Last night, Jimmy Kimmel sat down with Kanye West for a very strange and troubling conversation. In doing so, Kimmel took his rightful place at the center of the rap discourse. So, on that very same episode of television, he had the very good idea to invite a whole mess of rappers to … More »
One of the foundational principles of being a teenager is posturing like you’re cooler and more grown-up than you actually are. The budding career of Billie Eilish is this ruse writ large with a major-label budget, presented so convincingly you wonder whether it might actually be authentic. More »
A-Trak‘s got serious skills behind the decks.
At just 15, the child prodigy was a budding master craftsman, winning DJ championships against top talent and carrying the torch for borrowed turntablism techniques that made the ultimate difference — they made people want to dance — along the way. He’s a true auteur and through a continual showcase for his deep love for hip-hop and EDM, he’s provided one of the most unique stylistic coalescences EDM has ever had the pleasure to witness.
Most recently, A-Trak’s seemed to be feeling the GOOD Summer that Mr. Kanye West, Pusha T, and co. have been providing. He’s flipped Pusha T’s new “The Games We Play,” one of the hottest numbers off DAYTONA and even added a new touch to the track. Coyly, A-Trak’s mixed in Eve’s 2001 classic “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” featuring Gwen Stefani, which was Eve’s highest-charting ever single on the US Billboard Hot 100 and an unbelievably smooth tune in its own right. Ultimately, it’s an incredibly appropriate subliminal mix-in, especially considering the DJ manages to continually blow our minds.
Oh Kanye… a man who knows how to keep the people on their toes; back at it again with another headline.
After releasing a slew of music in the past month from his own album ye, to his collaborative Kids See Ghosts album with Kid Cudi, along with three additional albums which he produced for Pusha-T, Nas, and Teyana Taylor, it seems as if the G.O.O.D. Music patriarch can’t be stopped. On top of it all, a Chance The Rapper album is now confirmed to be underway too. Upping the ante however, in an interview with Jon Caramanica from The New York Times, West boldly claims that he wants to find a place in Wyoming that will have less distractions and then create 52 records in as many weeks — essentially claiming a whole calendar year of Kanye West.
Whether that means completely done songs, just beats, or a delicate mixture of the two remains unclear. Whether that’s even operationally realistic is another question. However, with the knack for project construction that Kanye West has demonstrated since releasing his first album in 2004, if anyone could pull it off, it would be him. Rather than 52 records in 52 weeks though, others might be more drawn in by the idea of one Kanye West record that took 52 weeks to produce, but that’s an entirely different discussion altogether.
Fridays may be a little less frenzied now. With the release of Teyana Taylor’s new K.T.S.E. last week, a wild monthlong parade of albums produced by Kanye West has concluded at last. Taylor’s project marked the fifth and theoretically final LP out of Kanye’s orbit in as many weeks. More »
Pusha T — better known these days as “The Supreme Minister of Diss” (or often just “Pusha-T,” depending on how lazy you wanna get with the hyphen key) — is up to his old tricks again. This time, though, King Push isn’t going after such an easy target as former high school basketball phenom James “Jimmy” Brooks with his high-powered diss-beams. No; this time his target is a little bigger, a little hotter, and a lot more phallic in shape. That’s right: Push is throwing shade on the entire state of Florida (including those good-for-nothing Keys!) by announcing “The DAYTONA Tour”…without a single show in a one-state radius of Daytona Beach! He’s really gone too far with his signature disrespectful invective this time!
I mean, consider how BOLD this man is. He’s got two events in Michigan — MICHIGAN! I mean, does anyone even live in Grand Rapids?! Not to mention that four of the concerts are in House of Blues-es across the country. You know who has a House of Blues? ORLANDO, FLORIDA! Ever heard of it? Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, the Lockheed Martin manufacturing facility?? It’s not as if the rapper is allergic to beach sand or suffers from an irrational fear of sunlight, either, because he’s totally playing Myrtle Beach! How could you do the Sunshine State like this, Push?!
In case you’re worried no one is safe from this man’s wrath (and I don’t blame you!), let me point out that G.O.O.D. Music signees Valee and Sheck Wes are joining the insult-rap mastermind on his tour. If you’re eager to see Pusha T’s unique brand of slanderous genius, you can check out all those non-Daytona-related dates below (or you can always grab his latest album DAYTONA here). Okay, I’m gonna go hole-up in my diss-track-proof bunker before Push sees this shit. Let me know when the resulting shitstorm blows over…
The DAYTONA Tour:
07.31.18 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks
08.02.18 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave
08.03.18 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant *^
08.04.18 – Kansas City, MO – Midland
08.06.18 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall *^
08.07.18 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live *^
08.08.18 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues *^
08.09.18 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s *^
08.10.18 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
08.12.18 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
08.15.18 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
08.19.18 – Norfolk, VA – Norva
08.20.18 – Richmond, VA – National
08.22.18 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues *
08.23.18 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore *
08.25.18 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
08.27.18 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
08.28.18 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
08.30.18 – Phoenix, AZ – Press Room
08.31.18 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
09.01.18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
10.13-14.18 – Oakland, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival
^ Sheck Wes
Last month, Pusha-T released his Kanye West-produced album, DAYTONA. We named it one of the Best Albums Of The Year So Far, and today its opening track and highlight “If You Know You Know” has a music video to go along with it. It starts with Pusha T riding through the California … More »
Pusha-T just won a unanimous victory in the most high-profile, hotly contested rap feud in recent memory. He sent the biggest rap star of our time scrambling to reunite the cast of his old teenage soap opera just to distract everyone from what just happened. He achieved levels of fame that he probably didn’t … More »
On “Duppy Freestyle,” Drake’s recent diss track aimed at Pusha-T, he referenced his work for Kanye West, rapping, “What do you really think of the nigga that’s makin’ your beats?/ I’ve done things for him I thought that he never would need/ Father had to stretch his hands out and get it from me/ … More »