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New Yorkers React to Jaden Smith’s Music and Tweets

ComplexCon is around the corner, and one of the acts we can't wait to see on the stage is the always unpredictable Jaden Smith. He's one of our 20 favorite artists under 20 years old, and even though he's been making music for years now, it feels like he's still only getting started. With that in mind, we hit the streets of New York to talk about Jaden Smith for the latest episode of Angelito in the Streets.

What do people think of Jaden's music? Can they tell the difference between a Jaden Smith tweet and a Confucius quote? Watch the video above to find out, and get your tickets to ComplexCon now to see Jaden and a bunch of other great artists perform.

See the full details of the Pigeons & Planes stage at ComplexCon here.

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Mia Khalifa and Gilbert Arenas Discuss Why Kyrie SZN Is Finally Upon Us on ‘Out of Bounds’

On today’s Out of Bounds, Gilbert, Mia, Pierce, and Adam chat about the past week’s NBA, NFL, and college football standings and U of Miami’s Bowl prospects. The crew also run through Steph Curry’s mouthguard-related first ejection, coach firings, why the Cleveland Browns are trash, and Gabrielle Union’s discussion of tossing salads in her life prior to Dwyane Wade.

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Quavo Reveals He’s Working on a Script for Migos Movie

Quavo, who is hopefully quite busy crafting a new and improved national anthem, shared another update regarding his upcoming collaborative project with Travis Scott Monday. During a Migos x Zane Lowe discussion on Beats 1, Quavo also also opened up about the Georgia trio's cinematic ambitions and how the continued success of their crossover supersmash “Bad and Boujee” is affecting their new material.

“The job was not to just chase it, you know?” Quavo told host Zane Lowe of how they reacted, creatively, to “Bad and Boujee” mania. “Try to chase that same feeling, that same creation? You can't, you know what I'm saying? It's like a painting that's already been painted. And like, only way you can do it is create you a whole 'nother masterpiece. And hopefully it'll be bigger, but you will never create that 'Bad & Boujee' moment, because it was a moment, like you said. It's about timing and it's done.”

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Though Quavo sadly did not reveal a release date or any other specifics regarding his much-anticipated Travis Scott collab, he did confirm that the two have been working on “figuring out” the project. “We got all that we wanna do,” Quavo said. “We just trying to, like, get all the track listing.​”

As for plans to break into cinema, Quavo revealed he's currently working on a script for a Migos movie inspired by his love of '90s and early '00s films like Menace II Society and Baller Blockin. “I always been watching movies and, like, my favorite musicians do movies and they really used to do that a lot in like the '90s,” Quavo said. “So I'm a '90s baby and all my favorite movies got all the dope artists in them.”

Catch the full Migos x Zane Lowe discussion, during which the trio confirms they've recently been in touch with Atlanta star and creator Donald Glover, below:

For reasons not entirely clear, Zane Lowe failed to ask Quavo about his progress on the new national anthem. Come on, Zane!

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The Most Anticipated Albums of Summer ’17

We've been treated to a number of quality albums so far in 2017, and that will only increase with the summertime, a season typically reserved for major releases.

Some artists are returning after a lengthy musical hiatus (Haim), some are moving into position to own the year with anthems (DJ Khaled), while others are looking to show what they're truly capable of through a debut album (Camila Cabello, SZA).

To give you an idea of what's in store, we've put together a list of projects you can expect to get in the coming months. From Calvin Harris to Jay Z, these are the most anticipated albums of summer '17.


  • SZA, ‘Ctrl’

    Release Date: June 9

    Those waiting for SZA's debut album won't have to wait much longer as the TDE artist is set to release Ctrl on June 9. The project has had its share of delays in the past, but with the firm release date it's clear SZA and her team/label are both aligned and confident in what she's about to deliver to the masses.

    Previously released singles “Drew Barrymore” and “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott will both be included on the 14-song project, and we wouldn't be surprised if some of SZA's fellow TDE members pop up as well. —Edwin Ortiz


  • 2 Chainz, ‘Pretty Girls Like Trap Music’

    Release Date: June 16

    2 Chainz is coming off an impressive 2016 run that included four projects and a grip of guest features to keep his name in the conversation. He's taking that momentum into Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, which is due out June 16, and the tracklist is stacked with features ranging from Drake to Travis Scott to Monica.

