Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion share “WAP” video

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion share “WAP” video
Featuring cameos from Normani, Rosaliá, and Kylie Jenner.

By David Renshaw

August 07, 2020

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion have shared the big budget video for their wild new single “WAP.” The video, which you can see above, is set in a larger than life mansion filled with big cats and a swimming pool. In between their verses Cardi and Megan are joined by a number of famous faces, including Normani, Rosaliá, Mulatto, and Kylie Jenner. Check it out above.

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“WAP” is the first new music from Cardi B in 2020, though her thoughts on coronavirus were sampled and made into a viral dance track back in March. Megan Thee Stallion, meanwhile, follows a high-profile shooting incident last month that left her requiring surgery in both feet. It’s an moment she described as “the worst experience of [her] life.” The traumatic incident came soon after “Savage Remix,” featuring Beyoncé, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Popcaan drops surprise new mixtape featuring two Drake collaborations

Popcaan drops surprise new mixtape featuring two Drake collaborations
FIXTAPE also features PARTYNEXTDOOR and Stylo G.

By David Renshaw

August 07, 2020

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Popcaan has surprised fans with a brand new mixtape. Titled FIXTAPE, the 19-track project arrived on Jamaican Independence Day (August 6) and is released in conjunction with DJ collective Chromatic Sound. The mixtape includes a wealth of guest vocals, including Popcaan’s OVO label boss Drake. The Toronto rapper appears on “All I Need” plus “Twist & Turn,” the latter of which also boasts a verse from PARTYNEXTDOOR.

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Other names on the project include Stylo G (“Fresh Polo”), Jada Kingdom (“Suh Me Luv It”), and French Montana (“Murda”). FIXTAPE follows Popcaan’s Vanquish, his first release for Drake’s OVO Sound imprint, which dropped in December 2019.

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The Weeknd drops “Smile” featuring Juice WRLD

The Weeknd drops “Smile” featuring Juice WRLD
A new song from Abel Tesfaye and the late rapper.

By David Renshaw

August 07, 2020

(L-R) The Weeknd, Juice WRLD.

 

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The Weeknd appears alongside Juice WRLD on new song “Smile.” The track is streaming below.

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Prior to his death of an accidental overdose in December 2019, Juice WRLD tweeted his belief that he and The Weeknd would “make a diamond record.” “Smile” marks the first time the pair have released a song togther.

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Both The Weeknd and Juice WRLD have released new albums in 2020. The Weeknd’s After Hours, featuring hit singles “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless,” arrived in March. Juice WRLD’s posthumous new album Legends Never Die, meanwhile, dropped in July.

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Help Lebanon recover with these six fundraisers

Help Lebanon recover with these six fundraisers
In light of the horrific and devastating explosion in Beirut, consider donating to one of these fundraisers supporting the Lebanese community.

By The FADER

August 07, 2020

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Each week, The FADER rounds up a small selection of calls for donations from causes furthering the goals of equality and social justice. This week, we’re focussing on organizations providing support to those affected by the recent explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

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Bank To School education fund

Bank To School helps fund the school tuition fees of children in Lebanon. School dropout rates in Lebanon were already high before the recent tragedy, and are expected to increase.

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“​The World Bank estimates that around two in five people in Lebanon will be living in poverty (

Megan Thee Stallion says she “felt very betrayed” after shooting incident

Megan Thee Stallion says she “felt very betrayed” after shooting incident
Megan spoke candidly on a post-“WAP” Q&A session on Instagram Live.

By Sajae Elder

August 07, 2020

Megan Thee Stallion took to Instagram Live soon after the release of “WAP,” her new song with Cardi B, to take fan questions about the collaboration and much more. Eventually, the questions shifted to discuss a recent altercation that left her with gunshot wounds in both feet; something she has already referred to as the “worst experience of [her] life.”

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“What did you feel after getting shot?” a fan asked on the stream, prompting the rapper to talk about the situation and how some have been making jokes at her expense in its aftermath. “I feel like this is a thing that I see every single day and I see so many women and I see so many men talking shit about this,” she said. “But shit was crazy and I feel like some people think that it’s funny and some people think that it’s a joke and I feel like some people are saying that to get to me.”

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She went on to add that she felt betrayed but despite the experience, she chooses to remain positive. “It’s not fun, bitch,” she said. “I don’t understand. I just felt very betrayed by a friend. I felt very betrayed by all my friends. I felt very shocked, very scared… I’m not a person who is able to be down for a long time … I don’t like to be victimized. I don’t like to feel like ‘Oh my god, Megan, something’s wrong.’ I like to be upbeat. I like to be happy.”

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Watch the full Instagram Live session above.

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The 10 albums you should stream right now

The 10 albums you should stream right now
New music from Aminé, Eyedress, Popcaan, and more.

By Jordan Darville

August 07, 2020

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Aminé, Limbo

The Portland rapper and XXL Freshman returns with his second studio album and third full-length project since 2017. “Shimmy,” “Riri,” and “Compensating” featuring Young Thug have preceded the project.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

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Popcaann, FIXTAPE

Popcaan’s second release on Drake’s label OVO Sound is pure palm-shaded cookout music, soundtracking the event’s sun-baked peak to its heavy-lidded, sexy after hours. Drake features on two songs: “Twist & Turn” with PARTYNEXTDOOR, perfect for catching a slow wine to, and the bedroom-focussed “All I Need.”

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Victoria Monét, Jaguar

Even if you’re unfamiliar with the name “Victoria Monét,” you’ve definitely heard her music. Her work with Ariana Grande landed her Grammy nominations for Record of the Year (“7 rings”) and Album of the Year” (thank u, next). Those acknowledgments are the shiny capstone of a career spent writing for other musicians, but she’s a compelling artist on her own. Her latest album Jaguar is dynamic and airtight psychedelic soul. Khalid and SG Lewis feature on “Experience.” Check out our 2019 interview with Monét here.

