Cardi B’s New Nardwuar Interview Is Absolutely Biblical

Nardwuar landed his most illustrious guest yet for his latest upload: Cardi B.

Across 10 minutes of pure joy, the Human Serviette chopped it up with Cardi about a variety of highly discussable topics whilst inundating her with enviable gifts. Watch the full interview below unless you're some kind of a masochist who enjoys denying yourself happiness.

 

Among the gifted awesomeness in the latest Nardwuar interview are a copy of Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth, a Freak Nasty CD, an LP of presidential history, and some Al B. Sure.

The Narduwar interview arrives after Cardi B absolutely owned the stage during the first weekend of Coachella 2018. YG, 21 Savage, Kehlani, and more joined Bardi for the Invasion of Privacy-celebrating set that was partially funded by Cardi's own money. If you missed the set in person and/or on the livestream, catch a few highlights below:

Fittingly, the excellent Invasion of Privacy is currently the No. 1 album in the country after debuting with 255,000 equivalent album units. That haul gives Cardi the second largest week of the year behind Justin Timberlake's decidedly not excellent Man of the Woods.

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Chief Keef Drops ‘The W’ Mixtape

Chicago's Chief Keef has returned with a new ​ten-track mixtape title The W. The project boasts features from Tray Savage​, Ballout, Lil Bibby, and Fredo Santana while CBMix, Zaytoven, Hollywood J and DY of 808 Mafia handle production duties.

Keef's been having legal troubles as of late. While in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for a performance back in June of this year, the rapper was arrested and charged with possession or use of drug paraphernalia and possession of between two ounces and less than a half-pound of marijuana. He was also arrested at the top of 2017 for reportedly breaking into the home of his ex-producer Ramsay Tha Great in Tarzana, California, and assaulting him. 

Keef's last studio album, his second, a double LP titled Bang 3, came out in 2015. He released his debut studio album Finally Rich back in December of 2012. 

The W should be out on iTunes on Sunday, September 3. Head here to listen to mixtape via DatPiff (or check it out via YouTube playlist below), and be on the lookout for two more projects from Chief Keef including The Cozart, which should be out before the end of the year, and The Dedication, which should be arriving much sooner. 

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Did Logic Reveal His Final Album Title as an Easter Egg in the ‘Everybody’ Booklet?

Social media provides previously unseen levels of fan access, which can in turn lead to those same fans offering theories about their favorite artists.

Twitter has already given us proof of Logic fans buying multiple copies of his Everybody album and getting tattoos of the LP's title.

Reddit user “BliIxy” took a more scholarly approach, by studying the 44-page booklet that comes with limited edition physical copies of Everybody, and posting his findings on Reddit’s /HipHopHeads forum. The result is a rather plausible theory about the title of Logic’s final album.

“In the limited edition booklet for Everybody there is a letter at the end and a hidden message that says: ‘To decipher the letter, read every 8th and 5th word,’” BliIxy wrote. “The code says: ‘For the real fans reading this hidden message my next album will be called Ultra 85, and it will be the conclusion to his saga.’”

Logic deciding to stop making studio albums after his next project isn’t exactly news, as the rapper clearly indicated as much during a recent interview with Genius. But dropping the title, one album early, deep in an album booklet is another level. 

Below is the message in question, as well as a more legible reprinting.

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Image via Def Jam
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Sticking to BliIxy’s instructions to read every eighth and fifth word yields the following:

“For the real fans reading this hidden message my next album will be called Ultra 85, and it will be the conclusion to this saga.”

Logic hasn’t offered any confirmation if the theory holds up, so it appears fans will be waiting to see if his next and allegedly final album is indeed titled Ultra 85.

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Where Will Kendrick Lamar’s Next Studio Album Take Us?

Kendrick Lamar has a way of putting the entire music world on high alert. The Compton wordsmith signaled his grand return in dramatic fashion by dropping “The Heart Part 4” on Thursday night. After calling himself the greatest rapper alive and rattling off subliminal disses presumably aimed at Big Sean and Drake, Kendrick ends the shape-shifting track with a presumed release date for his next LP, gift wrapped as a warning to rivals: “Y'all got 'til April the 7th to get y'all shit together.”

