NEW MUSIC: Rick Ross feat. Future – Green Gucci Suit

Rick Ross is back with his latest single “Green Gucci Suit,” assisted by Future.

 

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JUST ANNOUNCED: BROCKHAMPTON Live In Australia

The hardest working boyband of 2018, BROCKHAMPTON, today announced two highly anticipated, debut headline shows while in Australia for Listen Out. The LA-based creative rap collective will play:

Forum Melbourne on September 25 and
Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on September 26.

Tickets go on sale at 10am Monday, June 25 from HERE.

 

JUST ANNOUNCED: BROCKHAMPTON Live In NZ

The hardest working boyband of 2018, BROCKHAMPTON, today announce
their highly anticipated live New Zealand debut this September. The creative collective will play an All Ages show at Auckland’s Logan Campbell Centre on September 21.
$79 + Booking Fee Tickets go on sale at 12pm Monday, June 25 from HERE.

Founded by Kevin Abstract, BROCKHAMPTON consists of thirteen kids, all filling different roles to create a self- sufficient creative enterprise. Made of rappers, directors, photographers, engineers, producers, graphic designers, and DJs, the group is able to execute a fully unified and realised artistic vision.

Brockhampton spent 2017 writing, recording, producing, mixing, mastering, and independently releasing the ‘Saturation’ trilogy (three albums which saw more than 13 self-directed music videos released such as “Gold,” “Star” and “Sweet”), playing sold-out shows across North America and establishing themselves as the “best
boyband since One Direction” (as group founder Kevin Abstract raps in latest single “Boogie”).

In March 2018, BROCKHAMPTON announced their signing to RCA Records through which their first major label debut album is expected for release later this year.

Presented by Live Nation & Fuzzy

 

 

REVIEW: The Carters – Everything Is Love

Jay-Z and Beyonce are keeping up a family tradition, dropping a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming.

Rumours have long swirled about the creation of a collaborative Bey and Jay album. Last November, Jay told The New York Times that a project with Bey started coming together as they worked on 4:44 and Lemonade. “We were using our art almost like a therapy session,” he said at the time. “And we started making music together.” He explained that, because Bey’s music was progressing more quickly, Lemonade ended up coming out as opposed to the joint album that [they] were working on.

Jay disses the Grammys on “APESHIT,” rapping, “Tell the Grammys fuck that 0 for 8 shit.” (Jay was the most nominated artist at the 2018 ceremony, but was completely shut out.) He also confirms the rumour that he turned down a Super Bowl Halftime Show offer: “I said no to the Super Bowl/You need me, I don’t need you/Every night we in the end zone/Tell the NFL we in stadiums too.

Queen Bey calls out Spotify on the track “NICE.” She raps, “If I gave…two fucks about streaming numbers woulda put Lemonade up on Spotify. Fuck you,” referencing the fact that her 2016 album has never been available on the streaming platform. Jay refers to Meek Mill’s recent release from prison on “FRIENDS,” and on “HEARD ABOUT US,” Beyoncé sings the iconic line from Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy”: “If you don’t know, now you know, n*gga.”

The album seems to function as the last instalment in a sort of marriage trilogy that began with Beyonce’s, “Lemonade” and her widely discussed stories of infidelity, continued with Jay’s tales of remorse on his “4:44” last year. Apparently, the story reaches a happy ending with “Everything Is Love.”

 

 

REVIEW: Nas – NASIR

When the legendary lyricism of Nas is combined with the legendary production of Kanye West, two things are bound to happen: the fans are going to go crazy for the hype, and everyone is going to be waiting for the release. This is why instead of a an ordinary release, Nasir, the latest album from Nas, got it’s debut in the form of a listening party in Queensbridge Park on June 14th, with Mass Appeal’s YouTube Channel handling the livstream of the album’s debut. The album cover art was also revealed online, with the cover displaying a black & white image of five black boys standing against a brick wall with their hands up.

