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Meek Mill's Dis Track for Drake Is Finally Here

Although he made us wait for a response, Meek Mill did give us something (read: better late than never). The song is called "Wanna Know," and Meek is, in a word, inquisitive. He either really wanted to take advantage here of the there-are-no-dumb-questions mantra, or he really wanted to make a dis track that resembles a "Really?!?" segment from SNL. For example: "I just wanna know, if you ain't write that running through the six shit / Tell us, who the fuck Quentin out here running through the six with?" Good question. "I just wanna know / Was it Quentin Miller, was it Usher, was it Denzel where you got your flow?" Good question. "You know you fucked up, right?" Meh question. Essentially, Meek is underlining his argument that he believes Drake to be a fraud; he thinks Drake is an amalgam of the real rappers (and singers) who came before him; and he's trying to hit hard.

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Montage of Heck Has Added Another New Kurt Cobain Song

Fans of Kurt Cobain will have the chance to hear another as-till-now-unreleased demo if they go see Montage of Heck in theaters next week. Billboard reports that filmmaker Brett Morgen added the song (probably circa 1991) to the film's soundtrack without compromising anything from the iteration that debuted on HBO; the new track is supposed to have Cobain showing off his falsetto. Billboard had a chance to preview the song, and said it reminded them a little bit of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, but with slightly darker lyrics ("Wonder how I breathe," and "I'm a bad man," for example). Makes sense. Morgen didn't share where the untitled song pops up in the theatrical cut because he doesn't want people to bootleg it — so, yep, you'll probably have to go to find out. The movie, which has been nominated for seven Emmys and already has a slew of other recently unearthed demos and song snippets, hits theaters August 7 (check here for locations).

  • Posted 7/30/15 at 5:10 PM
  • Covers

1,000 People Covered Foo Fighters’ ‘Learn to Fly,’ and It’s Pretty Cool, But Not As Cool As If They Had Played ‘Monkey Wrench’

To try to convince the Foo Fighters to play Cesena, ItalyFabio Zaffagnini brought 1,000 people together to cover "Learn to Fly." No word from Dave Grohl et al. on whether they were convinced. However, it's hard to understand the logic, as it appears Cesena already has the playing of Foo Fighters songs covered. They should have had 1,000 people make delicious bowls of cacio e pepe. We'd learn to fly for that. Yum!

All 74 Led Zeppelin Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best

It's difficult to remember now how precious the blues seemed to rockers in the 1960s. The blues were a serious matter, meant to be played a certain way. Rock bands always fooled around with doing the blues louder and with less finesse, of course, but beyond that, folks like Eric Clapton were the models, with their sincere embarkations into the music. They were done with brio, but with probity and respect, too.

With apologies to John Bonham, "Moby Dick" kicks us off. »

Music Gives Some People ‘Skin Orgasms’

That feeling you get from a particularly powerful piece of music has a few names, like chills or goose bumps, but Psyche Loui, a psychologist at Wesleyan University who studies the phenomenon, has a particularly descriptive way of phrasing it: "skin orgasms." In a recent piece for the BBC, science writer David Robson covers the potential psychological and physiological explanations for the physical thrill you sometimes get from music, and it is fascinating. 

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Watch Tyler, the Creator Dress Up As the Cat in the Hat and Rap in the Name of Dr. Seuss

Turns out that new Dr. Seuss book really inspired Jimmy Kimmel and Tyler, the Creator — a.k.a. Felicia the Cat. (Warning: SFW and lots of hugs — I know, right?)

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Love Affair With Rap: A Timeline

Yesterday, on Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow debuted a line of $1,695 hip-hop-themed clutches by Edie Parker. The collaboration, which consists of two acrylic bags with Biggie/Pac and Hov/Shady scrawled on them, raised more eyebrows than that time she suggested we all get our vaginas steamed.

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  • Posted 7/29/15 at 5:25 PM
  • Music

Zayn Is ‘Ready to Show You Who [He] Really [Is]’

It's happening: Zayn has announced that he's finally signed to a new record label, RCA Records, after parting ways with One Direction and Simon Cowell's Syco earlier this year. That's right, your boy has officially gone solo! And he shared the news with Directioners in a series of cheerful tweets, explaining that the reason he left 1D  was "for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who I really am!" And who Zayn really is, it seems, is someone now also signed with Iggy Azalea's manager (as of this week) and reportedly also working with Frank Ocean's producer, Malay. (Sorry, Naughty Boy.) Guess it's time to start the countdown to his first solo album, presumably to be named From A to Zayn

  • Posted 7/29/15 at 2:49 PM
  • Music

Dr. Dre Will Maybe Release a New Album This Weekend (Sorry, It’s Probably Not Detox)

Next month, part of Dr. Dre's life story will get retold in the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. And to celebrate, it seems, Dr. Dre might be ready to drop a surprise fans have been waiting for: Today Ice Cube announced on Philadelphia radio that Dre is finally set to release his first album in nearly 16 years. Unfortunately, it's not what you think. Instead of Detox, the album fans were promised more than a decade ago, this new project is supposedly one inspired by the biopic. But if that sounds like more of a soundtrack than a traditional album, it probably is: Earlier this month MTV reported that Dr. Dre had spearheaded the movie's soundtrack, and that it will feature both Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. "It’s really Dre and how he’s evolved and how he’s matured, as not only a person, but as an artist," teased the film's director, F. Gary Gray. "It's deep and it’s great." Whether or not that soundtrack and this new album are one and the same, apparently, we'll only have to wait a few more days to find out. Ice Cube says the whole thing drops on August 1. Our advice: Keep an eye on Apple Music this Saturday.

