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Month: July, 2013

Big Sean Unveils Hall of Fame Album Covers

The G.O.O.D. Music hypeman has finally released the somewhat cliché and photoshop-esque-ready covers for his second studio album. Big Sean’s Hall of Fame is set for an August 27 release and has spawned the rather weak single, Beware featuring Lil’ Wayne & Jhené Aiko.

In short, I believe the “finally famous” rapper will need some famous single to finally garner some buzz around this release. Just saying.

The album covers are a little Instagram styled and I think shows a little novice aspect… but a slight step-up from his studio debut cover however. And as if these covers couldn’t be more cliché, Sean even took to Vine Instagram (utilizing it’s new and “original” video service) to delight fans with the standard and deluxe covers.

However, before fans could catch a glimpse of the track listing, Big Sean made sure to cover it up. We do know that we can expect appearances from the likes of Miguel, Kid Cudi, Nas, Common, Ellie Goulding and (possibly) Eminem. Check out the Instagram post here.

What do you think of the covers? Are you even slightly interested in this upcoming album? Weigh in below, but before you do, grab a cold one. It is Sunday Funday after all.

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Standard Edition

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Deluxe Edition

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The UK Continues to Impress Me… Sigh

Morning chaps. Nothing much to say here other than the fact that I have a newfound love: Daughter. Why does it seem that all great bands, or at least those of the past decade, have been from the UK, or elsewhere? C’mon ‘Merica! Seriously though, I’ve been jamming Indie folk band, Daughter’s new album and it’s easily one of my favorite of the year.

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Frank Ocean… In Versace?

Frankie boy has returned.. well sort of. He’s uploaded another text note editing program (or Notepad for Mac) to his Tumblr page that delivers some lyrics to the popular Migos track, Versace. Looks like Frank is deciding to showcase his rap skills once again but maybe we won’t get another cloudy verse that leads us to speculate prematurely? Cue Oldie verse.

Anyways, not much to see here.. yet, but looks as though we can expect a verse from the R&B crooner soon enough which could possibly be awesome and somewhat awkward in an entirely dope fashion. Or just another chance for people to take more stabs at his sexuality.

Who knows, maybe Frank has what it takes to make it in the hip-hop game. I mean, it’s not like Migos, Chief Keef or Future are making it hard.

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Michael Jackson & Daft Punk / Kanye West & Marilyn Manson

Oh, Girl Talk, you sassy fuck, you. The mashup artist keeps the party going by pairing (although rather predictable?) two of the summers’ hottest jams: Daft Punk’s Pharrell-assisted Get Lucky joint and apparently blasphemous Kanye’s Black Skinhead with Michael Jackson’s Remember the Time and Marilyn Manson’s The Beautiful People respectively. That ended up being a long sentence. Don’t judge me.

Check out the, awkwardly high but much appreciated, quality videos from the rather mellow Girl Talk crowd after the break. It’s still summer folks!
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Earl Sweatshirt – Doris (Album Cover x Track List)

Yeah yeah yeah, I know what you’re thinking: “You’re late as fuck to this party,” but better to show up fashionably late than not at all right? Anyways, Odd Future is continuing their 2013 advances with the long-awaited and highly anticipated release from fan favorite, Earl Sweatshirt.

After the boarding school fiasco, Earl returns to the hip-hop game with more sophistication and slightly less, if unwarranted, darker, misogynistic and flat out “rape-age” lyricism. I’d rather all of it however.

Check out the artwork and see who made the final cut on Doris after the break.
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New Music: Black Skinhead vs. Elephant (Nate Belasco Mashup)

As if Kanye West’s latest release, Yeezus, wasn’t dope enough, aspiring DJ, Nate Belasco, makes sure to keep our ears happy. The rock-inspired, almost sporting event sounds of Gary Glitter with Rock and Roll, Part 2, Black Skinhead easily took our hearts. However a mashup featuring Indie band Tame Impala’s Elephant off their second LP, Lonerism, seems an odd enough if not almost absurd collaboration…that works flawlessly.

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2014 Grammy’s.. Let’s Talk

So by now most, if not everyone, has listened to JAY Z’s highly anticipated album, Magna Carta… Holy Grail and to overly positive reviews. What does this mean? Were we expecting something similar to his Blueprint 3 effort? Quite honestly I’m impressed. The production, the transitions, interludes and features all work out quite nicely.

So what does this mean for next year’s “Biggest Night in Music”? In short, it’s going to get interesting! My thoughts after the break.
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