Cuts from Nipsey Hussle, Trippie Redd, and Travis Scott are also featured on the playlist.
Kolorblind isn't even a week old and we've already been hit with multiple visuals.
Kolorblind, as promised, was a super stacked affair. Front-to-back features from Future stand alongside memorable collabs with Ty Dolla Sign, Schoolboy Q, Young Thug, and more. The album's title is a nod to Esco's belief that “no boundaries” exist. “When you listen to the music, it's purely enjoyment for musical purposes,” he explained on release day.
Starting this month, Esco is hosting a weekly residency at Drai's Beachclub and Nightclub in Las Vegas that will likely feature a heavy helping of Kolorblind cuts.
Future's next major project, as far as we know, revolves around musically capturing the spirit of Director X's upcoming Superfly. “With Superfly, the cast and I were focused on paying homage to the original film, while bringing something new and fresh,” X told Complex when dropping the film's first trailer last month. “I'm excited for everyone to see this movie the cast and crew worked so hard on.”
hen revisit the recently released “Code of Honor” video (also featuring Future) below.
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The cinematic “Group Home” video was directed by Videogod, who has previously flipped songs by Wiz Khalifa and Gucci Mane into memorable slices of film. See the appropriately super and slimey video for the TM88 and Fuse 100-produced track below:
Thugger and Future's 13-track tape was unveiled back in October and also saw production assists from Richie Souf, Southside, Wheezy, and more. For the project's only guest spot, the two enlisted Offset for the highlight “Patek Water,” which now stands as one of many examples of Offset's underappreciated solo charisma.
The chances of a Slimey sequel are, if nothing else, not terrible. At the time of the tape's release, Southside told Complex that those 13 tracks “aren't even the hardest” of what they wrote together. He added that “it might not even be a Super Slimey 2,” but instead “What a Slime to Be Alive” up next. “We are with the element of surprise,” he said.
Slimey hashtags were also tossed around in the recent swarm of pictures showing Thugger in the studio with Travis Barker, though Thugger did vow to hold off on dropping new music in 2018 in honor of his deaf brother…
Future, meanwhile, has a full slate of music plans for the year ahead including music for Director X's Superfly revival. Just last month, he teased new music in the film's first trailer:
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On today’s #EverydayStruggle, Wayno, Star, Nadeska, and DJ Akademiks break down the day of rap news, including Lyor Cohen shedding some light on the upcoming YouTube streaming service, Young Thug previewing new music, Lil Xan fighting with everyone, and much more.
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Nipsey Hussle and YG first dropped plans to release a joint album back in 2013. Fast forward five years later, the project still hasn't materialized thanks to each of their busy schedules. Thankfully, it appears we won't have to wait much longer.
In a chat with Billboard on his album Victory Lap, Nipsey spoke about the stalled collaboration. The rapper confirmed that their solo careers have been the focus up until now, but by no means have given up on their joint album.”The idea is definitely not dead. Life happens,” he said, “He got a solo career and I got a solo career. He got a kid and I got kids. That’s something the West wants, and we’re gonna do it, and we’re gonna call it 'America’s Most Wanted.'”
As it turns out, Nipsey revealed that some of his previous songs with YG like “FDT” were actually intended for the collaboration tape. “''FDT' was for the YG and Nip Hussle album, and you heard how crazy that shit came out? He put that on the album and was like, “Fuck that, I’m done.” And I understand that. Those sessions were sessions for the collab project.” He said. “We went into Mustard’s studio every day. Young Thug came through. A lot of songs that wound up on different projects happened in there.”
While he did not give a release date for AMW, we can only assume it will be a while before they make it happen. YG just announced the title of his next studio album, Stay Dangerous, and Nipsey's still working hard to promote Victory Lap, which just debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 this week
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Even when we don't see Drake coming, he knows where the culture is going. It's a vision like that that has landed The Boy at the top of the Billboard Hot 100: “God's Plan” is officially No. 1. As if that wasn't enough, “Diplomatic Immunity,” the other track in his 2-pack Scary Hours EP, is No. 7 according to Billboard. That makes Drake the first artist to have two songs debut in the Top 10 simultaneously since Ed Sheeran, who did so last January with “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill.” Sheeran and Drake are the only two artists to have accomplished such a feat. Clap for 'em.