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Lil Keed, Trapped on Cleveland 3

Young Thug’s protégée Lil Keed has enjoyed some minor TikTok virality this year thanks to his song “Snake” from his debut album Long Live Mexico. While certainly derivative of early Young Thug, Keed’s music has managed to stand out in the new crop of Atlanta rappers, and with features from Thug as well as Travis Scott, Gunna, and Ty Dolla $ign, Trapped on Cleveland 3 is Keed’s biggest play yet for stardom.

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The Microphones, Microphones in 2020

Phil Elverum’s unmissable new album is not a resurrection of his beloved Microphones moniker as much as a 40-minute long meditation on the passage of time and a rejection of our linear conception of it. If that sounds too heady, his straightforward, stream-of-thought lyrics and ambient folk experimentation are there to guide you.

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Jason Molina, Eight Gates

The final solo album from Jason Molina and unheard since the singer-songwriter’s 2013 death from alcoholism complications, Eight Gates was recorded in London in 2008. Far from your average cobbled-together posthumous release, Eight Gates is a fully-formed articulation of Molina’s genius that’s honest to his voice.

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Eyedress, Let’s Skip To The Wedding

The latest album from cult Filipino lo-fi artist and King Krule associate Eyedress is here. In a press release Eyedress said the album “is for everyone who wants to be in a serious relationship, real simp shit.” So just consider that when you’re listening to its effortlessly cool, reverbed vocals and jangly guitars.

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Ital Tek, Dream Boundary EP

In May, Brighton electronic composer Ital Tek shared Outland, an album of rave-adjacent compositions that were predominantly dour and exceedingly cinematic. His new EP Dream Boudnary is a collection of new songs in that vein, recorded in the Outland sessions and shared today.

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Paul Institute, Summer 2020 EP

The Paul Institute isn’t just an empty shell for Jai and A.K. Paul to keep earning mystery cloud — it actually releases music. This week, the Institute shared a new EP of six songs, all brand new save A.K. Paul’s “Be Honest.” The Paul sound is thick and heavy here, but occasionally an artist offers something bold on their own, like Ruthven’s Supertramp-esque “Have You Decided?”

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Tony Seltzer / A Lau, Avenues

Tony Seltzer and A Lau, two key producers in the New York hip-hop underground, have teamed up on a new project assembling some of their most noteworthy collaborators. Jay Critch, Wiki, Princess Nokia, and more all feature.

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Trump issues executive order to ban TikTok in 45 days, TikTok responds

Trump issues executive order to ban TikTok in 45 days, TikTok responds
Parent company ByteDance must sell the app by September 15 or risk being banned in the U.S.

By Sajae Elder

August 07, 2020

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Donald Trump issued an executive order regarding TikTok on Thursday, barring transactions with parent company ByteDance if they don’t sell the app in 45 days, according to The Hollywood Reporter. With over 100 million users in the U.S., the video-sharing platform has come under fire over user data privacy and security concerns. TikTok has maintained that they do not store U.S. user data in China.

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“These risks are real,” reads the order. “The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security.” Just last month, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the administration was looking at banning the app, along with a few others. ByteDance now has until September 15 to sell the business.

On Sunday, Microsoft was reportedly in conversation with the Chinese tech firm to acquire the app’s operations in the U.S., as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Microsoft says they plan to build on the current TikTok experience while adding “world-class security, privacy, and digital safety protections.” The company said they would transfer any American TikTok user data to the U.S. and have any data saved on international servers deleted.

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TikTok responded on Friday with their own statement, claiming the order was “issued without any due process.” “For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the US government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed,” the statement reads. “What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses.” In late June, TikTok was banned in India, its largest market.

Read TikTok’s full statement here.

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Anderson .Paak shares “Lockdown Remix” featuring Noname, JID, and Jay Rock’s anti-vaccine conspiracies

Anderson .Paak shares “Lockdown Remix” featuring Noname, JID, and Jay Rock’s anti-vaccine conspiracies
Rock appears to reference the widely debunked conspiracy film Plandemic before rapping “Big B.G. used to sell microchips / Now, he out here pushing vaccines?”

By Jordan Darville

August 07, 2020

On Juneteenth, Anderson .Paak shared a new, one-off single called “Lockdown,” a soulful attempt to capture the pain of the Black Lives Matter and the tumult that the pandemic has unleashed on our lives. It was good to hear .Paak return to earth after cavorting with the stars on lifeless projects like the Trolls: World Tour soundtrack, and today, .Paak dropped off the remix with Noname, JID, and Jay Rock, who rapped in the song’s music video but has additional and far more questionable bars about COVID-19 to share today.

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The lines in question take place near the end of Jay Rock’s verse. “Know the difference from a pan- and a plan-demic,” Jay raps, “Just a bunch of bullshit, how we land in it?” The word “plandemic” is likely a reference to Plandemic, a 2020 conspiracy theory film released in May containing misinformation and unsubstantiated allegations about the spread of COVID-19. The film has been condemned by the medical and scientific communities and has been the subject of a thorough fact check from Science magazine.

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The lyric that immediately follows “Just a bunch of bullshit,” could be charitably interpreted as Rock’s own refutation of Plandemic. However, subsequent lines in Jay Rock’s verse weaken that argument: “It’s a lot going on on this damn mission / Big B.G. used to sell microchips / Now, he out here pushing vaccines?” The acronym B.G. likely stands for “Bill Gates,” the Microsoft co-founder; many in the anti-vaccine movement have falsely claimed that Gates is using the coronavirus crisis to shore up support for microchip implants and potentially deadly vaccines.

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Oh yeah, the song. JID and Noname are great. As far as I can tell, their verses don’t push any information which will get people killed and extend the length of our real-life lockdown. Since only the first two-thirds of the song is safe for your Facebook conspiracy-sharing relatives, share at your peril. We’ve reached out to Jay Rock’s representative for comment.

Idris Lawal honors his journey on “Gung Ho”

Idris Lawal honors his journey on “Gung Ho”
Off the Canadian artist’s new EP, Young, Black & Blue.

