The Lonely Island, Frank Ocean, Tyler The Creator & More [New Music Tuesdays]
While I was in Jamaica I missed last week's 'New Music Tuesday' so we have to hop back on track this week with some great new music for everyone's taste. This week we have offerings from SNL's Andy Samburg & his group of funny-men dubbed 'The Lonely Island', a few offerings from a group called Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, more new Gaga & plenty more for you to stay laced from the iPod to the dancefloor.
Lonely Island comedian/musicians Andy Samberg, Akiya Schaffer and Jorma Taccone are talented, but what makes their songs such a guilty pleasure are usually the guest spots. Their latest effort 'Turtleneck & Chain' features heavyweights like Justin Timberlake, Akon, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg and even Michael Bolton. You think these guys are a joke? Let's not forget that "I'm On A Boat" was nominated for a Grammy. Yeah, a Grammy. For pure comedy relief you can guarantee 'Turtleneck & Chain' will be bumpin in at least one party you attend before 2011. Question is, will you be the one providing the beats?
If you haven't heard of Odd Future yet, you need to get to know them, because soon you probably won't have a choice. These modern day punk rockers are creative and wreckless, led by Tyler The Creator. The OFWGKTA frontman already has a critically acclaimed album under his belt, and get this, it was a FREE giveaway on the Odd Future website last year. 'Goblin' is the first Odd Future album to be sold in stores for profit and even though it is being released through XL Recordings, Tyler The Creator is excited and has announced via Twitter that he was able to be in charge of every detail of the album, from the beats, the lyrics and all the way down to the artwork. At first I was a little taken aback by the brash approach of OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) but I have become a fan. I am a fan of anyone who tries something different when it comes to music, but with Tyler The Creator & Odd Future "different" is an understatement. Give it a listen, you may just find your new favorite boy band ... eh, sort of.
The awesome threesome have once again proved that they are truly timeless. Dropping their eighth studio album and getting rave reviews. 'Hot Sauce Committee Part Two' features the ever evolving Beastie Boys sound with bass heavy drumbeats and almost a taste of every albums style prior to this release. Not to mention they released a 30 minute version of the music video for the album's debut single "Make Some Noise" that featured literally every one of my favorite comedians. So if you dig a melting pot of sample heavy boom bap, punk rocking live instrumentation, go get this album now. Long live the Beastie Boys.
Lady Gaga has released another track on her upcoming album 'Born This Way' earlier this week. Get your little monster paws on it now. Big vocals and big dance beats fuel this track that was supposedly written after the death of Gaga's grandfather. In many interviews Gaga has stated that this song is all about a person's last moment on earth. During the middle of the song there is a surprise twist. Bruce Springsteen's E Street saxophone player Clarence Clemons throws down a solo in his one-of-a-kind stylings. 'Born This Way' will be available in it's entirety on May 23.
A couple months ago I started to see the name pop up. First the new music blogs. Then Twitter. Then one of my music reps got at me about this "new artist" on their label. This kid named Frank Ocean. Who is Frank Ocean? Well you may already know him. Frank Ocean, a 23-year-old New Orleans born, Beverly Hills based singer has penned tracks for Justin Bieber, Beyonce, John Legend & Brandy just to name a few. Also know as Christopher "Lonny" Breaux (a familiar last name for our area) he is part of hedonistic hip-hop collective Odd Future led by Tyler The Creator (mentioned above). Many say that he is the perfect example of why the major label system is falling apart at the hand of Twitter and Tumblr. Ocean was signed to Def Jam a year ago, and claims the label proceeded to ignore him until February 16th 2011. That was the day Frank Ocean decided he would give away his debut album, 'Nostalgia, Ultra', for free on his Tumblr page. He even had words to say about his label as he tweeted "i. did. this. not ISLAND DEF JAM. that's why you see no label logo on the artwork that I DID. guess its my fault for trusting my dumb*** lawyer and signing my career over to a failing company. f*** Def Jam & any company that goes the length of signing a kid with dreams & talent w/ no intention of following through. f*** em. now back to my day. i want some oatmeal and toast. brunch swag." Definitely choice words, but literally exploding to the high ranks of the music scene overnight, Frank Ocean's name is on the tip of every major music toungue. Since the release of his mixtape he has been in the studio with Beyonce, his group Odd Future has been featured on the cover of Billboard and here is what the LA Times had to say: "In an R&B world glutted with faceless pitch-corrected clones, Ocean has a storytelling skill that will take him far." I would have to agree, but Frank Ocean's sound is literally indescribable. Which is a good thing if you ask me. I'm a big fan of music that is a breath of fresh air compared to everything else that is out there, and Frank Ocean is that breath.
Most folks don't even know what he is saying, but Y.C. is a new artist with a VERY catchy single. I have had people request this song using just about every word BUT the word "racks." As the old saying goes, as long as it sounds good, people will dig it and the small details don't really matter, right? Right ??? Racks,onRacksonRacks
He started with the fist pumping cast from Jersey Shore on the club smash 'I Like It.' Soon after he teamed up with Ludacris to bring us the sexy follow up 'Tonight.' Now Enrique has teamed up with fellow crooner Usher and the best rapper alive in Lil Wayne for his latest single 'Dirty Dancer' that is already heating up the clubs. I dropped it over the weekend and got an instant reaction. Kudos Mr. Iglesias.