45s and 40s puts together some music you may have missed for November 2016.
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For November, we rounded up what we feel are the top songs, videos, albums or news you may have missed while perusing the internet. Our roundup covers a multitude of genres so no one reader feels left out. If there are any artists you feel were left out, contact us through here, our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other way you feel comfortable. Nevertheless, click a random genre and discover some new music!
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Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi) & Mattson 2 – “Star Stuff”
Fans are always ready to listen to new music by their favorite artists and even producers, so this new album announcement comes with great anticipation. Chazwick Bundick–also known by his stage name Toro Y Moi–announced a new join album with twin musicians. Jared and Jonathan Mattson–the Mattson 2–will be joining up with Bundick to release Chaz Bundick Meets the Mattson 2. The album is due out March 31, 2017 and with the annoucement, a new song was released.
Childish Gambino – “Me and Your Mama” / “Redbone”
Categorizing these songs was a challenge to say the least. Though Childish Gambino has created songs with hip-hop feels and also with R&B feels, these songs didn’t sounds as those did. “Redbone” feels funkier–musically–while “Me and Your Mama” has a soulful, more relaxed feel in the beginning and then it transitions to a more electric feel. The artwork for Gambino’s album closely resembles that of American funk band Funkadelic’s 1971 album Maggot Brain. [As of this writing, the album is available, but because it released in December and not November, we will only provide what was out then]
- Legendary American soul singer Sharon Jones dies of pancreatic cancer at 60.
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
A Tribe Called Quest released their first album in 18 years and it debuted as the No. 1 album in the country. The album comes after the unexpected passing of fellow member Phife Dawg back in March. The project includes artists they’ve worked with in the past and also some new faces. To top off the release, the Tribe were featured as the musical acts for Saturday Night Live on November 11 with legendary comedian Dave Chappelle as a host.
Bas – “Clouds Never Get Old” [Official Video]
Common – Black America Again
Gucci Mane – “Last Time (feat. Travis Scott)” [Official Video]
Gucci Mane has had one of the busiest years out of any artist after having been released from prison following a nearly three-year-long stint on “a bunk.” His song “Last Time,” featuring Travis Scott got the video treatment below.
Gucci Mane – “Drove You Crazy (feat. Bryson Tiller)”
Having originally premiered on Travis Scott’s .WAV radio, fans get the official version of the song. This song is expected to be a part of Gucci’s upcoming The Return of East Atlanta Santa mixtape.
Gucci Mane & Lil Uzi Vert – 1017 vs. The World
As we mentioned before, Gucci has put up a busy 2016, but that’s not to bring down any other artist. Another artist putting up a busy 2016 is Pennsylvania’s Lil Uzi Vert–an artist whose notoriety has skyrocketed in the last year. Both Uzi and Gucci came together for 1017 vs. The World and it’s worth the listen if you’re a fan of either.
Rick Ross – “Kyrie”
- Kanye West unexpectedly cancelled the remainder of his tour and was then admitted to a hospital. Reports cited he was suffering from “paranoia” as well as “extreme depression.” He has since been discharged.
- Yasiin Bey–formerly known as Mos Def–was cleared to leave South Africa, but was instructed not to return. He announced a final album and a final set of four tour dates.
- Rae Sremmurd’s hit “Black Beatles” reached number 1 on the Billboard charts.
- Shia LaBeouf took some time to hang out with Sway on his morning show and spit an impressive freestyle.
STRFKR – Being No One, Going Nowhere
Originally having gone by a couple of different names, STRFKR gained notorierty, oddly enough, after the use of one of their songs in a 2009 Target commercial. Being No One, Going Nowhere serves as the group’s fifth album.
The xx – “On Hold”
The English group announced their third album, I See You, this month and with the announcement released a new song. The xx are due to release their new album on Jan. 13, 2017. According to NME, the group has a tour planned, but not dates in the UK have been added. Since the song’s release, a video was added to it.
- Legendary singer Leonard Cohen was pronounced dead early this month. Though the announcement didn’t come until a couple of days after he passed, he will be missed.
- Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker announced that the band will be taking a break after their scheduled appearance at the Laneway Festival next year, according to Australia’s The. Music.
- Vampire Weekend signs to Columbia Records.
Beyoncé – “All Night” [Official Video]
Though she can be placed in numerous categories, in this particular instance, Beyoncé takes hold of a pop spot. Her newest visuals come for “All Night,” a Diplo-produced track off of her latest album, Lemonade. The video is filled with home movies and memories for the singer. Watch below:
Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
Bruno Mars nabs his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Artist 100 chart with this album. 24k Magic released earlier this month and has proven itself to be a solid album with potential to do more.
DJ Snake – “Let Me Love You (feat. Justin Bieber)” [Official Video]
French musician, DJ Snake, first released his album in August and the Justin Bieber-featured song quickly gained traction. After a couple of months of circulating the airwaves, the track now has a video to pair with it. Snake and Bieber both have cameos in the video as two masked men.
45s and 40s Official Podcast
Labeled as R&B with this one because of the topic at hand. Take a listen on your commute or just while you get ready…or just play it in the background:
6lack – Free 6lack
The 24-year-old artist out of Atlanta released Free 6lack earlier this month. Unlike some artists today, 6lack doesn’t have a particular sound found with another artist. Instead, it seems as though he takes influences from artists but adds his own spin on things. He adds in personal experiences to help maintain a different sound, he wrote in a Q&A on Reddit.
“I think what makes me stand out from the pack is how personal I am,” he wrote. “These words and stories don’t belong to anyone else. I try to be as descriptive and as personal as I can be. [P]lus when you listen to these songs you take something from them. [E]motionally, spiritually, morally, this is music to help the listener reflect & work on themselves and their relationships.”
Alicia Keys – Here
bLAck pARty – Mango
Arkansas-native bLAck pARty released one of the best R&B projects of the year, hands down. His sound is reminiscent of artists such as Frank Ocean, but still holds its own regard as a unique project.
Tinashe – Nightride
Tinashe releases her second official project–though it, to some, is regarded as a mixtape and not an album. The mixtape/album is one part of a joint album she is putting out in 2017 titled Joyride, according to Rolling Stone.
The Weeknd – Starboy
The Weeknd returns with Starboy, the followup to his 20xx album . In some instances, the album could be regarded as pop, but that’s neither here nor there. According to Billboard, Spotify went on to confirm statements that The Weeknd had broken the single-day record for streams. With the release of his newest album, he also dropped a short film titled “M A N I A.”