Since the release of his breakout 2013 mixtape Acid Rap, Chance The Rapper has become something of a low-key star, and he’s also become a conundrum, an artist who doesn’t seem especially interested in pushing his career to new heights. Since Acid Rap, he’s busied himself throwing shards of new songs onto the internet without much sense of cohesion, and right now he’s working on Surf, the debut full-length from his backing band Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment. According to a new GQ profile, though, Chance does have an official debut album in the works, and it’s set to feature two of his fellow conundrums, Frank Ocean and André 3000. Those guys, along with J. Cole, are reportedly expected to appear on the “yet to be named” album. These guys don’t make songs with just anyone, so that’s quite a vote of confidence for Chance. If it ever comes out then, we should get to hear some fascinating jams. (There’s also a new FADER profile on Chance that says practically nothing about this mysterious debut album, but you should probably read that one, too.)
While Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime performance probably won’t contain a Taylor Swift diss track, the Associated Press reports that it will have a surprise appearance from Missy Elliott, who will be there to do her perennial hit “Work It.” Perry teased her participation in a press conference on Thursday, saying that the show would include an “old school” female singer, and added, “When you hear the first ring of the chord, I think jaws will drop and faces will melt.” Sounds very much like “Work It” to me! The two previously collaborated on a remix of “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”
Now that every last tech giant is jumping into the music-streaming-service game and paying artists fractions of pennies on the dollar, maybe it makes sense for already-rich artists to try buying their own damn streaming services. And now Endgadget reports that Project Panther, a company owned by Jay Z’s S. Carter Enterprises, has made a bid on the company behind the Scandinavian streaming service Tidal. The company’s reviewing board is already recommending that shareholders take Jay up on his offer, which is worth about $56 million.
2:54 have covered Paramore’s 2013 single “Now” for Rookie. The British sister duo turn the track into a wispy, gloomy slow-building ballad. “Paramore’s song just sums up dedication for us. It’s about hope and determination. It’s about believing in something and fighting for it, and being in a band is a belief system in itself. It’s an empowering song,” Colette Thurlow explained. “Hayley Williams is such a superb singer. We saw Paramore last year at Reading Festival. Their set was was disrupted by some technical problems, but Hayley Williams was just so pro, she held it down so well.” Listen and compare it with the original below.
We’re all going to have to start taking Big Sean a whole lot more seriously. A few hours after he stole Meek Mill’s “B Boy” away from Meek and A$AP Ferg, Kanye’s Detroit progeny has thrown an absolute monster of a new song onto Soundcloud in the middle of the night. That song is called “Blessings,” and it features Drake and Kanye West rapping on the same track for the first time in what feels like forever. Even better: Everyone absolutely goes in over a Vinylz beat that sounds like an 808 eating itself. And Sean, incredibly enough, might overshadow everything else. Sean’s new album Dark Sky Paradise is out next month, and I’m suddenly very excited for it. At the very least, he seems determined not to let anyone else overshadow him the way Kendrick Lamar did on “Control.” Listen below.
TMZ reports that Suge Knight ran over and killed a man earlier today on a film set in Compton. After a fight broke out between Knight and two of his crew members, Knight got into his car and reversed, running over his friend Terry Carter, who emergency personnel were unable to resuscitate. Knight then apparently sped off. Two other men were also hit, and have been hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries. The former Death Row Records CEO was on the set of a film that features Game, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre. Sources told TMZ that Knight took off because he feared for his safety due to his “frail health.” Last year, he was shot six times at a VMA pre-party.
London’s Hiko Momoji is set to drop his Howl EP next month, and while his first release “Mirage Island” wafts by on instrumentals only, this second song “Late Nights” is a whole different story. Plush and chirpy, Momoji’s production works like a blanket fort for Father and Abra from Atlanta’s Awful Records to flirt and cavort in. The two trade verses about binge-watching Netflix, snacking forever, and blowing off the friends who don’t understand that sometimes the mini-world two people can create together is better than reality. When Father raps, his rhythms are so uncanny and relaxed it always sounds like he’s on the verge of laughing, but when Abra sings “come in my cocoon” his muffled chuckle is enough to signal the adult nature of this sleepover. Grab a beer and a boo and press play on the closest thing to a love song that these Awful Records rappers have been involved with yet.
Last summer, the Floridian synth-pop quartet Hundred Waters put out their most recent record, The Moon Rang Like A Bell, and this month they announced that a remixed version of the album is coming soon. The remix LP contains a stripped-down piano version of “Show Me Love” in which lead singer Nicole Miglis performs without the rest of the band — kind of like the version captured in this video. Directed by Alex Warren, it’s all soft lighting and unconventional camera angles. Watch below.