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(News:) A Track-by-Track Preview of J. Cole’s “Cole World: The Sideline Story”

Last night as part of the team, I got a chance to preview J. Cole’s debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story with a number of music critics, bloggers, and Cole himself, at Roc the Mic Studios in Manhattan. Not only was this a dream come true, as a huge Cole fan, but this was also my first listening session.

I wrote an extensive, track-by-track breakdown of the non-finalized album that was played for us last night which you can check out over here.

Cole World: The Sideline Story in stores September 27th!

Related: (Video:) J. Cole – Work Out

(News:) Machine Gun Kelly Signs to Bad Boy Records

This is OUR life journey.. this is OUR decision.. this is the beginning of a new journey for EST 19XX!! Lace Up!

Congrats are in order for the Cleveland rapper, keep doing your thing! Check out MGK‘s story in the video above and be on the lookout for big things to be coming soon.

Related: (Video:) Machine Gun Kelly – I Know ft. Ray Jr.

(News:) Theophilus London Announces Fall Tour Dates


Timez Are Weird Tour kicks off August 11th in NYC and wraps up October 27th in Boston. You can catch T.L. on a number of solo dates as well as performing several dates with acts like Big Boi, Solange Knowles, Twin Shadow, Nas & Damian Marley and more.  Timez Are Weird These Days available now! You can purchase tickets for the tour here.

(News:) Odd Future Announce Tour Dates

According to RR, the Odd Future boys and girl will be hitting the road starting on September 28th in San Diego for a 27-date your across the U.S.. The “Golf Wang” Tour 2011 will be wrapping up November 8th in Tempe, Arizona. Tickets go on sale next week. Check out a full list of tour dates below:

September 28 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
September 30 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
October 2 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
October 3 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue
October 4 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
October 7 – Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
October 8 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
October 9 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
October 11 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
October 12 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
October 14 – Chicago, IL – Metro
October 15 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
October 16 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
October 18 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
October 19 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
October 21 – Boston, MA – Royale
October 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
October 23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
October 24 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
October 27 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
October 28 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
October 30 – New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Fest
October 31 – Miami, FL – Fillmore
November 2 – Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor
November 3 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
November 6 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 8 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

(News:) Childish Gambino Announces New Album “Camp”

“‘Community’s’ Donald Glover announced the name and released the cover art for his new album today: Camp. That up there is the cover. Set to be released under his Childish Gambino moniker in September, presumably self-released like all his other musical output, it’ll be his second full-length effort. He also released a teaser video with a snippet of a song and some footage from his “I Am Donald” tour, which you can check out below.” –Splitsider

Video by Dan Eckman.

(News:) Watch the Throne Tour Dates Announced

Kanye West and Jay-Z are no more, from now on they are to be referred to as “The Throne” according to a press release today that also included tour dates for the duo as well as the album’s OFFICIAL release date, which is now August 8th (same day tickets go on sale). The album will be available for purchase exclusively on iTunes and should be in stores several days later. See you at the IZOD center! Check out a some of the tour dates and locations below with the entire list located after the jump:

9/22/11      Detroit, MI           Palace of Auburn Hills
9/24/11      Toronto, ON           Air Canada Centre
9/25/11     Montreal, QC       Bell Centre
9/27/11      East Rutherford, NJ       Izod Center
9/28/11      East Rutherford, NJ       Izod Center
9/29/11      Washington DC       Verizon Center
10/4/11      Philadelphia, PA       Wells Fargo Center
10/6/11      Chicago, IL            United Center
10/7/11     Chicago, IL           United Center
10/8/11     Minneapolis, MN       Target Center
10/10/11     Denver, CO           Pepsi Center

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(News:) The Cool Kids Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Riding high off the success of their album’s release, The Cool Kids have announced U.S. tour dates in support of When Fish Ride Bicycles, which is in stores now! Check out the cities and dates below, and make sure you check them out if they end up coming to your area! I personally will be catching them at Lollapalooza (8/7) and at the Brooklyn Bowl (8/10).

July 23rd – Ocean City, MD – Dew Tour
July 28th – Oakland, CA – New Parish
July 30th – Los Angeles, CA – Audiotistic
July 31st – Tucson, AZ – Congress
August 2nd – Denver, CO – Fox Theater
August 5th – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club (Lollapalooza Pre-Party)
August 7th – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
August 9th – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
August 10th – NYC – Brooklyn Bowl
August 11th – Westchester, PA – The Note
August 14th – Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop

Related: (Music:) The Cool Kids – Roll Call ft. Asher Roth, Chip Tha Ripper & Boldy James

(News:) Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV (Tracklist)

For now this is just rumored, but it looks legit to me, especially since Wayne is on record with MTV saying that the album is finished. Tha Carter IV in stores August 29th!

