There’s still a big question mark looming over the posthumous Aaliyah
material floating around, but we’re gradually learning more about Drake
and Noah “40″ Shebib
‘s decision to abandon that project months after unveiling “Enough Said.”
In a new interview with Vibe
, Drake’s primary beat-maker echoed the rapper’s sentiment
that “the press got out of hand” regarding the album, while also blaming all the competing industry influences.
“The world reacting to Drake’s involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it. That was a very sad experience for me,” Shebib told the magazine. “I was naïve to the politics surrounding Aaliyah’s legacy and a bit ignorant to Timbaland’s relationship and everybody else involved and how they’d feel… But ultimately, I wasn’t comfortable and didn’t like the stigma,” he said. “I was seven songs deep. [Aaliyah’s] mother saying ‘I don’t want this out’ was enough for me. I walked away very quickly.” More »
After Drake’s decidedly accomplished
and eventful 2013
, can you really blame him for resting on his laurels a bit? With that in mind, Aubrey decided to unveil his new Hit-Boy/Hagler/Noah “40″ Shebib
-produced track “Trophies” to presumably celebrate the past year that was, in retrospect, pretty good to him.
Granted, the song was first teased in the stately trailer for his 2013 smash Nothing Was The Same, so it’s a bit like designing your championship ring before the season even starts, but that actually makes it cooler, no? Regardless, listen to the horn laden boast after the jump. More »
How does Drake
create a New Year’s anthem? Mostly by refusing to change. In a remix of Soulja Boy
‘s “We Made It,” he tweaks the cycling-class flow snatched from Migos‘ “Versace”
to add a remorseful note here, cue a moment of silence there — for his non-competition, obviously — and reels through a list of accomplishments that includes paying off his lawyer’s fees.
“My resolution for New Year’s is n—-, we made it,” Drake crows, as he reduces Soulja Boy to a yes man on his own track.
Drake’s “We Made It” remix is just one of several “New Year’s Eve Anthems” to be released over the next few days, including the Hit-Boy-produced “Trophies.” Clearly, the Nothing Was the Same rapper isn’t cutting tracks about resolving to lose weight, volunteer to help others or save money. Instead, he’s recording drinking-out-of-your-Grammy music, Kanye-West-is-my-only-competition music, as many sequels to “Worst Behavior” as he can stand. Hear it after the jump. More »
Here at Idolator, one of our favorites tasks is gauging
the larger trends
of mainstream music culture. With hip-hop and R&B increasingly driving the zeitgeist (oh hai Beyonce
!), there are few better ways to chart pop’s 2013 narrative than to take a closer look at the beat-makers who stepped up their game and came to define the sounds of the past twelve months.
From mega-trap to hazy nihilism to radio-ready stickiness, hip-hop and R&B in all its forms flourished this year, and the following breakout producers were instrumental in the movement. More »
brought his extravagant Yeezus Tour to Toronto last night, and the city’s rap hero Drake
was in attendance. Ye acknowledged that fact by throwing a major compliment to his former rival. “I want to thank the rap god Drake for coming out tonight,” Kanye said during the show, which was met with cheers from the crowd.
Not only that, but the two rappers hit the club afterwards. Decked out in a Toronto Been Trill jersey, Yeezy rapped along to Drake’s “Worst Behavior” and swung from the rafters during his own “Blood On The Leaves.”
Below, watch Ye drop accolades and then get turnt with Drake. More »
first appeared on Saturday Night Live
in 2011, he performed songs but also insisted on doing sketches as a guest host would. “I was begging everybody. Like, ‘Please let me get a skit. Please let me get involved,’” he said
. So he appeared as a teenaged werewolf, donning a mullet and rapping of how he scores candy on Halloween — not by dressing up, but by stealing from kids.
The song? “Bag Jackin (Bitches).”
Perhaps thanks to that (oh, and the platinum Nothing Was the Same), Drake will perform and host SNL‘s first episode of 2014, as announced during the Dec. 21 Christmas special. He joins the ranks of Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga as musicians who have also hosted the show. The episode airs Jan. 18; for a preview of what to expect, revisit the promo for Drake’s first SNL appearance after the jump. More »
After finishing her show at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center last night (December 19), Beyonce
jumped in a limo — partition rolled up, please — and headed straight to Dave & Buster’s in Times Square to celebrate the release of her mega-successful album with celebrity friends and a couple of lucky fans.
The clearly ecstatic diva danced to a mash up of “Drunk In Love” and “Tom Ford”, did watermelon shots with fans (see video after the jump) and played video games with Les Twins, model Shaun Ross and J. Cole. Oh and Drake moderated the event. His speech is also after the jump. More »
We’ve spent the past month celebrating the best things about pop music in 2013
, but now it’s time to call out a few worsts — sorry, Santa, but we can’t be nice all the time. Our list of the worst album covers is one of my favorite year-end features. Why do I love it so? For one thing, it’s hard to agree on what makes bad music, but it’s very easy to unite in agreement over what makes a bad photo or ugly artwork. As the 10 terrible covers below will prove.
Secondly, I love pondering how these things happen. How do such visual abominations get through so, so many layers of approval before getting slapped onto a CD cover? Who cares! We’re here to chide them, not deconstruct them! Let’s get to it. More »
is one of two black superstars (the other being comedian Kevin Hart
) chosen to front VIBE
magazine’s race issue, which hits newsstands in January. Looking defiant in a tight close-up on the bold cover, Drizzy opens up about racism in America as well as Kanye West
and his (non-existent) competition.
“The racism I experienced was being Jewish,” Drizzy explains in the accompanying interview. “Jewish kids didn’t understand how I could be black and Jewish… it was just stupid, annoying rich kids that were close-minded and mean.”
He’s just as frank when evaluating the rest of the rap game, naming Kanye West as his only competition: “My competition is nobody else, by the way. It’s just me and ‘Ye.” Take that Kendrick Lamar. More »
still hasn’t given an interview about her chart-busting fifth album
but she did drop by iTunes radio to introduce the LP. And in the spirit of her new fearless approach to music and media, Mrs. Carter did not hold back. She was very open about giving each collaborator their due and had some choice words to say about “Bow Down”
“It’s really difficult to find a song with such a strong message that doesn’t feel preachy. Sia is such a genius, the second I heard the song I’m like I have to sing this song,” Bey said of album-opener “Pretty Hurts”. “I don’t care how hard I have to fight for the song, this is my song!” As for the pageant based video? Well, they are “the most humiliating, judgmental place you can be as a woman.”
There was also praise for Boots (“a new producer that I completely respect”), a fun anecdote about the “Blow” video (“one of my first dates with my first boyfriend was at Funplex [the roller rink where it was shot] and now I got the whole Funplex… rented out!”) and an insight into the making of rap-interlude “Yonce” (“I love it because it’s really organic. The drumbeat was actually done in the studio by Justin Timberlake, he just started beating on this bucket”). More »