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Kenrick Lamar Talks Next Album with The NYT Style Magazine

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


Kenrick Lamar is one of three artists (along with Tom Waits and Beck) profiled for a new package in the New York Times Style Magazine and during his brief interview with writer Wyatt Mason, the notoriously cryptic MC offered a small hint at his headspace as he prepares his new album. Speaking of his connection with fans and preoccupied with thoughts of his family, he offered up the following:


“Been thinking about my little brothers. One little brother, he bigger than me, he’s 22. Another brother, he just turned 11. Family.” Lamar paused, picked it up again. “I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork. ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore.”


He goes on to say that the new project will be spiritual and “urgent”. And that’s pretty much all we’re getting out of K.Dot, for now. Continue below to watch a small video clip that accompanies the piece (read in full here) in which Kendrick talks about music as self-expression, his love of artists who embrace creativity and why living life is an important part of making art.

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Run The Jewels on The Daily Show

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


Killer Mike and El-P stopped by The Daily Show last night to build with Trevor Noah. They discussed the success of their freemium model of music distribution, how weed is the secret to remaining woke, Mike’s continued support of Bernie Sanders, the racist ideas that drive marijuana policy and how their second album RTJ2 was snubbed by The Grammys.

Watch below.

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Future Talks HNDRXX with Zane Lowe

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017


Deja Vu. Just as we were last week at this time, we’re just a few hours away from a new Future album. Beats 1 just released another interview session with Zane Lowe during which he speaks on HNDRXX, which drops tonight. He explains how this is the album that should’ve been called Honest because he’s touching on a bunch of personal experiences, how he hopes to move past those experiences after getting them off his chest and how listeners might find the LP’s lead track “My Collection” controversial, plus much more.

Watch below and tune into Freebanz Radio on Beats at 10 EST tonight for DJ Esco’s preview of the album.

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Joey Bada$$ Breaks Down the “Land of The Free” Lyrics on Verified

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Joey Bada$$ sits down with Genius to break down the lyrics to his new politically charged single “Land of The Free” which he dropped on Inauguration day. He drops science on the song’s Obama and Trump references, how realizing his family still used a slaveowners name opened his eyes and the role religion plays in dumbing down the masses. The new album AABA is coming soon.

Previously: Joey Bada$$ – Victory

Juelz Santana Goes Sneaker Shopping With Complex

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Juelz Santana stops by Atmos in Harlem with Joe La Puma in the latest installment of Complex’s Sneaker Shopping series. After discussing iconic New York City items such as the all-white Air Force Ones and the 6-inch Timbs, he ends up picking up some retro Jordans, a pair of the Freshwater Griffeys and some of the new era Uptowns. Santana was supposed to have dropped his new mixtape The Get Back this past week, but it never surfaced, so definitely keep an eye out for that over the next few days.

Previously: Juelz Santana – One Of Those Days | Cam’ron Goes Sneaker Shopping With Complex

Big Sean Breaks Down the “No Favors” Lyrics on Verified

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

After giving us the science on his single “Bounce Back”, Big Sean breaks down some of the bars on his Eminem collaboration “No Favors” off his new album I Decided.

Previously: MadeinTYO ft. Big Sean – Skateboard P Remix (Video)

Drake Talks More Life, Kanye & Meek Mill with DJ Semtex

Sunday, February 19th, 2017


During his ongoing UK excursion, Drake sat down with the esteemed DJ Semtex for a wide-ranging interview that touched on a number of topics that he hadn’t previously addressed at length. Over the course of about an hour, the pair spoke on the early days of his career back to the So Far Gone era, his relationship with and subsequent signing by Lil Wayne and working with Dr. Dre on the project we know as Detox. He also spoke on the upcoming More Life playlist project, his high-profile beef with Meek Mill, his working relationship with alleged ghostwriter Quentin Miller, “Pop Style” and becoming a target of Kanye West during one of his more infamous rants.

You can stream the full interview below and head over to Semtex’s site for an extensive transcript.

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In The Lab with Avenue

Friday, February 17th, 2017

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

I first encountered Boston rapper Avenue’s music in mid-2015 on a friend of mine’s blog. It was a video for his song “SPILT MILK,” and there was something about his modern take on classic street rap that struck me. He had his own style and sound with strong traces of golden era grit, but it was also deeply rooted in the millennial mindset of the new school hustler. I was intrigued, so I did what any rap fan should do when they discover a new artist’s music they like—I started following and supporting.

It’s now a year-and-a-half later, and Avenue’s new project Mass Ave and Lenox is on my short list of most anticipated rap releases of 2017. It started with the first single “Party’s Over (Ringing Off),” a captivating banger complete with block-wise bars, hard drums and smart samples. It was apparent with this drop that Ave’s writing and ear had matured during his hiatus. Clearly Avenue, along with his production partners Frank The Butcher and Arcitype aka Cooking To Kill, were preparing to put Boston back on the rap map in a real way.

As we rapidly approach the release of Mass Ave and Lenox, we thought now was an appropriate time to get Avenue on the horn for our latest In The Lab, and get a feel for how him and his team get down in Beantown when it comes to putting a new project together. It turns out it’s a lot of what you’d expect (beats, rhymes, and blunts), but there seems to be an extra layer of thought and craftsmanship going into their collective process, because they know the legacy of their city is on the line. Go In The Lab with Avenue, the new pride of Boston, below.

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Future Talks New Album with Zane Lowe

Thursday, February 16th, 2017


With his new self-titled album out later tonight, Future sat down with Zane Lowe at Walter’s in Atlanta to discuss the project. He spoke on his brief hiatus from regular mixtape and album drops over the past year, working with Drake on WATTBA, why he decided to take a break from social media when he started working on the album, a record on the album called “Super Trapper” and it’s upcoming video, producer DY, the return to his Future Hendrix persona and much more.

Continue below to listen to the interview and if you want to hear the album before it drops around midnight, tune into Freebandz Radio with DJ Esco on Apple Music at 7:00 EST to hear the world premiere. The album is actually already on Spotify, but is only streamable in certain markets outside of the U.S. at the moment.

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Chance The Rapper & Jimmy Butler on Representing Chicago & That Trump Tweet

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017


Chance The Rapper and Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler grace the cover of the new Entertainment issue of ESPN The Magazine, and they sat down with Justin Tinsley of The Undefeated to talk about a number of topics concerning the city of Chicago. The pair speak on their freshly minted relationship which came about after an introduction by Lil Wayne at Chance’s Magnificent Coloring Day festival, being the new faces of Chicago and the responsibility they feel to speak out on social issues.

They also address the threatening tone of Trump’s infamous tweet about sending the Feds into the city to end the ongoing epidemic of gun violence. While Chance remains hopeful that POTUS meant he would be sending federal financial assistance to the city’s neighborhoods, both challenged the adversarial tone of the message and slammed the president for feeding into the narrative of Chicago as equivalent to a war-torn Third World Country.

You can watch some excerpts from the Q&A below and read the full piece here.

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