By Salvatore Maicki

August 07, 2020

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On his new EP Young, Black & Blue, self-proclaimed Afrobop artist Idris Lawal takes stock of his recent move from Ottawa to Toronto by thinking about his family’s journey on a more holistic level — from Nigeria, to Qatar, to South Africa, and finally, Canada. The result is a well-seasoned homage to his communities of the past and present, as visualized in his new video for the effortlessly smooth “Gung Ho,” featuring Jelani Watson on sax and Sydnee Croft on backing vocals.

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“The music video for ‘Gung Ho’ was meant to be reflective of intimate moments between my parents and I,” Lawal wrote in an email to The FADER. “The moments in which my parents passed down the wisdom that guide me today as I navigate through this cold, blue world. One of the most important lessons my parents taught me was to never forget my roots, as the song’s lyrics mention so I wanted to make sure this music video visually showcases my roots – through the outfits and backdrops used.”

“Working on this video was a milestone for me as it was my first time as a ‘creative-director’ for a music video. Picking out the outfits, backdrop materials and props was a fulfilling process. Another big milestone is that we finished shooting this video right before the pandemic hit and we were able to complete the video via remote editing session. Lastly, I’ve always been taught to keep my friends close and the beautiful black faces you see in this video are people I am proud to call friends and collaborators.”

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Watch the “Gung Ho” video, and stream his EP Young, Black & Blue in its entirety, below.

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Hear the first single from Omar Apollo’s forthcoming debut album, “Stayback”

Hear the first single from Omar Apollo’s forthcoming debut album, “Stayback”
With an Aidan Cullen-directed video to match.

By Salvatore Maicki

August 07, 2020

Omar Apollo‘s debut album is finally on its way, and while most details are still under wrap, the L.A.-via-Indiana artist is offering the first listen today with “Stayback.” It’s his downright funkiest work to date, a delirious stomper that finds Apollo combatting unrequited feelings with necessary boundaries: “If I could switch bodies you know I’d change that. But you could never love me so stay back.” Queerbaiters everywhere, take note.

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The track arrives with an Aidan Cullen-directed video, which pictures his dilemma in a neon-lit motel, straight out of some Harmony Korine daydream. Check it out above, and then head here to watch The FADER’s short documentary on Apollo.

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DJ Cassidy enlists Run-DMC, Chuck D, and more for old school hip-hop edition of Pass The Mic

DJ Cassidy enlists Run-DMC, Chuck D, and more for old school hip-hop edition of Pass The Mic
The livestream aired last night on Twitch.

By Jordan Darville

August 06, 2020

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In July, DJ Cassidy debuted his quarantine morale-boosting livestream series Pass The Mic, an online and remote jam session starring Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang, and many more. A month later, Cassidy debuted the show’s second volume, and its theme is classic hip-hop. Run-DMC, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Rakim, Salt N’ Pepa, and over thirty other hip-hop stars joined in for a forty-minute party viewed by over 122,000 people during its Wednesday night debut on Twitch. You can watch the entire show above on Cassidy’s Instagram.

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“I hope Volume Two moves others as much as it has moved me,” Cassidy said in a press statement. “I am forever grateful to my hip-hop heroes for their decades of music, culture, and inspiration, and with them, I celebrate all the heroes around the world.”

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High Fidelity canceled after one season

High Fidelity canceled after one season
The Zoë Kravitz reboot will not be returning to Hulu.

By David Renshaw

August 06, 2020

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High Fidelity, the Zoë Kravitz-starring TV series based on the cult classic 2000 movie of the same name (and Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel), has been canceled. Hulu aired the first season earlier this year but confirmed on Wednesday that it will not return for a second outing.

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Sharing the news via her Instagram, Kravitz wrote: “i wanna give a shout out to my #highfidelity family. thank you for all the love and heart you put into this show. i’m in awe of all of you. and thank you to everyone who watched, loved and supported us. ✌🏽 #breakupssuck”

The series also starred Da’Vine Joy Randolph, David H. Holmes, Jake Lacy, and Kingsley Ben-Adir.

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i wanna give a shout out to my #highfidelity family. thank you for all the love and heart you put into this show. i'm in awe of all of you. and thank you to everyone who watched, loved and supported us. ✌🏽 #breakupssuck

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Nadia Tehran and Coucou Chloe take off in the “Jet” video

Nadia Tehran and Coucou Chloe take off in the “Jet” video
Dozakh: All Lovers Hell (Expanded) is out September 9.

By Jordan Darville

August 06, 2020

Back in 2019, Copenhagen-based artist Nadia Tehran released her album Dozakh: All Lovers Hell on YEAR0001, the home of Yung Lean, Ecco2K, Bladee, and more. That project sought to reconfigure traditional notions of pop into a kind of personal performance art; “Jet” stood out in the tracklist, the only straightforward banger in the bunch. Today, The FADER is premiering the music video for the M.I.A.-adjacent tune, co-directed by Tehran and Ecco2K. The concept is simple: a dusty Volvo station wagon packed to bursting with Nadia and her stylish cohorts — the clip was shot last year, when “social distancing” wasn’t part of our everyday lives.

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“The video is a family portrait that reflects the diaspora life in Scandinavia,” Tehran said in an email statement to The FADER. “It’s a celebration of being Scandibrown, of constantly moving and keeping the speed in our own universe. From a western eye, we might be the ignorant immigrants that the song talks about, but in reality, we are living the memory of a lost life; reenacting times we had in Iran, cruising around the streets of Mashhad with our cousins, as a way to feel free in a country where even music is illegal. But then again, even in the western part of the world, that freedom doesn’t exist either. It’s nearly impossible to ride in a car with all your POC friends without the police racially profiling you. That’s what it means to live life in the inherited void.”

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“Jet” will appear on Dozakh: All Lovers Hell (Expanded), a new version of the project with demos, remixes, and more, out September 9. As a bonus, enjoy the deluxe edition’s remix of “Jet” from Habib1, streaming below; it’s enchanting, corrupted club music of the first degree.

