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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

Jeffery (AKA Young Thug)- “No, My Name Is Jeffery” (Album Stream)

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The cover art is wild, the rollout of the album was confusing, the name change is still over the top and confusing, but this might be the best piece of work that Young Thug has put out to date. Jeffery, aka Young Thug releases his mixtape (album??) No, My Name Is Jeffery today on most major streaming services. He calls on the services of Travis Scott, Quavo, Gunna, Duke, Gucci Mane, Offset, Young Scooter & Wyclef Jean. It seriously sonically sounds amazing and you can tell Thugga sat down and actually wrote these songs rather than just free styling. Do not skip over this project. Stream on Spotify below and also check it out on Apple Music or Tidal.

Written by Erik Lindberg

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

Lil’ Wayne- “Free Weezy Album”

largeIn case you missed it, Lil’ Wayne dropped off his brand new album, The Free Weezy Album on July 4th on Tidal. The album has 15 tracks of some of Wayne’s best work since Tha Carter III. The feature list includes Jake Troth, HOODYBABY, Leah Hayes, Bibi Bourelly, Capo, Corey Gunz, Euro, Junior Reid, Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy. You guys should definitely check the album out on Tidal or download on Datpiff here. Peep the full tracklist below.

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