Music Bite: Governors Ball Releases 2015 Lineup

January 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

governors-ball-2015-festivalStraight after the announcement of Coachella 2015, Governors Ball has also dropped their lineup for this year! The NYC music festival will be headlined by rapper du jour, Drake, but also features big-name artists like the Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, Florence + The Machine and Bjork.

Other acts include Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Chromeo, The War on Drugs, Ratatat, Hot Chip, Flying Lotus, SBTRKT, Kaytranada, ODESZA, Kiesza, Conor Oberst, Death From Above 1979, Future Islands, Twin Shadow, Sharon Van Etten, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, MØ, Little Dragon, DIIV, Mayer Hawthorne.

As always, the festival will take place June 5th – 7th on Randall’s Island. Three-day general admission and VIP passes are available here beginning Friday, January 9th.

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2014: A Year In Music – Youth & Hysteria’s Best of the Best

December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

As 2014 comes to a close with only a few days to spare, I’ve taken the time to look back at all the music highlights from this year. To be honest, the past 12 months were very basic and there was not much to write home about. Nonetheless, I’ve somehow managed to gather the best moments of 2014. This is my most jam-packed post of the year, so get ready!

Pop Song of the Year: “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

R&B Song of the Year: “New Flame” by Chris Brown feat. Usher Rick Ross

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “Worst Behavior” by Drake

Rock Song of the Year: I honestly don’t have one.

Indie/Alternative Song of the Year: “Two Weeks” by FKA Twigs

Remix of the Year: “***Flawless” by Beyonce feat. Nicki Minaj

Electronic/Dance Song of the Year: “Hideaway” by Kiesza

Dancehall Song of the Year: “Everything Nice” by Popcaan

Reggae Song of the Year: “Here Comes Trouble” by Chronixx

Street Anthem of the Year: “Hot Nigga” by Bobby Shmurda

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New Music: Drake – “Trophies”

December 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

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After teasing fans with brief snippets for the past few months, Drake has now released the official version of his much-anticipated song – “Trophies.”

Produced by Hit-Boy, the song is a triumphant anthem – complete with blaring trumpets and a stomping bass. The rapper continues his Eminem-inspired angered flow as he reflects on his success, his parents’ divorce and more.

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Music Bite: The Weeknd Joins Justin Timberlake On Tour

November 5, 2013 § 1 Comment

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The Weeknd is making huge career strides, as he plans to join Justin Timberlake on a string of dates for his 20/20 Experience Tour. He will be opening for JT on six major arena dates. The singer will also join Drake on the European leg of Would You Like A Tour? next year.

Check out The Weeknd’s tour dates after the jump!

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New Video: Drake – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”

September 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Drake celebrates the release of his third album, Nothing Was The Same, by releasing the video for everyone’s favorite song – “Hold On, We’re Going Home.”

In the Scarface-inspired mini-movie, the singer/rapper and his crew try to rescue Drake’s girl who’s been held hostage. Look out for a surprise appearance from A$AP Rocky, GBE’s Fredo Santana and Scarface‘s own Steven Bauer!

Get into it below:

Nothing Was The Same is in stores now.

Drake – Nothing Was The Same: Album Review

September 24, 2013 § 2 Comments

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Who knew after the release of 2009’s So Far Gone that a young actor-turned-rapper/singer from Toronto would be at the pulse of rap music today? Here we are a few years later, and Drake is increasingly making more of a name for himself. Nothing Was The Same (out today, September 24), his third studio album, shows another, darker facet of Drake. Following the depressive, PBR&B memoir that was 2011’s Take Care (which won the 2012 Grammy for Best Rap Album), NWTS finds the Canadian MC in a colder and blearier state.

Drake has been striving to be just like Jay Z or even Kanye West (who reunited with Drake at this year’s OVO Fest), but NWTS is passive compared to luxurious Magna Carta Holy Grail or the abrasive Yeezus. Still, it’s clear that he’s vying for the number one spot, as Drizzy tries to kick an ever-growing Kendrick Lamar out of the game and take the crown for himself.

The album opens with “Tuscan Leather,” which immediately signals an even more confident Drake — one who channels Jay Z throughout the six-minute track with bold lyrics laid over a dizzying production that is reminiscent of a 2004 Kanye West (due to the Whitney Houston “I Have Nothing” sample and background vocals from Wu-Tang‘s Cappadonna). The track interestingly mirrors the Take Care opener “Over My Dead Body,” where the rapper spits braggadocio lyrics like “comin’ off the last record, I’m gettin’ 20 million off the record/ Just to off these records, nigga that’s a record/ I’m tired of hearing ’bout who you checkin’ for now/ Just give it time, we’ll see who’s still around a decade from now.”

Drake has given us inescapable phrases like “Yes Lord!,” “Shooting in the gym,” “I’m on one,” and the hashtag-appropriate “YOLO.” His latest addition is in the form of the eerie track yet popular club anthem, “Started From The Bottom” – the catchy first single released from the album back in February of this year. “Wu-Tang Forever” finds Drake taking a different turn, slightly sounding like Eminem when he was cursing out his ex-wife on the The Marshall Mathers LP‘s explicitly chilling cut “Kim” – but he didn’t take it far enough. If he channeled that hysterical energy throughout the song, “Wu-Tang Forever” could have been a masterpiece.

Yet the song seeps beautifully into “Own It,” the second chapter to Drake’s gloomy love story. The tune is derivative of his previous sappy tunes (ie. “Marvin’s Room”) with lyrics like “Next time we fuck, I don’t want to fuck, I want to make love/ Next time we talk, I don’t want to just talk, I want to trust.” What saves the borderline draining song is the aqueous sound effects and weighty bass drops.

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