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NADIA TEHRAN · High Like a Jet (Habib1 Remix)

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Report: Migos member Takeoff accused of rape in civil lawsuit, issues denial

Report: Migos member Takeoff accused of rape in civil lawsuit, issues denial
A criminal investigation is reportedly ongoing.

By Jordan Darville

August 06, 2020

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A woman has filed a civil lawsuit against Takeoff, accusing the Migos rapper of rape, The New York Times reports.

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The alleged incident took place at a house party in Encino, California, in late June. The woman, referred to as Jane Doe in the lawsuit, says she attended at the invitation of Daryl McPherson a.k.a. DJ Durel, who tours with Migos as their DJ. The woman alleges that Takeoff made several advances that made her “uncomfortable,” and she alerted Durel, who took her to a room upstairs.

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The suit alleges that, shortly after 2 a.m., Takeoff entered the room and “began touching her.” The woman says she made it clear that she did not want to have sex, but according to court documents, Takeoff “removed her clothes and forcibly penetrated her.”

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The woman reportedly went to the hospital where “physical evidence of forceful rape” was observed and the Los Angeles Police Department was contacted. Neama Rahmani, a lawyer for the accuser, says that her client has launched the civil suit because of perceived delays in the criminal investigation — Rahmani claims that police have not spoken with her since June, despite attempts to make her available for interviews.

Takeoff denied the allegation through a statement issued by his attorney, Drew Findling, to TMZ. Read it below:

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“We have reviewed the allegations and have similarly done our own due diligence. What has become abundantly clear is that the allegations made against Takeoff are patently and provably false. The claims and statements made regarding this lawsuit indicate that the plaintiffs’ representatives have not spoken with relevant witnesses or reviewed available evidence.”

“Takeoff is renowned for his artistic talent as well as his quiet, reserved and peaceful personality. In this instance, those known personality traits have made him a target of an obvious exploitative money grab. As his counsel, we are well aware and well versed on the importance of civil and criminal prosecution of true sexual assaults. This is not one of those situations.”

The FADER has reached out to Takeoff’s representative for more information.

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Hear John Herndon of Tortoise’s debut album as A Grape Dope

Hear John Herndon of Tortoise’s debut album as A Grape Dope
Arthur King Presents A Grape Dope: Backyard Bangers is Herndon’s first full-length solo project, 20 years after his debut as A Grape Dope.

By Alex Robert Ross

August 06, 2020

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John Herndon has been releasing music as A Grape Dope since the turn of the millennium, when he debuted with a skittering instrumental hip-hop EP called Immediate Action. But it’s taken 20 years — and countless albums from his other projects, including the hugely influential post-rock group Tortoise, of which Herndon is a founding member — for the drummer and producer to release his first solo album. Arthur King Presents A Grape Dope: Backyard Bangers, premiering below ahead of its release tomorrow via Dangerbird Records, takes the template that Herndon laid down two decades ago, tears it into shreds, and then pastes it back together at odd angles.

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The album is, Herndon says, “a collage of sounds — found and recorded in various places and in various ways and then glued together with some rhythm, some space, melody, harmony and noise,” and that’s roughly the impression you get listening through. Tracks like “Who Are You” and “Backyard Banger” really do seem to have been picked up in a warehouse, rust still showing, their surfaces coarse. But those cavernous, near-ambient moments are offset by stretches of disco, pop, and hip-hop that blend seamlessly. The album’s core — a three-song stretch of “Rainbo Locals,” “Nod to the Peanuts,” and “A Glorious Day” — borders on the psychedelic, and there are enough house beats lurking in the mix to keep the record buoyant throughout.

“Some of the music I like most makes me want to jump around, headbang, and dance,” Herndon says in a statement about the record. “I was trying to make a record that would make me feel these things with the hopes that it would make you feel these things as well!” Listen to Arthur King Presents A Grape Dope: Backyard Bangers in full below.

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Listen to the previously unreleased Prince song “Cosmic Day”

Listen to the previously unreleased Prince song “Cosmic Day”
The track appears on the expanded edition of Sign O’ The Times, out September 25.

By Jordan Darville

August 06, 2020

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The Prince Estate is continuing its rollout of the upcoming deluxe edition of Sign O’ The Times with the release of “Cosmic Day,” a track that’s never been officially released.

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“Cosmic Day” was recorded at Sunset Sound, Studio 3 on November 15, 1986, placing the song in the psychedelic pop era of Prince’s album Parade. The high-pitched vocal stylings —referred to in Prince lore as his “Camille” persona — can also be heard on the Sign O The Times track “If I Was Your Girlfriend.” Fun fact: Prince has an entire unreleased Camille album, though some of the songs were re-recorded for other projects.

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Listen to “Cosmic Day” below. The expanded edition of SIgn O’ The Times, which will include 63 previously unreleased songs and a two-hour concert film, is out September 25. Other cuts from the new edition of the album include the 1979 version of “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” and “Witness 4 The Prosecution (Version 1).

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Producer Detail arrested on over a dozen sexual assault charges

Producer Detail arrested on over a dozen sexual assault charges
The “Drunk in Love” and “7/11” producer was arrested on Wednesday.

By Sajae Elder

August 06, 2020

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Noel Fisher, widely known as producer Detail, was arrested on Wednesday on over a dozen sexual assault charges, according to Reuters. The producer is reportedly being held on $6.3 million bail.

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Fisher was under investigation for alleged events that occurred between 2010 and 2018. In a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, detectives were notified in late July that “15 sexual assault charges and five additional felony assault-related charges were filed against” the producer. “Based on the nature of the allegations, SVB detectives believe there may be additional potential victims and they are seeking the public’s help in identifying any such victims,” the LASD said in the statement.

In 2018, singer Jessie Reyez revealed her own experiences with Fisher after two women accused him of sexual assault. The alleged incident was the subject of her song “Gatekeeper.” “One night, over 6 years ago Noel ‘Detail’ Fisher tried this on me,” Reyez tweeted at the time. “I was lucky and I got out before it got to this. I didn’t know what to say or who to tell. I was scared.”

