Drake Bigger Than Ever? J. Cole Top 3? Producers to Blame for Bad Music? | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, DJ Akademiks, Wayno, and Nadeska go over all the hip-hop news they missed while on break, including Drake’s run, Meek’s release from prison, Childish Gambino going No. 1, J. Cole’s album, and much more. 

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SZA Previews “Garden” Video Starring Donald Glover and Her Mother

Last week, SZA made a cameo in Childish Gambino's “This Is America” video and it seems he's about to return the favor in her forthcoming “Garden” visual.

SZA shared a short clip of the video on Sunday evening, revealing that it will star herself, Donald Glover, and Audrey Rowe (her mother). “Mommy u mean more than energy provides,” she wrote in an Instagram caption. “My Ace. My apex. My co designer. Happy Mother’s Day all.”

The video will be directed by Karena Evans, the Toronto director who was behind Drake's “God's Plan” and “Nice For What” visuals.

The teaser didn't include a release date for the video itself, but it did give us a good idea what its theme will be: SZA's relationship with her mother. The clip includes a charming back-and-forth, in which SZA's grandmother says, “You ain't have shit to say to me and I ain't got shit to say to you.”

You can watch the preview clip above or on SZA's Instagram.

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What’s Donald Glover’s Ceiling? Plus, Nick Cannon & Bhad Bhabie | Open Late With Peter Rosenberg

On this week's episode of Open Late, Peter Rosenberg kicks it with Nick Cannon for a conversation that touches on his “F*ck the Police” freestyle and how he views his role in the industry. “I can host something with children on Nickelodeon, but I'mma also speak my mind as a black man,” Cannon says. “As long as it's pure, true, and authentic, I don't think anybody can argue [with] what I have to say.”

Rosenberg also sits down with Karrueche Tran, Tee Grizzley, and Get in Line host Racks Hogan for a panel discussion that gets into Childish Gambino's new record “This Is America,” Nicki Minaj choosing her album release date as the same day her ex Nas is planning to release his, and if Post Malone's record-breaking chart success is really that impressive.

Later, Bhad Bhabie stops by to talk about fame and the criticism that comes with it, and Desiigner shuts down the stage with a performance of “Priice Tag” off his latest project L.O.D. 

Check out the full episode above featuring Araabmuzik and follow Open Late on Twitter and Instagram.

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Donald Glover Belts Out “Superstition” with Stevie Wonder, Kelly Rowland and More

What better way to spend a night than singing an iconic song with the legendary Stevie Wonder? At the singer-songwriter's private 67th birthday bash, titled (!) “The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love and Music” at the Peppermint Club in Los Angeles, Wonder took the stage to perform his huge collection of hits in two hour-long performances, including his 1972 hit “Superstition.”

Joining him was none other than Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino, who has a knack for covering classics (and expertly harnessing their vibes, on “Awaken, My Love!”), along with Kelly Rowland, U.K. songstress Jessie J, and Luke James on background vocals.

The foursome jammed onstage alongside other backing vocalists and a killer live band. Glover's sensational new video for “This Is America” is still at the forefront of everyone's mind and Wonder himself offered praised, joking that he “saw” it, and also suggested the two collaborate, The Blast reports. “In a time where the world seems to be asleep, it’s great to know when people are woke,” he said from behind a piano.

Other guests at Wonder's celebration included T.I., Angela Bassett and Jesse Williams.

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Alex Tumay Says He Added All Those Ad-Libs to Childish Gambino’s “This Is America”

Shortly after Childish Gambino released his thought-provoking track “This Is America,” listeners began to notice the handful of cameos featured throughout the “featureless” track.

Gambino’s hard-hitting lines were punctuated by ad-libs from Young Thug, 21 Savage, Quavo, Slim Jxmmi, and BlocBoy JB, which ultimately underscored the ways in which pop culture is used to distract us from social injustices. The slew of ad-libs provided a subtle, yet powerful, element to the song; and it was apparently all Alex Tumay’s idea.

On Wednesday afternoon, the famed producer and music engineer revealed he was responsible for the cameos in “This Is America.” Tumay shared a screenshot of Genius’ Instagram post that referenced the guest ad-libs. The New York-based audio engineer, who contributed to Gambino’s track, wrote in the caption: “my idea.”

 

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Tumay also addressed this topic via Twitter, explaining he had pitched this ad-lib idea to a number of other artists before.

“I just gave the idea to go get a bunch of rappers to do ad-libs on the track instead of any traditional features,” he wrote. “The song has this all encompassing energy and I felt like that was the best way to capture it. Just feels good that someone took one of my ideas seriously and it worked.”

Since its release over the weekend, “This Is America” has become one of Gambino’s most successful tracks, thanks in large part to its Hiro Murai-directed video. The visual has garnered more than 50. 4 million views on YouTube, 12.9 million views of which occurred within the first 24 hours.

As most of you know, there is a lot to dissect within the surreal video, which is why many people have viewed it multiple times to catch references that were previously missed. “This Is America” is now considered one of the 10 biggest music debuts of 2018, surpassing 30 million views within just 48 hours. It has also been the most watched YouTube video of the day from Sunday to Tuesday. And at its peak (May 7), the video received more than 950,000 views in just one hour.

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Donald Glover Helps ‘Saturday Night Live’ Bag a Ratings Boost

In a rare feat, this weekend's Saturday Night Live was thoroughly watchable from beginning to end. That was in large part—or better yet, the largest possible part—due to host and musical guest Donald Glover.

In fact, according to a Deadline ratings report published Sunday, the Glover-hosted episode gave the weekly NBC sketch series a boost. The episode, the first new SNL since April 14, bagged a 4.1 Live/same day rating and a 1.8 in the 18-49 age demographic. That's up from the previous new episode, which earned 3.9 and 1.7, respectively. For more on what, exactly, these numbers mean, click here.

The same night as his double-duty SNL takeover, Glover surprise-released a new Childish Gambino track titled “This Is America.” The song's official video, directed by Atlanta's Hiro Murai, will quite realistically go down as this year's defining piece of art.

Next for Glover, who's rolling out the last two episodes of Atlanta's second season in the coming weeks, is Solo: A Star Wars Story. Glover's take on a young Lando Calrissian is joined by Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, and replacement director Ron Howard.

 

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On the Gambino side of things, don't ruin your whole year by skipping out on his upcoming tour with Rae Sremmurd and Vince Staples. It'll be worth whatever you have to spend to get in the door.

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Lil Yachty Talks About Fanning Out Over Meeting Donald Glover

Lil  Yachty graced the latest episode of Complex's new original series Open Late, hosted by Peter Rosenberg, where he talked about his fandom of Donald Glover and Because the Internet.

“The first time I heard that was in high school, no, this is the one with '3005' on it . . . I met him at Met Gala first,” he said when asked about his creative relationship, at around the 28-minute mark in the video up top. Yachty added that he considers Glover to be “so dope” and “so funny.” Following the impromptu Met Gala meeting, Yachty had the chance to hang out in the studio with Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper.

Elsewhere, Yachty talked pre-Trumpian Kanye classics, including but certainly not limited to 808s & Heartbreak. After praising My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yachty clarified that 808s was his all-time favorite. Excellent choice.

Bhad Bhabie, Lil Boat 2, and gift-giving methodology were also discussed. Catch the full episode above.

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