    More guests made the cut including Trey Songz, Jhené Aiko, and Ty Dolla $ign on “It's a Vibe,” as well as Gucci Mane and Quavo, who join 2 Chainz on “Good Drank.” Even though a number of big names are attached, we expect 2 Chainz to shine through like he did all last year. —Edwin Ortiz


  • Vince Staples, ‘Big Fish Theory’

    Release Date: June 23

    Long Beach rapper and Complex cover star Vince Staples recently revealed to Beats 1’s Zane Lowe that his follow-up to Summertime ‘06 is on the way. Previous release “BagBak,” as well as his newest single “Big Fish” will be on the album, and it also sounds like he locked in an eclectic guest list. After Staples' Beats 1 appearance, Lowe took to Twitter to ominously list artists among the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Bon Iver, Flume, and ASAP Rocky for possible features on Big Fish Theory

    It’s unclear whether these features will come to be, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

    Staples’ strength lies in his gifted storytelling through hard-hitting raps, and no matter what direction he chooses to take on this new project, it’s likely he has the insight to produce an album that’s as lyrically stimulating as it is fresh and compelling. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • Calvin Harris, ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’

    Release Date: June 30

    Calvin Harris has already demonstrated his prowess for producing star-studded bangers, which has led to some dubbing him the “DJ Khaled of EDM-pop.” That title is pretty on point, as his album teaser trailer boasts a long list of collaborators including: Travis Scott, Kehlani, Big Sean, Partynextdoor, Nicki Minaj, Lil Yachty, John Legend, Katy Perry, and Schoolboy Q. Finessing all these artists’ unique styles into one album could’ve been too daunting a task for a less skilled producer, but Harris seems to know exactly what he’s doing.

    His Frank Ocean and Migos super jam, “Slide,” is already poised to be song of the summer, and it isn’t a stretch to say that Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 could just be the album of the summer. His initial singles, (“Slide,” “Rollin,” “Heatstroke”) have given us a taste of what Harris is capable of creating when he fuses his own breezy electronic pop with funkier hip-hop beats and bass lines. Maybe it took splitting with Taylor Swift to realize his true powers, or maybe he’s just been waiting for the perfect moment to drop his most fire project to date, but whatever the reason, summer 2k17 is going to have him to thank when it’s released. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • Haim, ‘Something to Tell You’

    Release Date: July 7

    To say that the follow-up to Haim’s 2013 debut Days Are Gone is highly anticipated would be an understatement. Since the sister trio dropped their Grammy-nominated project there’s been close to radio silence regarding any new music. Thankfully, the silence has finally been broken as Something to Tell You has an official release date of July 7.

    The sisters have revealed that the new project will mark a return to their true rock roots, and, watching them perform, it’s clear that rock runs in their blood. The strength of the Haim sisters' live presence is truly captivating to witness, and likely why they chose to release their lead single “Right Now” first as a live take recorded and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The video was a comforting little peek back into the sisters’ musical lives reassuring fans that they have initiated the staging of their comeback. Haim are still keeping things mostly a mystery regarding Something to Tell You, and at this point, it’s best to keep things a mystery to make the release that much more exciting. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • Lana Del Rey, ‘Lust for Life’

    Release Date: July 21

    From what we know of Lust for Life so farLana Del Rey has fixed her gaze on a slightly atypical subject matter for her newest record. The melancholic pop star has transformed her signature “Hollywood sadcore” style into a more nuanced reflection of the emotional complexities many, including the singer herself, are experiencing today. Del Rey admitted that her first four albums were for her, but Lust for Life is a gift to her fans.

    With the latest release of “Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind,” it’s clear Del Rey has begun to wade into the shallow pool of “socially aware” pop music. The musings she’s presented on initial Lust for Life singles are introspective as always, but with a more optimistic tone. If this new direction wasn’t enough to get you excited for the album, the collaborations with the Weeknd, musical royalty offspring Sean Ono Lennon, and the white witch herself, Stevie Knicks, might help. Del Rey is tapping into new territory on Lust for Life and might just be her most intriguing work yet. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • DJ Khaled, ‘Grateful’

    Release Date: N/A

    Producer and life coach extraordinaire DJ Khaled has his tenth studio album Grateful on the way for summer 2017. With masterful executive production from his son Asahd, an endless collaboration roster of music’s elite and that ever-humble attitude, there’s really no way this album can fail.

    If the success of his “I’m the One” collaboration with Chance the Rapper, Quavo, Justin Bieber, and Lil Wayne is any indication, Grateful is destined to make some serious waves this summer. “I’m the One” marks Khaled’s first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is a testament to his ability to produce songs with widespread appeal. You can’t help but be happy for him and luckily, there’ll be many more chances for hits when his album drops. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • Lil Uzi Vert, ‘Luv Is Rage 2’

    Release Date: N/A

    Fans have become restless over waiting for Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2, partially because he teases it in every Instagram post, but also because the Philly rapper has created a buzz unlike any other act in 2017.