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Bebe Rexha and Tinashe would take to social media to recount their own negative experiences with the producer. “He tried to do the same thing to me when I was a new artist,” Rexha tweeted at the time. Tinashe later commented on Rexha’s post via Instagram, saying, “The only session I’ve been in to this day where I left due to being soooo uncomfortable. Glad he’s being exposed for the fucking creep he is.”

Just last fall, he lost a $15 million sexual assault lawsuit filed by artist and model Kristina Buch.

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Listen to Palehound’s cover of Elliott Smith’s “Southern Belle”

Listen to Palehound’s cover of Elliott Smith’s “Southern Belle”
On what would have been Smith’s 51st birthday.

By Alex Robert Ross

August 06, 2020

L: JJ Gonson; R: Bao Ngo.

 

Elliott Smith’s self-titled Kill Rock Stars debut turned 25 last month, and, like almost everything else in the late singer-songwriter’s catalog has been since his death 17 years ago, the record is being treated to a lavish reissue. As well as some high-end extras — highlighter yellow vinyl, a 56-page photo book courtesy of JJ Gonson — Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition will include a fully remastered version of the original LP and a bonus disc of Smith’s first known live recording, from the Portland cafe Umbra Penumbra on September 17, 1994.

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In the lead-up to the release, Kill Rock Stars are releasing covers of Elliott Smith songs from artists such as Bonny Light Horseman, Marisa Anderson, Maita, Prateek Kuhad, and Califone. And today, on what would have been Smith’s 51st birthday, they’ve released one of the best yet, with Palehound’s take on “Southern Belle.” It stays pretty true to the original at first, Smith’s delicate but slightly frantic acoustic guitar line basically intact, and Ellen Kempner does the near-impossible by replicating the clenched-teeth desperation in Smith’s voice. But rather than staying acoustic throughout, Palehound’s version explodes into life halfway through. Thankfully it’s not over-embellished or shiny — this is how “Southern Belle” would have sounded if Smith had taken Quasi into the studio to remake the track in the late ’90s.

Listen to Palehound’s Southern Belle below, and pre-order Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition here.

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Watch the first trailer of viral Twitter thread-turned-film, Zola

Watch the first trailer of viral Twitter thread-turned-film, Zola
The Twitter saga-turned-film is finally seeing a wider release.

By Sajae Elder

August 06, 2020

Florida? murder? u have the wrong number! @_zolarmoon @taylourpaige @rileykeough pic.twitter.com/GE4quzZp6n

— A24 (@A24) August 6, 2020

The first teaser for the A24-produced film Zola is finally here. Based on the twists and turns of a story that unfolded tweet by tweet back in 2015, Zola is directed by Janicza Bravo and stars Taylour Paige as the title character alongside Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, and Colman Domingo.

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The teaser, which does not indicate a release date beyond “coming soon,” starts off with the first tweet that set off Zola’s story. “You wanna hear a story about how me and this bitch here fell out? It’s kinda long but it’s full of suspense,” user @_zolarmoon shared in her first post. The resulting Twitter thread was a whirlwind 150-tweet tale of money-making gone awry, complete with violence, pimps, and scams. The thread went on to be retweeted thousands of times.

A24 would later acquire the rights to the Rolling Stone piece “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted.”. The story’s writer, Aziah Wells King a.k.a. Zola, also starred in Solange’s video for “Stay Flo.”

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While James Franco was initially set to direct and star in the film, the actor took his name off the project after allegations of sexual assault surfaced in 2018, according to Variety.

Zola made its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year, where it received generally positive reviews. Watch the teaser above.

Thumbnail image via A24.

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SG Lewis shares “Impact” featuring Robyn and Channel Tres

SG Lewis shares “Impact” featuring Robyn and Channel Tres
The party-ready electro house tune is ready to soundtrack your next sweaty night out, or in.

By Jordan Darville

August 05, 2020

SG Lewis, the producer behind the fan-favorite Dua Lipa cut “Hallucinate,” has dropped a new track under his own name. “Impact” is a pretty major posse cut, featuring the all-conquering Robyn and Channel Tres, a fast-rising electronic composer in his own right. From the jump, the song combines the cabana house of Todd Terje with Delorean-accented propulsiveness of the best bloghouse tracks; it’s hard not to get on board with something this fun. Check it out above, and listen to SG’s previous song “Chemicals” here.

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Lewis called the song “possibly my favorite record I’ve ever been a part of” in a press release. “’Impact’ is about how someone can come into your life and completely change you either for better or worse. In this instance, it was for the better and I’m going through the emotions of denying something that’s obviously good for me but the hurt I’ve been through in my past causes me to put up defense mechanisms. While I’m putting up the defenses, the person trying to love me pursues me consistently and this impacts my life in so many ways.”

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Kanye West reportedly used Trump lawyer to secure place on Wisconsin ballot

Kanye West reportedly used Trump lawyer to secure place on Wisconsin ballot
Lane Ruhland is currently representing Trump’s campaign in a federal case against a tiny local TV station.

By David Renshaw

August 05, 2020

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Kanye West’s links to GOP politicians has turned up a third name after he officially submitted signatures to appear on the presidential ballot in Wisconsin on Tuesday. VICE News reports that the signatures were dropped off by experienced GOP operative Lane Ruhland. Ruhland declined to confirm her role in West’s plans when asked by a reporter working for the publication.

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Ruhland is one of a small number of GOP election lawyers in Wisconsin and a former legal counsel for the state Republican Party. She is also representing Trump’s re-election campaign in a federal lawsuit against a tiny TV station in the state. That lawsuit involves a Democratic super PAC advert that ran on TV stations in Wisconsin earlier this year.

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VICE News states that Ruhland “currently works at Husch Blackwell, a national law firm. Before that, she served in a number of fairly senior roles in Wisconsin GOP circles.” These include director of environmental and energy policy at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, “a GOP-leaning business group that often helps fund Republican candidates.”

