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Music has the ability to communicate a wide emotional spectrum, and this week’s 5 Best Songs do just that. Whether it be Porter Robinson giving us some anthemic waves of synth, or Cam’ron going in on a vintage Dipset banger, the emotions translated this week tend to be chill-inducing. Fucked Up growls about drinking sangria… More »

Hey, whoever’s in charge of music video releases! Can you space things out a little better, please? Last week, I scrambled to come up with five watchable videos. This week, I have to leave out a few videos that I legitimately loved, only because the selection was too rich. That’s why you won’t find Mogwai’… More »

MDMA aka ecstasy aka Molly has a long, storied musical history and wizened drug rappers Danny Brown and Juicy J have been spearheading a new Molly movement since the dawn of the decade. But ever since spring 2012 — around the time Madonna named her album MDNA and Kanye rapped “Somethin’ ’bout Mary, she gone… More »

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A-Trak, AraabMuzik, & Ape Drums – “Action”

The veteran turntable king A-Trak is about to head out on a quick tour with Providence MPC monster AraabMuzik and young dancehall-influenced Houston producer Ape Drums. And to hype up the jaunt the three of them have now collaborated on a new track. “Action” is a tense, zero-subtlety banger built around a sample of Yung… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 2, 2015 - 8:51 am

A-Trak Shares Stories Behind Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” “Stronger,” & “RoboCop”

Genius has been on point with their verified annotations recently, with Rick Rubin, Grizzly Bear, and Michael Chabon all contributing some notes on tracks they worked on or had a special interest in. Their next get is Fool’s Gold founder A-Trak, who added his two cents on a number of tracks, including some of the… More »

By: James Rettig / March 10, 2015 - 11:04 am

Low Pros – “Who Wanna Play” (Feat. Que) Video

Fools Gold’s godhead A-Trak and Virginia rap producer Lex Luger make their return as the production supergroup Low Pros on “Who Wanna Play.” The track features rapper Que (“OG Bobby Johnson” still goes), and additional production from Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital and Brillz, continuing their tradition of enlisting rising Atlanta talents. Basically it’s an ominou… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 18, 2015 - 11:44 am

Solange Enlists Beyoncé, Dave Longstreth, Ariel Rechtshaid, A-Trak To Reflect On D’Angelo’s Voodoo

January 25 marked the 15th anniversary of D’Angelo’s seminal Voodoo. Its follow-up, Black Messiah, dropped out of nowhere back in December and it’s a total masterpiece. If anything, it underscores Voodoo’s well-established greatness. Solange’s label, Saint Records, published an homage to Voodoo on the site Saint Heron, asking for musicians to contribute a few word… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 4, 2015 - 1:31 pm

A-Trak – “Push” (Feat. Andrew Wyatt) Video (NSFW)

A-Trak’s new video for “Push,” a house track with a vocal from Miike Snow singer Andrew Wyatt, is a beautifully absurd piece of work. It depicts a party in which various different rich and stylish people, in varying states of undress, enjoy each other’s company at the sort of fancy dinner party that features gu… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 14, 2015 - 10:37 am

A-Trak Explains Why 2014 Was A Great Year For Rap

The consensus seems to be that this wasn’t a great year for rap, but A-Trak disagrees. In a new article written for Medium, the Fool’s Gold founder explains that it was “a year that actually made us reexamine what rap is.” He writes that this year was marked by the rise of “Soundcloud rap” and… More »

By: James Rettig / January 3, 2015 - 10:12 am

Stream Wale & A-Trak’s Festivus Feat. Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, Chance The Rapper & More

Wale continues his career-long Seinfeld fixation with his new A-Trak collaboration Festivus, released today in observance of the no-longer-fictional holiday. Festivus also represents a continuation of Wale’s mended relationship with Complex after last year’s infamous phone rant, as they’re the ones who premiered the tape after putting him on the cover with Jerry Seinfeld thi… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2014 - 4:29 pm

A-Trak – “Push” (Feat. Andrew Wyatt)

