...and he's marching right back into the studio.
"The hottest chick in the game" kicks off her return to the spotlight
Her new single definitely is not 'Whip My Hair' material
By Jason Lipshutz
Willow Smith is moving farther away from the vibrant energy of "Whip My Hair" with every new song: her latest offering, "Sugar And Spice," is a disturbing ballad that samples those artfully gloomy alt-rock kings, Radiohead.
"Inject my soul with darkness," the 12-year-old Willow rasps over a lurching rhythm snatched from Radiohead's "Codex," off of their 2011 disc "The King of Limbs." Later, Smith declares, "I tried to be sugar and spice, but I'm melancholy and can't do anything right." Later still, she sings, "Take a swing at me, I'll fight/To the death, my light is bright." The tween displays considerable vocal skill on "Sugar and Spice," which was posted online early on Tuesday, but the song's lyrics are too pointedly chilly to overlook.
Last summer, Willow offered a more intimate side of her songwriting on "I Am Me," with a music video that featured the singer walking around New York City with a shaved head. "Your validation is just not that important to me," she sang on the track, which followed the more uptempo tracks "21st Century Girl" and "Fireball," featuring Nicki Minaj. "Knees and Elbows" has been announced as the title of Willow's debut album, but a release date has yet to materialize.
Hip-Hop rookie teams with a legendary vet for a new project.
Hip-Hop purists often complain that today's current generation of MCs doesn't pay homage to its predecessors. Rising rapper Joey Bada$$ clearly doesn't feel that way as he recently got up with legendary producer DJ Premier for a collabo that is aptly titled "Unorthodox."
Or so we gather from his latest tune
Well if Maxwell didn't tease the hell out of us with that "BlackSummers'Night" promise, right? He released the first installment of the anticipated album trilogy way back in 2009; "Black" spawned three hit singles ("Pretty Wings," anyone?), went platinum, won two Grammy Awards, and then…nothing.
Party like it's 2012
From: Charlotte, NC
Why You Should Get To Know Him: Because he can show you a thing or three about having fun.
Hip-Hop has been inching toward a more diverse sound for years now. As more genres filter in, a brand new style is created, paving the way for burgeoning talent. While Charlotte, NC is not the most hopping place on the map currently for Rap, Stranger Day is out to change that. The artist has both Rock and Rap influences that meld together into one awesome sound. His latest project Vice Matters takes all of Stranger Days' vices and sets them to music. Looking for a soundtrack to your wild life? It's right here.
It's a new year, but 2012's rap rookie of the year isn't slowing down.
Kendrick Lamar had a pretty solid 2012. Well, it looks like the Compton-based MC is just getting started. Two days in 2013 and Lamar dropped a video for his red-hot "Backseat Freestyle."
Happy New Year, 'Ye! He's got good reason to celebrate
On Sunday (December 30), Kanye West's three-night concert series at Atlantic City's Revel Resort and Casino in New Jersey came to a close. And over the seven-screen, 75-minute performances—which included opener "Cold" and closer "All Falls Down"—fans learned quite a bit about 'Ye, not that he's ever been the private type...but here's what we've got anyway.
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