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Drake’s upcoming single ‘Views From the 6′ leaks online

- August 22nd, 2014

Drake’s new album cover and it’s first “official” track have just been leaked, meaning the fall rap battle season is in full swing.

Kanye, give us a little something something, huh?

The single (and apparently title track), “Views From the 6,” was posted late Friday night on YouTube by a user who goes by the name, “The Hop Hop 24.”

According to reputable sources on Twitter, the anonymous YouTube user is the previously unheard of rapper E Batt – the featured artist on Drake’s new track.

It becomes abundantly clear within just mere seconds of listening to the track that it’s not the final product, not by a long shot. It sounds like it’s missing its main drum beat, and it’s a little light on the bass side when compared to other Drake songs.

The lyrics are adequate at best, and coming in at precisely three minutes feels a little too short. After all, this is an artist who’s able to create a nearly perfect six minute song like, “The Real Her.”

Despite its obvious flaws, however, it’s most certainly a Drake song at its core. It’s the kind of track that grows on you with every new listen, so I can only imagine what the final track will actually sound like once a proper version of the song or album is leaked…eventually.

The most disappointing part of the track comes in the form of said aforementioned previously unheard of rapper E-Batt. His tone is monotonous and reminiscent of hundreds of other wannabe rappers coming up in the game right now.

Drake has always been the kind of artist to work with big names while promoting smaller talents he’s discovered on the side (remember the Weeknd?), much like Kid Cudi did with Man on the Moon Part II, but this baritone heavy rapper won’t be making any lasting impressions on the scene.

Except, perhaps, as the man leaking Drake songs on YouTube, no matter how much he protests he’s not.

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The real travesty of this whole situation comes in the form of an angry red, poorly Photoshopped album cover.

It’s hard for the Toronto skyline to stand tall and proud when it’s doused in a red light that belongs in a photography studio’s darkroom and covered with a slightly transparent owl.

I get it Drake, you want to promote Toronto and OVO as being a cohesive unit, but using an abhorrent design choice is certainly not the way to go about doing it.

Hopefully, the album cover posted above isn’t the final version of the design, much like the track bundled with it.

Drake’s Views From the 6 is due out sometime later this year.

Watch the Muppets take on The Beastie Boys

- August 13th, 2014

Finally, Beaker has more to say than just “meep meep.”

Thanks to a new YouTube mashup, we get to see Animal, The Swedish Chef and Dr. Honeydew’s skittish lab assistant in a whole new light: as hip hop stars “rapping” to The Beastie Boys’ 1992 hit So What’cha Want.

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Watch the clip below of the trio, who look like they really let loose on St. Paddy’s Day.

And, for reference, here’s the original:

This isn’t the first time fans have used old Muppets footage to create a puppet rap performance online. Back in 2008, Bert and Ernie were shown dancing their way through “Ante Up” – an R-rated track by hardcore rappers M.O.P.  It’s not for kids, but it’s hard not to laugh at nice, timid Bert rapping about robbing and kidnapping a  “fool.” This clip has over 9 million views.

Warning: Offensive language ahead:

Foo Fighters give fans teaser of new album

- August 8th, 2014

“ALLLLL RIIIIIIIIISE!!!!!”

Yup. That’s it. The first eight, intense seconds (listen below) of Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album has been released by Dave Grohl and co. today. It is 8/8, after all.

Did anyone expect a ballad to kick it off? Dave is at his screamo best, leaving us hanging and desperately waiting for the band to kick it into high gear, but alas, it doesn’t happen. You bunch of teases.

The band will release their as-yet-untitled 13th album in November, with more details to be revealed on Monday.

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Producer Butch Vig describes the effort as “epic,” according to NME. The release will be accompanied by a Dave Grohl-helmed mini-series Sonic Highways, which will document the recording progress.

Kanye West’s latest track leaks

- August 2nd, 2014

Kanye West is a high class performer.

Whether you hate the man or love him, he goes the extra mile, takes every available precaution, to make sure his upcoming work isn’t leaked too far in advance.

Turns out, it didn’t work out very well for him this time around.

This snippet of a track called “All Day” off his upcoming album was leaked on Saturday thanks to some mischievous teen who managed to smuggle his cellphone into a club West was performing at.

Warning: The following video contains coarse language that may be offensive to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised. 

Although there’s no information on the specific location where the audio was recorded, my bets are on a club in Birmingham sometime at the beginning of July.

It was during his stay across the pond that West was rumoured to be performing unheard tracks at small venues after playing the Wireless Musical Festival.

West also admitted in an interview with GQ that he wanted to release his new album, the followup to 2013′s incredibly successful Yeezus record, later this fall.

Listen to it now, boys and girls, before West and his lawyers manage to remove it from the internet entirely.

Or at the very least, try to remove it.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ gets new rap song

- July 22nd, 2014

I guess it’s time we all accept that Vanilla Ice just isn’t the coolest name in rap anymore.

To celebrate Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebsman’s (Battle Los Angeles, Clash of the Titans) upcoming revival of the beloved ’80s cartoon/comic series, the production team thought it would be best to serve up another dose of nostalgia.

Served as cold pizza, of course. Cowabunga, man.

Shell Shocked is the official song of Liebsman’s blockbuster, and if the mood of the track is anything to go by, we may be in for another “mature” reboot of the franchise.

Laced with heavy bass from dubstep DJs extraordinaire Kill The Noise and Madsonik, Shell Shocked sounds like a song you’d hear woven into the background of a Fast and Furious film, not a beloved yet completely ridiculous movie about turtles saving Manhattan from savage criminals.

Then there’s the ridiculous lyrics…and who exactly is Ty Dollar $ign?

The chorus, which seems to repeat an obnoxious amount of times during the three and a half minute play through is, “Knock knock, you about to get shell shocked.”

Not only is it a poorly written line, it makes me question whether any of the three “artists” know what shell shocked actually means. For those wondering, it’s described by Webster’s dictionary as, “mentally confused, upset, or exhausted as a result of excessive stress,” and was used for the first time in 1916, following the first World War.

It’s not even clever, it’s just using puns lazily. Oh, it gets better, too.

“Together ain’t no way we gonna fail, you know I got yo back like a turtle shell,” Juicy J raps in the opening of the first verse, somehow enunciating it in a way that rhymes.

To make the situation -because this track is officially a situation that needs to be resolved- worse, he ends the verse with this beautifully horrendous line: “Check my Rolex, it says I’m the man of the hour. All this green in my pockets you can call it turtle power.”

Surprisingly, Wiz Khalifa’s verse isn’t atrocious. Instead of spitting mocking lines about the Turtle franchise, he chooses to rap about the strength of family and perseverance. You know you’ve got a major problem on your hands, though, when Wiz Khalifa is the one making the most sense in a song.

The best part is, this isn’t the first time TMNT producers have tried to broaden their potential audience by bringing in the current big name hip-hop sensation.

Fans of the TMNT films may recall the second installment in the franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, featured an incredibly addictive track from Vanilla Ice about the facetious reptilian superhero team.

With lyrics like, “Have you ever seen a turtle get down,” and “Gonna rock and roll this place, with the power of the ninja turtle bass,” it’s almost impossible to think that someone would come along and try to best an instant classic.

Say what you will about Vanilla Ice’s “classic” track, at least it was fun and had a bit of heart. Khalifa’s just sounds apathetic, manufactured, and nothing more than a quick cash grab.

Hey, kind of like what we’re expecting Liebsman’s film to be like! Maybe they do belong together after all.