Back in October, a Cash Money executive tweeted that new music from Lil Wayne
‘s Tha Carter V was on the horizon
. After months of silence regarding what would be Weezy’s 11th solo LP, the cycle is kicking up hype once again, as Drake
cryptically tweeted “CARTER V” in the wee hours this morning (February 10).
Wayne’s latest release was his Dedication 5 mixtape, which was preceded by the LP I Am Not A Human Being II in March 2013. So does this mean the latest installment of his career-defining Carter series will be arriving soon? Does it mean Drizzy is on it? Check out Drake’s tweet below and see if you can read between the lines. More »
served as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live
on January 18, where he kept the show lively with a strong opening monologue (in which he apologized for the proliferation of “YOLO”) and a string of solid impressions — from Jay-Z
to Lil Wayne
as Urkel to Katt Williams
Later, he took the stage to perform a medley of “Started From The Bottom” and “Trophies” on a mostly darkened stage, illuminated by only a red light that made him look oddly saturated. More »
To prep for his hosting and performing gig on Saturday Night Live
this weekend, Drake
on Thursday (January 16) appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
and warmed up those comedy muscles. And, actually, got some pointers for how best to use them. Drake and Fallon’s opening discussion was a comedy nerd’s dream, as they talked about the process of putting an SNL
episode together, and Drake revealed that Lorne Michaels
made him shave his trademark George Michael
“Yesterday I did the read-through and it was like probably one of the best days of my life, it was incredible,” the star added, before asking the SNL alum for some pointers. Drizzy also revealed his favorite sketch of all time was when Jay Z joined Will Ferrell‘s Robert Goulet character.
They also talked about his first-ever audition (which happened to be for Degrassi), and why he stays sober for his own concerts. Check out the very entertaining interview up top, which also includes Drake losing to Fallon in a rousing game of beer hockey. More »
is the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live
‘s January 18 episode this weekend, and the hip-hop titan hunkered down in the recording studio with cast members Bobby Moynihan
and Jay Pharoah
for four-and-a-half minutes’ worth of promos. There are plenty of “Hey Drake, listen to this beat I made” gags, but the best bits involve a stupid “Started From The Bottom” joke and a scene with Drizzy showing off his dramatic acting skills.
With this appearance, the Nothing Was The Same rapper will join the pantheon of pop stars who have pulled double duty on the show recently, including Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. Watch his promos up top. More »
have been teasing
a “Wu Tang Forever”
remix for a while now, and while the trail has gone cold regarding the involvement of the actual Wu Tang Clan
, we now know that A$AP Rocky
is definitely involved. A sleuth for Noisey
snuck into the shoot for the remix’s music video, which took place in Rocky’s Harlem stomping grounds Sunday night (January 12) and involved the two young stars.
The writer offers up a few details from the shoot — the video used a stage on a rooftop and a white grand piano — but one very Drake-y tidbit stands out among all others. “Between takes managers shouted for Drake’s hot chocolate.” Ten bucks says Drizzy calls it “hot cocoa” and takes his with mini marshmallows. More »
love affair is going strong. In the latest chapter, Drizzy has taken on Yeezy’s 808s & Heartbreak
standout “Heartless” at a karaoke bar. In the video — which Drake posted on Instagram along with the caption “Everybody on Good Music!!” — the Toronto superstar sways back and forth as he raps the verse, and gives the waiter checking in on their private room some screen time. Then the chorus kicks in, and, well, don’t worry, that’s not Drake butchering it.
This show of Kanye unity comes after West invited Drake on stage for the final 2013 stop of his Yeezus tour, which followed Kanye’s surprise performance at Drake’s OVO Festival last year.
Check out Drake’s karaoke game below. More »
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 »