Saint Punk has put a grunge house spin on Pusha T‘s first released song in 2019, “Sociopath,” a track produced by Kanye West. The minimal original features a ringing cowbell and booming bass with the vocal cadence that’s made half of hip-hop duo Clipse such a successful solo act alongside some bars from Kash Doll.
The electro-punk producer’s take involves a thicker four-on-the-floor kick, driving the sped-up vocals along crisp high-end percussion. A build reminiscent of 3 a.m. sounds at a Brooklyn warehouse falls into a driving, low-end guided, glitched-out house groove that creates a grungy harmony for the rappers lyrics about a gold digger.
Saint Punk launched his project in 2019 with the majority of his releases on Tchami’s Confession label.
Drake did not take Christmas off. On Christmas Eve, Aubrey Graham came out with his fake-British-accent UK drill track “War.” And yesterday, Drake took up way too much time on people’s holiday with a two-and-a-half-hour longform interview. Drake sat down with Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson and Brian Miller for a “podcast” that’s really … More »
Gorillaz have announced a new documentary film, “Gorillaz: Reject False Icons.” Directed by Denholm Hewlett, the film will appear in theaters worldwide for one night only on Monday, Dec. 16.
The documentary will be released in partnership with Gorillaz Productions, Eleven, Trafalgar Releasing, and Warner Music Entertainment. Reject False Icons will focus on the making of the band’s fifth studio album Humanz and sixth studio album The Now Now and their respective touring. According to the press release, the film also features appearances from artists Vince Staples, PUSHA T, Jehnny Beth, Danny Brown, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Noel Gallagher, and more.
The Grammy award-winning virtual band partnered with Levi’s earlier this year on a customizable apparel line that starred an exclusive library of co-creator Jamie Hewlett’s art. The collaboration also follows Gorillaz’s partnership with G-Shock on a watch line.
Since the first release of Endtronics in 1996, DJ Shadow has been a constant force throughout hip-hop. The veteran producer’s latest work showcases his diverse skill set and adds to his impressive discography.
The first side of Our Pathetic Age is entirely instrumental, featuring primarily experimental hip-hop production. On the second half, DJ Shadow enlists a smorgasbord of hip-hop heavyweights including Nas, Pharoahe Monch Pusha T, Run the Jewels and more. Tracks like “Rosie” showcase DJ Shadow’s prowess as a forward-thinking producer, while “Rocket Fuel (feat. De La Soul)” proves that the old-school hip-hop style will never die. DJ Shadow explained Our Pathetic Age‘s thematic content in a statement:
“More than anything, I try to get a sense of the mood of society as a whole. The subtle signals that humans send each other, the way people behave, their frustrations and ebbs and flows. In my part of the world, people are scared. There’s rampant homelessness, and a real fear of falling into generational poverty. People are addicted to, and addled by distraction; they’re angry and confused, and disaffected by their own governmental institutions. There’s songs that are inspired by this energy and seek to harness it, to make sense of it. In some cases, there’s attempts to salve the wound; in others, the songs merely observe but don’t offer solutions. Despite the title, it’s a hopeful, vibrant album…there is always light in darkness. I want it to reflect the times we live in, a signpost in the ground to mark the era…Our Pathetic Age.”
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 »
A decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »
Earlier this week, Pusha T made every media Twitter user’s dream come true by rapping over the theme song from the HBO show Succession. He only shared a preview of the whole track, though, which is called “Puppets” and is out tonight. The theme honestly goes once you get used to it, and … More »
With apologies to The Righteous Gemstones — the other extremely funny saga of a rich and terrible family currently airing Sunday nights on HBO — Succession is the best thing currently on TV. Succession, HBO’s deeply uncomfortable comedy about the clan of shitheads in charge of a right-wing media empire, is a fascinating and beautifully … More »