Staff Picks Playlist (January 15)
This week, as you probably noticed, the VERY HOTTTTTs were killing it, and no, we weren't just in a giving mood, there was just a lot of fire music dropping. Not only that, the songs lists were phenomenally long each day (who peeped our Snapchat?). All this to say, everyone should have a song they were fucking with this past week.
Iamsu! Reveals "KILT 3" Cover Art & Tracklist
Iamsu! has been sprinkling his Soundcloud with loose records these past few weeks, seemingly warming us up for KILT 3. It looks like it's finally time, or at least, almost time, for KILT 3.
Iamsu! Announces "I Love My Squad" World Tour
Iamsu! has some hits under his belt and has proven himself as a live performer, so it's about time he set out on a headlining world tour. Today, Su! hit us with some dates for the I Love My Squad tour, which will find him bringing fellow West Coasters, Bobby Brackins, Nic Nac, and Show Banga on a number of dates through Paris, Hollywood, Sydney and more.According to the poster (shared on Instagram), there are still more dates to be announced. Here's hoping that Canada and the east coast get some love as well.
Stream HBK Skipper's New Album, "The Thrill"
Skipper has always been one of the most consistent members of HBK, but he's generally operated just below the radar compared to the crews biggest names. His new project, The Thrill, could bring the rapper into the lanes of Iamsu and Sage The Gemini, as he continues to fine-tune his incredibly catchy brand of West Coast-infused rap. Kool John, Jay Ant, CJ, and Dave Steezy, show up as features, while the and the aforementioned Su provides production among the likes of T-Scoob, Trauma Tone, and Shonuff.
Stream The New Iamsu! EP, "Eyes On Me"
Iamsu! is headed out on his Eyes On Me tour later this year, and while he already has plenty of material to perform, from his 2014 debut album, Sincerely Yours, to his large catalog of mixtape work, the Bay Area rapper has decided to share one more project before he takes off.
Iamsu! Announces "Eyes On Me" Tour With Rome Fortune
This morning Iamsu! announced a new tour, "Eyes On Me," which will find the West Coast native teaming up with Rome Fortune from down south. The two rappers will be linking up for tour dates across the United States, starting out with Los Angeles on March 26th. Iamsu's "Eyes On Me" tour will keep him occupied for a good two months, with dates kicking off at the end of March and running until May 8th, where the final tour date wraps up in Phoenix, AZ. They're covering as much ground as possible on the tour, from the West Coast to the Mid-West to the South.
Ticket Giveaway: Downtown Fest With Iamsu! & Tink In NYC
Downtown Festival is about to takeover New York City, with the impending festival kicking off on October 2nd and running until October 4th. While the NYC edition of Downtown Fest is not entirely dedicated to hip-hop, they've recruited two buzzing hip-hop artists this year for two different shows.
Jamie Foxx, 2 Chainz & DJ Mustard Sued For "Party Ain't A Party"
Just a week ago, Jamie Foxx, 2 Chainz and DJ Mustard linked up on a song called "Party Ain't A Party" that, in addition to sharing a name with a '90s hit, may be a complete rip off.
G-Eazy, E-40, IAMSU! & Jay Ant Announce "From The Bay To The Universe" Tour
G-Eazy won big this year with his album These Things Happen, and now he's taking his show on the road in a 31-date tour called "From The Bay To The Universe." Accompanied by E-40, IAMSU! and Jay Ant, the rapper, toted as "USA Today's Hottest College Ticket" in his press release, will being the tour on October 21st in Sacramento, CA.
Charts Don’t Lie: May 25
This week we're seeing how a little bit (or a lot, rather) of media coverage can go a long way. While we have new entries from Michael Jackson (Xscape) and Iamsu! (Sincerely Yours), we're also seeing a few classic albums re-enter the Billboard 200, plus there's the aftermath of the Solange/Jay Z elevator blow out.
Review: Iamsu!'s "Sincerely Yours"
It only took one day for Iamsu!’s debut album, Sincerely Yours, to reach iTunes’ top album charts, a feat which is, quite frankly, surprising. Though the album is not a flop, it’s not a work of artistic genius either. There is nothing about this album that differentiates it from his previous seven albums, and many of the songs on it sound alike.
Stream Iamsu!'s Debut Album, "Sincerely Yours" In Its Entirety
HBK Gang releases really sneak up on you. Sage The Gemini's debut album seemed to come out of nowhere, and now Iamsu! has dropped his brand new 19-track effort on us without warning.
Crew Love: HBK Gang
HBK (Heart Break Kids) are a crew from the San Francisco Bay Are who count rapper/producer Iamsu! as their de facto leader. Formed in 2008 by Su and producers Chief and P-Lo, the crew went on to add Sage The Gemini, Skipper, CJ, Rossi, Dave Steezy, Jay Ant, Kool John and the production team The Invasion (consisting of Iamsu!, P-Lo, Kuya Beats, Jay Ant, and Chief).
Iamsu! Reveals Cover Art & Tracklist For "Sincerely Yours"
Iamsu! is ready to release his debut album, Sincerely Yours, after a long road filled with well-received mixtapes (see), on May 13th. The HBK Gang representer unveiled the official album artwork for Sincerely Yours as well as the tracklist today.
Underrated Audio: February 15- February 21
As we do every week, we aim to bring you several overlooked and underrated records from the last seven days with Underrated Audio. It's a collection of records that received a limited number of views, and our desire is to up that number by giving the tracks a second look over the weekend. While you may only have ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron on your mind at this point, don't be shy to take a break from it and scroll through these four tracks and see if something is to your liking. Let us know your favorite piece of audio from last week in the comments below.
Stream Iamsu!'s "Camo" EP
We're expecting two big projects from the HBK Gang this year. Both Iamsu! and his rich-off-Vine counterpart Sage The Gemini will be releasing their debut albums, and we'll apparently be hearing both of them on many of the tracks from each. Until we get those, Iamsu! has offered a short new effort for free stream. The Camo EP naturally features two guest spots from Sage, as well appearances from 2 Chainz and Dizzy Wright.
Iamsu! Reveals Title Of His Debut Album
Iamsu! and his HBK gang had a pretty big 2013, and are gearing up for even bigger things this year.
Underrated Audio: December 28- January 3
New Years Eve celebrations went down just a few days ago, so this weekend you may still be recovering from all your mid-week partying. While you do that, you can take a look at the four chill cuts sitting in Underrated Audio this week. No records too turned up this weekend. From a little-known Arkansas rap group to Sean Price, here are four pieces of audio we're giving a second look.
Problem & Iamsu! Announce "Million Dollar Afro" Tour
Iamsu! and Problem's collaborative effort, Million Dollar Afro, seemed to have been well-received by fans of either artist. Now the two are sure to please fans once more with the news that they're heading on a brief joint tour.
Underrated Audio: October 30- November 5
With everyone going into election-look-at-me-vote mode today, here are some songs to just vibe out too once you've had enough Obama or Romney talk for the day. I know my quota is almost full.Sir Michael Rocks- LVL 1 Feat. Shorty K & Tris J