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SFPL Music: Common Reveals Release Date For New Album ‘Let Love’, Drops Visual “Hercules” Co-Starring Vince Staples

GRAMMY® Award-winning rapper COMMON will release his new album Let Love on August 30, 2019, his debut for Loma Vista Recordings.

Pre-order it HERE.

In tandem with this announcement, he shared his latest single and music video entitled “Hercules” [feat. Swizz Beatz]. On the track, he serves up his sharp signature wordplay between soulful backing vocals from Swizz Beatz. Meanwhile, the music video directed by Carrick [Weezer] sees Common thwart a convenience store robbery caught on surveillance camera—in between rapping into his iPhone. Vince Staples makes a cameo as the cashier.

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“Hercules” follows on the heels of the recent single “HER Love” featuring Daniel Caesar, special guest Dwele, and an unreleased beat from J Dilla. Not only did the song amass over 1 million cumulative streams and 339K views on the Savanah Leaf-directed music video within a week, but it also received widespread critical acclaim. VIBE called the song “a State of the Rap Union as he addresses the rise and expansion of hip-hop throughout the past 25 years.” Rolling Stone added that it was “Common’s homage to hip-hop”, and OkayPlayer professed that it’s “his most impactful body of work yet.”
Download “Hercules” HERE.
About the album, he shared, “This album is inspired by the book, “Let Love Have The Last Word” which gave me a path to write about things I had never written about before. It forced me to go deeper and because I opened up about so many things in the book, I was charged to go to raw, personal and spiritual places in the music. Production-wise, I knew that the music had to have depth, soul and dimension to it. I wanted the musicianship and the spirit of what live music brings, but it also had to have something raw and basement about it. When my team said, “You should do some music revolving around the book,” I just took that energy and went running into my artistry without focusing on anything else. No movies, no commercials, no parties (well, I don’t do that too much anyway) and I just worked on music. So this album is the culmination of this journey, this passion and this Divine Love that I have for one of GOD’s greatest gifts – MUSIC.”
COMMON will kick off his Let Love Tour, which starts in Denver, Colorado at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom tonight, and continues through marquee venues in the US and Canada before touring Europe for the first time since 2014. Special guests include Nicole Bus, July 11 –July 26, and Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh, August 7 – August 29. Each pair of tickets on the second leg of tour dates will come with new music—details to be emailed to ticket holders.
Get tickets HERE.
Be on the lookout for more soon!
The official digital and CD release date is August 30, 2019, with vinyl to follow on October 11, 2019.
Let Love Track List:
1. Good Morning Love feat. Samora Pinderhughes
2. HER Love feat. Daniel Caesar w/special guest Dwele
3. Dwele’s Interlude
4. Hercules feat. Swizz Beatz
5. Fifth Story feat. Leikeli47
6. Forever Your Love feat. BJ The Chicago Kid
7. Leaders (Crib Love) feat. A-Trak
8. Memories of Home feat. BJ The Chicago Kid and Samora Pinderhughes
9. Show Me That You Love feat. Jill Scott and Samora Pinderhughes
10. My Fancy Free Future Love
11. God Is Love feat. Leon Bridges and Jonathan McReynolds
Let Love First Leg Tour Dates:
7/11 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
7/12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Gallivan Center
7/14 – Seattle, WA – The Moore
7/16 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
7/17 – Troutdale, OR – McMenamins Edgefield
7/18 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
7/20 – Las Vegas, NV – Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center
7/21 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
7/24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel
7/26 – Newport Beach, CA – The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Let Love Second Leg Tour Dates:
8/7 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
8/8 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
8/9 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
8/10 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater*
8/11 – McKees Rocks, PA – Roxian Theater
8/14 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
8/15 – Mashantucket, CT – Fox Theatre
8/16 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
8/20 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
8/21 – Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium
8/22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
8/23 – Charlotte, NC – Belk Theater
8/27 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater*
8/28 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
8/29 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
*No Maimouna Youssef aka Fresh
9/7 – Oslo Norway – Sentrum Scene
9/8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA
9/10 – London, England – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
9/12 – Manchester, England – O2 Ritz
9/14 – Paris, France – Elysée Montmartre
9/15 – Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk
9/16 – Berlin, Germany – Astra
9/18 – Utrecht, Holland – Ronda
9/19 – Belgium, Gent – Vooriut
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Google Salutes the Birth of Hip Hop with Interactive Doodle

On August 11, 1973, there was a party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx-and four decades later, we’re still talking about it. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 44th anniversary of that party, which is widely credited as the birth of the Hip Hop movement.

To learn more about the Doodle and the movement that inspired it, the Keyword team chatted with three of the Googlers behind the Doodle-Kevin Burke, Ryan Germick and Perla Campos. We also talked with two legendary hip hop pioneers who served as close partners in the project: Fab 5 Freddy, former host of “Yo! MTV Raps” and narrator of the Doodle, and Cey Adams, visual artist and founding creative director of Def Jam records, who designed the Doodle logo image that you see on the homepage today. Here’s what they had to say.

