Pianos and horns kick off this new Earl Sweatshirt cut, a grandiose piece produced by Pharrell Williams. "Burgundy" has Earl's lyricism digging into the effects of fame and dealing with depression, an angsty voice met with larger-than-life production. It comes across like a victory speech, a claim that his position in life hasn't left him depressed or full of himself but ready to keep doing what he's doing. Right on, Earl. Listen below.
Well here it is folks. After a few weeks of build up we can finally stream Jay-Z's highly anticipated new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. It features guest spots from Beyonce, Frank Ocean, Swizz Beats, JT, Pharrell, Timbaland and Rick Ross. Samsung users have lucked out as the first 1million people to download the album via an app get it for free. For us people on the Apple train we'll have to wait until the 8th to get our hands on a physical copy. For now though, enjoy it in full below via Fist In the Air / Hypetrak.
Jay-Z's long-awaited follow-up to 2009's The Blueprint 3 has been announced: Magna Carta Holy Grail will be released on July 4th.
During game five of the 2013 NBA Finals, a three-minute trailer debuted. The trailer showed Hov in the studio with Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland and Rick Rubin (who very recently served as executive producer on Kanye's Yeezus), where they discuss the beats and rhythms behind this new record. It also sampled some new music, and what you hear throughout the trailer sounds awesome. Check it out below.
The album is about, like this duality of how do you navigate through this whole thing, through success, through failures, through all this and remain yourself."—Jay-Z on Magna Carta Holy Grail
Samsung has already purchased one million copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail, and will release an app on June 24th that gives an insight into the record. Then, the album will be available to download for free through that app on July 4th at 12:01am EST to the first one million Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 and Note II users.
With Father’s Day coming up, I wanted to share a special song about my father. This was the hardest song I’ve ever had to write. I still tear up sometimes just thinking about it. Thanks to Pharrell for pushing me to get the whole story out. Love you, Dad. I’ll find my way eventually."
While Father's Day has passed, that doesn't mean we can't continue to appreciate our old men. Why not start by streaming the Pharrell-produced track below? It will be included on Hawthorne's upcoming album Where Does This Door Go, set to drop on July 16th.
All this week in the UK, Radio One have been having what they call "Rock Week". This means that in the day they've had numerous more rock orientated artists sitting in the live lounge performing some tracks. It's cool, I guess, introducing some people sat at work to bands they may not have heard of before. They also put on bands doing full sets each night.
The one that made me prick up my ears up in the week though was a visit from Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age. They dropped by to perform an acoustic rendition of "My God Is The Sun" along with a cover of Robin Thicke's Pharrell and T.I featuring "Blurred Lines". Watch both of those right now here. If you want the full electric set from the evening you can head over here.
The never aging Pharrell has been pretty busy lately, what with him featuring on the new Daft Punk album. You may remember way back in 2010, Williams was behind the soundtrack to the movie, Despicable Me, and now the sequel is about to be released, it appears he's contributing music to that too. The Despicable Me 2 soundtrack is set to be released in just under a months time on June 18th. The film will hit cinemas in the US on the 3rd of July with an all star cast of Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, and Steve Coogan.
Genuinely enjoyed the first movie and will be checking out the new one when it's released. For now though I'm going to enjoy this disco fused joint below a little more.
Forget all those unofficial edits of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," delete them from your music library, because this is the real deal. At 12:01am this morning, the French robots' much hyped single hit iTunes. Pharrell's smooth vocals play around Nile Rodgers' funky guitar licks, while deep basslines are met with echoing claps and subtle piano keys. It's fantastic disco-inspired electro. Daft Punk are clearly back in full force. Stream the official radio edit of "Get Lucky" below, or grab it on iTunes or Amazon.
Is it real? Is it a fake? This is the question we've all been asking these past few days about all of the so-called "official" leaks of Daft Punk's highly publicized new single "Get Lucky." This time, though, it might just be legit. Earlier today, Sonic 102.9 in Edmonton dropped a radio edit of the single, but it has been pulled. Since then Dutch radio station 3FM has posted a video of the exact same "radio edit." Check it out below and let us know if you think this is real or not.
Coincidentally, Amazon just recently posted a page for "Get Lucky," with a release date of April 19th. The page also featured the above artwork. Is this the official version of "Get Lucky" or are we being duped again? I guess we will find out on the 19th.
UPDATE:MTV reports that the song will be available to download tonight at 12:01am.