LeBron James Previews Metro Boomin and Big Sean’s Collaborative Project ‘Double or Nothing’

While the rest of us wait for Big Sean and Metro Boomin’s Double or Nothing to drop, LeBron James apparently got his hands on an advanced copy. And he seems to be really enjoying it.

 

DOUBLE OR NOTHING THE ALBUM 12/8 midnight! @metroboomin let’s go! 🎲🎲

A post shared by BIGSEAN (@bigsean) on Dec 5, 2017 at 4:13pm PST

On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers star player went to social media to play several clips from the upcoming collaborative project, beginning with the previously released track “Pull Up N Wreck.” He then played snippets of two unreleased cuts. He captioned the first track “Sure feels good to be BLACK in the Back (Bach) #doubleentendre.” The second was simply captioned with: “#SavageTime.”

You can listen to the clips below. Double or Nothing is set to drop this Friday.

This isn’t the first time James has blessed fans with music teasers. In the past, he’s shared previews of Kendrick Lamar’s Damn album, as well as unreleased tracks by Meek Mill and Nipsey Hussle. Considering he has more than 34 million followers on Instagram and nearly 40 million followers on Twitter, we're sure the artists are more than happy with the plug. 

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Big Sean Previewed a New Travis Scott Collab and It Sounds Like a Banger

Lollapalooza 2017 wrapped up Sunday night in Chicago's Grant Park, capping off a four-day marathon of memorable performances. Ahead of Justice's closing set on the Bud Light stage Sunday night, Big Sean hit his Mike Carson-designed stage for an energetic cruise through his increasingly stacked catalog.

 

Set design on fleek, @mikecarson not just my brudda, he da best! #92 #Don

A post shared by BIGSEAN (@bigsean) on Aug 6, 2017 at 9:10pm PDT

At one point during his set, Sean gifted the Lolla crowd with a tease of a new collaboration with Travis Scott:

The track is rumored to feature production by Metro Boomin. Sean also referenced the track's possible title—”We Go Legend”—in an Instagram post on Monday:

 

We go Legend 🔥🔥🔥

A post shared by BIGSEAN (@bigsean) on Aug 7, 2017 at 8:50am PDT

Sean and Scott last appeared together on DJ Khaled's Grateful single “On Everything” alongside Rick Ross.

Sean released his biggest album yet, I Decided, back in February. The album has maintained some serious legs on the charts thanks to a marathon of singles and videos, including “Sacrifices” featuring Migos. The “Sacrifices” video was first released as a gift to fans who made a physical album purchase, with Sean informing them in May that they had been given access to an app that allowed them to get a look at the video before anyone else. Shortly after, the video was made available on YouTube.

This year's Lollapalooza lineup also featured Chance the Rapper, Run the Jewels, Lorde, Blink-182, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Majid Jordan, Arcade Fire, Charli XCX, Joey Badass, Rae Sremmurd, and so many more. Catch pro-shot footage of Majid Jordan performing “Her” and Wiz Khalifa running through “Young Wild and Free” below.

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Everything We Know About Bryson Tiller’s ‘True to Self’ Album So Far

Bryson Tiller may be a relatively fresh face in the game, but anticipation for his new music is through the roof. Any new project he releases has a high bar to clear after the success of Trapsoul, which gained critical acclaim and went platinum off the strength of a trio of breakout singles: “Don't,” “Exchange,” and “Sorry Not Sorry.” And yes, just like J. Cole, Tiller went platinum with no features. 

Duplicating that level of success isn't going to be easy, but Tiller has the talent and diverse skill set to pull it off. As the name of his first project indicates, he's comfortable straddling and blending the best parts of separate genres. Turning in a duplicate of Trapsoul won't be enough, but he has a distinct niche and would do well to learn from what worked on album No. 1. The Kentucky native clearly left a good impression on the people in his hometown at the very least; Louisville gave him the key to the city and a full day to honor his recent success.

So what does that all mean for his upcoming project, True to SelfHere's what we know about it so far.

Release Date

Tiller has been teasing his fans for months now about how close he was to releasing the album. Way back in October of 2016, he shared a post on Instagram that said simply, “Album almost done,” hinting it would be in the hands of the public soon enough. But a follow-up note in January, which revealed the name of the album in a since-deleted tweet, also left the impression Tiller had a lot of work left to do in order to prepare it for public consumption:

The subtext there? Once the album was finally complete, it would go out to his fans pretty quickly, and Tiller told the world he finished work on the album April 12 in another deleted tweet:

Tiller and his management have yet to hint at any sort of formal release date for his sophomore album, but if you take the man at his word it shouldn't be a long wait.

