Some updates in the fallout of last night’s surprise release:
For one, Tyga responded to Drake’s (excellent) diss on “6PM in New York” with some since deleted tweets.
Moving on, Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is projected for a whopping 500K sold after last night’s stellar drop. Whow! Surprise releases FTW. You think Birdman got the message? Free agent Drizzy comin’ up…? We shall see…
US chart preview: #1 @Drake, If You're Reading This It's Too Late 500k
First impressions: 2, 3, 4, 9, 12, 14, 15, 17 all inspired run backs immediately. That’s a higher than average percentage people. Looking forward to digesting this more as a whole this weekend for some further thoughts.
Cool story bro: I lit up at the sample of Henry Krinkle’s “Stay” because that’s a great tune to begin with but because Mickey Factz’ “Stay” has been a rotation mainstay (no pun intended) since December. PND and Drake is way different and I like it a lot, but I gotta go with Mickey’s use of the sample more. Speaks to the latter.
02.12.15: It’s great when rumors come true. That was the case today as Drake does indeed drop a surprise new mixtape, not album, on iTunes (it costs money though.) Back with more commentary and an update, but all you need is below.
Listen to Drake ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ below and support on iTunes.
01. Legend 02. Energy 03. 10 Bands 04. Know Yourself 05. No Tellin’ 06. Madonna 07. 6 God 08. Star67 09. Preach f/ PARTYNEXTDOOR 10. Wednesday Night Interlude f/ PARTYNEXTDOOR 11. Used To f/ Lil Wayne 12. 6 Man 13. Now & Forever 14. Company f/ Travi$ Scott 15. You & The 6 16. Jungle 17. 6PM In New York (Tyga Diss) (Bonus)
Stream over. Press play and watch the full 1 hr, 14 minute concert above.
Kanye West headlined the Roc City Classic tonight, outdoors at the Flatiron Building in New York City and it was an event that had us tuned in live.
‘Ye performed a lot of his turn-up hits of recent past with his G.O.O.D. Music brethren accompanying him — Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, and Travi$ Scott were all there and performed their respective verses or some solo songs as well (“IDFWU”, “Blessings”, “Numbers on the Board”, “Mamacita”, for example.) ‘Ye also gave Fetty Wap his biggest co-sign yet as he brought him out to his hometown stage for a performance of his street viral hit “Trap Queen”.
The show was not without its technical difficulties, however. At various times, the mics for Big Sean and Pusha T didn’t sound very strong and were cutting out. Plus, Kanye had to restart “Blood On The Leaves” saying at one point, “This shit very unorganized for a Kanye West situation.” There were some momentary pauses of silences at various times to as things were being figured out behind the scenes before the next song started. It wasn’t that big of a distraction overall, but I can sense the frustration in a perfectionist like Ye.
The show closed with “New Slaves”, “Blood on the Leaves”, and “Only One”. When he restarted “Blood on the Leaves”, he called out Nike and refused to acknowledge the company by name. He started by asking the crowd to “Sing it loud so they can hear it all out in Portland.” Kanye was at a riled up maximum for the first lines of “Blood on the Leaves” for what was probably my favorite highlight of the show.
For “Only One”, the mood switched and Kanye even ad-libbed that he was happy today (after all, it was a big day.) The lighting followed suit from the Grammys. Then with this amazingly simple and powerful statement, Kanye was out.
Remember to believe in yourself. Remember that anything is possible. I love you.
But no one’s going to focus on that… just him interrupting Beck and then not hearing him clarify the comments so it comes off better than he intended.
On that note, be sure to watch up above and you can fast forward through the full performance if on a time crunch. I wouldn’t of course. Also note the new subtleties like additional synths and riffs in “Don’t Like”, “Cold” (especially), and “New Slaves”.
Last night at Big Sean’s Grammy Weekend set at the HoB Sunset, the stars were out and it was Kanye who took over the headlines. He called out Nike real quick up above saying, “Y’all should thank Nike because they made me make these songs right here,” West says before performing ‘New Slaves'”.
Also partaking as part of Big Sean’s set was Travi$ Scott, Justin Bieber, Ty Dolla $ign, Chris Brown, Tyga, YG and DJ Mustard for “IDFWU”. And as you can tell in the photo below too, J. Lo, J. Cole, and the Jenners were at the show too.
Finally, be sure to also peep an entertaining video of Kanye letting an aspiring rapper spit some bars to him last night. Love that guy’s thankful reaction at the very end, haha.
Aha, here is the official cover for Dark Sky Paradise — it’s not the Dark Knight font promo image but this cool look of Sean behind a window.
Accompanying the album art is the official tracklist too and it’s filled with intriguing collabs… Kanye West will appear twice, most notably on what is the track I want to hear most because it’s titled “One Man Can Change The World” with John Legend on there too.
Other featured guests include Lil Wayne, Jhene Aiko, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, and Sean’s new boo Ariana Grande. The preorders are up now so it’s really coming on February 24th.
1. Dark Sky (Skyscrapers) 2. Blessings (feat. Drake)
3. All Your Fault (feat. Kanye West & Travi$ Scott) 4. I Don’t Fuck With You (feat. E-40)
5. Play No Games (feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign)
6. Paradise (Extended)
7. Win Some, Lose Some
8. Stay Down
9. I Know (feat. Jhené Aiko)
10. Deep (feat. Lil Wayne)
11. One Man Can Change the World (feat. Kanye West & John Legend)
13. Deserve It (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)
14. Research (feat. Ariana Grande)
15. Platinum and Wood
PND is back with some new music and a surprise drop of a 4-song FreEP #PNDCOLOURS.
As you can see from the cover art, you can connect the EP title. You can also see features from Travi$ Scott & Ca$h Out, both artists having dollar signs in their names. Maybe it’s a strong indicator that they’re money… find out for yourself below.
(“Girl From Oakland” my early favorite. This line and entire song “Jus Know”, too.)