Hate it or love, Curren$y keeps the free music flow and treats his followers with a five-track project, entitled Saturday Night Car Tunes. As the title indicates, this one is suitable for your ride, so apply accordingly and appreciate. Featuring contributions from Birdman, Gunplay, Wiz Khalifa, and Rich Boy. Download below.
HBO to Air ‘Banksy Does New York’ Documentary in November
After taking over the streets of the Big Apple with last October’s “Better Out Than In”, Banksy’s month-long “street residency” is set to be the subject of a new documentary from HBO. Entitled Banksy Does New York, the film — which roughly coincides with the one-year anniversary of the project — sees direction from New York-based filmmaker Chris Moukarbel and relies heavily on crowd-sourced footage for a unique look at the phenomenon from the perspective of local New Yorkers. Look for Banksy Does New York to air on HBO November 17 and, in the meantime, check out Banksy’s own video below and the @banksyny Instagram account for a look back at “Better Out Than In.”
This Week’s Album Sales Are the Lowest In SoundScan History
With streaming services taking over the market, the U.S. music industry is experiencing one of its toughest periods. As Billboard points out, this week’s 3.97-million album sales tally is the lowest in Nielsen SoundScan history, which began tracking data in 1991. This also marks the first time weekly sales have fallen below the 4 million mark in that time span.
Wiz Khalifa’s new album, Blacc Hollywood, was the top album by debuting with sales of 90,000 units. It is the lowest figure of the first-week sales of many other top debuts of 2014. Three other albums debuted inside the top 10 but averaged only 31,000 units apiece. Last year’s numbers for this past week, ending August 25, 2013, was 4.88 million albums.
It’s been a bad year overall. The weekly average number of album sales dropped from 4.75 million units in the first quarter to 4.55 million units in the second quarter. In the first eight weeks of the third quarter, the average has fallen further to 4.2 million.
Raury & Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Superfly
Raury’s been on fire as of late, mostly off the strength of his “God’s Whipser” record that even caught the attention of Kanye West, which eventually led into a full-fledged record contract with Columbia. Today, he teams up with Vancouver Sleep Clinic aka 18-year-old Tim Bettenson on this track titled “Superfly” that finds the ATL crooner showcasing the impressive vocal range, yet still somewhat mimicking Cudi’s chorus on “Day ‘N’ Nite.”
Stussy x Gasius 2014 Fall/Winter Capsule Collection
Continuing on its rampant collaboration binge this year, Stussy selects U.K.-based artist Gasius as its co-creative for a capsule collection moving into Fall. The collection consists of fall essentials – a long-sleeved T-shirt, coach’s jacket, crewneck sweatshirt and three varieties of short-sleeved tees – all of which are done with Gasius’ penchant animations. Pizza and contrasting typefaces are prevalent themes in this predominantly monochromatic collection, paralleled nicely with Stussy’s enduring ’8 Ball’ logo. Look for this release from Stussy and Gasius to hit the brand’s chapter stores and website beginning August 29.
G Herbo (Lil Herb) Recruits Common & Chance The Rapper for “Fight or Flight” Remix
G Herbo has enlisted two hometown heroes for a remix to his Welcome to Fazoland cut, “Fight of Flight.”Chance The Rapper and Common join the Windy City emcee on the newly-introduced remix, turning the track into one of the strongest exclusively-Chicago collaborations in recent months. Since their introduction to the game, brothers-in-rap G Herbo and Lil Bibby have been having equally-solid runs, and with the release of this and Bibby’s Free Crack 2 it looks like today is unfolding pretty well for both of them. You can check out the remix of “Fight or Flight” above, and expect a video for the song soon.
Quartersnacks “End of Summer/Labor Day Weekend 2014″ Video
There are several indicators of summer ending. Some consider the Labor Day weekend their last hurrah, other parties hang up their swim trunks when the temperatures drop below 80 consistently. For New York City skaters, one can’t help but feel that the annual Quartersnacks ‘Summer’ montage marks the dawn of autumn. Here the Snackman & Co. return with a fun clip summarizing their admittedly productive summer, replete with all of the ‘pop-up’ spots that temporarily accommodated visitors and locals alike. Aside from typical city footage, the crew also ventured abroad to Paris and Copenhagen, sampling the sweetness of European scenes.
