Rap Beef ft. Drake, Kid Cudi, and Pusha T

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Last night, Drake fans rejoiced as the Toronto rapper released four new songs said to be off an upcoming project titled, “More Life.”

In all of the hype, one of the new singles titled “2 Birds, One Stone” has provoked a spur of discussion on twitter and social media outlets, as the song is rumoured to take hits at both Pusha T and Kid Cudi.

Earlier this month, Pusha released the single “H.G.T.V. Freestyle”, his first since the release of “Drug Dealers Anonymous” featuring Jay-Z in late June of this year. In “H.G.T.V.” Pusha T raps, saying:

“It’s too far gone when the realest ain’t real / I walk amongst the clouds so your ceilings ain’t real / These n****s ‘Call of Duty’ ’cause they killings ain’t real / With a questionable pen so the feeling ain’t real”

This quote is supposedly directed towards Drake who has been criticized heavily throughout his career for working with ghostwriters on many of his tracks.

Now, the public is saying that lyrics from “2 Birds, One Stone” are meant as a rebuttal to shots fired by Pusha T. In the song, Drake goes on to say:

“But really it’s you with all the drug dealer stories that’s gotta stop though / You made a couple chops and now you think you Chapo / If you ask me though you ain’t lining in the trunk with kilo’s / You bagging weed with all your n****s watching Pacino / Like ‘this is what we need to be on,’ but never went live”

It seems that Drake has used this opportunity to address Pusha T’s exaggerated drug dealing history, and also as a dis towards Pusha’s songs regularly being related to drugs in general. The lyrical backfire between Drake and Pusha T is quite likely, seeing as the two rappers have had a longstanding history of distaste towards one another.

The more controversial debate however, arises from quotes in “2 Birds, One Stone” which are allegedly directed at Kid Cudi.

“You were the man on the moon, now you go through your phases / Life of the angry and famous / Rap like I know I’m the greatest and give you the tropical flavours / Still never been on hiatus / You stay xan and perked up so when reality set in you don’t gotta face it”

Kid Cudi mentioned Drake during his recent ravings on Twitter, where he called out the 6 God for being “fake”.  Post Twitter-rant however, Kudi checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal urges. It is this turn of events that had sparked criticism towards Drake in the light of the “2 Birds, One Stone” release.

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/10/25/DRAKE-KID-CUDI-PUSHA-T-RAP-BEEF-TRIANGLE

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M83 live at Rebel Nightclub

382ce3_7a3b59d9ab6248378d4ba303aa7c8636-mv2Last night at Rebel (formerly known as Sound Academy) in downtown Toronto, M83 took to the stage to perform and promote their seventh studio album, Junk, in an epic show full of glittering lights, heady beats, ethereal vocals, and much more! All of the most dreamy and exquisite elements came together to create a glorious sensory overload of an evening.

As the lights started to twinkle and clouds of smoke drifted out from the stage, the comforting sound of synth, which ultimately became the song “Intro” from Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (2011,) came buzzing out most appropriately over the speakers. A cohesive blend of songs pulled from both of the band’s two most recent albums, allowed for an energetic and sublime dance party to quickly be established. Crowd favourites from the evening included the stirring, hauntingly beautiful, “Wait”. Also, “Bibi The Dog” and “Laser Gun” featuring Mai Lan from the album Junk were both energetic and groovy tracks which got the masses dancing. The ultimate high point from the evening however was hearing Midnight City. At this point, the whole band came alive and their true and merited star quality was put on full display. An epic live saxophone solo was the ultimate climax of the whole performance.

After receiving such praise for Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, the band fell on harsh criticism with the release of Junk, on April 8th of this year. The album, which plays heavily on 80s “cheesiness” had its obvious highs and lows. In an interview with Pitchfork, Gonzalez said “This is how people listen to music nowadays: They’re just gonna pick certain songs they like—one, two, if you’re lucky—and trash the rest. All else becomes junk.” Similar to Gonzalez’s other work, nostalgia is heavily imbedded in the emotion and lyrics of the album, Junk. Luckily, this feeling was transformed into a dazzling effect, emphasized and embraced when performed live.

Over the course of the last 15 years, the band from Antibes, France led by front man Anthony Gonzalez has become well-known for making synth heavy, psychedelic music. They have grown to establish a solid fan following and the show absolutely did not disappoint!

