A 19-year-old Kanye West calls out no-name rappers in an unearthed freestyle from 1996. One of the most memorable lines is “this shit is mad ironic, like Alanis Morissette,” because the mental image of Yeezus listening to that song, if not the entirety of 1995′s Jagged Little Pill is too great. (It was one of the biggest albums of that decade.) The reference also helps emphasize how confident West already was at the time, even though he wasn’t rapping with a hard “HAH” just yet.
West had flown in from Chicago to the newly-opened New York location of record store Fat Beats. (The store closed in 2010.) Its former general manager, DJ Eclipse, had found the footage while converting old Hi8 video tapes to DVDs, before he uploaded the clip and sent it to Complex.
“Now we had a lot of the usual suspects in the place that day,” DJ Eclipse said, adding, “But what took me by surprise was the appearance of this 19-year-old kid who at that time nobody knew. At least in NYC.”
Dissing no-name rappers, while being a no-name rapper himself — now that’s mad ironic. Watch the freestyle below. More »
It’s been said time and time again: There ain’t no party like a S Club party. It’s a sentiment that still rings true to this day…but will there be a new S Club 7 party sometime soon?
On Wednesday, bandmate Hannah Spearritt posted a rather incriminating tweet: “See y’all tomorrow S’s!”, tagging each bandmate in an old school photo of the whole gang together. Bradley McIntosh replied with a photo of the troupe too. The reunion evidently happened, confirmed after Hannah posted a photo with Tina Barrett and Paul Cattermole. “Last 3 standing! @realtinab1 & @Paulcattermole1 #heatwave #goodtimes lol,” she wrote.
Of course, there’ve been rumblings of a S Club reunion for years: As of June, bandmate-turned-solo UK pop princess Rachel Stevens revealed on Lorraine that the troupe has been “texting and tweeting,” and that “it would be fun” to reunite. Of course, there was that time Bradley, Paul and Jo reunited in 2012 on The Morning Show in Australia (in front of Dannii Minogue, no less!) but…we’re hoping this time around, they’ve got all 7 back together again.
What’s this all about? A new album? One-off performances? Or maybe it’s just for the sake of taking a trip down memory lane together. Who knows? Just don’t stop and never give up. Check out the S Club tweets after the jump, and enjoy a little #FlashbackFriday with a little “Reach.” More »
Earlier this month, Jessie Ware debuted her new single “Tough Love.” And today she revealed that the minimal ballad is actually the title track of sophomore LP, out later this year on Island/Cherrytree. Ware also shared the album artwork (above), which is as understated as the song itself.
For Tough Love Ware, has reunited with her Devotion collaborators Dave Okumu, Kid Harpoon and Julio Bashmore (“Peppermint”), while also teaming with artists who could help boost her profile: Ed Sheeran, Miguel (the two are also working on his third album together), Arctic Monkeys producer James Ford and Nineteen85, who co-produced Drake‘s “Hold On We’re Going Home.” As she tells Pitchfork though, she ultimately hopes that Tough Love will present her voice at its purest, more so than in Devotion. More »
Erasure announced their upcoming LP The Violet Flame this past spring, as well as its release date of September 23. But other than that — and the fact that the album is produced by pop genius/frequent Annie collaborator Richard X — not much else has been known the British duo’s latest project…until now.
Idolator is premiering the bright, colorful cover art for Vince Clarke and Andy Bell‘s latest album today, along with the full reveal of all 10 tracks — including lead single “Elevation,” which you can listen to below.
Additionally, we’ve listed out the tour openers for Erasure’s upcoming North American trek this fall. Catch all the info below. More »
Katy Perry still wants to hear you“Roar,” KatyCats.
The Prism princess — currently out on tour dazzling audiences worldwide with her Prismatic World Tour— wants to “Make Roar Happen” with Staples, a campaign aimed at supporting teachers during the back-to-school season. Why? Because teachers are the reason so many of us dare to do what we do! According to a recent Staples survey, 75% of parents of teens have had “that” teacher in their life that influenced them greatly. (We know we did, too!)
So, how does one “Make Roar Happen”? It’s simple: By donating $1 to DonorsChoose.org at your local Staples or online, you can make a direct impact on helping to fund school supplies at local schools where your donation was made. (Plus, if you spend $10 or more at Staples, you automatically qualify for a chance to win tickets to the North American leg of Katy’s tour!)
And now, we want to Make Roar Happen too. Find out more after the jump. More »
She’s ready for the big time, ready for the small — whatever’s comin’ to us, we’ll be ready for it all! After months and years of waiting, pop princess Hilary Duff is returning to us with her brand new single next week.