Features

The big name we can tie to True to Self is the man dominating the first half of 2017: Drake. Tiller and Drizzy have had a relationship dating back at least a couple years, and posed together as they popped bubbly as far back as 2015. So when Tiller took to Twitter late last year to share news of working with Drake, fans of both artists couldn't have been too surprised:

Whatever work Tiller put together with Drake didn't end up making the cut for More Life, so it's possible Tiller has something in the vault from his work alongside Drake to share on True to Self. And Drake isn't the only Canadian star Tiller has been linked to; he just finished up a brief European tour with the Weeknd, who he appears to have taken plenty of inspiration from:

 

learned a lot these past few weeks. thank you bro @theweeknd

A post shared by self (@brysontiller) on Mar 14, 2017 at 4:50pm PDT

If he's interested in collaborations this time around, Tiller has plenty of well-placed friends around the industry. He appeared on Gucci's The Return of East Atlanta Santa project at the end of 2016, and recently worked with heavy hitters like DJ Khaled, Future, and Travis Scott despite his relatively short period of success. Big Sean even came through Lousville to show love when Tiller's hometown was celebrating the singer's breakout:

 

Had to come thru for my bro @brysontiller! Thank u Louisville, insane! 📸 @zenomania

A post shared by BIGSEAN (@bigsean) on Mar 12, 2016 at 8:02pm PST

But if you read into the name of the album, True to Self could be another project where Tiller goes light on features and relies on his multi-faceted talents to fill the album. In past interviews, Tiller has expressed the desire to be the man shouldering a heavy burden: “If someone's not going to rap on my song, I'll rap it myself. If they won't sing on my song, I just sing on it myself.”

Though his stated fear of rejection probably isn't a problem anymore—people are more than happy to work alongside him after all the success he earned—don't be surprised if he goes feature-light once again.

Producers

The Kentucky native likely had his choice of producers to work with on True to Self after experiencing the level of success he did with Trapsoul. One of his most important early co-signs came from legendary beatmaker Timbaland, and Timbo has routinely helped promote Tiller's work as he's risen through the industry:

Timbaland produced “Sorry Not Sorry” on Trapsoul, and smart money would be on him appearing at least once in the production credits for True to Self. The one single we have access to so far, “Let Me Explain,” was produced by Phonix Beats.

Though not much has been confirmed on the production front for True to Self, expect a diverse cast of characters to be behind the boards for Tiller's new album. Trapsoul featured work from 20 different producers on just 14 songs, which might explain why Tiller tends to go so light on features. When you're outsourcing a lot of the work on the production end of things, it makes sense for you to carry the project on the vocal side.

The production for Tiller's music to date has had a bit of controversy surrounding it. Despite being nominated for a 2017 Grammy, the producer for his hit “Exchange” was accused of jacking the beat by Boi-1da and Vinylz.

Foreign Teck, the man at the center of the alleged beat-jacking controversy, was one of a select few producers who appeared on multiple Trapsoul track credits, and we'll have to see if Tiller still wants to keep him close after the previous incident. 

Expectations

When Trapsoul dropped, Tiller was still a plucky upstart looking for his big breakthrough. His first album sold just 22,000 copies in its first week, but steady success over the next half year allowed him to rise all the way to platinum status. In an industry where first week sales tend to be the driving force behind a project's success, that's a monumental feat for an artist's debut.

True to Self finds Tiller in a decidedly different place. People expect him to turn in a great effort this time around, and even some of the greatest artists to ever do it have been victimized by overzealous expectations for album No. 2. Nas' It Was Written is perhaps the perfect example of this phenomenon; it is largely a great, borderline classic rap record, but the shadow of Illmatic loomed over the release and didn't allow fans to appreciate IWW in the moment as much as they would have otherwise.

As with any sophomore release, Tiller has to balance a need to innovate further while not branching too far from what made him successful in the first place. Easier said than done, but True to Self should be a good litmus test for Tiller's staying power in the industry. 

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Big Sean Receives the Key to Detroit

The City of Detroit has nothing but love for Big Sean.

On Saturday afternoon, Mayor Mike Duggan presented the 29-year-old rapper with the key to the city, making Sean the youngest person to every receive the honor. CBS-affiliate WWJ reports Sean was granted the key for his Mogul Prep initiative, which introduced Detroit students to specialized curriculum while also promoting higher education.

While speaking to a crowd that included about 100 kids, Mayor Duggan emphasized the significance of the rare honor.

“It’s only given out to our most special citizens so they know that they’re always in the heart of Detroit,” he said. “Since I’ve been mayor, I’ve given out two of these. The first was to Berry Gordy when they bought Motown: The Musical here. The second, I gave out to Stevie Wonder, when we renamed the street he grew up […] And now we’re going to give out the third […] Sean this is your reminder that every time you leave Detroit, you can always bounce back.”

Sean and his mother, Myra Anderson, launched the Mogul Prep pilot in 2015. It aimed to teach children about the wide range of entertainment industry jobs, while also providing skills that can be utilized in any field.

Sean hosted the first workshop for Mogul Prep on Saturday at Detroit’s Fox Theater, hours before his concert. He’s expected to conduct three more workshops in Maryland, Atlanta, and Miami later this month.

The “Bounce Back” rapper has also raised about $100,000 to support those who were affected by the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. During an appearance on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, Sean revealed his mother had been affected by lead poisoning, but was treated with holistic remedies. 

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