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Toro, whose real name is Chaz Bear, previously described the album in a press release as “a response to how disposable culture has become and how it affects creativity. While listening, you might pay attention or ignore, either way that’s ok, this is music for a creative mind.”
Prior to the album’s release, Chaz had released two singles from it — “Ordinary Pleasure” and “Freelance,” the latter of which he released a music video for.
The album features appearances from Metro Boomin, Travis Scott — who are both featured on the first single “Mile High” — Moses Sumney, and a rapping André 3000. This is the first new André verse since he appeared on N.E.R.D.’s “Rollinem 7’s.” (Blake previewed their track, “Where’s the Catch,” last month during a club appearance.)
Future just released his seventh studio album, Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD.
The 20-track project features appearances from Gunna, Travis Scott, and Young Thug. Ahead of its release, the Atlanta artist dropped two singles with accompanying videos back to back— “Crushed Up” and “Jumpin On A Jet.”
Ad Age released the teaser on Thursday (January 17th), showing Chance appearing alongside the band in a similar set-up to the one in their classic 1999 music video for “I Want It That Way,” as the song playing in the background.
The full commercial is set to air during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 3 with halftime performances from Travis Scott, Big Boi, and Maroon 5.
The 2019 Red Bull Music Festival in Los Angeles is kicking off next month and the second phase of the event’s lineup has been released.
Previously, photographer Gunner Stahl, creative collective Illegal Civilization and a live rendition of the Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack had been announced. Now, Red Bull has revealed other programs and artists involved with this year’s festival including CupcakKe, Trina, and Junglepussy, as well as showings of films such as Selena and more.
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Also announced is the Producers Roundtable show, which will feature producers Sounwave, MixedByAli, and Tae Beast talking about how they’ve contributed songs to Top Dawg Entertainment’s roster of rappers and singers, most notably Kendrick Lamar,SZA, and Schoolboy Q.
The full lineup as well as tickets to each show can be found here. A synopsis of some of the shows — including programs led by Gunner Stahl, Illegal Civilization and others — can be read below.
February 12: PRODUCERS ROUNDTABLE with Sounwave, MixedByAli and Tae Beast @ Ukrainian Culture Center
From Kendrick Lamar to the Odd Future crew, Los Angeles is home to some of hip-hop’s most innovative sounds. LA natives Sounwave, MixedByAli and Tae Beast are among those behind the scenes crafting the beats. Sounwave is a Grammy-nominated producer and frequent collaborator of Lamar, working across releases like DAMN and the soundtrack for Black Panther. An in-house producer at pioneering rap label Top Dawg Entertainment, MixedByAli pulls together tracks with Lamar and SZA. Tae Beast, meanwhile, is a key in-house producer for TDE, working across their roster and producing singles with ScHoolboy Q and more. This roundtable discussion will feature the trio, going deep on how they’ve crafted some of contemporary rap’s biggest hits.
February 14: HEARTBEATS with Trina, CupcakKe and Junglepussy @ The Majestic Downtown
On Valentine’s Day, Red Bull Music will bring together two generations of rap powerhouses to the halls of a historic bank vault in downtown Los Angeles. Presenting their self-affirming and unapologetically raunchy takes on love and romance will be Miami legend Trina and Chicago’s rising star, CupcakKe. With her signature register, Trina has been prolific over the past two decades releasing a number of provocative club anthems with frequent collaborator Trick Daddy and a string of successful mixtapes. In recent years, CupcakKe has quickly made her mark on rap, delivering sex-positive and often comical rhymes to beats that range from hard-driving drill to bouncy hip-house. Joining the two will be the fiery New York City rapper Junglepussy as well as other special guests to be announced.
February 16: ILLEGAL CIV MOVIE MOTEL with Mikey Alfred, Tierra Whack, Tommy Genesis, Na-Kel Smith, Rocket Da Goon, Show Me The Body, 1TakeJay, Sunni Colón, Warm Brew @ The Pink Motel
Founded by the multitalented Mikey Alfred, Illegal Civilization is an eclectic crew based in Los Angeles. Through producing, directing, designing, curating, skating, and much more, they’ve made an impact across the arts and collaborated with the likes of Jonah Hill, Spike Jonze, Kali Uchis, Tyler the Creator, and Frank Ocean. On February 16, a day-long event in an iconic ’50s-era motel will showcase the wide-ranging vision of Alfred and his crew, featuring music from Tierra Whack, Tommy Genesis, Na-Kel Smith, Rocket Da Goon, Show Me The Body, 1TakeJay, Sunni Colón, Warm Brew and more. This day long event at the Pink Motel in Sun Valley is a celebration of Illegal Civilization’s work in music, film, skating and beyond.
February 21: GUNNER STAHL & FRIENDS
Hip-hop photographer Gunner Stahl is known for capturing raw moments with some of the world’s most iconic musicians. Shooting the likes of Tyler the Creator, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, The Weeknd and many others, the 26-year-old has become his generation’s hip-hop documentarian. For one night only, experience the most current sounds in hip-hop as seen through the eyes of a visionary photographer. Stahl will lead the night with a DJ set capturing this sound — with surprise guest performances from a range of familiar faces from his work behind the camera.
