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3 Ways Kanye West's & Jay-Z's "H.A.M." Could Have Lived Up To The Hype

 

The August 28 announcement almost resembled a flippant afterthought. For the usually bombastic Kanye West this was indeed a rarity given that the news would leave music fans salivating. “Me and Jay bout to drop a 5 song album called “Watch the Throne,” stated a matter-of-fact West on Twitter of his upcoming project with hip-hop’s unstoppable gargantuan Jay-Z.  As far as event records go, this one screamed can’t miss! ‘Ye, pop culture’s current supreme arbiter, a cocksure and at times controversial rapper/producer whose boundless vision is only matched by his sizable hubris. J-Hova, the self made God MC who not only ended up with the hottest chick in the game (hi there, B), but the most chips at the table, amassing an entertainment empire worth over $500 million.

Yet this is all about the music, right? When West dropped his acclaimed opus My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy late last year, the buzz had elevated to hysterical levels. So what would a collaboration between Jay and his former Roc-A-Fella protégé sound like following one of 2010’s most ballyhooed works? Various hints of their future seismic union were mixed. Jay-Z came off quite pedestrian on Ye’s relentless “Power Remix,” as the student outshined the master. The Twisted Fantasy tracks “So Appalled” (‘Ye was amazingly defiant while Jigga’s cool handed wit was on full display) and “Monster” (It could be argued that the usually regal Jay was third best following West and the song-stealing Nicki Minaj) gave fans more commingled results. And on West’s leaked G.O.O.D. Friday track, the solid Pete Rock fueled “The Joy,” a revived, introspective and hungry Jay hit it out of the park.

But with the recent Monday unveiling of the power duo’s first single “H.A.M.,” the final product is anything but prodigious. What went wrong and how could it have been salvaged? Read on.—Keith Murphy

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Mariah Carey Releases 'A No No' Remix Featuring Stefflon Don

Mariah Carey's popular track "A No No" off of her 2018 album Caution got the remix treatment. Rising MC Stefflon Don provides her infectious rhymes and flow to the cheeky diss track's updated version, which was released on Friday (Mar. 15).

“The name's Don, And they don't call me that for nothing," Stef spits on the track. "Fear ain't in my blood, I ain't scared of nothing, I take the trash out."

Fans have reportedly been clamoring for a remix to the song with Cardi B and Lil Kim, after Mimi's appearance on Watch What Happens Live last year hinted that she'd love collaborate with the two. However, the British-Jamaican rapper was the perfect addition to the track.

"Sorry no Kim, missy or Cardi im sure they all would have sounded Amazinggg on it! But this time its me aka DON!!!" tweeted Stef in response to fans.

Caution was released to rave reviews in late-2018, and Carey announced a tour to accompany it before the LP's highly-anticipated drop. The video for the song was released last week, and provided the Lambily with looks from their Queen.

Listen to the remix below.

Sorry no Kim, missy or Cardi im sure they all would have sounded Amazinggg on it! But this time its me aka DON!!! ( oh and say that last line in my voice, it sounds better 😘) https://t.co/Va6N49ngCr

— DON x (@stefflondon) March 15, 2019

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Anderson .Paak Prepares 'Ventura' Album Release With New Single "King James"

Only four months after his recently released Oxnard album, Anderson .Paak dropped a new single to commemorate his forthcoming project, Ventura. To up the ante, his new song titled "King James" arrived early Friday morning (March 15), bringing a hard-hitting track coated in funky instrumentals and good intentions.

"King James" takes jazz-funk inspirations to a new level with the sounds of a smooth saxophone, which opens the smile-provoking 808 beat that rides under the Grammy-winning musician's voice. Covering a myriad of important topics like the looming border wall construction and black empowerment, the 33-year-old gives a shout out to LeBron James' contributions to the African American community and the NFL-kneeling movement started by Colin Kaepernick.

Though the single seems very serious, .Paak's "King James" inspires a groove with its upbeat production.

The "Tints" emcee also announced the forthcoming tracklist will include star-studded features from Brandy, André 3000, Jazmine Sullivan, Nate Dogg, and Smokey Robinson. Ventura will reach virtual streaming shelves April 12.

3 years between Malibu and Oxnard... you know I couldn’t do that to y’all again 😎 PREORDER AND SINGLE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. #VENTURA + “King James” 4.12 💥 pic.twitter.com/2VRcNdQKE9

— CHEEKY ANDY (@AndersonPaak) March 14, 2019

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Ozuna And Darell Travel Through An Industrial Conquest Denouncing A Bad Love In "Vacia Sin Mi"

Gloomy cloudy skies are looming over an industrial like setting dotted with huge heavy duty trucks, as beautiful young ladies clad in yellow jumpsuits surround Ozuna in the visuals for his new single, “Vacia Sin Mi” featuring Latin trap artist Darell.

The new track is centered around the plight behind a romance gone wrong, and Ozuna is denouncing the love interest that did him wrong.  Through a hypnotic slow beat, he sings on beat about wanting nothing to do with her. He’s moved on and so should she. Darell assists the singer with brash vocals, which sound like the Spanish version of rapper Future’s signature raspy syrupy drawl.

“We want to show people a completely new concept, always looking to surprise the fans that have always supported my artistic career,” Ozuna stated in a press release.  

“Vacia Sin Mi” is the 27 year-old’s latest single off his forthcoming project NIBURU, which will be released under the record label Dimelo Vi. Just recently, the reggaeton artist made history by garnering 23 nominations for the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

We’re curious to see what new music and sound his forthcoming project will bring. Last year, he told VIBE VIVA about his previous album, Aura and what it represents for him. "Aura" is what one reflects in the heart, what you bring into the world, and what people want to learn from you,” he said. “In this situation particularly, it reflects what I have learned from fame, from all this going around my life. I interpreted all that in this album. I made international collaborations, which is something that didn’t exist in the past.”

Watch the video for “Vacia Sin Mi” above.

 

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