The Weeknd took to fellow Canadian Drake’s “OVO Sound Radio” to debut his latest track. With Abel being one of the leaders of the new R&B scene, he decided to pay homage to an R&B legend (R.Kelly) and cover his classic track “Down Low“. “Down Low” was R.Kelly at his song writing best and Abel adds enough flare to the track to update it for a newer audience. We do not know if this track will live on an official release from The Weeknd or if it is just a loosie, but no matter I am sure this rendition will make the “Pied Piper” proud.
The Weeknd has been on a hit making streak since he first entered the game and clearly that streak seems to have no end. With his latest release, “Starboy” still getting spins, the second single from that album just got the remix treatment. Having been released almost a year ago, “I Feel It Coming” just got a nostalgia remix from Saint Laurent. The track was already dope with a R&B vibe, but Saint Laurent took it back to the 80’s and the end result turned out amazing. With R&B being on life support, it is always good to hear modern music throw back to the golden era.
The Weeknd – “I Feel It Coming” (Saint Laurent Remix)
Lil Uzi Vert finally released his highly anticipated next chapter in his Luv Is Rage series. With major buzz building up around his name and one of the hottest singles of the year (“XO Tour Lif3”), Uzi has all the chips in his corner. With the new crop of rappers that are at the forefront, Uzi is leading the charge, so his debut would have the most eyes on it. The first “Luv Is Rage” was the breakout mixtape that Uzi released back in 2015. Since then, a lot has changed for Lil Uzi Vert, the obvious being that he is now a bonafide star. With that accolade attached to his name, comes high expectations. With features being limited on his debut release, Uzi only brings along The Weeknd and Pharrell. For the instrumentals, some of the industry’s hottest join the party. TM88, Metro Boomin, Pierre Bourne, etc. all show to bring out the best in the self-proclaimed “rock star“. With mostly positive reviews by the industry, this release is surely to only add to the star power that Uzi gracing the hip hop scene with.
Future is on tear to start out 2017. Less than a week removed from his first project of the year (the self-titled album “FUTURE“), the ATLien is back with his second release. The album is titled “Hndrxx” and it sets Future up for dominance. Two albums, one week apart, yet the albums are as difference as night and day. As the album,”FUTURE” was catered to the trap, “Hndrxx” brings the R&B side of Future to the forefront. At 17 tracks in length and only 2 features (The Weeknd and Rihanna), Future shows that he is vulnerable, and the wound that his former relationship with Ciara caused is still wearing on him. Yet even with his guard down, Future produces an R&B’esque album that is actually dope.
Travi$ Scott dealing with the trend of “album delays after album delays” has finally managed to deliver his sophomore album, “Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight“. The title alone had me skeptical about even listening to the album. Damn how you feel, this has got to be the worse title ever when it comes to hip hop albums. Yet once you get past the title, Travi$ actually creates an enjoyable listen. Coming in at 14 tracks, “BITTSM” is a feature laced affair expanding across different soundscapes. Along with handling production himself, Travi$ gets some help on the instrumentals from the likes of Boi-1da, TM88, WondaGurl, Mike Dean, etc. Compared to Rodeo, BITTSM seems to allow Travi$ to branch out more. Which after a listen to the album, turns out to be a great thing.
Friday, February 11th came and went, yet there was still no sign of Kanye’s latest album. After numerous name changes, a joint promo venture with his “Yeezy’s Season 3” clothing line at Madison Square Garden, and other unnecessary gimmicks, I was beginning to think that the hype had overshadowed the actual album. Then finally, yes finally two days later Ye delivered his much hyped album, “The Life Of Pablo“.
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The prolific one is at it again. It’s only February, and Future is on mixtape number two. Clearly he has no plans to slow down on his dominance of Atlanta hip hop. Less than a month after releasing “Purple Reign“, Future Hendrix is back with his latest record “Evol“. After inking a deal with Apple, Future decided to take to Beats1 radio show on Apple with newest host DJ Khaled, and debut his newest project “Evol“.