New Music From Drake, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator and More

The past couple of weeks have been sprinkled with new releases and some pretty impressive music videos.

The last couple of weeks have treated us and our ears very well, with new music from Drake, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator and Czarface & MF DOOM.

Drake’s new single ‘Nice For What’ is an upbeat, party-ready tack, which samples Lauryn Hill’s 1998 song ‘Ex-Factor’. Drake also released the accompanying music video, a visually impressive clip which features a slew of important females such as Rashida Jones, Misty Copeland, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tiffany Haddish, and Olivia Wilde.

It is shaping up to be a huge year for Drake, starting with ‘God’s Plan’ in February, which saw the Canadian star generously give away the video’s USD $1 million budget. He then followed this up by featuring on Migos’ new track ‘Walk It Talk It’ and starring in their 70s funk-inspired film clip

Watch ‘Nice For What’:

 

From one captivating music video to another, A$AP Rocky’s newest single ‘A$AP Forever ft. Moby’ is a strong rival to Drake’s video. The song samples Moby’s ‘Porcelain’, making extensive use of its looping string section. Fast moving camera angles move through each other to create a scrapbook feel, entering scenes like footops parties and bedrooms, only to leave them moments later.

It gets super trippy when Rocky is spinning around in complete darkness, wearing coveralls and a custom Off-White ‘Testing’ belt. He recently performed a medley of ‘A$AP Forever’ and ‘Distorted Records’ on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, wearing the same coveralls in a bed while being analysed by two researchers with gas masks. So it’s clear Rocky has already got some pretty intense themes coming through for his “I’m back” statement.

Watch the video below:

 

On March 29, Tyler, the Creator came back with his first release since his 2017 album, Flower Boy. He marked this comeback with his surreal, split screen music video for new track ‘Okra’.

The track features an eerie piano hook early on, before a relentless bass line drops in. The first scene of the video shows Tyler in a grassy field on one side, and Tyler spitting non-stop lyrics on the other. He touches on everything from Grammy nominations, chicken nuggets and financial advisors. The visuals escalate throughout the video until a ‘may cause seizure’ warning sign appears, and shows Tyler wearing a hi-vis outfit in a blinding, strobe lit room.

Tyler will play a bunch of festivals over the American Spring and Summer on the tail end of Flower Boy.

 

Czarface & MF DOOM’s latest collaborative album ‘Czarface Meets Metal Face’ reminisces on the golden age of underground rap. Czarface is made up of Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck and Boston Duo 7L and Esoteric. And they’ve self-appointed a robot-faced ghoul to serve as their avatar, whose mission is to save hip-hop.

Whether or not you think hip-hop needs to be saved, you can tell that Czarface & MF DOOM clearly favour the good old days over progression, and the album is frozen in time. Most fans are saying that the collaboration is far better their recent individual work.

Each song has got good things going for it, but the skits in between give the album a nerdy, comedic factor to create the perfect hip-hop time capsule.

 

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