, freestyles and fan favorites on one project. Totaling a whopping 66 tracks, Shady Classics includes music from Em, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Yelawolf and more. The mixtape is hosted by Eminem and DJ Whoo Kid, and comes ahead of the Shady XV compilation release on Nov. 24.