The singer also performed with rap duo Rae Sremmurd.
Everyone's favourite pop rebel Miley Cyrus made a welcome surprise appearance at SXSW 2015 during Mike WiLL Made It's much-anticipated headline set at the Fader Fort on Thursday (March 19th 2015) alongside the likes of Riff Raff and Future.
Miley Cyrus brought sass to SXSW
Despite recent rumours regarding her personal life, Miley proved to be on top form in her professional life as she brought the house down during her unexpected performance alongside Mike Will Made It - who was scheduled to be mysteriously headlining with 'Friends'.
It's a testament to how far hip-hop has come in recent decades that one of this year's biggest releases sees big-name veteran Ghostface Killa collaborating with Canadian jazz trio, BadBadNotGood. 'Sour Soul' comes as the third link on Ghostface's chain of live-backed albums but BBNG's first full-length recording project with a rap vocalist. The trio appropriate their sound to the film-noir-style of the previous two Ghostface albums; 'Twelve Reasons to Die' and '36 Seasons'.
Despite rumours prior to its release, Ghostface does not feature on every track - three instrumental tracks are included, which offer pretty interludes to the album's dark narrative. Opener 'Mono' builds playfully, xylophone and a climbing bass line drive the song into a rousing teaser of what's to come. 'Starks Reality' and final track 'Experience' demonstrate masterful use of brass and string arrangements, the latter of which is not only one of the album's brightest moments but comes across as strikingly professional and sincere.
Ghostface's stronger points on 'Sour Soul' are mostly in its latter half; centrepiece 'Tone's Rap' sees Ghostface bellyaching as fictional pimp, (- "b***h- the f**k I got lint on my robe/ I can't pimp in these clothes") to results that are both aggressive and comic. 'Mind's Playing Tricks' is an ode to GK's evil villain alter-ego, boasting bad-assery ("Street clientèle I flip, Buy and sell half the chains/ leaving a mark on my neck, That ain't frail.") And on his last two tracks, 'Food' and 'Nuggets of Wisdom', GFK spits life advice at his audience, ("Superficial, don't get sucked into the scene/ The grass ain't always green, the meat ain't always lean"). These moments help to develop the album's thematic concepts as well as offering GFK wider lyrical territory.
Continue reading: BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul Album Review
Coachella 2015 brings some fantastic artists - new and old - to Indio, California.
It's that time of year again as the full line-up announcement for Coachella 2015 arrives following some spectacular headliners: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will all top the bills at the two-weekend event in April.
Well known for its diverse collection of rock, pop, electronic, hip hop and indie artists from around the world, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is yet again set to arrive at the Empire Polo Club fields in Indio, California. Kicking off with the first event from Friday April 10th - 12th, the festival will repeat the following week from April 17th - 19th.
Wu-Tang Clan will play shows in Manchester and London this summer.
Wu-Tang Clan, one of the most critically acclaimed and successful hip-hop groups of all time, are returning to the UK for live dates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal record Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
The group, originally from Staten-Island, consisted of nine rappers, many of whom forged successful solo careers including RZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon. The two UK dates will see all living members of the group reunite on-stage together to perform tracks from their back catalogue as well as new album A Better Tomorrow. “This may sound unbelievable,” said RZA upon announcing the shows, “but I told the crew in the first basement meeting that from my calculations, and from what I'm feeling, this will last 20 years.”
All Living Members Of The Original Wu-Tang Clan Will Reunite For The UK Dates
Continue reading: Wu-Tang Clan Reunite For 20th Anniversary UK Dates: Ticket Details
With a busy filming schedule still ahead of him RZA may be the new poster boy of alternative Hollywood, but he still hasn't forgotten about his past and according to Ghostface Killah the hip-hop legend is already in the studio working on new material for a potential new Wu-Tang album. Next year marks the 20th anniversary since the hip-hop collective released their seminal breakthrough album, Enter the Wu: 36 Chambers, and if Ghostdeini's word is anything to go by then he has already recorded his RZA-produced parts for an anniversary album.
"While I was doing my Supreme Clientele sh*t, the second one, The Wally Era, I was doing joints for the next Wu album," he revealed whilst speaking to MTV's Rap Fix.
Continue reading: RZA Already Working On New Wu Material
Kanye West has finally broken his silence over his new mixtape, Cruel Summer. The notoriously media-shy West has, until now, left it up to some of the other stars on the compilation to spread the world about this week’ album release. Now, though, Kanye himself is appearing in a black and white interview clip, hosted on YouTube. Cruel Summer features not only Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music crew, but also the likes of Jay-Z, R. Kelly, 2 Chainz, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. “This isn't the beginning of the conversation; this isn't the end of the conversation, explains West. It's our offering as a collective of a sonic snapshot of what's happening right now 2012, this Cruel Summer.”
Explaining how the album came together, he explained “we started out getting everyone in the lab together… one track might have thirty people’s opinions on it. It’s not just about a tracklist and a name. It’s about the communal style of work.” He also explained that the artwork to Cruel Summer played a vital part in shaping its sound, He would have the artwork in front of him whilst he recorded the tracks and would ask himself “does this album sound like the artwork looks?”
A few snippets of Cruel Summer had already been leaked before it was even released. And much had been made of some of Kanye’s lyrics, especially those that are about his new girlfriend Kim Kardashian. One choice rhyme from Kanye references Kim’s notorious sex tape: “Eat breakfast at Gucci. My girl a superstar all from a home movie.” Stay classy, yeah Kanye?
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