ICYMI: All The Things You Missed On OKP This Week [Mar. 26 – Apr. 1]
Had a busy week? Of course you did, you’re an American, being put to work for longer hours than you can stand is the American way. Doesn’t mean you should miss out on all the other million cool things that go on in and around the world. With that in mind, we figured we’d keep you up to speed with a weekend recap titled In Case You Missed It (ICYMI for the folks in the back). This weekend’s installment is a compendium of content that chronicles the humility of Kendrick Lamar, the legendary status of Wu-Tang Clan‘s Raekwon and a new video from A Tribe Called Quest that is truly a work of art. We have a host of other things you should check out as well.
Don’t get left behind, guys. Catch up with the news you missed out on and don’t forget to follow us @Okayplayer.
After handing out body bags on “The Heart Pt. 4,” Kendrick Lamar returned with another surprise in the form of “Humble”. The new song and music video was a visual treat courtesy of Dave Meyers and The Little Homies, so we decided to pick it apart to see if we can figure out what’s in store for us come April 7th.
Harder to get than the president (Obama, not Drumpf) — we were fortunate to get Raekwon into the office for an interview about his new album, The Wild, his thoughts on Wu-Tang Forever‘s anniversary and more. Totally worth checking out if you’re a Wu-Head.
After overcoming allegations that forced him in a cell for three months, Freddie Gibbs sounds liberated and enthused on his new effort, You Only Live 2wice. Similar to our other reviews of More Life and Fin, we go through Gangsta Gibbs’ latest effort with no rewinds, no replays and no revisions. Enjoy!
Illinois lawmakers hope to name I-55 from East St. Louis to Chicago after Barack Obama. The Regulation, Roads and Bridges Committee have reportedly approved a joint resolution to change the name of the highway to the “Barack Obama Presidential Expressway.”
Brooklyn’s own Joey Bada$$ is prepping a new album, American Bada$$, due out next week on April 7. This Pro Era x TDE collaboration is totally worth the listen if you haven’t pressed play on it already.
The beef continues as Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert) continues to send artillery shots to the reunited cast of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It looks like this will forever be war whenever these names are piled together.
An industry veteran who has worked with new acts (Drake, Ty Dolla $ign), legends (50 Cent, Jay Z) and everyone in between — it is with sad news that we reported the passing of Garnet Reid. Instead of eulogizing him or lamenting about his death, we instead chose to celebrate the life he lived.
The success of Get Out has Hollywood drooling, so it comes as no surprise that they would come to Jordan Peele with offers. Word on the curb is that Peele is being considered to direct the live-action feature for Akira, and all we can say is “Yes, yes, yes!”
Jazz great, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah has a trilogy of new music coming out that sounds great. To drum up notice, he drops this cut to put the rest of the game on notice.
The man known formerly as SPZRKT comes back with a Red Bull Music Academy backed cut that is extremely melodic and dope to play at high volumes.
For his March release, Knxw has scaled back the output, if only for a moment, to deliver another slow-burner, remixing Bibio‘s Sly-infused smoke show, “Feelings”.
With new albums from Freddie Gibbs, Nelly Furtado and the resurgent Jamiroquai, long-plays are in no shortage. But stud singles from Logic, Calvin Harris, Knxwledge, Mary J. Blige (with Kanye?!) and PJ Morton, should provide precisely the change-of-pace needed.
A premiere courtesy of your favorite music site, Okayplayer, Jonwayne comes through with a new video with RUFF MERCY by his side.
Twentieth Century Fox has released the second trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes, and it looks absolutely dark and intense and beautiful.
For the latest video from We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service, A Tribe Called Quest enlists the visionary director for a black-and-white treatment of “Dis Generation” that is nothing short of eye-grabbing.
No stranger to twistedly subversive videos, Danny Brown has shared a dark and gory new clip for his latest single “Ain’t It Funny,” directed by Jonah Hill. The video spoofs impossibly sunny eighties and nineties sitcoms, by pitting Brown’s tortured soul against a family that includes Gus Van Sant, Joanna Kerns and “The Fucking Kid” as the fucking kid.