R&B fans, here's already something to look forward to in 2014: the reunion of Day26 for a nationwide tour! News about this broke out yesterday and I found out from a simple mass e-mail by our hometown representa of the group, Willie Taylor, that simply read "Day26 Reunion Tour" in the subject and nothing else. Hey, that's all you need to know, right?
'07 - '09 was the group's prime — they boasted two really nice albums, the self-titled debut and Forever In A Day — as Diddy signed them on Making The Band. In '09, Que was kicked out of the group due to management disagreements and in 2012, the group officially decided to call it quits. Fast forward not too long to the current day, and they'll all be together again in your city sometime next year.
As a throwback, here's one of their chart-topping singles and a *TIBS FAV. I'll keep in the shuffle today: "Got Me Going".
ATL meets ATL Now in the studio last night as this pic was taken of Future & Andre 3000 lookin' like they were makin music together, via Future's IG. What do you think about the potential sounds of these two clashing on a record? No matter how much a fan you are of Future, this collab does have hit potential on paper.
Mickey Factz, headlining the GWHH-Presented Make A Mogul Showcase
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For longtime followers of the site, it should come as no surprise that Mickey Factz is one of my favorite emcees in the game, period. Mickey's rise in the rap game coincided with our rise in the rap site game, and in that time, his career has been an interesting one to follow. Since 2009, on the heels of numerous brand collabs and the XXL Freshman Class, Factz was prime to release his debut album, The Achievement.
Fast forward to 2013, and The Achievement has yet to hit stores. Mickey's ever-growing fanbase has been held over by free project after free project, highlighted by the critically acclaimed Mickey MauSe during the spring of 2012, where Mick channels an entirely different character 'MauSe' over an upbeat mix of samples of Danger Mouse. Unfortunately those samples weren't cleared and the label didn't push hard enough to release that project as the album — even after peers like Swizz Beatz and Lupe Fiasco pushed for it. That's just part of the story you'll hear above. Many fans have taken the long delay negatively without knowing the full story. I made sure to talk to Mickey in-depth about this to kick off our extensive interview when he came to Chicago for the GWHH-presented Make A Mogul Showcase last month. Listen in to understand the full picture on why The Achievement has yet to see release, and your presumptions will likely be changed. It's a great behind the scenes story that exposes the unfortunate politics within the music industry.
We not only looked back, but also looked forward. I continued the conversation to talk about what The Achievement will sound like in 2014 as it's full throttle ahead with the recent release of the first single "Zen" featuring Yelawolf. Mickey has a couple more singles waiting to see release: "Venice" (which he describes in detail) and some new details on "U (Q)" featuring Erykah Badu & Lupe Fiasco (yup!).
"There's an Erykah Badu sample on there, and she cleared the record and she's actually going to re-sing the record. The fact that I got this record — this particular record is about a girl that I met and just really have strong feelings for. I want to put that out because I feel like that's what hip hop is kinda missin' sometimes. We don't really have a lot of honest music about how people feel."
- Mickey Factz on the upcoming single "U (Q)" f/ Erykah Badu & Lupe Fiasco (13 min. mark)
He previewed "U (Q)" for the first time in Chicago, and for the first time last night in NYC with Lupe Fiasco rapping his part on stage (see: below). And from my experience, I can already feel the soul and get a sense of the superb storytelling from Mick. This one is on the short list of upcoming records to watch for.
So without further ado, press play and let the interview run in the background — it's a 24 min. podcast-style conversation with a candid and revealing Mickey Factz. In addition, find out more about how he got his run on the ongoing Tetsuo And Youth Preview Tour, his recent battle with Danja Zone, and even where his appreciation for fine art came from. Enjoy!
Mickey Factz — full interview with Gowhere Hip Hop (For Mobile Users):
Mickey Factz & Sgt. Tibs
Mickey Factz & Lupe Fiasco premiere "U (Q)" in NYC
Here is the single artwork for the upcoming Jay Z x Rick Ross collab, presumably off the latter's upcoming 2014 album, Mastermind. Are you looking forward to this one? Honestly, as not your typical Hov & Rozay fan, I'm not feelin' the hype. We shall see though...
On this cover of the Christopher Cross 80s hit, Robin Thicke does all the heavy lifting and Ron Burgundy chimes in with a flurry of ad-libs and an outro that will have you cracking up while you search for the rewind button. Here's more funny music crossover moments for today.
Ever seen a trailer for a TV Show? Of course you have. But not a trailer for a fake movie in the TV Show like Community's new Season 5 preview above. It focuses on Joel McHale's character Jeff Winger, and of course features Donald Glover who will be appearing in 5 episodes for the last of his run with the NBC comedy. Many know Glover as Troy Barnes first before Childish Gambino, but today is the day for the latter as Because The Internet officially hit stores (and, um, the internet) today. Watch and enjoy Gambino's other work (his brief appearance at the end is hilarious) before browsing what you may have missed leading up to Because The Internet below.
B.o.B's new album, Underground Luxury, is hitting stores this time next week, and as is the norm nowadays, we're able to stream the album in its entirety a week before its release. Press play below and tune into B.o.B's third album, which boasts collabs with T.I., 2 Chainz, Future, Chris Brown, and more. So far "John Doe" is in the lead for my favorite track off the album, but I'll be pressing play along with you to see if something else jumps it.