Conway the Machine drops his latest “Sign Language” and freestyle over Nicki Minaj and her new track “Yikes” in his freestyle rap.
Conway the Machine and Griselda Records aren’t letting the success of 2019 hinder their 2020 plans. In fact, the crew is already off and running with a number of new releases. Whether it was Benny the Butcher‘s three guest verses late last week, the premiere of the “Cruiser Weight Coke” visual from WWCD or taking to Jimmy Fallon for a stripped-down performance of “Dr. Bird’s”, the Buffalo crew continues to grow with an almost overwhelming output. Now Conway has enlisted Griselda’s in-house producer Daringer for the new single “Sign Language” while also dropping a quick-hitting freestyle to Nicki Minaj’s “Yikes”.
“Sign Language” is Daringer at his best thanks to a harsh electric guitar riff on loop, some minimal drums straight from 90s boom-bap and just the right amount of echoing and haunting vocals lingering throughout. It’s an effort in the vein of The Alchemist and gives Conway plenty of room to put the rest of the hip-hop industry on notice.
They overlooked my accomplishments/ and don’t wanna acknowledge it/ Won’t let it shake my confidence/ How, when I’ve been sh*ttin’ on the game since I got in it/ Not only that, my story alone is astonishing/ I got murals in different continents/ This sh*t is looking promising/ Hip-hop about to experience a climate shift. Prolly subconsciousness like verses from Kweli/ Still make a movie on your set, Mahershala Ali.” On the intro Conway even reminds the listener that, “everyone is still food” referring to his ongoing mixtape series Everybody Is F.O.O.D, possibly hinting at a fourth installment for later this year.
Lyrics from his new track:
“They overlooked my accomplishments/ and don’t wanna acknowledge it/ Won’t let it shake my confidence/ How, when I’ve been sh*ttin’ on the game since I got in it/ Not only that, my story alone is astonishing/ I got murals in different continents/ This sh*t is looking promising/ Hip-hop about to experience a climate shift. Prolly subconsciousness like verses from Kweli/ Still makes a movie on your set, Mahershala Ali.”
On the intro Conway even reminds the listener that, “everyone is still food” referring to his ongoing mixtape series Everybody Is F.O.O.D, possibly hinting at a fourth installment for later this year.
“Yikes” sees Conway flex his lyrical prowess, rapping double-time over the Nicki Minaj single while also giving Nicki some props along the way. He waxes about the Roc Nation brunch and taking photos with Rihanna, hints at an upcoming project with a release date looming and more. Stream “Sign Language” and “Yikes [Freestyle]” below and in more music news, watch Pop Smoke and Quavo’s Off-White™ produced “Shake The Room” music video.
Fleetwood Mac’s Neil Finn, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie share new song to benefit Auckland’s homeless
Proceeds from the new single are going to the Auckland City Mission, which helps the New Zealand city’s homeless population.
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The song was written by Finn about the city’s homeless population after he was inspired by a personal encounter he had at the Mission.
“I live in a pretty fortunate situation and I move in circles that are not in daily contact with homeless people,” he told The New Zealand Herald. “So it’s good to be able to find a pathway in your head to relate to some degree.”
Finn continued: “I haven’t felt compelled to go down that path in terms of speaking out. But in terms of trying to do some kindly acts as you strike situations, I think that’s compulsive and we should all be trying to do that.”
“Fleetwood Mac is a strange creature,” he said. “We’re very, very committed to Neil and Mike [Campbell of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers], and that passed away a time ago, when Lindsey left. And it’s not a point of conversation, so I have to say no.”
He added: “It’s a full drama of Fleetwood Mac, no doubt. His legacy is alive and well, and as it should be. A major, major part that will never be taken away, and never be down-spoken by any of us. Neil and Mike have tremendous respect for Lindsey.”
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Music industry plans blackout in solidarity with Black community following George Floyd death
A host of record labels and other music industry figures are planning a social media blackout on Tuesday (June 2) in solidarity with the black community.
Messages shared by Warner, Universal, Dirty Hit and more set out a plan to “disconnect from work and reconnect with out community” for the day, held as “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.”
The decision comes in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota earlier this week. Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 after being apprehended by a white police officer. Officer Derek Chauvin has since been sacked and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
“Due to recent events please join us as we take an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change,” the message begins.
“As gatekeepers of the culture, it’s our responsibility to not only come together to celebrate the wins, but also hold each other up during a loss.
“Join us on Tuesday June 2 as a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community,” the message concludes, adding the hashtag “#THESHOWMUSTBEPAUSED.”
Universal Music Group quoted Martin Luther King in their Instagram post supporting the blackout, echoing his sentiments that “there comes a time when silence is betrayal”.
The Caroline label wrote: “Our Black friends are not ok, our Black families are not ok, we are not and should not be ok.”
A number of figures in the music industry have spoken about following Floyd’s death. Taylor Swift this week called out President Donald Trump’s inflammatory tweets about the situation, saying: “After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence,” and threatening to “vote [Trump] out in November”.
Billie Eilish also shared her thoughts on the matter, writing: “If I hear one more white person say ‘all lives matter’ one more fucking time I’m gonna lose my fucking mind,” while Run The Jewels rapper Killer Mike sent an emotional message to the residents of his hometown of Atlanta, a city that has sparked into violence since Floyd’s death.
The Streets share new documentary on upcoming mixtape with Tame Impala, IDLES, Slowthai and more
The Streets have shared a new documentary on the making of their upcoming mixtape – watch it in full below.
The 20-minute film features footage of the creation of new collaboration-based tape ‘None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive’, which comes out in July.
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‘None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive’ comes out on July 10, and is The Streets’ first full-length project since 2011 album ‘Computers And Blues’ and mixtape ‘Cyberspace And Reds’.
Mike Skinner revived his Streets project in 2018, playing a number of Greatest Hits tour dates and sharing a host of new material.
Skinner announced his intentions to release a new Streets mixtape last year, which will arrive alongside a new studio album. The album is set to be paired with a new film that Skinner is currently working on.
Speaking to NME about the upcoming mixtape and the new film, Skinner said: “It’s almost like a follow-on from [2004 album] ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’ – that was my life without The Streets.
“That’s what this is; it’s about my life as a DJ but with The Streets removed. I haven’t shot anything yet, but we’ve decided to use real nightclubs. So we’re waiting for real nightclubs to happen again; if it’s not until 2021 then that’s when we’ll do it.
“The film’s just a caper, really; it’s a bit of fairytale, but a fairytale told in the real world.”
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