Young Stoner Life Records released their second label compilation Slime Language 2 this Friday marking another major slew of high profile collaborations.
It is the official continuation of their 2018 record; Slime Language and features several notable names like Travis Scott, Drake, NAV, Future, Skepta, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, YMW Melly, Big Sean and Kid Cudi.
Of course, all members under YSL Records are all present on the album as well including Young Thug and Gunna themselves, who are no stranger to big collaborations. However, with this record it’s nature of kinship is very much intentional.
The cover for the album features the collective in a large-scale family style portrait reflecting the familial nature of the album. Something the trailer for the record also emphasizes heavily as YSL Records refers to themselves as “The biggest family in the world.”
The tracks also reflect this notion as well. Thugger appears in nearly every track carrying the album all the way to the finish. “Proud of You” sings the praises of Lil Uzi Vert who’s featured on the track and even Young Thug’s brother Unfoonk snags a verse on “Real.”
It’s a more personal record to the collective and Young Thug than one may initially expect. The group has undeniable chemistry and their connection only seems to exude in each track that follows.
Earl Sweatshirt posted a photo of an art piece to his Instagram Monday morning with a caption that simply read, “4/30.”
The art piece depicts several black colored figures against a multicolored background. The photo is in a rather low resolution which implies the small photo is likely one part of a much larger piece.
What’s also of note is that several other of Earl Sweatshirt’s collaborators and contemporaries have posted the same photo with the same vague caption. Navy Blue, Pink Siifu, The Alchemist, Maxo and Boldy James, all of which who have previously worked with Earl Sweatshirt in the past, have posted the cryptic image.
The last project to release from Earl Sweatshirt was a deluxe version of his previous EP “Feet of Clay” which debuted in June 2020. Since then he’s only sporadically appeared as a feature on a few tracks from artists like Zelooperz and Black Noi$e, both of which have also not posted the photo of art piece or referenced the looming date of April 30.
It’s unknown if the date is referencing a project or possibly even a track featuring all the artists. Something that doesn’t seem unlikely considering the groups tendency to collaborate with each other often.
BROCKHAMPTON released their sixth studio album on Friday, one of two that is expected to release in 2021.
Their last official release arrived in 2019 and since then the group has remained tight lipped on new music until now. It would seem ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE is meant to usher in a new echelon for the already prolific boyband.
With that being said, this new album and the one expected to also arrive this year are supposedly the final BROCKHAMPTON albums.
Kevin Abstract, the groups front man, said in a short tweet, “2 brockhampton albums in 2021 – these will be our last.” Much to the dismay of their fans.
While this is not the first time someone from the group has announced their intent to disband only continue to release more material this time feels a lot more serious than before. While the reason for their supposed intent to breakup is unknown much of the group are focusing on other projects.
Just recently Kevin Abstract announced on twitter a brand new record label he created with fellow BROCKHAMPTON member Romil. “me & romil started a record label together – Video Store – our first release came out today by one of my favorite artists in the world. if you’re reading this please follow @blossomenergy & listen to their new EP rite NOW!!” said Kevin.
It’s also completely possible members of the group want to begin their own solo careers, something they’ve hinted and joked about before.
Former BROCKHAMPTON member, Ameer Vann, after leaving the group in 2018, began his solo career not very long after and has seen relative success. It’s likely the rest of the group would see similar results given their status has only increased since their initial release of the Saturation Trilogy in 2017.
Whatever the case may be fans will have to wait and see what comes next from their favorite American boyband.
A documentary 21 years in the making featuring exclusive footage of Kanye West has been sold to Netflix for a reported $30M, according to Billboard.
The documentary is the work of two filmmakers Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, who’ve previously worked with Kanye on several music videos for iconic tracks like “Jesus Walks” and “Through the Wire.” For over two decades the two have been documenting the artists life and are finally ready to release the miniseries later this year.
In the past the two directors have also worked on other documentaries, like their critically acclaimed ESPN documentary series 30-for-30, and Benji, a film about Chicago basketball player Ben Wilson.
The documentary series aims to tell the story of the producer turned rapper turned billionaire entrepreneur’s rise to stardom and success as well as his effect on the music industry at large, something undeniable to many artists working today.
According to Billboard, the directors relationship with West serves as the “backbone” of the series, dispute West having nothing to do with the project creatively. With that being said, Kanye West has reportedly given the documentary his “blessing” and his willingness to be filmed for 21 years is support enough.
Kanye West is no stranger to headlines. Just last month, Forbes estimated that the rapper’s net worth was around $1.8 billion making him one of the richest black men in the world. A year prior, West made headlines for his presidential bid. However, it would seem this documentary is going to cover far more than what general audiences have been exposed to thanks to the “exclusive” and “rare” footage the directors have captured.
While the series remains untiled it is slated to release later in 2021.
The popular record store, Amoeba Music, has reopened in its new location in Hollywood after closing down at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new location was announced back in Feb. of 2020 but due to COVID-19 had its opening postponed. Meanwhile its previous location was unable to reopen at all for the same reason. However, on March 30th, Los Angeles County reached the orange tier which allows all retail stores to be opened with modifications.
Amoeba Music is taking its modifications seriously and on their website outlined their detailed safety protocols. Aside from the usual protocols expected such as directional signs and social distancing, patrons who wish to sell their records are no longer able to remain in the store as their products are being assessed unless they’re shopping.
As for the opening day in itself, several festivities were planned. Customers will get a limited edition poster as a gift with purchase created by a local Los Angeles artist.
Amoeba Music is now open Monday through Sunday 11 A.M. through 8 P.M.
Fans can expect two new releases from the iconic shoegaze band in the coming year, according to a recent interview with New York Times.
Today My Bloody Valentine released all their projects on streaming services for the first time since their sudden removal a few years prior. Their website also updated featuring links for fans to pre-order a re-issue of their vinyl, CD’s and merchandise.
Many fans rejoiced as they were finally able to hear their 2013 project ‘m b v’ for the first time officially. However, that is not the only surprise fans were in store for.
An interview with New York Time’s revealed that the band is working on not one, but two records set to release quite soon. The first of the two albums, according to Kevin Shields, My Bloody Valentine front man, is going to be “warm and melodic” while the other is going to be “more experimental and feature a “stark evolution” from his original “very traditional” writing process.
While those statements may sound vague Shields maintains that is the point. “I don’t want to give too much away because I could lay it out verbally, and then someone’s going to go, ‘That’s a really good idea.'” said Shields
The band is currently waiting on the right time to meet in Shield’s home studio to begin recording, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Belinda Butcher, the guitarist for My Bloody Valentine, told NYT over email that it would “probably be finished by the end of the year.”
While promises for a new release have been made in the past and never been fulfilled Shields has stated his view on timelines has dramatically changed since their last release which came eight years ago. “Time is a bit more precious…I don’t want to be 70-something wanting to make the next record after ‘m b v.’ I think it’d be cooler to make one now.”
It would seem fans have to hold out only a little bit longer until their favorite shoegaze band is ready to release music again.