After listening to the production on the album, it’s easy to tell that a lot of love for his craft came from Kanye on this album, with Kanye being in rare form with strong production that is reminiscent of his older style while still being some of the best instrumentals released by him recently. Whether it’s the Slick Rick sample used “Cops” or the laid back smoothness of “Adam & Eve” and “Bonjour”, each instrumental on the album showcases Kanye’s talent as a producer, while also complimenting the style of flow of Nas perfectly.

Nas’ lyrical content, ability to tell a vivid story with his lyrics, and classic flow are in rare form as well. As one of hip hop’s most prolific storytellers, each track is filled Nas’ signature style hard hitting bars that come together to paint a picture while delivering his message. While there are not many guest features on the album, appearances from 070 Shake, Kanye West, and The- Dream are welcome and excellent additions to the album.

Fans who have been hyped for this album will be happy to know that this album is everything we have expected plus more.

 

8 Facts You Need To Know About Jhené Aiko

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Jhené Aiko is bringing her TRIP tour down under this September, so it’s only right that you get to know her a bit more before purchasing tickets.

1. How old is Jhené Aiko?

The singer was born on 16th March, 1988, making her 30 years old

2. Jhené has been in a relationship with Big Sean since 2016.

After collaborating on music together – including ‘Beware’ and their joint venture Twenty88 – the couple went public with their relationship by confirming it with an Instagram post.

3. Jhené has a daughter with O’Ryan.

Jhené’s daughter, Namiko Love Browner, was born in 2008 when Jhené was 20 years old. The singer was enrolled at West Los Angeles College at the time and had started taking voice lessons until she got pregnant. O’Ryan, the father of Namiko, is the younger brother of R&B singer Omarion.

4. Jhené dropped her sophomore album ‘Trip’ in September 2017.

Supported by the lead single ‘While We’re Young’, as well as the Rae Sremmurd collaboration ‘Sativa’, Jhené’s psychedelic second album was met with widespread critical acclaim.

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5. She kicked off her music career contributing vocals to the group B2K.

The singer worked with the group, which featured Lil’ Fizz, J-Boog, Raz-B and Omarion, on a number of releases, including a Christmas cover of ‘Santa Baby’.

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6. She first gained industry buzz with her ‘Sailing Soul(s)’ mixtape in 2011.

The mixtape featured a series of high profile collaborations, including songs with Kanye West, Miguel and Drake.

7. Jhené released her first full debut EP ‘Sail Out’ in November 2013.

The high profile EP includes collaborations with Childish Gambino on ‘Bed Peace’ and Kendrick Lamar.

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8. She has an alter-ego called J.Hennessy.

The alter-ego first appeared on the EP ‘Sail Out’ and Jhené has said that the inspiration comes from the fact she has twelve “different personalities in my head” every day.

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Tickets are still available to her NZ & Australian dates.

New Zealand – Tickets
Australia – Tickets

A Look Into Donald Glover’s “Pharos Festival”

Earlier this year it was announced that Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino was bringing his Pharos Festival to Auckland. With only a few details released, the mystery of Pharos hasn’t stopped fans from purchasing tickets. The festival had nearly sold out even before a venue was announced.

So, what actually is Pharos Festival?

“Pharos is meant to be a communal space—a place that evolves and reacts to the culture,” Glover said via e-mail to Vanity Fair. “We aren’t tied to a format and that lets us adapt in a way that others can’t. We’re selling real intimacy. We protect the experience and it becomes something you genuinely share with the people around you and you take away something special. We’re looking at expanding the world in 2018—there will be more artists involved.”

The first edition took place in Joshua Tree, California, in September 2016, consisting of a series of sold out shows by Glover and his collaborations, all inside an enormous V.R. dome constructed in the middle of the desert. A Burning Man type of festival for creative millennials more interested in the experience than documenting it on social media. (Attendees had to seal their phones in lock bags for the duration of the concert.)

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With Gambino’s second Pharos festival, according to the app, fans will get the chance to “experience new music” and witness “live dome performances each night” with “special guests.”

Pharos is heading to Auckland – November 23 to 25, and will take place at Tapapakanga Regional Park. A shuttle service will also reportedly be available from Auckland Airport and the city, as well as camping equipment rentals.

Limited $149USD tickets can be purchased from the official Pharos Earth app.