When you look at the numbers, it's not surprising to see him at the top of the charts. Per Billboard and Nielsen Music, “God's Plan” was also No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, with 82.4 million U.S. streams. Speaking of streaming, just last week Drake broke records with both Spotify and Apple Music. Chart Data reported that “God's Plan” was streamed 4,326,679 times in the U.S., a single-day record. And Zane Lowe let the world know via Twitter that “God's Plan” was streamed more than 14 million times on its first day on Apple Music, a worldwide record for the platform.
— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) January 24, 2018
With “God's Plan,” Drake has bumped Camila Cabello and Young Thug's “Havana” from the No. 1 spot, where it spent just one week. The competition is fierce outchea.
“God's Plan” is Drake's first debut at No. 1, and his fourth overall Hot 100 No. 1. His features with Rihanna, “What's My Name?” in 2010 and “Work” in 2016, earned him No. 1 spots, as well as his lead single “One Dance” featuring WizKid and Kyla, which also held the top spot in 2016. His latest chart topper marks his second No. 1 as a lead artist, and his first as a solo act.
According to Chart Data, Drake joins Mariah Carey and The Beatles as the only artists with 20 or more Hot 100 top 10s in a single decade. While Drizzy is running these 2010s, Mariah dominated in the '90s, and The Beatles held it down in the '60s.
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It’s no wonder Migos considers themselves the “biggest group ever.” This week alone, the Atlanta trio released their highly anticipated Culture II album, launched an apparel collection at Bloomingdale’s, and will potentially walk away with multiple Grammys on Sunday. It’s clear Migos is on top of the world right now; however, it sounds like one of its members is gearing up to release a side project. And, no, we’re not talking about Quavo again.
On the same day Culture II dropped, DJ/producer Carnage announced he and Takeoff had a collaborative mixtape in the stash. He announced the project on social media, accompanied by a screenshot of his and Takeoff’s Facetime conversation.
Carnage linked up with Migos for his 2015 debut album Papi Gordo. The hip-hop EDM producer also released a number of collaborative projects throughout last year: one was the Young Martha mixtape with Young Thug, and the other was the Step Brothers EP with G-Eazy. Carnage is also preparing to release another studio album in the upcoming months, which he says is filled with big-name features, including Takeoff.
“I’m really excited. I put a lot of time in to it,” he said on Power 106’s The Cruz Show this month. “I have a mixture of, like, everybody. You’re going to be blown away.”
While we wait for more information about Takeoff and Carnage’s joint effort, you can check out Culture II on Apple Music and iTunes. The album has already received plenty of love from a wide range of fans as well as the restaurant chain Wingstop. (LOL.)
Gucci Mane also appeared to enjoy Culture II, as he referred to Takeoff as his favorite rapper shortly after the album dropped.
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It appears to now be Drake season. The Toronto rapper has returned on this now gorgeous Friday evening to bless the music-hungry masses with not one, not three, not twelve, but two new songs.
You can listen to the two new tracks, which are titled “Diplomatic Immunity” and “God's Plan,” over on Apple Music and iTunes or below on Spotify. The songs are part of a two-track EP titled Scary Hours.
“God's Plan” was produced by Cardo, Boi-1da and YeX while “Diplomatic Immunity” was produced by Boi-1da and Nick Brongers.
Drake hopped on social media to let the world know he was releasing new music about an hour before the songs became avaiable on streaming platforms.
Even Drake's friend Odell Beckham took to Instagram to tease a line from “God's Plan” prior to the song's drop.
Speaking to Hollywood Reporter for a cover story back in November of 2017, Drake expressed his interest in making a pivot into producing films. He, along with LeBron James' production company Springhill Entertainment, will be reviving the UK drama Top Boy. The show will be coming to Netflix in 2019.
While talking about his music career, Drake remarked: “I'm sure I'll stop [making music] one day.” He continued, “When it starts to feel like I'm making it up. Hopefully I'll catch it before I ever get there, right? But right now it feels like we just started, so I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. But I do plan on expanding—to take six months or a year to myself and do some great films. Music's always there.”
With these new songs and a possible album on the way, it doesn't seem like Drake will stop making music anytime soon.
