Drake Unveils ‘VIEWS’

By Nick Psarros…

After teasing us for many months, Drake has finally released his highly anticipated, fourth studio album VIEWS.

Since VIEWS was initially announced in August 2014, Drizzy has dropped two platinum selling mix-tapes (If Your’e Reading This Its Too Late and What a Time to Be Alive) whilst working on his masterpiece full-length LP. The Canadian artist took to Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio show to premiere the project alongside Zane Lowe in a special edition of OVOSOUND Radio.

The album boasts a range of collaborators including Rihanna, Future, PARTYNEXTDOOR and OVO signee dvsn to name a few. Production credits have also been released, displaying OVO affiliate Noah “40” Shebib as the producer behind the majority of songs.

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The Toronto native always proudly has his city on his back and revealed during his OVOSOUND Radio interview that Views was influenced by the changing seasons in Toronto.

”The album is based around the change of the season in our city. It starts around in wintertime. Starts with “Keep The Family Close.” Winter to summer and back to winter again. It’s just to show you the two extreme moods that we have. We love our summers but we also make our winters work…You start to value your days a lot more when most people won’t go outside type of thing…It creates a different person. I thought it was important to make the album here during the winter.”

To go alongside the release, Drizzy also included a digital booklet containing some lavish photos (See images below).

 

You can purchase the album from iTunes.

STAY TUNED FOR A FULL SONG-BY-SONG REVIEW.

Drake Releases ‘VIEWS’ Tracklist

By Nick Psarros…

Drake has revealed the tracklist for his highly anticipated album Views (previously titled Views From The 6).

His latest project comprises of 19 songs, plus a bonus track we are already familiar with (Hotline Bling).

Although features and production credits are currently unknown, you can discover any huge guests by tuning into OVOSOUND Radio on Beats 1 Radio tomorrow (29/5) at 12pm AEST as Drake is expected to stream the album in full.

To further add to the hype, the Toronto rapper dropped the album artwork for Views earlier this week.

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#VIEWS DROPS 29.04

Always Strive and Prosper review- one to remember

by Karan Singh….

A$AP Ferg’s sophomore follow up of Traplord is one to remember as Ferg proves he’s just not A$AP Rocky’s sidekick. In fact, I think he’s the most artistically talented in the whole A$AP mob and is continuing to make further strides in his burgeoning career. Paying homage to his uncle Psycho (who really sounded like one) and grandmother, A$AP Ferg takes us through his life growing up in Hamilton Heights (“Hungry Ham”) and the trials and tribulations he has had to go through on his journey to fame.

Some would say he is way more versatile in Always Strive and Prosper, and who can blame them, with tracks like Strive and Hungry Ham, Ferg’s experimentation really pays off. It shows balls to really switch it up, even if fans don’t agree, because no one wants to be known as that one-dimensional rapper (*cough* Future). The club bangers are still there in Uzi Gang and Let It Bang, which goes to show the Traplord is still out here on the streets. One thing I did have an issue with was that Ferg did release quite a bit of his album before release, so songs like New Level and Psycho weren’t really a surprise,  but then again it only made me more pumped. And of course he had to create more buzz for his album, I hope it pays off and he gets the radio play and streams he deserves.

Ferg is also way more transparent in this album, revealing the love he had to give up in order to reach for his dreams in the rap game. This level of honesty helps build the diverse picture of A$AP Ferg and makes us realise that celebrities are not invincible, they can be as vulnerable as anybody.

The Traplord has come along way from trapping on the streets of Harlem and selling his own designed belts. He’s realising his potential and this album will only make his stock increase. With featuring artists Big Sean, Ty Dolla Sign, Chris Brown, ScHoolboy Q and Rick Ross, Traplord season is in full effect.

Stream the full album below.

