I don’t know what has gotten into Future lately but his relentless release of high quality music has been at an all time high. Yesterday, Future announced he will be dropping a new mixtape with Mike Will Made It titled, Ape Shit, no release date but expect it in the near future.
For the last week, the Internets have been up in arms about Hov’s latest “investment” (Hov copped for $56 million but is now valued at $250 million), Tidal, a new music streaming service that promises to improve the quality of music under all facets of the word. Not too long ago, The Carters, alongside J. Cole, Rihanna, Madonna, Daft Punk, Usher, Nicki Minaj and several other musical heavyweights gathered in Manhattan to declare music independence and raise their flag in the streaming service game.
Many in attendance and watching via Live Stream were elated to see such power on one stage but all shared the same thoughts surrounding the entire ordeal: What the FUCK is Tidal? From an overall judgement, we’ve gathered that TIDAL will give said artists who partner/side with the service will have more say so content wise and snatch more revenue (not sure how much different from Spotify, Pandora and BEATS). In an interesting move, Hovito has removed his first born, Reasonable Doubt from one of the competitors database (Spotify), while all his other projects sit comfortably (I’m listening to Kingdom Come as we speak).
To give music heads a better understanding of what Tidal actually is and what NEW purpose it will serve us in the future, Hov paid a visit to the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Mr. Z and Tidal executive, Vania Schlogel participated in a detailed Q&A lead by NYU professor Errol Kolosine who slung questions at Hov and Vania that were prepared by students. In this particular excerpt, Hov speaks on the immediate hate Tidal received after being revealed to the masses and even goes as far as addressing as NOT being present in Ferguson but present for Tidal. Interesting stuff.
JAY Z: I guess by having a conversation, and telling people what it is. That opinion came before we even explained what it was — “This thing is horrible! … What is it?” You know? You never hear Tim Cook’s net worth whenever he tries to sell you something. Steve Jobs, God bless, he had to have been pretty rich — nobody’s ever said, “Oh, the rich getting richer! I won’t buy an iPhone!” Yeah, right. It’s not about being pretentious; again, this is a thing for all artists. You pay $9.99 for Spotify, so why not $9.99 for Tidal. We’re not asking for anything else, we’re just saying that we’ll spread that money to artists more fairly. We’re not saying anything other than that, and we’re saying that we’re in a position to bring light to this issue. We’re using our power that way. And of course there are greater causes, of course. This is not mutually exclusive — there are other problems, real problems going on in the world. We don’t miss the problems; we try to take care of them all. Imagine the President: he has to take care of ISIS, gay rights, equal pay for women, discrimination — all at the same time! So, you can’t say “You started this site when you should be out in St. Louis!” It’s like, okay, J. Cole is out in St. Louis. I wasn’t in St. Louis, but I was in the governor’s office. Because, we can march all day long but if the laws don’t change, then we’ll be marching again and it’ll just be a different slogan on the shirt, and that’s a greater tragedy as well. Everyone has to play their part, everyone has to do different things, and it all has to happen at the same time.
Frank Ocean just announced via Tumblr that his new album, Boys Don’t Cry, is due out this July! Man, it feels like forever since he released his last album, Channel Orange, back in 2012.
LA’s Power 106 just announced the full lineup for their upcoming Powerhouse 2015 event! The event will include performances from Kanye West, Ludacris, Nipsey Hussle, Tech N9ne, Tinashe, and more. Tickets go on sale April 9th at 10:00 AM. Powerhouse 2015 will take place on May 16th.
Travis Scott is currently on his Rodeo Tour with Young Thug and today he takes to his Twitter account and announces he will be dropping, Rodeo: The Album. Or it could be a April Fools joke, but I doubt it.
Drake has announced that his 6th annual OVOFest will be going down August 2nd and 3rd in Toronto. The lineup has also been revealed including J. Cole, Big Sean, YG and many others.
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Before hitting the road with J.Cole for the Forest Hills Drive tour with YG, and Jeremih, Sean will get some solo dates in on the Dark Sky Paradise tour starting this Thursday in Cancun. Purchase tickets here. Dark Sky Pardise is in stores now.
Don Logan fka Gunplay took to his IG account and announced that his new single “Tell Em Daddy” will be dropping next week. He also announced that we can expect his Def Jam debut album Living Legend to drop in May. Hit the jump for a preview of the song and announcement of the album. Read More
Jay Electronica looks like he will be hitting the road and headlining tours in both Europe and Asia. The tour kicks off March 6th in Zurich and ends March 20th in Hong Kong. Check out the Europe dates above and the Asia dates can be found after the jump. Read More