Kicking off what will certainly be a great month of live music in Chicago, the month-long Red Bull Music Festival invaded Chicago last night with a stacked opening night lineup. Taking place at the Wintrust Arena, Red Bull hosted a GOOD Music Showcase that featured a number of the label’s members and closest affiliates, including Desiigner, Teyana Taylor, Nas, Pusha T and more. From top to bottom, fans in the Windy City enjoyed performances from some of their favorite rappers and singers.
The night kicked off in great fashion as GOOD Music’s 070 Shake, got the performances started by singing her new collaboration’s with the label’s founder and Chicago’s own, Kanye West, who unfortunately did not make an appearance despite fan speculation. The set was short but sweet and set the tone for the remainder of the night.
After one of the labels newest signees, Valee, performed, ‘Panda’ rapper Desiigner delivered the wildest and craziest set of the entire night. Desiigner had an infinite amount of energy and had the floor level moshing and going crazy. Desiigner even immersed himself into the mosh pit and put it all on the line to keep the crowd engaged. While he doesn’t have the star power of the night’s headliners, Desiigner proved why he is certainly worthy of his spot on GOOD Music.
Although she didn’t dive into the crowd like Desiigner, Teyana Taylor’s performance was also well received by the Chicago crowd, getting some of the loudest screams of the entire night. Teyana’s set was a nice contrast with all the rapper’s on the lineup, as she showed off her impressive dance skills and amazing vocals. Her set was soon followed by the label’s president, rap legend, Pusha T. Pusha T always gives his all on stage and fans in attendance can attest that Saturday night was certainly no exception to the rule. Pusha performed a number of tracks from his new Kanye West produced album, Daytona, one of the contenders for Rap’s Album of the Year.
Last but certainly not least, Nas blessed the stage to greet his Chicago fans. One of the greatest of all time, Nas is as good as ever and like Pusha T, he performed tracks from his new album produced by Kanye, of course mixed with some of his biggest hits from throughout the years. Nas blew us away with his new tracks while keeping us nostalgic with the classic and was a great ending to an already memorable night. Well done Red Bull… well done!
Check out our photos from last night’s performance below and get your tickets for the remaining dates of the Red Bull Music Festival here.
Winter is coming, but live music is showing no signs of stopping in the Windy City. Before the holiday concerts start to come to town in December, November has a collection of great shows that you need to check out. From a number of concerts taking part in the Red Bull Music Festival to the Smashing Pumpkins, Chicago is hosting a ton of great shows next month.
Check out our list of the 7 can’t miss concerts in Chicago this November!
Who cares if summer music festivals have come and gone this year, Chicago will host a number of amazing concerts in November as part of the Red Bull Music Festival.
Kicking things off with a stacked music showcase from Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music label, which boasts performances from Nas, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, Valee and more at the Wintrust Arena, the festival will also host concert from Vic Mensa, Cupcakke,Jamila Woods and more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Tuesday, September 25th at 10:00 AM (CT) and fans can visit RedBullMusic.com/Chicago for more info.
Check out the Red Bull Music Festival Chicago lineup below.
After a ton of anticipation and hype, it appears like fans will finally see the release of Cruel Winter, the GOOD Music collaborative album and follow up to 2012’s Cruel Summer. According to Travis Scott, who spoke with Hot 97 this morning, Cruel Winter will likely drop in February of 2017.
“It’s coming very soon. I’m saying February.”
Although it certainly isn’t a hard release date, if we get Cruel Winter anytime in 2017, we will be more than excited, since Cruel Summer brought bangers like ‘Mercy’, ‘Clique’, ‘Don’t Like’ and more. Scott said that a lot of songs are finished for the collaborative LP, but only a handful of songs have been picked to make the cut. La Flame also added that the project is very youthful, so expect a lot of the future on this one (no Desiigner pun intended).
Ever since fans heard Desiigner’s ‘Panda’ on Kanye West’s latest album, The Life of Pablo, the young rapper and New York native instantly became one of the most successful artists in rap music. With his debut record, Desiigner broke records that other huge names in rap haven’t achieved throughout their entire career. The only problem, was fans wanted more. But with Desiigner’s overnight success, “more” would have to wait.
Lucky for fans, more is finally here as the GOOD Music artist has released his debut project with his new mixtape, New English. With features from his label president, rapper Pusha T, and King Savage, the emerging artist has given us 13 records to tide us over until ‘Panda’ and New English is followed by a full length album. The mixtape debuted on Tidal, but fans can check it out now on Audiomack.
