Gucci Mane drops the top so we can all see the release date, full tracklisting, and artwork for imminent Drop Top Wop album

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Fuck. Gucci Mane has me existential-crisis-ing ALL OVER MY CHEERIOS right now.

Like: do I even need to be here?

Not unlike the good people at HotNewHipHop, I clocked into work today and got all geared-up to express to you — via the “compelling-because-of-its-imperfections” artistry, the reassuringly black and white solidity, and the soothing, mellifluous flow of the goddamned Hallowed Written Word — all of that juicy SHIT mentioned in the headline!

But hey. SCREW IT, right??

G-Mane already TOOK CARE OF IT HIMSELF with the click of TWO casual little PICTURES on his Instagram!!!

So…FINE. You wanna know the “official” release date? (hint: it’s like, umm, oh ya know: 48 hours from now) — oh, and the tracklist?? — OH YEAH, AND THE COVER ART??? — for the rapper’s forthcoming, 11 zillionth new album Drop Top Wop?

HERE YA GO.

I’m getting a beer.

BYE.

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Are Joe Budden & Cyn Santana Expecting Their First Child Together?

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IS THERE A BABY ON BOARD?

Premiere: A7PHA – “HAND 2 HAND”

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Man, woman or child, you need some cajones to rap with Doseone. The Anticon granddaddy has been relatively quiet on the MC front of late, his attentions directed instead at instrumental endeavors like the DISC ROOM Soundtrack, but that only means the at turns raging, ebullient, whimpering and manic beast-man-child that is Adam Drucker’s id-rap persona must’ve been fuming inside of him, pitter-patter pith begging for its release.

Yes, it’s a brave man who agrees to buckle up beside the Doseone, but while Mestizo might not be Drucker’s match in terms of drop-of-the-dime phrase turns and cadence shifts — after all, few if any are — he does come off fueled by a turmoil combustible enough to power this Mac truck of a collaboration, to stoke the flames of Drucker’s every-MC funeral pyre as it were. That the two arrive at the A7PHA LP intersection stocking-masked up and hoodied down like they’re about to Enter the 36 Chambers seems fitting, not because there’s a classic in the making, but because once again more than a few might be headed toward the fire pit.

Watch the two square off in “HAND 2 HAND,” premiering below.

2xCD/Book bundle The Photographs of Charles Duvelle coming July 30; I try to write in a meaningful way, try to make you FEEL SOMETHING

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Wow. This is a big thing. It’s a big thing both in its “thingness,” its physicality — and also its immaterial, historical quality. How about that? It’s a 4D thing. The Photographs of Charles Duvelle bends time and space more than any other album in history. How cool is that? It’s like a massive celestial object with its own gravity. It’s like a quantum string. It’s like the übermensch thinking they’re the center of the world. I write to you, reader, across these dual planes in an attempt to reach you! To make you feel! To break the hyper-speed music news cycle that deadens our minds and our senses!! Lo and behold!!! Let me DE-REIFY us!!!!

OK…look, I see you leering at me through the screen. I’d better get to the point: I have to write about the actual album and give you the frickin’ “press lowdown” on the music and the formats and the release date and where you can get the thing. If I don’t, my editor banishes me from the TMT forums, and then I can no longer info-tain TMT’s audience of millions — and then I just become another Raskolnikov kid bumbling about musicology in a Bushwick coffee shop. AND THEN I have to start my own blog. (Do you dislike me yet?)

Well, here goes nothing. Or maybe it will be “something?” Or maybe. Or maybe… it will be more than something. Ahhh-hhhem:

Charles Duvelle, an important figure in musicology and a pioneer of field recording. The Frenchman traveled all over the world to document the musical practices of indigenous cultures, releasing hundreds of recordings on his own imprint Disques Ocora. Check the discography for an encyclopedic archive of the world’s musics. Carl Sagan even included one of Duvelle’s Benin recordings among the Voyager Golden Records which were sent off to space on the Voyager spacecraft, to be picked up perhaps by E.T., or maybe by the Engineers (if they’re still out there; I’m seeing Alien Covenant tonight and I’m psyched).

But as the Voyager continues to drift — and as E.T. awaits his first taste of Duvelle’s lovely ear for human sound-making — those of us still on earth just get more and more of it! The Sublime Frequencies label has put together a big ol’ bundled package that includes a 2xCD compilation of unreleased and extended recordings from Africa and Asia and an art book showing off 246 of Duvelle’s field photographs, as well as a lengthy interview conducted by Sublime Frequencies co-founder Hisham Mayet. The book is a luxurious thing, “printed on 170-GSM LumiSilk matte art paper and bound in gray buckram with gold-foil stamping on the cover and spine,” paying tribute to Ocora’s great design work. Check out all the info, including full press release, bundle contents, and track samples, through US distributor Forced Exposure. There you can pre-order for the July 30 release. Until then, check out the CD sampler embedded below to help you can get a sense of the phenomenal textures found in this collection…and those human bodies that actually made them.

There. I hope this content was/is…”meaningful?”

