How Post Malone Helped Redefine Pop Stardom for a New Decade

This article is sponsored by StubHub. Back when he was still attending high school and bumming it part-time at the Chicken Express, Austin Richard Post was voted “Most Likely to Become Famous” by his classmates. Three years and countless tragic hairstyles later, those same classmates — and millions of other listeners — were telling him “Congratulations.” That’s something to think about as that same artist now plays to thousands a night across the country while on his nearly year-long “Runaway Tour.” (Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Post Malone Shows) It didn’t take Post Malone long to become a burgeoning hip-hop star once he uploaded his first single, “White Iverson”, to SoundCloud in February 2015 at the age of 19. He released an accompanying music video in July; within a month, it had amassed more than a million views, and Post signed with Republic Records in August. Star-studded collaborations — including a feature on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo track “Fade” — and an opening slot on Justin Bieber’s Purpose Tour followed, and by the time he released his debut album, Stoney, in December 2016, Post Malone had arguably become rap’s hottest newcomer. The trap-pop-country hybrid debuted at No. 6 on […]

Spike Jonze to release Beastie Boys photo book

Spike Jonze’s decades-long collaboration with Beastie Boys has spawned numerous music videos, classic album covers, a memoir, and even a stage show. Now, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of all that art with an upcoming photo book entitled simply Beastie Boys. Marking Jonze’s first-ever book of photography, the hardcover is due out March 17th via Rizzoli. The 256-page tome contains over two hundred of the Academy Award-winning director’s personal photos shot during his time spent with the hip-hop trio. Everything from their first collaborations in the early ’90s — like the iconic “Sabotage” video — to the cover of 1999’s The Sound of Silence greatest hits album is recontextualized via “the candid, the unexpected, the behind-the-scenes, and the real” images. (Read: How Beastie Boys, Weezer, and Spike Jonze Reinvented the Music Video) Beastie Boys members Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Mike “Mike D” Diamond contributed new text to the book, while Jonze penned the afterword. Check out the cover art below, followed by the official summary. You can pre-order your copy here. The first book of photography to be published by the Academy Award-winning film director and photographer Spike Jonze. Will appeal to every fan of Beastie Boys […]

Kodak Black hit with two new felony charges, faces additional 60 years in prison

Kodak Black is facing up to 60 additional years in federal prison after being hit with two more felony gun charges. Three days ago, the rapper received a a 46-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to federal weapons charges. A day later it came to light he’d sent a prison guard to the hospital after grabbing his testicles in a fight. Now, as the Miami Herald reports, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office has handed the rapper two new felony counts for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. One charge stems from a gun purchased in January, while the other is linked to a gun found on him when he was arrested in Miami in May. As Kodak has been labeled a “habitual offender,” he could face up to 30 full years for each count. Kodak’s lawyer Bradford Cohen addressed the new charges in a statement to XXL. “This is what happens when the government feels like they lost when a young man [gets] 46 months on a filing a false document.” He continued, “Miami has charged him with the purchase of the weapons, because of a little rarely known law if you had a juvenile prior you can’t possess a weapon until you are 24. The […]

JAY-Z to purchase NFL team: Report

Earlier this week, JAY-Z’s Roc Nation struck an entertainment and social partnership with the NFL. The deal makes the billionaire rapper the league’s new “live music entertainment strategist” as well provides him with greater influence in key social initiatives. But if you believe TMZ, JAY-Z’s involvement won’t end there. Turns out JAY-Z is set to acquire a “significant ownership interest” in an NFL team, and “it is going to happen in the near future,” TMZ reports. The identity of the team has not yet been revealed. JAY-Z wants to become an NFL owner “because he’s a huge fan, already has a sports business, and wants to continue to be a change agent for the NFL,” the report adds. Roc Nation Sports, the sports talent agency founded by JAY-Z, represents several current NFL players, including New York Giants star Saquon Barkley, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. However, because JAY-Z “is not an NFL agent and does not take part in the operations of the NFL players in Roc Nation,” he’s apparently in the clear to purchase an NFL team, TMZ contends. JAY-Z previously owned a minority stake in the Brooklyn Nets before selling […]

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib share new track “The Next Day” featuring Oh No: Stream

After three long years of anticipation, Indiana MC Freddie Gibbs and veteran producer Madlib finally returned last month with their sophomore album, Bandana. Now just weeks later, the hip-hop duo is back with another new track, “The Next Day”. A contribution to the Adult Swim Singles series, “The Next Day” features a guest verse from Madlib’s younger brother, Oh No. With the sort of soul sampling production we know and love from MadGibbs, the track feels like it could be featured in Eddie Murphy’s upcoming Ray Moore biopic Dolemite Is My Name. In fact, it even opens with a fitting reference as Gibbs spits, “Pulling stunts in my GTR/ 1990, Dolemite in momma’s VCR.” Take a listen to Freddie Gibbs & Madlibs’ “The Next Day” below. MadGibbs’ Bandana arrived five years after their collaborative debut, 2014’s Piñata. They’ll be supporting the record on the road through fall. Appropriately, given the release of “The Next Day”, Freddie Gibbs and Mad Lib are set to appear at the Adult Swim Festival in Los Angeles this November. Get tickets to all their upcoming dates here. Consequence of Sound RSS Feed

