Mike WiLL Made-It, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, & Nicki Minaj – “Runnin”

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As you might have heard, super producer Mike WiLL Made-It — who worked on “Formation,” “Black Beatles,” “We Can’t Stop,” and much more — is executive producing the soundtrack for Creed II. The tracklist is loaded with A-list rap lab experiments, R&B up-and-comers, and… Bon Iver. He collaborated on the project with film … More »

Tyler, The Creator, Virtual Self, DJ Koze, James Blake and more top III Points 2019 lineup

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Miami’s III Points has announced its sixth annual lineup set to take over the Wynwood district of the city next year February15-17.

With over 100 artists on the bill, III Points is an eclectic who’s who collection of indie and electronic music heavyweights alike. SZA, Tyler, the Creator, A$AP Rocky, and Erykah Badu top this year’s bill with pleasing additions from Virtual SelfJames Blake, Beach House, Blood Orange fresh off the release of Negro Swan, and many, many more, anchoring the earlier end of US festival season next year.

The roster’s underground dance talents are also in top form, including a booking from rising superstar Peggy Gou, Yaeji, DJ Koze, Ben UFO b2b Joy Orbison, DJ Stingray, Honey Dijon, Keinemusik and more. Tickets to the festival can be purchased here.

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III Points Releases 2019 Lineup

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We have some good news for III Points fans. Today, III Points has released the official lineup for their 2019 event and it’s definitely one you don’t want to miss. It looks like III points is shifting their music festival to more Rap and R&B. The new lineup features rap artists such as Tyler the

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Dean Blunt collaborates with A$AP Rocky and Mica Levi on new album Soul on Fire, Black Metal 2 on the way

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Dean Blunt, the (chosen) one and only, makes his return with Soul on Fire, which — ALERT — is not the same Soul on Fire mirrored here. In contrast to that DMX/Metallica composite, the new Soul on Fire features nine melloncollie tracks, with contributions from A$AP Rocky, Mica Levi, Lady T, Poison Anna, and Jockstrap.

Meanwhile, the long-anticipated Black Metal 2 has been formally announced and is “coming soon” on Rough Trade. The release will act as the follow-up to our #1 album of 2014 — no big deal.

Soul on Fire follows Blunt’s World Music compilation, his Inna opera with Mica Levi, his work on A$AP Rocky’s new album Testing, and his other solo release of the year, BOOKEY.

You know what time it is. Download Soul on Fire here (hurry) and/or stream it down below.

Soul on Fire tracklist:

03. NBA
06. White Grrrl Wasted
07. A/X (FT LADY T)
08. CIAO 2001

Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer” Video

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Back in May, Donald Glover premiered a striking Childish Gambino music video for his new song, “This Is America.” It was an exciting teaser for a pair of lukewarm tracks that he shared in July, “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” My colleague Chris DeVille titled his The Week In Pop … More »

Boys Noize announces fall 2018 North American tour

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Damn it’s a good time to be a Boys Noize fan.

Recently, the Berlin-based producer collaborated with creative auteur Virgil Abloh, for Abloh’s first ever music release. The resulting Orvnge EP was a poised take on the suspenseful, minimal techno that’s long set Boys Noize apart. On top of his collaboration with the creative comrade, Boys Noize has also worked with A$AP Rocky on the rapper’s recent Testing album. It’s since been rumored he’s also in the studio with Lady Gaga and worked with 03 Greedo. Plus with Skrillex‘s relatively quiet year, many are betting on possible new Dog Blood in 2019 as well. Now, the BNR helmer has announced that he’ll officially be bringing his Strictly Raw techno to 13 cities in the US.

From Los Angeles, New York, and onward, the North American jaunt promises to bring Alex Ridha’s revered and Strictly Raw take on pummeling techno to a number of major markets as 2018 draws to a close. See Boys Noize full itinerary below.

Boys Noize Fall 2018 Tour Dates:

Saturday 10/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco
Wednesday 10/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Halcyon
Friday 11/2 – San Diego, CA @ Bang Bang
Saturday 11/3 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
Tuesday 11/9 – Boston, MA @ Royale
Wednesday 11/10 – New York, NY @ Kings Hall at Avant Gardner
Friday 11/16 – Atlanta, GA @ District Nightclub
Saturday 11/17 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Friday 11/23 – Chicago, IL @ Sound Bar
Saturday 11/24 – Detroit, IL @ The Works
Friday 11/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities Underground
Saturday 12/1 – Denver, CO @ Beta
Tuesday 12/11-15 – Miami, FL @ FriendShip 2018

Idris Elba and A$AP Rocky aiming to collaborate either on screen or in the booth

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Idris Elba spoke with Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1 on August 28 to discuss his directorial debut, Yardie, coming out August 31 in the UK. In addressing the film’s influences, Elba noted the soundtrack that features a Skip Marley cover of “Johnny Was.” He then mentioned wanting to collaborate with A$AP Rocky.