Keyword: How did you come up with the idea for this Doodle?

Kevin: I’m a huge Hip Hop fan. Growing up outside New Orleans, it was a part of my DNA-performing Hip Hop in my high school band, adding Hip Hop to my college radio station’s rotation, and working on the set of Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson” music video in my first job out of college. Hip Hop has been a constant thread through my life and I wanted to bring my love of it to a Doodle. I developed the concept for interactive turntables, showed it to my manager Ryan (also a fan of Hip Hop), and he lost it. He said, “let’s make it tomorrow!”

OK, so people were into the idea. But Hip Hop is such a big topic. How did you decide what to focus on?

Perla: From the beginning, we were thinking big. I mean, Hip Hop touches so many parts of culture but a lot of people don’t know much about its origins. So, we anchored the Doodle to the birth of Hip Hop, and wanted to celebrate the people who pioneered the movement. We hope to give them the voice and the recognition they deserve, which is what Doodles are all about-shining light on times of history that maybe you didn’t know about.

Kevin: It all started with DJ Kool Herc, an 18-year old Jamaican DJ in the Bronx. He and his sister threw a party in August 1973, and when he DJ’d the party, he used two turntables to extend the instrumental break in the music where people did their craziest dance moves (that’s actually how “break” dancing got its name!). And the Hip Hop movement was born.

Ryan: With each Doodle, we try to touch a different part of the human experience. But we hadn’t yet touched on a massive part of U.S. and global culture-Hip Hop. And by bringing in elements like “Achievements,” we can also make it about the real people behind the Hip Hop movement.

Speaking of the real people … Fab and Cey, how did you feel when you first heard about this project?

Fab: It was a full circle experience for me. I first went online in 1994-I even remember doing a segment on “Yo! MTV Raps” about email. And going back to when I first got on the internet, I was looking for likeminded people who were part of the culture. And now, Hip Hop is on one of the biggest digital platforms out there, in a way that acknowledges and recognizes what this culture is, and what it continues to be. It’s pretty amazing.

Cey: Everybody on this project was so excited to be a part of it, which made me excited too. I could add an authentic point of view and represent all the people who helped start the movement, even the ones who are no longer here. The project is rooted in honoring the past.

The Doodle pays homage to many early pioneers of Hip Hop. How did you decide who to include?

Perla: We started with a big list of people and narrowed it down based on a ton of research and conversations with close partners versed in all things Hip Hop-like Lyor Cohen, current head of YouTube music and a legend in the music industry who has signed some of the greatest Hip Hop artists ever. We also wanted to make sure we represented the diversity in Hip Hop and featured the women who were a huge part of the early days but often aren’t talked about.

Kevin: Part of the Doodle is a “record crate” that has legendary samples you can listen to. You’ve probably heard these samples in a Jay-Z or Kanye West song but few people know who actually created them. Perla and I were in tears one day because we added a bunch of fresh beats from our childhood-the samples behind the Puff Daddy, Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. songs we loved growing up. We were totally going down memory lane.

How does this compare to other Doodles?

Perla: We’ve never done a Doodle like this before, both because of the technical challenges and the many voices and collaborators we wanted to include. It was both unnerving and exciting to tackle this because so many people have been touched by Hip Hop in some way-so how do you do it justice?

Ryan: There’s a lot that went into figuring out what bitrate of audio you needed to scratch records, how to sync up the beats correctly, and the complexities around animations were firsts for us. We’re always trying to one-up ourselves, to exceed the expectations of people who love our Doodles. This one represented all the things Doodles are good at: storytelling, interactivity and education.

How did you get into Hip Hop? What’s your earliest memory of Hip Hop?

Kevin: I got a lot of exposure to Hip Hop growing up in Louisiana. I was this artist kid in a suburban conservative area-I identified with the spirit, angst and celebratory energy of Hip Hop. I’m also a music trivia nerd-when I was a kid, my dad would quiz me whenever a song came on the radio. I’ve tried to work that music trivia into this Doodle at every chance.

Ryan: Hip Hop was part of the fabric of my upbringing. I grew up in suburban Indiana-in an environment dramatically different from the Bronx where Hip Hop was born-but as soon as we got cable, I started watching “Yo! MTV Raps.” One of the most exciting things about working on this Doodle was that we got to collaborate with people like Fab 5 Freddy and Prince Paul, one of my all-time favorite hip hop producers.

Cey: One of my earliest memories is when I went to the Jamaica Armory to see Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. I realized that Hip Hop belonged to us-it was music for myself and my friends, something that nobody could take away from us.

