Kendrick Lamar attends an all-white funeral before popping champagne and heading to the celebratory burial in this symbolic Lil Homies and OG Mike Mihail-directed video for his fourth official single, ”Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.”
The Compton lyricist will be kicking off his “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” World Tour in Las Vegas on May 22 and wrapping things up in Paris, France on August 23. Click here to view the complete tour dates and to purchase your ticket.
In conjunction with Refinery29 and Absolut Tune, songstress Solange dons big curls and vibrant garments as she hits up different spots in South Brooklyn, including her home, the eye-catching pinkstone found in Park Slope, and a party with her amigos, in the colorful, Alan Del Rio Ortiz-directed mini-visuals for “Locked In Closets.” This ’80s inspired track is from Solo’s latest project―a 7-track EP entitled True.
Watch Solange’s mini-video for “Locked in Closets” below.
Chicago youth poet Malcom London breaks down the cycling patterns of the survival of the fittest mentality within the schooling system in this spoken word piece entitled “High School Training Ground.” As noted by the folks at TED Talks Education, “he tells of the ‘oceans of adolescence’ who come to school ‘but never learn to swim,’ of ‘masculinity mimicked by men who grew up with no fathers.’”
Watch Malcolm London’s compelling performance of ”High School Training Ground.”
Never play with someone’s heart, because karma always comes back around like a boomerang. This is the message behind Lyfe Jennings‘ first single, “Boomerang,” produced by G2G and LaShaunda ‘Baby Girl’ Carr. No word on his upcoming fifth album’s title or release date as of yet.
Stream “Boomerang” by Lyfe Jennings below. [iTunes]
You can’t talk about electronic music without mentioning Detroit. That’s why in the second edition of Real Scenes, RA and Bench went to the city which birthed the genre we now call techno.
Detroit has always had a creative streak, due in large part to the boom and subsequent bust of the auto industry. Quite simply, Detroit is a city of extremes, and its music reflects that. These days, Detroit’s importance in the global electronic music scene is often referred to in the past tense. When we visited the city, though, we found a number of artists with their eyes (and ears) firmly set towards the future. After our time in the Motor City, it’s clear to us that Detroit will endure and innovate for years to come.
Watch “Real Scenes: Detroit” below.
Scandinavian singer Marie Dahlstrøm covers folk band Bon Iver’s “Perth,” written by Justin Vernon. The London-based songbird keeps the airy, electronic feel of the original track, but strips away the march-like percussion and bright distorted guitars unveiling a spaced out, piano arrangement with soft saxophone elements. This is one of those feel good records.
Stream Marie Dahlstrøm’s rendition of “Perth” below.
Soulful rocker Gary Clark, Jr. grows “Numb” whenever he has an argument with his girlfriend in the black-and-white, OG-directed visuals for this heavily distorted/percussive single. This record is from his latest soul-rock LP, entitled Blak and Blu.
Watch Gary Clark, Jr.’s visuals for “Numb.”
Following up her hit first single, “Love and War,” Tamar Braxton samples Mtume’s classic ’83 joint, “Juicy Fruit,” on her new Yung Berg and LaShawn Daniels-produced single entitled “The One.” This record will be featured on her new LP, Love and War, set to be released July 23.
Stream Tamar’s “The One” below.