Release Roundup: Isaiah Rashad’s Lay Wit Ya

Isaiah Rashad Returns With New Song “Lay Wit Ya”: Listen | Pitchfork

After years of near complete radio silence, TDE’s most elusive rapper has finally returned with a brand new single in anticipation for his upcoming album The House Is Burning.

“Lay Wit Ya” is the newest single from Tennessee rapper Isaiah Rashad, his second since the release of his magnum opus The Sun’s Tirade which released back in 2016. A FADER cover story, which coincided with the release of his new single, explains his lack of public appearances since the release of his last record.

According to Rashad, after the release of The Sun’s Tirade he struggled heavily with addiction and his newfound fame from the success of his record.

“I ended up sleeping on my homie’s couch for like four or five months,” Rashad told FADER. “It was the quickest fall from grace I could ever imagine.”

Rashad not only became bored with making music, but also found vices in excessive shopping and heavy drinking.

“Instead of just explaining myself, I just assumed that n****s knew. Or I would just be drunk spazzing. And nobody hears that. They just hear that you’re drunk. You know they called me Bobby Brown? That shit hurt the fuck out of my feelings. That’s the worst type of vibe ever,” said Rashad.

After losing almost everything, barely having enough money to even eat, Rashad found himself in a rehab facility located in Dana Point.

Rashad began recording The House Is Burning last year and produced 60 songs, many of which were left on the cutting room floor due to being “too slow.” With that being said, Rashad admitted this would be his, “most depressing album.”

“Lay Wit Ya” epitomizes Rashad’s official return to the music industry, with a track lifted straight out of the rap zeitgeist. Regardless, the single still manages to sound like Zay, albeit an evolved form not many are used to hearing. A form that has become more conscious not just of the world around him but aware of itself.

“The world’s on fire. The water is polluted, there’s so much CO2 pouring into the ozone. But when you take it to a micro level…when your house is on fire, are you going to go into that bitch to get the personal possessions, or are you just going to trust in yourself and in God that you’re going to be able to bounce back?” Rashad asked.

The House is Burning is set to release sometime in 2021.

Everything we know about Zack Hill’s new band Undo K From Hot so far

Death Grips' Zach Hill Shares Debut Single from New Band Undo K From Hot:  Listen | Pitchfork

Zack Hill, most famously known for being one third of Death Grips, has found himself in a new musical trio alongside Robby Moncrieff and Nick Reinhart under the name Undo K From Hot.

Hill first announced the bands existence in an Instagram post April 30. The post caption simply read, “I have a new group called Undo K From Hot” followed by a plug of their official Instagram page and an announcement of when their first project would release: May 7.

The other members of the band were also revealed from the post consisting of Hill’s past collaborators. Robby Moncrieff who most recently worked with Hill on a remix of Danny Elfman’s track “Kick Me,” and Nick Reinhart who formed a previous band with Hill in 2009 called bygones.

Their first single “750 dispel” released on May 4 along with an accompanying music video. The thunderous track is accompanied by equally harsh flashing visuals. Something Hill has become somewhat infamous for due to his previous work with Death Grips.

As far as a physical release of the album goes, Reinhart confirmed on Twitter there would be one but gave no specifics as to when.

Their debut project G.A.S. Get a Star released this week on May 7. Fans who have already listened to the album noted a few vocal snippets that sound like Death Grips frontman MC Ride, however these have yet to be confirmed by any credible source.

As of now that’s about all that’s been publicly noted about Undo K From Hot.

As for Hill’s other projects, no new material from Death Grips has been confirmed. Their last release being an official version of their 2019 EP “Gmail and the Restraining Orders.” This has lead some fans into thinking that the group has unofficially been canned. However, Zach Hill is infamous for collaborating with other artists and forming new bands seemingly on a whim. For instance, he formed The I.L.Y.’s with fellow Death Grips bandmate, Andy Morin, in 2015.

With that being said, its safe to say this is not the last we will hear of any of these artists, at least for the time being.

Travis Scott performance at LIV marks a major return to concert and live shows

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For his birthday Houston-born-rapper, Travis Scott, performed live at LIV’s nightclub in Miami. This marks his very first true live performance at a venue since the start of the pandemic.

That same weekend Cactus Jack also announced dates for the third annual ASTROWORLD Fest in Houston, TEX. The festival took a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic but due to changes in Texas it would seem concerts and festivals are now feasible again. ASTROWORLD is set to take place on November 5-6.

Travis Scott follows a recent trend in artists slating new dates for future tours meant to take place toward the end of 2021. A time where many believe the pandemic will be all but over.

On the same day Travis Scott performed at LIV, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended all COVID-19 restrictions. During a news conference the DeSantis said, “The fact is, we are no longer in a state of emergency.” It would seem other nations see, to feel the same way about the matter.

Just two months ago Governor Greg Abbott lifted the mask mandate in Texas and opened capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state completely.

Then, once again on Sunday, Los Angeles County reported no additional deaths as a result of COVID-19, the first time in over a year.

Only time will tell if the rest of the country’s will open up and more artists will follow in the footsteps of Scott to perform live again.