10 Sneakers To Have In Your Collection

By Nick Psarros…

Easy to rock with any of nod’s gear, here are some sneakers everyone should own (in no particular order).

adidas Ultra Boosts

The adidas Ultra Boost has been dubbed as the best running shoe ever by the brand. Combining performance with a casual look, the ultra boost is an essential sneaker.

Asics Gel Lyte III

Originally released in 1990, the Gel Lyte III has become an urban must-have for sneakerheads.

Air Jordan 3

The sneaker that saved Nike. As Michael Jordan was planning to terminate his contract with Nike and jump to adidas, this sneaker was designed and the rest is history. Looks aesthetically pleasing brand new and beat up.

New Balance 998

If you are to own a pair of New Balance sneakers, the 998 is the pair for you. The pigskin suede upper and Abzorb midsole provide amazing quality for your feet.

Nike Air Force 1

An icon of Nike. One of Nikes greatest and most well remembered designs. An all white staple in your collection.

adidas Yeezy Boost 350

The most hyped and popular shoe of 2015. Designed by Kanye West, this sneaker has been released in limited numbers. The 350 boost is a must have… if you are brave enough to camp out, lucky enough to win a raffle or willing to drop major dollars to cop a pair through resell.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

A classic sneaker. Originally released in 1917, the simple design is still worn by many today.

Air Jordan 1

The sneaker that started the Air Jordan legacy. Hitting retail stores in ’85, the sneaker sold out instantly and continues to be worn to this day.

adidas NMD

The very latest from adidas Originals. Known as the urban nomads shoe as the NMD is functionally innovative and built to withstand the elements of the city.

Nike Flyknit Racer


Designed as a running sneaker for athletes four years ago, the shoe has quickly become a fashion sneaker due to is sleek design.

Thanks to Flight Club for the sneaker images.

What is your favourite sneaker?

 

 

Is Meek Mill Really Going To Take Another Loss?

By Karan Singh….

On Wednesday (April 13), Philly rapper Meek Mill’s Dreamchaser 4 mixtape appeared on Datpiff with a countdown timer towards an April 29 release, hoping to hijack Drake’s release of Views from the 6. However, since then the countdown has been taken down and now just says “coming soon.”

Now I don’t know what Meek has been getting up to in his house arrest, but surely he wasn’t sitting around saying “I’ve got it! I’ll release a mixtape on the same day as Drake’s album! It’ll definitely get more exposure than his and then I can get one up on him.” If he did, he’s in for a rude awakening. For the sake of his career he has to leave the L he took behind, dust himself off and go back to his battle rapper roots. It has reached the point where Meek looks like a girl that has been cheated on countless times, and no matter what anyone says about the scenario, she will go back there.

I can only imagine twitter blowing up with numerous amounts of memes if Meek Mill’s mixtape turns out to be a dud. Does he really want Will Smith laughing at him again?

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Drake, Will Smith, and Kanye having a good ol’ laugh at Meek Mill at OVO fest 2015.

Lets just hope Meek stays in his lane and does his own thing.

Kanye West Joins A$AP Rocky For A Surprise Coachella Set

By Nick Psarros…

A$AP Rocky was one of many performers to take the stage at Coachella 2016 and his show was one to remember.

After performing multiple hits, A$AP surprised his crowd by bringing out Schoolboy Q & Kanye West to help finish out the set. Q and Rocky performed their collab hit ‘Electric Body’ with Yeezy coming out to perform ‘Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1’ from his latest album ‘The Life Of Pablo’.

Although there was sound difficulties due to Rocky going over his allocated timeslot, it was still a special moment for the crowd.

Check it out below:

Skating a Dubai Waterpark

By Nick Psarros…

Every skateboarders dream is to have a session in an empty water-park.

Red Bull’s Alex Sorgente, Milton Martinez and Jan Hoffman were blessed to shred the huge transition and untouched terrain at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai’s Aquaventure park.

Charging  the dry slides all day, the team at Red Bull captured an insane clip.

Check it out above…

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