Drake has unleashed his first new verse of 2019, jumping on a remix of Summer Walker’s breakout track, “Girls Need Love.” The gauzy R&B song suits Drake at his most seductive, and the rapper easily alternates between punchy bars and his smoked-out croon. The track boasts a handful of exemplary Drake bars as well, including the couplet, “Arched back, deep stroke, white wine, weed smoke, that’s my best combination/You just need some, dick with no complications.” “Girls Need Love” anchored Summer Walker’s 2018 album, Last Days of Summer, garnering over 30 million views on YouTube and more than 150 million streams worldwide. In January, the Atlanta-based singer released the Clear EP, which boasts four live tracks. As for Drake, the “Girls Need Love” remix marks his first new music of 2019 after a busy 2018. Last year, the rapper released his fifth studio album, Scorpion, while also appearing on hits by Travis Scott, … [Read more...] about Hear Drake Drop First New Verse of 2019 on Summer Walker’s ‘Girls Need Love’ Remix
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So what makes Thala Ajith so special that he is loved by each and every one especially within the film fraternity? Well lots of stories regarding Ajith's greatness have already been shared and it is not a secret anymore. However, most often, it is the small, neglectable nuances that defines a person's charisma and character and that is what you will be reading for the next few minutes. Pick anyone who have interacted with Ajith Kumar and each of them will only have pleasant memories to share. Be it a prominent celebrity or a fan, everyone would be treated with equal respect and that's where Ajith manages to score as a good human being. We had earlier mentioned how a fan of Ajith was gifted a helmet by the star actor after realizing that his fan had come to see him riding a bike but without a helmet. These kind of small efforts can make a huge difference and can really go a long way in making a good impression as a good human. Another example which everyone might be aware of is his … [Read more...] about #23 Years Of Thala Ajith: Why Is He Loved By All?
“Rare Beauty,” a standout track from Joe Lovano’s new album Trio Tapestry, starts with a deep, resonant tom-tom rumble from drummer Carmen Castaldi. Lovano’s tenor saxophone and Marilyn Crispell’s piano enter with a snaking, up-and-down line, which Castaldi accompanies and answers. The way the instruments swirl together, intuitively tracing out the chant-like theme without settling into a steady rhythm, instantly recalls a sound pioneered by the late drummer-composer Paul Motian. From the early Eighties on, Joe Lovano’s saxophone presence, magisterial yet poignant, was a key part of that sound. The trio Motian led with Lovano and guitarist Bill Frisell would become legendary for its spare, impressionistic approach, and the music on Trio Tapestry — the 66-year-old saxophonist’s first album as a leader for eminent jazz/classical label ECM, which released a series of outstanding Motian/Frisell/Lovano full-lengths from 1985 through 2006 … [Read more...] about Song You Need to Know: Joe Lovano, ‘Rare Beauty’
Freestyle Love Supreme co-creator Anthony Veneziale has a very specific goal in mind as he steps out on stage each night to perform the improv-driven show. “I’m looking for those ‘oxygen deprivation’ moments — where the audience has a gasp of air,” he says. “The more the audience has those, ‘A-ha! moments,’ the more I know this is the direction that we need to go.” A recent visit to the latest production, which is currently in previews on Broadway (it runs through January 5th, 2020), illustrated just how good he and the show’s other architects have become at eliciting that effect. After being ushered through the front doors of the Booth Theatre, you’re asked to put your phone in a Yondr pouch, where you won’t be able to fiddle with it for the next 85 minutes. That’s so you can listen closely to the performers and not be tempted to record the production, no matter how much you may wish to have proof of … [Read more...] about How ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ Brought Beatboxing and Rap to Broadway
“‘Is jazz dead?’ is a stupid question,” says drummer and bandleader Makaya McCraven over beers at a Lower East Side bar that is, fittingly, playing a selection of 1930s and ’40s-era jazz cuts. “If you have to ask the same question for 50 years, it becomes a rhetorical question. When did it die?” Those who know McCraven’s work would likely reach a similar conclusion. Critically acclaimed releases like In the Moment (2015) and Highly Rare (2017) — both made up entirely of live material — put the heat and vitality of an intimate jazz club into a distinctly 21st century mode of brainy beat music, edited down to their searching, abstract highlights. They gave McCraven the kind of jazz-vanguard cred also recently assigned to artists like Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington and Shabaka Hutchings, all of whom have earned some degree of crossover success over the past decade thanks in part to their ability to tap into hip-hop and R&B … [Read more...] about Makaya McCraven Isn’t Interested in Saving Jazz