In her ruling, Cook County Associate Judge Domenica Stephenson said that the state had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the three former officers — Thomas Gaffney, David March, and Joseph Walsh — tried to sabotage a criminal investigation against Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot and killed McDonald. In 2018 Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder in McDonald’s death. (He is expected to be sentenced this Friday.)
The prosecutor on the case, Patricia Brown Holmes, said while the three officers gave the same account, their details were different than the footage found on the dashcam. The officers claim that McDonald lunged toward them with a knife, something that the footage contradicts.
We are here because these officers and others tried to make the case against Van Dyke go away. Laquan McDonald was a human being. He deserved due process in the law and not to have police officers write false reports and shape a false narrative to justify his killing.
So essentially, according to the courts, the Laquan McDonald shooting–followed by the year+ of city and police officials keeping records of it from the public–all came down to one bad apple. https://t.co/9qiEyT3v7T
Reverend Marvin Hunter, McDonald’s great uncle, spoke about the decision soon after, saying “the verdict is that if you are a police officer, you can lie, cheat and steal…to say that these men are not guilty is to say that Jason Van Dyke is not guilty.”
In the video (which was deleted and then resurfaced on someone else’s Instagram account), a police officer can be seen pointing a gun at the DJ, whose real name is Kenny Dixon Jr., while he’s in his car. The cop repeatedly tells Dixon to “Unlock the fucking door now” while Dixon responds, “I’m unlocking it.”
Elsewhere in the video, a second officer can be seen in the car’s driver side mirror. That same officer opens the door after Dixon unlocks it.
“HP police came n (MY BACKYARD)demanding proof of ownership and this is how they reacted (Went 2 jail again)charged me 4 Breaking and entering on my own property even though I had keys,” Dixon wrote in a caption with the since-deleted video. “what u can’t c is 9 other officers pointing their AR15 directly at my head …next time just pull the MF trigger let’s get this shit over with (I’m tired) I’m so tired).”
According to the Detroit Free Press, police were responding to a call of scrappers targeting buildings in the neighborhood when they encoutered Dixon. Although the DJ wasn’t their suspect, the police arrested him after he “did not produce personal ID nor proof of ownership of the property.”
“Further investigation confirmed ownership and Mr. Dixon was released and issued several citations regarding this incident,” a police statement said.
This is the second single from James Blake’s forthcoming album Assume Form.
James Blake has released a new song from his upcoming album Assume Form. Titled “Mile High,” the moody track features Travis Scott and Metro Boomin. Along with this, it appears he’s also released the final track from the album too, which is titled “Lullaby For My Insomniac.”
01 “Assume Form”
02 “Mile High”
03 “Tell Them”
04 “Into The Red”
05 “Barefoot In The Park”
06 “Can’t Believe The Way We Flow”
07 “Are You In Love?”
08 “Where’s The Catch?”
09 “I’ll Come Too”
10 “Power On”
11 “Don’t Miss It”
12 “Lullaby For My Insomniac”
Louis C.K.’s first joke was him coming to the stage and saying “I like to jerk off, and I don’t like being alone.” According to The Daily Beast, the crowd roared with laughter. The joke was in reference to Louis C.K.’s past, in which multiple women over a span of years accused the comedian of masturbating in front of them. At one point Louis C.K. made the joke “If you ever need people to forget that you jerked off, what you do is you make a joke about kids that got shot.’
This joke was in reference to a set he did a couple of weeks ago where he criticized Parkland survivors. Louis C.K. was scorched when the secret recording from the night leaked, including Parkland survivors themselves:
Hey Louis CK – since you like making fun of me and other Parkland survivors behind closed doors, I’m right here if you want to talk. Just try to keep it in your pants, ok?
The Daily Beast piece was a pretty descriptive play-by-play of what happened. Louis C.K. seemed to tell even more offensive jokes — based around disabled kids, 9/11, and dead babies — that got mixed reactions. And the writer of the piece talked to fans who seemed to be conflicted about supporting the comedian. There were also protesters outside of the club.
Despite the fact that when this story started to break, back in 2017, Louis C.K. said he wanted to take “a long time to listen.”
The duo, comprised of Chill Moody and Donn T decided to pay tribute to the former First Lady with their new single “4Ever 1st Lady,” featured on their forthcoming debut album Ethel Bobcat.
The artists released the video, directed by directed by Naeem Murdic, today (January 17th), on Michelle Obama’s birthday, telling Okayplayer,
This is a special song for us. Our first performance as &More in Philly we had the honor of opening for Michelle Obama and it was there that we debuted, ‘4Ever 1st Lady.’ Speaking with our ‘Forever First Lady’ that day, and a few times since then, has really inspired us. Her words serve as reassurance that we are on the right path. We’re releasing the song on Jan 17 (her birthday) as a way of saying, ‘Thank you Michelle Obama, and Happy Birthday.’