Who Is G.O.O.D. Music’s Kacey Hill?

Kacey Hill is G.O.O.D. Music’s newest signee, but what led to her earning a spot on one of hip-hop’s greatest music regimes? It seems like the young songstress popped out of nowhere. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Hill currently resides in Los Angeles. Under M Model Management she has done work with American Apparel and was also one of the models on Kanye’s Yeezus tour.

Kacey released her debut single “Experience” back in September. So far this is the only music from the new artist, but if Kanye is rocking with her expect nothing but greatness from G.O.O.D. Music’s new addition.

Peep the video for “Experience” below:

REVIEW: J. Cole “2014 Forrest Hills Drive”

J. Cole’s third studio album is a breath of fresh air that inspires hope for hip-hop going into 2015. Cole breaks barriers with this new release. The album dropped with no singles which is something the rapper hasn’t done before. After hearing the strength of the product it’s hard to see how one would even begin the process of trying to pick a single with so many great tracks. Cole is like an open book with this project, and each song reveals his growth.

 2014 Forrest Hills Drive solidifies J. Cole’s position as a great story teller and lyricists.  Throughout the album he tackles popular topics such as the state of hip-hop, cultural controversies, and demons of his own. The concept and theme of the album is portrayed well. The title of the album is the address of Cole’s childhood home and the songs reflect him reminiscing on growing up and coming back home now.

The intro to the album encompasses all of that. Cole asks “Do you want to be happy? Do you want to be free?,” and goes on talk about looking at how far he’s come. The best line from the intro has to be “they say that dreams come true and when they do it’s a beautiful thing.”

“Wet Dreamz”, “’03 Adolescence”, and “A Tale of 2 Citiez” are great examples of his ability to weave a story together over a beat. “Wet Dreamz details the story of his first time with the catchy hook “I ain’t never did this before” over a sped up sample of “Mariya” by Family Circle.

“’03 Adolescence” reveals thoughts and memories of growing up in Fayetteville. The best part about this track is the conversation Cole has with his friend who gives him a reality check and makes him grateful for what he has.

“A Tale of 2 Citiez” is a favorite off the album. The beat alone gets you hooked, and then the title plays into the song as it describes two different points of view of a robbery.

The next set of tracks are heavy-hitters on the project. In “Fire Squad” J. Cole takes the crown as the hottest artist and in the same song destroys the title. He blames rappers trying to out do each other and fight for a title is the reason why artists like Macklemore and Iggy Azalea can come in and steal “Album of the Year” awards. The song is a wake up call for hip-hop.

“St. Tropez” feeds into the next song on the track. It describes how at this point Cole has made it and is successful.

“G.O.M.D.” is definitely one of the best songs on the album, and one of the singles. J discusses issues with naysayers from his home town and sums up how he feels about thoughts on him “going Hollywood” in 4 words. There’s also insight to his relationship and his faithfulness, or lack of.

“No Role Modelz” would’ve made a great single for the album. The hook locks you in but there’s a lot of meaning in this track. Cole describes not having any role models to look up to, the lack of good relationships, and girls who are obsessed with living the life of women depicted in reality TV shows. “Fool me one time shame on you. Fool me twice, can’t put the blame on you. Fool me three times, f*** the peace sign, load the chopper, let it rain on you” in my opinion are the hottest lines of the song.

The album wraps up with what I like to call “sit back and think” tracks. The beats are a little slower but it allows you to focus on what he’s saying.

“Hello” seems to be an ode to someone in his past, and he’s telling them about where he’s at in life. The title seems fitting. He rhymes like he hasn’t talked to them in a long time. Cole also discusses the emotion that comes with reminiscing on certain things.

“Apparently” is the first single for the album. This and the album intro are the only songs with visuals so far. This is another standout track. Cole starts out pretty much saying he can say what he want. He’s so open and truthful in the first verse. He details the foreclosure of his childhood home as well as his relationship with his mother. The gist of the song is despite everything there’s still people that believe in him. It’s really beautiful and the video is minimalistic but made me love the song even more. Peep the video below:

“Love Yourz” and “Note to Self” wrap up the album. “Note to Self” also serves as the his “thank you’s” for those that were involved. The track is 14 minutes long but definitely worth listening to the whole thing at least once.