So there you have it. Eleven days from today, Kendrick Lamar is coming…with something. But just where does one of rap’s most important voices go following the massive masterpiece that is To Pimp a Butterfly? He dropped some hints earlier this month in an interview with T: The New York Times Style Magazine, describing the project as timely and “very urgent.”

“I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork,” he said. “To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore. We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system.”

He continued with an analogy about watching a hypothetical daughter mature into a woman. “At one point in time I may have a little girl who grows up and tells me about her engagements with a male figure—things that most men don’t want to hear,” he said. “Learning to accept it, and not run away from it, that’s how I want this album to feel.”

The two themes—confronting the inevitable and the significance of religion in the midst of political havoc—evoke the idea of meeting with God in the afterlife. Kendrick alludes to this in “The Heart Part 4” via his burn of America’s so-called leader (“Donald Trump is a chump/Know how we feel, punk? Tell 'em that God comin’”). DMX has talks with both the devil (“Damien”) and the Lord (“The Convo”) on It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot, the album that first inspired a young K-Dot to write his own raps. Perhaps Kendrick plans to address the same grapple on his next work.

Focusing on a higher power would be consistent with the trajectory of Kendrick Lamar’s studio albums thus far. Each LP finds him broadening his scope, almost as if he’s adjusting to the size and diversity of his audience. Section.80 homes in on the experience of ’80s babies brought up in the midst of Reaganomics and the crack epidemic. Its 2012 follow up, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, paints with wider strokes, portraying the perils of growing up on the red-and-blue patrolled blocks of Compton, which really serves as a microcosm for Any Hood, U.S.A. To Pimp a Butterfly and its well-received leftovers Untitled Unmastered are generally concerned with the plight of black Americans (the former has been notably described as “overwhelmingly black”). Religion would not be new terrain for Kendrick—GKMC concludes with a life-changing baptism and TPAB’s “How Much A Dollar Cost” is about an encounter with a panhandler who turns out to be God. Yet the time seems appropriate to musically explore spirituality in greater depth, especially after Chance the Rapper blurred the line between spiritual and secular rap last year with Coloring Book.

As for politics, things done changed since the last time Kendrick compiled an album. TPAB dropped in the wake of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice’s murders by police officers, days when movements like Black Lives Matter were beginning to really find momentum. Kendrick took it all in and spit out a soundtrack of survival (“We gon’ be alright”), self-care (“I love myself”), self-esteem (“Complexion don’t mean a thing”) and self-worth (“This dick ain’t free”). And while each of those themes remains important, for many the socio-political climate has shifted from survival to resistance. Kendrick has the opportunity to make angrier—or to use his words, “very urgent”—music to keep listeners fighting the good fight against America’s first (and, God-willing, last) orange president. He could pack his new LP with tracks that are more Public Enemy than A Tribe Called Quest, more “The Blacker The Berry” than “You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said).”

Alternatively, Kendrick could blow minds with an album that aims to be an easier listen than its predecessor. Maybe he’s cooking up music designed to take your mind off the clusterfuck in the nation’s capital and its ensuing whitelash, calling up the likes of Quavo, Travis Scott, and Metro Boomin to compile a project full of trunk rattlers and trap-friendly pop hits. Aside from toning down Kendrick’s sometimes heavy songs, it’d be an interesting wrinkle in his rivalries with Drake and Big Sean, who’ve enjoyed better success on the singles charts (please believe there will be some shots at both on the new project, whether subliminal or Kurupt-like).

If K-Dot really wanted to come from left field, he could drop a primarily sung release—he told Rick Rubin last year that he could envision himself one day creating a project where he’s not rapping. “I think I got the confidence for it,” he said. “If I can master the idea and make the time to approach it the right way, I think I can push it out.” (You get a sense of that side of Kendrick’s abilities on Mac Miller’s “God Is Fair, Sexy, Nasty,” from The Divine Feminine.)

