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A$AP Rocky is already a star, A$AP Ferg is already a cult hero, and next year, we’ll hear from the rest of the A$AP Mob. The crew’s as-yet-untitled compilation album will be out in a few months, and first single “Trillmatic” is almost entirely a solo showcase for crew member A$AP Nast. But the ’90s-style boom-bap track also has a verse from Method Man, and Meth sounds nasty on this thing. The video sticks with the Timberlands-era aesthetic, going hard on the dudes-rapping-in-project-hallways style that used to dominate the Box and Rap City. Watch it below.
There’s really no such thing as a “big” black metal band, but Poland’s Behemoth are probably as big as they come. The band has charted a fascinating arc since forming in 1991. Along with Vader, they more or less gave birth to Poland’s extreme metal scene, and they’ve produced a deep catalog of ambitious and audacious records that have also sold well enough to make them actual legitimate stars at home — frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski was at one point engaged to the singer Doda, aka the “queen of Polish music,” aka Poland’s Britney Spears. In August 2010, Nergal was diagnosed with advanced-stage leukemia — reportedly too advanced to be treatable with chemo — which more or less shut down the band entirely. But Nergal fought the disease and, with the help of a bone marrow transplant, beat it. Last year, with Nergal fully recuperated, the band headlined a massive North American tour also featuring the Devil’s Blood, In Solitude, and Watain. Those are three very good bands. But from every account I’ve heard (and based on the one show I witnessed), Behemoth absolutely blew them all off the stage, putting on one of the most transcendent and transformative shows I’ve ever seen. Anyway, Nergal and Behemoth are back for real next year, with the scheduled release of their 10th album (and first since 2009), The Satanist. It’s probably as much an “event” as any metal album will be in 2014, and based on the outstanding first single (and video), “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel,” it’s going to be an event worth attending. Check out the track and its accompanying video (which is truly a thing to behold but absolutely NSFW) below.
The same day he released “Sweet Tea,” the great new psych-pop song he recorded under his Sides Of Chaz alter-ego, Toro Y Moi stepped onstage at Jimmy Kimmel Live to play a couple of songs from his deeply impressive early-2013 album Anything In Return. With his shirt tucked in and his hair blown out, Chaz Bundick knocked out “Say That” on the show proper, and, as an online bonus, also did “Rose Quartz,” thus hitting two of the album’s greatest sidelong-funk dance-jam highlights. Watch below.
Best Coast’s video for “This Lonely Morning,” a fuzzily sunny song from their new Fade Away EP, has all the song’s lyrics printed onscreen, but it’s not really a lyric video. And it debuted on Funny Or Die, but it’s not remotely funny. Instead, it’s a generally cute, low-budget music video. The clip follows Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno as they play tennis, strike air guitar poses, and generally come across like very happy people. Danny Jelinek directs; watch it below.
A$AP Mob’s A$AP Nast take us back to the ’90s rap in his Nas-inspired clip for “Trillmatic” with help from Method Man. The song will be featured on A$AP Mob’s upcoming not-yet-titled album out March 4.
Previously: Frank151 x A$AP Mob: Harlem Edition