The long simmering 'beef' between Pusha T has full on erupted with Drake responding to "Infared" with the appropriately hard "Duppy Freestyle" then Pusha T escalated things to a whole other level with one of the most disrespectful disses we've heard in years with "The Story of Adidon." We talk about who we think has the upper hand, what's Drake's next move, and did Pusha T go too far? Then we give our reactions to Pusha T's Daytona album as a whole, discuss A$AP Rocky's horrible, horrible timing with Testing, and give a perfect score to Arctic Monkey's Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.
We're back and we finally got Cardi B's long anticipated debut album. We discuss our thoughts about the project and whether or not we believe it lived up to the immense hype and talk whether Nicki Minaj was being petty for starting her rollout right after it's release. We also talk about Apple Music removing the ability to download music and the increasing hold streaming services are having on people, if we think Coachella has become too mainstream and started to plateau, and our first 5 star album ratings of 2018 from Young Fathers, The Weeknd, and Saba - among other things.
We return to the Grammys to check our results on our winner predictions and see who came out on top. We also give our general reactions and thoughts about this years awards show and we fix the Grammys biggest problem. Then we end things out talking about some of the latest news and music out there.
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The extent to which aspects of both classic art and contemporary music took on different meanings when paired together amazed me. The withdrawn looks of the subjects became coy and knowing when I wondered what secrets they would reveal “if these walls could talk”, Haim’s defiant anthem of “baby, don’t save me” became the voice of women in French high society, and Nina Simone’s simple lament felt inspired by the Avenue de Chantilly. Where the more traditional music pairings became incidental, the contemporary pieces were in dialogue with the paintings, both resisting and conforming to the tone suggested by the music.
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March had a ton of great new albums and music videos from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Minus The Bear, Drake and the Gorillaz, and it also featured some interesting trailers for IT, Justice League, and War for the Planet of the Apes. We've highlighted some of the best drops over the month and now we're ready to crown the best album, movie trailer, and music video.
More Life is his most experimental project to date; delivering a collection of the different eclectic sounds that have been inspiring his music lately. While initially I was disappointed that we didn't get more straight up hip-hop, especially after the more pop leaning Views, it's hard to argue the results. More Life is another win for him and will undoubtedly mainstream a lot of the artists and sounds it employs.
In Volume 5 we discuss our thoughts about the 44th American Music Awards, the recent trend towards black consciousness in R&B and hip-hop, and Kanye West's latest meltdown. We also talk about what we're currently listening to, Yasiin Bey's (Mos Def) recent release, and our worries about Ab-Soul's upcoming project.
We're back with Volume 4 of our Musicphiles podcast and we talk about the recent trend of musicians (especially rappers) getting political, the albums of the month, what we thought about Dreamchasers 4, and discuss new releases. Check out the full episode and you can see the time-stamps for the various topics on the full post.
We are back and we are in the full blown midst of Yeezy season. But before we get into the new albums we discuss Drake apparently wanting no more smoke with Pusha T, then we get to 'ye' and 'Kids See Ghosts' and discuss where they stack up to everything Kanye's had a hand in putting out thus far. Specifically if 'ye' is his worst album yet? We give our expectations for the Nas album which had still yet to drop, talk about Jay Rock's best album yet full of bangers, and get hype over Jorja Smith's incredible debut. Check the full episode out above and tell us your thoughts, comments, and questions about the topics in the episode.
We're back and talking about Kendrick Lamar becoming the first non-classical, non-jazz musician to win a Pulitzer prize for music, Meek Mill finally being released from prison and whether we'll get a Drake collab to capitalize on the moment, and give our expectations for Drake's recently announced next album, Scorpion. Then of course we talk about all of the madness surrounding twitter and Kanye West and his upcoming projects. Lastly, we breakdown J. Cole's latest album, KOD, whether it's his best album yet, and try to understand why he's such a polarizing yet wildly successful figure in hip-hop.
We're back and this time we're discussing a lot of notable happenings in music like Tekashi 6ix9ine's interview where he gets the better of the usually on point Charlamagne, Drake, Snoop Dogg, and SoundCloud rap's first number ones, and Cardi B finally giving a release date for her debut album. We then question if it's still right to listen to R. Kelly's music despite the seemingly neverending string of sexual abuse allegations. And end things by giving our thoughts and reactions to the latest albums from XXXTENTACION, David Byrne, and Jack White, and struggle to explain the genre-less nature of them all.
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February had a ton of great new albums and music videos from the likes of Skyzoo, Drake, MGMT, and Janelle Monáe; and it also featured some interesting trailers for Wild Wild Country, Deadpool 2, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. We've highlighted some of the best drops over the month and now we're ready to crown the best album, movie trailer, and music video.
For our first Musicphiles podcast of 2018 we have our very first guest on! Aspiring drummer/artist Jaron Lamar Davis stops by to talk about his upcoming eclectic alternative electric jazz hip-hop album called My View Through the Lense of Music and the process of creating his first album. As well as giving us a trained musician's point of view on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly and the increase of jazz, blues, and funk influences in hip-hop and 'urban' music in general. Then he joins us in listing our most anticipated albums (confirmed and rumored) of 2018.
In Volume 3 of Musicphiles we chop it up about a number of the latest projects and singles to drop. We give our thoughts about Drake's More Life and whether we think he's just riding waves at this point. Then we talk about Rather You Than Me by Rick Ross and the latest singles from Kendrick Lamar and what we think he may have in store. We end things by talking about Mike WiLL Made-It's latest, Kodak Black's surprisingly fire album, Tuxedo II, The Wild by Raekwon, and more.
We kick off the first volume of Compilation 2 of our Musicphiles podcast by taking a quick look back at some of our favorite projects to drop in 2016 and giving our overall rating for the year. Then we list our top 10 most anticipated albums of 2017 from artists like Andre 3000, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Japandroids, Drake, Kanye West, and many more. We finish things off with a discussion about the latest release from Run the Jewels, Tory Lanez, and others.