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LCD Soundsystem's 'tonite' is a celebratory coming-of-age

Long before serving as the frontman dance-punk’s group the century, James Murphy was a DJ, falling into , really, by happy accident. But Murphy wasn’t just a DJ in the early 2000s. He was a force to be reckoned with. His eventual label DFA began merely as a party where Murphy entertained his friends by doing what he loved. What may have been done blindly at the time — although surely clear in hindsight — was Murphy serving as the intrinsic ingredient in NYC’s marrying dance and rock. Helping launch the careers groups like the Rapture or Hot Chip along the way, he left his mark on both the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Arcade Fire. There’s no doubt disco-rock would not be the same without him.

Often speaking out against the commercial side dance music is a man who gave an entire generation indie kids a revolutionary repertoire records to bust a move to.

Currently amidst their mighty revival, LCD Soundsystem — and Murphy, in particular — is revisiting these roots on “tonite.” Marking itself as the third song f their forthcoming LP,  “tonite” hits airwaves with a plethora vintage musical vehicles. Riding along a smooth crescendo comes a polished dancehall track, revealing a glimmering path back to Murphy’s days an oily forehead behind the booth or a floor wet with sweat.

While it may seem Murphy’s coming to grips with age and his relevance once more, as he did on “Losing My Edge,” there’s rather a man who’s, at last, changed his tone. “Everybody’s singing the same song/It goes tonite, tonite, tonite, tonite,” he begins. Near the second half the stanza, he continues this time much darker: “I never realized that these artists/Thought so much about dying.”

“Man, life is finite/But shit, it feels like forever.” As the song comes to an end, it rises in intensity and Murphy turns to the camera. “You hate the idea that you’re wasting your youth/That you stood in the background until you got older/But that’s all lies.” Murphy’s understood his mortality for quite some time, and on “tonite,” he’s thinking beyond. It’s a blissful wave euphoria that leaves listeners optimistic what else they too can do to improve their internal landscape and realize their own American Dream. It seems, at last, Murphy’s realized he’s been living his all along.

American Dream is out Sept. 1 Columbia/DFA.

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A Tribe Called Quest Explains Outside Lands No-Show

Fans the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest were disappointed this weekend after Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi and Consequence were no-shows at the 10th anniversary Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, California.

Tribe was scheduled to co-headline the festival among acts like Lorde, Gorillaz, The Who and Metallica, but the group canceled its Friday night (August 11) set and rescheduled for Saturday (August 12), citing “unforeseen travel issues.”

Fans were unhappy and understandably disappointed by the last-minute cancellation.

Tribe was sympathetic to their fans and subsequently fered a long-form explanation, which was published in the LA Times on Monday (August 14).

“Upon the eve playing for you, we performed not to a mixed crowd festival patrons but a filled house solely Questers,” the statement began, referencing their recent show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. “The beautiful Red Rock amphitheater was filled with voices helping us get through a difficult performance without our brother Phife. You would think that with every performance we heal a little more and the sadness is easier to handle. Sometimes that is the case and sometimes the grief and loss is compounded. Although the house was filled with love and we felt it all, we also felt the huge void Phife’s absence. We walked f that stage deep in grief.”

After finally regaining their composure for the Saturday set, it still didn’t come together. “We wanted to play for you, and we wanted to honor Phife’s wife in their hometown … we are deeply sorry. We look to correct this and regain your confidence.”

The statement closed with, “We are not making excuses for our absence. We just wanted you to know that we are still grieving and yet we want to honor every one you for 28 years music love.”

The current tour is being billed as their final run under the A Tribe Called Quest moniker. A plan action to “correct and regain confidence” has not yet been announced.

Check out video the Red Rocks show above.

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Avicii discusses new EP and a potential return to live performances in new interview – Dancing Astronaut

A few days ago, released a refreshing 6-track EP, , which marked the end a two year production hiatus. Having already announced his retirement from touring due to health issues, fans hope that this new EP will mark a new chapter in Tim Berling’s illustrious career.

In a recent interview with Pete Tong BBC Radio 1, Avicii shed light on his life after retirement as a pressional DJ — an experience he described as “awesome,” adding that he had almost forgotten what it was like to “live normally.” Post a three month mental reset in Africa, Avicii returned to the studio and started working on his latest EP — which he goes on to talk about in detail, and will be succeeded by two more in the coming months.

Intriguingly, Avicii refuses to completely rule out a potential return to live performances, but said he would like to feel “normal before making any decision,” especially since he felt so “happy” and “stress-free” post his retirement.