1- It’s Weezy’s… (Intro)
2- 6’7′ (ft. Cory Gunz)
3- Triple Exclusive
4- Nightmares Of The Bottom
5- My Wife Hate My Life (ft. Cee-Lo Green)
6- How to Love
7- Block My Black Heart
8- Bad Strippin’ (Girl’s Bad)
9- Pray To Big Mason (ft. Drake & Nicki Minaj)
10- Life Is A Goal
11- Fast Track (ft. Tech N9ne & Busta Rhymes)
12- Destny Is Over, You Got Real
13- Retire My Royal
14- I’m Ready For You (ft. John Legend)
15- You & Me
16- My Ghost On It
17- Sometimes I Think About Her (Move) (ft. Will.I.Am)
18- Wayne’s World
19- Big Power (Outro) (ft. Nas, Shyne and Jadakiss)

Deluxe Edition

1. Flowers (ft. Lil Twist)
2. John (If I Die Today)  (ft. Rick Ross)

Related: (Mixtape:) Lil Wayne – Sorry 4 the Wait

(News:) The Black Keys, Deadmau5 and Cee-Lo to Headline “Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011”

When: September 10th, 2011

Where: Merriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia, MD)

Who: The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Cee-Lo Green, TV on the Radio, Empire of the Sun, Big Sean, Cut Copy, Patti Smith, and more!!!!

Cost: FREE

On Sale: “Free-Sale” on July 14th here.

(News:) Talib Kweli Announces New Album + Guests

Talib just revealed on his Twitter that his new album, Prisoner of Consciousness, will be dropping in November. The new album will feature appearances by Mos Def, Nelly, Jean Grae, Kendrick Lamar, Curren$y, Maino and more! The album will be released on Blacksmith/EMI.

From an interview done with RubyHornet earlier in the year Talib said the following about his mindstate for the new album: “It’s mandatory for artists to step out of the box. I also pay attention to trends, even though I don’t follow them. Knowing what’s cracking in the streets, clubs, radio helps me to create and sell my music to an ever changing fan base.

Gutter Rainbows is available now!

(News:) Cults Working On Hip-Hop Mixtape

Indie band Cults recently announced in an interview with Spinner, that they are currently working on a hip hop mixtape based on their recently released amazing self titled album. Guitarist Brian Oblivion states, “We’re working on a hip hop mixtape of the album. Like, changing all the songs up and getting up and coming rappers, guys like Freddie Gibbs and Lil B and stuff. That’s gonna be really exciting. We’ve been dealing with a lot of really bizarre managers … interesting personalities.” – SKoA

Currently there is no release date for the project.

(News:) Founder Previews “Watch the Throne” founder and C.E.O. Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur was one of the lucky few invited, on Thursday night, to a listening/preview session for the highly anticipated album from Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne, which is set to release on August 2nd.

No titles or lyrics were provided, however, Jigsaw managed to write some in-depth information about the content, subject matter, and sound of the songs that were played. Below is a brief description of one of the his favorite tracks:

This song [#7] was my absolute favorite. The beat went super hard with Kanye and Jay asking aggressively, “Who gon’ stop me, huh?” This song was rooted in a bassline that was deeply monophonic. At the end, the pair throw the listeners for a loop and jump off the path. Suddenly, the beat changes, random instruments come in and out of this living, breathing song.

You can check out the full preview here.

(News:) Das Racist Announce Debut Album Title and Tracklist

After recently wrapping up production on their new music video for the song “Michael Jackson”, which should be released in the coming weeks, rap group Das Racist revealed during an interview with NBC New York,
that their debut album, which will drop on September 13th, is called Relax. It will be released on group member Himanshi Suri’s Greedhead Music label. Production comes from heavy hitters like Diplo, Anand Wilder, and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij. Check out the tracklist after the jump.

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(News:) Curren$y’s 25 Favorite Albums

Curren$y sat down with recently and created a list of his favorite 25 albums. Some are expected and classics, others are surprises, but it’s an interesting list nonetheless. You can check out the full list here. Below are numbers 25-20:

25. Marvin Gaye – I Want You

24. Marvin Gaye – Here My Dear

23. N.W.A. – Niggaz4Life

22. Dr. Dre – The Chronic

21. Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle

20. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…

Curren$y’s Weekend At Burnie’s is available now!

(News:) Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne (Tracklist)

 August 2nd is the date. Below is the tracklist. Pre-order here.

01 No Church In The Wild ft. Frank Ocean
02 Lift Off ft. Beyoncé
03 Ni66as In Paris
04 Otis ft. Otis Redding
05 Gotta Have It
06 New Day
07 Prime Time
08 Who Gon’ Stop Me
09 Murder To Excellence
10 Welcome To The Jungle
11 Sweet Baby Jesus ft. Frank Ocean
12 Love You So ft. Mr. Hudson

13 Illest Motherfucker Alive [Bonus]
14 H.A.M. [Bonus]
15 That’s My Bitch [Bonus]
16 The Joy ft. Curtis Mayfield [Bonus]