Lil Yachty Sits Down With Ebro Darden (Again); Delivers A Dope Freestyle (Video)

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UPDATE: During his Beats 1 visit, Yachty also liberated a new track titled ‘Judgement Free’. We’ve added that below.

Lil Yachty recently stopped by Beats 1 for a redemption interview of sorts with Ebro Darden, whom he (sort of) butted heads with over at HOT 97. During the sit-down, he spoke on regretting comments made about “old” rappers, including The Notorious B.I.G., spoke on influences, shared his dismay for the term “mumble rap” and more.

In addition, he actually spit a freestyle over Craig Mack’s classic ‘Flava In Ya Ear’ instrumental…and it was pretty good tolerable. Also within said freestyle: some direct shots at Shia LaBeouf, who disses him during a (second) freestyle that he delivered to The Breakfast Club (check out the first one — done over at Sway In The Morninghere).

Check out Yachty’s interview and freestyle above and below.

Chance The Rapper Cancels European Shows, Is Working On New Album

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We shall make this quick: Chance The Rapper — who was recently in the UK — has announced that the European log of his Magnificent Coloring World Tour has been cancelled. Which sucks. At to why, we’re only getting “personal reasons”.

With that said, Chance The Rapper did sit down with DJ Semtex during his overseas excursion, which you can watch in full above; during the clip, he revealed that he is working on his debut album — a funny concept given that we’ve considered Acid Rap and Coloring Book (and even Surf with The Social Experiment) official releases (despite being free). Anyways, we certainly look forward to that.

If you missed it, you can also check out Chance’s recent Live Lounge performance here.

The Weeknd: New Album, Short Film & Interview

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Today could very well be dubbed The Weeknd day (or not): the Canadian superstar has released his new album Starboy, a lengthy new project that sees assistance from Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk, Future, Metro Boomin, Cashmere Cat and more. In addition, he also released a short film titled ‘Mania’, a cinematic cut that contains many of the album’s cuts (there’s also blood, which is equally awesome). Finally, a full sit-down with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, which sees The Weeknd speaking on Starboy, cutting his hair, certain collabs and more.

Enjoy all of this awesomeness below.

Frank Ocean Talks GRAMMYs, Leaving Def Jam & More In New Interview

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The usually-elusive Frank Ocean recently sat down for a dope interview with The New York Times’ John Caramanica, which took two days to create and saw the Blonde singer speaking on his personal life, relationships, moving to London and much more. Two excerpts — where he speaks on leaving Def Jam and not submitting Blonde or Endless for GRAMMY consideration — can be seen below. The full interview can be enjoyed here.

A seven-year chess game” is how he described the process of buying himself out of his contract and purchasing back all of his master recordings — using his own money, he said.

It started to weigh on me that I was responsible for the moves that had made me successful, but I wasn’t reaping the lion’s share of the profits, and that was problematic for me,” he said. “With [Blonde] in particular, I wanted to feel like I won before the record came out, and I did, and so it took a lot pressure off of me about how the record even would perform after the fact. Once the goal is met, everything else is lagniappe. It’s not essential for me to have a big debut week, it’s not essential for me to have big radio records.

[On not submitting his new music to The GRAMMYs]That institution certainly has nostalgic importance. It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down.

I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated. I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.

Skepta Is Making A Film About Boy Better Know

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In a recent interview with the Evening Standard, Mercury Prize winner Skepta revealed that he is currently working on a Grime film that centres around his famous collective Boy Better Know (“It’s going to be about Boy Better Know but not in [a completely] autobiographical way”). He also confirmed that he’s working with Drake (as a consultant) for the revival of the legendary series Top Boy and that he would be open to working with Adele:

With Drake and Adele, I’m happy firstly that they respect me as an artist and a man… Adele texts me all the time and keeps me in check. She speaks to me about how things are going. She’s one of the people I know that, from her example alone, you can move in a certain way where you’re not inviting fame.

You can read the full feature here.

