Weekly Wrap-Up / Late Night

Okay well what new music did I miss this week besides everything?  Honest even.

Let’s do a quick recap:

Chance the Rapper | Coloring Book  The Chi-Town native released his highly-anticipated album Coloring Book with features from Future, 2 Chainz, the Biebs, Jeremih, Lil Yachty, and more.  I listened to it last night, just a few hours after it dropped, and I really liked it.  I have to admit that I couldn’t even tell you the name of Chance’s last album title but with the hype surrounding Coloring Book, I had to give it a listen.  I was not disappointed.  That first track with the Ye feature.  Chi-Town repping!  Amaze.

Coloring Book

It debuted on Apple Music – yinz should really invest in that streaming service – and I once again attempted to embed the code into WP for you to listen, but the music isn’t showing when I hit ‘preview’!  It shows in this current draft version.  What good does that do?  Anyway, head on over to Rap-Up to stream Coloring Book.

Post Malone | August 26  Okay, now this is another project I personally wasn’t anticipating that much but gave it a listen on my way to work this morning, and I REALLY enjoyed it.  The tape includes features from 2 Chainz, Lil Yachty, Jeremih, and more.  Pause.  These freaking people were on Chance’s album.  Were they all in the same city at the same time recording both projects?  Was this just by chance (the rapper)?  This and Coloring Book also dropped the same night.  Mind.  Blown.

August 26

He still hasn’t released his debut album or even a date yet, although many speculate the title of this mixtape is the drop date, we don’t have any confirmed details just yet!  But anyways definitely stream Post Malone’s mixtape on datpiff.com here.

Now just going to throw some heat your way:

ScHoolboy Q ft. Kanye West – ‘That Part’

That Part

Listen here!  Just a heads-up, Kanye’s verse is a bit over the top, per usual.

Wiz Khalifa x Juicy J – All Night

All Night

We back with that #californyinz sound.  This is a NSFW song so please don’t listen at work or around your parents.  It bangs though!

Alright, I’m a few glasses of wine deep on this Friday night, so let me wrap this up, publish, and probably go to bed.

Happy Friday (and Saturday, East Coast), yinz!

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Weekly Wrap-Up 4.8.16

Heyyyy, fam.  Lots going on this week in the hip-hop world.

First we have a Mr. Chris Brown making an appearance in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach.  Why does that area sound so familiar?  Well, I live there.  Technically in Redondo Beach, but I’m legit a mile from Hermosa and when I do venture out in the South Bay, that’s typically where I go.  He was there filming a music video for what is sure to be everyone’s new summer dance anthem called ‘Paradise.’  Chris Brown is a feature on this song, as Benny Benassi is the lead.

This song follows the duos 2011 collaboration ‘Beautiful People’ off of CB’s album F.A.M.E.

Now let’s talk about this HOT 97 Summer Jam lineup.  I’ve actually been seeing a little negativity about the lineup on Twitter but to me I think it’s pretty lit.  If I was in New York, I would definitely look into purchasing tickets.  I really need LA to host something like this!  Yes, you have Power 106 and Real 92.3 doing their yearly big concerts, but I’m talking a MAJOR concert lineup held at like the Rose Bowl.  Who knows, maybe one of these stations will host something at the new Rams stadium once built.  That would be dope.  Lineup below.  What do yinz think?

2016 Summer Jam lineup

This remix though.  If you watched me premiere it to myself on Snapchat last night, you already know how I feel about it.  The song features August Alsina, Miguel, and Trey Songz.  Do you think Chris Brown will get some other R&B artists for a third remix? I say keep them coming!

And finally, start your weekend off with some ‘Trap Vibes.’  Meek Mill hops on to do a freestyle of Drake’s ‘Summer Sixteen’ and Desiigner’s ‘Panda.’  The song dropped just a few hours after Drake dropped ‘Pop Style’ and ‘One Dance.’  Coincidence?

That’s all for today!  Have a good one, yinz.  I’m off to the LA Beer Fest tomorrow – drink up!

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Weekly Wrap-Up 11.6.15

WILD WEDDING WEEKEND

Last weekend two of my dearest friends from Westminster College got married!  While it was freaking freezing, everything from hair and makeup to 11 of us bridesmaids to the ceremony and reception ran so smoothly.  And the bride, Jamie, looked beautiful!  I flew back to Pittsburgh for the celebration and am so happy I did.  It was truly wonderful seeing so many familiar faces from Westminster.  Some of these people I haven’t seen since college – way too long!  Thank you to Ande and Jamie for letting me be a part of their special day!

Pictures and a video below. 🙂

And obviously I got the DJ to play ‘Hotline Bling.’  Once played, my good pal Garrett (also from Westminster) and I hit the dance floor to show off our moves.