The album is solid and just what I needed. J. Cole is one of those artists that can put out bodies of work that somehow correlate with what’s going on in your life at the moment. There’s always something you can pick out in each song that speaks directly to you. The debate is whether the project holds up to Born Sinner. I can’t compare the two. They both serve different purposes and have different concepts. A lot has happened between the two albums. In my opinion the only thing different between Born Sinner and 2014 Forrest Hills Drive is more songs and features on the sophmore album. But 2014 Forrest Hills Drive wasn’t meant to do what  Born Sinner did, and definitely shows that J. Cole can hold his own over an entire album. There’s a lot of artists you know you can’t listen to unless there’s a feature, and half the time the feature is why you’re listening in the first place.

The album is personal and real. Cole is so open and honest. I think the concept behind it is great and  the timing for the project is perfect. There isn’t one song I can bring myself to skip over. Be sure to support and buy it (leak lovers)!

 

RECAP: Anthony Hamilton’s Home For The Holidays at The Schermerhorn

Anthony Hamilton brought his Home For The Holidays tour to Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center Monday night. Hamilton came straight from his Memphis show to the music city, but you couldn’t tell from the level of energy on stage. Anthony and his band were suited up and ready to put on a great show. Fans loved Anthony’s presence. Hardly anyone could stay in their seat for long. The soul-singer was very interactive with the crowd, often telling jokes with the audience. Even those seated in the upper levels and behind the singer felt apart of the show. Hamilton of course performed crowd favorites such as “Coming From Where I’m From” and “Can’t Let Go,” as well as songs from his current album. The Grammy-nominated artist also sat down with 2Ls to discuss the making of Home For The Holidays, his role on Empire coming in January, and the controversy of the Mike Brown verdict.

Welcome to Nashville. This isn’t your first time here is it?

No, I’ve been here a few times.

You just finished performing here at the Schermerhorn. The performance was amazing. A lot of energy and you were very interactive with the crowd. How do you feel about the show and your performance?

It’s about being an artist, and allowing people to be apart of the show. I feel great about it. I feel like the crowd got exactly what they wanted to feel. I think it came over well.

I want to get into the album. Your last album was Back to Love in 2011. What made you want to come back with a Christmas album?

In between times you think of ways creatively; what you can do to expand your brand. I felt like a holiday album, me and my team felt like a holiday album would be good. So I put some thought into it and I was like “You know what? I kind of always wanted to do a Christmas album.” I might as well put it together now, and I thought that the timing was right.

How long did you work on the album?

It took me about maybe a year. I started it and then I stopped. Then I went full speed with it.

You remade a lot of classics on this album. Was there a song that was you’re favorite to remake?

Wow. That’s a good question. Anything Al Green probably. Anything Bobby Womack; anything Otis Redding.

You also have a role in the upcoming show Empire as well?

Well I was called in to do the part. It’s a great series and a music based series. You know Taraji P. Henson and Terrance Howard. I’ve worked with them before and it was great to be directed by John Singleton.

Can you tell us what the show is about?

It’s about a mogul that gets out and is trying to start his musical empire up. They call me in to be apart of a beautiful occasion for him……I can’t give more away.

So you can’t give us a little hint about your character or anything?

Well I’m going to be looking pretty good.

You performed a ton of crowd favorites tonight. But I want to go back to a song you did with Jadakiss called “Why” and relate that to everything that’s going on with Mike Brown and Eric Garner. How do you feel about everything that’s going on?

I feel like injustice is injustice. I feel like we need more people to stand up; more leaders who are strong. I feel like a lot of times we lay down and let stuff happen to us as a people.

They try to devalue who we are; what we were. It’s so blatant. I feel like it’s injustice and somebody is going to have to do something., or it’s not going to be a beautiful thing if it continues to happen.

Do you think there’s a chance of it getting better at this point?

It’s going to have to. People are tired; my people are tired. A lot of people are tired so it’s going to have to get better.

