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Anderson .Paak stitches together three album cuts for new Malibu video medley
May 1, 2016 12:35pm | Fact Magazine

New video features BJ The Chicago Kid, SA-RA, Krondon, and Donald Trump.

Anderson.Paak has unveiled a new video that stitches together three songs from his second album, Malibu, released in January this year. Co-directed by .Paak and Chris Le, the video uses green screens and animation to bring to life the story .Paak tells in the music.

The songs featured in the video, shared via Apple Music, include ‘The Season’ and ‘Carry Me’, which are joined together on the album, and ‘The Waters’, featuring BJ The Chicago Kid who appears in the video.

The scene moves from country house to dead end jobs, including a cameo by presidential candidate Donald Trump as a fire-breathing monster, and onto a baptism-like ceremony before ending in an underwater rebirth. Other cameos include SA-RA Creative Partners’ Om’mas Keith and Shafiq Husayn as well as L.A rapper Krondon (with whom Husayn debuted as White Boiz last year), who take on the roles of psychiatrist and baptists respectively.

It’s been a good year for the Oxnard native who signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label shortly after the release of Malibu and performed at Coachella, with his show one of the highlights for many critics and fans. A short Beats-sponsored documentary was released this week detailing how .Paak and Dre collaborated on the Coachella set.


Anderson .Paak The Season / Carry Me / The Waters Video
May 1, 2016 11:42am | StereoGum
Anderson .PaakI already really liked Anderson .Paak's recent album Malibu a whole lot, and everything that the guy has done since its release -- live TV performances, festival appearances, collaborations -- has only made me like him more. Today, the SoCal singer/rapper has unleashed a new music video for Malibu tracks "The … More »

Watch Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Terrace Martin, & More Cover Prince At The White House For International Jazz Day
May 1, 2016 11:31am | StereoGum
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Aretha Franklin and Herbie Hancock perform at the International Jazz Day Concert on the South Lawn of the White House on April 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. The event was presented by actor Morgan Freeman and included remarks by President Obama. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)Yesterday was International Jazz Day, and last night, ABC broadcast an edited version of the All-Star Global Concert that to...

Watch Flying Lotus and Pharrell discuss the current state of hip-hop
May 1, 2016 11:28am | Fact Magazine

As long as the beat’s hitting.

Los Angeles producer Flying Lotus is the guest on the latest episode of Pharrell Williams and Scott Vener’s Beats 1 radio show OTHERtone.

The trio discuss the current state of hip-hop in the show, and have shared a video of part of the conversation ahead of its broadcast today at 3pm EST via Apple Music’s radio streaming service.

The shared segment kicks off with Vener asking if hip-hop is in a good place right now leading to an interesting discussion of the shifts that the music has seen over the past decades both lyrically and sonically, including the growing importance of the producer in the conversation. Flying Lotus and Pharrell both argue that the current state of things is a reflection of the changes the music has always gone through and that fighting it is to refuse progression.

Flying Lotus, real name Steven Ellison, begins by admitting that this is a difficult conversation to have before stating that there is space today “for all kinds of different lyricists” and that “as long as the beat’s hitting” things are ok. Pharrell for his part makes the case that we shouldn’t get caught up in “how the system used to be” and that today’s rap reflects a reality where people would rather feel good than hear a story.

Watch the conversation below. The live broadcast will also feature a gues...

The weeks best videos that arent Beyoncés Lemonade
May 1, 2016 10:43am | Fact Magazine

Welcome to FACT’s weekly video round-up.

As we note at the end of every year, music videos have never been better. But too often, music videos along with documentaries, live sets and interview clips get lost in the shuffle of news and new music.

With that in mind, FACT is doing what it does for mixes, mixtapes, vinyl and more: rounding up the internet’s best videos on a weekly basis. And to remove our bias, we won’t be including our own content you’ll have to stay tuned to FACT TV for all your Against The Clock, FACT Freestyles and Confessions needs.

Read more: The 20 best music videos of 2015

Club cheval
‘Young Rich And Radical’
Dir: Laura Weave

Club cheval maintain that “sobriety is the new cool” in a high-gloss music video that adds a hint of surreality to anti-drug propaganda. Tie-dye turns to discipline, bank notes become pan pipes, weed leaves are pasted in scrapbooks… but that twitchy conclusion calls into question the whole video.

GAIKA feat. Miss Red & Serocee

Mixpak rapper-producer GAIKA presents a warped vision of the club where chunks of glistening ice and eerie shrines swirl togethe...

Watch Larry Wilmore Joke About Beyoncé And Killer Mike At The White House Correspondents Dinner
May 1, 2016 10:33am | StereoGum
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: (AFP OUT) Comedian Larry Wilmore speaks during the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner on April 30, 2016 at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington.This is President Obama's eighth and final White House Correspondents' Association dinner (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)Larry Wilmore of The Nightly Show hosted this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, President Obama's last, which took place last night. In his monologue, Wilmore roasted Fox News' outrage o...