Release Roundup: Crumb’s Ice Melt

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Alternative rock band Crumb released their much anticipated sophomore album Ice Melt this week.

This is their first major project since their 2019 album Jinx and features a completely evolved sound from their previous bodies of work.

On Instagram their lead vocalist Lila Ramani shared a heartfelt story about the process of making the album, “In mid-march last year, we halted production of the album…. Ice Melt was a rare and precious escape from the idleness and chaos of the year; at times it felt like the songs were the only things grounding us to this earth, a living breathing vestige of our pre-pandemic lives.”

Crumb saw a lot of initial success thanks to their second EP “Locket.” The title track of which received a music video that went viral for its trippy visual effects and lo-fi sound. Ice Melt seems to be the natural continuation of that sound this time featuring more elements of “dream pop.”

“Ice Melt” is available to stream everywhere.

Travis Scott and Nike unveil their new collaboration: “British Khaki.”

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Official images of the Air Jordan 6 Travis Scott British Khaki released today along with a line of merch and a raffle for the sneaker on Tuesday.

It’s been a little under a year since Travis Scott officially released his last collaboration with the Nike. The Nike Air Max 270 dubbed the “Cactus Trails” was the last thing to release other than the incredibly limited PlayStation Nike Dunks that coincided with the holiday release of the PlayStation 5.

However, it would seem the Houston rapper is ready to release again after relative silence. This is the very first time the rapper has officially released a second colorway for the same Jordan silhouette. The previous Jordan 6 colorway was called “Olive” and consisted of mostly military green accents on the sneaker with smooth suede, a small pouch on the ankle and glow in the dark soles. This new colorway, “British Khaki” is quite different with a mostly tan color palette and a much rougher suede texture. However it retains the iconic ankle pouch seen in the last Air Jordan 6.

With that being said, this is likely not the last shoe release we will see from Cactus Jack in 2021. Many images have surfaced of a possible collaboration between Travis Scott and Fragment which could result in a brand new colorway for La Flame’s iconic backwards swoosh Air Jordan 1.

However, those are just leaks and fans of Travis Scott will have to await any more news of new Nike collaborations.

The Air Jordan 6 Travis Scott British Khaki releases on April 30, 2021.

Release Roundup: Cordae’s Just Until….

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Cordae released a small EP Thursday this week in anticipation for his upcoming sophomore album aptly titled “Just Until….”

It is his first major release since his debut album The Lost Boy came out in 2019 and as the title suggests it’s supposed to be something to tide fans over until he eventually drops his next studio record. Even the cover of the EP reinforces this as well. It features The cover of the EP is minimalist and in a bolded typeface at the bottom text reads, “See you soon, Album almost done. -Cordae.”

The EP also makes use of several high profile features from that of Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest and Young Thug who also recently released a project as well.

In terms of sound its a departure from Cordae’s usual lyrical rapping formula, instead opting for simpler flows, production and traditional choruses. It’s a much more stripped down version of the Grammy-nominated artist than fans are likely used to seeing.

The same day Cordae also released a music video for the opening track of the EP “More Life.” The Video features Cordae returning to previous places that had impacted his life such as his old neighborhood, his middle school and the college he briefly attended.

As far as his upcoming album goes, it seems to be very close to completion according to Cordae himself. A recent Instagram story showed him at his studio with a caption that read “Album loading…. 90% done.” The story that followed corrected the previous stating, “*92.”

Provided there will be no delays it would seem the project is coming along smoothly and should be available for listeners ears very soon.

Kobe Bryant’s estate ends deal with Nike

Kobe Bryant would go bike riding at 4:30 AM": Tim Grover waxes eloquent  about the Lakers legend's work ethic and dedication to improving his craft  | The SportsRush

Over a year after the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his wife, Vanessa Bryant elected to not renew the players deal with Nike which expired earlier this month.

In a statement to ESPN, Vanessa Bryant said, “Kobe and Nike have made some of the most beautiful basketball shoes of all time, worn and adored by fans and athletes in all sports across the globe. It seems fitting that more NBA players wear my husband’s product than any other signature shoe.”

Nike responded to Bryant’s choice in an official statement that read, “Kobe Bryan was an important part of Nike’s deep connection to consumers. He pushed us and made everyone around him better. Through our contractual relationship has ended, he remains a deeply loved member of the Nike family.”

The last Kobe release was on April 13th, a restock of the Kobe 6 “Grinch,” a sneaker commemorating the five year anniversary of his 60-point final game. However, as of now, there will be no future Kobe releases.

“My hope will always be to allow Kobe’s fans to get and wear his products,” Vanessa Bryant said to ESPN. “I will continue to fight for that. Kobe’s products sell out in seconds. That says everything.

Vanessa Bryant confirmed to ESPN that the estate owns the rights to the “Mamba” logo and his signature. With that being said, Bryant’s estate is now free to negotiate with any other brand for a new partnership should they choose.

Release Roundup: Young Stoner Records – Slime Language 2

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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.

Slime Language 2 is available everywhere.

Earl Sweatshirt teases a new something new with other artists

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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.

Release Roundup: BROCKHAMPTON’S ROADRUNNDER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE

BROCKHAMPTON Announce New Album ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE |  Pitchfork

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.