On this past Saturday Issa Gold of The Underachievers rap duo released his first solo project as an Ep entitled ” Conversations With A Butterfly”. The EP includes eight tracks that keeps you thinking throughout the project. The timing of this project is interesting because it is a few days perform the Underachievers are set to release their debut album “The Cellar Door” on August 12. The UA have all the potential in the world with how they flow effortless over beats and i can’t wait to see where it takes them.
After hearing Statik Selektah’s on a vast majority of Pro Era’s work I instantly started vibing to his 90’s feel. Then i saw him mix it up at the Smokers Club Tour and at that time I knew this man was dope. This morning via twitter he released his track list for his upcoming project “What Goes Around” set to drop on August 19th. The project has some dope features including Freddie Gibbs, Ab-Soul, Logic, Action Bronson, Bun B, Joey Bada$$ and Pos of De La Soul just to name a few. This album is laced with rappers to match Selektah’s nostalgic feel which some turn out to be a great project.
After a little fiasco with the law Wiz dropped his new tape “28 grams”. Wiz was arrested bin El Paso after a TSA agent found his stash of weed.This tape is a prelude to his new album “Blacc Hollywood” which is set to drop later on this summer. I personally liked this tape because I feel that Wiz is trying to reinvent himself as a trap rapper to break away from the stigma that he is a mainstream rapper and the cover art is simple but dope. All in all it was a dope tape. The production was dope even though it was a lot of remixes & samples and DJ Drama was a good DJ to preside over the tape. It can be said that it was your typical Wiz project laced with ganja references but if you take away anything just address him as Trap Wiz from here on out. Below is the link to the tape
Jay-Z has officially reached genius status in my book. Hov has expanded Made in America across two coast. He had added a show in L.A. that coincides with the Philly date. Both shows have a star studded lineup featuring Kanye, Steve Aoki, all of T.D.E., Girl Talk, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon and Pharrell. This is a 2 day event scheduled for August 30 &31. For tickets and a full lineup can be found at http://www.madeinamerica.com
With an Album release looming I felt it was a perfect time to have Wiz featured as a rebel. Wiz is most definitely a trendsetter for our generation. His music has made him an icon worldwide and unique style has kept him in the loop. Wiz has a been spotted in various looks from the classic varsity letterman to mesh tank tops and an afro with a blonde patch in the middle.
Wiz has used his music platform to start a career in the film industry. Wiz has a movie with Snoop Dogg titled “Mac and Devin Go to High School”. The movie was a success and a sequel is rumored to be released in 2015. Last but not least, Wiz announced his “Under the Influence of Music” Tour this weekend which features Ty Dolla Sign, Tyga, Young Jeezy, and Dj Drama just to name a few. If this concert is anything like last year’s it will be worth every penny. Below are links to the tour dates and interview discussing new album and movie.
The legendary rap collective plan to release an album later on this year. But here is the kicker…. they are only going to have one copy. The name of the album will be “The Wu- Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”. The plan is to travel around the world to music festivals, museums, amusement parks and things of that nature to have a big listening party for the album. After the tour has ended, the album will be auctioned off and is expected to be worth millions. RZA, Wu-tang icon, said that “We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music”,”The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for years.” The Wu-Once Upon a Shaolin is going to be a double album with 31 tracks and the runtime will be 128 minutes. During the tour patrons will be provided headphones to listen the album. The estimated price range will be between $30-$50. We will keep you posted on tour dates.
This past weekend we were blessed to see another Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Many powerhouses of music from Girl Talk to Skrillex participated in the festival which brings national attention to the Valley every year. The biggest headliner was on Friday with Outkast performing for the first time in 8 years. The duo performed songs from ATLiens to Idlewild, They also brought out Janelle Monae and Future. Also Nas hit the stage performing Illmatic in its entirety brining out Jay-Z to perform Dead Presidents. It was interesting to see Chance the Rapper bring out Justin Bieber to perform “Confident”. Also Jhene Aiko brought out Drake to colab on “From Time”. I personally believe that Skrillex and the Flatbush Zombies had the best performances of the weekend. Their crowds were always engaged and just displayed a vibe of pure elation. This was my first time hearing Skrillex and I was impressed to the point where I did my homework and looked up a couple of Skrillex projects only to be even more impressed. One thing that really caught my attention was the crowd during Outkast and Nas performances. they seemed very stagnant and disengaged. To the point where Andre 3000 could be heard asking the crowd “Are y’all tired” on several occasions. This leads to my question “Is Coachella the Superbowl of Concerts?”. Hear me out, it is great that all these artist are performing but it comes with a cost. First off, ticket prices are astronomical with a general admissions ticket starting at $375. This eliminates the vast majority of true music enthusiasts from partaking in the event. The true fans are left to the mercy of the live streams which left out many key performance such as Chance, Jhene Aiko, and Kid Cudi. All in all, Coachella is a great event that music enthusiasts look forward to every and will forever be one of the biggest stages in music history. If you missed any performances you would like to see the show goes on next weekend as well.