Janis Ian Shares Her Own Creepy Bill Cosby Story

In response to New York's interview with 35 women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault, folk singer Janis Ian has come forward with her own story of poor treatment at Cosby's hands. "I have a personal stake" in the story, Ian revealed on her Facebook page. "No, I was not sexually bothered by Bill Cosby. We met because he was curious about me." At the time Ian was 16 years old, promoting her controversial interracial love song "Society's Child." On the eve of her first TV performance on The Smothers Brothers Show, she fell asleep in her female chaperone's lap, a fact that Cosby apparently noticed. "A while later," Ian writes, "my manager called me into her office. 'What happened at the Smothers Brothers show?!' I had no idea what she was talking about, and said so. 'Well, no one else on TV is willing to have you on. Not out there, anyway.' Why? I wondered. And was told that Cosby, seeing me asleep in the chaperone’s lap, had made it his business to 'warn' other shows that I wasn’t 'suitable family entertainment,' was probably a lesbian, and shouldn’t be on television. Again, a reminder. I was 16."

Fortunately, Johnny Carson broke Cosby's attempted blacklist, but the message stuck. "What an odd thing, that a black man who slept with so very many white women chose to take my possible lesbianism away from our one meeting, rather than the message I tried to get across with 'Society’s Child.' How pathetic. How truly, truly pathetic."

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Drake Releases Another Meek Mill Dis Record — Once Again, Nicki Wins

Tuesday night, Nicki Minaj's Pinkprint Tour rolled into Toronto. And it looks like Toronto city councillor — and public Drake stan — Norm Kelly alerted the 6 God because, in the wee hours, Drake dropped yet another Meek Mill dis record. Appropriately titled "Back to Back Freestyle" (and using a cover photo from Joe Carter's World Series–winning home run against the Phillies in 1993, to really drive the point home), this time Drake turns his attention to Nicki:

You love her, then you gotta give the world to her
Is that a world tour or your girl's tour?
I know that you gotta be a thug for her
This ain't what she meant when she told you to open up more
Yeah, trigger fingers turn to Twitter fingers
You getting bodied by a singing nigga
I'm not the type of nigga that'll type to niggas
Shout out to all my boss bitches wifing niggas
Make sure you hit him with the prenup
Then tell that man to ease up

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  • Posted 7/28/15 at 4:05 PM

9 Best New Songs of the Week

Every week, members of the Vulture staff highlight the best new music of 2015. If the song is worthy of your ears and attention, you will find it here. Read our picks below, share yours in the comments, and subscribe to the Vulture 2015 Playlist for a comprehensive guide to the year's best music.

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Little Mix Take Us to Mash-Up Heaven With Jason Derulo and Whitney Houston

Little Mix, the girl group that won the eighth season of the British X Factor, performed a mash-up of Jason Derulo's "Want You to Want Me" and Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" during their recent visit to BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. Their cover is joyful and exuberant, and showcases their vocal skills in a way that their American singles haven't yet done. If you miss Glee or miss Zayn or are sad that there's no real Song of Summer this year, this will really hit the spot. Prepare to chair-dance.

The Weeknd Is So Hot Right Now, He Literally Gets Set on Fire in His ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ Video

Seemingly out of nowhere, the Weeknd has emerged this year as mixtape hero turned full-blown pop star. He currently has three songs on the Billboard Hot 100 ("Earned It," The Hills," and "Can't Feel My Face") — the latter two of which are sitting in the top 20. As we previously wrote in "Songs of the Week," "Face" is his most pop-minded song to date, which is of little surprise since it was produced and written with pop genius Max Martin. Now that the Weeknd finally released the video for the song on Apple Music, it could very well edge out OMI's "Cheerleader" for the No. 1 spot by the next chart cycle ("Face" is currently at No. 2).

When someone is this hot, there's only one thing to do: literally set them on fire in their music video. Enjoy the ambient heat.

Macklemore Reveals That He Suffered a Relapse Last Year

In a new cover story for Complex magazine, Macklemore has revealed that he suffered a relapse last year. The rapper, who has been open about his drug addiction and previous 2011 relapse, admits that fame forced him back to old habits:

I held it together for a while. But, eventually, I stopped going to my 12-step meetings. I was burnt out. I was super-stressed. We weren’t sleeping — doing a show every day, zigzagging all over the country. In terms of the media I was getting put into a box that I never saw for myself. The pressure and the fame — everything. All the clichés, man — like not being able to walk around, having no privacy, and from this TV appearance to this TV appearance, and the criticism, and the lack of connection, and the lack of meetings — all of that put into one pie was just … I just wanted to escape.

