Posts tagged "Drake"

Drake Accused Of Using Uncleared Sample On “Pound Cake,” Sued For $300K

Drake is being sued for some $300K for using a sample of jazz musician Jimmy Smith on Nothing Was The Same track “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2,” according to TMZ. Before the beat drops in on the seven-minute double track, there’s a 35-second spoken word intro from the 1982 track “Jimmy Smith Rap” — and the interesting thing is that the liner notes for Drake’s album indicate the snippet was licensed (“Featuring samples of the Jimmy Smith recording ‘Jimmy Smith Rap’ produced under license from Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.”).

But Smith’s estate claims that not only was Drake never given permission to use the content, but that his camp never even asked. So it’s either blatant stealing or just a case of wires getting crossed at the labels’ legal departments. Either way, the estate is suing Drake and Cash Money for over $300,000. Hear the Drake track in question below. More »

Future’s ‘Honest’: Stream The Full Album

Future is streaming his long-delayed, highly anticipated album Honest ahead of its April 22 release. We could spend a whole post just talking about the features — there’s Kanye West, Pharrell, Drake, Lil Wayne, Pusha T, Wiz Khalifa and even Andre 3000 (although, that last one was purposely left off the stream) — but it’s more rewarding to absorb the project as a whole.

It’s such a varied and sprawling offering, going from the cold-as-fuck “Move That Dope” on one end of the spectrum to the doting “I Won” on the other end, and it covers just about everything else in between. It’s the type of thing that could only be pulled off by this robo-crooning, hollering, ATL trap astronaut.

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Adam Lambert Dyed His Hair Green: Morning Mix

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:: Adam Lambert joins Katy Perry as the latest pop star to dye his hair green (above) – effectively rendering seapunk irrelevant or, as he says, “Green Hair Don’t Care.” Does he pull it off? [Popdust]

:: Pharrell has talked about his surprise hit “Happy” at length before, but he has yet to cry over its success as he did on Oprah Prime. “I don’t know why I’m crying!” he said,  after host Oprah Winfrey played a clip of fans around the world dancing to the song. [Rap Radar]

:: Speaking of hits: Mac Miller debuted a few new songs at a April 12 concert in Pittsburgh, and one line stuck out to fans in particular. “I did it all without a Drake feature,” he rapped. Thoughts, Future? [MTV]

:: Jhene Aiko exacts revenge on a cheating love in her new “Comfort Inn Ending” video. She steals his jewelry and scratches his car with keys before she sets fire to it all, making for a compelling follow-up to “The Worst” while proving she can hold her own, with or without Drizzy. [Rap Radar]

:: Justin Bieber skipped the latest hearing for a high-profile incident in December 2013. Bieber is charged with assaulting a limo driver after leaving a Toronto nightclub. [Billboard]

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Watch Drake Make His Coachella Debut During Jhene Aiko’s Set

Back when Drake performed on SNL in January, he brought out Jhene Aiko for part of “From Time,” and the young singer capitalized on that moment in the national spotlight. Sunday (April 13) at Coachella, Aiko returned the favor, bringing out her YMCMB pal for that same Nothing Was The Same track. Rather improbably, this served as Drake’s Coachella debut.

“This is my first time at Coachella, by the way,” Drake told the crowd. “So I want to let you know that it’s a motherfuckin’ honor to be here with you tonight, and you better make some noise for Jhene one more time.” What’s more, Drizzy made it out to the desert just after attending the MTV Movie Awards earlier that night to catch his maybe-girlfriend Rihanna‘s performance of “The Monster” with Eminem.

Watch video of the live collab below. More »

Kylie Minogue “Robbed” Reunited Girl Band Atomic Kitten Of A Giant Hit: Morning Mix

:: Kylie Minogue has been labelled a thief (!) by English girl band Atomic Kitten. They claim that the Aussie diva’s global hit “Can’t Get You Out Of My head” was actually intended for them. Tough luck? [Digital Spy]

:: This is sad. Big Sean and Naya Rivera have reportedly called off their engagement and taken to Twitter to beef about who gets what. The Glee starlet has accused the MC of stealing jewelry from her house. Not exactly a fairytale ending then. [TMZ]

:: Here’s something for the sports fans. Drake is the surprise host of the 2014 ESPYs, which will be telecast live from Los Angeles on July 16. The MC is a good choice. After all, he’s the global ambassador of the Toronto Raptors. [Rolling Stone]

:: Missed Jay Z‘s Made In America documentary when it screened at the Toronto Film Festival or, later, on Showtime? Well, you’re in luck. Hov’s movie is coming to DVD in May. [AllHipHop]

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Drake Premieres Studio Version Of “Days In The East”: Listen

A day after dropping the Lauryn Hill-sampling “Draft Day,” Drake returns with another new, free track. This morning (April 3) he premiered the studio version of “Days In The East,” a song which he first debuted at a concert in Birmingham, UK, in March. And it is a mood piece, a slow blur with Drake alternating between his sensitive coo and his more aggressive holler-singing, before jumping into a rap that starts with him having tea with Erykah Badu.