Kendall Jenner Celebrates 20th Birthday Looking Fierce

On Monday night, supermodel Kendall Jenner celebrated her 20th birthday just as I celebrated mine – with all of her closest celebrity friends… I wish!  But really, everyone was there.  And by everyone, I’d like to highlight Drake was in attendance.  The dinner took place in Hollywood at a restaurant called The Nice Guy.  I have to check this place out.  Not only do mad celebs frequent here, but the menu does look pretty tasty.

Hailey Baldwin DrakePhoto courtesy of Hailey Baldwin’s Instagram

In addition to the whole family, Tyga, Jaden Smith, Nick Jonas, Hailey Baldwin, Justin Bieber, and Ruby Rose were in attendance.

Can we talk about Kendall’s outfit though?  It’s everything.  From her messy hair (I would look like I rolled out of bed) to the plunging black skin-tight jumpsuit designed by Sergio Hudson.  I die.

KJ birthdya


LA Has a new anthem

Hot off of his upcoming album, which drops on November 13, Ty Dolla $ign gives us a single, more like an anthem, simply titled ‘LA.’  And who else would make a song about Los Angeles even more epic?  Well, Kendrick Lamar of course.  Listen to the track below.  Looking forward to the whole album!

Have a wonderful weekend, yinz!  I will be doing hood rat things with my friends.
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Happy Friday!

Before we get into any music news or celebrity happenings, please take my words of advice…

BACK UP YOUR CELL PHONE!

I’ve been without a phone for the past week – I have a new one now (thanks, mom!) – but not one picture of the past four years of my life in California is on there.  That was over 5,000 pictures and more than 300 videos.  Do you know how many concerts, memories, celebs, that were documented?!  Oh well.  I just keep telling myself there are way worse things that could happen (which there definitely are) and now I’ll just have to do more epic shit.  Excuse my French, but it’s true.

On to the Weekly Wrap-Up…

Adele Releases New Single + Visuals

Adele is back (praise!) with her newest single, ‘Hello,’ off of her upcoming album 25.  Not only is there a new song for us to listen to, but there is a video, as well!  Dang, does she have some pipes.

Watch the quite heartbreaking but powerful video below.

 

Kendrick Lamar Performs With National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center

How dope is this!  Kendrick Lamar, just a young boy from Compton, performed at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra.  This is so great.  He performed songs off of To Pimp a Butterfly on Tuesday during this monumental event.

Thanks to Peter Hutchins for catching this footage!  Below is K. Dot’s performance of ‘Alright.’

You Used To Call Me On My…

We can’t forget about the real highlight of the week – the Internet’s reaction to Drake’s music video for ‘Hotline Bling.’

Below are some of the best ones.

Speaking of Drake, his birthday is tomorrow!  Wahoo!  And happy birthday to Derek and belated birthday to Maria. 🙂

Have a great Friday, yinz!

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Weekly Wrap-Up 10.16.15

Chris Brown gives us the cover art for royalty 

CB royalty cover artChris Brown has released the artwork for his upcoming album titled Royalty, named after his adorable baby girl.  Even you CB haters out there have to admit the photo is pretty darn cute.  Chris has truly been channeling his inner-father with most of his social media posts being dedicated to Royalty.  I’m anxious to hear the album because one, it’s a Chris Brown album, but mainly because I think the overall tone to the album will be different than past pieces of work put out by him.

Royalty arrives November 27, which also happens to be Black Friday, and will feature his most recent singles ‘Liquor’ and ‘Zero.’

 

tracklisting for ty dolla $ign’s debut album

Ty Dolla $ign has finally given us the tracklisting for his debut album, Free TC.  He announced theFree-TC 16-tracks during a phone call to his brother who is in jail and is who the album is named after.  He also just graced us with a surprise mixtape, Airplane Mode, which I must admit I haven’t listened to yet, but my little bro, Anthony, said it was decent.  I’ll be sure to check that out this weekend.  I have always liked Ty’s music from the beat to the sound of his voice.  Peep the tracklisting below – lots of features!  The album drops on November 13.

