As Apple‘s AirPods are all the rage with their cordless, sleek design and pop-culture support, Beats steps up to join the headphones competition by introducing Powerbeats Pro.
The music company started by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine dropped the official look and specs that feature improved connectivity, extended battery life, outstanding sound quality, a portable charging case, and compatibility with Siri. According to the website, the Powerbeats Pro boast 9 hours of listening time plus they’re sweat and water resistant and they come in four colors.
With an over-ear design, there’s a little more to them than AirPods as listeners won’t have those awkward ends sticking out of their ears. Also, with being adjustable and secure, it is easier to move about while dancing, working out, or just listening on the go. A pair can set buyers back nearly $250 and the first packages are slated to ship in May, so until then, watch the official launch video below.
On Monday (December 3rd) Anderson .Paak announced on that he will be hitting the road in 2019 for his Andy’s Beach Club World Tour. The trek will kick off in San Francisco come February 11th and will travel to Europe and wrap up in Vienna, Austria on March 27th.
Paying homage to his hometown of Oxnard, CA. the rapper recently released his third LP, Oxnard, where’s he hosting a free concert to practice and sing/drum cuts from the new album. The Grammy-nominated artist also performed “Tints” featuring Kendrick Lamar and “Who R U?” this past weekend on Saturday Night Live.
Check out the U.S. and European dates for Andy’s Beach Club World Tour below, with tickets going on sale Friday, December 7th.
2/11/19 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
2/13/19 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
2/15/19 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
2/16/19 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
2/18/19 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
2/19/19 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
2/20/19 – Washington, DC – The Theater at MGM National Harbor
2/22/19 – New York, NY – Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom
2/23/10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
2/24/19 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
2/26/19 – Toronto, ON – REBEL
3/4/19 – Norway, Oslo – Spectrum
3/5/19 – Sweden, Stockholm – Annexet
3/7/19 – Denmark, Copenhagen – Royal Arena
3/9/19 – Holland, Amsterdam – AFAS Live
3/10/19 – Belgium, Antwerp – Lotto Arena
3/12/19 – France, Paris – Zenith
3/15/19 – UK, London – Alexandra Palace
3/16/19 – UK, Manchester – O2 Victoria Warehouse
3/18/19 – IRE, Dublin – Olympia
3/22/19 – Germany, Berlin – Columbiahalle
3/23/19 – Germany, Frankfurt – Jahrhunderthalle
3/25/19 – Italy, Milan – Fabrique
3/26/19 – Germany, Munich – Tonhalle
3/27/19 – Austria, Vienna – Gasometer
The artwork for Kamikaze is an illustration of the jet rudder and stabilizer from the Beastie Boys’ ‘80s hit Licensed to Ill cover. The flip side has the jet crashing on impact. “Tried not 2 overthink this…enjoy,” Em tweeted.
Produced by Dr. Dre and Marshall Mathers (aka Slim Shady), Kamikaze courtesy of (Aftermath/Shady Records/Interscope Records) is Eminem’s 10th studio album and the followup to 2017’s Revival, which hit #1 on the Billboard 200. Listen to Kamikaze below.
Though it is unknown when Anderson .Paak‘s first album with Aftermath Entertainment is coming out, the man mixing the project is a heavy-hitter. Aftermath A&R Ty Cannon recently posted a photo on Instagram showing Dr. Dre behind the boards alongside his engineer Quinten Gilkey. The legendary producer and rapper is known for such albums as The Chronic and 2001.
The album’s title is yet to be revealed, but Cannon’s caption of the photo “Frequencies” may be a hint at the final name. Also, during a May live-stream, Dr. Dre hopped in a session with Anderson and may have slipped up, sharing the upcoming LP’s title. “Check his album, it’s coming out soon, ‘Oxnard Ventura,'” Dre accidentally muttered.
