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Morning Bop: OSHUN Makes The Music World A Much Better Place

Welcome to Morning Bop: each AM, we’ll be providing you with a blast of the latest music news headlines along with the perfect song you need to start your day. Thursday’s #MorningBop is “My World” by OSHUN featuring Jorja Smith because Taurus season is on the horizon and this is the jam you should blast during the transition.

While you crank that up, here are eight trending news stories to keep tabs on today:

  1. Tyler, The Creator shares “ROSE TINTED CHEEKS”

    I wish that all of my rough drafts sounded this good.

  2. Watch Let’s Eat Grandma’s music video for “It’s Not Just Me”

    The SOPHIE-produced track is straight off the duo’s forthcoming debut album I’m All Ears due out on June 29 via Transgressive.

  3. Watch the Kevin Abstract-directed visual for Slow Hollows’ “Lessons For Later”

    Welcome back, Austin W. Anderson.

  4. D∆WN offers a dark and sexy cover of Janelle Monáe’s “PYNK”

    Janelle approves and that’s honestly all that matters.

  5. Stop what you’re doing and stream The Trp’s soak EP

    It’s dripping with feel-good vibes.

  6. Dijon casually drops a pretty new single called “SKIN”

    I think I just found the song that I’m going to set for my night time skincare routine.

  7. CupcakKe drops a video for “Spoiled Milk Titties”

  8. VanJess releases their IAMNOBODI-produced single “Addicted”

    Say no more ladies, I’m hooked!


Juicy J On The Rebirth Of ‘Who Run It’: ‘Three 6 Mafia’s Music Will Never Die’

Juicy J is humble. He has ample reason to brag, but still, he’s humble. In 2018, the Billboard charts and radio are filled with interpolations of, samples of, and homages to Three 6 Mafia, the Memphis group he helped found in 1991.

G-Eazy, A$ AP Ferg, and Future all lifted lyrics from Juicy’s “Slob On My Knob” to chart-topping success. Rae Sremmurd’s “Powerglide” features a sample of “Side To Side.” G Herbo, with the expert timing of DJ Bay Bay, introduced the “Who Run It” beat to a new generation. Now A$ AP Rocky, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Trippie Redd, and CupcakKe are updating the 1999 classic.

Somehow, Juicy knows all of this and stills comes off modest. Over the phone, his words tumble out with the same ferocity as his bars, but his energetic disbelief juxtaposes the delivery. In a conversation that most will read and never hear, he still comes with the same exuberance of a radio show. He plugs new artists like Hendry AZ, gets excited to describe how he’s executive producing a new $ uicideboy$ album, and shares that his new production for Project Pat sounds like ’90s Juicy.

On Monday (April 9), Juicy updated “Who Run It” with a new freestyle, which is hilarious considering two things. First, the Delfonics-sampling track still sounds so current that it doesn’t need a facelift. Second, the Juicy of 2018 sounds as fresh as the Juicy of 1999.

In an interview with MTV News, Juicy discusses the reception of “Who Run It,” its iconic music video, and how it feels to know that Three 6 Mafia is arguably more relevant in 2018 than they were in 1999.

MTV News: How has it felt to see the reception to “Who Run It” almost 19 years later?

Juicy J: Man, it’s amazing. I always figured that the music would be bigger than what we thought when we was doing it back in the day, cause it was so different. Our style is different. Our sound of music is different. The way we make beats is different. And I always just felt that it would impact sometime. Back in the day, we was underground music. It was only a certain amount of people heard it. A lot of the songs that people are discovering now, nobody had never heard of those songs.

I always felt like the music was bigger than what we was making. We making the music, but I felt like it was going to be something bigger than what we thought. And here it is. Now 20 years later you see everything reocurring, “Slob On My Knob,” “Chickenhead,” “Who Run It,” “Late Nite Tip.”

MTV News: Did you guys envision that type of longevity?

Juicy: It’s such a blessing. Coming from a little underground group from Memphis, Tennessee and then winning an Academy Award, selling millions of records, performing at the Academy Awards, we won an American Music Award, I mean, like, an MTV Award. It’s such a blessing. It’s just incredible. The music is classic.

MTV News: Have you seen G Herbo’s original freestyle that started this whole new wave?

Juicy: I saw it. Shouts out to G Herbo. Shouts out to Hollyhood Bay Bay. That’s my dawg. That’s the DJ that pulled the beat up. He pulled the beat up and Herb just killed it. Shout out Trippie Redd and Lil Yachty, A$ AP Rocky, you know, everybody that’s paying homage. I seen that flow. I was like, wow.

MTV News: So far who do you feel has done the beat justice?

Juicy: Man, I think everyone did their thing. Everybody has their own style. The way they do their music. I enjoyed them all.

