Kendrick Lamar Talks DAMN with Zane Lowe

Friday, April 21st, 2017

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Kendrick Lamar sat down with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 today for a revealing conversation about his new album, DAMN. K.Dot spoke candidly about the influence of artists like 2Pac, Jay Z and Eminem on his respect for substantive lyrics and putting everything into your bars, his desire to claim king and importance of making music that is timeless and honest to the listeners.

He also spoke on how the political climate influenced the new music and his own relationship with media, and gave some details about his sessions with Rihanna, Mike WiLL Made-It and Kid Capri. They went into the writing process and discussed the themes of several standout records including “DNA,” “Loyalty” and “XXX”, and Kendrick shared some background on the incredible story that anchors “Duckworth.” Finally, he responded to rumors that he would be releasing another new album in the near future by teasing “something” new if not another full-length.

Watch below.

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Future Talks HNDRXX with Zane Lowe

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

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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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Future Talks New Album with Zane Lowe

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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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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Vince Staples – Prima Donna (EP Stream)

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

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On Thursday afternoon Vince Staples swung through Beats 1 Radio to shoot the shit with Zane Lowe and premiere his new project Prima Donna, which arrives tomorrow. One of the songs previewed, “Smile”, is available to stream below and it’s pretty great. I think I see where he’s headed with this one and I’m here for it. The album also includes production from No I.D. and DJ Dahi, guest spots from A$AP Rocky and James Blake and weighs in at 7-tracks including an intro and 6 songs.

UPDATED: The full EP has arrived on Apple Music and Spotify. Stream below.

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DJ Khaled ft. Drake – For Free

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

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Big tings popping today. As promised, DJ Khaled gives Zane Lowe the go ahead to drop “For Free,” his new Drake assisted single from the upcoming Major Key album. This is cabana music right here.

Listen below.

UPDATED: Khaled spoke on the Jay x Future collab and revealed some of the features on Major Key (See below).

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Chance The Rapper Interview with Zane Lowe

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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With his excellent Coloring Book mixtape disseminating nicely through the streets and interwebs, and a slick new Apple Music commercial running on TV, Chance The Rapper sits down with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio. The hour long chat encompasses the new project, his relationship with Kanye West and the work they did on The Life of Pablo, how he turned down a G.O.O.D Music deal, the mythic Good Ass Job album, his distaste for the machinations of modern record labels and the possibility of a project from himself and Jay Electronica.

Listen below.

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Watch Drake’s Interview with Zane Lowe

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Here’s a full video of Drake’s sitdown with Zane Lowe on OVO Sound Radio last week on Views Eve.

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He touches on a number of topics including: The overall theme of Views and how it is influenced by Toronto, why he took Kanye and Jay off the album version of “Pop Style,” how he hasn’t spoken to Nicki Minaj in some time, the Birdman vs Lil Wayne conflict and his love for Kanye West and the possibility of them doing a project together.

Previously: Drake – Views (Album Stream)

J Dilla – The Introduction

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

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During a trip to Zane Lowe’s show on Beats 1 today, Nas announced that Mass Appeal Records will be releasing J Dilla’s long delayed posthumous Rap album The Diary. The project will feature contributions from Snoop Dogg, Pete Rock, Madlib, House Shoes, Nottz and Bilal among others. Zane also premiered a new track from the album called “The Introduction,” which you can preview below.

UPDATED with the full tracklist and production credits below.

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Video: Kanye West vs. Zane Lowe Part 2

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

UPDATED: It’s over, video added above. Kanye spoke about wanting to bring the prices of his adidas collection down, bemoaned the concept of “exclusivity”, openly wept for recently passed fashion scion Louise Wilson, disclosed what he and Elon Musk talk about (The Fut(ure), shitted on the Grammys, praised Drake and much more.

Kanye is sitting down with Zane Lowe at 3:00 p.m. EST for what is sure to be another highly entertaining Q&A. Listen here and check back for an archived stream later.

Previously: Kanye West Premieres “All Day” at the 2015 Brit Awards

Video: Zane Lowe Meets Rick Rubin

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Zane Lowe of the BBC sits down with the icon Rick Rubin for a full hour long conversation.

Previously: Watch Rick Rubin & Kanye’s Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards Acceptance Video | Rick Rubin on Eminem’s Writing Process