Drake is now in business with arguably the greatest basketball player ever. The October's Very Own CEO has inked a deal with Team Jordan.
The rapper made the announcement last night during a concert in Portland.
Growing up, I'm sure we all idolized this guy. He goes by the name of Michael Jordan. So today I came to Portland, and I officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family. I feel like I'm at home right now.
Jordan ✔ @Jumpman23 Follow He's home. Welcome the newest member of #TeamJordan: @Drake 4:12 AM - 4 Dec 201
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Lorde is speaking her mind again, calling out Drake and Nicki Minaj for making "irrelevant" music.
The teenage singer, who has dissed Disney stars, Selena Gomez, David Guetta, and others in her young career, tells Interview, "Around the middle of last year I started listening to a lot of rap, like Nicki Minaj and Drake, as well as pop singers like Lana Del Rey. They all sing about such opulence, stuff that just didn't relate to me - or anyone that I knew."
She says, "I began thinking, 'How are we listening to this? It's completely irrelevant.'"
As for her own growing fame, Lorde says, "That's the good thing about starting off in New Zealand, there is absolutely no concept of 'celebrity' or fame."
She explains, "'Famous' people here, like Shortland Street actors, you all have mutual friends on Facebook, you know? Yeah, people are starting to recognize me now, which is kind of weird. But in New Zealand, it's easy to hide from that stuff."
You know what Lorde . . . most of the stuff they sing about we can't relate to either. We feel that ish!!!
Isaiah Rashad, the newest signee from the TDE camp releases the new visuals for his record Ronnie Drake featuring the beautiful SZA. Such a smooth tempo and record...it's impossible to not enjoy the record.
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Some music writer I follow tweeted earlier this year (and I'm paraphrasing here), "all the rappers are sad this year." It was probably just an offhand joke but it's managed to stick with me until now. You can trace the very existence of that tweet back to this time five years ago, November of 2008. Hip Hop history in the twenty-first century has been divided into two time periods: pre-808's & Heartbreak and post-808's & Heartbreak. It's an album that's proven as important to the landscape of contemporary hip hop as the deaths of the genre's two most celebrated idols were to its previous generation. If their passing informed a generation of thug life tatted hip hop in which, "keeping it real," meant putting on your best tough guy face, then808's bred a generation where, "keeping it real," meant drunk dialing your ex to say, "fuck that nigga that you love so bad."And in an art form so permeated by machismo and braggadocio, this newfound acceptance of male sensitivity has provided a welcome new three dimensionality to modern mainstream hip hop. I've never been more excited about the state of mainstream hip hop in my life. To be completely honest, as far as I'm concerned hip hop is music right now. Kanye West and Drake aren't our Pac and Biggie, they're our Beatles and Beach Boys. Which isn't to say they're more important than them, just that hip hop's transcended where it was in pop culture over a decade and a half ago. Looking back on the year now it's clear that rock's just been, well, really slow. Actually now that I think about it it's been like almost five years since my favorite album of the year wasn't a hip hop album. So I guess it's been that way for a minute Hedi Slimane.
And I've also taken to twitter this year multiple times to rant about how great of a year it was in hip hop, comparing it to what 2000 was for experimental indie rock (see this, this, this, this, this, and this.) The venn diagram of the most successful artists in hip hop and my favorite artists in hip hop is the closest to a perfect circle as it's ever been, and this year saw releases from all of them, short of Kendrick. I mean just listing off all the memorable releases this year from memory in complete stream of consciousness-Yeezus, Nothing Was the Same, Owl Pharoah, My Name Is My Name, B.O.A.T.S. II, LongLiveA$AP, Acid Rap, (stopping for a mental breath) Indigoism, Trap Lord, Old, Doris, Wolf -I'm flat out astounded at the outstanding quantity of quality hip hop this year.
Commercial and critical opinion have always stood as binary opposite ways of gauging art, but with the recent fluctuation in music criticism towards what's been termed a "poptimist" way of thinking, music journalism is finally catching up half a century later to postmodern ideas of breaking the segregation between "high" and "low" culture. This coupled with hip hop's complete saturation of pop radio in the last decade has led to where we are now in music journalism- the zenith of appreciation for mainstream hip hop (and I'm obviously of no exception here.) Many of the flannel clad elite that once bore A Tribe Called Quest and Jurassic 5 as their idols have traded them in for 2 Chainz and Big Sean. I guess, "the backpackers are back on the bandw