Staff Picks Playlist (May 20)
As if we didn't already have our fill with last week's dose of new projects, this afternoon The Boy himself Casey Veggies slid through with Customized Greatly Vol. 4 (it's been four years since the last one), we got a joint mixtape from two inmates, one of whom is Ty Dolla $ign's brother, Big TC and D.
SXSW Polaroids: PartyNextDoor, Metro Boomin, Flatbush Zombies, Denzel Curry & More
We're back, with more goodness from SXSW. Exclusive interviews from our trip down South will continue to roll out in the forthcoming week, but to follow up our trip recap and photo diary, we've got some special Polaroids to be 100% accurate these are actually Fuji Instaxs, but you get the idea.
Check Out Artwork & Tracklist For Kaytranada’s “99.9%”
After premiering “Bus Ride” feat. Karriem Riggins & River Tiber on BBC 1 Radio, Kaytranada has unveiled the full tracklist and album artwork for his upcoming album 99.9%. He definitely wasn’t lying when he had some dope features.
Future, Mac Miller, Logic, Tory Lanez, & More To Perform At Osheaga 2016
Osheaga Music Festival will return to Montreal for the 11th time this summer. The festival announced its lineup yesterday evening, revealing a very promising collection of hip hop artists that will perform this year.
J Cole, Vince Staples, & Miguel To Perform At Bonnaroo 2016
Those able to endure the withering Southern heat at the annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, are richly rewarded with one of the most massive and diverse music gatherings on the planet. Bonnaroo has announced the full lineup for its 2016 festival, scheduled for the weekend of June 9-12. Hip-hop & R&B acts include J. Cole, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Vince Staples, Miguel, Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram), Tyler, the Creator, RL Grime, Post Malone, Goldlink, Allen Stone, & The Internet.
GoldLink Announces US Tour
GoldLink is almost ready to hit the road again, after capping off a stint of North American tour dates last spring. Now there's even more motivation for fans to come out and see the DMV rapper live-- he's got an entire new album's worth of material to perform. The rapper announced a set of US tour dates today, which won't kick off until 2016. Special guests have yet to be announced, so stay tuned.
Stream Chaz French's "These Things Take Time" Mixtape
The DMV is brimming with talent right now, and one artist who has been generating a lot of buzz is Chaz French, who has dropped recent collaborations with top D.C. talent such as GoldLink and Wale. To cap off his breakout year, French has just released his new mixtape, These Things Take Time, which you can stream below.
Breakout Artists Of 2015
Before we get to sharing the bulk of our "best of" lists with you this year, it's time to highlight 2015's biggest surprises and success stories. The fifteen artists we've chosen for our breakout list seem even more diverse than those on last year's list, with different genres, voices, opinions, and even countries being represented here. Some have popped up on our radars in the past few months, others have been grinding for years before getting their big break.
GoldLink Is On A Mission To Make You Dance
Who/what is GoldLink? This is the question that led me, one evening earlier this year, to trek through sleet and bitter wind to MoMA PS1 in Queens, where GoldLink was performing in the giant geodesic igloo that stands in PS1’s courtyard. Like most of my fellow concert-goers, I had no idea what GoldLink looked like, or where he was from. Unlike most of his peers, GoldLink's social media presence was minimal.
Stream GoldLink's Debut Album "And After That, We Didn’t Talk"
GoldLink's debut album And After That, We Didn’t Talk was originally slated to drop next Friday, but it arrived this morning via Soulection and is now available for consumption on iTunes and Spotify. GoldLink blends hip hop and electronic music in a style he calls "future bounce." He first made his name collaborating with such distinguished electronic producers as Kaytranada and Sango, and much of AATWDT was created in Rick Rubin's Malibu abode.
GoldLink's "And After That We Didn’t Talk" Has A Tracklist & A New Release Date
GoldLink just shared his new record "Dark Skinned Women," and just when you felt his new album And After That, We Didn’t Talk couldn't get any closer, he's bumped up the release date.Originally scheduled to drop on November 13th, the album will now impact this Friday, November 6th. Whether or not that has anything to do with Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, and Justin Bieber all dropping on the 13th is anyone's guess, but we're happy to hear the LP early either way.
GoldLink Announces Debut Album, Shares First Single
DMV rapper/singer GoldLink has been single-handedly putting the genre informally known as future bounce on the map. He's just getting started. as he just announced his first full-length And After That, We Didn’t Talk. The album will be released November 13th via LA-based music culture platform Soulection. The 11-track LP which features production from Demo Taped, Galimatias, Medasin, Tom Misch and longtime collaborator Louie Lastic.
Staff Picks Playlist (August 28)
It's that time of the week again. As we make our way into the weekend hours, literally, it's almost 5 PM here on the East Coast, we've readied a new Staff Picks playlist to jam. Today saw a notable album release from The Weeknd, while earlier in the week we got big singles from August Alsina, Curren$y with August Alsina (and Lil Wayne, who also appeared on Alsina's track...New Orleaneans teaming up), Jay Rock and a few others.
Mac Miller Announces The "GO:OD AM" Tour
On September 18th, Mac Miller will release his new album GO:OD AM, and to promote it, he'll be hitting the road for a nationwide tour this Fall. He'll be accompanied by Tory Lanez, Domo Genesis, Goldlink, Michael Christmas, EarthGang and Alexander Spit, and you can check out the dates below or in the flier in the gallery above. Ticket info is available on Mac's website.
10 Essential Goldlink Tracks
There's no shortage of rappers that are trying to wedge themselves into the world of dance music. Waka Flocka has made tracks with Steve Aoki. A$AP Rocky and Skrillex linked for "Wild For The Night." DJ Snake and Lil Jon had the whole world screaming "Turn Down For What" not too long ago. The list goes on and on, but most of the time the results are somewhat corny.
10 Collaborations We Need
Advancements of the infinite tool that is the Internet have made collaborating among musicians exponentially easier. Gone are the days where it was nearly impossible to create music without musicians being in the same studio at the same time. Now artists and producers are able to collaborate despite being in different parts of the country, or even across the globe. One can simply email over a verse or an instrumental that can be worked with, and tweaked, into a musical masterpiece. This makes any collaboration possible and has resulted in some incredible creations recently.
XXL Freshman Class 2015 Revealed
The XXL Freshman list is always a huge conversation piece in the rap world, and this year should be no different. While the wait has seemed a little longer than usual, the full list and cover has now been revealed.
Lauryn Hill, Danny Brown, Kelis & More Announced For NYC's Afropunk Fest
Afropunk Festival is an annual celebration of music, art and food that takes place in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park, and after hosting perfomances by D'Angelo, Ice T's Body Count and others last year, they've rolled out their 2015 lineup. Here's a list of the most noteworthy performers for the August 22nd-23rd fest this year: Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Danny Brown, Kelis, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat, Cakes Da Killa, Goldlink, Petite Noir, Kaytranada, Raury, Lion Babe, Jesse Boykins III, Adia Victoria, Sam Dew, Brenmar.
Rap Industry Recap: April
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
8 Must-See Hip-Hop Tours This Summer
The summer concert season is quickly approaching, as we close out the month of April. It’s comparable to Christmas for avid music fans. It doesn’t get much better than beautiful weather complimented by beautiful people dancing to bass-laden tunes. Excess amounts of cheap alcohol and THC add to the excitement at summer concerts.