The first audio preview of ‘Ye’s new album dropping in parallel with his guest appearance on the season premiere of SNL on Saturday. I dig the soulful flavor but not much of anything else (so far.) Wondering if the album will be as contradictory as ‘Ye’s ‘fit. 🤔
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— Maksim Presence & Sgt. Tibs
Lumping this milestone news together for Toronto’s finest today.
First, The Weeknd has the #1 song in the country! Would you have believed that in 2011? “Can’t Feel My Face” tops the Hot 100 this week and I suspect the run will at least ride through the rest of the summer.
ICYMI: My thoughts on Weeknd’s headlining Lolla performance
The other accolade goes to the city’s top dog, Drake, who has the first platinum album of 2015. 1 million copies sold… and this is after the initial rush got it for free back in February. Quite the accomplishment that Drake also dapped up on social media tonight too.
Hip Hop lost another one today. Reports this morning confirm the passing of Sean Price. He was 43. Details remain uncovered about how Price passed, except that it was in his sleep late last night.
“It is with beyond a heavy heart that Duck Down Music is sadly confirming that Sean Price passed away early this morning in his Brooklyn apartment, Saturday, August 8th, 2015,” reads a statement from his reps. “The cause of death is currently unknown, but it was reported that he died in his sleep. He’s survived by his wife, and his three children.
The hip hop community is already pouring out some heartfelt condolences. We of course do the same and thank Sean Price, or as you may have heard him as Ruck or 0.5 of Heltah Skeltah, for his many contributions to the culture.
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(A lot of people are remembering Sean Price’s humor this morning. Here’s an example. This is hilarious.)
Damn. Some of Sean Price’s last tweets.
R. Kelly revealed on Facebook the date of his next album, Buffet.
Brooklyn, New York! I’m bringing my HITS to Barclays Center the day my “Buffet” album comes out September 25th.
And yup, he’ll be celebrating at Barclays. Get tickets tomorrow.
As a bonus #TBT, R. Kelly also tweeted his place at #1 in Spotify’s Most Nostalgic Song with this classic…
— R. Kelly (@rkelly) July 30, 2015
Emphasis on “in the work”, but with the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton nearing release this summer, the follow up tour only makes more sense. And how about Eminem in the late Eazy-E’s spot. This would bring out rap fans old, new, whatever. Hope it happens, as teased in the new profile by Hollywood Reporter.
According to a new interview in THR, the studio wants to set up a European N.W.A. reunion tour with Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, MC Ren, Ice Cube, and then add Eminem to the mix. The possible reunion tour has yet to be finalized with everyone’s busy schedules to deal with, but there is no doubt that this would create considerable buzz for the film. “We don’t have anything settled yet with everyone’s schedules,” Donna Langley from Universal told THR. “But we think it can create a lot of buzz.”
Both Eminem and Dre are set to appear on the film’s official soundtrack, which will be released around the time of the film and also include an appearance from Kendrick Lamar. Dre and Cube also talked about the Suge Knight situation in the THR interview, with each of them recalling the day the incident happened, though they weren’t sure if Knight showed up that day to cause trouble. “It’s just a really unfortunate incident,” Dre said. “Maybe [Knight] was looking for trouble. I don’t know.” You can read the full profile here.
A quick refresh of the Facebook feed this afternoon and look what I see…
F the money! I’ll def be warm to some new Kweli, but for now, ICYMI, spin his Train of Thought album earlier this month featuring rare freestyles, b-sides, and more.