Chris Martins

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  • Mike WiLL Made-It Migos Wiz Khalifa 'Whippin a Brick' Stream

    Mike WiLL Made-It Goes Trappin' With Migos and Wiz Khalifa on 'Whippin a Brick'

    Intensely in-demand producer Mike WiLL Made-It has somehow found the time to make a mixtape between stints  of hit-making for Miley Cyrus, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Jay Z ... you get the idea. Mike WiLL Been TriLL is due out in December and will feature contributions from Future, Ciara, Lil Wayne, ScHoolboy Q, Gucci Mane, Jeezy, and all of the aforementioned folks to boot, according to Pitchfork. Below you can hear "Whipping a Brick," a deeply trap-dwelling production featuring our pals Wiz Khalifa and Migos (with only a brief shout-out to Versace).

  • Jerome LOL 'Always' Sara Z Stream Deleted Fool Boys

    Hear Jerome LOL's 'Always,' a Shuffling Soul-House Feat

    When last we heard from Jerome LOL, the former LOL Boys member and Body High label boss was all "Yellow." The Los Angeles producer's Coldplay cover was a lovely listen, but now we get to hear the man in his element. Below you'll find the new original song, "Always," which gets a vocal assist from Sara Z and explores a sound similar to LOL Boys' should-be-a-classic-dammit "Changes." The funky shuffle, keyboard blurts, and simmering cymbals are once again present, though the soulful singing deepens the tone. The song hails from a the Deleted/Fool EP due out February 4 on Friends of Friends.Jerome LOL, Deleted/Fool track list:1. "Deleted" ft. Sara Z2. "Always" ft. Sara Z3. "Fool" ft. Angelina Lucero4. "True" ft. Angelina Lucero

  • Tupac Biopic Movie 2pac Shakur Financed Director Star

    Tupac Shakur's Long-Delayed Biopic Has a Filming Date

    In September, we learned that the the long-planned Tupac Shakur biopic at last secured funding and the rights to use the late rap legend's catalog. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, we have a start date for filming. At a celebratory reception thrown by the filmmakers for friends and supporters of Shakur and the film, Tupac, producer Randall Emmett announced that principal photography will begin in spring 2014.No word yet on who will star as the film's subject, but Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur has signed on as executive producer. Her involvement was not always a given, it seems. As THR explains, Morgan Creek Productions (Ace Ventura, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, um, Juwanna Mann) sued her early on in the process for allegedly attempting to gain more creative control after signing over her son's music and story.

  • Azealia Banks Pharrell Light Skin Twitter Beef ATM Jam

    Azealia Banks Drops a Race Card on Pharrell in One-Sided Beef

    Azealia Banks has taken shots at her "ATM Jam" partner Pharrell, alleging that the single's lack of success is due to a lack of support from its primary producer and hook-singer. To a certain degree, a major label-backed song's market penetration has a bit more to do with money invested after the fact, and audience reaction, than high-profile cosigns. But it's true that the Daft Punk and Robin Thicke-assisting hit-maker, by contrast, didn't appear in Banks' video.Perhaps there simply weren't enough nude women or awesome robots? Nay, taking to Twitter, Banks wrote, "The reason ATM jam did poorly is because pharell changed his mind about wanting to be associated with me after he had his lite skin comeback." Which is a helluva thing to say, and somewhat confusing without further exposition.

  • Daniel Johnston Hi, How Are You Film Kickstarter Drawing

    Daniel Johnston Will Draw You for $1,000

    A collaborative short film dreamed up by Los Angeles filmmaker Gabriel Sunday and revered outsider musician Daniel Johnston is currently crowd-sourcing funds, and $1,000 will get you a portrait of, well, you drawn by the legendary songwriter himself. Dubbed Hi, How Are You?, the movie aims to "get inside of Daniel's mind," as Sunday says in the clip above, to a space where "his art, characters, and music come to life."Rather than a straight documentary — there's already one of those, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, and it's excellent — this film will blend a journalistic style with narrative fiction, interspersing the star subject's musings with acting, animation, and surreal scenery. Hi, How Are You? will travel back and forth between the present, and the time when Johnson, amid his first mental breakdown, was recording the tape of the same name.Sunday and co.

