Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have welcomed a third child into their family, per TMZ, following the births of North in 2013 and Saint in 2015. The 7 lb. 6 oz. baby girl was delivered via surrogate after Kardashian suffered from a medical condition during her second pregnancy that could become life-threatening … More »
Over the past year, there have been lots of vague reports that Kanye West is working on new music. But we haven’t actually heard any of that music, so we don’t know whether he’s actually doing it. We do know, however, that he is micromanaging his wife’s eyewear. More »
The world’s a pretty fucked up place these days. You’ve got ice caps melting on either pole, you’ve got more marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks and McDonald’s combined — and now, apparently, you’ve got more people buying cassette tapes than healthcare plans. (Actually don’t quote us on that last one).
That’s sorta right, though: according to data released by Nielsen Music Ratings (and published by The Hollywood Reporter), total cassette sales reached nearly 175,000 copies in 2017, which is up from the roughly 130,000 copies that were sold in 2016.
The spike in sales was apparently attributed to the popularity of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie (as well as the Stranger Things Netflix series), but we’re still holding out contention that it might just be windfall from President Trump’s obviously spellbinding long-term business model. I mean, do you really think the Chinese are going to go looking for revenue shares in the lo-fi recordings financial sector? Yeah, didn’t think so…
Some of the top sellers over the course of the year were (obviously) the Guardians and Stranger Things soundtracks, but Eminem (The Eminem Show), Prince (Purple Rain re-issue), and Twenty One Pilots (Blurryface) also fared nicely.
Before you go selling off all your worldly possessions to open up your own boombox repair shop, though, be advised that the increase in cassettes still only accounted for less than a single percent (0.17) of all physical album sales. Apparently, compact discs are still crushing it (just ask your local Best Buy manager).
TOP SELLING CASSETTES OF 2017 (US):
01. Soundtrack: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (19,000 copies sold)
02. Soundtrack: Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (15,000 copies sold)
03. Soundtrack: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Mix, Vol. 1 (5,000 copies sold)
04. Soundtrack: Stranger Things, Volume One (3,000 copies sold)
05. Eminem, The Eminem Show (3,000 copies sold)
06. Various Artists, The Hamilton Mixtape (3,000 copies sold)
07. Prince and The Revolution, Purple Rain (2,000 copies sold)
08. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface (2,000 copies sold)
09. Kanye West, Yeezus (2,000 copies sold)
10. Nirvana, Nevermind (2,000 copies sold)
Covers are seemingly a poor fit in electronic music. The extra latitude afforded artists when they choose to remix a track — inherently giving them license to veer from the original as much or as little as they please — is eminently attractive and become something of an industry standard. What remixes don’t provide, however, is a window in an artist’s process and those who have influenced their sound and style.
William Crooks‘ cover of Cashmere Cat‘s “Quit,” featuring Ariana Grande, and Kanye West‘s “Wolves,” produced by Cashmere Cat and Sinjin Hawke, however, manages to split the difference between remix and cover.
Crooks illuminates influences that only become obvious with his explicit acknowledgement, and add depth to his soulful brand of singer-songwriter take on club music. Indeed, Crooks eschews a massive rework of both tracks, instead opting to maintain their basic structure and immerse them in his emotive style of production, with lush synths and rumbling bass providing a foundation for slightly auto-tuned vocals.
On his 2001 track “Breathe Easy,” by way of declaring his supremacy over the entire rap landscape, Jay-Z bragged, “My interviews are hotter.” But Jay hardly ever does interviews anymore. So it’s big news that Jay recently sat down with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet for a long, wide-ranging conversation. In … More »
Jay-Z is going to win the Album Of The Year Grammy for 4:44. We already, on some deep level, know this. That album is pure Grammy-bait. It’s mellow and subtle and reflective, and it does not have one single banger on it. Grammy voters hate bangers. They should give the big award to … More »
Touted as one of dance music’s brightest up-and-comers, Oshi is already a force to be reckoned with, and many would contend that he hasn’t even really reached his full breakthrough moment yet. The young UK-bred beat maker displays a wealth of potential with a steady schedule of releases and he’s already caught the attention, and support, of major players in the game including Baauer, Mr. Carmack, and Skrillex to name a few. From common bedroom producer to certified production prodigy, Oshi’s catalog of official releases continues to grow, though some of his best work comes by way of personal stash bootlegs and disposable remixes uploaded to Soundcloud.
For his latest delivery, “Swagger,” Oshi drops off an inventive take on T.I’s 2008 powerhouse collaboration with Jay Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, “Swagger Like Us,” derived from Diplo and M.I.A.’s seminal “Paper Planes.” Building a bouncy, percussive trap beat around the original track’s iconic “no one on the corner has swagger like us” hook from M.I.A., Oshi pieces together a short and sweet syncopated transition tool for DJ sets that’s worth repeated listens to make up for the tune’s tantalizing length.
Diplo recently shared his best Kanye West story in a new TBS Storyville special. The clip offers a look into West’s Watch The Throne sessions where Ye and Jay-Z reportedly rented out the Mercer Hotel out in New York.
“Because that’s what you do when you’re Kanye West,” the producer proclaimed.
Despite knowing Ye for near 20 years, in the clip, Diplo recalls one of his most memorable run-ins with the artist. After getting a text from West to come down to the Mercer, he sat Diplo down with another producer to co-produce a song. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen stopped by, T-Pain dropped in, and Kim Kardashian — who Ye had yet to marry at the time — also made an appearance.
And while Diplo didn’t make the final cut of the album, he did witness something pretty spectacular before he left. “Kanye came back, he opens the door… and he says, ‘Guys, I’m gonna marry Kim Kardashian, I’m gonna be president one day, and I’m gonna be a fashion designer.’” So far, two out of three have come true. If things go as planned it seems Kanye may have a predilection for telling the future…