NBA 2K16 Soundtrack curators

DJ Premier, DJ Khaled, and DJ Mustard will bring together 50 tracks (+ 6 originals) to the largest 2K soundtrack yet. I love hearing all the new stops the NBA 2K franchise pulls out for their annual release and between these three and Spike Lee, they continue to keep things fresh. Definitely lookin’ forward to Premier’s picks the most, but that’s just me.

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DJ Khaled f/ Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, & Big Sean “How Many Times”

By now, it’s pretty much a given how formulaic a new DJ Khaled single is, and today, so is the video. The self-aware DJ Khaled presents another ridiculous 30 second skit that I can easily see Aziz Ansari’s Tom Haverford character loving and then the video proceeds to showcase the ladies while the other 3 artists do their thing with Khaled minimally shouting again on the hook. Even the hook (by Brown) and verses (by Wayne, Sean, and Brown) are formulaic also — nothing new really from any of em except a little bit of a lazy flow from Sean and a combination of Future and Migos from Breezy. *shrugs* Not my style but it’ll be summer’s style for sure.

DJ Khaled f/ Usher, Rick Ross, Fabolous & Ace Hood “Hold You Down (Remix)”

Khaled, Khaled, Khaled today as he enlists another jam-packed guest list — this time for the “Hold You Down (Remix)”. Below that, he releases a lengthy vlog that the internet is cracking up about, celebrating that the original has reached #1 on the urban charts. I didn’t really watch it because I got a sampling of it in this Instagram video today. You can’t unsee it, so take caution. In fact, don’t see it.

Rick Ross f/ R. Kelly “Keep Doin That”

Rick Ross & R. Kelly link back up for the video to their new single — appearing on the former’s upcoming album, Hood Billionaire. I also noticed cameos by DJ Khaled & Jermaine Dupri on “Keep Doin That”. Is it me though or is this just more of the same?

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Various Artists “Don’t Shoot”

A la Game’s Michael Jackson tribute track (Remember that one?! Loved that one.), he recruits an incredibly big lineup of big names for a tribute to the fallen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. It naturally took a lot of time for all these artists listed above in the cover art to do their thing and yet, the song still impacts at a time when a message this big and delivered by this many big artists can really speak to the people. Can’t knock that sentiment right?

It’s hard to pick my favorite raps from this one, but I will say that TGT’s singing contribution is the perfect break between each series of verses. Keep your ears peeled.

DJ Khaled f/ Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future & Jeremih “Hold You Down”

With help from Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, and Jeremih, you know DJ Khaled’s got one for the ladies here. “Hold You Down” is the next offering of I Changed A Lot, and the song debuts with this lavish video by Gil Green bringing together all the talent above. The highlight of the song for me is Jeremih kickin’ it off — thought his delivery set the tone perfectly and it’s good to see him get that shine first.

Is it weird that my first thought on the video was: Khaled, wearing noise canceling headphones when driving is dangerous! When it comes to Khaled in the video, I thought his acting was a little much and even by then, I got the gist of everything. See for yourself and get accustomed to hearing this all over the radio as summer concludes.

Drake OVO Fest Recap

Drake’s annual homecoming for OVO Fest took place last night and it wasn’t short on surprise guests. How about this for a rolodex?

J. Cole, G-Unit, Usher, YG, Tinashe, DJ Khaled, his OVO Crew: PARTYNEXTDOOR, Majid Jordan, and OB O’Brien, Trey Songz and even Lauryn Hill. Not in attendance: Kendrick Lamar, as you may assume, but Drake did shout him out.

The star-studded affair also included Drake “flying” above the crowd performing “Marvin’s Room”. Lowkey, I’ve always wanted to see someone perform above and with the crowd… but if I were Drake, maybe choose a song like “Started From The Bottom”? Still, very cool.

Peruse the various clips for your fix below (and the best image to come out of OVO Fest).

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