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Jay-Z’s “4:44” hits the street on June 30th

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Sprint & Tidal users are getting a treat on June 30th. A few days ago Jay-Z announced he was releasing his new album and movie (possibly a documentary?) next week exclusively on his streaming service and Sprint’s mobile network. On top of all that, the entire album is solely produced by legendary No I.D. It has been over four years since we have gotten a full fledged project from the rapper so let the hype begin! Be on the lookout for more info on the project in the coming days and hopefully a single. June 30th is just right around the corner!

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Written by Erik Lindberg

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Kanye West continuing to mix “The Life Of Pablo” is a significant step for all artists, producers and engineers

3056803-poster-p-1-the-life-of-the-life-of-pablo.jpgTired of hearing about Kanye? Well as a music producer myself, I’m not. Yes I’m a fan and yes I might be one of those kids who will sit there and try to defend Kanye to anyone who completely bashes him but so what? From a musical standpoint, what he is doing with his latest album The Life Of Pablo and “Wolves” especially, is amazing.

Yesterday, Kanye updated one of the most talked about songs, before it’s release, on Tidal. He changed quite a bit actually. The original “final mix” consisted of a song structure that went from; Kanye’s auto-tune intro/chorus,  first and only long verse, vocal interlude that slides into Frank Ocean’s outro. Ye dropped both Vic Mensa and Sia’s part from the live performances they did late last year. That is a significant amount of heard content that Kanye excluded.

Kanye West, Vic Mensa & Sia live performing “Wolves”

As an aspiring music producer and audio engineer, the fact that Kanye and only Kanye is in complete control of the final product that is being streamed on Tidal, is so amazing creatively but also a big deal for the music industry and other artists. Yes, Kanye works with a lot of people to put out this final project in the studio, but just the fact that he has the final say on how something sounds and how it is being broadcasted sonically is a huge step forward for any artist. This is something that music hubs like soundcloud and audiomack have been offering for year. But Kanye, a major label artist, is doing this through Tidal, one of three major market streaming services beside Apple Music and Spotify.

For “Wolves 2.0,” Ye adds some more drum layers, adds Vic Mensa and Sia’s part, changes a ton of vocal effects and adds some ad libs on his ending sequence. What else is crazy is that he pushed Frank Ocean’s little vocal ditty to it’s own song. This is so much music to re-engineer, mix, master, edit and manipulate three weeks after the official release.

What this means for artists, producers and engineers is this, why settle for something that you already released to the public if you still believe you could do better. A lot of people that I have worked in music with before have all expressed how musicianship is full of constant changes. Hell, this is half the reason I can’t hardly finish a song because I’m never satisfied with final mixes and song structures. I always want more and more change. If you ever have preformed live in any matter, you’ll know that no performance is the same. You are constantly adjusting almost every small detail in your sound. That is why they say music is a gift that keeps on giving.

By Kanye West continuing to change a major label release such as The Life Of Pablo, it is helping pushing the boundaries of contemporary artistry and musicianship and challenges the idea that the music that he is making is in his complete control and not in the hands of these major labels. Artists, producers and engineers keeping making music, keep updating it and never be satisfied. Because that next edit or change you want to make to a mix could be what ends up getting noticed. Who really knows?

“Wolves” is one hell of a song though no matter how many times Kanye changes it. I hope he continues to mix and changes his stuff. Who really knows what could come next??

Written by Erik Lindberg

[NEW] Kid Cudi shares “Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven”

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Sitting and complaining that you want ’08 Cudi back is like complaining you want ’08 Wayne back, it’s not gonna happen. Embrace Cudi’s new sound or go back and listen to MOTM I or II. This new approach Cudi has taken hasn’t been met with as much praise as his earlier work but I love it. On “Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven,” the title track to his upcoming album, he hits us with his smooth voice going over production that’s reminiscent of WZRD. Check out the single below and enjoy.

Written by Jesse Wiles

Chief Keef- “Bouncin”

901a4529fbff7b702674996c7d42fc46.600x600x1Earlier this week, Chief Keef released the first song of of the second installment of Bang 3. The second disc is expected to arrive on September 18th and includes 12 tracks with one feature. And that feature is the one and only Based God, Lil B himself. Be sure to pre-order Bang 3 Part 2 on iTunes and listen to “Bouncin” below.

Written by E.L.

[SMOOTH] Toro Y Moi keeps the new music coming with “2Late” ft. Kool A.D. & SAFE

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Toro Y Moi is keeping all of us on our toes with these random releases. Following up his “Room For 1Zone” release from a little over a week ago he’s back with “2Late.” The track features Kool A.D. and SAFE and can be listened to below. His EP is due out this fall.

Written by Jesse Wiles