Articles by Lucia Camarda
After taking a one-year hiatus, POPPED! Music Festival returns this September as a revamped two-day event. The festival is a unique occasion to Philadelphia, celebrating the city’s rich musical history.
Taking place across three stages, the festival will include live music, a DJ tent, a comedy tent, and a food bazaar. Set to headline on Friday are The Shins and Cage the Elephant, and Pretty Lights and Girl Talk on Saturday. In addition to the headlining bands, the festival will host other epic acts including Rakim, Cults, and Kreayshawn.
In addition to staging an eclectic assortment of music acts, POPPED! also aims to bring awareness to Philadelphia’s green efforts via recycling programs, local fair, partnerships with local business, and the use of public transportation and energy saving.
Nasty Nas has been spitting out fire tracks lately, such as his collaboration with Common on “Ghetto Dreams,” boosting the promotional train for the release of his upcoming tenth LP, tentatively titled Life Is Good.
The album will feature notable artists such as Tyler, The Creator, winner of the Best New Artist award for ‘Yonkers’ at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, and fresh R&B sensation Frank Ocean.
Another unreleased track has surfaced called “You Don’t Know,” produced by the Trackmasters who were hot and heavy on Nas’ production back in the 90s.
The general consensus is that the cut has a straight up old school vibe to it. Perhaps Nas has breached his hip hop slump is finally resurrecting hip hop from the ‘dead.’
No confirmed release date for Life Is Good, which is evidently his last record with Def Jam.
It’s been a long time coming for these two beautiful minds to realize that collaboration is in order. The melody gods brought these two together at a chance meeting this year at SXSW, which ultimately inspired them to attest to their musical greatness side-by-side in the studio.
The first product of their collaborative effort comes in the form of “Fall Creek Boys Choir,” which premiered today on BBC Radio 1 and will be available on iTunes August 29th.
With Iver on the vocals and Blake on production, the two compliment each other to a truly haunting perfection. Iver’s delicate, here auto-tuned voice blends ethereally over Blake’s flawless electronic backdrop to create exactly what you would expect from such a talented super-duo.
The American dream, radio- killa R&B King is preparing to drop his free album, 1977 on August 31st. This is his special preview present to us before he releases The Love, IV (Diary Of A Mad Man) album later this year.
1977 will be released under his real name, Terius Nash, not The-Dream. He’s said this is one of his most personal albums to date and after leaking a track from the album earlier this week, it sounds as if he’s been getting his been riding the Prince/Weeknd/Frank Ocean wave.
The-Dream has always been on another level when it comes to tapping into his crooning greatness and singing in a titillating falsetto. His first two albums were absolute panty-pleasers, not to mention the fact that the production was on-point as well. Only high expectations for both forthcoming albums.
Kid Cudi hasn’t been cutting loose many new tunes lately because he made a slight detour from the music road and headed down the big screen track to the set of How to Make it in America. But now, the music extraordinaire returns to what he does best with this video premiere of “No One Believes Me.”
This song is exclusively from the newly released Fright Night Original Motion Picture soundtrack. According to Cudi in a recent interview, the concept is primarily influenced by the original Fright Night movie. The characters and storyline are true to the format of the film, with Cudi portraying a Charlie-like identity.
Dip your ears in this 9th Wonder produced track from Phontigallo called “Not Here Anymore.” This cut is exclusively off his upcoming solo project titled Charity Starts At Home, which is set to drop on September 27.
As track after track has proven time and time again, when Phonte and 9th hit the studio together it’s always pure hip-hoppin’ bliss. With 9th taking the reigns on most of the beats, this track is a perfect preview for the rest of the album.
Phonte has been taking a lot of heat for the fact that he’s leaned toward a softer side and decided to sing more than rap as of late, but there’s no doubt that Charity Starts at Home will be met with hard scrilla success.
Do you like your beats fast and your bass down low? Do you like to kick back to old school jams from one of the greatest hip-hop duos in the game? Then listen to these filthy new dubstep remixes of Outkast.
While Big Boi and Andre 3000 have split and probably won’t be hitting the studio together anytime soon, the production crew of SMKA has created a refreshing alternative.
Using beats from DJ prodigies like Rusko and Dillon Francis, SMKA has executed this dubstep project in a flawless fashion.
View the track list below and download The Dub Below on Bandcamp.
Smoke DZA has decided to bring Rolling Stoned hit “4 Loko” behind cameras and continue to beat the drum for the album's forthcoming release. Smoke DZA and up-and-coming Harlem based weed-rapper ASAP Rocky, both who clearly have an affinity for smoking the chronic, spend the majority of the video just straight up chilling and getting down on some purple.
The essential music video merchandise swag stand out, from fresh shoes and monies, to 40s and 4-wheelers, to whips and smartphones. It’s not a particularly crafty video, but it does capture the overall essence of the song: going loco on Loko. The visuals, lyrics, and sounds combine to accurately represent what it feels like after you’ve just knocked back a Four Loko drank—you’re pretty much housed to say the least, and then you eventually start to come down from the 12% alcohol content that boasts a serious kick of caffeine.
Rolling Stoned drops August 30.
The Game's R.E.D. Album might be the most notable release of the day, but Spitta's Verde Terrace mixtape hosted by DJ Drama is putting up a fierce fight for most anticipated.
New Orleans rapper Curren$y has given his Jets fans another reason to continue rolling up those paper planes. Today Verde Terrace was let loose, his second mixtape of the year, featuring 14 new tunes. Some of the cuts are originals, while others feature the spitta rapping over industry beats.
Curren$y really does push the “How Much Is Too Much?” line, dropping two albums last year, and an album, an EP, and two mixtapes this year…It’s only August! Who said smoking the sticky icky makes people lethargic? This guy is no slacker.
Check out the album artwork, too. Pretty outstanding.
Download the mixtape at DatPiff.com
Abel Tesfaye, famously known as The Weeknd, has been sending out unique R&B vibes and luring the attention of hopeless romantics and troubled, twisted souls ever since the release of his first mixtape, The House of Balloons. There’s a mystery and intrigue that surrounds his seductive croons and the same bizarre ballads of love, lust, and drugs found on House of Balloons parallel The Weeknd’s highly anticipated Thursday album.
Thursday fully satiates your darker, racy side, inviting you to indulge is your wildest and most twisted fantasies. You can’t help but become hypnotized by The Weeknd’s downright sexy sonic flow and raw lyrics. Track 4, “The Zone,” says it all: “So let me sip this slow/I’ll give you what you called for/Just let me get in my zone/I’ll be making love to her through you/So let me keep my eyes closed.”