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 Morning — here).
Check out Yachty’s interview and freestyle above and below.
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.
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.
For the latest from Big Narstie and Lordie’s long-standing series Uncle Pain, they try to help someone from Swindon, who found himself in some trouble with his girl…unfortunately, they’re initially confused about whether the submitter is a guy. Hilarity ensues.
As a bonus, we’ve also included another recent ‘Uncle Pain’ episode, titled ‘He Turned My Flat Into A Trap House’.
It’s become clear that Drake doesn’t care what you’re dealing with or going through in real time: if you throw a shot at him, it’s coming back just as hard (we’ve come a long way, haven’t we?). Case in point: check out his acceptance speech at this year’s American Music Awards, as well as a comment that he left under DJ Khaled’s congrats…
…which sounds like he’s directing a threatening response — via appropriated patois, no less — to Kanye West (or anyone that’s dissed him, really…Meek Mill could fall under this), who happened to take shots during a recent Saint Pablo tour stop. Since then, ‘Ye has been hospitalised for yet-to-be-confirmed reasons.
In related news, the same hardcore gangsta we’ve come to know as Drizzy also starred in a recent Apple Music promo, which saw him getting back into comedic mode. You can see that below.
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.
Make no mistake: Dave Chappelle’s appearance on Saturday Night Live was one for the ages. Also true: A Tribe Called Quest’s performance segments were as amazing as they were bittersweet, given the loss of Phife Dawg (who received an equally powerful tribute).
Above, you can enjoy Dave’s monologue; A Tribe’s performance and other hilarious clips can be found below.
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.
This coming week, Stormin and The Grime Report will be liberating their new interview with Lethal Bizzle; before then, we get to see a preview that sees Lethal giving his thoughts on lifelong enemies N-Dubz. He does not disappoint.
For their latest feature, i-D recently pointed their spotlight at Atlanta’s rising star Lil Yachty, who spoke on spoke on his influence with the youth, considering himself a brand and artist (and not a rapper) and much more.