Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s election day is still a year away, but today a new president has been named. Now heading Kanye West’s Def Jam imprint, G.O.O.D. Music, rapper Pusha T has been named as the label’s new president, Billboard reports. This decision has been ongoing for months and all started from a phone call from the label’s founder, Mr. West himself.
“Ye had called me and he was like, ‘Tell me something, What do you think about being the president of G.O.O.D. Music’ And I was like, ‘Well, what are the things that you’re looking for?’ And he was basically just like, to manicure the label, make it profitable and be very business-oriented about it going forward in a manicured type of way.” – Pusha T told Billboard.
We don’t know if this means a hiatus in music from Push, but we couldn’t be happier for the Virginia native.
North Carolina may not be home to the biggest attractions in the music festival circuit, but it more than makes up for that fact with expertly curated gatherings such as Hopscotch Music Festival. Slated for September 10-12, this year’s edition of the artistic celebration will feature 160 acts spread throughout 12 venues in the state capital of Raleigh. Previous lineups have included various names such as Big Boi, Jamie xx, How To Dress Well, St. Vincent, Local Natives, Action Bronson, and a host of others, so it’s no surprise this year’s imprint is poised to be just as diverse. In order to give attendees a taste of what’s in store for Hopscotch 2015 (and if you don’t have your tickets yet to can get them here) we’ve listed five acts ranging from rap to post-rock that simply can’t be missed.
It has become a Coachella tradition for its performers to bring out big name artists for surprise appearances. Drake has made it a tradition of his own to bring out surprise guests, no matter where he is. In the past, Drizzy has brought out Kanye West, Eminem, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, TLC, Stevie Wonder, A$AP Rocky, J. Cole, Ma$e, Lauryn Hill… need we go on? So we can’t even begin to imagine who Drake will bring out for arguably the biggest live performance of his career, as he headlines the closing night at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival next month. Correction… we can imagine it. And we did! Hit the jump to check out our photoshopped fantasy headlines of the absolute best scenarios for how Drake’s set can go next month.
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Earlier this year in promotion of his new album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole announced the first run of dates and locations for his new 2015 tour (essentially for the smaller markets only). That leg of the tour (Act 1) is scheduled to kick off on March 2nd in Oregon, and Cole will be accompanied by Dreamville artists Bas, Cozz & Omen. Now today, things got much bigger as Cole announced the remaining U.S. dates (Act 3) with Big Sean, YG and Jeremih, as well as the international dates with Pusha T and Jhene Aiko (Act 2). Check out the dates for all Acts, as well Act 3’s promotional poster below. You can order tickets online starting Feb. 27th at www.livenation.com. This is not a tour to miss!
Every Thursday we review albums that are considered “classic” in our “Throwback Thursday Review” series. This week it’s the classic fire flames debut from one of hip hop’s greatest duos: The Clipse’s Lord Willin’. Ahhh, this was the album that started it all for me. This was the very first hip hop album that I ever listened to, and Lord Willin’ was the album that got me into the genre for the long haul. This classic LP swayed me from groups like Fall Out Boy and Rise Against, genres like alt rock and punk rock, and I finally realized that rap and hip hop is the most complete genre in terms of all the factors that go into the making of an album and the complete product that is released.
After a number of music’s big names were touring or recording for the majority of last year, which made 2014 fairly average for album releases, 2015 is already looking to be a great year for albums as those artists release their new projects this year. This year alone we are likely to see releases from music superstars like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Adele, but we are also looking forward to a number of sophomore and debut albums from artists like Frank Ocean, Raury, Vic Mensa and more. Check out our list of the 30 most anticipated albums of 2015 to get updated on what releases you need to look out for in the next 12 months.
Check out the collaborative project by Wale and A-Trak, titled Festivus (staying consistent with Wale’s Seinfeld theme). The project features 11 tracks and recruits the likes of Chance The Rapper, Ab-Soul, A$AP Ferg, Pusha T and more. Festivus will certainly get fans excited for Wale’s upcoming, The Album About Nothing (coming March 31).
On Twitter, Lil Wayne released a series of tweets discussing why his new album, Tha Carter V , has been long delayed. He stated that Cash Money (Wayne’s label) and it’s boss, Birdman refuse to release the album.
To all my fans, I want u to know that my album won't and hasn't been released bekuz Baby & Cash Money Rec. refuse to release it.
It’s been known that there have been problems in the YMCMB camp with Tyga’s recent comments, but not to this extent with one of the label’s biggest artists calling them out. Additionally, Pusha T, who beefed with Wayne briefly in 2012, replied to Wayne’s comments on Twitter.
So, do you think Wayne’s comments are legit or do you think he’s just trying to promote his album? Keep checking the website and find out.
This one kinda came out of left field. No tweets from Pusha, no promo, just appeared on the interwebs. This track is produced by Kanye and is fire flames from King Push nonetheless. And it isn’t over the greatest beat either, similar to his track ‘Numbers On The Boards’. Hopefully this means we are getting his solo sophomore effort sooner rather than later. Enjoy the track from the G.O.O.D. Music artist below.