2Ls stands for “living life.” If you were to say “I’m living life in spite of….” how would you finish that sentence?

I’m living life in spite of all of my hardships.

NEWS: J. Cole Announces “2014 Forest Hills Drive”

Rumors of J. Cole dropping a new album next month are confirmed with his announcement of 2014 Forest Hills Drive. The surprise album due out Dec. 9 is now available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes.

Cole, who’s usually quiet on social media, revealed the album artwork on his Twitter and Instagram as well as releasing a seven-minute trailer for the upcoming project.

 He also revealed that he isn’t dropping any singles from the record before its release.

What up? My New Album is finished. It’s called 2014 Forest Hills Drive and it’s very special to me. It’s available everywhere on 12/9. This time I’m releasing no singles, just the album. See you in 3 weeks. Thank you for the love and support.

- Cole

His sophomore album Born Sinner was released June 2013 against Kanye West’s Yeezus. Cole puts himself against another heavy-hitter again with the first part of Lil Wayne’s Carter V set to be released the same day.

 

NEW MUSIC: Azealia Banks Releases Debut Album

Azealia Banks takes the Beyonce route and randomly blesses us with her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste.

Banks teased fans on Instagram with a post of the album’s artwork before releasing the project on iTunes hours later.

BWET was originally set to drop back in Fall 2012, but suffered multiple delays. After Azealia left Universal it seemed like the album would never be released.

Banks fans, aka the KUNTBRIGADE, can enjoy hits off her mixtape Fantasea as well as new material on the 16-song set.

Peep the tracklist below:

Broke With Expensive Taste 

1. “Idle Delilah”
2. “Gimme a Chance”
3. “Desperado”
4. “JFK” feat. Theophilus London
5. “212″ feat. Lazy Jay
6. “Wallace”
7. “Heavy Metal and Reflective”
8. “BBD”
9. “Ice Princess”
10. “Yung Rapunxel”
11. “Soda”
12. “Chasing Time”
13. “Luxury”
14. “Nude Beach A-Go-Go”
15. “Miss Amor”
16. “Miss Camaraderie”
 

NEW MUSIC: Tyga – Make It Work

Tyga drops off a new track that MIGHT be a shot at Drake.

Tyga recently sat down with Vibe and revealed his true thoughts regarding the Young Money crew, Drake in particular.

“I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me.” – Tyga to Vibe

He also shared his opinion on twitter.

Rumors are that Drake smashed Tyga’s ex Blacc Chyna which may be the reason for the beef. Drake added fuel to the fire when he liked a some of her pictures on Instagram.

Tyga spits on “Make It Work”:

Sleepin’ with the enemy, It’s like hangin’ on a rope

N*gga never was my homie, all these bitches know you’re corny n*gga.

Check the drop below. Do you think Tyga and Drake will “take it there” like he says?

[2L's Spotlight] Kehlani-Til The Morning (prod. Jahaan Sweet)

Bay Area singer/songwriter Kehlani has been on our radar the past few months after hearing her most recent project, Cloud 19. The passion behind the voice of this young songstress has captured many and in her newest track, Til the Morning, she isn’t letting off the gas. In her newest release, Kehlani sings about a love interest who doesn’t seem to want more than a night of passion and nothing more. While preaching to the ladies and touching a topic that many will appreciate, Kehlani knows exactly who to draw in her listeners. The track was produced by Jahaan Sweet. Stay tuned as we guarantee you’ll be hearing more from Kehlani in the near future.

Check out “Til the Morning” below, and check out Kehlani’s most recent project “Cloud 19″ as well. Favorite tracks from the project: Get Away (also produced by Jahaan Sweet) and Act a Fool ft. IAMSU!.

New Video: @Villz_- Appreciation

Florida crooner, Villz returns with a new visual for his recently released “Appreciation” track. With the success of his first single “4:20AM” which debuted on MTV Jams, several new fans have been waiting on the next move from the GoldHouse rep. The Mike Ewing x King Malcomn production works well with the effortless vocals of the singer/songwriter. We are all too familiar with the musical chemistry between Villz and Ewing who both are beyond talented at what they do.

