Chance The Rapper Is The Best New Artist Of The Year

 

Chance The Rapper has emerged as one of the most positive, original and best new artists out right now. Rolling Stone christened his mix-tap the best hip hop release of the year.

The 23 year old Chicago native is absolutely killing it on his live TV performances. Earlier this year, he gave a heartfelt tribute to Muhammad Ali at the ESPYs by performing a brand new song alongside a gospel choir.  On Ellen last week, he tore the house down when he destroyed a fake record label office while performing “No Problems” with 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne.

The absolute show stopping performance was when he performed “Blessings (Reprise)” on Jimmy Fallon with a star-studded cast of background singers, including Anthony Hamilton, Ty Dolla Sign, Raury, and Dram. It started out subdued, but by its conclusion, the impromptu supergroup was joined by a gospel choir, and the crowd lit up.

Chance The Rapper released his latest album Coloring Book this year to widespread acclaim.

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Prior to that he’d made 10 Day a cheerful mixtape he recorded while on suspension from high school for “weed-related activities,”  just before his next album Acid Rap, the bratty, beatific record that helped make him famous among rap fans and actual rappers like Kanye West. He notoriously turned down every major record label. He is anti-label and releases everything independently.

The Acid Rap album, was a reference to acid jazz, but also actual acid. “I was just doing a lot of drugs, just hanging out. I was gone all the time.”

He tells a story about his spiritual and musical progression that started one day when he went over to his grandmother’s house.

“And she looked me in the eyes and she said, ‘I don’t like what’s going on.’ She said, ‘I can see it in your eyes. I don’t like this.’ And she says, ‘We’re gonna pray.’ And she prayed for me all the time. Like, very positive things. But this time, she said, ‘Lord, I pray that all things that are not like You, You take away from Chance. Make sure that he fails at everything that is not like You. Take it away. Turn it into dust.’ ”

He appreciated it but also: “I’m thinking, like, damn, I don’t even know if God likes rap! You know what I’m saying? Is she praying that I fail at everything I’m trying to do?”

But then he decided to take it how she meant it, which was as a blessing. She meant that what he succeeded at would have God in it, somewhere. What he failed at would not. He embraced his own lack of control: “Things that you push so hard to get, and they don’t work out—I don’t dwell on them as much, because she said that. You know? Because it makes me feel like, you know…everything is mapped out.”

Chance The Rapper on Jimmy Fallon

 

Chance The Rapper on Ellen with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz

 

Chance The Rapper honors Muhammad Ali at the ESPN Espy Awards

Lady Gaga Dive Bar Tour Check It Out !

Lady Gaga debuted three new singles Wednesday during her “dive bar” tour in Nashville to a small crowd of fans.

Opening her Dive Bar tour in Nashville was brilliant. While strategically situating her back in humble pubs like the spots where she started her career. I personally saw Lady Gaga perform years ago in a bar in Miami before she was famous. No one was even really paying attention. I didn’t know who she was. It was so weird when she blew up in to the super fame stratosphere like 5 months later. I couldn’t believe it was the same girl.

Fast forward to the present. The Dive Bar tour, which was launched in partnership with Bud Light, was live-streamed on the company’s Facebook page.

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A sizable crowd gathered outside East Nashville hang the 5 Spot, around the corner from where a small fleet of trailers was taking up most of the block. Fans lined up several rows deep along police barricades in hopes of getting a glimpse. VIP and media guests were wanded at the door and all phones were confiscated, ensuring that Lady Gaga’s Facebook Live stream of the event was under her control. Prior to the event, she pulled up to the venue’s front door in a black Ford Bronco and walked over to the barricade to greet fans.

On the inside, the 5 Spot’s normally unassuming interior had been transformed, a velvet curtain now draped across the stage and virtually every surface covered with the logo of tour partner Bud Light.

Her shows on Oct. 20 and 27 will also be live-streamed through Bud Light’s Facebook.

Dressed in a black and gold suit and a white cowboy hat the singer opened with the songs “Sinner’s Prayer” and “A-Yo.”

“Call me Joanne,” she told the audience before playing her new single “Million Reasons,” which was performed alongside co-writer Hillary Lindsey.

Gaga closed by performing her hit “Perfect Illusion,” which was released last month. Fans took to Twitter to show their appreciation.

Watch her amazing hella-good performance here:

After the gig, Gaga released the studio recording of “Million Reasons” on YouTube, listen here:

Lady Gaga’s new album, Joanne (her real name), which was co-produced by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Mark Ronson and producer Bloodpop, will be out on Oct. 21.

The Internet Announces New Album and Solo Projects

It’s been over a year since the teenaged cool/jazz/r&b group “The Internet” released their Grammy-nominated album Ego Death. After months of working on new material in the midst of touring, the group has finally announced that their next album is expected to be released this coming spring.

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In a new interview with The Fader magazine, the group shared that they’re ready to share a lot of new music. Aside from preparing a new Internet album, members of the band also have plans to release their own solo albums. Ahead of The Internet’s follow-up to Ego Death, the lead singer Syd and producer Matt Martians both plan to release each of their own solo projects before the end of the year.

 

Syd’s forthcoming solo project is titled Dive. Her album is expected to feature production from producers such as MeLoX, and more. There’s no word yet on how soon fans will be able to hear her new music but she did reveal that she’s already written and recorded a good amount of the album. However, fans can expect the sound of Dive to venture in a different direction than what they may be used to. “I grew up on Radio Disney and *NSYNC and Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys so I’ve always loved pop music,” she explained. “The soul shit we do is dope, but my solo shit is giving me the option to explore a poppier, more popular sound.”

 

Matt Martians’ upcoming album on the other hand still remains untitled but he also plans to take his opportunity to experiment with new sounds, explaining that his music sounds a bit “weird and wonky” but still melodic. He says it won’t exactly sound similar to The Internet’s music but “they sound like people that are in The Internet.”

 

More solo projects can also be expected from the rest of the band members—Steve Lacy, Jameel Bruner, Patrick Paige II, and Chris Smith—but release dates for these project have not yet been decided. While news of band members releasing solo albums can usually be frightening and even heartbreaking for fans, this news feels quite the opposite. Instead, these solo projects seem more like a chance for each member to expand their personal sound in order to bring more to the table and build a strong unit for The Internet.

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