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News of Ruhland’s involvement in West’s nascent bid to become president follows the revelation that the rapper has also used Chuck Wilton to secure a place on the ballot in Vermont and Gregg Keller in Arkansas. Keller has previously worked with prominent Republican politicians including Mitt Romney while Wilton will serve as a delegate for President Trump at this year’s RNC in Charlotte.

In July West was polling at 2% nationally. His new album Donda, scheduled for a July 24 release, has yet to be seen. The rapper and designer’s wife, Kim Kardashian, has expressed concern for her husband’s mental health following her husband’s recent public appearances and statements.

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Machinedrum and Freddie Gibbs team up on “Kane Train”

Machinedrum and Freddie Gibbs team up on “Kane Train”
Machinedrum’s new album A View of U is out October 9.

By Jordan Darville

August 05, 2020

Electronic producer Machinedrum will share his new album A View of U on October 9 via Ninja Tune, and today dropped the projects first two singles.

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The marquee release is “Kane Train” featuring Freddie Gibbs, the Indiana rapper who’s kept his hot streak going pretty much since his 2009 debut (his latest album, the Alchemist collaboration Alfredo, came out in May). Machinedrum chops up soul samples and pumps up his drums to get Gibbs into his mafioso bag; the resulting song sounds like a lost classic of some other dimension’s blaxploitation era.

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Along with “Kane Train,” Machinedrum dropped “Ur2yung.” The instrumental track recalls modern-day Avalanches with its reverbed, delirious vocals and sundrenched boom-bap. Listen to that below. A View of U is out October 9.

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Twitter permanently suspends Talib Kweli for harrassment

Twitter permanently suspends Talib Kweli for harrassment
The rapper spent several weeks tweeting at a 24-year-old activist, sometimes for 12 hours non-stop.

By Sajae Elder

August 05, 2020

Photo: Marc Millman/Getty Images for Dayglo Presents.

 

Twitter has confirmed that it has permanently suspended Talib Kweli‘s account after he spent the better part of July harassing 24-year-old activist Maya Moody.

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While the rapper made an announcement with claims to have left the platform on his own to focus on Patreon back on July 23, Twitter has confirmed that his account has been suspended indefinitely. “Twitter’s purpose is to serve the public conversation,” the platform said in a statement. “Violence, harassment, and other similar types of behavior discourage people from expressing themselves and ultimately diminish the value of global public conversation. Our rules are to ensure all people can participate in the public conversation freely and safely.”

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For several weeks beginning on July 10, Kweli had continuously tweeted about and to Moody in response to a tweet she made in reference to a larger conversation about colorism. Moody quoted a tweet listing rappers married to Black women, which included Kweli, adding: “Literally almost all of them are married to lightskinned women but that’s a conversation for another day.”

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Kweli would later reply, “Nah let’s have this convo today. Are we talking all of my relationships? My children’s mother as well? Or are you only talking about who you think I’m currently in a relationship right now? I mean, is any of this really any of your business?”

From there, Kweli went on a weeks-long tirade against Moody, responding to and continuously tagging her to reignite the argument, and posting old tweets (which Moody later indicated were doctored) in an attempt to discredit her stance. He said he would continue until Moody apologized or deleted her account. On at least one of these days, these directed interactions went on nonstop for 12 hours, and Kweli even went as far as accusing her of being aligned with white supremacists. Some Twitter users doxxed Moody in defense of Kweli, posting her and her family’s personal information including their places of residence and her stepmother’s employer and salary information. Others threatened her with kidnapping, assault, and murder.

Kweli took the discussion to other platforms, making her the topic of an hour-long Instagram Live cast. The rapper defended himself in an email to Jezebel, stating that Moody was lying. “I’ve never cyber harassed anyone in my life. I responded, on Twitter, to the lies that Maya posted about me,” he said. “When you respond to someone who posts lies about you, that is not harassment.”

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Chicago rapper FBG Duck shot dead in Chicago

Chicago rapper FBG Duck shot dead in Chicago
The “Slide” rapper was 26.

By Jordan Darville

August 05, 2020

Photo via RECORDS

 

FBG Duck, the 26-year-old Chicago rapper between the 2018 viral hit “Slide,” was shot dead yesterday in Chicago, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed in a statement to The FADER.

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The shooting took place in the first block of East Oak Street, according to the statement. The rapper born Carlton Weekly was one of three people shot by four individuals, who left the scene in a black Ford Taurus and a silver Chrysler300M, according to a report from NBC 5 Chicago. Weekly was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead at 5:06 p.m.

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Authorities are reviewing surveillance footage from local stores, and have asked anyone with information to leave an anonymous tip at cpdtig.org.

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The success of “Slide” in 2018 was a boon to FBG Duck’s career, leading to a 21 Savage remix and a record deal with Sony imprint RECORDS. Duck released a number of popular singles in 2020, including “Terrified,” “Dead Bitches,” “OK,” and “Common Sense.”

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Zoe Saldana apologizes for taking on the role of Nina Simone

Zoe Saldana apologizes for taking on the role of Nina Simone
The actress says the music icon “deserved better.”

By Sajae Elder

August 05, 2020

Photo: Frazer Harrison/David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images.

 

Actress Zoe Saldana has apologized for taking on the role of late music icon Nina Simone in the 2016 biopic Nina. For the film, Saldana wore skin-darkening makeup, a prosthetic nose, and fake teeth in order to play the singer, a move largely panned by fans, critics, and Simone’s family.

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“I should have never played Nina. The leverage that I had 10 years ago [was] a different leverage but it was leverage nonetheless,” she told Pose creator Steve Canals in an interview with Bese around the 41-minute mark. “I should have done everything in my power to cast a Black woman to play an exceptionally perfect Black woman.”

