Time magazine’s annual party honoring their choices for the 100 most influential people in the world was held last night in the Rose Hall at Lincoln Center. First Lady Michelle Obama made an appearance that apparently caused traffic troubles, forcing some fashionable guests to arrive via the subway in their designer gowns. Fortunatley everyone on the red carpet still looked crisp. Other guests included a John Legend, recording artist M.I.A. and her fiance Ben Brewer, Oprah , fashion designer Vivienne Tam, and more.
Smoke DZA and Pete Rock enlisted MMG boss Rick Ross for the latest single from the duo's highly-anticipated album Don't Smoke Rock. "Black Superhero Car" was premiered by the FADER who rightfully said "It's as New York a record can get in 2016."
After the less-than-stellar commercial performance of his Major Without a Deal album from earlier this year, Troy Ave looks to bounce back with the third installment of his White Christmas series on December 18th. Its first offering is "Restore the Feeling/NYC" in which Ave looks to restore the "feeling" of his native NYC -- that means canning the hate and trend followers. After the jump.
For Pitchfork's recent episode of "Over/Under" -- the interview series in which artists evaluate a series of random topics, declaring if they're overrated or underrated -- Vince Staples discusses sobriety, the Amish, KFC, Tom Cruise, PETA, Oprah, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and more. Watch his assessments after the jump.
California and New York link up. A$ton Matthews (who reps Lakewood, CA) is teaming up with Harlem's Bodega BAMZ for "Window Paint," produced by Jordan Granados. Both Matthews and BAMZ have projects out so be sure to check those out if you're interested. And check out the track "Window Paint" after the jump.
Despite residing from essentially the same place (Coney Island, Brooklyn) and sharing virtually the same exact cultural background (Ukrainian-American) I never really messed with rising rapper Your Old Droog all that much. I mean, in the interest of full disclosure and not frontin', I think dude is super talented and a great altogether MC but frankly I'm not "feeling" it, you know? I always find the beats to be dated and seriously lackluster and I can never quite relate to Your Old Droog. Like, who is Droog? But this track right here, with its super kitschy and ultra NYC-indebted song title, is right up my alley, fam. Droog delivers the goods with "Unlimited MetroCard" which is produced by the always reliable Statik Selektah. Check out "Unlimitated MetroCard" after the jump and peep Statik's new album Lucky 7 dropping this July.