Artists find inspiration from all sorts of places. For New York-based artist Yonkwi, his cultural heritage provides much of the inspiration and influence for his music. Yonkwi’s father passed the name down to him, a big and important responsibility in many African cultures. It took a while for him to be OK with using the name . . .
What’s in a name? Back with his first single since the changing his name, Xavier Omar (f.k.a. SPZRKT) confesses his love for confident, independent women on “Grown Woman.” Xavier Omar is as smooth and jazzy as ever on this one. This is thanks largely to beautiful production from the awesome Thelonius Martin. While we don’t . . .
The winner is… Kaytranada! The Polaris Prize is regarded as Canada’s highest honor in music, and this year, Kaytranada‘s 99.9% took home the honor. The Montreal producer beat out fellow shortlist members Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes, White Lung and many others for the 2016 award. Every year, 10 albums spanning every genre fathomable are selected to the . . .
London is rising After gaining exposure on BBC from his single “Winter’s Coming Up,” Terrence Orlando is back with a three-track EP, Issues In Representation. “This project came about through me understanding my own fears and what holds me back,” says the South London artist. While short, Issues In Representation has a clear mindset — according to Orlando, “How . . .
Wish I never did it… It’s been a while since we’ve heard GoldLink talk much, damn did he pull out all the stops on “Fall In Love.” GoldLink. Ciscero. Kaytranada. BADBADNOTGOOD. All working on one track. The upbeat, feel-good track finds GoldLink examining the pros, cons, and regrets of falling in love. The sound is unmistakably GoldLink . . .
“When the real hold you down, you supposed to drown right?” Mick Jenkins has done a great job of keeping the fans happy between projects, and now we get the first song off his upcoming album The Healing Component, “Drowning,” with production from BADBADNOTGOOD. As bonus, Mr. Jenkins also dropped off the tracklist for his upcoming debut . . .
A year in the making After speculation of an impending drop heated up with the extended version of “06,” Vince Staples has given us all a gift by dropping Prima Donna a day before it was expected. Prima Donna on Spotify and Apple Music now. — Vince Staples (@vincestaples) August 25, 2016 That was the announcement . . .
Taking a step in a new direction, DMV-native Ace Cosgrove‘s new track will have you taking a step too. Get ready to dance to “Platinum Golddigger.” The track is inspired by the tribulations of a long term relationship, and the feelings Cosgrove experienced while getting into it with his girl. The dance-track vibe softens the . . .
After dropping his critically un-acclaimed and unanimously trashed Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven, Kid Cudi is back with an epic, vintage track in “Goodbye.” Cudder made it well known this year he had been back in the studio with some of his older and longtime collaborators like Plain Pat, Kanye West, Emile, and Dot Da Genuis (who co-produced this . . .
After dropping a few tracks with subject matter darker than his usual joints over the last few months, Ace Cosgrove is back with an airy summer anthem in “Summer Breeze.” This is the first single off his upcoming project Ms. Claire’s Basement. “Summer Breeze” has a jazz-influenced beat reminiscent of the sounds on his breakout project UsvsRobots. It’s no coincidence . . .
If Usher is trying to drop hints that Flawed is just around the corner, it’s working. After coming out of nowhere dropping the *eyeroll* Tidal-exclusive “No Limit” with Young Thug yesterday, Usher’s back again with “Crash.” This is pure, old school Usher, and on “Crash,” he shows us once again that he’s the current undisputed King of R&B. . . .
Hot off the release of his fantastic project Missed Calls — one of the best projects of the year so far — Philly’s Tunji Ige has dropped a gift in the form of the Missed Calls single “War.” This is not just another music video — this is one of the silkiest, smoothest, and creative . . .
Who the hell are you? I don’t have a clue. It’s a feeling we’re all too familiar with in this internet age. Whether it’s fake friends trying to benefit from your hard work, or haters trying to tear it down — we’ve all had these WTF moments from people we barely know. Producer Andrew Luce tackles . . .
If there’s one group that, to me, epitomizes the amazing genre-bending trends in music these days, it’s the Oxymorrons. Seamlessly blending hip hop, rock, and alternative music into a silky-smooth, polished package, the Queens, NY based brothers have crafted and mastered there own distinctive sound. Add rich live instrumentation in and you’ve got a band poised to . . .
So we’ve all seen Kanye West tell his bff Ellen how he wants to change the world and inspire people — and it looks like he’s already on his way. After seeing Kanye’s, umm… inspirational speech, Stephen Colbert felt uplifted and inspired to change your BBQ forever, and decided to share his thoughts on how to make . . .