In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »
We got a good Halloween album this year, but we didn’t get enough good Halloween video. There were plenty of good music videos this past week; they just weren’t Halloween-specific. I was looking forward to seeing more bands eaten by zombies or whatever. Try harder next year, music video directors! This week’s picks are … More »
Kendrick Lamar has gone guest-verse-crazy in recent months, and the best song with a Kendrick feature might well be “New Freezer,” the track that Atlanta rapper Rich The Kid released last month. Today, we get a video for “New Freezer,” and it’s a fun one. The hyper-stylized clip features cars too fancy to function … More »
The first wave of UK punk was a big, loud, obnoxious negation of almost everything that had come before, of all the tasteful ’70s stuff that had been in the air. Johnny Rotten famously wore an “I hate Pink Floyd” shirt to his Sex Pistols audition, and the entire movement existed in direct opposition to … More »
Everytime Kendrick Lamar shows up with a new verse, it’s an event. And a few days after he rapped alongside North Carolina’s Rapsody on the absolute banger “Power,” Kendrick has shown up on a very different songs. “New Freezer” is the new single from the well-connected Atlanta rapper Rich The Kid, and it features … More »
Katy Perry opens her new album by singing, “Can I get a witness?” Her promotional tactics for Witness have communicated a similar sentiment, albeit more intense: “Please look at me!” This is the singer known for spraying whipped cream from her cupcake bra, so it’s not like she’s ever been a master of understatement. But … More »
In May, Diplo made headlines when he crammed Justin Bieber, Young Thug, and Rich The Kid into “Bank Roll” – a single with enough star power to guarantee astronomical reach, but too many collaborators to realistically sound organized. In the following days, the Mad Decent label-head remained in the spotlight when the song was abruptly removed from SoundCloud.
Today, June 7, Diplo shared a new version of the track, replacing Justin Bieber with the ever-mischievous, ever-viral Indonesian rapper Rich Chigga. In the new upload, Diplo explained the song’s sudden disappearance:
“other artists made soundcloud take down the Justin Beiber [sic] version because they had exclusives with him, you can find it online here tho cause ¯_(ツ)_/¯”
It’s unclear which artists demanded that SoundCloud remove the Justin Bieber version of the song, but, as a silver lining for those who were disappointed by its takedown, Diplo hyperlinked to a free download of the track. As for the new iteration of “Bank Roll,” though the mighty Rich Chigga is unable to save the song from it’s core issue of cluttering, his goofy baritone flow is a welcome addition.
Young Thug has teamed up with Quavo, Duke, and Rich The Kid for “WTF U Doin,” a new track from Digital Trapstars’ upcoming Screens On Lock 4 mixtape. Migos’ official DJ, DJ Durel, provides some chiptune-inflected production, and you can listen to the track below via HotNewHipHop. More »