Friday, March 5, 2021

Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak's Silk Sonic Blends Funk, R&B, & Nostalgia On "Leave The Door Open"

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In the “collaborations you didn’t know you needed, yet, here we are” news, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have partnered with Parliament-Funkadelic legend Bootsie Collins to deliver a modern, funk-heavy project under their new band name, Silk Sonic. The pair of artists recently shared the news in a surprise social media announcement, and while fans were under the impression they would be receiving a full project on Friday (March 5), Silk Sonic delivered a single: "Leave the Door Open."

Mars and .Paak are known for their innovative, and often eccentric music efforts as they borrow from various genres including the smooth stylings of 1960s and 1970s productions. Silk Sonic’s debut is dripping with nostalgia, but not in a way that may seem trite. They’ve managed to reinvent the way a new generation of music lovers may metabolize Soul, Funk, and banging basslines. Stream Silk Sonic and let us know what you think.

Quotable Lyrics

My house clean (House clean), my pool warm (Pool warm)
Just shaved, smooth like a newborn
We should be dancin', romancin'
In the east wing and the west wing
Of this mansion, what's happenin'?


Tory Lanez Croons His Way Through R&B Capsule "Playboy"

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It’s about that time for another Tory Lanez Capsule. It was about a week ago when the multihyphenate performer teased us with the cover art of his latest release, an “R&B Capsule” titled Playboy. Some fans saw this coming after Lanez called on Chris Brown to round out their recently released “F.E.E.L.S.” single, but now we’re able to get a firsthand look at what Lanez has been working on.

There were rumors that the rapper-singer-producer switched things up on Playboy and the project is said to feature all-new productions. Unlike his acclaimed Chixtape series, fans reportedly won’t hear any samples this time around as beats were built from the ground up. Lanez is fervently moving forward as his shooting case looms and it doesn’t look as if he’s allowing for anything to slow him down.

"This R&B Capsule 'PlayBoy' .... Was made off of pure pain , heartbreak , and hard liquor .... Tread lightly listening," Lanez tweeted. C. Breezy is the only lone feature on the record, so stream Playboy and share your thoughts in the comments.

Tracklist

1. And This is Just The Intro
2. Extravagant Bullsh*t/Nunchucks
3. H.E.R.//Are You Dumb
4. Distance
5. ...The Make Up
6. Lady of Neptune
7. Feels (ft. Chris Brown)
8. Deceiving Eve
9. Y.D.L.R.
10. The Serve (It) Anthem
11. Shooby Doowoop//One Last Heartbreak
12. Don't Walk Away


G Herbo Is Ready For Battle On "Really Like That"

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It’s been some time since we’ve received a new release from G Herbo, aside from his features, and on Friday (March 5), the world was blessed with two new tracks. The Chicago rapper has been busy balancing his personal and professional life as he faces legal troubles and a growing family. We’ve previously reported on the charges against Herbo in connection to an alleged fraud case, and while his attorneys attempt to keep him out of jail, Herbo has been preparing to welcome his child with fiancĂ©e Taina Williams.

The rapper enthusiastically posted about his two singles on Instagram—"Break Yoself" and "Really Like That"—by writing, “I AINT DROP SH*T SINCE I DROPPED MY ALBUM. FEELS LIKE A GOOD TIME TO GET BACK TO IT.” We’re highlighting "Really Like That" first, and it’s clear that Herbo is ready for a productive and game-changing 2021. Stream "Really Like That" and let us know what you think about G Herbo’s latest.

Quotable Lyrics

That’s why I walk like this, talk like that
Iced out all my n*ggas, b*tch, ’cause I’m a boss like that (Swerve)
Puttin’ miles on my foreign, f*ck up my exhaust like that (Just like that)
Overkill ’em why you had to nail him to the cross like that (Dang)


Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats Return With Remix Album "Unlocked 1.5"

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They’ve put a new spin on their critically-acclaimed project and it’s an upgrade that fans have already been enjoying. In February 2020, Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats shared their collaborative project Unlocked, and immediately, the visual concept partnered with an immaculate production was praised near and far. The collaboration between the Florida emcee and accomplished producer is a pairing the Hip Hop needs, and they’ve returned for a remix album where you’ll find the original tracklist has been chopped and screwed.

Deluxe albums are all the rage and often, we find artists adding a few new unreleased tracks to the updated album, but we don't regularly find artists fully and completely remixing their entire records. Both Unlocked and Unlocked 1.5 are deserving of praise, and features on this new version include production credits from Charlie Heat, Jay Versace, GODMODE 950, The Alchemist, and Georgia Anne Muldrow. You'll also find additional vocals from Kenny Mason, Joey Bada$$, Arlo Parks, and Benny The Butcher.

Stream Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats’s Unlocked 1.5 and let us know what you think.