    That’s only increased with the success of “XO Tour Llif3,” which has cracked the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He also earned a No. 1 earlier this year thanks to his contribution to Migos’ “Bad and Boujee.” With that kind of momentum, Uzi Vert is in prime position to strike while the iron’s hot. —Edwin Ortiz


  • Travis Scott and Quavo

    Release Date: N/A

    At the top of 2017, three major collaborative rap projects seemed like more than a pipe dream: Kanye and Drake, Young Thug and Future, and Chance the Rapper x Childish Gambino. Not only does a Travis Scott and Quavo album deserve to be mentioned in that same space because of their undeniable chemistry, but we know for certain it’s happening.

    Quavo first hinted at it back in December (on Apple Music’s Beats 1), and Travis has since teased the project with two song previews (on Beats 1) and a warning that it may arrive as a surprise drop. That said, don’t be surprised if Apple Music is involved in some way. —Edwin Ortiz


  • Camila Cabello, ‘The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving.’

    Release Date: N/A

    Making the transition to a solo career after gaining fame and success with a group can be tricky, but Camila Cabello has handled it well. The 20-year-old star first hit fans with “Crying in the Club,” an upbeat performance ripe for the airwaves, and followed that up almost immediately with “I Have Questions.” 

    Her debut album The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving. is still without a release date, though she has marked September as the month fans can expect to hear what she’s been working on this past year. —Edwin Ortiz


  • Jay Z

    Release Date: N/A

    We’ve received a handful of signals that Jay Z’s next album is dropping soon. Among them: Swizz Beatz hinting Hov is in “album mode,” Jay lining up multiple festival appearances in early fall, and the fact that it’s been nearly four years since he dropped his last album, his longest break between projects. 

    What’s still unclear is how Hov will approach his thirteenth solo album. A lot has happened in his life since Magna Carta… Holy Grail, namely Beyoncé's Lemonade, two more kids on the way, his involvement in the streaming wars, and friend (now-foe?) Kanye calling him out. However Jay Z decides to tackle life at 47, we’re all ears. —Edwin Ortiz

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Travis Scott Says Quavo Album Is ‘Coming Soon’ and Might Be a Surprise Drop

It sounds like Travis Scott is baking the element of surprise into the rollout for his collaborative album with Quavo. In an interview with GQ, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper was asked about the highly anticipated project, and while he didn't give a lengthy answer, he made it clear fans shouldn't expect too much warning when it arrives.

“The Quavo album is coming soon,” he said. “I'm dropping new music soon. You know how I do it though: I like surprises.”

Travis previously teased the project back in April when he shared two song previews on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show. One of the tracks, “Lo-Fi,” was produced by Murda Beatz, who spoke with Complex about how it came together. “We made that in L.A.,” he said. “I made the beat and then we made the song. That song's a banger. I just know that's gonna be a smash.”

Travis was also asked about the title of the album, to which he replied: “We're all about surprises.” If there's one thing Travis has been into lately, it's surprises. Just last night, the rapper dropped three new tracks on SoundCloud, one of them being a collaboration with Playboi Carti.

This should build up more hype for Travis' 2017, which will not only include the collaborative project with Quavo, but also his third studio album Astroworld.

You can catch Travis on his Birds Eye View Tour through June. He'll also be joining Kendrick Lamar on the road for the Damn Tour; that begins in July.

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Kendrick Lamar Says He Has More Music Coming

Kendrick Lamar returned to his hometown of Compton, California, this afternoon to sign copies of his critically acclaimed album Damn. As expected, the event attracted a huge turnout, with thousands of people lining up at the city’s Best Buy hoping to meet the Grammy-award winning rapper. A member of the TDE crew shared the appearance on an Instagram Live broadcast, which ended with some pretty big news. Or, at least, what sounds like big news.

At around the 21-minute mark, Kendrick looks into the phone, thanks his fans, and announces: “I got some more music.”


Of course, social media went wild with speculation.

But what did Kendrick mean? Because he didn’t elaborate, we’re not sure if he’s referring to a new album, a new single, or just speaking in a more general sense. Rumors of a second 2017 album began circulating immediately after K-Dot released Damn last week. A fan theory suggested he would drop a follow-up project sometime during Easter weekend. But, as we know now, nothing ever arrived.

Kid Capri added more fuel to the rumors after he revealed Kendrick recorded a lot of material that never made the album’s final cut.

“I came to the studio and recorded a lot of stuff, they took what they wanted, placed it where they needed to place it,” Capri told Mass Appeal. “I think they’ve got some more stuff—there are some more things—coming out later, but for right now, that’s what happened.”

So, were the fans right all this time? Does Kendrick have another album on deck? According to Damn producer Terrace Martin, it’s not a far-fetched theory.

