MusicNew Music

Savemoney’s Brill Releases New Song & Announces New Project Dropping 7/6/17

posted by Luis Hernandez June 23, 2017

Savemoney’s best kept secret, Brill, has been making moves around the city for the past year dropping a handful of songs and performing live all over Chicago. His hard work has finally come full circle, as it is now time for his highly anticipated debut project to be released on July 6th. In the meantime, Brill gave us a new song “Liquor Talkin” to hold us over until the full length project drops. Don’t sleep on this guy, he’s destined for big things. Savemoney can’t lose.

 

MusicNew Music

Hear Vince Staples’ New Album, ‘Big Fish Theory’

posted by Oscar June 23, 2017

Vince Staples has a new album Big Fish Theory, released today and now available via streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify (below).

The album is Staples’ follow-up to 2015’s Summertime ’06 and the Prima Donna EP. The new project boasts features from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Damon Albarn, A$AP Rocky, and Rick Ross, among others.

Peep it below. Continue Reading

MusicNew Music

Stream Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ Reissue: ‘OKNOTOK’

posted by Oscar June 23, 2017

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of their revolutionary album, OK Computer, Radiohead gave that project the reissue treatment and today we are finally able to see the results of that. Titled OKNOTOK, the reissue is now available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify; listen below.

Along with remastering all the original songs, OKNOTOK also features previously unreleased songs like “Man Of War,” “I Promise,” and “Lift.”

Check out the 23-song new project below. Continue Reading

BasketballDopeListsMusic

Drafting the Top 5 Ball Playing Rappers into the NBA

posted by Alejandro Hernandez June 22, 2017

Tonight was the NBA draft, which might be the most exciting day in the NBA off-season. It’s the night that essentially sets the tone for the upcoming year, with all types of franchise altering decisions happening, from once-in-a-generation talent being picked, to major trades that can completely make or break your team’s upcoming season (see: The Chicago Bulls).

Tonight was a showcase of a fairly talented draft class, with the top 5 pick being Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson and De’Aaron Fox. It got me thinking though. What would happen if we were drafting rappers instead of college athletes?

Hip-hop and basketball go almost hand in hand, from Kurtis Blow’s iconic ode to the game and Lil Bow Wow’s early 2000s interpolation, to popular hip-hop songs often serving as the soundtrack to the NBA season, with ‘Magnolia’ and ‘DNA.’ being the main songs used during this year’s NBA Finals promos, so it makes sense that many rappers partake in the game itself.

Many of today’s most popular rappers play during their free time, but who would be the ones dressed up for draft night had they decided to pursue basketball instead of music? This list attempts to answer that question. So without any further ado, here are your top 5 NBA draft picks if we were picking rappers:

1. Romeo

The consensus number 1, Romeo actually played D-I basketball at the University of South California where he was teammates with close friend and NBA All-Star DeMar Derozan, which automatically makes him the most overqualified prospect in this hypothetical draft. Romeo is also a regular at the Celebrity All-star game and he’s clearly sits in the top tier of celebrity players. Also, the fact that his father is rap legend and former NBA pro (for like 3 preseason games) Master P, the two would easily rival Lonzo and Lavar Ball has the most iconic father-son duo in today’s NBA.

 

2. 2 Chainz

Below is the only known footage of 2 Chainz playing in an organized game (numbered 21), and it shows him smacking a three and dunking like his name is Kevin Durant. The artist formerly known as Tity Boi was good enough to play basketball at a D-I school, albeit a smaller program in Alabama State University, but he left after his freshman year (like a true NBA prospect). He’s also 39, which is pretty old in basketball years, but despite his age, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest he has gas in the tank. From beating fellow Atlanta legend and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins in a game of ‘HORSE’ to babying former Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Champion Kevin Garnett in the post, it’s as clear as day that the College Park native can still ball.

