Posts Tagged ‘album’

J. Cole’s New Album Title Has Three Distinct Meanings

J. Cole is releasing a new album this week. Yesterday (April 16), at the Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan, Cole played his latest project for fans lucky enough to attend the free show. Shortly after, the Fayetteville rapper posted on Twitter that the album would be titled KOD and is dropping on Friday (April 20).

According to Rap Radar’s Brian “B.Dot” Miller who was in attendance, KOD has three meanings: Kidz On Drugz, King Overdose, and Kill Our Demonz. Miller also shared that the album was recorded in two weeks and features about 12 songs.

KOD is Cole’s fifth studio album. His last full-length release was 2016′s 4 Your Eyez Only. Since then he’s been relatively quiet, featuring on a select few songs like Cozz’s “Zendaya,” Jeezy’s “American Dream,” and Miguel’s “Come Through and Chill.”

Yesterday (April 16), was an exciting day for hip-hop news. Drake announced he’s releasing a new album in June, Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical and jazz artist to win a Pulitzer, and now Cole is throwing his hat into the ring. It will be interesting to see what artist ends up running the summer.

If Dreamville fans have it their way, the hot months might turn into a Cole world.

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Cardi B Proudly Reveals Her Album Is Dropping Very Soon

Last night (March 11), Cardi B proved once again that her charisma could take over any award show she goes too. Cardi started the iHeartRadio Music Awards off with a performance of “Bodak Yellow” and “Bartier Cardi” before walking away with the Best New Artist award. During her speech, she gave fans an update on when they can expect her long-awaited debut.

“My album will be coming in April,” said Cardi. “Yes, sir, April. Stay tuned, motherfuckers.”

The “Motorsport” star also took time out of her acceptance speech to thank her publicist, label, and fiancé Offset. However, it wouldn’t be a Cardi speech without a little bit of bite for her detractors.

“I want to thank my fans, Bardi Gang, because even when I’m wrong, they be like, ‘She’s still right,’” said Cardi. “I want to thank my haters too, because they be downloading my stuff so they can hear it and talk crap about it, but it benefits me.”

In a Beats 1 Radio interview with Julie Adenuga, the “Finesse” rapper described why she will always rap about her haters.

“I’m always gonna talk about them because I hate them,” said Cardi. “I hate y’all. I wish y’all catch something. … I’m not too cool to tell your fucking ass something. Like, how your fucking square ass is gonna talk about me?”

Guess we’ll have to wait until April to see what the anti-Cardi brigade has to say about an entire album of slander.

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If Rae Sremmurd Have It Their Way We’re Getting A Childish Gambino Collab Album

Fans are still waiting on the long-delayed Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper mixtape, and now Rae Sremmurd are throwing their hat into the collaboration ring. In an interview with Billboard, the rap group described the potential sound of a Sremmurd and Donald Glover project.

“I got a laptop with about 1,000 bangers,” said Swae Lee. “I know Childish Gambino got about 2,000 or 3,000, who knows? We’re gonna come together and make a whole project like, “Redbone” and “Black Beatles.”

This week, Glover announced he is embarking on a North American tour with Rae Sremmurd starting in September. Later in the Billboard interview, Slim Jxmmi reveals how the two brothers connected with the Atlanta rapper.

“Childish Gambino is a cool guy, we linked overseas in a studio,” said Jxmmi. “I DJ’d one of his house parties one time. He’s just a cool guy and we got the same type of vibe, so you can expect good music to come out of this. It’s natural. We don’t gotta act, we can just be ourselves. He’s himself everywhere he goes, and we’re gonna be ourselves everywhere we go — so it’s just gonna be like two different shows, we from two different places.”

At this point it looks like Glover might have to put off retirement to fit in all of these projects.

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Rejjie Snow’s Dear Annie Album Is Here At Last

After years of patiently waiting, Rejjie Snow has finally released his debut full-length album Dear Annie on 300 Entertainment. Leading up to the big drop, the Irish rapper put out the project in two parts, but now all of the songs can be consumed together as intended. Rejjie’s record runs 20 tracks deep and features a variety of special guests including Anna Of The North, Aminé, Jesse James Solomon, Danna Williams, Jesse Boykins III and more to enhance the quality of his rich sound.