According to a flyer posted last night, Duff will premiere the lead single from her forthcoming album live at Marquee in NYC next Thursday, July 24. “World Debut of the Lead Single from her New Studio Album!,” the official Facebook event declares. Little Duffsters from all around the world, start booking your flights to JFK now!
As we already know, newfound collaborator Ed Sheeran dished that Hil’s comeback track is a “good song” with “more of an adult alternative acoustic sound.” So…a sequel to Dignity? Perhaps not — it’s sounds more like a continuation of “Come Clean” and “So Yesterday” is heading our way soon. But who knows what to expect, really? Only last year, she was telling us that she was “super into EDM.”
We remain on constant #DuffWatch.
Check out the flyer after the jump. Are you excited for the return of Hilary? Let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Lady Gaga‘s ex-assistant has struck a tell-all deal for her book titled Fame Monster. She took Gaga to court last year seeking unpaid overtime, claiming that she was expected “to be working and available 24/7,” while Gaga reportedly called her a “fucking hoodrat.” [Page Six]
:: Jeezy nabbed Jay Z to record a verse for his new album Seen It All, out September. According to Jeezy, shit got real – the task at hand brought tears to Hov’s eyes, because of how he was reminded of his Marcy Projects upbringing. [MTV]
:: Jack Antonoff, of fun. and now Bleachers, opens up in comedian Marc Maron‘s latest podcast how about a “world-shattering” event informs every decision he’s made in his career. Perhaps he’ll talk more about Taylor Swift and Katy Perry as well. [WTF Podcast]
:: Iggy Azalea‘s boyfriend Nick Young says that when she initially heard of Nicki Minaj‘s apparent BET Awards diss, she didn’t take the news well. “When she got home and was going through her phone and hearing all the things and people talking trash about her, you know I had to be there for her,” he said. “But you know what, Iggy is doing big things and it’s scaring a lot of people!” [Us Weekly]
:: Selena Gomez reveals that she got a new tattoo. She decided to get the words “Love Yourself First,” translated into Arabic, according to the artist Bang Bang. [E!]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »
Electro troupe Dragonette are certainly no strangers to a good ol’ dance floor collabo, having teamed up with Martin Solveig for their inescapable smash “Hello,” as well as Kaskade‘s storming “Fire In Your New Shoes.”
This time around, they’ve joined Amsterdam based producer Mike Mago for a throbbing, summery House-pop production called “Outlines” due out on August 15 — and it’s got all the makings of a smash.
“Another dance in the dark/Another love undercover/Outlines of a heart,” songstress Martina repeats before giving way to a deep, funky beat breakdown. The club cut blends in nicely with the ongoing House revival across the pond, including Disclosure and Clean Bandit. Plus, it’s great to hear that voice again! Listen to “Outlines” after the jump, and let us know what you think of Dragonette’s latest dance floor foray in the comments below. More »
Toronto reggae-pop-rockers MAGIC! pulled off the ultimate pop trick this week by unseating Iggy Azalea from the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The Nasri Atweh-fronted band’s debut single “Rude” had been steadily gaining momentum since the early spring, and last week Idolator had the good fortune to have the guys around for an intimate Idolator Sessions performance. (Watch them do “No Evil” live during their session here.)
“Songwriting is important for us,” Nasri explains before performing the song. “The craft has always been a bit of an obsession for me, and I know the guys love the process too.”
He continued by explaining the origins of the quartet’s hit single. “It actually started off [as] a really dark song,” Atweh says. “It’s funny, because I would have never expected it would end up where it ended up now, which is this story where I’m basically singing to a dad.” More »
Just as he did nearly 20 years ago, song parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic tackles the rap song of the moment. In his latest video, he transforms Iggy Azalea‘s Clueless-loving “Fancy” into “Handy” – as in, he’s not in the murda bizness, but in plumbing, electrical, remodeling and more. Instead of a matching a cardigan to a plaid skirt suit, “Weird Al” wears a denim vest to work. He does sway his hips, though with fellow repairmen in overalls instead of a fashion club.
“Weird Al”’s “Handy” reminds of “Amish Paradise,” his 1996 take on Coolio‘s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” (“Amish Paradise” appeared on his album Bad Hair Day, which went on to sell a million copies.) In both songs, he’s proudly uncool while also sounding just as bold as the original songs – proof that no matter how he flips the pop song’s script, “Weird Al” ultimately appreciates the source material. Watch “Weird Al”‘s “Handy” up top, then revisit “Amish Paradise” (featuring The Brady Bunch‘s Florence Henderson) below. More »