Tracklist

1. So.Incredible.pkg [Robert Glasper Version ft. Smino]
2. Track07 [Georgia Anne Muldrow Version ft. Arlo Parks]
3. 'Cosmic'.4a [The Alchemist Version ft. Joey Bada$$]
4. Take_it_Back_v2 - Charlie Heat Version
5. Pyro [Sango Leak ft. Kenny Mason]
6. Lay_Up.m4a - Jay Versace Version
7. DIET_1.5 [ft. Benny The Butcher]
8. Take_it_Back_v2 - GODMODE 950 Version


Thursday, March 4, 2021

Lil Durk & Only The Family Release "Loyal Bros" Ft. King Von, Lil Uzi Vert, Tee Grizzley, & More

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Artists from Chicago have been carving out space in the Atlanta-heavy Rap arena and Lil Durk is hoping to be the next moving-and-shaking mogul. Despite the personal and legal setbacks that he’s been facing, Durk manages to keep pushing forward with not only his career but with the futures of his Only The Family team. On Friday (March 5), Durkio and OTF returned with their compilationOnly The Family & Lil Durk PresentsLoyal Bros, and this time they’re not only boasting about the street life, but their camaraderie, as well.

It’s important for OTF to show their dedication to one another, especially as they continue to grieve the loss of King Von while simultaneously celebrating his life. On Loyal Bros, you’ll find looks from Durk, Von, Booka600, Memo600, Lil Uzi Vert, Chief Wuk, Tee Grizzley, Doodie Lo, Big30, Timo, C3, THF Zoo, Slimelife Shawty, Jusblow600, Boss Top, Lil Mexico, Foogiano, Ikey, Hypno Carlito, Boonie Mo, and Boona.

Stream Loyal Bros and let us know what you think.

Tracklist

1. Jump (ft. Lil Durk, King Von, Booka600, & Memo600)
2. Sip Again (ft. Lil Durk, Doodie Lo, & THF Zoo)
3. Let It Blow (ft. Memo600 & Lil Uzi Vert)
4. Hellcats & Trackhawks (ft. Lil Durk)
5. Turkey Season (ft. Lil Durk & Chief Wuk)
6. Chess (ft. Tee Grizzley)
7. Took Down (ft. Doodie Lo & Big30)
8. Out The Roof (ft. Lil Durk, King Von, Booka600)
9. Me & Doodie Lo (ft. King Von & Doodie Lo)
10. Game Face (ft. Booka600 & Tee Grizzley)
11. I Ain’t Lying (ft. Chief Wuk & EST Gee)
12. Pull Up (ft. Doodie Lo, Timo, & C3)
13. Do It For Von (ft. THF Zoo, Memo600, & Booka600)
14. Dying 2 Hit ‘Em (ft. Lil Durk & Slimelife Shawty)
15. Toxic (ft. Jusblow600)
16. Glaciers (ft. Booka600 & Boss Top)
17. Kennedy (ft. Lil Mexico)
18. Streets Raised Me (ft. Doodie Lo & Booka600)
19. Rules (ft. Timo)
20. Pistol Totin' (ft. Memo600 & Foogiano)
21. Young Rich N*ggas (ft. Ikey & Hypno Carlito)
22. Get Backers (ft. THF Zoo, Boonie Moe, & Boona)
23. Apart (ft. Booka600)


Drake Delivers "Scary Hours 2" 3-Pack Ahead Of "Certified Lover Boy"

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If the rumors are to be believed, Certified Lover Boy is on the way. Akademiks has given us a few updates about Drake’s highly-anticipated, forthcoming album with the news that Drizzy has revealed CLB will hit streaming services sometime in April. There was gossip about Drake taking over "all Summer '21," but if Akademiks is to be believed, the OVO mogul is about to run the Spring.

To whet his fans’ whistles, Drake returns with a surprise three-pack: Scary Hours 2. It’s said to be an extension of his 2018 EP of the same name and we’re pretty certain that at least one of these songs will creep its way onto the CLB tracklist. We've previously received EPs and drop-offs from Drake including his Care Package and Dark Lane Demo Tapes, and we'll enjoy this one as we twiddle our thumbs in anticipation of CLB. Stream Scary Hours 2 and let us know what you think of Lil Baby and Rick Ross's appearance on the record.

Tracklist

1. What's Next
2. Wants and Needs ft. Lil Baby
3. Lemon Pepper Freestyle ft. Rick Ross


Kodak Black Mushes Piece Of Cake In Son's Face & People Are Upset

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It was all about family fun for Kodak Black who was recently enjoying time with his kids. The rapper has been making the most of his first months out of prison, even reportedly becoming engaged to rapper Mellow Rackz and possibly even expecting a child. We've watched as Kodak has partied for the Super Bowl and collaborated with Lil Yachty, but the rapper showed just how much of a family man he is in a recent video clip that has gone viral. In it, Kodak is at a party for his son, but it's the cake-cutting moment that has given some viewers pause.

Kodak Black, Kids, Cake, Twitter
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The video shows Kodak surrounded by kids as he cuts what looks to be a birthday cake. Things start off quite normal until the rapper decides to sneak attack the little boy by mushing a slice of cake in his face. Kodak laughs hysterically as the boy cries, and soon others are finding their faces full of cake, as well. Many people are laughing and having a good time as the kids patiently wait for their true piece of cake.

The jovial moment was shared online as a funny bit from the event, but some people have taken issue with the playful exchange because they believe the rapper used too much force. Check out the video and a few reactions below. Are people overreacting?