Jimmy Fallon received an extraordinary musical guest appearance tonight in my books, the people of Arts & Crafts Records. Along with the usual cohorts, Feist showed her beautiful face and lent her one-of-a-kind pipes to assist the full bodied classic “7/4 Shoreline” from the 2005 self-titled record. Something about this track never seems to get old for me, the instrumentation is comparable to a Basquiat painting, busy, colourful and synergetic. Before they stormed the shoreline, they played the fast paced “Almost Crimes” from You Forgot It In People.
“Power Trip” is the first official taste of Cole’s sophomore album, and tonight the visuals surfaced. I’m happy to say, the video was not what I was expecting. Jermaine throws in a heavy storyline with a twist. Born Sinner drops June 25.
If you’re looking for a little background information, give “Dreams” a listen off The Warm Up
The Lonely Island is back at trolling the Hip-Hop industry hard. Andy Samberg and company call up Kendrick Lamar for a verse, Adam Levine for a hook, and Kenny “Fuckin” Powers (Danny McBride) to play a fitting roll; cokehead. The topic of discussion this time around; Drake’s infectious saying/lifestyle “YOLO,” which has been graciously changed to ‘You Oughta Look Out.’ I appreciate them poking fun at the rap game, sometimes it’s fun to add a little humour in the mix, all that beefing and ballin’ gets a little serious.
King Kendrick drops another video from his notorious good kid, m.A.A.d. city, which was arguably the best album of 2012. The contrast between Paris and his roots (“where my damn Dominos at?!”) makes for a rather artistic vibe.
As part of Jay-Z’s Life + Times cultural hub, his YouTube channel pokes it’s head in on some interesting topics. He has enlisted long-time Hip Hop enthusiast Elliot Wilson to weigh in on the ongoing debates of the industry. In the last couple weeks, some great videos have surfaced; the rivalry between the Knicks and Nets, we see Black Hippy on tour, and the debate on whether Kendrick Lamar is hype or real.
Captivation at its finest.
This week we have brand new visuals from D-WHY, who if you don’t know by now, you can find out here. This track is produced by Hit-Boy and is off his debut project Don’t Flatter Yourself, which you can download for free on the sidebar. Also, watch Meek Mill and Big Sean set some whips on fire as alligators watch in their collaborative banger. Last week, The Weeknd officially announced The Trilogy, whilst giving us visuals for ”Rolling Stone.” Coldplay gets animated on their latest video, based on their Mylo Xyloto comic series.
Frankie did his thing on SNL last night, as well as dropping well-timed visuals for “Pyramids.”
Directed by Stuart McIntyre in collaboration with Ogilvy Paris.
This is part of Louis Vuitton’s “The Greatest Words” by Muhammad Ali series, featuring Yasiin Bey (Mos Def). This campaign and video is incredibly captivating. When you take one of the greatest boxers of all time, one of the most prominent designer companies, and a conscious rapper, you get class.