5. FLUME RELEASES SOPHOMORE PROJECT, SKIN
Finally the Australian sensation, Flume, releases his sophomore project. The highly-anticipated project comes four years after the critically-acclaimed debut, Flume. This time around the project, Skin, features Vince Staples, Vic Mensa, AlunaGeorge, Beck, Tove Lo, KUCKA, Kai, Allan Kingdom, Raekwon, Little Dragon and MNDR. While singles like, "Say It," have long been on the airwaves, check out the project in its entirety here.
4. #FREETROY aka CHEDDA AVE
Social media's running joke and or punching bag for the year has been Meek Mill, but as of late things have been looking up. He recently won Billboard's "Rap Album of the Year" and dropped an "All The Way Up" remix featuring Fabolous to rave reviews. Now it is only right he comes to the aid of, who seems to be, the new running joke, Troy Ave. During the holiday weekend Meek posted the aforementioned picture of Troy Ave with a caption detailing how he felt about the recent matter. Recently, Troy ave was charged with murder after his bodyguard died following a backstage shooting at a TI concert. Troy Ave could be seen on camera shooting a gun. In similar fashion to Cheddar Bob, Eminem's dumb friend in the movie 8 Mile, Troy Ave shot himself in the leg, leading to his hospital visit. Meek feels it is not what it seems like and we should support Troy, who is being held without bail until his trial.
3. DIPLO IS SET TO RELEASE A NEW CLUB ANTHEM FEATURING JUSTIN BIEBER & MØ SINGLE
In a new track called "Cold Water," Diplo will look to take over the clubs this summer. The track features Major Lazer in collaboration with Justin Bieber and MØ. THe track will likely serve as the lead single for Lazer's next studio album. News of its release came courtesy of a Beats 1 broadcast and the forthcoming single will also receive its official world premiere in a couple weeks on Beats 1's new Lazer Sound show.
2. #TILLERALERT BRYSON TILLER TEASES NEW PROJECT
Without a doubt one of the top new artists today, Bryson Tiller is back to work. Recently he was mentioned in our TOP 5: NEWS IN MUSIC for a new feature on, up and coming artist, Lil Lonnie's track. Now he looks to be working on his own projects again. Tiller, also known as Pen Griffey, took a break from touring his platinum album T R A P S O U L to give fans a sneak peak at what is next. In an Instagram post he stands outside a theatre with the headline "Pen Affleck in 'She Got My Soul.'" Yet another play on words with Pen and Soul, which he is known for. While this could be hinting towards anything from a new song to a new tape, many have labeled it as the upcoming visual for "Exchange." "Exchange" was a hit song of of his debut tape T R A P S O U L and the song ends with the lyrics, "You got my soul." Additionally the Instagram post is captioned "VISUAL." Be on the lookout for the video ...
1. CHANCE THE RAPPER SHARES THE ORIGINAL VERSIONS OF BOTH "WAVES" & "FAMOUS"
An early frontrunner for verse of the year is Chance the Rapper's verse on Kanye West's "Ultralight Beams." Many are aware Chance was instrumental in the entire Life of Pablo project by Kanye. What many do not know is Kanye cut out a lot of Chance's input. For example, the gospel feel and elements of a full choir on "Ultralight Beams," was also on waves but Kanye took them out. He kept all Chance's sample track verses, but had them sung by Chris Brown and took out all the other elements from Chance's initial track. Chance had been letting out little blurbs of the original on Snapchat but in a recent interview on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe, Chance let fans here the demo tracks for both "Waves" and "Famous."