This is quite the video. Ab-Soul dropped visuals for his latest track “Womanogamy” off his newly released album Do What Thou Wilt and it is extremely NSFW. It’s also compelling, beautifully shot, and most certainly unforgettable. Directed by Yellow Nguyen, this video draws you in from the start with the instantly recognizable TDE logo to the very last second. The story starts with a hilarious skit about not being able to get into a strip club (maybe relatable for some of you reading this?) and follows Soulo through the club with the subject of the track, WOMEN, everywhere. Let’s face it, this video is borderline softcore porn. It’s also so visually appealing and mesmerizing that you almost don’t hear the song. Check it out for yourself below. Do What Thou Wilt is available on iTunes now.
“My daughter look just like Sia, you can’t see her” is relevant no more. Chance the Rapper finally introduced the world to his baby girl Kensli via several Instagram posts. Kensli is just as adorable as you would imagine. Chance gushed about her with quotes such as “This is the girl who reintroduced me to God” and “Ima cry. Dads know you can’t/won’t get this love anywhere else.” Obviously Chance’s baby girl means the world to him, and she’s had quite the life! She’s not even two and she’s already met the President and First Lady. She also plays the harmonica! It will be exciting to watch Kensli grow up and become an incredible person like her dear old dad. See the posts below.
It’s only been two years since Kehlani released her first mixtape, Cloud 19, but it feels like much longer. Since then, we’ve watched Kehlani become a huge success story. Her smash, GRAMMY-NOMINATED mixtape You Should Be Here was ranked 16th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 20 Best Albums of 2015. YSBH really established the 21-year-old Oakland native as an artist who’s here to stay. Since its release, we’ve seen this girl everywhere. She signed to Atlantic Records and sold out every single date of her first North American tour. She’s had features on huge records from Zayn, Pusha T, G-Eazy and Marc E. Bassy. Kehlani could also be called a festival pro: she performed at SXSW 2015 and 2016, Austin City Limits Music Festival last year, JMBLYA, and Roots Picnic just to name a few. She’s also recently been given the opportunity to open for her Lauryn Hill, for whom Kehlani has so much admiration that she tattooed Ms. Hill’s face on her arm.
Since YSBH, Kehlani has released some new music, including her hit “Gangsta” from the Suicide Squad soundtrack. Right now, you probably can’t get “CRZY” out of your head, and neither can plenty of other music lovers; it’s currently sitting on the Billboard Top 100.
The line “If I gotta be a bitch, I’ma be a bad one” from “CRZY” is pretty indicative of Kehlani’s writing style. She’s confident, and she tells it like it is without any sugar coating. As for her singing style, Kehlani can mix half-rapping, half-singing like on “Did I” or “Runnin” or go full-on powerhouse. Her breathy, sultry R&B vocals can blend with trap beats and piano melodies alike and make anything she touches turn to gold.
If you’ve never seen Kehlani’s live performances or videos, you may be surprised to learn that she’s a talented dancer. She started out as a ballerina, but her hip-hop choreography on stage is extremely impressive and more complex than that of most other performers out right now. Besides the dancing, what really brings the energy to her live performances is her extremely loyal fan base, known as the Tsunami Mob. The commitment and passion of the Tsunami Mob really says a lot about Kehlani as an artist. They have a relatable artist whom they respect and admire, and they know they’re going to get a good show. Here’s the formula: Noodles, Kehlani’s DJ, hypes up the already anxious crowd and Kehlani and her dancers come out and bring their A-game; and they kill it every time.
Get your tickets to see Kehlani and the rest of the line up here.
The new Machinedrum album Human Energy is available now. Human Energy is the latest of Machinedrum’s (aka Travis Stewart) many projects, and he has released it just ahead of his US tour. The album is full of the Machinedrum glitch production and sampling you know and love, plus includes features from Jesse Boykins III, Melo-X, Rochelle Jordan, and more. You can stream the 15-track project on Spotify or buy it on iTunes.
Machinedrum is making his way to Texas in November. You can get tickets to those shows at the links below.
