[MUSIC NEWS]: WHAT IS TIDAL?

If you’re confused by the #TidalForAll trend and new teal blue avi’s popping up on Twitter here’s what you need to know.

The internet is going crazy over the launch of a new music streaming service called Tidal. Yes, another one.

But what makes Tidal different from other services like Pandora, Spotify, and Beats Music?

Tidal is the first streaming service to offer high fidelity music as well as music videos, articles, interviews, and other content to provide users a premium music experience.

The company launched back in October but today mark’s the announcement of the company’s relaunch backed by Jay Z.

Jay Z along with other celebrities changed their twitter’s to go along with the relaunch.

 

The video teaser for the app features cameos from big name artists like Beyonce, Madonna, Daft Punk and Kanye.

During the press release it was announced that many of these artists also including J. Cole, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and Nicki Minaj are co-owners of the company.

This is major for the music world as it was recently reported that album sales made 1.85 billion compared to music streaming services that made 1.87 billion in 2014.

It will be interesting to see how artist involvement with the app and these numbers play out.

Taylor Swift is one of a few artists who pulled their music from Spotify due to the sales issue that comes with streaming, but has her music available on the Tidal app.

Just like any subscription based service, the app is free, but you do have to pay a monthly fee.

After a 30-day free trial Tidal is 9.99 for its premium services and 19.99 for Hi-fi.

Will you try Tidal?

[MIXTAPE] Scotty Rockwell – Rockwell the Ruler

Scotty Rockwell recently released his debut mixtape entitled “Rockwell the Ruler.” The 15-track mixtape features artists such as Dozier and BZRK. The tape also features the production of Khaed, Jimmy Astro, and Steezyasfuck amongst others. Stream the tape below.

[VIDEO] J. COLE – G.O.M.D

J. Cole’s show at Marathon Music Works may be sold out but you can see him in his new video.

Cole releases visuals to G.O.M.D from his album 2014 Forrest Hills Drive.

[MUSIC] KENDRICK LAMAR – KING KUNTA

   

A new track off Kendrick’s highly anticipated album To Pimp A Butterfly has hit the net.

Kendrick has a lot to say with this new record and doesn’t hold back. 

Along with this song Kendrick has also released the track list for the upcoming project.

1. “Wesley’s Theory” 
2. “For Free? (Interlude)” 
3. “King Kunta” 
4. “Institutionalized” 
5. “These Walls” 
6. “u” 
7. “Alright” 
8. “For Sale? (Interlude)” 
9. “Momma” 
10. “Hood Politics” 
11. “How Much A Dollar Cost” 
12. “Complexion” 
13. “The Blacker the Berry” 
14. “You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)” 
15. “i” 
16. “Mortal Man”



[MUSIC NEWS]: What’s Next For Vic Mensa

A lot has happened for the SAVEMONEY rapper since dropping INNANETAPE almost 2 years ago.

The Chicago native and former Kids These Dayz member was rumored to be preparing his debut EP Street Lights . He was a part of the XXL Freshman class, and has been touring nonstop.

Vic was on J. Cole’s “What Dreams May Come” Tour along with Wale, and performed in Europe on Danny Brown’s tour. Mensa also has released collaborations with other artists here and there. Most notably, Vic’s recently been doing a lot of work with Kanye West.

Vic is featured on “Wolves” off Kanye’s upcoming album. They performed the track on Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary episode in February. The song was also played during Kanye’s Adidas Originals fashion show, YEEZY SEASON 1. While in London, Vic Mensa was apart of Kanye’s epic premiere of his new single “All Day” at the 2015 Brit Awards.

They also performed a new track called “U Mad” together at a show in London.

 

There hasn’t been much word on Vic’s EP in over a year, but his single “Down On My Luck” has been out since last summer and has been doing well on the European charts.

Hopefully with this boost from Kanye we’ll be getting some new Vic. He’ll be performing at Coachella, Soundset Fest, and Pitchfork.  Until then educate your self on the young rapper and check out his mixtape and latest music video below:

[VIDEO] BIG SEAN – BLESSINGS

Big Sean drops the video to his hit “Blessings” featuring Drake off his new album.

Dark Sky Paradise is Sean’s first No. 1 album.  Read the album’s review here.

Check out the visuals below:

[MUSIC] @REESElaflare Releases “Jump Off A Building” EP

Atlanta native Reese drops off his 5-track EP titled “Jump Off A Building” today. The entire EP features the production of the talented 808 Mafia which guarantees one hell of a lineup as far as beats. You also get features from Rich Homie Quan, Kari Faux (who’s highly slept on might we add), OG Maco, Trashtalk, and KEY!.

Stream the Jump Off A Building EP below.

[MUSIC NEWS] Kanye West Announces “SO HELP ME GOD”

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NEW MUSIC: LOGIC x BIG K.R.I.T. – TOP TEN

Logic teams up with label mate Big K.R.I.T. on his first release since dropping Under Pressure. Logic details life post his first studio album release, and KRIT tells us he’s putting the control of his music in his own hands. Check out the track below:

BIG SEAN – DARK SKY PARADISE REVIEW

It’s hard to believe Dark Sky Paradise is only Big Sean’s third studio album, but the long-awaited project serves as the Detroit emcees best project to date.

The album is full of anthems that anyone can easily relate too. Sean holds nothing back on this record. The tone of the album is heavy and dark with the power and honesty he puts in every word. One example is “Win Some, Lose Some” where Sean bears all; even about almost losing his career. The Detroit native even includes snippets of a conversation with his dad which adds to the realness of the album.

In the first track “Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)” you hear Sean’s father say “Sean it’s good to be home isn’t it?” This album is like a homecoming for the rapper, and he details it throughout the record. From coming up with Finally Famous and transitioning from making it with Hall of Fame, Big Sean shows that he’s come into his own with Dark Sky Paradise.

The album definitely delivers from the 4-track tease Big Sean delivered back in September.

Production of the album easily falls in with the most notable of 2015 so far. Nashville’s own KeY Wane, Kanye West, Nate Fox, Travis $cott, and Boi-1da are just a few of the many notable producers who had a part in creating the project. Each song easily flows into the other which makes it hard for anyone to even think of skipping a track.

If the production doesn’t keep you, Big Sean’s wordplay and metaphors have you locked into every word. The G.O.O.D Music rapper has always been clever in his verses, but his flow and the way he rhymes given the subject matter he fits into the album takes that to another level.

If giving us the album wasn’t enough, Sean also released a freestyle prior to its release.

Big Sean is definitely setting the bar early in 2015 with Dark Sky Paradise. Check out what he had to say about the album on The Breakfast Club here.