Headphones: Drake Ain't Playin' With Sprained Ankles

Drake said it best himself in 2009’s track ‘Forever’, “…Like a sprained ankle boy, I aint nothin’ to play with.”

In the wake of an ankle injury that has hobbled the Views rapper, Drake announced on Tuesday that he would postpone the remainder of his Summer Sixteen tour in order to allow the injury to heal.  With only 3 dates remaining on the tour, it’s not a huge loss for the Toronto native, who also just announced that he would be going on a European tour in 2017. 

This news comes on less than a week after confirmation that Drake and Rihanna have officially broken up, citing difficulties from their separate schedules.  With Drizzy being the rapper equivalent of Taylor Swift, this should make for great album material.

This past Sunday marked the end of the Desert Trip festival in Indio, California, the same site of the world famous Coachella festival.  For those who don’t remember, Desert Trip pulled some of the biggest names in rock and roll history into one billing, with the Rolling Stones performing with Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney with opener Neil Young and Sunday ending with the Who and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.  The festival was marked with memorable moments and loaded with some of Rock and Roll’s greatest hits. 

After recent news of their reunion, Gorillaz have confirmed that their new album will be completed in two weeks.  In this day and age, rumored release dates mean little to nothing (see: Frank Ocean), especially since the news broke from Reddit, but nonetheless it is still exciting to know we are that much closer to a new album from the group.

Lastly, we look to the charts where The Chainsmokers maintain their grip on the top spot with their hit ‘Closer’, which has now been #1 on the Hot 100 for eight weeks in a row.  The Weeknd has crawled back in to the picture with a #2 record in ‘Starboy.’

Album of the Week: 99.9% - Kaytranada: Kaytranada is this month’s Artist You Should Know.  Fittingly, his debut album 99.9% is our Album of the Week.  Kaytranada has burst on to the scene as one of the more promising and intriguing talents in the electronic scene in 2016.  His beats fuse 70’s disco/techno with bass infused, futuristic R&B/hip-hop vocals.  From top to bottom this album will have you vibing and grooving all at once.  He doesn’t need to wow you with heart stopping drops, that’s just not his style.  Kaytranada just wants you to enjoy the music.  The can’t miss track here features none other than Anderson .Paak, who seems to find himself just about everywhere this year.  With a funky jazz beat, it’s a match made in heaven. For more on this album and the artist himself, check out this month’s Artist You Should Know column. 

Music Videos

 Hip/Hop: Do You Mind – DJ Khaled: Do You Mind is the latest video from the Major Key album, and features all the big names in Hip-Hop.  DJ Khaled has become notorious for his… ‘interesting’ music videos.  This one is no different.  Check it out!

EDM: Carry Me – Kygo: Kygo continues his strong year with his latest single featuring Julia Michaels on vocals.  The video itself is mostly clips of Kygo’s live shows over the past year. 

Country: She’s Country – Jason Aldean: This week’s country pick is a bit of a throwback, in honor of Jason Aldean again scoring a #1 album with They Don’t Know.

Pop: 24k – Bruno Mars: Bruno is back! Bruno Mars brings 70’s style and music back in his latest single 24k.  The new record marks a return for the star who has been dormant since his Super Bowl Halftime performance and last album Unorthodox Jukebox.

Notable: Chance Gets Political: Just about no one has had a more exciting year than Chance the Rapper.  Earlier this summer he released his first commercial project in Coloring Book, which was one of the biggest critical and commercial successes of the year.  Since then, he has been everywhere.  From his fashion line to the BET, Chance has made himself a house hold name.  Last month, he even headlined a festival at Us Cellular Field in his native Chicago, drawing a near 50,000 person crowd.  This was only one stop on his Coloring Book World Tour.  Now, he’s doing his part to help with one of the biggest issues in our country: Voter Registration.  With less than a month a way from Election Day, there’s an alarming amount of unregistered voters still out there.  Chance has started a program where he has voter registration booths outside of each of the venues on his tour stops.  In Miami, he even made an appearance at one of the booths to applaud fans for doing their civic duty. 

This Week’s Playlist

1.     Moonshine – Bruno Mars: This song is one of my favorites off the Unorthodox Jukebox album, perfect to get you hyped for Bruno Mar’s forthcoming album

2.     Glowed Up feat. Anderson .Paak – Kaytranada: It’s not secret at this point that Anderson .Paak is one of this columns favorite artists.  He dwells here over a techno/sci-fi beat that has some funk to it.  Perfect match.

3.     Prblms – 6LACK: This brooding hip-hop track has been running a low profile on the charts recently.  It’s catchy enough to find it’s way on to this weeks playlist.

4.     False Alarm – The Weeknd: The second single of The Weeknd’s new album Starboy.  Despite The Weeknd returning to the studio with the same producer from his original 3 albums, this sounds nothing like his early work.  This finds the Weeknd in new territory.  It’s fast paced and utilizes back up singers.  Not sure if it works or not, find out for yourself.

5.     God Is Fair, Sexy Nasty feat. Kendrick Lamar – Mac Miller: Want a safe bet to make your song a hit: feature Kendrick Lamar.  Mac Miller’s Divine Feminine feels mostly like an R&B album up until it’s last track ‘God is Fair.’  It’s bass line feels like it borrows from good kid, m.A.A.d city, all while Mac and K-dot duet.  Dope.