Early Thursday morning, Kendrick Lamar hinted at something. He had wiped his Instagram profile clean except for one simple post of the Roman numeral “IV.” It was rather hush hush, yet the noise of wonder was so loud. We now have a resolution as Kendrick unleashes “The Heart Part 4.” Listen the “The Heart Part . . .
Zayn Malik links with OVO Sound’s PARTYNEXTDOOR for “Still Got Time.” This song will be the 1st single on from forthcoming album which is scheduled to drop this summer. Related: Zayn Malik Seeks To Embrace An Identity Of His Own Zayn‘s first album, Mind of Mine, was released roughly a year ago. With it, he became the . . .
Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and PnB Rock are the latest to team up for a posse cut on a movie soundtrack. The song? “Gang Up.” The movie? The Fate Of The Furious. The vibe? High speed chase on a highway on kawasaki motorcycles, as the protagonist and villain swerve in and out of . . .
After a significant hiatus, The Gorillaz are back on the map with a grand total of four new records. They are as follows: “Ascension,” featuring Vince Staples; “We Got The Power,” featuring Jehnny Beth of Savages; “Saturnz Barz,” featuring Popcaan, and “Andromeda,” featuring D.R.A.M. The Gorillaz are releasing an album called Humanz on April 28th. . . .
Watch the “What The Price” video from Migos Migos drop another epic video from the CULTURE album. “What The Price” finds the Atlanta trio rocking out with Zaytoven in the woods where they met up with Paper Boi on Atlanta, getting into a bar brawl, and Offset finessing to end up with the leading lady . . .
GoldLink and Wale have both been at the forefront of DMV-based hip-hop for years now, each in their own separate lanes. They join forces for a bluesy new groove called “SummaTime,” which is set to feature on GoldLink’s forthcoming album, At What Cost, which releases tomorrow. The two prove to be a solid match over . . .
Mike WiLL Made It brings in another all-star cast for his latest release, “Perfect Pint.” This time, Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane and Rae Sremmurd step up to the plate. Ransom 2‘s release is right around the corner. Pre-order Ransom 2 via iTunes. Stream “Perfect Pint” below.
“You break the rules, and I’ll do the same.” Ok. Faith Evans has taken it upon herself to reinterpret the Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Ten Track Commandments” as “Ten Wife Commandments.” I definitely had to squint at my phone to confirm that I was actually seeing what I thought I was seeing. Here we are, though. Faith’s . . .
John Legend is back at it again with a new record called “In America.” The smooth, uplifting new offering is to be used on the soundtrack for the WGN America series Underground, which focuses on the difficult journey of slaves traveling the Underground RailRoad in Georgia. Co-writer Dave Tozer explains: “we wanted to give voice . . .
Mike WiLL Made It‘s Ransom 2 project drops on March 24th, and “Razzle Dazzle” just might be an indication of what to expect. Featuring a guest appearance from Future, this one is a percussion-heavy banger with some verses that toe the line between vulnerable introspection and cocky boasts. Stream “Razzle Dazzle” below.
When Raekwon and Ghostface Killah drop a record, you listen to it. Doesn’t matter what year it is. The two legendary emcees recently connected to remix “This Is What It Comes Too,” and their chemistry is just as potent as ever. Also, when Raekwon and Ghostface Killah say “too” when they should have said “to,” . . .
I really feel like I can hear an entire life of emotion in James Blake‘s voice. This time around, the video for “My Willing Heart” carries equal amounts of depth, both literally and figuratively. The black and white video stars Natalie Portman, who appeared in the video just days before she gave birth. The elegant . . .
Michael Uzowuru and Jeff Kleinman got in the lab to create a more uptempo remix of Little Dragon’s spacey single, “High.” This one features guest appearances from Denzel Curry and Twelve’len. The two Floridian artists each make their mark in different ways. Little Dragon’s Season High album will available on April 14th, and can be . . .
“More chune fo ya head top so watch how you speak on my name”. With that quick phrase following a soul stirring sample, Aubrey “Drake” Graham took the world by storm once again, delivering his much anticipated “playlist,” More Life. Coming off his most successful commercial album, Views, Drake has returned with the swagger only . . .
This is the 64th edition of The Highlight Reel, your biweekly playlist full of the best new releases. For the culture, always. I’ll always think of the number 64 in regards to grade school. 64% was borderline between passing and failing a class. Every once in a while, I got a little bit too familiar . . .