“Yeah, A$AP and I, we share a mutual friend, Hector Delgado, who is his engineer and producer.” Elba told Wilkinson. “I love A$AP. He’s a good soul. And every time we meet each other we’re like, ‘Let’s work.’ Not necessarily music. He wants to act, he does act, I want to do music. So we just collaborate and we nearly made it happen . . . It hasn’t happened. Skepta is a good friend also, and they connect. So we’re just in a circle where there’s a possibility.”

The proven DJ, actor, and now director continued to speak about cross-genre collaboration and its seemingly simple process of reaching out to inner circles. A collaboration of any type with A$AP will continue to push cross-genre collaboration.

H/T: Complex

Photo Credit: J. Countess/WireImage

A$AP Rocky link up A$AP Ant on twisted freestyle, ‘Mario Kart’

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A$AP Mob is back. This time, A$AP Ant and A$AP Rocky connect on a new record titled “Mario Kart.” The freestyle serves as an exclusive to AWGE, Rocky’s creative agency. Its loose flow runs a little over two minutes and sees both artists trading bars over a dark, illuminating production. Save for the very subtle “Mario Kart” aspect, as sound effects of cars speeding on open roads are sprinkled throughout. These accents are a bit difficult to perceive at first, yet add an unmistakable and ironically playful flair to the finished product. Ant shared the cover art to the AR + FRANS/DJ Nick-produced single to his 167K followers on Instagram, crediting Unkle Bernz.

Primavera’s Expansive 2018 Lineup Proved Festivals Can Still Be Exhilarating

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HAIM-Primavera-2018“Welcome to the best festival in the world,” Adam Granduciel said shortly into the War On Drugs’ set at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound. It was Thursday night, the first full day of the fest, and Granduciel provided a proper introduction to the weekend ahead. With the Drugs having grown into one of the most reliably transporting … More »

A$AP Rocky drops new album Testing ASAP (meaning RIGHT NOW) featuring Dean Blunt, Frank Ocean, anyone that ever set foot in his studio

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Drop what you’re doing, ASAP! A$AP Rocky’s summer rap blockbuster of note has arrived! The rapper’s long-awaited new album Testing is out NOW via RCA, and it’s available through every outlet in existence.

But what’s a hip-hop event record without a cast list brimming with expensive, on-trend, and occasionally outlandish names?! As usual, Rocky’s guest docket has it all. Want that hip flavor? Have a taste of Frank Ocean and FKA Twigs. In need of some reliable voices? Try some T.I., Kid Cudi, and Skepta. Nostalgic for the classics? How about Snoop, Puff Daddy, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and, erm…Moby? Gotta imagine RCA’s accounting department is really sweating this one.

But wait, lemme throw some special icing on that enormously costly and commercially-tested rap cake by letting you know that producer extraordinaire Dean Blunt had an extremely-talented hand in the making of three tracks on the album. The man/myth/all-around-legend reportedly produced “Gunz N Butter” and “Purity” (here’s a pretty little tweet from Hyperdub to prove it!) and offered background vocals on “CALLDROPS.” That’s a whole 20% of the tracklist, my dudes!

Oh, and as if that wasn’t extravagant enough, there’s also a video (that you’ve probably already seen)! Watch “A$AP Forever,” featuring that tasty Moby sample, below. Head here to stream/purchase the whole thing, and be sure to check out the tracklisting with its cornucopia of features below, as well.

Now, consider your blocks…busted!

Testing tracklisting:

01. Distorted Records
02. A$AP Forever REMIX feat. Moby, Kid Cudi & T.I.
03. Tony Tone
04. Fukk Sleep feat. FKA twigs
05. Praise The Lord (Da Shine) feat. Skepta
06. CALLDROPS feat. Kodak Black
07. Buck Shots
08. Gunz N Butter feat. Juicy J
09. Brotha Man feat. French Montana
10. OG Beeper
11. Kids Turned Out Fine
12. Hun43rd
13. Changes
14. Black Tux, White Collar
15. Purity feat. Frank Ocean