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/10/19/M83-LIGHT-UP-REBEL

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“Nothing Personal” by: Night Riots (Review)

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Nothing Personal is newest single from Night Riots’s upcoming album Love Gloom, which is scheduled to release on October 21st of this year. The single fits in well with the band’s general alternative rock description. The heavy use of electric guitar and drums produce a poppy, rock and roll sound while the lyrics remain dark and aggressive.

The band from California is composed of Travis Hawley on lead vocals, Nick Fotinakes (guitar,) Matt DePauw (guitar,) Mikel Van Kranenburg (bass,) and Rico Rodriguez (drums.) The group started making music while they were in high school and they have come a long way since then. Along with the four EPs that the band released in the past, Love Gloom will be their second full-length studio album. Night Riots tours regularly and this was the key in the beginning of their career which allowed for them to draw in such a huge fan following so early on. The band’s name originated from the feeling you get while watching one of their shows, which typically happen at night-time.

This article was publishedhttp://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/10/18/ITS-NOTHING-PERSONAL-TO-NIGHT-RIOTS

“Addicted to Heartbreak” by: Anna Renee (Review)

10014255_530884220365510_972087933_oAnna Renee’s newest video release for her song Addicted to Heartbreak is a haunting portrayal of the beauty and pains that accompany love and romance. The video follows her through what seems to be a perpetual pattern of addiction. We can observe the emotional transition from peaks caused by love and intimacy, to a swift spiralling into loneliness and emptiness soon after. Love is the drug that Renee struggles with in the song and it is an introspective look into the curious workings of Renee’s mind and soul. In the video, Anna Renee’s dancing is beautiful and tragic which adds to the visual allure and artistry of the video as a whole.

Anna Renee is a star on the rise and she is incredibly talented as she not only sings, but also writes her own songs, and she is also a successful actress respectively. Her music incorporates aspects of pop, blues, and soul. The Los Angeles based triple threat is working on an EP, which will be released on October 28th, 2016.

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/10/15/ANNA-RENEE-IS-ADDICTED-TO-HEARTBREAK

“Child’s Play” by: 8 Track (Review)

382ce3_1d50dff536d44c2bb05ebd7d9f523002-mv2_d_2048_1404_s_2Check out the new genre-jumping band from DC, 8 Track’s most recent single “Child’s Play”! The song is a coming of age story. It highlights the need for finding one’s purpose and coming to terms with the cards that we are dealt in life. The song as a whole is easy on the ears with a collection of voices layered upon one another; however the message it relays is quite profound as the group members set out to reflect on some of life’s greatest struggles, such as health and livelihood.

Jake, Darius, J Rob, and Recinotes are the integral pieces working together to form 8 Track. The musical group is fairly new and unknown, with only two songs posted to their Soundcloud page so far. Although the song “Child’s Play” quite obviously falls into the category of hip-hop/rap, their other single, “Not the One”, totally lies somewhere in the genre of alternative rock. This polarity and range that exists in their work certainly shows the group’s potential for dimension and successful diversity. A first studio album titled, Rewind is currently in the works by the group, and with the musical pieces that are presently at our ears’ disposal, it is intriguing to wonder what 8 Track have in store for the remainder of their upcoming album.

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/10/13/8-TRACK-BRINGS-REFRESHING-CHILDS-PLAY

“Tribes” by: BeachSeason (Review)

beach-season_promo-photo_graffiti-wall_photo-credit-andy-win-1BeachSeason is back with the release of a new single, “Tribes”. The new song is a sexy and groovy R&B track full of gentle velvety vocals, and deep beats. “Tribes” arrives in the waiting anticipation of BeachSeason’s upcoming EP release, Libra Year, which is scheduled to drop on November 11th of this year.

Sam Avant and Simon Blitzer team up to form the group, which describes its sound as “booty wave”. BeachSeason’s music is a mix of fluttering electronic melodies, and smooth and polished vocals, which work together to create an R&B genre all their own. You might be familiar with Sam and Simon’s work already from their first EP, “Internet Evenings”, which was released in 2013. The duo from Calgary has also previously made music under the name of Obey The Crooks.

