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Vince is ready for his close-up, a week early
Off the strength of his lead single, the Future-sampling “Senorita,” and an elite run of mixtapes, Long Beach, Calfornia rep Vince Staples will be releasing his proper debut album, Summertime ’06, to the masses next Tuesday, but you can hear it a week early today. Staples is joined by Jhene Aiko, DJ Dahi, Joey Fatts and a few others on his 2-disc journey, and of course his mentor No I.D.
If this is your first introduction to Staples, you won’t be disappointed. Stream the LP below, or go through it track-by-track over at NPR.
This whole Kanye and Apple thing could be a thing, but it’s not a thing yet
There’s something brewing at Apple Music, and when lands in iPhones all over the world on June 30th, the streaming war will become exponentially more contentious. Can Jay Z follow through on his promises at Tidal? Will Spotify’s severely low royalties become a problem? Will Apple Music collapse them both? Find out on the next episode of…
The answer to that latter question is still up in the air, but if it ends up being no, it wouldn’t be for a lack of effort. Earlier today, Apple unveiled its new music services–Apple Music and Beats Radio 1–with the help of three pretty big names: Drake, Pharrell and The Weeknd. They could be adding a fourth name to that list, but nothing’s been written in ink as of yet.
Even considering that Kanye has continually been releasing and teasing music for the majority of 2015, and Kim Kardashian‘s cryptic birthday tweet from earlier this afternoon–it doesn’t appear that Kanye West‘s new album, which is currently titled Swish, is on the immediate horizon by way of an exclusive Apple Music release. A Buzzfeed report‘s sources have confirmed that negotiations between Jimmy Iovine and Kanye West are taking place, but no deal is in place yet.
A few day ago Def Jam Recordings in conjunction with Samsung’s Milk Music celebrated a new generation of rising young stars in an exclusive showcase for top brands, media and influencers. The Def Jam Upfronts 2015 featured breakout performances from this years group of buzz worthy artists, each releasing their debut album in the coming months. As theses artist prepare their ascent to superstardom take a few moments to catch up on their rise thus far on with exclusive content from Samsung’s Milk Video app. And if you didn’t know Samsung’s Milk Music continues to serve as a platform that supports mainstream and emerging artists via its curated content from top musicians and tastemakers while Samsung’s Milk Video is a personalized video discovery app that helps users find, collect and share all of the most popular online videos in one place (pretty dope huh?). Check out the video above and the artist below, give us your thoughts in the c-section.
Coming off the release of his critically acclaimed EP HELL CAN WAIT, Long Beach native and Pitchfork “Rising” artist Vince Staples gears up for the release of his highly anticipated debut album Summertime ’06 on June 30th. On “Señorita” – the first track off the upcoming album – “Staples proves he’s one of the sharpest, most lyrically complex rappers doing it right now,” raves Spin Magazine. With Summertime ’06, Vince turns the microscope on himself and his family for some of hip-hop’s most remarkable new music.
Acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning 24-year-old singer songwriter Elijah Blake has penned hits for Usher, Rihanna and Rick Ross, including Usher’s #1 R&B Hit “Climax.” On June 23rd, Elijah will launch his debut album Shadows and Diamonds through Def Jam / ARTium featuring the hot new single “I Just Wanna.” Shadows & Diamonds, produced by the legendary No I.D. is a capsule of Blake’s highs, lows, dreams and realizations.
Chicago-bred hip-hop artist, Lil Durk, is poised to release his highly anticipated debut album Remember My Name on June 2nd. Anchored by the buzzing single “Like Me” featuring label-mate Jeremih, Remember My Name is set to distinguish Lil Durk as the leading young talent coming out of the Chicago streets.
The newest member of the Def Jam family, 18-year-old Canadian-born singer-songwriter Alessia Cara is poised to take the music industry by storm. Her debut single “Here” rapidly gathered more than half a million plays, and has garnered critical acclaim from the likes of influencers The FADER, Pigeons & Planes and Pitchfork. Her debut album is scheduled for release in 2015.
– Def Soul (@DefSoulNJ)
We thought the power was in his hair?
Pusha T is one of the few people that have gotten away with having braids in 2015. The list is pretty short. Pusha T. A$AP Rocky. Kawhi Leonard (though Kawhi gets his fair share of memes here and there). In fact, the Def Jam rapper’s hair has become part of his persona, part of his mystique. He famously rapped “The power’s in my hair n***a” just before the beat drop on G.O.O.D. Music’s remix of Chief Keef‘s “Don’t Like,” arguably the VA native’s greatest commercial post-Clipse performance.
“Just cut my braids off, now it’s time for my 2500 dollar facial…”
Pusha T is currently prepping his sophomore album, King Push, for a 2015 release.
