New year, new location, new lineup, but the one thing that didn’t change is the amazing experience that Rolling Loud provides to fans in Miami. Now held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, the world’s premiere rap music festival kicked off it’s amazing 2018 lineup today.
With highly anticipated performances from J. Cole, Lil Uzi Vert, N.E.R.D, Young Thug, Tory Lanez, The Diplomats, Russ and many more, fans had a ton of artists to choose from on Friday. Where else can you see Lil Uzi Vert try to top his viral 2017 performance and hear cuts from J. Cole’s brand new album, KOD?
Raury’s debut album, All We Need, is just a week away (October 16th via LoveRenaissance / Columbia Records). And in anticipation of the forthcoming LP, and the follow up to Raury’s Indigo Child project, the ‘God’s Whisper’ rapper/singer from Atlanta has released All We Need‘s collaboration with Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. The record is titled ‘Forbidden Knowledge’ is produced by Malay.
Stream ‘Forbidden Knowledge’ below and check out our behind-the-scenes photos of Raury’s latest music video for ‘Friends’ here.
These are the highlights of this past week in music! Hopefully you can bump these tracks on your way to work to brighten up your Monday mornings, and to stay up-to-date on today’s music. This week we have another new collaboration from The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey, a self-produced track from Big K.R.I.T., and a new song from Kyle.
Big K.R.I.T. is hitting the road this fall on his forthcoming massive 38-date Kritically Acclaimed Tour, and of course with a new tour you need some new music to perform as well. Well to warm up fans until K.R.I.T. comes to a city near you, the Cadillactica rapper dropped a new track on his Soundcloud. The new record, titled ’86’, is another K.R.I.T. produced banger for your whip, so get ready to blow those speakers out.
Stream ’86’ and check out Big K.R.I.T.’s Kritically Acclaimed Tour dates below and get your tickets here.
Tonight, rapper Big K.R.I.T. paid a visit to young Chicago artists as part of Donda House‘s “Behind The Mic” series. With a surprise visit from Chicago’s own, Lupe Fiasco, K.R.I.T. gave some great advice to the up and coming performers. K.R.I.T. will also stick around the Windy City tomorrow, as he headlines Donda House’s spring graduation. Donda’s House is a non-profit organization that honors the educational legacy of Kanye West’s late mother, Dr. Donda West. The organization holds a number of great programs and opportunities for Chicago’s youth, providing a safe and creative environment for Chicago’s aspiring artists.
Donda House’s “Behind the Mic” series is one of our favorite community programs by the non-profit, which has invited Big Sean, No-ID and more to give unique and valuable advice to the community’s brightest. Along with their community showcase at the Common Ground Foundation’s “AAHH! Fest”, Chicago artists have the opportunity to continue the city’s legacy of being one of the world’s best music hubs.
Check our more photos, from our photographer Jesus Montero, below.
The best and brightest of this past week in music, as well as a throwback track! Hopefully you can bump these tracks on your way to work to brighten up your Monday mornings. This week we have new music from the lovely Jhene Aiko, tracks from Ludacris’ and Earl Sweatshirt’s forthcoming LPs and more. Get started at the jump below to check out our favorite records of the past week.
Off his forthcoming LP Ludaversal, we now have Ludacris’ collaboration with rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. Ludaversal is set to release on March 31st, and will have features from John Legend, Rick Ross, Usher, Cee Lo Green and more. Stream ‘Come and See Me’ below and pre-order Ludaversal now on iTunes.
Some may argue that 2014 has not been the best year for albums. However no matter which side of that argument you are on, we have compiled our list of the 30 albums of the year that you NEED to listen to. From the up-and-comers like Raury and Vince Staples to the pop icons like T. Swift, our list has everything you need from 2014’s year in music.
With seven albums in just eight years, Rick Ross has another banger in his catalog with Hood Billionaire. Released through Def Jam, Slip-n-Slide Records, and his label Maybach Music Group, Hood Billionaire doesn’t reinvent the wheel or show us anything that we haven’t seen from Ross since his debut in 2006, but he certainly isn’t slacking. If you love Rick Ross than you will love this album. If you haven’t been a fan in the past however, don’t expect Hood Billionaire to win you over. Just because Ross has changed on the outside (having lost over 100 lbs.), he hasn’t changed on the inside, musically at least. Depending on who you are, Hood Billionaire either brilliantly sticks with a theme and a certain sound or it is too repetitive and everything sounds the same (it is all about perception for this one). Fortunately for myself however, I can always go for some more music from the “Teflon Don”.