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SoundCloud Survives Do-Or-Die Vote

Remember when Eminem rapped, “Hold your nose because here goes the cold water?” Well, for SoundCloud, today’s water was looking ice cold. But after wrapping up the largest financing round in the company’s history, it looks like the platform isn’t going anywhere.

A vote by company stakeholders could’ve been the final nail in the cfin for the music giant, one that’s helped artists like Post Malone, Bryson Tiller and Chance The Rapper find fame. The company’s future was hanging in the balance last month, but Ljung was confident in its survival.

“SoundCloud is not going away. Not in 50 days, not in 80 days or anytime in the foreseeable future. Your music is safe,” SoundCloud CEO Alex Ljung wrote on the streaming site’s blog just over a month ago after it was seemingly rescued by Chance The Rapper.

As it turns out, that celebration was slightly premature.

According to The Industry Observer, the streaming giant’s saving grace was actually the result new investment from Raine Group and Temasek for a combined $169.5 million. But its “saving grace” still needed to be voted on by the existing shareholders on Friday (August 11). Fortunately for the millions users worldwide, the outcome was positive.

“I’m happy to announce that together with investors The Raine Group and Temasek we’ve just wrapped up the largest financing round in the history SoundCloud,” Ljung wrote on his blog. “This financing means SoundCloud remains strong, independent and here to stay. As I said, we’re not going anywhere.”

So, why wasn’t the vote a no-brainer? As explained in The Industry Observer report, this “bailout” caused initial investors’ liquidity preference to be slashed by 40 percent or more so that the company can pay f its (massive) debts. That’s not very attractive, which made a “no” vote plausible.

This massive save brings with it new leadership. As Ljung explained, “I’m excited to also announce that this new partnership also brings talent to our SoundCloud family. From prior Vimeo-fame (a platform we love!) comes Kerry Trainor and Mike Weissman, two awesome leaders who will be joining SoundCloud as CEO and COO, respectively.”

This new leadership won’t oust Ljung himself, as previously reported by Techcrunch. “Am I leaving? No, absolutely not,” he continues. “After a decade balancing the roles Founder, CEO and Chairman I’m excited to hand the CEO reins over to Kerry to allow me to fully focus on the role the Chairman and the long-term.”

It looks like the massive catalogs music on the platform are safe.

“We’re all just getting started,” Ljung writes optimistically. “The first 10 years are done, and now we’re onto decade II. SoundCloud, just like music, will continue to evolve, but importantly, both will always be a key part life.”

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"Friends" Co-Creator & Other Non-TIDAL Subscribers Can Now Watch JAY-Z's "Moonlight" Video

JAY-Z’s visual for the 4:44 single “Moonlight” has been out for a while, but Friends co-creator David Crane still hasn’t seen it. The Friends-inspired music video was released exclusively through TIDAL on August 4.

On Friday (August 11), a week after its initial release, the video has made its way to YouTube and all non-TIDAL subscribers can now watch it. So far, the visual has amassed nearly 700,000 views.

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Crane mentioned he didn’t have a subscription to TIDAL, alluding that was the reason he hadn’t seen the video.

“I don’t have TIDAL,” Crane said. “I’m just happy that the show is still part the cultural zeitgeist after all these years.”

Directed by Master None co-creator Alan Yang, “Moonlight” stars an all black cast — Issa Rae, Hannibal Buress, Tiffany Haddish, Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jerrod Carmichael and Lil Rel Howery.

Watch the full “Moonlight” video below.

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Katie Got Bandz On Identity Theft Claims: "BITCH I'M INNOCENT"

Chicago, IL – After Katie Got Bandz was arrested earlier this week for alleged identity theft, the 24-year-old “Pop Out” rapper was evidently released from jail on Wednesday night (August 9).

Needless to say, she wasn’t too happy with the situation and took to Twitter to clear up the accusations. In a series tweets, she adamantly proclaimed her innocence, writing, “BITCH I’M INNOCENT FUCK THE STATE.”

In a subsequent video, the Chi-Town native said, “Muthafuckas think that somehow I went to jail for stealing somebody’s identity. Y’all got me fucked up. I went to jail for not running my muthafuckin’ mouth. I ain’t snitch on a nigga, even though a muthafucka thought they left me hanging.”

“New music coming soon,” she added. “Free Katie The Mixtape dropping too though. Keep it real though. Bitch.”