  • Lily Allen 'Hard Out Here' Video Sexism Misogyny Robin Thicke

    Lily Allen's 'Hard Out Here' Video Skewers Robin Thicke's Misogyny

    "Lily Allen has a baggy pussy." Deal with it, America. You chuckled or playfully chided when a certain pop jock declared in balloon letters, "Robin Thicke has a big dick," via the "Blurred Lines" video, and now Britain's former favorite rising daughter is back to test the double standards at play in the music world. Seen above (and excerpted below), her video for brand-new song "Hard Out Here" has its own inflated message to share.The clip is directed by Christopher Sweeney (Lana Del Ray, Foals, Jessie Ware) and has fun spoofing a litany of music video tropes, from champagne pour-overs to gratuitous twerk-fests.

  • Justin Timberlake Critics Kill Everybody GQ Interview Mad

    Justin Timberlake Can't Take Criticism, So He'd Rather Kill His Critics

    Justin Timberlake sometimes "wants to fucking kill everybody." The eternally cool pop star, actor, and Myspace investor broke character in his new GQ interview for the magazine's new Men of the Year issue. Journalist Amy Wallace sat down to speak with the man in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, where he revealed that "I feel — literally — like a bunch of people just took a shit on my face."Timberlake was apparently steamed at the critical reception for both his latest acting endeavor, Runner Runner, and his second album of 2013, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2. He specifically took issue with respective reviews from industry trade publications Variety and Billboard, who'd summarily dismissed the works. "Where did all this vitriol come from?" JT asked. "It's mean. And I'm not cut out for it."Oh, but he went on. "The movie didn't do well at the box office, so I should quit?

  • M83 Ali Matthias You and the Night Soundtrack Stream

    Hear M83's 'Ali & Matthias,' From a New Movie About a French Orgy

    M83's next album will be a soundtrack to an avant-garde French film about an orgy. You and the Night is directed by Yann Gonzalez, who happens to be the brother of Anthony Gonzalez, a.k.a. M83. But as per the electro-crawling Los Angeles-based project's usual M.O., the soundtrack will also feature the vocal prowess of Morgan Kibby and Susanne Sundfør, and the orchestral arrangements of Joe Trapanese. "Ali & Matthias" can be heard below.Still, as Anthony Gonzalez put it in a written statement, "People who only like 'Midnight City' are going to be disappointed. Mellow and romantic, this soundtrack pays tribute to French soundtracks from the '70s and is much more intimate than Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and the Oblivion Soundtrack.

  • Rap Genius Takedown Lyrics Site Lawsuit NMPA Illegal

    Publisher's Association Says Rap Genius Is 'Blatantly Illegal'

    The controversial, well-funded Rap Genius site is among 50 lyrics sites being hit with stern takedown notices from the National Music Publishers Association.

  • Cate le Bon 'Are You With Me Now?' Video Mug Museum Stream

    Cate Le Bon Shows Off Secret Talent in 'Are You With Me Now?' Video

    Welsh psych-folk heroine Cate le Bon releases her third album Mug Museum on Tuesday and in honor of the occasion, she's got two goodies for us: the sweetly intimate and slightly magical video above, and an entire stream of the aforementioned album below. Casey + Ewan (DJ Shadow, Los Campesinos!) direct the clip, which finds Le Bon flexing some mightily impressive pottery skills with a little help from her family, past and present. The song itself is a lovely drifter, shambling forward on a playful guitar figure and assisted by the woman's slightly husky voice. And there's plenty more where that came from — 10 songs' worth, including "I Think I Knew" featuring Perfume Genius.

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