Earlier this week, Rick Ross stopped by The Arsenio Hall Show to perform “Sanctified,” the second single off of his Mastermind LP. The album, which dropped on March 3rd, is Ross’ most cohesive album so far and arguably his best. When Arsenio announced that Rick Ross would be performing with “some very special friends,” everyone was pleasantly surprised to see Big Sean perform his opening to the song and even more shocked when Kanye ran out from the side of the stage to perform his verse.
WAIT, Kanye West is releasing a Yeezus tour movie? Of course he is! Earlier this week, Yeezy stopped by Seth Meyers’ first week at Late Night and debuted the official trailer for the film. Although it was said to be a highlight reel of the tour, it was clear that the footage was part of something bigger. Kanye then put the video up on his website announcing the Yeezus film directed by Hype Williams. The site also says hat the film will be in theaters. When and where the film will be showing is yet to be revealed, but hopefully there are more details to come.
Rick Ross’ forthcoming album, Mastermind, is just about to hit the shelves and following an exciting Jay Z collab on “The Devil is a Lie,” Ross gives us his latest single, “Sanctified.” This single has big name features again, boasting verses from Kanye West and Big Sean. With that said, the track goes hard and the soulful beat infuses it self with Ross’ new hip-hop style. Everyone’s verse is on point, with Kanye’s aggressive approach and Rick Ross’ more steady flow. So far, it sounds like Mastermind will not disappoint and will likely be Rick Ross’ best album so far.
Surprise! Late last night, Kid Cudi unveiled his latest album, Satellite Flight, through a surprise iTunes release. Fans were informed that the album would drop sometime this month, but Cudi didn’t give a specific time until an hour before release. Aside from the suprise release (similar to Beyonce’s method for her self-titled LP), the album it self came with very high expectations; it was originally going to be a shortened EP and some members of Cudi’s camp even said it would be his best work yet.
Although the album is still fresh and most listeners haven’t had a chance to fully digest it, I will say that Satellite Flight is not a disappointment. Songs like “Going to the Ceremony” are reminiscent of Cudder classics, while also polishing off a new side of Kid Cudi that we got a glimpse of on his previous LP, Indicud. Full instrumentals are pretty frequent on the record, and for an album that’s only 10 tracks I’m not exactly sure how I feel about these yet. However, it’s interesting to see an artist experiment with new styles and formats like Kanye did on Yeezus. I think it may take a little while for the album to grow on me more, but regardless, it’s good to have Cudi back.
"Drunk In Love" has so far bewn the biggest hit off of Beyonce’s new album, and people from all over are clearly caught up in "surfboard" fever. However, it’s about time this track got a makeover from none other then Yeezus himself. Kanye West jumps on the track with his signature crude humor loving self and breathes fresh air into a song that’s already a radio smash. And with a little help from West’s longtime co-producer Mike Dean, the song takes on a new form with slight but meaningful alterations to the original beat. Drunk In Love 2.0: Louder vocals, more bass, more Yeezus.
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Earlier this week, Kid Cudi debuted the official tracklist and cover art for his upcoming project, Satellite Flight. Since its initial announcement, the project has been upgraded from an EP to what will now be a full length album. This project comes as a very pleasant surprise considering that Cudi’s last album, Indicud, was released pretty recently and most fans definitely did not expect new material from the Cudder this soon. The only song released from the project so far, also titled “Satellite Flight,” was released late last year and is a promising look into what to expect from the album. Cudi has remained relatively quiet about the project but sources have said that it may be his best album yet. Keep your eyes out this month for this surprise release!
This week marks the 10 year anniversary of Kanye West’s game-changing debut album, The College Dropout. The album, which is often rightfully regarded as a hip-hop classic, brought a new a new sound to rap music at the time both lyrically and sonically. It also marks the debut of one of the most revolutionary artists of our time. West’s ability to transcend boundaries has been of his most influential qualities as an artist throughout his whole career, and it traces all the way back to this album. So, I’d like to propose a toast to one of the most important hip-hop albums of all time. ALL TIME. (Check out Complex’s “Making of The College Dropout”)
Melanie Martinez - Dollhouse
Melanie Martinez’s debut single, “Dollhouse,” premiered at midnight, as well as the visuals for the song. Aside from a 30-second preview of the song, I was not exactly sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised the first time I heard “Dollhouse.” The song puts Melanie’s signature vocals, that she won so many hearts over with on The Voice, front in center . However, her songwriting abilities are equally as impressive on the single with catchy yet eerie lyrics that flow together with ease. The video for the track was funded by Melanie’s Indiegogo project, and fits the song perfectly. Although Melanie is doing most of this on her own, it’s definitely no amateur affair. I can’t wait to see what else this girl has in store for us soon!