He says he relapsed with sleeping pills and marijuana. When his fiancée, Tricia Davis, caught him with pills hidden in a shoe at SXSW, he "sobered up for a bit" and began impulse-shopping instead. But eventually, he says, "I sat in a car, a hot boxed car — I thought that was a good idea — and got high. And then the next day it was like, What’s up with the weed? And once I’m there, it’s over.” From that point, he says, he stopped making music with producer Ryan Lewis and started showing up high to meetings with his management. "Everyone knew, but they didn’t necessarily know," he says.

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Rihanna Was Reportedly Blocked by Baltimore Police From Playing a Free Concert for Freddie Gray

In the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death at the hands of six Baltimore police officers in April, the city experienced continuous protests. Many celebrities showed their support on social media, but few showed up in person. According to Baltimore police emails released on Monday, one of music's biggest stars had planned to do more than just make an appearance: Rihanna wanted to hold a free concert for the city of Baltimore and walk with protesters, reports the Baltimore Sun. Emails (dated May 1) between her representative and the Baltimore police reveal that Rihanna attempted to get extra police security, at the request of the governor's office, but separate emails between the former police commissioner and a spokesperson for the city's mayor suggest that her request was denied because "police are claiming they have no permit so it will not be allowed." In early May, Prince — another Tidal-affiliated artist performed a benefit show in Baltimore. His "Rally 4 Peace" concert was livestreamed on Tidal. Rihanna's representative included in the emails did not respond to a request for comment from the Sun.

Lil B Tweets Transphobic Joke, Immediately Apologizes for It

Seemingly out of the blue, Lil B, sometimes also known as the BasedGod, tweeted an inappropriate sexual joke Monday night that he quickly regretted. "I might start saying I'm trans and I'm a woman so I can be in the girls Locker room with the ladies !!!!!! No homo I'm still growin," he tweeted. After receiving what he called considerable backlash, the rapper said he was sorry and admitted he was transphobic, retweeting and exchanging words with many of his roughly 1 million followers (and also getting excited that former Jackass member Chris Pontius followed him). What ultimately ensued was a veritable monologue about wanting to be comfortable with himself as well as more accepting of his fellow humans.

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Chief Keef Wants to Be the Mayor of Chicago Because He’s Frustrated With the Current One

After two Midwest mayors halted his hologram performances, Chief Keef took to social media on Monday to call out and replace one of them. The 19-year-old rapper was supposed to perform a series of concerts, via hologram, this month in Chicago and Hammond, Indiana, but officials in both cities opted to quash that idea because of Keef's music and its perceived association with violence and drugs. The drama began in Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the musician and his holograms were poor role models as well as significant public-safety risks; he inspired Hammond's mayor to come to the same conclusions, even though Keef's shows were being thrown in the name of promoting peace and raising money for gun-violence victims. This upset Keef. His solution? Replace Emanuel with someone he thinks might be more open-minded about music: himself.

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  • Posted 7/27/15 at 11:04 PM
  • R.i.p.

Officials Need More Time on Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Autopsy to Find the True Cause of Death

Medical authorities performing Bobbi Kristina Brown's autopsy have said they will need more time to figure out how she died because preliminary tests haven't revealed a specific cause, the AP reports. Brown, the young TV personality and only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died Sunday night at the age of 22, after a roughly six-month roller-coaster health ride that started with a medically induced coma and ended with hospice care. All of those months are not helping her examiners, who have noted the autopsy could be "helpful to address questions which may arise about the cause of her unresponsiveness and eventual death."

"Normally, when we do autopsies, we do them in people who [have] freshly died. Things like toxicology and injuries are clear," Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York medical examiner, told the AP. "Because she was in the hospital for a long time, any drugs that may have been in the body will be gone after a few days. Injuries, if there were any injuries, would be changed by the length of time, the healing process." The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office, which is working on Brown, said Monday that it could be several weeks before a cause of death is found

The Roswell Police Department said it's investigating the death. »

Surprisingly Good Major League Baseball Team Forces Taylor Swift to Reschedule Concert

Last year, after Taylor Swift announced that her 1989 World Tour would hit Houston's Minute Maid Park on October 13, the Houston Astros baseball team tweeted that the show could be rescheduled if it conflicted with a potential playoff game. At the time, many mocked the Astros for wishful thinking. After all, they'd been one of baseball's worst teams in recent years, and had finished 28 games out of first place in 2014.

But the club is getting the last laugh: After a surprisingly good start to the season, the Astros currently lead the American League Wild Card race. Since postseason baseball in Houston is a very real possibility, the Swift concert has been rescheduled for September 9. The Astros are on the road that day; feel free to craft your own joke about Swift finding a blank space on the Minute Maid Park schedule.

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