A document purported to be Kendrick’s upcoming LP credits surfaced on the internet Saturday, citing Andre 3000, D’Angelo, and Kanye West as collaborators. Despite a thoroughness that includes sample credits and publisher information, it seems to be the imaginative work of an obsessive troll—producer Cardo has debunked it via Twitter, and one song is even titled “Counterfeit.” The takeaway: Only Kendrick Lamar knows what the next entry of his catalog holds.

“Everything is going to make sense—not only to myself but to anybody who wants to understand life and music,” Kendrick told the Guardian in 2015 of his follow-up to TPAB. “I know exactly what I want to say next.” We’re all ears, Kenny.

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Your EDM Premiere: Third Party – ‘Hope’ [Full Album]

For years, Third Party has been steadily climbing the ranks with impeccable production and emotive songwriting, earning them a well-deserved place in the upper echelons of dance music. After constructing an early legacy with explosive solo releases and high profile remixes, the London-based duo went on to form their own imprint, Release Records, and have since worked with the likes of Martin Garrix, Steve Angello, and more. Now, all those years of work culminate in their debut LP, Hope.

The album’s title says it all, and this 11-track collection is formed around just that, to motivate and inspire fans to move persevere no matter what life throws their way. The music itself is everything you love about Third Party, packing everything from pounding electro to gorgeous progressive, chilling piano-driven house, and even tossing bits of acid into the mix.

Kicking off the album on a high note, “Without You” is an absolute monster of a tune, blaring a euphoric melody that’s enough to make even Dr. Scrooge himself crack a smile. The mood quickly bounds on to “Live Forever,” and as the lead single off the album, the track hasn’t lost an ounce of allure since we first heard it back in December. “Veins” continues the uplifting themes of Hope with a hint of nostalgia in the arpeggiated synthwork, which offer a subtle nod to turn-of-the-millennia records that form the roots the modern soundscape.

Considering this is dance music, what album would be complete without a dose of soul? “Guiding Light” seamlessly blends sultry vocals with the explosive vigor of bright-eyed synths supported by insatiable mids, all of which carry over to the tones of “Waiting.”

As a welcome mid-point, Third Party’s heavier leanings begin to shine through on”Arrival,” an electro-inspired demon that’s going to absolutely break crowds this festival season. It’s not hard to imagine what the boys were going for with this one; shimmering embellishments, laser assaults, and driving bass place listeners firmly into the realm of science fiction.

Next up, threading together nostalgic hits with a fat twinge of acid, “Get Back” is going to get your blood pumping just right. This gem is a proper throwback with delectable sequencing, ebbing fills, voluptuous risers, and a heavenly balance of tension and release. And we’d be fools to forget about Third Party’s collaboration with Martin Garrix “Lions In The Wild.” This main stage weapon remains the powerhouse anthem we know and love, now with over 17 million collective plays to date.

“Hurt” is by far the most pop-friendly track off the album, but despite being of a different cut, it fits in beautifully in the context of Hope. The arrangement’s piano arrangement is chillingly appropriate, each element is given plenty of space to breathe through the mix, and the vocals are simple, yet oh-so powerful.

Then it’s back to the arena-filling sounds of “Have No Fear,” boasting an enormity as befits its message. Oh, and take care your heart doesn’t crumble with the fresh VIP mix of “Everyday Of My Life.” Placing the remix of this iconic tune at the end of the album was no accident, and all the emotion you’ve felt throughout Hope is revisited once more in this certified tearjerker. Don’t worry though, they’re happy tears, we promise.

This is easily one of the best electronic dance albums we’ve heard in years, and we couldn’t be more proud to present the World Premiere of Third Party’s Hope, available tomorrow 2/24 on your favorite digital platform.

Prepare your ears for an over-the-counter dose of auditory bliss, and read on to hear Third Party’s thoughts behind the album, and what’s in store for 2017.

Congratulations on the album! I can honestly say it’s one of the best progressive works I’ve heard in the last couple years. How long have you guys been working on this and how does it feel to finally release it into the world?