Fab: The guys who wanted to be DJs and rappers had this sense of wonder and energy about them. They were like engineers in the way they worked with their sound systems-the cables, the speakers, the amps. Those DJs were a bunch of smart cats figuring out something that was advanced and revolutionary during that time. I felt comfortable around them during a time when there was rough stuff going on in the streets.

How do you view the evolution of Hip Hop over the last 44 years? Where is it going?

Fab: The essence of Hip Hop culture at its base is like an algorithm-it can be done in any language and by any nationality out there, and when done right it grows exponentially. From the very beginnings in the 70s, this culture was generated by those who had very little, and took those bare essentials to say: “I’m here, I matter.” And that has reverberated continuously for decades. So I don’t like to think of old school vs. new school, I’m a “now school” person. Hip Hop marches on-it will always reinvent itself.

Cey, you’ve worked as an artist for decades, across a huge variety of mediums. What was it like to design something for the Google homepage?

Cey: Graffiti has always been associated with vandalism to some degree-in the early days, I had to tell people that my art was different from people who were just tagging. But we’re capital “A” artists. All we’re doing is using a spray can instead of a paintbrush. And now Google is putting this piece of art on the homepage, which will be seen by people all over the world. That’s really exciting to me.

What do you hope the audience gets from this Doodle?

Perla: My biggest aspiration for the Doodle is that people see themselves in it, that there’s something that speaks to and represents them on the Google homepage. Hip Hop originated as a way for young people to focus on something positive in the midst of the negative forces around them, so I want people to feel that same hope and positivity from this Doodle.

Ryan: I hope people can cut through some of the negative stereotypes associated with Hip Hop -it’s not without its shortcomings but it’s such an important part of our culture. The Bronx was not an easy place to grow up in the 70’s, but such a vibrant culture was born out of it.

Cey: I want people to get a Hip Hop education, and to understand that the music, the art, the dance, the fashion, it’s all part of a collective lifestyle of people who wanted to change their circumstances. And it will always be there-and will continue to spread around the world-because there’s always some young person who wants to change their circumstances.

Fab: For those who have have grown up with this, they’re gonna be amazed to see such a huge part of their lives acknowledged. I want people to see that Hip Hop affects everybody, not just youth culture. It continues to be important, relevant and alive. And it’s happening in every corner of the globe.

Kevin: I love that we’re celebrating a party-people dancing and performing, there’s something really positive about that.

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SFPL’s Artist Spotlight: Detroit Newcomer, LC, Releases “Secure The Bag”

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The Hip Hop spotlight is making a shift back to the Midwest – Detroit, MI to be exact. With artists like Tee Grizzley, Big Sean, and many others, paving the way for the new generation out of the Motor City, Courtney Bell – known by his artist moniker, LC – is ready to join the wave as well. The twenty-two-year-old lyricist from the west side of Detroit has been carving out his lane after deciding to take his music career seriously two years ago. To date, he’s been featured on publications such as The Source, HipHopSince1987, and an array of Detroit/Midwest outlets.

Today, LC debuts his first official single of the Summer with brand new visuals. In “Secure The Bag,” LC flaunts his aggressive delivery over, what he describes as, “a modern, melodic, Trap, wavy production;” provided by Gustavs Strazdins. In a world full of decisions, actions, and consequences, LC reflects on all of these in his own life from a transparent perspective.

With his debut album, “Transgressions,” nearing completion, LC gives us a taste of what’s to come. Hit play on LC’s new video and learn how to secure your own bag.

Twitter: @CourtneyBell313

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Watch: Audio Push G Delivers A Mean Freestyle on Power 106 Show LA Leakers

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Last Night (4/18/17), lyrical super duo AUDIO PUSH stopped by Los Angeles’ Power 106 hit radio show LA Leakers promoting their new mixtape The Throwaways and delivered a wicked freestyle over “Tunnel Vision” instrumentals. Proclaiming “team no writtens ” Oktane and Price went back and forth off the top for an astonishing six minutes.

‘The Throwaways’ mixtape available now.

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Rapper DaBaby Freestyles over D.R.A.M. & Lil Yachty’s “Broccoli” [Video]

Charlotte lyricist DaBaby hits his stride over D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty‘s “Broccoli” and more in this On The Spot freestyle session with the legendary DJ Bay Bay on K104 in Dallas.

DaBaby’s God’s Work: Resurrected project is available on iTunes HERE.

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Last Night In NYC: Verizon & 300 Entertainment’s #Freestyle50 Challenge Event with Kevin Liles, London On Da Track & more

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Freestyle. The pulse of hip hop culture that fuels creativity, freedom and lyrical skill. In the beginning, freestyling refined the art of lyricism. Today, it takes on a new meaning, defining the way in which we pioneer our way through life. Freely, boldly and without boundaries.

