In the four years since hip-hop trio Flatbush Zombies guested on ASAP Mob’s “Bath Salts,” they’ve become breakout artists. Their debut, this year’s 3001: A Laced Odyssey , debuted at Number 10 on the Billboard 200 and Number Two on the rap chart. But despite the success, they haven’t forgotten where they’re from: Brooklyn. Related: Check out our list of the 100 greatest hip-hop songs. Below is a playlist they made of their favorite rappers from Brooklyn and songs about the borough. “We live in Brooklyn, baby,” the trio said in a collective statement. “Melting pot of culture. We been cool. Fuck gentrification.” Related Watch Flatbush Zombies’ Stark Video for ‘This Is It’ Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Hip-Hop Songs of the 1990s 40 Best Rap Albums of 2015
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Zedd has officially announced plans to release a new version of his 2015 song ” True Colors ” with Kesha this Friday. The singer joined the EDM producer on-stage during Coachella’s first weekend for her most high-profile live performance since her legal battle against producer Dr. Luke and her label Sony . See Kesha Perform ‘True Colors’ With Zedd at Coachella Both Zedd and Kesha have teased their studio time this week, with the producer tweeting out a photo of them behind the boards on Monday. Kesha posted a photo on Instagram of her singing in a booth on Tuesday. “It’s a miracle when someone gives you a chance at finding your voice again with no reason other than that he is a fucking beautiful person with a heart of gold,” she captioned the photo. Zedd showed support for Kesha soon after a judge denied the singer’s injunction against Dr.
The latest batch of Grateful Dead covers off the all-star tribute album Day of the Dead have been unveiled, including My Morning Jacket singer Jim James’ rendition of the legendary jam band’s “Candyman.” James is joined on the American Beauty cut by “friends” – the National’s guitarist Aaron Dessner, bassist Scott Devendorf and drummer Bryan Devendorf – who gives the track a dusty, aching vibe thanks to some lap steel guitar. The new batch of songs off the three-disc Dead tribute album includes Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s space funk interpretation of the band’s “Shakedown Street,” arguably the most danceable track in the Dead’s vast catalog. Elsewhere, Sharon Van Etten, Perfume Genius and friends teamed for “To Lay Me Down,” Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band covered “Cumberland Blues” and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy tried his hand at the somewhat obscure Jerry Garcia Band cut “Rubin & Cherise.” Day of the Dead is due out May 20th through 4AD. The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner curated the project, with all proceeds from the triple album benefitting the Red Hot Organization. The War on Drugs, Wilco, Mumford & Sons, Courtney Barnett, the Flaming Lips, Real Estate and dozens more contribute Dead covers to the all-star compilation. Related The National Unveil Giant Grateful Dead All-Star Tribute LP Hear Grateful Dead Covers by War on Drugs, Courtney Barnett Hear the National, Grizzly Bear Members Cover Grateful Dead
The skies were a clear, radiant blue across the first weekend of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – April 22nd through 24th – but there was purple everywhere else as the city, its homegrown performers and visiting stars paid homage to Prince after his sudden, shocking death on April 21st. The singer never appeared at Jazz Fest – he didn’t do daylight well. But Prince had an extensive history on local stages, making his New Orleans debut in 1979 at a club called Ole Man Rivers; packing 50,000 people into the Superdome as a headliner in 1985, following the success of Purple Rain ; and headlining two Essence festivals here in 2004 and 2014. Lenny Kravitz on Prince: ‘I Feel Like a Piece of Me Died’ The first purple T-shirt I saw came out on Jazz Fest’s opening Friday, at 11:30 in the morning at the Gentilly Stage, under the long, broad beard of singer-guitarist Johnny Sketch of the funk-roots-and-jamming band Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. The last, in the closing hour of April 24th over at the Acura Stage, was on Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. And I’m fairly certain that the first Prince cover of the weekend came on Friday at about 1 p.m., during an interview I hosted at the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage with singer-guitarist Tommy Malone and singer-pianist John Magnie of Louisiana-born roots-rock band the Subdudes
This week marks the 10th anniversary of Gnarls Barkley ‘s St. Elsewhere , and to celebrate Danger Mouse – the production half of the duo he formed with Cee Lo Green – has been uploading photos and other artifacts of the era. Today, the producer born Brian Burton unearthed his “rejected” remix of the album’s standout single “Crazy,” a dizzying version of the Grammy-winning track “Just got this remix of Crazy I did rejected. Label didn’t think it would get any new fans I guess,” Danger Mouse wrote on social media of the remix. It’s unclear whether the remix was originally earmarked for St.
