Yeah, 9:08 L.A. Time…

…back to the blog and ish.

If you don’t get the above, then you clearly haven’t listened to Kanye’s new song ‘Saint Pablo,’ which might be making an appearance on his next album Turbo Grafx 16.

Ye has bars on this one.  Well, he’s always had bars but I feel this song gives us that (I miss the) old Kanye.

And equally exciting, you can now stream The Life of Pablo on Apple Music!  So much for Kanye tweeting that the album would never be on anything except Tidal.  He’s dramatic.  As am I, so I feel you.  Anyways, listen to his newest song below.  UPDATE:  Joke is on me because it already got taken down.  Regardless, be on the lookout for when it hits the interwebs again.

And tonight we were also gifted with the highly-anticipated and somewhat mysterious collaboration project between Big Sean and Jhene Aiko, TWENTY88.

I’m about to purchase it on iTunes and give it a listen.  Or two.

So if you have Tidal, stream it here or support on iTunes like me!  If you don’t have Tidal or don’t want to pay the $8.99, then you can wait because I’m sure it will be on Apple Music and probably Spotify in the very near future.  But I’m impatient, so there’s that.

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NEW: Rihanna ft. Drake – ‘Work’

What a time!

I think this song will grow on me, but I must admit it’s not my favorite.  It sounds a bit generic, and I really think Drake saved the track.  No, I’m not just saying that because he’s my favorite.  But without his verse, the song would be RiRi repeating ‘work work work work’ with a sound similar to her debut single ‘Pon de Replay.’  Serious.  I think once I see the visuals, I’ll like it a lot more too!  But regardless, I love that we’re finally getting new music from the Barbadian babe.  And rumors state that ANTI will be dropping on Friday.

So listen to that new new featuring my boy Drizzy Drake here.

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NEW: ‘Low Life’ – Future x The Weeknd

Yasssss!  Sort of an unexpected collaboration but definitely much appreciated.

Earlier tonight both Future and The Weeknd took to Instagram to give us two separate snippet posts, but both videos shared the same beat.  Well yinz, the collab is here.

Thanks to my plug, Parker, for the fast acting on sending the song my way.

Listen here!

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New Kanye Song Previewed!

Kanye West’s Creative Director, Virgil Abloh, played an unreleased Kanye song off his upcoming album Swish earlier this week while DJing at XOYO, a night club in London.  The song, titled ‘Fade,’ features Ty Dolla $ign and Post Malone.

Kanye actually debuted the song during New York Fashion Week back in September at his Yeezy Season 2 runway show.

We still don’t have a release date for Swish (hoping it comes before the year’s end).  Referring to the album, Kanye was quoted saying, “It’s soundin’ good, like a sonic painting. And it gets better and better every week.”

For those non hip-hop readers, Swish has been referred to as a ‘sonic painting’ since Kanye called it that during an interview with Big Boy earlier this month.

While the audio quality isn’t the best, you can still get an idea of the track.  Enjoy!

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‘Views From the 6’ Date Announced?

If this plug from Daily Rap is correct, then we could possibly be getting #blessed with Drake’s ‘Views From the 6’ album in my BIRTHDAY MONTH!  January 6, 2016 to be exact.  My birthday is January 19 in case you were wondering.  If it does drop, this couldn’t be ANY MORE perfect for my Drake themed birthday party.

Again, I don’t know how credible this information is, but there is a teaser trailer for the release date, as well.  However, that also doesn’t verify anything.  I mean, I kept a close eye on the homemade website countdown for Drake and Future’s collabo mixtape, and that was wrong soooo.  But if it is true, you heard it on californyinz first!

Full article and video here.

‘Just know it will be January in no time.’ 😏 -’30 for 30 Freestyle’ -Drake

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Kanye West ‘In Camera’ Live Interview 

So for some unspeakable reason I was awake at about 5:15am this morning (PST).  I had my alarm set for 6:30am, but let’s be serious – I don’t physically get up until around 7:00am or later.

Since I couldn’t fall back asleep, I obviously reached for my phone to see that Mr. Kanye West was being interviewed live by SHOW Studio.  During this interview, West was answering fan-submitted questions.  When I tuned in, he was being asked about his upcoming album’s release date and if music is still a priority for him or if his priority is fashion.  He tends to stray from the real question in interviews, so he also went on about  inspiration and the creative process.  One quote he said which really stuck out to me was:

“Asking to be controlled by public opinion would be like having to sit in traffic for the rest of your life.”

I have to agree with this one.  And living in LA for 4+ years now, traffic is the worst.  There is just so much more to life than going by the book. I mean, if that’s what kind of life you want to lead, then go for it… 100%.  But I know for me, personally, I’m going to do what makes me the happiest even if it’s out of the ordinary or not what the ‘normal’ steps of life are.  And I for sure will always be having my own opinion and taking a stand on it.

The interview is around two hours long, but if you want to be inspired, get that creative push you need, or want to understand why Ye is the way he is, I recommend you watch it.  He’s really not all bad.  And if you watch the interview with an open mind and not the “oh this tool” mentality, I think you might learn a little something.

