Welcome to Volume 100 of Monday Blues & Beats. Who would of thought that what began as a school project for grades, would turn into this. I truly appreciate every single one of my viewers, you guys are the reason I do this. Thank you.
As for this weeks mix, it has both quality and quantity. Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love” received a lot of attention this past week, Kanye, The Weeknd and T.I. all gave their individual take on it. We also have new material from Odesza, Meek Mill, Shlohmo, Nicki Minaj, BOOTS, PartyNextDoor and more.
Common did it with Electric Circus, Trent Reznor did it with The Social Network, Kanye West did it with 808s & Heartbreak, and now here we are again with Yeezus. There’s a reoccurring theme for artists when it comes to critics; repetitiveness, lack of creativity and playing it safe. Kanye West has taken the handful of digs constantly tossed around whilst releasing a new album, and thrown them out the window with great force.
It’s Monday, and it’s time to jump into some new tunes. Hopefully everyone is settled comfortably in whatever this fall has brought them, be that school, a new job, or just the same old, same old.
Frank Ocean performed on Saturday Night Live and released video for “Pyramids” (check both out here if you missed them), and to add flattery to the mix, Canadian indie rockers the Arkells covered one of his songs. J. Cole also had a busy week, amongst the release of a brand new joint, he aimed shots at Diggy (again) during a live performance, and the young Simmons responded with a diss track. Hit-Boy also found himself featured and producing on two new tracks.
Also in the mix, new material from the G.O.O.D. crew, Teen Daze, Drake, DJ Drama, The Zolas, Fabolous, T.I. and more.
Mark Foster (Foster The People) teamed up with Kimbra (featured on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”) and DJ A-Trak for Converse’s 3 Artists, 1 Song project.
The excitement surrounding a Theophilus London/A$AP Rocky collaboration is hard to contain. Using a Cy Coleman/Dorothy Fields sample circa 1966 made famous in 1967 by Shirley Bassey.
Finally some new material from the New York Indie Hip Hop artist Aesop Rock. It’s been awhile.
Joshua Tillman is a folk singer/songwriter who’s been around the map, literally and figuratively. He’s released 7 solo albums over 4 different record labels. Tillman drummed for the Philadelphia band Saxon Shore from 2001-2004 and Seattle’s Fleet Foxes from 2008-2011. After recording a cassette tape before his 4:30 AM shifts at a Seattle bakery, Damien Jurado heard it, and invited him on tour with him. Now, Josh is recording under the alias Father John Misty for Sub Pop Records, you can find his first single in the mix.
New music from Breakbot, Meek Mill, B.o.B, French Montana
April 11 2012, the iconic leader of A Tribe Called Quest has signed with Kanye West’s record label. G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams) Music is under the Def Jam/Universal Republic umbrella. The Chairman and CEO of the parent company is Barry Weiss, the man who turned Jive Records into a hip hop empire including but not limited to the entire A Tribe Called Quest discography. Both Q-Tip and Barry are excited to re-connect and work together again. There’s no denying their chemistry of boss meets artist was anything but fruitful.
Kamaal Ibn John Fareed (Q-Tip) has worked with Kanye West on a few occasions. The 42-year old perfectionist added some flare to “Lift Off” and “That’s My Bitch” on the groundbreaking Watch The Throne. Not to be outdone by the smooth soulful G.O.O.D. Friday track “Chain Heavy” with Talib and Consquence.
Q-Tip’s fourth solo LP (tentatively The Last Zulu) will be released under the label. Expect the Queens native on the G.O.O.D. Music compilation record which is expected to drop sometime this spring.
Kanye West did his thing last week, having every major blog around the world talking about you; check. First it was “Theraflu,” where he tweeted the artistically provocative artwork. Then, the chatter surrounding a G.O.O.D. music compilation album surfaced with a single featuring label mates. Mr. West has this innate ability to get everyone in the music industry, be it artists, Russell Simmons or bloggers; to hone in on whatever he’s up to.
Roc Nation’s Jay Electronica finally graces the music scene with a fresh new track.
Urban Noize does a fine job of remixing the West/Fiasco “Touch The Sky” single with some Florence Welch vocals.
The Swedish Dream Pop group JJ is working on their third LP and gave us a taste of it this week.
New singles from Kid Ink, Curren$y, Dragonette, T.I., Blue Foundation, Fat Joe and more.
The $350,000 vehicle was part Burning Man part bling… a perfect visual for the broken-down American dream aesthetic of the video. According to GalleristNY the car can now be yours, if you are willing to, as Jay says, be spendin’ cheese. The wheels will sell at Phillips de Pury auction house on March 8, with proceeds going to Save the Children. It is expected to sell at around $100,000.
Simon de Pury had this to say in the press release: “Jay Z and Kanye West are towering figures in contemporary culture. They have greatly contributed to the artificial barriers between art, music, fashion and cinema to come down.”