Every since he tweeted “June Eighteen” there has been an excessive thirst for news on Kanye West‘s highly-anticipated sixth studio LP. Well, Rolling Stone has managed to snatch up some clues about the album, and I am going to try to connect some of the dots. Here is what we know:
- He has been in Paris, France since the beginning of the year, staying in the illustrious Hotel Meurice (also known as “The Hotel of Kings,” so you know it’s real).
- Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg said that Kanye played the album for Def Jam and apparently it’s “dark but really good.”
- Kanye went to Brazil instead of The Grammys back in February. He was photographed in the studio with… Will Smith.
- He is playing SNL’s season closer on May 18th. This is three days before Daft Punk‘s album drops, and he has at least two songs with Daft Punk. Thomas Bangalter, half of the influential French duo, said that ‘Ye was “kind of screaming primally” during one of their recent sessions.
- Kanye tweeted “June Eighteen,” which I think is a single release date and not the album release date. Even though I would think he would release a single right after playing SNL in May, I do not think he would undercut label mate Pusha T‘s album My Name Is My Name (which is due out July 16th), with his own album. Oh also, June 18th could totally be Kim Kardashian’s due date.
- West has brought in Skrillex, Chief Keef, and members of Odd Future. The Odd Future feature is especially not surprising as he is a huge Tyler, The Creator fan. For a while Tyler’s legendary “IFHY” music video was the only item featured on Yeezy’s website.
- According to Pigeons & Planes, there may be a Kanye/Gunplay collaboration in the works as well.
UPDATE #1: Kanye took the Met Gala stage by storm last night performing some new material. One song, presumably called “I Am A God,” began with him yelling that. Another featured him telling Kim K that she is so awesome (watch here). Lastly, Hudson Mohawke, half of TNGHT and recent G.O.O.D. Music signee, played a new Yeezy song at one of his sets.
Also, it has been reported that Kanye bought the Hudson beat below. Hopefully, the final product sees the light of day because the instrumental is FIRE.
UPDATE #2: Hud Mo played another new ‘Ye song, this one probably called “New Slaves,” at a recent set.
Kanye said: “You see there’s leaders and there’s followers, but I’d rather be a dick than a swallower.”
Update #3: Kanye stopped by Roseland Ballroom in NYC and performed ANOTHER new track as well as the song we think is called “Awesome.” SNL this weekend is going to be insane.
Update #4: ‘Ye took to 66 buildings around the globe to project his new song “New Slaves.”
NEW SONG AND VISUAL FROM MY NEW ALBUM BEING PROJECTED TONIGHT ACROSS THE GLOBE ON 66 BUILDINGS, LOCATIONS @ KANYEWEST.COM
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 18, 2013
Update #5: Ugh. I’ll just embed a #tweet about this “Kanye” character. We can probably expect the “New Slaves” CDQ, featuring Frank Ocean tonight after SNL. Kanye’s album (title still not confirmed) Yeezus will be everywhere on June 18th.
New Kanye album may be called Yeezus, and will be out June 18th (Amazon). “New Slaves” CDQ features Frank Ocean. twitter.com/THEArjunGrover…
— Arjun (@THEArjunGrover) May 18, 2013
Tyler, The Creator is talented. He writes, directs, and produces almost all of his material and seems to be constantly improving and growing as an artist. He also designs all of the Odd Future apparel, which is impressive in its own right (I think he brags about selling socks on the album, rightfully so, but still a rap first)*. His newest album Wolf, which will be out this Tuesday, leaked about a week early, and after a couple of spins, I have to say it’s not great, but maybe that’s because Tyler’s matured as a writer–depending less on shock lyrics and more on storytelling and introspection–and as a producer–embodying the likes of his heroes, The Neptunes and even Toro y Moi. It’s an experiment of growth that might not see its potential until the next album. Still, it’s a necessary next step for an artist at the beginning of his career. “IFHY” is a highlight of the album and even features Pharrell (of The Neptunes). The video treatment is vintage Tyler (under the moniker Wolf Haley) in that it’s an endlessly creative mindfuck.
*He also designs his own album covers and has a TV show, but I got tired of listing stuff.
Earl Sweatshirt is back at it with a video directed by Wolf Haley, Tyler, the Creator’s alter ego. The song starts hilariously with Tyler saying that people think the Earl wouldn’t go back to his “vintage” sound now that he released Chum and got “all personal.” The thing that amazes me about Earl’s lyricism on tracks like this is how seemingly random the words maybe be, yet how deeply metaphorical they can be at the same time.
