Ladies and gents, hope you enjoyed your long Labor Day Weekend if you're a United States reader. Even though it was a slow weekend in quanity, there were still a lot of big and noteworthy new releases.
Beginning with the return of Lil Wayne with the Dedication series as he dropped 29 new tracks in the 5th installment, with one standout collab earning a lot of chatter around Chicago and across the interwebs — "You Song" featuring Chance The Rapper.
R. Kelly went on the V103 airwaves today and premiered his new single with Future. "Tear It Up" off the upcoming album, Black Panties, (tabbed for December at the moment), is probably what you'd expect given the titles. This one's smooth, but not something I'm totally vibing with. I'm always for the soulful Kellz anyway. Give it a listen above!
Very dope new remix out, with the legendary R. Kelly appearing on a "Trying to be Cool," a single from Phoenix's latest album, "Bankrupt!" Phoenix are a great band from France who blew up here in the States a few years ago. If you've been alive since 2009 and have a pair of ears, you've definitely heard them. Kellz provides some new vocals and his usual flair to this already great track.
Great news: we may be closer than expected to finding out what the mysterious "package" is! In a recent interview with TMZ, singer R. Kelly announced that new chapters of "Trapped in the Closet" are mere months away.
Last month, the artist released this behind the scenes look at Chapter 23, wherein viewers can see Sylvester and Twan running away from a group of strange figures, including a new character portrayed by R. Kelly wearing dark make-up, sideburns, and a grill.
I for one am more than excited to see what twists and turns "Trapped in the Closet" will present next . For those Chicagoans who can't wait for their next fix of the saga, Music Box Theater is hosting a "Sing-a-Long Trapped in the Closet" August 23-24 at Midnight.
This week started off with some #Fire for your playlists by plenty of big-names — both figuratively and literally. To make sure you caught all the new releases, here's a quick recap.
Big Sean releases a new song off Hall Of Fame called "Fire" (click here for the CDQ/dirty). This sounds like a fitting intro track and is the one *Tibs Fav. of the bunch.
DJ Khaled's proposal publicity stunt comes full circle with the release of his new single "I Wanna Be With You" featuring the fiance he was fiending for, Nicki Minaj, along with Future & Rick Ross. Ms. Minaj does her thing.
Rick Ross drops a new solo track himself "I Wonder Why", sampling testimonial from Rachel Jeantiel in the Trayvon Martin trial.
And rounding out the fun today was R. Kelly & 2 Chainz, who as you'd might expect, have some fun on this new Kellz single "My Story".
Be sure not to sleep on all of today's new releases and browse our category pages above. As with everyday here on Gowhere, there's plenty of dope new Chicago, independent, and user-submitted music that you may like as much as the big new singles above.
"Roll like cinnamon" might be my new favorite dumb punchline. And that's because I love Cinnabon. Thanks, 2 Chainz.
It's R. Kelly's new single with the aforementioned 2 Chainz that glamorizes the celeb lifestyle. I'm most vibing with this guitar chord and of course, the Chicago skyline love on the cover art. Not as much the track, but I know many will enjoy. Could grow on me and hit the right chord if in the right mood though. No word on what project this will be off of yet for Kellz.
In town for tonight's TGT Tour stop in Chicago, Tyrese and Tank (sans Ginuwine) made their way to the studio last night to link up with another R&B veteran who needs no introudction: R. Kelly. Tyrese teases the collab may be added to the already complete 3 Kings album. We'll wait and see, but for you fellow 90s R&B fans out there, wherever this ends up, this should be good.
Thanks to The DePaulia, the student newspaper of DePaul University of which I am an editor, I received a press pass to this year's Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park. It was a great time, especially with it being my first real media event. I saw many great bands and inspirational performances.
The first two days of the festival were relatively light on the hip-hop side of things, but Sunday's lineup was incredibly stacked. R. Kelly and TNGHT both headlined (starting 15 minutes apart no less), while M.I.A., Lil B, Killer Mike, El-P and others rounded out the bill. Even Chicago locals DJ Rashad and Tree were there to kick things off at 1 pm.
Both artists performed well. I checked out Tree first, and was impressed by his rapping ability and unique sound. I think the mics or the sound guys were messing up however, as some parts of his famous "soul trap" dynamic did not come through as clearly as they should have. About midway through Tree's set I headed over to see DJ Rashad perform with Treated Crew on vocals. Everything about that performance was on point and the crowd was loving it.
Another noteworthy set was Killer Mike's who not only performed spectacularly but also managed to get really inspirational between songs. At one point, he divulged to the audience his history as a community organizer in Atlanta, a job he was inspired to pursue thanks to a woman he knew from Chicago. He had a lot to say about her and their united quest to stop inner-city violence, even breaking down in tears at one point. Despite what his name might lead you to believe, he is a really inspirational and positive person. He later joined El-P to perform most of their latest album, "Run the Jewels."
There's so much more to say about this fantastic festival. I wrote a full report on it that you can read on The DePaulia's website. Also keep an eye on Pitchfork as they begin to release footage from select performances. See you next year!