Friday is finally here, so sit back, relax, and soak up the epic music news we’ve rounded up. Kendrick Lamar got to interview his Compton role models, Will Smith is prepping a new TV show, Janelle Monae wrote an incredible protest song, FKA Twigs dropped a brand new EP, Thundercat rocked his live set on Hannibal Buress’s show, Disclosure and The Arcs dropped new music videos, and PWR BTTM’s new song will be stuck in your head all weekend. Ready to start listening?
Meeting N.W.A. is an honor for anyone, but especially so if you’ve crafted your whole career around their very work. Kendrick Lamar got the chance to sit down and interview his idols this week for Billboard’s new cover story. The video is incredible. The Compton rappers focus of new biopic Straight Outta Compton, talk about modern day rappers, Eazy-E’s death, and more. Check it out here. [Billboard]
Will Smith is ready to start rapping again, or so we hope. He’s developing a new TV series that he says is in the same vein as the rightfully iconic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. They have yet to hire a writer, so bombard the development team with your pitches if you think you’ve got a shot. You never know! [Nerdist]
If you want change, you need to make your voice heard, and Janelle Monae won’t stop singing until that change comes. In the face of the numerous publicized police killings, Monae and her Wondaland Records roster united for a march against police brutality and also recorded a heart-pumping new song titled “Hell You Talmbout”. Credit it to the marching drums if you want, but we know the song’s fierce energy comes from the long list of names called out of those who’ve passed, a number we hope will cease to grow. [Rolling Stone]
FKA Twigs is back with an entire EP of new material that’s available right now. Titled M3LL155X, the five-song EP includes such epics as “Glass & Patron” and “Figure 8”. The release comes with a warped 16-minute video, too, which you can peep above. [Pitchfork]
Hannibal Buress’ Comedy Central show Why? With Hannibal Buress recently invited Thundercat on to perform “Them Changes” beside his longtime collaborator Flying Lotus. It’s a quiet, humble performance, going hand-in-hand with the song’s heartbroken lyrics. Watch it above. [Pitchfork]
The Arcs aren’t a household name yet, but it won’t take long. Fronted by The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach, the band is a psychedelic slow roll of emotion, grooves, and spaced-out drums. If you’re over the Keys’ blues rock, then this is a welcome change of pace that sees Auerbach using his voice for good. Their new video for “Put a Flower In Your Pocket” capitalizes on the heady images of its sound, too.
Those white-etched faces of Disclosure are an apt indication about the band’s secrecy. The dance duo have been quiet about their upcoming LP Caracal, but what we have heard–“Bang That”, “Holding On”, and Sam Smith collab “Omen”–has us eager for more tracks. They’ve shared “Willing & Able” featuring Kwabs, a smooth R&B-influenced number that sounds more like SBTRKT than anything else. We’re so game. [SPIN]
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: PWR BTTM know how to write hooks. The queer punk band pair quirky lines about love and independence with plucky riffs and headstrong drums. Consider this their formal invitation to make your bed, climb onto it, and jump until you lose your breath. Album cut “Dairy Queen” has us springing around like we’re at our happiest. It’s quite fun. Join us?
That’s it for this week! We’ll see you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!