Appreciation offers yet another smooth tone as Villz lays it all on the table when it comes to the emotion he embraces in each release.  We are excited to hear what his upcoming album “Til the End of Summer” has to offer. Be on the lookout for that.

Chatting w/ 2Ls Interview: Mr. Collipark + Live in Nashville, Oct. 25 for Monster Block Party

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While Nashville, TN is gearing up for the annual Monster Block Party (hosted by Ultimodisco), the crew adds yet another addition to Saturday night’s lineup. In addition to DJ Snake, Bixel Boys, Blau, and Mercer, legendary Atlanta producer Mr. Collipark has been added to the festivities. If you remember, Collipark is the man behind various hits such as Yin Yang Twins’ “Whistle While You Twerk” V.I.C.’s “Wobble,” and various other party friendly tracks.

We stop and catch up with Mr. Collipark as he prepares to step back into the DJ scene Saturday night at the Monster Block Party. We also discuss what he’s got in the works, who he is listening to today, and much more.

 

 

It has been great seeing your transition into the EDM world. What was your main reason for venturing out? 

Honestly, it stemmed from a boredom of hip-hop. There is so much in hip-hop world, it’s almost as if the creative outlet dried up. Beginning in 2014, I wanted to continue to do music but needed to find something that excites me again which led to my introduction into the electronic side of music. With the Ying Yang Twins, it was just a natural progression.

 

Your collaboration with D!RTY AUDIO was a powerful move for the both of you. The single was even released on Dim Mak record label. How did the both of you meet and decide to work together?

A release on Livemixtapes.com actually brought us all together. I was close with the Ying Yang Twins and they wanted to introduce me to EDM producers and DJs (Dirty Audio, Meaux Green, etc.) That’s how I met DirtyAudio, through the Ying Yang Twins. We collaborated and made a track: “Make it Jump.” Turns out Dirty Audio listened to my older stuff and was really into it. The record just happened from there.

 

And you’ve also released music on Mad Decent, Diplo’s record label?

Not released yet. The record with with Meaux Green “No Discrimination” released on Soundcloud a couple months ago, but we plan to officially release the single on Mad Decent within the next month or so. Diplo really liked the record and Meaux Green was in well with a few of the folks at the [Mad Decent] label. So it just happened like that.

 

Actually it’s really a funny story. I worked with Cupid (of Cupid Shuffle) on “Wobble.” Well when I decided I wanted to make a live dance record, I asked Cupid to send over chant vocals, which is how “No Discrimination” came together. DPK is the EDM name for Cupid.

 

What has been your favorite collaboration or beat that you’ve done so far? Who would you like to work with in the future?

I believe in staying in my own lane. I’ve collaborated with a lot of young cats, DJ Chuckie in one I’m really excited about. I like my music to reflect my roots: that booty shake energy.

 

The most interesting person to work with would be with Diplo. He picked up where we left off with the whole Twerk thing. His music is Twerk music for the next millennium or something. I’ve been a fan ever since I heard Diplo’s “Express Yourself.” That was brilliant.

 

After seeing the success behind artists like Waka Flocka who have been killing the EDM scene with their rap background and influence, do you feel more rap artists should work in the electronic field?

I have mixed feelings about that. The hip-hop scene has been (excuse my French) “whored out” too much. There’s too much exploitation without getting down to the art form and culture of it. It’s begun to revolve around the money, etc. I would like to see people who naturally gravitate towards the dance scene begin to crossover and experiment in the electronic circuit. EDM producers are excited to work with hip-hop artists. It’s not all bad, I would like to see hip-hop gravitate back to the roots of producing predominately for the music, not the money.

 

I’m a big fan of producers who have a great impact in various genres, specifically Atlanta’s Fki. Do you have any favorite producers right now that are coming up?

Pharrell inspired me to get back into it. To see him come from all his early success, to when he reappeared on the scene with Happy, Get Lucky with Daft Punk, and his collab with Robin Thicke, he didn’t compromise anything. Whatever he was before, that doesn’t even matter now. His music now stands alone.