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If a sneaker doesn’t resell for a ton of money, was it ever released in the first place? With the secondary sneaker market being a billion dollar industry, it’s put more focus on what a shoe’s worth is after it releases than what it costs in stores. Good luck getting a pair at retail, bud. You’ll have to fork your dollars over on eBay or Flight Club. And that’s what you’ll need to do for the latest Air Jordan collaboration, Pharrell x Adidas sneaker, or shoe that drops only at an obscure pop-up shop half-way across the world. We’re not talking chump change either, people are shelling out major coin to cop some of these exclusive kicks. Here are some of the Most Expensive Sneakers of 2017.
To gather the info, we used StockX to find out the average resale values of all the sneakers.
Off-White x Air Jordan 1
Resale value: $1,100
The “best” sneaker of the year is also one of the most sought-after, which is the case for the Off-White x Air Jordan 1. The release for the shoe was so mad that Nike had to postpone it, with the SNKRS app shutting down due to the high demand. If you wanted this year’s top shoe, you needed to pay top dollar.
Air Jordan 1 Royal Satin
Resale value: $1,590
I’ve been very critical of Jordan’s deceptive release practices in 2017, but the Satin version of the Air Jordan 1 “Black/Royal” showed a dedication to storytelling. The shoes only dropped at Walters in Atlanta and Active Athlete in Houston, two mom and pop shops that carried the shoes when they first releases. That rarity and regional exclusiveness drove up the resale market for these satin joints. And, oh yeah, people love “Black/Royal” Air Jordan 1s.
A Cold Wall x Nike Air Force 1
Resale value: $1,631
Unless you have a pile of money or a plug in London, you probably didn’t get your hands on the A Cold Wall x Nike Air Force 1. Only released at a pop-up in in the Big Smoke, the sneakers were a throwback to classic Air Force 1 styling and were even given The Harlem Lace Job in the press photos. Talk about authenticity.
Just Don x Air Jordan II “Arctic Orange”
Resale value: $1,646
Just Don and Jordan Brand dropped the third installment of their Air Jordan II trilogy this year, this time releasing them in sizes for the whole family. The men’s pairs are going for bread, too. It all makes sense that the sneakers, being inspired by luxury handbags, actually go for the price of a luxury handbag.
Adidas Pharrell NMD Hu Race Trail “Cotton Candy”
Resale value: $1,751
Pharrell had a really hot year with Adidas, and one of his Hu Race NMD Trail sneakers were only sold at BBC in New York City. Guess what? They resell for way more than the pairs that were sold everywhere. Surprised? Not in the least.
Air Jordan 1 “Spike Lee”
Resale value: $2,397
Besides Michael Jordan, Spike Lee is the face of the Air Jordan, coming in with the Air Jordan III to sell it as his Mars Blackmon character. In the film She’s Gotta Have It, Mars wore a pair of Black/Royal Air Jordan 1s while having sex, and now Spike has his own Air Jordan 1s. Done up in a similar colorway, the sneakers featured Mars’ face on the heel, were only sold in Brooklyn, and retailers for $300. Now they’re re-selling for over $2,000. Call that a cultural cash-et.
Adidas Futurecraft 4D
Resale value: $2,892
Adidas was supposed to release this sneaker to the public by the end of the year, but it hasn’t hit retail yet. But the brand did give away 300 pairs to friends and family… .and most of them ended up on eBay. They feature cutting-edge technology in the midsole, but they look badass, too, even if the majority of people who get them saw them as a way to cash in.
Adidas Pharrell NMD Hu Race Trail “N*E*R*D”
Resale value: $5,185
Pharrell and Adidas figured out the hype train this year, and it came to a culmination at ComplexCon with a special pair of Pharrell’s Hu Race NMD Trail that was made for the release of N*E*R*D’s new album. Kids literally fought over the shoes, which drove the resale price up even higher.
Chanel x Adidas Pharrell NMD Hu Race Trail
Resale value: $11,135
Pharrell got Adidas to collaborate with Chanel on his signature sneakers and released them at Colette for the retailer’s send off after 20 years of business. The demand was so great for them that they had to get a court bailiff to read off the auction winners. Coupled with the fact that there were only 500 pairs made, and that put this shoe as one the most in-demand releases in ages.
Air Jordan III “Grateful”
Resale value: $13,250
DJ Khaled is one of the most divisive people in the sneaker game. For some, he possesses the enthusiasm they’ve been looking for. For others, anything he touches instantly makes the product uncool. But Jordan Brand rewarded his faithfulness to the company this year with this own Air Jordan III. The shoes were given away to select folks who bought his new album, which means very few pairs are circulating. Sneakers are good investment, indeed.
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