This video has all the makings of the Odd Future of old–ridiculous, unexplainable things (why is that old women in a tutu), disgusting, sickening actions, and an overall “I’m confused but that was dope” vibe. That, combined with Earl spitting the way he was after he released EARL back in the day, should please both new OF fans and those who have been there for years. I’m looking at you, Jamarcus.
The Misadventures of a Shit-Talker
Summer Camp has released another track from their new EP, Always. The beat in this song is heavy. The song gives me this juxtaposed feeling inside, delivering clarity through the lyrics, but then there’s this hazy backdrop beneath it all that makes it feel a little sneaky, if that makes any sense. The best part of it all comes around the 2:00 mark when Hal Williams, one half of Odd Future’s producers, The Jet Age of Tomorrow, drops his verse. I’ll admit, this song is a little weird…but I think that’s what I like about it so much.
The city could’ve been ours, the city was waiting for us, and I’ve give back a thousand arms, if you could be here too
Over the past year and a half, I’ve gotten increasingly into jazz music. My dad’s favorite album is Miles Davis’ magnum opus Kind of Blue, so I was introduced to the genre at a young age and I’ve always enjoyed listening to it when my family played it at parties and when I saw it performed live. However, I never really bothered to start my own collection of jazz music. That all changed when a friend of mine got a record player and we started to listen to old jazz records on an almost constant basis. Ever since then, I’ve gotten pretty serious into the classics, but hadn’t really found any up and coming jazz musicians that I really was excited about.
That all changed when I first heard BBNG. I’ll admit, I didn’t listen to them until they first started doing their Odd Future covers, but ever since then I’ve been really excited about each new release they’ve put out.
It’s really cool to me to see such a contemporary jazz group–a group that covers an incredibly diverse range of genres, spanning from Earl Sweatshirt’s “Earl” to Kanye West’s Flashing Lights to James Blake’s CMYK–get such independent groundswell. It’s been really cool seeing their progressing recognition–of course, the Odd Future members rep BBNG all day long, but artists such as Questlove have also taken notice of BBNG’s young talent. It’s interesting to see the clash of their style with the style of Odd Future–both acts have vicious, spitfire delivery, offering their art with no regrets and no reservations.
To put it in more direct terms, they give zero fucks; they’re here to make what they want to make, to play what they want to play, and they do it damn well.
Check out some of my favorite tracks streaming below, and head over to BBNG.com to download the entire album, free of charge. Best $0 you’ll ever spend in your life, I promise you.
No one above the age of 21 was involved in the making of thisalbum, it was created by a bunch of kids. This album wasrecorded in one 10 hour session with no song having morethan two takes, it was mixed and mastered completely byourselves. Thanks to our friends, family, loved ones and anyonewho fucks with us.
Tonight, after an interview with Tyler and Peter Rosenberg on Hot 97, Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt performed with the rap collective for the first time since returning from Samoa. He performed Orange Juice with Tyler as well as his song Kill off of EARL.
Lost an erection and found it in a Catholic nun. – Mr. Sweatshirt
It’s nice to have you back, Earl.
Frank Ocean is one of those rare artists that can make as much meaning out of a short, 2-minute song as he can out of a longer cut like his Hotel California-remake “American Wedding.” This track features a clean, simple piano backdrop that lets Ocean’s smooth voice take center stage. This is the only Frank Ocean solo track on the upcoming OF Tape Vol 2, which will be released March 20th.
And if you haven’t already, check out the weird-great music videos for “Rella” and “NY (Ned Flander).”
So it’s safe to say Tyler and the guys from Odd Future are pretty damn stoked about this video–Tyler’s been mentioning for days that it’s amazing, and leading into it today he said that it’s the best work he’s ever done. So, when Kanye West tweets your “Yonkers” video saying it’s the best video of 2011 and you go and say “Fuck that video, this is the best shit I’ve ever done” ya know, sets some pretty damn high expectations.
So yeah, big expectations. And then to say that your video ought to get you to the level of Spike Jonze? Hmm. This must be good right? (PS, too many tweet screenshots…doing it anyway. Fuck it.)
So this one’s going to be big. Still haven’t actually watched it yet…we’ll get to that later in the post. But anyways, to preface the video for those of you unaware, this is the first music we will hear from Odd Future’s upcoming OF Tape Vol. 2, a collaborative effort from the rap collective. We’ve seen pictures of Tyler with Pharrell, Kanye, etc. so it should be pretty crazy to see what they release as the first single. Also, the possibility of hearing new, polished music from Earl Sweatshirt (not that shitty “Home” he released the other day…sorry Thebe, that just doesn’t cut it for me) is really exciting to me. Oooohhhh the possiblities.
I’m going to watch the video now! Yippee.
