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  1. Rudimental enlist the help of Big Sean and Vic Mensa for the ‘Rudi VIP’ remix of their Ed Sheeran-assisted single, “Lay It All On Me.” Check out what Rudi, Sean, Ed and Vic put together below the jump and be sure to thank The Fader for this one.
  2. A$AP Rocky has been killing it with the live television performances lately, most recently bringing Bones with him on Jimmy Kimmel to perform “Canal St.” Last night he took the Late Late show stage to perform “Everyday” and “Pharsyde,” both off his A.L.L.A. album. Check out the full performance of both songs above. The post A$AP Rocky Performs “Everyday” & “Pharsyde” On The Late Late Show appeared first on The Daily Loud | Hip-Hop News.
  3. DJ Sense’s “Trendsetter: The Album” is coming soon. Today, he releases a new track from the project called “Do Me Like That” featuring Jeezy, Yo Gotti & Monica. The post DJ Sense Feat. Jeezy, Yo Gotti & Monica – “Do Me Like That” [Audio] appeared first on The Daily Loud.
  4. Last night's MTV VMAs magnified a growing trend: Blue-Eyed Soul. Will R&B go the way of rock? After two decades of music industry dominance, R&B/soul music disappeared from the popular scene and has just re-emerged with a new face—a white one. This summer, Robin Thicke released his chart-topping R&B single “Blurred Lines,” an international hit that has remained No. 1 on the Billboard 100 for 12 weeks. The feel-good song is so inspired by Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” that the late singer’s estate is considering a lawsuit. Miley Cyrus’s summer smash “We Can’t Stop,” a concoction of R&B, chopped-and-screwed hip-hop and pop stylings that’d sound at home on a Rihanna disc, follows Thicke on the charts, peaking in the No. 2 spot. Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake’s vintage soul single “Suit & Tie” singlehandedly took over the Grammys in February, ushering in the Timbaland co-visioned comeback album The 20/20 Experience, which sold two million copies in less than two months. When did white artists become the kings of mainstream R&B? The 1990s was decade almost completely dominated by black R&B voices. Boys II Men’s “End of the Road” sat atop of the Billboard charts for 13 weeks, beating out the record set by Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog.” Artists like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, TLC, Toni Braxton were staple names in the top 10 of each year’s “Top 100.” Yet by the mid-to-late 2000s, traditional R&B crooners like Usher, Ne-Yo and Chris Brown were sniffing the electronic dance music boom across the pond led by DJs like David Guetta. But R&B is beginning to shed the fist-pumping trend in favor of revivalist soul music. According to the New York Times article “Blurred Lines Makes Robin Thicke White Soul’s Leader,” white singers—Thicke, Mayer Hawthorne, Eli Reed, Allen Stone, Nick Waterhouse and Jamie Lidell—jumped to the forefront as the “preservers of a heritage.” It’s a truly outrageous claim when considering the recent critical and commercial successes of Miguel and Frank Ocean, who despite incorporating everything from rock to psychedelia, are firmly rooted in R&B. Yet the Times’ statement seems to be reflected by the FM dial. Miguel’s hit single “Adorn” and “Sure Thing” topped the 2011/2012 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop and Top 100 charts without any airplay from Top 40 music channels like Ryan Seacrest’s L.A.-based KIIS. Ciara’s “Body Party” is surely popular—the track peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100—yet still no burn from New York’s pop station Z100. What gives? “Blue-eyed soul” (also known as “white soul”) is rhythm and blues and soul music performed by white artists. And these tunes have a much easier route to mainstream crossover success than those recorded by the likes of Fantasia, Trey Songz and Kelly Rowland. It’s the very definition of white privilege: Unspoken advantages enjoyed by white artists that evade people of color. It’s part of why Adele’s brand of poignant, heartbroken love songs—birthed from the school of Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald and Mary J. Blige—have racked up armfuls of Grammy Awards (nine total, for those keeping count) while her sophomore album 21 has sold an unbelievable 26 million copies worldwide, according to International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Meanwhile, Melanie Fiona has similarly made her name with breathtaking vocals, emotional ballads and retro instrumentals. Her trills sure do warm the soul, but they’ve afforded her less acclaim (Melanie scored two Grammy wins for minor categories Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Fool For You,” a collaboration with Cee-Lo) and far less in sales (neither of her two albums have been RIAA-certified). This is no knock on Adele; 21 is a great body of work. And VIBE cover star Robin Thicke has the catchiest song of the summer with “Blurred Lines,” not to mention his impressive album of the same name. Yet while blue-eyed soul singers were once anomalies, glitches in the system. Today—on the charts—they’re frontrunners. R&B, originally called “race music,” once referred to any music intended for African-Americans. In the 1940s, for marketing reasons, the music industry coined the less offensive acronym “R&B” for rhythm and blues. By the ’50s, what would be later classified as rock n roll was spawned from race music/rhythm and soul and made attractive to white audiences. And now, Elvis Presley sits atop the hall of fame throne as the “King of Rock and Roll.” The history of black music being appropriated and popularized by white artists continues. Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Macklemore and Robin Thicke today; Elvis Presley and The Beastie Boys and The Beatles yesterday. When it comes to creating success as an artist in historically black genres of music, either white singers simply do it better, or black singers do not have the skin color necessary to shine as brightly. Tags Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, adele
  5. *cue in Lion King pic* PREVIOUS: Jay-Z Speaks On J. Cole Grammy Nonimation (Video)
  6. Used to be Dark [RECOIL], the upcoming project from the Toronto-based crew, is slated to drop in the first quarter of 2012. PREVIOUS: Notes To Self – Nobody f. Evidence (Video)
  7. Them Chicago boys at RubyHornet link with the infamous Mobb Deep while out in the Chi and talk to Havoc about what it’s like having Prodigy back by his side, his critique of his beats and what it feels like to see new fans as well as old fans at their shows. PREVIOUS: The Next 48 Hours With Mobb Deep pt. 2 (Preview)
  8. Miss_Peas is going to be attending How The Grouch Stole Christmas Tour in Sacramento tonight and will have the opportunity to interview Evidence and we thought it would be the perfect opportunity for fans to ask any questions they may have for him. Thank you.
