After a bit of teasing and a couple of the world’s most polite tweets, Chicago’s biggest rising rapper is back. Chance the Rapper dropped a brand new mixtape last night. If hip-hop isn’t your thing, have no fear. There’s plenty of other great news that went down. Drake played “faceketball” with Jimmy Fallon, Radiohead soundtrack a Ben Affleck trailer, Schoolboy Q dropped a new track with Kanye West, MØ announced a fall tour, and Blitzen Trapper returned with a fun folk number.
For a while there, it seemed like Chance the Rapper would hold his new mixtape release since so many other artists dropped albums out of nowhere. But alas, the Chicago rapper followed through. On Coloring Book, he returns with 14 tracks that are full of energy and positive vibes, some of which see Kanye West, Jay Electronica, Justin Bieber, Future, Lil Wayne, and many more dropping lines behind him. The whole release can be streamed or downloaded through Apple Music. We mean it when we say this could very easily be one of the top three albums of the year. [Consequence of Sound]
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon wastes no time getting celebs to do pretty wild things. Drake is no exception. Shortly after releasing Views, the Canadian rapper swung by the late-night TV show not to perform music, but to play around. Fallon talked to him about becoming a meme, why the 6 is so important, and his new line of whiskey. Best of all, the two played “Faceketball,” a sport where contestants wear mini basketball hoops on their heads while trying to shoot hoops in the opponent’s net. It’s not as simple as it sounds. [Pitchfork]
Of course even when they aren’t sharing something of their own, Radiohead still wiggle their way into another headline this week. Right after the release of the band’s ninth album, the excellent A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead appear with music in a new way: a movie trailer. Ben Affleck stars in a new film called The Accountant. It sees him as a Jason Bourne meets John Nash type of figure who’s caught in the middle of math and murder. Check out the trailer above to see how Radiohead fits into all of it (And no, it’s not a cameo, unfortunately). [Consequence of Sound]
There he goes again. Schoolboy Q is back with a new single that’s made for bumping in your car or blasting from your headphones. The rapper enlisted Kanye West on “THat Part,” a brooding number with quite the dark backbeat, to top off an already solid start to the year with “Groovy Tony” under his belt as well. Schoolboy Q hasn’t announced a new album yet, but given both tracks are star-studded and came one after the other, it’s safe to assume he’s up to something. [Rolling Stone]
Danish singer-songwriter MØ has a new hit that you’ll fall in love with in no time. Give “Final Song” a listen. Before you hit play, though, calm those fears. This isn’t her final song. According to her, it’s just about reconnecting with your inner strength to say goodbye to the blues. “We all need to feel empowered from within to be the best version of ourself, but it’s not always easy and that’s what inspired me to write these lyrics,”MØ said. “When you’re united with your inner glow you can beat the fears and fly towards your dreams.” You can say that again. [Consequence of Sound]
Not every country rock band has to get all super southern on you. Blitzen Trapper are back with new music. What that means is there’s a nice brand of sound that genuinely falls between indie rock and alt-country, winning over both sides of music, even if you don’t *like* country. Their new single, “Summer Rain,” is warm and relaxing without getting too hokey. [Rolling Stone]
That’s it for now, but see you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!
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