Ten years after its founding, Fool's Gold Records is stronger than ever. With a roster that balances household names like Danny Brown with new talent like Leaf and G-Worthy, what started as a label has grown into something much more.
That much became clear when founder and legendary DJ A-Trak took over the P&P stage at ComplexCon. A parade of new voices graced the stage, and Jinx caught up with A-Trak backstage after the performance. Watch A-Trak's ComplexCon interview above to learn what it takes to run a successful label, where he earned his reputation as a DJ, and how festival culture changed everything. Catch up on the rest of our ComplexCon coverage below:
When the mood strikes, Earl Sweatshirt can be a master promoter. Need I remind you of Mocha Desire? But ever since his label made 2015's I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside available for pre-order—effectively spoiling Earl's plans for a surprise release—he's been very careful about what makes it to the public's ears.
That's not to say Earl has been hibernating. There have been plenty of highlight moments in the time since I Don't Like Shit. Earl reunited with Tyler, the Creator at Camp Flog Gnaw last year amidst rumors of a rift, and his verse on Danny Brown's “Really Doe” might be the best on a song stacked with heavyweights. But when it comes to solo material, we've only gotten hints at the direction Earl's heading on this next album.
And there is a next album—Earl confirmed it back in February, and there have been hints and live performances that prove he's been hard at work. So while we wait for the release date to finally come, get familiar with everything we know about Earl Sweatshirt's next album above.
With the announcement of HUMANZ, Gorillaz entered the conversation for 2017's best album. Because the announcement was more than just that—three singles and a 360-degree video were released as well, and they're all incredible.
Gorillaz co-creators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett followed it up with a live performance of the album in London. Featured guests like Danny Brown, Kelela, and Pusha T made it a star-studded event—and while it's still early, it sounds like the Gorillaz have come through yet again with an incredible album. Many album of the year contenders released work last year, so we had to ask: are Gorillaz about to drop the best album of 2017?