 

3. Cam’ron

Killa Cam wasn’t just wrecking dudes in the rap game, but he was really outchea breaking ankles on the court too. The basketball career of Cameron Giles was short-lived, but it sure was accomplished. During his high school career, Cam’ron established himself as one of the best players in New York, and while teamed up with fellow rap legend, Ma$e, he actually led his high school squad to the Public Schools Athletic Class A championship. He was even tasked with shooting the final game-winning shot, but unfortunately, he just didn’t have that shooter’s touch. However, he not only beat Stephon Marbury’s squad to get to the title game, but according to the Diplomat rapper himself, he dominated the former NBA pro/Chinese basketball league legend, which is actually a really dope/wild thing to have on your resume. (Skip to 1:55 for highlights)

4. J. Cole

The Fayetteville rapper’s love of basketball is well documented. With each of his first three mixtape covers featuring an overt basketball theme and North Carolina Tar Heel games being one of the few public events he’s willing to go out of hiding for, it’s clear that the sport is more than a game to Cole. His basketball career is that of an underdog though. He got cut twice by his high school team, but like a true Rudy Ruettiger, he came back again and eventually made the team in his senior year, showing his commitment to the grind of refining one’s skills. He also played in the 2012 Celebrity All-Star game where he displayed his athleticism by dunking on national television, which is possibly the second most impressive accomplishment anyone on this list has (nothing will ever beat the image of Cam’ron breaking Stephon Marbury’s ankles).

5. Quavo

God bless and protect Quavious Keyate Marshall, for there is nothing he cannot do well. Not only is the Migos rapper one of the hottest names in all of hip-hop, but he might be the best athlete. Unlike the other names on this list, there is no known evidence of Quavo playing in any organized league, which is the reason he’s not number 1, but recent videos floating around the internet show that he is no stranger to the game by any means. He’s essentially the equivalent to that raw European player that no one in America knows about, but there’s hella highlight reels of him outmatching the hell of his competition (see: Kristaps Porzingis). Earlier this year, the hook god was seen outlasting fellow Migos member Offset, Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner, and Chance The Rapper in a game of knockout, he embarrassed Tory Lanez in one-on-one, he’s showed off his handles in a team pickup game, and now just this past week, he was seen balling up with Arizona prospect and son of Shaquille O’Neal, Shareef O’Neal. He might be the biggest risk since he does not necessarily have the same experience as everyone on this list, but I think it’s safe to say he has the most upside in this draft class.

 

MusicMusic Videos

Video: Kane Strang – “My Smile Is Extinct”

posted by Oscar June 21, 2017

Kane Strang has shared the music video for his infectious single, “My Smile Is Extinct,” ahead of the release of his new album, Two Hearts and No Brain, out June 30th on Dead Oceans.

The video was directed by Julian Vares and it shows Strang strumming guitar and singing his dark lyrics in a charmingly low-key manner. The DIY spirit is not only heard in the song, but you can see it up in full display with a modest budget’s worth of lights, fans, cellophane, and glitter.

Watch the visual above.

Pre-order Two Hearts and No Brain  https://deadoceans.lnk.to/kanestrang

Concerts/Tours/Music FestivalsEventsMusicMusic News

Future Announces 2017 ‘The Future Hndrxx Tour’

posted by Oscar June 21, 2017

Future has announced today his new The Future Hndrxx Tour, which will support this year’s double release of albums FUTURE and HNDRXX and will kick off next month after the July 8th appearance in Milwaukee for Summerfest. #TheFutureHndrxxTour will be hitting Portugal, Mozambique, and Tanzania before coming to North America to play in cities like Toronto, Tampa, Virginia Beach, before concluding in Atlanta. After that, Future will first be heading to New Zealand and Australia, and will follow that up with a trek through Europe.

Check out the new dates below. Continue Reading

Concerts/Tours/Music FestivalsEventsMusicMusic News

Riot Fest Announces Single-Day Lineups and Adds Danzig to Lineup

posted by Oscar June 21, 2017

The 2017 edition of Riot Fest is taking shape today with the announcement of the single-day lineups. Along with the breakdown of which day artists like A Day To Remember, Vic Mensa, At The Drive In, Paramore, Prophets of Rage, M.I.A., and New Order are performing, but the festival has also announced the return of Danzig to its lineup.Single-day and two-day tickets ON SALE FRIDAY at 10am CDT.

