Look, I get how great Snapchat is. This isn’t a rant against Snapchat. It’s probably the most important social media platform out there at the moment. Facebook is for old people, Twitter’s stock is crashing faster than they can tweet out updates about its crashing stock, and Instagram is for tea-tox coupons and “models”. Snapchat is the king right now, and yeah it gives us the power to document our lives for 24-hour windows, but we’ve been abusing the hell out of that power. For a really straight-forward app, there’s a million ways to be an awful snapchatt-er, but there is no way to be worse than Snapchatting throughout a concert.
DJ Khaled hasn’t announced the release date for his next album Major Key but that isn’t stopping him from keeping his fans happy until then. The album is heavily anticipated, and for good reason. So far we have confirmed features by Khaled from Future, Jay-Z, Big Sean, Lil Wayne, Travi$ Scott, Kanye West, Bryson Tiller. There’s probably even more that we haven’t heard of yet, maybe even a Beyonce feature now that Khaled is on tour with her.
Last night “For Free” was dropped on Zane Lowe’s Beats One Radio Show and it samples Akinyele’s “F*** Me For Free” and was co-produced by “Hotline Bling” producer Nineteen85 and Jordan Ullman of Majid Jordan.
The beat is bubbly and has a real strong summertime vibe to it. And after it first played on Beats Radio Khaled said “Every hustler gonna sing word for word. Every female gonna sing word for word.” He definitely not wrong, this song is catchy as hell.
Check out the song below and feel free to buy it on ITunes Here.
Jazz Cartier’s album Hotel Paranoia is one of the best albums of 2016, and is still in steady rotation for me. Earlier today, Jazzy released the video for my favorite song on the album, “Red Alert” in a joint video with “100 Roses”.
There’s been an upward trend of videos being shot in 360 degree panoramic, but I’m pretty sure this is the first music video I’ve seen do this. I’m not fact-checking that so if I’m wrong somebody feel free to call me out. Either way the video starts out pretty chaotic, with Jazz in a dimly lit room with a few models. Then he’s transported to a road on the side of a highway running from cops, which is very fitting considering that’s the picture the lyrics paint.
Following with the shorter snippet of “100 Roses”, which non-coincidentally follows “Red Alert” on the album, it show several versions of Jazz spazzing out in the woods. The video overall has a really cool aesthetic and being able to scroll through 360 degrees of rotation is pretty damn cool.
Check the video below:
If you haven’t heard of Russ yet, it’s about time you listen up. His single “What They Want” has been making noise and has slowly been climbing the charts. This is a guy I first heard years ago back in high school when he dropped the video to his song “Corleone” and his Straight from Limbo mixtape and from then on out I’ve been a fan.
Anyway, today Russ dropped his latest single “T’d Up” and its definitely another hit. The self produced track has a spacey sound to it in sharp contrast to the sharp high-hats and drums that snap throughout the song.
Russ showcases his singing ability on the chorus, and slips in a couple verses and touches on the grind he’s been on and the pressure he’s felt trying to make this all happen.
Check out the song below, and peep the video to “What They Want” if you haven’t already seen it:
May 13th can’t get here soon enough.
Seriously… it can’t get here soon enough.
Finally, the 3 year wait for a new Chance The Rapper album is almost over. Surf was amazing, but it wasn’t his album alone. He’s also put out plenty of incredible guest verses, helped put together Kanye West’s album, put together several incredible charities and open mic-nights for Chicago youth. This is finally something every music fan should be excited about and if you haven’t marked your calender, do it.
If you’re like me, this album is what’s getting you through finals week. Luckily for all of us, Elz the DJ went and put a mix together of every song Chance has featured on. Now instead of trying to listen to all of them as you remember them, there’s one place you can get it all.
Check out Chance 2.5 below and bump it from here until Friday.
And here’s the track-list so you can jump around to your favorites:
0:00 – “Navigator Truck” – Alex Wiley
3:30 – “Confident” – Justin Bieber
6:52 – “The End” – Jeremih & Shlomo
7:54 – “Planes (Remix)” – Jeremih
11:24 – “Friendship Heights” – Wale
14:08 – “Life Round Here” – James Blakes
16:48 – “Coast Is Clear” – Skirllex
18:52 – “Need To Know” – Macklemore
21:44 – “Ecstasy (Remix)” – Tinashe
24:48 – “Hello” – Busta Rhymes
28:22 – “You Song” – Lil Wayne
32:18 – “Baby Blue” – Action Bronson
36:22 – “Heaven Only Knows” – Towkio
39:38 – “Church” – BJ The Chicago Kid
43:40 – “All My Friends” – Snakehips and Tinashe
45:35 – “Don’t Wait (Remix)” – Mapei
47:32 – “Tweakin” – Vic Mensa
50:51 – “Child’s Play” – SZA
53:33 – “The Way” – Kehlani
55:55 – “Ultralight Beam” – Kanye West
I’m a little behind on this one, but that’s what happens when school piles up and you procrastinate as well as I do. I stumbled upon this song yesterday and have honestly listened it to maybe 30 times already. Anything Kaytranada produces is almost guaranteed to be a hit, and “Only Girl” is no exception.
On top of that this song as an all-star level of talent to help it out. Kali Uchis has a daydreamy voice that skips along over the beat. Vince Staples delivers a snappy verse, flowing in and out over the smooth bass and drums that you don’t hear him rapping over often. But the highlight of the song is the chorus. Steve Lacy from R&B group The Internet brings such a catchy chorus it’s tough not to have it stuck in your head and waiting for it again while the verse plays. If you’ve heard The Internet you know he is more of a backup singer but hearing the way he takes over a song is leaving me needing more from him.
Check the song below and let me know what you think.