For some, writing songs is a means of catharsis — a way to exorcise past traumas and level the playing field in fights that were previously lopsided. Maddie & Tae’s new single “Sierra,” which has been part of the duo’s repertoire since it appeared alongside “Girl in a Country Song” on their self-titled 2014 debut EP, comes out of that rich tradition. Like so many lingering traumas, its origins are rooted in the Game of Thrones -style competition more commonly known as high school. Maddie & Tae on New Album: ‘It’s Not Just Boys and Rainbows’ Unusually driven by high school standards, Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye were already making regular visits to Nashville in their senior year, getting ready for what they figured would be their logical next step. Meanwhile, a classmate of Marlow’s was marshaling her friends and followers to spread rumors about the singer. Predictably, it hurt. “She and her friends would say I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t pretty enough, would never make it in country music. Very vicious,” recalls Marlow. “Sierra” (her real name, different spelling) strikes a devastating blow back at the tormentor, warning her that her beauty queen looks will fade and she may one day not have any bridges left to burn. “Ooh, I hope that I’m around / when you get knocked up or get knocked down,” they taunt over bright strums of acoustic guitar and a skittering beat.
Iggy Pop and Josh Homme , on the road in support of their collaborative Post Pop Depression , served as musical guest on the Monday night episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live . For the broadcast itself, Pop delivered the new LP’s “Sunday,” and as a web exclusive, the singer and his top-notch backing band unfurled an intense take on Pop’s classic “Lust for Life.” How Iggy Pop Recaptured Berlin Glory Days The Kimmel visit came just hours before Pop revealed that had contributed to a biography about the Stooges that would be released through the publishing wing of Jack White’s Third Man Records. The book, titled Total Chaos and penned by Jeff Gold and Johan Kugelberg, is expected out sometime in the winter. Iggy Pop and Josh Homme will wrap up the North American leg of their Post Pop Depression tour tonight with a concert at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre. Watch Pop and Homme perform “Sunday” on Jimmy Kimmel Live below: Related 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Iggy Pop 20 Wildest Iggy Pop Moments Iggy Pop to Recount Stooges Story in New Book for Third Man
ACE FREHLEY DEBUTS “FIRE AND WATER” MUSIC VIDEO FEATURING KISS FRONTMAN PAUL STANLEY, FIRST MUSIC VIDEO FEATURING ACE AND PAUL IN 18 YEARS
2014 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member Ace Frehley today has debuted a brand new music video for his cover of Free’s 1970 hit Fire and Water featuring none other than KISS frontman Paul Stanley. The video is being premiered exclusively through VEVO, watch it below. “It was great working with Paul again and all the years we’ve spent apart doing other projects seemed to vanish once we hit the stage!,” says Frehley. The video notches itself into rock and roll history as the first time both Frehley and Stanley appear in a music video since KISS’ music video for Psycho Circus released in 1998. It’s also the first time in 14 years that the two shared a stage since KISS’ appearance at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Finally, it’s the first time Frehley has released a music video since 1989, which was Frehley’s cover of Do Ya released by both The Move and ELO. Earlier this week, Acw cracked the U.S. top 10 with his latest effort Origins: Vol. 1 charting at number one on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, number three on the Billboard Rock chart and number six on the Billboard Current Chart selling more than 16k units in its first week of release according to Nielsen Soundscan
Born on April 26th, 1940, Giorgio Moroder spurred a dramatic shift in pop music through his pioneering use of synthesizers and the hit songs he composed for Donna Summer and many others. As the long list of people he influenced goes, Shooter Jennings doesn’t seem like the most obvious candidate, but the singer-songwriter says Moroder’s work was a subconscious fixture all through his childhood. Hear Marilyn Manson and Shooter Jennings’ David Bowie Cover “I just started digging and researching and all of a sudden it hit me how much music he had made that had been an influence on me, even without knowing that it was him who was responsible for it,” says Jennings, who released the album Countach (For Giorgio) earlier this year as a tribute to Moroder. “It was this kick in the head. I realized that this one dude was responsible for all this music that I’d mimicked and wanted to mimic.” Countach takes popular Moroder-composed tracks like “The Neverending Story” and “From Here to Eternity,” reimagining and performing them the way a rock band might — the sleek angularity of Moroder’s production, the arpeggiated synth squiggles replaced by rougher textures of banjos, electric guitars and live drums. “Hearing all that stuff and adapting it to live instruments was in a way showing people how ahead of his time he was,” explains Jennings