“Thank you! We probably started the project about 18 months ago, that was when we really committed to the idea of doing an album and to have it finally finished is an amazing feeling!”

You’ve got a history of successful singles under your belt, what has been different about working on a full-length LP?

“The main difference is working out what your overall concept is, making sure all the tracks have the same feeling and can work as a body of work together. We hate seeing albums that are obviously just a load of singles stuck together without any real meaning of what the bigger picture is.”

The album’s namesake says a lot about the material, but can you describe the concept and what you wanted to accomplish?

“We came up with the title ‘Hope’ as we felt this represented what we wanted the message of the album to be as a whole. We want people who listen to the album to be inspired the way we were inspired by music we listened to growing up. Also from a human level, music has the power to create ‘Hope’ for someone in any aspect of their life, so if any of the songs can motivate/inspire/help anyone in anyway we will feel it was all worth it!”

I’m a sucker for “Without You”, but there’s something for everyone in ‘Hope’. What are your personal favorites from the album and why?

“Tricky question, we probably change our mind every week so maybe ask us later on in the year!”

What can fans expect from Third Party and RELEASE in 2017?

“We have a lot planned for 2017, we’re announcing an album tour very soon which includes our residency at Ministry of Sound where we’re back at on March 10th for a ‘Release’ night. Then we’re putting on our biggest show to date in Liverpool with a brand new concept called ‘The STAGE’ which we’re really excited about! It’s a big new custom made stage being made, we’re putting in a lot of work with our visual team to create the best visuals to fit with the music, which hopefully creates an unforgettable experience for the fans!”

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Source: Your EDM Premiere: Third Party – ‘Hope’ [Full Album]

Listen To Christine’s Awe-Inspiring Debut Album, Atom from Heart

Maybe you lived through the 80s, might be that you wish you did, but wherever you stand, Christine is reviving the vibes of old for a breathtaking debut LP titled Atom from HeartThe 11-track collection is loaded to the brim with emotive chord progressions and belting vocals, supplemented with precise percussion programming for a heavy punch of nostalgia.

Atom from Heart packs everything from analog-inspired synth instrumentals to funked out Justice styled tracks, and after a single play through you might just feel sucked into a 20th century sci-fi adventure. Have a listen below, and be sure to throw these guys some love on iTunes.

A feminine name for a male duo. Formed by Nico and Martin, the Rouen tandem has been bathing in electro since 2010. The project takes much of its inspiration from the visuals that the music reflects, and “Christine” itself comes from the film by director-composer John Carpenter.

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Source: Listen To Christine’s Awe-Inspiring Debut Album, Atom from Heart

Adele Wins Album of The Year For 25

Album of The Year is considered one of the most prestigious awards out of all the Grammy’s. This year we were given five great albums to choose from and Adele is the victor!

25 by Adele was one of the best-selling albums of 2015 and as of June 2016 has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The album spawned “Hello,” a strong contender for both Record and Song of the Year, which helped Adele become the first artist of the decade with two diamond-certified albums (10 million in sales or equivalent from streaming).

Beyoncé‘s Lemonade was one of the most-talked-about albums of 2016 following her decision to release it through streaming service Tidal, completely avoiding Spotify in the process. The album’s nomination is one of nine for Beyoncé, which makes her the most-nominated artist of this year’s awards.

Purpose by Justin Bieber is an album quite familiar to dance music fans due to numerous features and productions by EDM community staples Skrillex, Diplo, Benny Blanco, and Steve James among others. The single “Love Yourself” is also in contention for two Grammy’s of its own.

Everybody’s favorite rapper, Drake, returns with his first ever solo Album of The Year nod for Views following features appearances on two other nominated albums – Rihanna’s Loud and Beyoncé’s self-titled album. A certified quadruple platinum album, Views was the also the first LP to accumulate one billion streams on Apple Music, spawning singles “Hotline Bling” and “Pop Style” which have been nominated for three Grammy’s between them.

