Earlier this week Big Sean gave us the name and release date of his third studio album, Dark Sky Paradise. Yesterday an unfinished version of "Blessings" featuring Drake leaked. This a problem that happens to many a artist and can't really be controlled however Big Sean did what most do in a situation like this. The Detroit native decided to release the full version of the track later that night. The full version of the track contains an surprising verse from Kanye and a catchy hook from Drake. It seems as though Big Sean is continuing with the momentum he gained in 2014 with "IDFWU". Dark Sky Paradis is slated for a Feb. 24th release date, for now check out the stream below.
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After having showcased a powerful project in our group art show REVOLVE, Andre Elliott returns with a new series entitled "Emanation", which aptly emanates some serious reflection on the dualities of the universe. Water and light are the two domineering focuses of this series, and once again the Sacramento based photographer leaves us in awe as he takes us through the nebulas and beyond. "Emanation" provides us with a direct visual parallel between water and the galaxy beyond, with sparks of orange light intermingling with the forlorn aquatic whirlpools. Check out our interview with Andre for a showcase of more of his work and some background insight on him as well.
While deep in the works on his sophomore release, Oakland's own 1-O.A.K. took the time to liberate this sweltering remix of SWV's "Rain", a sultry cut from the legendary trio. The unmeasurably talented production mind of 1-O.A.K. stands out on this cut, bringing their version into contemporary times with an upheaval of the tempo and some electronic synths that resonate well with the bass he brings to the table. Stay tuned for 1-O.A.K. to turn this year up with his sophomore LP, which is coming together magically.
After recently releasing his second installment of mix series, MELE$WAVE VOL. 2, the Oakland youth takes on the Rock Steady in Downtown Oakland next month alongside Ant-1 of Wild N' Krazy Kids and Youthful Kinfolk's own SpencerxStevens. This event is free, and is your place to go for some feel-good vibes curated by local DJ talent, kicking off his monthly residency there.
The Questwell general sayknowledge is about to emerge from his hiatus with guns ablazing, his last release the 2013 album Vibe Called Quest, he recently revisited his archives and brought out some dope shit for us all. An early collaboration between him and Mars Today, sayknowledge's witty wordplay and clever Bay Area references can be found throughout this joint, rife with bars to accompany the jazzy horns provided by Mars. Look out for say to make some big noise soon, the Questwell camp is on the come up.
"this track has been unreleased till now recorded in san francisco 2011 and beautifully produced by mars today this is really one of the joints that glued us together. with my second album Camp Mendocino set to drop 2015 i found this in the crates and blew the dust off enjoy though. i used to stay up and watch distortion 2 static. quest" - say
Rather than speculate on what exactly the latest visual release from the Social Experiment camp spearheaded by Chance The Rapper means, check it out for yourself above. The simple cinematography is backed by some horns from Donnie Trumpet himself, providing a short and impactful combination of audio and video. Stay tuned for Surf to come soon, and peep "Sunday Candy" if you haven't.
We recently brought DUCKWRTH back to the Bay to rock with us at REVOLVE, and after closing out the show at Oakland Terminal, he continues his run leading up to the release of NOWHERE with The Kickdrums. San Francisco based outlet TeamBackpack was an early supporter of Duck and took the time out to recently interview him about his aesthetic, music, message and more. Stay tuned for more from DUCKWRTH to come, and get updated with the latest from him via the interview above.