I immediately got excited at the Frank Ocean feature, but let down when he wasn't singing on the track. Instead he was talk-rapping about some recent experiences and wondering aloud about such on his verse. I couldn't really get into this one, quite honestly. I need to hear more smoothness; this felt more like an interlude. However, Doris is on the way on August 20th and this will be one of the tracks that jumps out at you.
So tonight, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay Electronica got Twitter acting all sorts of crazy as Sean let loose of a track that was meant for his upcoming album, Hall Of Fame, but couldn't make it due to sample clearance.
Dubbed "No I.D.""Control", you can hear this epic, 7.5 minute track where all three emcees straight rap. No hooks. Just dope bars after dope bars.
UPDATED: Dirty, no tags, CDQ.
What grabbed everyone's attention: Kendrick Lamar giving much respect to every big-name emcee in the game today... and then proceeding to declare he's going to murder them (rap talk, of course). That's what got everyone in a stir tonight.
The whole song from beginning to end is dope. Everyone's talking about Kendrick, and rightfully so, but are we a little caught up in the moment? Sean and Elect were no slack as well. Whatever your thoughts, it's a great night in hip hop on this alone, and for that, we thank you *Tosh voice*
What are your thoughts on the "No I.D." Freestyle? Your favorite verse is __________.
Slowing things down a bit tonight is a new album record from John Mayer featuring Frank Ocean called "Wildfire". It's only 1:24 (and yes, we need a longer version), but I'm sure it'll fit right in context with the rest of Paradise Valley (which can be heard in full stream here.) Having said that, it's definitely a beautiful record with Ocean doing the singing and storytelling.
Due to a vocal chord injury Frank Ocean procured while on tour in Austrailia, LiveNation announced that the first tour date of the OVO Fest will be cancelled and pushed back to the following day, August 5th, which will include performances from artists such as Drake, Wale, James Black and more. There will be refunds given for all of the August 4th ticket holders. Stay tuned for more information.
This is at the top of Frank Ocean's tumblr tonight. In an all too familiar text file reveal, Ocean borrows a page from Jay's #NewRules by releasing the lyrics to his next release — a remix of the trendy "Versace" by Migos.
Except here's the catch: he titles it "no audio."
Considering I find both the lyrics above dope (*cue to Chris Brown ducking*) and the song itself annoying, I wholeheartedly declare Frank Ocean the winner of the "Versace" remixes without ever actually putting one out. Your thoughts?
The latest in Jay-Z's lyrical reveal is for a new song called "Oceans" featuring Frank Ocean (naturally). Needless to say, we'll be looking forward to this one off Magna Carta Holy Grail today too. The JT-featured "Holy Grail" is set to drop later today.
UPDATE: Samsung's latest teaser video is a preview of "Oceans" featuring Jay spittin' some of these words above. Watch below:
More Kanye West headlines (and it's not stopping with his performance on SNL just hours away...) as Rap-Up is confirming the much-publicized rumor that Kanye is releasing his next album on June 18th. The title — Yeezus.
The (hip hop) world is talkin' about the premiere of "New Slaves" on 66 buildings in 10 cities last night and the other new, juicy detail is that Frank Ocean is to appear as a featured vocalist on "New Slaves". As if people weren't already excited for "New Slaves" to drop, hah. Count me amongst the many.
INCYMI, Maks G and I marveled at the amazing, pop-up premiere of "New Slaves" and were at two of Chicago's most iconic landmarks to capture some raw video! Read our experiences and watch a full preview of "New Slaves"!
Drake's annual OVO Fest is comin' up this summer in Toronto and for this year's 2-day concert, none other than Frank Ocean will be headlining with him. Hopefully by August, Ocean and Drake will have a collab together... and maybe they'll perform it for the Toronto fans?! All hopeful thinking...