It just feels good to see these youngins pull that instrumental up and just rip it like that. That’s a good feeling, man, that this music is timeless. It’s classic. Three 6 Mafia’s music will never die.

MTV News: Do you remember what is was like making that song back then?

Juicy: Man, when we made our songs, we used to get high and go into the studio and just turn up. [laughs] You know what I’m saying. I remember the video and everything too. Man, we was just crunk, drunk. You know what I’m saying? High as hell. High as hell in the studio. High as hell in the video.

MTV News: That video was iconic. What do you remember about that day?

Juicy: Man, I remember we was hanging out the car. I thought I was gonna fall off the car and shit. The way we was sitting on that car. It was a truck, riding down the street in this truck, and we was doing this action scene. I thought we was going to fall of that motherfucker, man.

That was a crazy video and it was all underground. All this stuff was underground, you know? We made amazing music that was straight underground. We didn’t get much radio play back in the day. We didn’t get a lot of radio play. Nothing like that. Just to see the impact on it now is just amazing.


Kanye West Is Apparently Back On His Mountaintop Making Music

Kanye West famously recorded his 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, in Hawaii, and the stories of personalities as disparate as Rick Ross, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and Nicki Minaj making music amid clouds of weed smoke are legendary. As West works on his new LP, reportedly in picturesque Wyoming, I can’t help but wonder: Are such revelries happening on this majestic mountaintop out west?

According to some recent updates from eagle-eyed Kanye fan accounts, the answer might be yes. And that’s exciting.

Above is a sample of the natural wonders by which West has apparently surrounded himself, along with a quick little snippet of his own head (complete with what looks like pink hair). Photos on fan accounts seem to confirm this, as well as Kim Kardashian’s presence out there too, doing some skiing.

But even more important than West’s hair or Kim’s slope work is who else has seemingly made the trek up to Kanye’s mountaintop creative kingdom (and it does seem to be creative, as per this shot of recording/editing software). In the past week or so, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Nas, A$ AP Bari, King Louie, and The-Dream have all been reportedly spotted in Wyoming, along with producers Jeff Bhasker, Wheezy, and Pi’erre Bourne.

Of course, just because all these talented musicians and writers happen to be in the same general location as Kanye at the same time he is doesn’t mean they’re recording with him. And even if they are, there’s no guarantee that their contributions will be made into final songs at all, let along songs that make it to a hypothetical eighth West LP.

But it still could mean that. And that’s good news, especially after West’s erratic behavior and eventually canceled Saint Pablo Tour at the end of 2016.

The last we heard from him, he popped back up on Instagram for a day — Valentine’s Day — as a grand romantic gesture for his wife. Maybe the next thing we’ll hear is a song or two — music he didn’t have to go all the way to Hawaii to make.


Here’s Why Young Thug Says He Won’t Release New Music In 2018

Young Thug’s always been an unconventional, unpredictable guy who commands our attention. Earlier this week, for instance, he jumped on Twitter late at night to announce that he’s changing his name to SEX. It remains to be seen whether he actually follows through with that or not, but now, Thug’s made another announcement that no one ever expected.

As The Fader points out, the Atlanta rapper revealed in a recent Hypebeast interview that he doesn’t plan to release new music in 2018. The reason is surprisingly poignant: He’s doing it out of respect for his deaf brother.

“I’ve got a deaf brother,” Thug says in the clip. “I’ve got a brother who can’t hear or talk, so I want to act deaf for a year. So I ain’t going to put out no music this year.”

Thug also gave an update on his long-teased Hi-Tunes album — which he’s said is “on the way” as far back as 2015 — saying, “In 2019, I’m going to put out probably Hi-Tunes.”

It’s worth nothing that Young Thug has already had a pretty active 2018 so far — he’s hopped on tracks with A-Trak and Shad Da God — and there may be other pre-recorded guest verses on the way. In any case, vowing to intentionally slow down his hot streak is a powerful thing, especially when you consider that he’s doing it for an amazing reason.


gqstyle: Roxy Music, 1973


Roxy Music, 1973


We Can’t Stop Watching This Weird Dutch Music Video 

We Can’t Stop Watching This Weird Dutch Music Video 


The Weeknd “The Hills” Music Video

Directed by Los Angeles-based film maker Grant Singer, The Weeknd’s latest visual instillation for his haunting new track titled “The Hills” comes following the leak of “I Can’t Feel my Face” and “In The Night” earlier this week. Produced by Nathan Scherrer, the video’s composition and vibe attributes itself well to The Weeknd’s dark, melancholy undertone as it visually interprets the fame-ridden downfalls of the song’s lyrical content. As Abel emerges from a crashed car and pulls two women from the backseat, he leads on to sing about his usual flurry of sexual encounters and drugs as he walks down a desolated street before the car he was driving explodes in true rock and roll fashion. The clip has done well to solidify the song’s back story and highlights points of only wanting someone for one reason as the video is interjected by dark insignia and screaming vocal inserts – depicting somewhat of a dark personal fantasy. Enjoy the premiere above and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