Saldana faced criticism for taking on the role, including from Simone’s daughter Simone Kelly. “[My mother] was raised at a time when she was told her nose was too wide, her skin was too dark,” Kelly told the New York Times in 2012 when the casting was announced. “Appearance-wise this is not the best choice.” Songs like “Four Women” are important markers of how Simone’s artistry and journey through the music industry were inextricably linked to her appearance and to larger conversations about colorism.

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Despite previously doubling down on her role, telling Allure Magazine there was “no one way to be Black” in 2016, Saldana now says the music icon “deserved better.”

“I thought back then that I had the permission because I was a Black woman,” Saldana said. “And I am. But it was Nina Simone. And Nina had a life and a journey that should be honored to the most specific detail.”

Watch the full interview below.

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Palberta embrace the obstruction on their new single “Something In The Way”

Palberta embrace the obstruction on their new single “Something In The Way”
The New York trio turn to Coltrane for inspiration on their loopy new track.

By Salvatore Maicki

August 05, 2020

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As Palberta, Ani Ivry-Block, Lily Konigsberg, and Nina Ryser are adept at mixing a bit of salt in with the sugar. It’s almost immediately apparent on their cunning new single, “Something In The Way,” when its happy-go-lucky bounce is hit with a thwack of jilted guitar. The minute you think you’ve caught on to that, they switch directions once again. Taken as a whole, the effrontery and all its obstructions make a strong case for spitting out what you’ve been fed.

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In an email to The FADER, the group explained how the song came together: “Something in the Way” started as many Palberta songs do, with one person playing a drum, guitar, or bass riff and then the other two building off of that initial feeling. As usual, we frantically but carefully guided each other to the end of the song. When we got there, we found ourselves fading into a tricked-out looped fragment of John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme.'”

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“Coltrane’s melody has a direct connection for us to our beautiful friend Pablo Ramirez, who passed in 2019. His view on life—”LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL LIFE IS IN COLOR LIFE IS A W A Y”—impacted us all in such a positive way, and his beauty and genuine LOVE of life lives on through the thousands of people that he blessed through meeting. We dedicate this song to Psplifff and his mother, the amazing Mammasplifff, and all the beautiful people on the right side of history showing up right now. We love you.”

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Hear “Something In The Way” below, via Wharf Cat, and be on the lookout for more from Palberta.

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Megan Thee Stallion teases that her forthcoming horror film will “blow your mind”

Megan Thee Stallion teases that her forthcoming horror film will “blow your mind”
The Houston rapper and horror aficionado is currently writing her debut screenplay.

By Salvatore Maicki

August 05, 2020

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In between studying for school and penning new sure-to-be hits with the likes of Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion is still very much writing the horror screenplay that she began teasing late last year. In a new interview with Variety, Meg remains tight-lipped on her cinematic venture, but promises that “it’s gonna be something that definitely blows your mind; you’ve never seen it before.”

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Though details are scarce, and she has no desire to repeat history and remake a classic (earlier this year she asked “how many times can you remake Halloween?”), Meg has expressed what draws her to movies like Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead in the past. “I like movies that make you semi fall in love with the villain so you have sympathy for him,” she told Vogue last year. “You’re not gonna want the villain to die, maybe he won’t die. ‘Cause I feel like every good story, you can’t just necessarily kill off the villain. That’s why the Batman never killed Joker.”

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As far as directors are concerned, she’s got her eye on Jordan Peele. No word as far as casting is concerned, but keeping Meg’s legendary tribute to Brenda in Scary Movie 2 in mind, let’s hope that Regina Hall has some space on her calendar.

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I wish they still made “Scary Movie” so I could be in it 😂 I love Brenda !!! @tiktok

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Hear beabadoobee’s new single “Sorry”

Hear beabadoobee’s new single “Sorry”
Fake It Flowers is out October 16.

By Salvatore Maicki

August 05, 2020

This fall, beabadoobee (the project of London artist Bea Kristi) will release her long anticipated debut record Fake It Flowers. We’ve already heard the lead single “Care,” and today, she’s sharing one more. It’s a decidedly more grungy number called “Sorry,” where heavy remorse meets heavy reverb. Much like “Care,” it arrives with a video directed by bedroom. The clip leads Bea out of a dimly-lit underworld into a field of flowers. Check it out above, and then peep the Fake It Flowers tracklist below.

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Fake It Flowers:

1 Care
2. Worth It
3. Dye It Red
4. Back To Mars
5. Charlie Brown
6. Emo Song
7. Sorry
8. Further Away
9. Horen Sarrison
10. How Was Your Day?
11. Together
12. Yoshimi, Forest, Magdalene

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Bon Iver shares new song “AUATC” featuring Bruce Springsteen

Bon Iver shares new song “AUATC” featuring Bruce Springsteen
The track also features Jenny Lewis, Elsa Jensen, and Jenn Wasner.

By Jordan Darville

August 05, 2020

I thought that Justin Vernon’s dalliances with the mainstream had peaked in 2012 when his project Bon Iver won the Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album. But last week, he appeared on Taylor Swift’s new album folklore, co-writing and singing the song “exile,” an arguably bigger stride into the spotlight. Not done with the unexpected and enjoyable guest appearances yet, Bon Iver is back with a new single called “AUATC,” featuring Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, Elsa Jensen, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, and none other than Bruce Springsteen. It doesn’t get much bigger than that, but of course, Bon Iver pulls it off with another inimitable intersection of pop, folk, and experimental electronics. It’s co-produced by Jim-E-Stack, who’s been on a roll recently. Watch the music video above, directed by Aaron Anderson and Eric Timothy Carlson and starring Randall Riley.

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If you thought the title “AUATC” might be an anti-capitalist allusion, you would be correct: in a press release, Bon Iver asked fans to donate to a number of different organizations “in an effort to fight capitalism and create a world best suited for everyone.” Read the full statement below:

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Each and every person on earth deserves to live fully with dignity, equity, justice, and joy. Instead, our capitalistic societies have created a world that is most supportive of the wealthy and the elite, and the predatory corporations and policies that drive their disproportionate success.