Between his work behind the scenes at Fool’s Gold, his world-conquering DJ sets with Duck Sauce and as a solo act, his recent hip-hop crushers with Lex Luger as Low Pros, and his stints as a live DJ for rappers including Kanye West, A-Trak has accrued one of the most impressive careers of any DJ/producer… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 29, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Low Pros – “100 Bottles” (Feat. Travi$ Scott) Video (NSFW-ish)

Earlier this year, A-Trak and Virginia rap producer Lex Luger teamed up to form Low Pros, a duo whose music fuses both definitions of the term “trap music.” On “100 Bottles,” they teamed up with Travi$ Scott, a young Houston rapper and producer who’s all unstable energy and thus perfect for a sound like theirs. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 22, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Inside Win Butler’s POP Vs. Jock III Celebrity Basketball Game And Afterparty

Who says indie rockers can’t dominate on the basketball court? At yesterday’s POP vs. Jock basketball game, played for the third year in a row at the POP Montreal festival, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and a group of musicians including his bandmate and brother Will, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and Nikolai Fraiture of The Stroke… More »

By: Greg Bouchard / September 21, 2014 - 8:30 am

Watch Members Of Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Bon Iver Cover Phil Collins At Pop Vs. Jock

The annual Pop Vs. Jock celebrity basketball game went down today in Montreal as part of Pop Montreal festivities, and as promised, it featured some all-star halftime festivities involving covers of Phil Collins and the White Stripes. Correspondent Greg Bouchard (who also attended Steve Albini’s cooking class the other day) passed on some footage. Bouchard… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 20, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Watch A-Trak, DJ Mustard & Destructo Debate DJ Politics With Pretty Little Liars Guys For Funny Or Die

It’s a good thing you can now get paid insane amounts of money for playing dance music at festivals, since A-Trak and DJ Mustard and Destructo were never going to get rich as actors. The three production stars proved as much in a new Funny Or Die video, in which they debate various DJ issue… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 11, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Odd Future’s Flan Emoji Doesn’t Like The Taylor Swift Video Either

Yesterday we heard about Earl Sweatshirt’s distaste for Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” video. Earl wasn’t the only one displeased with Swift’s treatment of black stereotypes; among those mocking “Shake It Off” was Fool’s Gold founder and Duck Sauce member A-Trak. Check the screengrab:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 20, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Watch The Roots Perform “Never” With A-Trak On The Tonight Show

It’s not surprising, of course, that the Roots were on The Tonight Show last night. They’re on The Tonight Show every night. But yesterday, the group released their expansive, experimental new album …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. And they marked the occasion by doing double duty, as the show’s house band and as the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2014 - 11:03 am

Cam’ron & A-Trak – “Dipshits” (Feat. Juelz Santana) Video

If you were a certain type of rap fan in the early-to-mid-’00s, get ready to feel a wave of nostalgia blow you completely over. Cam’ron has lately been working on Federal Reserve, a new collaborative EP with A-Trak, and first single “Humphrey” captured some of that old Dipset magic. The new video for “Dipshits” ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Download Low Pros EP1

Earlier this year, A-Trak teamed up with the Virginia rap producer Lex Luger to form Low Pros, a new production duo that splits the difference between trap-rap and trap-rave. They’ve already released a few different songs with rappers: “Jack Tripper” with Young Thug and PeeWee Longway, “100 Bottles” with Travi$ Scott, “Muscle” with Juvenile. And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Stream Duck Sauce Quack

A few years ago, A-Trak got together with the pioneering house/garage producer Armand Van Helden to form the playful dance duo Duck Sauce, and they quickly scored a vast international hit with “Barbra Streisand.” Now, nearly four years after that song landed, they’re finally ready to release Quack, their giddy and engaging debut album, which… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 9, 2014 - 11:43 am

Low Pros – “Muscle” (Feat. Juvenile)

If A-Trak seems, at first, to be the driving force behind Low Pros, his new duo with trap-rap producer Lex Luger, he sure looked like something else last week. Low Pros headlined the Fool’s Gold SXSW party, and A-Trak barely seemed to be there. Instead, he ceded center stage to Luger and Luger’s crew of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2014 - 3:36 pm
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