From start to finish, Dear Annie is an enjoyable expression of the highs and lows of Rejjie’s journey as a black man trying to find himself within the context of a creative world that often turns against him. Whether he’s grieving an ex, sipping his troubles away, stressing about money, or seducing a MILF, there’s no doubt that you’ll find some common ground. Set off your weekend right and bump the entire hip-hop project in full below.

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Vince Staples’ Converse Collection Celebrates His “Big Fish Theory” Album

In a year flooded with new music from hip hop’s biggest artists, Long Beach native Vince Staples saw his second studio album, Big Fish Theory, rise above many others thanks to his thought-provoking dialogue and genre bending sonics. Converse honors his courageous and often divisive opinion with a new collection titled after the highly acclaimed record.

Staples’ unassuming and understated style works in union with Converse as many of their classic American styles have grown to prominence based in subtle aesthetics. Both the Chuck Taylor Hi and Ox Chuck ’70s that define this capsule are largely highlighted in a primary orange shade which mimics the goldfish on Staples album cover. Further, the theme continues with an aquarium sockliner, a Big Fish Theory graphic outsole and Staples’ name embroidered on the medial collar. The capsule also comes with a Converse Essentials Hoodie.

Expect the Vince Staples x Converse “Big Fish Theory” Collection on January 25 for Converse.com.

Vince Staples x Converse "Big Fish Theory" Collection
Vince Staples x Converse “Big Fish Theory” Collection
Vince Staples x Converse "Big Fish Theory" Collection
Vince Staples x Converse “Big Fish Theory” Collection

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Wale’s “Shine” Album Inspires Custom Jordan 3

Rap and sneakers go hand in hand since Run-DMC and Adidas linked up back in the late ‘80s. From Kendrick Lamar to Tyler The Creator, we’ve seen a multitude of artists have their artistic impact go beyond the music. Although many artists have linked up a deal with a sneaker brand, some skip on the checks.

To fill that void, Mache customs designed and gifted Wale an Air Jordan 3 inspired by his most recent album, Shine. This custom Jordan features a red upper and the signature arm grasping the moon image, a white outsole and midsole and touches of blue, green and yellow recreate Wale’s album cover.

Check out this clean custom below courtesy of Mache Customs’ Instagram. Be sure to follow them here and read our interview with the Mache man himself, Dan Gamache, here.

"Shine" Custom Jordan 3 by Mache Customs
“Shine” Custom Jordan 3 by Mache Customs
"Shine" Custom Jordan 3 by Mache Customs
Wale wearing his “Shine” Custom Jordan 3 by Mache Customs

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Keith Richards tells us about the song and album that means the…

Keith Richards tells us about the song and album that means the most to him.

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Keith Richards Talks New Album, Fatherhood, and (Of Course) Mick…

Keith Richards Talks New Album, Fatherhood, and (Of Course) Mick Jagger

Read the entire interview here. 

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Famous Album Covers Reimagined as Pelican Books

From the studio of London-based designer Huw Gwilliam comes a selection of tastefully reimagined album covers. Designed in the style of dated Pelican books, Gwilliam has effectively transposed the publicists notable aesthetic to both timeless and modern music examples. The collection features his unique take on over 60 famous album covers and encompasses a wide variety of genres and ethnic backgrounds with everything from Michael Jackson, Richard Astley and Phil Collins to New Order, The Stone Roses and The Beastie Boys’ infamous album License to ill. Founded in 1937, Pelican Books helped pioneer paperback printing throughout its rise to prominence and has since retained a recognizable aesthetic across its selection of topical stories. With each album cover modeled beneath frayed, well-worn corners and Pelican’s graphical stamps, the full selection of reimagined album covers from Huw Gwilliam can be found on Flickr.


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GQ EXCLUSIVE: Pharrell on the making of his new album, G I R L

GQ EXCLUSIVE: Pharrell on the making of his new album, G I R L

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