The beat is amorphous as hell, with some light trap percussion skittering over barely-there bits of electronic atmosphere — then for the rap, the percussion drops out and we’re just left with burbles and swirls. It was produced by PARTYNEXTDOOR with an assist from Drake’s guru Noah “40” Shebib.

Stream it and grab a free download below. More »

Drake’s New Song “Draft Day” Samples Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”: Listen

Drake late last night (April 1) dropped new song “Draft Day,” an odd little nugget that features a loooped sample of Lauryn Hill‘s 1998 hit “Doo-Wop (That Thing).” The playful, boastful track contains a host of references to young celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Chance The Rapper and his pal NFL prospect Johnny Manziel, and in addition to a line about Drizzy trying raw oysters for the first time, it also might contain his response to a recent diss.

In Jay Z and Jay Electronica‘s “We Made It” remix, Hov of course rapped, “Sorry Mrs. Drizzy, for so much art talk / Silly me rappin’ ’bout shit that I really bought / Why these rappers rap about guns they ain’t shot? / And a bunch of other silly shit that they ain’t got?” In this new song, Drake may be offering up a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rejoinder, saying, “Just hits, no misses/That’s for the married folks.”

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Watch Drake Unveil New Ballad At UK Show

Drake has been treating his fans in Europe to some pretty big surprises at his recent shows. And while his Friday (March 21) concert in Birmingham, UK, didn’t have any special guests, he did unveil a new song for the British crowd. The new track — either called “Call On Me” or “Days In The East” if Consequence of Sound is to be believed — is a spare ballad. At this point, everyone is well aware of Drizzy’s crooning ability, but for a couple moments in this song dare we say he sounds a little like Miguel?

Whatever the title, Drake may wanna consider updating the lyrics to respond to Jay Z‘s “Mrs. Drizzy” diss stemming from Drake’s comment in Rolling Stone about Hov rapping too much about art. Watch him perform the song below. More »

Madonna Gets Her ‘Game Of Thrones’ On For Purim: Morning Mix

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:: Who knew Madonna was into Game Of Thrones? The pop legend dressed as the mother of dragons herself Daenerys Targaryen for Purim and shared a pic on Instagram. What a likeness! [Vulture]

:: It’s nice to see serious artists turn into screaming fan-boys occasionally. Tyler, The Creator went crazy when Pusha T performed “Grindin’” at Spin’s SXSW party in Austin and it was all captured on film. [Spin]

:: It looks like Rihanna and Drake are officially an item. The former duet partners have been inseparable during Drizzy’s European tour and are said to be serious about making it work. Aww. [Vibe]

:: A third victim from the tragic SXSW car crash has passed away. 26-year-old Austin native Sandy Le finally succumbed to her injuries after spending several days on life support. Our condolences go out to her friends and family. [Spin]

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Jamie Lynn Spears Got Married: Morning Mix

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:: Jamie Lynn Spears and fiance James Watson got married on March 15 in New Orleans. Although Spears and Watson had split temporarily, the younger sister to Britney Spears would later write songs inspired by their relationship, including her debut single “How Could I Want More.” [E!]

:: Will Drake follow up Nothing Was the Same in 2014? According to a sighting in Manchester, the “Worst Behavior” rapper played his new music for a party of 16 that included bodyguards, assistants and, oh, Rihanna. (Of course.) [E!]

:: Speaking of quick turn-arounds, Katy Perry may be working on new music, too. Producer-in-crime Dr. Luke tweeted that they hit the studio with regular collaborators, Ester Dean and Cirkut, who co-wrote “Firework” and produced half of Prism, respectively. [Popdust]

:: Jay Electronica released his first new music since he was featured on Big Sean‘s “Control,” a song only known for its Kendrick Lamar verse. The ambient “Better in Tune with the Infinite” features R&B singer LaTonya Givens, plus samples from Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, The Wizard of Oz and The Wind Rises. [Pitchfork]

:: Miley Cyrus got the crying kitten emoji tattooed on her bottom inner lip. Yup. [Complex]

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