Less than 30 seconds into his new album, the Detroit rapper Boldy James murmurs the kind of line that can rattle around in your head all day: “My friends came and went, but most of them was murder victims/ Dead before 20, or caught a frame and had to serve a sentence.” There’s an implacably … More »
When Lil Wayne was first starting in rap music, Cash Money Records paired him up with fellow baby rapper BG in the duo known as the BG’z. They released their first album in 1995. That means Lil Wayne has been releasing music for 25 years. He is 37 years old. Wayne was already a hitmaker … More »
AJ Salvatore and Saw Gent stand tall behind an amplifying flip of Nessly’s Lil Keed and Lil Yachty feature, “Foreign Sheets.” Slow in tempo, the original is a languid hip-hop stint with slight R&B inflection. Together, AJ Salvatore and Saw Gent swap out the muted trappings of “Foreign Sheets” for accessories that render the revamp a heavy-handed trap hitter, such as a swifter BPM.
Aggressive drops are the high-octane highlight of the remix. Plunging to alluringly low depths, the descents intermingle sharp, stabbing synths with booming bass. The low-end action is decidedly gravelly; it introduces a rough grit to the forceful effort, and by time out at the three-minute mark, “Foreign Sheets” is nearly unrecognizable.
When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
Benny Benassi taps Lil Yachty for a euphoric electro-pop crossover track “Lonely Nights,” highlighting the Italian veteran’s synth house ambiance and the Lil Boat’s inimitable autotune air. The music video, directed by Robby Starbuck, takes the viewer through a lifetime of memories from Lil Yachty and Benny Benassi—from kids soapbox racing to Lamborghini and Ferrari flexes from the rapper and producer pair, carried by a theme of friendship all the way through. The project’s lyrics hone in on mental health challenges, touching on the subject of true friends being an important factor in mental wellness.
Back in 2011, the “Satisfaction” producer collaborated with hip-hop icons Ying Yang Twins, T-Pain, and Chris Brown, on his Electroman project aiming for another genre crossover that fits nicely into the pop rhetoric.
A sure future icon of this strange, waning decade continues her chaotic ascent: there are two new Bhad Bhabie singles in the world.
“Lotta Dem” and “Spaz (feat. YBN Nahmir)” are out now. And you can listen to botha dem right now down below.
The partnership with YBN Nahmir continues a streak of canny pairings for Bhad Bhabie, including Megan Thee Stallion’s appearance on the recent “Bestie” remix, Lil Yachty’s appearance on “Gucci Flip Flops” (which was recently certified platinum, making Ms. Bhabie the youngest person to go platinum with a single this decade), and DMX’s appearance in the video for the original version of “Bestie.”
Bhad Bhabie is also presently on tour. Check out her tour dates below.
Bhad Bhabie tour dates:
06.30.19 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Locals Only 2019*
07.03.19 – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
07.04.19 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
07.08.19 – St. Amman, Jordan – Opera House
07.13.19 – Odessa, Ukraine – Red Line Club
07.14.19 – Kiev, Ukraine – Atlas Weekend 2019*
Last year, Lil Dicky released his problematic collab with Chris Brown, “Freaky Friday.” Now, the joke-rapper is setting his sights on climate change. Thursday morning, he went on Ellen to tease a video for a new song called “Earth.” Dicky said the video features 30 of the biggest stars in the world — … More »
Coachella isn’t really a rock festival anymore, and Blood Orange was never a rock project. But when he played one of Coachella’s big outdoor stages yesterday, Blood Orange mastermand Devonté Hynes still started off his set with an honest-to-god rock-star moment. Playing mostly solo-acoustic, Hynes opened his set by covering the Neil Young classic “More »
March 2018 saw Diplo deliver California, a seven-track effort that emanated the warmth of the EP’s namesake state. Diplo’s first solo production since 2013’s Revolution, the collaboratively diverse EP coalesced the likes of Lil Yachty, Goldlink, MØ, and more for an effervescent showing that continues to fizz with sonic personality, even as Diplo announces the imminent arrival of California followup, Europa.
Poised for a Feb. 22 debut, Europa will transport four Diplo originals from the electronic chameleon’s studio to listeners’ speakers. Diplo diffused some of Europa‘s sound two preliminary singles from the six-track, European inspired EP, “Boom Bye Bye” with Niska,” and most recently, “New Shapes” with UK hip-hop entity, Octavian. The remaining four cuts will call upon the talents of Soolking, IAMDDB, Bizzey & Ramiks, and Bausa. Diplo has continually proven his musical craft to be the antithesis to creative pigeonholing, and as such, fans can expect Europa to be a project that only further exemplifies Diplo’s commitment to conceptual and artistic versatility.
— dip (@diplo) February 18, 2019
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