  9. Jizzle is having an Internets press conference of sorts right now. Catch him now trying his hand at mastering the English language right now. PREVIOUS: Young Jeezy – Nothin (Video)
  10. *dead* at this picture. Action and Asher link up for the first time off this track from the upcoming Pabst & Jazz sessions. Dopeness. PREVIOUS: Asher Roth – Pabst & Jazz f. Hassani Kwess & Kenny Keys
  11. The Vallejo native is prepping Free Water, an EP compiling the various freebies he’s released throughout the year, on Monday (December 19th). DOWNLOAD: Moe Green – Glory f. Netta B | Mediafire
  12. The wonders of social networking. 6th Sense let loose the tracklist and producer lineup for Daytona’s next project – set to drop December 20th – via his Instagram page. I’m interested in seeing what “interludes” were used in this album… PREVIOUS: The Kid Daytona – Love Is Love f. Melanie Fiona (prod. 6th Sense)
  13. No comment needed. Just look, listen, observe and learn. Peace to Miss Info on the head’s up. This. PREVIOUS: Nardwuar vs. Casey Veggies (Video)
  14. Breaking Point is also finally slated to drop sometime next month as well. The “third week of January,” apparently… DOWNLOAD: Emilio Rojas – Blame Me f. Nikkiya | Mediafire PREVIOUS: Emilio Rojas – High Level Sh*t f. Freeway
  15. Dee’s debut LP, Donald G., is finally set to release on January 17th, 2012. DOWNLOAD: Dee Goodz – Life & Times | Mediafire PREVIOUS: Dee Goodz – Weekend In Miami
  16. Like, I still don’t know what this movie is all about (aside from the obvious). I guess I won’t know until it drops next year… Though the “Mac & Devin” soundtrack hit stores Tuesday, the stoner comedy won’t be out until February. According to Wiz, it wasn’t as difficult for him to turn down his cool for the camera. “That’s kind of who I am as a real person too; I was really reserved,” Khalifa said about his high school days at Taylor Allderdice High in Pittsburgh. “I was really fall-backish, so I can totally connect with my character Devin in the movie. It was real easy.” – MTV PREVIOUS: Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa – Dev’s Theme (prod. Neako)
  17. PREVIOUS: DJ Drama – Hand Of God f. Maino BTS (Video)
  18. This is the second single off Convinced’s (good to see you back, brotha) Neurosis.
  19. If it wasn’t for so many honeys in the video dancing around in bikinis, this wouldn’t be worth the watch. The song is not bad at all though. Fortune is coming soon. PREVIOUS: Chris Brown – Complicated f. Asher Roth
  20. Directed by Les Lapins de L’Espace (2)dope! The Paris production duo, The Funk League, is comprised of Hugo and Soulbrother Suspect. Together, as The Funk League, they are preparing to release their album “Funky As Usual” on January 24th via Favorite Recordings. “Funky As Usual” was recently released in France, but the worldwide release is January 24th. “Funky As Usual” is ode to the golden age / boom-bap hip hop era which features some of that era’s elite including Large Professor, Diamond D, Sadat X, A.G., Gift of Gab and others. The Funk League brings back the SP 1200 sound without sounding outdated and throwback. In preparation for the release, today marks the US release of the official music video for the song “On & On” featuring Sadat X. Over a feel good funk inspired track, Sadat X rewinds the clock and brings back some of the older times in NY and in hip hop history.
  21. Here’s the first leak off Talib’s upcoming 6th solo album, Prisoner of Conscious slated for a 2012 release. With a mass consciousness awakening manifesting across the World, this is a much needed song – to awaken those still distracted by politricks in our government as well as what the media is portraying and planting into the sheepish minds of those still asleep. DOWNLOAD: Talib Kweli – Distractions (prod. Oh No) PREVIOUS: Talib Kweli – Be Noticed Live (Video)
  22. Cuts by DJ I-Dee Lyriciss is gearing up to release a follow up to The Balance (Respect), titled The Balance: Money, which will be presented by DJ Booth. While I have some time here, I wanted to congratulate Lyriciss for getting a co-sign by DJ Premier who played the title song to The Balance on Preme’s on Sirius XM. That’s a good look! DOWNLOAD: Lyriciss – Get It & Go (prod. Soulful!)
  23. directed by Rik Cordero Wale’s latest single off Ambition gets the visual treatment, courtesy of Rik Cordero. Props to FADER. PREVIOUS: Wale & Black Cobain – Rack City Freestyle
  24. The Bostonian rhyme slinger is gearing up to drop his debut long player, The Last Days, on January 18th with the likes of Pill, Emilio Rojas, The Greater Good, M-Phazes, Keelay and more making contributions. As cool as we are Jake, it’s still #FuckBoston all day over here… DOWNLOAD: J The S – Razor f. Styles P & P-Dub (prod. J. Cardim) | Mediafire
  25. The Treacherous Recods rep goes in over Reks’ DJ Premier-produced instrumental.
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