 

FREE TC TRACKLISTING

1. “L.A.” feat. Kendrick Lamar, Brandy, and James Fauntleroy
2. “Saved” feat. E-40
3. “Straight Up” feat. Jagged Edge
4. “Solid” feat. Babyface
5. “Horses in the Stable”
6. “Know Ya” feat. Trey Songz (prod. Metro Boomin and DJ Spinz)
7. “Credit” feat. Sevyn Streeter
8. “Miracle/Wherever” feat. Big TC and D-Loc
9. “Guard Down” feat. Kanye West and Diddy (prod. by Hit-Boy)
10. “Sitting Pretty” feat. Wiz Khalifa (prod. by Benny Blanco)
11. “When I See Ya” feat. Fetty Wap (prod. by Cardo)
12. “Blasé” feat. Future and Rae Sremmurd
13. “Only Right” feat. YG, Joe Moses, and TeeCee4800
14. “Bring It Out of Me” (prod. by Stargate)
15. “Actress” feat. R. Kelly
16. “Finale” feat. SA-RA and PJ

 

Speaking of November 13…

bieber purposeMr. Justin Bieber will also be dropping his next album on the same day, titled Purpose.  While the official track titles have yet to be released, the album includes contributions from Nas, Travi$ Scott and Ed Sheeran, with production credits given to Skrillex and Diplo.  More special guests will be announced soon.

The next single, ‘Sorry,’ will be released on October 23, so keep your eyes and ears open for that one.  The album is currently available on iTunes for pre-ordering.

That’s all for this week.  My friends and I will be giving my roommate Kylie a proper send-off back to the East Coast, seeing as this is her last weekend in LA! #Sad, but #sergesselfiestick will be in full effect, so stay tuned for a post.

Have a great one, and happy Friday!

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Feel Good Friday For Reals

Aside from being a little under the weather, I am in quite high spirits today.  Not sure why, but it’s just a good day and it’s Friday.  Here’s some music news for yinz!

‘Digital dash’

Major congratulations is in order for Mr. Drizzy Drake.  According to SoundScan, a music information and sales tracking system, Drake has scored the top-selling digital album for the first three quarters of 2015 with his If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late album with 951,000 in sales.  And I have to let the people know this is more than Taylor Swift’s 1989 digital album sales, which are 809,000.  She does however have the top-selling physical album, but we are talking digital here, so move along.  Again, congrats to The Boy!

Digital Sales 2015


miguel ‘simple things’ remix ft. chris brown x future

Holy smokes.  I ‘world premiered’ this remix in my car this morning on my way to work.  It gave me life!  Miguel’s sweet, sweet voice with Chris Brown’s added serenade and a splash of Future’s trap sound is the perfect mix.  And I don’t know why I haven’t wished for this mix of artists before.  Listen below!


the game’s the documentary 2 out now!

While I don’t typically listen to The Game on a regular basis, I do peep his music every once in a while.  I’ve also seen him perform at the House of Blues in LA, which is now closed (sad face), and let’s just say everyone was on 1.  He also brought out Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, so that was dope.  I digress.  I started listening to the album on my way into work, and from what I can hear, it sounds like a pretty solid piece of work.  Lots of features and epic beats.  I really dig the Kendrick track, ‘On Me,’ and ‘Don’t Trip’ featuring Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and will.i.am.  Game is also putting out The Documentary 2.5, which will be released October 16.  Stream it below!


for the record…

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Drake and Serena are not engaged.  There was some speculation, not enough to have convinced me it was true, but these reports are false.  A rep close to Drake told TMZ that the ‘rumor is completely untrue.’  Phew!  You can read more deets about it here.

Have a good one, yinz!

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Weekly Wrap-Up 9.18.15

It’s been a minute since I wrote a ‘Wrap-Up,’ but I’m back!  And this post isn’t actually a wrap-up but really just about my excitement for Chris Brown’s One Hell of a Nite Tour tonight!

CB will be stopping in Anaheim this evening at the Honda Center, and I’ll be going with my two frans Sydney and Jimmy – can’t wait!

From reviews of the tour I’ve read, Chris puts on a two-hour set (!!!), which to me is completely worth the money.  Also on this tour is Fetty Wap, French Montana, Omarion, Kid Ink, and Teyana Taylor.  Pretty pumped about it all!

So now I’ll leave you with a Chris Brown playlist.  It’s what I’ve been listening to all week – enjoy, and happy Friday!  And make sure you follow me on Instagram (@serge19) to see posts from the night and Snapchat (@ergense) for live updates!

Oh, and do know I’ll find a way to post about the Drake-Future mixtape should that drop tonight during the concert.

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Thank Goodness for The Weeknd!

Friday, August 28 is finally here – The Weeknd’s release date for Beauty Behind The Madness (BBTM).  You can purchase it (I will be to support) or listen to it on Spotify!  Seriously, thank God for that app.  It’s the best $9.99 I spend each month.

Beauty Behind The Madness here!

And I also just found a Weeknd Essentials playlist.  Holy smokes.  If you are a fan of Abel Tesfaye, you should ‘follow’ this playlist.  It’s a compilation of his old and newer songs, including tracks from BBTM.