The Weeknd Reveals That New Album Title Pays Homage To David Bowie

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In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, The Weeknd revealed that the title of his new album — Starboy — pays homage to the late, great David Bowie. It was also revealed that the Canadian singer was supposed to get into the studio with Prince prior to his death:

“I just love Bowie, I think he’s the ultimate inventor,” he says, noting that the album’s title is partly a nod to Bowie’s 1972 anthem “Starman.” And Tesfaye was scheduled to go into Paisley Park studio with Prince when his longtime hero died in April. (The last time Prince appeared on television was to present Tesfaye with one of his two American Music Awards last November.)

You can read the full interview here, which also sees The Weeknd speaking on Drake, Daft Punk, his Ethiopian heritage, why he cut his locks and more. If you missed it, dates from his massive world tour are also available.

Lil Wayne Gives Some Very Controversial Comments On Black Lives Matter (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: Wayne has now responded to the criticism over his latest interview via TMZ“When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a bitch and a hoe, I got agitated. From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses.

“Apologies to anyone who was offended.”

So…what are his real thoughts on Black Lives Matter if what we saw weren’t genuine?

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Lil Wayne just went full Trump in a recently-released sit-down with Nightline. In the clip, which you can see above, cameras followed the veteran emcee to Amsterdam, Miami and New York, which saw a new look into his life; this was interspersed with a presenter asking him questions about Black Lives Matter (wait for that), his lyrics and more. And boy — he got wild:

[Black Lives Matter] just sounds weird, I don’t know that you put a name on. It’s not a name…It’s not ‘whatever, whatever.’ It’s somebody got shot by police for a f***ed up reason.

I am a young black rich motherf***er, if that don’t let you know that America understand black motherf***ers matters these days I don’t know what it is. That man white, he filming me I’m a n***a. I don’t know…don’t come to me with that dumb s*** ma’am. My life matters, especially to my b***hes.

I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothin’ to do with me. I’m connected to this motherf***ing flag right here…

As he pulls out his red bandana and angrily steps out of the interview. Obviously, this is pretty shocking, given that he 1.) created the poignant ‘Georgia Bush’ and 2.) acknowledged Black Lives Matter during a recent (enough) performance.

We must also say: it’s pretty known that Weezy can get downright savage with his words when he’s annoyed or irritated…this happened during a European interview in the past (which we saw in the polarising Carter documentary) as well as during his now-iconic deposition that followed. His rather-ridiculous responses to Nightline’s questioning might have been because of this.

What are your thoughts?

Bruno Mars Sits Down With Zane Lowe, Performs In The Live Lounge

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Here’s a surprise: Bruno Mars has decided to do an interview (which is rare) in support of his forthcoming album 24K Magic, released 19th November (pre-order via iTunes). Sitting down with Zane Lowe, Mars speaks on the album and single of the same name, working with Adele, Prince’s passing, performing with Chris Martin and Beyoncé at the Super Bowl and much more.

In addition to that sit down, Bruno was also (presumably) recently in London, where he performed for BBC’s Live Lounge series. During that, he broke out a dope rendition of Adele’s ‘All I Ask’ (a song that he co-wrote). Check that out below.


Check Out Bon Iver’s ’22, A Million’ Press Conference (Video)

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Justin Vernon is an eclectic fellow. He never does things the typical way; this was especially the case with Bon Iver’s latest (dope) album, 22, A Million. Now, we get to see a press conference from Vernon, which is presumably an alternative to a typical press run…and it’s pretty weird. You don’t even see the guy’s face.

Anyways, check out what he has to say about Bon Iver’s evolution with the new music:

It needed to sound a little radical for me to feel good… It’s not embarrassing, but the old records are of this sad nature…circling in the same cycles emotionally feels boring, I guess. There’s still some dark stuff and whatever but I think cracking things, and making things that are bombastic and exciting, and also new, and mashing things together, and explosiveness and shouting more…that was more the zone. Shouting. Whispering was the thing before.

He also joked that the next album could be “some black metal s***”…that would be interesting. Check it out above.