It seems that the Music Streaming war may finally be upon us. Earlier this week the long talked about Beats Music finally gave it's future users a vague release date [January 2014]. There is a ton of hype around this service already, and it seems as though Spotify aims to give it some competition. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Spotify is geared to announce a free mobile streaming service next week. This is rather enticing due to the fact that Spotify already has millions of users, and is currently the most used music streaming service in America.
This announcement would allow new and current users to stream music from their vast catalog on their tablets or smartphones free of charge, instead of the monthly fee it is currently charging. The service would be ad supported, and would allow users to select a certain amount of songs to listen to on demand, with the app choosing the rest of their selections based on their saved content. The idea closely resembles what Pandora is already doing, but with the freedom to be able to have several songs by separate artists at their disposal. Spotify has scheduled a press conference in New York for December 11th, and if the rumors are true we may see this update as soon as then. Stay tuned.
Beats Electronics has announced that it's latest venture, Beats Music will launch publicly in January 2014. The music streaming service aims to compete with the likes of Spotify & Rdio, the two biggest services currently available. The company first garnered attention when they released Beats By Dre in late 2008. The headphones quickly gained mainstream appeal, and have become a staple of music connoisseurs.
Beats Music will act as a entirely separate entity, with CEO Ian Rogers at the helm [Previously of Yahoo! Music], with a initial investment of $60M to bring the product to market. Beats Electronics CEO Jimmy Iovine said today that the project is in beta stages, with many high profile users already taking a liking to the service. The company also launched a "name claiming" site earlier today to ensure that prominent figures don't suffer the same issues they have in the past with other widely adopted services.
This will be some interesting competition in the music streaming world given the fact that Beats has Jimmy Iovine, who has vast access to all of the artists on Interscope Records. What are your thoughts? Do you currently use a music streaming service, and do you enjoy it?
Let us know in the comments!
West Virginia's own Kid Chad just dropped his debut song "Up To You" off his debut album Stars On The Ceiling. We checked out Kid Chad on the recommendation of STARRSET, and we're impressed to say the least. This kid has a nice laid back flow, and the video compliments his rhymes very nicely. The setting reminds me of chilling on the boardwalk, nice and laid back. Get hip to Kid Chad, and check out his debut video after the jump.
Mac Miller has had a busy year so far. He took to Twitter last night to announce his second album of 2013, Live From Space. The album contains 9 live tracks, all material from his second album Watching Movies With The Sound Off which dropped back in June. It also looks like Mac will be gracing fans with five new songs as well. The album is slated to drop on December 17th. Grab it for somebody this Holiday season. I know I will!
Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino newest album "Because The Internet" has officially leaked 8 days ahead of it's street release date. So far there is no official word from Gambino on the situation. We haven't had a chance to listen yet [and honestly will probably wait]. But if you've had a chance to check it out, what did you think? Let us know in the comments below!
Marijuana connoisseur Wiz Khalifa just put his touch on Def Jam signee Jhene Aiko's song "Vapors". The original is the laid back opener to Aiko's new EP, Sail Out. A mellow track with hints of electronica and R&B. Wiz however decided to put his love of Mary Jane into the mix, and raps his usual love of joints and bongs. You can stream the track below. Personally, I had never heard this girl prior to this, and I am really digging this song.
Blues frontman and guitarist Gary Clark Jr. sat down for a short bit with musical blog Noisey. He touches on musical freedom, his strong blues background, and putting your heart and soul into whatever you are doing. For the short length of the video, it's really quite inspiring. If you haven't had a chance to listen to Gary, we highly recommend him. His effort from last year Blak And Blu is a timeless classic. You can check the video after the jump.
Hiphop duo Outkast have been hinting about reuniting for awhile now. Rumors have been swirling about a string of tour dates, including a Coachella performance [where all the best reunions happen]. This has gone on for months with no confirmation, until last night. Bigboi, one half of the group, posted a photo to Instagram with both rappers together. There was no text to accomodate the image, but at the very least, this is a promising sign.