Stevie Nicks stunned the audience after the Tuesday night curtain call of School of Rock by performing a lively rendition of “Rhiannon” with the super-talented kid band from the Broadway musical. Wearing a signature black, flowy gown, Nicks twirled onstage as the crowd enthused at the surprise cameo. Meet the Insanely Talented Kid Band From ‘School of Rock’ After she finished singing, she hugged the young players – Evie Dolan (playing Katie on bass), Diego Lucano (Lawrence on keys), Dante Melucci (Freddy on drums) and Brandon Niederauer (Zack on guitar) – and gave them an impressive endorsement. “To be in the presence of these kids that are so amazing that honestly sometimes I close my eyes and I’m not sure that it’s not Fleetwood Mac,” Nicks said. “It’s very trippy. They are so good.” Based on the popular Richard Linklater film starring Jack Black, the musical adaptation includes a new score by Andrew Lloyd Weber with lyrics by Glenn Slater and an expanded book by Julian Fellowes (of Downton Abbey fame), School of Rock opened on Broadway in December and has a number of high-profile fans, including Nicks, whose songs are referenced in the show.
The Tonight Show offered Prince fans a moment to grieve Tuesday as D’Angelo and Princess – the Prince cover group composed of Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum – performed an emotive take on “Sometimes It Snows in April.” Questlove on Prince: In This Life, You’re on Your Own Accompanied by purple stage lighting and a white piano, D’Angelo delivered the Parade ballad while Princess provided soothing background vocals. On the song’s closing verse, D’Angelo tweaked one of the lyrics to: “I often dream of Heaven and I know that Prince is there,” an alteration that made the singer visibly emotional and caused him to miss the next line (“I know that he has found another friend”), although Princess sang it for him. After filming the performance, Questlove tweeted : “No Performance On #FallonTonight has EVER moved me like this one. If you felt robbed in saying goodbye 2 a loved one. Watch #Dangelo 2nite. Still in my dressin room #CryinNDrinkin.” The drummer also watched D’Angelo’s “Sometimes It Snows in April” on the East Coast Tonight Show broadcast and shared some more thoughts. “Cot damn man. I wanna thank @FallonTonight staff for letting that happen.
George Clinton remembered his longtime friend and collaborator, Prince , in a touching interview with Billboard . ” When you come to the concept of a rock star, he is that,” Clinton said. “He’s the epitome of that.” Questlove on Prince: In This Life, You’re on Your Own Clinton first met Prince — who died suddenly last week at the age of 57 — in the late Seventies. The Parliament-Funkadelic maestro helped the burgeoning musician kickstart his career by pitching his music to the influential Detroit DJ, the Electrifying Mojo, and years later, Prince repaid the favor by signing Clinton to Paisley Park Records. Along with releasing Clinton’s 1989 comeback album, The Cinderella Theory , Prince cast him in his 1990 movie, Graffiti Bridge , and featured him on the accompanying soundtrack. Speaking of their work together, Clinton said Prince was “quiet in the studio” and noted that their tracks were often created during separate sessions. “[W]hen it came time for me to put my part on there, he was never there, and when it came time, I’d put my part on it and give it to him and he’d send it back to me.” Clinton also heaped praise on Prince’s skill as a guitar player, noting his legendary performance alongside Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Steve Winwood during the George Harrison tribute at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony: “When you see him on stage with those people and they’re giving him props like he’s supposed to be getting, you realize, ‘Damn, this motherfucker is all that.'” Clinton then noted Prince’s incredible songwriting skills, especially his ability to balance experimentation and craft with commercial and pop sensibilities. “Some might even say bubblegum,” Clinton said of Prince’s music, “but not really bubblegum, cause he was too clever of a writer. But they were hits, so many hits, that it seemed like he was just churning out bubblegum. But they weren’t.