The Photographs of Charles Duvelle tracklisting:

Disc One: Prophet Kaleidoscope

01. Sakara (Benin)
02. Court Orchestra Of Naba Tigre (Burkina Faso)
03. Wame Igini Kamu (Papua New Guinea)
04. Duet Of Sanzas (Bissa)
05. Samy Faly (Madagascar)
06. Pili Pe (Papua New Guinea)
07. Medzang Me Biang (Gabon)
08. Malinke Balafons (Guinea)
09. Laments (Papua New Guinea)
10. Cengumé (Benin)
11. Bopal Solo (Burkina Faso)
12. Balante Balafon (Guinea Bissau)
13. Mbalé (Centrafrican Republic)

Disc Two: Asian Blows

01. Sohan Lal – Sodina (India)
02. Kheo Oudon – Khene Lao (Laos)
03. Madurai Ramaswami Gautam – Dhrupad (India)

Mikey Lion Releases Recording of Do LaB Set at Coachella from 4 Hour Desert Hearts Takeover

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Southern California’s fastest growing party crew, Desert Hearts, had a monumental weekend at Coachella as they took to the Do LaB stage for a 4-hour takeover of their distinct House and Techno sound. Today, the leader of the grassroots festival squad turned international DJ Mikey Lion, has released a one-hour recording of his club-driven set

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Ariana Grande Cancels Tour Through June 5 Following Manchester Attack

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Ariana Grande Cancels Tour Through June 5 Following Manchester Attack

Ariana Grande has canceled her upcoming tour dates after the bombing of her Manchester concert on May 22, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Due to the tragic events in Manchester, the Dangerous Woman Tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost,” Grande’s management said in a statement. All shows through June 5, including two this week at London’s O2 Arena, have been canceled. The statement continues, “We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence. Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together.” Find Grande’s tour dates below.

The suicide attack in Manchester killed 22 people and left 59 wounded. On Wednesday morning, the UK government raised the terror threat level to “critical,” indicating another attack may be imminent. Grande’s tour, in support of her album Dangerous Woman, began this February and was scheduled to run through September. The night of the attack, she tweeted, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

On Tuesday morning, the Greater Manchester Police tweeted that a 23-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the attack; on Wednesday, they said three people had been arrested as a result of raids in south Manchester. The bomber has been identified by authorities as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, The New York Times reports. The 23-year-old arrested was the bomber’s brother, the BBC reports. Police believe they have identified everyone killed in the bombing, and the first victims’ names have now been released.

Ariana Grande:

05-25 London, England – The O2
05-26 London, England – The O2
05-28 Antwerp, Belgium – Antwerp Sportpaleis 
05-31 Lodz, Poland – Atlas Arena 
06-01 Lodz, Poland – Atlas Arena 
06-03 Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle Messe Frankfurt 
06-05 Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
06-07 Paris, France – Accorhotels Arena 
06-09 Lyon, France – Halle Tony Garnier 
06-11 Lisbon, Portugal – Meo Arena 
06-13 Barcelona, Spain – Palau Sant Jordi
06-15 Rome, Italy – Palalottomatica 
06-17 Turin, Italy – Pala Alpitour
06-29 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Jeunesse Arena 
07-01 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Allianz Parque 
07-03 Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena 
07-05 Buenos Aires, Argentina – DirecTV Arena
07-09 San Jose, Costa Rica – Parque Viva 
07-12 Mexico City, Mexico – Palacio de los Deportessports Palace 
07-13 Mexico City, Mexico – Palacio de los Deportessports Palace 
07-18 Monterrey, Mexico – Monterrey Arena 
07-19 Monterrey, Mexico – Monterrey Arena 
08-12 Tokyo, Japan – Makuhari Messe 
08-13 Tokyo, Japan – Makuhari Messe 
08-17 Bangkok, Thailand – Impact Arena 
08-21 Manila, Philippines – Mall of Asia Arena 
09-02 Auckland, New Zealand – Vector Arena 
09-04 Melbourne, Australia – Rod Laver Arena 
09-05 Melbourne, Australia – Rod Laver Arena 
09-08 Darling Harbour, Australia – ICC Sydney Theatre 
09-09 Darling Harbour, Australia – ICC Sydney Theatre 
09-12 Brisbane, Australia – Entertainment Centre
09-16 Singapore, Singapore – F1 Event
09-19 Taipei City, Taiwan – Taipei Arena 
09-21 Chek Lap Kok – AsiaWorld – Expo Arena

Chance The Rapper & Jamila Woods Seek HS Student To Create Treatment For “LSD” Video

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THE CONTEST WINNER WILL ALSO GET TO SHADOW THE DIRECTORS ON THE SET

Parklife Makes a Stoic Move Following the Heart Wrenching Manchester Arena Attack

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The Manchester based festival refuses to succumb to fear.

Summer Set Music Festival Will Have An AMA Tonight

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If you’re from the Midwest, or looking for a new festival to try this summer, Summer Set Music Festival is one you should consider.  The festival offers a great lineup of EDM, Hip Hop, and jam bands.  If you’d like to know more about the festival, you can check out the festival’s website, or tune

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Rob Gronkowski Stars In 3LAU’s New Music Video

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New England Patriots tight end Rob “The Gronk” Gronkowski has been a fan of dance music and 3LAU for the past couple of years. During 3LAU’s set at Ultra Music Festival a couple years, Gronkowski was the star of the show. For 3LAU’s newest song “On My Mind,” 3LAU decided to use Gronkowski and WWE

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