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SEP 27, 2016

Traktrain Play ~ Cosmic Crush / 15

YUNG BAE - 私は愛に ハイです

Nori Sky - Contact High

Hayden James - Just A Lover

Traktrain Play ~ Never Say Never / 14 (Free Downlo
Gorillaz Tease Their Forthcoming Album With a New Instagram Account

By Jordan Munns

It seems that Damon Albarn's claims that a new Gorillaz album would be ready "fairly soon" back in July held some serious weight. The iconic visual four-piece have launched a suggestive new Instagram account that looks back on their history since emerging on the scene way back in 2000 with their debut EP Tomorrow Comes Today. Various music videos, award show appearances, press shots and more appear in chronological order, presumably leading up to 2016 and the release of fresh material. Just last month, Pos from De La Soul revealed that the upcoming Gorillaz album will include guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Vic Mensa, Jean Michel-Jarre and Liam Bailey. (Read More)

Read This Powerful Unreleased Tupac Interview From 1996

By Jordan Munns

To mark the 20 year anniversary of Tupac's tragic death, VIBE magazine have published a commemorative cover that also includes an unreleased excerpt from Kevin Powell's candid 1996 interview with the late rap icon. The in-depth conversation went down just six months before Pac was murdered in Las Vegas, and his unsettled, troubled state of mind is made clear thanks to his incredibly frank responses.

Before the interview even starts, VIBE include an editor's note that explains the "intense climate" within the hip hop community at the time. "There were high tensions on both sides of the country that made it dangerous for artists and crews to maneuver freely between coasts," they explain. They also seek to state their intention for posting the excerpt: "We print this transcript not to perpetuate negative narratives, but to add another chapter to our journalistic tradition—to show Tupac as he was toward the end of his days. This rare glimpse at the end of Tupac’s story finds him erratic, introspective, and brilliantly insightful as always. We offer it with deep appreciation for ‘Pac, and with respect for his family, friends and fans."

In the interview, Powell questions Tupac on his role in the hostile nature of the hip hop community at the time. "We all black and everything…but I’m not talking about division. I’m talking about realism. You don’t hang with us. You live different than we live. We all brothers, but we don’t all live the same," he explains. "I don’t want it to be fighting, I don’t want no arguing, I just wanna make my money. You can’t tell me I’m gonna sit down and hug and kiss n*ggas to make everybody else feel good. Straight up, there is no beef. If there was a beef n*ggas would know."

Tupac also discusses the process behind his acclaimed album All Eyez On Me, opening up about the title and revealing how raw of an album it was for him. "Everybody lookin’ at me right now," he explains. "The police lookin’ at me, the females, my enemies, reporters, people that want me to fall, people that want me to make it. My mama. In jail, the guards. Everybody lookin’ at me. All eyes on me."

At the end of the interview, Pac speaks about his then upcoming record label, Euthanasia Records. In an ironic, sad twist, his final answer about the name of the label acts as a poignant, tragically prophetic precursor to his death: "I fell in love with that word. I feel like that’s me. I’m gonna die, I just wanna die without pain. I don’t wanna die, but if I gotta go I wanna go without pain." (Read More)

An Unreleased Kanye West & J Dilla Collaboration is Coming

By Patrick Montes

Back in late August, we were treated to some more new material from the legendary J Dilla. Now, it looks like we're going to get one of his biggest unreleased collaborations yet. As Pitchfork notes, an unreleased joint record from Kanye West and J Dilla is set to arrive on October 5. The song will come to us as part of a new J Dilla 12" vinyl from Rappcats, The Middle Finger. That vinyl feature two new cuts: J Dilla's an alternate version of "F*ck the Polce" and Kanye West’s spin on “The Anthem." (Read More)

Skepta Officially Wins the 2016 Mercury Prize

By Patrick Montes

Skepta has just joined an elite club that includes artists and acts such as James Blake, The xx, Portishead, Dizzee Rascal and others. Skepta's most recent studio album Konnichiwa has just won the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize. Skepta beat out David Bowie, Kano, Bat for Lashes, Radiohead, The 1975 and more to win the illustrious award, which honors the year's best album from a British artist. Last year's award was given to Benjamin Clementine. (Read More)

Songwriting Credits for Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ are Here

By Patrick Montes

As Pitchfork reports, ASCAP's (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) database now includes a dozen different tracks off Frank Ocean's new studio album Blonde. While Frank Ocean himself has yet to share an official breakdown of songwriting credits for Blonde, this new list of credited songwriters compiled by ASCAP is pretty thorough. The most recognizable artists and acts to receive credit in ASCAP's Blonde update are Kendrick Lamar, The Beatles, Tyler, the Creator Pharrell, James Blake, Jamie xx, Elliott Smith, Rostam Batmanglij, Om'Mas Keith, Michael Uzowuru, 88-Keys, Gang of Four and Todd Rundgren. To read through Pitchfork's entire, comprehensive listing of the credits, (Read More)