Tinashe feat. ScHoolboy Q – “2 On” Mar28

Tinashe feat. ScHoolboy Q – “2 On”...

(photo credit: John Francis Peters) Tinashe has mentioned in interviews that she plays the dual roles of a babyface and a naughty girl. The nice Tinashe hawks pimple cream. The naughty Tinashe write songs about tragic relationships or in this case a very fulfilling fling....

DJ Cassidy feat. R. Kelly – “Make The World Go Round” Mar28

DJ Cassidy feat. R. Kelly – “Make The World Go Round”...

This certainly is a much better effort from musical project manager and vintage straw hat wearer, DJ Cassidy. Rather than going for the artificial flavor, he has enlisted R. Kelly to croon over his slightly-too-fast 2-step anthem. Maybe this record will give DJ Cassidy the necessary traction to promote his album, Paradise Royale, properly when it drops....

Slum Village – “Yes Yes” (video) Mar28

Slum Village – “Yes Yes” (video)...

J Dilla is officially to producing that 2Pac is to emceeing. In other words, how is Dilla still producing for folks eight years after his death? Amazing! Ha. Ghost production, indeed. Anyways this is the current incarnation of Slum Village. There is lone survivor original member and terrible MC, T3. Then there is the far less talented little brother of Jay Dee, Illa J. And the other dude who I’m not even bothering to research, Young RJ. RIP Baatin. This video has to be a farce, right? Shout out to camera holder and mouse mover, Ryan Lightbourn, for making a decent looking video with a ton of questionable visual decisions. Why are there so many establishing shots of the crew looking bored at the TV? Didn’t they already have a “Disco” video (OMG this video is also terrible!) which did not involve a disco? Why continue the tired fake Soul Train motif? Could they any actor better than the terrible John Amos wannabe to be the fake Don Cornelius? Can I get any information on the light skin girl in the video who you think is going to sing/rap/speak but is really just the delicious eye candy? If you’re looking for lyrical content, this ain’t the joint. At least, this incarnation is consistent with previous Slum Village lineups in that respect....

Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal” (video) Mar24

Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal” (video)...

What do you do when you have a very hot single with two versions for either coast and you need to film a video to keep the promotion train rolling? You install a different and weaker rapper for the visuals. Enter YMCMB’s resident Memphis Bleek, Tyga. And your social media team needs to keep chugging along, so send out a message via your Twitter handle. #LOYAL video dropping 3/24!!! let the countdown begin!!! — Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) March 22, 2014 I love how idiots are like “WTF! He’s in jail and he’s still tweeting!” or “How is LA County allowing Breezy to use social media in jail?” Think those quotes are stupid… here are some real tweets from idiots who don’t know how marketing works. Yes, Chris Brown is still in jail. Good luck, Mark Geragos. All that aside, it’s got all the trappings of a Chris Brown video. Colors, dancing, bad lip syncing, more dancing, 4th wall leering, even more dancing, shameless plugs, and did I mention he can dance? Plus his dancers. And that body (((pause))). And his dancers. And Usher!...

The Black Keys – “Fever” Mar24

The Black Keys – “Fever”

The Black Keys have had a knack for uncanny album promotions. So this time around they have gone with some UHF-style hokum which is a likely homage to Cleveland late night host, Ghoulardi. In addition, they also have Mike Tyson on the street team doing his part. Turn Blue http://t.co/N7SaVjl1eD — Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) March 21, 2014 So combine all that and what do you got? I don’t know, I just care that the music is good. And it damn sure is! Turn Blue will be released on May 13th. Do not stare directly into the YouTube video. You will get...

Jay Electronica feat. LaTonya Givens – “Better In Tune With The Infinite” Mar17

Jay Electronica feat. LaTonya Givens – “Better In Tune With The Infinite”...

