Keeping the momentum rolling on his latest mixtape Coloring Book, Chance The Rapper has shared the visuals for his summer anthem “No Problem,” which features 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne. Both featured artists make an appearance in the fun-filled video, with numerous other cameos including Young Thug and DJ Khaled.
Watch Chance and company drink, smoke, and dance their way through the video for “No Problem” below. Rap along to the lyrics as well!
You might think Rabid Young’s arena-ready rock would feel out of place at a low key house party but the Las Vegas collective know exactly how to dial it down while remaining true to their ‘pump-you-up’ sound. That said, “Beautiful Things” quickly becomes much more than background music; its new wave-y production brimming with earwormy hooks that deserve repeat listening. The song also contains a message that has never been more relevant. With the recent bout of ego-inflated Twitter rants and naked selfie controversies, lines such as “beautiful things never ask for attention” and “beautiful things never wait for you to notice them” reassure those of us who are disillusioned with the constant feed of narcissistic indulgence the music world has become accustomed to.
As they gear up for their ever-nearing release of Caracal, Disclosure drops yet another single and accompanying video. The visuals continue the futuristic and dystopian theme of the pervious two releases, and this time our heroine is being brainwashed in a bleak corporate warehouse of sorts. Perhaps this is a nod to the track’s overall message, which speaks to the Lawrence brothers’ growing distress with the EDM industry. Although Disclosure have been known enlist elite talent like Sam Smith, “Jaded” features vocals from the group’s very own Howard.
Watch the impressive music video below, and don’t forget to check out the lyrics as well!
In my desperate attempts to keep my summer alive, I’ve been listening to more and more high energy pop music, making Zara Larsson‘s new release, Lush Life, the perfect song for the moment.
Larsson is a name you’ve seen here before, but this time she’s back with a much more bubblegum pop track than the likes of “Uncover” or “She’s Not Me“. The uptempo, yet simple instrumental provides the perfect field for Larsson to flex her rapidly developing vocal capabilities and style without sounding too forced.
I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this track do major radio damage in the coming months.
Check out Lush Life Here!
RDGLDGRN‘s new single “Runnin Away” couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Right as I started listening to it, a friend of mine who’s currently traveling in Europe sent me a message asking if we can retire in Europe already. Easy answer: yep. So as I’m sitting here daydreaming about my early retirement in Europe, I hear RDGLDGRN singing/rapping about quitting day jobs and running away over an incredibly addictive beat.
Digging this new jam from the group, whose branding has always been intriguing to me. There used to be four members, but they parted ways with Blue. Each remaining member of the band has the name of a color – the guitart is Red, the bassist is Gold and the singer is Green. To my knowledge, they’re only seen in public wearing their official color. They’ve been around for a while, but they’ve been carving a niche for themselves, blending sounds from multiple genres. Runnin Away is the perfect mix of punk, pop and hip-hop to create a unique and memorable song.
They seem to be hitting a stride; they’ve worked closely with Pharrell, Angel Haze and Dave Grohl [Foo Fighters], and they’ve shared the stage with the likes of The Killers, Lauryn Hill, Joey Bada$$ and more. From the looks of the music video, they are quite an act to see live! Excited to see what’s to come from these guys – I know I’m going to have Runnin Away stuck in my head for a few days, which is a good thing for a band trying to make a name for themselves.
Hit the jump for the lyrics and the music video.
Rihanna‘s fierce and traptastic song “Bitch Better Have My Money,” affectionately known as BBHMM, now has an equally powerful music video. In the cinematic cut below, bad gal RiRi kidnaps and stuffs an attractive blonde in a trunk for ransom. Rihanna and her crew effectively torture the poor woman by force feeding her alcohol and drugs while chilling by various bodies of water. Umm not to sound weird but, can I get held for ransom by Ri? It sounds kinda dope to be honest.
Watch the visuals below and let us know what you think. Warning: EXTREMELY not safe for work.
Aussie wonders The Griswolds are coming to San Francisco! I’ve got two tickets to give away to two lucky locals. They’re performing at The Independent on 7/1/2015; it should be a fun, super high energy show!
