Brennan Carley

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  • Rick Ross, K Michelle, Stream, New Single, If They Knew

    Rick Ross Enlists Timbaland and K Michelle to Find Out 'If They Knew'

    Next month, Rick Ross will release the follow-up to March's Mastermind, with the more humbly titled Hood Billionaire. In advance, the boisterous rapper has now dropped the K Michelle and Timbaland asissted "If They Knew."It's a typical Rozay affair, with brags about his ride-or-die chick (sample lyric: "What we doin' wrong but it feels right / Can't discuss what we did the whole night") and K Michelle's hair ("Shorty act right / Small waist, red weaves"). Timbaland keeps things bouncy on the production, letting Ross hit lyrics such as "I'm well known in Japan" with a kick. Stream it below.

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    Nas Crashes Run the Jewels Event to Premiere New Song, 'The Season'

    Update: Nas just released a studio version of "The Season," which you can listen to below.During last night's Run the Jewels album-release event at Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema, Nas made a surprise appearance to congratulate Killer Mike and El-P on Run the Jewels 2. The iconic Queensbridge rapper told the audience that he'd been inspired by what RTJ were doing, taking the genre in a new direction with their music — and that's when he then asked if he could play the Nitehawk crowd a new track.Tentatively titled "The Season," Nas' slippery new song features the MC spitting atop a sampled J Dilla beat, from the late producer's Donuts cut, "Gobstopper." It's a strong lyrical effort on Nas' part, complete with the standout, weary-minded rhyme, "I just put it down for a second / Damn, can't the king lounge for a second?" as Dilla's horns chirp in unison. Hear it above.

  • young fathers, mercury prize, 2014

    Scottish Rappers Young Fathers Beat Damon Albarn, FKA Twigs for Mercury Prize

    Last night, Afro-Scottish art-rappers Young Fathers took home this year's prestigious Mercury Prize, beating out such high-profile acts as FKA Twigs, Damon Albarn, and Royal Blood for the award. Winning for their debut album (that would be this year's Dead), the rap trio kept things quick and simple: "Thank you, we love you all," they said, before leaving.The Scottish rap collective put themselves on the map last year with a series of mixtapes, which they followed up with the trip-hop meets art-rock album Dead this February. Other acts nominated this year included Anna Calvi, Bombay Bicycle Club, East India Youth, GoGo Penguin, Jungle, Kate Tempest, Nick Mulvey, and Polar Bear. Last year, James Blake won the prize — which comes with a nearly $32,000 monetary attachment as well — for his album Overgrown.

  • fka twigs, video girl

    FKA Twigs Dances on Dead Man in 'Video Girl' Visuals

    A week after releasing a strangely choreographed Google Glass ad, FKA Twigs is back with the official visual for her trippy, bubbling LP1 cut "Video Girl." The black-and-white video serves as an introspective take on the British singer's track, which she's said in interviews is at least tangentially about her time as a backup dancer in music videos for stars like Jessie J — see if you can spot her in the "Do It Like a Dude" visuals from 2011."Video Girl" reads like a Lynchian short film more than anything else. Directed by Kahlil Joseph, the project follows the loose narrative of a prisoner who keeps pictures of Twigs up on his cell walls and who is also put to death (talk about metaphor heaven) as the warbly voiced singer watches. Things get weirder when she enters the execution room to dance around and atop the man's corpse after the doctors leave.

  • Future, Lil Wayne, Monster, Mixtape

    Future Drops 'Monster' Mixtape Just in Time for Halloween

    After releasing Honest, one of this year's most eagerly anticpated rap albums, former SPIN cover star Future is back with a free mixtape called Monster just in time for Halloween. Featuring production by Metro Boomin — who also had a hand in major rap releases like YG's My Krazy Life and 2 Chainz's FreeBase EP — the project comes with 16 brand new Future songs, including a screeching collaboration with Carter V delayer Lil Wayne called "After That."Stream and download the entire Monster below.

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    Watch Daniel Radcliffe Rap Blackalicious' 'Alphabet Aerobics' on 'Tonight Show'

    Daniel Radcliffe is known for being a good sport, which is probably how Jimmy Fallon got the British superstar to rap the entirety of Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics" on The Tonight Show last night. It's an impressive, impassioned, intricate performance (see what we did there?) that demonstrates a keen understanding of the song's lyrics.Things start off slowly, with Radcliffe seeming to stumble through his attempt at an American accent, but when the song gets to the middle of the alphabet, the Harry Potter star picks up steam and starts ethering his rhymes. It's clearly a song he'd known well before showing up on the late-night talkshow, but the actor might want to work on his breath control (when he got to V, we started to get nervous that he'd pass out). Watch above.

  • Blood Orange Makes Tightly Choreographed TV Debut on 'Kimmel'

    Blood Orange Makes Tightly Choreographed TV Debut on 'Kimmel'

    Last night, Blood Orange (Dev Hynes, of course) made his television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live with a two-song performance that demonstrated the singer's relentless creativity. During his Cupid Deluxe standout "It Is What It Is" (above), the silky voiced Hynes was joined by his girlfriend Samantha Urbani for an intricately choreographed routine that never sacrificed musical quality for showmanship.Later in the night, Hynes returned with "Time Will Tell," which he tackled solo while wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase "Black Lives Matter." That's below, and worth watching for his very Michael Jackson-esque dance moves.

  • Joan Jett, PSA, Sia, Carrie Brownstein, Bad Reputation

    Watch Joan Jett, Sia, Carrie Brownstein, and More Fight for Women's Rights

    It's nice to see iconic rock goddess Joan Jett still getting mileage out of her classic single "Bad Reputation," as she does in a new PSA encouraging people to vote for candidates who support women's rights in the upcoming election. It's also nice to see how many massive stars Jett can wrangle into appearing in the video, including mostly elusive chanteuse Sia, Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein, actress Tavi Gevinson, Cass McCombs, Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss, and many more.It's only a shame that the fiery singer couldn't have gotten recent duet partner Billie Joe Armstrong into the video as well. That said, watch it above.

  • haim, calvin harris, pray to god, single

    Haim Join Calvin Harris on Fuzzy House Cut 'Pray to God'

    It seems like Calvin Harris' Motion might've sprung a leak, if today's crop of new album tracks are any indication. The newest cut, "Pray to God," improbably features former SPIN cover stars Haim doing their best to drown out the Scottish producer's heavy instrumentation."I won't hold back / I will throw down everything in life I know now," the women sing atop the cookie-cutter production, though it's definitely a bit more guitar-heavy than Harris' usual tracks. More than anything, it sounds like a Days Are Gone deep cut given the remix treatment, which isn't necessarily a bad thing either. Stream it below.

  • gwar, pet shop boys, west end girls

    Watch GWAR Thrash Through Pet Shop Boys' 'West End Girls'

    As part of the A.V. Club's ongoing cover series, metal legends GWAR dropped by to cover the Pet Shop Boys' 1984 track "West End Girls," albeit with a very memorable twist ending. In memory of the theatrical thrash band's recently deceased frontman Dave Brockie — who performed with GWAR as Oderus Urungus — they tacked on a version of Jim Carroll's "People Who Died" with some rejiggered lyrics to reference members of the metal community who have passed on.GWAR's newest touring member, Vulvatron, seemed especially into their high-energy take on the Pet Shop Boys' original hit. Perhaps they'll be flattered by the Foo Fighters' recent tribute to Brockie and collaborate with the Sonic Highways outfit on a track or two. For now, watch the cover of "West End Girls" above.

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