On RLTLK I berated my co-host unfairly about her dislike of the newest track from Jay Electronica. In short I questioned whether her lack of understanding of the track manifested into her dislike. Meanwhile, the entire time my very few casual listens of the track had not gleaned any real answers for me about the song other than Jay Elec’s continued desire to create music at his pace, not your desired pace. Built upon the soundbed of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Bibo no Aozora” (not Trey Songz, although this record is killer as well), Jay chooses two recorded spoken monologues to open his track. The first is The Honorable Elijah Muhammad speaking on the disappearance of Nation of Islam founder, Master Fard Muhammad. The second monologue is Professor Marvel speaking to runaway Dorothy at the beginning of “The Wizard of Oz.” Then after 90 seconds, Jay goes into a screed acknowledging his inability to convey his message on his own terms. To create art in the best way he knows how. His detractors. His hounds. His desire to come home and make a his own place in the world. With Sakamoto’s dirge setting the mood, Jay Electronica slows the listener down to get his message across his way. You have to listen more than once. You have to listen with open ears and a open mind. And then the beauty of Jay’s message, both in the opening recorded monologues and in his own bars, come through correctly....

Meek Mill – Dreams Worth More Than Money freestyle Mar14

Meek Mill – Dreams Worth More Than Money freestyle...

Meek Mill has already dropped an opening single, “Heaven Or Hell,” featuring Jadakiss and available on iTunes. Next Meek Mill took to Revolt TV to announce his album title and release date. Now exclusively through Karen Civil, Meek Mill drops a freestyle to let the public know where his mind is at. #Dreamchasers #MMG …why I am putting hashtags in a WordPress post?...

Childish Gambino – “What Kind Of Love” Mar13

Childish Gambino – “What Kind Of Love”...

Back in December an unfinished version of “What Kind Of Love” from Childish Gambino leaked to the massive. Speculation was that the acoustic track would be a bonus cut on a deluxe version of Because The Internet. Four months later that was not the case, but Bino was alerted that the track was being sold on iTunes anyways. His response: i saw that someone is selling this on iTunes. i gave this away for free since it’s incomplete and a rough. thought it was wack someone did that without my permission. so i put it up here. And here we are....

DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”...

The get hype song of 2013 gets a video in 2014. “Turn Down For What” is available on iTunes. (2dopeboyz) EDIT: Thank you, World Star and Ego Trip for getting this shit back...

The Alchemist & Budgie feat. Action Bronson, A$ton Matthews, and J.Rocc – “With My Soul” Mar12

The Alchemist & Budgie feat. Action Bronson, A$ton Matthews, and J.Rocc – “With My Soul”...

I don’t know know much influence The Alchemist has on Budgie’s production methods, but this beat is a fucking banger. I haven’t heard horns that crisp and forthright on a rap song since “The Funeral” hit the massive. And Bronsolini gets first crack at this cacophony with this line: What if Allen Iverson was Chinese riding on a Harley? What the fuck is that? The microphone can barely handle the intricate bars of non sequitir verbal wordplay. A$ton Matthews continues to impress me as a gruff counter voice to Action’s rapid delivery. Budgie’s album is available at this link. I am inferring that the production is gospel-based. And it definitely works as source material....

Banks – “Brain” (video)...

Back in January we had the audio for BANKS’s new single, “Brain.” Now we have the visuals. Produced by Shlohmo. Maybe you should find a nice quiet spot by yourself before pressing play. Imjussayin. (2dopeboyz/Hernameisbanks)...

Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and French Montana/Too $hort – “Loyal” Mar12

Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and French Montana/Too $hort – “Loyal”...

“Loyal” is the 4th(!) single by Chris Brown from his oft-delayed sixth album, X. Two versions got sent around to all the North American Black pop…errrr rhythmic contemporary radio stations. Both tracks have Breezy (natch) and frequent collaborator Weezy, but the East Coast version is saddled with a double-recycled verse from French Montana while the West Coast version has an invigorated Too $hort spitting hot fyah. On first listen the pangs of listening to Wayne’s boilerplate wordplay and the robotic bounce turned me off. However, Chris can still sing better than most. And who doesn’t like a song about unfaithful bitches. Soon enough I’m humming the chorus. I do not recommend listening to the East Coast version when French Montana starts reciting Biggie’s verses I strongly recommend listening to the West Coast version because it gets better from Wayne to Chris to...