The average person is cast aside and unheard; marginalized communities are further oppressed due to race, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, creed, criminal record, housing stability, education, ability, documentation status, and more. The pandemic further magnifies these grave inequities and this unchecked greed.

We must continue the fight to topple capitalism as we know it, and recognize our collective participation in its dominant institutions. Bon Iver acknowledges our own position within and use of capitalistic practices. It is with recognition of our privilege that we are fully committed to using our unique platform to challenge and change capitalism within our industry, and far beyond.

We must empower and embrace our vulnerable neighbors. We must fight racism and sexism and classism to build a stronger foundation for the home we all deserve. We must support the leaders and organizations working to change our world for the better. From providing safe and stable housing, to empowering women, to liberating incarcerated people, to celebrating art and music, to fighting climate change, these organizations work tirelessly to foster a world that celebrates our humanity on a local, national, and global level. Please explore, support, and take action:

LOCAL

Minneapolis Sanctuary Movement

(contact legislators / leadership; donate)

Red Letter Grant

(participate; apply)

NATIONAL

Equal Justice Initiative

(learn; vote)

NIVA

(contact legislators; support favorite venue)

GLOBAL

350.org

(join movement; participate in “Raise Your Voice for a #JustRecovery” campaign)

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How Drake finessed rap history and made singing the norm

How Drake finessed rap history and made singing the norm
The Toronto artist’s rise to superstardom has fast-forwarded a merging of rap and R&B that started decades ago.

By David Renshaw

August 04, 2020

Rappers have been singing on their songs from the very beginning. You only have to listen to Kevie Kev’s “All Night Long,” to hear melody making its way into some of the earliest rhymes. However, it has become a popular train of thought in recent years to give acclaim to Drake for not only popularising the melding of rap and R&B, but also pioneering it.

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There’s no denying that a byproduct of Drake’s path to the top of the rap world has been the blurring of the lines between hip-hop, pop, and R&B. “Hotline Bling,” like many of Drake’s biggest hits, is agnostic in style and has helped clear a lane for a mainstream in which pop hooks and hip-hop production sit comfortably alongside one another.

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In a world where pop stars like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande gleam both style and cadence from the hip-hop world it’s hard to imagine that rappers were once forced to feed off scraps from the mainstream in order to gain exposure to wider audiences. Listening to CBC’s This Is Not A Drake Podcast, however, offers a clear and nuanced lineage of the ways in which singing and rapping have constantly orbited one another, starting out as foes before crossing paths at increasingly regular intervals and eventually merging into one. The podcast, a new six-episode series hosted by Ty Harper and out now via the CBC, uses Drake’s rise and subsequent superstardom as a lens through which to view different aspects of hip-hop culture. In its fourth and stand-out episode, Harper and a host of guests offer an in-depth history of the confluence between rap and R&B styles, taking in everything from close-minded 1980s radio programmers to the game-changing introduction of Autotune to the production studio.

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The exact moment you pinpoint rappers singing and singers rapping likely depends on your age. Perhaps you think it is when Roxanne Shante appeared on “Loosey’s Rap,” the 1988 Rick James hit, or when Eric B and Rakim popped up alongside Jody Watley on “Friends” the following year. The emergence of New Jack Swing was undeniably built on a confluence of R&B structure with a swagger and masculinity straight out of hip-hop so maybe that’s where to plant the flag. Listen to any Teddy Riley-produced hit and it is hard to deny the melodies that stick out as brightly as the colourful outsized clothes. By the ‘90s the walls were broken down further by acts like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony who showed a softer side to the decade than the hard-boiled decade-defining rhymes of Biggie and Tupac. However, the struggle to be recognized as masculine while relying on singing and melodies in your music was real.

Enter 50 Cent, a muscle-bound New York gangster rapper whose credibility was predicated on him having been shot nine times. His emergence perhaps represents an exact midpoint between the way things were and what they went on to become. The 2003 album Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ was a battle-scarred collection of stories from the street that depicted a life of high risk and even higher reward. It was also a collection of songs rich in melody, 50’s slurred delivery adding an added sing-song quality to tracks like “Many Men” and “P.I.M.P.” These two facts caused a tectonic shift in the culture after which it was no longer considered “soft” to sing on your rap tracks, nor was it necessary to turn to an R&B singer for assistance. As Phonte of Little Brother, another name often credited with pioneering the sound Drake popularised, tells the podcast: “50 Cent represented the traditional image of masculinity, the muscular, tough guy. People thought that if he could get away with singing then the lane was open.”

That lane is soon filled by artists such as T-Pain and Kanye West utilising Auto-Tune in increasingly experimental ways, taking the jigsaw pieces 50 Cent mixed up and creating a new, more introspective image for themselves and hip-hop too. Mark Anthony Neil, Professor of Black Popular Cultureat Duke University, argues that Drake’s ability to naturally do what Kanye used a vocoder for helped push him forward. “Auto-tune is an out of body experience but it’s a way to bring melody to hip-hop in ways that rapping doesn’t allow you,” Neil tells Harper in the fourth episode of This Is Not A Drake Podcast. “Drake found a way in his natural voice to tap into that interiority without having to use that out of body experience. What makes Drake Drake is that he claimed this and brought it back to the actual body.”

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There are many names you could throw into the mix along this journey. Lauryn Hill, Andre 3000, Bell Biv Devoe and their “hip-hop smoothed out on the r&b tip with a pop feel” all spring to mind. Turn on the radio now and listen to Lil Baby, Gunna, and Lil Uzi Vert carry on the lineage of alien cadences they learned from Atlanta forefathers Future and Young Thug. So no, Drake didn’t invent the idea of singing and rapping together. And yet, would the pop landscape sound as it does today if Drake hadn’t walked the specifically melodic path he did to get to where he is today? The walls between genres have been cracking since day one. Drake, to his credit and good fortune, just happened to be in the middle of a chorus when they collapsed entirely.

Listen to This Is Not A Drake Podcast now via the CBC.

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