To enter to win the tickets, EITHER:
1. Leave a comment on this post with your favorite song of the moment.
2. Tweet the following: “I’m entering to win 2 tickets to see @wethegriswolds in SF from @SunsetRearview – http://bit.ly/1CfVeze”
To be eligible: you must leave your comment/send your tweet by end of day (midnight) PST on Thursday 6/25. I will randomly select a winner on Friday 6/26 and will get in touch with that person via Facebook or Twitter – whichever they submitted through.
Check out the new music video for The Griswolds’ song “If You Wanna Stay” below. Or stream their debut LP, “Be Impressive” on Spotify. See their full US tour schedule after the jump.
There are moments in life when you have to drop everything you’re doing and focus on one thing. When Chance The Rapper and his music group The Social Experiment release a new project, I stop what I’m doing and pay attention.
Chance The Rapper is the most common answer I give when people ask me who my favorite artist I’ve discovered through music blogging is. It’s tough to compete with an artist like Sam Smith, who is another frontrunner, and this isn’t an apples to apples comparison because the music they make is so different, but I appreciate Chance for his ability to explore what the meaning of art is. Today’s music video is a fine example: he explores gospel, theater, and big-band jazz influences while maintaining an element of entertainment and catchiness all along (did you see those dance moves?!).
Chance’s portfolio is vast, containing deep, dark songs like “Paranoia,” nostalgic songs like “Wonderful Everyday“, depressing songs like “No Better Blues,” crowd pleasers like a cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You,” and refreshing pick-me-ups like “Everybody’s Something,” and with the latest work from Chance and The Social Experiment, it only looks to be evolving and growing into something more artful and alluring every day.
Meek Mill has been KILLING it since he got out of jail, and the visuals for “B Boy” are only keeping the ball rolling. The first single from Meek’s sophomore effort Dreams Worth More Than Money, the video finds Meek with Big Sean and A$AP Ferg (all three of which murder this track, by the by) living the dream lifestyle. The beat ain’t too shabby, either. Props to Illroots for the sick pic, as well.
I don’t trust artists who don’t look at the camera in their music videos. I was watching a video just yesterday, and the rapper refused to make eye contact, and he was rapping the whole time just like, to himself. I felt like I didn’t exist. Allan Kingdom on the other hand is fearless. He is confident and commands attention. It’s not easy to make a professional-looking video as an independent artist, but when you got a good team around you, it becomes a lot easier. It seems like Ben Hughes, who also directed the “Evergreens” video (below), is the ideal collaborator for Kingdom. And while the “Evergreens” video was impeccably shot, I see the “Souls” video as a step up. They are depicting the Minneapolis landscape, while also throwing in some mean imagery about Allan’s rise in the music industry.
After releasing the audio for his latest single, “Stay With Me,” earlier this week, Sam Smith has just released the official music video for the track that I’m claiming will be one of the best songs of the year. There’s not much to compare with the feeling I got after listening to this song for the first time, but it never hurts to have visuals of a man and his accompanying choir of vocalists to depict the aura of authenticity behind Sam Smith’s quest for human accompaniment and compassion. This here digs deep.
I have to be honest with you guys (but actually, don’t worry, I’m always honest with you guys)…sometimes the Sunset Fam finds really good songs and sends them to each other and we keep them to ourselves rather than sharing them. It’s selfish and probably uncalled for (or maybe you guys deserved it, but nobody has ‘fessed up yet), but it happens. It’s real life.
But I wasn’t about to have that today. This song was sent around the group, and I needed you guys to hear this. The song is called “Jimmy Franco” and it’s by LOLAWOLF, a group led by Lenny Kravitz’s daughter Zoë Kravitz.
WARNING: I wasn’t sold in the first 0:40 seconds of the song. The tribal beats were cool, but the whiny “ahh” noises sounded a bit irritating. But then the vocals hit and they’re powerful. And then at the 1:00 mark, the song kind of changes tracks entirely. It lightens up, the whiney noises are gone, and it’s like you just walked out of the darkest area of rainforest, cleared the overhanging leaves and hairy things hanging from the skies, and found the light of the sun. The sounds kind of come back and haunt me a little bit, but that’s just what happens when you’re in the rainforest. It’s unpredictable. And that can either be seen as an annoyance, or instead, maybe that’s just the allure of the rainforest: it’s going to do its own thing. And you can’t stop it. And you don’t want to stop it.
And now I realize I just told a really weird story, and those last two sentences are all I really needed to say.