Artists React To Possibility Of Lil Wayne's Retirement
Earlier today, the rap world awoke to some potentially devastating news, as everyone got word of Lil Wayne venting his excruciating frustrations on Twitter and suggesting his retirement. "I AM NOW DEFENSELESS and mentally DEFEATED," he wrote at around 4 AM this morning, seemingly in response to his futile attempts to escape his contract with Cash Money Records.
Behind The Beat: Flume
One day, many years before he became internationally known, Flume sat down at a computer with his friend Killian and started working on a song called “Hectic Sausage.” “What do you get if you take all the sausages in the world and put them together?” Killian asked at the song’s outset, his voice pitched down to the sub-baritone growl of Emperor Zurg. “The biggest damn sausage you ever seen.”
Flying Lotus Launches Brainfeeder Film Division
Flying Lotus announced Wednesday on Twitter that he is launching a film division of his forward-thinking independent music label Brainfeeder. It all began last October, FlyLo explained, when he saw a humorous GIF (include below) of him interacting with Thom Yorke and realized that he could make these sorts of visuals himself. "I was fixated on this for a whole day and thought. Shit. I can make stuff like that," he tweeted.
Flying Lotus Takes Shots At Future In Twitter Rant On Producer's Rights
Flying Lotus embarked on an impassioned Twitter rant attacking an industry culture that he believes exploits and underappreciates producers. Very important to know your worth," he began. "To producers. When a rapper invites u to the studio and asks u to make beats on the spot.Tell them to pay your fee on the spot, cuz fuck that."
Metro Boomin, Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd Among Adult Swim's 2016 Singles
Adult Swim has announced the 2016 program for its Singles Program, in which artists give out free singles over the course of the summer. This year's lineup is strong: the list of artists includes Metro Boomin, Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd, Flying Lotus, Run the Jewels (for the fourth consecutive year), Earl Sweatshirt (with KNX), Mike WiLL Made-It, Thelonius Martin [with Joey Purp], and D∆WN.
Flying Lotus Announces North American Tour
Flying Lotus has announced a handful of summer tour dates. He'll hit the road June 11 and swing through cities like Chicago, Vancouver, Brooklyn, Oakland, and Austin on his journey across North America. Tour dates often portend new music... hopefully he has some new sounds for fans sooner rather than later.
Kendrick Lamar To Headline Austin City Limits 2016 Festival
Austin City Limits music festival has announced it's 2016 lineup. Kendrick Lamar has been bestowed one of the coveted headline slots, along with Radiohead, Mumford & Sons. and LCD Soundsystem. Other hip hop/R&B acts of note: Schoolboy Q, LL Cool J, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Tory Lanez, Flying Lotus, Gallant, Raury, and Domo Genesis. Also of potential interest to hip hop fans: Major Lazer, Die Antwoord, Corrine Bailey Rae, AlunaGeorge, and Willie Nelson!!!!
Afropunk Brooklyn Lineup Includes Tyler, The Creator, Flying Lotus, Ice Cube & More
The Brooklyn Afropunk festival has emerged as one of the preeminent displays of Afro-centric music in all of its far-reaching varieties. This year's festival, which will take place on August 27 and 28 at the Commodore Perry Park in the Fort Greene neighborhood, looks to host the most impressive lineup yet, with a diverse range of exciting acts including Tyler, the Creator, Ice Cube, Flying Lotus, CeeLo Green, The Internet, and more.
Flying Lotus Releases 39-Track "You're Dead!" Deluxe Edition
Flying Lotus' 2014 LP You're Dead! was basically a musical, 21st century version of Dante's "Divine Comedy." A 19-track sojourn through Fly Lo's vision of the afterlife, it is definitely an incredible piece of art and definitely a lot to handle.
Flying Lotus Explains His New Supergroup WOKE
Earlier this week, Flying Lotus introduced us to his new supergroup WOKE, comprised of him, Thundercat, & Shabazz Palaces, with their first single, "The Lavishments of Light Looking" feat. George Clinton.
10 Essential Underachievers Tracks
The Underachievers are one of Brooklyn's up-and-coming rap groups. They're most recent album Evermore: The Art of Duality was just released this past Friday, and might just be the duo's best work to date.
Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap & More Nominated For VMAs
This year's MTV VMA award show is going down on Sunday, AUgust 30th, and today, the full list of nominees has been announced. View that below. Video Of The Year Beyoncé, “7/11” Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk” Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
10 Essential Thundercat Tracks
Whether you've been listening to Thundercat for years or just now hearing his name mentioned alongside Kendrick Lamar's, there is an undeniable mystique about this bassist / singer virtuoso. Born Stephen Bruner in Los Angeles, Thundercat is currently making serious waves in the worlds of hip hop, jazz, R&B, and funk.
Stream Thundercat's "The Beyond: Where The Giants Roam" EP
Thundercat, bass player, singer, probable musical genius, just released a new EP called The Beyond: Where The Giants Roam.
Top Tracks: April 13 - April 19
Here’s a countdown of what HotNewHipHop readers we’re listening to the most this week, according to our Top 100 chart. 10) Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar - Eyes Above K-Dot collaborated with free-jazz beatsmith and all-around musical madman Flying Lotus on FlyLo’s latest album You’re Dead! with the frantic track “Never Catch Me.”
6 Things We Learned From Kendrick Lamar's Interview With Flying Lotus
The day Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly came out, Flying Lotus took to twitter to let us know some inside information on the LP. It turns out that FlyLo was helping Kendrick with the visual portion for his opening slot on the "Yeezus" Tour, and, at the same time, he gave the MC a folder full of beats to mess with for TPAB. Apparently, that folder of beats inspired Kendrick's album theme.
Listen To Kendrick Lamar's Entire "Eyes Above" Verse
Back in November, Flying Lotus treated fans at one of his shows to a previously unheard Kendrick Lamar verse, which at the time was rumored to be for his “Eyes Above” record off Lotus’ You’re Dead album.
Kendrick Lamar To Be Interviewed By Flying Lotus On BBC1 Tonight
We first heard Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar paired on the latter's You're Dead!! highlight, "Never Catch Me," but it's clear that the matchup greatly informed K-Dot's sophomore outing, To Pimp A Butterfly. The LP features yet another instrumental from FlyLo, as well as plenty of tracks with his consistent collaborator, Thundercat, whose bass playing has become synonymous with the Flying Lotus sound.
10 Producers That Should Be On Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole's Joint Album
On his interview with Hot 97 that uploaded to YouTube yesterday morning, Kendrick Lamar said there's "definitely, definitely" going to be a collaboration album with J. Cole. (You can find that tidbit around the 11:25 mark on the interview.)
A Track-By-Track Guide To Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
Last night, Kendrick Lamar, or someone at Interscope, perhaps, released To Pimp a Butterfly a week ahead of its initial March 23 release date. Already the most anticipated album of the year, Kendrick's follow-up to Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is unlike anything he's ever done, though it could've only come from the man himself.