Perhaps the new, most-anticipated track off Born Sinner, here is a HQ recording of "Forbidden Fruit" featuring Kendrick Lamar from J. Cole's Born Sinner listening session that was streamed worldwide in major cities tonight.
Two main things you'll notice right away:
1. A dope sample of ATCQ's classic "Electric Relaxation"
2. Kendrick only sings the hook and doesn't have a verse. I guess Cole wasn't joking when he said he's the only one rapping on the album. (Scottie Pimpen just commented here at the office: "Kendrick should have threw a verse on there. This is a duo track!" Couldn't agree more. Try not to let that disappoint you and take away from the track.)
But hey, that's all fine by me. J. Cole held it down with my highlight coming in the first half of the first verse with all the clever religious allusions. "Cole is the king most definite, my little black book thicker than the Old Testament" took me a second, then the light bulb went off. This one's definitely a groove throughout.
Lollapalooza has announced some hella decent aftershows for this year's fest. From big rooms to intimate venues, artists like Chance The Rapper and Kendrick Lamar are keepin the party goin' all night. There's damn near 40 aftershows, pre-partys, and such, but here are a few we think you should know bout.
Whoa! Ok, hip hop world... nay, music world... if you didn't have a song to look forward to before clicking this post, you do now. This pic hit the web today as Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, new TDE signeeIsaiah Rashad, and Royce Da 5'9" are all seen in the studio.
Any other thought besides, "I want to hear this collab!"?
More fallout from Summer Jam includes the announcement of TDE's new artist: Isaiah Rashad. Kendrick Lamar revealed the info to Miss Info in an interview last night at Summer Jam and Power 106's Rikki Martinez broke the news on Twitter, congratulating Isaiah. So, the natural next move is to hear some of Rashad's music. Here's his most played song on Soundcloud, "Hurt Cobain", and a video for "Gusto". Pretty solid, he definitely fits the TDE vibe.
Summer Jam was last night and took over your social media streams if you weren't out in NYC seeing Hot 97's 20th installment of the festival. Here is a quick-hitting summary of some of the highlights, beginning with 2 Chainz premiering his new single "Feds Watching" above and performs with Nicki Minaj here.
What did you guys think of Summer Jam XX? Did it live up to the hype? And is Summer Jam in the pantheon of hip hop's biggest concerts/tours this year?
Fabolous brought out Lil Kim:
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Mariah Carey joined Miguel for "#Beautiful":
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French Montana brought out Lil Wayne:
Kendrick Lamar & TDE's full set:
A$AP Rocky's full set:
And the talk of Twitter (somehow), Papoose's seemingly surprise performance after Kendrick/TDE (more details in a new post coming...)
What's this? A tweet that somehow was missed for almost 24 hours?! Sorry guys, I'll step up my game. Especially when it's regarding a future collab from Q-Tip & Kendrick Lamar. No word on any details beyond that, specifically if Q-Tip is rapping or merely producing (and I say merely out of great hopes that it's him rapping also).
I already know the answer, but are you excited for a Q-Tip/Kendrick collab?