Ranking: Every Lollapalooza Lineup from Worst to Best

Rank and File finds us sorting through an exhaustive, comprehensive body of work or collection of pop-culture artifacts. This time, we celebrate Lollapalooza by determining which installment of the festival was the greatest of them all. The dog days of summer mean that Lollapalooza is just around the corner, and thousands of music fans are about to descend upon Chicago’s Grant Park. It’s hard to believe that, in 1991, Perry Farrell created the festival as a showcase for Jane’s Addiction‘s last hurrah. Of course, many things have changed since its initial heyday in the ’90s. In the US, Lolla has grown and evolved drastically from its touring festival roots, having survived a hibernation from 1997 until 2003, in addition to its canceled 2004 installment. Since then, Lollapalooza has settled down in the Windy City, gradually expanding from two to three to four days. (Though, one could argue the fest’s touring spirit lives on through its international counterparts, which have sprung up in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and Sweden.) Throughout its history, some of the most iconic acts in music have performed at the festival, from Paul McCartney to Kanye West to Arcade Fire, in addition to up-and-coming talent that have […]

Beyoncé releases new album The Lion King: The Gift: Stream

Beyoncé has unleashed her star-studded soundtrack album, The Lion King: The Gift. Featuring Donald Glover, JAY-Z, Blue Ivy Carter, Kendrick Lamar, and many more, all 13 tracks are now available to stream below via Apple Music and Spotify. Beyoncé has described the collection as “sonic cinema” and “a new experience of storytelling.” She explained, “I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat.” “I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,” she added. “Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.” Among the many highlights include a collaboration between Bey, JAY, and Glover (“Mood 4 Eva”), a mother-daughter duet (“Brown Skin Girl”), and all of the assists by 070 Shake, Tierra […]

Jamila Woods channels her inner Harry Potter in new “Baldwin” video: Watch

Chicago R&B artist Jamila Woods is back with a new music video for “Baldwin”. The song comes from her recent album, LEGACY! LEGACY!, which was released last month. The fantastical clip sees her create the wizarding world of Harry Potter for the black youth community in Chicago. “To outsiders, the school appears to be abandoned — one of the 50 public schools closed under Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s watch in 2013,” explained Woods in a press release. “However, for Black people in the neighborhood this space is a gem, an oasis of Black learning and radical education for young people. We shot part of the film documentary-style, to include young people’s perspectives on what they would want their dream school to be like.” Hence why the music video for “Baldwin” turns into a Hogwarts haven. In the video, directed by Vincent Martell, kids run their shopping carts into the side of a Chicago school and find themselves on the other side. There, they’re surrounded by magnificent feasts, hair care classes, magic education courses, and more. Part way through, kids give testimonies about the type of education they wish they could receive in real public schools. It’s the visual embodiment of one […]

The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” one-room shack is available to rent for $4,000 a month

Notorious B.I.G. in the Juicy video Hip-hop fans searching for a place to live, look no further. Notorious B.I.G.’s childhood home is currently available to rent in Brooklyn. As Brooklyn Vegan points out, the late legend’s 972-square-foot Clinton Hill apartment is up for grabs at a steal of $4,000 a month. Although Biggie called it a “shack” in his hit single “Juicy”, the space has since been refurbished with new floors, appliances, and countertops. “It’s so calm and residential now,” real estate agent Fabienne Lecole told the New York Post, “It’s hard to imagine it’s the same street that he sang about with all the drugs and gunfire. It couldn’t be more different.” Here’s the full listing via Compass: Amazing three-bedroom home with additional den/office and separate dining room with best light is now available for rent in the desired neighborhood of Clinton Hill historic district. The limestone eight-unit condominium prewar building was recently renovated and maintains gorgeous pre-war details, like hardwood floors and high ceilings. The kitchen has been has granite countertops, stainless appliances and lots of storage. This home also features a windowed dining room and a spacious southeast facing living room with an additional office. The building offers […]

ScHoolboy Q drops new single “CrasH”: Stream

This Friday, ScHoolboy Q will return with his latest album, CrasH Talk , via Top Dawg Entertainment. In anticipation, he’s unveiled one final preview track. “CrasH” comes on the heels of previously revealed offerings “Numb Numb Juice” featuring Tyler, the Creator and “CHopstix” featuring Travis Scott. While these past two singles sported special guests, this latest number finds the Los Angeles rapper on his own, spitting an easy flow over the two-and-a-half-minute song’s laidback beat. Listen to “CrasH” below. CrasH Talk follows up ScHoolboy Q’s acclaimed 2016 Blank Face LP and a handful of one-off songs and collaborations. The 14-track collection also sports cameos from Kid Cudi, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Ty Dolla $ign, and YG Consequence of Sound RSS Feed