Basketball, Music & Sneaker Ambassador Bobbito Garcia Links Up with Patta

Bobbito Garcia’s wide-arching interests in sneakers, basketball, radio and music have enabled the New York native to spread positive vibes across the world including that of Amsterdam’s Patta. Having penned one of the sneaker world’s most notable Where’d You Get Those?: New York City’s Sneaker Culture 1960-1987, Bobbito also represented half of the  legendary Stretch & Bobbito Show on WKCR 89.9FM. Tapping into a mutual respect with one another, the recent collaboration features some of Bobbito’s most notable statements and positive influences. The works span T-shirts, longsleeve shirts and heavyweight crewneck sweaters. The collection will be available starting Saturday, November 15.


Bridge featuring ScHoolboy Q “Roll My Weed” Music Video

LA-based artist Bridge just recently dropped the visuals to his latest track “Roll My Weed.” Alongside TDE rapper ScHoolboy Q, Bridge gets a number of good-looking girls to come roll up with, while they talk about about some of their craziest marijuana-induced adventures. The track is off of Bridge’s upcoming and as-of-yet untitled EP, which is set to be released later on in the year. For now, enjoy the music video above, then look for the single on iTunes here.


Converse CONS Talks Music, NYC and Style with World’s Fair

Fresh off their eight-city “Cross Faded Tour” with Two-9, Queens rap collective World’s Fair has craved a named for itself among the new era of lyricists, thanks to their melange of styles, both sonically and fashionably. Embodying everything that is New York City, from the grit to the glam, the six-member emcee ensemble consists of Lansky Jones, Remy Banks, Nasty Nigel, Prince SAMO, Cody B. Ware and Jeff Donna. So as they now look to build their international presence, whilst showcasing each individual’s strengths, the Fool’s Gold imprint teamed with Converse CONS to talk about music as a weapon, songwriting, New York, the bond between music and fashion, and much more. After reading through their interview below, download World’s Fair latest EP Bastards Of The Party here.

Can you introduce yourself and your creative medium?

Lansky Jones: We’re the physical embodiment of Queens; a group of individuals each with their own unique appearances, styles and personalities all showcasing their talents and creating a sonic collage in the process.

With the mantra that “sound is the weapon,” how important do you think the music and rhythm play into the impact and translation of your lyricism to listeners?

LJ: Lyrics must coincide with music and rhythm in order for great music to be made. Great music can incite great poetry, and when it happens it becomes a force that can penetrate the minds of people all around the world.

DJ Thoth: Music is the most powerful weapon as it can slip through any defense. Although lyricism is important, melodies penetrate where words and language cannot.

Prince SAMO: It has the power to change, strengthen, and understand emotion in us. We try to make everyone feel what we’re saying and how we feel with our lyrics. And the instrumentation plays just as big, if not a bigger role in that process.

How does your songwriting process go – do you typically pen lyrics first and then link it up with a track or vice versa?

LJ: Usually one of us will start with a verse, sometimes I’ll record some voice memos with melodies I’d like to include in the song, followed by a potential verse. Even still, there isn’t always a method to the madness.

Nasty Nigel: For the most part we pen our verses to the track and pitch it to the rest of the guys. If they’re digging it, they join in. Sometimes a verse could sound better on another song. Every puzzle piece has an infinite outcome.

What elements of NYC have played into your sound now as a crew?

PS: Every element of NYC has played into our sound. The way of life, the speed of life, the wit, the grit, the darkness, the humor, I can keep going. We’re born and raised in NYC and because of that, it’s impossible to not reference that in everyday life or in our art. It’s a part of the collage that makes us up.

NN: From indulging in the night life to getting by during a 9-5 day.

What other artists are out there on the come up with a unique sound that you respect?

All: Flatbush Zombies, Action Bronson and his camp, Bodega Bamz, RatKing, Vic Mensa, eXquire, Deniro Ferrar, Two-9, Grande Marshall, the list goes on and on. There’s so much talent out there right now, we can say we are proud to be a part of this era in music.

How do you see the worlds of fashion and music coinciding?

PS: Fashion and music have always had a bond. From David Bowie to Lee Scratch Perry to RUN DMC, there’s always been a collision of the two. Music is a form of expression. As is fashion. Fashion is how people will see you before they hear your voice or your music. Music is how people understand you, how they interpret who you are. Both show the world what you feel and express your attitude and lifestyle.

For more information on Converse CONS, head over to their Tumblr as well as CONS EP.


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