Mac Miller Streams "Watching Movies"

Pennsylvania native Mac Miller has released another new song off his upcoming Sophomore album, Watching Movies With The Sound Off.

“Watching Movies” is a relatively straightforward song backed by a simplistic-and-fun beat that allows for Miller to flex his lyrical muscles with multiple flows on a variety of topics. If he didn’t sound so focus, even when uttering lines that border on silly, I’d say Miller was rhyming off the top of his dome. It may not be a hit radio song, but it does showcase the skills that helped Miller develop the dedicated following he has today and furthers our excitement for his new album. You can stream the song at the end of this post.

Watching Movies With The Sound Off hits stores in June. (more…)

Mac Miller Debuts "S.D.S."

Pennsylvania native Mac Miller has released a stream of his new single, “S.D.S.”

Mac Miller has already proven that has the ability to write a platinum-selling songs and tour to sell out crowds. He has already taken over the world and made more money than any sane-minded person could spend in a decade. So, what is left for him to accomplish? On “S.D.S.,” which stands for “Somebody Do Something,” Miller seems to say that his new focus is making music that is far denser that any previous works. The pop radio elements of many of his debut album cuts has all but vanished and instead been replaced with a stunning beat from Flying Lotus and lines about life after making it. Everything that is lost in terms of catchiness is made up for in honesty and engaging lyrical content, but whether or not younger fans will feel the same way remains to be seen.

Miller is set to release Watching Movies With The Sound Off later this year. “S.D.S” will appear on the album, but we have no idea when said record will be available for sale. Stay tuned for updates. (more…)

Mac Miller Releases New Mixtape

Mac Miller has returned to the headlines once again with new music produced by his alter ego, Larry Fisherman.

Marking his first release focused mainly on instrumentals, Mac took to the internet early this morning to release a brand new mixtape entitled Run On Sentences Vol 1. The release features eight original compositions from the “Donald Trump” artist, as well as a handful of new verses. You can find the artwork and official download link after the jump. (more…)

Mac Miller Premieres "One Last Thing (Blue Slide Park Anniversary Edition)"

Pennsylvania-born artist Mac Miller just celebrated the one-year anniversary of his debut album, Blue Slide Park. To mark the occasion, Miller has released a brand new song and video entitled, “One Last Thing (Blue Slide Park Anniversary Edition).” Both the song and its visuals reflect the last year of Mac’s life and where he sees himself headed in the years to come. You can view the video below:

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Frank Ocean's Bisexual Reveal And Reactions From The Hip-Hop World

OFWGKTA R&B singer Frank Ocean has made headlines after opening up about his sexuality and revealing his attraction to both men and women. Rumors regarding the crooner’s sexuality began to fly after a media listening party for his yet to be released debut LP, Channel Orange. Blogger This Is Max was the first to note intriguging word choices in the R&B crooners lyrics, reporting that, “On the songs ˜Bad Religion’ ˜Pink Matter and ˜Forrest Gump’ you can hear him sing about being in love and there are quite obvious words used like ˜him’ and not ˜her’.” After two days of media spectulation, Ocean posted a excerpt from the liner notes of  Channel Orange to address the issue. “4 summers ago I met somebody,” Ocean wrote. “I was 19 years old. He was too… By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant.”

The response to Ocean’s self-outing has been nearly universally positive from the hip-hop community at large, both fans and artists alike. In a statement posted on GlobalGrind, media mogul Russell Simmons called Ocean “courageous,” saying, “Frank, we thank you. We support you. We love you.”

Many rappers took to twitter to express support and for the R&B singer. Solange Knowles wrote “I salute you, brave soul. Independence Day. @frank_ocean” Mac Miller also chimed in as well, tweeting, “frank ocean is very important for the growth of humanity.” Fellow members of Odd Future also commented on the matter. Earl Sweatshirt posted that he was simply, “Proud of Frank.” And OF mastermind Tyler, The Creator had a predictably light hearted and absurd reaction to the news regarding Ocean, saying,”My Big Brother Finally Fucking Did That. Proud Of That Nigga Cause I Know That Shit Is Difficult Or Whatever. Anyway. Im A Toilet.” The outpouring of support is all the more notable considering the historic and ongoing associations between hip-hop and homophobia.

Listen to the first single from Channel Orange, “Pyramids,” below.

Soundcheck: Hip-Hop Hits Festival Season– Paid Dues, Coachella & Lollapalooza

It was 10:45 Sunday night when Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg hit the main stage to close out the three-day music festival at Coachella. When the lights went low, the infamous West Coast duo resurrected some old hits and old friends for their highly anticipated, headlining set. 50 Cent, Tony Yayo and Eminem all came out to perform famous collaborations with the prolific pair; leaving lots of room for long breaks for Dre.  An elaborate hologram of the late Tupac Shakur appeared alongside the duo onstage to deliver his verses from Two Of America’s Most Wanted and Hail Mary from beyond the grave.  The tribute was interesting; but a bit morbid as well and the crowd seemed a bit puzzled to say the least.  Overall, the ninety-minute headlining set was nostalgic at best; and while it was enjoyable; Dre’s contribution didn’t suggest the comeback he has been promising for years now.  Backstage fans included Rihanna, Fergie, Will.I.Am and the Fire Marshall shut down the area for capacity reasons, leaving stars like Paris Hilton scrambling from the side stage.


Soundcheck: Killer Collabos

It’s time to review another round of hot collaborations from some of hip hop’s most famous faces.  This list features some unlikelypairings and some unstoppable up-and-comers as well as some old favorites with some new tricks.

The Cataracs featuring Waka Flocka Flame: All You

This up-tempo single is a guilty pleasure with a contagious new age sound and a techno-enhanced baseline that is hard not to dance to.   The Cataracs don’t disappoint with their complex production, and Waka’s signature hollering is equal parts offensive and harmless; with an undeniably appealing result.

Melanie Fiona featuring Snoop Dogg: Gone (La Dada Di)

A single from her debut album, The MF Life, (out today) features Fiona’s intense vocal delivery and powerful lyrics of loss and longing for her man.  Her smooth, soulful style is sure to stick around for a while; and her knack for story telling gives me the feeling this album is a winner. Snoop’s verse lends a familiar touch to the unusual offering; rounding out this delightful surprise.

David Banner featuring Big K.R.I.T.: Believe It

A single from Banner’s upcoming EP Sex, Drugs & Video Games, the album will be free to download with an option to donate to charity.  The hook sounds like its sung by a gospel choir; although the subject matter is a bit too risky for a Sunday morning.  Still, the song is hot” if not a bit aggressive” but what else would we expect from this mash-up of Southern gentlemen?