To celebrate the release of Nothing Was The Same today, Drake dropped the visuals for “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” What I was expecting to be a fairly basic love fest in the form of a music video, turned out to be quite the cinematic experience.
Good evening, and welcome to Monday, time for some fresh sounds. Not only did I get to see A$AP Rocky live this week, but he collaborated with a couple of my favourite emcees. Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated album drops today, I suggest you all pick up a copy. Local Natives have resurfaced with a brand new single, as did Toro Y Moi.
Good afternoon and welcome to Monday. Stay fresh and excite your day with some new tunes.
A couple intricate remixes this week, one on a Frank Ocean track, the other Bon Iver. The posthumous Aaliyah project rumours have been put to rest. Domo and Alchemist dropped their joint venture. Mariah Carey doesn’t just dabble her foot back in the game, she dives right in. Freelance Whales are back for seconds and D-WHY hooks up with one of the hottest producers turned rapper.
Thoughts on the beef. Originally I was led to believe (optimistically) that the beef between Toronto’s Drake and Virginia’s Chris Brown was paparazzi/publicity based. However, Brown made it clear on June 30th that he has something on his mind.
This week’s episode includes a cover of Nicki Minaj’s “Starships,” my good friend Harvey on the guitar with one of the more unique and captivating voices i’ve heard in awhile.
The completely independent New York Glitch Pop/Soul Fuzz duo is making noise on many blogs with just this one single out. Thanks to @Smitty346 for the heads up on this one.
It looks a lot like the inspiration for 2 Chainz’s most recent video came from Jay-Z’s “On To The Next One” video. Regardless, for a lacklustre storyline, the visuals are unexpectedly creative and artsy.
In Hip Hop, there is this constant competition that will never be settled or satisfied. Even the greats couldn’t avoid the turmoil, Jay-Z/Nas, Easy-E/Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent with anyone who scuffs up his sneakers. Think of it like an NBA game, and in two of the latest battles, it’s YMCMB vs. G.O.O.D and Lupe Fiasco vs. Pete Rock.
Hola, Amigos! Back from Mexico with a greater appreciation for under 30 degree weather.
A week away from new music is definitely challenging, but catching up is like letting your ears swim in a fountain of gold.
G.O.O.D. Music dropped a couple of free gems via kanyewest.com
Meek Mill’s fire is burning brighter and brighter as we near the release of Dreamchasers 2
Both MMG’s Rick Ross and YMCMB’s Drizzy Drake featured on a couple tracks.
The British indie label 4AD released two singles from new comer Purity Ring and Twin Shadow’s sophomore record.
Two new songs from Animal Collective
The much anticipated self-titled video from Drake’s Take Care was delayed over a week and now we end up with a double-video release from the Canadian artist.
Backed by the sound of Gill-Scott Heron, remixed by Jamie xx, the “Take Care” video has well-orchestrated visuals. Rihanna looking like a lost puppy in an empty room is consistently comforted by Drake, signifying strength (the bull). Along with the warm embrace in a cold scene, you see beautiful imagery including a bluejay, tropical fish and an acrobat doing his thing. In addition, two scenes straight out of Lord of the Rings.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Drake’s Re-Bar Mitzvah, or something along those lines. Featuring Lil Wayne in a panda mask. The outlook portrayed is very care-free, participating in what you believe while having a good time is achievable. Again, very fitting visuals with a slight Lonely Island-esque goofiness to it. Special guest appearances from Birdman, DJ Khaled,Trey Songz and more.
Incredible, record shattering, inspiring, contagious, controversial, emotional, political.
2011 brought an abundance of greatness to our ears. The tracks stuck on repeat, the concept albums in your CD changer since release day, the pivotal party beat in your playlist you wait for like Christmas morning.
Thinking back, every genre set off a lightbulb to in my mind. Hip Hop seems to be the reining champ for play counts in the library of 2011. For Canada, Drake delivered his sophomore LP and we were introduced to The Weeknd with a trilogy of brave mixtapes. Adele broke world records with 21, while Coldplay’s still going strong with their 5th full-length. In with the Indie was a dominant theme this year. Memorable TV scenes, Sportsnet highlight packages, Aritzia, you name it.
Twenty-eleven was a fantastic year in music, whether you’re an artist or listener.