“I’m a Beatles fan, and there’s a lot of conspiracies based on the Beatles and other shit. A part of me is like, ‘Man that’s just crazy,’” Martin told Complex about the second album rumors. “And then the other part is, shit, Kendrick may go to bed and may say, ‘Hey.’ I don’t know. We have a lot of music. We’re always recording, we’re always ready. That’s a Kendrick question right there.”

For now, we suggest you tune-in to his Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe on Friday. Maybe he'll give more than just an enlightened conversation…

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Travis Scott Previews 2 New Songs With Quavo and They Sound Incredible

The anticipation for Travis Scott's upcoming project with Migos' Quavo is growing by the day. After dropping the music video for “Goosebumps” on Apple Music, Scott joined Zane Lowe on Beats 1 radio to tease some new songs made by the two of them.

It should go without saying, but the clips we got to hear so far sound like absolute fire:

Quavo and Scott are frequent collaborators at this point, and they've been on quite the run together in 2017. The duo teamed up with Lil Uzi Vert to help provide part of the soundtrack to the upcoming Fate of the Furious movie, and expectations grew even higher after they teamed up on “Portland,” one of the standout tracks on Drake's More Life.

While he was in the studio with Lowe, Scott made sort of a major reveal: he referred to the collaboration with Quavo as, “the Travis and Quavo album,” so we should be getting a full-scale release from the duo sometime in the near future. You can listen to him talk about that and more in the full interview:

Scott just keeps adding more to his plate for 2017. He already promised fans he's going to focus more on production work this year, and he has plans to release his third solo album, Astroworld, this year as well.

It wouldn't be the first time a rapper overpromised to drive up hype for the music, but the Houston native appears to be on track for a huge year. If the brief snippets we got to hear are any indication, this project is going to deliver in a big way. 

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PARTYNEXTDOOR Tweeted and Deleted a Response to Nicki Minaj

 

A post shared by ovosound (@partynextdoor) on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:01pm PST

PARTYNEXTDOOR has again been linked to Nicki Minaj after some fairly innocuous social media activity. Things began when the OVO artist “liked” a series of tweets that insinuated he contributed to Nicki’s song “Regret In Your Tears.” Nicki addressed the matter via Twitter, stating that PARTYNEXTDOOR “had nothing to do with” the track, and appearing to display some confusion at why he chose to hit Twitter’s “like” icon on the posts in the first place.

“Not sure why he was 'liking' tweets. Maybe it was just 'funny' to him. Maybe he was…'hacked,'” Nicki tweeted.

Twitter users commonly “like” various posts on the social media platform, but since Twitter adopted the feature in 2015 over the previous “favorite” feature, liking a status can mean a number of things. For example, many users like a status as a way to remember to reply or re-tweet it before their feed refreshes.

The matter briefly resurfaced Saturday morning, when PARTYNEXTDOOR reportedly posted another tweet aimed at Nicki.

 

#partynextdoor on #nickiminaj (he deleted this tweet btw)

A post shared by DJ Akademiks (@akadmiks) on Mar 11, 2017 at 8:53am PST

“I’m a fan of Nicki Minaj, we have a song together, I hope she’s as cool & as I’ve always imagined,” PARTYNEXTDOOR tweeted. The tweet has since been deleted, but as DJ Akademiks’ screen grab proves, nothing really disappears in the era of social media.

As Nicki Minaj previously stated, PARTYNEXTDOOR has no writing credits on “Regret In Your Tears.” He and Nicki Minaj did appear together on the Major Lazer track “Run Up.”

Major Lazer's Diplo gave an insight into Nicki's writing process for “Run Up” during a recent interview with Zane Lowe.

“She’s inspiring, man,” Diplo explained. “It’s crazy. I’ve never had an artist be so disciplined on cutting a song like this. She wrote 16 different verses for this song.”

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Frank Ocean Debuts New Song “Chanel”

On Friday night, Beats 1 made a surprise announcement that there would be a new episode of Frank Ocean's Beats 1 show blonded RADIO.

Given that the last episode featured a chat with Jay Z, expectations were high. There were also rumors that Ocean would debut new material. 

The singer delivered, sharing a previously unheard song called “Chanel.” You can check it out here on Tidal, or here on iTunes/Apple Music. Ocean also shared two Tumblr posts connected to the song. One had the lyrics in an abstract-seeming pattern.

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Image via Frank Ocean's Tumblr

The other had art with the Chanel logo and the words “Chanel @ Everywhere.”

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Image via Frank Ocean's Tumblr

The song played for about an hour straight on the Beats 1 show, and an ASAP Rocky verse, possibly a remix, was aired as well.

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