Usher’s surprise album is definitely produced by Zaytoven

Pleasantly surprised by a new Usher album on #NewMusicFriday… and the headline is inspired by literally every track starting off with the Zaytoven tag. Haha. Just start each track and the volume gets slightly louder by the end. After all, the album is technically “Usher & Zaytoven”.

That observation aside: I was hopeful for some instant classic Usher to match some of his singles post-Confessions era (let alone anything approaching Confessions or 8701) but that hope went quickly to naught.

Sadly, the only joint that really stood out was “You Decide” (below) with the overall sound of the album matching the underwhelming, OFF-White knockoff cover. I’ll give it some spins over the weekend to see what grows on me though, but even more than that, I’ll just spin back those classics.

Usher performs National Anthem at Game 4

This deserves its own spotlight. Superstar artist (and minority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers) Usher was Game 4’s big-name musical guest to put their twist on the National Anthem.

When it was airing, it actually pulled me away from my computer and I was drawn in by Usher’s vocals and the fans holding up the red, white, and blue cards to create an epic visual teased in the photo above and on display in the background of the performance below. Watch this and get patriotic on this Friday!

Some bonus thoughts on the game itself:

– This series finally feels like it makes sense. The Warriors finally had their good offensive game (and it could be better) and it was all propelled by Steve Kerr’s masterful lineup change with Andre Iguodala in the starting lineup for Andrew Bogut. Great team win for the Warriors with literally everyone on the supporting cast contributing.

– LeBron and Delly looked exhausted as the game wore on. Could the series and depth finally be catching up to James?

– Warriors in 6 now? In 7 at least. This was the most definitive win of the series. After watching that, and considering the fatigue and depth should only favor the Warriors going forward, plus the Oracle crowd, I like Golden State bringing the ship to the Bay (my Warriors in 5 prediction is long gone, but hey.)

– I still haven’t stopped smiling after JR Smith’s entrance.

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– And exit.

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UPDATE: Not NBA Finals or Usher related, but NBA and hip hop related and also happening yesterday — Swaggy P plays “Iggy or Kobe?” in a game of rap lyrics on SportsNation. I especially love the plot twist at the end.

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Wale f/ Usher “The Matrimony”

Wale & Usher’s single has been all over the radio when I’ve tuned in recently. Naturally, it gets a new video with the two being the 2015 Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Kinda, sorta, not really, but though the single is still not growing on me, I do appreciate the appeal it gets and the combo of Wale and Usher for the video now too.

Met Gala Fashion

The biggest celebrities in the most elaborate formal wear. Here’s quite the gallery featuring KimYe, The Carters, Common, John Legend & Chrissy Teigen, Rihanna, Cassie & Diddy, FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson, Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union, Justin Bieber, Solange, and oh yeah J. Lo. Based on the Twitter volume I perused, Beyonce seems to be the big winner and I agree, she definitely killed. Also that Wizard of Oz meme on Rihanna’s dress. So it’s a draw.

Also, lowkey this is perfect.

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Ludacris ‘Ludaversal’ (Album Stream)

Ludaversal in stores today and after a hellified intro, you may be reeled in to see what the album is all about. I’ma skip ahead to the R&B collabs as well, with Luda and a singer usually making for a good contrast. He’s got Miguel, Monica, and Usher on this one. Plus, Big K.R.I.T. for a southern rap track that’s a natural fit. Chicago’s Da Internz producing track #02 btw…

Listen below:

1. “Ludaversal Intro”
2. “Grass Is Always Greener”
3. “Call Ya Bluff”
4. “Lyrical Healing”
5. “Beast Mode”
6. “Viagra (Skit)”
7. “Get Lit”
8. “Come and See Me (Interlude)”
9. “Come and See Me” (Feat. Big K.R.I.T.)
10. “Good Lovin” (Feat. Miguel)
11. “Ocean Skies” (Feat. Monica)
12. “Not Long” (Feat. Usher)
13. “Charge It To the Rap Game”
14. “This Has Been My World”

(Now that Luda’s got a song with ‘Lit’ in it… can we retire the word? Getting kinda lame #jussayin #noshots)


Ludacris ‘Ludaversal’ (Album Stream)

ICYMI: Ludacris on the #BieberRoast (Full Video)

Wale ‘The Album About Nothing’ (Album Stream)

Wale’s Album About Nothing is out today and with it comes the official Spotify stream (not on the Tidal wave just yet…)

I’m curious to check out that SZA feature as well as some of these visuals that Wale’s been putting out. “The White Shoes” is the newest one, and “Girls On Drugs” with The Roots on last night’s Fallon is also below.

1. “The Intro About Nothing”
2. “The Helium Balloon”
3. “The White Shoes”
4. “The Pessimist” (Feat. J. Cole)
5. “The Middle Finger”
6. “The One Time In Houston”
7. “Girls On Drugs”
8. “The God Smile”
9. “The Need To Know” (Feat. SZA)
10. “The Success”
11. “The Glass Egg”
12. “The Bloom (AG3)”
13. “The Matrimony” (Feat. Usher)
14. “The Body” (Feat. Jeremih)

ICYMI: “The Summer League” f/ Kanye West & Ty Dolla $ign

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Usher & Stevie Wonder Grammys 2015

One of the Grammy surprises tonight was Stevie Wonder himself as he came out at the end of Usher’s “Is It Magic” tribute to him to play some harmonica and bring in some good vibes.

Watch Usher & Stevie Wonder below:

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And Twitter had fun at Kim’s expense afterwards, haha.

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