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/10/12/BEACHSEASON-MAKE-BOOTYWAVE-WITH-TRIBES

“RARE PANTHER + BEACH HOUSE” by: DUCKWRTH (Review)

ctdv9hcukaeqd26DUCKWRTH is wholly aware of the beauty of artistry and he takes advantage of opportunities where he can express himself through art in plenty of forms. His career passes fluidly through multiple artistic disciplines. Aside from his already successful and growing musical career, he also directs visual videos, he works in photography, and he contributes as a hugely talented graphic designer to the art collective, ThemHellas along with having his own graphic design company BluuDragon. You might also recognize his face from his various modelling campaigns for companies like the clothing brand Rare Panther, which happens to be featured in the title of the song “Rare Panther + Beach House” from his newest EP “I’M UUGLY.”

With an EP titled “I’M UUGLY”, DUCKWRTH chose to explore the whole idea of “beauty” within society and how something different or “ugly” can actually be what is beautiful simply due to its uniqueness and speciality. With that being said, DUCKWRTH projects quite a lovely and appealing aesthetic in his videos and artwork with the use of a lot of bright colours. He also uses visuals that play with the mind’s curiosity and imagination. With the release of his most recent EP this September, he paired every song with an original piece of artwork.

In an interview with Earmilk he described his sound as being “the love child of Pharrell and Andre 3000.” The EP pairs elements of hip hop, rap, dance, and various other genres ever so seamlessly. The song “Rare Panther + Beach House” is groovy and sexy. It’s a pastel world that explores human nature and love, where passion intertwines with happiness and despair, while never ceasing to remain catchy and in tune.

 DUCKWRTH successfully explores the disturbingly beautiful side of life in his music and art.

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/10/07/DUCKWRTHS-RARE-PANTHER-BEACH-HOUSE-VIDEO

“A Beautiful Mystery” by: Katie Costello (Review)

2010103004_0obf46Katie Costello brings to life the inner rebel that we all have inside of us. She was born and raised in Southern California and quickly felt the suffocation of the “mundane” produced by living in suburbia. Ergo – in tune with her “rebel pop singer songwriter persona” – Costello moved to New York to pursue her dreams of a possibly flourishing and enlightened musical career at only the age of 17!

Throughout her years performing, composing, and producing she has created a pretty extensive catalogue of awesome music. Her discography includes two full-length albums: Kaleidoscope Machine (2008) and, Lamplight (2011.) Her most recent release is an EP titled “From the Vault”, which is comprised of five original songs including “A Beautiful Mystery.”

 On her website, she tells the audience of her mantra of “classic song writing, authentic musicality featuring piano and guitar, raw emotion, and honest lyrics” which can all be found in the new single! Costello’s voice is raw, raspy, and at the same time crisp, beautiful, and crystal clear. Her music if a breath of fresh air and she is utterly true to herself in her lyrics. “Live young and free… This world can be a beautiful mystery,” reminds us all that life is fleeting and our curiosity should meet no bounds.

Costello encourages you to “go on, take a picture of her heart” in her new single “A Beautiful Mystery”

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/10/06/KATIE-COSTELLO-IS-A-BEAUTIFUL-MYSTERY

“13th Floor” by: Bravestation (Review)

bravestation_0004784513_10Although it is Monday, Bravestation’s new single “13th Floor” will help you escape any kind of post-weekend slump you might be experiencing.

The band based out of Toronto have recently spoken about their blooming appreciation and love of disco music and in how disco has come to influence them in the creation and the production of their new single “13th Floor”. Their music regularly feels funky and energetic coming as an effect of heavily used synth, and “13th Floor” is no different. The new song is fun and flirty, with a narrative which follows a new and blossoming love story. A metaphor in the story is established by the “13th floor” in the song symbolizing a place full of mystery and exciting new adventure. “Everyone wants to experience something new and go somewhere they’ve never been. “13th Floor” is us exploring that desire and trying to find our own surreal and exciting space” was how band member, Devin Wilson, described the idea behind the song.

Bravestation continue to create incredibly catchy and uplifting music which falls into the genre of new wave disco. Listen to the “disco casual” new single from Bravestation, “13th Floor.”

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/10/04/BRAVESTATION-RELEASE-13TH-FLOOR