Finally, we have A Sailor’s Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson. Though not as big a name as the other four artists, Sturgill Simpson has come to life as a major force within the country/soul world with three Grammy nominations this year and last. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is his major label debut and third LP, which earlier tonight won him the coveted Best Country Album of The Year.

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Source: Adele Wins Album of The Year For 25

Diplo Explains Major Lazer’s Evolving Sound & Why They’re Not Releasing An Album

In these last couple years, Major Lazer has evolved from the esoteric days of “Pon De Floor” to crafting the most-streamed song of all time, selling out massive shows, and ushering in a new era for an entire country. Now, the acclaimed trio made up of Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire, has evolved once again to stay ahead of trends, this time enlisting the help of Nicki Minaj and PARTYNEXTDOOR.

Titled “Run Up”, Major Lazer’s new single is a departure from the typical dancehall we’re used to hearing, and its Afrobeat influence might just be the next big thing.

“I’ve been listening to a lot of African and Afrobeat music and I work with a lot of writers from there, like Wizkid. We’re trying new styles. We did a dancehall sound on every album and pushed [that genre] forward a little bit and then in the last year, everybody’s done dancehall. It’s time for us to do something different.”

It’s refreshing to hear their thirst for exploration hasn’t waned, and surely the rest of the material written for Music Is The Weapon will be just as innovative, but Diplo isn’t convinced that an album release is the right move. He believes that singles hold more power than an entire LP, and we’d be fools to disagree. In today’s music landscape, when a single song such as “Lean On” can dominate for months on end, the allure of an album just isn’t what it used to be. Still, Diplo has stated one condition that would force Major Lazer to consider releasing a full-length album.

“Yeah, we have enough songs [for an album] but I don’t think people digest our music like that. The last record went gold but it took a year and a half to do that. It was crazy. [Laughs] It’s the singles that keep us rising and get more people coming out to our parties. But if we put out four songs that go Top 5, then I’ll put the album out.”

 

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Source: Diplo Explains Major Lazer’s Evolving Sound & Why They’re Not Releasing An Album

The Chainsmokers Just Announced Their Debut Album

Some time ago, The Chainsmokers said that their debut album was “up to our fans.” Now, it seems they’ve made true on that promise and have quizzically announced that an LP is on the way.

Both Alex and Drew have said that an album means more to them than just a collection of songs, it has to tell a story. The duo has been unstoppable when it comes to mainstream success, dominating charts and overwhelming the radio with one hit after another; their latest being “Paris.”

At this time there’s no release date, and no real confirmation, but we all know what they’re getting at with these posts…

Chainsmokers Album?

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Source: The Chainsmokers Just Announced Their Debut Album

Major Lazer’s Collaboration With Nicki Minaj Is Finally here

Diplo, Nicki Minaj, and PARTYNEXTDOOR have been teasing this collaboration for a while, and today, January 26th, it’s finally here.

The track is titled “Run Up,” and it’s the second single of their forthcoming album Music Is The Weapon, though the future of the anticipated LP isn’t so certain. In a recent interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Diplo explained that he, like many others, is questioning the validity of the album format in the modern music landscape.

“We have over thirty songs so at any point it’d be easy to just drop the album but I’m not sure people digest our music like that anymore. They don’t listen to our album as much as they listen to a song or watch our videos.”

However, that’s not stopping “Run Up” from charging through the charts. It’s a mellow take on Major Lazer’s iconic sound, and the arrangement classily slinks along with stringed pizzicato supported by an insatiable beat. Here are Diplo’s comments on the record.

“This record got kinda like an Afro Beat kinda vibe to it. Something like Nigerian or from South Africa. It started out like kind of a reggae record, we just built it up and it’s an infectious dance song… I tried to get Nicki to do records with us for a couple years now. We happened to find the right one that made sense for her. She’s inspiring man, it’s crazy. I’ve never had an artist be so disciplined on cutting a song like this. She wrote sixteen different verses for this song.”

While we expected this collaboration to conform to the pop sound, it’s oddly eclectic and chill. Check it out below:

 

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Source: Major Lazer’s Collaboration With Nicki Minaj Is Finally here