The sixth track of the Adult Swim Singles Program comes from Chicago based SaveMoney collective producer Thelonious Martin featuring rising rapper Joey Purp, also from the SaveMoney crew. As premiered by Complex here, “Bomaye” boasts a classic sound, rich bass and an unexpected musical transition providing the backdrop to Purp’s deep lyrics that depict the harsh realities of the Chicago streets. Thelonious Martin also has a project dropping later this year called Late Night Programming. Check Joey Purp on tour this summer with Vic Mensa (dates below). “Bomaye” is now available for free download via AdultSwim.com/singles. Give this one a listen and share.
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After years of inactivity and speculation on the highly anticipated collaborative album, Kanye West has finally released new music that will be heard on the followup to Kanye’s GOOD Music album Cruel Summer, similarly titled Cruel Winter. Kanye surprised many as he shared the news earlier this morning, moments before he paid a visit to Big Boy’s 92.3 to debut the track. Titled ‘Champion’, as confirmed by Travis Scott on Twitter, the new track is fire and star studded. ‘Champion’ features Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Quavo (Migos), Travis Scott and GOOD Music‘s newest signee, ‘Panda’ rapper Desiigner.
While Cruel Summer was met with mixed reviews, and expectedly wasn’t as complete as a solo album from Kanye, the album had a number of bangers, and if ‘Champion’ is any indication of what to expect from Cruel Winter, then this sequel will be no exception when it comes to stacked hits and perhaps it may be a step up from Cruel Summer.
It wasn’t too long ago when critics and consumers alike would collectively clamour and deliberate about Pusha T’s place in hip-hop as a solo artist. Admittedly, Pusha T definitely took a minute to find his footing following the Clipse’sdesultory demise, but today, he ranks a little higher in the hearts of those close to the culture. King Push is truly cemented as a modern rap legend due to his time spent rapping alongside his brother, but a more recent increase in fanfare and modern relevance is definitely due largely to his immaculate and influential debut album, My Name Is My Name. It was a record that piggybacked on the sparse, minimalist sonics from boss and collaborator Kanye West’s Yeezus record released just months before, but MNIMN was even more stripped down and bare, all in an effort to make Push’s cutthroat bars the forefront of each and every record. The result was a phenomenal album that had bite and range—records for the club, records for the street, and even reaches towards radio with the Breezy assisted ‘Sweet Serenade’ and the Ma$e emulating, Kelly Rowland collab ’Let Me Love You’. On his latest effort, though, there are no reaches or attempts at broadening musical dimensions. King Push: Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude is not only Pusha T’s darkest album, it’s the King’s most merciless, invincible sounding record he’s ever crafted.
Push has always been able to stagger and swoon with his menacing imagery and truly unparalleled coke-references, but this time around he chooses to pair his always impeccable rhymes with a varied collection of dark, B-side records from A-list producers, whether that be legends like Timbaland, Q-Tip, or Puff, or even modern collaborators like Hudson Mohawke or Boi-1da. Regardless of whose shoulder he taps on, Pusha T finds his pocket regardless and maps his way out of these claustrophobic beats time and time again. On ‘Crutches, Crosses, Caskets’, he terrorizes over an off-kilter brass loop and buzzing bass line courtesy of Puff Daddy himself, running rampant lyrically about pulling the veil that offers the illusion of rappers really being rich and dignified. “I’m the L. Ron Hubbard of the cupboard”, he proclaims, all before the beat deflates and retreats. Retreating is evidently something Pusha T does not do a lot of on this record, though. Rarely is he unsure or even temporarily vulnerable—in fact, more often than not he’s scoffing at his peers and saying his piece about each and every chink in the armour of the culture. ‘M.F.T.R’ explores a similar ideology, as Pusha T and The-Dream continue to unravel the dysfunction and realities behind Cash Money Records and the troubled relationship between Birdman and Lil Wayne. There was a time when Pusha T would speak on these two subliminally and under-the-radar, but now given the recent developments in the YMCMB episodes, Push is exclaiming his displeasure as repeated “I-told-you-so’s”.
Pusha T does deviate from the hyper-flexing and egomaniacal content on occasion, with tracks like ‘Sunshine’ featuring Jill Scott and ‘M.P.A.’ being poignant examples. The former concludes the album and offers a rare, explicitly conscious side of Pusha T accounting for the perils and tribulations faced by his race as a whole. It’s an exceptionally beautiful song that bleeds into areas thematically that are typically foreign for Push, as rarely does he attempt to speak for anybody but himself. The latter is a songwith an abbreviation that spells out money, pussy, alcohol—dedicated to the three heaviest vices that plague a lifestyle like Pusha T’s. Enlisted are friends Kanye West, The-Dream, and A$AP Rocky who all add different vocal layers to the serene hook. The beat, though, might be the most interesting component, being that it is a collaborative effort between J.Cole and Kanye West. It’s musicality doesn’t necessarily reinvent the wheel, but it’s method of fusing current textures to deliver such a unique groove is admirable.