Happy Friday, yinz!

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Weekly Wrap-Up 7.24.15

TWITTER FEUDS

While yes, these online fights are quite ridiculous, especially when it’s between two grown men, I find them fascinating.  I was literally watching Meek Mill Tweet live calling out Drake and the same with Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.  Now that is reality TV.

The first Twitter feud of the week was between Nicki Minaj and my favorite (jokes) Taylor Swift.  The feud started when music video nominations were announced for the MTV Video Music Awards and Nicki wasn’t nominated for anything.  She began ranting on the social media platform but never directed a Tweet toward anyone in particular.  Cut to Taylor Swift.  Catching wind of Nicki’s Tweets, Taylor responded.  More confusion took place.  Well, we can all sleep now because Taylor issued an apology of misunderstanding to Nicki via Twitter.

TSwift Nicki apology

Nicki accepting TSwift

Nicki thanked Taylor and shared her appreciation.  All is right in the Twitterspehere.

False.

Nicki’s beau Meek Mill decided to take shots at my boy Drake.  You know I got defensive about this.  He called out Drake for not writing his own raps.  I chuckled at this.

Meek drake diss

And today we received confirmation from Drake’s supposed “ghostwriter” Quentin Miller saying that he is not and never will be a ghostwriter for Drake.  The two have definitely collaborated but Q said he would never take credit for anything other than that.  Drake’s producer, Noah Shebib, known as 40, also took to Twitter to defend the rapper.  Drake stayed silent on the platform.

Do I think he has a ghostwriter?  No.  And I’m not just saying that because I have a healthy obsession with him.  Someone who raps and sings with such emotion and passion can’t do that through someone else’s words.  Yes, I believe he has probably had help or inspiration from others, as most artists do, but that’s part of the creativity and creation process.  At the end of the day, Drake will continue making music the people love, and I will continue figuring out ways of how I can meet him.


THE WEEKND DEBUTS NEW SONG

Earlier this week the Toronto native teased a brand new song during a performance on a private island near London.  Like most Weeknd songs, it was a melodic and moody cut.

His sophomore LP, Beauty Behind the Madness, drops on August 28, and I cannot freakin’ wait.

Listen to the untitled track below.


J.COLE ON REMIX TO JANET JACKSON’S ‘NO SLEEEP’

A few weeks ago Janet Jackson made a musical comeback with her song ‘No Sleeep.’  And no I’m not spelling ‘sleep’ wrong.  The song’s title uses three e’s.  I love the addition of having Cole on the remix – his voice contributes to the cool vibe of the song in a chill way.  While this seems like a random pairing of artists to collaborate on a track, they clearly support each other.  Janet was seen at J.Cole’s LA show on Sunday, July 19 at Staples Center.  Love it!  The visuals for the song are out too.

Watch and enjoy below!


jlo bdayOh, and happy birthday to the girl, J. Lo!  I mean… she’s a smoke show at 46!

Happy National Tequila Day – have a great weekend, yinz.  Hopefully my next post will be about the release of Frank Ocean’s new album…

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Weekly Wrap-Up 7.17.15

Apologies for completely blowing it lately with regards to posting!  It’s easier said than done to maintain a blog while also holding a full-time job.  But that’s no excuse!  Anyways.

Many of you may have already seen what went down on Wednesday, July 15 from my social media posts.  But if you haven’t, I was fortunate enough to attend the ESPY Awards!  Never thought I’d be attending an award show dedicated to sports.  Many thanks to my roommate Kylie for taking me as her plus one and an even bigger thank you to her friend who hooked us up with not only tickets to the show but also to walk down the red carpet and to the official after party!  So many things crossed off my bucket list.  Let me break it down by tickets:

red carpet ticket

espys live show ticket

Picture 1 below:  Of course the whirlwind that is Tell Nation was present.  We only meet up at award shows.  #duh

Picture 2:  The beautiful Caitlyn Jenner accepting the Arhur Ashe Courage Award.

Picture 3:  The glitter explosion at the conclusion of the event!  cc:  Telly

  tell nation      Caitlyn Jenner ESPYS
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And my personal favorite of the evening…

ESPYS after party ticket

I think the video says it all.  You must watch it all the way through – the last seven seconds are by far the best.  I was truly completely 100% in my element.  I think it’s safe to say Kylie and I had one of the best nights!

Who knows, maybe my next award show will be the CMAs!  False.  The chances of that happening are slim to none.  And the featured image for this post, the ESPYS spelled out in donuts, yes, those are donuts.  Mom, it looks like they were inspired by your 6/6/15 party.

Thanks for reading, yinz!  Have a wonderful weekend.

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