To honor this movement, Verizon partnered with 300 Entertainment to find the nation’s best freestyle lyricist with the launch of the #Freestyle50 challenge. To celebrate, both companies kicked things off with a celebration for the new series that included special invited guests, artists, media, and industry tastemakers.

Hosted by LowKey of YouHeardThatNew.com and Beats1, Key Hosts Kevin Liles (300 Entertainment Co-Founder and music executive) & London on da Track (Music Producer and Songwriter), guests with performances included: Power 105.1‘s The Breakfast Club host, DJ Envy, along with A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Dave East, Astro, Casanova, Maino, plus more.

Attendees were treated to light bites at NYC’s own Espace paired with specialty cocktails and music by DJ Envy.

The national competition will award seven aspiring artists the gig of a lifetime as opening acts across upcoming 300 Entertainment’s artist tours. They will then compete in a live, freestyle cypher event in Atlanta for a chance to win the grand prize of a single deal with 300 Entertainment and a cash prize of $10,000.

The #Freestyle50 challenge is providing a platform for up-and-coming artists to not only showcase their talents, but celebrate themselves and build upon their careers. Verizon and 300 Entertainment are encouraging people to freestyle about who they represent and how they are shaping and navigating culture – freestyling their way through life.

The #Freestyle50 challenge was inspired by Verizon’s 7GB for $50 prepaid offer exclusively at Walmart for a limited time.

Instructions: To enter, share a video on Twitter or Instagram freestyling to the instrumental of “Spend It” by Dae Dae using hashtag #freestyle50challenge and tagging @Verizon.

Photo Credit: Bernard “Beanz” Smalls

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Cool Amerika ‘The Lit And The Restless’ Hosted by Bigga Rankin, Dj Tonee & Dj Marc B. [Fly Mixtape]

Cool Amerika releases their new project The Lit And The Restless via Alliance Music Group in association with EmpireDistribution. The Mixtape is hosted by legendary Dj Bigga Rankin and young superstar djs, DjTonee and Dj Marc B. with features from Casino (Freebandz), Cap 1 and YFN Lucci.

Take a listen below:

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SFPL’s Artist Spotlight: Scott King – “Get At Me Dog” (DMX Freestyle)

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Since he stepped foot on the music scene, Scott King has made a ferocious climb from his starting point and propelled himself into the recording studios with some of the biggest names of hip hop culture.

From collaborations with production legends like DJ Premiere and NO ID; From Kool & Dre to Bryan Michael Cox, King has a unique style and genuine substance that the pillars of rap music have recognized in these times where true hip hop talent is deemed almost non-existent. This truth has led to musical projects with great artists such as Red Café, Anthony Hamilton, Jeremih, Bun-B and Jadakiss all on his upcoming EP he is currently developing with multi-platinum producer Drumma Boy.

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Scott King has drawn inspiration from rap icons such as Big Daddy Kane and Run DMC and has molded a style of his own that dares to stand out above the others while delivering messages one could easily compare to the legendary Tupac Shakur.

Scott King’s prowess has seen him even into contracts with companies like Procter & Gamble (Fortune 500) and sportswear giant, Under Armor to name a few, and it has become clear that this young man is nothing short of ready to impact the world of hip hop in ways that only a handful of rappers have in the past.

Purely dedicated to hard work and family, Scott King is finally at that inevitable place in his life and craft where the world must hear him. Now and for decades to come.

Check out his dope freestyle in honor of veteran rapper DMX below:

https://soundcloud.com/concretemp3/scott-king-get-at-me-dog-freestyle

Be sure to check out Scott King’s current mixtape Connected HERE.

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BARS FOR DAYS: Jay IDK Freestyles In Front of OutKast’s Big Boi On ‘Sway In The Morning’

DMV Native Jay IDK linked up with Sway Calloway of Sway In The Morning for Sway’s Freestyle Friday weekly series. Over Phantogram-produced beat, the up and coming rapper murdered a few bars right in front of OutKast‘s very own, Big Boi, which afterwards, Jay received some praise from the veteran ATL rap sensation, Sway and Heather B. for his rap style, and execution. It was flawless.

Sway says:

NO BARS WERE WASTED!!

Check it out below:

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NEW MUSIC: JAY IDK FEAT. ASH RISER – “GOD SAID TRAP”

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#Trainwreck: Amy Schumer Tries To Impress Method Man with A Rap Freestyle [Video]

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While on set, Trainwreck‘s own Amy Schumer tries to impress rapper-actor Method Man with a few freestyles, and well…it doesn’t go quite well, in the beginning. Trying to rhyme from the dome — “off the top,” as Amy would say, put her in a bind of actually getting a verse/words to come out clear enough.

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Once realizing that “freestyle rap” just wasn’t her thing, the comedic maven finally writes her words down on paper and impresses the NYC, Wu-Tang rap veteran.

Check out the clip below:

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