It’s only Wednesday, but so much news has happened. SO MUCH MUSIC NEWS! Chance the Rapper and Lil B just dropped a free mixtape, Instagram banned the #EDM hashtag for good, Chiodos’ lead singer is on Dr. Dre’s new album, The National and Menomena formed a mini supergroup, Big Boi and Phantogram formed a supergroup, Faith No More and TV on the Radio formed a supergroup, and A$AP Rocky and Tyler, the Creator formed a super tour. Plus Faces reunited, Killer Mike dropped a super political verse on a Kendrick Lamar’s newest single, and PWR BTTM made the best queer punk video of the week. Let’s dive in, yes?
They’ve been teasing it for a while, but now it’s real: Chance the Rapper and Lil B the Based God just dropped a free mixtape that’s entirely freestyles. The beats are smoother than expected, their freestyles are funnier than expected, and the production is cleaner than expected. All in all, we’re surprised—but oh so in love. “Okay, alright, at this point you may be confused,” Chance says at the start of the second track. “We’re making an entire piece of content from scratch which is where the best things in life come from.” True that, or, as Lil B so eloquently put: “HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE BE THE FIRST TO LISTEN!!!!” [Twitter]
Free speech isn’t that free on apps. Instagram recently announced a ban on the hashtag #EDM, meaning the term is no longer searchable and content cannot be shared through the marker. No, they don’t hate electronic dance music. Instead, the founders are trying to keep NSFW material at bay since it’s frequently linked to the #EDM hashtag. Instagram is for the kids, after all. [Consequence of Sound]
Remember Chiodos, the post-hardcore band with Craig Owens screaming in a high-pitched voice at the front? Well that Dr. Dre album that’s on the way, inspired by the upcoming N.W.A. film Straight Outta Compton, includes Owens, Snoop Dogg, and rapper Jon Connor on one track. [Billboard]
Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls have teamed up to form a brand new band called EL VY. If you’re as in love with funky melodies, poetic lyrics, and challenging indie rock like we are, this is phenomenal news. The two debuted their brand new song, “Return to the Moon”, on August 4th along with a cute lyric video. Head here to learn more and check out the clip above. *Swooooon* [Nerdist]
Outkast’s loveable lad Big Boi has new material up his sleeve—and it may be different than what you were expecting. The rapper extraordinaire teamed up with Phantogram for a collaborative release and—as of August 4th—it’s officially done. Given both Big Boi and Phantogram have been using #biggrams to refer to the project, it’s safe to assume the album title may be called exactly that (sans hashtag). Let’s not forget this isn’t their first dance together. The two teamed up on A$AP Rocky’s “Lines” back in 2012. [Pitchfork]
Glasses Malone and Kendrick Lamar shared a new track titled “Thuggin'”, and with that comes a jaw-dropping verse from none other than Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike. Honestly, it’s better read word-for-word than summarized, so let us present you with the first-forward lyrics: “O’Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh, Geraldo know what it is / but they be on that f— boy shit, blaming your kids,” he raps. “Don Lemon two, Wolf Blitzer three / I often with that I could have a sit down with every C and every B / and help them see we not enemies.” *mic drop* [Billboard]
Over 40 years ago, the Faces broke up. On September 5th however, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, and Kenney Jones will play Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst, Surrey for a prostate cancer benefit concert. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees are ready to get back into the “whirlwind of madness” by getting “together for a jam.” To that, we raise out glasses in a toast. [NME]
You know those dream tours you come up with when you’re bored? One of them just came true. A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Danny Brown, and Vince Staples are all hitting the road together this fall. Head here to see if they’re playing near you. We don’t even need you to act fast to snag one of these tickets, do we? [Pitchfork]
Back in 2008, Doseone (Clouddead), TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, and Faith No More’s Mike Patton announced that they formed a supergroup. Six years later, they’re finally ready to make moves. Nevermen—as they are so calling themselves—have an LP due out this October. The debut single, “Tough Towns”, is dedicated to anyone feeling isolated yet inspired by their “nowhere” towns. That we can get down with—although, message-aside, the Why?-esque beat certainly helps, too. [SPIN]
For every vowel queer punk band PWR BTTM lacks in their name, they make up for in spunk. The duo share instrumental duties, flipping between drums, vocals, and guitar while pulling elements of drag artisty and performance into the DIY culture they already wholeheartedly embrace. It’s a heartwarming, comical, and genuinely entertaining mix that makes us eager for their upcoming LP, Ugly Cherries. We’re stoked to share their new title-track music video, if only because we want in on all that onscreen drama.
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