David Lynch Almost Directed the Music Video for Kanye West’s “Blood on the Leaves”
Most notably known for directing Mulholland Drive, The Elephant Man and Blue Velvet, acclaimed surrealist David Lynch recently told the Daily Beast he was in talks to direct Kanye West‘s Yeezusstandout “Blood on the Leaves.” Unfortunately however, this never came to fruition as Lynch couldn’t develop an idea that matched the song’s energy.
“I didn’t come up with any ideas that I thought he would like. Kanye came up to the house one day. Kanye’s a good guy, and a great musician. I loved the song, and that’s what brought us together, but I couldn’t come up with ideas that thrilled either one of us. I feel I let him down a little bit.”
As for why Lynch enjoys the song so much, he said, “He’s just ridin’ the wave and not takin’ no for an answer.”
Watch the Trailer for the Nas Documentary, ‘Time Is Illmatic’
Though Nas has slowed down a bit on the promotional run for the 20th anniversary of Illmatic and all its accompanying happenings, this trailer for the upcoming Nas documentary, Time Is Illmatic, should bring things back up to speed. The film, which will begin airing at select theaters and the Tribeca Film Festival on October 1, will run 74 minutes, and feature a “who’s who” of collaborators, peers and producers. The trailer treats viewers to a short glimpse into what the One9-directed flick will bring and provides a brisk retrospective of the legendary lyricist’s beginnings. You can watch the trailer for Time Is Illmatic above, while those not trying to scout out a theater can order the film on iTunes and on demand on October 3.
Raekwon x ALIFE Sessions London T-Shirt
ALIFE Sessions debuted in 2012 as a series of private events in its now legendary courtyard at the back of its New York flagship. Never short of a stunning lineup, the likes of Drake, Cypress Hill, Nas and King Krule have taken stage at the courtyard. Last Saturday, Alife Sessions expanded its foray to London where Raekwon performed alongside local selectors Oneman and Chris P Cuts. Hyping a ruckus crowd of 300 with tributes to ODB and timeless classics, the session was another celebrated hallmark in ALIFE history. Following the event, ALIFE teamed up with Footpatrol and Gimme 5 to produce limited runs of Raekwon x ALIFE Sessions T-shirts. Check out a preview here and look for the tee at Foot Patrol London and ALIFE New York.
Pell – Runaway
Despite the audio of “Runaway” surfacing online several months ago, New Orleans rapper Pell refreshes our eardrums with the release of an accompanying music video to the track featured on his Floating While Dreaming album; easily justifying to those that press play just why this track alone boasts an impressive 35,000+ plays on his SoundCloud. Shot in Downtown Los Angeles, watch Pell as he pours his heart out over a love lost for what has been described as his most vulnerable track off of the project — available to download via iTunes here.
Gap Unveils Dark Campaign by David Fincher
Gap has enlisted the aid of film director David Fincher (The Social Network, Fight Club) to assist in revamping the brand’s image by producing a series of four black and white commercials. The storyline of each commercial, which clocks in at exactly 46 seconds, revolves around the attraction between men and women, featuring taglines such as “Dress like no one is watching,” “Simple clothes for you to complicate,” and “The uniform of rebellion and conformity.”
Lupe Fiasco featuring Jennifer Hudson & Common – Remission
In his action for raising awareness to the battle against cancer, Lupe Fiasco has followed up to his powerful single ”Mission” with a new record, called “Remission.” The thought-provoking song features the talents of two fellow Chi-Town natives, Jennifer Hudson and Common. The song will be performed on September 5 at the Stand Up to Cancer charity event, where Lupe functions as an ambassador. You can make donations to the cause here and wait till “Remission” arrives on iTunes. Watch the accompanying visual with in-studio impressions above.
Jordan Brand Stops Production on the Air Jordan 3
Jordan Brand‘s Vice President of Footwear, David Schechter has announced that the Air Jordan 3 model will go back into the vault, with the “Sport Blue” rendition being the last colorway to drop. While it is unlikely to be a permanent decision, plans for the iconic silhouette will be halted until further notice, perhaps in anticipation for the Remastered line launching in Spring 2015. Although a plethora of variations of the model have released over the past year, news of the sneaker officially being cut will come as a surprise to many, as the signature shoe is one of the more popular silhouettes in the catalog.
The Weeknd – King Of The Fall
Continuing the storyline from his raunchy ”Often” music video, The Weeknd finds himself strolling around town in Toronto during the early hours of the mornign, ending up at an underground party where he is welcomed by his crew and a group of beautiful women. The video also serves as the latest promotional initiative for his same-titled tour with Jhené Aiko and ScHoolboy Q, which kicks off September 19 in Brooklyn, New York.