 

Timbaland: I’m a fan of music, not who has the latest computer program. I’m a fan of what comes from the soul. Not a lot of guys make music from the soul anymore. Not from a computer.

 

Ying Yang Twins: You feel something when you hear them.

 

Diplo: It’s in his blood to make music with a certain type of energy. He’s really the only new guy that I’m a fan of right now!

 

I do want to note that I’m not a fan of using big names to blow up. I don’t believe in that. Once I lock down my own music, I will then look to collaborate with other artists.

 

What are you listening to right now?

I don’t listen to lot of other people stuff. I’m in the studio so much that all I listen to is my own stuff. With this single coming out on Dim Mak record label with Dirty Audio and Lil B – called “Shoulders”— I’ve been listening to it for three weeks straight.

 

You want to know what, Sam Smith! I’ve got Sam Smith bangin’ in my car right now. One thing that kills me about hip-hop, in the past we influenced genres of music. Sam Smith is so good, his songwriting is so incredible. It’s actually better to me than hip-hop. I never thought I would hear myself saying that. I don’t want to call it pop. I don’t like to categorize pop music as pop music. Popular music to me— the song, the music, the structure, are all better than hip hop right now. Sam Smith sings with more soul than all the artists played on Hot 107 here in Atlanta right now. It is what it is.

 

How excited are you about your return to the DJ scene being at Nashville’s  Monster Block Party alongside DJ Snake, Bixel Boys, and more?

I’m actually nervous about all of that. I haven’t DJed in front of a crowd in… I don’t want to put a number of years, but it’s been a minute! It’s a good nervous energy, though. Like starting all over again, you know? When the pressure is on you, I have no one to blame. It’ll go well because I’m excited to put my energy into the scene as a DJ in the EDM world. Everything right now is cookie cutter. A little more feeling could be put into the scene again. That’s what I aim to do.
I recently saw Diplo kill it at TomorrowWorld, I want to bring that kind of energy to Monster Block Party. His energy means something to me.

 

It’s great to even interview such a legendary producer, surely we can expect upcoming work from you! Any hints?

I’ve got an upcoming collab with DJ Chronic and Ying Yang Twins. Right now we’re in the stage of talking back and forth about the project. I’m trying to get DJ Chronic in Atlanta in the next couple weeks. His input is so detailed. Back in the day we used to go into studio together. Now everything handled over the internet. I’m just trying to get him in the studio so we can make it happen.

 

Also, I’m excited for my collab with Dirty Audio and Lil B! Lil B doesn’t really do records with people – he’s part of the Bay Area Hyphy Movement and a fan of my early music. That’s how we got this going. Our track is called “Taking It Back” which will be coming out on Dim Mak records.

 

I’m excited about “No Discrimination” because of the message that puts out there.

 

Any closing thoughts?

The thing I am the most excited about is the DJ aspect of it. And getting back in the studio making Twerk music. I DJ’ed prior to the days that I worked with Soulja Boy, even before finding the Ying Yang Twins. My history as a DJ is the foundation of my career. I’m taking it very seriously. The DJ aspect is just so exciting!

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[AUDIO] Dubb- My Day

‘The stars aligned last night as we crossed the newest track from California emcee, Dubb, as well also catch news of  welcoming his first born child into the world. “My Day” is a smooth track that begins with a contemporary hip hop beat filled with horns, which was produced by B HamTrumpet Dude, and CY Fyre. To recognize and celebrate the many successes that he has recently come across, Dubb goes bar for bar reminding himself of the hard times he faced as one of many artists in the world simply trying to “make it.” Showcasing constant progression since the past project, Never Content, Dubb has continued to stay hungry, grounded, and focused. Fast-forwarding to the now ‘happenings’ of the Av8ers camp, Dubb has been welcomed into the Blood Money camp by The Game.

Be sure to look out for Dubb to appear on The Game’s upcoming “Year of the Wolf” release as well as a new project “Perfect Timing” which has no release date at the moment.  Check out “My Day” below.