New Prince for your Labor Day. Perfect way to wind it down, huh? Hope you got TIDAL, the stream is there below.
1. MILLION $ SHOW 2. SHUT THIS DOWN 3. AIN’T ABOUT 2 STOP (FEAT. RITA ORA) 4. LIKE A MACK (FEAT. CURLY FRYZ) 5. THIS COULD B US 6. FALLINLOVE2NITE 7. X’S FACE 8. HARDROCKLOVER 9. MR. NELSON (FEAT. LIANNE LA HAVAS) 10. 1000 X’S & O’S 11. JUNE
So “New York Raining” totally blew up, and while I enjoyed that single with Charles Hamilton, I didn’t see it having the wide, radio impact it did.
Rita Ora, who provides the nice hook on that, follows it up with her first solo single in over the year and premieres it with a sizzling new video above. She undergoes different looks through to the end and the song itself is a catchy pop record, not of the dumbed down variety, and intended for jilted ex-lovers out there. Watch “Poison” and no doubt, be on the lookout for more Rita this summer.
Welp… that was all sorts of confusing and disappointing.
Kanye West just concluded tonight’s Billboard Music Awards and for most of us hip hop heads, we kept it on in the background for 3 hours to see ‘Ye shut it down with flames.
Unfortunately, the censors shut him down amidst Kanye’s now customary flames.
‘Ye began with “All Day” and ABC’s censors overreacted to the lyrics with silence for quite literally more than half of the song. It continued as Kanye went into “Black Skinhead” and to top it off, ‘Ye seemingly purposefully stood with the flames and behind some pyrotechnics to only project a silhouette. It didn’t quite work given the smoke and camera’s distance (in fact, the better effect is from Theophilus London’s IG video below… very cool.) Naturally though, Twitter was ablaze (no pun intended) with a high amount of WTF memes. I’m with the masses here — upset at the censors.
But it does beg a couple questions: 1. With the high volume of ‘n’ words, should Ye really be pushing “All Day” to non hip hop dominated audiences (like a telecast for pop music on ABC or even a Bulls game where the percentage is not as much as a Yeezus concert.) And 2. Why go back to “Black Skinhead”? Yeezus is a month shy of 2 years now.
Stay tuned for the silver lining to come of this performance: the next Kanye stream of consciousness.
Elsewhere in the night, the only other performance you have to see is Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” which featured viral violinist Lindsey Stirling to add a fresh touch to the melody. I dug her addition and the Paul Walker tribute video in the back at the very end. Why did Wiz have to turn up like that at the end? I would have preferred a classic pose it out moment.
I grasp for straws for more must-see highlights from the BBMAs. There’s really only J. Lo & Rita Ora left, ha!
In the wee hours of the morning, we have the official visual to Charles Hamilton & Rita Ora’s big #Empire single. Diggin’ the typewriter beginning, the overall black and white aesthetic, and then the overall message and substance for the video as well. If Rita Ora’s eyes don’t reel you in too…
Charles Hamilton & Rita Ora are officially everywhere with their nice new single “New York Raining”. Here they are up above with a performance of the song on Late Night with Seth Meyers. I’m realizing that I actually really like Rita Ora on hooks after this one.
Speaking of her, here’s some bonus video of Ora and Action Bronson… with Rosenberg trying to play matchmaker?
Charles Hamilton made the Empire finale last night and performed his new single “New York Raining” with Rita Ora. While I can’t find video of it from the show, I did just discover this all-new piano version of just Hamilton and the keys. Very nice and it’s great to hear him back. Catch him amongst the bevy of artists at SXSW this week too.