Footage surfaces of Prince covering David Bowies Heroes weeks before his death watch
May 1, 2016 10:25am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo via Breath Heavy

A month before his tragic passing, Prince brought his Piano & A Microphone Tour to Toronto. Over the course of two magical sets, the Purple One performed 57 songs. Though there were many highlights, the most memorable moment came when Prince paid tribute to David Bowie with a heartfelt cover of “Heroes”. Sadly, the performances takes on a whole new meaning in light of recent events.

Watch the lo-fi video for Skeptas Man
May 1, 2016 10:11am | Fact Magazine

Skepta waz not here.

Ahead of the release of his new album Konnichiwa on May 6th, Skepta has released an official video for album track ‘Man’.

The lo-fi video slices together footage from live shows, grime’s early days, life on the road, and confrontations on the streets of London with Skepta stickers a recurring visual element.

Skepta’s last video, for the breakthrough single ‘Shutdown’, was nominated for an Ivor Novello award which seeks to “recognise the songwriters and composers, along with their UK music publisher.” The award ceremony takes place a few weeks after the release of the album on May 19.

The grime MC has been building his fan base in the US and Canada over the past year by collaborating with Drake and Pharrell Williams.

The post Watch the lo-fi video for Skepta’s ‘Man’ appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..

Chance The Rapper teases new artwork for what could be his next album
May 1, 2016 9:32am | Fact Magazine

Chicago rapper drops a hint that we could be getting some new music soon.

Chance The Rapper uploaded an image to his Instagram account yesterday that looks like it could be the cover for his next album.

The image is a painting of Chance wearing a baseball cap with the number 3 across it. It came with the URL, where you can purchase 10 posters of the image for $20, and the hashtag #chance3. #chance3

A photo posted by Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) on Apr 30, 2016 at 12:07pm PDT

There are no clear indications that this could be the cover for Chance’s next album though the Parental Advisory sticker in the bottom right is an obvious hint that the image could be tied to some sort of release. [Via NME]

Chance The Rapper’s last solo album was 2013’s Acid Rap, a breakthrough release that thrust the young Chicago rapper into public consciousness. He followed this up with Surf in 2015, an album by the band Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment of which he is a member. Elsewhere, Chance has featured on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo and collaborated with Skrillex, Jeremih, and Lil B.

In the past years, Chance has also been an active voice for the Chicago community by taking part ...

Stagecoach Fest Friday in pics (Emmylou Harris, Lucero, Billy Joe Shaver & more)
May 1, 2016 12:46am | Brooklyn Vegan

Coachella Country Music Festival Stagecoach Day One in Photos.

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What's going on Sunday?
Apr 30, 2016 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Frankie Cosmos & Eskimeaux, Fat White Family & James Chance at WFMU Record Fair, Laurie Anderson & Marina Abramovic in conversation, reggae legend Bunny Wailer and more NYC show options.

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Nashville sports anchor fired for insensitive tribute to Prince
Apr 30, 2016 6:45pm | Cosequence Of Sound

A Nashville sports anchor was reportedly fired after paying tribute to Prince during a recent broadcast.

As Death and Taxes points out, Dan Phillips included numerous references to the Purple One throughout his sports report. “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life, an electric world life, but I’m here to tell you something else … The NHL Playoffs.” Phillips said to begin the segment.

However, following the tribute, Phillips was apparently fired by Fox 17, who felt he was being “insensitive.” He wrote on his Facebook page, I want to thank everyone for the kind words, comments, and positive feedback on this tribute to Prince I did last week … Unfortunately, there were apparently some viewers, as well as management at the station, who did not feel the same way. They felt I was insensitive. And as a result, I was terminated today.

Opening for Hedley was the latest misstep in the marketing of Carly Rae Jepsen
Apr 30, 2016 4:17pm | Chart Attack

A year of think pieces came to life on Friday night at the Air Canada Centre. One thousand bloggers typing away (including myself) questioning every move of the team that surrounds Carly Rae Jepsen. The latest was on display at the packed arena of Hedley fans sitting in their chairs eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Canadian pop-rock group. As Now Magazine asked, why was she opening for Hedley? Good question.

It makes some kind of sense. Both finished third place in Canadian Idol and both make friendly, accessible pop music. But it stops making sense when you look at the trajectory of her career in the past year. She hasn't received much love from the mainstream audiences (as shown in the lower-than-projected sales figures), but found her calling with an entirely different demographic. It could be a lot like the trajectory of Robyn, who turned herself from a '90s blip into a critical darling while making a more singular, sophisticated brand of pop music.


Carly Rae Jepsen - EMOTION - Album Review

STAFF PICKS: Carly Rae Jepsen can claim her crown with EMOTION

But her team (which includes Scooter Braun, manager of Justin Bieber) is still naively trying to turn her into a major pop star. There's no need ...

Watch Haim Cover Fleetwood Macs Dreams At Girls To The Front Benefit
Apr 30, 2016 3:59pm | StereoGum

Princes Vault Opened As Relatives Seek To Divvy Up Estate
Apr 30, 2016 3:15pm | StereoGum
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Musician Prince performs onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)According to documents filed by Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, earlier this week, Prince had no known will when he died. That means that his estate, valued somewhere between $150 million and $300 million, is set to be distributed between his s...
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