He also ranked his albums saying that both 808s & Heartbreak and Yeezus are better than My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I definitely don’t think Yeezus was better, but any who. Do you agree with him?

And today McDonald’s launched their ‘ALL DAY’ breakfast.

If you’re a Yeezus fan, you’ll understand the ‘all day’ reference.

Hope your Tuesday was epic!

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REVIEW: What A Time To Be Alive…

You can say that again.  I purchased the Drake-Future mixtape as soon as it was available on iTunes.  Speaking of iTunes, What a Time To Be Alive was no. 1 after only three hours of being released.  Incredible.  And an update as of yesterday (via RapUp), the mixtape debuts at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart – congrats!

I turned on Beats 1 Radio at 4:00 PM PST on Emmy Sunday and anxiously awaited the stream.  Shortly after about a 30-minute curated mix, Drake hopped on and premiered the much-anticipated tape.  Below is my first attempt at an album/mixtape review.  I’ve broken it down by song – hope you enjoy!

Digital Dash – Definitely a good start to the mixtape.  The song is split perfectly between Future (first half) and Drake (second half) and gives you a good feel of the rest of the album.

Big Rings – This song can (and will) bump!  ‘You and yours vs. me and mine.’ I would love to be at a club or let’s be serious in my car listening to this.  And I like how this second track is the reverse from ‘Digital Dash’ – starts with Drake and then goes into Future.  This type of song motivates me for sure – primarily the beat.

Live From the Gutter – This is a good long-drive song.  ‘This for my dawgs that go Karrueche with the chopsticks.’  I cannot with that.  I must admit, I also had to look up the definition of ‘live from the gutter.’  Thanks to RapGenius, I learned that ‘the gutter’ is the slang term for ‘the ghetto,’ extremely low income areas, where Future came from but now is quite wealthy.

Diamonds Dancing – And finally, Drake serenades us with his angelic voice on this track.  This is definitely one of the more chill songs, but I’m not mad about it.  It’s one of those songs you can vibe to at the end of the night.  I like this song more and more each time I listen to it.

Scholarships – I wish I had received more of these in college.  Okay, the song.  ‘All this passion I got, all I ever needed.’  Again, one of the main reasons why I love these rap and hip-hop artists so much is because of their passion, and it so clearly stands out in their music.  ‘I need acknowledgement, if I got it then tell me I got it then.’  This Drizzy verse couldn’t be any more aligned with my personality.

Plastic Bag – Ah, yes.  The ‘plastic bag’ phrase and even what we all thought was the official countdown for this mixtape (putitallinaplasticbag.com).  It sounds like both Drake and Future are all for the strippers taking home the cash that’s been thrown to them.  ‘Get a plastic bag, go ahead and pick up all the cash. You danced all night, you deserve it.’  Fair enough!

I’m the Plug – Woah.  Love the beat of this track.  And Drake’s lyric ‘This that OVO Halloween gang.’  If I liked Halloween enough to dress up for it, I would somehow incorporate OVO into my costume.  And Drake goes in on this one at the end. #lit

Change Locations – ‘Me and my friends, we got money to spend.’  Let’s remix to match my lifestyle, ‘Me and my friends, we don’t got no money to spend.’  Definitely a more chill beat compared to the other tracks.  Listen to Drake’s first couple lines in his verse when he joins – dead.

Jumpman – This is definitely one of my favorite songs on WATTBA.  Holy smokes.  I picture myself being at a club, preferably at Greystone in Hollywood, and jumping up and down like a lunatic.  To the beat of the song, obviously.  ‘You don’t have to call I hit my dance like Usher (woo!).’  My favorite artist rapping about my other favorite artist.  Great stuff.

Jersey – ‘You do what you want when you poppin’, yeah.’  This line rapped multiple times throughout is referring to Future telling his fans and listeners to make the best out of your life.  Preach!  This song isn’t one of my favorites, but I can vibe with the ‘poppin’ lyric for sure.

30 for 30 Freestyle – The project ends with a 4-minute freestyle of Drake and Drake only.  The lyric that 100 percent stuck out to me in this track was, ‘but just know it’ll be January in no time and your absence is very concerning.’  Okay, so two things with this one:  1. My birthday is in January, soooo need I say more and 2. He’s concerned about my absence.  I took this one too far, but just let me have my moments.

And that’s it!  Overall, I dig this project.  While I’ve listened to it MULTIPLE times since its release just two Sunday’s ago, I’m not sick of it… just yet :).  I definitely have my favorites – ‘Big Rings,’ ‘Diamonds Dancing,’ ‘I’m the Plug,’ and ‘Jumpman,’ whereas other Drake projects, I literally love every single song.  On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 7.5.  It’s missing the complete ‘wow’ factor to me.  Not sure what that is exactly, but something isn’t there.  Regardless, the 6IX God compiled another very successful project with Future who I have been listening to a lot more now.

And for those of you readers (mom and Uncle Freddie who straight up told me he doesn’t read my posts when they feature the music I listen to – tough love) who really don’t know or care about these posts, I think you’ll be able to relate to the grandma in the video below. Truly hilarious.  Thanks to @mtvhiphop for sharing!

And it’s National Coffee Day – hope yinz are all celebrating.

Sergen, out!

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