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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VIDEO: Wiz Khalifa ft. Travi$ Scott – ‘Bake Sale’

They dem boys!  Totally not proper grammar, but Wiz and Travi$ make quite the duo in their video for the banger that is ‘Bake Sale.’  This is definitely one of my top songs of 2016 so far.

Directed by the talented Dan Folger (another Pittsburgh boy), the video is filled with neon colors, smoke, dolla bills, and baked goods.

So watch the video below, and you can catch Wiz on the road with Snoop this summer on “The High Road Summer Tour.”

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As promised…

Here are the overdue updates I’ve been meaning to write about.  We’re going to try to keep this short and sweet since there’s SO much happening in the hip-hop world.

First and most importantly, on Saturday, January 30, Drake hosted OVO Sound Radio and finally gave us a drop date for Views From the 6.  Well, it’s not an actual date, but the album will drop in April.  And it makes complete sense.  Toronto’s area code is 416 (close to that Pittsburgh 412 ya heard).  April being the 4th month and the year being 20(16).  It makes ALL the sense, and I’m actually a little disappointed in myself that I didn’t figure it out.  Maybe it will drop on April 16th?  I’m still thinking some new music will come out this weekend during All-Star Weekend.  Don’t even get me startd on how upset I am I’m not there.  Moving on to the next piece of news.

YEEZY-WIZ TWITTER DRAMA | This celeb beef was some real Twitter fingers action.  Kanye went on quite the rant about Wiz Khalifa.  It all stemmed from Kanye changing his album title from SWISH to Waves, which prompted Wiz to Tweet out a photo of Max B, the original ‘Wavy Daddy.’  Cue the Tweets.  Drama is all I can say.  I was actually laughing reading them, but it was all a bit much.  I also managed to screen shot all of Ye’s Tweets, and thank goodness I did because he deleted them.  I’ll have to dedicate a post to just those sometime in the near future.  Cut to present.  Kanye and Wiz had a phone call, made up, and all is good.

EVOL | Future blessed us with ANOTHA ONE.  Not much longer after Purple Reign, which dropped in January, the Atlanta rapper released another project titled EVOL, which is ‘love’ spelled backwards.  I haven’t listened to either of the projects as much as I should have, but if you listen to one song, you absolutely must listen to ‘Run Up’ on Purple Reign.  Seriously fire.

‘DOWN IN THE DM’ REMIX | Listen to this raunchy yet lit remix to Yo Gotti’s club banger featuring Nicki Minaj here.  Let’s just say I listened to this on my way to work, and it definitely woke me up.  Nicki goes hard in this.  Love it.

RIHANNA – ANTI | Okay, this should actually get its own post.  What a dang good album.  The overall sound and lyrics of ANTI are incredible.  The flow from beginning to end.  Brilliant.  Comparing this album to others by Rihanna, this is by far her most mature piece of work.  If you’re an avid RiRi fan, I’m sure you’ll agree.  I encourage you to listen!  I promise it’s not a peppy pop album you’ll get sick of.  And listen to ‘Love on the Brain.’  That straight up doesn’t even sound like Rihanna, but has more of  a Beyonce and Macy Gray feel.  So good.  Listen, yinz!

FLINT CRISIS | Detroit native Big Sean donated $50,000 to support the Flint water crisis.  While some of you think he should have given more, it’s obviously way more than I’m sure you’ve given.  I don’t want to get into that discussion now,  but let’s just give a round of applause to the Sean Don for donating to this town in time of need.  Props!

Happy Friday!  Lots of exciting things week, so check back early next for a post!  And until then, I’ll be waiting for Ye to drop his album.

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Wiz Khalifa LA Listening Party 2.8.16

Last night was LITTY!

What I thought would have been a chill night of me standing in the background, listening to Wiz play some tracks from his new album at last night’s listening party, turned into a LIT SITUATION.  I shuffled my way to the front, per usual, and was essentially at the main table with Wiz, Juicy J, Travi$ Scott, and Ty Dolla $ign.  And was great seeing JCruz from Power 106, as well!

The party was at the Blind Dragon and hosted by the one and only Ms. Karen Civil.  She gave updates on Wiz’s arrival time, introduced him, and then handed the mic over to Wiz.  She also gave a shout out to Wiz’s mom and said, “Shout out to Wiz’s mom who is here.  Whenever I’m in Pittsburgh, she always takes good care of me.”  #californyinz

Wiz went over different meanings behind the tracks, rapped a little, and just had a great time. And DJ Bonics, Wiz’s official DJ was spinning.  It was dope, and I’m really glad I was able to go!  It was all truly a big #californyinz moment.

I even rocked a Pittsburgh shirt, which gained a little attention and served as a conversation starter. #netWORQUE

Peep the video to see just how close I was.

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And even more #californyinz-ness… shout out to the Pittsburgh Penguins for unveiling their 50th anniversary logo for the upcoming season.  Check it here.

‘Hello’ it’s Wiz…

This is a complete californyinz moment.  Wiz Khalifa stopped by my favorite radio station, Power 106, to promote his upcoming album Khalifa on The Cruz Show.  J Cruz gave him a beat, which happened to be Adele’s ‘Hello,’ and the Pittsburgh native freestyled over it.

I sort of dig it, actually.  Watch below!  And Khalifa comes out on February 5 with features from Chevy Woods, Rico Love, Travi$ Scott, and his three-year-old son Sebastian.

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*Picture from Power 106’s Powerhouse concert.

Lineup:  Power 106 Announces Cali Christmas Stars!

Christmas came early!  The lineup for Power 106’s 2015 #CaliChristmas was announced this morning at 7:20am on #TheCruzShow.

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While the lineup may seem smaller compared to previous years, I feel these are some high-profile artists.  Quality vs. quantity, ya dig!  And who knows the special guests they will bring out!  I mean, Pharrell can bring out Snoop to ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot,’ Wiz may bring out Rae Sremmurd for ‘Burn Slow,’ and I’m hoping so much that Dej Loaf brings out fellow Detroit native Big Sean to perform ‘Back Up.’  Those are just my predictions. 🙂

Great job again, Power!  I have always looked forward to Cali Christmas since my first time attending in 2011 – also the very first time I saw Drake perform.  All the feels.

Presale tickets go on sale this Thursday at 10AM.  Get the password by downloading the free Where Hip Hop Lives app here.

Happy Monday!

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