Oh, wow. This is absurd and extraordinary, in a way only Odd Future can ever be. Absurd as in Tyler is a centaur and extraordinary as in “goddamn that production is unbelievable and Hodgy, Domo and Tyler, the Centaur just killed that.”
In terms of this being the first single, I couldn’t be more excited to hear what I’m hearing and see what I’m seeing. Odd Future has progressed, certainly, but they have not changed what makes them them. They are still Odd, and their music is still the future of hip hop.
Ludicrous video–shouts to Luis Perez on the camera and Tara Razavi with the production, and of course the glorious Wolf Haley with the direction.
Question–how do they cast people for roles like this? Like “your daughters got the role! They’re going to play Hanky Panky and then Hodgy is going to ejaculate a lazer on her and turn her into a cat! It will be great and really advance their careers, I promise!”
I’m not sure this touches Yonkers, but I love this. Can’t wait for the album to drop.
Money in my pockets like I’m 45, Hodgy Beats recording live
Ah, the magic that can happen when two stoners combine forces. It’s not exactly a surprise that Wiz and Domo “Mr. Smoke a Lot of Pot” Genesis love their marijuana, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that these two finally came together to make some music.
There was potential for a slight beef when Wiz released his album “Rolling Papers” after Domo had already released his “Rolling Papers” mixtape, but the two have apparently put it in their past.
It’s really cool seeing Wolf Gang members starting to work with bigger names, and this is definitely a trend that will continue…I, for one, am completely anticipating some work between Tyler and Kanye. Call it a longshot–I call it inevitable. Kanye loves pushing buttons and pushing boundaries, and Tyler is clearly well rehearsed in those two departments.
Can you imagine the kind of shit they’d put out together? Sound off in the comments if you foresee any other upcoming collaborations with OF members, and let me know how you feel about Domo working with Wiz.
Can’t be a king if you’ve got a castle made of sand/ I take it bit by bit, I’m gonna make it stand/ These niggas never had a chance/ Snowball effect, keep it rollin’ make it avalanche
Cardo on the beat.
Taylor Gang. Wolf Gang. Baw baw baw.
Earl Sweatshirt is reportedly, finally, coming home. The young and allegedly troubled MC is coming back to Los Angeles, or so says Alternative Intervention Models. AIM is a group that specializes in aiding troubled young adults through the medium of art. Recently, AIM sent over representatives to work with the young rhymesayer, and apparently it went very well as they have announced that he is returning back home.
AIM had the following to say about the situation:
“Yes indeed, the allegedly lost and arguably most gifted young lyrical prodigy (known for over 10 million YouTube views before age 18), is on his way back home to Los Angeles where he will finish high school before launching the next phase of his widely anticipated rap career — under the wizened guidance of Leila Steinberg, artistic mentor who famously first guided music and screen icon, Tupac Shakur.”
I’m interested to see how this hiatus effects Earl–can we expect the same guy to come back, the artist who gave us videos such as the one below, or do you expect to have Earl return a changed soul? How do you think Steinberg’s presence will effect him? Sound off in the comments.
Shouts to Con over at P&P for the update.
So I apologize for not posting this week–my laptop has, literally, been sitting in a State Trooper’s barracks in New Hampshire since Saturday night…I won’t get into details, let’s just say it was a long, long, looooong weekend.
Anyway, couldn’t think of a more exciting post to return to. I’ve posted BADBADNOTGOOD on the site a few different times (covering Pe$o by A$AP Rocky and some more Odd Future), and every time I come across new material from them I get pumped. I’ve been pretty big into jazz for most of my life, although I unfortunately have yet to really show that side of myself on the site, but BADBADNOTGOOD is definitely one of my favorite contemporary jazz bands. Combine that shit with Tyler, and you have a force as unstoppable as the finger’s of BBNG’s pianist.
As Tyler says before he starts rapping, “This shit is so good.” Agreed, Creator, agreed.
It’s just a shame Gucci Mane and Earl weren’t there to throw down their own verses. Free Earl. Free Gucci.
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Two days ago, Hodgy Beats and Left Brain of Odd Future, known together as MellowHype, released the visuals to 64. 64 is off of BlackenedWhite, which received an official re-release the day this video dropped.
I’ve been following Odd Future for a while now, so I got BlackenedWhite when it first came out. It’s an awesome
mixtape album collection of songs and really distinguishes MellowHype as one of the best offsprings of OF.
Left Brain produced the entirety of BlackenedWhite, most of which has dark, raw production.
I guess this is the kind of video one would expect from Odd Future: crazy eyed, snakes crawling, rolling joints with pages from the Bible…when it comes to OF, expect the unexpected.
Anyways, the concept for this video was created by Hodgy and the video itself was directed by Matt Alonzo.
SUPER dope visuals.
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