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Arctic Monkeys – Hold On, We’re Going Home (Drake Cover)

By Will Oliver, September 13th 2013 — with 2 comments

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If there was ever a way to get me to listen to a Drake song constantly, getting Arctic Monkeys to cover it is a pretty good way to do it. They did just that when they covered Drake’s latest single, “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” They covered it live during there performance on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

It’s pretty freaking good, and of course Turner throws in a “tha knows” in there for good measure. Honestly, this would have fit in perfectly on AM.

Find a video of the performance below. After that you can grab a mp3 download of the cover if you so desire.
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[new]: The Weeknd – Live For (Feat. Drake)

By Will Oliver, August 19th 2013

The Weeknd

The Weeknd has returned with a new track called “Live For” that features none other than Drake. It’s off his new album Kiss Land which comes out on September 10. It’s a pretty catch track, and I am not a fan of Drake, but I didn’t mind his verse here.

Take a listen below.

Drake – Take Care (Feat. Rihanna) (Samples Jamie XX)

By Will Oliver, November 7th 2011 — with 3 comments

Drake is very hit and miss for me (more of the latter), but when I heard that he was working with Jamie XX, even I was impressed. Drake’s new album Take Care has leaked, and I just heard the title cut which features Rihanna, as well as a sample of Jamie xx’s remixed Gil Scott-Heron track “I’ll Take Care of You”.

I gotta say, this is a pretty solid track. One that I just may go back to from time to time:
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A remix of Kanye’s “All Of The Lights” has been released, although there’s no new verse from Kanye on it. It does feature verses from Lil Wayne, Drake, and Big Sean. This is apparently the rough version of the remix. There should be another version on the way featuring a new Kanye verse, as well as one from Jay-Z.

Check out what we’re working with right now:

[mp3]: Kanye West – All Of The Lights (Remix) (Feat. Lil Wayne, Big Sean & Drake)

NYPD Cancel Free Drake Concert

By Will Oliver, June 15th 2010 — with 2 comments

Drake is so damn popular now that the NYPD has to shut down his shows in order to keep crowds in order. Today, Drake played a free show today at South Street Seaport to celebrate the release of his debut album Thank Me Later. Turns out more fans showed up than anyone expected. The number was very high up in the thousands.

The crowd was too large, posing a potential risk, forcing the NYPD to cancel the show. The crowd then got rowdy and started to push, shove, and even fight. That is completely insane, because I’ve been to the Seaport many times and could never imagine that many people there. Pretty scary stuff.

Here is a fan video capturing the crowd in action:

Update! Here is another video:

Drake tweeted about the show being canned, saying “Police are shutting down the show at South Seaport! I’m on my way anyways…Drizzy Hendrix Woodstock 2010“….then eventually writing: “NYPD will not let me go on stage tonight“, “I am so dissapointed. To all the devoted fans that came out I wish you could have seen what I had planned! Until next time

I guess this is what happens the day after pitchfork gives your album a 8.4

[NEW] Jay-Z – We Off That (Feat. Drake)

By Will Oliver, August 24th 2009 — with 4 comments

New Jay-Z has said hello to the inter web. It is track #8 off of Jigga’s new album The Blueprint 3.

Honestly, I’m kinda disappointed with this one.. This hardly sounds like Jay-Z. This sounds like Jay-Z trying to sound more radio friendly, which he doesn’t need to do…at all. I don’t know who this Drake fella is (aside from the fact that he used to be on Degrassi, or still is??) but he doesn’t add to much, at least in my opinion. I believe Timbaland produced this one.

Will this song grow on me? Doesn’t seem too likely, but you never know….

[mp3] : Jay-Z – We Off That (Feat. Drake)

Here’s the full tracklisting for The Blueprint 3:

01 What We Talkin’ About [ft. Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun]
02 Thank You
03 D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)
04 Run This Town [ft. Kanye West and Rihanna]
05 Empire State of Mind [ft. Alicia Keys]
06 Real As It Gets [ft. Young Jeezy]
07 On to the Next One [ft. Swizz Beatz]
08 Off That [ft. Drake]
09 A Star Is Born [ft. J. Cole]
10 Venus Vs. Mars
11 Already Home [ft. Kid Cudi]
12 Hate [ft. Kanye West]
13 Reminder
14 So Ambitious [ft. Pharrell]
15 Young Forever [ft. Mr. Hudson]

(according to that, there is no MGMT track) …im starting to get nervous about this album. Am I the only one?

[new]: Tobias Jesso Jr. – “How Could You Babe”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015

Tobias Jesso Jr

Hot rising artist Tobias Jesso Jr. is a name that should be on your radar immediately. I caught a intimate performance from him last November at a loft space in Williamsburg, where he previewed tracks from his debut album Goon (out March 17 via True Panther). There was a lot of blog buzz about him floating around, and that performance proved it all to be true. Jesso Jr. is indeed an amazing talent, one that is going to steal a lot of hearts in the upcoming months.

He’s released a few cuts from the album already (“Hollywood,” “True Love,” and “Just A Dream,”) and the latest single is the fragile ballad “How Could You Babe.” While the live version I saw was a solo version featuring just Jesso Jr. and his piano, the recorded product features a bit more production. Even so, it still finds a way to capture that sweeping intimacy that seems to come natural to Jesso Jr. Credit to Patrick Carney, JR White and Ariel Rechtshaid, who all had a hand in the album’s production.

Goon is shaping up to be not only one of the best debut albums of the year, but one the best albums, period.

Check out the wonderful “How Could You Babe” music video below, which was directed by Grant Singer.
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