Diddy, City Girls, and Fabolous get freaky in new “Act Bad” video
“If you look good, act bad” might be the platonic ideal of a summer slogan — a simple mantra that can be used to write off bad behavior as the weather gets steamy. With this emphatic statement of intent, Diddy, City Girls, and Fabolous are laying it all on the line in an attempt to do for summer 2023 what Meg, Nicki, and Ty did for summer 2019: provide an unimpeachable summer anthem for rash decisions and guilt-free entanglements.
Lil Durk, Alicia Keys – Therapy Session / Pelle Coat (Official Video)
Stream “Pelle Coat” off Lil Durk’s New Album, Almost Healed. Out Now:Tour On Sale: Follow Lil Durk: Listen To Lil Durk: Shop: Subscribe: Director : Steve Cannon Executive Producer : Nolan Riddle Executive producer :Peter Jideonwo “unnecessaryballing” Producer : Tashi Bhutia DP: Liam Reardon & BBTHDP Editor : Keats Sound Design : Ayo Douson Titles : Damien O DeAnda
Kaytraminé is a 7.7
In 2014, the 20-year-old Aminé was just another college dropout with a mixtape, trawling for beats on SoundCloud. But rapping over Kaytranada’s single “At All,” his nimble flow served as the perfect foil to the Montreal producer’s funky, uptempo take on neo-soul. Kaytra—in the process of assembling his debut EP for XL—heard his remix “Not at All” and reached out to offer the beats that would go on to highlight Aminé’s 2015 mixtape Calling Brio. Despite their clear chemistry, their only other collaboration would come on Rejjie Snow’s 2018 single “Egyptian Luvr.” Then, in 2021, the pair rented a luxe beach house in Malibu and got to work. After two weeks of recording, they debuted the results to a party full of friends.
Enter Kaytraminé, the duo’s self-titled collaborative album. The 11-track LP—featuring heavy hitters like Pharrell, Snoop Dogg, and the ascendant Ghanaian singer Amaarae—is a buoyant summer jaunt that artfully meshes the two artists’ styles and sensibilities. As a producer, Kaytranada is a svengali of samples, stacking tracks like building blocks to craft fresh beats with a vintage feel. Aminé—not unlike Anderson .Paak, another Kaytra collaborator—is a goofy yet technically proficient MC with singing chops who doesn’t shy away from a twerk-friendly dance record or a crude joke.
Kaytranada’s first two albums flowed like seamless mixes, his house-adjacent style bending and shifting to suit the personalities of the guest vocalists. But his production discography is evidence of his innate ability to adapt to other artists’ styles, whether it’s Kelela, Cadence Weapon, or Freddie Gibbs. The funk-influenced tropical house of Kaytraminé wouldn’t feel out of place on Bubba or 99.9%. But there are tonal shifts that seem designed to showcase Aminé’s range as a singer and a rapper, like the strings swirling around his stop-and-go flow on “Westside” or the sparse arrangement of the latest entry in his series of “STFU” tracks.
Aminé’s two most recent solo albums balanced wistful optimism with sneering swagger, presenting him as a party boy who occasionally paused for self-reflection or a critique of consumer capitalism. That Aminé appears long gone, giving way to a hedonist whose favorite boast is his Delta Medallion status. As a party record, Kaytraminé has no skips—provided that party is loud enough to camouflage some of the cornier lyrics. Aminé’s oral (sex) fixation gets old fast, and a few lines are groan-worthy enough to distract from the fun (“Just popped an X bitch I feel like I’m Malcolm,” he raps on “Who He Iz”).
Q-Tip Calls For Gun Control
Q-Tip Calls For Gun Control
Q-Tip is calling for stricter gun control legislation in America. On Monday (May 8th) the rap legend posted a frightening statistic regarding mass shootings in the U.S. These statistics are only from this year alone. The screenshot of his tweet he shared on Instagram showed flooring numbers around the ongoing trend of gun violence. “There’s been more mass shootings (200) than days of the year (128) #GunControlNow,” Q-tips tweet read. He posted the screen shot with the same caption as the hashtag.
The A Tribe Called Quest front man’s cries for gun control come only days after a mass shooting happened in a mall in Allen, Texas. As reported by HuffPost, a 33-year-old far-right gunman fired shots killing eight people. He also died at the scene. Moreover, the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. this year occurred in Monterey Park, California in January. A 72-year-old man murdered 11 people in a dance studio after a Lunar New Year celebration. According to The Guardian, America is seeing more than one mass killing a week on average in 2023.