Zeds Dead will release their new album Northern Lights on October 14th, smack dab in the middle of their international tour. According to Pitchfork, the album will have features from Pusha T and Rivers Cuomo, Jadakiss and Styles P, Diplo, and more. Zeds Dead has also shared the full tracklist:
01 Stardust [ft. Twin Shadow]
02 Zeds Dead and Diplo: Blame [ft. Elliphant]
03 Lights Out [ft. Atlas]
04 Too Young [ft. Rivers Cuomo and Pusha T]
05 DNA [ft. Jadakiss and Styles P]
06 Me No Care
07 Loneliness [ft. Twin Shadow]
08 Zeds Dead and NGHTMRE: Frontlines [ft. GG Magree]
09 Already Gone [ft. Ghetts]
11 Where Did That Go
12 Neck and Neck [ft. Dragonette]
13 This Is Me [ft. Lips]
14 Zeds Dead and Charlotte OC: Symphony
15 Slow Down [ft. Jenna Pemkowski]
Zeds Dead will be making their way to San Marcos for their show at The Marc on October 22nd. This is the only Central Texas stop on their tour, so you definitely don’t want to miss out. You can get tickets to that show at the link below.
On this day in 2006, Lupe Fiasco released his debut album Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor. Lupe had already had a buzz due to his acclaimed Fahrenheit 1/15 mixtape series and his monster verse on Kanye West’s “Touch The Sky.” Food & Liquor was a continuation of the social commentary themes from Lupe’s mixtapes, and included subjects like broken families, gang violence, racism, and gun culture. The album also included production by Soundtrakk, The Neptunes, Mike Shinoda, and Kanye West. Food & Liquor was commercially successful, peaking at #1 on the US Top Rap Albums chart and #8 on the US Billboard 200 chart. More importantly, Lupe’s incredible and thought-provoking bars and classic singles like “Kick, Push” give the album a spot on the list of hip-hop fans’ best albums, 10 years later.
Today in 1996 was the day that Tupac Shakur died. Shakur was shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 7th, 1996 and died at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada six days later. He left behind an incredible legacy, being listed as one of the greatest MCs of all time in several publications and networks, including VH1, Vibe, The Source, and Rolling Stone. He has an incredible discography that includes 8 platinum studio albums, 4 of which were released posthumously. He also had a successful acting career, starring in the movies Juice, Poetic Justice, and Above the Rim. Today, 20 years after his death, Shakur is still an incredibly strong influence on many modern hip-hop artists like J. Cole who sampled “Hail Mary” on his Friday Night Lights mixtape and Kendrick Lamar who famously included an interview with Pac at the end of his album To Pimp A Butterfly. He’s also been listed as an influence by mega rappers like Eminem, 50 Cent, and Lil’ Wayne and younger West Coast rappers YG and Nipsey Hussle. A Tupac biopic titled All Eyez on Me will be released soon in theaters. See the second trailer for the movie below.
On this day back in 1963, Anthony Ray was born in Seattle, Washington. In the 1980s, Ray transformed into the hip-hop superstar we all know and love, Sir Mix-a-Lot. This legendary MC was a pioneer in the positive body image movement and appreciated the beautiful and unique shapes of women around the world. Don’t call him a one-hit wonder; Sir Mix-a-Lot was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance for “Just Da Pimpin’ in Me” at the 1994 Grammy Awards. However, there is only one song that changed the world forever. One song that gave men everywhere the confidence to speak up about what they love and to be unashamed. One song that will haunt karaoke bars until the end of time. Thank you, Sir Mix-a-Lot for “Baby Got Back.” Sir Mix-a-Lot spends his time these days on social media, thrilled with Nicki Minaj for sampling his masterpiece in the most genius way and defending Blake Lively for using his lyrics as a caption on Instagram. Protect “Baby Got Back” at all costs.
Danny Brown is coming back with a new album, and he’s teasing his fans with a preview. There is nothing but anticipation for this new album Atrocity Exhibition and this snippet for the brand new track “Pneumonia” makes it very obvious that we have a lot to look forward to. The Detroit MC is his standard, highly energetic self over a banger trap-inspired beat. Listen for yourself in the clip below.
Danny Brown is bringing the Atrocity Exhibition tour to Texas in the fall. He’ll be joined by ZelooperZ and Houston’s own Maxo Kream, so you’ll definitely want to be there. Cop tickets to those shows below.
On this day in 1996, A Tribe Called Quest released their fourth album Beats, Rhymes and Life. Though not as highly regarded as ATCQ’s other albums, particularly Midnight Marauders and The Low End Theory, this album had some impressive flows and lyrics, and it introduced the world to Consequence. The entire album was produced by The Ummah, which consisted of Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip and the late great J Dilla. This album also made some new moves for ATCQ. It went in the direction of the rest of the mid-late ’90s with hard-hitting beats and sweet female vocals. Faith Evans and Tammy Lucas were big reasons why the singles “Stressed Out” and “1nce Again” did so well on the charts.