These days it seems Snoop Dogg has more monikors than Diddy. His latest, Snoopzilla is the persona he is using for his collaboration album with Dam Funk. This album comes just after the 20th anniversary of "Doggystyle", Snoop's debut album. This also marks Snoop's second album of 2013. His first being his reggae inspired "Reincarnated", which was released under the monikor "Snoop Lion". Seven Days of Funk doesn't drop until next week, but you can head over to NPR and stream the entire thing. Check the link below.
Stream Here: http://www.npr.org/2013/12/01/247408342/
Goon Road is the name of an actual road located in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Goon Road has a haunted history & was also the go-to place for partying and drugs during Nick 'Whiteout' Menn's teen years. The project will be a concept based on the dark history of the road as well as heavy drug usage. It is meant to blur the perceived lines between reality, life, and death... and will be split into three EPs (there also happens to be three hills on Goon Road). With many layers and symbols spread throughout the expansive project, it will give listeners a chance to find something new with each listen. When asked to describe the overall concept, Nick Menn said "To me, Goon Road is the perfect American, drug-induced horror story. The 3 EPs, or 'hills', represent the ups-and-downs often exaggerated by the choices we make in our lives."
Support at www.GoonRoad.com/HillOne
Production duo STARRSET have dropped their latest effort entitled "Feedback". The track has a smooth, ambient vibe on the production side. Smooth verses compliment this sound, with a auto tuned hook. STARRSET has produced for the likes of Kreayshawn, Richard Bedford (Above & Beyond), Universal Japan & Ultra Records. Be on the lookout for more music from them, and catch their new song after the jump!
Windsor Airlift is an instrumental band that was formed in the fall of 2002 by brothers Tony and Andy Johnson and Adam Young (of Owl City). They played dozens of shows throughout high school and into their college years, until Owl City signed with Universal-Republic. The 3 of them got together on July 24, 2009 to record a live album entitled "We Rule." This is the last time they have all played together.
Tony and Andy have continued to write music for Windsor Airlift and in January 2012 Windsor Airlift released the album "The Meadow." The brothers continued writing throughout 2012 and 2013, and followed up with "Music", their latest effort. I had a chance to talk to Windsor Airlift about how the band started, what it was like working with Adam, plans for the future, and much more. Catch the full interview after the jump!
Billboard.com mentions Doorway in their article about A3C, the Ghostface Killah & Schoolboy Q shows and more. Doorway opened for Jarren Benton, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q on the Revolt.tv Main Stage Saturday October 5th, 2013.
"When we went to Little 5 Points to go check out the Mass Appeal show at the Star Bar for the A3C HipHop Festival we saw this act performing in the parking lot behind the spot. They had this blacked out RV that was setup with a loud ass system and a window for the DJ and a booth with their merch setup next to their van and I was like this is dope! The name of the group is named Doorway and not only was I impressed by their presentation and setup I was equally impressed with their music and performance. Their music style wasnt the Boom Bap HipHop that I love but it was still very good. If theres one thing besides Ghostface show that Ill always remember about A3C, it will be Doorway!"
Check out the music video for "Line Em Up" w/ Rockwell Knuckles and Tef Poe, produced by Bentley Hendrixx, video shot by Alex White.
Got to get in on the http://www.revolt.tv stage at A3C 2013 shoutout to them for letting us grace the stage opening up for Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q it's a blessing!!
The nomination process of the 2013 SLUMFEST HIP HOP AWARDS has started.
Voting for the 2014 SLUMFEST HIP HOP AWARDS will run from Monday September 23, 2013 through Friday November 16, 2013. Nominee list will be posted by mid-December 2013. Please follow all instructions to insure that your vote goes through and are counted.
1. In each categories, please type in the name of the nominees.
2. Make sure you check all of your selections BEFORE to cast all votes.
3. Please use VALID EMAIL ADDRESS when submitting votes.
4. One submission per email address. No submission from dummy email accounts. (Note: submission from dummy accounts will result in ballots not counted)
The 2014 SLUMFEST HIP HOP AWARDS takes place January 25, 2014.
Please vote for Best Group: "Doorway"
Best Male Artist: and or Artist of the year: "Nick Menn", "RtFaq", "Lgifted" or "Sd Thedizzelman"
For Best Video: "Line Em Up ft Rockwell Knuckles & Tef Poe"
Best Hip-Hop Album: Doorway "Four Brothers"