The Chicago Coke Boy, Lil Durk, is finally ready to release his debut album, Remember My Name. His long-awaited full-length will feature labelmates Jeremih and Logic, and is set to invade a hood near you on June 2nd.
Durk’s last project, Signed to the Streets 2, became an instant street hit, and was downloaded from popular mixtape website Dat Piff nearly 500,000 times, garnering the DP Platinum certification.
Check out the Remember My Name artwork and tracklist below.
1. 500 Homicides
2. Amber Alert
3. Like Me (Ft. Jeremih)
4. Lord Don’t Make Me Do It
5. Don’t Judge Me
6. Tryna Tryna (Ft. Logic)
9. What Your Life Like
10. Why Me
Back in 2005, Nigo brought A Bathing Ape, his brainchild and streetwear brand to the United States in the form of its NYC flagship store in SoHo. A decade later, and the SoHo store continues to stand strong as the brand’s only United States retail location — which is a milestone worth celebrating.
The commemorate ten years of BAPE Store New York, the Japanese brand enlisted a wellspring of tastemakers which includes: G.O.O.D. Music affiliates Big Sean, Pusha T and Travi$ Scott; Kid Cudi; Flastbush Zombies; Wiz Khalifa; famed graffiti artist Stash; RSVP Gallery; artist Futura; and even Def Jam Recordings. In addition, BAPE NY will include their own official 10th anniversary pieces, which will include snapbacks, t-shirts, sunglasses and more.
The BAPE Store NY capsule collection launches at the NY flagship storefront on April 25, with subsequent launches at BAPEXCLUSIVE Aoyama, Dover Street Market Ginza, and Bape.com on May 2.
Check out the full collection above.
You can find Khari Clarke at your local sneaker store and on Twitter (@KINGCLARKEIII).
F i n a l l y
Since his breakout, Grammy Award-winning debut album, channel ORANGE, in 2012, fans have been calling for the sophomore effort from Odd Future‘s immensely talented singer and songwriter Frank Ocean. Well, it appears we’ll finally get it, over three years later. The album, which is currently untitled, will be out in July 2015 in addition to his new publication titled Boys Don’t Cry.
Though channel ORANGE is regarded as Ocean’s proper debut album, in a post to his website-where he’s made the informal announcement–Ocean referred to his album as “#ALBUM3” in reference to his critically acclaimed pre-album mixtape, nostalgia/ultra, which housed his first hit “Novacane.”
Ocean teased that there will be two versions–or parts, maybe?–to his album in the site post, which you can check out here. 2015 just got that much better.
Russell Simmons is embarking in his second theatrical venture.
Simmons is a mogul who has made major contributions to expand Hip Hop into a cultural phenomenon with the Def Jam brand. He is now taking his talents back to Broadway. The first time was during the Def Poetry Jam in 2002, and now he will be co-producing a Hip Hop musical titled “The Scenario”.
“The Scenario” will address sociopolitical challenges early Hip-Hop faced with a side love storyline. Simmons is not sure about which artists will be apart of the production, but it will most likely be Def Jam artists. Simmons told the New York Times:
“It would be nice to have some ‘Raising Hell’ in there,” he said, referring to the 1986 Run-DMC album that he co-produced. “But it’s driving me crazy. There’s so much music — Kurtis Blow to Kanye West.”
Simmons has a lot of work to do selecting artists considering the Def Jam roster–former and current–is too long to even list. He also told the New York Times “I’ve never been so sure about anything I’ve produced in my entire life.” Sounds like he’s cooking up something good. The musical is scheduled to drop in 2016. Would you go see this?
– Ebbony P (@miss2bees)
Yeezy season approached
Less than a week after his show-stealing performance at the 2015 BRIT Awards, Kanye West has liberated the CDQ version of his fiery new single, “All Day,” which is produced by Coke Boys affiliate and New York native, Velous.
The track is in its clean version for now, thanks to a world premiere from DJ Camilo, but it’s only a matter of time before we get the official CDQ, which will officially mark the arrival of Ye’s hardest banger since “Blood On The Leaves.”
Over the weekend, Kanye announced the title of his new album, so enjoy one of the newest singles off his upcoming LP So Help Me God.
UPDATE: Dirty version is available for stream below.
UPDATE: The full roster of credits for composition of Ye’s new single goes as follows. Yes, that Mario Winans.
Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Tyler Bryant, Kendrick Lamar, Karim Kharbouch, Cydel Young, Victor Mensah, Mike Dean, Che Pope, Noah Goldstein, Allen Ritter, Mario Winans, Charles Njapa, Malik Yusef Jones, Patrick Reynolds, Ernest Brown & Noel Ellis.