Tomorrow morning we will also be learning the final two full-album performances. Currently, we know that Dinosaur Jr. (You’re Living All Over Me)Bad Brains (40th anniversary set), Built to Spill (Keep It Like A Secret), The Lawrence Arms (Oh, Calcutta!), and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Let’s Face It) are among the acts that are playing full albums at this year’s Riot Fest.

Find the daily lineup in the poster above and listed below. Continue Reading

MusicNew Music

Parcels Collaborate with Daft Punk on New Track “Overnight”

posted by Oscar June 21, 2017

Berlin-based Australian band Parcels made big waves today with the release of their latest song, called “Overnight.” The track was co-written and produced by none other than Daft Punk. According to a statement, and reported by Pitchfork, the song was made by Parcels and Daft Punk at a secret location in Paris. When dealing with the robots, recording on the hush sounds about right.

Check out “Overnight” below via Kitsuné Music. Continue Reading

Concerts/Tours/Music FestivalsEventsMusicMusic News

Foo Fighters Announce New Album, ‘Concrete and Gold’ & Announce Fall Tour + Cal Jam Fest

posted by Oscar June 20, 2017

Today’s a hell of a day for (us) fans of the Foo Fighters! One of the best Rock bands in the world, the Foos shared some big news today with the official announcement of their forthcoming album along the announcement of a new music festival.

The ninth album from Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins & the rest of the group, is titled Concrete and Gold and it will be released on September 15 worldwide Roswell Records / RCA Records and available for preorder now. Speaking on the on the mission statement for this project, leader Dave Grohl said:

“I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever. To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin’s sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper… or something like that.”

More details on that below…

In support of Concrete and Gold, Foo Fighters gave some major announcements on how/when to see them live! Not only are they going on a Fall tour that will hit some smaller cities across the U.S. including Knoxville, TN; Madison, WI; Champaign, IL; and Spokane, WA… But they’re also putting on a music festival that precedes the tour, called Cal Jam! The 12-hour fest is taking place October 7 at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, CA and will feature the best bands the genre has to offer, including Queens Of The Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, Royal Blood, Babes In Toyland, Japandroids, Bob Mould, plus more.

Check out all the important stuff below! Continue Reading

Concerts/Tours/Music FestivalsEventsMusicMusic News

LCD Soundsystem Announce New Album ‘American Dream’ & 2017 World Tour

posted by Oscar June 19, 2017

LCD Soundsystem are coming back in full force this year, confirmed today with their announcement of a new album titled American Dream and an accompanying world tour. The album includes 10 songs and it will be released September 1 via Columbia Records/DFA (tracklist below).

The group have also announced the dates their 2017 world tour, bookended by residencies at Brooklyn Steel: a seven-performance run spanning June 16-24 currently underway and a ten-show homecoming taking place over December 11-23. In the time between those LCD Soundsystem will circle the globe, performing in arenas, theaters and festivals worldwide—including previously announced headline appearances at Pitchfork, Forecastle, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, among others.

Tickets for the newly announced headline dates are on sale to the public as of Friday, June 23, 2017. Check lcdsoundsystem.com for further information.

Find all the details below. Continue Reading

InterviewsMusic

See Vic Mensa Talk New Jay Z Album, Call Out DJ Akademiks on ‘Everyday Struggle’

posted by Oscar June 19, 2017

Vic Mensa was the featured guest on today’s episode of Everyday Struggle to discuss his latest release, The Manuscript, and share some details on his forthcoming debut full LP (due out this summer), while also going into topics concerning the Hip Hop landscape including Jay Z’s new project, the latest XXL Freshmen class, the 2Pac biopic, and more.

One of the biggest moments in this interview came when Vic confronted Akademiks over the latter’s approach to covering Chicago’s Hip Hop music scene, and all that it reflects and influences. The heated discussion saw Vic call him out for making light of the serious situation affecting the city, dismissing Drill music and joking on the lives lost due to violence.

Check it out above.