Louis Futon flips, covers, and intensifies J. Cole’s ‘Kevin’s Heart’

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Who better to rework a famed J. Cole track than the multi-talented Louis Futon, who enlists some help from Armani White, BXRBER, and Bellah to compose this cover of “Kevin’s Heart.” The song is part of Cole’s latest album, KOD, a Billboard albums chart-topper.

“Days after J Cole dropped his new project, KOD, I was listening to ‘Kevin’s Heart’ and had a really cool idea to flip it so I called up Bellah, BXRBER, and Armani White,” Futon says in the track’s description. “The whole track came together in a couple of hours, and I loved it so much I decided to take out J. Cole’s parts all together and make it a cover!”

The LA-based producer puts a funky spin on the edit, adding in his signature high-pitched synths and harmonies, which bend perfectly under a killer rap verse from White and soulful vocals from Bellah and BXRBER. Futon is set to hit some major U.S. cities on his upcoming summer tour. Find a full list of dates and ticket info here.

Post Malone’s ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ enjoys the largest first-week debut of all albums released this year

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That Post Malone shattered streaming records with the release of his album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, seemed only to foreshadow further success relative to the album. After attracting a whopping near 80 million global Spotify streams of the sophomore outing on the day of the album’s debut alone, Beerbongs & Bentleys has since claimed the No. 1 spot on the charts, selling a total of 461,000 equivalent album units in its first week. The production additionally sits atop Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, resting comfortably in the very first spot on the expansive list. The artist has also sold 153,000 copies of the album in terms of traditional sales.

2018 has seen a slew of big name releases exit from the studios of J. Cole, Justin Timberlake, and Migos, with each artist putting forth KOD, Man of the Woods, and Culture II, respectively. Despite the acclaim of each artist or group behind the above productions, it is Beerbongs & Bentleys that has enjoyed the most monumental first-week debut so far in 2018, an accomplishment evinced in Beerbongs & Bentleys’ gain of a Platinum certification a mere two days after the album’s drop date.

The statistics show a marked increase in Post Malone’s presence in the U.S. music market; his debut album, Stoney, weighed in at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, while selling 58,000 album equivalent units in its first week, 19,000 of which were traditional sales. It seems that the sky is the limit for Post Malone.

H/T: Complex

Kanye West announces imminent return with two new summer albums, with Pusha T, Kid Cudi, and Teyana Taylor in tow

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We’re all in for a damn G.O.O.D. summer.

Kanye West‘s recent return to Twitter hasn’t been all for naught. His sporadic bursts of activity on the platform always turn out to be entertaining, though this time around seemed like it was leading up to some sort of action from the G.O.O.D Music camp. Now, we finally have confirmation. The hip-hop giant announced in a flurry of tweets that he’s preparing to bless us with not one but two albums in June. West also shared that one will be a solo LP and the other will be a joint project alongside Kid Cudi called Kids See Ghost. The last time Ye dropped off an album in June, he gave us Yeezus in the summer of 2013. If history repeats itself, maybe we just officially rename the month to Yeezy Season moving forward?

The good news just keeps coming though. The Chicago emcee also announced new LPs from Pusha T and Teyana Taylor as well, with Pusha’s follow up to 2015’s King Push: Darkest Before Dawn landing on May 25 and Taylor’s album slated for one month later. Megastar rappers Drake and J. Cole both recently used social media as the vehicles for their next album announcements, with Cole opting a surprise drop this week and Drake gearing up for a chart battle against West in June. Hip-hop’s top heavyweights all seem to be mobilizing right now — June is really shaping up to be one for the books.