After Gucci Mane was released from prison, he came back with a bunch of new material: “First Day Out tha Feds,” his Drake collaboration “Back on Road,” his appearance on Kanye's “Champions,” and most recently, “All My Children.” He also recently performed for the first time since his release. Now, he's announced what appears to be his next long-player: Everybody Looking is out July 22. “This what ya'll been askin for, so here it come,” he wrote. Mike WiLL Made-It confirmed in the below tweet that he and Zaytoven worked on the record. Check out the artwork and announcement below.
A photo posted by Gucci Mane (@laflare1017) on Jun 24, 2016 at 6:04pm PDTJune 25, 2016
Today, Jay Z's classic album Reasonable Doubt turned 20. To celebrate, Tidal have released RD 20, a 35-minute documentary directed by Scheme Engine about Jay's come-up, the album's creation, and its legacy today. The documentary is split into sections named after tracks from the album: “Politics As Usual,” “Friend or Foe,” “Dead Presidents II,” and more. The documentary is mainly composed of interviews with key figures in Jay's career and in Reasonable Doubt, discussing the album's writing process and it's effect on hip-hop in the last two decades. Members of Reasonable Doubt's production team, DJ Premier, DJ Clark Kent, Ski, and other figures such as Kareem “Biggs” Burke (the co-founder of Roc-A Fella Records), the rapper Memphis Bleek, the album cover photographer Jonathan Mannion, and more were interviewed.
There's live footage of Jay performing songs from the album with a live band in a studio and the Barclays Center also included in the documentary. In the studio performances, Vic Mensa and Jay Electronica appear as members of the audience. Watch the documentary via Tidal below. (It's a 35-second snippet for non-subscribers; a Tidal login is required to view the entire thing.)
Jay Z further showed his gratitude for Reasonable Doubt in comments he shared on his Twitter earlier today:
This album literally saved my life........ I can't thank you all enough.— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 25, 2016
Last night, Kanye West unveiled the video for his The Life of Pablo single “Famous” at a massive viewing event at the Forum in Los Angeles. The provocative clip depicts several extremely famous people—most of whom appear to be wax or prosthetic models—lying in a bed together: Kanye, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Amber Rose, Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, Ray J, Chris Brown, Anna Wintour, and George W. Bush. In a chat with Vanity Fair, Kanye discussed the creation and concept behind the visual.
When asked if the inclusion of Cosby was an endorsement (following his incendiary tweet earlier this year), he replied, “It’s not in support or anti any of [the people in the video]. It’s a comment on fame.” He also noted that he had Kim's approval: “[I say] a lot of lines other wives would not allow a husband to say, but my wife also puts up photos that other husbands wouldn't let them put up.” He also apparently previewed the video for celebrity friends who didn't appear in the bed. “They want to be in the bed,” he said of their reactions.
He also commented on George W. Bush, who he famously accused of not caring “about black people” on live television. “Maybe in some alternative universe me and George Bush could have been friends,” he said. “I could have been his O.J. Simpson black friend on the golf course.”
The video is seemingly a recreation of Vincent Desiderio's painting “Sleep,” and in the interview, he noted one of his inspirations as an artist: “Matthew Barney is my Jesus.” He revealed that it was filmed over the course of three months with multiple collaborators.
“Famous” has been the subject of controversy due to its references to Taylor Swift. Swift’s camp said that she “cautioned [West] about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.” West, however, tweeted that she gave him “her blessings” to rap “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/I made that bitch famous” on the track. Months later, Kim Kardashian also said that Swift gave approval.
At her performance at Down the Rabbit Hole Festival, PJ Harvey stopped mid-concert to deliver a short speech in reaction to Thursday night's Brexit vote. “Today has been a very strange day for a lot of us here” she said, and then began a reading of John Donne's 1624 poem “No Man Is an Island.” Watch her speech below. Earlier today, Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich also reacted to Brexit, sharing an official parliamentary petition requesting a second referendum on both of their Twitter accounts. Read about other British musicians' reactions to the Brexit vote here.
Read about how “The UK Leaving the EU Would Change the European Music Industry” on the Pitch.
On Thursday night, Britain voted to leave the European Union, in a historic referendum that saw 52 percent of the country supporting “Brexit.” In the days after, many musicians and industry figures who supported remaining in the EU expressed their dismay on social media. As a result, a parliamentary petition requesting a second referendum has been circulating since Friday. Now, Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich have both shared the official petition on their Twitter accounts, supporting another Brexit vote. Read the petition here. Learn more about how the Brexit vote will effect European the music industry on the Pitch.
this just in > old UK turkeys vote for Christmas and then get very confused ... https://t.co/pIsUSPVz9B— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) June 25, 2016
June 25, 2016
Petition: EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum https://t.co/mjo0k61vYQ— nigel godrich (@nigelgod) June 25, 2016
Anna Meredith, alongside the guitarist/composer Jack Ross and visual artist Eleanor Meredith, will lead a four day residency for young female musicians and multidisciplinary artists. It happens July 18-21 at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry in collaboration with Brighter Sound. The group will create work inspired by museum's “Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond” exhibition. The groups work will premiere at a performance on the July 27 at the museum's “Science in The City Late” event. The residency and performance were produced as part of Manchester's Science in the City Festival, which celebrates Manchester's recent selection as the European City of Science. Learn more about the residency here.
Read our “Rising” feature with Anna Meredith.
Watch the video for “Taken” from Meredith's latest release Varmints:
Earlier this year, Kevin Gates released his excellent album Islah. Now, he's shared the video for the single “Jam,” which features Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign, and Jamie Foxx. Directed by Jon J., it features Gates, Trey, and Ty serenading lovers in a hillside estate. Foxx doesn't appear in the video. Watch the video below. Gates is scheduled to perform at the BET Awards this Sunday.
Watch Kevin Gates' “Over/Under” on Pitchfork.tv: