2 Chainz first announced his new album Rap Or Go To The League, the follow-up to 2017’s Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, over a year ago. He did it in grand 2 Chainz fashion, by riding around in a giant blimp with the album title painted on it. Since then, he … More »
Pop music is a crazy industry, even more so in our fractured age. It’s crazy how many songs can be blowing up in some corner of the world, online or off, without ever spilling over into the mass consciousness. It’s crazy how many of those songs actually do spill over without some of us realizing … More »
Kehlani is starting the new year off with a new song called “Nights Like This” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. The musician had a relatively quiet 2018. She had a feature on Cardi B’s debut album, but otherwise stayed out of the spotlight. This track is from an upcoming mixtape that’s coming out in … More »
Perfect Sound Studios revealed that Skrillex has been busy in the studio with a variety of collaborators. In a post from the lavish Hollywood Hills studio founded by Jake Rodenhouse, it’s indicated that Skrillex has been working on a side project with his old band, From First to Last. The OWSLA helmer also brought Sean Mendez, Frank Dukes, and Ty Dolla $ign to studio sessions.
This summer, Skrillex released “Surrender” with his former post-punk band, From First to Last, taking the lead on vocals. Skrillex has been taking more of a behind the console role in 2018, nabbing production credits with K-pop star Key, Mariah Carey, Elohim, Kelsey Lu, and a feature on the Kingdom Hearts soundtrack. Then, following his long-awaited, “SICKO MODE” remix, the Skrillex launched a cryptic website overhaul making fans wonder what’s coming next from the dance music icon. Whatever it is, lots of new music is underway.
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Y’all wanna hear something crazy? I’ve been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. It seems like just yesterday that I published the inaugural installment explaining why The Week In Pop would be a good addition to the Stereogum portfolio. As we approach the precipice of 2019, I’m fairly certain … More »
Ty Dolla $ign is in trouble. TMZ reports that a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia has indicted the Los Angeles R&B singer, songwriter, and producer with two felonies — felony possession of cocaine and felony possession of THC — as well as misdemeanor possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. If … More »
For more than a decade, DJ Earworm has been blending the year’s top songs into a massive “United States of Pop” mashup at the end of each year. He began the series in 2007, kicking off with a combo of songs from Soulja Boy, Akon, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Fergie, and more. It’s been 11 years since that inaugural mashup, and Earworm hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.
His 2018 edition just made its YouTube debut on December 4, highlighted by tracks from Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Marshmello, and more. The four-minute mashup kicks off with songs from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, and Maroon 5 and Cardi B, before cycling through Drake‘s iconic “In My Feelings,” Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse,” Travis Scott and Drake’s “Sicko Mode,” and dozens others.
Montreal’s Kaytranada releases a two-track EP, Nothin Like U / Chances, featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Shay Lia. Side A is a glittery R&B number, with Ty’s verses flowing down rivers of thumping 808s, lush keys, and glittering high notes for a blissful, buttery treat to the ears. “Chances” features sultry soul vocals from Shay Lia and brings a late-night disco atmosphere to the table. It’s hard not to feel transported back in time while listening. Finally, the lovesick instrumental cut “It Was Meant 2 B,” skips its way to the finish line, becoming infused with a slight sense of calming optimism toward the end. With precise percussion arrangements put forward by the esteemed producer, the EP also released instrumentals from the featured songs for fan’s laid-back listening pleasure.
The artist known for his live event performances and re-imagining artist styles through flips and remixes again shows Kaytranada’s careful caress of sounds and groves that make his mixes so precise. Nothin Like U / Chances succeeds the producer’s The ArtScience Remixes EP with Robert Glasper.
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Way back in 2016, Kaytranada, the Haiti-born and Montreal-based dance producer, released 99.9%, his guest-heavy debut album. It was great. But since then, there’s been basically no indication that Kaytranada feels like making another album. Instead, he’s been producing for people like Mick Jenkins, remixing people like Kelela, and … More »