Anderson also posted a screenshot of a conversation he had with the Aftermath Entertainment CEO in which Dre said, “Thank You for letting me just do my thing with your project. I promise I won’t let you down. I’m in it.”
Dr. Dre and Eminem recall their first meeting and the origins of their first hit together in a clip from the new HBO documentary, The Defiant Ones.
Both remember a sense of awe during the initial encounter: For Eminem, it was meeting one of his idols. For Dre, it was seeing his new protégé show up in a bright yellow sweatsuit.
Eminem said about the encounter, “I’m looking at Dre like, ‘Dude I see you on TV all the time – you one of my biggest influences in life.'”
Later the two would go on to hit the recording studio where Dre played Em some beats he had been working on. The first was a beat featuring a sample of Labi Siffre’s 1975 song, “I Got The…” and just moments after pressing play, Eminem began spitting the hook for what would become his 1999 breakout single, “My Name Is.”
Check out the beginning of Slim Shady’s career below.
The Defiant Ones chronicles the varied and intersecting careers of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. The series premiered July 9th and its last episode will air tonight (July 12th).
In a teaser for an upcoming documentary series about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Eminem praises the two moguls on the success that they have achieved.
“Jimmy Iovine is the levitator, Dre is the innovator,” Eminem says in the clip, artfully describing the differences he sees between the two guys he signed a record deal with about 20 years ago.
The Defiant Ones explores Dre and Iovine’s unlikely but profitable business partnerships and massive impact on pop culture, using interviews with star artists like Bono, Nas, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor. The four-part documentary premieres July 9th on HBO.
In addition to the candid interviews, the The Defiant Ones also includes behind-the-scenes recording and writing sessions with Stevie Nicks, Eazy-E, N.W.A., Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, along with more previously unseen footage.
April 20th, otherwise known as 4/20, otherwise known as “marijuana day” is a day of celebration, consumption, and in some cases, political appeals to make marijuana legal in the United States. Though the federal government does not recognize the plant as having any legitimate medical use, that isn’t stopping many people from smoking the herb today.
If you partake, or even if you just want to learn a bit about marijuana’s influence on music, sit back and relax to these ten, 4/20-centric songs:
‘Because I Got High’ – Afroman
The classic toker song about not getting things done because he was high resurfaces every year around this time. Afroman will forever be remembered for this hilarious contribution to weed culture.
‘I Got 5 On It’ – Luniz
The title refers to a phrase meaning to split the price of a dime bag with another person: “Kinda broke so ya know all I gots five, is five / Unless you pull out the fat, crispy five dollar bill on the real before its history.”
‘Legalize It’ – Peter Tosh
What would a 4/20 playlist be without Peter Tosh and his call to legalize marijuana? The political activist did more than sing about weed, but today we celebrate this song.
‘The Next Episode’ – Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg have been and still are hip-hop’s spokesmen for weed. The two found a successful way to meld the effects of the drug into the sonic textures of this song as well as others.
‘Mary Jane’ – Rick James
This song perfectly embodies the appeal of Mary Jane, and the way in which it takes Rick James to paradise, rescues him and makes him high when he’s “feeling low.”
‘You Get High’ – Pretty Lights
Literally in the name, this uptempo and bouncy track is the perfect one to light up to.
‘Tree of Life’ – Ab-Soul
“Tree of Life” is one of Kendrick Lamar‘s labelmate’s strongest tracks. We’ll give you one guess as to what’s it’s about.
‘Bowls’ – Caribou
Those are actually Tibetan prayer bowls being sampled throughout the track, not bowls of weed (if you were wondering). This heady song will help you melt into your couch.
‘Feeling High’ – Witch
Witch is a great ’70s band from Zambia, Africa. The title of the song speaks for itself and the beat will get you in the mood to celebrate 4/20.
‘High for This’ – The Weeknd
One of Abel‘s older and darker tracks, he prefaces his interaction with a woman with “You wanna be high for this.” Overall, a great song to chill to.