As she continued promoting her upcoming Free Katie The Mixtape, she fered several other tweets reiterating she’s not a snitch. “I LITERALLY WENT TO JAIL TWICE FOR NOT SNITCHING ON A MF WHO SUPPOSE TO BEEN MY FAMILY IF I WAS A RAT I WOULD HAVE BEEN FREE MFS NOT LOYAL,” she wrote.

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Chance The Rapper Credits Kanye West For Helping Hip Hop Be Itself

Chance The Rapper was a guest on the fourth episode What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito, the new podcast that has already drawn heavyweight guests such as comedian Dave Chappelle, Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali and best-selling author Eddie Huang.

Throughout the 30-minute podcast, the conversation traversed parenthood, the role mixtapes played in Chance’s career, and, most interestingly, the portrayal and acceptance happiness in Hip Hop. “The construct the bad boy image was very common,” said Stretch illustrating how Chance embodies how much the culture has shifted over the decades. “It was a darker time,” joked Bobbito.

Chance openly attributed the mainstream acceptance his positive image to Kanye West. He explained that West was very open who he was, what he loved, and how he carried himself. Most importantly, he was open about who he wasn’t. He also noted that the current social media landscape makes it increasingly difficult to fake the funk. “If you’re rapping about being on the block, then you need to take selfies on the block,” he joked. “I’m lucky to have been accepted for who I am.”

At one point, the conversation shifted to the concept “black boy joy,” which Chance has helped to usher in. In a nutshell, it’s a movement dedicated to capturing and sharing joyful and proud portrayals black men in society.

“What does it mean to you to be this ambassador black joy and optimism? Especially in these times?” asked Stretch. Without hesitation, Chance expressed the importance, while acknowledging his role as an ambassador comes from his fame.

“I understand there’s a multitude experiences that make up the black experience … I’ve lived many different black experiences,” Chance said. “I’m happy that people can film/document and make history a successful black man that’s a positive person.”

Check out the full episode below.

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Donald Glover Staying Busy With Movies, New Childish Gambino Music & "Atlanta" Season 2

London, UK –

Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, is one the busiest men in Hip Hop and he’s showing no signs slowing down just yet.

In the last year or so, Glover released Awaken My Love!, wrote, directed and starred in his own TV series Atlanta, and was cast in the iconic roles Lando Calrissian (for the still-untitled Han Solo movie) and Simba (for The Lion King remake).

In an August 8 interview with BBC Radio 1, the master all trades also revealed that he’d recently been working on more music as Childish Gambino.

“You still have a lot more time calling me Childish Gambino] if you want,” he told DJ Clara Amfo, in reference to his recent performance at Governors Ball Music Festival where he said the next ‘Bino album would be the last.

“It’s not yet though,” he said.

Still, it seems we might be running out time to call him by his rap alias, because he’s already working on that next project. “I’ve been working on that here,” he told Amfo. “You guys have been very instrumental in my music. London has been very inspirational.”

Glover also decided to show f a little and tell the BBC just how well Season 2 Atlanta is shaping up, saying, “I feel like if you rush it, you’ll start to get something you don’t want and then you start to question why you even liked it. I’m not gonna make anything until it’s ready. But to be completely honest, it’s almost ready. I’m pretty happy with a lot the things, and I think it’s better than the first season.”

Amfo and Glover covered a lot ground over the conversation, including his retirement plans, and testing out “Redbone” on women in the hair salon.

Listen to the whole thing here.

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Stevie J. Claims That Joseline Hernandez Is Jealous Of Cardi B!

(AllHipHop Rumors) Do better Joseline! Stevie J. Claims That Joseline Hernandez Is Jealous Of Cardi B!

It’s crazy to think that there are really people in the world that decide to be jealous others instead being happy for other people, and instead working harder to better themselves.

It’s no secret that Love & Hip Hop’s Stevie J. and Joseline Hernandez have had a tumultuous relationship, so who knows what reason they decided to have a baby together.

Steebie and Joseline have been involved in a nasty battle over who will get custody baby Bonnie Bella.

Stevie J. is now putting his baby mama Joseline on blast for allegedly being jealous Cardi B!

According to Stevie J, Joseline won’t let him see their daughter because she’s allegedly jealous Cardi’s success.

Joseline has to do better because she had wayyyy more time to build her career than Cardi did!

Joseline’s problems are the fact that her music isn’t good and there has been alleged rumors drug use, so I’m sure that’s not helping!

Do you think that Joseline has really revealed that she’s jealous Cardi, or is Stevie just trying to piss her f even more? If I was Joseline, I would feel like this was the ultimate low blow and ultimate shot at my career, especially since Joseline’s musical career isn’t popping.

What are your thoughts?

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