As always, though, Pusha T is most poignant and austere over the most looped, hollow beats. Album standout ‘Untouchable’ an eerie slapper pieced together by Timbaland. The first thing that jumps out is the larger than life Biggie sample, but the reversed piano chords that slowly buzz and pass while a string melody appears and vanishes on every other bar is brilliantly simplistic. Push again throws his darts at the Cash Money guys, with stabs like “Still wishing on a star / The last one to find out that Baby owns the cars” meant to surely bruise a couple egos from that camp. This breed of supreme confidence is evident from jump, as the Metro Boomin produced ‘Intro’ sees the album start with Push flaunting his ability to float over just about any beat with the sharp-tongued raps still intact. This truly seems to be his sole focus with this record, too—he’s either passing off hook duties to a friend, letting a sample speak, or repeating a phrase a couple times over and letting that do the work (see the Ab-Liva flanked ‘Got Em Covered’, or the Q-Tip produced ‘F.I.F.A’). Unlike his inaugural solo effort, he’s not trying tobe anything he’s not, or overtly ambitious in the slightest sense. Push is playing into his strengths and making his legendary collaborators convert to the dark side with him.
That sentiment stretches to the album’s narrative, too. It might sonically be his darkest delivery, but Pusha T is never vulnerable or even at-risk of the climate around him. Rather, he is absolutely revelling in the most twisted, gruesome details of his past, using his credibility as poker chips that the rest of the culture just doesn’t have. Very few rappers or artists in general are blessed with this level of conviction, as when Push says something, you don’t doubt him for a second. It’s the type of authentic fervour that allows this kingpin-story of his to check out at every instance, and ultimately allow him to standout from each and every other rapper associating themselves with such a lifestyle. The result is Pusha T coming across as the most credible, menacing rapper in the world right now, and with the constant re-inventive, self-challenging nature of Push and his seemingly familiar story, maybe it’s time we admit that Pusha T is the most technically sound MC breathing.
Today we have the next track and self-directed video from G.O.O.D. Music’s newest signee, HXLT. Kanye’s newest artist, formerly under the name Hollywood Holt, has left us all wondering what his new sound would be like, and he gave us a great sample of that earlier this year with his ‘Live To Death’ record. This time around we have ‘Guitar’, a track centered around HXLT’s guitar playing aspirations. Whether he can play the guitar, the flute, the drums, the triangle or whatever, it doesn’t matter because Holt has one hell of a voice that continues to surprise us!
Watch the official music video for ‘Guitar’ below.
Whenever a president steps foot into office, it always comes with a bunch of empty promises to get our hopes up, which only leaves us more disappointed in the end. Let’s hope the same isn’t true when that rule is applied to Kanye West founded music labels though, as rapper Pusha T, the new president of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, shared some huge aspirations on Apple‘s Beats 1 Radio today.
When talking about the direction he wants to take for G.O.O.D. Music, Push told Zane Lowe that he wants to make a G.O.O.D. Music festival. While this wouldn’t be the first of it’s kind, as we already have Drake’s OVO Fest and Tyler the Creator’s Camp FLOG GNAW, this one would surely be epic. Imagine Kanye West, Big Sean, Travis Scott, Pusha T, Kacy Hill and all their friends?!? The festival has the potential to be legendary.
Pusha T didn’t only talk about his music festival hopes though, he also teased fans about Kanye’s forthcoming and highly anticipated album Swish. “Kanye called me the other day and was very excited to tell me about his music,” said Pusha T on Beats 1 Radio. “I can’t say when it comes out but fans are in for a treat.” Let’s hope that means it’s coming real soon!
Today we have the first track (and music video) for G.O.O.D. Music signee HXLT’s new album. Kanye’s newest artist, formerly Hollywood Holt, has left us all wondering what his new sound would be like. Need wait no longer though, as the new record, titled ‘Live To Death’, is fire. The visuals are entertaining and the first single at least is perhaps more punk rock than it is rap or anything else, but it works! Details for his forthcoming album, coming soon.
Watch the official music video for ‘Live To Death’ below.