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 »
In a bizarre product marketing concoction, Lil Yachty and Donny Osmond are featured together in a new jingle for Chef Boyardee. The collaboration is part of a campaign surrounding the canned Italian food’s 90th anniversary. The song, which is called “Start The Par-dee,” is patently ridiculous, of the so-stupid-it’s-funny variety. It finds Yachty rapping lines … More »
At 2018’s Tomorrowland, Anna Lunoe sat down with Steve Aoki on Beats 1 to talk pizza, plans for the upcoming album, and more. During the interview, Aoki reveals that there’s going to be some “out-of-the-box collabs” on Neon Future III, which is set for a September 2018 release. He mentions Blink-182 and Nicki Minaj, explaining that “Twitter is still used” when trying to get through to artists of that caliber.
It’s common knowledge that Aoki’s keen on experimenting with “out-of-the-box” artists/genres, as he’s worked with everyone from Fall Out Boy to Lil Yachty and more recently, Daddy Yankee. He’s also been hanging out in the studio with Colombian Reggaeton singer Maluma, so the possibilities feel quite endless at the moment.
Check out the full interview on Apple Music to hear more.
“Beat weird as hell”
—YouTube comment by user scure
Lordy me, this beat!!! Talk about a lush background, maybe TOO lush for some rappers. Not for Boat & Valee though. Fearless chaps, those two. You already know Lil Yachty as having an affinity for left-field hip-hop approaches—at times, perhaps too left-field, e.g. the lackluster and cutesy Teenage Emotions, which was a let down for loyalists enamored by his aloof detachment on “Lil Boat” and “Minnesota”. Admittedly, those two breakout hits were successful because of the same cutesy, bubbly aura that oversaturated Teenage Emotions, but unlike his debut album, these early songs were balanced by an assured confidence that what he was doing wasn’t 100% silly. In other words, it sounded like he was taking himself seriously, but not too seriously. When it came to irony versus earnestness, Yachty’s intent was muddled, something á la Lil B or Soulja Boy, and fans seemed to revel in that. Sadly, Teenage Emotions was a step too far in the direction of puerile antics, and listening to it required the listener to embrace a cutesy, flaunting disposition.
Not trying to riff on Yachty. I’m saying all this to put into context “Wombo” (and Lil Boat 2, an album I thoroughly enjoyed), which is good in an early-Yachty way, exemplifying a bounceback from what could have been a tragic falling-off. Boat’s recent work sees him coming into himself, older, more experienced, more wary of the delicate touch required when trying to balance silly sing-song flows with earnest emotion and delivery. Which is great, because now there’s another rapper on the scene of a similar ilk, someone in a parallel lane. Valee, whose flow is certainly less goofy/fun-loving than Yachty’s, still has the flavor of someone who cares not-one-bit about what other rappers are doing, and embodies an aloof demeanor, plays around with rhythm and “beat weird as hell” producers the same way Yachty does. Dare I say the G.O.O.D. Music signee has a bright future?
Anywho, enough chat. Bump this track and listen to Lil Yachty and Valee complement each other’s idiosyncratic flows over an absolutely wavy instrumental, and hope for more collabs in the future???
In May, Lil Yachty teased two new songs, one of them being “Who Want Da Smoke” with rapper BlocBoy JB. Since then, it looks like there’s been a lineup switch and the new (and revised) single, “Who Want The Smoke?” is dropping tonight, featuring power couple Cardi B and Offset. Judging … More »
So is Valee’s name pronounced “valley” or “valet”? This has been bothering me lately. It’s mostly been bothering me because I don’t know how to pronounce the name of one of the most exciting rappers to come along in a long time. After bubbling up on the Chicago underground for some time, Valee has had … More »
“Boo’d Up” is blowing up. Ella Mai’s sumptuous ’90s R&B throwback, first released way back in February 2017 as the opening track of her Ready EP, is on its second week at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. The slow-burn success story had its genesis in Spotify and Apple playlist placement but … More »
Electronic music meets hip hop meets pop in Steve Aoki‘s newest collaboration, “Pretender.” The veteran producer teamed up with Lil Yachty and pop group AJR, which skews unforgivably pop with an electronic underlying tone.
Aoki has always had a way of bringing cross-industry musical forces together in an unexpected way, and this track certainly showcases that ability. Steve Aoki commented on the collaboration in an official release.
“I’ve been so excited to finally release Pretender. Worked with two of my favorite artists that are pushing culture in their own way,” said Aoki. “You get a mix of allof our genres in this smash. Hope you love it as much as I loved producing it.” -Steve Aoki
The track will undoubtedly grace the radio waves with its star studded cast of collaborators.
So far this week we have already heard the unlikely collaboration between Tiesto and Lil Yachty. Now it seems Steve Aoki is set on continuing the unexpected collaboration trends. His latest track with AJR and Lil Yachty is called ‘Pretender’ and will defy any expectations you are currently holding. Dare I say it? I do
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