At his show in Portland last night, Drake announced to the crowd that he had just finalized a deal with Oregon based Nike spinoff, Jordan Brand. Later, he took to Instagram to tease the first two releaese from the partnership, the 10 and 12 OVO Stingrays. Each pair comes in both white and black and both feature gold OVO branding. Hit the jump to check out a couple of pics.
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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.
We’ve heard barely a peep from Philly’s ambient heartland rockers the War On Drugs this year — our only post about them in 2013 prior to this one regards their involvement in the Dessner brothers’ Grateful Dead tribute — but it seems like 2014 will be far busier for them. Frontman Adam Granduciel has been hinting at a new album called Lost In The Dream since summertime, and now we’ve got confirmation that the record is coming in March along with a lead single to remind us how awesome this band is. The song’s called “Red Eyes,” and it picks up right where 2011′s Slave Ambient left off, riding the night train to some ethereal destination with blurry vision and Springsteen on the brain. It’s an immensely pleasant way to begin your Wednesday, and you can do that below.
One of this century’s great absurd pop-culture moments happened in 2005, when R. Kelly sat down with IFC TV host (and my college buddy) Matt Singer to discuss “Trapped In The Closet,” his super-fun multi-part R&B radio-play opera. Since then, Kelz and IFC have become inextricably intertwined, with Kelly pushing “Trapped In The Closet” to 33 chapters, casting Will Oldham in a brief supporting role, and letting IFC air all of them. And it’s not going to stop anytime soon. IFC is partnering up with Kelly to debut more “Trapped In The Closet” chapters next year. And on Saturday, starting at 5:15 eastern, IFC will air a marathon of all 33 “Trapped In The Closet” chapters. Also, on Tuesday, Kelly is set to release his freaky new album Black Panties.